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    Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) on Thursday told her colleague Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMarjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse Press: Rittenhouse verdict demands change in gun laws Madison Cawthorn offers Rittenhouse an internship MORE (R-Fla.) during a podcast discussion that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyChristie: McCarthy, not Trump, will be the next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice Sunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to Senate MORE (R-Calif.) “doesn't have the full support to be Speaker.” “We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn't have the full support to be Speaker,” Greene said in an episode of the “Firebrand with Matt Gaetz” podcast. “He doesn't have the votes that are there, because there's many of...
    London (CNN)A UK government compensation scheme for migrants, many of whom came from the Caribbean to rebuild Britain after World War II, has paid out on just 5% of potential claims, British lawmakers say.The Windrush generation were invited to move to Britain in the 1940s and 1950s, but have subsequently faced hostile immigration crackdowns. In recent years, the British government has been heavily criticized for its treatment of migrants who traveled across the Atlantic on the Empire Windrush passenger liner, and their descendants. Some of the individuals, who have a legal right to live in the UK, have struggled to prove their immigration status and have been refused medical care, denied housing and deported or threatened with deportation.A damning new report from the House of Commons' influential Home Affairs Select Committee published Wednesday said the scheme, created in 2019, had "become a source of further trauma rather than redress, and others have been put off from applying for the scheme altogether." As of the end of September, only 20.1% of the estimated 15,000 people expected to be eligible for compensation...
    A whistleblower Tuesday revealed to the House Judiciary Committee that the FBI deployed “counterterrorism tools” to target concerned parents participating in local school board meetings. “These new whistleblower documents provided to the House Judiciary Committee prove that the FBI was, in fact, using counterterrorism tools to investigate concerned parents who have attended school board meetings,” Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily said of the revelation, continuing that it “directly contradicts Attorney General Merrick Garland’s sworn Congressional testimony.” A letter from House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to Attorney General Merrick Garland states that “lawmakers have received documents from a whistleblower that state the FBI is using counterterrorism tactics to investigate parents considered to be potential ‘domestic terrorists’ as they voice concerns about education in their local school districts,” as Breitbart News reported. ????????????#BREAKING: Whistleblower Discloses Explosive Documents Showing FBI Using Counterterrorism Tools to Investigate Parents pic.twitter.com/HpbdtinJQo — House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) November 16, 2021 According to the whistleblower, “the Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats.” FROM THE WHISTLEBLOWER:...
    Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump reacted Sunday to the indictment of former advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist in 2017, was indicted last Friday for refusing to cooperate with a subpoena from the January 6 select committee. The news came hours after Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows refused to appear for a committee deposition. “This Country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon and they are looking to do it to others, also,” Trump said in a statement Sunday morning. “If they would be so tough with China, Russia, and the world, who no longer respects us, maybe our Country would not be failing at a level at which we have never seen before,” he continued, railing against the Biden administration and saying the US is “a radicalized mess.” Last week the January 6 committee subpoenaed a whole slew of additional Trump allies, from Kayleigh McEnany to Jason Miller to Michael Flynn. Trump has been fighting to block the National Archives from turning over...
    According to Vanity Fair's Bess Levine, Donald Trump's ability to assert executive privilege to keep members of his inner circle from testifying before the House Jan 6th riot committee may have suffered a major blow due to the involvement of Judge Jeanine Pirro. Following the day the committee issued subpoenas to Trump allies who were worked out of the Willard Hotel "command center" that was operating as a war room up the insurrection, Levine notes that the campaign paid for the rooms used --with an assist from Pirro. Writing, "In arguing why various congressional subpoenas from the House committee investigating the insurrection should be ignored, Trump and his lawyers have asserted executive privilege, insisting, among other things, that it could hurt future officeholders if such information is released," Levine cited a report from the Washington Post that asserted Pirro's involvement may throw sand in the gears. With Trump ally Bernie Kerik refusing to pay for the rooms over fears he might not get reimbursed by the Trump campaign, Pirro reportedly stepped in. "The bills went unpaid until after Fox...
    Dr Michael Kurilla (pictured), of the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, was the only member to abstain  in the FDA's advisory committee vote of 17-0-1 to recommend approval of COVID-19 vaccines in children ages five to 11 The only member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) advisory committee to abstain from a vote on recommending Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to young children says he did so because there is not enough evidence that all children need the shot. On Tuesday, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 17-0-1 that benefits of the vaccine for kids aged five to 11 outweigh the potential risks.  Dr Michael Kurilla, the director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, who was the only member to not vote 'yes', told DailyMail.com there were several reasons behind his abstention.   Kurilla says there are children at high-risk of severe Covid due to underlying conditions who would benefit from the shot, but he's not sure if this applies to all kids...
