Bloglikes - Politics https://www.bloglikes.com/c/politics en-US Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:43:41 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter UK Covid live: Matt Hancock leads news conference as cases fall to lowest daily level for a month https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2021/jan/25/uk-covid-live-universal-credit-borders-schools-travel-boris-johnson-coronavirus-latest-updates Latest updates: patients on ventilators hit record high as UK records 22,195 further cases and 592 Covid-related deaths

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Hopkins says there are four laboratories in the UK working on the new variant. They have all concluded that the current vaccine works against it.

She says they are starting to do this work now on the South African variant.

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Hancock says it is “so important that we get those new variants from abroad under control”.

He says, for the purposes of the vaccine rollout, it does not matter whether you have had the old variant or the new one. You still need to get vaccinated.

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Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is in trouble, and Democrats might not be able to pass the next round of stimulus until March http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/FP0HfmvdbBA/biden-19-stimulus-package-date-already-in-trouble-march-2021-1 President Joe Biden

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  • The Biden administration's first big push since taking office is a $1.9 trillion stimulus package.
  • This new round of coronavirus relief is already facing political and logistical hurdles in Congress.
  • Beyond Republican opposition, key Senate Democrats also need to be convinced.
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With tight margins between the two parties in Congress, President Joe Biden is already confronting both political and logistical hurdles to his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.

The new round of coronavirus relief may not get a vote until mid-March, when the $300 weekly unemployment assistance program expires, according to Punchbowl News.

Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will be ready to vote on the bill by the first week of February

However, things get complicated once the focus turns to the Senate side. With the filibuster rule currently in place, the bill could get derailed unless the Democrats can get 10 Republicans to join them in closing debate and moving on with a vote on the bill, a process known as cloture.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnnell holds substantial leverage over the process, given the 50-50 split and power sharing agreement between the two parties.

And two members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate might prevent the stimulus package from passing  as its currently written.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Angus King of Maine have objected to certain aspects of the proposal, such as direct payments going to families making up to $300,000 per year.

As Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported last week, Manchin in particular will wield substantial influence over any major legislation pushed by Biden and the Democrats.

Manchin is a moderate who holds several positions at odds with the Democratic consensus, particularly when it comes to deficit spending and climate change. He supports the coal industry and has expressed skepticism over an overly broad use of direct payments.

There is a way for the Democrats to try and pass the bill without the 60 vote filibuster-proof majority, but Manchin once again stands in the way.

Instead of going down the conventional path, Democrats could use the budget reconciliation process, which would allow them to pass Biden's bill with just 51 votes. Theoretically, that could happen with no Republican support, with Vice President Kamala Harris coming in to break the tie.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the new chairman of the budget committee, has advocated for using budget reconciliation on a variety of issues going back to his 2020 presidential campaign. Sanders once again called for it over the weekend, saying Democrats cannot "wait weeks and weeks" for GOP support.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not rule out budget reconciliation in one of her press briefings last week.

Yet budget reconciliation is not necessarily a faster way to pass the bill than getting 60 votes to clear the filibuster. 

A so-called vote-a-rama comes with budget reconciliation, so instead of worrying about getting enough Republicans on board to avoid a filibuster, any Senator could propose an amendment to be tacked onto the bill. The last time this happened was in 2017, when more than 700 amendments were debated on the Trump tax cuts.

This time around, there could be more than 1,000, according to Punchbowl.

Once all of that is out of the way, multiple House and Senate committees would need to essentially rewrite the bill. The scope of the Biden stimulus plan would require more committees than usual to get involved in that process, which is normally dominated by the House Ways and Means Committee along with the Senate Finance Committee.

It's still early for the Biden administration, but a lot will need to go their way simultaneously for the stimulus package to land on the president's desk by February.

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Biden reversing Trump ban on transgender people in military https://www.dailynews.com/2021/01/25/biden-reversing-trump-ban-on-transgender-people-in-military/ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is signing an order Monday reversing a Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from joining the military.

The new order, which Biden is expected to sign in the Oval Office during a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, overturns a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office. It immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity.

Biden’s order says that gender identity should not be a bar to military service.

“America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception,” the order says. “Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.”

The order directs the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to take steps to implement the order for the military and the Coast Guard. And it says they must reexamine the records of service members who were discharged or denied reenlistment due to gender identity issues under the previous policy.

It requires the departments to submit a report to the president on their progress within 60 days.

Biden had been widely expected to quickly overturn the Trump policy. And the move also was backed by Biden’s newly confirmed defense secretary, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who spoke of the need to overturn it during his Senate confirmation hearing last week.

“I support the president’s plan or plan to overturn the ban,” Austin said. “If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve.”

Under Biden’s new policy, transgender service members won’t be discharged based on gender identity, and they can serve in their preferred gender once their transition is complete and recorded in the defense reporting system.

The decision comes as Biden plans to turn his attention to equity issues that he believes continue to shadow nearly all aspects of American life. Ahead of his inauguration, Biden’s transition team circulated a memo from Ron Klain, now the White House chief of staff, that sketched out Biden’s plan to use his first full week as president “to advance equity and support communities of color and other underserved communities.”

The move to overturn the transgender ban is also the latest example of Biden using executive authority in his first days as president to dismantle Trump’s legacy. His early actions include orders to overturn a Trump administration ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, stop construction of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and launch an initiative to advance racial equity.

Until a few years ago service members could be discharged from the military for being transgender, but that changed during the Obama administration. In 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender people already serving in the military would be allowed to serve openly. And the military set July 1, 2017, as the date when transgender individuals would be allowed to enlist.

After Trump took office, however, his administration delayed the enlistment date and called for additional study to determine if allowing transgender individuals to serve would affect military readiness or effectiveness.

A few weeks later, Trump caught military leaders by surprise, tweeting that the government wouldn’t accept or allow transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity” in the military.

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“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.

After a lengthy and complicated legal battle and additional reviews, the Defense Department in April 2019 approved the new policy that fell short of an all-out ban but barred transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex and required most individuals to serve in their birth gender.

