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In 2020, Black trans people 'confronted trauma in real time.' Here's how nonprofits helped
Some, like The Okra Project, created funds to pay for therapy sessions for Black trans people. Bridging the gap and offering supportLiving as a Black trans person can induce anxiety on a regular day, one Black trans person said. “This work is so important for [Black trans people] to be out on the street, to remain active and activated,” Stewart said. There are resources available for Black trans people, but it's not enough, said according to Francisco, the youth services coordinator. Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual aid-based organization that helps Black trans women in New York and New Jersey access safe transportation.
For Black Women, Rest Is an Act of Resistance and Radical Self-Love
2020 illuminated the undeniable fact that Black women are the leaders of activism and justice globally. As racial fatigue and trauma continue to reverberate within our bodies, Black women are forging new paths to freedom that is rooted in self-love, where rest is the resistance required to continue our fight for justice and healing. Black women are turning inward, intently focused on the necessity of rest as a form of radical self-love. Rest in the form of resistance can include naps because our bodies benefit from sleep and relaxation. Black women, it's time you go get your rest.
She Went From Running A Bar In A Small Town To Being Charged With Conspiracy In An Attempted Coup
Watkins, Siniff said, began 2020 hopeful about the bar she’d rechristened the Jolly Roger, but COVID put her business in a perilous state. Last summer, the small paramilitary group Watkins formed, the Ohio State Regular Militia, was patrolling Louisville amid protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor. By the fall, she was answering a call from the Oath Keepers to travel to Washington, DC, in support of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. It was there that she saw an interview with Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, who has been a regular guest on Infowars for years. Rhodes, a former paratrooper who later went to Yale Law School, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009.
Protests in Tacoma after officer drove into crowd
The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. Some set fires near where the incident occurred and one video showed protesters burning an American flag. Video Transcript- Protests erupted in Tacoma, Washington, overnight--- Oh my god! The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. And one video showed protesters burning an American flag.
Gladwell’s ‘Talking to Strangers’ a far-flung survey of the fairly obvious
The first was that, in analyzing strangers, we “default to truth” — that is, we’re trusting and generally assume that people are honest. I first read his latest, “Talking to Strangers,” a few weeks ago in a couple of gulps. Is New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell a master of the obvious or the king of the counterintuitive? “That is the world we live in today,” Gladwell insists, meaning a world of people foreign to one another. Advertisement“The death of Sandra Bland is what happens when a society does not know how to talk to strangers,” Gladwell suggests, a conclusion at once triumphant, regretful, and vaguely unsatisfying.
The amazing, terrifying fantasy world of the Fox News viewer
As Matt Gertz, writing for Media Matters, notes, its coverage and fealty to the Trump administration provided record viewership for Fox News. The following will hopefully help describe that person, as based on my own observations (with help from highlighted sources):Unsurprisingly, the typical Fox News viewer is white and male. Our Fox News viewer believes that the Black Lives Matter movement is as violent or more violent than the Ku Klux Klan. At the same time he believes Democrats are plotting to outlaw the possession of firearms. Fox viewers are taught over and over to believe they’re under constant assault and must therefore continue tuning in, for the good of themselves and the nation.
Timeline of the events leading up to Jan. 6 insurgency shows Trump engaged in multiple coup attempts
? Nov. 06—Trump campaign seeks volunteers to engage in election fraud in Pennsylvania by submitting late ballots. ? Nov. 10—William Barr authorizes U.S. attorneys to pursue false claims of election fraud, triggering resignation of DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch, Richard Pilger. Trump calls for MAGA revolt. Brian Kemp reminds Trump that election fraud is illegal after Trump posts series of tweets attempting to get Kemp to overturn election results. ? January 067:30 AM—Lauren Boebert tweets “Today is 1776.”8:17 AM— Trump once again tweets lies about election fraud.
Overnight News Digest January 26, 2021
White residents, even as a minority, often vote as a bloc and drown out the voices of Black and brown voters. “There’s no shot against anybody because they’re a white man or a white woman. Houston Chronicle: Harris County rolls out 'Ready Harris' COVID-19 vaccine portal by Alison MedleyIt can be a confusing, frustrating challenge for many Houstonians trying to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Harris County. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be like the Hunger Games. The process will no longer be implemented on a first-come, first-serve basis, a Harris County Health press release stated.
Chaos agent: Right-wing blames US Capitol riot on notorious instigator banished by Black Lives Matter
So who is John Sullivan, and what was his connection, if any, to Black Lives Matter and the wider left-wing activist community? Among the pro-Trump activists leading the charge against John Sullivan in Utah is his own brother, James Sullivan. James Sullivan is a Black Republican, inheriting the rigidly conservative political line of the white Mormon parents that adopted him. Like so many other right-wing activists, James Sullivan has been determined to pin the violence on leftist Antifa infiltrators. I learned about the unusual meeting between Cisneros and Sullivan from local BLM activists tracking John Sullivan’s movements in DC.
DC National Guard Chief: Pentagon Restricted Quick Response to Capitol Attack
Local National Guard commanders usually have the ability to take responsive actions when lives are at risk or significant property damage is possible in certain scenarios, particularly when it isn’t possible to obtain approval quickly. “All military commanders normally have immediate response authority to protect property, life, and in my case, federal functions — federal property and life. A detailed timeline of the day’s events shows that the Pentagon took about an hour and a half to approve requests for the National Guard to respond to the Capitol breach, according to reporting from The Hill. “We all know that’s true — and it’s unacceptable.”The D.C. National Guard wasn’t the only agency that didn’t prepare enough for the Capitol breach that took place on January 6, which resulted in the death of five individuals. Many believe Trump is to blame for having instigated his loyalists to attack the Capitol.
Dearborn City Council votes to remove Hubbard name from city ballroom
In addition to the Hubbard Ballroom at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Michigan Avenue, the mayor's name is located around the city including Hubbard Drive near Fairlane Town Center. Hachem and other residents said it was a "cancel culture" decision by the City Council. "We're doing a disservice to the rest of the Hubbard family that provided decades and decades of service, not only to Dearborn but to Wayne County. Many of the Hubbard family still reside in Dearborn. In many respects, he was a very good mayor and did a lot of good things for the city.
What Europe can learn from the US about fighting racism
As Europe seeks to reboot transatlantic relations with the United States, one urgent common challenge should — but is not — on the long list of priorities: tackling racism. Moral arguments for addressing racism have always been robust; the political will and sense of urgency too often missing. But when it comes to addressing racism, the new U.S. president is already far better positioned than his European counterparts. The EU, meanwhile, is being held back in its fight against racism by a lack of racial diversity in its own ranks. Europe’s struggle to eliminate years of racism, unconscious bias and discriminatory practices is going to be long.
Thousands of Australians defy virus rules to mark 'Invasion Day'
Police said five people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer, but praised the crowds as largely peaceful. Some waved Aboriginal flags, while others held aloft signs including “No Pride in Genocide” and “You are on Stolen Land”. A woman holds up a placard as thousands of people attend an Australia Day protest in Melbourne on Tuesday. The debate around Australia Day — which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 — has grown increasingly heated debate in recent years. A person is arrested by police as protesters on Australia Day demand that the country’s national day be changed, as the date marks the arrival of Britain’s first fleet and subsequent colonization of indigenous Australians, at a march in Sydney on Tuesday.
Biden's racial remedies: ‘An extraordinary first step’
Biden administration officials say the executive orders are but one of several steps the president plans to take to battle racial disparities. It’s why both Biden and racial justice advocates demanding change view the executives orders the same way: as a good first step. Led by former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, the council will focus its efforts largely on racial equity. When he signed the executive orders, Biden also called for restoration and expansion of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would protect voter access. Organizers with the Movement for Black Lives say the Biden-Harris administration has warmed up to them — to a point.
After prison beating, Biden says U.S. must end private prison business
After many controversial incidents with private prisons, President Biden is pulling America out of the private prison business in a significant break with what Trump’s administration had done. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber is joined by Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson to discuss the significance of this action.
Proud Boys under growing scrutiny in Capitol riot investigation
At least six members of the organization have now been charged in connection with the riot, including one of its top-ranking leaders, Joseph Biggs. Several members of both organizations have already been charged in connection with the Capitol attack, including three defendants who stand accused of the most severe conspiracy allegations leveled so far. Investigators involved in the Capitol attack have also focused their attention on the chairman of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. On the day of the attack, Tarrio took to Parler, calling members of the Proud Boys who took part in it “revolutionaries” and urging them not to leave. House Democrats have accused the former president of inciting the riot, which led to the deaths of five people, including one Capitol Police officer.
Defund the Mounties? Native peoples call for changes to Canada’s policing
“Definitely systemic racism – just, you know, he was a native,” says his niece. So when Brenda Lucki, the RCMP commissioner, denied systemic racism in the force, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stepped in. In an Angus Reid poll from the fall, 63% say that systemic racism is a serious problem for the RCMP. He says he never witnessed systemic racism, in the sense of one that permeates an entire organization. They also want more funding for their own resources to lessen dependence on the RCMP, Mr. Ginnish says.
BLM Movement Co-Founder on Biden’s Executive Orders: It’s a nod but more to do on racial equity
Black Lives Matter Movement Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors calls President Biden’s executive orders on racial equity ‘a nod’ but "there's so much more to do and we will push this administration to do it."
Russian Media Loves Protests—as Long as They Are Pro-Trump
While Russian government officials and Kremlin-controlled state media condemned domestic protests, pro-Trump rioting in the United States was met with their total approval. Russian state media dutifully repeated Trump’s lies about a “stolen election” and disseminated information about the planned “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6th. Inspired by Trump’s false claims and rhetoric, generously amplified by the Russian state media, Russian speakers in the United States took part in the unsuccessful uprising that deeply wounded U.S. democracy—and subsequently delivered an infusion of fresh disinformation right back to Moscow, as “eyewitnesses” and first-hand participants. While domestic protests were widely condemned, events in the United States were viewed and portrayed through an entirely different lens, especially in light of the backchannel between the pro-Trump rioters and the Russian state media. Is it possible for us to expel those U.S. officials who maintain contacts with the organizers of the protests?” Zakharova coyly replied: “I’d rather not answer, we’re only getting started.”
This Biden pick for a top civil-rights job has an ugly history of hate
Clarke was an easy pick for Biden to join the Department of Justice along with attorney-general-nominee Judge Merrick Garland. As president of the Harvard Black Students Association, she invited author Tony Martin to speak on campus, despite his rabid anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In recent years, we’ve seen that Republican nominees for office haven’t been given a pass for allegations about their youth. But her radical past and belief that anti-Semites who are black women deserve a pass mean she doesn’t deserve the job. More important, if Joe Biden means what he says about opposing hate, there should be no room in his administration for her.
Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump's autocratic legacy
Engagement in public life in the U.S. has always carried risk, with public officials of both parties, journalists and even movie stars often the target of death threats and intimidation. Story continuesOver the past few years, scholars and experts have warned that the U.S. is at risk of widespread political violence and democratic instability. By the end of 2020, experts were raising the alarm that the country was spinning toward political violence. The Republican Party – with a few notable exceptions – embraced Donald Trump’s post-election rhetoric and the massive lie about election fraud. Republican Party members defend their actions by claiming they are legitimate efforts to protect democracy.
Biden’s Early Move to Deliver on His Promise of Racial Equity
Elected officials may not be able to change the hearts and minds of Americans when it comes to racial equity. Racial equality was a key element in Biden's very decision to run in 2020, he has said. The growth of the Black Lives Matter movement after numerous cases of Black people dying in police custody has brought renewed attention to racial discrimination and inequity in criminal justice. But polling shows there are still deep divisions – along both party and racial lines – on matters involving racial justice. Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, called Biden's plan "a great initial start," telling MSNBC that Blacks "are taxpaying citizens.
Judge in George Floyd trial denies request to use 16 past incidents as evidence against former Minneapolis police officers
Evidence related to 16 incidents involving former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death, as well as evidence related to Floyd's prior arrest and conviction, cannot be brought up at trial, a judge ruled in an order made public Tuesday. The officers put the man in a position "consistent with training," and Chauvin rode with the man to the hospital. Prosecutors also sought to admit evidence of nine incidents involving Thao and one incident involving Kueng, but Cahill denied the motions. The state moved to admit evidence that Thao falsified a police report, attempted to manipulate a domestic abuse victim and more. Prosecutors also sought to admit evidence of an incident involving Kueng's use of force and restraint techniques.
People are turning in family members, ex-romantic partners they recognize in Capitol riot footage
Not long after the riot, insurrectionists knew they could be in trouble, with their largely unmasked faces in clear view, especially to family members and friends thousands of miles away. Reffitt allegedly said he would "do what he had to do" to his own family members in such an event, prompting the young man to ask: "Are you threatening us?" "I got in contact with the FBI after the Capitol riots about my dad," the younger Reffitt told KDFW. "I definitely feel like they should be held accountable for their actions," Helena Duke told NBC News. It’s like a betrayal of your family and you want to keep your family values whole."
These crowdsourced maps will show exactly where surveillance cameras are watching
advertisement advertisementAmnesty International is producing a map of all the places in New York City where surveillance cameras are scanning residents’ faces. Starting in May, volunteers will be able to use a software tool to identify all the facial recognition cameras within their view—like at an intersection where numerous cameras can often be found. It wasn’t immediately paired with facial recognition, but the surveillance hardware was in place. A database used by local law enforcement may use both license plate images and facial images from social media in an investigation of criminal suspects. The event caused a public outcry because it was another example of facial recognition being used indiscriminately against people of color.
Brands Tap This Startup for Greater Representation at the College Recruitment Stage
As Black Lives Matter protests reached a fever pitch last year following the death of George Floyd, it wasn’t long before the conversation turned to the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in many workplaces.
Michelle Obama Gives Special Shout-Out To 'Fierce' UCLA Gymnast Nia Dennis
Dennis helped her school’s team clinch a win over Arizona State University after her floor routine earned her a score of 9.950 out of a possible 10. Her performance, which featured music by Kendrick Lamar, Tupac and Missy Elliott, was a celebration of Black culture , she said. UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis can now add former first lady Michelle Obama to her list of admirers. The gymnast told The Lily in an article published Tuesday that her intention to spotlight Black culture in her now-viral routine was inspired by Black Lives Matter protests. “They had a huge impact on Black culture, which has also had a huge impact on me.
People are turning in family members, ex-romantic partners they recognize in Capitol riot footage
Not long after the riot, insurrectionists knew they could be in trouble, with their largely unmasked faces in clear view, especially to family members and friends thousands of miles away. Reffitt allegedly said he would "do what he had to do" to his own family members in such an event, prompting the young man to ask: "Are you threatening us?" "I got in contact with the FBI after the Capitol riots about my dad," the younger Reffitt told KDFW. "I definitely feel like they should be held accountable for their actions," Helena Duke told NBC News. It’s like a betrayal of your family and you want to keep your family values whole."
The North Face Puts the Latest Road Running Tech on the Trail
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic started and outdoor activities became one of the safest ways to exercise, trail running was growing in popularity. In a report published in February 2020, the Sports and Fitness Industry Association recorded an average 8 percent year-over-year increase in trail running participants. Photograph: Ivey Photography StudioToday, the North Face is debuting the Flight Vectiv, a trail running shoe with a carbon-fiber plate inside. Rock and RollTo help test and develop the new trail shoe, the North Face worked with elite ultra runners like Kaytlyn Gerbin and Dylan Bowman. Photograph: Mathis DumasA few weeks before the launch, the North Face sent me a pair to try.
D&D Must Grapple With the Racism in Fantasy
Removing fantasy racism from D&D would take more than a pore vacuum; think somewhere between a chemical peel and reconstructive surgery. D&D is a fantasy game, and fantasy has this unfortunate obsession with an anti-intellectual sort of ethnography. D&D cocreator Gary Gygax’s nods toward fantasy forefather Tolkien—including elves, dwarves, halflings (hobbits), and orcs—were so obvious that Tolkien Enterprises threatened to take copyright action. Helen Young, author of Race and Popular Fantasy Literature, has cataloged the prevalence of fantasy racism across countless fantasy media. “I ended up finding that it’s rare for a fantasy world not to have an idea of race or racism built into it,” says Young, particularly in the way that fantasy heroes and beauties are often coded as white.
A former US ambassador is taking Google and Apple to court for hosting messaging service Telegram on their app stores
A former US ambassador is suing Apple and Google for hosting messaging app Telegram. In two lawsuits, Marc Ginsberg claims Telegram has been used to incite racist violence. A former US ambassador is suing Apple and Alphabet for hosting the encrypted messaging platform Telegram on their app stores, claiming it is "being used to intimidate, threaten and coerce members of the public." Encrypted messaging apps Telegram and Signal each saw a significant uptick in downloads after the Parler bans occurred, peaking at 9 million and 7.5 million a week, respectively. Insider approached Google, Apple, and the Coalition for a Safer Web for further comment.
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation
Investigators involved in the Capitol attack have also focused their attention on the chairman of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. Mr. Tarrio, who lives in Miami, was scheduled to attend the march in Washington but was thrown out of the city by a judge the day before it happened. Dominic Pezzola, a Proud Boy from Rochester, N.Y., was in the first wave of rioters to breach the Capitol, prosecutors say, and stands accused of shattering a window with a plastic police riot shield. “Obviously, they didn’t help our cause,” Mr. Tarrio said. On the day of the attack, Mr. Tarrio took to Parler, calling members of the Proud Boys who took part in it “revolutionaries” and urging them not to leave.
Why Is This Happening? Highlighting the problem of political hobbyism with Eitan Hersh: podcast and transcript
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California man charged with making threats against family of congressman and a journalist
A California man was arrested Tuesday after federal authorities said he sent threatening text messages to family members of a New York City congressman and journalist. "We are nearby armed and ready," the suspect allegedly said in one text described in the document. “Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words. In the text to the lawmaker's brother, authorities said Lemke wrote: “your words have consequences. Members of Lemke's family could not be reached for comment at several publicly listed phone numbers for them in Northern California on Tuesday afternoon.
White rioters at the Capitol got police respect. Black protestors got rubber bullets.
Violence against Black protesters who condemn those killings is almost a matter of course, an expected and planned-for outcome when too many Black people gather in one place. White citizenship comes with certain protections, a trust and a belief that the rights laid out in the Constitution apply to you, point blank and period. Meanwhile, Black citizenship, in its fullest sense, remains an aspiration, if not a myth. The disparate treatment of white and Black protesters, agitators or rioters is just one consistent example. Yet, instead of the kind of state-sanctioned violence by police in the last seven months, white rioters at the Capitol were treated like patriots rather than thugs.
The Meaning of January 6, 2021
Others among the “Fight for Trump” crowd, buying into the “Wild Time” promised by the presidential twitter feed, were independent contractors, self-employed professionals, the pettiest of the petty bourgeoisie. This dangerous militia-like presence in the Trump crowd no doubt provided a good part of its discipline and preparedness. The result was that when the Trump crowd proceeded to the Capitol, it had something of a cakewalk. Race was undoubtedly an important component of this political disaffection, but a lot more was also swirling in the witch’s brew on which the Trump crowd was drunk and disorderly. Many white protesters have found themselves on the wrong, and occasionally lethal, side of law’s vengeance.
The Biden administration’s early plans for racial equity, explained
Before taking office, President Joe Biden promised that racial justice would be one of the four “compounding crises” he’d tackle in his first days on the job. “Historically, whenever this country made major gains around racial justice and equity, it was because social movements led the government. Significant movement around racial justice and equity has never come from the White House, but we are encouraged they’re paying attention. Biden’s equity order also emphasizes that the administration is looking for ways to expand its communication with community-based organizations and civil rights organizations. “He’s shining a spotlight on equity and racial justice early on, and that’s a good thing,” Mitchell told Vox.
Joe Biden Is Aiming To End The Federal Use Of Private Prisons
President Joe Biden is directing the Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons, as part of a slew of executive orders focused on racial equity he is signing Tuesday. The Biden administration will not enter new contracts with private prisons, according to a senior administration official. Susan Rice said that the executive order would only apply to Department of Justice facilities and not to Department of Homeland Security facilities, like private ICE detention centers. “It addresses the Department of Justice prisons in the first instance and is silent on what may or may not transpire with ICE facilities,” Rice told reporters. Biden had promised to make racial equity a central part of his presidency on the campaign trail and during his inauguration last week.
New footage shows police questioning Kyle Rittenhouse after his arrest
The mother of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse worried that her son would be labeled a white supremacist on the night of his arrest, according to a newly released police video that also shows the teen gunman sobbing. “With everything going on social media, it’s all blown up as cops against the thing,” his mom, Wendy Rittenhouse, said inside the Antioch police station. “You have to look at that point because you’re already being labeled a white supremacist gun person. “Mom, mom, look at me,” Rittenhouse, now 18, is heard telling her. Last week, a Wisconsin judge added new restrictions to his bail conditions after footage surfaced online of Rittenhouse drinking at a bar with his parents and flashing a white supremacist hand signal.
California man charged with making threats against family of congressman and journalist
A California man was arrested Tuesday after federal authorities said he sent threatening text messages to family members of a New York City congressman and journalist. “Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words. In the text to the lawmaker's brother, authorities said Lemke wrote: “your words have consequences. You are putting your family at risk. He is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday.
Biden promotes racial equity for Asian Americans in wake of Trump's anti-China talk
President Biden answers questions from reporters Monday at the White House complex. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)President Biden will take action Tuesday to disavow another aspect of his predecessor's legacy — racial animus toward Asian Americans, which rose sharply during a pandemic that President Trump blamed on "the China virus." Another executive order will reinstate and expand a fair-housing regulation from 2015 that Trump repealed last year. "We'll hold the federal government accountable for advancing equity for families across America," Susan Rice, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, told reporters. The White House announced the creation of a task force to help reduce "domestic violent extremism," but offered few additional details.
Postering the city with literature and Black feminism
She wanted to open a conversation between her art and the city, her art and other Black artists, her art and everyday Bostonians. “The other part of this is to get people intrigued by the idea of interacting with Black feminism and Black feminist literature,” said Gray, who founded the two-year-old Print Aint Dead initiative to promote accessibility to works by Black writers. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe StaffGray’s artworks, complete with QR codes that link to Black feminist writings, have been posted in public spaces across the city; Dorchester Art Project and Black Market Nubian are the first installation sites. “A lot of people feel like they have to be in school, or they have to be an academic to talk about Black feminism and they don’t,” she said. The project still takes up space with Black feminism, which is especially important following 2020.
Grindr fined £8.6m in Norway over sharing personal information
Grindr has been fined 100m krone (£8.6m) by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority after an investigation revealed the dating app was sharing deeply personal information with advertisers, including location, sexual orientation and mental health details. The fine is 10% of Grindr’s global annual revenue and is particularly high because of the personal nature of the information shared. The Data Protection Authority has clearly established that it is unacceptable for companies to collect and share personal data without users’ permission,” said Finn Myrstad, the director of digital policy in Norway’s Consumer Council (NCC). Grindr argued that sexual orientation, a specially protected category of data, was not exposed by selling its users’ data, since some of them may be straight. However, more fines may be in the pipeline for Grindr as it lately claims an unlawful ‘legitimate interest’ to share user data with third parties – even without consent.
Two Southwest Florida Trumpers on the Capitol attack: 'Revolution' or 'setup'?
Alfie OakesAlfie Oakes is well known in Southwest Florida as a farmer and grocer emphasizing organic produce—and lately as an outspoken political activist. Oakes was there when, incited by Trump, the rally turned into a riot and an attack on the Capitol building. I watched with my own eyes as Capitol police invited happy and enthusiastic Trump supporters into the Capitol. I have supported President Trump since he descended the escalator.” She called him “the greatest president ever” and took positions against abortion and gun regulation. We delivered a landslide victory for President Trump.
D.C. National Guard commander says he wasn't allowed to respond to Capitol insurgency
As The Washington Post reports, local National Guard commanders usually have the authority to act on their own when an emergency situation occurs. Instead they were put in place over the summer, after guard helicopters were used to buzz Black Lives Matter protests. These actions, and aggressive deployment of thousands of National Guard forces during the protests following the police murder of George Floyd, raised concerns at the Pentagon. In most states, those concerns didn’t translate into significant changes, but in D.C. the guard is controlled through a process that can already be confusing. Former secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told the Post that, “After June, the authorities were pulled back up to the secretary of defense’s office.
Biden promotes racial equity for Asian Americans in wake of Trump’s anti-China talk
The directive will also spur federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services to examine whether there are xenophobic references in policies, memoranda or public guidelines from the Trump administration and, if found, to remove them. Another executive order will reinstate and expand a fair-housing regulation from 2015 that Trump repealed last year. AdvertisementThe senior administration official, who briefed reporters on the orders Tuesday morning, said racial equity is a value that Biden is looking to embed throughout the executive branch. Such comments were consistent with a pattern of rhetoric that seemed intended to animate and deepen racial divisions. The White House announced the creation of a task force to help reduce “domestic violent extremism,” but offered few additional details.
Black-owned fashion label Telfar wins design award for popular shopping bag
Black-owned fashion label Telfar has won the Fashion Design of 2020 award from London’s Design Museum for its vegan-leather, gender neutral shopping bag, capping off a change-making period for the brand. The Telfar shopping bag has doubled as a celebrity favourite (fans include Solange, Issa Rae and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and a symbol of the brand’s community-led outlook. Since designer Telfar Clemens and his business partner Babak Radboy created the label in 2005, the duo have been early outliers in fashion’s inner circle. “Telfar Clemens believes in ‘living your fashion life’ – that is, being who you are on a day-to-day basis.”Telfar Clemens, the brand’s founder, earlier this month. Photograph: Julien M Hekimian/Getty Images for GapEmbossed with the TC [Telfar Clemens] logo, the award-winning shopping bag was dubbed the ‘Bushwick Birkin’ to articulate that this “it” bag wasn’t just for a chosen few.
Biden’s planned actions on racial equity, explained
Before taking office, President Joe Biden promised that racial justice would be one of the four “compounding crises” he’d tackle in his first days on the job. “Historically, whenever this country made major gains around racial justice and equity, it was because social movements led the government. Significant movement around racial justice and equity has never come from the White House. Biden’s equity order also emphasizes that the administration is looking for ways to expand its communication with community-based organizations and civil rights organizations. “He’s shining a spotlight on equity and racial justice early on, and that’s a good thing,” Mitchell told Vox.
HS girls basketball star Destiny Adams forbidden from wearing Black Lives Matter shirt
The school board ruled the shirts must only reflect the school name. Destiny, who is Black, said board members "already had a set decision before I even spoke" at last Wednesday's meeting. That shirt was not discussed by the school board. Black Lives Matter protests became common throughout the country last summer after the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer planted his knee in the back of Floyd's neck. 'A very proud mom moment'Athletes across the country have voiced support or worn emblems for Black Lives Matter, including in the NBA, WNBA and NCAA.
I'm A First-Generation Indian-American Woman. I Married Into A Family Of Trump Supporters.
Two young Black men, their clothes torn, their bodies bloodied and broken, hang by their necks from a tree. I learned that the white woman they had supposedly raped later testified that nothing of the sort had ever happened. There, I learned that he came from a small-town conservative white Midwestern family whose beliefs he had gradually come to disavow. My father had been born into a poor and middle-caste farm family on the edge of Bihar, India’s poorest state. Family from India flew out to Wisconsin, and his family enthusiastically showed up in traditional lehengas and saris.
Thousands defy Covid rules and strip off to swimwear for beers in the sun to mark Australia Day
AdvertisementThousands of Australians packed the beaches on Tuesday to celebrate their national day as the revellers made the most of the country's few Covid cases. Many flocked to popular hotspots such as Bondi Beach and the Gold Coast where they partied with little social distancing in sight to mark Australia Day. But for many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back 50,000 years, they view it as 'Invasion Day'. The debate around Australia Day - which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 - has grown increasingly heated debate in recent years. A recent Ipsos poll for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers showed that 28% of people favoured changing the date of the Australia Day holiday, while nearly 50% opposed.
The FBI can't investigate white extremism until it first investigates itself
The FBI has a long history of fulfilling the function of white supremacy in the United States. There is evidence that some FBI agents and other federal agents frequented an annual party called “The Good Ol’ Boys Roundup” from 1980 to 1996. The internal culture and individual behaviors of FBI agents are also of concern. In 1991, a group of Black agents filed a class action lawsuit against the bureau, claiming a history of racial discrimination. Given the FBI’s long history of upholding white supremacy, it is clearly ill-equipped to investigate white supremacist infiltration of other organizations.
Black Capitol rioter denied bail while many White participants granted release
The 20-year-old was seen wielding a metal bat at the Capitol entrance during the insurrectionActivists have repeatedly pointed out the glaring disparity between how violent white Capitol rioters were treated vs. peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors. But now it’s been reported that a Black participant from the Capitol siege has been denied bail while many of his white allies were set free. According to reports, on January 6th, Black Trump supporter Emanual Jackson, from Capitol Heights, was caught on surveillance video joining the mob of “patriots” who attacked Capitol police during the siege. Emanuel Jackson, the black Trump supporter that was spotted at the Capitol riots on January 6. The post Black Capitol rioter denied bail while many White participants granted release appeared first on TheGrio.
Five arrested as Australia Day protests draw thousands
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Five people were arrested in Sydney in largely peaceful Australia Day protests on Tuesday with thousands defying public health concerns and rallying across the nation against the mistreatment of the Indigenous people. Chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” rang out during most rallies across the country, television footage showed. “Until they abolish Australia Day then maybe Invasion Day will be a bit quieter,” said Lizzie Jarrett, an Indigenous Australian protest organiser in Sydney. A recent Ipsos poll for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers showed that 28% of people favoured changing the date of the Australia Day holiday, while nearly 50% opposed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia Day represents how far the country has come since the First Fleet arrived.
Jackson Michie Was Recovering from Drug Addiction on Big Brother
"My most terrifying post yet," the reality star captioned the TikTok video about his struggleBig Brother's Jackson Michie Reveals He Was Secretly Recovering from Drug Addiction on the ShowJackson Michie is getting candid about his once-secret battle with drug addiction. The reality star, 25, won season 21 of Big Brother in 2019. Image zoom Jackson Michie on Big Brother 21 on July 3, 2019. | Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBSHe added that in addition to surgery recovery, he was faced with addiction recovery during those 100 days in the Big Brother house. RELATED VIDEO: 'Big Brother' Winner Jackson Michie: 'I'm the Least Racist Person I Know'"I want to use my platforms to hold myself accountable," he said.
D&D Must Grapple With the Racism in Fantasy
Removing fantasy racism from D&D would take more than a pore vacuum; think somewhere between a chemical peel and reconstructive surgery. D&D is a fantasy game, and fantasy has this unfortunate obsession with an anti-intellectual sort of ethnography. D&D cocreator Gary Gygax’s nods toward fantasy forefather Tolkien—including elves, dwarves, halflings (hobbits), and orcs—were so obvious that Tolkien Enterprises threatened to take copyright action. Helen Young, author of Race and Popular Fantasy Literature, has cataloged the prevalence of fantasy racism across countless fantasy media. “I ended up finding that it’s rare for a fantasy world not to have an idea of race or racism built into it,” says Young, particularly in the way that fantasy heroes and beauties are often coded as white.
Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall celebrates Jordan Stephen's birthday with rare personal pics
Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix shared a number of personal pics to celebrate boyfriend Jordan Stephen's birthday, only with a variety of trash gifs over his face. In October, Jade, 27, confirmed Jordan is indeed her boyfriend, in conversation with RuPaul for Cosmopolitan UK. And now, almost three weeks later, Jade has taken to Stories to share even more photos to celebrate Jordan's 29th birthday. Instagram Stories/Jade Thirlwall"Hbd to my favourite piece of trash @jordanfstephens," Jade wrote. "I know you're gagging for some exclusive pics of us so here goes..."In the most tongue-in-cheek Jade Thirlwall way possible, the Little Mix singer then proceeded to pop trash bag gifs and memes over Jordan's face in every picture.
Buyers Welcome Cozy and Chic Trends From Paris Shows
PARIS — It was another hybrid fashion season in Paris, with a mix of live shows — with no audiences — and video presentations, but brands still managed to deftly relay their artistry through the screen. Best presentation: Louis Vuitton for its live show and Kid Super and Casablanca for their video formats. Top trends: Loungewear (Hed Mayner, Dries Van Noten, ERL), retro (Wales Bonner, Casablanca), ’90s (Etudes, Gmbh, Vêtements) and new tailoring (Louis Vuitton, Louis Gabriel Nouchi, Gmbh). Best presentation: Louis Vuitton. Best presentation: Louis Vuitton.
White House slams Antifa Portland protests and 'anyone who committed a crime should be prosecuted'
The White House has condemned the riots in Portland and Seattle that took place following Joe Biden's inauguration after the president remained silent on the issue. 'President Biden condemns violence and any violence in the strongest possible terms,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded during the press briefing on Monday. 'Actions like these are totally unacceptable and anyone who committed a crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.' Federal police were forced to deploy tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters who threw rocks and eggs at the ICE building. Police armed with riot gear fired tear gas into the crowds of protesters in Portland, WednesdayDuring the arrests, Portland Police confiscated knives, batons, a crowbar, pepper spray and homemade firebombs.
Thousands march in Australia for Indigenous recognition
Demonstrators in major cities demand the national day be changed in honour of the country’s Indigenous people. Thousands of people in Australia defied public health concerns and protested against the mistreatment of Indigenous people on ‘Australia Day’, the national holiday marking the 1788 arrival of the British First Fleet that is known as ‘Invasion Day’ by Aboriginal people. For many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back tens of thousands of years, the holiday symbolises the destruction of their cultures by European settlers. “Until they abolish Australia Day then maybe Invasion Day will be a bit quieter,” said Lizzie Jarrett, an Indigenous Australian protest organiser in Sydney. “Australia Day means different things to different people.
A MAGA Influencer Is Accused Of Urging Rioters To Force Their Way Into The US Capitol
Brandon Straka allegedly told people to "go, go" and encouraged rioters to take a shield away from a police officer while forcing his way into the Capitol building. According to the Department of Justice, on Jan. 6 he urged rioters to force their way into the Capitol building — which can be seen in video he recorded. "We are sending a message to the Democrats: 'We are not going away. In a video Straka posted about the events on Jan. 6, he claims that he saw "nothing being broken" and "nobody committing any acts of violence." Following the attack on the Capitol, Straka tweeted, berating Trump supporters and politicians who had condemned the rioters.
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: A failed state? How about Scotland under Wee Burney?
Wee Burney is the John Cougar Mellencamp of British politics. In Wee Burney World, the solution to every failure of her own dysfunctional, jumped-up parish council at Holyrood is: independence. Brown wrote: ‘The choice is now between a reformed state and a failed state.’He could have said that if there’s one failed state out there, it’s Scotland under Wee Burney and the Nats. Instead, first Alex Salmond and now Wee Burney have done up Labour like an Arbroath smokie. Word is that if Wee Burney fell under a bus tomorrow, there’s no natural successor and the whole shooting match could go belly up.
Thousands of Australians defy virus rules to mark 'Invasion Day'
Chants of 'Sovereignty was never ceded' and 'No justice, no peace' rang outAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Thousands of Australians defied coronavirus rules on Tuesday to protest the country's national day, held on the anniversary of British colonisation of the vast continent that its Indigenous population marks as "Invasion Day". The celebration of the origins of the modern nation is a time of mourning for Indigenous Australians, who have inhabited the land for 65,000 years and view the arrival of British settlers in 1788 as the beginning of two centuries of pain and suffering. Some waved Aboriginal flags, while others held aloft signs including "No Pride in Genocide" and "You are on Stolen Land". The push to change the date -- or even abolish the celebration entirely -- remains divisive. The debate around Australia Day -- which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 -- has grown increasingly heated debate in recent years.
Biden aims to tackle another American crisis: Race
The two juxtaposed episodes less than three weeks apart encapsulated the nation's deep divides that Biden must confront but also a democracy's potential for change. 'A moving moment'Biden has worked hard to meet the moment, after several clumsy or discordant remarks related to race earlier in his long political career. What Biden plans to doBiden's effort will require action from the Justice Department to tackle civil rights abuses and to guarantee fairness in the judicial system for all. Biden in the middleLike many other issues, the debate over what Biden has said is "systemic" racism in the criminal justice system puts the President between two absolutist positions. Conservative media has already accused Biden of wrongly equating every Trump voter with White nationalists and racists.
US police have killed 135 unarmed Black people since 2015: NPR
An investigation by US broadcaster National Public Radio published on Monday found that 135 unarmed Black people have been killed by police since 2015, often by police with red flags on their record. Nineteen officers involved in the shootings had little time on the force. In 2018, Presley saw Anthony Green, a 33-year-old Black man, driving and knew he did not have a valid licence. Presley fired eight shots at Green after he fled on foot following a vehicle pursuit, NPR sad. Only 13 officers involved in the deaths were charged with murder over the last five years.
Time to convict, it's also time to remove some lawmakers in Congress
Time to convict, it's also time to remove some lawmakers in CongressThere are still far too many fascists in government, thus our democracy is still at stake. Yes, Trump is out of office, and we have taken the Senate by the slimmest of margins, but we have so much more work to do. We are at the crossroads of fascism and democracy, and we came so close to fascism being consolidated. Yes we know that there is an ongoing investigation as we proceed to convict Trump in his senate trial. We are all looking at our lawmakers, Democracy vs Fascism or maybe more correctly Democracy vs White Nationalism/White Supremacy.
