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President Trump Meets With Mel Gibson To Discuss How To End Human Trafficking

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President Trump met with Mel Gibson on Saturday night to discuss a strategy for ending child trafficking in America.

The meeting at UFC 290 on Saturday night comes hot on the heels of the release of the anti-child trafficking movie Sound of Freedom. Gibson has been a major promoter of the movie. “One of the most disturbing problems in our world today is human trafficking and particularly the trafficking of children” Gibson said.

UFC boss Dana White pledged, just hours earlier to pay for all of his employees to see the groundbreaking film.

Thepostmillennial.com reports: The encounter backstage at the highly anticipated UFC event created a buzz among attendees and media. Joined by Roger Stone, the meeting brought together three individuals known for their strong personalities and outspoken views, resulting in a captivating blend of politics, entertainment, and intrigue. 

On Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, President Donald Trump and UFC president Dana White made a highly visible appearance in the crowd after emerging from backstage. Trump received an electrifying welcome from a devoted crowd.

Sound of Freedom released nationwide on July 4th, made an impressive debut by topping the box office charts. The film’s innovative pay-it-forward technology, developed by Angel Studios, contributed to its success. Distributed by Angel Studios in the US, Sound of Freedom grossed over $14 million on its first day, surpassing other contenders like Disney’s “Indiana Jones,” which opened on June 30 and reportedly brought in $11.5 million, according to Deadline.

An additional $2.6 million was made thanks to the film’s innovative ticketing strategy, which used a pay-it-forward model that is still pending patent protection. Sound of Freedom made more money in one day than pre-release expectations, which predicted earnings between $11 and $15 million over a six-day period.

The true story of former government agent Tim Ballard, who quit his job to independently save children from pedophiles and human traffickers, is the basis for the movie Sound of Freedom. Based on a true story in which Ballard and his team successfully saved 123 people—including 55 children—by saving a total of 123 people, the movie depicts Ballard’s efforts to save two children and a group of over 50 others.

Actor Jim Caviezel, who plays Ballard, addresses the audience with a moving speech during the movie’s closing credits. Caviezel emphasizes the crimes and horrors of the sex trafficking industry while acknowledging the challenges the movie faced during production. Then he urges viewers to scan a QR code, which will assist in giving tickets to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Neal Harmon, the CEO of Angel Studios, expressed his excitement about the movie’s success, stating, “This movie has now taken on a life of its own to become something more than that, a grassroots movement.” Harmon emphasized the importance of word-of-mouth spreading and the support of passionate fans and investors to ensure the film reaches a wider audience.

Tim Ballard, the CEO and founder of Operation Underground Railroad, which combats human trafficking globally, serves as the inspiration behind “Sound of Freedom,” capturing the early days of the organization’s work.

While there is not yet documentation as to what President Trump and Mel Gibson talked about,, it certainly adds another layer of intrigue to an already eventful weekend, blending politics, entertainment, and the ongoing success of Sound of Freedom.

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REPORT: U.S. quietly facilitated over 100 arms sales to Israel without approval of Congress

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The United States has approved and delivered on more than 100 arms sales to Israel since October 7, U.S. officials recently told Congress in a classified briefing, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.

The report, citing unnamed US officials, revealed that thousands of precision-guided munitions, small-diameter bombs, and other weapons were sold. These sales didn’t require prior approval from Congress as each fell below the minimum amount for consideration. Former Biden administration official Jeremy Konyndyk, speaking to the Washington Post, suggested that the high volume of sales in a short period indicates Israel’s reliance on U.S. support for its operations against Hamas in Gaza. Konyndyk, now president of Refugees International, urged the U.S. to leverage weapons sales to pressure Israel into accepting a ceasefire in Gaza.

State Department spokesman Matt Miller told the Washington Post that the Biden administration has “followed the procedures Congress itself has specified to keep members well-informed, and regularly briefs members even when formal notification is not a legal requirement.”

U.S. officials have “engaged Congress” on arms deliveries to Israel “more than 200 times” since October, Miller said.

The report said a senior State Department official declined to provide the total number of all US weapons transferred to Israel, or their costs, since Oc tober 7, but said they include new sales and “active” foreign military sales or FMSs.

“These are items that are typical for any modern military, including one that is as sophisticated as Israel’s,” the official said.

In a Wednesday column, David Ignatius of the Washington Post reported that the U.S. is contemplating measures to prevent Israel from deploying American arms in an anticipated offensive in Rafah, a southern city in Gaza where over half of the territory’s population has sought refuge during the conflict. The U.S. has emphasized that Israel must demonstrate a strategy to safeguard civilians before initiating a ground operation in Rafah. While Israel has committed to evacuating residents, it has not finalized its military strategy or disclosed relocation plans for civilians.

Ignatius wrote that US President Joe Biden and other officials “haven’t made any decision about imposing ‘conditionality’ on US weapons. But the very fact that officials seem to be debating this extreme step shows the administration’s growing concern about the crisis in Gaza.”