Under that policy, currently serving transgender troops and anyone who had signed an enlistment contract before the effective date could continue with plans for hormone treatments and gender transition if they had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

But after that date, no one with gender dysphoria who was taking hormones or has transitioned to another gender was allowed to enlist. Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.

As of 2019, an estimated 14,700 troops on active duty and in the Reserves identify as transgender, but not all seek treatment. Since July 2016, more than 1,500 service members were diagnosed with gender dysphoria; as of Feb. 1, 2019, there were 1,071 currently serving. According to the Pentagon, the department spent about $8 million on transgender care between 2016 and 2019. The military’s annual health care budget tops $50 billion.

All four service chiefs told Congress in 2018 that they had seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops serving openly in the military. But they also acknowledged that some commanders were spending a lot of time with transgender individuals who were working through medical requirements and other transition issues.

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GOP Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column in defense of the Oklahoma City bomber when he was 15 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/DaCRGMiCmsE/josh-hawley-defended-oklahoma-city-bomber-1995-2021-1 Sen. Josh Hawley makes a statement on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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  • Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column defending militia members when he was 15 years old. 
  • The column was published in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing. 
  • Hawley supported Trump's voter-fraud claims in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.
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Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who backed former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims following the 2020 election, wrote a column in which he defended the Oklahoma City bomber when he was 15 years old, according to a report from the Kansas City Star.

The Kansas City Star reported that following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Hawley wrote a column for his hometown paper, The Lexington News, in which he warned against calling anti-government militia members domestic terrorists.

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols - the men who carried out the bombing that killed 169 people - had ties with the Michigan Militia, an anti-government group dating back to the 1990s.

"Many of the people populating these movements are not radical, right-wing, pro-assault weapons freaks as they were originally stereotyped," Hawley wrote about militia groups. "Dismissed by the media and treated with disdain by their elected leaders, these citizens come together and form groups that often draw more media fire as anti-government hate gatherings."

"Feeling alienated from their government and the rest of society, they often become disenchanted and slip into talks of 'conspiracy theories' about how the federal government is out to get them," he added.

Also in the column, Hawley said former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman was being unfairly depicted as a racist after his use of racial slurs became known during the OJ Simpson trial.

"In this politically correct society, derogatory labels such as 'racist' are widely misused, and our ability to have open debate is eroding," he wrote.

In the wake of the Capitol insurrection that took place on January 6, there have been calls for Hawley to resign over his support of Trump's claims of voter fraud.

Seven Democratic senators have also called for a probe into how Hawley's and Sen. Ted Cruz's objections to the Electoral College vote potentially contributed to the violence that led to five deaths.

Hawley condemned the violence at the Capitol, but called the complaint "a flagrant abuse of the Senate ethics process and a flagrant attempt to exact partisan revenge" in a statement about the investigation.

On Monday he wrote a column for the New York Post in which he suggested he and other Republicans were victims of cancel culture and asked supporters to "stand up for the right of every American to be heard."

Hawley did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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  • The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden has reversed the Trump administration's military transgender ban.
  • The executive order signed Monday states that the president believes that "gender identity should not be a bar to military service."
  • The decision is supported by new Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
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President Joe Biden has reversed the Trump administration's controversial ban largely prohibiting transgender people from serving in the US military.

The president signed an executive order on Monday stating that "all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve." The order said that the president believes that "gender identity should not be a bar to military service," and directs the military to immediately cease all efforts to kick out transgender troops.

In July 2017, then-President Donald Trump tweeted that "after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military."

The tweets blindsided US military leaders, who were not aware of the president's plans.

In August 2017, Trump signed a directive ordering the US military to reverse course on Obama-era plans to permit transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces. Prior to signing the memorandum, Trump told reporters that he was doing the military a "great favor."

In September of that year, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he did not support pushing transgender service members out of the military. He said that believed that "any individual who meets the physical and mental standards, and is worldwide-deployable and is currently serving, should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve."

In March 2018, following recommendations from then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Trump signed another memorandum that created a little bit of wiggle room for the Pentagon while still largely banning transgender people from military service.

Biden's latest executive order revokes previous presidential memorandums on transgender service and "immediately prohibits involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to gender identity."

The order also calls for the correcting of military records for transgender individuals who were affected by the actions of the Trump administration.

Defending the policy change, the White House pointed to a 2016 study that found that permitting transgender people to serve in the armed forces has a "minimal impact" on healthcare costs and readiness. The order also notes that the chiefs of the uniformed service branches testified before Congress in 2018 that they were not aware of any negative impacts on unit cohesion, discipline, and readiness.

The move to overturn the transgender ban is supported by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who was confirmed on Friday.

During his confirmation hearing, Austin told lawmakers that "if you're fit and you're qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve."

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Joe Biden's dogs become latest pets at White House https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54871695 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:14:21 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News White House Joe Biden Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for Governor of Arkansas https://boingboing.net/2021/01/25/sarah-huckabee-sanders-is-running-for-governor-of-arkansas.html

Former Trump administration press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her candidacy for Governor of Arkansas this morning with a video straight out of the Leni Rienfenstahl School of Propaganda.

The seven minute video has what can best be described as an alternative facts recall of Sanders' time at the White House. — Read the rest

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A Lack of Comprehension https://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-lack-of-comprehension.html "If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat." -Sun Tzu I realize that in the Manichaean environment of modern politics, everybody's somebody's fascist or communist. Surely, however, people who make a point of commenting on politics would have a basic grasp of the viewpoints of those they consider their ideological foes, right?
Not so fast.
Jacobin is an explicitly socialist quarterly that sets itself up as a younger, hipper alternative to traditional, stodgy outlets of the American far Left like The Nation. Think Reason but for beard oil-using craft beer drinkers who prefer Das Kapital to Atlas Shrugged.
From where they're sitting, you can't slide a sheet of paper between the political positions of Joe Biden and, say, George H.W. Bush, so they greeted the recent inauguration with a cover spoofing the incoming administration and the general Democratic reaction to it with a bit of tongue-in-cheek Byzantine iconography. 

