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    When the Minnesota Legislature convened for the 2022 legislative session in January, a full docket of pressing policy and funding priorities — addressing everything from housing to human services to infrastructure and more — awaited, along with a historic $9 billion surplus. As United Way leaders embedded in communities across the state, we have unique, firsthand knowledge of the most pressing needs that individuals and families are experiencing in both the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. Many of these leading priorities and policy solutions are included within Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda, like addressing the benefits cliff; advancing the construction, preservation and rehabilitation of affordable housing through bonding investments, and increasing access to critical child care for families. While the Legislature addressed a small number of other issues, substantial work was left unfinished at the end of session, with significant dollars left uninvested for those who need it most. This lack of action to make strategic, targeted investments in our communities has wrought painful impacts on individuals and families as they try to...
    A biographer who once wrote a book about Donald Trump has speculated that Ivanka Trump had a bad feeling that things might take a turn for the worse on January 6, 2021, after hearing her father berate Mike Pence in a heated phone call. In an interview with MSNBC on Saturday, author Tim O' Brien reacted to this week's hearings by the House committee investigating the US Capitol riot, following testimony about the furious call Donald Trump made to Pence. Asked whether he believed Ivanka Trump had a 'bad feeling' prior to her father's rally on the Ellipse claiming election fraud on January 6, O'Brien responded 'absolutely'. 'We know from other accounts of what she did that day that she honored the fact that Mike Pence was resisting Donald Trump's pressure to decertify the electoral results on January 6th at the Capitol,' he said. 'And then she obviously was in the Oval Office with several other campaign advisers, including lawyers, who heard him swearing at Mike Pence, who heard him grow increasingly angry at Mike Pence, because Mike Pence wouldn't...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Thursday on his network’s special coverage of the hearing held by the House Select Committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 that they played an “absolutely devastating” video, and the evidence so far has been all about former President Donald Trump. Tapper said, “An absolutely devastating film of footage, some of which, much of which we had never seen before. And in fact, some of the officers who served so valiantly that day were watching that film you just watched, that 12-minute film, from inside the committee room. It was emotional, an emotional moment for them as they watched this horrifying spectacle. Before that film, we saw a presentation from the chairman of the committee, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. An even more powerful presentation from the vice-chair, Republican Liz Cheney, who offered firsthand testimonies with videos and texts from Trump administration officials and Trump family members, and Trump loyalists, all offering a trail of footprints leading directly from that horrific insurrection, this attack on the Capitol, this attack on democracy,...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images. Former President Donald Trump reportedly suggested to the head of his secret service detail to take him to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 following the rally that preceded the deadly attack. Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan reported on Wednesday night that Robert Engel, the head of Trump’s detail, told the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack that Trump expressed his desire to join his supporters at the Capitol. “Engel told Jan. 6 select committee investigators that the two men discussed Trump’s desire to go to the Capitol and took different views on the topic,” Woodruff Swan reported, citing sources familiar with Engel’s testimony. “Engel noted that they went back to the White House instead of heading to Capitol Hill,” the report adds. The conversation took place as Trump was being transported back to the White House after addressing the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse. Trump eluded to the fact he would be going to the Capitol during his speech, “We’re going to the Capitol. We’re going to try and give them the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — State workers who have died while working on the job are being honored on Thursday for the 32nd annual Caltrans workers memorial. It comes in conjunction with Caltrans Safety Awareness week, with the moving memorial serving as a reminder of the dangers employees face. READ MORE: Tracy Man, 57, Accused Of Sending Child Porn Undercover Agent On Kik“This was the box that was on the back of the truck,” said Louie Stinson as he showed us what was left of the crash cushion that was on the back of his truck. 32nd annual Caltrans Workers Memorial @CBSSacramento @GoodDaySac pic.twitter.com/lJj9zNBczw — Rachel Wulff (@rachelwulff) April 28, 2022 Stinson was working behind a sweeping operation last month when it happened. “For a second, I looked over to the right and back in the mirror and there was a car coming that wasn’t slowing down or moving over,” Stinson said. READ MORE: WATCH: Auburn Jail Staff Rescue Duckling That Fell Through Grate In Parking LotThe equipment is designed to protect employees and motorists by taking the impact of the...
