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Houthis Hit Israel For First Time




The Israeli military has failed to intercept a cruise missile fired by the militants at the port of Eilat

Yemen’s Houthi militants have struck Israel with a cruise missile, marking the first time that one of the group’s projectiles has reached the Jewish state. The strike follows repeated efforts by the US and UK to destroy Houthi launch sites.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed on Tuesday evening that it tracked a “suspicious aerial target” that entered Israeli airspace and struck an open area near the Red Sea port city of Eilat. 

The IDF then confirmed that the target in question was a cruise missile, and that no casualties or damage occurred. The Houthis later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Houthis have launched repeated missile and drone attacks on Israel since October. Until Monday, all of the group’s missiles and aircraft had been intercepted en route to their targets either by the IDF, the American or British navies, or the forces of neighboring countries like Jordan. 

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The Shia militia, which functions as the de facto armed forces of Yemen, has also vowed to disrupt commercial shipping in the Red Sea until Israel ceases its war with Hamas. Houthi militants have carried out scores of attacks on commercial shipping in the region, including a successful missile strike on an allegedly American-owned liquefied petroleum gas tanker on Tuesday.

From the outset of its campaign, the group said that it would target Israeli or “Israel-linked” shipping, including vessels owned or operated by American or British firms.

The US and Britain responded by deploying naval forces to the region and launching repeated waves of airstrikes against Houthi launch sites and other military facilities in Yemen. The most recent of these strikes took place on Monday, when US Central Command, which oversees American military operations in the Middle East, said that its forces destroyed missiles, drones, and “weapons storage containers” on Yemeni soil.

In a much larger series of strikes in late February, American and British warplanes destroyed 18 Houthi targets across eight locations in Yemen, including underground bunkers, radar sites, and surface-to-air missile batteries, according to the British Defense Ministry.

READ MORE: Red Sea attacks halving Suez Canal trade

These operations have failed to deter the militants, however. Back in January, US President Joe Biden conceded that while the air campaign was not “stopping the Houthis,” it would continue regardless.

Houthi attacks caused a 50% decline in shipping traffic through the Suez Canal in January and February, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported earlier this month. While most Western vessels are now forced to take the longer route around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, the Houthis have told Russia and China that their ships will be allowed to pass through the Red Sea unimpeded in exchange for unspecified “political support,” Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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Australian National Review – NEW: Marxist Tyrant Letitia James Asks Judge To Void Trump’s $175 Million Bond | The Gateway Pundit





Marxist New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge to void Trump’s $175 million bond that he posted to appeal the civil fraud case

Letitia James argued that California-based Knight Specialty Insurance Company (KSIC) is not approved to do business in New York.

James also questioned whether KSIC has the funds to back up the $175 million bond Trump previously posted.

“Based on KSIC’s policyholder surplus in its most recent annual financial statement of $138,441,671, the limitation of loss on any one risk that KSIC is permitted to write is $13.8 million,” Letitia James’ office wrote in a 26-page filing according to Fox News. “The face amount of the bond exceeds this limitation by $161.2 million.”

James also argued in her filing: “KSIC is not qualified to act as the surety under this standard because its management has been found by federal authorities to have operated affiliated companies within KSIC’s holding company structure in violation of federal law on multiple occasions within the past several years.”

“KSIC does not now have an exclusive right to control the account and will not obtain such control unless and until it exercises a right to do so on two days’ notice,” James’ office wrote in the filing.

Letitia James asked the judge to void Trump’s bond and require him to post another bond within 7 days of the court’s decision.

Fox News reported:

New York Attorney General Letitia James is pushing the judge in former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud case to void the $175 million bond that Trump previously posted to appeal his New York civil lawsuit.

In her 26-page filing obtained by Fox News Digital, James questions whether the insurance company has sufficient funds to back it up.

Trump’s bond was posted by California-based Knight Specialty Insurance Company (KSIC), but James argued that the insurer was “not authorized” to write business in New York, stating it is a small insurer that is not authorized to write business in New York and is not regulated by the state’s insurance department, had never before written a surety bond in New York or in the prior two years in any other jurisdiction, and has a total policyholder surplus of just $138 million.

The company has a total policyholder surplus of just $138 million, the filing states. According to New York state law, smaller businesses like KSIC are not permitted to expose themselves to liabilities, like a bond, or any potential loss greater than 10 percent of their surplus.

An appellate court last month ruled that President Trump can post a $175 million bond to cover Letitia James’ $464 million judgment.

Letitia James last month took the initial step to seize Trump’s assets. She filed judgments in Westchester County where Trump’s private estate and golf course named Seven Springs is located.

President Trump had to either pay the judgment or convince the appellate court to allow him to defer the payment pending appeal.

Trump’s legal team filed an appeal and requested a stay on the massive $464 million judgment last month.

Last month Trump’s attorneys sent a letter to the Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court and asserted Letitia James’ actions are “unconstitutional.”

The appellate court intervened and ruled Trump can post $175 million bond.

“It is ordered that the motion is granted to the extent of staying enforcement of those portions of the Judgment (1) ordering disgorgement to the Attorney General of $464,576,230.62, conditioned on defendants-appellants posting, within ten (10) days of the date of this order, an undertaking in the amount of $175 million dollars,” the two-page order from the appellate said, according to ABC News.

Letitia James immediately launched an attack on Trump after the appellate court lowered the bond to $175 million and now she’s trying to void it so she can seize Trump’s properties.

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Australian National Review – Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Trying To Squeeze More Revenue Out Of Taxpayers: ‘Going After Everybody Who Has Money’ (VIDEO) | The Gateway Pundit





Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt is trying to find new ways to generate revenue for the state. Taxpayers are apparently not already being squeezed hard enough in the state.