You'd think that if depicting Obama and the Clintons as seraphim weren't enough of a giveaway that it was satirical mockery, the RQ-4 Global Hawk drones flanking them would be, but no. Plenty of commentators have spent so much time huffing their own side's farts in hermetically-sealed political bubbles that they seemed to think it was serious.

Tim Pool, citizen journalist. https://t.co/DoJi26j7IL

— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) January 21, 2021
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California Lifts Stay-At-Home Order Statewide; Counties Now Back In Reopening Tier Plan https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2021/01/25/gavin-newsom-ca-covid-stay-home-order-lifted-reopening-tier/ SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California public health officials have lifted the statewide stay-at-home order.

The California Department of Public Health announced the end of the stay home order on Monday morning. The move means all counties will be back under the reopening tier plan, where certain sectors are allowed to reopen based on case rates and positive COVID-19 tests.  

“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer, in a release about the decision.

Sunday night, CBS13 also obtained a letter sent by the California Restaurant Association to members that says Newsom’s administration “informed us the Governor will announce tomorrow that the stay-at-home order will be lifted in all regions of the state.”

In our area, the San Joaquin Valley was the only region currently under a stay-at-home order. The Greater Sacramento region has had restrictions lifted for nearly 2 weeks now. The Bay Area and Southern California regions are also currently under the order.

A regional stay-at-home order impacted dozens of counties across the state in regions where ICU capacities fell below 15%. At certain times, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions fell to zero percent ICU capacities as coronavirus infections surged across the areas.

Sunday night, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said:

“We see promising signs that California is slowly emerging from the most intense stage of this pandemic. We continue to look at what that means for the Regional Stay at Home order and anticipate that the state Department of Public Health will provide a formal update tomorrow morning.”

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The MyPillow guy built a multi-million dollar business on his faith in God and unorthodox business strategies. But his loyalty to Trump could put the company in peril. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/rWtJ-yGMRgk/my-pillow-ceo-profile-mike-lindell-trump-downfall-2021-1 Michael Lindell, with My Pillow, laughs with President Donald Trump during a "Made in America," roundtable event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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As President Donald Trump's corporate allies abandoned him in the final days of his administration, one man was left standing: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. 

"I'm not backing down on these machines that stole our election," Lindell told Insider last Wednesday, referring to baseless claims that rigged voting machines helped President Joe Biden steal the 2020 race.

"I'm not changing my mind on anything like that ever. I'm not going to: 'Oh, please, don't boycott me. Please don't,'" Lindell added.

Perhaps more than any other CEO, Lindell has driven his company straight into the minefield of modern politics, embracing the kinds of controversies and culture-war topics that most businesses consider radioactive and doubling down in situations in which today's corporate playbooks would recommend damage control. A staple of late-night TV infomercials, Lindell - whose backstory includes a stint as a professional gambler and a struggle with drug addiction - and his pillow company have become one of the most curious business phenomena of the Trump era.

Over the past week, Insider spoke with several people who worked with MyPillow, industry experts, and Lindell himself about his company's business during Trump's presidency and what comes next for the controversial pillow brand.

Now the tide may be turning. This week, retailers including Kohl's and Bed Bath & Beyond said they would stop selling MyPillow, citing poor sales. Affirm, a financial-technology company, also cut ties. Even a porn website said its actors would no longer use MyPillows for "sexy pillow fight" scenes. And Lindell personally faces legal threats from the voting-technology company Dominion over his repeated claims of voter fraud.

Lindell said MyPillow thrived in the Trump era, adding that his support of the president fueled "off-the-charts" sales growth. Revenues from the company's website roughly tripled from 2015 to 2019, according to an estimate by GlobalData. And site traffic skyrocketed in 2020 as Lindell campaigned for Trump's reelection.

MyPillow's business is driven by Lindell's instincts. It is hard to say where these instincts will take the company next, especially as Lindell increasingly prioritizes Trumpian politics over running his business. 

You can read our full feature "The MyPillow guy says God helped him beat a crack addiction to build a multimillion-dollar empire. Now his religious devotion to Trump threatens to bring it all crashing down" here if  you're a Business Insider subscriber.  Read the original article on Business Insider

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White House Welcomes Two Very Good Boys As Biden’s Dogs Move In https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-dogs-champ-and-major_n_600ee029c5b6d64153add614 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 10:49:44 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News White House Joe Biden Biden Jill Biden A Kevin McCarthy aide says 'we're eating s--- for breakfast, lunch and dinner' over fallout from Trump's 2nd impeachment and the Capitol riot http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/lMQLHCW1vBk/kevin-mccarthy-aide-were-eating-s-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner-2021-1 WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol September 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. House GOP leaders held a news conference to discuss Speaker of the House Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing a rocky start to this term in Congress.
  • He's been criticized for his response to the Capitol Siege and is dealing with division in his caucus. 
  • One aide told Axios that "we're eating sh*t for breakfast, lunch and dinner right now."
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House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy is beginning his tenure in the 117th Congress between a rock and a hard place, as he continues to deal with the repercussions from the House's second impeachment of former President Donald Trump 

McCarthy is facing criticism for the shifting stances he's taken on what responsibility Trump holds for the deadly insurrection on the US Capitol. He also has to contend with warring factions within his caucus. 

One aide evocatively described McCarthy's position to Axios, saying he's "eating sh*t for breakfast, lunch and dinner right now."

Read more: Trump and the GOP may be headed for an expensive divorce fight over donor and voter data

McCarthy faced a firestorm of backlash for telling Gray TV host Greta Van Susteren that "everybody across this country" was partly responsible for the Capitol insurrection. 

"I also think everybody across this country has some responsibility," McCarthy told Van Susteren. "Think about four years ago after President Trump was sworn in. What happened the very next day? The title was resisted with people walking in the streets, Maxine Waters saying to confront people, confront them in restaurants."

