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Prince Andrew Gives Up Military Titles, Patronages Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

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The embattled Duke of York has been accused of sexually abusing Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the alleged victims of convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, when she was underage.

UK’s Prince Andrew has been stripped of military titles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace revealed on Thursday.

“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace stated.

The statement also said that the Duke of York will “continue not to undertake any public duties”, noting that he is “defending this case as a private citizen” – apparently referring to a civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Aside from this, Reuters reported, citing a royal source, that Prince Andrew would no longer use the title “His Royal Highness”, and his roles will be distributed among other members of the UK royal family.

Giuffre, who is one of the alleged victims of convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has accused Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was a minor. The Duke of York has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has been struggling to dismiss the case as unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, however, US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan ruled against Prince Andrew, shooting down almost every argument rolled out by the Duke’s legal team. Andrew’s lawyers questioned the constitutionality of a New York state law that temporarily waived the usual statute of limitations for lawsuits brought by victims of childhood sexual abuse. Additionally, they claimed that Giuffre signed away her rights for any lawsuits against defendants in Epstein-related cases when she struck a deal with Epstein’s team in 2009.

The Duke’s lawyers could still appeal the ruling, however, and try to have the case dismissed on other pretexts.

On Thursday, ITV reported citing a source in the prince’s office that Andrew’s team were not surprised by the US court ruling.

“Given the robustness with which Judge Kaplan greeted our arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling. However, it was not a judgment on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations,” ITV reporter Chris Ship quoted the source on Twitter.

Prince Andrew’s office adds that he will fight on:

“This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”#PrinceAndrew

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) January 13, 2022

In the event of Giuffre and Andrew failing to reach any sort of settlement on the case, it will proceed to a civil trial – something that, according to Judge Kaplan, could occur between September and December this year.

On Thursday, the campaign group Republic said that more than 150 veterans have signed an open letter urging the Queen to strip Prince Andrew of his military titles because of his connections to Epstein.


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Trapped: Joe Biden Struggles to Break Free from ‘Gilded Cage’ of the White House

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President Joe Biden expressed his frustration at being trapped in the White House on Wednesday, unable to travel and speak directly to the American people.

The president spoke with reporters for 112 minutes during a rare solo press conference at the White House.

Biden was confronted by NBC News reporter Kristen Welker who said during a visit to South Carolina, black voters she spoke to had written off his efforts on voting rights as a “last-minute PR push”

The president was disappointed to hear the news, lamenting he had been trapped in the White House during the first year of his presidency.

“Part of the problem is, as well: I have not been out in the community nearly enough,” he said. “I’ve been here an awful lot.”

He lamented that the coronavirus pandemic and Washington politics prevented him from interacting with the people.

He said:

I find myself in a situation where I don’t get a chance to look people in the eye, because of both COVID and things that are happening in Washington, to be able to go out and do the things that I’ve always been able to do pretty well: connect with people, let them take a measure of my sincerity, let them take a measure of who I am.

Biden has previously spoken about his frustrations of being trapped in the White House, despite his frequent weekend trips home to Delaware.

“It’s a little like a gilded cage, in terms of being able to — but walk outside and do things,” Biden lamented in March during a CNN town hall.

The president said he had good working relationships with members of the black congressional caucus, but admitted he could still do more to communicate directly to the people.

“I think that’s a problem that is my own making by not communicating as much as I should have,” he said.

Biden expressed a vision of him escaping the White House in 2022 to connect directly with the people.

“I’m going to get out of this place more often,” he said. “I’m going to go out and talk to the public. I’m going to do public fora. I’m going to interface with them.”

Biden suggested the long days as president were taking a toll and would do more to bring in outside experts to advise his presidency and offer “constructive criticism.”

“I’m not complaining. It’s, you know, 12, 14 hours a day,” he said. “No complaints. I really mean that sincerely.”

Biden spoke positively about traveling to funerals with members of Congress and having discussions about the problems facing the nation.

“I learned a heck of a lot,” he said, fondly recalling the hours spent with members of congress. “But as President, you don’t quite have that ability to do that as often as I’d like to be able to do it.”

Biden said he was used to negotiating with members of Congress to move forward on legislation, citing his success as a senator.

But he acknowledged he was in a different role, cited polling showing the public did not want him to spend more time with members of Congress.

“The public doesn’t want me to be the ‘President Senator,’” he said. “They want me to be the President and let senators be senators.”

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Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Jump as Omicron Surge Takes Toll

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Jobless claims unexepectedly jumped last week, suggesting that omicron has begun hitting the labor market.

Initial filings for the week ended January 15 totaled 286,000, up from the previous week’s 231,000. Analysts surveyed by Econoday forecast claims would fall to 207,000.

The total was the highest since mid-October. Jobless claims have been on an uneven climb since falling to the lowest level in 50 years in early January.

