This is what abortion protests look like in Washington D.C. right now
The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
After backlash, Abbott ends secondary truck inspections for vehicles coming from Nuevo León, Mexico
After heavy bipartisan backlash, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday ended a Texas DPS checkpoint for commercial trucks coming in from Nuveo León after striking a deal with Gov. Samuel Alejandro Garcia Sepulveda.
Marjorie Taylor Greene visited accused Jan. 6 rioters in jail and told Steve Bannon the prisoners cry while singing the national anthem every night
Rep. Greene visited the accused January 6 rioters in a Washington DC jail on Thursday and made baseless claims of torture, to Steve Bannon on "The War Room."news.yahoo.com
Progressive Dems celebrated tanking Pelosi's attempts to advance Biden's spending packages, insisting that they are passed in a different order
Progressive Democrats are digging in on the sequencing of Biden's two spending packages, fearing that social spending will be gutted if they waver.news.yahoo.com
Man charged in Capitol riot also engaged in rightwing street brawl
Violence erupted between antifascist protesters and supporters of a far-right preacher Artur Pawlowski’s extreme right-wing positions have attracted antifascist protests. Photograph: Gavin John/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock A Washington state man who was involved in an armed brawl at a contentious protest in downtown Portland over the weekend was also charged, along with his son, over his presence during the attack on the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January. Jeffrey Grace’s ongoing participationnews.yahoo.com
Police: San Antonio man outside VP Harris’ home had 113 bullets in car
A San Antonio man who was arrested Wednesday outside the home of Vice President Kamala Harris had 113 rounds of rifle ammunition, along with his AR-15, in his car, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report. Paul Murray, 31, was stopped by Secret Service officers outside the Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s home is located. Though he was unarmed, police searched his car parked in a Washington DC garage, finding the rifle and the ammunition. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. As deputies and health care providers worked to obtain a mental health evaluation for Murray, investigators received information that Murray had gone to Washington.
Video: San Antonio man arrested near home of Vice President Kamala Harris
A San Antonio man who reportedly had a rifle and ammunition in his car was arrested Wednesday near the home of Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a CNBC report. The report states Secret Service officers stopped Paul Murray, 31, shortly after noon outside the Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s home is located. Authorities arrested Murray on suspicion of carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. AdCriminal intelligence bulletin on Paul Murray, a San Antonio man arrested near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. In early March, Murray had two encounters with law enforcement officers, according to the College Station Police Department bulletin.
Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. “We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days," Biden said. “We’ll have the vaccine waiting,” Biden said, predicting that point could come within 60 to 90 days. “We have a plan to roll it out as quickly as Johnson & Johnson can make it," Biden said.
The Spin: Heather Steans resigning from Illinois Senate, Madigan moves out of Springfield digs | Illinois GOP, Democrats on Biden’s inauguration tomorrow | Chicago Teachers Union mulls another strike
“If you’re looking for terrorism, you don’t have to look across the ocean. January 6 — two week ago, we (had) thousands descending on the United States Capitol in Washington DC,” Durbin, of Springfield, said. They were incited by the president of the United States — a mob of domestic terrorists stormed into this Capitol. They overwhelmed the police, came within mere seconds of reaching the vice president of the United States and members of Congress. They shouted, “where’s Nancy?” “hang the vice president” in a frenzied search for the speaker of the House and Vice President Pence.chicagotribune.com
Report: Man seen carrying Pelosi’s lectern in viral photo during Capitol riot arrested
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)A man who was seen in a viral photo carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern from the U.S. House chambers during the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this week has been arrested, according to a report from the Bradenton Herald, a Florida newspaper. He is slated to appear in court on Monday in Tampa, the Bradenton Herald reports. Pelosi’s lectern was initially located in her suite, under a staircase to the third floor on the House side of the Capitol building, according to the Bradenton Herald. The lectern has since been safely recovered and it is valued at more than $1,000, the Bradenton Herald reports. RELATED: Man photographed with foot on Pelosi’s desk during Capitol riot arrested, ABC reports
Man photographed with foot on Pelosi’s desk during Capitol riot arrested, ABC reports
Richard Barnett was arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is charged with three federal counts in connection to the incident, ABC reports. His charges include entering a restricted building, violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and stealing public property, according to ABC. Evans is charged with illegal entry after he recorded himself in a video entering the Capitol building, according to ABC. Alberts was also armed with a handgun on his hip while on Capitol grounds, but police were able to detain him quickly, according to ABC. As of Friday, the FBI is furthering its investigation on Capitol rioters and is seeking information on 10 suspects who “made unlawful entry” into the Capitol building.