The event the day after Trump's 2017 inauguration that McCarthy referred to, the Women's March on Washington, was an peaceful protest with no violence. 

McCarthy also has to manage divides within the Republican caucus. A number of the more conservative members of the caucus are seeking to expel Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking member of the House GOP, for her vote to impeach Trump. 

In the interview with Van Susteren, McCarthy said while he still supports Cheney, he "has concerns" about her voting to impeach Trump without notifying or consulting with him first. 

In an effort to shore up support among his caucus, Axios reported that a member of McCarthy's staff sent out a mass email to communications staff in other House GOP offices asking them to retweet a message in which McCarthy stated: "From the minute the Capitol was attacked, I called for the rioters to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and have repeatedly said that it is incumbent upon every person in America to help lower the temperature of our political discourse."

Read more: Trump tested the Constitution and shredded traditions. Biden and the Democrats have big plans of their own about what to do next.

McCarthy's message also criticized the media in this tweets, blaming news outlets for the increased division in the US and stating, "The distortions of my comments are completely disingenuous." 

—Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) January 24, 2021

 

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Biden to sign off on $400 billion campaign pledge for federal agencies to buy American-made goods http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/7rPoD8Q9bZI/biden-will-fulfill-his-400-billion-campaign-pledge-to-invest-in-american-goods-2021-1 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.

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  • President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Monday that dedicated funding to the federal government's procurement of American goods.
  • Biden touted a $400 billion investment while on the campaign trail to purchase American-made items that focused on clean vehicles and infrastructure.
  • Foreign trading partners worry this policy will be harmful for supply chains, but Biden has reiterated his commitment toward working with allies on trade practices.
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President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Monday that will reform the Buy American rule by strengthening the federal government's procurement of American-manufactured goods.

During his campaign, Biden pledged to invest $400 billion in new spending over the course of his presidency, which would be geared toward buying American-made goods focused on items such as clean vehicles, building materials for infrastructure improvements, and medical supplies. Former President Donald Trump enacted similar policies that prioritized the purchase of goods made by American workers, but given that Trump's policies were not formalized until the end of his term, Biden plans on setting a 180-day deadline to enact the changes.

"[Biden] is going to take a major step toward his goal of rebuilding the backbone of America - manufacturing unions and the middle class," an administration official said. "It's based on his view that making sure that we are making things in America and all of America is core to our economic strategy."

As part of the executive order, a new role at the White House Office of Management and Budget will be created to oversee the implementation of the Buy American order, according to a White House briefing document. The role would review waivers for Buy American requirements, and would call for creation of a website where waivers could be publicly viewed. 

This executive order is one of many Biden has signed, or plans to sign, with the intent to bolster the economy. Last week, the president signed a number of orders that aimed at providing financial relief to Americans amid the pandemic, and his docket this week includes orders addressing immigration, healthcare, and climate change.

Biden's policy has prompted some concern among foreign trading partners, however, with Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau saying in an interview with CBS on Sunday that "it might jeopardize the very strong and integrated supply chains that exist between our two countries."

Despite concerns from trading partners, Biden has reiterated his commitment to work with American allies on trading practices. 

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White House staff welcomes new first family: 'The residence has life again' http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_latest/~3/SA31KcNl0Wo/index.html ]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 10:05:26 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House Cnn Biden Special operators describe an overlooked vulnerability highlighted in the Capitol Hill riot http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/35BNAVXqwHo/special-operators-on-vulnerability-highlighted-in-capitol-riot-2021-1 The FireEye booth at the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, August 3, 2016

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  • The FireEye hack and the rioters who breached Capitol Hill were two more visible signs of a growing conflict in cyberspace being waged by state actors and private individuals.
  • Government and private entities, high-profile officials, and everyday people are all targets in that conflict, but there are many things that they can do to improve their security online and in real life.
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As the turbulent 2020 came to an end, US officials discovered that Russian intelligence had penetrated the US's cyber armor for months without anyone noticing.

In December, FireEye, a private cybersecurity firm, revealed that Russian hackers had stolen hacking tools the company used during "Red Team" evaluations, which are used in the military and intelligence communities to test security and find potential vulnerabilities by simulating attacks.

FireEye's discovery triggered an avalanche of revelations about the Russian intrusion. The NSA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and US Cyber Command were all caught unawares.

The Pentagon, several intelligence agencies, nuclear laboratories, and numerous Fortune 500 companies were compromised at varying degrees. US officials are still trying to determine the extent of the damage.

To make matters worse, in early January, during the intrusion in the Capitol, sensitive systems were stolen, including a laptop belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

These are just the most recent and pronounced examples of an undeclared conflict in the cyber domain between the US and its near-peer adversaries, primarily Russia, which runs parallel to the competition between those adversaries, conducted by state and private actors, taking place around the world.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care pelosi office A note left in the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi by a Trump supporter who entered the building during a riot, January 6, 2021

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When it comes to tapping a government device in order to access sensitive networks and obtain classified information, there are many moving parts. The placement, accessibility, and vulnerability of a device or network play a big part.

"It really depends on how accessible the device or network is and [on] the methods used by the malign actors," Jonathan, a former officer with joint special-operations and intelligence experience, told Insider.

"For example, take the recent intrusion in the Capitol building, where we have news that the FBI feared a rioter who stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop from her office may have intended to sell it to Russian security services," Jonathan added.

"This makes a great case for both physical and digital security, an even more critical undertaking given the proliferation of mobile devices these days. You can't have one without the other."

Everyone's concern Wannacry cyberattack North Korea Homeland Security officials at a briefing where they blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyberattack, December 19, 2017.

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Digital security challenges often spill over from the military and intelligence domains into personal lives. Cyberstalking, cyberbullying, cybercrime, digital coercion, and doxxing - the unsolicited sharing of personal information - are a reality for many in an era of unprecedented connectivity.

Signature Management Unit (SMU), a risk, security, and intelligence consulting firm led by former special-operations and intelligence professionals, recently released a digital security guide that companies and private citizens alike can use to boost their cyber defenses.

