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    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s report on his transition was released Tuesday. The 85-page document laid out recommendations on how ten committees will guide the new administration, while being as inclusive as possible. Baltimore residents were able to apply to be a part of the transition team, including people who are younger than 24-years-old. RELATED: WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, BPD Commissioner Give Update On Consent Decree The ten committees will be led by a steering committee, each one of the them will take care of certain aspects of Baltimore City. All of them will operate under the steering committee, who will also help mold recommendations to Mayor Scott. I am thrilled to release our final transition report—resulting from a wide-ranging, inclusive process that included more than 250 Baltimoreans working across 10 committees. Read it here: https://t.co/9HXAbyyEvM pic.twitter.com/EURwA1RLZc — Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) February 9, 2021...
    A bill seeking to ban the teaching of the controversial 1619 Project in Arkansas failed to pass through the state’s Republican-controlled House. The bill, referred to as the Saving American History Act of 2021, was introduced by Republican lawmaker Rep. Mark Lowery last month with several Republican co-sponsors but failed to pass through the GOP-controlled House’s Education Committee on a voice vote Tuesday. The 1619 Project, first published by the New York Times Magazine in 2019 to "reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States," has been at the center of several controversies since its inception, including questions about the curriculum’s factual accuracy. "This is something, as far as adoption of curriculum, that's best left to the local elected boards and administrators and educators," State Education Secretary Johnny Key said about the bill’s...
    Did the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League violate the Ralph M. Brown Act when it voted and finalized its spring sports schedule? A parent of a Palo Alto High School baseball player has brought a complaint that by law requires a response within 30 days, alleging the league didn’t take proper steps under the California public records law. However, First Amendment expert David Snyder said Brown Act complaints can be thorny, drawn-out legal processes that are sometimes filed more out of grievance with an outcome than the process that led up to it. It’s not clear if Charles Goldberg’s claim has merit, but Snyder said there are two questions that need to be answered: Does the SCVAL Board of Managers fall under the jurisdiction of the Brown Act? If so, did it provide adequate public notice and ability to comment? In an interview Tuesday, commissioner Brad Metheany said...
    Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department, will receive his confirmation hearing by Senate Judiciary Committee before the end of February, as reported by Politico. The hearing is scheduled to run from February 22 through February 23, with the confirmation vote taking place on March 1. The schedule was confirmed following an agreement by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican. Durbin released a statement praising the bipartisan decision. “I’m pleased that we can announce that the Committee will be moving forward on a bipartisan basis. Judge Garland will serve the Justice Department and our country with honor and integrity. He is a consensus pick who should be confirmed swiftly on his merits,” read Durbin’s statement. Negotiations in the Senate over determining an organizing resolution to govern the chamber that is split 50-50 saw Garland’s confirmation...
    Democrats on the House Committee on Education and Labor approved a $15 federal minimum wage proposal included in President Biden's coronavirus relief package in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "It's a wrap, $15 #MinimumWage passes the [Education and Labor] committee after more than 13 hours of debate," committee member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote on Twitter around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025 would cut employment by 1.4 million but would lift roughly 900,000 Americans out of poverty, according to a study released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office. DEMOCRATS' $15 MINIMUM WAGE HIKE WOULD REDUCE EMPLOYMENT BY 1.4M JOBS, CBO SAYS House Republicans voiced their displeasure with the committee's action on Wednesday. "Once again, Democrats are ignoring vulnerable, hardworking Americans, choosing instead to favor left wing special interests and those who support their radical agenda," ranking member Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said in a statement. "Forcing children to miss...
    By Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Borisov was diagnosed by doctors as having a punctured lung, three fractured ribs and a broken tooth after he attended a rally on Jan. 31 in support of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The 42-year-old truck driver said he was injured by police who detained him after he led a march in central Ryazan, 200 km (120 miles) southeast of Moscow, shouting "Freedom to Alexei Navalny" and slogans against President Vladimir Putin. "I was lying face down on the (police car) floor... They began to hit me, I didn’t even see how many of them there were," Borisov said. Reuters did not witness the incident Borisov described but he provided medical documents that confirmed his injuries and a photograph showing him lying in hospital. The documents did not show where or how he sustained the injuries. Asked about his case by Reuters, the...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian law enforcement detained a number of Jehovah's Witnesses and conducted searches at 16 different addresses in Moscow on Wednesday as part of a new criminal investigation against the group, state investigators said. The Investigative Committee, which handles probes into major crimes, said the people had been detained for organising and taking part in the activities of a banned religious group. It said they had met in a flat in northern Moscow and studied the teachings of the religion despite being aware of the ban on the group's activities. Russia's Supreme Court branded the Jehovah's Witnesses an "extremist" organisation in 2017 and ordered it to disband. Since then the authorities have detained dozens of Jehovah's Witnesses and convicted them on extremism charges. The Investigative Committee did not say how many people had been detained in total in a statement on its website on Wednesday. (Reporting by Anastasia...
    * Treatment of Kremlin critic Navalny sparked protests * Some protesters say they were injured by police * Kremlin denies police repression, defends police action By Polina Nikolskaya MOSCOW, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Alexei Borisov was diagnosed bydoctors as having a punctured lung, three fractured ribs and abroken tooth after he attended a rally on Jan. 31 in support ofRussian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The 42-year-old truck driver said he was injured by policewho detained him after he led a march in central Ryazan, 200 km(120 miles) southeast of Moscow, shouting “Freedom to AlexeiNavalny” and slogans against President Vladimir Putin. “I was lying face down on the (police car) floor… Theybegan to hit me, I didn’t even see how many of them there were,”Borisov said. Reuters did not witness the incident Borisov described buthe provided medical documents that confirmed his injuries and aphotograph showing him lying in hospital. The documents...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore City Council committee met with health officials Tuesday to investigate the problems plaguing the City’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. “I have lost sleep over this rollout. I am sick to my stomach knowing,” Baltimore City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer said. RELATED: Maryland Vaccination Frustration: Anxiety Over Second-Dose Supplies, People ‘Jumping The Line,’ and Whether To Sign Up On Multiple Wait Lists The two sides discussed the hundreds of canceled appointments last week at Baltimore City Community College. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Right now, there is no bigger failure in this rollout than the potential loss of life,” Schleifer said. “These vulnerable people that have been chalked up to technology issues. Please, please do the right thing and reschedule appointments for those who were canceled.” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said...