    At least five of former President Donald Trump's aides are voluntarily talking to the House's select committee that is probing January 6.  CNN reported Tuesday on the number, reporting that lawyers for the committee have reached out to a number of former Trump officials, asking if they'd be interested in talking without the threat of subpoena.  The counsel for the committee emailed or texted them directly asking if they'd come in and talk about what was happening in the West Wing during the January 6 Capitol attack.  Former President Donald Trump waves as he leaves Trump Tower in New York earlier this month. At least five of Trump's former aides have spoken voluntarily with January 6 investigators  Investigators want to find out what was happening in the West Wing during the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump's supporters  Sources told CNN investigators don't believe the aides were involved in what happened that day, but are looking to find out more details about the goings on in the West Wing.  Additionally, Politico reported that Dustin Stockton, a conservative...
    The House committee investigating the January 6 riot has shared a criminal contempt report on Steve Bannon after he ignored a subpoena to testify, insisting he would not do so until the matter of former President Trump's executive privilege is settled. Last week, the committee announced it would move forward with criminal charges against the man credited with helping power Trump to the White House in 2016.   Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the select committee, said in a statement that Bannon was 'hiding behind insufficient, blanket and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.' Lawmakers investigating January 6th Capitol attack asked Steven Bannon for documents and testimony from April 2020 onwards relating to the attack. Pictured in August 2020 'The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt.' The panel is scheduled to vote on the criminal referral on Tuesday night, and if charged, Bannon faces up to a year in jail or a $100,000 fine.  But criminal contempt charges rarely result in jail...
                      by Ailan Evans  Top members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Amazon chief executive Andy Jassy on Monday questioning whether the tech company’s executives lied under oath to Congress. The letter, sent by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including House Judiciary Committee Chair Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York and House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee Ranking Member Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, referred to Wednesday reporting from Reuters stating that Amazon used its online marketplace to collect data on competitors and manufacture imitations of their products, prioritizing its imitations over competitors’ products in search results. The lawmakers also cited a Thursday investigation by The Markup which found that Amazon provided its “brands” better search result locations than those awarded to competitors with better ratings and reviews. The lawmakers alleged this reporting “directly contradicts” sworn testimony from Amazon executives including former chief executive Jeff Bezos. “At best, this reporting confirms that Amazon’s representatives misled the Committee,” the lawmakers wrote. “At worst, it demonstrates that they may have lied to Congress in possible...
    In a recent letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, five members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee allege that the company’s top executives including founder Jeff Bezos misled or possibly lied to Congress about Amazon’s business practices. In a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, five members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee including the committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and four members of the antitrust subcommittee, David Cicilline (D-RI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL), claim that Amazon’s top executives including company founder Jeff Bezos either mislead Congress or lied about Amazon’s business practices. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (Isaac Brekken/AP) Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images) The letter states that the committee is considering “whether a referral of this matter to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation is appropriate.” The letter comes shortly after an investigation by Reuters that showed that Amazon conducted a systematic campaign of copying products...
    Top members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Amazon chief executive Andy Jassy on Monday questioning whether the tech company’s executives lied under oath to Congress. The letter, sent by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including House Judiciary Committee Chair Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York and House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee Ranking Member Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, referred to Wednesday reporting from Reuters stating that Amazon used its online marketplace to collect data on competitors and manufacture imitations of their products, prioritizing its imitations over competitors’ products in search results. The lawmakers also cited a Thursday investigation by The Markup which found that Amazon provided its “brands” better search result locations than those awarded to competitors with better ratings and reviews. The lawmakers alleged this reporting “directly contradicts” sworn testimony from Amazon executives including former chief executive Jeff Bezos. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Call On Amazon To End Relationship With OnlyFans Over Child Pornography) “At best, this reporting confirms that Amazon’s representatives misled the Committee,” the lawmakers wrote. “At worst, it demonstrates that they may have lied...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot appears to be moving swiftly to hold former President Donald Trump's cronies to account. First up is former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who could face charges of criminal contempt for refusing to comply with the committee's subpoena. Norman Eisen Despite some Beltway carping, the committee's move to pursue criminal charges is essential for its search for the truth of what happened on Jan. 6. Dennis Aftergut Bannon was among the very first to be subpoenaed by the committee, with good reason. While he fell out with Trump and left the White House in August 2017, the two later reconciled.Read More According to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's book "Peril," Bannon convinced the former president, who was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in late December, to return to Washington, DC for Jan. 6. According to the book, Bannon acknowledged the date "was the moment for a reckoning" and told Trump, "We are going to kill it in the crib. Kill the Biden presidency in the crib." On January 5, Bannon...
    House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff won't say whether former Special Counsel Robert Mueller should have been taken off the Russia probe due to 'cognitive decline.'  But in his new book and an interview promoting it, he recalled how horrified he was when Mueller began his testimony before Congress in July 2019.   'The hearing began, and within minutes I knew something was wrong. Seriously wrong,' Schiff wrote in his book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could, which was released Tuesday.  'I felt myself stiffen. In more than a decade of speaking with Mueller, I had never heard him grope for words. Yet as [House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold] Nadler continued to ask him questions, Mueller seemed increasingly halting, and uncertain,' Schiff wrote.   House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff recalled how horrified he was when former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress in July 2019, describing Mueller's performance has 'halting' and 'uncertain' in a new book  The California Democrat said he became increasingly 'alarmed' when Mueller wasn't able to answer a question directly about whether...