FBI seeks info on rioters at US Capitol
The FBI is seeking information on these suspects who were among the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. As the FBI continues to develop information on the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to protest the results of the 2020 election, the agency released more photos on Sunday of suspects they are hoping to identify. Anyone with information on them or any other illegal acts that occurred at the Capitol is asked to leave a tip by calling 1-800-225-5324 or leave a tip online. The siege resulted in the deaths of five people, including one veteran and one U.S. Capitol police officer. The Capitol was placed on lockdown and congressional members were taken to a secure location while the rioters entered their offices and the chamber floors.
Bexar County Sheriff's Office investigating lieutenant who posted photos of herself in pro-Trump mob
click to enlarge Facebook / Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeBexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he has asked the FBI and Washington DC law enforcement officials to look at the photos to determine if the employee broke laws. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether an eight-year department veteran broke the law as she participated in this week's pro-Trump rally that morphed into an armed insurrection, KSAT reports. Sheriff Javier Salazar told the station 46-year-old Roxanne Mathai, a jail lieutenant, posted Facebook photos of herself inside the armed, pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol complex Wednesday. “My intent is that she never set foot in this building again,” Salazar told KSAT. Among the photos Mathai posted was an image of rioters after they'd busted through a police line and clambered onto the Capitol's balcony, KSAT reports.sacurrent.com
Trust Index: No evidence Antifa was involved in deadly US Capitol siege
Despite social media claims, there's no evidence Antifa was involved in the deadly riot on the US Capitol. These are not Trump supporters. pic.twitter.com/ptcNp2lzrG — Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 6, 2021After reviewing media accounts of the siege, we’ve determined that the claim is false. According to the claims, Antifa donned Trump-themed gear and stormed the Capitol as part of a false flag operation. Other false claims also indicated that Antifa protestors were “escorted” into the Capitol by police to cause the disruption.
PHOTOS: Shocking images show Trump supporters invading U.S. Capitol, protesting into the night
(Getty Images)Police officers confront protesters in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. (Getty Images)A Capitol police officer looks out of a broken window as protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)A protester holds a Trump flag inside the U.S. Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)
‘It’s a very tense situation’: Rep. Joaquin Castro barricaded in office as protesters storm US Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) has barricaded himself in a building on Capitol Hill with another congressman while Trump-supporting demonstrators storm the U.S. Capitol. Castro spoke with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday afternoon while barricaded in his office with U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) after his fellow congressman was evacuated from another office. “People have now entered the Capitol without any kind of screening at all, and so it’s a very tense situation for everybody inside,” Castro said. The San Antonio congressman spoke to KSAT partner The Texas Tribune on Wednesday afternoon. Castro also went live on his Instagram to address his followers about the situation at the Capitol.
San Antonio's Dixie Flag tapped to create president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration banners
click to enlarge Wikimedia CommonsFive custom-made United States flags are the backdrop of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. “The U.S. flag symbolizes unity, and after the year we’ve had, to be able to have our flags as a centerpiece for this fresh start is really amazing. "Van de Putte is the third generation of the family to run Dixie. Her mother, Leticia Van de Putte, also served in the Texas House then the Texas Senate during a political career that spanned 1991 to 2015.The family-owned business has created custom banners for local groups including the San Antonio Fiesta Commission, the Texas Folklife Festival and the San Antonio Spurs.Dixie also once made national news by creating the world's largest free-flying U.S. flag. “With this inauguration and a [COVID-19] vaccine on the way, I think we can finally look to the future and say some sense of normalcy is on its way."sacurrent.com
Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, with confirmation expected Monday
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump's Nominee for Supreme Court, gestures during a photo before a meeting with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S. October 21, 2020. Senate Republicans on Sunday advanced Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing one of the final hurdles of the 48-year-old nominee's confirmation process. Murkowski has said that while she opposed the hurried nomination process, she supports Barrett's nomination and will vote to confirm her. Before her nomination to the Supreme Court, Barrett clerked for the influential conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and worked as a professor at Notre Dame Law School. The approval of a Supreme Court nominee with a bare majority is a relatively recent phenomenon.cnbc.com
Military police battalion deploying to Washington DC
An active duty military police battalion consisting of some 200 to 250 military personnel is now in the process of deploying to Washington, DC, and could be in the nation's capital as soon as tonight, three US defense officials tell CNN. The troops are expected to provide security but not perform law enforcement duties such as the arrest and detention of protesters, according to the officials. Two defense officials said the troops will be coming from a unit at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. "Washington, they had large groups, very large groups. And we're doing it in Washington, in DC, we're going to do something that people haven't seen before.