Ingraham: Democrats 'using and abusing the troops' for 'political theater' after condemning Trump proposals
Ingraham played a montage of top Democrats, including former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Sens. Fast-forwarding to present day, Ingraham pointed to how District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will hold National Guard troops in Washington until at least March. They are using the military to ratchet up the drama of their kangaroo impeachment trial of former President Trump," the host said. It furnishes them with a back door way to execute their next agenda item: purging the military of any political opponents." Ingraham went on to explain that, according to The Hill, Democrats seek to use the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to address purported extremism within the Pentagon and related agencies.
Five arrested as Australia Day protests draw thousands
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Five people were arrested in Sydney in largely peaceful Australia Day protests on Tuesday with thousands defying public health concerns and rallying across the nation against the mistreatment of the Indigenous people. But for many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back 50,000 years, it is “Invasion Day”. Chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” rang out during most rallies across the country, television footage showed. “Until they abolish Australia Day then maybe Invasion Day will be a bit quieter,” said Lizzie Jarrett, an Indigenous Australian protest organiser in Sydney. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia Day represents how far the country has come since the First Fleet arrived.
Ibram X. Kendi on how to build an antiracist movement
I was really attracted to the leadership of Boston University and its commitment to really building a center for antiracist research. Venkataraman: When you call people either racist or antiracist, when you wrote, “It’s not a tattoo that you wear for life. Most people who express both racist and antiracist ideas support both racist and antiracist policies. What’s the next step to becoming truly antiracist to actually support the movement that you are driving and trying to build? How do you see that reality of Boston today fitting with the antiracist movement that you want to situate here?
JONAH GOLDBERG: Both sides need to ditch whataboutism and condemn bad actors
The obligation to condemn outrageous and indefensible behavior falls on those who have the most credibility with those behaving outrageously. “These are Biden voters, these are Democrat voters, that are out there doing this,” Donald Trump Jr. insisted in September. It seems likely, as a matter of gross generalization, that some of the rioters and looters associated with Black Lives Matter protests preferred Biden to Trump. Meanwhile, it should go without saying, given antifa’s anti-Biden protests in the wake of his inauguration, that they were never “Biden voters” in the first place. The obligation to condemn outrageous and indefensible behavior falls on those who have the most credibility with those behaving outrageously.
Hundreds of protesters swam Sydney 'Invasion Day' rally
Other speakers said they will 'never celebrate Australia Day' and want to be 'liberated from this country' in speeches to more than 5,000 'Invasion Day' protesters in Sydney. On Australia Day in 1938, indigenous activist Jack Patten organised 'Day of Mourning' on January 26. Protesters also gathered in Newcastle to rally against Australia Day. Massive crowds called for the date of Australia Day to be changed in Canberra as protesters descended Parliament House. Two protesters are pictured outside Parliament House in Canberra with signs calling on the date of Australia Day to be changedPolice watch Indigenous and non-indigenous protesters during an Invasion Day rally in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, January 26, 2021Indigenous and non-indigenous protesters are seen during an Invasion Day rally in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Frisco pastor says he’s a target of ‘cancel culture’ after viral comments about Trump and guns
A Frisco pastor said he has become a “target of the cancel culture” and of what he says are nationwide attacks on people of faith after his rhetoric drew national attention and condemnation from community members. “Make no mistake about it,” Burden said in the video. “I am a target of the cancel culture and the establishment media is coming after me. He is “humbled and grateful” to those who have reached out with words of support or prayed for him. “I will be more careful about my words as God works with me and through me,” Burden said.
Thousands of Australians defy virus rules to protest 'Invasion Day'
Thousands defied coronavirus rules to rally in cities across Australia on Tuesday to protest the country's national dayAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Thousands of Australians defied coronavirus rules on Tuesday to protest the country's national day, held on the anniversary of British colonisation of the vast continent that its Indigenous population brands "Invasion Day". Officially recognised as Australia Day, January 26 also sees annual rallies drawing attention to the injustices faced by Indigenous people and calling on the government to change the date of the national holiday. And the intergenerational impacts of that are still being felt today," Gomeroi man Dylan Booth told AFP. The date of Australia Day -- which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 -- has attracted increasingly heated debate in recent years. "For better and worse, it was the moment where the journey to our modern Australia began," he told an official ceremony in Canberra.
Senator’s retirement news sparks calls for LeBron James to run for office
Senator’s retirement news sparks calls for LeBron James to run for office (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The retirement of Republican Senator Rob Portman has sparked calls for NBA superstar LeBron James to run for office. The Ohio lawmaker announced that he will quit the Senate and not run for a third term in office in 2022, and his seat will become a huge target for Democrats. Please get the word out and bring LeBron James home to take the senate seat,” tweeted @LebronSenate“LeBron James could secure the all-time scoring record and run for Senate in the same year,” said @hughhowey on Twitter. LeBron James could secure the all-time scoring record and run for Senate in the same year. Read MoreJames says America have ‘s*** away four years’ under TrumpLebron calls lack of Jacob Blake charges a ‘blow to the heart’Trump launches attack on Lady Gaga and LeBron for backing BidenMichelle Obama, LeBron James team to help boost early voting
‘Speculative Los Angeles,’ otherworldly stories set in a sprawling, haunted place
On the Shelf Speculative Los Angeles Ed. Her third anthology in collaboration with Akashic Books, it follows on the heels of “Los Angeles Noir” and “Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics.”AdvertisementA map inside the book “Speculative Los Angeles” marks the settings of its otherworldly stories. “I tried to find authors whose writing about Los Angeles was specific and transformative and innovative,” she said. “Speculative Los Angeles” was compiled before the pandemic, drawing on a city that to a certain extent no longer exists. … The whole city has it.”Which, for her, is why Los Angeles will always be a personal, magical muse.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl 55
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser’s Super Bowl step-back also won’t be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
Canada parliament labels US far-right Proud Boys group 'a terrorist entity'
Members of the Proud Boys group gesture as the presidential motorcade passes through West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 31, 2020. Canada's parliament on Monday unanimously passed a motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to designate the right-wing Proud Boys as a banned terrorist group. Members of the Proud Boys, which was started by a Canadian who has since distanced himself from the group, were among Donald Trump supporters charged over the violent assault on the US Capitol earlier this month. In Canada, they first made headlines in 2017 when five navy members of the Proud Boys were disciplined for disrupting an indigenous ceremony in Halifax. Canada lists dozens of banned terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and the Islamic State group.
Sundance 2021: 2 Bay Area films debut, steeped in tragedy
And she was always there with us.”Nicks’ documentary joins another Bay Area-connected documentary that was burdened by a behind-the scenes tragedy. The bittersweet “Amy Tan: An Unfinished Memoir” receives its world premiere Tuesday both online and at a drive-in in San Francisco. Tan knew he was ill from the start, and even agreed partly to make the film because of it. He closed himself off after that and proceeded to die.”The Bay Area is often well-represented at Sundance. And I think the kids in our movie lost something.”The personal loss Nicks experienced leaves him feeling conflicted over the film’s debut.
Antifa rioters smash up Tacoma in rampage over cop driving through crowd
NewsAntifa rioters smash up Tacoma in rampage over cop driving through crowdAntifa rioters descended on Tacoma, Washington, starting fires and trashing buildings in outrage over viral video of a police officer driving his squad car through a crowd of illegal street racers. At least two police cars were damaged during the rampage as some city buildings had to be evacuated, according to the News Tribune. Are you from Tacoma?’ He said, ‘No,'” Schelhammer told the News Tribune. “This protest isn’t being led by people on a megaphone from Tacoma,” Schelhammer said. “Antifa from nearby Seattle & other areas carpooled into Tacoma for the rampage,” he tweeted.
Oregon Republican Party condemns impeachment, aligns itself with conspiracy theories
On the eve of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement condemning the 10 Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach President Donald Trump and aligning itself with conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. The statement and accompanying resolutions – passed by the party’s executive committee -- were issued by the party establishment itself, not elected lawmakers. The executive committee of the party includes its six-member leadership team plus congressional district chairs, vice chairs and alternate vice chairs. The set of resolutions passed by the executive committee also said the transcript of Trump’s speech contradicted Democrats’ claims that he incited the insurrection. However, they said, it perfectly reflected the growing schism in the Republican party nationally.
State installs fence around Lee Monument to prepare for statue's future removal; appeal filed in suit
"Once we get the green light, we want to be able to move as quickly as possible," said Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the Department of General Services. There was no mention of what would happen if the state loses the legal battle. {{featured_button_text}}Potter said the statue would go, but the base would stay, at least until the state decided what to do with it. "It's to stop the movement," said Jeffrey Peters, the uncle of Marcus-David Peters. He said several tents and the basketball hoops were torn down and trashed before he arrived Monday.
Why Did Companies Take So Long to Divest from White Supremacy?
Goldman Sachs former chief Lloyd Blankfein compared business support for Trump to companies that abetted the rise of the Third Reich. We know this because the insurrection at the Capitol was by no means the first attack on multiracial democracy that former President Trump has tacitly (or openly) encouraged. The media has been criticized for the profusion of euphemisms they used to describe white supremacy and racism. But ironically, withdrawing support now shows that many of these companies could have refused, long ago, to support a political program premised, from the start, on cruelty to nonwhites. Following the massive protests responding to George Floyd’s murder this summer, American corporations responded with statements and commitments to reduce racial inequality.
Baghdad on the Potomac: An Inauguration Day Tour
The peaceful transition of power brought more than twenty thousand troops to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration Day. “They’re out of U.S. military vehicles, so they’re leasing tourist buses,” Scott Martin explained. Scott Martin, a longtime Washingtonian, got into the business four years ago, after the Women’s March. Scott Martin had spent the three days before the Inauguration devising a route and probing the limitations of the lockdown. As Scott Martin described how Lincoln’s casket had travelled through Washington, armed troops asked him to move out of an intersection.
The Bordelons are fighting for their lives in Queen Sugar season 5 trailer
The Bordelon family has weathered storms both metaphorical and physical, and more are on the horizon in the upcoming fifth season of OWN's Queen Sugar, as seen in EW's exclusive trailer for the drama (below). Ralph Angel and Darla (Bianca Lawson) have reconnected and are committed to making things work for them and Blue, and Ralph Angel is determined to keep his late father's farm in the family, where it belongs. (Witness the shock on Charley's face in their fiery first scene together, in the season 4 finale.) Tensions are sparked between these two dynamos in the very first episode of the season." The new season of Queen Sugar (which was just renewed for season 6) kicks off Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
How To Put Your Sorority Experience on Your Resume
If you were a legit officer in your sorority, especially if that office gave you experience you can use in the jobs you’re applying for, it’s very much worth dropping that info on your resume, says career expert (and sorority alum!) Be it solid networking skills used during recruitment or managing a $100,000 budget as treasurer, everyone contributes something. Assuming your values align with it, don’t be afraid to list your sorority’s mission or values on your resume when describing your experience. “Building community is something that’s important in the real world.” Add this to the list of skills sorority life taught you. Just be sure the emphasize how these networking skills served your sorority and think of examples of how they can help the company.
‘I Want to Meet My Teacher’
“This is a fundamental right for my daughter, and for all the kids in the district,” Fry told me. With the notable exception of New York City, many of the nation’s large urban school districts remain remote, including all the ones in New Jersey. In South Orange-Maplewood, the school district decided to postpone a hybrid reopening plan and stick to remote instruction. “You see all these mothers constantly using poor and abused kids as fronts for getting their own kids back in school,” White said. “I feel like, at the end of the day, teachers are people who love children,” Fry told me.
Florida police officer fired after Facebook posts supporting Capitol riot, mocking 'Black Lives Matter'
The Kissimmee Police Department says it verified 30 screenshots of Facebook posts made by Officer Andrew Johnson in support of Capitol riots and Trump and disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement. In apparent response to the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, Johnson wrote: “The silent majority will rise!! Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times at close range as he walked away from a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer. He was relieved of duty Jan. 12 and terminated Jan. 14, according to Samantha Scarp, a public information officer with the department. Scarp said the department investigation did not reveal any other Kissimmee officers had engaged with Johnson’s posts.
COVID Has Made the Wealth Gap Even Worse Than We Thought
Ultimately, the pandemic could widen the country’s racial economic gap after a year in which politicians pledged to address systemic inequities—a response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Advertisement“The number of people living in poverty might not return even to its pre-crisis level for over a decade,” Oxfam said in its brief. “We cannot return to the brutal, unequal and unsustainable world that the coronavirus found us in,” Oxfam said in its brief. “Humanity has incredible talent, huge wealth and infinite imagination. We must put these assets to work to create a more equal and sustainable economy that benefits all, not just the privileged few.”
The Arab Spring Isn’t a Historical Event. It’s Our Life.
Like Black Lives Matter, our revolution started as demonstrations against police brutality. This group saw the all-powerful Egyptian military as a distinctly undemocratic regime. And since then, the Egyptian military has been firmly in place as the country’s only power. × Expand Steve Marcus/AP Photo Black Lives Matter protesters rally on the Las Vegas Strip, May 31, 2020. All the big companies issued statements about how much they love Black lives.
The Hunts Point Strike Is Just the Beginning
When 1,400 laborers at the Hunts Point Produce Market, a 113-acre distribution hub in the Bronx, decided to strike earlier this month, their demands were simple: a $1 hourly raise and better health benefits. The Local 202 picket attracted hundreds of supporters nearly every day, garnered thousands of dollars in donations, and became a minor social media sensation. And that’s what happened here.”Whitney Witthaus, a public school teacher and member of the Labor Branch of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, heard about the Hunts Point Produce Market strike on Monday, January 18, a day after it had started. The images of the arrests paired with the DSA’s calls to action rapidly spread the news of the produce workers’ cause. With the union victory, both supporters and the Hunts Point Produce Market workers are eager to keep fighting.
Are We Witnessing the Emergence of a New ‘Lost Cause’?
The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. No sooner were federal troops withdrawn than white Southerners reasserted absolute white dominance through Jim Crow laws that effectively barred black folks from voting or holding office. The accommodationist stance of America toward unrestrained white rage is tantamount to a national policy of capitulation to white violence. When we finally decide we want to be better, we’ll make sure the latest version of the Lost Cause is not allowed to overwrite history.
Budweiser Won't Air Super Bowl Ads For First Time In 37 Years
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser’s Super Bowl step-back also won’t be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
How CDC failed to spot COVID-19's silent spread during the first critical months of the pandemic
At the time, U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat. But CDC officials worried that detained people couldn't give proper consent because they might feel coerced into testing. When cruise passengers arrived in the U.S., CDC officials moved symptomatic people with healthy passengers. Lawler said CDC officials replied that there wasn't enough proof yet that people without symptoms spread the disease. CDC officials tested 76 of the 82 residents, regardless of whether they exhibited symptoms, on March 13, according to the CDC.
The Talk of the Super Bowl Is Quarterbacks, Except One
But if you think everything is fine now that there’s a new face in the White House, think again. Remember that he began his protest not under former President Donald J. Trump, but in the waning days of the Obama administration. He knelt not just against the cracking structure of modern day racism, but its faulty foundation, laid down centuries ago and built upon ever since. His shadow still hangs over a league that heads to the Super Bowl acting as if he has never existed. That’s why the league settled the union grievance filed by the former 49ers quarterback and his former teammate Eric Reid.
How to let go of friendships that no longer make you happy
Some friendships were obvious to keep, like certain beloved pieces of clothing — the ones that fit well, that can be worn daily. In them, I feel safe to be myself, no matter my emotional state; I can talk openly and easily, about pain and joy alike. These are the friends who got me through the grief of my unemployment, reminding me of all the ways I wasn’t defined by what I do. During the Black Lives Matter protests, they gave me space to express my sheer rage and sadness. They also made me laugh with funny stories and YouTube videos.
Budweiser and its iconic Clydesdales are skipping the Super Bowl
Anheuser-Busch isn’t alone in changing its approach. Pepsi, which will get more return on its investment by sponsoring the halftime show, will advertise Mountain Dew and Frito-Lay products, and companies like Coca-Cola, Audi and Avocados from Mexico will skip the game, too. Actress and director Rashida Jones narrates the ad, which features the response to the events of 2020 — from the Black Lives Matter movement to the pandemic — and ends with health care workers being vaccinated. Over the years, Budweiser ads have been memorable for tugging at the heartstrings and tickling the funny bone with frogs and “Whassup,” among other offerings. Anheuser-Busch has retained four minutes of advertising during the game for other products that skew to younger consumers, like Bud Light Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer.
Thumbs down: Seelbach damages right message with wrong delivery
In this periodic feature, the editorial board might address a single issue or a collection of news events in a given week or month. Seelbach, a fellow Democrat and staunch advocate of LGBTQ rights, took exception to Rhodes' comments about the teenage daughters of suburban Republican women now having to "share (their) locker room with biological males." Our issue isn't with Seelbach standing up for gay kids, but with the way he did it. Make no mistake, Rhodes isn't a saint in all of this. Opinion Editor Kevin S. Aldridge writes this on behalf of the editorial board which includes, Editor Beryl Love, Senior News Director for Content Michael Perry, Consumer Marketing Director Denette McCloskey and Editorial Board members Christine Marallen, Gil Spencer and Bonnie Jean Feldkamp.
A viral video forced a wealthy Texas suburb to confront racism. A 'silent majority' fought back.
One mother sued the district, successfully putting the diversity plan on hold. Michelle Moore, a school board trustee, remembered feeling a mix of anger and shame as she listened. Carroll ISD school board president Michelle Moore said the district had a responsibility to create an inclusive learning environment. The school board recruited Russell Maryland, Frank Cornish’s friend and a former Cowboys teammate, to lend his celebrity as a former No. Southlake’s ‘true colors’The opposition to the diversity plan was fierce, immediate and well organized.
US Capitol secured, 4 dead after rioters stormed the halls of Congress to block Biden's win
An afternoon of chaosThe protesters first breached exterior security barriers, and video footage showed protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. CNN's team on the ground saw a number of protesters trying to move up the side of the Capitol building. The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice." WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Multiple bombs detonated safelyFederal and local law enforcement responded to reports of possible pipe bombs in multiple locations in Washington, DC, according to a federal law enforcement official.
As an Eviction Crisis Looms, Tenant Organizing Explodes Across the Country
Tenants’ unions are one reason that, unlike other cities with supposed eviction protections, D.C. has not had a single eviction since the moratorium went into place. Washington, D.C., enacted an eviction moratorium at the beginning of the COVID crisis, now extended through June. Tenants’ unions are one reason that, unlike other cities with supposed eviction protections, D.C. has not had a single eviction since the moratorium went into place. “We exist to support tenant unions in growing, and more and more people becoming members of tenant unions, and more people organizing their buildings,” says Afinogenov, and that longer-term coordination can shift the balance of power. As they help to support the building of tenant unions on a ground-up model, the power of tactics like rent strikes begin to escalate and can confront the looming rental crisis.
Let’s Not Lose Ourselves in Euphoria Over Trump’s Exit. Anti-Blackness Persists.
I know that Black America is not a monolith. That is the hard truth that we in Black America must tell our Black children. Black America, we gave our lives to make this democracy truer to its name. Yet, even as we fight, we would rather be respected and would rather be released from the fetters of systemic white racism. We want our humanity affirmed, which will entail the agony of white America risking its psychic safety and false sense of innocence.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
This image provided by Budweiser shows two health care workers getting vaccinated in an advertisement Budweiser is running before the Super Bowl. (Budweiser via AP)This image provided by Budweiser shows two health care workers getting vaccinated in an advertisement Budweiser is running before the Super Bowl. Anheuser-Busch still has four minutes of advertising during the game for its other brands including Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer. Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
Budweiser won’t air ads during the Super Bowl
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser’s Super Bowl step-back also won’t be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser's Super Bowl step-back also won't be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see," added Dartmouth's Argenti.
The 43 best original films to watch on Netflix, ranked
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How former Trump voters in the Deep South are coping with Biden’s presidency so far
Yet I have also written about a sense of alienation among many Trump voters, and the entirely legitimate feeling that the deck is stacked against them. Many on the left — myself included, in the first year of his administration — ridiculed and dismissed Trump voters as little more than the modern heirs to White Citizens Councils and Ku Klux Klans. Trump voters are not caricatures. In the end, she voted for Trump again in 2020, but I haven’t given up on her. Most Trump voters are willing to hear us out, but we’ve got to start the dialogue.
The issues behind Egypt’s 2011 revolution have not vanished – they now define this era around the world
It has been 10 years since events in Egypt began that changed my life and altered the course of history. What happened on 25 January 2011 and the 18 days that followed reoriented our sense of possibility. The world was changing and we were the people we had been waiting for to make it happen. Revolutionary moments do not only change the world around you, they alter your relationship with yourself and everyone you know. The social, political and economic issues that underpin what caused the 25 January revolution are the issues that define our era across the world.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser’s Super Bowl step-back also won’t be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see," added Dartmouth's Argenti.
‘News of the World’ composer tapped into the broken remnants of the Civil War
Jefferson Kidd, played by Tom Hanks, solemnly reading headlines to a gathering of townsfolk on the American frontier. The country is still severed and aching from the Civil War, and Kidd reports about the 97 souls lost in just two months because of a meningitis epidemic. There are action sequences from the “Bourne Supremacy” director along the way, and Howard spent weeks working on a lengthy shootout involving a trio of dirtbags. He wrote a simple, hymn-like theme for Kidd, whom Howard saw as “a good man who’s searching for restitution. At the climax, after a moment of healing and closure, Kidd urgently races across the land on horseback.
Violence is mainstream Republican politics.
When Trump was not openly celebrating his supporters’ violence, again and again he ignored, downplayed, or covered up the evidence of violence being enacted by right-wing and state actors. Last August, on prime-time television, the Republican National Convention chose to showcase Mark and Patricia McCloskey as the centerpiece of the Trump campaign pitch. But the professional Republican Party and its “law and order” 2020 message lived in that gap. And all you do is keep hearing about fear.”AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThat double standard was Republican Party policy. If they believed in Trump, Trump would believe in them—even if it meant turning over party organizations and elected offices to them.
Oakland photographer’s collage gets dramatic perch in downtown Oakland
OAKLAND — A collage created by photographer Cinque Mubarak depicting a Black family in Oakland now has a lofty and dramatic perch on a billboard that tech company Square installed atop its downtown Oakland offices. Cinque Mubarak Photo collage created by local Oakland artist Cinque Mubarak that shows the Tribune Tower in the left panel and an Oakland family in the right panel. A collage created by photographer Cinque Mubarak depicting a Black family in Oakland now has a lofty and dramatic perch on a billboard that tech company Square installed atop its downtown Oakland office. A collage created by photographer Cinque Mubarak depicting a Black family in Oakland now has a lofty and dramatic perch on a billboard that tech company Square installed atop its downtown Oakland office. Cinque Mubarak Cinque Mubarak, an Oakland photagrapher who created a photo collage that is being displayed atop the Uptown Station office and retail complex at 1955 Broadway in downtown Oakland.
We need more 'trauma-free Blackness.' Here's a start
We watched videos of Black men being brutalized or killed and read about Black women fatally shot in their homes by police. I knew young Black couples who were urbane, witty and fashionable, but I never saw them depicted in movies. "Black Love" -- This documentary series from Oprah's network is a tender and honest look at actual Black couples in love. Before she died in 2006 Butler was a mentor who showed that Black women could write sci-fi and fantasy. Before she died in 2006 Butler was a mentor who showed that Black women could write sci-fi and fantasy.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. Budweiser’s Super Bowl step-back also won’t be long-term, she said. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
White supremacy and an urgent investigation: Why Rashida Tlaib rejects new domestic terror laws
Despite congressional testimony from federal law enforcement officials and several government reports chronicling threats of white supremacist and far-right attacks, the banners of racist violence entered the US Capitol on 6 January. The deadly insurrection has revived calls for stronger domestic terrorism statutes to give greater powers to target white supremacist violence. A new War on Terror inside the borders of the US could ultimately end up placing more Americans in the government’s crosshairs. Post-9-11 measures under the newly former Department of Homeland Security sought to prevent similar attacks but developed unprecedented domestic surveillance measures. A 2020 Homeland Security report claimed domestic violent extremist groups remain the nation’s largest security threat.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. “I think the advertisers are correctly picking up on this being a riskier year for the Super Bowl," said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at Villanova University. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see," added Dartmouth's Argenti.
Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste,’ Malcolm X biography among finalists for book critics awards
Hillel ItalieAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste,” an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X and fiction by Martin Amis and the late Randall Kenan are among this year’s finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. The critics circle announced five nominees in each of six competitive categories Sunday, and seven finalists for an award for best first book. Winners will be announced March 25. Among those stepping down was NBCC president Laurie Hertzel, senior books editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She was replaced by David Varno, Publishers Weekly’s fiction reviews editor.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl
This image provided by Budweiser shows two health care workers getting vaccinated in an advertisement Budweiser is running before the Super Bowl. (Budweiser via AP)This image provided by Budweiser shows two health care workers getting vaccinated in an advertisement Budweiser is running before the Super Bowl. Anheuser-Busch still has four minutes of advertising during the game for its other brands including Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer. Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether. “The Super Bowl is the most popular sports event, aside from the World Cup, that anybody is going to see,” added Dartmouth’s Argenti.
TikTok has until Friday to respond to Italy's order to block users it can't age-verify after girl's death
TikTok has until Friday to respond to an order by Italy's data protection agency to block users whose age it cannot verify, TechCrunch has learned. At the time of writing it does not appear that TikTok has taken action to comply with the GPDP's order. The order to block users whose age it cannot verify is in addition to that action. If TikTok does not comply with the GPDP's administrative order it could face enforcement from the Italian agency, drawing on penalty powers set out in the GDPR. Last month Ireland's data protection regulator put out draft guidelines on what it couched as "the Fundamentals for a Child-Oriented Approach to Data Processing" -- with the stated aim of driving improvements in standards of data processing related to minors.
Wynton Marsalis takes democracy from ballot box to stage with Sonoma State online series
It’s always more satisfying to go up than down.”Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet filmed a performance of “The Democracy! Suite” in Lincoln Center’s Appel Room in September, and on Saturday, Jan. 30, Sonoma State University’s Green Music plans to stream the concert to kick off the center’s 2021 season of its online series the Green Room. “When I put that exclamation point in, I didn’t think about ‘We Insist!’ at all, but I was trying to get to the language of 1960s freedom music,” Marsalis said. If we’re going to move forward as a nation, we have to be willing to listen to all sides.”For Marsalis, democracy doesn’t stop at the ballot box. The unity message is all right, but they’ve got to determine accountability for the attack on the Capitol.”The Green Room Spring 2021 Series presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis “The Democracy!
'Antithesis of the rule of law': Prosecutors revolt against LA social justice changes
The outcome will substantially impact Los Angeles and send a message to prosecutors everywhere. Once a pioneer in stringent penalties that drove an incarceration boom, Los Angeles is now the hub of a struggle over the course of criminal justice. Prosecutors tasked with carrying out Gascón’s orders in Los Angeles courtrooms have fought back. “This is the first time that a district attorney in Los Angeles County is using data, science and research instead of fear and emotion to drive policy decisions,” Szabo said. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert accused Gascón in an interview of seeking “omnipotent power over three branches of government” with “these sweeping directives, many of which are unconstitutional and illegal.”
Trump fueled conservative Christian power. But with Biden and Warnock, that can change.
The religious left was galvanized during the deeply amoral presidency of Donald J. Trump. Trump relied on religious leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr. and Franklin Graham to rally his conservative base. Some say the religious left is insignificant because it is comparatively less powerful than the religious right. The question of whether or not the religious left exists in today’s American political landscape can be put to rest. For far too long, the religious right has controlled American religious discourse.
Fatal Police Shootings Of Unarmed Black People Reveal Troubling Patterns
Since 2015, police officers have fatally shot at least 135 unarmed Black men and women nationwide, an NPR investigation has found. Those who study deadly force by police say it's unusual for officers to be involved in any shootings. Enlarge this image toggle caption Nathaniel Pickett Sr. Nathaniel Pickett Sr."Ow," Pickett moaned. Of the officers involved in the deadly shootings of unarmed Black people over the last five years, 13 were charged with murder. Gardner acknowledged that departments face difficult issues now with police shootings, including of unarmed Black men and women.."Are there bad cops out there?
Was the Capitol riot sedition? Just read the law
The Justice Department is now considering sedition charges against the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was voting to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Some people have even called for prosecution, on charges of sedition, of former President Donald Trump, for inspiring and egging on the rioters before they invaded the Capitol. At the same time, the existing federal law goes well beyond the narrow definition of sedition. We should be able to see, in this light, why the Justice Department is considering seditious conspiracy charges in connection with the Capitol riot. But if people actually conspire to seize a government building, by force, or to prevent the execution of federal law, by force, a federal crime has been committed.
'Racism is in the bones of our nation': Will Joe Biden answer the 'cry' for racial justice?
“We can deliver racial justice,” Biden pledged to his factious nation. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. But what does it mean to deliver racial justice? The police, the education system, the financial system, the housing system, the criminal justice system, the health care system. An administration focused on racial justice is probably the most important thing we can do to have peace in our communities, because you can’t have that without justice.”
Preview YouTube's time capsule Life in a Day 2020 in exclusive first trailer
We're guessing no one is very eager to revisit 2020, but allow YouTube to persuade you otherwise. Life in a Day 2020, which will do the same with videos shot on July 25, 2020, has now unveiled its first trailer, which you can watch below. "I think it will be a time capsule for the ages," Macdonald previously told EW ahead of the global filming date. I always say to people, 'What's boring to you, what's normal to you, is gonna be fascinating to other people.'" Life in a Day 2020 will premiere at this year's virtual Sundance Film Festival on Feb. 1, and will be available for free on YouTube beginning Feb. 6.
US Capitol rioters are being arrested based on data handed over to the FBI by Facebook
Social media companies are cooperating with law enforcement agencies by handing over data leading to the arrest of the MAGA rioters who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6. As more indictments are being handed down against the Capitol rioters, tech companies are reportedly showing their willingness to hand over incriminating data, according to Huffington Post. Local police often get access to private social media records, including direct messages, that can then be used to investigate and prosecute suspects. Court records indicated that the FBI used social media posts by Black Lives Matter protesters to arrest them for inciting riots, according to NBC News. On at least four occasions, federal authorities charged protesters with incitement to riot solely on the basis of social media posts.
Authorities Investigating Explosion at Anti-LGBTQ Church
Authorities in Los Angeles County, California are investigating an explosion and vandalism at a controversial area church. Someone set some kind of bomb off at the First Works Baptist Church in the city of El Monte on Saturday, according to authorities in media reports. So that’s something to keep in mind as authorities search for who was behind the explosion, and figure out why the incident happened. One such demonstration, set for Sunday, was canceled in the wake of the explosion. “We are in profound shock and hope that no one was hurt during this tragedy,” said the group Keep El Monte Friendly.
“I Don’t Want to Shoot You, Brother”
He had hoped to spend his entire working life on the Weirton force. He said then what he still says today: he could not second-guess Kuzma’s decision to shoot Williams. To Kuzma, Mader’s “I don’t know” was evidence he had lacked the courage to act. If you can shoot, you should shoot. His choice not to shoot did not mean Kuzma’s decision to shoot was wrong.
Jon Bon Jovi on wealth, love and his ugly tussle with Trump: 'It was seriously scarring'
Jon Bon Jovi is singing Livin’ on a Prayer to me. I later look up how much it would cost to hire Bon Jovi for a private party. Halfway there ... (clockwise from top left) Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, David Bryan, Jon Bon Jovi and Tico Torres in the mid-80s. Bon Jovi looks at me as if I had asked about the woods-based habits of bears. It was seriously scarring,” Bon Jovi says, eyes wide.
Lockdown with a Satanist: cult film director Roger Corman on making The Masque of the Red Death
Its lurid scenes were condemned by some at the time, but the film’s cultural impact is undeniable. It’s a direct influence on the multibillion-dollar videogame franchise Grand Theft Auto, while Mad Max director George Miller acknowledged his debt to Corman in person. Their work may have eclipsed his own, but I want to ask him about a startling film he shot in 1962 – The Intruder. When Bill Shatner was telling the crowd he was against integration, he phrased his words ‘as a patriotic American’. Because the racial hatred has faded a little bit, but it is still a major, major problem.”He looks back on The Intruder alongside The Masque of the Red Death as his best work, but there’s time for a few more, he insists.
WNBA team Atlanta Dream, co-owned by Kelly Loeffler, is close to being sold, league says
(CNN) The sale of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream -- co-owned by outgoing US Sen. Kelly Loeffler -- is close to being finalized, a league spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday. The news of the sale was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionLoeffler, who lost to Rev. Warnock is scheduled to be sworn in as a US senator on Wednesday. "As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized," a WNBA spokesperson told CNN in an email. "Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided."
Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’ among finalists for book critics awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste,” an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X and fiction by Martin Amis and the late Randall Kenan are among this year’s finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. The critics circle announced five nominees in each of six competitive categories Sunday, and seven finalists for an award for best first book. ADVERTISEMENTWinners will be announced March 25. Among those stepping down was NBCC president Laurie Hertzel, senior books editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She was replaced by David Varno, Publishers Weekly’s fiction reviews editor.
Wilkerson's 'Caste' among finalists for book critics awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” an acclaimed biography of Malcolm X and fiction by Martin Amis and the late Randall Kenan are among this year's finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. The critics circle announced five nominees in each of six competitive categories Sunday, and seven finalists for an award for best first book. Winners will be announced March 25. Among those stepping down was NBCC president Laurie Hertzel, senior books editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She was replaced by David Varno, Publishers Weekly's fiction reviews editor.
Florida cop fired over Facebook posts supporting Capitol riot
A police officer in Florida was fired for supporting the deadly US Capitol riot on social media and warning about imminent “Civil War,” according to local reports. The Kissimmee Police Department canned Andrew Johnson last week following an internal investigation into dozens of his politically-charged Facebook posts, the Orlando Sentinel reported. One of the messages, posted on Jan. 6, the day of the insurrection, read: “The silent majority will rise!! Screenshots of the posts were among 30 sent to the department on Jan. 12 in an email from a “concerned citizen,” the report said. He was placed on administrative leave without pay Jan. 12 and fired from the agency Jan. 14, after the probe found that the posts violated the department’s professional standards and social media policy.
SATC's new series must look beyond the original show's narrow view of sex
When Sex and the City first aired in 1998, its depictions of female sexuality were frank, exciting and deliciously new. Featuring formidable female characters – Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte - the show explored life and love in New York City, bringing female sexuality to the small screen like never before. It broke ground through its unapologetic representations of female sexuality, handling masturbation, dirty talk, and cunnilingus, as well as single, couple and throuple sex – remember Samantha’s famous line: “I’m try-sexual. While overt displays of sexuality are ever present, the rendering of sex and female sexuality is now more diverse, complex and, arguably, interesting. While Sex and the City arguably imbued sex with a glamorous (and expensive) commercialism – dressing for sex, branding sex, commodifying sex – sex and indeed sexuality were stratified.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? "If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech," said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. FBI SEARCHES FOR CAPITOL RIOT SUSPECTS IN BEATING OF DC OFFICER WHO SUFFERED MILD HEART ATTACKAttempts to contact the officers were unsuccessful and court records do not list lawyers. "There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual," Aziz said.
A West Virginia City’s Rising Fortunes Widen the Political Divide
Politically, Monongalia County is the least Republican county in West Virginia, the nation’s second-reddest state after Wyoming. Four years ago, Mr. Trump won the county by 10 points. The swing away from the president in 2020—which followed trends in other areas with more affluent and educated voters—was larger than in any other West Virginia county and one of the largest voter swings in the nation. BIDEN'S 'BUY AMERICAN' PLAN EYED WARILY BY OTHER COUNTRIESBut the growth, and uptick in prosperity, has helped widen a political divide. Ms. Walker, who wears a bulletproof vest when she leaves home, said she is hoping Mr. Biden will help unify the country and that people act with more civility.
Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It's where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped. President Jimmy Carter, who in post presidency life taught Sunday school, worshipped dozens of times at Washington’s First Baptist Church during his time in the White House.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
AdvertisementBut what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? A woman was shot to death by Capitol Police and three other people died after medical emergencies during the chaos. “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Ore., who represents law enforcement officers. AdvertisementIn Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
The killing of two Black Panthers, the secrets of the FBI — and our nation’s long fight for police reform
Newly uncovered FBI records are a poignant reminder of just how long African Americans and others have been demanding fair treatment from the law. EditorialsThe FBI documents shed new light on a scandalous raid on a Black Panthers apartment on Chicago’s West Side on Dec. 4, 1969. In 1976, a Senate select committee concluded that the FBI had set out to destroy the Black Panther Party. Running all through the hundreds of pages of newly released records, they tell us that more information is still being withheld. The FBI in Hoover’s day perceived the Black Panthers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other Black organizations and leaders, across the ideological spectrum, as simply dangerous.
Rudy Giuliani ‘admits his associate sought to bill Trump campaign $20,000 per day to overturn election result’
Rudy Giuliani has admitted that his associate sought $20,000 (£14,600) per day from the Trump campaign in return for his efforts to overturn the US election result – representing a price hike of 10 times the usual sum, according to a report. “Mr Giuliani began working the case in the wee hours of the morning on 4 November,” the email reportedly said. “I never had a single expectation of being paid a penny,” Mr Giuliani reportedly told The Times. Despite speculation that Mr Giuliani may be among those pardoned by Mr Trump in the final days of his presidency, when the time came reports suggested that their relationship had soured as a result of the alleged request for legal fees – with Mr Trump telling White House staff not to forward his calls. In response to the reports, Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller insisted the president believed Mr Giuliani was “a great guy and a patriot who devoted his services to the country”, adding: “We all love America’s Mayor”.