“If Israel launches an offensive in Rafah without adequately protecting the displaced civilian population, it may precipitate an unprecedented crisis in US-Israel relations, even involving arms supplies,” former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk was quoted as saying in the column.

Democratic lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to pressure Israel into alleviating the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Some are considering withholding approved military aid if conditions for civilians do not improve. Senator Chris Van Hollen emphasized the need for leveraging all available influence, urging the administration to hold back military assistance unless Israel takes steps to facilitate aid shipments into Gaza.

Israeli claims that aid deliveries are hindered by logistical issues have been met with skepticism. The White House has refrained from imposing conditions on aid to Israel, prompting concerns among lawmakers about the escalating crisis. Discussions of potential actions coincide with President Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address, where policy priorities will be outlined. The possibility of withholding arms sales to Israel under US law is also being considered, though it could spark contentious debates. Additionally, House Democrats have expressed deep concern about the plight of civilians in Gaza, further underscoring the urgency of addressing the humanitarian crisis amid ongoing conflict.

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Michelle Obama’s office says the former first lady ‘will not be running for president’ in 2024

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Former President Barack Obama’s vocal support for President Joe Biden’s re-election bid has sparked speculation about the potential role of his wife, Michelle Obama, in the upcoming election.

Many Democrats are eager to see Michelle Obama take on a more prominent role, with some even pondering the possibility of her replacing a politically weakened Biden on the 2024 ticket. However, supporters of Republican front-runner Donald Trump have seized on this speculation to undermine Biden’s political standing and rally GOP supporters.

In response to these rumors, Michelle Obama’s office has reiterated that she has no plans to run for president in 2024. Crystal Carson, director of communications for her office, has emphasized Michelle Obama’s support for President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ re-election campaign, and says Michelle will not be running for president.

While Michelle Obama intends to assist the Biden campaign this fall, her involvement is expected to be limited, reflecting her existing commitments and her reluctance to fully re-enter the political arena. Sources familiar with the discussions suggest that the Biden campaign may capitalize on Michelle Obama’s star power later in the campaign, particularly when swing voters are more engaged.

The Biden campaign has expressed gratitude for the support of both Barack and Michelle Obama in previous elections. Campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz highlighted Michelle Obama’s involvement with When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voter registration group, as an area of alignment with the Biden campaign’s goals.

Despite persistent speculation about her political ambitions, Michelle Obama has consistently downplayed the possibility of seeking public office. In interviews, she has emphasized the challenges of politics and expressed her aversion to questions about running for president.

However, some observers note instances where Michelle Obama has left the door open to the idea of holding public office in the future. Amid speculation about Biden’s potential running mate in 2020, an exchange between CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and Jill Biden suggested Michelle Obama as a possible candidate. While Jill Biden laughed off the suggestion, Michelle Obama’s allies reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with her response, prompting discussions about crafting a more ambiguous statement regarding her future plans.

Michelle Obama’s partnership with Jill Biden during their time as first and second ladies underscores their close relationship, particularly in initiatives like Joining Forces to support military families. Despite the ongoing speculation, Michelle Obama’s intentions regarding future political involvement remain unclear, leaving room for continued speculation and discussion within political circles.

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Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Texas Law Allowing State Immigration Enforcement

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In a contentious battle between federal and state authority over immigration enforcement, the Supreme Court has temporarily halted a Texas law that permits state officials to arrest illegal immigrants. The decision comes amidst escalating tensions between Texas and the Biden administration regarding border security measures.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito imposed the stay after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the Texas law to take effect on March 10, according to reports from NBC. This move follows U.S. District Judge David Ezra’s initial stay late last month.

Alito’s decision to grant the stay came in response to a plea from the Biden administration and will remain in effect until March 13. Texas has been given until March 11 to respond to the administration’s arguments.

Judge Ezra, in his original stay, expressed concerns that the Texas law could allow the state to override federal directives permanently. He warned against the notion of nullifying federal law and authority, which he argued is antithetical to the Constitution and has been consistently rejected by federal courts since the Civil War.

The clash between Texas and the federal government has intensified under the Biden administration, particularly concerning Operation Lone Star. This unilateral effort by Texas aims to secure the border amid what the state perceives as federal apathy toward the surge in illegal crossings.

One of the most notable points of contention has been Texas’ deployment of a buoy barrier in the Rio Grande river and its construction of concertina-wire fencing along the Mexican frontier to deter illegal entrants.

The decision by the Supreme Court to temporarily halt the Texas law underscores the ongoing struggle between state and federal authorities regarding immigration policy and enforcement. It highlights the complex legal and constitutional issues surrounding states’ rights versus federal supremacy in matters of immigration control.

While the temporary stay provides a brief respite, the underlying tensions between Texas and the federal government are far from resolved. The outcome of this legal battle will have significant implications for immigration policy and the balance of power between state and federal authorities in the United States. As the deadline for the stay approaches, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court and the subsequent actions of the Texas government and the Biden administration.

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