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  1. WASHINGTON (AP) — The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection. At least five supporters facing federal charges have suggested they were taking orders from the then-president when they marched on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 to challenge the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. But now those comments, captured in interviews with reporters and federal agents, are likely to take center stage as Democrats lay out their case. It’s the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office. “I feel like I was basically following my president. I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there,” Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who posted a photo on Twitter of herself flashing a peace sign next to a broken Capitol window, told a Dallas-Fort Worth TV station. Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man photographed on the dais in the Senate who was shirtless and wore face paint and a furry hat with horns, has similarly pointed a finger at Trump. Chansley called the FBI the day after the insurrection and told agents he traveled “at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021,” authorities wrote in court papers. Chansley wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence that said: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” For weeks, Trump rallied his supporters against the election outcome and urged them to come to the Capitol on Jan. 6 to rage against Biden’s win. Trump spoke to the crowd near the White House shortly before they marched along Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill. “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen,” Trump said. “You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore.” “If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.” He told supporters to walk to the Capitol to “peacefully and patriotically” (after sending rudy out to say they were going to have a "trial by combat" - mh) make your voices heard. Unlike a criminal trial, where there are strict rules about what is and isn’t evidence, the Senate can consider anything it wishes. And if they can show that Trump’s words made a real impact, all the better, and scholars expect it in the trial. A retired firefighter from Pennsylvania told a friend that that he traveled to Washington with a group of people and the group listened to Trump’s speech and then “followed the President’s instructions” and went to the Capitol, an agent wrote in court papers. That man, Robert Sanford, is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three Capitol Police officers. Another man, Robert Bauer of Kentucky, told FBI agents that “he marched to the U.S. Capitol because President Trump said to do so,” authorities wrote. His cousin, Edward Hemenway, from Virginia, told the FBI that he and Bauer headed toward the Capitol after Trump said “something about taking Pennsylvania Avenue.” https://apnews.com/article/64b8fee697d922bb75727e5781af815f sadly, todays republican party is so evil and unamerican that i seriously doubt we have 17 with a conscience that would vote to convict this very dangerous man it certainly is evil incarnate if fomenting a violent insurrection that threatened the lives of many people, including congresspeople, and did kill six, is NOT enough to get someone to vote to convict thats the party and former shit president you zombies support. shameful i pray we get surprised and at least 17 decide they couldnt live with themselves if they dont do the right thing here and hold him accountable, as they should. its a looong shot, and thats pathetic
  2. Earlier this week, before Donald Trump left office in disgrace, he was heard consoling himself by saying that his fans still loved him in spite of everything. But it seems one of his most notorious and crazed supporters has abandoned him now that he no longer wields presidential power. The legal representative of Jacob Chansley—better known as the “QAnon Shaman,” who burst into the U.S. Capitol wearing furs and Viking horns—has said his client feels cheated by Trump. Attorney Al Watkins told the St. Louis NBC News affiliate KSDK: “[Chansley] regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-shaman-jacob-chansley-disowns-trump-saying-he-was-duped so if even THIS guy realizes he made a huge mistake in following don, how about the rest of you zombies that continue to pray at the altar of King Shittankhamun way past time to seek redemption? repent and be saved from braaaain waaaaashed insanity
  3. https://www.wsj.com/articles/joe-bidens-first-day-began-the-end-of-girls-sports-11611341066 I mean, who out there can't get behind this, right??? These people are CRAZY. We just go along with this shit? Thoughts?
  4. Biden wants to give parents $300 per month, per child. Parwnts with 3 kids, for example, would receive $900 per month from the government. Forever. https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/01/22/biden-childtaxcredit-stimulus/
  5. Like a charm! Fatfuk is off twitter and FB and instagram and it is glorious. The firehose of lies has stopped. love it.