During a meeting with a liberal group this week, she described her efforts and vowed to chase new revenue aggressively.

It’s disturbing to hear a state leader talking in this way, frankly suggesting that she is going after ‘everybody who has money.’

The Commonwealth Beacon reported:

The secretary promised to be aggressive in pursuing change even in the face of strong opposition. To buttress that point, she said she will not spend any time making decisions with the goal of hanging on to her job. She also said Gov. Maura Healey has her back. “This governor likes fights. She does. She loves to fight,” Tibbits-Nutt said, according to a video of her talk on the Walk Massachusetts website.

The secretary is heading a task force charged with coming up with a new funding model for transportation by the end of the year. Many insiders are openly skeptical the task force can reach consensus on a package that can make it through the Legislature, but Tibbits-Nutt said the group will be focused on getting results. She also ticked off several revenue initiatives she is interested in.

“This [task force] is actually different because we’re not censoring it,” she said. “I’m going to talk about tolling. I’m going to talk about charging TNCs [transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft] more. I’m going to talk about potentially charging more for package deliveries, charging more for payroll tax — basically going after everybody who has money. And when I’m talking tolling, I’m talking at the borders. I’m not talking within Massachusetts.”

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It almost sounds like she thinks the state is entitled to said money. Almost.

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Australian National Review – Former Deputy PM, Civil Libertarians Unlikely Allies Against New Knife Crime Law Push





Rumoured calls by NSW Police to have parents held responsible for offences committed by their children is a simplistic approach, NSW Civil Liberties says.

Both Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce and the New South Wales (NSW) Council for Civil Liberties are alarmed by the push from NSW Police, via their union, to have criminal penalties imposed on the parents of children found to be carrying weapons, including knives.

When a riot broke out following the stabbing at the Assyrian Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, six paramedics were forced to take shelter in the church for three and a half hours.

The state’s health minister, Ryan Park, described it as “a situation where they were held up with frontline police with hundreds of people outside …. That’s not the sort of scenes we want to see in NSW and it’s not the way in which our paramedics [and] frontline emergency workers should be treated.”

NSW Health Minister Ryan Park speaks outside Newmarch House in Sydney, Australia, on April 29, 2020. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
NSW Health Minister Ryan Park speaks outside Newmarch House in Sydney, Australia, on April 29, 2020. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

It was revealed that the alleged offender, a 16-year-old youth, had been found in possession of a flick knife at a train station in November 2023 and was placed on a good behaviour bond. The boy had also been found with a knife at school in 2020.

NSW Health Services Union leader Gerard Hayes has joined police and called on Premier Chris Minns to introduce laws similar to Queensland’s, which allow police to use metal detectors to search people without a warrant.

Under new laws introduced last year, the maximum penalty for possessing a knife in a public place or school doubled to four years in prison, a $4,400 fine, or both.

Should Be a Serious Offence: Police

In a submission to an ongoing NSW Sentencing Council review, police urged the government to make it an indictable offence for any parent to allow their child to possess a blade. Indictable offences are a more serious category of crime and can attract higher sentences and potentially prison terms.

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Police also called for a separate category of offences for people caught carrying knives on public transport, calling it a “high risk … considering the mass of people concentrated in these areas and potential vulnerability of people using public transport.”

Asked for the government’s reaction at a press stand-up, the Mr. Park said the issue would form part of the coronial inquest.

“We will be looking at everything in relation to this issue,” he said.

“[We] want to do this in a methodical way and part of our making sure that the coroner has the resources they need to do that investigation is so that we can look at a range of issues in relation to this incident.

“But we do have to remember that people sometimes carry out behaviour that is highly unpredictable.”

‘Risk to Children’: Civil Liberties

However, the NSW Council for Civil Liberties said data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows that knife crime has declined steadily over recent years, and called on the state government to “resist populist calls for legislative change that will not make our communities safer.”

Council President Lydia Shelly said charging parents because their child has committed an offence “oversimplifies the intricate circumstances surrounding children who have contact with the criminal justice system.”

“The stance reportedly taken by NSW police poses significant risks to children. Parents facing criminal charges and a possible conviction may jeopardise their employment opportunities, destabilise their housing situation, and potentially disrupt their ability to maintain custody of their children,” she said.

She urged the government to instead focus on strengthening families and take a whole-of-government approach to prevent children from ever entering the criminal justice system.

“Parents of children who have been charged with a criminal offence do not deserve to be demonised by the media, the NSW police or the NSW government,” she said.

That stance received backing from former Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who said the issue wasn’t as simple as police suggest.

Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks at a news conference on Sep. 5, 2023. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)
Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce speaks at a news conference on Sep. 5, 2023. (Reuters/Screenshot via NTD)

“I think the people that should be pursued [are] the people that incite terrorism,” he said.

“The person that went into a church and stabbed a bishop is inspired by other people, other people got into his head … influenced a younger person to go and try and murder somebody—that’s where your problem starts.”

‘There is a Limit’: Joyce

While Mr. Joyce felt “parents should be given some responsibility … held responsible for their children” he also believed there was a limit to it.

“In the end they have their own agency and start doing what they want, not what the parents tell them,” he said.

Mr. Joyce also pointed out that parents can’t stop their children from doing the wrong thing if they’re unaware of it.

“To say that I’m totally responsible for everything my children have done, it sounds great and very, very dangerous,” he said.

“I mean, you can’t stop someone of their own volition going and buying a knife and not telling you about it.”

On Thursday, Mr. Minns committed the NSW government to “[looking] at the existing legislation and see whether potential changes could help prevent a similar attack.”

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