    By Paul LeBlanc | CNN President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 22 and 23 for his confirmation hearing. The dates were announced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, who said in a joint news release that the committee will vote to advance Garland’s nomination on March 1. Biden had tapped Garland for the post last month. Though a confluence of factors drove the decision, people familiar with the matter say it largely rested on Biden’s belief that Garland can rise above politics in the post-Trump era. “The Attorney General oversees a host of Department of Justice components and agencies that are vital to protecting our homeland from foreign and domestic threats. Judge Garland’s confirmation is particularly urgent in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection,” Durbin said in a statement...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, Judge Merrick Garland, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 22 and 23 for his confirmation hearing. The dates were announced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, who said in a joint news release that the committee will vote to advance Garland's nomination on March 1. Biden had tapped Garland for the post last month. Though a confluence of factors drove the decision, people familiar with the matter say it largely rested on Biden's belief that Garland can rise above politics in the post-Trump era."The Attorney General oversees a host of Department of Justice components and agencies that are vital to protecting our homeland from foreign and domestic threats. Judge Garland's confirmation is particularly urgent in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection," Durbin said in a statement announcing the confirmation hearing.Garland, he said,...
    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDOJ to seek resignations of most Trump-appointed US attorneys: report Wave of departures leaves federal court seats for Biden to fill Biden administration drops lawsuit against California's net neutrality law MORE's attorney general nomination on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.  Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinCongress mulls tightening eligibility for stimulus checks Minimum wage push sparks Democratic divisions Senate Democrats approve budget resolution, teeing up coronavirus bill MORE (D-Ill.) and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate looks to avoid dragged-out Trump impeachment battle Wyden to wield new power on health care, taxes with committee gavel Senate Republicans don't want Trump to testify in impeachment trial MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman and top Republican on the panel, announced the hearing on Tuesday.  “I’m pleased that we can announce that the Committee will be moving forward on a bipartisan basis with a nomination hearing for Judge Garland...
    PALO ALTO — A former councilwoman has been penalized for violating political campaign rules and other sitting council members are facing similar complaints as an ongoing political battle continues between the slow-growth faction of the community and housing advocates eager to build more homes. A four-year investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission of Councilwoman Liz Kniss — who ran a successful campaign for council in the Nov. 8, 2016 election — found that Kniss failed to maintain one campaign bank account, a violation of government campaign financing rules. Kniss had been on the council between 1989 and 2000 and was chosen to serve as mayor of Palo Alto three times. She was last mayor in 2018, and she termed out of her position in 2020. From Aug. 2016 through Nov. 2016, Kniss used personal funds to pay for campaign expenses without first depositing the respective funds in the...
    House Budget Committee Republicans urged their Senate colleagues to reject the nomination of Neera Tanden to be President Joe Biden’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget in a letter sent Tuesday. Republican Budget Committee Leader Jason Smith cited Tanden’s past partisan behavior, financial ties to major corporations and foreign countries, and managerial misconduct as reasons to reject her in the letter. “Ms. Tanden does not appear to have the leadership qualities needed to represent such an important agency, and her divisive history will likely only further divide Americans,” read the letter signed by every Republican on the committee. The letter highlighted a 2018 report in which Tanden revealed the identity of an anonymous victim of sexual harassment allegations to the staff of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank that Tanden led. Employees are quoted as saying that Tanden “lost the organization today” and “it...
    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could expand the number of days a parent can surrender a newborn baby at an authorized location and allow those sites to install a “baby box” so parents can leave an infant without face to face contact under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday. Florida now allows parents to anonymously surrender a newborn approximately seven days old at a hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services voted 7-4 to expand that window to approximately 30 days after a baby is born. It also would allow for a baby box at any of those facilities that are staffed 24 hours a day. The box would set off an alarm in the facility if a baby is placed in it. Staff also would be required to check the box every...
    CONGRESSMAN Jamie Raskin was chosen to serve as the lead impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. Raskin, who along with other Democrats introduced the article of impeachment against Trump takes on the role just months after his son died. 4Jamie Raskin is the representative forCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is congressman Jamie Raskin? Jamie Raskin, 58, is an American lawyer and politician who is the U.S. Representative from Maryland's 8th congressional district since 2017. He is a Democrat, and was a member of the Maryland State Senate from 2007 to 2016. Prior to his election to Congress, he was a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he co-founded and directed the LL.M. program on Law and Government and co-founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy project. What role will Raskin play in former President Trump's impeachment? Raskin will "serve as...
    Republican gubernatorial candidate and Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase filed a lawsuit against the commonwealth's Republican Party on Tuesday over the party's move to hold a nomination convention instead of a primary.  "Currently, the Republican Party of Virginia has chosen a method that is illegal under the Governor's current executive orders and is secretly planning to chose the statewide nominees themselves, bypassing the people of Virginia," Chase said in a statement. "I will not stand for this. The people should be allowed to vote on Republican nominees."  Chase is part of a crowded GOP gubernatorial primary, but made national news when she was censured over comments appearing to show support for the rioters who attacked the Capitol last month.  The lawsuit comes ahead of a scheduled meeting of the Republican State Central Committee on Feb. 27, where they are expected to decide on the convention's format. Due to the state's coronavirus restrictions,...
    A Republican-led bill in Arkansas that seeks to ban the use of public school funds to teach about The New York Times’ 1619 project failed to advance in a state House committee on Tuesday. The bill, dubbed the “Saving American History Act of 2021,” was introduced last month by Republican state Rep. Mark Lowery and had a handful of Republican cosponsors. It was considered in the state House’s education committee, where Republicans also hold control, before it was shot down in a voice vote on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. The 1619 Project is an initiative that was launched by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 that aims to “reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States.”  It includes a collection of essays and pieces from writers that examine “different aspects of contemporary...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should allow all but death row inmates and those spending life behind bars without the chance of parole to request lighter sentences after they serve at least 15 years, one piece of a dramatic overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws that an advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended Tuesday. The nation’s most populated state also should limit sentencing enhancements that can add years to prison terms and are imposed with “extreme racial disparities,” the committee said. For example, it said 99% of those given a gang enhancement in Los Angeles County are people of color. California led the nation in tough-on-crime policies 30 years ago, but in recent years has been among the states at the forefront of easing criminal penalties. Two lawmakers on the committee announced they had put some of the recommendations into legislation that would have to pass the Democratic-led...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — California should allow all but death row inmates and those spending life behind bars without the chance of parole to request lighter sentences after they serve at least 15 years, one piece of a dramatic overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws that an advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended Tuesday. The nation’s most populated state also should limit sentencing enhancements that can add years to prison terms and are imposed with “extreme racial disparities,” the committee said. For example, it said 99% of those given a gang enhancement in Los Angeles County are people of color. To take effect, the recommendations would need to be translated into legislation that passes the Democratic-led Legislature and signed into law by Newsom. Two lawmakers on the committee immediately announced some measures. “If all 10 recommendations were adopted, they would impact almost every area of California’s criminal legal system,...