D&D Must Grapple With the Racism in Fantasy
Removing fantasy racism from D&D would take more than a pore vacuum; think somewhere between a chemical peel and reconstructive surgery. D&D is a fantasy game, and fantasy has this unfortunate obsession with an anti-intellectual sort of ethnography. D&D cocreator Gary Gygax’s nods toward fantasy forefather Tolkien—including elves, dwarves, halflings (hobbits), and orcs—were so obvious that Tolkien Enterprises threatened to take copyright action. Helen Young, author of Race and Popular Fantasy Literature, has cataloged the prevalence of fantasy racism across countless fantasy media. “I ended up finding that it’s rare for a fantasy world not to have an idea of race or racism built into it,” says Young, particularly in the way that fantasy heroes and beauties are often coded as white.
Police across the country weigh officer discipline after U.S. Capitol riot
But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
These Textbooks In Thousands Of K-12 Schools Echo Trump’s Talking Points
However, a 2017 HuffPost investigation found that about one-third of Christian schools participating in private school choice programs used a curriculum created by these two publishers or a similar company called Accelerated Christian Education, amounting to around 2,400 schools. The number of schools using these company’s products that do not participate in a voucher program likely amounts to thousands more. A passage in a history textbook published by Abeka. Below is a passage from that Abeka history book: “Many Americans’ views about race relations had improved at the time that Obama was inaugurated. One description from the Abeka textbook reads: “Contrary to the high hopes that Obama’s presidency would bring the country together, Americans were bitterly divided leading up to the election in 2016.
Big Super Bowl advertisers bow out amid struggle with tone
The Super Bowl may be known for its commercials, but even the advertising world isn’t expecting a lot of touchdowns this year. “There is trepidation around Super Bowl advertising this year,” said Bill Oberlander, co-founder and executive creative of ad agency Oberlander. “For the Super Bowl, you generally go big or go home. In ending its six-year Super Bowl advertising streak, Avocados From Mexico said it’s “reinventing” itself for its return to the game next year. Pepsi also suffered backlash in its nod to the Black Lives Matter movement with a 2017 Super Bowl ad starring Kendall Jenner, which was criticized as trivializing.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
But what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? “If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Oregon, who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
Dancing On Ice 2021: Myleene Klass is the FIRST celebrity AXED from the series
AdvertisementMyleene Klass made her Dancing On Ice debut on Sunday night - and was then axed from the show entirely, after landing the lowest score of the show. I'm going to go with who I think is the strongest skater and who had the better skate off performance. It comes after the former Celebrity Juice star caused a stir during last week's show by criticising the UK Government over free school meals. His comments come after one school meals provider's fare was branded as 'appalling' after the contents of one of its food hampers went viral. Judge Ashley Banjo defended the 'absolutely appropriate' comments about free school meals after his remarks sparked Ofcom complaints.
Biden attends first Mass as president at Holy Trinity church in DC
President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation's second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. His motorcade made a brief stop on the way back to the White House for carryout from Call Your Mother, a popular deli near the church. The newly-sworn in Democrat certainly has plenty of parish choices in Washington: Four Catholic churches sit within two miles of the White House; Holy Trinity is a bit farther. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped.
As Portugal Votes, the Far Right Is at Its Strongest Since the Return to Democracy
Everybody knows who will win today’s Portuguese presidential elections. But that isn’t what these presidential elections are about. Rather, this is a poll on the rise of the far right — and a serious test for Portugal’s historic anti-fascist legacy. The Rise of the Far Right The last time Portugal went to the polls was in October 2019, when parliamentary elections shook the status quo. And, for that brief moment, it felt like the presidential elections had gained some dynamism and some real transformative power.
Nia Dennis's Floor Routine Is 1 Big Dance Party — and It Pays Tribute to Black Culture
UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis went viral in 2020 for her Beyoncé and Homecoming floor routine — so viral that she ended up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now, the senior is back with a new routine for the 2021 season, and her performance at the Bruins' first competition (and win!) In the video above, you'll see Dennis open up with a high-flying double backflip set to Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." Former UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field, or "Miss Val," used to always refer to floor as a "floor party," and we think Dennis made her proud without a doubt! Prior to the competition, UCLA and Arizona State kneeled around the floor in what the Bruins called a "circle of unity" to show their support for antiracism and social-justice efforts.
Florida cop fired over social media posts supporting Capitol rioters, warning of civil war
A central Florida police officer was fired last week after an internal investigation into his social media activity revealed posts discussing Black Lives Matter protests, showing support for the U.S. Capitol riot and warning another Civil War was imminent. An undated screenshot showed Johnson also posted a receipt for an ammunition order with the caption, "Thanks for my stimulus check!!!" Another screenshot showed Johnson shared a meme to his Facebook account in September that read, "A 17-year-old dropped 3 rioters. In another September exchange on social media, Johnson replied to a post by a Black woman who wrote that Americans should "get over" the 9/11 terrorist attacks. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe internal affairs investigation determined Johnson was the authentic author of the posts.
Biden picks Jesuit parish Holy Trinity in Georgetown for first Sunday Mass as president
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Roman Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It’s where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped. Read on: First lady Jill Biden delivers White House chocolate-chip cookies to National Guard troops at CapitolMarketWatch contributed.
Federal Authorities Reportedly Considering Not Charging Some Capitol Rioters
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that federal law enforcement officials are privately debating whether they should forgo charging some of the individuals who participated in the Capitol riots. Though the Department of Justice promised a relentless effort to identify and charge these rioters, a different picture is being painted internally. Authorities estimate that around 800 people stormed the Capitol. As a result, it is possible that the majority of rioters won't face any criminal charges. "DOJ officials estimate 800 people stormed the Capitol and are concerned that charging too many people could swamp the local courthouse," New York-based criminal defense attorney Rebecca Kavanagh said, per Forbes.
Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It’s where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped.
Police departments across U.S. weigh officer discipline after rally and Capitol riot
AdvertisementBut what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? A woman was shot to death by Capitol Police and three other people died after medical emergencies during the chaos. Advertisement“If they were off-duty, it’s totally free speech,” said Will Aitchison, a lawyer in Portland, Ore., who represents law enforcement officers. Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker were suspended without pay and face criminal charges after posting a photo online of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. “There’s no place in law enforcement for that individual,” Aziz said.
Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
By Aamer Madhani | Associated PressWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It’s where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. His motorcade made a brief stop on the way back to the White House for carryout from Call Your Mother, a popular deli near the church. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – January 24, 2021
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – January 24, 2021by Tony WikrentThe Biden Transition and the Fight for Real Hope and Change This TimeThe Biden Recovery Plan and the Disarray of Economic Theory: The pandemic had one good effect. The first is that the economy had never fully recovered from the Great Recession when the pandemic depression hit. Attack on Capitol was the beginning of an American insurgency, counterterrorism experts warn[Yahoo, via Naked Capitalism 1-19-21]Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection[CounterPunch, via Naked Capitalism 1-19-21]….the events of January 6th should be viewed as the point U.S. political dysfunction reached its breaking point. Ryan Cooper [The Week, via Naked Capitalism 1-18-21]Luckily, there are a great many legal and regulatory actions Biden and the incoming Democratic Congress could do to crush right-wing extremism. The Rise of Human Capital Theory [Economics from the Top Down, via Naked Capitalism 1-18-21]Not An Easy Way Out: Democrats Share the Blame[Simpler Than It Looks, via Naked Capitalism 1-23-21]Jimmy Carter showed Reagan how to deregulate by deregulating trucking and airlines.
North Carolina Open Thread: More bad Cawthorn and anti-white supremist protest at NC State
@NCCapitolUpdated January 24, 2021 6:45 a.m. ESTWASHINGTON — Nearly 34,000 people have signed a petition calling on Republican 11th District Congressman Madison Cawthorn to resign for his role in the run-up to the riot at the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago. Cawthorn, 25, who was elected to the district in southwestern North Carolina in November, is the youngest member of Congress and is seen as a rising GOP star. Since Election Day, Cawthorn has been one of the foremost promoters of President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Not only has Cawthorn mislead people into believing that he was a successful business owner headed for enrollment at the U.S. There are photos and video of Seagraves allegedly fraternizing with prominent white supremacist figures,Thanks again, please stay safe out there!
RUT ROH! Sen. Tom Cotton Being Called Out For FALSELY DESCRIBING HIMSELF As An Army Ranger
Rolling StoneSen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark. ), the infamous author of the New York Times op-ed calling for troops to break up Black Lives Matter protests, has lied about details of his military service, according to an investigation by Salon’s Roger Sollenberger. (snip)...the Army’s own website makes clear the distinction between joining the 75th Ranger Regiment and taking the U.S. Army Ranger Course. “People often confuse the 75th Ranger Regiment with the U.S. Army Ranger Course,” the regiment’s public affairs office wrote. But to join the Ranger regiment, members of the Army have to pass the “Ranger Assessment Selection Program [RASP] 1, 2, or both.” Cotton did not.
Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It’s where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Not far from the White House is New York Avenue Presbyterian, which maintains the pew where Abraham Lincoln once worshipped. President Jimmy Carter, who in post presidency life taught Sunday school, worshipped dozens of times at Washington’s First Baptist Church during his time in the White House.
Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It's where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. Biden entered through the front entrance, where a Black Lives Matter banner was hanging on one side and a banner with this quote from Pope Francis was on the other. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden had not yet settled on a home church in the nation’s capital, but said that she expected Biden will continue to regularly attend services during his presidency.
Disney blocks Peter Pan and Dumbo after highlighting 'harmful stereotypes'
Disney has blocked children under seven from watching Peter Pan and Dumbo after highlighting "harmful stereotypes" in classic cartoons. Children’s Disney+ accounts now block animated classics like Peter Pan, Dumbo and The Aristocats for breaching content advisories, it has been reported. The warning added: "These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now." Concerns were raised about the term “redskins” being used in reference to Native Americans in the 1953 release Peter Pan. The Jungle Book, released in 1968, received a content warning because the ape King Louie sings Dixieland jazz style and is shown as lazy and lacking linguistic skills.
Joe Biden's talk of 'healing' is pointless, and will be seen as weakness by the right
During Joe Biden’s inauguration, the commentary was overwhelmingly about a country slowly regaining consciousness, blinking away the bad dream that was Donald Trump. None of this could have happened without a pre-existing political culture, the “normal” to which the country now yearns to return. They were gnawing away at the core of the country long before Trump became president. And despite the widely accepted fiction that Trump’s popularity was a white working-class revolt, he won against Hillary Clinton among high-income white voters, who went on to benefit from a tax-cut windfall. This is already evident in the backlash against Biden’s first executive orders that, in merely undoing what Trump established, are seen as “culture war aggression”.
Candace Owens, 31, welcomes baby boy with British husband George Farmer
Conservative political commentator Candace Owens has revealed she's given birth to a baby boy with her British husband George Farmer. This is Owens' first child with her husband Farmer, the son of a Tory peer, who she married over Labor Day weekend in 2019 at the Trump Winery near Charlottesville. Conservative political commentator Candace Owens, 31, has welcomed a baby boy with her British husband George Farmer. Owens, Farmer and Donald Trump pictured togetherPregnant Owens and Farmer picture in Washington DC on January 9, 2021A host of conservative figures shared their well wishes to Owens over the weekend. Eric Trump is the president of the winery, and oversees the company's winemaking, marketing and global distribution, according to the Trump Winery website.
FBI investigates 'IED attack' at California church targeted by protesters over anti-LGBTQ, BLM views
A fire and explosion were reported around 1:10 a.m. at First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, Calif., located about13 miles east of Los Angeles. No one was injured by the explosion, the City of El Monte said in a press release. El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso met with Mejia on Jan. 7, advising him not to react to critics or instigate violence. The post directed anyone with information to contact the FBI Los Angeles Field Office at 310-477-6565. At this very moment we must stand together to uplift one another in affirming the City of El Monte’s slogan, 'Welcome to Friendly El Monte.'"
Reports of the death of American leadership are greatly exaggerated
I don’t think that’s true. And it’s a world where the United States will have a less strong hand to play, for a whole bunch of reasons. But the first thing is, American values and ideals are in our DNA; it has to do with how the United States was founded. It’s very, very hard to escape that, the United States being what it is. Do we really think that that’s because people care profoundly about race relations in the United States?
Civil rights leaders say they won’t let up on Biden — or Harris
But they quickly admonished each other to quell their emotions: Too much focus on the moment might distract from the pressure they needed to exert on President Biden and his administration — including Vice President Harris. ADCampbell was also in a briefing where Biden and Harris discussed their legislative priorities with civil rights activists. Beyond that, many activists say they want Biden to put resources toward reducing disparities in educational and economic opportunities. ADHarris’s ascent, these activists say, is the beginning of real change, not the end. A central question, he said, is whether the administration will allocate significant resources for racial justice initiatives.
Letters: Not up to task | Breaking the bank | Climate tools | Full force of law | False equivalencies
Jerry Brown would, like it or not, tell people how hard it would be and how long a tough situation would take to resolve. We must face the fact that an adequate vaccine supply is a long way off and we need to be patient. Rogers also reports on efforts of the state of California and the incoming Biden administration to confront our climate crisis. If necessary we must meet force with judicial force. Comparing this to the riots at the Madison Capitol is yet another false equivalence the right-wing spins in its attempt to justify heinous acts that are indefensible.
'Trumpocalypse' is over. Why the anti-Trump billboard in downtown Phoenix is coming down
An anti-Donald Trump billboard in downtown Phoenix that has sparked controversy across the country will come down next week. The billboard was commissioned by La Melgosa LCC, which is owned by Grand Avenue arts advocates, Beatrice Moore and Tony Zahn. Fiorito, who also created a billboard criticizing then President George W. Bush in 2004, said she received death threats shortly after the billboard featuring Trump went up. Phoenix artist Gizette Knight will install a billboard design that incorporates the phrase “Black History Matters” in late January. Knight organized an effort to have a "Black Lives Matter" mural painted on a downtown Phoenix street last summer.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of a riot at the U.S. Capitol. Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of a riot at the U.S. Capitol. ADVERTISEMENTBut what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker were suspended without pay and face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot.
US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot
Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of a riot at the U.S. Capitol. Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of a riot at the U.S. Capitol. ADVERTISEMENTBut what about those officers who attended only the Trump rally before the riot? Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker were suspended without pay and face criminal charges after posting a photo of themselves inside the Capitol during the riot. In Houston, the police chief decried an officer who resigned and was later charged in the riot.
For Black pioneers Harris and Obama, different times mean different approaches on race
Advertisement“Both of them are candidates that act as translators on race,” said Arisha Hatch, vice president and chief of campaigns at Color of Change, a progressive political group that focuses on civil rights. On Inauguration Day, former President Obama and Michelle Obama spoke with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Vice President Kamala Harris. An Obama aide said the former president has never explicitly advised Harris on how to address race on the political stage. Advertisement“I assure you, if Vice President Biden had said the same thing, the reaction would be very different,” she said. “In the current climate, people would not be surprised by either a President Biden or a Vice President Harris making a similar comment,” Jarrett said.
“Aggressive” rise of Colorado’s extremist militia groups follows long history in state
The far-right militia movement has gained visibility in Colorado over the past year after its members appeared at protests across the state. In 2019, Three Percenter militia members guarded a rally against Colorado’s red flag law where state lawmakers spoke. If formed, militia groups are fairly small, comprised of between eight and 24 men, and are located in rural, suburban and urban areas, Pitcavage said. Stephen Hall, a reporter at the Ark Valley Voice, a news outlet covering central Colorado, started researching local militia groups earlier last year. Tough conversationsThe reasons people join militia groups vary, experts say.
Bomb thrown into El Monte church criticized for extremist views on gay people, others
The First Works Baptist Church at 2600 Tyler Ave. was also vandalized, the El Monte Police Department said. In El Monte where FBI, LASD and El Monte police are investigating an explosion at First Works Baptist Church on Tyler and Elliott. The demonstration was organized by local El Monte activists, including Keep El Monte Friendly, according to the website Medium.com. UPDATE: Someone threw a bomb at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte. I will repay, saith the Lord.”FBI and local police are investigating an early morning bombing at First Works Baptist Church in El Monte.
Star Wars issues statement of support after new web series star sent racist abuse
The official Star Wars Twitter account has issued a statement after the host of its forthcoming web series was racially abused online. Krystina Arielle was announced earlier this month as the host of Star Wars: The High Republic Show. Following the announcement of Arielle as host, she shared screenshots of some of the racist abuse she had received. In response, the official Star Wars account wrote: “Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity. Last August, Boyega tweeted: “Toxic Star Wars fans still find their way to my mentions.
Editorial: Columbus residents want police reform City and FOP officials owe it to them to reach an agreement
That does not mean, however, that there is no reason for change in the current law, which has been in place since 1983. Just as the 1947 law was outdated by the 1980s, some aspects of the current law are due for a change. But the results – the steep decline in citizen complaints – have been good for Columbus residents and police officers alike. The city of Reynoldsburg, whose police officers also are represented by Capital City Lodge No. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and City Attorney Zach Klein recognize that.
Floyd Mayweather brands Conor McGregor 'Con Artist McLoser' and blasts his 'racist' critics
Floyd Mayweather has slammed Conor McGregor for being a 'bum (who) will never be on my level' after his UFC defeat to Dustin Poirier and also blasted his 'racist' critics. During one press conference, McGregor shouted at Mayweather: 'Dance for me, boy,' after the American broke out into a dance on stage. How McGregor used the word 'boy' has serious racial connotations - and has historically been used to belittle African Americans. Last year, Mayweather (left) slammed of some of McGregor's comments in the 2017 build-upSpeaking to World Boxing News last year, Mayweather said:'Don't judge me for the colour of my skin and I won't judge you for the colour of yours. 'When Conor McGregor said disrespectful stuff talking about 'dance boy' they called us monkeys, nobody got behind Floyd Mayweather.
From Tom Brady and the NFL to the WNBA and NASCAR, Trump still haunts pro sports
Trump has long enjoyed support in the sports world — particularly in the ownership suites and on the golf greens. Indeed, Trump has long enjoyed support in the sports world — particularly in the ownership suites and on the golf greens. Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Trump at Trump Tower when he was still president-elect, and he benefited from Trump’s controversial Save America’s Pastime Act. NFL: The NFL was constantly roiled by Trump, who relentlessly blasted attempts by players like Colin Kaepernick to call out police brutality. Even so, Trump still has his base here: You may never see Trump at another New York Yankees game, but a Clemson game?
Sen. Tom Cotton Bragged He Was an ‘Army Ranger.’ He Was Not
Cotton, who first ran for Congress in 2012, claimed during that campaign that he had served as “a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan” and “volunteered to be an Army Ranger.” But, Sollenberger uncovered, Cotton never was an Army Ranger, he only attended the Army’s two-month Ranger School. His military personnel records list eight medals and his “Ranger tab” from attending the U.S. Army Ranger Course. But Sollenberger found interviews and campaign materials where Cotton portrayed himself as an Army Ranger, an honor he never earned. And in another interview, Cotton claimed that he “became an infantry officer and an Army Ranger.”But the Army’s own website makes clear the distinction between joining the 75th Ranger Regiment and taking the U.S. Army Ranger Course. “People often confuse the 75th Ranger Regiment with the U.S. Army Ranger Course,” the regiment’s public affairs office wrote.
In Mansfield, a one-of-a-kind collection of black dolls
The National Black Doll Museum in Mansfield is the only such museum in America. Chaundra Butler, 11, (left) and Jessica Gomes looking at a doll display in the National Black Doll Museum. John Tlumacki / Globe StaffGeorge Grant, a dentist and inventor who was the first African-American professor at Harvard. The National Black Doll Museum is on North Main Street in Mansfield. John Tlumacki / Globe StaffThe National Black Doll Museum, 288 North Main St., Mansfield, is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
3 APD chief candidates meet the public online
After a monthslong search, these three men are being considered for next chief of the Albuquerque Police Department. Experience a plusNichols touted himself as a one-stop shop to help APD through its reform effort by leaning on his past experience and tackling crime using a data-driven approach, while prioritizing good communication. Sullivan said he believes the APD reform effort got sidetracked by the pandemic and getting it back on track is “critically important.”He said he would temporarily have Internal Affairs review all use-of-force cases until supervisors better learned the review process. To build better relationships, Medina said, he would develop a culture at APD that elicits community engagement at every level of the department. “The success of these relationships will rest on the department being transparent with the public.”Medina said the issues in the reform effort are systemic.
No More Gaslighting Us on Religious Freedom
The Religious Freedom Day group here at Daily Kos, has been a part of that effort. Another part of that effort has been an annual essay by Paul Rosenberg at Salon.com on or about Religious Freedom Day, January 16th. That date has been officially recognized as Religious Freedom Day since 1993, and amid so much political tumult, it went almost overlooked this year. But ever since Barack Obama's election in 2008, the religious right has seized on Religious Freedom Day as a key part of its Orwellian propaganda campaign to redefine religious freedom as a license to discriminate, an exclusionary license for religious bigotry and sectarian dominance — the exact opposite of what Jefferson fundamentally believed in. African Americans expand our perspectives on religious freedom Two days earlier, the shared perspective among Black Christians and non-Christians was richly explored in Freedom Forum's book launch and webinar, " African Americans & Religious Freedom: New Perspectives for Congregations & Communities ."
Stassi Schroeder posts heart-melting snap cradling baby girl Hartford as she enjoys his pacifier
And Stassi Schroeder shared a heartwarming snap to her Instagram Stories this weekend in which she cradled her baby daughter Hartford. Stassi's book of choice was Look, Look! Nostalgic choice: Stassi's book of choice was Look, Look! During the Black Lives Matter movement Faith revealed Stassi and Kristen had once misidentified her as a black woman wanted for robbery and called the cops on her. However Vanderpump Rules producer Andy Cohen has called the snap firings 'decisions for that moment' in a recent New York Times interview.
Three ways Joe Biden can bring America together
TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. It’s almost certain that President Biden will be judged by how he addresses these crises. “Joe Biden is an affable individual who has long relationships with many members of Congress,” former Commerce Secretary and Biden confidant Penny Pritzker told me. Probably no president in history has as much Congressional experience (36 years) as Joe Biden. I’m specifically referring to those who don’t believe that Joe Biden won the election, so again the former president-Cruz-Hawley radical wing of the party.
Move on or fight on: Americans remain sorely divided as Biden’s quest for unity begins
So when Ross heard President Biden’s Inauguration Day appeal for a lowered temperature, for unity, he wasn’t seeing a realistic path to that goal. “Two years of Biden, with the economy going to crap, everybody is going to want Trump back,” he said. “I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days,” Biden said. “For people who supported Trump, there’s going to be a period of self-reflection that always comes with being out of power. “Our country is going down a path, the wrong path, we are never going to get out of,” she said.
How will the Raptors adjust against the Nets?
It's not the first time Kane's gambling has received a public airing. And unlike other addictions, said Hill, gambling problems aren't easy to spot. Player assistance program NHL players can seek help through the player assistance program, run jointly by the NHL Players' Association and National Hockey League. "Per the [Collective Bargaining Agreement] NHL players are not able to bet on NHL games," said Weatherdon. Kane's filing asks the three houses and other personal property be exempted.
FBI launches investigation after bomb is thrown at anti-LGBT church in California
The FBI has launched an investigation after a bomb was thrown at an anti-LGBT church in California just weeks after the pastor received an arson attack threat. Police and fire crews were called to the First Works Baptist Church at 2600 Tyler Avenue in El Monte in the early hours of Saturday morning to reports of an explosion. The FBI said an improvised explosive device had been thrown at the building and it had also been covered in graffiti. The FBI has launched an investigation after a bomb was thrown at anti-LGBT church First Works Baptist Church in California just weeks after the pastor received an arson attack threat. A protest was held outside the church last Sunday while residents blasted the church's teachings as hate speech at a recent El Monte City Council meeting.
Soledad O’Brien on journalism’s failures in the Trump era
advertisement advertisementA 30-year veteran of the news business, Soledad O’Brien has earned the right to speak freely about the state of the world in general and journalism in particular. advertisementadvertisementVery Opinionated with Soledad O’Brien is an extension of O’Brien’s pithier exchanges on Twitter. Soledad O’Brien: In a way, [they’re] a great place, because I think technology has always been an amazing way for like-minded people to find each other. SO: I never thought that, because I don’t think that frequently he’s likable or funny. This week on Very Opinionated With Soledad O’Brien we talk ethical-AI (or not-so-ethical-AI) with @timnitGebru What was Google getting wrong about AI?
Heather Dubrow Slams RHOC's Kelly Dodd After COVID, BLM Comments
Heather Dubrow left Real Housewives of Orange County in 2017, but she’s well aware of the controversy surrounding some of her old costars. Having said that, and having not seen exactly what was said, I’ll tell you this: a leopard doesn’t change its spots, right?,” Dubrow shared. That is, until 2018 when Dodd filmed Dubrow talking to a friend outside a gym without her knowledge. “Heather Dubrow has been sitting there, I’m trying to avoid her at all costs,” Dodd could be heard saying in the clip. Speaking with Us on the “Getting Real With the Real Housewives” podcast in July 2020, Dubrow said, “You know what?
Wall Street’s Millennial Wonder Readies Her Next Act
But if you gave yourself three months’ time to Google any- and everything about investment terminology that you don’t understand. I don’t think that most novice investors should be investing overnight. With Going Public, we are making sure that all sorts of Americans are represented. The show is called Going Public, but it also seems like you’re going public in many ways, becoming a TV host and also producing your own biopic. To bring it back to Going Public, [creators] Todd [Goldberg] and Darren [Marble] are making sure we have women founders and people from diverse backgrounds.
Johnson welcomes Biden in coded criticism of Trump era
Boris Johnson has said there is “nothing wrong with being woke” but deferred on whether the term would apply to Joe Biden, after Labour’s Lisa Nandy said the US president had won on a platform of progressive values. The prime minister, who watched the inauguration on television in Downing Street, said Biden’s election was a “fantastic thing … for a country which has been through a bumpy period”, in a coded criticism of Donald Trump’s administration. Johnson also declined to answer questions on whether Biden saw him as a clone of Trump and whether the UK had to work to rebuild trust, as his predecessor Theresa May wrote in an article on Wednesday. “Supporting Nato which Joe and I strongly believe … and above all tackling climate change, there’s really opportunity now for us. She also criticised the prime minister for adopting some of the culture war tactics of Trump, including on statues and on trans issues.
Krystina Arielle: Star Wars supports High Republic host after racist abuse
And I was in such a good mood. White People: You do not get to absolve people of racism. You do not get to point out their “Growth” when they say black lives matter after treating us as if we don’t. You don’t get to accept apologies on our behalf. That shouldn’t need to be said
From the big trade exception to Jaylen Brown’s ascension, six thoughts on the Celtics
? Jaylen Brown’s dominant start to this season rolled on Friday night, when he made 16 of 28 shots and tied his career high with 42 points. He is now averaging 26.9 points on 52.4 percent shooting, along with 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. The timing of the James Harden trade was an outlier, because that situation had become messy and unfixable. ? The Celtics took a knee during the national anthem for four games following the storming of the Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters on Jan. 6. AdvertisementDuring the two games in Philadelphia, though, the Celtics took a different approach to the anthem.
Leeds University investigating professor's 'Nazi-Zionist alliance' tweets
Leeds University is investigating a professor who claimed that a “Nazi-Zionist alliance” run by the Israeli Embassy was partly responsible for the campaign that accused the Labour Party of anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn. The Russell Group institution said it is examining a series of social media posts by Prof Ray Bush, an expert in African studies and development politics. The society said he is “in clear violation” of the International Holocaust Rembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. He said: “The lobby to implement the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is struggling to get its ‘internally incoherent and non legally binding’ report adopted. Gavin Williamson said that the number of universities which have adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is “shamefully low”.
Three ways Joe Biden can bring America together
TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. It’s almost certain that President Biden will be judged by how he addresses these crises. “Joe Biden is an affable individual who has long relationships with many members of Congress,” former Commerce Secretary and Biden confidant Penny Pritzker told me. Probably no president in history has as much Congressional experience (36 years) as Joe Biden. I’m specifically referring to those who don’t believe that Joe Biden won the election, so again the former president-Cruz-Hawley radical wing of the party.
The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism
The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism A string of pseudo-populist conservative movements have reverted to the same agenda of tax cuts and deregulation. But if we simply take the term to mean this particular strain of reactionary berserk, then right populism isn’t going anywhere. Yet many others continued to foretell the coming victory of right populism in apparent sincerity. Rather than searching for the sources of this pattern, right populists have mostly been content to assume that this time things will be different. The reaction of avowed right populists to Trump’s abandonment of their ostensible program was strikingly different: they did nothing.
TV’s 10 most controversial moments, from Punchgate to the Tom Cruise sofa jump
Others questioned why there was more uproar over this particular scene than the many previous sexual assaults against other characters. “Gratuitous rape scene disgusting and unacceptable.”Celebrity Big Brother, “punchgate”? Celebrity Big Brother 2018: The moment Ryan Thomas 'punches' fellow housemate Roxanne PallettCelebrity Big Brother received a massive 25,327 complaints regarding its 2018 scandal, which was dubbed “punchgate”. During an episode, a tearful Roxanne Pallett accused her housemate and fellow soap actor Ryan Thomas of physically assaulting her. Titled “The Puerto Rican Day”, the episode sees the show’s characters stuck in traffic due to the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. However, presenter Fred Rogers, or Mister Rogers, broached a major hot-button topic when he decided to tackle nuclear war.
Both sides need to ditch ‘whataboutism,’ condemn bad actors
As many feared, after President Biden was inaugurated, a mob unleashed destruction. “These are Biden voters, these are Democrat voters, that are out there doing this,” Donald Trump Jr. insisted in September. Armed mobs of Joe Biden voters torched buildings, smashed cars, attacked police officers. When Biden denounced rioting and violence, Trump defenders parsed every syllable in search of evidence he didn’t really mean it. Biden supporters had an easier time with Trump, who told the people ransacking the Capitol, “We love you!”But the point remains.
The Trump era wasn't all bad. We saw progress – thanks to social movements
Despite opposition, persecution and real losses, movements for liberation and justice continued to expand not only in power and achievement but in vision. Grassroots movements for racial and gender justice, economic justice, climate justice and intersectional understanding of the relationships between these things grew in power, achievement and perspective. Many of the seeds planted in the Obama era bore fruit in the Trump era. The climate movement grew remarkably in the last four years. As the industry crumbled, the climate movement grew.
In Cape May County, questions over a local chapter of the Oath Keepers
Alexander Bland, former head of the Cape May NAACP, said the reaction from the commissioners left him cold. “They do these soft disapprovals,” he said. “If it was Black Lives Matter, and if they formed a chapter in Cape May County, they would finesse a way to say, hell no you cannot have a meeting at our county building. They act so oblivious.”
Michigan county commissioner pulls gun out during virtual meeting when resident asked board to denounce Proud Boys
(CNN) A Grand Traverse County commissioner in Michigan got up and grabbed a gun during a board Webex meeting while a local woman asked board members to denounce the Proud Boys, video from the meeting shows. He challenged some of the claims about the March meeting at which the "gun sanctuary" was discussed before defending the Proud Boys themselves. But I do know a few Proud Boys, I've met a few. I've met Black Proud Boys, I've met multi-racial Puerto-Rican Proud Boys, and they informed me they also have gay Proud Boys. "The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us," Clous said.
Denver police representatives leave community group tasked with rethinking policing
This month, Public Safety Director Murphy Robinson pulled the city’s four law enforcement representatives out of Denver’s Reimagine Policing and Public Safety Task Force and denied the group’s request for $50,000 for administrative costs and salaries. Formed this summer during the George Floyd protests, the task force was a way to rethink policing. The task force began meeting in September with the understanding that specific policy discussions wouldn’t begin until this month. “We had to build common knowledge.”Davis said he believes the task force will give the city its recommendations on how to change policing by the end of March. Robinson has restarted an internal Community Outreach Program that will draft policy recommendations and open lines of communication between city residents and law enforcement.
Ensuring Good Government Is Held Accountable
I’ve posted here on numerous occasions about my back and forth with Social Security Disability. Whomever I spoke to took no accountability for his actions, and attempted to shift the blame squarely onto me. In this unprecedented moment, we are asking the federal government to make significant changes, many of which must be enacted. This was a massive fail on its part, and, writ large, it does not need to be repeated. Social Security, first enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the New Deal, is one such program.
How the anti-abortion movement fed the Capitol insurrection
Abortion advocates have long warned that it was only a matter of time before the rhetoric became violent. Many reproductive justice advocates have argued that the anti-abortion movement is a white supremacist movement, but what’s certain is that in recent years the anti-abortion movement’s many iterations have made inroads with extreme right-wing groups—including militia movements and white supremacist groups. This ideology is largely informed by longtime leaders in the violent wing of the anti-abortion movement. While white men represent the vast majority of the more extreme wings of the anti-abortion movement, white women are also very active, yet are reported on far less. On the other hand, members of the anti-abortion movement who stormed the Capitol were so confident that nothing would happen to them that they livestreamed their crimes.
From Standing Rock and J20 to the US Capitol: Who gets treated like the enemy?
Look at the planned violent response from private security firms and police departments to the nonviolent protest at Standing Rock. Now think back to the footage you saw of the insurgents storming the Capitol and the police response. I mean you wrote this piece of the Washington Post recently, an op-ed that talked about your experiences in the J20 arrests. I think, know, it had all the makings of a political show trial. You wrote this great piece in Indian Country Today that kind of has this comparative look at what happened at Standing Rock and what happened on Capitol Hill.
'The Rib King,' by Ladee Hubbard book review
“The Rib King’’ upends the racial calculus that amplifies the stories of the privileged few, offering rich, lovingly rendered portraits of working-class Black people. While “The Rib King” is set in the early 20th century, the questions it raises are deeply resonant today. “The Rib King” underscores the necessity of revisiting the violence that has been done to African Americans and the ways that language falls short of fully capturing its magnitude. Hubbard interweaves the macabre backstories that drive each of the Black characters up north, rendering the dark side of the Great Migration. While there is much to enjoy in “The Rib King,” the ending goes off the rails a bit, with too many minor characters and plot points introduced too swiftly.
Bravo 'Real Housewives' in Dallas and Salt Lake City highlight need for a racial reckoning
“Real Housewives of Atlanta,” typically the highest-rated of the shows, has always had a predominantly Black cast, but many of the oldest franchises went years with zero Black housewives. In October, “Real Housewives of New York” cast Eboni K. Williams, the series’ first Black cast member. In November, “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” premiered with both a Black cast member and the franchise’s first Pacific Islander. “Real Housewives of Dallas” and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”added Tiffany Moon and Crystal Kung Minkoff, respectively, the first Asian American housewives for both shows. While appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” earlier in January, “Dallas” cast member Kameron Westcott was asked about her first impressions of Moon.
Prescott official who posted racist photo is back at work, faces sensitivity training
A Prescott city employee who was placed on paid leave because of a racist Facebook post is back at work after receiving an unspecified discipline and being ordered to attend racial sensitivity training. Mr. Hormann has continued to express remorse for the posts, and has voluntarily taken down the Facebook page. Mengarelli replied with a comment saying, “the City was made aware of a potentially offensive social media post on the personal Facebook Page of a City Employee. Hormann's photo drew sharp criticism from progressive residents, particularly on the Prescott Indivisible Facebook Page and the Progressive Prescott page. "Everybody here in Prescott wants to be open and welcoming... And we continue to work on any of these small areas that might exist.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on why she's rallying progressives to fight back against calls for sweeping new government surveillance powers after the Capitol attack
And it's really important to know that these white nationalist attackers and those that enabled them have benefited from the increased state surveillance power at nearly every turn in our history. It's really important that we follow the processes, [the] current powers that we have now to hold these groups accountable. Civil rights groups. With every foreign government that is not meeting international human rights standards, [we ought to] talk to human rights groups, and use our tax dollars as leverage to promote human rights, principles, and values. So I think it's really important for us to be so focused on that versus choosing a side.
Sen. Tom Cotton campaigned on his "experience as an Army Ranger" — but he didn't have any
(It is not immediately clear whether Tabler herself is a Ranger, or whether she graduated from Ranger school. When Kessler asked the Army to evaluate Messner's claim, a Special Operations Command spokesperson made a distinction: Ranger qualified vs. an Army Ranger. All members of the 75th Ranger Regiment have passed the Ranger Assessment Selection Program 1, 2, or both. Anyone who is serving or has served within the 75th Ranger Regiment is a U.S. Army Ranger. Some of Cotton's claims appear to go even further, especially when describing his "experience as a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Opinion: Women weigh in on Kamala Harris' election
Co-founder, Black Lives MatterPatrisse CullorsWe will need Harris to not just be a representative in name but also in advancing
What’s one surprising thing Biden should do as president? 14 wonks and journalists make their pitches.
As a first-generation American with immigrant parents, I hope Biden is able to make the immigration process more humane. The Biden administration should see it the same way. To make serious progress on this conflict would be as signature an achievement of a Biden administration as Obamacare was to the previous Democratic one. Biden says he wants to be a president “who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States. There will be forces in the Biden administration hostile to anything that smacks of privatization.
California launches civil rights investigation of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday announced a state civil rights investigation of the perpetually troubled Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after allegations of excessive force. In November, deputies working a protest in downtown Los Angeles were accused of covering up identifying information on their name tags in violation of state law. The following month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' civilian oversight commission called for Villanueva to resign and looked into the possibility of impeaching him. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, said the group has been calling on the California attorney general to investigate the department since fall. "We hope that we’ll get some semblance of justice in the name of the people who have been killed by the sheriff’s department," she said.
