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The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, after receiving a tip from someone claiming to be her ex

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sanitizes the gavel after Vice President Mike Pence walked off the dais during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Nancy Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, an affidavit said. The tip came from someone who claimed to be a former romantic partner of the woman, Riley June Williams.  Williams faces c...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, Nancy Pelosi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump, Mike Pence, Harrisburg


"Mr. Biden’s team has developed a raft of decrees that he can issue on his own authority after the inauguration on Wednesday..."

"... to begin reversing some of President Trump’s most hotly disputed policies. Advisers hope the flurry of action, without waiting for Congress, will establish a sense of momentum for the new president even as the Senate puts his predecessor on trial. On his first day in office alone, Mr. Biden intends a flurry of executive orders that will be partly substantive and partly symbolic. They include rescinding the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries, rejoining the Paris climate cha...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Global Warming, Joe Biden, New York Times, Paris, Muslim, Biden, South Carolina, Trump, Ron Klain, Ann Althouse, James Clyburn


"Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege... saying in a court filing that rioters intended 'to capture and assassinate elected officials.'..."

"The detention memo, written by Justice Department lawyers in Arizona, goes into greater detail about the FBI’s investigation into [Jacob] Chansley, revealing that he left a note for Pence warning that 'it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.' '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,' prosecutors wrote.... 'When questioned as...
Tags: Law, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Earth, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, Arizona, Evidence, Justice Department, Mike Pence, Capitol, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance


Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and police officers

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMES LAPORTA | The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead. The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is “stacking up” to breach a buildi...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, New York, Isis, Texas, News, Media, Navy, California, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Iraq, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport


'Kill him with his own gun': DC police officer recounts being attacked by pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol

Flowers are placed on a fence, a week after a pro-Trump mob broke into and took over the Capitol, in memory of slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on January 14, 2021, in Washington, DC. - The center of Washington was on lockdown Thursday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were being mobilized due to security concerns ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Michael Fanone, a police officer in Washington, DC, said he ...
Tags: Post, Usa, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Police, Trends, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, The Washington Post, Trump, Capitol, National Guard, US Capitol, Maga


Understanding Treason, Sedition, Insurrection, Rioting, Conspiracy in the United States

How does one describe the legal dimensions of what happened last week as a violent rightwing mob incited by the American President assaulted the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.? What words or phrases can one even begin to apply to such a wide range of criminal acts committed that day? An acquaintance of mine quipped last week: “What can the rioters be charged with? Do you have a copy of the US Code?” There are many resources from American scholars, legal analysts and independent sources such as t...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, US, United States, Ohio, Pentagon, Naacp, Donald Trump, Aba, US supreme court, Trump, National Security Archive, Ku Klux Klan, George Washington University, U S Supreme Court


MIDNIGHT in Washington D.C.

Reminds me of Baghdad with all the barriers going up. Checkpoints. Troops all around in civilian cars. More barriers dropped off to be installed. Contractors—like Baghdad, working everywhere. Hotels filled with troops. I just went for a walk. So quiet. No traffic. Chilly. Still. Flashing lights all around. Men working. Lockdown coming. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Washington, Military, Baghdad, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon


Trump got his message out on Twitter.

pic.twitter.com/FIJbvCYGJ6— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021 Transcript here. Excerpts:  I want to be very clear, I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America Great Again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against eve...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, America, Free Speech, Trump, US Secret Service, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, the Trump resistance


"QAnon reshaped Trump’s party and radicalized believers. The Capitol siege may just be the start."

WaPo headline.  Subhed: "The online conspiracy theory, which depicts Trump as a messianic warrior battling ‘deep state’ Satanists, has helped fuel a real-world militant extremism that could haunt the Biden era." Oddly, that makes QAnon sound like the leader of the movement — QAnon, not Trump. But the impeachers portray Trump as leading an insurrection. Is Trump the evil mastermind, or more of a dupe, standing in the middle of things, thinking he's a fine leader and surprised by the violent t...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Congress, Washington, Biden, Conspiracies, Trump, Capitol, Sidney Powell, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Parler, Lin Wood, the Trump resistance


Washington, D.C.: Barriers going up — Troops are on the streets

13 January 2021Washington, D.C. Yon-Genre Mind-dump without edit First some admin. Please see my Patreon post from yesterday. Since 2005, I have operated on reader support. In the times ahead, this will become important. Next — I’ve been spending long days and nights with Rudy Giuliani and team. Historical times. As you know, I am not on the President’s team and never have been. I spent the vast majority of my time for last twenty years overseas, not prowling around D.C. I spent very litt...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, Iraq, America, Afghanistan, Military, State Of Emergency, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Kerr, Mason, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Bush Obama


Github fires employee for using the n-word … Nazi

Software company GitHub is taking a lot of heat for firing a Jewish employee for referring to the people who stormed the Capitol on January 6 as "Nazis." The Verge has the details: GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee after he posted a message in Slack that said "stay safe homies, Nazis are about" the day of the attack on the US Capitol….The message sparked controversy inside the company, with one colleague criticizing him for using divisive language. GitHub's HR team chastised the employee...
Tags: Law, Washington, America, Github, Capitol, US Capitol, Jon Hyman, Camp Auschwitz, Mert Kahveci