    By Kristen Holmes and Clare Foran | CNN President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, apologized on Tuesday for some of the criticism she has previously directed at congressional Republicans and expressed regret over past tweets during a Senate confirmation hearing. Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio questioned Tanden at the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing about her past comments and asked if she could actually be bipartisan given her track record. Portman read aloud some of the insults Tanden has leveled at various Republican lawmakers, including that “vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz,” a senator from Texas, and that Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is “the worst.” Tanden responded with an apology, saying, “I deeply regret and apologize for my language and some of my past language.” Portman later asked if she had deleted many of her tweets in advance of...
    A popular fast-food chicken chain is expanding to a new South Jersey location. Cinnaminson township authorized an agreement last week with Delco Development LLC to build a new Chick-fil-A restaurant on Route 130 South. "Our economic development team has been actively pursuing Chick-fil-A for some time and we are fortunate to have found an outstanding partner in Delco Development so we can pursue this economic development initiative," Committeeman Ryan Horner, liaison to the township economic development committee, said in a statement. The fast food restaurant will be built  between a Lidl grocery store and the Shoppes at Cinnaminson. Township officials will now work with the Willingboro-based developer on a redevelopment plan and redevelopment agreement for the project. "Although just in the initial phase, the township committee is committed to bringing this highly regarded fast-casual restaurant to our Route 130 business corridor in the near future," Horner said. 
    House Democrats' draft legislation for the next coronavirus relief package includes $15 billion for U.S. airlines, a contrast from President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats say Trump impeachment defense 'wholly without merit' A US-Israel defense treaty has benefits — and perils White House: Biden won't spend much time watching Trump impeachment trial MORE’s original $1.9 trillion proposal, which included no funds for airlines.  The $15 billion will go to extending the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for airline workers through Sept. 30, giving $14 billion to support workers of air carriers and $1 billion for workers of eligible contractors.  The program has already received $40 billion from Congress, $25 billion in the CARES Act from last spring and $15 billion in the December stimulus package, though those funds are set to expire on April 1. Airlines have warned that tens of thousands of employees could be furlough without an extension.  The House Financial Services Committee included the PSP...
    More On: senate Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in Senate Rand Paul and Jim Jordan blast Dems for impeachment trial in op-eds Trump impeachment trial: Schedule, time, and how to watch Trump attorney withdraws request to pause impeachment trial Republicans on Tuesday announced selections for opposition leaders on the Senate’s evenly divided committees — leaning mostly on old hands who will face off against some new Democratic picks to lead the panels. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is known for readily bridging past political divides — as he did to work closely with former President Donald Trump — will be the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, which is being chaired by socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. Graham, like Sanders, is a veteran member of the committee. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will be the GOP leader on the Senate Energy and...
    Rep. Peter MeijerPeter MeijerHere are the GOP lawmakers censured by Republicans for impeaching Trump Conservatives, we can't revert back to the party of 'no' under Biden Kinzinger: Voting to impeach Trump 'could very well be terminal to my career' MORE (Mich.) was able to avoid a censure from Republicans in his home district on Monday following a deadlocked vote on a resolution to condemn the GOP congressman for voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ to seek resignations of most Trump-appointed US attorneys: report Trump attorney withdraws request to not hold impeachment trial on Saturday Kinzinger in op-ed calls on GOP senators to convict Trump in impeachment trial MORE last month.  The 11-11 vote by the state Republican Party's 3rd Congressional District Committee pitted Trump loyalists against Republicans condemning some representatives’ repeated unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Detroit News reported.  Meijer was one of 10 GOP...
    There will be no winter championships for Division III student-athletes as the NCAA called off tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing low participation numbers among member schools, the NCAA Division III announced that winter championships are canceled this year as the country combats the spread of COVID-19. The Division III Administrative Committee approved the recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel all winter championships last week as it continues monitoring winter sports participation at schools. Sports impacted by the cancelation of winter championships include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and wrestling. The Championships Committee determined participation numbers in all nine winter sports are “well below the established threshold to provide a national championships experience.” The established thresholds are 60 percent for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and...
    There will be no winter championships for Division III student-athletes as the NCAA called off tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing low participation numbers among member schools, the NCAA Division III announced that winter championships are canceled this year as the country combats the spread of COVID-19. The Division III Administrative Committee approved the recommendation from the Division III Championships Committee to cancel all winter championships last week as it continues monitoring winter sports participation at schools. Sports impacted by the cancelation of winter championships include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and wrestling. The Championships Committee determined participation numbers in all nine winter sports are “well below the established threshold to provide a national championships experience.” The established thresholds are 60 percent for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – California should allow all but death row inmates and those serving life-without-parole to request lighter sentences after serving at least 15 years as part of a dramatic overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws recommended Tuesday by an advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state also should limit sentencing enhancements that can add years to underlying prison terms but are imposed with “extreme racial disparities,” the committee said. As one example, it said 99% of those given a gang enhancement in Los Angeles County are people of color. RELATED: California Using ZIP Codes, Outreach To Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Equity “If all 10 recommendations were adopted, they would impact almost every area of California’s criminal legal system, from driving infractions to life in prison, and probably everybody behind bars would be affected in some way,” committee chairman Michael Romano told The Associated Press. “We can improve public safety...