    White House telephone logs from January 6 last year reveal a period of more than seven hours with no record of any incoming or outgoing calls made by President Donald Trump - even as the U.S. Capitol was being stormed. The 11 pages of the president's daily diary and White House switchboard records were turned over by the National Archives to the House select committee investigating the violence. But it means investigators have no record of calls placed to or by Trump from 11:17am to 6:54pm - a period of 457 minutes. The records were obtained by the Washington Post and CBS News and published on Tuesday. The gap will trigger questions about whether the president was using aides' telephones or burner cellphones to place calls that were not logged, given public reporting about calls he had that day with allies including Sen. Mike Lee and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy  McCarthy last year described urging the president to call off his supporters and accept defeat. 'I was very clear with the president when I called him,' he told CBS...
    President Joe Biden will shift from his Build Back Better plan to a new four-point economic agenda during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The focus will be on helping the economic recovery amid record high inflation where Americans are facing rising prices on food, gas and rent.  'The American people will hear a lot about how he's going to lower their costs, how he's going to build continue to build a strong economy over the long term,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday in a preview of his remarks. In his address before Congress, Biden will call for reforms on housing, education and climate under a four-point plan that will focus on 'making more things in America'; reducing costs of everyday expenses; 'promoting fair competition'; and 'eliminating barriers to good-paying jobs,' according to a fact sheet from the administration. Many of his ideas will mirror those in Build Back Better, his approximately $2 trillion social services legislation that was killed by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who said he wouldn't support it because of the cost. ...
    Donald Trump's hold over the Republican party may be slipping, as Wednesday's Politico survey suggests GOP voters would rather a candidate focus more on the economy than the 2020 election  As Donald Trump and his critics battle it out for the future of the Republican Party, a new poll released Wednesday show right-leaning voters are just as torn about which way they want the GOP to go. Fifty percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters want their party to move on from Trump's claims the 2020 election was stolen, according to the new survey from Politico and Morning Consult. Just 35 percent said it should still be a focus of the party. However, a majority of those same voters supported rebuking Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for working with the Democrat-led Capitol riot committee. The Republican National Committee voted to censure the Trump critics earlier this month for their work with the House panel investigating the January 6 insurrection as well as the ex-president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Establishment Republican lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Utah...
    NewsNation host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams called out Fox News on Wednesday over the network’s top hosts going after the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police. Abrams introduced the segment by examining a claim from Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) that Capitol Police illegally entered his congressional office multiple times in November. Multiple Fox News hosts accused the Capitol Police of “spying” on the congressman. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said in a statement that the officer was carrying out a security check on an office that was left open. “Turn on Fox News these days and you’re likely to see the Capitol Police or the FBI being thoroughly excoriated by the network’s hosts and contributors,” Abrams said Wednesday on Dan Abrams Live. “Yesterday, a claim from a Republican congressman that the Capitol Police spied on him, a claim that was made without any evidence. It gave Fox News personalities a golden opportunity to bash the people who put their lives on the line every day to protect our country’s lawmakers.” Abrams aired a montage that included Fox News host...
    By: Sen. Larry Walker (R – Perry) The second session of the 156th Georgia General Assembly officially convened on January 10, 2022, kicking off our annual 40-Day term to pass legislation that improves the lives and livelihoods of all in our state. While the first week of a session can occasionally be occupied by ceremonial motions, I am pleased to say the groundwork appears to already be laid for a productive and fruitful term. During first our two weeks, Governor Brian Kemp delivered his fourth annual State of the State Address and we held in-depth hearings from Georgia’s various agencies and departments on their budgetary needs for the fiscal year. Last week, during his State of the State Address, Gov. Kemp previewed his legislative and budgetary priorities for the session. While the budget process has been difficult over the past few years as a result of the state-wide economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial picture this year appears greatly improved. The Governor’s proposed budget totals over $30 billion,...
