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Post by party animal - not! Wed 13 Jan 2021, 16:04



Here's your answer, Lizzy!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9141263/How-Trump-berated-Pence-HOURS-Capitol-ransacked.html

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Post by Donnamarie Wed 13 Jan 2021, 16:07

It’s impossible to know what will happen in the 2022 mid-term elections.  There is still way more that could happen to damage Trump including all the criminal cases to be brought against him after he leaves office and the government investigations that will take place.  There are current Republican Members of Congress who may be charged for being complicit in the riot.  All of these things could sway voters by 2022.  

One thing is for sure.  The current Republican Party is a racist political entity who by and large is represented, especially in the House of Representatives, by people who want to overthrow the Federal Government.  They don’t believe in the rule of law or democracy.  Their main goal is to take power and keep power.  They don’t believe in the truth.  Any moderate Republicans left should work to create a new party.  I believe in a two party system as long as those systems exist to further equal justice for all and support democracy and the Constitution.

Lizzy,  I think Pence is still appeasing Trump and his base.  I think he wants to run in 2024 so he can’t go against Trump and have him removed.  The media has talked about the possibility of Trump pardoning the rioters who have federal charges brought against them.  Disgusting thought but who knows .....
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Post by party animal - not! Wed 13 Jan 2021, 18:30


Very good to see that Biden has appointed Samantha Power, George-friend and colleague and

former Ambassador to the UN to be the Head of USAid



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/13/samantha-power-usaid-appointment-biden

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Post by annemarie Wed 13 Jan 2021, 19:06

Biden names ex-US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to lead international aid agency
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[size=16][size=14]Joe Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, as his choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAid), citing her deep experience addressing crises around the world.
“There is simply no one better placed to ensure our development agenda is a core pillar of our foreign policy,” the US president-elect said in a video statement.




Power was US ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama-Biden administration and also served on Barack Obama’s national security council, as well as being a foreign policy and human rights adviser to the former Democratic president.
Her appointment brings her back into the heart of the Democratic leadership fold. She disagreed fundamentally with the Obama-Biden administration decision not to order military intervention in the war in Syria.
On Wednesday, Power said: “Our security is connected to the security of people who live elsewhere. Many of the issues we in the US are grappling with, the pandemic, the economic crisis, climate consequences, threats to the rule of law, even to democracy – these are issues that people all around the world are grappling with.”
Biden has announced that he would elevate the USAid administrator to have a seat at his White House’s national security council, which will be led by the national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, a significant move after Donald Trump was focused on cutting US aid overseas.
“Power will rally the international community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time, including Covid-19, climate change, global poverty and democratic backsliding,” Biden’s transition team said in a statement.
“A crisis-tested public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Power has been a leader in marshaling the world to resolve long-running conflicts, respond to humanitarian emergencies, defend human dignity, and strengthen the rule of law and democracy,” it added.



The longtime human rights advocate served as ambassador to the UN under Barack Obama, the former Democratic president, and Biden from 2013 to 2017.
Power, 50, also served as a White House national security staffer under Obama from 2009 to 2013.
A former journalist, she won a Pulitzer prize for her book A Problem from Hell, a study of US failure to prevent genocide. Power covered the war in Bosnia in the 1990s as a freelance correspondent.



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Power clashed badly with Obama over whether the US should intervene militarily in the war in [size=14]Syria, a cloud that hangs over the legacy of the Obama administration.

Power argued for action but ended up on the losing side, drawing accusations of betrayal and hypocrisy from many former supporters and colleagues.
The US gave limited support and training to rebel groups, but made no direct military intervention, even after Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s “red line” on chemical weapons, killing hundreds in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus with a sarin gas attack in 2013.
In A Problem from Hell, Power had written admiringly of the US diplomats who had resigned over US inaction in the face of the Bosnian genocide.
When her turn came to step down, she decided against it. She felt she could still achieve results by continually pushing for human rights to be central in foreign policymaking.
Meanwhile, Biden has picked another Obama-administration veteran, Kurt Campbell, to be his White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific region, which covers the relationship with China, a spokeswoman for Biden’s transition said on Wednesday.
Campbell, who served as the top US diplomat for Asia under Obama, is considered one of the architects of their administration’s “pivot to Asia” strategy, a much-vaunted but still limited US rebalancing of resources to the region.[/size][/size]




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Post by LizzyNY Wed 13 Jan 2021, 19:23

Donnamarie - If you're watching the hearing you'll know that the Republicans are, for the most part, finger-pointing and using the child's argument of "well, they did things ,too" as an excuse for not removing a traitor.

I saw two hopeful things yesterday: There are a growing number of corporations that are choosing to withhold funding from those politicians who refused to accept the results of the election, any PAC supporting drumpf, or do any political funding for various amounts of time - some permanently.

The other encouraging sign was that there is a group promising to invest $50million to the re-election funds of those who stand up against drumpf.