  6. The systems to manufacture, distribute, and track vaccine doses set up by the Trump administration are even more broken than Biden’s COVID team feared. Twelve minutes before noon on Wednesday, President Joe Biden was sworn into office as the nation’s 46th president. Seven hours later, the United States reported more than 4,409 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, according to data collected by the COVID-19 Tracking Project. The Biden administration came into power with purpose and an extensive agenda to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but purpose and planning only gets you so far—particularly when the president’s team is only just now getting a clear picture of how badly the previous administration had managed the crisis. “What we’re inheriting from the Trump administration is so much worse than we could have imagined,” Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s COVID-19 czar, said in a call with reporters Wednesday. “We don't have the visibility that we would hope to have into supply and allocations.” “I think we have to level-set expectations,” added Tom Frieden, the former director for the Centers for Disease Control in the Obama administration. “There are lots of things that an incoming administration can do on Day One, including speaking honestly about the pandemic.” The new administration is already behind, in part because the Trump administration was unprecedentedly hostile during the transition. The question now, however, is how Biden can get a handle on a raging pandemic when his team is already so far behind. The task at hand is enormous. More than 400,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Every state, territory and the District of Columbia is in a state of emergency. The number of people infected with the virus who are now hospitalized is more than double the number reached during the spring and summer peaks. At least we won’t have a president that’s actively fighting those rules on national television. — official working with Biden COVID team It’s not just the spread of the virus that the Biden team needs to tackle. Officials will also have to confront the disinformation and misinformation about the virus that has permeated all four corners of the country—where people still believe the virus is a hoax and that public health guidelines are too great of an imposition on their personal freedom to follow. But it’s unclear what power of persuasion the Biden administration will hold and if it will be enough to convince people to take the virus more seriously. “At least we won’t have a president that’s actively fighting those rules on national television,” one official working with the new Biden COVID-19 team said. More urgently, Biden and his team will have to handle the growing frustration among states over the lack of a comprehensive vaccine-distribution program that enables them to inoculate their residents quickly. They will have to find a way to get states more vaccines needed to meet Americans’ growing demand for the shot. Biden’s COVID-19 team says the president will use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ensure that health-care facilities have what they need for personal protective equipment and to continue to scale testing across the country. Officials say Biden will also use the act and “other legal authorities” for “raw materials to ensure that bottlenecks do not slow down [vaccine] production,” Zients said, specifically mentioned the production of syringes as critical to success. It’s still unclear exactly when the president will invoke the DPA, and if the administration will lean on the legal authority for the production of supplies other than vaccine syringes. “Making vaccines is not simple, and you can't cut any corners,” Frieden said. “We'll see if there's anything more that can be done.” Biden enters office as states across the country are grappling with massive vaccine shortages. Hospitals and pharmacies have begun to run out, forcing them to cancel first and second dose appointments. Officials in states such as California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, and Arizona this week called on the federal government to not only help facilitate the shipment of additional vaccines but to clearly communicate how many doses they should expect to receive in the coming days. They’ve received no answers, according to six state health officials, all of whom requested to remain anonymous to speak more freely about the issue. Those officials said the Biden team has for weeks reached out to states to assuage their concerns about the lack of a cohesive and functioning vaccination distribution system. The Biden message to frustrated governors was simple: help is on the way. But as White House officials begin to strategize on how best to remedy the situation they are finding that the foundation on which the Trump administration built its vaccine distribution program is more flawed than previously understood, according to two individuals involved with vaccine planning. From the accounting to the way vaccines are allocated and scheduled for delivery—the system doesn’t allow for the quick movement of vaccines off the manufacturing line to state vaccine distribution points, those officials said. The former Trump administration built out the vaccine distribution process within the confines of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to fast-track a novel COVID-19 vaccine. In the first few months of its existence, Operation Warp Speed focused on development—creating the country’s first effective mRNA vaccine and supporting companies’ clinical trials. The distribution strategizing came later. Developed by the military, the plan was to have the federal government, specifically the military officials within Operation Warp Speed, lead the logistics part of the vaccine delivery. The military would not actually touch the vaccine but would instead coordinate the effort from the