    Former President Trump hit back at the House Jan. 6 probe on Monday saying it was an attempt to distract Americans from President Biden's failings and said the attack on the Capitol would never have happened if intelligence warnings were heeded. Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on Trump, subpoenaing his close aides and requesting White House documents. Members of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol now say they will prosecute anyone refusing to cooperate. 'The highly partisan Unselect Committee is just a sideshow to distract America from massive failures by Biden and the Democrats,' railed Trump in an emailed statement.  'What happened to the Capitol would have never happened if the people in charge did their job and looked at the intelligence.  'They abandoned the officers on the ground, just like Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan. Instead of holding bad leaders accountable, the Democrats are going after innocent staffers and attacking the Constitution.'  Former President Donald Trump demanded the 'partisan hearings' stop in a Monday evening message that cited whistleblower evidence that Capitol...
    Former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Democratic strategist Paul Begala told CNN on Saturday that the January 6th select committee needs to be aggressive in pursuing evidence about Donald Trump‘s role in Jan. 6. “I did contempt against the Clinton administration when I was chief counsel on the committee and we were aggressive on this,” she told anchor Pamela Brown. “And I think this case against Trump is far stronger than what we did in the ’90s.” She added that even if those subpoenaed do not cooperate with the committee, lawmakers could still work to obtain their phone records, text records, bank records, and business records. “Then if they don’t cooperate and you pass these contempt proceedings, which just require a majority in the House, they can go over and they can start prosecuting it,” she continued, then noting those found in contempt could face fines and/or jail time. “So I hope they’re very tough on this process because it’s important,” Comstock added. “And as we’ll probably see tonight in Donald Trump’s speech, he is still an ongoing threat to...
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) strongly encouraged former aides to Donald Trump to comply with the subpoenas issued by the House committee investigating Jan. 6, after the former president did the exact opposite. The former aides — White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Defense Department official Kash Patel, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon — were all instructed by Trump to not comply with the committee’s subpoenas. The subpoenas for closed-door depositions and records were first issued in September, and the deadline to comply was set to Thursday. Bloomberg reported that a letter from a Trump lawyer stated that the testimony and records the committee is seeking is protected by executive privilege. “President Trump is prepared to defend these fundamental privileges in court,” the letter reads. During a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Durbin had a pointed message for the four aides: comply with the subpoenas. “I don’t think Mr. Trump’s aides are ever going to ask me for advice, but I would suggest modestly follow the law instead of...
    Dylan Dreyers Baby Russell James Leaves NICU After Arriving 6 Weeks Early: Hes Coming Home! Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Cl B stock rises Thursday, outperforms market The 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals may not have starting running back Joe Mixon in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the 3-1 Green Bay Packers because of the ankle injury he suffered in last Thursday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.   © Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) greets Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine (34). It appears Cincinnati may not have a cemented RB1 at all for Week 5.  ESPN's Ben Baby and others confirmed Thursday that Mixon missed practice for the second consecutive day. On the surface, this development would suggest that backup Samaje Perine, who is second on the Bengals with 28 rushing yards on nine carries this season, would automatically jump to the top of the depth chart.  However, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Brian Callahan told reporters the Bengals may instead embrace a "committee" and split touches between Perine and rookie Chris...
    One Democrat lawmaker’s solution to combating money troubles in the United States is to simply create more out of thin air. “We are not broke as a nation. We are not bankrupt. We can’t go bankrupt. We absolutely cannot go bankrupt because we have the power to create as much money as we need to spend to serve the American people,” Chairman of the Budget Committee Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said during Thursday’s Budget Reconciliation markup. ????WATCH???? House Democrats argue “we can’t go bankrupt because we have the power to create as much money as we need to spend…” And he’s serious. pic.twitter.com/LdFpCwGclT — House Ed & Labor Republicans (@EdLaborGOP) September 9, 2021 However, according to financial analysis from the Hill on Friday, citing the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), “the federal government is on track to default on the national debt sometime in between the middle of October and the middle of November without action to raise the debt ceiling.” The United States is more than $28 trillion in debt, according to the U.S. debt clock. In 2020, former Republican presidential candidate...
    Republican threats against telecommunications and technology companies for cooperating with a congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol have no legal basis and are fearmongering, lawyers say. The investigation has, however, created a new era in which congressional subpoenas and investigations will be weaponized in a partisan fashion by each party, the lawyers added. Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California took aim at the companies complying with the Jan. 6 committee, saying that if they comply with orders to turn over private information and data, such as phone records and other information related to the Jan. 6 attacks, then such companies would be "in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States." "If they pursue this path, a Republican majority will not forget and will be ready to hold them fully accountable under the law," he added. Lawyers who focus on telecom and tech companies and government policies that affect them say McCarthy is making empty threats in regards to federal law. “There is no...