I don't know if anything can make a dent in what's happening. Maybe after drumpf's acolytes make their next move and try to destroy state governments as well as Congress there will be enough of them in jail to take some of the wind out of their sails and bring some sanity back to this country. Fingers crossed.
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Post by annemarie Wed 13 Jan 2021, 21:21

[size=48]Joint Chiefs of Staff Condemn Capitol Riot and Remind Military to 'Defend the Constitution'
The country's top military leaders called the insurrection a "direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process"
By Sean Neumann 
January 13, 2021 02:44 PM
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Gen. Mark Milley
 
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The country's top military officials sent a rare memo to service members on Tuesday night, condemning last week's pro-Donald Trump riot in the U.S. Capitol and reasserting the military's apolitical role amid a tumultuous time for the nation.
The memo, sent by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to more than a million active-duty service members and the National Guard, describes the insurrection as "a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process."
Trump had initially encouraged attendees at a rally on Jan. 6 to march down to Congress, but he later made contradictory statements as the protesters transformed into a violent mob: He described them as "very special" and said "these are the things and events that happen," while conspicuously not condemning the assault. Later, however, he insisted he wanted peace.
Tuesday's letter was signed by the country's eight national military leaders, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

"We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law," the group wrote. "The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection."
RELATED: Officials Expect 'Hundreds' of U.S. Capitol Charges Coming — Including 'Sedition and Conspiracy' Charges

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Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6
 
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Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6
 
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The riots, in which five people were killed, were broadly condemned by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers — including some of those same politicians who went on to still vote for Trump's baseless election challenge — as well as federal law enforcement agencies.
The memo from the Joint Chiefs of Staff follows reports that some veterans were among the mob who breached the Capitol after Trump encouraged his rally attendees that day to "fight like hell." One veteran, Ashli Babbit, was shot and killed by police at the Capitol.
Politico reported that Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran, wrote a letter to Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller calling for an investigation into former service members taking part in the riot, referring to it as a "coup attempt."

Duckworth, who served in the Iraq War, told Miller it would be a "disgraceful insult" to current military members if the reports were true.
In their letter Tuesday, the military leaders said that "as service members, we must embody the values and ideals of the nation."
"We support and defend the Constitution," they wrote. "Any act to disrupt the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law."

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https://people.com/politics/new-york-city-will-end-business-donald-trump-ice-rinks-golf-course/

[size=48]N.Y.C. Will End Business with Donald Trump’s Ice Rinks, Golf Course, Central Park Carousel
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that Trump's incitement of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol "clearly constitutes criminal activity"
By Virginia Chamlee 
January 13, 2021 01:37 PM


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President Donald Trump
 
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will terminate all business contracts with President Donald Trump's business, following last Wednesday's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol incited by the sitting president.
"I'm here to announce that the city of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization," de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC. "Our legal team has done an assessment and the contracts make very clear: if a company [or] leadership of a company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to sever that contract. Inciting an insurrection ... against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity."
De Blasio said the Trump Organization currently gets $17 million a year from the New York City contracts, which cover four different sites: the Central Park carousel, two ice skating rinks, and a golf course in the Bronx.
"I think you're going to see a lot of this kind of domino effect because of the president aiding and abetting an insurrection," de Blasio said.

The mayor added that the city expects to get new vendors to come in and take the sites over "quickly," but added that he expects the Trump Organization to dispute the termination of the contracts in courts.
RELATED: PGA Pulls 2022 Championship from Trump National Golf Course in N.J. Following Capitol Riots
The announcement came days after the Capitol riots, in which a large group of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in a violent mob that turned led to the deaths of five people.
The president has been widely condemned for inciting the group, telling them to "march to the Capitol" and "fight like Hell" before they breached the building.
Trump is expected to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Beyond further disgracing his political legacy, Trump's business dealings have been impacted in the wake of the riots, as well.
On Sunday, PGA of America announced that the 2022 PGA Championship would no longer be held at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

RELATED: Capitol Rioter Spotted in Chamber with Zip Ties Is Arrested After Ex-Wife Calls FBI
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A number of online payment processing firms, including Shopify and Stripe, have also cut ties with the Trump company in recent days. Deutsche Bank reportedly said on Tuesday that it would no longer lend to Trump's company.
RELATED: YouTube Bans Donald Trump's Account from Posting or Commenting for a Minimum of 7 Days
The president's son, Eric Trump, told the Associated Press in a phone interview that the severed business relationships all stemmed from "cancel culture," adding that his father is a man who "would get followed to the ends of the Earth by a hundred million Americans."
Eric, who currently runs the Trump Organization along with his brother, Donald Trump Jr., told the AP: "We live in the age of cancel culture, but this isn't something that started this week. It is something that they have been doing to us and others for years. If you disagree with them, if they don't like you, they try and cancel you."
"He created the greatest political movement in American history and his opportunities are endless," Eric told the AP.
Asked whether he believed his father had incited the mob to violence last Wednesday, the AP reported that the line went dead.

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https://people.com/politics/donald-trump-impeached-a-second-time/

[size=48]Donald Trump Impeached for ‘Incitement of Insurrection’ at the Capitol — and 10 Republicans Vote Yes
Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice
By Sean Neumann 
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President Donald Trump heads to Alamo, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2021
 
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For the second time in less than 13 months, President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives.
A bipartisan majority in the House voted Wednesday afternoon to impeach Trump, 74, on one charge of "incitement of insurrection" for his role in encouraging his supporters to descend on the U.S. Capitol last week.
The ensuing riot left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.
The House voted 232-197 in favor of his second impeachment, with 10 Republican representatives joining the Democratic-led effort this time around.
Trump was previously impeached in December 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his Ukraine scandal.
No Republican members of the House voted in favor of his impeachment then, and Trump was swiftly acquitted in the GOP-led Senate where the only Republican who voted to convict Trump was Mitt Romney, a vocal critic.

But after Trump called on rally attendees to "fight like hell" over his baseless claims of election fraud and march last week on the U.S. Capitol with lawmakers inside, nearly a dozen Republicans supported the effort to impeach him a second time, including Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3. GOP member in the House.
As throngs of Trump supporters turned into a violent mob on Jan. 6, the president offered contradictory reactions: He had said they should be "peaceful" and "patriotic" but then offered sympathy for the rioters, calling them "very special" even as he told them to return home. He later tweeted "these are the things and events that happen .... Remember this day forever!"
Trump is the third president in American history to ever be impeached and the first to be impeached twice.
His unprecedented second impeachment comes with just one week left in his term.
Following Wednesday's House vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Trump's trial could not begin in earnest until he leaves office on Jan. 20, though Democrats had reportedly investigated options to convene sooner.