Pentagon. Part of that coordination required states using the Pentagon’s Tiberius system—a platform that allows local officials to input their orders and see when they will be receiving their next doses. States only had a few weeks to try out the Tiberius platform before the vaccine rollout began in December, officials said, and they were provided false projections on how many doses they would be receiving once the Pfizer vaccine became available. Two state health officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said they believe the Tiberius system is still not accurately updating and is miscounting either how many doses the companies have manufactured or how many have been allocated by the federal government. Those officials said they have yet to receive responses from federal officials about whether their most recent orders for Pfizer and Moderna jabs have been filled. Part of the confusion among states is how the newest Trump administration federal guidelines on vaccine distribution have impacted the manufacturing process. The Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Centers for Disease Control, recently released a new set of recommendations that allow states to hand out the vaccine more freely—to widen the population of who can receive the shot in the first wave. The federal government also said it would start to release doses it had originally held in reserve for second-shot dosing. The recommendations almost worked too well—they ramped up demand significantly. Now, states say they don’t have enough doses. What we’re inheriting from the Trump administration is so much worse than we could have imagined. We don't have the visibility that we would hope to have into supply and allocations. — Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s COVID czar “There were more than 12 million hits to a map of providers we posted yesterday so it is clear that many Pennsylvanians are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. “Unfortunately, we do not have enough vaccine for everyone who wants it right now.” The policy centerpiece of Biden’s attempt to turn the tide on the pandemic—and the devastating economic consequences it has also wrought—is a $1.9 trillion relief package he rolled out a week ago. It calls not only for expanded unemployment help, small business aid, and $1,400 direct checks, but $350 billion in relief aid to state and local governments to boost testing and vaccine rollout, and $20 billion and $50 billion for separate vaccine and testing initiatives, respectively. But that proposal faces an uncertain environment on Capitol Hill—particularly the Senate, where Democrats now hold the tie-breaking vote and where an impeachment trial of Trump is expected to eat up at least a week of the upcoming legislative calendar. The president’s allies fear that the trial, combined with Biden’s urgent push to confirm members of the cabinet who will help enact his efforts to control the virus, could push passage of his trillion-dollar “rescue plan“ into late spring. Democratic senators, who largely agree with Biden’s assessment that their $900 billion December relief bill was merely a “down payment” for a more expansive follow-up, are anxious to see the Senate leap into action at a pivotal moment in the country’s struggle to control the virus. “It’s the top priority,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). “My gut tells me we will do all we can to find a bipartisan accord on it. There are many pieces of the proposed package I think that will generate significant Republican support.” Biden’s transition has actively reached out to lawmakers in both parties to sell them on their plan; Kaine told The Daily Beast that the process will “really accelerate” now that Biden has been sworn in. With GOP support a must to reach the 60-vote threshold—otherwise, the legislation will be stripped down only to issues relating to government spending and revenues—the administration is making a point of courting Republicans inclined to support such a proposal. One of them, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), said as she left the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday that she had already gotten the Biden team’s pitch and a chance to directly ask them questions. “I got a pretty good walkthrough of their COVID proposal yesterday,” Murkowski told The Daily Beast. “It's going to require, I think, a fair amount of debate and consideration. But he's made it clear that this is his initial priority. I don't disagree with that. We've got an economy that's really been hurt, we've got a vaccine that needs to get distributed—we’ve got a lot of work to do.” There’s space for a deal. — Sen. Lindsey Graham A key Democratic vote, centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), told reporters on Wednesday that a bipartisan group of senators—the same cohort that pushed the last round of COVID relief out of a stalemate last year—is slated to meet with White House officials this weekend to talk about the economic side of their plan. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters he hoped that group could produce a counter-proposal, rejecting some parts of Biden’s plan—such as its raising of the federal minimum wage—out of hand. “There’s space for a deal,” he said. The willingness of senior Republicans to even contemplate a deal puts wind at Biden’s back—and justifies the prayer, invoked in his inaugural address, that a nation united in common purpose may be able to turn the tide against the virus. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation,” Biden said. “And I promise you this, as the Bible says: ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ We will get through this together. Together.”
  7. Interesting. Obama pardoned quite a few more people. 1927 vs. 237. Of course, the only ones the MSM, etc. go over with a fine tooth comb are President Trump's. Nah, no liberal, partisan bias on the part of the MSM. LOL. Priceless.