Rep. James Clyburn Proposes To Make 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing' The National Hymn
Rep. James Clyburn Proposes To Make 'Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing' The National HymnEnlarge this image toggle caption Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesFor more than 100 years "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" has been known as the Black national anthem. Rep. James Clyburn says it's time for it to be honored as the national hymn, and on Jan. 13, he filed a bill to try to make that official. To make it a national hymn, I think, would be an act of bringing the country together. To make ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ a national hymn, would be an act of bringing the country together. Washington says making "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" the national hymn would be a small but significant step toward recognizing the Johnson brothers' contributions to American history.
They're Breaking Glass and Criticizing Biden. From the Left.
The president and his allies have paid “lip service” to issues of racial equity, police brutality and mass incarceration, she said. He said the new president needed to know that “the pressure’s not off” for progress on immigration and policing reforms. They agreed to sit with Black Lives Matter organizers for more formal meetings once the administration was in office, she said. Reese Monson, one of the leaders in Portland’s Black Lives Matter movement, said he welcomed the inauguration and Biden’s early promises. But he said activists would need to keep up the pressure to ensure that the changes enacted go far enough.
Apple donates George Floyd mural from downtown Portland store to Don’t Shoot PDX
Apple has given the enormous Black Lives Matter mural covering its downtown store to Portland civil rights organization Don’t Shoot PDX. Apple’s downtown Portland location is enclosed on three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows. “We are honored to have hosted the murals and are very happy to entrust the artwork to Don’t Shoot Portland in support of their advocacy for social change,” the company said. The mural on Apple's downtown Portland store, as it appeared last summer. Don’t Shoot PDX features an image of the mural on its webpage.
Pentagon report reveals widespread racial discrimination, harassment
Four years after a Defense Department survey found widespread racial discrimination and harassment in the United States military, the Pentagon made the results public after a Reuters investigation revealed that the Trump administration had been sitting on the data. Nearly a third of Black U.S. military servicemembers reported experiencing racial discrimination, harassment or both during the 12-month period tracked in the survey, but many did not report it due to "high levels of dissatisfaction with the complaint process." The numbers back up a special report by Reuters last September that chronicled military servicemembers experiences and fear of retaliation for reporting discrimination. Compared to Black servicemembers, 23.3 and 21 percent of Asian and Hispanic troops, respectively, reported racial discrimination, harassment or both in the same time period. President Biden's appointment of Lloyd Austin made him the first Black defense secretary in United States history, signaling the possibility of change.
“I Don’t Tense Up in Atlanta When I See the Police”: An Interview With Author Charles Blow
Post-civil rights empowerment for Black populations has failed to materialize, argues Blow, with racism as pernicious, if not more so, in the “liberal” North as the South. The only way for Black people to claim true power, he says, is through self-determination—creating large Black population centers in places like Atlanta and turning the political tide in their direction. Blow paints a searing portrait of fair-weather liberals whose Black Lives Matter protests last summer he likens to “a social justice Coachella” that ultimately failed to deliver policy changes. “I have three children in this world,” Blow says. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
The Late-Breaking Oscar Contenders Ready to Shake Up a Quiet Race
It’s Malcolm with Betty and it’s Malcolm in the crowd at the fight and it’s Malcolm in the room with his friends. It just really felt like a very unique opportunity from the first read is basically what I’m saying. And what I found really fascinating digging in, I think this was really at the audition phase of my journey with this project. It’s like feeling the fear, feeling alone, and still going out and facing the music and that’s what Malcolm did. She has this huge weight and status in this business and it’s really kind of new.
Miriam Carey was shot at 26 times by law enforcement near the Capitol in 2013. Her sister contrasts her fate to the treatment of the Jan. 6 rioters.
Recently I spoke via Zoom with Valarie Carey, a sister of Miriam’s; we were joined by Eric Sanders, the family’s lawyer. Carey said that when the attack on the Capitol occurred, she wasn’t watching television or following social media. ADAD“It’s been a long road, 7 1/2 years, and we’re still seeking justice for Miriam,” Valarie Carey said. Calls for a thorough investigation into the Capitol attack are “just a reminder of the non-transparency in my sister’s case,” Valarie Carey said. “She’s beautiful and she’s doing good for now,” Valarie Carey said.
Latest news on Joe Biden's executive orders, Cabinet and first days as US President
“Now is the time,” he said. “Rather than being reactionary, we need to have a working relationship with the Biden administration to proactively tackle systemic racism in our country,” Miller said. Both Kiazolu and Miller stressed the importance of building the task within Biden’s first 100 days in office. “If there’s anything we’ve seen from this past year, it’s the importance of urgency and showing up in real time to create change,” Kiazolu said. This is as urgent as everything else that has been listed to take place in first 100 days,” Miller added.
The Week the Trump Supporters Disappeared
A national manhunt sought the people who had stormed the Capitol, in defiance of the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Biden. Social-media companies purged the profiles of Trump supporters and militia members accused of inciting violence. And after all that—perhaps because of all that—only a handful of protesters turned out for Trump. It was as if all the ideas and memes and personalities of the Trump era were mingling together. He didn’t doubt that Trump had lost the election, he told me, and he wished Biden the best of luck.
Sam Cooke's Granddaughter Nicole Says She Is a 'Steward' of His Legacy: 'I Do It with Pride'
In honor of the soul legend's 90th birthday, Sam Cooke's granddaughter Nicole Cooke-Johnson tells PEOPLE about the work of keeping his memory aliveSam Cooke's Granddaughter Nicole Says She Is a 'Steward' of His Legacy: 'I Do It with Pride'In honor of what would have been legendary soul singer and civil rights activist Sam Cooke's 90th birthday, his granddaughter, Nicole Cooke-Johnson, is doing a "toast" to her grandfather. The Sam Cooke estate, Royalty Firm LLC, is holding a virtual "Toast to Sam Cooke" to celebrate the singer-songwriter. "Seeing that movie for us was the climax of our pride because it showcased Sam's brand amazingly," says Cooke-Johnson. In 2021, Cooke-Johnson is keeping her grandfather's memory alive by launching a new initiative during Black History Month called the Sam Cooke "Changemakers." As she passes down her family history to her son, she hopes that Cooke's passions and advocacy will be carried on by future generations.
Hillary Scott Breaks Down in Tears as Lady A Asked to Join Grand Ole Opry: 'So Truly Grateful'
"This is the best surprise we could ever ask for," Hillary Scott said of the honorHillary Scott couldn't hold back her emotions as she and her Lady A bandmates were asked to join the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday. In a video posted to the show's Facebook page, Darius Rucker surprised the group with the invitation during their performance taping for the upcoming NBC special Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music. they asked, shocked, as Scott, 34, put her hands up to her face and almost immediately burst into happy tears: "Oh my God!" Image zoom Lady A | Credit: Courtesy Lady AImage zoom Lady A | Credit: Courtesy Lady AImage zoom Lady A | Credit: Courtesy Lady AScott posted about the moment on Instagram, sharing a video of herself FaceTiming her mother and writing, "When my mom @lindadavisnashville left East Texas when she was young, people would ask why she was headed to Nashville and she would say, 'to play on the Grand Ole Opry!' Image zoom Lady A | Credit: Courtesy Lady ARELATED VIDEO: #TBT: Jamie Lynn Spears Looks Back at Sister Britney's Sweet Grand Ole Opry SurpriseLady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 2, 2007.
Jason Whitlock speaks out against Black Lives Matter, comparing it to the KKK
Jason Whitlock speaks out against Black Lives Matter, comparing it to the KKKAdded: 22.01.2021 18:00 | 12 views | 0 commentsIn an email interview, Whitlock told IndyStar that Black Lives Matter is a "sweet-sounding name that acts as a racial divider."
Amanda Gorman Geeking Out Over James Corden Won Late Night This Week
Photo: The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTubeWow. To mark the momentous occasion, we had anthems, fireworks (both literal and musical), and a week in late night devoted to this historic moment. Fallon, who quite conspicuously didn’t have any overtly political guests on his program this inauguration week, sat there nodding along and interjecting with affirmative statements. Amanda Gorman Loving James Corden on The Late Late ShowWhile Bernie’s memes and Amy Klobuchar’s emceeing did make waves on the internet, everyone knows there was only one true star of Wednesday’s inauguration: Amanda Gorman. “I am amazing,” she told Corden, “I am ten times better because I am talking to you.
Making Sense of Common
Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty ImagesSurvey most hip-hop heads and they’d agree Common hit legend status more than a decade ago. Over a December call, Common makes sense of his reputation. It’s certain things I’m late to the table on. Because, ultimately, I’m not anti-white — I’m anti-hatred, I’m anti-ignorance, anti oppressing people. What direction do you think Black leadership should be going in right now?
US Embassy claims it's 'just a bust of Winston Churchill' after removing statue from Oval Office
AdvertisementThe US Embassy has responded to criticism over the removal of the Winston Churchill bust in the Oval office by posting a video defining the 'Special relationship' between Britain and America. When President Joe Biden moved into the White House, his team redecorated the Oval Office, with the bust of Winston Churchill being removed. The video starts by showing a picture of the Churchill bust alongside a caption which reads: 'This is a bust of Winston Churchill.' The bust of Churchill that sat in Trump's Oval Office had been loaned to the White House by the British Embassy, and its whereabouts are now unknown. 'Now, when I was elected as President of the United States, my predecessor had kept a Churchill bust in the Oval Office.
They're Breaking Glass and Criticizing Biden. From the Left.
Protesters march in Portland, Ore., after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The president and his allies have paid “lip service” to issues of racial equity, police brutality and mass incarceration, she said. He said the new president needed to know that “the pressure’s not off” for progress on immigration and policing reforms. They agreed to sit with Black Lives Matter organizers for more formal meetings once the administration was in office, she said. Reese Monson, one of the leaders in Portland’s Black Lives Matter movement, said he welcomed the inauguration and Biden’s early promises.
Arlington-born Mickey Guyton earns three top honors in Country Music Critics’ Poll
Arlington-born singer Mickey Guyton has yet to release a full album, but on Thursday, she marked a major career milestone by winning artist of the year in the 21st annual Country Music Critics’ Poll. Published in the Nashville Scene in partnership with CMT, the poll also named Guyton best female vocalist and recognized her song “Black Like Me” as the year’s best single. Country Music Critics’ Poll founder and editor Geoffrey Himes said it’s tempting to chalk up Guyton’s multiple victories to the zeitgeist in the wake of this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests. Ashley McBryde won best album for Never Will, Chris Stapleton was named best male vocalist, Jason Isbell was voted best songwriter, and Ingrid Andress won best new act. Full results of the poll can be seen at 21st Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll: The Results.
Triangle First: With Powerful Video Single, “Wake Up,” Kaze4letter’s Keeps the Spirit of Black Lives Matter Protests Fresh
“Outside of Nipsey [Hussle] and YG’s “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)," I wanted something that spoke to and encapsulated what last summer felt like. I had to say something.”A North Carolina rap juggernaut in his own right, it’s been nearly seven years since the Chapel Hill emcee released any music. “We watched white supremacy run up the steps to the Capitol,” he says. Watch the music video for "Wake Up" below. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
The Left is Positioned to Win More Under Biden Than Any President in Decades
“ Both of these points—the strength of left movements, and the electoral crisis of the Democrats—need to be expanded. During the Trump years, the electoral movement continued to make headway, producing the Squad in Congress. For the Biden administration to realize its best impulses, the left will have to energetically make its case. The social movement and electoral left has much work to do. Having Democratic control of the White House, Senate and House is a rare trifecta.
The Capitol Rioters Must Face Consequences
No one in the United States has been treated with more unearned grace and deference over these past four years than Donald Trump’s supporters. We knew even before the 2016 presidential election that the median household income for Trump supporters outpaced that of the average American home. These were the kinds of very fine, almost exclusively white people who took over the Capitol in the president’s name. The actions of the rioters belied the law-and-order rhetoric trumpeted by Trump supporters throughout his administration. Current Issue View our current issueThat’s why those involved must face consequences, something we haven’t seen enough of yet.
Why Biden’s ‘Virtual’ Border Could Be Worse Than Trump’s Wall
And over the last four years, there has been no clearer representation of Trump’s anti-immigrant fervor than the border wall. Related Article Meet the Boy Scouts of the Border Patrol Morley MusickUnlike a border wall, an advanced virtual “border” doesn’t just exist along the demarcation dividing countries. Whatever its direction, there will likely be an expansion of immigration and border technology, and it will involve a slew of private actors. Yet technological capabilities have improved dramatically since then, and the vision of a pervasive and interconnected travel surveillance apparatus is now more realizable. “If this becomes the focal point of the Biden administration’s border security plan, I think there’s going to be a lot more scrutiny,” she said.
This Popular Parenting Influencer Is A Trump Donor. What Should Followers Do About It?
Baby sleep expert @TakingCaraBabies is under fire after news about her donations to the Trump campaign came to light. Cara Dumaplin is huge on Instagram (1.3 million followers) and among millennial and Gen Z moms. If you don’t know her by name, you know her Instagram moniker, @takingcarababies. As with many citizens, there were aspects of the Trump Administration that I agreed with and some that I disagreed with. Several women wrote that they could no longer in good conscience financially support Cara.
The Face Of QAnon Isn’t Just White Dudes With Guns, It’s Instagram #BoyMoms
In April, BuzzFeed News first reported on how doctrines of QAnon had begun popping up on Instagram. In a recent thread in Alexis’s Telegram chat with more than 900 comments, women discussed when and how they started following Alexis’s page. After her Instagram accounts were deleted multiple times, Alexis created a Parler account. After one woman wrote that she hoped there were other GenZers in the chat, women chimed in with their ages (“I’m 16!” “I’m 25! As many online groups do, the Telegram chat for LMP has spawned subgroups.
Hundreds join call for Grand Traverse Co. officials' resignations after rifle display
Hundreds of people are calling for the resignation of two Grand Traverse County officials after an online meeting was disrupted when one displayed a rifle this week while a citizen expressed criticism of county commissioners. During a livestreamed Grand Traverse County Commission meeting on Wednesday, Commissioner Ron Clous showed his rifle as a local woman criticized the board for allowing members of the Proud Boys to speak at a previous commission meeting. "Holding an elected office is an absolute privilege, you forfeit that privilege when you brazenly violate someone's constitutional right to free speech," said Michael Naughton, the Traverse City lawyer who wrote the letter. The 33-page letter has received nearly 500 virtual signatures, including from Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers and all of the city council's members. MacIntosh told the Traverse City Record-Eagle she felt threatened.
Jason Whitlock speaks out against Black Lives Matter, comparing it to the KKK
Black Lives Matter events, by contrast, are permitted events which take place under the protection of the First Amendment, he said. Pierce added that Black Lives Matter protest marches correlate more strongly with events of inequality rather than the public election cycle. George Floyd:Kanye, Banksy, Drake and more stars take action following George Floyd's deathFederal agency:Supporting 'Black Lives Matter' isn't partisan or politicalWhitlock said he believes it is not a coincidence that "Black Lives Matter riots picked up during an election cycle and disappear after the votes have been counted." The U.S. Office of Special Counsel acknowledged in July that the Black Lives Matter movement, which focuses on issues of racism, has become a "hot-button issue," complicated by the use of "Black Lives Matter" as an umbrella term for social movement. As for his analogy comparing the KKK and Black Lives Matter being far fetched, Whitlock said it is not.
Dem govs Whitmer, Murphy flout own coronavirus restrictions for Biden inauguration
Multiple Democratic governors defied their own COVID-19 gathering restrictions and travel recommendations to attend President Joe Biden's inauguration. The inauguration, however, violated Whitmer's most recent "gatherings and face mask order," which states that outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 or fewer people. Around 2,000 people attended the inauguration, according to a Washington Post estimate. BIDEN SPOTTED MASKLESS ON FEDERAL PROPERTY HOURS AFTER SIGNING MANDATEMichigan state senator Aric Nesbitt called Whitmer's hypocrisy "nothing new." READ MORE AT WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
Will Curt Schilling’s inflammatory rhetoric keep him out of the Hall of Fame?
Curt Schilling received 278 of the 397 Hall of Fame votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America last year, 70 percent. AdvertisementWith the results of the latest BBWAA vote set to be revealed Tuesday night, Schilling is the candidate best positioned to gain a plaque. Schilling’s drumbeat of inflammatory political and social rhetoric has caused at least six voters to withdraw their support after previously voting for him. Now 54, Schilling has strong Hall of Fame credentials. This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 25 in Cooperstown.
Lord mayor of Dublin harassed at her home by far-right protestors
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has hit out at ongoing racism and intimidation after a group of far-right protestors showed up at her home and challenged her for wearing a face mask. Ms Chu, who was born in Dublin to Chinese parents, has come under sustained and unrelenting abuse online from racist and far-right accounts since becoming lord mayor of Dublin. One read "our lives matter" – a play on the Black Lives Matter movement of which Ms Chu has been vocally supportive. "I didn't think my life was in danger but it was deeply uncomfortable," Ms Chu said. The incident happened after far-right protestors hijacked an annual event to mark the role of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB).
After Four Brutal Years, Biden's Inaugural Was a Healing Affair
This was a warm and healing speech, so necessary after what the country has been through over the last four years. He acknowledged what needed to be acknowledged, and he affirmed what needed to be affirmed. And so he affirmed “truth,” a word he used five times. And then he affirmed we “will overcome this deadly virus.”He acknowledged the “climate crisis,” and affirmed that he would address it. By saluting democracy, truth, and racial justice, and by calling out white supremacy, he offered a much-needed course correction in substance as well as in style.
'Our worst nightmare': will militias heed Trump's call to watch the polls?
'We can't let them win': activists warn against Trump's voter intimidation tactics Read more“The militias will absolutely seize on [Trump’s comments],” said Steven Gardiner, who tracks militias at the progressive thinktank Political Research Associates. In Montana, a popular base for libertarians and militia members, there are similar signs of militia groups assiduously retweeting Trump’s falsehoods about mail-in voting fraud, circulating the lies widely among themselves. Putting a figure on the scale of the threat posed by extremist militia groups in the US is fraught given their secretive communications online. The summer saw the proliferation of incidents across the states of far-right militia groups confronting Black Lives Matter protesters. “When he talks about ‘poll watching’ and fraud, and refuses to urge his followers not to engage in civil unrest, that’s a thinly-veiled dog-whistle for armed groups to coalesce.”
Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump's order banning 'critical race theory'
Joe Biden revoked a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The order had targeted workplace training that explored systemic racism and privilege, including 'critical race theory,' which former President Donald Trump had deemed 'un-American' and potentially harmful to white workers. But the inclusion of what is broadly known as 'critical race theory' has been highly controversial. She also said the Biden administration must proactively roll back steps taken by various government agencies to implement the Trump order. The speech included an attack on 'cancel culture' although Trump had demanded his Twitter followers 'report any sightings' of critical race theory 'so we can quickly extinguish.
Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism
In this screen grab taken from a Zoom meeting provided by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous holds a rifle at his home during a county commissioner meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Michigan. (Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners via AP)In this screen grab taken from a Zoom meeting provided by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous holds a rifle at his home during a county commissioner meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Michigan. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, was at home during the livestreamed meeting Wednesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. “I am not a member of Proud Boys,” Hentschel said Wednesday. I’ve met Black Proud Boys, I’ve met multi-racial Puerto Rican Proud Boys and they inform me they also have gay Proud Boys.
TV has to 'walk the walk': How cop shows are handling racial justice issues after a summer of protest
Police misconduct and related issues raised in the summer's Black Lives Matter protests spawned reflection throughout television, where cop shows are an iconic programming staple. More:Amid George Floyd protests, is it time for cop TV shows to be canceled for good? "I've yearned to see what it looked like for cops to deal with cops, for a young cop to deal with an old cop, for Black cops to deal with Black cops," he says. writers to take a more sophisticated approach to racial justice issues, Thomas says. "I can't name one time I ever saw that, watching cop shows as a kid."
A racist video sparked change in a wealthy Texas suburb. Then a 'silent majority' fought back.
It was a link to a video showing several white high school students laughing as they filmed themselves shouting the N-word at a party. Michelle Moore, a school board trustee, remembered feeling a mix of anger and shame as she listened. The school board recruited Russell Maryland, Frank Cornish’s friend and a former Cowboys teammate, to lend his celebrity as a former No. NBC News reached out to a dozen other residents who’ve spoken against the diversity plan, but none responded directly. “I apologize that I did not take you all out of Southlake Carroll schools.”Her children told her not to cry.
Portland police arrest 8 after rioters damage Democratic Party office, ICE facility following Biden's inauguration
Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Oregon's largest city following the inauguration of President Joe Biden. MORE: Biden inauguration live updatesAlthough the demonstrations were largely peaceful, two protest events resulted in property damage and arrests, according to the Portland Police Bureau. PHOTO: A group of protesters damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon in Portland on Jan. 20, 2021. PHOTO: Police detain a person during a protest in Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 20, 2021, after the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Portland police arrest 8 after rioters damage Democratic Party office, ICE facility following Biden's inauguration originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Portland police arrest 15 alleged Antifa rioters after Democrat HQ attacked
Eight mugshots - Portland PolicePolice in Portland, Oregon have arrested fifteen suspects after a mob of around 200 alleged Antifa members smashed up the Democrat headquarters and federal immigration offices in the city on Wedensday, while three people were arrested after a crowd in Seattle attacked buildings and burnt a US flag. The two Pacific Northwest cities have been hotspots for protests and violence since the Black Lives Matter demonstrations began last year in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. There were also protests in Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio and Sacramento in California. Portland Police released photographs of eight of the 15 arrested suspects as well as images of confiscated items including knives, batons and bullet-proof vests. The Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement building that the rioters attacked had been a target during previous bouts of violence last year.
The Capitol invasion was not 9/11 in terms of violence but its political importance may be greater
It is fitting that the end of the Trump presidency was marked by two events – the Capitol invasion and the exaggerated military response to it – that hover between theatre and reality. If they play their cards right, they can exploit the shambolic invasion of the Capitol for years, just as the Republicans did 9/11. The loss of life is very different – five dead compared to 2,977 – but in terms of perception the two events have significant features in common. Every detail of the takeover of the Capitol is likewise known to the world because the supposed revolutionaries spent much time taking film of themselves. Over-exploitation of 6/1 for short political gain could likewise be counter-productive if it targets too broad a swathe of Republicans.
Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump's order banning 'critical race theory'
Joe Biden revoked a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The order had targeted workplace training that explored systemic racism and privilege, including 'critical race theory,' which former President Donald Trump had deemed 'un-American' and potentially harmful to white workers. In recent years, experts in 'critical race theory' have commonly become called upon to host such training sessions. She also said the Biden administration must proactively roll back steps taken by various government agencies to implement the Trump order. The speech included an attack on 'cancel culture' although Trump had demanded his Twitter followers 'report any sightings' of critical race theory 'so we can quickly extinguish.
Rand Paul on Biden Speech: Thinly-veiled Innuendo Calling Us White Supremacists
“If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don’t tell the truth,” Paul said during Fox News’ primetime coverage of the speech. Biden’s speechCompared to his immediate predecessors, three of whom attended Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is the first president to directly address the ills of white supremacy in an inaugural speech. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said in the nearly 23-minute-long speech promising to heal a divided nation. “To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words,” Biden said in his speech. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”In his speech, Biden invoked Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation committing to freeing enslaved Africans during the Civil War.
Mass killings dropped in 2020. Repudiate right-wing extremism to continue the trend.
The past year has seen the fewest number of mass shootings in over a decade, according to statistics from the Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. Of course, in 2020, Americans avoided public places out of fear of a very different threat to their personal safety. Another factor contributing to the welcome dearth of public massacres involves the mindset underlying the actions of rampage killers. Thus, less than a quarter of these mass shootings were multiple homicides and only 7% were mass killings. Had the AP published a Top 10 list for 2020, mass shootings undoubtedly would not have made the cut — one silver lining to a very bleak year.
Politics latest news: Ease lockdown now R rate has fallen, senior Tory demands
The UK's reproduction rate is now estimated to be 0.8-1.0, suggesting a decline in the number of new infections. One former minister said it would be “difficult to justify” lifting restrictions until the pressure on the NHS started to ease. "The group extended its unanimous support for Paul Davies to continue in his post as leader of the group." Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi previously denied that vaccines would be moved from Yorkshire and the North East to help other regions in England. "Furlough must be extended, the three million excluded from all Covid support brought under the Government's umbrella and struggling small businesses given immediate relief if we are to avoid thousands of closures.
The last four years of Trump were hell. What a relief it's finally over
On the day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, a friend texted me Randy Rainbow’s newest, Seasons of Trump. But this was the first time that Randy Rainbow made me burst into tears. Donald Trump’s presidency lasted four years, or as Randy Rainbow notes, for more than two million unrecoverable minutes. The fact that his term was followed by Donald Trump’s has made me wary of long-term optimism. Heal, heal little frog’s tail/If you don’t heal today, you’ll heal tomorrow.
Tucker Carlson warns viewers they could be ‘hurt’ in Biden’s ‘war on white supremacists’
Not long after a mob that included white supremacists stormed the Capitol, Fox News star Tucker Carlson told his viewers in a Wednesday monologue they “could be hurt” in President Joe Biden’s efforts to crack down on white supremacy. And the casualties will be Americans.”The victims of white supremacy, in his telling, were less those materially impacted by white supremacists, but those labeled as white supremacists. “So again, what is a white supremacist?” Mr Carlson said. “You might be surprised to learn just how broad the definition for that has become.”He suggested that poor white people who disagree they’ve benefitted from their race could be unfairly labeled as white supremacists, because, for example, the military considers denial of white privilege a sign of racism. One of his colleagues at Fox News told The Daily Beast that Mr Carlson has created a “white supremacist cell inside the top cable network in America.”
Celtics' Jaylen Brown cautions against complacency in social-justice fight now Biden is president
Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown is among the biggest voices in the NBA when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement, and he cautioned those involved to not get complacent just because Joe Biden is now president. Brown was outspoken about the Jacob Blake shooting and the decision not to charge officers in the deadly shooting of Breonna Taylor over the summer. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"My dilemma was never with any presidency or selections of different faces," Brown said, via Boston.com. He cautioned those working to fight the system against taking their foot off the gas pedal. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn December, Brown vowed he would continue his fight for social justice.
Frankie Armstrong: Cats of Coven Lawn review – at 80, still as intimate as ever
Frankie Armstrong has the voice of an outsider artist: tremulous, earnest, often whimsical, occasionally beautiful. The release of Cats of Coven Lawn coincides with her 80th birthday. Opening track Bread and Roses, inspired by the 1912 textile mill strike in Massachusetts, establishes its raw, political clout. “The milk hasn’t been delivered since a bird drowned in the cream,” she sings, her wild voice stretching at the seams, suggesting other worlds she could explore. James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra’s Wide, Wide River (Domino) is another fascinating, curious contribution to the Scottish musician’s constantly eddying catalogue, recorded with the Swedish collective in three wild, improvisational days.
Portland police arrest 15 alleged Antifa rioters after Democrat HQ attacked
Police in Portland, Oregon have arrested fifteen suspects after a mob of around 200 alleged Antifa members smashed up the Democrat headquarters and federal immigration offices in the city on Wedensday, while three people were arrested after a crowd in Seattle attacked buildings and burnt a US flag. The two Pacific Northwest cities have been hotspots for protests and violence since the Black Lives Matter demonstrations began last year in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. There were also protests in Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio and Sacramento in California. Portland Police released photographs of eight of the 15 arrested suspects as well as images of confiscated items including knives, batons and bullet-proof vests.
The Week the Trump Supporters Disappeared
A national manhunt sought the people who had stormed the Capitol, in defiance of the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Biden. Social-media companies purged the profiles of Trump supporters and militia members accused of inciting violence. And after all that—perhaps because of all that—only a handful of protesters turned out for Trump. It was as if all the ideas and memes and personalities of the Trump era were mingling together. He didn’t doubt that Trump had lost the election, he told me, and he wished Biden the best of luck.
Some Portland marchers express regrets about attack on Dem HQ, anti-Biden graffiti: report
one marcher yelled during a Portland, Ore., Inauguration Day protest that turned into a riot, according to a report. and "Black Lives Matter!" She told OregonLive she was marching to remind people that she doesn’t want people forgetting "Black lives matter" just because former President Trump has left office. Another marcher said he was rallying because "Black lives (expletive) matter. Marches like the one on Wednesday have frustrated police reform activists and Black Lives Matter members who say the senseless violence and destruction set the movement against police brutality back and turn people against the movement.
A viral video forced a wealthy Texas suburb to confront racism. A 'silent majority' fought back.
One mother sued the district, successfully putting the diversity plan on hold. Michelle Moore, a school board trustee, remembered feeling a mix of anger and shame as she listened. Carroll ISD school board president Michelle Moore said the district had a responsibility to create an inclusive learning environment. The school board recruited Russell Maryland, Frank Cornish’s friend and a former Cowboys teammate, to lend his celebrity as a former No. Southlake’s ‘true colors’The opposition to the diversity plan was fierce, immediate and well organized.
With Biden In Place, The 'Resistance' Tries To Pivot From Defense To Offense
It took tactical lessons in grassroots politics from the Tea Party, which had prominently resisted President Barack Obama's agenda. "We saw this from the Tea Party themselves during the Obama years," he said. And Black Lives Matter is pushing the BREATHE Act, which would shift funding from areas like incarceration to other areas like education. Cullors says she considers Black Lives Matter both part of the anti-Trump resistance but also more than a "Resistance" group, as it existed well before the Trump administration. BLM has also made its own political pivot in recent months, starting Black Lives Matter PAC in fall 2020.
Rob Oller | Time for famous Black athletes to give vaccine a shot in arm
But before a vaccine became available in December, only 54% of Black adults said they were likely to get the vaccine, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. “Part of the hesitancy is not only the vaccine itself, but information on the vaccine. It’s important to hear a voice like that because we have come to trust prominent athletes more than we trust politicians. It’s just subpar.”Despite incongruities in medical treatment that erode Black trust, Wash takes a straightforward view of the COVID-19 vaccine he will receive. You have to view vaccines in this context.”It would be great if LeBron James and other Black athletes preached a similar sermon.
“I Still Go Through It”: Even Super Influencer Huda Kattan Struggles With Imposter Syndrome
Words and phrases like “pandemic,” “social distancing,” and even the hackneyed “unprecedented times” had not yet entered our daily vernacular. Speaking via audio link, Huda takes a deep breath as she recounts how she and her team navigated recent events. The biggest thing when something like this happens is that you always think about protecting your people. “I don't think we know anything else. But then I also don’t know where to start and where that ends.
Why We Don’t Need a New Domestic Terror Law ? Current Affairs
In the aftermath of these events, Joe Biden has said he would prioritize passing domestic terrorism legislation. And that will require a new domestic terrorism law.”One may wonder why we need a new domestic terrorism law to prosecute already-illegal activities, but Scher doesn’t give us much of an answer. There are 51 federal crimes and terrorism statutes that apply to domestic terrorism. But this does not necessarily mean that most of the people surveilled, prosecuted, and punished under a new domestic terrorism law will be white supremacists. All passing a domestic terrorism law will do is invest the government with even more power to spy, prosecute, imprison, and punish.
Turning workplace diversity goals into reality
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Workplace diversity and inclusion have become rallying cries in the wake of racial justice movements like Black Lives Matter. Columbia University professor and Workforce Opportunity Services founder Dr. Art Langer poses in an unknown location in this picture obtained by Reuters on January 21, 2021. Columbia University professor Dr. Art Langer has been nurturing talent for years through his nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services (www.wforce.org/). Q: How does Workforce Opportunity Services work? A: Black Lives Matter spurred a lot of companies to do something about workforce diversity, and that’s a good thing.
Editorial: GOP needs distance from Trump to regain competitiveness
The gap between the Democratic presidential nominee to Trump increased from 8.3% in 2016 to 10.8% in 2020, when 43.5% of New Mexicans cast ballots for Trump. New Mexico as a whole is clearly not Trump Country, notwithstanding Trump’s strong support in eastern areas of the state. Guys like Griffin used to be outliers in Republican Party politics. After saying in Roswell in 2016 that Trump had been his 17th choice of 17 GOP presidential candidates, Pearce became a steadfast Trump supporter, to a fault. Many Republicans believe Trump had a remarkably successful presidency as a job creator and trade deal negotiator.
'Something you've never seen before': Netflix diversity chief on Bridgerton's casting
'Something you've never seen before': Netflix diversity chief on Bridgerton's castingNetflix’s diversity and inclusion chief has said the colour-conscious casting in Bridgerton was a result of the company supporting diverse show-runners and encouraging an “inclusion lens” to be applied to decisions. “We’ve got to get folks in front of the camera and behind the camera. [When that happens] you’re going to get something you’ve never seen before. Myers said her team encourages programme makers to ensure shows are diverse, although she emphasised that ultimately casting was a creative decision. But she admitted that when she did some consulting work with Netflix before joining them she told staff that “you’re basically not as good as you think” on diversity.
Trump made a mess of tech policy. Here's what Biden is inheriting.
It's hard to focus on the nitty gritty of tech policy when the world is on fire. That doesn’t make Trump’s effect on tech policy and infrastructure any less alarming. Failure to pass federal privacy laws during the Trump administration, despite repeated efforts in Congress, left the matter up to the states. Artificial intelligenceThe U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy loudly trumpeted how it championed the development of artificial intelligence. The Biden administration has done little to indicate it will stand in their way.
Trump made a mess of tech policy. Here's what Biden is inheriting.
It's hard to focus on the nitty gritty of tech policy when the world is on fire. That doesn’t make Trump’s effect on tech policy and infrastructure any less alarming. Failure to pass federal privacy laws during the Trump administration, despite repeated efforts in Congress, left the matter up to the states. Decisions around OTF funding are playing out now, and it’s not clear whether the Biden administration will be able to undo the damage. Artificial intelligenceThe U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy loudly trumpeted how it championed the development of artificial intelligence.
US judge rules Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service
Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a US federal judge ruled on Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favoured by followers of former president, Donald Trump. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service on January 11. She also faulted Parler for providing "only faint and factually inaccurate speculation" about Amazon and Twitter colluding with one another to shut Parler down. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website. Parler argued in its lawsuit that Amazon violated antitrust laws by colluding with Twitter, which also uses some Amazon cloud computing services, to quash the upstart social media app.
Portland police share photos of Antifa rioters and the weapons used to smash up Democratic Party HQ
Eight Antifa rioters accused of smashing windows at Portland's Democratic Party headquarters hours after President Joe Biden was sworn in have had their mugshots published together with the weapons they allegedly used in the assault. The group stopped traffic as they headed to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon carrying a large banner stating: 'WE DON'T WANT BIDEN—WE WANT REVENGE!' Protests struck Portland and Seattle just hours after US President Joe Biden's inauguration, police said Thursday, with Democratic Party and federal immigration offices vandalized and reports of tear gas and stun grenades used. Around 150 people vandalized Oregon's Democratic Party offices Wednesday afternoon, before a similarly sized group descended on the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland late evening. Local CBS affiliate KOIN 6 News witnessed 'what appeared to be tear gas, as well as stun grenades and less-lethal munitions like pepperballs.'
They’re breaking glass and criticizing Biden. From the left.
The president and his allies have paid “lip service” to issues of racial equity, police brutality and mass incarceration, she said. He said the new president needed to know that “the pressure’s not off” for progress on immigration and policing reforms. They agreed to sit with Black Lives Matter organizers for more formal meetings once the administration was in office, she said. Reese Monson, one of the leaders in Portland’s Black Lives Matter movement, said he welcomed the inauguration and Biden’s early promises. But he said activists would need to keep up the pressure to ensure that the changes enacted go far enough.
Safe!
A movie (whose name I forget) once used baseball’s “safe!” sign in an amorous context. In about two weeks, when immunity starts to kick in, we’ll be partially safe. We know we’ll still have to take precautions, both to keep others safe and because no one knows how long the immunity lasts. We’re not safe now, but we will be relatively safe relatively soon. But it’s nice to feel safe at last—as much as one can after a grotesquely botched response to a global pandemic and four years of mindless, whim-driven chaos.
As Biden tries to tackle white-supremacist terrorism, he should steer clear of any ‘War on Terror’
Biden’s allies in Congress are already taking steps to pass new legislation that will close a statutory gap in federal terrorism law—namely, the lack of any federal criminal penalties for acts of domestic terrorism. It has also contributed to a stark imbalance in which over 500 people have been charged with international terrorism crimes, and only 34 have been charged with domestic terrorism. The real scandal here is not the lack of a domestic terrorism statute. The real scandal is the free pass white supremacy has had from law enforcement for all these years. “Efforts to address systemic and implicit biases in law enforcement are unlikely to be effective in reducing the racial disparities in the criminal justice system as long as explicit racism in law enforcement continues to endure.
Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service
Amazon.com Inc. won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Trump. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service Jan. 11. AdvertisementThe social media app, a magnet for the far right, sued to get back online, arguing that Amazon Web Services had breached its contract and abused its market power. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website. Parler argued in its lawsuit that Amazon violated antitrust laws by colluding with Twitter, which also uses some Amazon cloud computing services, to quash the upstart social media app.
‘Southern Charm’ Recap: Is Kathryn Dennis Pregnant Again?