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Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
 
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Pro-Trump rioters breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
 
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President-elect Joe Biden, who is set to take the oath of office next Wednesday, said he has asked Congress if they can split their upcoming sessions in order to focus on both his predecessor's impeachment and on his initial agenda.
Biden, 78, has said he hopes to quickly confirm his Cabinet picks, pass a new COVID-19 stimulus package, and begin work on rebuilding the U.S. economy.
"Can you go a half-day on dealing with the impeachment, and a half-day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate?" Biden told reporters he had asked members of the House and Senate.
RELATED: Officials Expect 'Hundreds' of U.S. Capitol Charges Coming — Including 'Sedition and Conspiracy' Charges

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President Donald Trump
 
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When Trump was impeached in 2019 there was little question whether his GOP allies in the Senate would acquit him on the two charges, after the House majority said an investigation showed he withheld military aid to Ukraine while pressuring officials there to investigate the Biden family. (No evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens has been found.)
But now, some of Trump's fiercest supporters in the Senate said last week they were done standing by the president after last week's deadly riot, which forced lawmakers — and Vice President Mike Pence — to hide from the violent crowd as they invaded the U.S. Capitol, clashed with law enforcement and ransacked lawmakers' offices.
Five people died during the riot, including a member of the mob who was fatally shot and a police officer who was attacked.
"Enough is enough," Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's most loyal allies in Congress, said after the riot.
RELATED: Rep. Susan Wild Explains the Story Behind Viral Photo of Her 'Panic' Inside Capitol Siege
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey have all denounced Trump's actions in recent days and hinted at support for his impeachment, while The New York Times reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is also in favor of the move. (He subsequently said in a statement he had not made up his mind about impeachment.)
"I want him out," Murkowski told The Anchorage Daily News, calling on Trump to resign. "He has caused enough damage."
RELATED: Trump Doesn't Accept Responsibility for Inciting Capitol Riots, Says Speech Was 'Totally Appropriate'
A two-thirds Senate majority would be needed to convict Trump.
On Tuesday, the House asked Pence, 61, to invoke the 25th Amendment and strip Trump of his powers. However, in a letter, Pence told Congress he would not, which led House members to move forward with Trump's second impeachment.
If the Senate ultimately convicts Trump, lawmakers could then hold a second vote to decide whether to ban the president from ever serving in federal office again.

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Post by annemarie Thu 14 Jan 2021, 15:23

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/14/trump-refusing-to-pay-rudy-giuliani-legal-fees-after-falling-out

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Donald Trump has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay the former New York mayor’s legal bills, it was reported, with the president feeling abandoned and frustrated during his last days in office.
Giuliani played a key role in Trump’s failed attempts to overturn the results of November’s presidential election through the courts. The lawyer mounted numerous spurious legal challenges, travelling to swing states won by Joe Biden, and spread false claims the vote was rigged.

According to the Washington Post, relations between Trump and Giuliani have dramatically cooled. Trump has instructed his aides not to pay Giuliani’s outstanding fees. The president is reportedly offended by Giuliani’s demand for $20,000 a day – a figure the lawyer denies, but which is apparently in writing. White House officials have even been told not to put through any of Giuliani’s calls.
Commenting on the report, Ken Frydman, who worked as Giuliani’s press secretary in the 1990s, said: “Lay down with dogs. Wake up with fleas and without $20,000 a day”.
The apparent breach with Giuliani – one of Trump’s most loyal and sycophantic supporters – has contributed to the president’s sense of isolation and betrayal, aides have suggested.
Trump is reportedly unhappy that members of his inner circle have failed to defend him following last week’s deadly attack on the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Many have been silent following Wednesday’s vote in the House of Representatives to impeach Trump for a second time.
Those who have reportedly failed to step up include Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, responsible for indulging Trump’s belief that the election was rigged.
“The president is pretty wound up,” one senior administration official told the Post. “No one is out there.”
Trump’s refusal to pay Giuliani’s bills is another blow to the former federal prosecutor. Giuliani is already under fire for his own alleged role in inciting Trump supporters to storm the Capitol building.
Addressing Trump’s Save America rally in Washington last week, Giuliani said: “I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation, on the fact that we’re going to find criminality there.” He pointedly added: “Let’s have trial by combat.”
Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for Washington DC, is investigating the riot. He has said he is looking at numerous participants. They include those who instigated the Capitol invasion, a category that might implicate Trump and Giuliani.
A group of Giuliani’s former colleagues from his time as a Manhattan federal prosecutor have blamed him directly for the post-rally mayhem. “It was jarring and totally disheartening to have seen one of our former colleagues engage in that conduct,” they wrote. He is also facing a disbarment complaint in New York.
Over the past week Trump has suffered a series of damaging reversals. Cabinet members have resigned, corporations have cut links with the Trump organisation, and the US Professional Golfers’ Association has cancelled an agreement to hold its championship next year at Trump’s New Jersey course. His longtime bank, Deutsche, has said it no longer wants him as a customer.
Trump is reportedly more isolated than ever. The White House is sparsely staffed, and those who do go to work there deliberately avoid the Oval Office, the Post reported.
The rift with the president may sink Guiliani’s lingering hopes of receiving a presidential pardon. Last year, Giuliani held discussions with Trump about receiving an amnesty over his work on the president’s behalf in Ukraine. Criminal charges of illegal campaign donations have been filed against two Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The trio worked to try to dig up dirt on Biden and his son Hunter.
Additional reporting by Martin Pengelly



