Hawaii all-mail balloting deemed a success, more money earmarked for public schools, 20% of traffic tickets go unpaid, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Voters line up in Hilo on Nov. 3, 2020 ©2021 All Hawaii NewsCommission sees election success in all-mail balloting. Despite a 2020 general election when some Oahu polls closed almost four hours late and some Hilo voters spent three hours in line, the state Elections Commission is sending the Legislature a rosy review in its required biennial evaluation of the conduct of the election. West Hawaii Today.=====Gov. Ige says DOE’s budget shortfall is $123M less than feared, but teachers unio...
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Dr. Fauci Tells Rachel Maddow White House Blocked Him From Appearing On Her Show

"They didn't like the way you handle things, and they didn't want me on," Fauci explained.
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Bill adds ‘humans’ to legal definition of taxable bicycle in Oregon

Screen grab of LC 2448. Words in bold are additions to existing law. Here’s something light to end the week… We’ve been scouring the Oregon Legislative Information System lately to find all the bills worth tracking for transportation advocates this session. One thing we’ve come across is (LC 2448 at the moment) that has some interesting nuggets. I’ll share more about it as the session unfolds. For now I want to share Section 34 of the bill. It caught my eye because it pertains to one of th...
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McConnell blamed Trump for inciting the Capitol riot, but the senator - and everyone else who refused to acknowledge Biden's win - was complicit too

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters as Senate Republican leaders hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters On Tuesday, McConnell blamed Trump for inciting the mob that violently stormed the US Capitol. But incitement of the mob started with lies about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Republicans who did not admit Biden's win, and let those lies spread unchecked, are complicit. Visit Business Insider's h...
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There was almost a Trump coup at DOJ, part of scheme to overthrow election

"He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed Mr. Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results." Incredible Katie Benner scoop. — Read the rest
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Birx: I always considered quitting Trump's White House Covid task force

Dr. Deborah Birx "always" considered quitting then-President Donald Trump's White House coronavirus task force and was troubled by colleagues' perceptions that she had become political, she said in an interview clip released Friday.
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A former Trump White House spokesperson said the Capitol riots gave the ex-president's legacy a 'black eye'

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Hogan Gidley, Trump's former deputy press aide, called the Capitol siege a "black eye" on his legacy.  Five people died when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.  Trump has since been impeached on charges of "inciting an insurrection," his second impeachment.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A former White House deputy press secretary said the Capitol siege will be a "black eye," on former President Donald Trump's legacy. In an i...
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With Trump out of office, the Biden administration decides if Congress can have the ex-president's tax returns

Donald Trump's taxes could soon be in the hands of House Democrats. Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images A US judge on Friday gave the Biden administration two weeks to decide on a position in a lawsuit over Donald Trump's tax returns. House Democrats sued to obtain the records. A lawyer for House Democrats said they are issuing another subpoena to obtain Trump's taxes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Biden administration has been given two weeks to decide whether or...
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A former Houston cop charged with storming the US Capitol changed his story in an interview with the feds. Now he says he was there to see 'historical art'

Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Ex-Houston officer Tam Pham allegedly told federal investigators he didn't enter the US Capitol.  When pressed, he changed his story and said he joined rioters on January 6 to view 'historical art.' Insider created a searchable database of those individuals charged for their participation in the riot. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tam Pham, the ex-Houston police officer charged in the Janu...
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Klain Lays Out Biden Admin’s ‘Federally Led Effort’ On COVID Vaccines

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Thursday that the Biden administration is trying to build a centralized national resource to help turn the disparate state and county coronavirus vaccine strategies the new administration inherited into a "federally led effort." [Author: Zoe Richards]
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Trumps Fired WH Chief Usher On Their Way Out The Door

As one of their last acts during President Donald Trump’s tenure, the Trump team appears to have sacked the chief White House usher.  [Author: Matt Shuham]
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White House Orders Assessment on Violent Extremism in U.S

The order for the evaluation from the intelligence community comes as judges continue to deny bail for suspects in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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Opinion: Hank Aaron left his mark on America just as he did on baseball's record books

Former President Bill Clinton credited the racial tolerance Hank Aaron inspired for making it possible for Barack Obama to become president.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Birx says she regularly considered quitting

Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force under President Trump, said in an interview excerpt...
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ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

The 46th President A 12 p.m. E.T. Wednesday, our four-year national nightmare came to a close. Joe Biden took the oath of office and became the 46th President of the United States. The raging pandemic already promised a scaled-down inauguration. And that was before the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, which prompted the deployment of more than 20,000 National Guard members to secure the ceremony and city. Lady Gaga, J-Lo and Garth Brooks were all good. But Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Go...
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'We'll do something': Trump offers first remarks since leaving office