    Two more lawmakers announced Monday that they contracted coronavirus after four others – including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – announced their diagnoses over the weekend. 'I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday,' New York Republican Representative John Katko tweeted on Monday. 'I am fully vaccinated and boosted, and am thankfully experiencing only mild symptoms. I will be voting by proxy in Washington this week and working from home as I recover. My constituent service team remains available and ready to serve.' Republican Representative Ben Cline from Virginia tweeted on Monday: 'I took a COVID test on Saturday and the result was positive.' 'I have been vaccinated, and after consulting with my physician, I am taking all necessary precautions to isolate here at home in Virginia. Thanks to everyone for their support and assistance.' Since the start of December, 28 members of the House and Senate contracted coronavirus as the highly-contagious Omicron variant sweeps the nation and leads to an unprecedented spike in case rates.  On Saturday, Representatives Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Tennessee; Sean Casten, a Democrat from Illinois; and Young...
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham urged Capitol police to use their guns and regain control of the Capitol on Jan. 6, a new report details.  "What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You've got guns. Use them," Graham told Capitol police, according to an extensive report from the Washington Post, which described Graham as "irate" that senators were forced to leave their chambers during the storming of the Capitol.  "We give you guns for a reason," he said. "Use them." The Washington Post stated the quotes were based on an unnamed Republican senator with knowledge of the incident.  LINDSEY GRAHAM DRAGS JOE BIDEN FOR BEING ‘MOST INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT’ AS AFGHANISTAN CRISIS CONTINUES Graham’s office confirmed the quotes are "accurate" in a statement to Fox News on Monday.  "Graham was quite clear on this point, noting that the backpacks and other items brought into the Capitol could have contained bombs and explosives.  The damage could have been much, much worse," Graham’s communications director, Kevin Bishop, said.  Graham also called Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, multiple times and gave...
    President Joe Biden is heading to Capitol Hill on Friday to try and get his multitrillion economic agenda passed as one of the key players, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, has left town. 'The President will travel to the Hill to speak with members of the House Democratic Caucus this afternoon,' the White House announced.  Biden will try to close the deal amid warring Democrats and salvage his legislative priorities.  Meanwhile, Sinema has left Washington D.C. for a medical appointment in Phoenix amid negotiatios over President Joe Biden's multitrillion economic agenda, in which she is a key player.    Her office said she is remaining in touch with the White House as talks continue.  'Senator Sinema is in Phoenix where she has a medical appointment today, and where she continues remote negotiations with the White House,' her office said in a statement. 'Last night, Kyrsten and our team offered the White House continued discussions and negotiations for this morning. We're awaiting word from the White House for their availability,' the statement added. Sinema broke her foot in June while running the Light at the End...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement on Monday tearing into former President George W. Bush over his speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks where he condemned 'violent extremists' - both at home and abroad. 'So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the “right” are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right now,' Trump said shortly after noon on Monday. 'If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything.' He went on to lambast Bush's legacy and invoked the twin towers collapse that killed more than 2,600 people that day.  'The World Trade Center came down during his watch. Bush led a failed and uninspiring presidency. He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!' Trump wrote.  But Bush's speech...
    On the morning of September 11, 2001, now President Joe Biden was riding his beloved Amtrak from Wilmington to Washington and talking on the phone to his wife.   'Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God,' Dr. Jill Biden yelled into the phone.  One commercial airplane had already slammed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center in New York City. She exclaimed when a second followed.  'Jill, what is it?' Biden, then a U.S. senator from Delaware, asked his wife.  'Another plane ... the other tower,' she responded.  CNN dug up the president's experience on 9/11, as he's set to mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks with visits to Ground Zero, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon on Saturday.  Then Sen. Joe Biden (right) appeared on ABC News after the Pentagon was attacked in Washington and argued that Congress should get back in session and President George W. Bush should return to the White House  Dr. Jill Biden was on the phone with now President Joe Biden when Flight 174 crashed into the South...