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Post by LizzyNY Thu 14 Jan 2021, 17:05

So sorry. Shame on me, but my first reaction was to laugh! Karma really is a bitch! Very Happy

(The way things look drumpf may not have much income after he leaves office, but he will have a lot of expenses - mostly legal, if he can find a lawyer to represent him. Maybe he's cost cutting so he can fund his legal defense.)
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Post by carolhathaway Thu 14 Jan 2021, 22:23

I'm just watching reports on CNN (Wolf Blitzer's on now) about the preparation for the upcoming inauguration. The area seems to be prepared for riots, 20,000 armed security officers plus police, 8 ft. high fences, looking like a fortress,
That's really horrible for Biden, Harris and their team. Not only that people can't get there to watch due to Covid, but they would also have to fear for their lives because of terrorists...
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Post by LizzyNY Thu 14 Jan 2021, 23:59

Unless and until the terrorists are locked up the security of Biden and Harris is top priority. It's sad, but I guess that's the way it has to be. They're probably increasing security at all the state capitols, too - just in case...
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Post by party animal - not! Fri 15 Jan 2021, 01:24


I understood that Biden had decided to have a semi-virtual ceremony anyway even before the

Capitol tragedy because of covid...turns out it might be exactly what's needed. Shame he can't

take his usual train into Washington tho.....

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Post by annemarie Fri 15 Jan 2021, 17:28

[size=48]Capitol Rioters, Including Man in Headdress, Sought 'to Capture and Assassinate' Politicians: Feds
The filing says Jacob Chansley — also known as Jake Angeli — "demonstrates scattered and fanciful thoughts, and is unable to appreciate reality"
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The pro-Donald Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol in last week's violent insurrection wanted "to capture and assassinate elected officials," federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
The filing, by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, asks a judge to keep Jacob Chansley, 33, detained before his trial. Chansley, the Arizona man photographed inside the Capitol wearing a headdress with buffalo horns, has been referred to publicly as the QAnon Shaman, referencing the baseless and far-fetched conspiracy theory he believes in.
In the filing, which was obtained by PEOPLE, prosecutors wrote that "strong evidence, including Chansley's own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government."
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As evidence, the filing cites a threatening note allegedly left by Chansley on the Senate Chamber dais stating "it's only a matter of time, justice is coming." The dais is where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding over the certification of Joe Biden's election victory over President Trump minutes before the rioters, incited by Trump, stormed the Capitol. Some of the rioters chanted, "Hang Mike Pence."

According to the filing, when Chansley — who also goes by the name Jake Angeli — was questioned about the meaning of the note, he "went on a lengthy diatribe describing current and past United States political leaders as infiltrators," including Pence, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Biden. He denied that the note was a threat, according to the filing.
Chansley, of Phoenix, is charged with two felonies: committing an act of civil disorder that obstructed the conduct of a federally-protected function and obstructing an official proceeding.
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The filing describes Chansley as "a self-proclaimed leader of the QAnon" and drug user who "demonstrates scattered and fanciful thoughts, and is unable to appreciate reality. He is the shaman of a dangerous extremist group, putting his beliefs into action by attempting to violently overthrow the United States government."

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Chansley is scheduled for a court hearing on Friday, according to the filing.
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The Washington Post reports that Albert S. Watkins, a St. Louis attorney, issued a statement saying Chansley had retained him as his attorney. In the statement, Watkins — who also represents Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple photographed aiming guns at a group of protesters in front of their home — calls for Trump to pardon Chansley.
The statement says Chansley behaved in a "peaceful and compliant fashion" toward law enforcement and was cooperating with the investigation.
It adds that Chansley "took seriously the countless messages of President Trump. He believed in President Trump."
According to Chansley's arrest warrant, which was obtained by PEOPLE, Chansley told prosecutors "that he came as a part of a group effort, with other 'patriots' from Arizona, at the request of the President that all "patriots" come to D.C. on January 6, 2021."
RELATED: Capitol Rioter Spotted in Chamber with Zip Ties Is Arrested After Ex-Wife Calls FBI
Elsewhere, in a federal Texas courtroom on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer argued that Larry Rendell Brock, the retired Air Force officer photographed inside the Capitol with zip ties, wanted to "take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S. government," the Associated Press reports.
Brock, 53, is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
It was not immediately clear if he has entered a plea and his public defender, Brook Antonio II, did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

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Post by LizzyNY Fri 15 Jan 2021, 20:41

Being crazy didn't keep Chansley from committing sedition. He and his companions should be locked up - whether in prison or a padded cell doesn't much matter. They shouldn't be allowed to walk free to try again to take down our government.

Anyone in the government who can be proved to have helped them should be tried for treason. IMO the wrong 5 people died that day.
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Post by Donnamarie Sun 17 Jan 2021, 04:10

@party animal - not! wrote:
I understood that Biden had decided to have a semi-virtual ceremony anyway even before the

Capitol tragedy because of covid...turns out it might be exactly what's needed. Shame he can't

take his usual train into Washington tho.....  

I read that the same people who put together the Democratic National Convention last year are also coordinating the inaugural festivities.  They did a great job on the convention so I think they will try to make the inauguration program equally entertaining and inspiring.  PAN it is a shame that Biden won’t be able to take the train from Wilmington, Delaware to DC for the event.  For so many years he took that train everyday to the Capitol.  It has personal and nostalgic meaning to him.
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Post by party animal - not! Sun 17 Jan 2021, 17:57


Yes, I understand, Donnamarie, that he did that every night pre vice-Presidential days just to

get back home to his family.

What a man!