Former President Donald Trump was mysterious about his future plans in his first public remarks since leaving the White House earlier...
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Astronauts prepare for two upcoming spacewalks

By Ashley Strickland | CNN Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. are preparing for two upcoming spacewalks that will help to upgrade and maintain the International Space Station. The NASA astronauts will conduct spacewalks on Wednesday, January 27, and Monday, February 1. It will be the first spacewalk experience for Glover, who is a few months into his first spaceflight on the station. This will be the third spacewalk for Hopkins, who previously completed two spacewalks during his first...
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Barack Obama Remembers Hank Aaron: ‘One of The Strongest People I’ve Ever Met’

The former president celebrated the baseball legend, who shared a special connection to the number 44.
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From abortion care to LGBTQ rights, here's how Joe Biden is prepared to tear up Donald Trump's restrictive gender policies

President Joe Biden signs executive orders as part of the Covid-19 response at the White House. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The Biden administration has already started nixing multiple Trump-era policies on gender, transgender rights, and reproductive healthcare through executive order. It's also planning to further entrench those rights into federal to show its commitment to gender equality. Some actions will take more than an executive order or require Congress to get involved. Vi...
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Science Alone Won't Save Us

On Wednesday, Anthony Fauci trotted out to the White House briefing room podium, prompting a stream of memes to rival Bernie at inauguration. We had a how it started/how it’s going Fauci comparison under Trump and Biden. We had Fauci walking in slow motion set to the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song. And there was a…Read more...
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Republicans are arguing that Biden violates his call for unity unless he pushes policies they like

President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on during an event on economic crisis in the State Dining Room of the White House January 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Bringing a sense of unity to US politics was a central theme of President Joe Biden's inaugural address.  Now that he's working to implement his campaign promises, the GOP says Biden is undermining that call.  Critics say the GOP is misconstruing what Biden meant by "unity," and asking t...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says some lawmakers 'don't yet feel safe around other members of Congress' after one tried bringing a gun to the House floor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives for a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on August 24, 2020 Tom Williams/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she's concerned about her safety in light of reports that Congress members have brought guns to the Capitol. The New York progressive told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday evening that "a very considerable amount" of lawmakers "still don't yet feel safe." Security concerns have been top of mind for many lawma...
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Workers who leave unsafe jobs during the pandemic could still receive unemployment benefits under a new Biden proposal

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The Biden administration wants to ensure that workers can refuse jobs that are unsafe due to the pandemic and still be eligible for unemployment. In the executive orders released Friday, Biden lays out a plan for emergency economic relief.   The Trump administration had previously left this provision up to individual states. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden on Friday announced plans to protect workers who refuse unsafe wo...
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The National Guard is reportedly planning to ask troops to remain deployed at the Capitol until mid-March

The National Guard is ramping up its presence in Washington, DC, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration following the Capitol siege on January 6. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images The National Guard is planning to ask up to 7,000 troops deployed to Capitol Hill to volunteer to stay until March 12, according to Military.com. "We are not going to make anybody stay," spokesperson Nahaku McFadden reportedly said. Of the roughly 25,000 troops initially deployed to the Capitol for secur...
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Outcry follows photos of Guard sleeping in garages in DC

[vemba-video id=”tv/2021/01/22/the-lead-pete-muntean-2.cnn”] By Nomaan Merchant, Lolita Baldor and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Images of National Guard soldiers camped in a cold parking garage after being sent to protect Washington sparked new calls Friday for investigations of the U.S. Capitol Police, now facing allegations that the agency evicted troops sent to help after its failure to stop rioting mobs two weeks ago. President Joe Biden expressed his “dismay” Friday morning...
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Psaki: Biden 'has not spent a moment thinking about the color scheme of Air Force One'

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Biden has not thought about the color scheme of Air Force One.
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White House wants Democrats to be patient on stimulus talks as Biden pushes for bipartisan path, officials say

The White House is keenly aware of the Republican objections that have arisen to President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal, but they are urging Democratic allies to be patient for the moment, according to two administration officials.
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Glad-handing Biden begins foreign diplomacy with the telephone

President Joe Biden had been inside the White House for only two hours on Wednesday before finding an opportunity to recall one of his many intimate meals with a foreign leader who, now they are both presidents, can officially be called a counterpart.
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Jill Biden makes surprise visit to National Guard troops during first official event

First lady Jill Biden used her first official event outside of the White House to add a surprise visit Friday afternoon to National Guard troops at the United States Capitol.
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Biden orders review of domestic violence threat

By Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The disclosure Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki is a stark acknowledgment of the national security threat that officials see as posed by American extremists m...
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