    On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued an ugly threat to phone companies. According to McCarthy, if the companies complied with requests from the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, and turned over phone records connected to the assault on the Capitol, those companies could be “subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States” when Republicans are once again in control of Congress. “A Republican majority will not forget,” wrote McCarthy. It’s a direct threat that should telecommunications companies and social media companies turn over the requested records, Republicans will punish them to the tune of billions of dollars. Or, as Rep.  Eric Swalwell tweeted, “McCarthy just made the Congressional equivalent of a ‘Snitches Get Stitches’ threat.” What McCarthy did is also called witness intimidation. As NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner makes clear, what the Republican leader is a clear and indisputable form of obstruction in which McCarthy threatened to retaliate against witnesses for providing information that is being lawfully sought by the committee. “Somebody better prod the Department of Justice into wakefulness,” said Kirshner, “because they should...
    According to a former Republican House member, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) are very nervous about being drawn into the House select committee investigation into the Jan. 6th Capitol insurrection -- and he believes that have good reason to be sweating it out. Speaking with CNN "New Day" hosts John Berman and Kaitlan Collins, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said the two lawmakers' actions since it was announced that their phone records on the day of the riot have been requested indicates they both have something to hide. "Joe, aside from Afghanistan this week, which of course has been a massive story, there were also big developments involving the investigation into the attack on the Capitol earlier this year in January," host Collins began. "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made that threat to telecommunication companies saying if they complied with records request from the committee doing the investigating when Republicans are in the majority he said they would not forget." "Joe, we have now learned he's among...
    Two House Republicans told the Daily Caller on Monday that they have not received notices from their phone companies that their records are being targeted by congressional subpoenas. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz were two of the eleven House Republicans named by a CNN report as targets of records preservation requests sent by the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Records preservation requests are often sent to record-holders before the targeted information is subpoenaed. Federal law requires that telecommunications companies alert account holders if their accounts are subpoenaed. Under a legal provision known as the third-party doctrine, telecommunications companies, not account holders, own account records. Therefore, the companies, not the account holders, receive the subpoenas. However, the account holders still must be notified before their communications records are subpoenaed. The absence of notifications suggests that the phone records of Boebert and Gaetz have not yet been subpoenaed. The other nine House Republicans named in the report are Georgia Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jody Hice, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs and...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York State Assembly says it is calling off the impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The move has left some lawmakers stunned. READ MORE: New York State Assembly Suspends Cuomo Impeachment Investigation It comes as Cuomo broke his silence for the first time since announcing his resignation. As CBS2’s Christina Fan reports, in his first interview since his shocking resignation, Cuomo made it sound like he did the state a favor. Cuomo told New York Magazine “I’m not gonna drag the state through the mud, through a three-month, four-month impeachment, and then win, and have made the State Legislature and the state government look like a ship of fools.” WATCH: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Announces His Resignation The interview took place the same day Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the abrupt suspension of the impeachment investigation, while admitting there was enough credible evidence to result in articles of impeachment. “This is a real bad look for Albany,” said Nassau County Republican Assemblyman Ed Ra. Ra is fuming over the decision. “Given the circumstances the best...
    Australia's athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 8 JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images The Australian Olympic Committee is fighting to reduce the quarantine duration of 16 athletes. 16 out of the country's 472 Olympians have to quarantine for 14 days in Sydney and another 14 days when they reach their home state of South Australia. The committee said the 28-day quarantine poses "a significant risk" to the physical and mental wellbeing of the athletes. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. In a statement on Wednesday, the Australian Olympic Committee said it is "cruel and uncaring" for 16 South Australian athletes to have to quarantine for four weeks after their return from the Tokyo 2020 Games. The 16 are part of the total 472-strong Australian team sent to this year's Games. "While...
    A federal judge has ruled that an accounting firm representing former President Donald Trump must hand over some, but not all, of his tax returns and other financial records to House Democrats investigating Trump and his business dealings. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta determined in a ruling Wednesday that the House Oversight Committee can proceed with a subpoena to get financial records from Mazars, the accounting firm, but can only seek records from after Trump became president. House Democrats are seeking Trump’s financial records to assess whether he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clauses by accepting payments from foreign governments, NBC News reported. The committee also wants to audit the lease granted to a Trump-owned business in 2013 to operate the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Trump International Hotel is seen on June 02, 2021 in Washington, DC (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) Mehta said the committee’s subpoena to get financial records dating back to 2011 seemed to exceed the scope of its authority, noting that Trump did not become president until 2017 and thus could not have received any...
    Senator Susan Collins (R- ME) criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- CA) on Sunday and said that she should not have rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R- CA) picks for the January 6 select committee. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Collins about her previous backing of a January 6th special committee, which ultimately failed due to lack of support from other Republican senators. The House select committee started to hold hearings last week, and Tapper played some of the harrowing testimony from Officer Michael Fanone.” “What do you think about the indifference shown to the law enforcement by Republican lawmakers that we have seen, with even some people smearing them, and do you have faith in this bipartisan committee?” Tapper asked. Collins said she’s met with officers like Fanone and commended the work of the Capitol Police. She went on to say, “I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, non-partisan outside commission to look at all of the events of that day and I’m very disappointed that it was not approved. I think it would have had...