There may be an upside to all the Inauguration arrangements. We sitting at home are likely to

see a lot more of it including the concert etc!!

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Post by party animal - not! Mon 18 Jan 2021, 01:44

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9157519/Rudy-wants-2m-pardon-Report-reveals-said-boozey-meeting-Trump-hotel.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/17/rudy-giuliani-associate-john-kiriakou-trump-pardon

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Post by What Would He Say Mon 18 Jan 2021, 01:51

@LizzyNY wrote:WWHS - I'm glad we're keeping you entertained. Over here we're not finding last Wednesday's events quite so amusing.


No no Lizzy ... not entertained at all!!! But to see a “local” lad in the midst of what is a historic event ... kinda takes the wind out of you ... and brings it home even more ...

Also, I commend you on a comment you made earlier re: this was coming for a long time ... and nobody stopped it ... a madman was driving the bus for the last 4 years... and certainly since August this plan was on the table ... 

Hopefully it’s put the U.S on guard... I know little about the education system in the USA... but I know for sure lack of education is responsible for the Trumps soap opera ....and ultimately what happened on the 6th ....

IF (?) it’s an education problem in the places where these militia people come from then that has to be addressed ...

In my Country, for various reasons over the last 40 years, we have suffered unspeakable horrors... designed by “clever” but evil men however perpetrated by uneducated thugs ...
 

There are two types of thugs/terrorists ... you have suffered by the hands of both ....

The world was shocked by the 6th because like it or not America has always been a place of “sophistication” .... remember the cornflakes ads from year ago “ from the richest state in the richest Country” ... The land of The Kennedy’s, The Clinton’s The Obama’s ... the maga Sad
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Post by LizzyNY Mon 18 Jan 2021, 05:01

WWHS - Even before the coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown wreaked havoc on our schools our educational system was  a mess. The fact that we have 50 states and each one goes its own way doesn't help. National "standards" that were imposed just confused things more. Add the fact that many of our children can't be bothered to actually exert themselves to learn anything - and have parents who are also willfully ignorant - and you have the kind of ignorance that can support an idiot like drumpf.

I have little hope that things will change for the better in the near future.
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Post by Admin Mon 18 Jan 2021, 11:19

I think it's too simple to blame all of this only on education (or the lack thereof).  We've got the same problems in the UK, having voted firstly for Brexit, and secondly for mini-Trump Boris.  Our education system is also far from desirable, but I think it's too easy to blame stupid people for the mess we're in.
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Post by LizzyNY Mon 18 Jan 2021, 15:01

Agreed, Katie. I was answering WWHS when I spoke about education as a cause of our problems, but it goes much deeper than that. There are a lot of contributing factors to our current mess.

IMO it's basically economics and fear of the future. If you can't continue making a living the way you have all your life, what do you do? How do you support your family? What do you do to give yourself the sense of pride you felt before? How do you keep from becoming one of those people you've always despised because they had to ask for help? I think many of these people are so frozen with fear and resentment of those who are doing better than they are, that they'd rather look for someone to blame than find a way to move on.
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Post by carolhathaway Mon 18 Jan 2021, 23:10

@party animal - not! wrote:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9157519/Rudy-wants-2m-pardon-Report-reveals-said-boozey-meeting-Trump-hotel.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/17/rudy-giuliani-associate-john-kiriakou-trump-pardon

I'm just thinking about any president before having done or said just one of the thousands of lies, crimes or affronts...
And now it's like getting used to it, telling me how dulled I became, and I guess most others too.
And yer there are people saying: "But at least he didn't start a war" or "He wasn't reelected because he started no war". At leadt I haven't heard anybody comparing it to "But Hiklary's emails"...
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[size=48]Joe Biden Is Joined by Former Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton for Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Notably absent was Donald Trump, who previously tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden's inauguration
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President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris
 
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President Joe Biden was in esteemed company as he attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Wednesday, hours after his inauguration in Washington, D.C.
The 46th president of the United States, 78, was not only accompanied by his history-making Vice President Kamala Harris, but also by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Also in attendance were former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, as well as Biden's wife, First Lady Jill Biden, and Harris' husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
 
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President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris
 
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During the wreath-laying ceremony, Biden was photographed touching the wreath, which was adorned with red, white and blue flowers as well as a matching ribbon, at the iconic memorial location. Biden then made the sign of the cross and gave a somber salute before a bugle player performed "Taps."


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President Joe Biden
 
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Noticeably absent from both the wreath-laying ceremony and inauguration was Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, who tweeted earlier this month that he would not be attending the swearing-in of Biden and Harris, 56. Trump's tweet came two days after he incited an attempted coup on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (Vice President Mike Pence did, however, attend the ceremony.)
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On Jan. 5, a representative for Bush, 74, said the 43rd president and Mrs. Bush would attend Wednesday's swearing-in ceremony. "President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris," chief of staff Freddy Ford wrote on Twitter that week.

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Meanwhile, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife of nearly 75 years, Rosalynn, sent their well-wishes from afar, and did not attend the inauguration ceremony, officially missing his first inauguration in 44 years.
In a statement shared with PEOPLE, a spokesperson for the Carter Center said Carter, 96, and his wife, 93, would "not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect [Kamala] Harris and look forward to a successful administration."