Continuing claims, which are released with a week’s delay, climbed 84,000 to 1.64 million.

Real time indicators of travel and leisure activity, including airport foot traffic and restaurant bookings, have recently indicated declines as new case numbers have surged.

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The Soros Dozen: Big City Prosecutors Backed by George Soros

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Left-wing billionaire and Democrat donor George Soros has turned his attention in recent years to local races for prosecutor, using his money to elect “progressives” who push “criminal justice reform” and support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The rise of these Soros-backed prosecutors has coincided with a massive surge in murder and crime in many Democrat-run cities, including many where these prosecutors have implemented radical policies toward policing and incarceration.

Most recently, for example, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has faced criticism for his radical reforms in the year since he took office, while murders soared. “The city last year experienced 397 murders, up 11.8 percent from the 355 the previous year, and a 53.9 percent increase from the 258 in the pre-pandemic year of 2019,” Los Angeles magazine noted.

These murders included the shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, a black philanthropist and the wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant, who was killed during a robbery in her home. Gascón blamed the “system” for her death.

More recently, a young woman, Brianna Kupfer, was stabbed to death in broad daylight in the furniture store where she worked. Her alleged killer was out on bail for a 2020 arrest in Los Angeles and a 2019 arrest in South Carolina. Her father blamed politicians who had let criminals roam free — a growing sentiment in cities where Soros-backed prosecutors rule.

Many of the candidates Soros has backed have received support, directly or indirectly, from a network of groups with names like “Justice & Public Safety PAC.” The Influence Watch website describes Soros’s organizations as the “‘Safety and Justice’ network, a project of left-leaning billionaire George Soros that used a network of similarly named state-level PACs to finance the campaigns of progressive Democratic candidates for district attorney in more than a dozen of America’s cities.”

Soros-backed prosecutors include:

Supported by Soros through spending by political action committees (PACs) and super PACs:

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón – Elected in 2020, he ousted incumbent D.A. Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to hold the job, and has prided himself on reducing prison sentences, even as violent crime has soared in L.A.

(Chicago) Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx – Foxx became notorious for her intervention in the Jussie Smollett case, dropping charges against the actor for a hate crime hoax. (Smollett was later convicted.) Chicago hit 800 homicides in 2021.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner – Soros supported Krasner with nearly $1.7 million in spending in 2017, more than five times as much as Kranser spent himself. Philadelphia set a new record for homicides in 2021, with 562 in total.

(Houston) Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg – Ogg is considered one of the more moderate of Soros’s prosecutors, and had to overcome opposition from even more left-wing prosecutors in 2020. Houston’s homicide rate rose 71% in 2021.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot – Cruezot dropped prosecutions for thefts of “personal items” valued at less than $750, among other radical reforms, and was reduced to reminding residents that theft was still against the law.

(San Antonio) Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales – Gonzales has been described as “one of Soros’s favorite DAs,” presiding over a stunning 52% increase in homicides in San Antonio since 2019, though violent crime was down overall.

(Phoenix) Maricopa County District Attorney Paul Penzone – Soros spent millions to defeat Joe Arpaio and support Penzone, who gained national attention in 2020 when he resisted efforts by Republicans to audit the ballots in the 2020 election.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner – Gardner has faced ethical complaints over the prosecution of former Governor Eric Greitens, as well as that of Mark and Patricia McCloskey. She was kicked off the latter prosecution after using it to fundraise.

(East San Francisco Bay Area) Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton – Becton famously charged a couple with a “hate crime” for painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural that was painted on a public road in Martinez, California.

Supported by Soros indirectly:

(New York) Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg – Bragg was elected with help from the Color of Change PAC, to which Soros donated $1 million. He has banned pre-trial incarceration and prison for all but homicide and a few other cases.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby – Mosby, one of the original “Black Lives Matter” prosecutors, reportedly took a trip abroad sponsored by a Soros-backed group. She was recently indicted on federal charges of mortgage fraud and perjury.

(Orlando) Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Monque Worrell – Worrell succeeded Soros-backed Aramis Ayala, whom Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off a murder case for declining to seek charges in a murder because she opposed the death penalty.

A further list of Soros-backed prosecutors, current through 2019, is available through Influence Watch. These include prosecutors such as Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj – Biberaj came under scrutiny after a parent was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting against district policies after his daughter was sexually assaulted. Another list is available through the Capital Research Center, including descriptions of Soros-backed prosecutors’ records.

Not every left-wing prosecutor is directly backed by Soros. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was not backed by Soros — but he received $100,000 from a PAC controlled by Soros-backed George Gascón to fight a recall election effort.

In 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported that Soros had funded at least 21 local prosecutorial campaigns, though it noted that the full extent of his influence on such races was unknown, because some of his contributions flowed to non-profit organizations and “dark money” groups rather than directly to campaigns. He has continued and expanded his role since.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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