    A former Trump campaign official has announced plans to return to the U.S. Capitol to hold a protest in honor of the so-called "political prisoners" facing charges in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection. Matt Braynard, the former data and strategy director for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and current executive director of the political organization Look Ahead America, recently appeared on former White House strategist Steve Bannon's podcast. During his appearance, Baynard revealed details about the planned protest reportedly scheduled for next month. "We're going back to the Capitol, right where it started. And it's going to be huge," Braynard told Bannon last week as he officially announced the planned protest at the Capitol. LAA's Braynard Announces #JusticeforJ6 Rally at US Capitol youtu.be The protest, which has been dubbed "Justice for J6," is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. "As we continue to raise the profiles of these individuals" who have been arrested, it "makes it harder and harder for the left's phony narrative about an insurrection to stick," Braynard told Bannon. "We're going...
    A man who wore a shirt that read  “Back the Blue” to a political rally has been arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers during the Jan 6. Capitol riot. Beyond assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, 35-year-old Samuel Lazar faces other felony charges, such as obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and knowingly entering and remaining on restricted grounds, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia. Lazar was also reportedly caught on video bragging about using mace on police officers, according to the Huffington Post. Since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Lazar attended a number of political events in support of former President Donald Trump before he was arrested in Pennsylvania last week. New case: The FBI have arrested the 549th person related to Jan 6th. Samuel Lazar pic.twitter.com/uks1lJRQYV — Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) July 27, 2021 After Lazar was featured in a Jan. 10 story by Lancaster Online, online sleuths we’re able to find a video of Lazar encouraging people to break through the police barrier to the Capitol while...
    The House Democratic Caucus chairman Tuesday said the first hearing of the new Jan. 6 select committee will test the GOP on whether they truly "back the blue" as they claim.  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said if Republicans stand by law enforcement, as they claim, then they should stand with the brave police officers who will testify next week before the House on their harrowing experiences fighting off a mob at the Capitol six months ago. "Hundreds of Capitol police officers were violently assaulted on Jan. 6," Jeffries told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. "Republican members of the House claim to back the blue. They'll have an opportunity at the first hearing to keep it real and to demonstrate that those words are not just rhetorical, but they really plan to support the Capitol Police officers who defended our democracy at great personal cost to themselves on Jan. 6." CAPITOL RIOT: HOUSE CREATES COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE JAN. 6 ATTACK The first hearing of the newly formed Jan. 6 committee is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 27, when...
    Donald Trump was pictured arriving back at Trump Tower in New York City on Sunday just a day after he demanded to know which Capitol police officer shot and killed his supporter Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 riot. Trump wore a white MAGA hat as he waved to his supporters while arriving in the Big Apple on Sunday after the former president had spoken to thousands of his supporters on Saturday evening at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in Florida. 'By the way, who shot Ashli Babbitt? Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Who? Who shot Ashli Babbitt ? We all saw the hand. We saw the gun,' Trump said during the rally. Babbitt, 36, was shot and killed on January 6 during the deadly riots after she repeatedly ignored warnings by law enforcement to stop while she tried to storm the Capitol through a broken window. Donald Trump arrives on his own to Trump Tower in New York City for July 4th Trump arrived wearing a Make America Great Again cap as his Secret Service Detail motorcade arrived through the city...
    Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of a vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a 'liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy'. Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday.  She said Tuesday: 'Our freedom only survives if we protect it. Today, we face threat America has never seen before.  'A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. 'Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president.   'This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.' Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a liar 'on a crusade to undermine our democracy' Cheney, who...
    Parler has said it referred violent content from its platform to the FBI more than 50 times in the weeks leading up to the January 6 MAGA mob riot at the US Capitol.    The social media platform, a firm favorite among right-wing Americans, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a letter Thursday it had handed over multiple posts to US authorities where users had made specific threats to the Capitol on the day Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden's election win.  Parler's cooperation with the bureau began back in November, it claimed, almost two months before the deadly siege that left five including a Capitol cop dead and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.   The letter, sent to New York Representative and chair of the House Oversight Committee Carolyn Maloney, comes as the platform is being investigated by the House Oversight and Reform Committee for its part in the riot.  Several rioters used the platform to organize the deadly attack and, in the days that followed, the app was thrown offline as Apple, Amazon and Google dropped it from...
    Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday hit back at those critical of his comments concerning Black Lives Matter and the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. While appearing on “Fox News Primetime,” Johnson addressed the criticism that his comments, made during an appearance on “The Joe Pags Show,” were “racist.” He told host Maria Bartiromo that there was “nothing racial” about the comments he made and that “the left is happy to use the race card whenever they can.” (RELATED: ‘There’s Nothing Subconscious About This Racism’: Joe Scarborough Says Sen. Ron Johnson Wants Supporters To ‘Know He’s A Bigot’) Bartiromo began by asking Johnson to explain what he meant by his comments, in which he said the Capitol rioters were people who “loved this country” and “respect law enforcement,” and if the tables were turned and “those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters,” then he might have been concerned. “Well, first of all, I condemned, and I wasn’t talking about the people that actually stormed the Capitol and assaulted police officers....
    Capitol Police are taking steps to scale back perimeter fencing around the Capitol grounds in the next two weeks amid public criticism of the continuing fortifications after the Jan. 6th MAGA riot. It its place, double-rows of bike racks will provide a buffer protecting police in the event of another mass incursion. The mob of thousands had little trouble pushing back such moveable barriers on Jan. 6th, but since that time Capitol security officials have acknowledged they were not prepared for the mass event that took place. Police continued to remain on high alert, following public warnings from FBI Director Chris Wray about the threat of domestic terrorism. Capitol Police will begin removing fencing that forms an outer perimeter within the next two weeks, according to an internal email Fears of QAnon inspired violence on March 4th, when some conspiracy theorists believed Donald Trump would be inaugurated for the second time, never transpired.  The security plans were outlined in an internal email by the Capitol Police, an agency that has faced public criticism from lawmakers for its lack of...
    Jeffrey Smith, 35, shot himself in the head on Jan. 15 as he headed into work for an overnight shift, less than two weeks after he was hit by the pole in the Capitol The second police officer who took his life following the Capitol riots in D.C. 'wasn't the same' after he suffered a serious head injury during the attacks on the building, according to his devastated wife. Jeffrey Smith, 35, shot himself in the head on Jan. 15 as he headed into work for an overnight shift, just a day after he had a follow-up appointment at the police & fire clinic.  'He wasn't the same Jeff that left on the 6th. . . . I just tried to comfort him and let him know that I loved him,' his wife, Erin, told the Washington Post. 'I told him I'd be there if he needed anything, that no matter what, we'll get through it. I tried to do the best I could.'  Smith was found in his beloved Ford Mustang. The vehicle had rolled into an embankment...
    Congressman Jamie Raskin (D- MD) got emotional on Tuesday as he delivered closing remarks for the start of the Donald Trump impeachment trial. The Capitol riots took place on January 6th, one day after Raskin buried his son Tommy. He told senators that his daughter and son-in-law were with him at the Capitol, Raskin explained, “because they wanted to be together with me in the middle of a devastating week for our family.” Raskin said they asked him if it would be safe, citing Trump’s calls for his supporters to gather in DC, and he said he responded to them, “Of course it should be safe, it’s the Capitol.” On January 6th, when they were at the Capitol, Raskin said by the time they learned about what was going on, they were in an office and “I couldn’t get out there to be with them.” “All around me people were calling their wives and their husbands, their loved ones, to say goodbye.” Raskin even said members of Congress “removed their congressional pins so they wouldn’t be identified by the mob...
    The QAnon movement, and the conspiracy theory motivating it, has been gaining considerably more media attention in the last year and in recent weeks -- specifically in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building. Here’s what you need to know about the fringe movement. Where did it start? QAnon started on the 4chan message board -- an anarchic image board that features discussions, images, memes and theories on everything from politics to anime. There, a person claiming to be a highly placed government official -- who went by the name Q Clearance Patriot -- began posting in 2017. He soon gained followers with his claims -- called "Q Drops" -- about how child traffickers and Satan worshippers were seeking to undermine President Trump with the help of global elites in the U.S. and abroad. SASSE SAYS QANON 'DESTROYING THE GOP' IN NEW OP-ED The drops are cryptic and laced with symbolism and hints. In turn, "bakers" interpret those drops, posting explanations online and in YouTube videos about how they apply to the real world. QAnon followers see...