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[size=48]22-Year-Old CEO of Philadelphia's Mass Vaccination Program Admits to Stealing Doses for Friends
The city has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID after the group switched to a for-profit model and adopted a policy that would have allowed them to sell personal data
By Julie Mazziotta 
January 29, 2021 09:27 AM
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The city of Philadelphia has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, a startup that promised to revolutionize vaccine distribution but the effort instead became what one volunteer nurse described as a "disaster," she told The Washington Post.
Philly Fighting COVID, a self-described "group of college kids," was awarded a contract from the city to help vaccinate people against COVID-19 despite having next to no health care experience, the Washington Post reported. The group's CEO, Andrei Doroshin, a 22-year-old graduate student, gained attention when he started 3-D printing free face shields for health care workers at the start of the pandemic and formed Philly Fighting COVID over the summer to run pop-up testing sites with his friends.
On Jan. 8, in collaboration with city officials, the group opened Philadelphia's largest mass vaccination site, and chaos ensued. Philly Fighting COVID began as a non-profit but switched to a for-profit model, allegedly without telling the city, and said they were going to start billing insurance providers for administering the vaccine doses, even though they received them for free, WHYY reported. However, charging medicare and private insurers for administration of the vaccine is reportedly permitted by the FDA.

"They were bragging about how rich they were going to get," a former volunteer told the outlet of the group's leaders. Doroshin denies those allegations.
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They also added a privacy policy that would have allowed the group to sell personal data that they collected from the people they vaccinated. Though Doroshin said the policy was a mistake and that the group never sold the data.
Still, the group continued operating, and instructed people eligible for the vaccine to sign up online. But on Jan. 23, the line to get vaccination stretched outside the vaccination site as people waited hours for their appointment, only to be turned away after learning that the site had been overbooked.
"There were literally 85-year-old, 90-year-old people standing there in tears, with printed appointment confirmations, saying, 'I don't understand why I can't get vaccinated, I'm 85,'" Jillian Horn, a resident who tried to get the vaccine, told WHYY.


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Later that day, despite turning people away, Philly Fights COVID ended up with extra vaccine doses, Katrina Lipinsky, a 29-year-old nurse at the vaccination site, told WHYY. She said she then saw Doroshin put the extra doses into his bag.
"They ended the day with a significant number of unused vaccines," Lipinsky said. "Andrei walked pretty openly from the vaccine area over to his belongings and packed maybe 10 to 15 in his bag with CDC record cards."
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A few hours later, a photo reportedly of Doroshin administering doses to a person at a private home allegedly spread on Snapchat. He initially declined to comment, but in an interview with Today on Thursday, Doroshin admitted to taking four doses home and inoculating his friends, despite his lack of medical qualifications. He told TODAY that he had, however, undergone "internal certifications."
Doroshin claimed that the group "called everyone we knew" to try and give the doses to people at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness and more in need of the vaccine, but gave them to his young friends instead because "the doses were about to expire."

"I stand by that decision," he said Thursday. "I understand that I made that mistake. That is my mistake to carry the rest of my life. But that is not the mistake of the organization."
City officials canceled their contract with Philly Fights COVID on Monday, and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley told Today that "in retrospect, we wish we hadn't worked with that organization."
RELATED: Total Tally of Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpasses 100 Million
Doroshin said in a statement on Tuesday that the changes to the privacy policy were a mistake, and that they had never planned to sell data. Farley said that city will work with law enforcement to "see if there's any way to make sure that doesn't happen," according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday that his office is working with the city to look into the allegations against Philly Fighting COVID and said that "any consumers who believe that they have been misled should file a complaint with our office."
Before getting shut down, Philly Fighting COVID did administer nearly 7,000 vaccine doses. Some who were inoculated are now concerned that they won't be able to get their second vaccine dose. The Philadelphia Health Department has said that they will get another clinic going and ensure that everyone gets fully vaccinated.  

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[size=48]7 Republicans Joined 50 Democrats in Voting to Convict Donald Trump at His Second Impeachment Trial
All 50 Senate Democrats voted to convict former President Donald Trump, who was ultimately acquitted
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Seven Republicans joined the Democrats in voting to convict Donald Trump at his impeachment trial, but the final vote of 57-43 fell short and the former president was acquitted for the second time.
Trump was charged with inciting an insurrection in January after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress and five people died. The charges made him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice. 
Along with all 50 Senate Democrats, Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania voted guilty on Saturday.
Conviction against Trump required 67 votes, a two-thirds majority of the Senate.
"President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on January 6th and urging them to march on the Capitol during the counting of electoral votes," Romney said in a statement following the vote. "He did this despite the obvious and well known threats of violence that day. President Trump also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the Vice President, and others in the Capitol. Each and every one of these conclusions compels me to support conviction."

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In his own statement, Sasse said Congress would show itself to be "weak and timid" if Trump was not convicted. "This institution needs to respect itself enough to tell the executive that some lines cannot be crossed," he said. 
"On election night 2014, I promised Nebraskans I'd always vote my conscience even if it was against the partisan stream," Sasse continued. "In my first speech here in the Senate in November 2015, I promised to speak out when a president – even of my own party – exceeds his or her powers. I cannot go back on my word, and Congress cannot lower our standards on such a grave matter, simply because it is politically convenient. I must vote to convict."

In a separate statement, Burr called the Jan. 6 riots a "grim day in our nation's history and said Trump "bears responsibility" for the day's events.
"I do not make this decision lightly, but I believe it is necessary," he said of voting to convict. "By what he did and by what he did not do, President Trump violated his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. My hope is that with today's vote America can begin to move forward and focus on the critical issues facing our country today." 
In a video statement, Cassidy said, "Our constitution and our country is more important than any one person," adding, "I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty." 