    The Russian Olympic Committee has lashed out at suggestions of their athletes doping at the Tokyo Olympics in a furious statement, and even accused the claims of being 'propaganda' from the mouths of those 'offended by defeats'. Team GB's Luke Greenbank questioned whether he was racing against 'clean' swimmers in the 200m backstroke after taking the bronze medal behind Ryan Murphy and the winner, Evgeny Rylov of Russia. It was silver medallist Murphy who first raised concerns over the event, and Greenbank added to this by admitting it was 'frustrating' that the ROC were competing despite the country being banned. Russia were prevented from taking part after a state-sponsored doping programme was uncovered, and they were also found guilty by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after failing to comply with a World Anti-Doping Agency probe.  Rylov, who completed a 100m and 200m backstroke double with an Olympic record, is allowed to represent Russia's Olympic Committee rather than the flag along with hundreds of others, a decision that has been widely criticised. But soon after the first doubts were voiced...
    (CNN)Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of just two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, said Wednesday that "a lot" of GOP lawmakers have privately conveyed support to him, as he stressed that "nobody actually believes" the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. "There's a lot of people, you know. They come up and say it," Kinzinger told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" of his Republican colleagues privately signaling support. "It's not any of the ones that go on TV and spout the 'Big Lie,' and then say it. It's the ones that are staying more quiet that I think appreciate the stand. But it's a lot."And while GOP lawmaker have publicly echoed Trump's election lies, the Illinois Republican maintained that "nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump. But a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was."His comments come one day after the House panel held its first hearing, featuring harrowing testimony from four officers who shared their stories of being attacked by rioters. The...
    THE CAPITOL RIOT SELECT COMMITTEE:  SEVEN DEMOCRATS, TWO REPUBLICANS • Chair Bennie Thompson: Chair of Homeland Security Committee • Chair Zoe Lofgren: Chair of Committee on House Administration • Chair Adam Schiff: Chair of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence • Rep. Pete Aguilar, House Administration and Appropriations Committees • Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, Armed Services Committee • Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Armed Services Committee • Rep. Jamie Raskin, Oversight and Judiciary Committees • Rep. Elaine Luria, Navy veteran, Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees  • Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Iraqi veteran, Energy and Commerce and Foreign Affairs Committees  The select committee investigating the January 6th riot at the Capitol holds its first hearing under a cloud of controversy Tuesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi nixed two GOP choices for the panel and Republicans pulled all their picks in the return. Two Republicans - Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger - will be part of the investigation and take part in questioning the four police officers about their experiences the day of the MAGA riot. 'This is absolutely not a game. This...
    Congressman Adam Schiff went after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy by claiming on Monday night there would have been no bipartisan 9/11 commission had he been the Republican leader 20 years ago. Schiff, one of the members of the January 6th select committee, spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the eve of the committee’s first hearings on the mob riots at the Capitol and what led up to that day. Cooper brought up just how bipartisan the support of a 9/11 commission was at the time, saying it’s “kind of stunning” to see this committee being politicized now. “You could have made the same point after 9/11,” Schiff said of the arguments against a 1/6 commission. “‘Do we really need an investigation? Because don’t we know what happened? Don’t we know that al-Qaeda attacked us, and they used aircraft? What more is there to learn?’ Of course, there was a lot more to learn about why this happened and why we weren’t able to stop it.” And then he added this: Then, like now, there was some initial opposition of...
    School board meetings across Minnesota are experiencing an unusually heightened level of scrutiny. From across the state, reports have emerged of meetings in overflowing gymnasiums, of enraged parents shouting at board members, and of disagreements between school board members. At the center of this surge in interest is the term “critical race theory” – a legal theory that originated in the mid-1970s that seeks to critically examine U.S. law as it intersects with race through a social, cultural and legal lens and maintains that racism is embedded in the legal system. The authors include legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, who told the American Bar Association that the term is to be used as a verb and not a noun. She created the framework, along with Derrick Bell, Richard Delago and several others, to understand how racism is embedded in U.S. laws and institutions. In the current national dialogue, some conservative outlets and organizations have conflated the theory with efforts in schools to teach students about systemic racism and diversity. Article continues after advertisement Here’s a look at what the social studies...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn’t realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called a “bird’s-eye view of the process” and to be able to tell his grandchildren that he was there when Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential victory. People are breaking into the building, London Thompson told him, and it was on television. “I’m watching people climbing over the wall right now,” she said. “It doesn’t register,” the Mississippi Democrat recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. “I said, ‘You can’t break in. There’s police and barricades and a lot of things out there.’” But it was not long before the House chamber was under siege. Police rushed Thompson and several dozen other members of Congress to another side of the gallery and told them to duck under their seats as supporters of then-President Donald Trump tried to break down the doors to the chamber below....