    San Francisco school board president Gabriela López, 30, has defended the decision to rename 44 schools The San Francisco school board president has defended the district’s controversial decision to rename 44 schools honoring historical leaders who have since been branded by activists as racist - including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. San Francisco Unified School District had been criticized for voting by 6-1 last month to change the name of one-third of the city's schools. Parents and residents became concerned when it emerged that historians had not been consulted by the renaming committee. Instead, committee members allegedly used references from Wikipedia and other non-scholarly sources to determine which personalities were racist and problematic.  Several of those citations have now been proven to be factually incorrect, including a false claim that American poet James Russell Lowell did not want black people to vote and that Paul Revere's military activities were tied to...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should allow all but death row inmates and those serving life-without-parole to request lighter sentences after serving at least 15 years as part of a dramatic overhaul of the state’s sentencing laws recommended Tuesday by an advisory committee to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state also should limit sentencing enhancements that can add years to underlying prison terms but are imposed with “extreme racial disparities," the committee said. As one example, it said 99% of those given a gang enhancement in Los Angeles County are people of color. “If all 10 recommendations were adopted, they would impact almost every area of California’s criminal legal system, from driving infractions to life in prison, and probably everybody behind bars would be affected in some way,” committee chairman Michael Romano told The Associated Press. "We can improve public safety and reduce incarceration at the...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A bill that would likely ban almost all abortions in South Carolina is expected to move closer to final approval Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee is meeting to discuss the " South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act." The bill has already passed the Senate  and the governor promises he will sign it. The proposal would require doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If they find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy is not the result of rape or incest, they can't perform the abortion unless the mother's life is in danger. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as soon as six weeks after conception and before many women know they are pregnant. ARIZONA SENATE PANEL APPROVES DOWN SYNDROME ABORTION BAN, OTHER ANTI-ABORTION MEASURES Republican lawmakers plan no...
    Term limits on legislative leaders, allowing remote committee hearings, and advancement of all bills to committees are some of the updates to proposed rules for the Illinois House. Republicans say the proposed new rules largely are unchanged from when former Speaker Mike Madigan was in charge. Typically, House Rules are among the first things voted on when a new term of the Illinois House begins. The rules are what governs members’ conduct and dictate how proposed legislation advances through committees. The House didn’t vote on rules when lawmakers started a new session Jan. 13. The day was historic in that the House selected a new speaker in state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, who took over for Madigan, D-Chicago. Madigan was speaker for all but two years from 1983 until last month. Monday’s proposed rules seem to chip away at the power Madigan fortified over nearly four decades....
    By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics have yet another problem besides the pandemic. This time it’s Yoshiro Mori, the president of the local organizing committee. Mori made derogatory comments about women almost a week ago in a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee. He essentially said they talk too much, driven by a “strong sense of rivalry.” The 83-year-old former prime minister was forced to apologize, but calls for his resignation persist. They seem to grow daily, cutting into weakening support for the Olympics and raising questions why elderly men dominate politics and boardrooms in Japan. The local organizing committee issued a vague statement on Sunday saying it supports diversity. The committee is also heavily dominated by men with few women in any leadership roles. Mori has been the continuing topic of talk and news shows, which point out that the World Economic...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, will pledge to bring a bipartisan approach to the role during her confirmation hearing Tuesday as she faces down fierce opposition from Senate Republicans. In her prepared opening remarks before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Tanden vows that, if confirmed, she will "vigorously enforce my ironclad belief that our government should serve all Americans -- regardless of party -- in every corner of the country."Tanden also commits to "work in good faith with all Members of this Committee to tackle the challenges Americans are facing; to address duplication or ineffective programs; to be responsive to you and your staff's inquiries; and to assist the Committee in its important oversight role."The bipartisan message will kick off what's expected to be a tense and partisan confirmation hearing after Tanden fielded a wave of criticism from GOP lawmakers over...
    AUGUSTA,Maine (AP) — A legislative committee has voted unanimously in support of Katherine McBrien to serve as state archivist. McBrien, of Union, would be only the fourth person, and the first woman, to hold the position if she’s confirmed by the Senate. “As Maine’s first female secretary of state, it’s an honor and privilege to nominate Maine’s first female state archivist,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, to whom McBrien would report. McBrien previously worked as chief curator at the Maine Historical Society and as curator of historic collections at the Maine State Museum. As state archivist, she would be responsible for maintaining approximately 100 million pages of official state records. The Committee on State and Local Government will send the recommendation to the Maine Senate for a vote. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine, Associated Press
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would likely ban almost all abortions in South Carolina is expected to move closer to final approval Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee is meeting to discuss the “ South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act.” The bill has already passed the Senate and the governor promises he will sign it. The proposal would require doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If they find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy is not the result of rape or incest, they can’t perform the abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as soon as six weeks after conception and before many women know they are pregnant. Republican lawmakers plan no more public hearings on the bill....
    By Yoshifumi Takemoto and Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) - When the head of Tokyo's Olympic organising committee said women talked too much at board meetings, a storm of criticism erupted in Japan, with top athletes and cabinet ministers condemning his remarks as sexist and archaic. Yoshiro Mori apologised at a press briefing last week, only to justify the comments in subsequent interviews, inviting further criticism. Despite the condemnation, the 83-year-old remains insulated within the organisation he leads, sources say, with officials fearing that his resignation would imperil the Tokyo Games. In interviews with Reuters, Olympic and ruling party officials say few are willing to oust the influential Mori, a former prime minister whose deep network of politicians and Olympic officials is key to pulling off a successful Games. "We had told him beforehand, 'you can't say anything about resigning'," said one source with direct knowledge of the matter, referring to...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would likely ban almost all abortions in South Carolina is expected to move closer to final approval Tuesday. The House Judiciary Committee is meeting to discuss the “ South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act.” The bill has already passed the Senate and the governor promises he will sign it. The proposal would require doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If they find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy is not the result of rape or incest, they can’t perform the abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as soon as six weeks after conception and before many women know they are pregnant. Republican lawmakers plan no more public hearings on the bill. In committee meetings, lawmakers...
    Kathleen Hicks became the first woman to be Senate-confirmed for the top deputy position in the Defense Department. She was confirmed on Monday by a voice vote after being approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 4. Hicks, 50, led the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served as a deputy undersecretary of defense for President Barack Obama. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, whose own nomination endured some turbulence given that he had only recently retired from military service, has said that Hicks will play a major role in policy making decisions at the Pentagon, according to Defense News. Hicks will also oversee decisions involving Raytheon Technologies because Austin previously served on the company’s board. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed praised Hicks’s confirmation in a statement on Monday. “She is a highly regarded defense policy expert...
    40 hospitals across Washington state may have received counterfeit N95 masks, officials say Murder mystery rocks Yale University after grad student found fatally shot off campus Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee to hold special meeting over president Moris comments TOKYO (Reuters) - The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee is set to convene a special board meeting as early as this week after the outcry over committee president Yoshiro Mori's sexist comments, local media reported on Tuesday. © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori in Tokyo There are no plans to discuss Mori's resignation at the meeting but he could face a barrage of criticism over his comments, Nikkan Sports reported. Mori has come under fire for saying last week that meetings with female participants take a long time, adding that they "get competitive" with each other. He apologised and retracted his comments, but the public's outrage appears...