RELATED: Mitch McConnell Says He'll Vote to Acquit Trump as Senate Decides Not to Call Witnesses in Impeachment Trial
After Trump's acquittal, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the a verdict of guilty "was only one correct verdict."
"This trial was about the final acts of a president who represents the very antithesis of our first president and sought to place one man before the entire country, himself," he said. Let the record show, let the record show before God, history and the solemn oath we swear to the Constitution that there was only one correct verdict in this trial: guilty."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a lengthy statement, in which she said, "Donald Trump's incitement of insurrection against our Democracy put Senators, Members of Congress, staff and heroic law enforcement officers in mortal danger. It is the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a president and is clearly deserving of conviction. A President must be held accountable from their first day in office until their last day in office," later adding, "Tragically, Senate Republicans who voted not to convict chose to abandon the Constitution, the Country and the American people with this vote. Thank God for the judges and Republican elected officials across the country who pushed back against Donald Trump's attempted overturning of our election which fueled the insurrection."
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump but still said there is "no question" that Trump is "practically and morally responsible for provoking" the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president," McConnell said after the vote.

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Post by LizzyNY Sun 14 Feb 2021, 16:46

Mitch McConnell is a self-serving, hypocritical traitor. He would do anything for power. No matter what he says or how he tries to spin what he did, this time he crossed the line and sold out the Constitution.
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Post by party animal - not! Sun 14 Feb 2021, 17:25


Yep.

And I believe that his wife is giving contracts to China via her family's firm....

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Post by LizzyNY Sun 14 Feb 2021, 18:23

Wouldn't surprise me in the least. Being maarried to McConnell guarantees a total lack of ethics or loyalty to the US.
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[size=48]Mitch McConnell Says Donald Trump 'Didn’t Get Away With Anything Yet’
Though acquitted by the Senate, Trump is not immune from future litigation regarding his role in the U.S. Capitol attack
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Just because Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is now behind him, the former president could still face criminal charges and lawsuits related to the U.S. Capitol riot as a private citizen.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell alluded to just that in remarks given over the weekend, after he led 43 Republicans in voting to acquit Trump on his "incitement of insurrection" charge.
McConnell, 78, offered a strong rebuke of Trump, 74, in a speech delivered soon after on the Senate floor.
"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen," McConnell said.
Now a private citizen no longer afforded the legal protections of the presidency, Trump "is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run," McConnell added.

"There's no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, "McConnell said. "No question about it. The people that stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president."
Trump's unprecedented second impeachment ended in another acquittal on Saturday, when the Senate voted 57-43 against convicting him on the charge levied by the House of Representatives a month earlier.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have supported calls for a 9/11-like commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, which they say would offer a more thorough review of the security failures that allowed his supporters to storm the building and what role Trump played in sparking the violence that occurred there.
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died during the failed insurrection attempt.

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Rioters at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.
 
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Trump could also still face charges as a result of his role in inciting the riot. CNN reports the former president has expressed concern about that possibility.
"Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice," McConnell said during his speech.
RELATED: Mitch McConnell Says He'll Vote to Acquit Trump as Senate Decides Not to Call Witnesses in Impeachment Trial
Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that they are examining Trump's role in the deadly riots.
Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., said in a press conference days after the attack that his office was looking at all individuals involved in the Jan. 6 riot. "We're looking at all actors here and anyone that had a role and, if the evidence fits the elements of the crime, they're going to be charged," he said.
Weeks prior to the Capitol attack, Trump had urged his supporters to travel to Washington to stop the certification of the election results. "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th," he tweeted. "Be there, will be wild!"
That morning, Trump delivered a disgruntled speech — repeating debunked claims about voter fraud and a "stolen" election — to a rally of supporters at the Ellipse on the National Mall, while lawmakers inside the Capitol building were certifying the Electoral College results to confirm then-President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Trump told the crowd to "show strength," before urging them to "fight like hell" and later directing them to walk to the Capitol building, where the mob later turned violent and forced lawmakers to flee for their safety.
More than an hour after the rioting began, Trump shared a video on social media, telling his supporters: "We love you. You're very special. Go home." 
Trump later said his remarks throughout the day were "totally appropriate."
RELATED: Joe Biden Says Despite Trump's Acquittal, the 'Substance of the Charge Is Not in Dispute'
Separately, Trump also faces criminal investigations in Georgia and New York.
In Georgia, Trump is the subject of a state probe and a Fulton County criminal investigation regarding a call he made to the secretary of state, in which he asked the official to "find" votes in order to overturn his loss to Biden.
In New York, prosecutors have opened a wide-ranging and complex investigation that includes alleged insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers, as well as financial dealings around some of the company's Manhattan properties.

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Post by Donnamarie Wed 17 Feb 2021, 00:48

McConnell is a totally corrupt politician.  He has done more damage to the Congress than anyone I can think of in modern times. Newt Gingrich might run a close second.
His remarks after the acquittal, finding Trump culpable for the insurrection, tho absolutely true, were said to cover his behind.  He was speaking to his high powered donors who are threatening not to give $ to the GOP if he didn’t condemn Trump’s actions.  His blatant move to not start the impeachment trial until after Trump left office is so transparent.  He knew that the constitutionality of impeaching a President out of office would be a divisive issue and ultimately would give cover to Republican senators back in their home states to vote no.  Unfortunately the creep just got re-elected in November so we are stuck with him for quite a while.  Hopefully the Democrats can keep him in the minority.  

Sorry for ranting too much but that guy always hits a raw nerve
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Post by LizzyNY Wed 17 Feb 2021, 15:09

I've considered McConnell a traitor for years. He has done more to damage the country than anyone else I can think of, all in the name of self-serving power grabbing. I wonder if George put some of his money into getting McConnell kicked out of the Senate. After all, Kentucky is his home state.
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Post by annemarie Wed 17 Feb 2021, 16:18

I think he would have to get rid of McConnell.