    IT was suspected that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have contracted Covid-19 after it was confirmed two of her vaccinated aides came down with the virus. Pelosi's spokesperson confirmed her Covid status in a statement 3Nancy PelosiCredit: AP Does Nancy Pelosi have Covid-19? A White House staffer and a senior communications aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have tested positive for Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated. A White House official confirmed that Pelosi's aide received the diagnosis after coming in contact with members of the Texas Legislature. Pelosi's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said that she "has had no contact with the speaker since exposure" and has not contracted Covid-19 herself. The press office is now working remotely with the exception of those who had no exposure to the aide or have recently tested negative. 3Nancy Pelosi's aides contracted Covid-19Credit: AP What did Nancy Pelosi say about a House Committee? Nancy Pelosi on June 24, spoke about the implementation of a committee to investigate the Capitol riots. "January Six was one of the darkest days in our nation's history... it is imperative...
    Republican Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to reject two GOP members to the committee investigating the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill. 'I agree with what the Speaker has done,' she told reporters on Capitol Hill. Pelosi appointed Cheney to the panel last month. Cheney also criticized McCarthy, saying he should not be speaker if Republicans win control of the House in next year's midterm election, arguing he wasn't qualified to be third in line for the presidency.    'Any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the constitution and a commitment to the rule of law, and Minority Leader McCarthy has not done that,' she said.  'The rhetoric we have heard from the minority leader is disingenuous,' she said. 'At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened.' 'I am absolutely confident that we will have a nonpartisan investigation,' she added.  Republican Rep. Liz Cheney backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to reject two GOP members to the committee...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), after announcing she will reject Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Jim Banks (IN) from the January 6 Select Committee, said it would proceed if there is bipartisanship. Infamous CNN reporter Manu Raju asked Pelosi if she had any concerns about the Republicans being pulled from the committee after denying Jordan and Banks a seat. She said, “We have a bipartisan quorum we can proceed.” The speaker was pressed on why she would not allow Jordan and Banks a seat on the committee but would allow Republican Rep. Troy Nehls (WI) since he also voted not to certify the election. Pelosi dodged the questions and said those votes were not part of the criteria. “That was not the criterion as I told you yesterday,” Pelosi said. Watch: Pelosi also wouldn’t explain why she accepted Nehls but not Jordan and Banks — all of whom voted to overturn electoral results. “That was not the criterion as I told you yesterday,” Pelosi said to me, referring to her statement for more details — Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 21, 2021 However, shortly after Pelosi’s comments,...
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee received a damning letter on Wednesday about President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tracy Stone-Manning, detailing her complicity in a 1989 ecoterrorist crime and her reluctant assistance to federal authorities only after being granted limited immunity from prosecution. Retired U.S. Forest Service criminal investigator Michael Merkley, who was the special agent tasked with investigating the plot at the time, wrote to the committee that Stone-Manning “was not an innocent bystander,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by Breitbart News. “Contrary to many of the stories in the news, Ms. Stone-Manning was not an innocent bystander, nor was she a victim in this case. And, she most certainly was not a hero,” Merkley began. “Ms. Stone-Manning was not only a member of Earth First!, but she played an active role in the Earth First! hierarchy.” Earth First! is an environmental extremist group to which Stone-Manning belonged while she was a graduate student at the University of Montana in Missoula. Earth First! members committed acts of ecoterrorism...
    In his monologue on Monday, "Hannity" host Sean Hannity blasted the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over a new plan to redesign the American flag on its logo, and replace the 50 stars with 5 new stars, and alter the portrayal of the stripes. On July 6, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee asked US Olympians and Paralympian associations to fill out an online survey. One of the items in the survey is a proposed change to the Stars & Stripes to be used in USOPC materials, Hannity reported. The committee told "Hannity" there will be no changes to the U.S. flag icon for the Japanese or Chinese Olympiads in 2021 and 2022 respectively.  In his monologue, Hannity called for the USOC to relent, and more importantly remember that the current United States flag represents every American and every American olympian. "Here is my message – stop wasting your team’s time and money with a redesign of the American flag – it’s an awful idea," he said. Video"Our stars & stripes should be the only flag representing our country...
    Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as (L-R) Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) listen during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 1, 2021. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday eight members of the select committee she has formed to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, including Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as the sole Republican to date. Pelosi appointed Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson to lead the committee's investigation and said she hoped Republicans would move "expeditiously" to name five more GOP members to panel.  But that seems unlikely after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took the extra step of threatening to strip any Republican member who agreed to be on the panel of their committee assignments.  Asked what Democrats would do if Republicans fail to cooperate, Pelosi said bluntly, "Well, we have a quorum." In other words, Democrats will move ahead with the select committee's investigation with or without...
    Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi said Monday he believed Ivanka Trump may have “perjured herself” with testimony about her involvement in father’s presidential Inauguration Committee. Figliuzzi issued the assessment in an evening interview on MSNBC, telling the network’s Nicolle Wallace that news about the involvement the former president’s daughter had with the committee meant she “seems to have perjured herself” when she testified to prosecutors Washington, D.C., “essentially saying, ‘No, I had no role in the inauguration committee.'” He was referencing a new report by Mother Jones saying documents show Ivanka Trump “testified inaccurately during her deposition.” “There’s emails and emails with her on them — right down to selecting the menu and the catering and hosting events during the inauguration,” Figliuzzi said. “Let’s add her to the list of friends and family caught up in the toxicity.” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit last year suing former President Donald Trump’s 2017 Inauguration Committee, alleging that it “coordinated with the Trump family to grossly overpay for services from the Trump International Hotel.” Figliuzzi said the claims about Ivanka...
    Roughly 10,000 volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games have quit amid the nation's struggle with COVID-19, with the games just a month and a half away, organizers revealed. The 10,000 come from a group of 80,000 total unpaid volunteers, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee officials told reporters on Wednesday. Toshiro Muto, the committee's chief executive, said there was "no doubt" some of those individuals quit because of their concerns about the virus, according to the New York Times. However, the organizers have suggested several other reasons for the losses. "We have not confirmed the individual reasons," they said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. "In addition to concerns about the coronavirus infection, some dropped out because they found it would be difficult to actually work after checking their work shift, or due to changes in their own environment." IOC MEMBER SAYS CANCELING TOKYO OLYMPICS 'ESSENTIALLY OFF THE TABLE' AS CORONAVIRUS SURGES IN JAPAN Muto said that the decreased number of volunteers will not affect the ability of the nation to host the games, which are scheduled...
    Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff has urged Congress to hold another hearing with Dr Anthony Fauci, to question him on what he knew about suggestions that COVID-19 could have escaped from a laboratory. Mark Meadows on Wednesday night told Fox News that the release of 3,000 of Fauci's emails earlier in the day made another hearing essential. Fauci has appeared before Congress several times to discuss the origins of the pandemic. He has confirmed that the U.S. did provide $600,000 over five years to the Wuhan laboratory, to fund their research into coronaviruses transmitted from animals to humans. He also told Congress that, even though the grant stipulated that no research be done into 'gain of function' - making viruses more lethal or transmissible - he had no way of guaranteeing that the money was not used for the controversial science. On Wednesday his emails, obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information Act request, showed that Fauci was warned that the coronavirus was possibly 'engineered' in a lab before the pandemic started. Mark Meadows,...
    Representative Jason Crow (D-CO) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “we have a growing violent extremism movement in the United States” spreading “the big lie” that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. When asked about a 1/6 commission, Crow said, “The question now is of timing. If Mitch McConnell said we’ll take another vote on this, I think the question for Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is, do we believe him that this will be a vote in good faith? We had 54 votes on Friday. We think there were a couple more people who would have voted had they been present. The question is can we get those three or four additional votes, or are we going to have to take up a select committee on the House side or some kind of House and Senate combined committee and do this ourselves? I don’t know. I can’t read their minds. This has to get done. I’m sick of playing the game of whack-a-mole with GOP members in Congress. Every time we address one of...
    A bill making its way through the California General Assembly, which would require large retail stores to carry gender-neutral children’s items or else face civil penalties, is set to be heard in the chamber's Appropriations Committee this week. Assembly Bill 1084 is scheduled for a hearing with the committee on Wednesday and has already passed through the Business and Professions Committee and the Judiciary Committee. The legislation, first introduced on Feb. 18, “would require a retail department store with 500 or more employees that sells childcare items, children’s clothing, or toys, to maintain a gender neutral section or area … in which a reasonable selection of the items, articles, and toys for children that it sells shall be displayed, regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys,” according to a bill summary. Any store failing to comply with those conditions would be liable for a civil penalty not more than $250 for an initial violation or $500 for subsequent violations, beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. HAVING CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA BECOMING...
    The news cycle during the last White House administration was a never-ending stream of corruption and nepotism. The Trumps (and Kushners) participated in such transparent acts of self-dealing and corruption that it became clear they believed their positions in government would immunize them from any prosecution of their actions. Added to this cocktail of criminality and power, is the fact that the Trump family is filled with starkly third-rate people, like Donald Trump Jr. It isn’t hard to see how they have broken the laws, stolen Americans’ money, and abused their positions in government.  In January of 2020, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a civil complaint against the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Racine alleged that these two Trumpian groups acted a lot like money laundering operations. A year later, while the Trump and Republican machine tried to overthrow our democratically elected government, Racine was asking for depositions from both Ivanka and Junior. Reportedly, Racine was asking the conman’s progeny about money purportedly spent by Trump’s Inaugural Committee on the Trump Organization—the latter technically being the family business. Ivanka worked the Inaugural...