Vaccines Continue to Roll Out as New Questions Arise

The news this week is both positive and negative regarding the COVID-19 virus. The testing numbers on Tuesday in Connecticut were as bad as they’ve been since Spring 2020. If the virus isn’t everywhere, it sure feels that way. But, on the vaccine front, the news is positive. We are moving this week to starting Phase 1B which may be broader than intiially thought. And more doses are arriving every day. For employers, there’s work to do. Employers in  some essential workplaces — including schools...
Tags: Law, Washington, Connecticut, Vams


"Legitimacy Matters: The Case for Public Financing in Prosecutor Elections"

The title of this post is the title of this new article in the latest issue of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice authored by Rory Fleming.  Here is a part of its introduction: Part I of this Article will present the results of two interlinked studies on candidate campaign finance in every election with a progressive prosecutor candidate from 2015 through 2019.  The first study examines campaign funding disparities between incumbent prosecutors and progressive cha...
Tags: Law, Washington, Soros, Douglas A Berman, Rory Fleming, Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Soros PAC


Democracy Is Fragile. Do You Feel Lucky?

Tom Standage, editor of “The World in 2021“, a feature of The Economist published on November 16, 2020 asked: Do you feel lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America, and the name of a family of card games, including blackjack, that are popular with gamblers. All of...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, America, United States, Cruz, Economist, Capitol, Hawley, Tom Standage, Justice Issues, Legal Information


The Army and Secret Service are looking at extra security screenings for US troops who will be at Biden's inauguration

A member of the DC National Guard gives directions near a rally at Freedom Plaza Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin The US Army and US Secret Service are working together to determine which troops participating in President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration need additional background screening, an Army spokesperson told Insider. The move, which was first reported by Army Times, follows a request from Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, ...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Terrorism, Army, Secret Service, Extremism, Biden, Donald Trump


State of Emergency, and Diversification

12 January 2021 Washington, D.C. Yon-Genre mind dump. Unedited. Those who have followed my work for years -- and especially in 2020 -- are not surprised at all at the turn of events. My focus now is to help avert full-scale civil war by this Spring and Summer. And to be sure, though I am a cup-half-full man, I think it's too late for my efforts. I am still doing CPR on that hope there is still a glimmer that calmer heads will prevail. And this still is possible. Just does not seem proba...
Tags: Featured, Washington, White House, America, Paypal, Military, Crystal City, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Yon Genre, PayPal Monthly


"We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year."

Write Guy Rosen, VP Integrity, and Monika Bickert, VP Global Policy Management of Facebook, setting off my bullshit detector. Last year was 12 days ago. I'll keep going. I want to read the original document, not the NBC News summary — "Facebook bans all 'stop the steal' content" — that I can see is getting lots of links.  I don't believe Facebook would ban everything with the 3-word phrase. That would include all sorts of people who are just talking about what is the biggest news story going. ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Washington, Wikipedia, Censorship, Nbc News, US, Joe Biden, United States, Dc, Donald Trump, Rosen, Monika Bickert, Ann Althouse, Bickert, Guy Rosen


A veteran in Congress asked the military to make sure troops deploying to Biden's inauguration are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists after Capitol siege

DC National Guard walk around the Capitol grounds, Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington AP Photo/Julio Cortez Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, asked Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy for a military review of troops participating in the inauguration to ensure they are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists. The congressman's request followed an assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that appears to have included veterans and may have also included current military perso...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Veterans, Washington Dc, Arizona, Army, Pentagon


A veteran in Congress asked the military to make sure troops participating in Biden's inauguration aren't sympathetic to domestic terrorists after Capitol siege

DC National Guard walk around the Capitol grounds, Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington AP Photo/Julio Cortez Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, asked Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy for a review of troops participating in the inauguration to ensure they are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists. The congressman's request followed an assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that appears to have included veterans and may have also included current military personnel. Ari...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Politico, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Veterans, Washington Dc, Arizona, Army, Pentagon


If the "Capitol mob" was "a raging collection of grievances and disillusionment" as The Washington Post says...

... in its headline, here, then doesn't that mean it wasn't an "insurrection" or much of a plan at all, just a coming together of disparate elements? Let's look at the long article. I'm reading it for the first time and making excerpts and comments as I go. I'm doing this without an agenda, just wanting to figure out what the hell happened and what it means. Those who made their way to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday hail from at least 36 states, along with the District of Columbia ...
Tags: Post, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Canada, Grammar, Salem, Graham, District Of Columbia, Capitol Police, Trump, Mike Pence, Don, Capitol, Guthrie


21st Century Deterrence

Since the employment of nuclear weapons to end WWII, deterrence has been a cornerstone of U.S. military strategy. The display of preeminent military power 75 years ago ushered in security to international order, enabled the economic prosperity of the United States and its allies and provided a strategic deterrence to prevent major power conflict. See more DETERRENCE photos on Flickr The Defense Department defines deterrence as, “the prevention of action by the existence...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Colorado, Navy, Washington, North Korea, Germany, Russia, Defense, America, Ukraine, Canada, Military, United States, Nato, South Dakota


"For many congressional staff members and Capitol workers, in particular people of color, the damage wrought on Wednesday was visceral."