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Post by Donnamarie Thu 18 Feb 2021, 20:51

I wouldn’t be surprised if George donated to Amy McGrath’s campaign last year.  He very well may have given to other Democratic candidates running in that state to try to turn Kentucky around politically.  Unfortunately McConnell is like a stubborn mule.  He won’t budge.  He has had the money and power for so long.
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[size=48]Joe and Jill Biden Travel to Texas After Deadly Winter Weather: 'Put Us to Work'
The first couple visited a food bank and mass vaccination site
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President Joe Biden (left) and Jill Biden arrive in Houston
 
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Houston on Friday in the aftermath of deadly winter weather in Texas last week. The first couple visited a food bank and mass vaccination site, where the president delivered remarks about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bidens were greeted at the airport by Texas lawmakers including Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, the state's First Lady Cecilia Abbott, who welcomed the Dr. Biden with a bouquet of yellow roses.
Others who welcomed the Bidens included Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Rep. Al Green, and Sen. John Cornyn.
Notably, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — who faced criticism after a controversial trip to Cancún, Mexico, amid the weather — was not in Texas to meet the president, instead delivering a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida.

Unusual frigid temperatures crippled the state's power grid last week, leaving millions in the dark and battling the cold as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the grid, worked to restore power.
At one point more than 7 million people were also under boil water notices, the Associated Press reported.
At least 40 deaths have been linked to the weather in Texas.
Deputy National Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, also on hand for Friday's events, told reporters that emergency and disaster declarations in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana "have allowed FEMA and others to serve more than 2 million meals and nearly 2 million gallons of water over 60 generators and more than 100,000 gallons of fuel and lots and lots of blankets to Texans."

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Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive in Houston
 
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The president's first stop on Friday was to the Harris County Emergency Operations Center, which he called a "hell of an operation" to the staffers gathered there.
"It's probably the best one in the country. ... You're saving peoples' lives. As my mother would say, you're doing God's work," the president, 78, said.
He and the first lady, 69, then toured the Houston Food Bank alongside Abbott, 63, and Abbott's wife.
After arriving there, President Biden spoke to volunteers who filled boxes on steel shelves and placed them on bright green conveyed shelves.
"Incredible," he said when asked what he thought of the operation. "Amazing. It's absolutely amazing, and we could do so much more."
The president and Texas governor were then moved to a separate room to pack meals for seniors, which provides a monthly box of food to roughly 11,000 low-income people in the Houston area.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Joe Biden
 
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Dr. Biden and Texas' first lady also toured the food bank, joining volunteers in packing bags for the school meals program.
"We're here to help, so put us to work!" Dr. Biden said upon entering the room, according to accompanying reporters, who added that the first lady packed canned peaches while the governor's wife packed boxes of raisins.
President Biden had said that he wanted to time his Texas trip when his presence — and the accompanying travel and security logistics — would not be an obstacle to recovery.
"When the president lands in a city in America it has a long tail," he said last week.
Earlier this week, the president marked the half a million U.S. lives killed by COVID-19 with a candlelight vigil at the White House alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses that included a moment of silence.
"We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur, or on the news. We must do so to honor the dead, but equally important, care for the living," he said in a speech delivered from the South Portico of the White House. "As a nation, we cannot and we must not let this go on." 
About 2.5 million people have died from COVID-19 around the globe, according to a New York Times tracker. Internationally, more than 111 million people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

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[size=48]Man Arrested at Disney World for Refusing Temperature Check Says 'I Spent $15,000 to Come Here'
Kelly Sills, a tourist from Louisiana, was arrested at Disney Springs on Feb. 13 after police say he bypassed the temperature screening test and refused to go back
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A man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested at Walt Disney World in February for refusing to undergo a temperature check, newly released body cam footage shows.
The tourist, Kelly Sills, 47, was arrested on Feb. 13 by deputies and a security manager at Disney Springs after he bypassed the temperature screening test and refused to go back, according to a report obtained by PEOPLE from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The Orlando Sentinel was first to report the news.
Per the report, Sills was outside the Boathouse restaurant arguing with the security manager and waving his arms in the air. After being told by security that he needed to leave the park, Sills allegedly refused and continued to argue. He was then escorted "back stage" and arrested.
Body camera video obtained by PEOPLE shows Sills being arrested. In the video, he also tells a deputy, "I spent $15,000 to come here."

A representative for Disney did not immediately reply to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sills had a change of heart and told deputies he was willing to take a temperature check just before his arrest. "They'll do that in jail, sir," a deputy reportedly appeared to respond to Sills.
After being handcuffed, Sills was escorted to the Orange County Sheriff's Office within Disney Springs and was searched and turned over to Disney Springs Unit, according to the police report.

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Sills pleaded not guilty to a charge of trespassing. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sills was a guest at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Disney World, which reopened in July after a four-month shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requires all guests to take a temperature check and wear an approved face covering as part of the park's enhanced health and safety measures.
A representative for Disney World previously told PEOPLE that isolated incidents of guests objecting as resort employees try to enforce COVID safety measures don't reflect the majority of rule-abiding park-goers.
"Guests have overwhelmingly been supportive of our protocols," the representative said. "Millions of guests visit our theme parks each year and in rare instances when things of this nature occur, we hold them accountable."

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Post by LizzyNY Tue 06 Apr 2021, 15:19

$15,000 to stand in line in the hot sun to go on a few rides and eat outrageously overpriced food and buy ridiculously expensive souvenirs! I know the kids love it, but they don't have to pay for it. Then time comes to send them to college or pay for some other major expense, and guess what? The money isn't there! I wonder why?

If I spent that kind of money to stay somewhere I'd object to being called a "trespasser", too. He was an idiot for doing what he did, but trespassing doesn't sound like the right charge. Then again, this is Florida, so they probably don't have any virus-related charges they can bring.
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