  8. lol, from "emperor" to "total failure"... even the nazis have finally caught on to what a loser fatfuk is.... After the presidential election last year, the Proud Boys, a far-right group, declared its undying loyalty to President Trump. In a Nov. 8 post in a private channel of the messaging app Telegram, the group urged its followers to attend protests against an election that it said had been fraudulently stolen from Mr. Trump. “Hail Emperor Trump,” the Proud Boys wrote. But by this week, the group’s attitude toward Mr. Trump had changed. “Trump will go down as a total failure,” the Proud Boys said in the same Telegram channel on Monday.
  9. PALM BEACH, Florida – As Joe Biden was sworn in as America's 46th president on Wednesday, talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh said he believes Democrats are fully aware the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate. "I think they know that they are not – I gotta be very careful here in the words I choose. I think they know that this is something that's been arranged rather than legitimately sought and won," Limbaugh said on his national broadcast. "They have not legitimately won it. Now, I'm on thin ice saying this. I'm making myself a target saying this, but I've been doing this for 30 years. And it's really no different today than 30 years ago. No different than last week, in terms of the way I approach this. It's almost a question of legitimacy. "I'm almost of the mind that they know that there's not a full-fledged legitimacy to this. But it doesn't matter because they're able to lie to themselves. They're able to tell themselves stories. They really don't have anybody there [at the inauguration] and they've got people replaced by 200,000 flags, 200,000 flags that have been placed on the Washington mall." "But what do you think the real truth is that they are not confident that if they open this thing up to open seating that they would be overflowing with a crowd? I don't think they think they would. I mean, nobody showed up at Joe Biden political rallies. Nobody showed up at any of the rallies of Kamala Harris. They have not throughout any of this demonstrated that they have a bond with the people that voted for them, like Trump had. They don't have anything near that. They don't have, I think, any assurance or confidence that if this were open to the public, that they'd set records for attendance." As he watched the inauguration unfold, Limbaugh imagined himself as one of the people on stage at the event. "I do not live in the lie," he explained. "I do not live in the false impression just to make myself feel better about myself or about things. I may not go public with how I don't accept it. But in the way I deal with myself, I do not allow myself to accept praise for things I haven't done, things I haven't accomplished. "So I'm watching this, I'm watching all the people that are performing and all the people that are speaking and all the people just there observing and watching. And I know they're going through a gamut of emotions. They're excited as they can be that they have vanquished Trump. They've been trying for four years. Everything they tried bombed. "Everything, every step they took blew up. It didn't work, in terms of getting rid of Trump. They retarded the speed of his agenda implementation. They did do great damage to his reputation, but they didn't get rid of him. That was the objective. The objective was to overturn the election results, and they failed. But then they finally succeeded. "But you see this is where accepting false praise comes in. They didn't really succeed. I don't think that the people on that stage today are genuinely the choice of a majority of Americans. Now, the results say they are, and they will tell themselves they are – and they will, thus, lie to themselves, something I will never do. "I just don't. I can't. I can't lie to myself about praise for things I really didn't do. They can; they're doing it. This does not set them up well. This allows them to be arrogant; it allows them to be condescending, when those two things are not really warranted and deserved." Limbaugh, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, a fellow Palm Beach resident, was severely critical of those on the political left. "These are the kind of people that demand loyalty, and when it's not there, they'll take care of it another way. Because when you boil it all down, they really don't expect loyalty. They demand it. And if you don't exhibit it, they've got other ways of dealing with you. "As I say, they're not interested in persuading anybody. It's beneath them. They want the power to deal with you regardless. Now they think they've got it. And what I'm trying to say here is that that power they think they have, I believe it's tenuous." Limbaugh aired an audio montage of media personalities who lamented the fact that at least a third of all Americans don't believe Biden is a legitimate president. "They can't believe it. They have told everybody Biden was legitimate. That's all you need to know," he said. "They are bummed that so many millions of Americans do not accept it. I'm telling you, folks, they think they took care of that, they think they have persuaded everybody. And the fact that two-thirds of Americans that didn't vote for Biden do not think he's legitimate, it bugs 'em, because it means that they're not effective in one of their primary objectives here. It really bothers 'em. "And it's this kind of reality, they're gonna sit around and they're gonna understand that all these millions of Americans are still not buying it in, and it's gonna cause them to go overboard or to overstep in their efforts to make sure you get the truth, whatever. You watch. I don't know when it's gonna happen. It may take a couple years for this to manifest itself, but it will." "When I say I think the Democrats are gonna overstep, it's not that they're gonna purposely do it, it's not that they're gonna realize they're doing it. My point is they're not gonna be able to help themselves. They're gonna make incorrect assumptions about their popularity. They always do this." LINK
  10. https://www.foxnews.com/us/anti-biden-antifa-portland-police So what's going on here, people? I was assured everything was going to calm down once Senile Joe Biden was President (illegitimate). What's Sleepy Joe going to do about these violent radicals who hate him and this country? Invite them to the White House for tea?