Featuring six threat scenarios, ranging from cyberstalking to foreign intelligence, and 31 simple techniques, the guide arms those seeking to take their digital security to another level with the knowhow to do so. The authors' special-operations and intelligence background adds a refreshing level of authenticity.

"We recognize that obtaining a timely, holistic, and coherent understanding of how to approach individual digital security and privacy is difficult and potentially inaccessible to the layman," the authors write. "However, these matters do not just concern government spies, murky organizations, or those conducting corporate espionage."

Some of the guide's key takeaways for public and private audiences are the importance of preemptive action, physical security, situational awareness, and a layered defense plan.

Pelosi office A Trump supporter in the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi amid a riot that breached the Capitol building, January 6, 2021

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Even if a person is concerned that their data or devices have been compromised, there are still steps that can minimize the damage.

"For starters, don't let your devices fall into the wrong hands - this could be leaving it unattended in a coffee shop or not letting it out of your sight when crossing a border, and everywhere in between," Jonathan added.

"[Also] ensure your devices are fully encrypted, and limit unauthorized users from being able to access them physically through the lightning USB port (phones) or by messing with your firmware/boot options," Jonathan said. "Use tools like the 'Find my iPhone' feature enabled which provides you with a remote wipe option should it be required."

When it comes to personal devices, measures like two-factor authentication, fairly complex passwords, and network security are important.

The commercial aspect of digital security is perhaps as important and concerns a larger audience since companies and private citizens are also on the "target deck."

"While malign nation states like Russia are a serious threat, we also have the insidious and less visible threat from corporate big-data companies (and many others like Lexis Nexis, Oracle) such as Google and Facebook, who traffic the sale of individual data for profit that results from targeted advertising," Jonathan told Insider. "We should all be advocates of the right to privacy and severely limiting others' ability to profit from the sale of your personal data."

Although the extent of the Russian cyberattacks is yet to be determined, malign actors working on behalf of Moscow have shown that digital security threats are real and not only concern the military and intelligence communities but private citizens as well.

Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (National Service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate.

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‘Today’ Tests Washington as Backdrop in TV’s Weekend Morning-News Battle https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/today-weekend-washington-kristen-welker-peter-alexander-nbc-tv-news-1234891106/ ]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:00:50 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Washington White House Nbc News Today Alexander Peter Alexander Kristen Welker Existing-Home Sales Rise 0.7% in December, Annual Sales See Highest Level Since 2006 http://www.powersiteblog.com/existing-home-sales-rise-0-7-in-december-annual-sales-see-highest-level-since-2006/ Washington, D.C.- January 22, 2021 (nar.realtor) Existing-home sales rose in December, with home sales in 2020 reaching their highest level since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Activity in the major regions was mixed on a month-over-month basis, but each of the four areas recorded double-digit year-over-year growth in December.

Total existing-home sales,1 https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 0.7% from November to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.76 million in December. Sales in total rose year-over-year, up 22.2% from a year ago (5.53 million in December 2019).

“Home sales rose in December, and for 2020 as a whole, we saw sales perform at their highest levels since 2006, despite the pandemic,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “What’s even better is that this momentum is likely to carry into the new year, with more buyers expected to enter the market.”

Yun predicts a continuation of the strong activity that’s currently taking place in the housing market and in the overall economy.

“Although mortgage rates are projected to increase, they will continue to hover near record lows at around 3%,” Yun said. “Moreover, expect economic conditions to improve with additional stimulus forthcoming and vaccine distribution already underway.”

The median existing-home price2 for all housing types in December was $309,800, up 12.9% from December 2019 ($274,500), as prices increased in every region. December’s national price increase marks 106 straight months of year-over-year gains.

Total housing inventory3 at the end of December totaled 1.07 million units, down 16.4% from November and down 23% from one year ago (1.39 million). Unsold inventory sits at an all-time low 1.9-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 2.3 months in November and down from the 3.0-month figure recorded in December 2019. NAR first began tracking the single-family home supply in 1982.

Properties typically remained on the market for 21 days in December, seasonally even with November and down from 41 days in December 2019. Seventy percent of the homes sold in December 2020 were on the market for less than a month.

“To their credit, homebuilders and construction companies have increased efforts to build, with housing starts hitting an annual rate of near 1.7 million in December, with more focus on single-family homes,” Yun said. “However, it will take vigorous new home construction in 2021 and in 2022 to adequately furnish the market to properly meet the demand.”

First-time buyers were responsible for 31% of sales in December, unchanged from the same time in 2019, but down from 32% in November 2020. NAR’s 2020 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers – released in late 20204 – revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 31%.

Individual investors or second-home buyers, who account for many cash sales, purchased 14% of homes in December, identical to the share recorded in November 2020 and a small decline from 17% in December 2019. All-cash sales accounted for 19% of transactions in December, down from 20% in both November and December 2019.

Distressed sales5 – foreclosures and short sales – represented less than 1% of sales in December, equal to November’s percentage but down from 2% in December 2019.

“NAR will work with the incoming Biden administration in pursuit of policies promoting housing affordability and accessibility,” said NAR President Charlie Oppler, a Realtor® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., and the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “We were pleased with the homebuyer tax credit President Biden proposed as a candidate and we look forward to continuing our work with Congress and the White House. We will aim to find common ground, especially related to ways of boosting home supply and working toward solutions that will protect and support homeownership and America’s broader real estate industry.”

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate(link is external) for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 2.68% in December, down from 2.77% in November. The average commitment rate across all of 2020 was 3.11%.

Single-family home sales rose at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.03 million in December, up 0.7% from 5.99 million in November, and up 22.8% from one year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $314,300 in December, up 13.5% from December 2019.

Single-family and Condo/Co-op Sales

Existing condominium and co-op sales were recorded at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 730,000 units in December, up 1.4% from November and up 17.7% from one year ago. The median existing condo price was $272,200 in December, an increase of 6.9% from a year ago.

Regional Breakdown

Median home prices increased at double-digit rates in each of the four major regions from one year ago.