    An Oregon woman in her 50s has died of a rare blood clot within two weeks of receiving Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, state officials announced Thursday.  She is the 10th person publicly confirmed to have had the rare adverse event. Six other women, all between 18 and 50, developed the brain rare clots in combination with low platelet counts during the rollout of J&J's vaccine. Another woman under 60 and a young man developed the condition while taking part in the vaccine's trials.  Although the Oregon health officials said the other six women also developed 'this blood clot,' they did not specify whether it affected her brain (a condition known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST).   Oregon officials said the woman received the vaccine before the national pause was called on its administration last Friday. Her reaction to it was reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 18.  It comes just a day before the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meets to debate whether to recommend vaccinations with J&J's one-dose...
    A series of political missteps early in Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-NY) tenure as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has some Democrats reportedly questioning whether he is capable of protecting the Democrats’ slim majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. A “plugged-in” House Democrat staffer told the New York Post this weekend that Democrat members are concerned Maloney is not doing an effective job as chairman of the party’s reelection efforts. “Members are discouraged with him right now,” the House Democrat aide, who was anonymous, said. “People would like for him to focus on how to protect vulnerable and moderate members and how do we do incumbency protection when [progressives] are coming after us for seats.” Another anonymous source described as a “person familiar with” DCCC operations, questioned why Maloney has not been recruiting future candidates, especially in a year when redistricting is likely to benefit Republicans significantly moving into the midterm elections. “With redistricting, Democrats potentially start this cycle in the hole and where are Sean Patrick Maloney’s recruits to bring Democrats back into the positive...
    Michael Cohen appeared on The Beat with Ari Melber to criticize Matt Gaetz amid allegations of sex trafficking. Cohen lambasted Gaetz, calling his behavior “so brazen and so stupid that it actually boggles the mind.” Cohen argued, “The only reasonable explanation for his behavior is that he felt that he would be protected by Donald Trump and his corrupt Justice Department.”  Commenting on all the scandals in Trumpworld Cohen said, “They’re following Donald Trump’s playbook. As I explained before the House Oversight Committee that I know the playbook and it didn’t work for me and it’s certainly not going to work for you.” He continued, calling Gaetz a “dope” over reports on Venmo transactions, comparing it to linking “his Instagram account to his seeking arrangements account.”  Cohen incredulously asked, “This is the representative that the people of Florida have chosen? I don’t get it.” Cohen also responded to information brought up in the Ethics Committee investigation into Gaetz that alleged he threatened Cohen’s wife in a tweet. Texts were revealed that showed Fox News host Sean Hannity telling Gaetz to reach out to “Michael” with an apology. Cohen ended by...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) homepage currently includes a prechecked recurring donation box, which if unchecked, will allegedly force the committee to tell Donald Trump that “you’re a DEFECTOR” and have sided with the Democratic party. The Bulwark’s Tim Miller reported on the NRCC’s questionable fundraising strategy, noting that they are asking supporters to sign up for Trump’s currently nonexistent social network alongside a prechecked donation box that would double the original amount given, and make it a monthly charge. The NRCC’s prechecked recurring donation box makes people disavow Dear Leader Trump to uncheck. https://t.co/TH8sURaZ9P https://t.co/xb4yglZIdW pic.twitter.com/irKFTcKlt5 — Tim Miller (@Timodc) April 7, 2021 “I’m sure there’s some formal legal difference between the NRCC tricking someone into signing up for a nonexistent social media site—and then having a default box opting them into both double their pledged amount and make it recurring—and the criminal advance-fee scams made famous by the imaginary Nigerian princes,” Miller wrote. “But as a moral matter, the difference is awfully hard to suss out.” Another prechecked donation box on the NRCC’s website shames supporters...
                        Legislators are considering whether the General Assembly should have the final say on agencies created by governor executive order. A proposed bill would empower lawmakers to review any executive agencies created through the governor’s emergency powers. Specifically, the Joint Committee on Government Operations would decide within 60 days whether the executive agency should be allowed to exist, and notify the General Assembly within 5 days of the completion of the review. State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and State Representative Michael Curcio (R-Dickson) are the sponsors on the legislation. Curcio explained on Monday that the bill would allow for oversight that currently exists for other governmental entities. “[It is] providing that same level of oversight by the people of Tennessee that we have now with other agencies. When we talk about sunset hearings and things of that nature, we are all very well-versed in, it’s just providing that oversight when the governor is using his or her emergency powers,” stated Curcio. The House Government Operations Committee approved the bill...
    Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the House Judiciary Committee ranking member, recounted some of the aspects of a hearing and Big Tech, where he questioned how the First Amendment applied in certain circumstances. Jordan explained much of what Democrats were doing in the beginning stages of this Congress had bypassed the committee process. “They’ve been taking bills around the Judiciary Committee straight to the floor, almost every piece of legislation that’s passed in the last three weeks, we had jurisdiction over but the full committee is yet to have a hearing,” he said. “We’ve said why not have a hearing about this crisis on the border. Instead, they go around the committee, and they passed just 40 minutes ago, Maria, they pass a bill that gives amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants. So, amnesty while there’s this chaos on the border, that I mean, this is so out of touch with where the American people are, but this is how radical left the Democrats are.” “And then, of course, the canceled culture issue, this idea that, you know, I always...
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