  11. Or to have to defend themselves. They're above it and all the "little people". Watch your backs, folks. Just a friendly tip. Do not allow these fucks to silence you.
  12. In his farewell speach today, Trump touted his so called "accomplishments" during his four years in the White House. Let's unpack that. (1) "I will build a big, beautiful wall and make Mexico pay for it". Facts: Only 80 miles of new wall were built. About 400 miles of replacement wall were built in the new easily climbable form that he eventually selected. Mexico did not pay one red centavo. (2) "I built a great economy until the 'China Virus' wrecked it." Facts: Obama/Biden inherited an economy in free fall from 8 years of George W. Bush and spent 8 years rebuilding it. It was going great guns as of 2016 and experienced naturally expected levels of growth after Trump moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Nothing that Trump, who spent most of his time as President watching Fox News and tweeting, did, contributed anything to improvement of that growth other than the rich friendly tax reforms which resulted in only a temporary bump. Further, his lack of any attempt to foster a unified federal response to the pandemic and politicization of mask wearing and distancing probably made an economic recovery more difficult to obtain. (3) " I appointed over 200 new conservative federal judges and 3 Supreme Court Justices". Facts: This is true. However, whether you consider that to be a good thing or not depends on your point of view. Good luck if you, as a powerless citizen, have a federal case in which you need a favorable ruling from a judge. I know. I used to practice in the federal courts before my retirement as an attorney. If you think that a more conservative Supreme Court will overturn Roe v Wade, think again. The right to an abortion has become so much a part of the fabric of our society that trying to again outlaw it will not succeed and will not be attempted no matter who is on the Court. (4) "I governed for all Americans". Facts: Right. You fomented hatred and divisions like no other President in American history. On the negative side we have the above described non handling and probable resulting worsening of the COVID 19 pandemic, withdrawal from the WHO and the Paris Accords, denial of science and global climate change which will increase future peril to the planet, destruction of many of our relations with our allies and fawning over dictators, telling over 30,000 lies, and more things than I have time to mention all of which was capped by fomenting and inciting an assualt on the Capitol in an attempt to overturn a confirmed and certified election. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
  13. I used to love listening to Paul Harvey on my lunch breaks. He had a way of getting a point across. I stumbled across this and thought it was worth sharing. Do with it what you want.
  14. Philip Rivers retiring from NFL after 17 seasons, including last one with Colts While the world awaits what's expected to be a retirement decision from Drew Brees, another NFL legend has opted to make his decision quickly. Philip Rivers, 39, recently noted he'd consider retirement but was also open to returning to the Indianapolis Colts for a second year, if they'd have him. Just over one week after being eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game, Rivers is instead going to hang up his cleats -- he told The San Diego Union-Tribune -- ending a 17-year NFL career that will potentially one day see him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "It's just time," Rivers said. "It's just right." The eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback already has the next step of his football life planned and ready to go. A native of Alabama, he'll take the reins as head coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "I can sit here and say, 'I can still throw it. I love to play,'" Rivers said. "But that's always going to be there. I'm excited to go coach high school football. ... What has helped me come to this (decision) is the growing desire to coach high school football. That's what I've always wanted to do. It's been growing. I can't wait." A former fourth-overall pick of the New York Giants in 2004 -- before being traded to the Chargers minutes later for Eli Manning -- Rivers was once the main attraction for NC State, and there's a certain sense of nostalgia that will forever link Rivers to Brees, now continuing with the likelihood that both will be retire in 2021. When Rivers arrived in San Diego (where the Chargers were at the time), he did so as the backup to Brees, the latter going on to suffer a career-altering shoulder injury that -- along with a dispute over a new contract -- would forever change the course of both careers. Brees joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and Rivers became the face of the franchise for the Chargers that same season, going on to earn a list of NFL honors in the process. And, needless to say, things worked out swimmingly for Brees as well, but the two will forever be tied together. Rivers' decision to retire was not only swift, but a bit of an about-face when factoring in his outlook to begin the new calendar year. "I don't want to speak in absolutes because there is still dust to be settled, whenever this season ends, and I'll talk about it with my family," he said 19 days ago. "And the Colts have their side, but I still feel the same way. I hope there is a Year 