"It will be a long time before they feel safe again at work, they say, knowing that a building once thought to be among the most secure in Washington could be breached by a mob carrying, among other things, a Confederate flag and displaying anti-Semitic iconography.... The Capitol Police have come under fire for seeming, at times, to offer little resistance to the pro-Trump mob. While some experts defended their actions as prioritizing the protection of lawmakers over the securing of the buildin...
Tags: John Lewis, Law, Washington, Police, Black, Capitol Police, Trump, Lewis, Capitol, Steny Hoyer, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Congress One Black


2H 2020 Quick Links, Part 5 (Contracts, E-Commerce, Defamation, Censorship, & More)

Contracts * Kidstar v. Facebook, Inc.,  2020 WL 4382279 (D.N.J. July 31, 2020). The plaintiff sued Facebook because he lost access to photos in his account. assuming, arguendo, that Plaintiff opened a Facebook account in 2004, the 2009 User Agreement became the governing document upon his registration in 2009 until 2017, when the 2017 User Agreement became the governing document upon his creation of a subsequent Facebook account… Plaintiff had reasonably conspicuous notice of Facebook’s contract...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, California, Washington, Ebay, Court, Bloomberg, E-commerce, Thailand, United States, Fairfield, Silicon Valley, Dmca, Google Maps, Crossfit


"Thirteen Charged in Federal Court Following Riot at the United States Capitol; Approximately 40 charged in Superior Court"

The title of this post is the heading of this new DOJ press release.  Here are excerpts: Thirteen individuals have been charged so far in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In addition to those who have been charged, additional complaints have been submitted and investigations are ongoing. “The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Fbi, District Of Columbia, Doj, Capitol, Superior Court, ATF, Christopher Wray, U S Capitol, United States Capitol, Douglas A Berman, Regina Lombardo, Michael Sherwin


"Some of you will understand why. Some will not. I am sorry, but standing up for election integrity and our right to vote in fair elections is too important for me to not be there."

Said Jeff Taff, a high school social studies teacher, quoted in "Burlington teacher suspended after allegedly directing students to watch video questioning election results" (Wisconsin State Journal).He told students he would be gone from school Tuesday through Thursday and planned to return Friday. In the online lesson plan, he directed students to review materials that included a video discussing debunked claims calling into question President-elect Biden’s victory in the Nov. 3 election over...
Tags: Education, Law, Washington, Wisconsin, Biden, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Law School, Trump, Burlington, Statz, Taff, Ann Althouse, Melissa Statz, the Trump resistance, Jeff Taff


Mick Mulvaney, Who Promised A Graceful And Peaceful Presidential Transition, Makes His Own Craven And Hasty Exit

If Exegesis Capital will invest based on the ex-chief of staff’s ability to read people in Washington, we might steer clear.
Tags: Law, Washington, Finance, Mick Mulvaney, Exegesis Capital


American taxpayers will pay for the damage caused by the Capitol riot because the building isn't insured, experts say

The scene outside the Capitol after the riots. Michael Nigro:Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Taxpayers will have to pay for the high levels of damage that rioters caused in the US Capitol on Wednesday because the site isn't covered by insurance, industry sources told Reuters. "Taxpayers will be on the hook for repairs to the Capitol," Stephen Ellis, the president of the watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, said after the building was left covered in litter, graffiti, and broken glass. It i...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Economy, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Hakeem Jeffries, National Park Service, Trump


Roundup: Texas police-reform news, bail update, jury trials during COVID, and other stories

Lets' clear a few browser tabs with a roundup of recent items that may have escaped Texans' attention while our Attorney General was in Washington D.C. inciting mayhem.Dallas bail lawsuit to move forward. Bail litigation in Dallas can move forward to trial after a 5th Circuit decision, but the array of potential remedies has been narrowed. See Dallas News coverage. More on this soon. In related news, Tarrant County announced they'd begin using a new risk-assessment instrument when setting bail. ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Law, Colorado, Washington, New York Times, Dallas, Houston, Roma, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tarrant County, TX, Texas Tribune, 5th Circuit, McManus


Twitter limited Trump's tweets for 'risk of violence' as pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol

A protester is seen hanging from the balcony in the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session on Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. Win McNamee/Getty Images As pro-Trump rioters broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon with Congress in session, President Trum...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Usa, Crime, Protest, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, House, House Of Representatives, National Security


06 January 2021: Massive Day has Begun — Epic History Unfolding

Time now 0547, Washington, D.C. I’ve been up since 0300 preparing for this day. Georgia seems to have gone to Democrats. Meanwhile, last night, dozens of pro-Democracy Hong Kongers were arrested while I was having dinner with a Hong Kong expert. John Batchelor and Gordon Chang immediately contacted me about an interview today regarding this crime against humanity. I will be on the ground here in D.C., and so when I do this interview please excuse any background news. When I was in Afghanistan...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, Washington, White House, Iraq, Georgia, Afghanistan, Military, Mike Pence, Gordon Chang, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, John Batchelor



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