    A pro-Trump mob is seen after breaching the Capitol building on Wednesday. John Minchillo/AP Federal prosecutors arrested Troy Faulkner on charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot. They were able to easily identify him, the FBI said. Faulkner attended the insurrection wearing a jacket with his phone number on the back. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the people who stormed the Capitol building during January's failed insurrection wore a jacket advertising his phone number on the back, according to an FBI affidavit. Troy Faulkner, who was arrested and jailed Friday on several charges, apparently attempted to overthrow the US government while wearing a jacket advertising his Ohio painting company. The fashion statement made it easy for FBI agents to identify him through public YouTube videos, according to the affidavit, which redacts the full phone number. "On the back of his jacket, there is the name of a company 'FAULKNER PAINTING' and the telephone number 'XXX-XXX6985,'" the FBI agent wrote. "Your affiant was able to confirm through the Ohio Secretary of State's website that...
    The Capitol Lieutenant who shot dead MAGA rioter Ashli Babbitt has described his confusion in the moments before he opened fire during the January 6 siege.  Details from the veteran officer's account of the fatal shooting were revealed for the first time Sunday in a report by The New York Times.  Late Air Force veteran Babbitt, 35, was killed as she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, after breaking into the federal building with a mob of pro-Trump rioters earlier this month.  The unnamed cop who fired the deadly shot claims to have not known there had been three cops guarding the door. He says he had only seen the crowd advancing towards him in the moments before Babbitt's death at around 2:30pm. Footage shows the three cops guarding the door had no visible shields or riot gear.  The officer, who was put on leave pending an investigation, also claims he did not know a tactical team was on its was to help clear out the rioters.  Footage shows as the three cops guarding the door appear...
    In response to reports that National Guard troops had been ejected from the Capitol, Democratic lawmakers worked to fix things. Members of the National Guard, brought to Washington, D.C., to maintain security during events for the inauguration of President Joe Biden after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of Donald Trump, were allegedly asked to leave the Capitol on Thursday night. Politico reported, "One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall." In response to the reporting that Capitol Police had been responsible for evicting the National Guard troops, House and Senate Democrats worked to find out what had happened and make it right.
    Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images. White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow has joined top Republicans in Congress and numerous administration officials in questioning Donald Trump’s tone deaf, incendiary response to the Capitol riot. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ludlow expressed frustration with his boss’s conduct on January 6th, in which the president reveled in the rioters laying siege to Congress and further pushed election fraud conspiracies, when he tweeted the chaos occurring in real-time was what happens “when a sacred landslide” is “viciously stripped.” “I was hoping that he would come out quickly and make statements calling everybody back and stopping the violence,” Kudlow told the Journal during a long conversation. “I was very disappointed in the president.” Mr. Kudlow joined the ranks of administration officials who have publicly criticized the president’s actions in relation to the riot. Three cabinet secretaries and several senior officials across the administration have stepped down in the aftermath of the attack The NEC director weighed the possibility of resigning in the aftermath of the riot, but ultimately decided against it. After speaking to other senior White House...
    A Trump supporter who had encouraged violence against Democrats in his last social media posts before his death at the Capitol riots, was once a fan of President Obama and even attended his inauguration.   Kevin Greeson, of Athens, Alabama died amid the chaos last Wednesday when an angry mob of MAGA fans stormed the US Capitol.   In a statement confirming his death, his family revealed the 55-year-old father had a 'history of high blood pressure, and in the midst of the excitement, suffered a heart attack.' Social media photos reveal Greeson was a fervent Trump supporter and had shown his support for the president by adding a MAGA filter to his Facebook profile picture.  Other photos showed him posing proudly with two AR-15 rifles.  Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama, was among the five who died in the Capitol riots. His family said he was prone to high blood pressure and suffered a heart attack 'in the midst of excitement' Social media showed Greeson was a fervent supporter of the president and had also shared photos posing proudly with...