2 [in Indianapolis]. I think I'm really gonna want to play again." He will instead turn to the coaching ranks going forward and the Colts will now enter the offseason looking to resolve their QB situation for a second consecutive year, having thrown a lot of money in their attempt to do so in 2020. Rivers inked a one-year, $25 million deal in Indy after parting ways with the Chargers, and the Colts now find themselves thrust atop the QB conversation this offseason alongside potential acquisitions like Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford or, albeit unlikely, a disgruntled Deshaun Watson. It's unlikely they'll find the future at the position in the draft unless they're willing to apply for a mortgage and trade to the top of the first round, leaving their top options as a trade or to buy time with a veteran stopgap -- e.g., Andy Dalton -- something they've already shown they're not adverse to doing. Rivers rides off into the sunset with a list of achievements, but having fallen short of the one he most desperately sought to land -- a Super Bowl ring. He retires from the NFL having thrown for 63,440 yards and 421 touchdowns to 209 interceptions, and with a career record of 139 wins and 113 losses.
  15. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace shared some high praise for President Joe Biden's inaugural address to the American people on Wednesday, calling it the "best" he's ever heard. "I thought it was a great speech," Wallace said during a Fox News segment shortly after Biden was sworn in and delivered the address. "I've been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961—John F. Kennedy: 'Ask not...' I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard." Wallace described Biden's speech as like a "sermon" and a "pep talk" combined together. "It was a call to our better angels, it was a call, saying, look, we've got tremendous challenges—COVID, the economy, racial injustice, climate change—but there's nothing we can't do if we come together," the Fox News journalist explained. LINK
  16. Has there been a more corrupt evil racist incompetent person at the helm than the POS. So much for clearing out the swamp. President Trump rescinded an executive order early Wednesday morning that had limited federal administration officials from lobbying the government or working for foreign countries after they leave their posts, undoing one of the few measures he had instituted to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” Trump had signed the now-reversed executive order with much fanfare in an Oval Office ceremony in January 2017. “Most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work” after they leave government, Trump said at the time, flanked by senior aides. The order required executive branch appointees to sign a pledge that they would never work as registered foreign lobbyists, and it banned them from lobbying the federal agencies where they worked for five years after leaving the government. Ethics experts at the time noted the order had loopholes — but still offered cautious praise for Trump’s attempt at halting the revolving door that allows government employees to use their positions to land lucrative jobs in the private sector. No explanation was given for why Trump chose to rescind the order. The White House released the directive at 1:08 a.m. on the day he will leave office. It had been signed Tuesday. Government watchdog groups expressed disgust with Trump’s decision to reverse the policy in his final hours as president. “The revocation of the 5-year lobbying ban for presidential appointees is the perfect coda for the most corrupt administration in American history,” Robert Weissman, president of the group Public Citizen, said in a statement. Weissman said Trump cited the ban “to buttress his preposterous claim that he actually cared about corruption and cronyism. Now, as he exits the White House, Trump is revealing that even that signature policy was nothing more than a prop in his demagogic play-acting before the American people.” Trump largely failed to fulfill the pledges he made to change Washington’s culture, including the specific promises he made to curtail moneyed interests in a 2016 campaign speech in Green Bay, Wis. He promised he would push Congress to pass a five-year lobbying ban into law so it could not be lifted by a future president. But he never proposed such legislation. Nor did he ask Congress to impose a similar five-year lobbying ban on its members, as he had promised he would do in the speech. He also never tried to seek to “close all the loopholes” used by former government officials who get around registering as lobbyists by calling themselves “consultants” and “advisers.” And he never acted on his pledge to stop foreign lobbyists from campaign fundraising — and in fact, benefited from their financial support. Among the five pledges Trump made to “drain the swamp” and curtail the influence of lobbyists, a Washington Post review last year found that he sought to address only two — through the executive order in January 2017 that he has now reversed. Meanwhile, Trump gave wealthy donors ample access to him and his top aides, holding pricey fundraisers where supporters personally pitched him on their ideas. He also forced the government to spend money at his private hotels as he and his family traveled around the globe. And he sidestepped rules that had been designed to prevent nepotism, allowing his son-in-law to serve in a top government role.