In a week where our country celebrated taking one giant step forward, Southern Charm, after an otherwise fun, enlightening, and important season, took several giant steps backward. Let’s start with the positives (no pun intended): before the last 30 seconds of the episode, I felt as though Kathryn Dennis really showed some growth (yet again, no pun intended). Because if Kathryn is actually pregnant, then this show missed a major opportunity to both officially (and classily) announce and celebrate the news. The Southern Charm Season 7 reunion airs Thursday, January 28 at 9 pm ET/PT. Stream Southern Charm on Bravo Now
Missouri diversity session tells teachers 'colorblindness,' 'all lives matter' are forms of white supremacy
Newly released materials shed light on a training session in which Missouri middle school teachers were pressured to endorse certain ideas about race and told that "covert" white supremacy included things like "colorblindness." Under "covert," the handout listed "all lives matter," "white silence," "claiming reverse-racism," "calling the police on Black people," and "treating kids of color as adults." "So, there's a saying -- go back with me to high school -- I was a high school debater," Sullivan responded. News of the training came on the same day that President Biden rolled backed his predecessor's executive order opposing critical race theory. LEGAL COALITION FORMING TO STOP CRITICAL RACE THEORY TRAINING AROUND THE COUNTRYSchools and governments across the nation have reportedly seen training like these in the wake of Floyd's death last year.
US Soccer star Carli Lloyd receiving backlash for standing during national anthem
Carli Lloyd, one of the faces of U.S. Women’s Soccer, decided to stand for the national anthem prior to a game against Colombia on Monday night -- the first time she started in a game since March 2020. "And uh, some players decided to kneel, and some players decided to stand, and at the end of the day, we have each other’s backs." The U.S. Women’s soccer team wore "Black Lives Matter" shirts during their warmup session Monday night, but Lloyd and midfielder Lindsey Horan decided to stand when the anthem began playing. Back in November prior to a game in the Netherlands, the U.S. women’s soccer team wore "Black Lives Matter" jerseys and they all kneeled for the anthem. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Today, we wear Black Lives Matter to affirm human decency.
Law enforcement's disastrous response during the deadly insurrection reveals a major gap in security: Who's viewed as a threat
John Minchillo/APCapitol Police officers failed at keeping pro-Trump rioters from breaching the US Capitol on January 6. Experts said the uncoordinated response reveal law enforcement's flawed perception of who's a threat. Some critics contrasted the police response to the Capitol siege to that of the Black Lives Matter protests, including former first lady Michelle Obama. Obama said in a statement in response to the violent insurrection. Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
Racist materials posted at Valley Stream LIRR station, authorities say
Nassau police are investigating the posting of white supremacist-themed materials at the Valley Stream LIRR Station, authorities said Thursday. Several stickers and at least one flyer were discovered at the station, said Leg. The materials contained white supremacist themes and support for Kyle Rittenhouse, a white Illinois teenager charged with the fatal shootings of two people and the wounding of a third in August at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lt. Richard LeBrun said the department was investigating in collaboration with a probe by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "An investigation is ongoing into how those stickers, which contained offensive and unacceptable content, were posted."
Emails show Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull blames “cancel culture” for controversy over his anti-Islam views
The controversy engulfing Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull deepened Thursday amid his latest inflammatory remarks about Muslims. Newly released emails to constituents also show Shull believes calls for his resignation amount to “cancel culture” as he commiserates with former President Donald Trump. According to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, an organization focused on the experience of American Muslims, Muslims and Jews were the most likely groups to report experiencing religious discrimination last year. “The Muslim community is not a monolith,” said Seemab Hussaini, a board member of the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Cris Waller, a Clackamas County resident and a leader in the county’s Democratic Party, brought Shull’s previous statements to light.
Biden press secretary Jen Psaki is not 'West Wing' C.J. Cregg
You know, like Washington Post reporter Danny Concannon (Timothy Busfield) did in an effort to court White House Press Secretary C.J. And if I see one more reference to actual White House Press Secretary Psaki as being a “real-life” Cregg, that is what I will be doing. AdvertisementI understand that journalists in general, and the White House press corps in particular, have been under a lot of strain during the last four years. AdvertisementIt is important to remember, however, that the relationship between the press secretary and the press should be one of tension, not camaraderie. As President Biden made clear in his inaugural address, this country faces a maelstrom of crises.
‘What are we marching for?’ Protesters and observers wonder alike in Portland
The latest iteration has wrought extensive property damage recently in downtown and Northeast Portland, including indiscriminate window-smashing. They wandered west and then north before finally ending behind Benson High in Northeast Portland. Protesters who reached Northeast Grand Avenue hesitated and argued about where to go once they spotted a roadblock ahead of them. Protesters tag and smash windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters during the J20 March in SE Portland. Police blocked off a parking lot beside the field behind the high school and ordered no one to enter the lot.
Netflix boss reveals Bridgerton's diverse cast was found using an 'inclusion lens'
Netflix's vice-president of inclusion strategy has said Bridgerton's racially diverse cast was the result of an 'inclusion lens' being applied to casting decisions. Verna Myers said the company supported diverse lead producers and showrunners for the series as well as its executive producer Shonda Rhymes. It comes after Bridgerton was officially been renewed by Netflix for series 2 after weeks of speculation. The second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a wife after his turbulent love life was played out in the first series. There were also a further two books focused around the writings of Lady Whistledown from the Bridgerton series, released in 2003 and 2004.
Prosecutors want defense attorney, ex-Sacramento GOP leader charged in Capitol siege to remain detained
Along with Calhoun, the government is seeking to detain an ousted Sacramento leader of a GOP volunteer organization who was arrested Tuesday. AD“You will all die,” Jorge Riley, formerly the corresponding secretary of the California Republican Assembly, wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post two days after the Capitol siege, the FBI alleged. The assistant federal defender for Riley did not respond to a request for comment. Calhoun is the rare defendant who understands what it means to go to court when you’re required to. “When you and your friends went in there and tore the place to shreds, killed five people including a police officer, you showed .
Biden won’t stop them, and neither will cops, until Portland is burned down
In Portland, Black Lives Matter-Antifa made good on their pre-announced "J20" (January 20) riot. When Portland Police responded, they confiscated knives, batons, a crowbar, pepper spray and homemade firebombs from Antifa. Later that night, Antifa regrouped in southwest Portland where they chanted, "F– Joe Biden" while marching to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. Portland Police arrested seven, three of whom were also charged over riots last year. In Seattle, hundreds of Antifa shut down traffic in downtown as they trashed roads and started street fires.
Off-duty police were part of Capitol mob. Some police unions feel they can't back them.
The union's response has been markedly different in the case of Pham, who faces two federal misdemeanor charges related to entering the Capitol. Anyone who breached the Capitol "should be charged and receive whatever punishment is assigned to that," said Douglas Griffith, who is now the union president. In Chicago, for example, the union president initially defended the mob before backing down. Ture said police unions are breaking from their own because of the Capitol Police officer's death and the injuries sustained by dozens of other officers. Glaser said he suspects that the rioters' "violation of basic democratic principles is enough that the unions feel like they cannot back that up."
Partly hidden by isolation, many of the nation’s schoolchildren struggle with mental health
Adding another layer is the cultural taboo, she said: Mental health issues are not widely discussed in her Latino community. School systems include information about mental health resources in messages to parents and incorporate wellness activities into their reopening plans. Monitoring continues overnight and on weekends, wellness checks have been expanded, and mental health teams are active at each school. Separate mental health crisis teams respond to emergencies. She has incorporated mental health check-ins and community building activities into daily lessons.
US judge denies Parler's bid to have web services restored by Amazon
A federal judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon immediately restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the January 6 storming of the US Capitol. US District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn't dismissing Parler's 'substantive underlying claims' against Amazon, but said it had fallen short in demonstrating the need for an injunction forcing it back online through Amazon's web services. Amazon Web Services (AWS) suspended Parler on January 10. Amazon said the company signed up for its cloud computing services about a month later, thereby agreeing to its rules against dangerous content. Amazon claimed that Parler had breached its business agreement 'by hosting content advocating violence and failing to timely take that content down'
Hong Kong’s democracy activists see kindred spirits in the US Capitol insurrection
Fearing Beijing’s increasingly harsh approach to the city, she refinanced her Hong Kong apartment, converted the Hong Kong dollars to foreign currency, and emigrated to Prague earlier this year, joining a growing wave of Hong Kong emigrés. The movement’s sophisticated international lobbying efforts, primarily in the US and UK, helped elevate the Hong Kong issue to the top of countries’ foreign policy agendas, and scored victories like US legislation supporting Hong Kong and a path to UK citizenship for millions of Hong Kongers. On the ground, protesters in Hong Kong throughout 2019 explicitly appealed to the US, waving the American flag and urging Trump to “liberate” Hong Kong. Online, many Hong Kong activists cheered the Capitol attack, believing the allegations of rigging and seeing similarities with Hong Kongers’ storming of the local legislature in 2019 to protest a government few Hong Kongers get a say in choosing. Some, such as Yam, argue that the Hong Kong protest movement should choose allies who share the same political values.
Biden won’t stop them, and neither will cops, until Portland is burned down
In Portland, Black Lives Matter-Antifa made good on their pre-announced “J20” (January 20) riot. When Portland Police responded, they confiscated knives, batons, a crowbar, pepper spray and homemade firebombs from Antifa. Later that night, Antifa regrouped in southwest Portland where they chanted, “F– Joe Biden” while marching to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. Portland Police arrested seven, three of whom were also charged over riots last year. Like their black-clad brethren in Portland, they used umbrellas to shield one another.
Opinion: I went to Washington for joy, and Amanda Gorman delivered it
Driver is the author of " More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico ." The day of the inauguration, normally some 200,000 tickets are distributed to members of Congress and their constituents. Tiffany JamelActivist Nadine Seiler , 55, said she had been occupying the plaza to protect it from racists -- even sleeping there -- since October. She wore a knitted pink pussy hat and face mask that read MADAM in pink and VP in blue. The shadow of violence that loomed over the inauguration was eclipsed by her light, by the way her words began to heal a divided nation.
Atlanta Dream, Co-Owned By Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Is Close To Being Sold
Atlanta Dream, Co-Owned By Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Is Close To Being SoldEnlarge this image toggle caption Stephen Gosling/Getty Images Stephen Gosling/Getty ImagesEver since former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler denounced the WNBA's support for Black Lives Matter last summer, players have been pressuring the league to force her to sell her stake in the Atlanta Dream basketball team. Last summer, Loeffler, who was campaigning as a Republican candidate in a tough race for one of Georgia's U.S. Senate seats, called on the league's commissioner to drop support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Enlarge this image toggle caption Bill Clark/Getty Images Bill Clark/Getty ImagesPlayers for the Atlanta Dream responded at their next nationally televised game. "We didn't just do it because she denounced Black Lives Matter," said McCoughtry. Before she left the Dream, McCoughtry had played for the team for about as long as Loeffler has been a co-owner.
In the Exhibition “Gordon Parks: Half and the Whole,” Moving Scenes of Public and Private Black Life
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The Inauguration Protests Should Be Remembered For Creativity, Not Broken Windows
advertisement advertisementThe term ‘analysis paralysis’ does not do justice to the brain freeze that comes with choosing the right presidential protest sign right now. Families decked out in MAGA finery would encounter coffee shop intellectuals wearing Fuck Donald Trump shirts. One with a less complex cadence plainly states, “Donald Trump has got to go, hey hey ho ho,” which is a melody that was immortalized in the 1993 film PCU, with “Donald Trump” replaced by “This penis party.” (The context is about what you’d imagine.) They’re here today for J20, a coordinated effort to disrupt the inauguration through means that are not exactly peaceful. Heavy words are thrown lightly, like the woman pairing a Donald Trump mask with a ghost-sheetlike conical hat, the words “Yes we klan” written across it.
4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
Businesses that had issued statements in the summer committing to increased diversity and anti-racist efforts struggled with how to respond. “Organizations have to decide what side of history they want to be on,” says Janine Dennis, CEO of Talent Think Innovations. For organizations that have expressed commitment to improved DEI—especially anti-racism efforts—neutrality is akin to endorsement of the behavior. Instead, companies should rely on the policies they already have, such as the anti-harassment policy and the standards of conduct. Many of the staff at the Capitol expressed being unprepared on what to do when the violence erupted.
10 days after going dark: Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service
Matt O’BrienAssociated PressAmazon won't be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service on Jan. 11. Google and Apple were the first tech giants to take action against Parler in the days after the deadly Capitol. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website. Amazon said Twitter doesn't use its cloud services to power its main feed, though it will in the future.
Judge won’t force Amazon to reinstate Parler
Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. The social media app, a magnet for the far right, sued to get back online, arguing that Amazon had breached its contract and abused its market power. Amazon last week revealed a trove of incendiary and violent posts that it had reported to Parler over the past several weeks. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website. Amazon said Twitter doesn’t use its cloud services to power its main feed, though it will in the future.
Column: What happens to businesses when their CEOs become extremists?
As more and more business leaders choose to speak out on contentious political and social matters, CEOs will increasingly be called on to help shape the debate about such issues. Story continuesMajor corporations and their CEOs still take care when wading into political waters. These cases taken together show that it can be difficult to predict how a CEO's outspokenness will play in public. One is that businesses with stronger products have more latitude to take stands on public issues than those without. For all that, some business executives will find it hard to stay out of the limelight, to their own disadvantage.
Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service
Matt O'BrienAssociated PressAmazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service on Jan. 11. The social media app, a magnet for the far right, sued to get back online, arguing that Amazon had breached its contract and abused its market power. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website. Amazon said Twitter doesn’t use its cloud services to power its main feed, though it will in the future.
US judge denies Parler's bid to have web services restored by Amazon
A federal judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the January 6 storming of the US Capitol. Amazon Web Services (AWS) suspended Parler on January 10. Amazon said the company signed up for its cloud computing services about a month later, thereby agreeing to its rules against dangerous content. Amazon last week revealed a trove of incendiary and violent posts that it had reported to Parler over the past several weeks. Amazon claimed that Parler had breached its business agreement 'by hosting content advocating violence and failing to timely take that content down'
Arizona Prosecutors Pretend 'ACAB' Is Gang Lingo To Hit Protesters With Felony Gang Charges
The major damage came after the arrests, when prosecutors added felony gang charges. Police testified the group used the umbrellas to attack officers, conceal their activities, and further their criminal activities. The indictment is for several crimes, including conspiracy to commit assault, riot, and assisting a criminal street gang. Nothing stupid or politically-charged about turning BLM protesters carrying umbrellas into a street gang for indictment purposes. Unlike some of the other charges the protesters are facing, these charges can't be expunged or downgraded to misdemeanors.
Becca Kufrin Recalls Garrett Yrigoyen Split Over Their Differences
Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen may have been doomed from the start. Kufrin subsequently told Rachel Lindsay that Yrigoyen’s post was “tone deaf” during an emotional conversation on their “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. “I was like … what’s important to me? Let’s talk about it,’” she told Insider. He confirmed his new relationship in November 2020 but has yet to publicly comment on his split from Kufrin.
Becca Kufrin's Ex Garrett Yrigoyen’s Girlfriend: Meet Alex Farrar
Less than two months after Becca Kufrin confirmed her relationship with Garrett Yrigoyen was over, the Bachelorette season 14 winner debuted his romance with current girlfriend Alex Farrar — and they are still going strong. Kufrin, 30, and Yrigoyen, 31, got engaged during the August 2018 finale of the ABC series. While the season was airing, the Nevada native made headlines for “liking” offensive Instagram posts about members of the LGBTQ community and Parkland shooting survivor. Are we going to be able to make a lasting relationship for a lifetime off of our differences? Scroll through for five things to know about Farrar:
Farewell to a Fascist: Biden, Washington, and America Pick Up the Pieces
Two days before the inauguration, I talk with my dad about Joe Biden. There’s one key difference between Joe Biden and Peter Rodrick. At 11:48 a.m., Joe Biden takes the oath of office and becomes the 46th president. I laugh and make a promise to myself that I will be part of the kinder, gentler America that Joe Biden says he wants. I make it back to my hotel room just in time to catch President Biden arrive at Arlington National Cemetery.
British tabloids see snub in Biden’s rejection of Churchill bust amid Oval Office makeover
ADADDuring recent years, the placement of the Churchill bust has emerged as an object of media fascination in Britain. It was kept on in the Oval Office throughout Bush’s two terms. ADThe presence of the Churchill bust in the Oval Office received little notice until it was removed during the Obama administration. Initially he placed the White House-owned bust in the Oval Office, later replacing it with the bust on loan from the British government. “If there’s anything that President Biden would like that we can provide we will be very happy to do so,” Karen Pierce said.
Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service
Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)FILE - An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Boston. Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. But people who had already downloaded the Parler app were still able to use it until Amazon Web Services pulled the plug on the website.
Proud Boys Organizer Arrested for Involvement in Capitol Riot
Image via GettyThe Capitol riots were made up of a wide swath of conservative and far-right true believers. So, it should come as no surprise that leaders of the chauvinist movement Proud Boys were in attendance. An organizer for the group named Joe Biggs was recently arrested in Florida over his involvement in the failed coup. FBI officials claim he was one of the first people to force his way into the Capitol building. The group's current chairman Enrique Tarrio was arrested ahead of the Capitol riot on charges related to the destruction of a local church's Black Lives Matter sign.
Republican Michigan official brandishes a rifle on video after 'Proud Boys' comment
A Republican county official in northern Michigan has sparked outrage after displaying a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen's critical comments about the far-right extremist group 'Proud Boys.' 'The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us,' Clous said. 'I am not a member of Proud Boys," Hentschel said Wednesday. 'But I do know a few Proud Boys. I've met Black Proud Boys, I've met multi-racial Puerto Rican Proud Boys and they inform me they also have gay Proud Boys.
NYPD facing lawsuit over tactics during George Floyd protests
A coalition of attorneys filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on Thursday over the department’s handling of the George Floyd protests – in an attempt to change the “violent protest policing tactics” that lead to hundreds of “unconstitutional” and “brutal” arrests. “And, day in and day out, Mayor de Blasio has denied the brutal reality and done nothing to force NYPD transparency or accountability,” he added. A police officer puts a protester into a chokehold after dozens of anti-police protesters were arrested by the NYPD Strategic Response Group amid protests against the police-involved death of George Floyd on May 28, 2020. Moore added that the lawsuit could be combined with the AG’s suit down the line. Another attorney, David rankin, added, “There will be on ramps in having the community involved going forward.”The NYPD did not immediately respond for comment.
City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade
LONDON – The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolize the financial sector’s historic role in slavery. “The view of members was that removing and re-siting statues linked to slavery is an important milestone in our journey towards a more inclusive and diverse City,” the City’s political leader Catherine McGuinness said. Beckford was two times Lord Mayor of London in the 18th century and had plantations in Jamaica with slaves. In London’s predominantly white financial sector, the Black Lives Matter protests increased pressure to better reflect the wider population’s ethnic diversity. Britain’s financial services and City minister John Glen told a conference on Thursday that the Race at Work Charter launched in 2018 had attracted 50 firms to sign up to commit to tackling barriers.
‘Corrupting and Dangerous Ideology Has Poisoned This Man’s Mind’: Federal Judge Thunderously Denies Bail for Attorney Who Bragged About Storming the U.S. Capitol
“The language used in those posts is extremely violent,” the judge added–referring to a series of Twitter, Facebook and Parler posts authored by the Americus, Georgia-based attorney of some 30 years. And if patriots have to kill 60 million of these communists, it is God’s will.”“Think ethnic cleansing but it’s anti-communist cleansing,” he added. “We’ve got to get serious about stopping them with the force of arms,” Calhoun said in yet another post cited by the government. “Sometime over the past 30 years,” said Judge Weigle, referring to Calhoun’s lawyering, “something has changed.”“Because of the corrupting and dangerous ideology that has poisoned this man’s mind, I wouldn’t trust him to do anything I told him to do,” the court remarked. “I would freely admit that I trespassed, but I did it for the love of my country,” he told the newspaper.
A Presidential Inauguration Grows Out of the Barrel of a Gun
However inspiring you found yesterday’s presidential inauguration probably comes down to how you feel about the military. Most of our national pageantry is made for television, but a presidential inauguration is something that draws its gravity from the participation of the people — Trump’s very first tantrum in office was, after all, about his crowd size. On television, the Biden inauguration may have looked like a shiny procession of feel-good moments, a Lady Gaga concert and poetry reading mixed with a stirring political rally. Of course, the thousands and thousands of people with guns were there to protect you, this time, but that is what they always say, isn’t it? There was not a single sign saying, for example, ?“This Way to Inauguration,” or ?“Entrance Here,” or ?“Public Access,” or anything else.
BLM activist who 'plowed her car into Trump supporters' in September is hit with additional charges
Tatiana Turne, who allegedly plowed her car into supporters of Donald Trump during a California rally in September, has been hit with a slew of additional charges. A Black Lives Matter activist who allegedly plowed her car into supporters of Donald Trump during a California rally in September, has been hit with a slew of additional charges. Lindgren was hospitalized for several months after Turner ran back-and-forth over her head during the protest in Yorba Linda. Pictured: Black Lives Matter protesters and counter protesters clash in Yorba Linda, Calif., September 26Three more of the 'March 4 Equality' protesters have been charged for crimes committed at the Yorba Linda protest, with one other counter-protester also charged. Turner saw people with guns and feared for her life when she got into her car that was blocked by Trump supporters, attorney Ludlow Creary II said.
Biden's new hero: Bust of Mexican socialist Cesar Chavez has taken pride of place in Oval Office
Biden's new-look Oval Office has introduced several new busts, including civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and socialist Latino union leader Cesar Chavez who sits proudly behind the President's chair. Also gone: Winston Churchill's bust was placed to the looker's right of the fireplace in Donald Trump's Oval Office. Now gone: Winston Churchill's bust was placed to the looker's right of the fireplace in Donald Trump's Oval Office. Photographs of the Oval Office suggest that the bust of Churchill has been replaced by that of RFK. 'Now, when I was elected as President of the United States, my predecessor had kept a Churchill bust in the Oval Office.
At Biden’s Inaugural Events, the Music Was Earnestly Reassuring
It offered quick glimpses of musical, military and athletic groups from all of the states, along with rhythmic delights from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was as close as the public could gather in pandemic America. “Celebrating America” included live but physically isolated performances from a small stage by the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln’s statue gazed down the stairs at Mr. Springsteen, John Legend, Katy Perry and the event’s host, Tom Hanks. Other performances, largely prerecorded, came from remote locations.
National Guard says there were 'no confrontations' with protesters during Biden inauguration
There were "no confrontations" between National Guard members and any protesters during President Biden’s inauguration ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol, National Guard spokeswoman Darla Torres confirmed in a statement to Fox News Thursday. Up to 26,000 National Guard troops were deployed across the nation’s capital ahead of the inauguration of the 46th president. The National Guard said it is coordinating with federal law enforcement to meet any continuing requirements while simultaneously working the logistics to return Guard members to their home states, families and employers. HOW LONG WILL DC REMAIN LOCKED DOWN, NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS STAY AFTER BIDEN INAUGURATION? Earlier gatherings in Portland involved Antifa protesters clash with law enforcement as they gathered to voice dissatisfaction with President Biden.
City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade
LONDON (Reuters) - The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery. “The view of members was that removing and re-siting statues linked to slavery is an important milestone in our journey towards a more inclusive and diverse City,” the City’s political leader Catherine McGuinness said. Beckford was two times Lord Mayor of London in the 18th century and had plantations in Jamaica with slaves. In London’s predominantly white financial sector, the Black Lives Matter protests increased pressure to better reflect the wider population’s ethnic diversity. Britain’s financial services and City minister John Glen told a conference on Thursday that the Race at Work Charter launched in 2018 had attracted 50 firms to sign up to commit to tackling barriers.
Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism
Story continues“The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us," Clous said. "To have a public official do that during a public meeting is horrendous.”Betsy Coffia, a fellow county commissioner, labeled Clous' action “deeply disturbing." “I am not a member of Proud Boys,” Hentschel said Wednesday. “But I do know a few Proud Boys. I’ve met Black Proud Boys, I’ve met multi-racial Puerto Rican Proud Boys and they inform me they also have gay Proud Boys.
Alright! Land of Hope and Dreams
Harris got likely the day's most rousing send-off with Obama marking her new gig from the crowd with a jubilant, "Alright!" It was, noticeably, a day of black, brown, young, female voices, from the moving benediction by Rev. Despite dark images of a capital - and country - still under siege, there were reasons for hope. That night, Bruce Springsteen kicked off a virtual celebration with an austere version of "Land of Hope and Dreams," invoking sorrows left behind "and all this darkness past." Historic: Harris and Sotomayor.
Good News Roundup Jan 21, 2021--Another Trip Around the Sun
We decide whether our trip around the sun is going to be a good one or not. Joe Biden is President. He hasn’t even been in office a full day yet.” Tell those people they can wait if they want, but President Biden has taken off without them. Formal withdrawal requires a year's notice, so former President Trump's decision would not have taken effect until July 6. If you’re stopping by for the first time, be sure to check out those comments—oftentimes that’s where the really good stuff is.
If the idea of confronting white supremacy upsets you, that's a cue for some soul-searching
He said white supremacists exist in this nation. Now that we’re waging war on white supremacists. Can somebody tell us in very clear language what a white supremacist is?”He wants a definition? That should buy us at least a decade before we have to worry about people who insist that they are not white supremacists, but merely white supremacy-adjacent. And, yes, that they look at the white supremacists who have attacked Black churches, attacked the Capitol, attacked U.S. democracy, and they see themselves.
American Muslims Demand More of Biden Than Simply Not Being Trump
Just days after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order banning all refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, nearly 85,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. By FY 2021, the Trump administration requested that number to drop to a mere 15,000, an 82 percent decrease. Ironically, he called the Black Lives Matter movement “a symbol of hate.” (Muslims supported the movement more than any other faith group, and nearly 30 percent of American Muslims are Black or African American.) There is also the matter of how previous administrations viewed American Muslims and Islam through a national security lens, including the Obama-Biden administration. The failure of law enforcement to protect the Capitol during the recent attack by white supremacist Trump supporters is a perfect example of this.
As Biden Axes KXL Pipeline, Water Protectors Urge Him to Reject DAPL and Line 3
Several other Water Protectors were arrested earlier this month after locking themselves together inside a pipe segment. “To hear that [the Keystone XL permit is being revoked], I celebrate it and it makes me happy…. For now, the Biden transition team is keeping quiet on the issue, declining to comment publicly on Line 3. In advance of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, Biden told climate activists with Bold Iowa that he opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline. I’ve been opposed to the pipeline to begin with,” Biden told Bold Iowa’s Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon.
Biden makes clear rebuke of white supremacy in inaugural address
Rare for an inaugural address, President Joe Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under Donald Trump. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”Compared to his immediate predecessors, three of whom attended Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is the first president to directly address the ills of white supremacy in an inaugural speech. In his second inaugural address in 1997, former President Bill Clinton called out racial divisions as “America’s constant curse,” but stopped short of naming culprits. “Then, we can focus on thriving Black lives through investments in health, education, housing, and environmental justice.”Biden began addressing some of these issues in a series of executive orders signed after the inauguration. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”In his speech, Biden invoked Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation committing to freeing enslaved Africans during the Civil War.
Everything about the pandemic has been bad, except this...
Despite the need for social distancing, the pandemic brought home how interdependent we all are and the vital work being done all around us. Reading, writing, and reflection are the three R’s of pandemic life, a life that I’ve found can be slower and deeper than before. The day I craved being around a human being, hearing a voice and having a chat, it was a revelation to me,” Mary Hirsch wrote. The pandemic gave many a chance to reassess their busy-ness, and refocus on self-care and simple pleasures, when that was possible. In the spring, Katherine Johnson of Shrewsbury encountered the quote “Your hard is hard” (originally by blogger Heather Westfield King).
Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism
Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, was at home during the livestreamed meeting Wednesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. “The only thing I know about them (Proud Boys) is when they came and spoke to us,” Clous said. “I am not a member of Proud Boys,” Hentschel said Wednesday. “But I do know a few Proud Boys. I’ve met Black Proud Boys, I’ve met multi-racial Puerto Rican Proud Boys and they inform me they also have gay Proud Boys.
'His work is a testament': the ever-relevant photography of Gordon Parks
“Gordon Parks’s photographs are timeless,” said Peter W Kunhardt Jr, executive director of the Gordon Parks Foundation. Untitled, Chicago Illinois by Gordon Parks. Deborah Willis, the chair of photography at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, has curated Parks’s work in over 30 exhibitions. “In my view, it’s connected to Gordon Parks’s desire to visualize it and a more just society,” said Willis. Gordon Parks in 1966.
No 10 takes relaxed view as Biden removes Churchill bust from Oval Office
Downing Street has said it is up to Joe Biden how he decorates the Oval Office, after it was reported that a bust of Winston Churchill, lent by the UK government, has been removed. A bust of Mexican American labour rights leader Cesar Chavez was visible in pictures of Biden signing executive orders on Wednesday. Asked about her comments on Wednesday, Johnson appeared uncomfortable, before remarking that there was, “nothing wrong with being woke”. It subsequently emerged that Obama had simply moved the bust of the wartime leader – a loan from the UK government – to a spot in his personal residence. When Theresa May rushed to Washington in early 2017 to be the first world leader to visit Trump in the White House, he swept her into the Oval Office to show that Churchill had been restored to prominence.
The Village People respond to Donald Trump using 'Y.M.C.A.' in his final remarks as president
The Village People issued a response after Donald Trump defiantly used their hit "Y.M.C.A." Before departing, he gave remarks for the last time as president before leaving the stage, as he often has, to the group’s 1978 disco hit. He tacked on to his remarks a request for Trump to stop using songs like "Y.M.C.A." In August, Willis doubled down on his remarks, explaining to fans that there isn’t much he can legally do to prevent Trump from using the track. I receive a great deal of complaints from fans each time he plays my song," Willis wrote.
A former Army captain has been arrested after the FBI said he uploaded a Facebook video saying he 'stormed' the Capitol
Saul Loeb/Getty ImagesA former Army captain has been arrested in connection with the January 6 riot at the Capitol. The FBI said that Gabriel Augustin Garcia published live footage from inside the building. 'We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol,' Garcia says in the video footage, according to an FBI document. A former army captain has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot on January 6 after allegedly uploading live footage of the failed insurrection to Facebook and stating that he had just "stormed" the Capitol. According to the document, Garcia turned the camera to himself while filming and says: "We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol.
'A Total Failure': The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump
After the presidential election last year, the Proud Boys, a far-right group, declared its undying loyalty to President Donald Trump. “Trump will go down as a total failure,” the Proud Boys said in the same Telegram channel Monday. The comments are a startling turn for the Proud Boys, which for years backed Trump and promoted political violence. One Proud Boys Telegram channel posted: “It really is important for us all to see how much Trump betrayed his supporters this week. “To all demoralized Trump supporters: There is hope,” read one message in a Proud Boys Telegram channel Wednesday.
Portlanders protest, celebrate; Capitol stays quiet: Looking back on Inauguration Day in Oregon
And while large demonstrations at the Oregon State Capitol did not materialize, a few hundred people came together for protests in Portland. Here’s what Oregonians should know, looking back on Inauguration Day. QUIET SCENE AT STATE CAPITOLLarge demonstrations at the Oregon State Capitol never materialized amid a heightened law enforcement presence and the fortification of buildings including the Capitol itself. Only a handful of demonstrators — including Trump supporters and critics — turned out in front of the Capitol in Salem. The Democratic Party of Oregon and Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral were among those who hosted virtual Inauguration Day events.
The apprentice
The foundation for Hawley’s political career was laid early. Like Trump, Hawley’s economic populism is selective. But Hawley does not want the Republican Party to be the party of Uber, at least; he wants to bring Silicon Valley to heel. “You have to go back a century to find a set of corporations that exert as much power,” Hawley said in 2019. They’ve concentrated so much party power in the hands of one man, and now, to put it in terms an economic populist might understand, Trumpism may be too big to fail.
Becca Kufrin would ask about politics if ‘Bachelorette’ again
In a recent interview with Insider, the “Bachelorette” of Season 14 recalled how she told current “Bachelor” star, Matt James, that she’d ask her suitors about where they stand on political issues. “But for me, especially living through this past year, it would be so important to me.”During her “Bachelorette” season in 2018, Kufrin got engaged to contestant Garrett Yrigoyen. Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen Alexander Tamargo/Getty ImagesIn September, Kufrin confirmed the couple had ended their two-year engagement. There’s much more to it,” Kufrin said on a previous episode of her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. On their differences, Kufrin told Insider, “I was like … what’s important to me?
Pro-immigration reform group calls for pathway to citizenship in new ad buy
Share this -The GOP impeachment defectors by the numbers WASHINGTON — Ten House Republicans voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday. 1: The number of House Republicans voting for impeachment who also objected to certification of the electoral votes last week. And in 2019, zero House Republicans defected from Donald Trump when he was impeached over the Ukraine matter. ET Wednesday, 5 House Republicans say they will vote to impeach Pres. And one from the Pebble Limited Partnership asked "President Trump" to "continue to stand tall and don't let politics enter the Pebble mine review process."
Capitol siege a ‘travesty’ compared with ‘peaceful’ racial justice protests: Ray McGuire
The attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump earlier this month prompted some Republican members of Congress to draw a false parallel between the mob in Washington D.C. and a wave of racial justice protests last summer. “When you saw a peaceful protest against eight minutes and 46 seconds of a cold blooded murder,” McGuire adds. “We will not tolerate that under my administration in New York City,” he says. Ray McGuire, a New York City mayoral candidate and former vice chairman at Citigroup, appears on "Influencers with Andy Serwer." McGuire entered the New York City mayoral race after 15 years at Citigroup, where he served most recently as the global head of corporate and investment banking.
Goat Girl: 'We're seen as harmless because we're not men'
South London quartet Goat Girl were deep into making their second album when it became clear that something was very wrong with their guitarist. Davies had Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the blood, and had to start a six-month course of chemotherapy immediately. They had been mixing the record with their producer, Dan Carey, when Davies got her results, “and we all just started crying”. Photograph: Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesFor all their obvious brilliance, you do get the sense that Goat Girl are sometimes not taken as seriously as their male post-punk peers, such as the Irish band Fontaines DC, who have been nominated for a Grammy. It’s not even recognised as being on the same level of intensity.”On All Fours still has the elastic live feel of their early material but Goat Girl are very much upping their game.
Fury as Joe Biden removes bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office
AdvertisementDowning Street today insisted it is up to Joe Biden how he decorates the Oval Office after the new US President removed a bust of Sir Winston Churchill, prompting fury from his political critics. The spokesman added: 'We are in no doubt about the importance President Biden puts on the US-UK relationship.' Mr Johnson's relationship with Mr Trump has led some observers to wonder whether he will be able to work closely with Mr Biden. One Tory MP told MailOnline the Churchill bust is a 'symbol of the Special Relationship'. 'Now, when I was elected as President of the United States, my predecessor had kept a Churchill bust in the Oval Office.
California woman charged in Black Lives Matter protest attack facing more charges
A Long Beach woman who was charged with attempted murder for driving through a crowd during a Yorba Linda Black Lives Matter protest in September is facing more charges in connection with another attack at an earlier protest in Seal Beach, prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 20. And after reviewing videos from the events of that day in Yorba Linda, five more demonstrators have been charged, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office also announced. During that protest, Turner — described as a Black Lives Matter supporter — drove through a crowd of BLM marchers and counter-protesters who gathered to confront them. On Wednesday, prosecutors revealed that one month before Turner’s action in Yorba Linda, she had also attacked two men at a Seal Beach protest. The others charged after the Yorba Linda protest are:Danielle Lindgren, 44, of Corona.
Awkward moment Boris Johnson squirms as he is asked if Joe Biden is 'woke'
Mr Biden, who has previously described the PM as a 'clone' of Donald Trump, is expected to speak to Mr Johnson in the coming hours. Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson stressed the common ground between the Biden administration and his own. The issue of Northern Ireland and Brexit has been a source of tensions between the Government and Mr Biden, whose ancestors were Irish Catholics. In 2019, Mr Biden, a strong opponent of Brexit, described Mr Johnson as a 'physical and emotional clone' of Donald Trump. Mr Johnson was the first European leader called by Mr Biden following his victory over Mr Trump in November.
Biden takes part in virtual prayer service at National Cathedral before getting to work on pandemic
On Wednesday morning, in lieu of meeting with the outgoing president, Biden attending church service at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. this is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. But there were children interspersed along the brief stretch outside the Treasury and White House, along with press and aides. America, America, I gave my best to you.' He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.
Lawmaker files bill to end Confederate Heroes Day in Texas
For years, several Texas lawmakers have worked to eliminate "Confederate Heroes Day." DOWNLOAD THE FOX 7 AUSTIN NEWS APPOn Confederate Heroes Day, State Rep. Rafael Anchía filed HB 1186 which would remove confederate monuments, statues, and memorials from Texas State Capitol grounds. "The Texas Capitol is a symbol of solidarity, as lawmakers from various backgrounds and perspectives come together to create change for our communities. The presence of Confederate memorials on the Capitol grounds undermines the unifying work that lawmakers strive to undertake," he said. Explaining that "every monument on the state grounds you could come up with some reason why it has an odious nature."
Tucker Carlson Is Very Worried About Biden’s ‘War on White Supremacists’
But what Carlson really wanted to talk about what was the portion of Biden’s inaugural address in which he denounced “political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”“Those are America’s enemies, we must wage war against them,” Carlson replied. That didn’t seem to sit right with the host, who said that “not many Americans” support white supremacy and instead find it “disgusting,” as they “should.” But at the same time, he wondered, “What is it, exactly?”“Now that we’re waging war on white supremacists, can somebody tell us in very clear language what a white supremacist is?” Carlson asked. We have a right to know that.”“Innocent people could be hurt in this war. So again, what is a white supremacist? Now that his preferred president is officially out of the White House, however, Carslon seemed more scared than ever that the “white supremacist” label might just stick this time.