    TOKYO (AP) — The postponed Tokyo Olympics have yet another problem besides the pandemic. This time it’s Yoshiro Mori, the president of the local organizing committee. Mori made derogatory comments about women almost a week ago in a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee. Basically, he said they talk too much, driven by a “strong sense of rivalry.” The 83-year-old former prime minister was forced to apologize, but this has not quelled calls for his resignation. They seem to grow daily, cutting into weakening support for the Olympics and raising questions why elderly men dominate politics and boardrooms in Japan. In a statement on Sunday, the local organizing committee issued a vague statement saying it supports diversity. The committee is also heavily dominated by men with few women in any leadership roles. Mori has been the continuing topic of talk and news shows, which point out that the...
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    Republican Congressman Ron Wright of Texas died Sunday after being hospitalized for COVID-19, his office said in a statement Monday. 
 The statement said Wright, 67, had “passed away peacefully” with his wife, Susan, by his side. The statement added that “for the previous two weeks,” Wright and his wife “had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19.” The couple was diagnosed January 21. In September, Wright was hospitalized because of complications from ongoing cancer treatment. 
 After his COVID-19 diagnosis, Wright released a statement saying, “I am experiencing minor symptoms, but overall, I feel OK and will continue working for the people of the 6th District from home this week." 
 He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and was reelected last year. He was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the House Education and Labor...
    BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of Black and Hispanic Worcester residents filed a federal voting rights lawsuit Monday alleging the city’s at-large system for electing school committee members discriminates against minority communities. The lawsuit alleges that the use of an at-large system for all seats on the committee dilutes the voting power of minorities, violating the federal Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution. Despite the fact that more than half of students in Worcester identify as either Hispanic, Latino/Latina or Black, the city’s six-member school committee is all white, the suit says. Member of the Worcester City Council, by contrast, are elected through a mix of at-large and district seats. The lawsuit cites the 2019 election. Six school committee candidates, all white, who received most support in the ten whitest precincts in the City all won election, the suit alleges, while candidates of color who were supported in the city’s...
    Bradley Cortright February 8, 2021 0 Comments House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is blasting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for suggesting certain House Democrats should be punished for comments they made before taking office.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Schiff was asked if he is concerned that House Republicans would seek to punish Democrats over past controversial comments after the chamber voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments over her comments she made before entering Congress.  “Kevin McCarthy stands for nothing except the perpetuation of his own position. He has no values, and in my view, cares about little except for hoping to be speaker one day,” Schiff said on Sunday. He went on to defend the decision to punish Greene by stripping her of her committee assignments. “If members of either party are threatening violence against other members of the...
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    Rep. Ron Wright, a Republican from Texas, has died a little more than two weeks after he contracted the coronavirus. Wright, who died Sunday, was 67. It is not known whether the coronavirus was his cause of death, but the lawmaker and his wife were admitted to a Dallas hospital during the past two weeks following the diagnosis. Photos: COVID-19 VaccinationsView All 18 ImagesWright battled other health challenges over the past year, including lung cancer treatment. "As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end," Wright's office said in a statement. "Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice." The lawmaker sat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House...
    President Biden's pick for director of the White House Office of Management and Budget could find herself in unfriendly territory when she sits for two confirmation hearings this week after a history of enmity with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Neera Tanden will appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday and the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday. She may find herself having to answer for a number of inflammatory tweets against Republicans – messages the Daily Beast reported she deleted in November prior to the announcement of her nomination. Many of those messages have been preserved by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. SANDERS DODGES QUESTIONS ON WHETHER HE'LL CONFIRM RIVAL NEERA TANDEN FOR OMB "The whole [Republican] party needs to be defeated in November," Tanden said in 2018, blasting the GOP for supporting former President Donald Trump, whom she implied was racist. This...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas House member who's due to get a public warning from colleagues about his behavior before he took office has rejoined the Democratic Party. Rep. Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kansas, confirmed Monday that he returned to the party last week, about three weeks after registering unaffiliated. Coleman had switched to unaffiliated after the House's top Democrat, Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, refused to give him any committee assignments. But Coleman said Monday: “I was elected as a Democrat. I ran as a Democrat. I vote with the Democrats.” The 20-year-old Coleman was accused of abusive behavior toward girls and young women before he took office last month and of telling an aide to Sawyer last year that he would physically harm the legislative leader. Those allegations led to a complaint from fellow House Democrats, along with a now-deleted tweet criticizing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...
    New York : President Joe biden put on the table help the poorest families with an annual fiscal support of up to $ 3,600 dollars, a project promoted by the representative Richard Neal (Massachusetts), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives. However, the Republican Senator Mitt romney (Utah) has a broader proposal, which would send aid for up to $ 4,200 per child under 6 years of age, and $ 3,000 per child between 6 and 17 years old. In fact, the projects of both congressmen are similar, they only differ in the amounts, but Chuck Marr, Director of Federal Tax Policy, believes that Romney’s is a better option. Among Marr’s arguments, it is indicated that Romney’s project would be focused on poor families and single mothers, who could even have greater tax benefits of up to $ 5,300 annually. “That is, real money...
    (CNN)House Democrats on Monday asked the Biden administration to hand over long-sought documents from the Trump administration regarding its response to the coronavirus pandemic, renewing an investigation into what role alleged political interference by former officials may have played in the virus' threat. In letters obtained by CNN to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and acting head of Health and Human Services Norris Cochran, House Majority Whip James Clyburn alleges the Trump administration "refused to cooperate" with inquiries from the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis; that HHS blocked documents and witnesses related to the response to the virus; and that Trump officials "failed to fully comply with two subpoenas and at least 20 document requests" by the committee. Arguing that the committee needs the documents to continue its investigation, the South Carolina Democratic congressman also alleged that new documents obtained by the committee show the Trump administration...