  17. It's time for the racists, xenophobes, homophobes, and bigots of all kinds to go back to the holes you crawled out of. Uh Buh bye MAGATs!
  18. THOUSANDS Lined the streets of Palm Beach, Florida today to welcome President Trump home from the DC Swamp. After four long years of constant and unprecedented attacks by Democrats, their fake news media it must feel good to be back in Florida. LINK
  19. Beautiful day, ain't it? Amazing. Your Great PRESIDENT BIDEN is now here to clear 4 years of utter incompetence. Hopefully the jail cell awaits the evil corrupt racist.
  20. A flurry of orders and actions coming in first 11 days Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul. Overshadowing everything at the very start is Biden's effort to win congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the coronavirus and the economic misery it has caused. But climate change, immigration, health care and more will be competing for attention — and dollars. Altogether Biden has laid out an ambitious if not always detailed set of plans and promises across the range of public policy. Drawn from a review of his campaign statements and a recent memo from Ron Klain, who'll be his chief of staff, here's a sampling of measures to expect right away, around the corner and beyond: ON WEDNESDAY After the inauguration, mostly by executive action: Rejoin Paris climate accord Declaration that the U.S. is rejoining Paris climate accord. Rejoin WHO Declaration that the U.S. is rejoining World Health Organization. New ethical standards Ethical standards for his administration and an order prohibiting interference in the operations of the Justice Department from other parts of government. Restore 100 public health, environmental rules Start of a process to restore 100 public health and environmental rules that the Obama administration created and President Donald Trump eliminated or weakened. Start process of rejoining Iran nuclear deal Start of a process to rejoin the deal restraining Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. End Muslim travel ban Executive action to end travel restrictions on people from a variety of Muslim-majority countries. Protect DACA children Executive action to protect from deportation people who came to the country illegally as children. Mask mandate on federal property Executive action to make masks mandatory on federal property and when travelling out of state. Others will be asked to wear masks for 100 days. Extend eviction/foreclosure restrictions Steps to extend pandemic-era restrictions on evictions and foreclosures. Propose gun liability legislation Legislation to go to Congress proposing to repeal liability protections for gun manufacturers and tightening some other aspects of gun control. Propose immigration legislation with pathway to citizenship Immigration legislation to go to Congress as part of an effort to offer a path to citizenship for 11 million people in the U.S. illegally and to codify protections for people who came illegally as children. Extend pause on student loan payments, interest Education Department to be asked to extend the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for millions with student debt. ON THURSDAY On Biden's first full day in office: New steps to expand virus testing Executive action laying out new steps to expand virus testing, protect workers and set new public health standards. ON FRIDAY On Biden's second full day: Economic relief directive to agencies Directive to agencies to take unspecified immediate action to deliver economic relief from the pandemic. BY FEB. 1 "Buy American" executive actions Executive actions to strengthen "buy American" provisions. Climate change executive actions Executive actions to address climate change. Expand access to health care for segments of population First steps to expand access to health care, for low-income women, women of color and other segments of the population. Steps to reunite families separated at border First steps to reunite families still separated at the Mexican border. AND BEYOND ... Some may be tried sooner: — Ensure 100 million vaccines have been given before the end of his first 100 days. — Ensure 100 federally supported vaccination centers are up and running in his first month. — Expand use of the Defense Production Act to direct the manufacture of critical pandemic supplies. — Win passage of a $2 trillion climate package to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. — Seek passage of a "Medicare-like public option" to compete alongside private insurance markets for working-age Americans; increase existing premium subsidies. — Eliminate certain corporate tax cuts where possible, by executive action, while doubling the levies U.S. firms pay on foreign profits. — Make a plan within 100 days to end homelessness. — Expand legal immigration slots. — Freeze deportations for 100 days, then restore the Obama-era principle of deporting foreigners who are seen as posing a national security threat or who have committed crimes in addition to the crime of illegal entry, thereby pulling back the broad deportation policy of the Trump years. — Halt financing of further construction of the wall along the Mexican border. — Within 100 days, establish a police oversight commission to combat institutional racism by then. — Reinstate federal guidance, issued by Obama and revoked by Trump, to protect transgender students' access to sports, bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. — Ensure taxes are not raised on anyone making under $400,000. — Restore Obama-era rules on campus sexual misconduct and a policy that aimed to cut federal money to for-profit colleges that left students with heavy debt they can't pay back. — Support legislation to make two years of community college free and to make public colleges free for families with incomes below $125,000, with no repayment of student loans required for people who make less than $25,000 a year and, for others, no repayment rate above 5% of discretionary income. — Support increasing the national minimum wage to $15. — Try to win passage of a plan to spend $700 billion boosting manufacturing and research and development. — Establish a commission to study expanding the Supreme Court.