A former Army captain has been arrested after the FBI said he uploaded a Facebook video saying he 'stormed' the Capitol
A former Army captain has been arrested in connection with the January 6 riot at the Capitol. The FBI said that Gabriel Augustin Garcia published live footage from inside the building. 'We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol,' Garcia says in the video footage, according to an FBI document. A former army captain has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot on January 6 after allegedly uploading live footage of the failed insurrection to Facebook and stating that he had just "stormed" the Capitol. According to the document, Garcia turned the camera to himself while filming and says: "We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol.
Iraqi militia launches Hebrew site 'to counter Israeli media'
A leading Iran-backed Iraqi militia has launched a Hebrew language website with the aim to, in its own words, counter Israel's "hegemony" over the media. Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, a powerful faction in the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries, said they unveiled the new site at a ceremony on Monday. Nasr al-Shammari, the movement’s official spokesman, said the group was aiming to push back against "the Israeli enemy and break the media hegemony of the Zionist entity". He added that Iraq was "one of the countries targeted by the Zionist entity", a label Israel's enemies sometimes give the country. The US Department of Justice announced the seizure of al-Nujaba's site along with 92 domain names that were used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Civil-rights movement activist to discuss award-winning documentary and more
It is part of the Center for Historical Research's “1619 and Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacy” program. While Richardson was working with the movement, she became aware of the crucial importance of documenting what was going on. "The Legacy Project is working with these younger activists around archiving. “The folks that I know who are part of the SNCC Legacy Project, we're all in our 70s and 80s, but nobody is sitting around knitting baby booties," she said. I'm going to be running with you — with this baton — until I can't run no more.
Illinois poised to become first state to end wealth-based pre-trial detention
Studies have also shown that hundreds of thousands of Americans like Mayes end up pleading guilty or receiving harsher sentences because of unaffordable bonds, whether or not they are guilty. Across the country, Black, Latino and indigenous people are detained pre-trial at far higher rates than people of other ethnicities. If given a money bail, Black people receive significantly higher bail than all other ethnic and racial groups and are less likely to be able to post the bail amount. Now, with a historic vote in the Illinois general assembly on 13 January, Illinois is poised to become the first state in the country to end the use of wealth-based pre-trial detention. “We were able to pull most of the best things from other policy changes and other states but also set the bar really, really high.
Rejecting Biden's message of unity, Portland's self-described anarchists target a Democratic Party building
Before the day was over, windows were shattered at the state Democratic Party headquarters, and police in riot gear were chasing demonstrators into the darkness. A protester smashes the door of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland Wednesday. (Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)An anarchist symbol marks the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland Wednesday. Eventually the activists reached the Democratic Party of Oregon office building. This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
Column: Police reform isn't enough when people see Blacks as dangerous
Marcelius Braxton, guest columnistColumbus is still reeling from the recent killing of two Black men. But police actions related to Casey Goodson Jr., Andre Hill, and the U.S. Capitol riots demonstrate a persistent obstacle: Police reform will not change society’s biased perception of Black dangerousness and white innocence. A 2017 study indicates that when comparing Black men to white men of the same size, people will tend to view Black men as more threatening and larger. But how can we reform a system that was largely established over the perceptions of Black dangerousness? Otherwise, reform won't end brutalization, harm and the unnecessary killing of Black people.
Tara LaRosa: the worrying case of MMA's 'Proud Girl'
Among the most recognizable faces alongside the Proud Boys was Tara LaRosa, a pioneer of women’s mixed martial arts. Yet another photo showed her flashing the white power sign again while standing alongside a member of the Proud Boys. — Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) November 4, 2020“A civil war is coming,” LaRosa tweeted on election day. “Women … we love you but you cannot be in Proud Boys,” the Proud Boys wrote on several of their encrypted social media channels. “Proud Boy’s Girls or Proud Girls are both ridiculous ideas.
Goodbye, Donald Trump. You changed America. You also changed me
Americans have always been divided about troubling events, but until Trump, there was at least broad agreement about what those events were. When the USSR collapsed, I bought into the supposition that America was the only superpower and that that would be good for the world. I have since disavowed wanting to be a superpower and questioned whether superpowers obtain – but whatever America was, it no longer is. If America seems merely possible to Obama, how can it seem any better to the rest of us? I love America and meet good people here every day.
Biden Taps a War on Terror Veteran to Stop White Supremacists
But some worry that it will be natural—indeed, human—for Travers to apply his post-9/11 experience to far-right and white-supremacist terror. With debate underway amongst Democrats over new domestic terrorism statutes, the path Biden chooses is likely to define his early tenure as president. Travers has marinated in the War on Terror, holding multiple positions in NCTC before becoming its acting director. In an article for Foreign Affairs, about the continued relevance of counterterrorism Travers portrayed “a much longer fight ahead,” including with white supremacists at home. It involves, as German and others have pointed out, the will to challenge the practitioners of white terror politically, socially and legally, rather than securitizing a fundamentally political problem.
Trump's '1776 Commission' tried to rewrite U.S. history. Biden had other ideas.
Images from the Jan. 6 insurgency are now part of American history, as well. Similarly, the "1776 Report" seems motivated at its core by fear of losing: losing elections, losing power and, more generally, losing the hearts and minds of the majority. The “1776 Report” seems motivated at its core by fear of losing: losing elections, losing power and, more generally, losing the hearts and minds of the majority. It's the "tough stuff of American history" that some would rather shrug off as an unfortunate historical blip. Biden and Harris seem to have prioritized taking down the "1776 Report" — as well they should have.
Biden repudiates white supremacy, calls for racial justice
Rare for an inaugural address, President Joe Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under Donald Trump. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said in the nearly 23-minute-long speech promising to heal a divided nation. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”Compared to his immediate predecessors, three of whom attended Wednesday's inauguration, Biden is the first president to directly address the ills of white supremacy in an inaugural speech. “To be perfectly clear, it was incredibly powerful,” Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, a national racial justice organization, told The Associated Press. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”In his speech, Biden invoked Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation committing to freeing enslaved Africans during the Civil War.
Tucker Carlson Is Very Worried About Biden’s ‘War on White Supremacists’
But what Carlson really wanted to talk about what was the portion of Biden’s inaugural address in which he denounced “political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”“Those are America’s enemies, we must wage war against them,” Carlson replied. That didn’t seem to sit right with the host, who said that “not many Americans” support white supremacy and instead find it “disgusting,” as they “should.” But at the same time, he wondered, “What is it, exactly?”“Now that we’re waging war on white supremacists, can somebody tell us in very clear language what a white supremacist is?” Carlson asked. So again, what is a white supremacist? Now that his preferred president is officially out of the White House, however, Carslon seemed more scared than ever that the “white supremacist” label might just stick this time. Project Veritas’ CNN Sting Uncovers Explosive News That Tucker Carlson Is RacistRead more at The Daily Beast.
Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs arrested as FBI alleges more possible planning in U.S. Capitol breach
He denied having any knowledge of preplanning of the event in an interview with the FBI, court documents said. “This is awesome!” the FBI alleged Biggs replied before pulling his gaiter up to cover his face. ADBiggs — facing counts of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, illegal entry and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds — is the latest Proud Boys member to be charged in the storming of the Capitol. ADThe FBI said Biggs and at least one person he was with appeared to carry walkie-talkie-style two-way communication devices. Biggs spoke with agents Monday and admitted entering the Capitol building without forcing entry, the FBI said.
Rejecting Biden’s message of unity, Portland’s self-described anarchists target a Democratic Party building
Before the day was over, windows were shattered at the state Democratic Party headquarters, and police in riot gear were chasing demonstrators into the darkness. AdvertisementA protester smashes the door of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland Wednesday. (Richard Read / Los Angeles Times)An anarchist symbol marks the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland Wednesday. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation, arrest or the use of crowd-control agents and/or impact weapons.”Eventually the activists reached the Democratic Party of Oregon office building. Another man stepped forward and smashed windows with a crowbar while fellow marchers grabbed window blinds and pulled them down.
Looking Back On The Indy’s Trump-Era Coverage
If Donald Trump did one good thing as president, it’s that he made almost everyone care more deeply about politics and the direction of this country — whether it was his enthralled supporters or his horrified opponents. Below are some of the highlights of our coverage over these past few years made possible by the support of readers like you. 2015-2016Trump, Born to Be a Crony CapitalistPeter Rugh looks back on Donald Trump’s shady business career in New York and warn that he aspires to be a tyrant, just as his father trained him to be. They built it around the voting booth.”2019The White Working Class: America’s Prodigal SonWill the left embrace white blue-collar workers in their hour of need and create an unbeatable progressive coalition? As Trump Leaves Office, Social Movements of the Right and Left Battle Over the Future of America“When Donald Trump leaves office tomorrow, the political crisis in this country will not subside.
On the Streets of D.C., How the Biden Presidency Began
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! W ashington, D.C. —On the final morning of the Trump presidency, the city was quiet. And that’s how the Biden presidency began for the people of D.C.: Most were at home.
Get to Know Amanda Gorman, the Inaugural Poet With Her Own Presidential Plans
She's the youngest inaugural poet in memory at 22, following in the footsteps of seasoned writers like Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. And yet, the history tied to Amanda's inaugural poem went deeper than her age. Read our conversation below, which features an excerpt of her inaugural poem. You'll also be the youngest inaugural poet in memory. PS: I saw you were asked to emphasise unity and hope over divisiveness in your inaugural poem.
Claudia Conway’s TikToks about her mother’s alleged abuse are more complicated than they seem
Claudia Conway, the 16-year-old daughter of former Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway and anti-Trump Republican attorney George Conway, has alleged that her mother has been “physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive” in her latest TikToks. On January 19, Claudia posted a series of videos appearing to show Kellyanne shouting, cursing frequently, belittling, and seemingly hitting her daughter. (Vox attempted to contact both Kellyanne and Claudia Conway for comment and will update if we hear back.) After the videos started to gain traction, Claudia filmed another explaining her decision and providing more context. Finally, she revealed that police had shown up at her door when she was alone after the videos started going viral.
The Sound of Silence
The national vaccine rollout is slow, and new strains of the coronavirus are alarming scientists worldwide. COVID-19 didn’t stop Washingtonians from protesting in the streets this summer, but the country has changed since then. To get to the plaza today, supporters had to pass through a TSA checkpoint and walk several blocks out of the way. Once they got there, most stood quietly in a circle, listening to the new president’s inaugural address over someone’s portable loudspeaker. “It’s not what I was expecting,” she told me when I asked how she felt about the attendance and the security.
Biden Supporters Showed Up To The Inauguration To Witness A Peaceful Transition Of Power
But after he watched hundreds of Trump supporters storm the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, he said he felt a “calling” that it was time. Frank Williams,54, drove to DC from Yorktown, Indiana, by himself to witness #Inauguration2021 because he believes in traditions and felt compelled after the Capitol riot. She jumped up and down as the official announcement that the new president and vice president had been sworn in echoed from a loudspeaker. Like Williams, she also felt the need to be physically present for the inauguration and witness the transfer of power, despite the historic lockdown in DC. “We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Biden said.
Macklemore Released "Trump's Over Freestyle" Amid Joe Biden's Inauguration
One villain may have left the Oval Office today, but the white rapper everyone loves to hate is back. ET on Jan. 20 — literally in the middle of Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony — Macklemore (né Benjamin Haggerty) returned to the public eye with his "Trump's Over Freestyle." Anyway, Macklemore, thanks for your input and for sharing your 5-year-old daughter's ad-libs, which is perhaps the only redeeming moment in this clip. Macklemore, "Trump's Over Freestyle"(Hah, hah, that's enough, that's enough, that's enough!) Donald Trump's gone, sick-a-nin-nin town?
Three former presidents unite to wish Joe Biden well: Obama, Bush and Clinton film a remarkable clip
Obama, Bush and Clinton recorded a message to their friend Joe Biden for Wednesday's showObama, 59, spoke of the importance of democratic tradition and a peaceful transfer of powerGeorge W. Bush, 74, told Biden: 'Mr. this is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. But there were children interspersed along the brief stretch outside the Treasury and White House, along with press and aides. America, America, I gave my best to you.' He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.
Trump never understood what made America great
She believed America and its institutions were strong enough to withstand his onslaught. She was concerned, however, that the president had damaged the fundamental idea of what America was. Trump campaigned on a promise to make America great again, but he never truly understood what made America great in the first place. He believed he could transform the United States from a nation of immigrants into a country for people who looked just like him. Despite his best efforts, Trump failed to change the character of the United States.
Joe Biden's adorable eight-month-old grandson Beau steals the show
this is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The visual was a stark change to former President Trump, who rarely wore a covering. But there were children interspersed along the brief stretch outside the Treasury and White House, along with press and aides. America, America, I gave my best to you.' He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.
Greens supporting justice for Palestine
Action by that international community, the UK and the Green Party and our members is now urgent. The Green Party has long held the policy that until Palestinian rights are addressed, there can be no peace, justice, demilitarisation or democracy for anyone involved, Palestinian or Israeli. Visit the website for details of last year’s growing support for the BDS movement. We can network to strengthen the voices of those who are systematically disenfranchised, working together with other organisations such as Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jews for Justice for Palestinians, inspired by the alliance between Black Lives Matter and the BDS movement. And you can get involved in the Green Party BDS working group, set up after the 2014 conference to promote practical action in support of Green Party policy.
"He's Better Than Trump!" Is No Defense of Biden. Citizens Deserve More.
This was a big chunk of the United States after a few beers, with the cameras rolling, saying who the country “really” belongs to. For four years, the United States of America has let its id run rampant. Black Lives Matter was about the killing of unarmed Black citizens, but it was also about how Black citizens of the US must survive in a nation where they are considered, by a large portion of the population, to be second- or third-class citizens. Where Black citizens have a harder time getting loans, jobs or insurance. They deserve better than waiving away the last four years and an aberration, and they deserve more than a simple return to the status quo.
Old Words Won't Bring New Justice
The fallout from the Capitol is a stark reminder that our notion of justice remains steeped in white supremacy. The protests over the summer are not the “far-left” equivalent of the white supremacist mob. Ultimately, increasing our criminal “justice” system isn’t going to solve the problem. After all, systems designed to uphold white supremacy aren’t really the systems we can rely on to combat it. He argues that white supremacy is a harm to the community, which means justice is focused on what heals the community (27).
They call themselves ‘Patriots’: Trump’s scheme for a new third party rooted in far-right extremism
The most important segments of the “Patriot” movement include the militia movement, the sovereign citizen movement and the tax protest movement. The revival of the Patriot movement during the Obama years primarily revolved around the Tea Party. By 2010, Patriot groups like the Oath Keepers had become the primary face of the Tea Party. But soon after the Tea Party began organizing rallies in the spring and summer of 2009, Gadsden flags began appearing prominently. Around the same time, Trump claimed the mantle of leader for the Tea Party, telling a Fox interviewer: “I think the people of the Tea Party like me, because I represent a lot of the ingredients of the Tea Party.
What a Difference a Skin Makes
And in the middle of the interview, Pollard talks about the racist / groundbreaking movie, "Birth of a Nation" by DW Griffith. the sacred halls of legislative power. I've long thought that white privilege has more than a touch of projection about it. We "protect" our innocent women from the rapacity of the Other because then we don't have to deal with our own. It's absolutely true that a Black Lives Matter protest would have met a vastly different response from military forces.
It’s Time for the Left to Pressure Biden — and the Political Class as a Whole
“But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there,” says Shahid. But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there, because Joe Biden has never been that kind of transformative figure throughout his political history. And I think President Biden has people around him who I think will be able to guide our country through this path. And it is unclear whether Joe Biden plans to do that, whether Senator Schumer plans to do that. We’ll link your piece in The Nation, “A Blueprint for Social Movements During the Biden Presidency.”To watch the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris today, visit democracynow.org.
Opinion: Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr hope Joe Biden can unify nation after Donald Trump's presidency
The two accomplished NBA coaches have spent the past four years criticizing President Donald Trump for his divisive and racially charged rhetoric. Now that Joe Biden has been inaugurated and Trump has left the White House, what change awaits? Obviously President Biden has a big job on his hands. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him.”There is a lot of work indeed. Whether Popovich and Kerr continue to speak out on politics during the Biden administration remains to be seen.
Rejecting Biden’s message of unity, Portland’s self-described anarchists target a Democratic Party building
Before the day was over, windows were shattered at the state Democratic Party headquarters, and police in riot gear were chasing demonstrators into the darkness. Kevin Allen said that police “quickly identified several suspects responsible for damage and related criminal activity” and made multiple arrests. AdvertisementA protester smashes the door of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in Portland Wednesday. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation, arrest or the use of crowd-control agents and/or impact weapons.”Eventually the activists reached the Democratic Party of Oregon office building. Another man stepped forward and smashed windows with a crowbar while fellow marchers grabbed window blinds and pulled them down.
‘A total failure’: Proud Boys now mock Trump
“Trump will go down as a total failure,” the Proud Boys said in the same Telegram channel Monday. As Trump departed the White House on Wednesday, the Proud Boys, once among his staunchest supporters, have also started leaving his side. The comments are a startling turn for the Proud Boys, which for years backed Trump and promoted political violence. One Proud Boys Telegram channel posted: “It really is important for us all to see how much Trump betrayed his supporters this week. “To all demoralized Trump supporters: There is hope,” read one message in a Proud Boys Telegram channel Wednesday.
Orange County rally organizer accused of running over Trump supporters faces new charges
But prosecutors charged Turner with attempted murder, alleging she drove over a counter-protester’s head. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to Orange County Superior Court records. AdvertisementShe saw people with guns and feared for her life when she got into her car, which was then blocked by Trump supporters. Orange County Dist. “The Orange County district attorney’s office will prosecute anyone using force or unlawful intimidation tactics against any person or group,” Spitzer said in a statement.
Biden stands at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial and calls on Americans to heal at concert
this is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The visual was a stark change to former President Trump, who rarely wore a covering. But there were children interspersed along the brief stretch outside the Treasury and White House, along with press and aides. America, America, I gave my best to you.' He notably did not mention the name of incoming President Joe Biden.
Antifa rioters smash windows at Oregon Democratic Party headquarters in Portland
A group of protesters carrying anti-Biden and anti-police signs were marching Wednesday in Portland streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, police said. The group in Portland smashed windows and spray-painted anarchist symbols at the political party building. Antifa members spray-painted anti-Biden graffiti while vandalizing the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon in Portland on WednesdayAntifa members dressed in black are seen smashing windows of the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters in PortlandPolice in Portland made several arrests just hours after Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president on WednesdayOne of the signs read 'We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!' At least two people were arrested on weapons charges as communist and anti-fascist demonstrators set fire to an American flag, according to KMGH-TV. The demonstrations were staged by a small anti-fascist group that marched from Denver’s Cheesman Park to the Colorado Capitol.
For D.C.’s street vendors, this Inauguration Day was barren of customers — but also a relief
Inauguration Day is the big one for the Washington vendors who sell T-shirts, hats, pins and flags. “I won’t sell the Trump stuff. Never did,” said Thorne, 49, who’s been selling shirts, many of his own design, for more than 25 years. Inauguration Day is a big one for him — he usually makes between $10,000 and $20,000. He never made his Secret Service detail jog alongside him through D.C. the way President Bill Clinton did.
The mysterious case of the Lady Gaga inauguration bird and ‘The Hunger Games’
— The Hunger Games ? (@TheHungerGames) January 20, 2021AdvertisementOne problem: Mockingjays were created as a result of the failure of an authoritarian regime. Hence, “Hunger Games” protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s mockingjay pin becomes a sign of rebellion against the Capitol. “We’re missing one of our mockingjay pins, has anybody seen it?” tweeted the official “Hunger Games” account. AdvertisementThe accessory echoed one worn by the new White House chief of staff, Ron Klain. Spotted at the White House: Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, sporting a unity mask.
Alex Ovechkin put on COVID-19 list; Capitals fined $100k for breaking protocols
Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 list Wednesday and the team was fined $100,000 for violating coronavirus protocols, including a gathering in a hotel room. The other Capitals joining the list were center Evgeny Kuznetsov , defenseman Dmitry Orlov and top goalie Ilya Samsonov . Five players from the Carolina Hurricanes also are on the league’s COVID-19 list, and that team’s games were called off by the league through “at least” Saturday. The Grizzlies flew to Portland on Tuesday after beating the Phoenix Suns on Monday without Jonas Valanciunas because of league protocols. Hoppe is the third American to score in three consecutive German league games after Eric Wynalda with Saarbrücken in 1992 and Clint Mathis with Hannover in 2004.
Warnock, Ossoff make history. What their Senate wins say about the 'defund police' slogan
The pundit class and corporate-friendly lawmakers were quick to scapegoat progressives and the racial justice organizers for Democrats’ disappointing showings in House and Senate elections. Republicans ran a disgusting, racist, red-baiting campaign against Warnock, a Black pastor who preaches at the former church of the Rev. But Warnock narrowly outpaced his more moderate counterpart Ossoff, and also beat Biden's November performance in just about every county in Georgia. Warnock and Ossoff both made history in a Southern state that has been a Republican stronghold for decades. The organizers who helped propel Biden, Warnock and Ossoff to victory in Georgia were the same ones shouting “defund the police” over the summer.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says daily briefings will be... daily
SEE NEW POSTSWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki says daily briefings will be ... daily White House press secretary Jen Psaki committed to restoring daily news conferences in her first formal briefing Wednesday evening, highlighting President Joe Biden's commitment to truth-telling and curbing the spread of disinformation. Share this -The best of 'United America,' the first virtual inauguration parade Members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes participate in a virtual parade from Texas on Wednesday. Biden Inaugural Committee / via Reuters The first virtual "Parade Across America" began with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris driving and walking the traditional parade route. The parade exemplified the theme of United America, with a diversity of people and performances rallying for a single message. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States.
U.S. diplomats told to re-engage with WHO in first State Dept. cable of Biden administration
SEE NEW POSTSU.S. diplomats told to re-engage with WHO in first State Dept. cable of Biden administration The State Department has instructed U.S. diplomats to re-engage with the World Health Organization in the first State Department wide cable sent since outgoing Secretary of State Pompeo’s departure. Biden Inaugural Committee / via Reuters The first virtual "Parade Across America" began with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris driving and walking the traditional parade route. The parade exemplified the theme of United America, with a diversity of people and performances rallying for a single message. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says daily briefings will be... daily
SEE NEW POSTSWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki says daily briefings will be... daily White House press secretary Jen Psaki committed to restoring daily news conferences in her first formal briefing Wednesday evenings, highlighting President Joe Biden's commitment to truth telling and curbing the spread of disinformation. Biden press secretary promises return to briefings with health officials Jan. 21, 2021 03:08 Share this -U.S. diplomats told to re-engage with WHO in first State Dept. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images President Joe Biden gave about 1,000 political appointees a virtual swearing-in on Wednesday — and some words of warning about the importance of "honesty and decency." Biden Inaugural Committee / via Reuters The first virtual "Parade Across America" began with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris driving and walking the traditional parade route. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States.
Trump leaves QAnon and the online MAGA world crushed and confused
It got so bad that one prominent QAnon online forum threatened to ban any users who posted negative content. But rather than calming their millions of online followers, the efforts have produced a backlash, with posters calling these high-profile personalities traitors for not fully supporting insurrection. “Let this be a wake-up call for QAnon followers and normies,” one post read just ahead of the inauguration. They even turned against certain QAnon celebrities — Lin Wood, Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn — for hyping them up. Elsewhere, mainstream MAGA voters ridiculed QAnon groups’ unbending belief that Trump was the savior — even as he boarded Air Force One for the last time on his departure from the White House.
Biden offers a message of resilience in America's 'winter of peril'
It was also used by his late son, Beau Biden, when he was sworn in as attorney general of Delaware in 2007. Biden said: “Don’t tell me things can’t change.”The message was underlined, and the show nearly stolen, by the 22-year-old national youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman. Later the new president arrived at the White House, walking hand in hand with Jill and followed by family members. Joe Biden, Jill Biden and their family in front of the White House on Wednesday. The Bidens then walked up the White House driveway, pausing to wave to photographers.
Tish James sides with goons against the NYPD
New York Attorney General Letitia James put herself clearly on the side of bottle-throwers and anarchists and against police with her claim that NYPD officers used excessive force in response to a destructive Black Lives Matter demonstration the night of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Monday event drew hundreds for a march from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, where cops clashed with protesters at City Hall Park. In all his years of protests, always carefully organized to remain peaceful, Dr. King and his civil-rights marchers didn’t so much as damage a blade of grass, despite grievous provocation. Even cops who in some cases brutalized the marchers were safe, because the reverend knew that was the way to move the nation’s conscience. It’s the AG’s duty to call out the provocateurs and thugs who use protests as an excuse to attack cops and tear down our city.
Biden's Pledge of Normalcy Clashes with 'Strange Feeling' in a City Full of Troops
“This is very different, a strange feeling,” says Reverend Silvester Beaman, who delivered the benediction at the Inaugural ceremony. Due to security concerns, Biden began and ended his move to Washington on Tuesday inside the walls of military bases, not train stations. The few who did arrive by train at Union Station on Wednesday morning were greeted by an empty hall. On Wednesday that street was blocked by a militarized checkpoint, where armed troops in masks and camouflage blocked the public from coming close. Maybe in time for the Fourth of July, he says, President Biden could “invite America and the world back” for another celebration.
Trump leaves QAnon and the online MAGA world crushed and confused
It got so bad that one prominent QAnon online forum threatened to ban any users who posted negative content. But rather than calming their millions of online followers, the efforts have produced a backlash, with posters calling these high-profile personalities traitors for not fully supporting insurrection. “Let this be a wake-up call for QAnon followers and normies,” one post read just ahead of the inauguration. They even turned against certain QAnon celebrities — Lin Wood, Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn — for hyping them up. Elsewhere, mainstream MAGA voters ridiculed QAnon groups’ unbending belief that Trump was the savior — even as he boarded Air Force One for the last time on his departure from the White House.
Biden to new political appointees: Be decent to one another — or else
SEE NEW POSTSBiden to new political appointees: Be decent to one another — or else President Joe Biden during a virtual swearing-in ceremony for members of his new administration at the White House on Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images President Joe Biden gave about 1,000 political appointees a virtual swearing-in on Wednesday — and some words of warning about the importance of "honesty and decency." Biden Inaugural Committee / via Reuters The first virtual "Parade Across America" began with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris driving and walking the traditional parade route. Share this -Biden issues executive orders on climate, racial equity and Covid-19 President Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Climate - Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, a global pact signed in 2016 to combat the threat of catastrophic climate change.
All-girls schools across U.S. celebrate the first female VP
SEE NEW POSTSAll-girls schools across U.S. celebrate the first female VP After Vice President Harris was sworn in on Wednesday, all-girls schools across the country celebrated the historic milestone all over social media. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States. Share this -Biden issues executive orders on climate, racial equity and Covid-19 President Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Climate - Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, a global pact signed in 2016 to combat the threat of catastrophic climate change. “President Trump wrote a very generous letter.
Senate confirms Avril Haines as Biden's intelligence director
SEE NEW POSTSSenate confirms Avril Haines as Biden's intelligence director The Senate voted 84-10 to confirm Avril Haines as director of national intelligence Wednesday, making her the first of President Joe Biden's Cabinet official to be approved by the chamber. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States. Share this -Biden issues executive orders on climate, racial equity and Covid-19 President Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Climate - Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, a global pact signed in 2016 to combat the threat of catastrophic climate change. Biden signs executive orders on mask mandate, racial equality and rejoining parris accord Jan. 20, 2021 02:57 Share this -
Schumer gives first speech as Senate majority leader
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images President Joe Biden gave about 1,000 political appointees a virtual swearing-in on Wednesday — and some words of warning about the importance of "honesty and decency." Share this -The best of 'United America,' the first virtual inauguration parade Members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes participate in a virtual parade from Texas on Wednesday. Biden Inaugural Committee / via Reuters The first virtual "Parade Across America" began with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris driving and walking the traditional parade route. The parade exemplified the theme of United America, with a diversity of people and performances rallying for a single message. WATCH: Howard University's Showtime Marching Band escorts Vice President Harris to the White House for her first time as the 49th vice president of the United States.
Former NBA player stages one-man inauguration protest
- But you were-- you were saying that Antifa and Black Lives Matter were the people who either-- who were the people who rioted at the Capitol. DAVID WOOD: I never said Black Lives Matter. Black lives matter to me. Black lives matter to God. I'm a big supporter of the term, Black Lives Matter.
Dallas mayor and police chief joined panel to examine Capitol riot and violence
A deadly virus, massive protests and violence in Dallas were only some of the challenges in 2020. On the eve of the inauguration, they discussed racism, anti-Semitism, policing and violent crime in Dallas. Johnson gave prepared remarks about the political division, inequities and concerns about violent crime, which he said has disproportionately affected Black men. We want to earn an honest living.”Panelists included Community Police Oversight Board Chairman Jesuorobo Enobakhare Jr.; Incoming Dallas Police Chief Eddie García; the Rev. “We need to educate our officers and our individuals in our academies that learning Texas law is just as important as learning about the atrocities in American law enforcement,” he said.
Biden offers a message of resilience in America's 'winter of peril' | David Smith's sketch
The quintessentially moderate, middle-of-the-road candidate might go down as radical and transformational because that is what the moment demands. It was also used by his late son, Beau Biden, when he was sworn in as attorney general of Delaware in 2007. Later the new president arrived at the White House, walking hand in hand with Jill and followed by family members. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Joe Biden, Jill Biden and their family in front of the White House on Wednesday. The Bidens then walked up the White House driveway, pausing to wave to photographers.
Biden signs stack of executive orders stopping border wall, ending 'Muslim ban' - and a mask mandate
The first Executive Order Biden signed with the media present to take pictures establishes a mask mandate in all federal buildings and lands and requires those working in those locations to wear face coverings while on site. Issuing a series of executive orders was always Biden's plan for Day One as he promised to reverse several Trump-era policies implemented through executive action. After becoming president, Biden immediately began working on signing at least 15 executive orders he promised would take priority from the moment he entered the White House. CENSUS: EVERYONE WILL BE COUNTEDHe will revoke a Trump order that sought to exclude illegal immigrants – and other non-citizens who are usually included – from the census. He will order federal agencies to prioritize racial equity and review policies that reinforce systemic racism.
On the Streets of D.C., How the Biden Presidency Began
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Letters to the editor — Jan. 21, 2021
The Issue: Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States. Say what you will about President Biden, we can all agree that he is a fundamentally kind and decent man. We can also all agree Trump was not. The only problem is that President Biden’s policy on immigration is in conflict with his promise to handle the pandemic better. The substance of your editorial (“Biden Ditches ‘Unity,’ ” Editorial, Jan. 19) leads one to the conclusion that the new president and the Democrats are outright liars.
A locked-down capital celebrates Biden’s inauguration and Trump’s departure
Nadine Seiler twirled around to face the White House with her middle finger in the air before putting it down, laughing and pumping her first. “Say ‘One, two, three, President Biden!’” Varina Winder told them, but her son, Theodore, was distracted. ADADBut Wednesday, she turned on the TV to watch Trump depart the White House. As Biden’s motorcade approached the White House, he emerged from the limousine to walk the final few blocks. He and his wife, Jill Biden, soon reached the White House grounds, their first time back since leaving office four years ago.
Biden repudiates white supremacy, calls for racial justice
President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)Rare for an inaugural address, President Joe Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under Donald Trump. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said in the nearly 23-minute-long speech promising to heal a divided nation. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”ADVERTISEMENTCompared to his immediate predecessors, three of whom attended Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is the first president to directly address the ills of white supremacy in an inaugural speech. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”In his speech, Biden invoked Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation committing to freeing enslaved Africans during the Civil War.
Americans who live, work near capitols see peace, new hope
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Normally quiet streets around US state capitol buildings have looked more like battlegrounds recently, putting those who live and work there on edge. Jonathan Jones’ front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol. One day, police showed up as Jones, who is Black, and his friends were being accosted by neo-fascist Proud Boys. “There’s not a person who stood with me that day who didn’t think that they might die,” Jones said. We have a new president,” Henderson said.
President Biden repudiates white supremacy, calls for racial justice
After taking the oath of office Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a rare repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under his predecessor’s watch. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said in the nearly 23-minute-long speech promising to heal a divided nation. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”Compared to his immediate predecessors, three of whom attended Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is the first president to directly address the ills of white supremacy in an inaugural speech. “To be perfectly clear, it was incredibly powerful,” Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, a national racial justice organization, told The Associated Press. “We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”In his speech, Biden invoked Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation committing to freeing enslaved Africans during the Civil War.
Vaccine rollout is an embarrassment
When I visited her on Jan. 15, I learned that nobody from the Illinois or federal governments has contacted the facility to advise when they can expect the Covid-19 vaccine. The federal and state rollout of this vaccine is an embarrassment to our great country. My father, who is 70 years old and lives part-time in Florida, already received his first vaccine dose this past week. James Buchanan, who served from 1857 to 1861, is generally considered our worst president, consistently at or near the bottom of historical rankings. However, it is probable that Trump will replace Buchanan as our worst president when his performance as president is evaluated.
Proud Boys member behind Portland right-wing rallies charged in Capitol riot
A prominent right-wing activist who organized and led large-scale rallies in Portland was arrested Wednesday in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol that former President Donald Trump helped incite. Biggs and fellow Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio had previously helped draw hundreds of right-wing activists from around the country to Portland on two separate occasions. Biggs and Tarrio returned to Portland last September to hold a national Proud Boys rally in Delta Park. That event, which was organized after a man who allied himself with Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist causes fatally shot a right-wing activist in downtown Portland, prompted Gov. -- Shane Dixon Kavanaugh; 503-294-7632Email at skavanaugh@oregonian.comFollow on Twitter @shanedkavanaughSubscribe to Oregonian/OregonLive newsletters and podcasts for the latest news and top stories.
John Legend buys his mother-in-law Vilailuck Teigen a souvenir inaugural T-shirt in DC
Chrissy Teigen's mother Vilailuck 'Thai Pepper' Teigen fell in love with a souvenir T-shirt while exploring the inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. And when it came time to pay the vendor, Vilailuck's famous son-in-law John Legend whipped out a wad of cash. The 35-year-old wisecracking presenter wore a mustard-colored double-breasted coat and carried a clutch selected by her stylist Monica Rose. Teigen finished off her winter attire with a souvenir button reading 'We did it Joe' in honor of President Joe Biden. Legend (born Stephens) will next compete for two trophies - best R&B album and best R&B performance - at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards
“Feels Like Some Kind of Dystopian Movie”: Biden’s Democracy-Affirming Inaugural Rang Out in a Heavily Fortified Washington
Wandering around the perimeter, curious onlookers trying to get as close as possible to Biden’s coronation were greeted with an endless series of dead ends. The FBI even looked for threats within the national security state, as the agency removed 12 National Guardsmen from their roles in the security operation after vetting them and concluding that they could potentially pose risks. (Two of these National Guard members had expressed problematic political sentiments in posts or texts, according to Pentagon officials.) “It feels like some kind of dystopian movie—troops carrying rifles patrolling right outside my house and military convoys driving by,” one Capitol Hill resident, Drew Allen, told me Tuesday night. Members of the National Guard eventually walked over to solve the dispute, and the two protesters went their separate ways.
The Engagement Ring Trends Set To Take Over In 2021
But if there’s one silver lining in the clouds of the ongoing storm as we sail into 2021, it’s engagement rings. “My clients are very discerning, and are choosing to take a more creative approach to the traditional classic engagement ring,” she says. Jessica McCormack, the London-based New Zealand designer whose work is adored by the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rihanna, has also witnessed a shift in engagement ring trends. “Brilliant-cut solitaire engagement rings are always going to be classic, but we have seen a real trend towards what we call East-West set emerald-cut diamonds – basically rectangular diamonds set horizontally,” she says. “Whilst weddings have been off the cards, engagements definitely haven’t, so we haven’t actually seen a dip in engagement ring sales,” McCormack goes on.
Juergen Teller: I really don't want to repeat myself
Juergen Teller: I really don't want to repeat myself Eva Herzigová 20. That was very fun and the good thing is Chanel really liked the result. I don't know if you ever get censored or not, do you? J: I don't know, I can't really speak much for other photographers. I would be so bored if I would only photograph fashion because you would wear the inspiration out dry and I really don't want to repeat myself as such.
Decoding the fashion at Biden’s inauguration
Fashion may seem like a frivolous concern at this critical juncture in American history, but clothes have important symbolic power, a fact not lost those who attended today’s inauguration. Many attendees used their fashion choices to project the values of the new administration, which stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration. Rogers launched his brand in 2016 and won the prestigious Vogue Fashion Fund Award three years later. Who wore whatThe other members of the First and Second families wore American designers. She wore a ring featuring a caged bird to honor Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Sephora’s Deborah Yeh: Unconscious Bias in Retail and Marketing
DEBORAH YEH: In some parts of our business, discussing race is the work. PORTER BRASWELL: In this episode, we discuss unconscious bias in retail and marketing, and how it affects customers and their relationships with brands. My guest today is Deborah Yeh, Chief Marketing Officer of the beauty retailer Sephora. But I actually think we need to have a more nuanced understanding, especially cross-culturally, of other communities’ struggles. PORTER BRASWELL: That’s Deborah Yeh, Chief Marketing Officer at Sephora.
New Radicals 'You Get What You Give', Andra Day's 'Rise Up' and other unifying performances from Parade Across America
People from all walks of life representing all 50 states came together for a Parade Across America marking the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The first parade across America, he said, took place April 30, 1789, honoring President George Washington. Here are some highlights from the virtual Parade Across America. Andra Day sings 'Rise Up'Day, who represented the state of California, was the broadcast's first big-name celebrity. First up was "Sing a Song": "Sing.