President Donald Trump prepared to deploy thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers to disperse violent protests
President Donald Trump declared himself your president of law and order during remarks Monday as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas and flash bangs. Before his address, crowds of protesters were beginning to gather outside the White House gates. A large convoy of military vehicles was seen driving through the White House complex and onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Inside the White House, advisers remain divided over whether a speech delivered from the Oval Office or elsewhere at the White House would help lower the national temperature. As aides debate how and whether to confront the situation, Trump's back-and-forth between violent rhetoric and a more measured tone has weighed in the deliberations, one official said.
Trump to meet with vaping industry, public health advocates Friday as he mulls banning flavored e-cigarettes
President Donald Trump has scheduled a meeting Friday with vaping industry executives and public health advocates, among others, as he weighs a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes, the White House said Wednesday. "As the President has said, there is a serious problem among our youth and their growing addiction to e-cigarettes," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. The White House hasn't released its invite list yet. The White House earlier this month abruptly canceled meetings it had scheduled with companies and advocates to discuss the policy. Trump on Nov. 11 said he was planning a meeting, with "Children's health & safety, together with jobs" as a focus.cnbc.com
CHAOS IN D.C., TO IMPEACH OR NOT IMPEACH?
What Really MattersOver the next several weeks most of America will spend an inordinate amount of time focused on the circus in Washington DC. Today when one uses the term greatness in reference to the USA most are describing chaos. While most of America is watching the latest soap, To Impeach or not Impeach? that toxic foundation solidifies. The rollback will give more than 860,000 well operators permission to release unlimited methane gas into our atmosphere. Methane gas emissions when coupled with wastewater deposits will ruin the last great natural resource in our country.saobserver.com
Top ten safest cities to visit in 2019
The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Safe Cities Index (SCI) has ranked 60 destinations across the world in terms of their digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety. No big shocks there, these cities also made up the top three in the two previous SCI rankings, conducted in 2015 and 2017. While analyzing a city's resilience, the Safe Cities Index looked at the emergency services available in the city, transport facilities, catastrophe insurance, disaster-risk development and cyber-security preparedness. Cities don't have to be rich to be safe, the report says, although it acknowledges that cities in developing countries tend to appear lower down the list. The world's safest cities for 2019, according to SCI:1.
Child care costs more than a mortgage
Aguilar, a certified financial planner, says having another child -- as they hope to -- will push their child care costs beyond their monthly house payments. "You add up the costs ... and pretty soon you're paying more toward child care than a mortgage, and that's less than ideal," says Aguilar. The toll of child care costsFor the past year Mariana Gomez paid nearly $5,000 a month in child care expenses for her 4-year-old daughter, Julianna, and her 2-year-old son, Ben, in Washington DC -- way more than her mortgage. Child care is a major budget item, says Ryan Frailich, a certified financial planner in New Orleans and parent of 2-year-old Elijah, whose day care costs $700 a month. More than half of moms scaled back their hours to save on child care costs and a quarter left the workplace completely.
Pentagon eager to resolve JEDI contract as China races to develop military cloud computing system
China is racing to develop its own military cloud computing system, and Pentagon officials are eager to get moving. "Whether it's Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, SenseTime, they're all coming up with their own cloud solutions," he said. But the level of investment and the number of people they're putting at the problem, they're moving at a very rapid pace, and what I can't afford to do is slow down anymore." It's really hard for me to do that without an enterprise cloud solution." We have lots of vendors we're using for cloud solutions, but we've never stepped back and created a holistic solution, and that is causing challenges out in the field."cnbc.com
Trump administration 'uniquely dysfunctional,' British ambassador to US reportedly says
Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the United States, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Britain's ambassador to the United States described President Donald Trump's administration as "dysfunctional," "clumsy" and "inept," the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported, citing a series of confidential memos. In others, the newspaper said he had described the administration as "uniquely dysfunctional" and that media reports about White House "knife fights" are "mostly true." Darroch wrote that "we could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster: something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall." During a state visit to Britain last month, Trump was effusive about the "special relationship" between the United States and Britain, promising a "phenomenal" trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union.cnbc.com