  21. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said in an interview Saturday that Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s are among the retailers that will stop selling his products due to his continued support of conspiracy theories related to President Donald Trump’s election loss. Lindell, whose company is based in Chaska, Minnesota, made the announcement while talking with conservative commentator Brian Glenn on the Right Side Broadcasting Network. “I just got off the phone with Bed Bath & Beyond. They’re dropping MyPillow. Just got off the phone not five minutes ago. Kohl’s, all these different places,” Lindell said. “These [companies], they’re scared, like a Bed Bath & Beyond, they’re scared. They were good partners. In fact, I told them, ‘You guys come back anytime you want.'” Both companies confirmed the decision to cease carrying the brand Tuesday, but cited flagging sales rather than Lindell’s actions or his support for Trump. “There has been decreased customer demand for MyPillow,” Kohl’s said in an email. Lindell has continued to push bogus claims of election fraud since Trump’s loss to President-elect Joe Biden in the presidential race. MyPillow’s logo was also prominently featured on TrumpMarch.com, a website that promoted the Jan. 6 events in Washington, in which rioters stormed the Capitol. That has led people to flock to social media and put pressure on stores carrying MyPillow to drop the brand. Lindell said products have also been pulled from online furniture store Wayfair and Texas supermarket chain HEB. Neither company responded to a request for comment. “They’re succumbing to the pressure from these attacks,” Lindell said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m one of their best-selling products ever. They’re going to lose out. It’s their loss if they want to succumb to the pressure.” Lindell said he doesn’t regret his election claims or his support of Trump, who he said he first met in 2016. “I stand for what’s right,” said Lindell, who created the MyPillow in 2004. “I’m standing firm.” LINK
  22. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — MyPillow CEO and President Donald Trump supporter Mike Lindell said to CBS News that he’d welcome a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, which is threatening to sue Lindell for slander over his election fraud claims. In an interview with CBS News’ Sara Cook Monday, Lindell said that the lawsuit would allow him to show the world that the presidential election was rigged. “I want them to sue me. Please. Because I have all the evidence, 100%. I want all the American people and the world to see the horrific things that these (Dominion voting) machines are capable of and what they did to our country and what — they’re allowing other countries to steal our election and just to hijack our election,” Lindell said. Dominion sent legal letters to Lindell in December and early January over his false and conspiratorial claims about the machines being “rigged” or influencing the results of the U.S. Presidential election. Lindell was spotted at the White House Friday. The Republican donor, who has informally advised President Donald Trump, was seen leaving the West Wing carrying pages of notes that appear to outline a series of recommendations. Lindell confirmed to CNN’s Jim Acosta that he did meet with Trump for about five minutes on Friday and said he had tried to hand the President what he described as evidence of voter fraud. Lindell said in an interview Saturday that Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s are among the retailers that will stop selling his products due to his continued support of conspiracy theories related to President Donald Trump’s election loss. MyPillow is based in Chaska, Minnesota. LINK
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