December 2020 saw existing-home sales in the Northeast climb 4.5%, recording an annual rate of 930,000, a 27.4% increase from a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $362,100, up 19.0% from December 2019.

Existing-home sales in the Midwest were unchanged, recording an annual rate of 1,590,000 in December, but up 26.2% from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $235,700, a 13.7% increase from December 2019.

Existing-home sales in the South increased 1.1% to an annual rate of 2,860,000 in December, up 20.7% from the same time one year ago. The median price in the South was $268,100, an 11.3% increase from a year ago.

Existing-home sales in the West fell 1.4% from the month prior, recording an annual rate of 1,380,000 in December, a 17.9% increase from a year ago. The median price in the West was $467,900, up 14.2% from December 2019.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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For local information, please contact the local association of Realtors® for data from local multiple listing services (MLS). Local MLS data is the most accurate source of sales and price information in specific areas, although there may be differences in reporting methodology.

NOTE: NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index for December is scheduled for release on January 29, and Existing-Home Sales for January will be released February 19; release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.


1 Existing-home sales, which include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, are based on transaction closings from Multiple Listing Services. Changes in sales trends outside of MLSs are not captured in the monthly series. NAR rebenchmarks home sales periodically using other sources to assess overall home sales trends, including sales not reported by MLSs.

Existing-home sales, based on closings, differ from the U.S. Census Bureau’s series on new single-family home sales, which are based on contracts or the acceptance of a deposit. Because of these differences, it is not uncommon for each series to move in different directions in the same month. In addition, existing-home sales, which account for more than 90% of total home sales, are based on a much larger data sample – about 40% of multiple listing service data each month – and typically are not subject to large prior-month revisions.

The annual rate for a particular month represents what the total number of actual sales for a year would be if the relative pace for that month were maintained for 12 consecutive months. Seasonally adjusted annual rates are used in reporting monthly data to factor out seasonal variations in resale activity. For example, home sales volume is normally higher in the summer than in the winter, primarily because of differences in the weather and family buying patterns. However, seasonal factors cannot compensate for abnormal weather patterns.

Single-family data collection began monthly in 1968, while condo data collection began quarterly in 1981; the series were combined in 1999 when monthly collection of condo data began. Prior to this period, single-family homes accounted for more than nine out of 10 purchases. Historic comparisons for total home sales prior to 1999 are based on monthly single-family sales, combined with the corresponding quarterly sales rate for condos.

2 The median price is where half sold for more and half sold for less; medians are more typical of market conditions than average prices, which are skewed higher by a relatively small share of upper-end transactions. The only valid comparisons for median prices are with the same period a year earlier due to seasonality in buying patterns. Month-to-month comparisons do not compensate for seasonal changes, especially for the timing of family buying patterns. Changes in the composition of sales can distort median price data. Year-ago median and mean prices sometimes are revised in an automated process if additional data is received.

The national median condo/co-op price often is higher than the median single-family home price because condos are concentrated in higher-cost housing markets. However, in a given area, single-family homes typically sell for more than condos as seen in NAR’s quarterly metro area price reports.

3 Total inventory and month’s supply data are available back through 1999, while single-family inventory and month’s supply are available back to 1982 (prior to 1999, single-family sales accounted for more than 90% of transactions and condos were measured only on a quarterly basis).

4 Survey results represent owner-occupants and differ from separately reported monthly findings from NAR’s Realtors® Confidence Index, which include all types of buyers. Investors are under-represented in the annual study because survey questionnaires are mailed to the addresses of the property purchased and generally are not returned by absentee owners. Results include both new and existing homes.

5 Distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales), days on market, first-time buyers, all-cash transactions and investors are from a monthly survey for the NAR’s Realtors® Confidence Index, posted at nar.realtor.

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Dominion is suing Rudy Giuliani, seeking $1.3 billion in damages, after he spread the conspiracy theory that the vote-machine company rigged the election http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/lUZSKh6c_0I/dominion-sues-rudy-giuliani-13-billion-over-election-fraud-claim-2021-1 Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for former President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits contesting the results of the presidential election at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020.

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  • Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday.
  • It accused Giuliani, lawyer to former President Donald Trump, of defamation, and is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.
  • Giuliani had spread the conspiracy theory that Dominion used software to change votes in the November presidential election from Trump to President Joe Biden.
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Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday, accusing the lawyer of defamation after he promoted the baseless conspiracy theories that Dominion was responsible for election fraud.

The election-technology company is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.

In the lawsuit, Dominion accused Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's lawyer, of creating "a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion," referring to more than 50 statements he has made.

"Rudy Giuliani actively propagated disinformation to purposefully mislead voters," Dominion CEO John Poulos said in a statement. "Because Giuliani and others incessantly repeated the false claims about my company on a range of media platforms, some of our own family and friends are among the Americans who were duped."

Since Trump lost the election in November, Giuliani had spread the conspiracy theory that Dominion and Smartmatic, a rival election-technology company, developed software that flipped votes in the November election from Trump to President Joe Biden. The allegations have been thoroughly debunked.

The New York Times first reported on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit should come as no surprise to Giuliani. In December, Dominion's lawyers sent a letter to Giuliani telling him to preserve documents in anticipation of an "imminent" defamation lawsuit. They also sent a similar letter to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch ally of Trump, last week.

In recent weeks, Dominion has gone on the offensive. It hired Clare Locke, a firm specializing in defamation lawsuits, to sue conspiracists. Earlier this month, Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against the pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages, after she pushed a conspiracy theory about Dominion's machines that involved fantastical claims about secret ties to now-dead Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

"Not only have these lies damaged the good name of my company, but they also undermined trust in American democratic institutions, drowning out the remarkable work of elections officials and workers, who ensured a transparent and secure election," Poulos said. "The thousands of hand recounts and audits that proved machines counted accurately continue to be overshadowed by disinformation."