    By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government suspended adoptions from foreign countries Monday after an investigative committee report criticized past ruling coalitions for being “too passive” in the face of years of reported abuses including impoverished mothers being coerced into putting up their children for adoption. The committee said that abuses included “the falsification of documents, the abuse of poverty among the birth mothers and the abandonment of children for payment or through coercion.” Dutch media began reporting on them in the late 1960s, but previous governments failed to take decisive action to tackle the problems, it added. “Not only have there been many abuses in the past, the system of intercountry adoption is still open to fraud and abuses continue to this day,” the government-installed committee warned. It said that the government needs to “restore its damaged relationship with adoptees, adoptive parents, birth...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government suspended adoptions from foreign countries Monday after an investigative committee report criticized past ruling coalitions for being “too passive” in the face of years of reported abuses including impoverished mothers being coerced into putting up their children for adoption. The committee said that abuses included “the falsification of documents, the abuse of poverty among the birth mothers and the abandonment of children for payment or through coercion.” Dutch media began reporting on them in the late 1960s, but previous governments failed to take decisive action to tackle the problems, it added. “Not only have there been many abuses in the past, the system of intercountry adoption is still open to fraud and abuses continue to this day,” the government-installed committee warned. It said that the government needs to “restore its damaged relationship with adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and families.” Minister for...
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    A former Senate GOP and Republican National Committee (RNC) staffer accused of distributing child pornography was arrested at his Washington, D.C., home Friday. Ruben Verastigui, 27, stands accused of distributing child pornography between April 2020 and February 2021, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia which the Washington Post obtained. Verastigui allegedly admitted to being a part of a child pornography ring during an interview with investigators. Police executed a search warrant at his Northeast Washington apartment where he was arrested and found “several files of child pornography” along with a text conversation in which he allegedly discussed exchanging the explicit files and videos. Authorities began investigating Verastigui last June when Homeland Security Investigations agents launched an investigation into 18 people who were exchanging child pornography. At the time of his arrest, Verastigui worked for the nonprofit Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions as a...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public notices in newspapers about local government actions could disappear or be greatly scaled back under proposals that Indiana legislators are considering. Supporters say the proposals could cuts costs for city, county and township governments and school districts by allowing them to post the notices to their websites rather than pay for publication in local newspapers. A House committee has advanced a bill allowing online-only posting of notices, while a Senate committee has backed a version requiring only a single newspaper publication when two or more notices are required by state law. The Hoosier State Press Association argues publishing notices in newspapers about government budgets, tax rates, tax sales and meeting times makes them available in one location for the public rather than having to check multiple websites. The publishers group says that state law already requires newspapers to charge lower advertising rates for publishing the notices....
    The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has unanimously decided to keep the reference interest rate for its operations at the historic low of 0.1%, as announced by the institution, which has asked British banks to make preparations necessary to manage a scenario of negative interest rates, although it has stressed that this does not imply a signal on its monetary policy. At the same time, the BoE Committee has also kept the amount of its asset purchase program unchanged at £ 895 billion (€ 1.02 trillion), including £ 875 billion (€ 996,137 million) in purchases of assets. sovereign bonds and another 20,000 million pounds (22,782 million euros) in bonds of non-financial companies. “Although the Committee was clear that it did not want to send any signal that it intended to set a negative rate at some point in the future, it concluded that it would be appropriate to...
    Elizabeth Warren is set up better than ever to push President Biden on student loan cancellation, pull her colleagues to take a stance on a wealth tax, and shape left-wing Democratic Party priorities on taxing and spending in the Senate. After finally working out a power-sharing agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced this week that the Massachusetts senator will join the powerful Senate Finance Committee. The former Harvard Law School professor and expert in bankruptcy law was waging battles over fiscal policy and legislation (and butting heads with then-Sen. Joe Biden over a 2005 bankruptcy bill) long before she became an elected official. She helped craft the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Now, her posts on both the finance committee and the budget committee put her in one of the most visible and powerful...
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    The ongoing challenge to Iowa's second congressional district race is poised to soon heat up when the House committee charged with investigating the matter will officially get to work. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks was provisionally sworn-in on Jan. 3 to Congress after Iowa certified her election win by six votes. But Democrat Rita Hart is contesting the result with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which has the final say on contested elections. For nearly two months, Hart and Miller-Meeks have been preparing paperwork and framing their legal arguments to the House of Representatives on why each believes she is the true winner of the race.  FOURTH TIME THE CHARM: IOWA REP.-ELECT MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS TO BE SWORN IN SUNDAY But the committee that is responsible for reviewing the arguments and making the determination hasn't formally been organized or held a meeting.  Rep.-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, will be sworn in Sunday Jan. 3...
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    A bipartisan group of lawmakers came out in support of new domestic terror laws this week, despite earlier opposition from over 150 civil rights groups that were concerned about the implications for minority communities. Experts said domestic terrorist groups could pose a continuing threat after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, leading to a bipartisan majority of the House Homeland Security Committee to agree on considering new laws to address potentially harmful groups, The Washington Post reported Thursday. But 156 civil rights groups, including the NAACP, the Human Rights Campaign and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had sent a letter to Congress on Jan. 19 describing concern about expanding legal authority related to terrorism. “We must meet the challenge of addressing white nationalist and far-right militia violence without causing further harm to communities already disproportionately impacted by the criminal-legal system,” the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote. The...
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            by Debra Heine  By a vote of 230 to 199, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) from her committee posts. Eleven Republican voted with the Democrats to remove Greene from the committees. Democrats in the House forced the vote after several of Green’s controversial social media posts surfaced, triggering a backlash among liberals. These are the eleven GOP lawmakers who crossed party lines to punish the freshman Rep. for sharing conspiracy theories  on social media. Adam Kinzinger Nicole Malliotakis John Katko Fred Upton Brian Fitzpatrick Carlos Gimenez Chris Jacobs Young Kim Maria Salazar Chris Smith Mario Díaz-Balart The action was taken after House Democrats pressured Republicans to remove the Georgia Republican of committee assignments on their own. House Republicans refused to take that action, and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday called the push a...
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    Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called out the mainstream media for “addicting our nation to hate” in a press conference on Friday, one day after the U.S. House voted to remove her from her committee assignments. Greene has recently come under fire for controversial past remarks she made on social media, which included the discussion of Q-anon conspiracy theories and a photo she shared holding an AR-15 next to a collage photo of Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), most of which she attempted to provide context for in a speech on the House floor yesterday as she apologized for her past statements. Green said as she welcomed members of the media outside of the U.S. Capitol: I truly support freedom of press. I think it’s one of the things that makes our country so great. I really hope that you’ll be able to tell my story a little...