    A former Miami Beach cop has been outed as a Capitol rioter after filming himself surrounded by Trump supporters and vowing to 'take back power' during the siege. Nicholes Lentz, 41, a former Marine, worked for Miami Beach Police Department until last August when he resigned two months after a Twitter user accused him of racism. He attended Wednesday's riot at the Capitol during which five people died, including a police officer who was allegedly struck over the head with a fire extinguisher. In the footage Lentz declares: 'America has spoken. You cannot stop millions of people, you cannot stop it. You can't. It's impossible.  Nicholes Lentz, 41, a former Marine, worked for Miami Beach Police Department until last summer. He attended Wednesday's riot at the Capitol during which five people died, including a police officer. Lentz's footage shows red-hatted Trump supporters marauding through the halls of American democracy 'America has a voice, we give them the power, we give the power, the people give the power. And we're here to take it back.'  Lentz is...
    Ivanka Trump has been spotted out and about in New York City, one day after her brother Donald Jr returned to the Big Apple, amid reports she wants to attend Biden's inauguration ceremony despite her father's outrage. The First Daughter, 39, was seen leaving a hair salon in Midtown Manhattan Tuesday evening in an all black ensemble featuring dark trousers, a sweater, heeled boots and a tuxedo jacket.  She emerged in New York amid reports that she's defying her father's wishes and plans on attending Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill on January 20, in a bid to 'save her reputation'.   But President Trump is up in arms about Ivanka's decision, slamming it as 'the worst decision she could ever make.'  Ivanka Trump, 39, was spotted out and about in New York City on Tuesday, one day after her brother Donald Jr returned to the city The First Daughter was seen leaving a Midtown building in an all black ensemble including dark trousers, a sweater, heeled boots and a tuxedo jacket flanked by her security detail ...
    A shocking new video shows the moment a MAGA rioter assaulted a police officer with a fire extinguisher during last week's riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC.  In the video, police officers are seen trying to fight off a chaotic mob of supporters of President Donald Trump. One of the rioters is seen pushing an officer off the ledge of the building and into a group of cops who were trying to keep others at bay.  Moments later, another rioter comes out of nowhere and throws the fire extinguisher at the head of police officers in the crowd.  It is the same weapon that killed Capitol cop Brian Sicknick. It's not clear if Sicknick is the officer hit in the video. In the video, police officers are seen trying to fight off a chaotic mob of supporters of President Donald Trump. One of the rioters is seen pushing an officer off the ledge of the building and into a group of cops who were trying to keep others at bay Moments later, another rioter comes out of...
    People from across the political spectrum expressed annoyance with Anderson Cooper's 'out of touch' jibe claiming Trump fanatics would be going back to 'Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn they're staying at' to relish in their assault on the Capitol Wednesday.  Cooper - who inherited the bulk of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt's $200million fortune after she died in June of 2019 - was making the comments while showing scenes of the chaos that unfolded after President Trump told his supporters to march for the Capitol. 'Look at them, they're high-fiving each other for this deplorable display of completely unpatriotic, completely against law and order, completely unconstitutional behavior, it's stunning,' he said.  'And they're going to go back to the Olive Garden and to the Holiday Inn they're staying at, or the Garden Marriott, and they're going to have some drinks and talk about the great day they had in Washington. They stood up for nothing other than mayhem.'  Anderson Cooper made the comments on Wednesday while showing scenes of the carnage at the Capitol Anderson Cooper just said...
    U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office while arriving back at the White House on December 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged the swarms of his supporters rioting in and around the U.S. Capitol to "go home now," while continuing to falsely insist that his reelection was "stolen." The president, in a one-minute video posted on Twitter, began by sympathizing with the rioters. "I know your pain, I know you're hurt," Trump said. "We had an election that was stolen from us, it was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side." "But you have to go home now, we have to have peace," he added. The brief clip came as the Capitol building, where a joint session of Congress was scheduled to count the Electoral College ballots and confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, was under lockdown due to the riots by Trump's supporters. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related Tags Breaking News: Economy Breaking News: Politics
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