Today is September 21. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Putin issues chilling warning to Western countries about his threat to resort to nuclear weapons
Fox News reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Western countries that his country’s nuclear threats are “not a bluff” on Wednesday.
Putin issued the warning after accusing Western countries of resorting to “nuclear blackmail,” despite no NATO countries threatening to use nuclear weapons. The threat comes as Russia’s prospects in Ukraine are grim, with Putin’s military losing thousands of square miles of territory to a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
“To those who allow themselves such statements regarding Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for separate components and more modern than those of NATO countries, and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said in a Wednesday address. “It’s not a bluff,” he added.
Fear of a wider mobilization has reportedly caused a mass exodus of young men fleeing Russia since the announcement. Flights from Russia to countries that do not require visas were completely booked Wednesday, according to The Telegraph.
Putin’s threats come less than a day before President Biden is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly. The White House says Biden will condemn Putin’s “naked aggression” and make the case that Russia has violated the U.N.’s core tenets.
TODAY: President Putin orders a partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists amid veiled threats of nuclear warfare
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) September 21, 2022
BREAKING: Putin declares partial mobilization, the decree has been signed.
“Only citizens who are currently in the reserve and, above all, those who served in the Armed Forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience, will be subject to conscription.“ pic.twitter.com/97TrW0EvWV
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) September 21, 2022
Russian defense minister says a total of 300.000 reservists will be called up
•Russia has a huge mobilization resource, almost 25 million people, slightly more than 1% are subject to partial mobilization
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) September 21, 2022
Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul in Turkey and Yerevan in Armenia, both destinations that allow Russians to enter without a visa, were sold out on Wednesday, according to Aviasales data.
— Idrees Ali (@idreesali114) September 21, 2022
MY TAKE: How long is the world going to put up with this evil tyrant’s atrocities and threats?
2 – NY attorney general investigating Trump claims she’s about to make a ‘major announcement’
The Washington Examiner reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James will hold a press conference Wednesday morning, her office announced Tuesday, teasing a “major announcement.”
The announcement is set for 10:30 a.m. EST at the attorney general’s office. No details on what the announcement would be have been provided.
James has previously indicated she could sue former President Donald Trump after rejecting an offer to resolve a civil investigation into the former president and his family’s real estate business last week.
The Trump Organization has sought to reach a deal with James’s office for months after the office told a court in January it had uncovered evidence the company used “fraudulent or misleading” asset valuations to secure loans and other tax benefits. James has been leading the investigation for three years.
Just in: NY AG Letitia James announced a press conference for 10:30 AM tomorrow to make “a major announcement.” pic.twitter.com/cygTTk2t2l
— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) September 21, 2022
. @NewYorkStateAG has made it known that she is planning a “major announcement” tomorrow morning.@joshgerstein offers some thoughts on what it could be **if** it’s about Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/gCippmp4dU
— Alex Wagner Tonight (@WagnerTonight) September 21, 2022
New York A.G. Letitia James has announced she will make a “major announcement” this morning, leading to speculation she will reveal new details on her long-running civil probe into alleged tax fraud at Trump Org or launch a civil suit against Trump. https://t.co/tV72BSWXIO
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) September 21, 2022
MY TAKE: The WITCH HUNT against Trump never ends.
3 – Federal Judge Rules People Under Felony Indictment Can Buy Guns
The Daily Caller reports: A federal judge in Texas ruled Monday that people under felony indictment can still buy guns, citing the Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision.
U.S. District Judge David Counts ruled that the Supreme Court’s June decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen meant that the Second Amendment could not be treated as a “second-class right.”
The case began after Jose Gomez Quiroz was attempted to buy a gun while under a state burglary indictment and was charged for violating a federal ban on attempting to buy firearms while under felony indictment, according to the Associated Press. Counts cited the Supreme Court’s ruling that gun restrictions should only be upheld if they are rooted in history and ruled that there is no legal tradition of preventing someone charged with — but not convicted of — a felony from buying a firearm.
“Although not exhaustive, the Court’s historical survey finds little evidence that … [the federal ban] – which prohibits those under felony indictment from obtaining a firearm – aligns with this Nation’s historical tradition,” he wrote in his ruling. “[T]he Government must prove that laws regulating conduct covered by the Second Amendment’s plain text align with this Nation’s historical tradition. The Government does not meet that burden.”
Here is Trump Judge David Counts’ ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to purchase a semiautomatic firearm after he has been indicted by a grand jury—here, for burglary and jumping bail. https://t.co/TV7biH83GG pic.twitter.com/TdshicxVHV
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) September 20, 2022
The decision holds unconstitutional a federal law that bars people from buying guns while under indictment. But Counts strongly suggests that a different law—which bars people *convicted* of felonies from buying firearms—also violates the Second Amendment. https://t.co/TV7biH7vR8
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) September 20, 2022
MY TAKE: Your thoughts on this? Please share in the comments section at the end of this briefing.
4 – Erdogan at the U.N.: ‘Islamophobia Is Equal to Anti-Semitism as a Crime Against Humanity’
Breitbart reports: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address to the 77th U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday was largely dedicated to his contention that nearly all problems can be solved through “dialogue,” and Turkey is indispensable to every dialogue in the Middle East and Asia.
Erdogan declared Islamophobia “equal to anti-Semitism as a crime against humanity” and demanded a U.N.-recognized “Fight Against Islamophobia” day every year, to be held on the anniversary of the deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019.
MY TAKE: Oh good grief!
5 – Eunuch is a gender, says prominent pro-trans advocacy group
The Daily Mail reports: Eunuch is a legitimate gender identity, a prominent pro-trans advocacy group has recommended.
The controversial World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) updated its ‘standards of care’ guidelines over the weekend. The 260-page document includes a new chapter on caring for ‘eunuchs’. It even advocates that medical professionals should consider castrating people who identify as such.
The authors of the new standards, which include NHS medics and heads of UK trans charities, argue that castration could help some eunuchs better align with their ‘gender identity’.
A eunuch is a man who has been castrated. Historically, they would be servants or slaves who had their sex organs removed against their will. They served religious roles and, in some cultures, engaged in espionage and clandestine work.
Published in the International Journal of Transgender Health, the WPATH’s new standards argue eunuch is a gender identity, and furthermore one that can require ‘affirming treatment’.
‘As with other gender diverse individuals, eunuchs may also seek castration to better align their bodies with their gender identity,’ they said.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health comprises a group of clinicians and representatives from activist organisations. Many health care providers internationally base their own treatment protocols on wpath guidance 2/10
— Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender (@CanSG_org) September 17, 2022
MY TAKE: Just when you thought you’d heard it all!
BONUS VIDEO: The left comes unhinged: We’ll have more on this incident later today. WATCH:
🚨BREAKING: I was Giving a speech about MEMES at the University of Iowa tonight with @TPUSA.
A Kamala Harris Meme TRIGGERED the violent LIBS so bad they ATTACKED the *projector* and SMASHED IT to pieces.
I told you: The Left Can’t Meme pic.twitter.com/nTwm6ijnV3
— Benny Johnson | Meme-Attack Survivor ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻 (@bennyjohnson) September 21, 2022
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