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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Roger Marshall has received the Senate Agriculture Committee seat that he told Kansas voters he would get if they elected him. The freshman senator also received seats on the Senate's energy, small business and health and education committees. The Agriculture Committee has long been a key assignment for Kansas senators because of the industry's importance to the state. Marshall was a two-term western Kansas congressman when he ran for the Senate last year, and he played up his service on the House Agriculture Committee as a reason voters could expect him to be named to its Senate counterpart. Marshall also ran for the seat held by now-retired GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, who served as chairman of both the Senate and House agriculture committees during his 40-year tenure in Congress. Senior Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran will serve as the ranking Republican on the Veterans' Affairs...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Embattled Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene made it clear Friday she’s not going to stop saying what she thinks and said “morons” voted to eject her from two House committees. Speaking at a press conference the day after her House colleagues stripped her of two committee assignments, Greene said she’d be wasting her time serving on committees anyway because her conservative values wouldn’t be heard. “They actually stripped my district of their voice. They stripped my voters of having representation to work for them for the budget–a successful business owner that knows how to make a profit not a loss.  That’s what my district voted for me for,” Greene said. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in the unprecedented rebuke of the freshman from Georgia for her past comments espousing conspiracy theories, some of which, she tried to walk back ahead of Thursday’s vote including her support of QAnon, and...
    By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon lawmaker who allegedly harassed three women, including throwing his cell phone toward one, faced increasing pressure to resign on Friday as Gov. Kate Brown said he should step down immediately. Brown diverted from her news conference about COVID-19 to say Rep. Diego Hernandez's behavior has been “unacceptable.” “He should resign immediately,” the Democrat said. House Speaker Tina Kotek has also called for Hernandez's resignation. Hernandez, also a Democrat, is accused of trying to rekindle consensual romances with three women, despite their telling him they weren't interested. The House Committee on Conduct found on Thursday that two of the women felt that rebuffing his advances would adversely affect their business before the Legislature. None of the women who brought complaints was identified publicly. Asked for comment on Brown's statement, Hernandez did not offer one when he responded by text. In...
    Loading the player... A consultant has been fired after saying the n-word during a virtual meeting of the Vermont Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday. Read More: Country music star Morgan Wallen’s career plummets overnight after using N-word According to VT Digger, Steven Gayle, an employee of Resource Systems Group, said the word twice, unaware his microphone was active. The action was not immediately addressed due to occurring during an intermission and others being unaware. After video footage circulated among legislators and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, the move was made to reprimand the consultant for brazen behavior. Screenshot via VT Digger Video footage shows Gayle making the comments in question. He stated, “don’t believe this shit,” and, “they’ll say anything to get elected,” before exclaiming, “you know we arrested every N-word,” using the full racial slur. He says the word another time before the recording shifts focus to...
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    The House voted Thursday to strip controversial Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. All Democrats and 11 Republicans voted for the measure, despite Republican leader Kevin McCarthy's opposition to it. In social media posts and videos made before she was elected to Congress, Greene, a freshman from Georgia, embraced a slew of far-right conspiracy theories, including questioning whether deadly school shootings had been staged and whether a plane really hit the Pentagon on 9/11. A supporter of the fantastical QAnon conspiracy theory, she also shared videos with anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiment, and expressed support for violence against Democratic leaders in Congress. In a press conference on Friday, Greene did say she was "sorry" for her previous comments when asked directly, although she did not apologize for publicly contronting David Hogg, one of the teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting. She added that committee work would have...
    By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A GOP-led South Dakota House committee rejected a proposal Friday from a fellow Republican that would've required Gov. Kristi Noem and other state officials to disclose taxpayer funds used for their security. Noem, who has traveled the country with a security detail from the state's Highway Patrol as she campaigned for Donald Trump and raised money for her own gubernatorial committee, pressured Republicans to drop the matter. Her public safety secretary, Craig Price, argued that revealing state funds used for security, even a total figure over the course of a year, would compromise the governor's safety because would-be criminals could discern the number of state troopers protecting the governor. But Rep. Taffy Howard, a Republican from Rapid City, said the bill was a bipartisan effort to bring transparency to how taxpayer funds are used. Howard, a fiscal conservative who works on...
    Eleven House Republicans joined all Democrats on Thursday in voting to strip Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments. The measure was likely to pass with Democrats’ narrow House majority, though it was unclear how many Republicans would ultimately support the measure. Greene had already come under harsh criticism for her past rhetoric, some of which had been widely criticized as racist and anti-Semitic. While the final group included moderate Republicans like Michigan Rep. Fred Upton and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, it included more conservative members and several freshman lawmakers as well. Eleven House Republicans joined all Democrats on Thursday in voting to strip Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments. The measure was likely to pass with Democrats’ narrow House majority, though it was unclear how many Republicans would ultimately support the measure. Democrats announced that they would force...
    Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said Friday that she feels “freed” from participating in House committees because she wouldn’t be allowed to promote conservative policies there. “So going forward, I’ve been freed,” she told a news conference in Washington, D.C. “I do, I feel freed because you know what’s happening on these committees? You see, we have basically a tyrannically-controlled government right now:  the Democrats. We’ve got Joe Biden writing executive order after executive order … doing whatever he wants up there in the White House.” (RELATED: ‘The Media’ Is ‘Just As Guilty As QAnon’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Gives Speech Walking Back Old Comments) “So if I was on a committee I’d be wasting my time because my conservative values wouldn’t be heard and neither would my district’s,” Greene said. The House of Representatives decided Thursday to remove Greene’s from all her House committee duties as a result of...
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    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., says she feels "free" after the House booted her from her two committee assignments, saying her conservative voice wouldn’t have been heard anyway under Democrats’ "tyrannically controlled government." "I feel free," Greene told reporters outside the Capitol Friday, "because you know what's happening on these committees. ... We have basically a tyrannically controlled government right now." HOUSE OUSTS REP. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE FROM COMMITTEES IN UNPRECEDENTED VOTE "I'm fine with being kicked off of my committees because it'd be a waste of my time," Greene continued. "So now I have a lot of free time on my hands." The House Thursday took the unprecedented step of removing Greene from her two committee assignments for espousing violence and conspiracy theories on social media before she was elected to Congress in November. The 230-199 vote was bipartisan, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats to oust Greene from the Committee on Education and Labor and the House Budget...