Dominion to file more suits

Dominion will "certainly" file more lawsuits, Thomas Clare, a lawyer representing the company, told The Times. "There are other individuals who have spoken the big lie and have put forward these defamatory statements about Dominion, but then there are also players in the media that have amplified it," he said.

He noted that the company wasn't ruling anybody out. "Obviously, this lawsuit against the president's lawyer moves one step closer to the former president and understanding what his role was and wasn't," Clare said.

The lawsuit also said that Giuliani's allegations about Dominion put its employees in danger. Its customer support number reportedly received a voicemail message that said: "We're bringing back the firing squad."

The need for heightened personal security cost Dominion $565,000, according to the lawsuit, bringing its total costs attributed to the voter fraud claims to almost $1.2 million.

Dominion also claimed Giuliani profited from his election fraud claims.

He "cashed in by hosting a podcast where he exploited election falsehoods to market gold coins, supplements, cigars and protection from 'cyberthieves,'" the company said. It quoted from a December 23 podcast in which Giuliani called the voting machines "crooked" and "calculated," and said they had cheated voters "throughout America in order to change the result of this election."

The Capitol siege on January 6 didn't affect Dominion's decision to sue Giuliani, Clare said.

Insider has contacted Giuliani's office for comment.

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Dominion sues Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion over ‘Big Lie’ about election fraud https://www.dailynews.com/2021/01/25/dominion-sues-rudy-giuliani-for-1-3-billion-over-big-lie-about-election-fraud-3/ By Katelyn Polantz | CNN

Dominion Voting Systems has sued former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for defamation after he pushed the “Big Lie” about election fraud on his podcast and TV appearances.

Dominion is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.

The lawsuit notes that while Giuliani spread falsehoods about Dominion being owned by Venezuelan communists and corrupting the election, he did not make those claims in lawsuits he pushed on behalf of Trump.

This is the second defamation lawsuit Dominion has filed in recent weeks seeking to recoup its losses following the Trump post-election disinformation campaign. The vote auditing company previously sued lawyer Sidney Powell, who pushed similar claims alongside Giuliani. The Powell lawsuit is still in its earliest stage.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Biden replaces controversial physician http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~3/KEkDOCkuViM/index.html ]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:41:27 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News White House Joe Biden Stories Biden Donald Trump 31 police officers are under investigation over their suspected involvement in the Capitol riot, as departments face pressure to weed out white nationalists http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/41kuO8krTjs/31-police-officers-investigated-suspected-capitol-riot-involvement-report-2021-1 Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

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  • At least 31 law-enforcement officers are suspected of playing a role in the Capitol riot, per the Associated Press.
  • Several off-duty cops have been found to be involved in the attack on the US government.
  • Police departments are under pressure to filter out recruits who belong to white-nationalist groups. 
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At least 31 police officers in law-enforcement agencies across the US are under investigation over their suspected role in the January 6 Capitol riot, reported the Associated Press.

In the wake of the riot, it emerged that several off-duty police officers and members of the US military had been involved in the pro-Trump protest that spiralled into attack on the US government.

Investigators are seeking to establish whether officers only attended the rally where Trump spoke, or whether they were involved in the subsequent violence at the Capitol.

A Capitol Police officer and Trump supporter were killed in the unrest, and three more people died in medical emergencies.

According to the AP, officers from Los Angeles, a small community in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are among those under investigation.

On Friday, the Seattle police said that two officers had been placed on leave while their involvement in the riot is  investigated.

Two Virginia police officers who posted a selfie inside the Capitol during the attack were also arrested and charged earlier this month.

Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson Officers Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson of Virginia were arrested after posting this selfie.

US Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia

The FBI has launched a wide-ranging investigation to identify and arrest those involved in the riot. 

Read more: I went inside the US Capitol's immense security bubble to cover the most surreal presidential inauguration of my lifetime. Here's what I saw.

The Capitol riot has also raised questions about the infiltration of police forces by white-nationalist and far-right groups.

Members of extremist movements were among the rioters on January 6, with protesters carrying flags or wearing insignia of far-right groups. 

Experts have warned that far-right infiltration of US police is a problem that has long been ignored, and that measures need to be introduced to screen potential police recruits for affiliation with white nationalist groups. 

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Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:38:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Washington Virginia US Los Angeles Trends Ap Fbi News UK Oklahoma Seattle Donald Trump Capitol Police Trump Capitol US Capitol Tom Porter Roberto Schmidt Capitol Siege Thomas Robertson Jacob Fracker US Attorney 's Office District of Columbia Pennsylvania New Hampshire
Safety first? Considering protest reasoning 10 years on from the Arab Spring http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/oupblog/~3/xwQtw-i3Od8/ Ten years ago, masses marched to Midan Tahrir in Cairo, triggering a protest movement that resulted in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. “People are fed up of Mubarak and of his dictatorship and of his torture chambers and of his failed economic policies,” an Egyptian blogger told al-Jazeera at the time: “If Mubarak is not overthrown tomorrow then it will be the day after. If it’s not the day after it’s going to be next week.”

Ten years later, Mubarak is gone, but the country remains under the tight grip of a military leader, who recently extended his rule until 2030. Since April 2017, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has upheld a state of emergency which provides his security forces, known to terrorize political opponents and ordinary citizens, with unchecked power. In 2019, Human Rights Watch reported that 2,000 independent organizations have been shut down, including the Nadeem Centre for victims of torture and violence. In December 2020, the EU warned that the human rights situation in Egypt had deteriorated sharply over the last year, citing the arbitrary detainment of 4,000 citizens, imprisonment of 60,000 people on political grounds, the systematic enforced disappearance of political opponents, grave violations to the right to  life, and more.

In this climate, could we expect new mass protests to mark the ten-year anniversary of the Arab Spring? Based on interviews with participants and non-participants in the 2011 Egyptian and Moroccan uprisings, new research investigates the cognitive processes underlying the protests. The findings show that individuals joined the uprisings based on hot, positive emotions, which translated into protest decision with great speed. In contrast, decisions to stay at home were based on slow and cool reasoning processes focused on individual safety.