    A group of Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Friday calling on Democrats to have a hearing with the CEOs of big tech companies. “Big Tech is increasingly becoming a destructive force. Our sincere hope was that Big Tech would take seriously the significant role they play in our society and do better to responsibly manage their platforms,” Republicans wrote in a letter to committee Chairman Frank Pallone, The Hill reported. “Last Congress, we requested you hold a hearing with several Big Tech CEOs to get answers and push them to improve their practices. Unfortunately, Big Tech’s behavior has increasingly worsened. It is clear this Committee must take leadership and act,” the letter states. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election” on Capitol Hill on November 17, 2020 in Washington,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services is holding a public hearing Friday to investigate the city’s vaccine contracting process following the Philly Fighting COVID controversy. The group of college students who ran a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center mishandled vaccinations. The city terminated its relationship with Philly Fighting COVID after the organization switched from nonprofit to for-profit. The group’s CEO, 22-year-old Drexel University graduate student Andrei Doroshin, also admitted taking vaccine from the convention center site and administering the doses to his friends. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley apologized and took responsibility for mishandling the partnership with the group. Dr. Caroline Johnson, the acting deputy health commissioner, resigned following revelations that she gave PFC and the Black Doctors Consortium — another vaccine provider — information that was not available to other applicants. “Gaining public confidence is critical to being...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene woke up in a fighting mood, calling fellow Republicans who voted to strip away her committee assignments 'morons' and embracing her reduced stature as liberating.   'I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,' she wrote, just hours after taking to the House floor to disavow QAnon conspiracy theory beliefs she said she gave up in 2018. 'In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway. Oh this is going to be fun!' she wrote, shortly before 8 am on Twitter. Republican Representative from Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene (C) walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 04 February 2021. She said it would be 'fun' being kicked off committees, and called those who voted against her 'morons' Greene's new posture came after...
    Savannah Rychcik February 5, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) took to Twitter to call Democrats “morons” after they voted to remove her from her committee assignments. “I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time,” Greene wrote on Twitter on Friday. She added, “In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway. Oh this is going to be fun!” I woke up early this morning literally laughing thinking about what a bunch of morons the Democrats (+11) are for giving some one like me free time.In this Democrat tyrannical government, Conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway.Oh this is going to be fun!— Marjorie Taylor Greene ???????? (@mtgreenee) February 5, 2021 On Thursday night, House Democrats voted 230 -199 to strip Greene of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House has tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped her party into, nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move Thursday but none defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts. Yet in a riveting moment, the freshman Republican from a deep-red corner of Georgia took to the House floor on her own behalf. She offered a mixture of backpedaling and finger-pointing as she wore a dark mask emblazoned with the words “FREE SPEECH.” The chamber’s near party-line 230-199 vote was the latest instance of conspiracy theories becoming pitched political battlefields, an increasingly familiar occurrence during Donald Trump’s presidency. He faces a Senate trial next week for his House impeachment for inciting insurrection after a mob he...
    A REPUBLICAN representative slammed Nancy Pelosi this week for "ignoring anti-Semitic comments" and urged for some Democrats to be removed after Marjorie Taylor Greene's vote. Mario Diaz-Balart, a member of the US House who represents Florida's 25th Congressional District, wrote to Twitter on Thursday night - following the overall decision to oust Greene from her committee assignments. 12Nancy Pelosi has been criticized for 'ignoring anti-Semitic' commentsCredit: Rex Features 12QAnon Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee duties on ThursdayCredit: EPA 12Diaz-Balart, pictured, has spoken out after Greene's removalCredit: Getty Images - Getty 12undefinedCredit: Twitter QAnon Rep Greene was removed from the Education and Labor, and House Budget Committees for pushing wild conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting and 9/11. Green previously claimed the 2018 California wildfires were started by "Jewish space lasers" and supported calls for violence against Pelosi and other Democratic officials.  Díaz-Balart, 59, began his Twitter-rant by saying: "I’ve previously stated...
    Savannah Rychcik February 5, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is refusing to back down despite efforts by the Nebraska Republican Party’s State Central Committee to censure him over his comments about former President Donald Trump. According to the motion, first reported by News Channel Nebraska, Sasse is being targeted for censure because of his support for impeaching Trump and refusal to be open to Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results. “You are welcome to censure me again, but let’s be clear about why this is happening: It’s because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude,” Sasse said in a video response to the committee. He added. “The party could purge Trump skeptics, but I’d like to convince you that not only is that ‘civic cancer’ for the nation, it’s just terrible for our party.” Watch his...
    The Senate impeachment trial for former President Trump is set to begin Tuesday after the House of Representatives last month voted to impeach him for the second time—this time after being accused of inciting insurrection during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announcing the House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against Trump, called it their "constitutional and patriotic duty." "They will do so guided by their great love of country, determination to protect our democracy and loyalty to our oath to the Constitution," Pelosi said. "Our Managers will honor their duty to defend democracy For The People with great solemnity, prayerfulness and urgency." Lead Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin and impeachment managers Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Ted Lieu drafted the article of impeachment, "Incitement to Insurrection." Here are the House Democrats who will present the case for Trump’s impeachment: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Lead Manager: Rep....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House has tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped her party into, nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move Thursday but none defended her lengthy history of outrageous social media posts. Yet in a riveting moment, the freshman Republican from a deep-red corner of Georgia took to the House floor on her own behalf. She offered a mixture of backpedaling and finger-pointing as she wore a dark mask emblazoned with the words “FREE SPEECH.” The chamber’s near party-line 230-199 vote was the latest instance of conspiracy theories becoming pitched political battlefields, an increasingly familiar occurrence during Donald Trump’s presidency. He faces a Senate trial next week for his House impeachment for inciting insurrection after a mob he...
    (CNN)A consultant has been fired after he was heard making a racist slur during a break in a Vermont Senate Transportation Committee meeting held via Zoom video conferencing, according to his employer. The man, identified on the committee's agenda as Steven Gayle, a consultant for Resource Systems Group, Inc., had been scheduled to testify to the committee on Wednesday. His name was also displayed on the Zoom video.After learning of the incident, Resource Systems Group CEO Stephen Lawe issued an apology on behalf of his company. "I apologize to anyone affected by these deplorable remarks. The outburst by an employee of RSG is both regrettable and unforgivable. This kind of behavior is not at all tolerated and the employee was terminated immediately," he said.While RSG has removed Gayle's information page from its company website, Gayle's LinkedIn profile describes him as a "national expert in metropolitan transportation planning" and shows he...
    Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis was one of just 11 House Republicans on Thursday night to vote with Democrats to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. Greene has been under fire from Democrats in the House and some Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for espousing Qanon conspiracy theories. Of the many bizarre theories proposed by Greene was one during a 2018 speech when she questioned whether a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. Malliotakis’ district, which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, is home to many firefighters who responded to Ground Zero. More than 270 Staten Islanders died in the terror attacks. Malliotakis has faced her own criticism for objecting the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania during the Electoral College vote that took place after a mob stormed the Capitol in a deadly security breach.