Safety considerations were so strong that they encouraged large numbers of people to abstain from the Arab Spring even if individuals approved of the protests and rejected the ruling regime. In the words of a non-participant: “When people are killed, we must be careful. There are more important things than protest: safety and stability.” On the other hand, positive emotions of courage to face the government, hope that protest would succeed, solidarity with other protestors, and national pride were major contributors to the Arab Spring. These emotions were themselves triggered by the successful mass uprisings in Tunisia, unprecedented numbers of protest at home, and fellow citizens sacrificing their lives to face violent state authorities.

The current situation does not display these emotional triggers, but countless grounds for safety concerns. Nevertheless, hot cognition and emotion-based reasoning happen fast, and researchers have observed that mass protests take off very suddenly, so that they “will unavoidably continue to catch the world by surprise.” When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, nobody would have anticipated the subsequent Arab Spring. Similar triggers will occur in the Arab world, with the potential of translating into new uprisings. In the words of a Moroccan participant of the Arab Spring: “I am convinced that totalitarianism will disappear. For me it is not a question if that will happen, but how that will happen.”

Featured image: Tahrir Square, by Jonathan Rashad (CC BY 2.0)

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    Pressure is on the Biden administration to ramp up the administration of the Covid vaccines in the US, but Reuters have an exclusive report this morning on a setback – the world’s largest syringe maker does not have the capacity to substantially increase US supplies of specialty syringes needed to squeeze more doses from Pfizer vaccine vials in the coming weeks.

    The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is shipped in vials initially indicated to hold five doses. Six doses can be drawn with special syringes, called low dead space, which minimize the amount of vaccine left in the syringe after use.

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    Trump's ban on transgender people in the U.S. military is about to end, according to the AP. The news service reports that President Biden plans to reverse the 2017 prohibition this week.

    The White House could announce the move as early as Monday, according to the person briefed on the decision who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order.

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    • Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday.
    • It accused Giuliani, lawyer to former President Donald Trump, of defamation, and is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.
    • Giuliani had spread the conspiracy theory that Dominion used software to change votes in the November presidential election from Trump to Biden.
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    Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday, accusing the lawyer of defamation after he promoted the baseless conspiracy theories that Dominion was responsible for election fraud.

    The election-technology company is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages.

    In the lawsuit Dominion accused Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's lawyer, of creating a "a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion," referring to more than 50 statements he has made.

    Giuliani had claimed that Dominion and Smartmatic, a rival election-technology company, developed software that flipped votes in the November election from Trump to President Joe Biden. The allegations have been thoroughly debunked.

    The New York Times first reported on the lawsuit.

    The lawsuit should come as no surprise to Guiliani. In December, Dominion's lawyers sent a letter to Giuliani telling him to preserve documents in anticipation of an "imminent" defamation lawsuit. They also sent a similar letter to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch ally of Trump, last week.

    Giuliani is the second high-profile figure that Dominion is suing. Earlier this month, Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against the pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages, after she pushed a conspiracy theory about Dominion's machines.

    As Insider's Jacob Shamsian previously reported:

    Giuliani has for weeks propagated a conspiracy theory that Dominion was in cahoots with Smartmatic, a rival election-technology company, to develop software that changed votes for Trump in the November election to votes for Joe Biden. The allegations have no basis in reality, and judges overseeing election lawsuits have repeatedly dismissed them.

    Dominion and Smartmatic have gone on the offense in recent weeks following dozens of failed lawsuits from Trump and his allies seeking to overturn the election results. Dominion hired Clare Locke, a firm specializing in defamation lawsuits.

    The conspiracy theory - which also includes convoluted claims about China and the dead Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez - gained traction through Sidney Powell, an attorney who worked with Giuliani on the Trump campaign's legal team. Powell was kicked off the team in late November, but Giuliani has continued to make many of the same claims.

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    Biden replaces White House doctor with his longtime physician https://upstract.com/p/5h4eaw2n?ref=rss&rd=1 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 07:52:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House Biden Trump Kevin O Connor A plane was spotted flying near Mar-a-Lago with a banner taunting Trump as the 'worst president ever' http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/p5P9OdrAuvc/plane-banner-trump-mar-a-lago-resort-worst-president-ever-2021-1 Former President Donald Trump.

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    • A plane carrying a banner calling Donald Trump the "worst president ever" was spotted this weekend flying near Mar-A-Lago, his luxury Florida resort.
    • Trump has been staying at Mar-A-Lago since he left the White House.
    • Another banner told Trump "you pathetic loser go back to Moscow."
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    A plane carrying a banner labeling Donald Trump the "worst president ever" was reportedly spotted this weekend flying near Mar-a-Lago, his Florida golf resort where he has been staying since he left the White House.

    One plane was spotted with a banner reading "Trump worst president ever" while another read "Trump you pathetic loser go back to Moscow," outlets including TMZ reported.

    The banners were spotted by multiple people including Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer who published photos of the banners on Twitter.

    No one has yet claimed responsibility for funding the stunt.

    —Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) January 25, 2021

    The banner echoes a similar incident in 2018 when a man flew a paraglider over Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland in protest at the president's visit there. The paraglider trailed a message reading "Trump: well below par #resist."

    Trump was spotted golfing at Mar-a-Lago this weekend, where he has stayed since he flew out of Washington, DC, last week before President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

    According to an author of a book on the Florida resort, the mood there has become "dispirited" since Trump moved in, with wealthy members concerned that they will feature in newspaper reports about the president, who faces multiple legal issues now that he is no longer president.

    "A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago ... It's a sad place for Trump to be hanging out," Laurence Leamer, the author of 'Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace,' told MSNBC.

    Some of Trump's new neighbors are also unhappy about the prospect of Trump living at Mar-A-Lago full-time.

    A group of them last year wrote to Palm Beach officials and the US Secret Service arguing that Trump had no legal right to live at the resort, the Washington Post reported. They cited a legal precedent from an agreement he signed in 1993 to turn the residence into a members' club.

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    [Author: tcolson@businessinsider.com (Thomas Colson)]

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