U.S. President Biden arrives safely at White House, protected by thousands of troops, barricades
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave as they arrive at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. January 20, 2021. Harris walked part of the way to her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House. Outside Union Station, the city’s train terminal, National Guard troops carrying rifles stood behind razor wire-topped fencing that sealed off Capitol Hill. Earlier on Wednesday morning, outgoing President Donald Trump left the White House for the final time, his helicopter flying over thousands of American and state flags planted in the National Mall. Two demonstrations that had been planned along the parade route to the White House had been canceled, according to the National Park Service.
Muslim group denounces racist graffiti
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A national Muslim advocacy group is denouncing racist graffiti found in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that graffiti was found recently on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield, R.I. ADVERTISEMENTMeanwhile in Virginia, police recently found graffiti with white nationalist messages near an elementary school in Leesburg named after Frederick Douglass, the famed Black abolitionist. CAIR said the graffiti was found the same weekend as white supremacist flyers were circulated in the neighborhood. White supremacist and neo-Nazi propaganda has also been distributed to residents and businesses in other parts of Virginia in recent days, the organization added.
Becca Kufrin reveals if she was 'The Bachelorette' again she would have immediately asked her men who they voted for in the election
Becca Kufrin told Insider that if she could be the "Bachelorette" again, the first question she'd ask her contestants is who they voted for in the presidential election. Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesBecca Kufrin told Matt James the question she'd ask contestants if she did " Bachelorette" again. Kufrin told Insider that she would ask them who they had voted for in the 2020 election. Let's talk about it,'" Kufrin told Insider. Kufrin told Insider that Yrigoyen's Instagram activity came as a "total shock" to her.
Muslim advocacy group denounces racist graffiti in RI, VA
The organization didn't elaborate on the vandalism, but local news outlets said the graffiti was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and included expletives. Meanwhile in Virginia, police recently found graffiti with white nationalist messages near an elementary school in Leesburg named after Frederick Douglass, the famed Black abolitionist. AdvertisementCAIR said the graffiti was found the same weekend as white supremacist flyers were circulated in the neighborhood. White supremacist and neo-Nazi propaganda has also been distributed to residents and businesses in other parts of Virginia in recent days, the organization added. “The continued targeting of Black and minority communities, and the promotion of white supremacy and racism, must end.”
Garland NAACP receives racist voicemail calling Martin Luther King Jr. the N-word
Days after the Garland NAACP branch had to scramble to find a platform to broadcast its annual observances for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an anonymous caller left the group a hate-filled voice message. On Monday, Garland NAACP leaders told Texas Metro News that a caller left a voicemail message on the branch’s business telephone line sometime Saturday afternoon referring to Dr. Martin Luther King by the N-word and making light of the slain civil rights leader’s death. “MLK is a good (N-word), but that’s because he’s a dead (N-word,), the caller said in the eight-second recording left on the civil rights’ organization’s voicemail. Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said the department’s criminal investigative unit would act swiftly to investigate the incident. The Garland phone call is the latest in a series of similar incidents across the nation.
Watch: New Radicals, ‘Skate Kid’ and more highlights Biden inauguration ‘Parade Across America’
The COVID-19 pandemic may have constrained the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but it couldn’t kill the celebration. Marching bands, drill teams and entertainers of all kinds joined the “Parade Across America,” an all virtual inaugural celebration. If you missed it, or want to relive some of the moments of joy, here are highlights from the parade. We are feeling the good vibes from this "Dreams" skateboarding segment featuring @Doggface208 (aka Nathan Apodaca) and Americans across the country! ? #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/4uibqQwsWO — Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 20, 2021You can watch the entire inauguration here:-- Lizzy Acker503-221-8052, lacker@oregonian.com, @lizzzyacker
Washington DC is a city of sounds as Joe Biden inaugurated and ‘democracy prevails’
Yet, if there was one sound most frequently heard on Wednesday as Mr Biden took the oath of office at the age of 78, it was that of a sigh of relief. For supporters of Mr Trump, now the former president and with an uncertain future, there was no doubt regret and indignation. For many more, however, there was a sense of pleasure that Mr Trump’s term had come to an end and that Mr Biden and Kamala Harris had taken office. Most Americans know that the departure of Mr Trump will not suddenly solve the problems. When the Democrats started the process of seeking to find a candidate to challenge Mr Trump, Mr Biden was the first choice of very few.
Joe Biden walks into the White House hand-in-hand with Jill
Biden got to work soon after making a grand entrance into the White House Wednesday, walking hand-in-hand with First Lady Jill Biden to their new home and saying: 'It feels like I'm going home.' But there were children interspersed along the brief stretch outside the Treasury and White House, along with press and aides. 9:55pm: President Biden and Vice President Harris appear on the Blue Room Balcony. Joe and Jill Biden greeted their predecessors in the White House with hugs and handshakes as they exited the inauguration platform. Trump didn't host Biden at the the White House; the first lady didn't host Dr. Jill Biden; Trump skipped the inauguration altogether and left Washington before Biden was to take office.
Scholar’s mission: help modern readers discover a Mayan creation story
When Ilan Stavans first learned about the Popol Vuh as a teenager growing up in Mexico City, he was fascinated by the millennia-old Mayan tale. Yet he noted a key difference: unlike these classics, the Popol Vuh had remained obscure. Stavans has released Popol Vuh: A Retelling, a book-length version of the narrative that he hopes will interest a mainstream audience. “I thought Gabriela would be wonderful for this retelling,” Stavans said. In the Popol Vuh, “objects can do supernatural things, animals can speak … all some of the elements that make this, I would say, an animistic book.
Inauguration Live Updates: President Biden Arrives at the White House
ET Inauguration Live Updates: President Biden Arrives at the White House After the inauguration, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took part in a parade that had been reimagined for the pandemic. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 3:44 - 0:00 transcript Highlights From President Biden’s Inauguration President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. President Biden hugging the first lady, Jill Biden, at the White House. Video President Biden strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House surrounded by his family, an inaugural tradition. Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world.
Live Updates: Scenes From the Around the Country as Biden Is Sworn In as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes From the Around the Country as Biden Is Sworn In as President Image President Biden signing executive orders in his first minutes in the Oval Office on Wednesday. After the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Gov. But it stood out amid a sea of overcoats, including the two Ralph Lauren coats worn by President Biden and Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris. pic.twitter.com/axRiveIUeq — Damien Lodes (@OKCWXMan) January 20, 2021 Read moreAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyJan. 20, 2021, 4:29 p.m. President Biden strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
WNBA Team Co-Owned by Controversial Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler Close to Being Sold: Report
Co-Owner and Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Dream, Sen. Kelly Loeffler looks on during the game against the Chicago Sky on August 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after leaving Congress, Atlanta Dream co-owner and former Sen. Kelly Loeffler may also find herself out of the WNBA. "As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized," the WNBA told ESPN. A rep for Loeffler — who has a 49-percent stake in the team — did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment. Image zoom Atlanta owner Kelly Loeffler (right) talks with Dream General Manager Chris Sienko (left) during the WNBA game between the Las Vegas Aces and the Atlanta Dream on September 5th, 2019.
How 2020 Changed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Good and How Companies Can Do Better in 2021
The past year sparked a wave of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives throughout the business world. I'm encouraged by some of the things I've seen as a response--companies have made a tangible impact by donating millions to support racial justice and, in some cases, overhauled their boards to be more inclusive. Be the leader your employees need and expect. Employees detailed a list of reasons why they felt the CEO failed to address or commit to racial justice. This is a great start, but the real, long-lasting change happens when companies keep up their work after the spotlight fades.
Nancy Drew showrunners reveal how COVID affected production, plus what to expect from season 2
Nancy Drew (2019 TV series) Close Streaming OptionsIt's going to look like business as usual for Nancy and her "Drew Crew" on Nancy Drew this season. Below, EW got the Nancy Drew showrunners to preview what fans can expect from season 2, when the planted backdoor pilot for the potential Tom Swift spinoff will air, and more. What are you most excited for fans to see from Nancy Drew season 2? It's always an ensemble show and Nancy Drew is always solving the mystery in these episodes. Nancy Drew season 2 premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Trump Called Himself the ‘Builder President.’ But What Did He Actually Build?
After four years of lies, corruption, incompetence, and often all three in combination, Trump the builder didn’t actually get all that much built. It would almost seem like a subtle maneuver, if Trump were capable of subtlety. It now seems extremely possible that Trump will never build anything again. What we said: “Around the White House now, there are two wrought-iron fences, one at the perimeter and one at the sidewalk. What we said: “Like the border wall — and the farcical prototype competition — the tent city at Tornillo has become yet another physical manifestation of the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
Finally, He’s Gone
No matter how far toward the fringe he bent, congressional Republicans never seemed willing to take meaningful steps against him. Finally, Trump was over, out, done for, finished. It feels so good to say he’s gone. Get the Cut newsletter delivered daily Email This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
Who Are the Oath Keepers?
But who are the Oath Keepers and what do they stand for? Who are the Oath Keepers? The Oath Keepers get around this by encouraging current members of the U.S. military to join without using the Oath Keepers’ name, Mother Jones reported in 2010, along with a message from a leader of the group stipulating that “as a matter of strategy, it is best to keep the two separate.”What have the Oath Keepers been up to? The Oath Keepers first began to garner national attention in 2014, when they involved themselves in armed disputes between ranchers (or miners) and federal agencies. The Oath Keepers provided similar unsolicited “security” for communities and businesses during the demonstrations against racial injustice in 2020.
Why Dolly Parton Doesn’t Deserve a Nashville Statue — Yet
But a recent proposal to honor the Sevierville, Tennessee, native with a statue on the capitol grounds in Nashville is premature. But a statue of Parton, an Instagram tourist magnet though it would be, isn’t the path forward. “Black Moses,” created the soundtrack for black defiance, black liberation, and black power. “In short, we can’t have black freedom without black people.”Rep. Windle’s reasoning for a Parton statue is both a curious and benign one. “Nashville is a hot seat of rich civil-rights history that nobody ever talks about,” says black author, journalist, and Nashville resident Andrea Williams.
Inauguration Live Updates: President Biden Arrives at the White House
ET Inauguration Live Updates: President Biden Arrives at the White House After the inauguration, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took part in a parade that had been reimagined for the pandemic. President Biden hugging the first lady, Jill Biden, at the White House. President Biden walked to the White House during the traditional presidential parade. Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world. President Trump spoke to supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before boarding Air Force One for the last time as president.
Live Updates: Scenes From the Around the Country as Biden Is Sworn In as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes From the Around the Country as Biden Is Sworn In as President Image The inauguration ceremony of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris at The Capitol. President Biden embraced his wife, Jill Biden, and son Hunter Biden after being sworn in during the inauguration ceremony. As Mr. Hoyer addressed Mr. Biden as “Mr. An hour after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, few of those waiting in line had been screened and allowed to pass through. ET President Biden has been sworn in.
Brooklyn man organizes safe walks home from subway following spike in attacks
A Brooklyn man rattled by recent subway crime has started a service to safely escort straphangers home from the train. Bushwick resident Peter Kerre, 40, began the “SafeWalks NYC” initiative following a recent slew of random attacks on women at the Morgan Ave L station. I jumped on my bike and went to the subway, and I said you know what? After sharing his experience on social media, many friends and followers began to volunteer to help him. Kerre screens the volunteers by meeting them in person, and vetting their social media accounts.
Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs charged in Capitol riot
“Biggs informed the interviewing agent that the doors of the Capitol were wide open when he made entry into the building,” the complaint said. The agent, whose name was redacted, also noted that Biggs wore what appeared to be a walkie-talkie style device, along with several other suspected Proud Boys members. Biggs faces charges of obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding; knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority; and willfully and knowingly engaging in disorderly conduct to impede a session of Congress. He is subject to home detention and is allowed to travel to Washington, D.C., where subsequent court proceedings will be conducted. Tarrio was found to have two high-capacity magazines and faces an additional gun charge.
Americans who live, work near capitols see peace, new hope
Isaac Smith, of Boston, speaks to a reporter near the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston about the new incoming administration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Isaac Smith, of Boston, speaks to a reporter near the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston about the new incoming administration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Normally quiet streets around U.S. state capitol buildings have looked more like battlegrounds recently, putting those who live and work there on edge. As President Joe Biden was sworn into office, demonstrations at state capitols were scant, with only a few protesters showing up, and some cities, none at all. Jonathan Jones’ front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol.
Op-Ed: Joe Biden gave the speech America needed
Joe Biden gave the speech we needed after the trauma of an insurrectionist attack on the Capitol building before which he stood. Biden mentioned “democracy” 11 times in 20 minutes. (Trump, in his inaugural speech, did not mention it once.) Biden’s speech, for future generations, may not rank with Kennedy’s gloriously inspirational address or the somber eloquence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural. Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, was director of speechwriting for President Clinton.
Biden arrives at the White House for the first time as president
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walked with family members during the Presidential Escort. Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden ends — 12:45 p.m.By Associated PressThe official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden have concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day. People watched the inauguration ceremony on their phones Wednesday, cheering as Vice President Kamala Harris, then President Joe Biden took the oath. The White House says the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden. That raises issues at the White House — 3:43 a.m.By The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic.
Biden arrives at the White House for the first time as president
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden ends — 12:45 p.m.By Associated PressThe official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden have concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day. People watched the inauguration ceremony on their phones Wednesday, cheering as Vice President Kamala Harris, then President Joe Biden took the oath. Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of the United States Share Email to a Friend Embed Joe Biden has been sworn in as the nation's 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. The White House says the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden. That raises issues at the White House — 3:43 a.m.By The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic.
Residents in Salem, Olympia and other capital cities hope inauguration will bring relief from tense protests
SALEM — Normally quiet streets around U.S. state capitol buildings have looked more like battlegrounds recently, putting those who live and work there on edge. As President Joe Biden was sworn into office, demonstrations at state capitols were scant, with only a few protesters showing up, and some cities, none at all. Jonathan Jones’ front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol. One day, police showed up as Jones, who is Black, and his friends were being accosted by neo-fascist Proud Boys. We have a new president,” Henderson said.
Muslim group denounces racist graffiti
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A national Muslim advocacy group is denouncing racist graffiti found in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that graffiti was found recently on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield, R.I. The organization didn't elaborate on the vandalism, but local news outlets said the graffiti was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and included expletives. CAIR noted that some residents have also complained local officials are not doing enough to remove the graffiti and have yet to publicly condemn it.
Biden, Obama, Bush and Clinton lay wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier
United: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with (from left) Michelle and Barack Obama, Laura and George W. Bush and Hillary and Bill Clinton. 2:25pm: Biden, Harris and their spouses go to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 9:55pm: President Biden and Vice President Harris appear on the Blue Room Balcony. AdvertisementBiden didn't mention President Trump by name but his speech was full of denunciation of Trump's tactics and methods. America, America, I gave my best to you.'
Proud Boys organizer Joseph Biggs charged in deadly Capitol riots
A self-described organizer for the Proud Boys, an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, was charged Wednesday in connection with the deadly Capitol riots, where federal authorities said Joseph Biggs allegedly encouraged fellow extremists. In court documents, federal prosecutors claimed that Biggs, 37, began urging fellow members in December to join the Jan. 6 demonstration in Washington. Biggs, arrested Wednesday in Florida, is charged with three federal counts, including unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. “One of those individuals, who entered the door within 20 seconds of its opening, is a person that I believe to be Biggs,” and FBI agent stated in the affidavit. Even as the inauguration played out in D.C., federal authorities continued to pursue suspects across the country.
Live Updates: Scenes from the Around the Country as Biden is Sworn in as President
President Biden embraced his wife, Jill Biden, and son Hunter Biden after being sworn in during the inauguration ceremony. As Mr. Hoyer addressed Mr. Biden as “Mr. An hour after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, few of those waiting in line had been screened and allowed to pass through. ET President Biden has been sworn in. Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world.
NBA star Kyrie Irving bought a house for George Floyd’s family
The basketball star Kyrie Irving has bought George Floyd’s family a house. Floyd died on Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. “I had a lot of my friends—Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Barbra Streisand gave them stock in Disney.”Irving’s publicist, Ashley Blackwood, confirmed to CNN that Irving had bought the home for Floyd’s family. Taylor, another unarmed Black person, died after police officers entered her Louisville, KY, home in the middle of the night.
Biden, Harris, on the way to the White House in parade altered by COVID-19
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden ends — 12:45 p.m.By Associated PressThe official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden have concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day. People watched the inauguration ceremony on their phones Wednesday, cheering as Vice President Kamala Harris, then President Joe Biden took the oath. Biden, Harris inauguration ceremony begins — 11:15 a.m.By The Associated PressJoe Biden’s presidential inauguration ceremony has begun. The White House says the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden. That raises issues at the White House — 3:43 a.m.By The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic.
Killeen police release video showing deadly officer-involved shooting
KILLEEN, Texas (KBTX) - Killeen police on Tuesday released an officer’s body camera video that shows the moment an unarmed man was fatally shot last week outside a home. In the video released by police, Officer Contreras is seen arriving alone at the home and then waiting outside until backup officers arrived. Moments later Warren is seen going outside and advancing towards the officer and ignoring his commands. The deputy was not on duty on Sunday and Killeen officers were sent to the home instead. Contreras was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which Killeen Police and the Texas Rangers are investigating.
The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism
The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism A string of pseudo-populist conservative movements have reverted to the same agenda of tax cuts and deregulation. But if we simply take the term to mean this particular strain of reactionary berserk, then right populism isn’t going anywhere. Yet many others continued to foretell the coming victory of right populism in apparent sincerity. Rather than searching for the sources of this pattern, right populists have mostly been content to assume that this time things will be different. The reaction of avowed right populists to Trump’s abandonment of their ostensible program was strikingly different: they did nothing.
As Trump Leaves Office, Duke Experts Warn of White Supremacists' Lasting Threat
× Expand Courtesy of Duke University A promotion for one of two recent panel discussionsIn response to a coup attempt on behalf of Donald Trump, Duke University experts have participated in a series of virtual discussions about the threats of white supremacy, threat of insurrection, and domestic terrorism. But it’s important to keep in mind... these things didn’t just threaten American democracy, they harmed it. “I really think it’s up to police departments and the military to sort of get their house in order,” he said. “It has been growing substantially during the Trump administration, yet really only small numbers of individuals had been mobilized to violence,” he explained on January 7. Judith Kelley is dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke, and a senior fellow with the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
We Don't Need to Do This To Ourselves
It works because of the way that we respond to it. A presidential inauguration is a chance for America to show ourselves and the world what the American spirit is all about. The pandemic would have made this a small inauguration no matter what, but this is something else. It is possible, with much trial and error, to navigate almost as far as Lafayette Square, and no further. Don’t come any closer!
Here’s What Students Think Biden Needs to Do in His First 100 Days
After a tumultuous four years under the Trump administration, it is hard to pinpoint just one pressing issue the Biden administration needs to tackle. The Biden White House needs to raise our collective consciousness around racism that is deeply ingrained in our society’s institutions. This is extremely important, but even in the midst of mass vaccinations and mask mandates, the Biden White House needs to prioritize bridging gaps in educational equity. This means it’s up to the Biden White House to radically transform the education system. We can’t expect the Biden White House to solve a country’s worth of systemic racism and poverty—but that’s not what we’re demanding.
Get Ready to Fight Joe Biden
I voted for Joe Biden last November in the swing state of Michigan. The Left After Bernie SandersWhen Bernie Sanders announced his first run for president in 2015, he spoke to a handful of reporters outside the US Capitol. Before the first Bernie campaign and Black Lives Matter, the last time left politics broke through in a big way was Occupy Wall Street. Why should it matter whether we’re doing that as democratic socialist opponents of the new administration or as the most progressive edge of Biden’s coalition? We’ll never get there by acting like loyal foot soldiers of the Biden administration, focusing our fire only on Republican obstructionists, and treating social democratic policies as friendly suggestions for the Democratic leadership.
MILCK Is Combating Racial Injustice Through Music: "Our Country Needs to Evolve and Heal"
In fact, MILCK actually painted the artwork for her latest single, "Somebody's Beloved," a poignant song about systemic racism. Our country needs to evolve and heal from a lot of the pain," she added. "Our country needs to evolve and heal from a lot of the pain." MILCK has been using her music to bring about positive change not just now, but always. "I'm really excited about that one."
Live Updates: Scenes from the Around the Country as Biden is Sworn in as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes from the Around the Country as Biden is Sworn in as President Image The inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. President Biden embraced his wife, Jill Biden, and son Hunter Biden after being sworn in during the inauguration ceremony. An hour after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in, few of those waiting in line had been screened and allowed to pass through. ET President Biden has been sworn in. Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world.
Relief, optimism, foreboding: Black Americans feel mixed emotions on Inauguration Day
Biden’s selection of Harris as the first Black, first Asian American and first female vice president has only served to solidify this belief. ADMany Black Americans share Hudson’s great optimism. Gipson worries that compromises between White politicians will be made again to the detriment of Black Americans, immigrants and others. On Inauguration Day, she joined a national Zoom party hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to celebrate as her AKA sister Harris took the oath. He expects Biden and Harris to vastly improve the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to prevent the virus that has disproportionately killed African Americans.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Scenes from the inauguration
POLITICO Playbook PM: Scenes from the inauguration Presented byPresident Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris stand on stage during their inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20. On Green’s mind: establishing a Department of Reconciliation to address racism and other forms of discrimination in America; passing H.R. He was more excited to discuss 2024, and said he’s already told Trump that he wants him to run again. — FROM THE SENATE: Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Thune (R-S.D. A message from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association: Taking action to fight the pandemic.
NYPD arrests nearly 30 racial justice protesters at MLK Day demonstration
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Digital billboards commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Times Square on January 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) (Getty Images)At least 28 Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested by the NYPD during a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr Day in New York City. A Black Liberation March held in New York City included groups from across the city and drew hundreds of demonstrators on Monday. The arrests come a week after New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the NYPD for violent acts against protesters. Ms James said the NYPD had a longstanding pattern of using violent force against protesters which she attributes to a lack of training, supervision and discipline.
Column: What happens to businesses when their CEOs become extremists?
The traditional rule for CEOs has been that it’s best to let your products speak for themselves and keep your big mouth shut about anything other than narrow business principles. That’s because social conditions have led to a broadening of the principle of corporate social responsibility. Major corporations and their CEOs still take care when wading into political waters. One is that businesses with stronger products have more latitude to take stands on public issues than those without. Retailers aren’t very likely to evict Apple products from their stores no matter how Apple interprets its corporate social responsibility.
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden concludes
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden ends — 12:45 p.m.By Associated PressThe official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden have concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day. People watched the inauguration ceremony on their phones Wednesday, cheering as Vice President Kamala Harris, then President Joe Biden took the oath. Biden, Harris inauguration ceremony begins — 11:15 a.m.By The Associated PressJoe Biden’s presidential inauguration ceremony has begun. Biden, Harris arrive at Capitol for swearing-in — 10:50 a.m.By the Associated PressFrom left: Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming First Lady Jill Biden, and President-elect Joe Biden arrive for the inauguration. Biden attends church before swearing-in — 8:51 a.m.By The Associated PressPresident-elect Joe Biden is attending church ahead of his inauguration, a traditional step taken ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
Biden vows to reverse Trump's legacy in his first tweet as president
Biden's team also announced as part of the executive orders spree Wednesday, the incoming president plans to dissolve Trump's 1776 Commission. After becoming president, Biden immediately began working on signing at least 15 executive orders he promised would take priority from the moment he entered the White House. While Biden plans to reverse the order, his administration vows to improve screening of visitors by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments. Biden plans to reverse that actionBACK INTO WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATIONDuring Trump presidency, he withdrew from several foreign organizations and pacts, which Biden plans to reenter – including the World Health Organization. He will order federal agencies to prioritize racial equity and review policies that reinforce systemic racism.
More Than 200 People Arrested After Violence Breaks Out During Inauguration Day Protests
Police in riot gear used pepper spray from large canisters and eventually cordoned off protesters at 12th and L streets in northwest Washington. Loud booms echoed through the streets about six blocks from where Trump would soon hold his inaugural parade. Trump supporter Brett Ecker said the protesters were frustrating but weren’t going to put a damper on his day. On Thursday night, protesters and Trump supporters clashed outside a pro-Trump event in Washington. Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd.
Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Takes Oath as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Takes Oath as President Image Kamala Harris being congratulated by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. after she was sworn in as the vice president on Wednesday. In Tallahassee, Fla., a handful of peaceful protesters arrived at the State Capitol before Mr. Biden took the oath of office. ET Jan. 20, 2021, 1:20 p.m. Mr. Biden had said that he was happy not to have Mr. Trump in attendance, but that Mr. Pence was “welcome” and that it would help with the transition. President Biden recognized the grim toll of the pandemic on the country before largely focusing on bringing the country together.
Kelly Loeffler on her way out as WNBA owner after losing Senate seat
This will be Kelly Loeffler’s most popular move as a WNBA owner. The Atlanta Dream franchise is close to being sold, with Loeffler expected to no longer have any association with the team, ESPN reported. In the summer, Loeffler wrote a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, voicing her displeasure with the league supporting the Black Lives matter movement. This summer, Dream president Chris Sienko and majority owners Mary and John Brock had given financial information to interested buyers, ESPN previously reported. But I will continue to remain part of the team,” Loeffler said in July.
Letters to the editor — Jan. 20, 2021
The Issue: AG Letitia James’ lawsuit against the NYPD for excessive force during the George Floyd protests. And now Cuomo is saying that James and her ilk are right in bringing charges against the NYPD and attacking officers as racists. Alan Brooks, BrooklynJames faulted the mayor and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea for not doing more to calm the violence in overwhelmingly peaceful protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. can be part of peaceful protests. To all New York Democrats who vote: Don’t you think it’s about time you think about who you’re voting for?
A tale of two covers: Why the difference between Kamala Harris and Cori Bush matters
Both images feature a Black woman who has successfully scaled seemingly insurmountable barriers to become a “first." Both images feature a Black woman politician who has successfully scaled seemingly insurmountable barriers to become a “first." Tell me why Teen Vogue’s Cori Bush makes Vogue’s Kamala Harris cover look 10x worse? Teen Vogue needs to give Grown Vogue lessons on how to select the cover shot of a Black woman in power. Teen Vogue just straight up curb stomped Vogue.
Mitt Romney praises 'very strong' inaugural speech
SEE NEW POSTSMitt Romney praises 'very strong' inaugural speech Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, praised Biden's inaugural speech, saying it was "very much needed." Share this -Harris' alma mater Howard University congratulates her Howard University congratulated alumna Kamala Harris on becoming the vice president. "At one point, being president or vice president for a Black person was just totally unheard of. President Trump waves at supporters along the motorcade route on Southern Blvd. ?@WPTV? pic.twitter.com/OE9hGYHkzx — Michelle Quesada (@M_Quesada) January 20, 2021 Share this -
Biden family huddles as Harris looks on
Share this -Harris' alma mater Howard University congratulates her Howard University congratulated alumna Kamala Harris on becoming the vice president. #HU2WH pic.twitter.com/Vfx9xLrhpI — Howard University (@HowardU) January 20, 2021 The school also noted that Harris used Thurgood Marshall's bible for her swearing-in. Alison Vaughn's daughter and her friends in West Bloomfield, Michigan, watch the swearing in of Vice President Kamala Harris on Jan. 20, 2021. "At one point, being president or vice president for a Black person was just totally unheard of. pic.twitter.com/6vR6cEONlW — Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 20, 2021 Share this -
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden concludes
Official swearing-in ceremony for Biden ends — 12:45 p.m.By Associated PressThe official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden have concluded, but more events are planned throughout the day. People watched the inauguration ceremony on their phones Wednesday, cheering as Vice President Kamala Harris, then President Joe Biden took the oath. Biden, Harris inauguration ceremony begins — 11:15 a.m.By The Associated PressJoe Biden’s presidential inauguration ceremony has begun. Biden, Harris arrive at Capitol for swearing-in — 10:50 a.m.By the Associated PressFrom left: Doug Emhoff, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, incoming First Lady Jill Biden, and President-elect Joe Biden arrive for the inauguration. Biden attends church before swearing-in — 8:51 a.m.By The Associated PressPresident-elect Joe Biden is attending church ahead of his inauguration, a traditional step taken ahead of the swearing-in ceremony.
Inauguration Day in Oregon: Protests, celebrations expected; Gov. Kate Brown cheers ‘a new chapter’
Kate Brown and other officials cheered the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday as Oregon celebrations and protests were set to get underway. PROTESTS AND POLICINGSupporters of former President Donald Trump have planned to rally against Biden at state capitol buildings across the country Wednesday. Later Wednesday in Portland, left-wing demonstrators plan to gather at Revolution Hall for a 2 p.m. “J20” event decrying the government, including Biden’s presidency. Law enforcement officials have said they plan to police the Capitol and Portland’s downtown core in anticipation of both right- and left-wing protests. Houston said the event will be open to all ages and is distinct from separate “direct action” events.
‘I can exhale now’: Washington locals express hope as Biden sworn in
As she watched Donald Trump’s helicopter lift away from the White House on Wednesday morning, Nadine Seiler said, she gave it the finger. National guard troops walk the streets in Washington DC on 17 January. But if it was an “overreaction”, she said, it was also “a necessary one”, and she felt the national guard troops in town had been “very respectful”. And the cleanup needs to start on day one.”Flags seen on Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC on 20 January. Randall Oliver, 27, another Washington resident, also said he was very happy about the historic inauguration of the first “madam vice-president”.
Donald Trump and the Danger of a Loser Who Cannot Admit Defeat
It could be considered a small thing that Trump can neither meet with Biden nor acknowledge that he has lost the election to him. But what if the refusal to acknowledge loss is bound up with the path of destruction we call Trump’s exit route? That movement continues to pose a global threat to white supremacy, and the reaction has been violent and vile. But this makes sense if we think about a general inability to acknowledge loss, an acknowledgment, Freud tells us, that is the work of mourning. White supremacy has now resumed an open place in US politics, and Trumpism will outlast Trump, and continue to assume new forms.
Even After an Insurrection, Corporate Media Can't Let Go of False Balance
That false concept of balance, which FAIR has criticized for years (e.g., FAIR.org, 9/30/04, 9/17/20), is finally coming under greater scrutiny. Where previous coverage of Trump and his followers often strained to balance the positive and the negative (e.g., FAIR.org, 6/1/17, 7/24/19), reporting and analysis of the insurrection and its aftermath have largely cast aside attempts at false balance. At CNN.com (1/12/21), a news headline unequivocally announced, “Defiant Trump Denounces Violence but Takes No Responsibility for Inciting Deadly Riot,” using language corporate media in the past would typically have reserved for opinion pieces. “The left in America has incited far more political violence than the right,” declared Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida. And if they can begin to distinguish “conservatives” from “bigoted liars,” that would be a step in the right direction.
Warning Against Further 'Erosion' of Civil Liberties, Tlaib Leads Charge Against New Domestic Terrorism Laws
"In the face of great tragedy, we must reject reactionary demands to further erode the rights and liberties of the American people." I’m leading the call for national security powers to not be expanded in light of the attack on our nation’s Capitol that occurred two weeks ago, as such measures often lead to the erosion of Americans’ civil liberties. The lawmakers stressed how quickly "expanded national security and surveillance powers [are] turned on law-abiding Americans," especially individuals who are non-white and/or anti-capitalist. Omar last week denounced crisis-driven attempts to weaken civil liberties and create a "broader security structure or a deeper police state," characterizing such punitive measures as anti-democratic. "In the face of great tragedy, we must reject reactionary demands to further erode the rights and liberties of the American people," Tlaib said.
Facebook execs shrug off culpability for role in providing organizing platform for Capitol siege
The event carried the logos of the Proud Boys and anti-government militias and was circulated in private far-right Facebook groups with thousands of members. Self-declared “patriot” groups on Facebook have ramped up their recruiting efforts tied to the election. Talk of overthrowing the U.S. government increased dramatically in Facebook groups monitored by TTP following the declaration of Biden as the winner of the 2020 vote. On the Facebook group pages that cater to extremist content and organizing, the TTP told Buzzfeed, ads featuring a range of defense equipment have been appearing. "Facebook has spent years facilitating fringe voices who use the platform to organize and amplify calls for violence,” said TTP Director Katie Paul.
Bent on Revenge, the Far Right Will Rage Against Reality in the Biden Era
That’s really frightening. So, I think that’s an incredibly dangerous spot to be in right now. That I think is really, really frightening. So, I think actually there has been a forced training that has happened on organizing. So, I think that’s really, really critical as we come into the spring and summer that we’re able to launch ourselves into a real sense of shared experience.
After Capitol Breach, More Domestic Terrorism Laws Aren’t the Answer
To be clear, those double standards have nothing to do with whether a domestic terrorism law exists. It’s not a lack of domestic terrorism laws that led to inaction, as attacks on the Capitol were flaunted beforehand on public forums. It’s not the lack of domestic terrorism laws that led the Capitol police to be disastrously underprepared. It’s not the lack of domestic terrorism laws that led law enforcement to move barricades or take selfies with violent agitators. What happens if domestic terrorism legislation is passed and Black Lives Matter is classified as a domestic terrorist organization?
Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Takes Oath as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Takes Oath as President Image President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, arrive at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. We’re just here to make sure everything goes right.” Read moreAdvertisement Continue reading the main storyJan. 20, 2021, 11:55 a.m. While Ms. Lopez performed, Mr. Rodriguez was seated on the platform behind Mr. Biden during his swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, stepped off the plane under clear skies and 68-degree weather about 10 minutes later. They talked about how Mr. Biden had been deprived of huge crowds for the event he’s waited his whole life for.
Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in history
Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in historyAfter more than 1,400 days of Donald Trump’s presidency -- after two bitter elections, two impeachments, more than 26,000 presidential tweets and four years of near-constant upheaval -- it is left to American voters to tally it all up. The Associated Press talked with Americans of all political stripes and asked them to assess this astonishing moment in their country’s history. They offered broad smiles for these portraits, posing in or near their homes in the East, the South, the Midwest. While the 39-year-old investor and Air Force veteran from Columbus, Ohio, does not condone the violence at the Capitol -- “any patriot should not support that type of behavior” -- Mitchell, who is Black, thinks Black Lives Matter demonstrators do not receive the same scrutiny. “If Donald Trump runs again, yes.”___COLE SHEPHERD left the Air Force just two years ago, and 2020 was a jarring return to civilian life.
Biden calls for unity, acknowledges challenges ahead in first address as president
Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th president of the United States Share Email to a Friend Embed Joe Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. Mike Pence arrives at inauguration — 11:10 a.m.By The Associated PressVice President Mike Pence has arrived at the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident-elect Joe Biden has arrived at the U.S. Capitol ahead of his inauguration as the United States’ 46th president. The White House says the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.
Atlanta Dream close to being sold, taking defeated U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler out of WNBA
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s contentious stint as a WNBA owner. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. Brian Kemp, didn’t immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
US Capitol buildings offer front-row seats to troubled time
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........SALEM, Ore. — Normally quiet streets around U.S. state capitol buildings have looked more like battlegrounds recently, putting those who live and work there on edge and instilling a sense of foreboding. Jonathan Jones’ front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol. A restaurant named We, the Pizza is located just one block from barricades surrounding the U.S. Capitol, where Biden takes his oath of office. It will help mellow things out a little bit.”In Nashville, Tennessee, the police chief distributed a bulletin about a planned pro-Trump rally outside the state Capitol on Inauguration Day. “I’m just making sure nothing happens,” Fox said as a dozen gun-toting, far-right protesters stood outside the Capitol, three blocks away.
Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Prepares to Take Oath as President
ET Jan. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m. ET Jan. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m. They talked about how Mr. Biden had been deprived of huge crowds for the event he’s waited his whole life for. ET Jan. 20, 2021, 11:07 a.m. ET Jan. 20, 2021, 11:03 a.m.
Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Prepares to Take Oath as President
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Dream close to being sold, taking Loeffler out of WNBA
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler's contentious stint as a WNBA owner. "As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized," the league said in a statement. Brian Kelly, didn't immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia's runoff election on Jan. 5. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
Members of Congress, former presidents arrive at Biden’s inauguration
Former Republican leaders and lawmakers are among those gathering at the Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Trump’s plane flew low along the coast as Biden’s inauguration played on TV on Fox News Channel. Obama and his wife, Michelle, are attending Biden’s inauguration Wednesday afternoon along with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and their spouses. Far from the stage, on the National Mall, tens of thousands of small American flags fluttered in the wind, commemorating the people who could not attend Biden’s inauguration. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.
Atlanta Dream close to being sold, taking Kelly Loeffler out of WNBA
“As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. “Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided.”The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s contentious stint as a WNBA owner. Brian Kelly, didn’t immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. AdvertisementThe Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
Atlanta Dream close to being sold, ending Kelly Loeffler’s stint as WNBA owner
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s contentious stint as a WNBA owner. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month. The Las Vegas Aces were bought, pending approval from the league’s Board of Governors, by Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Joe Biden orders mask mandate and STOPS building Trump's border wall
Biden's team also announced as part of the executive orders spree Wednesday, the incoming president plans to dissolve Trump's 1776 Commission. After becoming president, Biden will immediately begin work on signing at least 15 executive orders he promised would take priority from the moment he entered the White House. While Biden plans to reverse the order, his administration vows to improve screening of visitors by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments. One of Trump's first orders of business when he took office in 2017 was signing an executive order banning all travel from seven Muslim-majority countries (pictured). Biden plans to reverse that actionDuring Trump presidency, he withdrew from several foreign organizations and pacts, which Biden plans to reenter – including the World Health Organization.
Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Prepares to Take Oath as President
ET Live Updates: Scenes from the Capital as Biden Prepares to Take Oath as President Image Flags on the National Mall near the Washington Monument ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday. The Warriors were famously disinvited to the White House by President Trump in 2017, after some members of the team were critical of him. President Trump and Melania Trump, the first lady, arriving at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. Credit Credit... Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times Image President Trump and Melania Trump boarding Air Force One on Wednesday. The event occurred several hours after Mr. Biden bid an emotional farewell to Delaware, his home state.
Dream close to being sold, taking Loeffler out of WNBA
“As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. Brian Kelly, didn’t immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. Full Coverage: SportsThe Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month. ___This story has been corrected to show that Loeffler was appointed to the Senate by Gov.
Inauguration Day live updates: Biden to be sworn in as the 46th president
Lonely vendors lament sales: ‘Horrible. The worst ever’A vendor near Union Station in Washington showcases inauguration booklets for sale. (Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times)North of the U.S. Capitol, near Union Station, lonely vendors tried to sell inauguration booklets without much luck. When President Obama was inaugurated in 2009, he said, they sold $10,000 of merchandise in one day. Everyone wanted a button or a bookmark, and it was so cold that people were snatching up hats and gloves.
Members of Congress, former presidents arrive at Biden’s inauguration
AdvertisementObama and his wife, Michelle, are attending Biden’s inauguration Wednesday afternoon along with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and their spouses. Trump interrupted many traditions of the presidency, including by not attending Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. AdvertisementFar from the stage, on the National Mall, tens of thousands of small American flags fluttered in the wind, commemorating the people who could not attend Biden’s inauguration. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway.
Which of Trump's policies will Biden get rid of? Here's a list
Hours after being sworn in as the 46th US president, Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders to reverse a number of decisions made by Donald Trump's administration. During his four years in office, Mr Trump dismissed climate science and rolled back environmental regulation to promote fossil fuel development. But Mr Biden promised he would reverse these decisions when he was on the campaign trail in a move which will be welcomed by other world leaders. Mr Biden is pushing Congress to approve a $1.9tn coronavirus plan to help speed up the distribution of vaccines and to provide economic relief for Americans hurt by the pandemic. Issue a regulatory freeze to pause any new regulations from moving forward and give the Biden administration an opportunity to review any Trump administration regulations.
Joe Biden Is President, but Donald Trump’s Legacy of Violence Looms
Now that Donald Trump is gone from office, what’s next? This week on Intercepted: There are a slew of unanswered questions about the siege of the Capitol. In response to the Capitol assault, Joe Biden and some members of Congress are looking to expand new domestic terrorism laws. They are using the exact same playbook deployed by the Bush-Cheney White House after 9/11 and embraced across the aisles in Congress. This is a dangerous moment where policies with very serious implications could be rushed through in the heat of the moment.
Opinion: The unintended truth in Trump's farewell address: A loss of faith
President Trump is seen on a network monitor inside the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in his prerecorded farewell speech Tuesday. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)President Trump's farewell address — delivered via a video recorded Monday and released Tuesday, his last full day in office — is a strange document that risks being overlooked as his tumultuous term comes to a close. The farewell address is almost a paradox, the departing leader's first attempt at shaping history's verdict on his term. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”Trump's farewell address is remarkable in several respects. One of Trump's final hare-brained ideas was to establish a National Garden of American Heroes.
The FBI is keeping a close eye on far-right groups like Proud Boys, Three Percenters, and the Oath Keepers as it determines whether extremist groups planned the Capitol siege in advance
Members of the extremist groups Proud Boys, The Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters are among the 145 individuals who have been taken into custody since the insurrection. Some men wore jackets that donned "The Oath Keepers" - the name of one of the largest anti-government militias in the US. The New York Times reported that Brock was a member of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. The Proud Boys claim to be a "drinking club," but in actuality, they are a radicalization vector rooted in defending the patriarchy. A judge banned the Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, from DC the day before the planned march outside the Capitol.
Kamala Harris: A beginner's guide to being vice-president
And Ms Harris offers a counter to Joe Biden's age, gender and race. What's more, this time the ceremonial role held by the vice-president as president of the Senate will prove crucial for Ms Harris' party. Mr Biden is likely to model Ms Harris' role after his own time as vice-president. "While I may be the first woman in this office," Ms Harris is fond of saying, "I will not be the last." As the more left-wing half of the political partnership, Ms Harris may face blame for perceived shortfalls here, and elsewhere in their progressive agenda.
Trump departs White House with ceremony, skipping inauguration
President-elect Joe Biden is attending church ahead of his inauguration, a traditional step taken ahead of the swearing-in ceremony. That raises issues at the White House — 3:43 a.m.By The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic. Despite hearings beginning before Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is expected to take office with a cabinet made up largely, if not entirely, of acting secretaries. Dillingham said in a statement that he would resign on Wednesday, the day Trump leaves the White House and President-elect Joseph Biden takes office. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.
Trump prepares to depart White House with ceremony, skipping inauguration
That raises issues at the White House — 3:43 a.m.By The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden moves into the White House on Wednesday facing many weighty issues: a global pandemic. Despite hearings beginning before Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is expected to take office with a cabinet made up largely, if not entirely, of acting secretaries. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
Trump in the classroom: how history teachers in 2051 will discuss the 45th President and his legacy
Whatever happens, he will probably be remembered by most people as the worst president of all time. At first, it will be incredibly hard to teach anything about him without resorting to the comical element of his time in office. THIRTY YEARSBy 2051, we’ll be looking back with a more objective eye to the much bigger story of Trump. But when you’re living in a moment of history – as we are now with not only Trump but the pandemic – it’s easy to become desensitised. As more evidence comes out about what happened – particularly on January 6th – I’m convinced Trump’s reputation will be considered more villainous as time goes by.
Donald Trump’s unprecedented presidency, from inauguration to insurrection
Donald Trump’s inauguration on a wintry 20 January 2017 kicked off his extraordinary reign, completing his rise from New York luxury property tycoon to reality TV star to unlikely president. The president’s so-called Muslim travel ban was his first major policy controvesy and was followed by his first firing. When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, his response was once again found wanting and a striking absence of compassion exposed. Trump sided with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence officers in denying election meddling, as the entire world looked on in disbelief. After that chaotic encounter, the president and first lady were taken ill with a disease they had done their utmost to downplay.
Biden orders federal mask mandate and STOPS building Trump's border wall with 15 executive orders
Biden's team also announced Wednesday as part of the 15 executive orders Wednesday, the incoming president plans to dissolve Trump's 1776 Commission. While Biden plans to reverse the order, his administration vows to improve screening of visitors by strengthening information sharing with foreign governments. After becoming president, Biden will immediately begin work on signing a series of executive orders he promised would take priority from the moment he entered the White House. Biden is mandating mask wearing and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. Biden plans to reverse that actionDuring Trump's four years, he withdrew from several foreign organizations and pacts, which Biden plans to reenter – including the Paris Climate Accord and and World Health Organization.
How Division I men's college basketball coaches address political turmoil with their players
For men’s college basketball players, add in the public pressure to perform and the constant scrutiny on social media. That’s where college coaches come in. We asked five Division I men’s basketball coaches how they’ve handled these conversations with their players this season. Some of the guys help me think things through, too.”Holloway said every Saint Peter's player who was eligible to vote in the presidential election did so. Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003.
Opinion: I've lived in both Americas. Most people everywhere don't want to hate each other
Let us encourage a new etiquette for civic life that is rooted in respect, restraint, humility and humor. Let our leaders behave like moral leaders. Moral leaders are people who invite us to become better, truer versions of ourselves, while holding us accountable for the fruits of our action. Even if we have little or no appetite for moral rhetoric right now, we can all help to improve our habits of communications. Even if we have little or no appetite for moral rhetoric right now, we can all help to improve our habits of communications.
Thousands of pro-Trump crowds have gathered since he took office. No state has had more than California
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)Despite its reputation as a leader of resistance, California saw more pro-Trump crowds than any other state during the president's term in office. By combing news reports and social media, the group has cataloged some 4,500 pro-Trump gatherings nationwide since he took office in 2017. Washington was at the top, with 108 pro-Trump events in the past four years, despite having fewer than 19,000 people voting for the president. The top three counties are in Southern California: Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties combined had 174 events, about 40% of the pro-Trump protests in the state. Over the last four years, there were nearly 38,000 anti-Trump events tracked by the consortium, eight times more than the number of pro-Trump gatherings.
Thousands of pro-Trump crowds have gathered since he took office. No state has had more than California
Despite its reputation as a leader of resistance, California saw more pro-Trump crowds than any other state during the president’s term in office. By combing news reports and social media, the group has cataloged some 4,500 pro-Trump gatherings nationwide since he took office in 2017. Washington was at the top, with 108 pro-Trump events in the past four years, despite having fewer than 19,000 people voting for the president. The top three counties are in Southern California: Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties combined had 174 events, about 40% of the pro-Trump protests in the state. Over the last four years, there were nearly 38,000 anti-Trump events tracked by the consortium, eight times more than the number of pro-Trump gatherings.
D.C. on lockdown as Biden prepares to be sworn in today
There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said. Despite hearings beginning before Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is expected to take office with a cabinet made up largely, if not entirely, of acting secretaries. What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate — 1:22 a.m.By The Associated PressWASHINGTON — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.
Why Donald Trump will never admit defeat
It could be considered a small thing that Trump can neither meet with Biden nor acknowledge that he has lost the election to him. But what if the refusal to acknowledge loss is bound up with the path of destruction we call Trump’s exit route? That movement continues to pose a global threat to white supremacy, and the reaction has been violent and vile. But this makes sense if we think about a general inability to acknowledge loss, an acknowledgment, Freud tells us, that is the work of mourning. White supremacy has now resumed an open place in US politics, and Trumpism will outlast Trump, and continue to assume new forms.
D.C. on lockdown as Biden prepares to be sworn in today
3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. Despite hearings beginning before Wednesday’s inauguration, Biden is expected to take office with a cabinet made up largely, if not entirely, of acting secretaries. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
President Biden Wants to Unite the Country. How Can He Do It?
We live in an age of social media and polarized broadcast media in which the loudest voices and most extreme opinions dominate. As Biden undertakes the task of rebuilding the country and bringing the American public back together, his administration should consider how we can reinvent and repair our digital public spaces. It’s no secret that private social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where Americans increasingly get their information and political engagement, are deeply broken. Naturally, for new digital social institutions to succeed, they need help. But as Congress begins to debate trillions of dollars in stimulus aid and infrastructure needs, there might be no better investment in repairing our country than in improving the infrastructure for our digital public lives.
Is it too soon to deflate the Trump baby blimp?
Luckily, the Trump baby balloon dodged a similar fate in July 2018, when it floated above crowds that had gathered to protest the president’s visit to the UK. One of the most exciting things about the Stop Trump movement and its star attraction, the blimp, was its ability to bring people together. “One of the best things about Trump baby was how he stood in as a figurehead for a whole load of different people who were coming to it from different places,” says Leo Murray, the balloon’s designer. Much will depend on how the museum’s curators choose to display the balloon. In 2018, artists withdrew items from the Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition after the institution hosted an arms industry event.
Will Biden-Harris usher in a new chapter for the Black Lives Matter movement?
ON THE GROUNDWill Biden-Harris usher in a new chapter for the Black Lives Matter movement? A Black Lives Matter mural in Washington DC. © France 24After four years of a Trump presidency marked by racial tensions, some hope the arrival of Joe Biden in the White House could be a turning point in the fight waged by anti-racism movements like Black Lives Matter. But not all are convinced that real change will arrive soon.
D.C. on lockdown as Biden prepares to be sworn in today
3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
WNBA says sale of Atlanta Dream from under ex-senator Kelly Loeffler is 'close'
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated Republican senator Kelly Loeffler’s contentious stint as a WNBA owner. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. That result, combined with Jon Ossoff’s victory in a runoff for Georgia’s other Senate seat, handed Democrats control of the Senate. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
D.C. on lockdown as Biden prepares to be sworn in today
3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Dream close to being sold, taking Loeffler out of WNBA
“As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTWhen Loeffler, a Republican appointed to her Senate seat by President Donald Trump, didn’t immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5. That result, combined with Jon Ossoff’s victory in a runoff for Georgia’s other Senate seat, handed Democrats control of the Senate. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
US Capitol buildings offer front-row seats to troubled time
California National Guard members stand guard at an access point to the California state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)California National Guard members stand guard at an access point to the California state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. ADVERTISEMENTJonathan Jones’ front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol. The pizzeria has been feeding thousands of National Guard troops and other security and first responders, using donations from around the nation. It will help mellow things out a little bit.”In Nashville, Tennessee, the police chief distributed a bulletin about a planned pro-Trump rally outside the state Capitol on Inauguration Day.
Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a late flurry of clemency action benefiting nearly 150 people, including rap stars and former members of Congress. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Dream close to being sold, taking Loeffler out of WNBA
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler's contentious stint as a WNBA owner. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. That result, combined with Jon Ossoff's victory in a runoff for Georgia's other Senate seat, handed Democrats control of the Senate. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who had closely aligned herself with Trump, has been an owner of the Dream since 2011. The Dream would be the second WNBA franchise sold this month.
Dream close to being sold, taking Loeffler out of WNBA
The Atlanta Dream are close to being sold, ending defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler's contentious stint as a WNBA owner. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the league said in a statement. “Once the sale negotiation is concluded, additional information will be provided.”Players around the league have called for Loeffler to sell her 49% stake in the Dream after she wrote a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert over the summer objecting to the league’s initiatives to advocate for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. When Loeffler, a Republican appointed to her Senate seat by President Donald Trump, didn't immediately sell the team, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia's runoff election on Jan. 5. That result, combined with Jon Ossoff's victory in a runoff for Georgia's other Senate seat, handed Democrats control of the Senate.
US Capitol buildings offer front-row seats to troubled time
They'll be watching what the next chapter brings from storefronts and the porches and stoops of their own homes. Some expect Joe Biden to bring a unifying tone when he's inaugurated as president on Wednesday, but say that alone won't be enough to bring unity. Jonathan Jones' front-row seat to what happens next is his restaurant that is decorated with Black Lives Matter signs and art near the Oregon State Capitol. One day, police showed up as Jones and his friends were being accosted by neo-fascist Proud Boys. The police at first confronted Jones' group as if they were the threat.
Trump pardons former strategist Bannon
President Donald Trump has granted clemency to Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who was charged with defrauding political donors who supported building a border wall that Trump supported, White House officials said. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Why We Don’t Need a New Domestic Terror Law ? Current Affairs
In the aftermath of these events, Joe Biden has said he would prioritize passing domestic terrorism legislation. And that will require a new domestic terrorism law.”One may wonder why we need a new domestic terrorism law to prosecute already-illegal activities, but Scher doesn’t give us much of an answer. There are 51 federal crimes and terrorism statutes that apply to domestic terrorism. But this does not necessarily mean that most of the people surveilled, prosecuted, and punished under a new domestic terrorism law will be white supremacists. All passing a domestic terrorism law will do is invest the government with even more power to spy, prosecute, imprison, and punish.
Tucker Carlson of FOX News is Determined to Incite More Trump Riots in Washington, D.C.
Even James Murdoch (son of Fox News boss, Rupert) recognizes the "toxic lies" and "disinformation" propagated by Fox. On Carlson's Monday hate-fest, he maligned the National Guard troops assigned to protect the city from further violence by the fascist brigades of Trumpism. Carlson and Fox News are actually rooting for another round of insurrection against the nation and the Constitution. That's the core of the conspiracy over which Carlson and Fox News are generating this hysteria. But Carlson, Trump, Fox News, and the GOP have apparently forgotten that they were staunch advocates of National Guard deployments during the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
The “Whitewashing” of American History
Professional historians expressed outrage at what one called a “hack job”, “riddled with lies”, and “not a work of history”. The 45-page report is essentially an attack on decades of historical scholarship, particularly when it comes to the nation’s ‘original sin’, the 400-year-old legacy of slavery and the uncomfortable history of America’s founders as slaveholders. “It reduces history to hero worship. It's the flip side of those polemics, presented as history, that charge the nation was founded as a ‘slavocracy’, and that slavery and white supremacy are the essential themes of American history”. Boston University historian Ibram X. Kendi responded: “This report makes it seems as if slaveholding founding fathers were abolitionists; that Americans were the early beacon of the global abolitionist movement; that the demise of slavery in the United States was inevitable.”The 1776 Report is, quite literally, a “whitewashing” of American history.
When far-right groups are coming to town, what’s the best way to resist?
How can the average person let white supremacist groups know they’re unwelcome without putting their own safety and life at risk? When far-right groups are threatening to descend on your city, it’s normal to feel helpless. Before they come to townDuring the in-between times when you’re unaware of when white supremacists will come to your town, there are still some actions that can be taken. While showing up in large numbers to confront white supremacists might seem like a logical move, some argue that it could create additional chaos and potentially give white supremacists the media attention they desperately crave. In your letter, you can advocate for policies to advance racial justice agendas, or try to shift the narratives being spewed by far-right groups.
NH Homeless Fight For Shelter Despite Forceful Encampment Evictions
New Hampshire’s Homeless Fight For Shelter Despite Forceful Encampment EvictionsThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester, New Hampshire’s unhoused population and local community organizers have struggled with state and local officials to secure housing and resources for the unhoused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Manchester had at least 35 documented homeless encampments as of October 2019, but the unhoused population has risen since the pandemic began. NHCEH Director Stephanie Savard attributed the rise to problems preceding the pandemic, such as rising housing prices, eviction rates, and unemployment. The NH GOP claimed the city itself, court officials, and others had complained about the encampment, thereby justifying its removal. Two additional shelter locations were opened during the month, one in a food kitchen space run by a local shelter, and another in a former police building.
Oregon Republican Party condemns impeachment, aligns itself with conspiracy theories
On the eve of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, the Oregon Republican Party issued a statement condemning the 10 Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach President Donald Trump and aligning itself with conspiracy theories about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. The statement and accompanying resolutions – passed by the party’s executive committee -- were issued by the party establishment itself, not elected lawmakers. The executive committee of the party includes its six-member leadership team plus congressional district chairs, vice chairs and alternate vice chairs. The set of resolutions passed by the executive committee also said the transcript of Trump’s speech contradicted Democrats’ claims that he incited the insurrection. However, they said, it perfectly reflected the growing schism in the Republican party nationally.
Canadian Alex Trebek Will Be Honoured In Trump’s ‘American Heroes’ Statue Garden
(Photo: Getty)The clue: the home to a new statue of late Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. The answer: What is the United States National Garden of Heroes? noted American Hero Alex Trebek pic.twitter.com/2UvqJ3sKS9 — Claire McNear (@clairemcnear) January 18, 2021Vince Lombardi getting a statue in the National Garden of American Heroes..... Also Alex Trebek is Canadian? His statue should be in Ottawa — 2020 is crazy (@justthe40500564) January 18, 2021Wasn't Alex Trebek Canadian? — Karen Holland (@karenh7463) January 18, 2021...wasn’t alex trebek canadian?
Hurricane-force winds race through California
National ReviewDozens were arrested Monday night in New York City when Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police outside City Hall during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to City Hall in Manhattan, where they were met with a heavy police presence. The demonstration turned violent around 8:30 p.m. in City Hall Park, and police began making arrests after demonstrators started throwing projectiles, blocking traffic, and vandalizing property. In another video, police can be seen shoving several protesters as well as wrestling one person to the ground. Last summer, riots broke out in New York City following the police custody death of George Floyd in May.
Report: Sale of WNBA's Atlanta Dream co-owned by outgoing Sen. Kelly Loeffler is 'close to being finalized'
A sale of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream is imminent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the source told AJC. She wrote a letter to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert urging the league to halt its embrace of Black Lives Matter. She seized on political talking points during her campaign attempting to tie Black Lives Matter to Marxism. But there is an organization, different from the saying, an organization called Black Lives Matter founded on Marxist principles.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Civil rights leaders hope Biden can heal the nation through action
(CNN) When President-elect Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech Wednesday, civil rights leaders are hoping for more than just promises, but a plan of action for racial healing. Conversely, only 1% of Republicans say racial injustice is most important issue with 32% choosing political divisions, 30% the economy, and 25% coronavirus. Some civil rights leaders say they are confident Biden will keep every promise he makes during his speech Wednesday. Biden's inauguration is taking place two days after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday which honors the legacy of the civil rights icon who died in 1968. Michael W. Waters, a civil rights activist and author of "Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey," called for a "purposeful redirecting of resources" to uplift marginalized and oppressed communities.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Atlanta Dream, WNBA team co-owned by former U.S. senator Kelly Loeffler, on verge of being sold
The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, co-owned by controversial former U.S. senator Kelly Loeffler, are closing in on the sale of the franchise. “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized,” the WNBA said in a statement. I am not going.”Even though the WNBA said Loeffler was not involved in day-to-day operations, her stake in ownership became toxic for the league. Loeffler in a statement said she had no idea who Doles was. In the November election, neither Loeffler nor her opponents received a majority of the vote, forcing a special election between Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5.
‘He Was Just Everywhere’: A Tired Country After Four Years of Trump
For still others, even some who had long been champions of the president, the feverish conspiring since November’s election had finally gotten to be too much. He had no regrets about those votes, he said, welcoming all that the president had done for his evangelical supporters. But after the last two months, and especially after the attack on the Capitol, he is done. “Every single day it was a completely new thing: ‘They stole the election, blah blah blah,’” Mr. Ortiz said. The Trump era revealed problems that ran deep in the country’s history, some said, and there was no going back to the false comfort of the status quo.
Column: Trump trolls us on his way out the door with his garden of heroes plan
And never mind that President-elect Joe Biden will likely undo the order within minutes of landing in the Oval Office. Certainly, Trump’s list of 244 “historically significant Americans” for the National Garden reads like a farcical troll. (“ALL THE STATUE IN THE NATIONAL GARDEN OF AMERICAN HEROES, RANKED,” tweeted New York Times film critic A.O. But the ideas this administration has surfaced — ideas rooted in the darkest aspects of U.S. history — remain very much alive. Trump is leaving office and probably taking his garden with him.
Opinion: The unintended truth in Trump’s farewell address: A loss of faith
Following the calamities of 2020 and the shutdown of Trump’s Twitter account, this speech was Trump’s final, unfiltered message to the American people before he flies home to Florida. The farewell address is almost a paradox, the departing leader’s first attempt at shaping history’s verdict on his term. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”Trump’s farewell address is remarkable in several respects. But the broader significance of the address is Trump’s appeal to American greatness. One of Trump’s final hare-brained ideas was to establish a National Garden of American Heroes.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Howie Carr: Operation Warp Speed need to cure TDS
Dementia Joe could call his medical mobilization “Operation Warped,” because the victims of TDS have gone utterly out of their minds. Consider Hillary Clinton. You could almost call TDS Hillary Clinton’s Disease, because she has long been the epidemic’s most prominent victim. For example, that fictitious Putin-Trump connection was concocted in the made-up smear Hillary Clinton herself paid for, the dodgy dossier, as even the CIA has admitted. On TV Sunday, with his eyes bugging out (another symptom of TDS), Schiff demanded that Trump be banned from post-presidential intelligence briefings.
After Hysterical Lefitst Theatrics, Rioters Were Absent At State Capitols
As the New York Times published on Sunday, however, FBI warnings of a violent uprising, amplified by Democrats with hysterical theatrics featuring more troops occupying Washington than parts of the Middle East, have yet to substantiate. “After Capitols Become Fortresses, Far-Right Protesters Are Mostly a No-Show,” the Times headlined its reporting. Nancy Pelosi criticized the use of the military to guard the Lincoln Memorial after DC experienced multiple riots last year. The Boogaloo movement is a loosely-defined extremist group calling home to a wide spectrum of ideologies, with some even aligning themselves with Black Lives Matter. “The group’s main aggregator website makes clear that the movement does not have the capacity to operate in every state,” Schachtel wrote.
Ex-Army captain now part of Proud Boys charged in Capitol riot
A former Army captain and Republican political candidate now part of the far-right Proud Boys militia mocked police officers as “traitors” while storming the US Capitol earlier this month, according to authorities and a report. “Ain’t holding a million of us.”Five people died during the course of the riot, including a USCP officer pepper-sprayed and beaten with a fire extinguisher. In another video Garcia posted from the Capitol’s Rotunda, he bellowed a menacing message apparently meant for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Garcia, a former captain in the US Army, was referred to as “El Capitan” in another person’s post of images from the riot, according to authorities. He also garnered 41 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful 2020 bid for a Florida state legislature seat, and openly identified as a member of the Proud Boys, according to The Miami Herald.
NY Times editor mocked for Biden fanfare as President-elect lands at Joint Base Andrews: 'I have chills'
New York Times editor Lauren Wolfe was ridiculed on social media Tuesday for hyping the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden at Joint Base Andrews ahead of Wednesday's inauguration. "Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now," she wrote. "The pettiness of the Trump admin not sending a military plane to bring him to D.C. as is tradition is mortifying," wrote Wolfe, who added, "Childish." The Times editor was mocked by critics, many of them invoking former MSNBC host Chris Matthew's infamous "thrill up the leg" remark about President Obama. THE NEW YORK TIMES STILL HASN'T COVER ERIC SWALWELL'S CHINESE SPY SCANDAL"Prepare for four years of this from the media," the Media Research Center warned.
Op-Ed: The Capitol marauders proved how dangerous white anger, and white privilege, is to democracy
More troubling to me than the insurrection of Jan. 6 is how so many conscientious white people — my friends, editors, readers — never understood white supremacy as a whole. White supremacy might be a moral issue, encoded in things like affirmative action, but that’s the problem: It was an issue, an abstraction. We have all witnessed white supremacy in action now; we have seen how it is animated by anger. In particular, Democrats — notably white Democrats who aid and abet Black Lives Matter, the great ideological bogeyman of the white anger movement — are traitors. What matters — and what may sink the republic for good — is the willingness at the highest levels in Washington to embrace naked white anger as fundamentally legitimate.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Inauguration Day prop bets include whether Biden will say ‘Trump’
The odds at offshore sportsbook BetOnline are against Joe Biden saying the word “Trump” during his inaugural address. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)A bevy of prop bets surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday are being offered at overseas and offshore sportsbooks. But the odds are against Biden saying the word “Trump” during the address. The books also have odds on exact words or phrases Biden will say during his address. In this instance, a $500 wager would pay $100 if Biden says “Trump,” while a $100 bet would pay $300 if he didn’t.
Irving Berlin’s kin, ex-NYC teacher among those busted in MLK Day protest
Irving Berlin’s great-grandson, an ex-New York City teacher, and a man suing the NYPD in federal court were among the more than two dozen protesters busted during a Martin Luther King march Monday. Also cited was 35-year-old Carl Stovner, an education teacher in the Big Apple school system until November 2018, according to his LinkedIn page. Others cited Monday for disorderly conduct included a musician, an actor, a dancer, and college students, according to police. Gabrielle Jackson, 25, and Desirae Ranger, 20, both of Brooklyn, were charged with resisting arrest, police said. Abbas Oumar, 21, of Manhattan, was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly swinging a stick at cops’ heads, the department said.
Protesters carrying BLM signs vandalize CA police station
Video cameras outside of the station captured black-clad demonstrators holding "f**k the police," "Black Lives Matter," and "ACAB" signs as they approached the doors. However, they did not enter either City Hall or the Vacaville Police Department. Authorities told KTVU, the Fox-owned TV station in Oakland, that graffiti on and around the department matched that on signs on the downtown bridge. The assault on our downtown, police department and city hall last night cannot be tolerated, the violent attack on protestors two weeks ago cannot be tolerated. "So, we've put up temporary fencing around the city hall campus and the police department.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Vogue to release new Kamala Harris cover after controversy
Following the backlash, Vogue announced it would release some copies with a more formal portrait of Harris wearing a light blue Michael Kors pantsuit. Writing in the Washington Post, fashion critic Robin Givhan said the print cover was "overly familiar" and did not give Harris "due respect." Both photos were taken by American photographer Tyler Mitchell, who in 2018 became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover with his portraits of music icon Beyonce. The controversy was the latest to hit Wintour, who found herself under pressure during the massive Black Lives Matter protests that swept the US last summer. Wintour added that she also took "full responsibility" for "publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant."
The “1776 Report” Is Trump’s Last Gasp of State-Sponsored Hate
It’s perhaps fitting that one of Trump’s last gasps in office, the “1776 Report”—revisionist guidelines for teaching U.S. history—came on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which in right-wing circles marks a massive celebration of misappropriation. Such is the spirit of 1776 as conveyed in this report, likely to become a blueprint for millions of red state and Christian academy children. That view is one of the foundations of this “new” report, which, eked out on the penultimate full day of Trump’s presidency, is mostly meant as a means of mainstreaming Christian nationalism into the very public schools it disdains. As the Trump administration leaves, it screams hate to the last. Chief among them, know Christian nationalists, for whom “natural law” has long been a bulwark against secularism, is gender.
Open Source Fashion Cookbook Is Sharing “Recipes” for Upcycling at Home, With Patterns by Raeburn, Chromat, and More
You can spend almost a decade writing about fashion, and your laptop will still autocorrect lookbook to cookbook. It’s such a persistent, minor frustration that at first glance, ADIFF’s new book, Open Source Fashion Cookbook, looks like a typo. Several designers contributed patterns from their archives, including Christopher Raeburn, Assembly’s Greg Armas, and Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran. “All of these things were happening in the world, but I didn’t see them [reflected by] fashion at all. How could ADIFF help people engage in fashion and sustainability outside of the traditional system?
Lawson Bates Slammed for Role in Pro-Trump Mob: CANCEL Bringing Up Bates!
Duggar friend and Bringing Up Bates star Lawson Bates was part of a pro-Trump mob in DC on that horrifying day. Now, fans are demanding the cancelation of Bringing Up Bates ... unless they want to continue giving a platform to anti-American extremist. As for his defense -- that he was not actually one of the insurgents who stormed Capitol Hill -- some aren't really satisfied with that. Either way, fans are fully justified in their outrage towards Lawson Bates and any family who defend him. The world can do without Bringing Up Bates ... and any other reality show whose stars are anti-American traitors.
This gorgeous new children’s book celebrates Black Lives Matter
advertisementadvertisementThat message is the basis of author Shani M. King’s new children’s book Have I Ever Told you Black Lives Matter. And Martin, whose expertise is in graphic design and branding, makes the names the visual focus of the book. I’m constantly fighting with our current national design organizations revisiting the history of graphic design. This is a way to introduce graphic design to kids that are in elementary school. FC: What are some of your favorite pages in the book that really stand out in communicating this celebratory message?
Paul Singer looking to cash in on demand for tattoo removals
Paul Singer is betting that when people finally emerge from lockdown they’ll be looking to erase a lot of bad decisions — from their arms, chests, backs and ankles, for example. The billionaire activist investor announced on Tuesday that his hedge fund Elliott Management has invested $50 million in Removery, a chain of tattoo-removal clinics, looking to cash in on what appears to be a pandemic-fueled trend of people looking to remove their body art. That growth plan, which the company announced in October, comes as the company has seen a 30-percent surge in demand for its services since the COVID pandemic locked everyone up at home. “People have taken the time to reevaluate where they are,” Removery’s VP of Clinical Operations, Carmen Vanderheiden Brodie told a Canadian radio station in July. One indicator that Singer might have his money in the right place is Pete Davidson.
Opinion: In Kenosha, a complicated conversation must go on
Denise Lockwood has covered southeastern Wisconsin for over 20 years for CNI Newspapers, Patch, the Kenosha News and the Milwaukee Business Journal. Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN) In Kenosha, the shooting of Jacob Blake sparked massive protests -- both violent and nonviolent. Explaining to reporters his decision not to bring charges, Graveley said earlier this month, "I insist that this conversation be a complicated conversation, that it be a real conversation, not a simplistic one and that we talk accurately and thoroughly about the law and the facts." Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake Jr., attends a vigil near the Kenosha County Courthouse on January 4. Graveley, in his decision not to bring charges, surely knew how complicated it is both to live in and police neighborhoods facing these challenges.
Washington hotels weigh inauguration profits against safety
It used to be that inauguration was the cash cow for the Washington hotel industry. But at hotels that wavered about closing, workers — especially ones who served guests who visited Washington during the capitol riot — expressed concerns. In another area hotel, hotel workers faced similar challenges with guests who refused to wear masks and practice social distancing. “It was definitely scary,” said Emma Bowers, a manager at a Washington area hotel who did not provide the specific hotel name because she was not authorized to speak by her employer. She worked the 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. shift on the day before the Capitol riot began.
Trump’s ‘patriotic education’ report excuses Founding Fathers for owning slaves and likens progressives to Mussolini
He wrote on Twitter:’'It claims America is ‘the most just and glorious country in all of human history’ - the nation’s great founding truth. But anti-Americans are disregarding this great patriotic truth, the report argues. ’'Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil. It is essential to insist at the outset that the institution be seen in a much broader perspective.’'The report attempts to excuse Founding Fathers who held slaves. Advertisement’'Fascism first arose in Italy under the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini, largely in response to the rise of Bolshevism in Russia,’' the report says.
The Smithsonian Is Collecting Artifacts From the Capitol Riots
"As an institution, we are committed to understanding how Americans make change," the Smithsonian wrote in their requestThe Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is calling on people to send in artifacts related to the deadly pro-Trump riots at the Capitol Building in an attempt to document the infamous moment in American history. The request is part of a larger effort to document the unique 2020 election. "The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has an ongoing and deep commitment to document all aspects of the American political experiment: a government by the people," the museum wrote in its plea following the riots. This isn't the Smithsonian's first time using crowdsourcing to find historically important objects. Over the summer, CNN reported, three museums collected objects from Washington's Lafayette Square and Black Lives Matter Plaza following protests.
The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning
Last season 18 Black players logged more than five games, according to the NHL’s count. 20 Black players. As another season begins, Aliu believes the league is no closer to truly reckoning with its racial issues. Initially composed of about 10 NHL players of color, within two days the chat swelled to 20-plus, including All-Stars P.K. The Zoom calls with fellow Black players had resumed, with a group of about 10 usually on the line.
"Star Wars Explained" Answers More Star Wars Questions From Twitter
[upbeat music]At Sadistic Samurai says,I have a Star Wars question for those who follow Star Wars. I have a question for you,who is your favorite character from Star Wars Legends? #StarWars #starwarslegendsStar Wars Legends refers to,all of the Star Wars storytellingthat was basically before the Disney acquisition. So, it's what used to be known as,the Star Wars EU books and comics. I've mostly heard legends and stories,which I would say,probably most people don't know the truth of the Jediand the Star Wars universe.
What I Learned in the Late-Night Joke Mines
I don’t think so,” a writer, who worked on a popular late-night show all four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, tells me over the phone. In every interview, two themes emerged: Writing Trump jokes sucks, and those who are still working in late night are exhausted. So he was a perfect late-night target in the same way these larger-than-life clownish public figures are late-night targets — you just don’t think that they’ll be the commander-in-chief of the armed forces one day. It often felt like a “liberal circle jerk.”It seems to be a loose rule that late-night writers are more progressive than hosts, showrunners, and executive producers. I don’t think we’re going to necessarily give Biden a total pass, but I still think I’d use kid gloves.
'Too dangerous': Many Americans unable to celebrate Joe Biden inauguration amid fears of pro-Trump unrest and COVID-19
When media outlets named Biden the winner of the presidential election in November, Peterson’s mind immediately raced to attending the inauguration. And the threat of violence at the hands of overzealous supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump snuffed any remaining thrill of the event. “It was like the second hammer coming down,” Peterson said of the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters Jan. 6. In Washington, the FBI was vetting the 25,000 National Guard troops coming in for the inauguration to prevent collusion with pro-Trump protesters. Johnson, who is Black, said he plans to be outselling merchandise on Wednesday, too, as long as he doesn't see any Trump supporters causing trouble.
Reports: Seattle police violated policies at summer protests
A Seattle police officer who threw a tear gas canister that hit a reporter and other officers who threw blast balls that hit individuals during last summer's Black Lives Matter protests violated policies, according to new reports from an independent agency tasked with investigating police misconduct. Protests erupted in Seattle and across the country after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. The latest findings are separate from three other investigations into Seattle officers by the Office of Police Accountability. In the latest reports, investigators found that officers and one commander violated department policies while responding to demonstrations in Seattle. As she walked toward a group of people, the officer threw the blast ball and it hit her in the chest.
Twelve National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration
Two Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 1:57 p.m.By The Associated PressTwo U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups, according to two U.S. Army officials. 2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration — 10:42 a.m.By Associated PressTwo US Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.
Opinion | Trump’s New Civil Religion
The civil components of the Lost Cause were combined with Christian mythology. The saints in this Lost Cause theology were the heroes of the Confederacy — most notably Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Mr. Trump’s rallies have been the ritual locus of his brand of nationalism. The lasting legacy of the Jan. 6 insurrection is the myth and symbol of Mr. Trump’s lost cause. The Lost Cause provides a blueprint for winning the war, even though Mr. Trump has lost this election.
Kamala Harris’s D.C.: Bridging Black and White, rich and poor, newly arrived and deeply rooted
She is as comfortable at Howard Homecoming or Black Lives Matter Plaza as she is in the halls of Congress. Soon, Miles, Harris and their freshman cohort began sharing a table in the cafeteria, but “that was very short-lived,” Miles said. Denominations didn’t matter to Harris, Miles recalled. Like many college students in a new city, Harris also had a second home — the Kalorama brownstone of family friend Lenore Pomerance. “We never felt we existed in a vacuum.”ADWashington’s diversity energized Harris, Miles said.
The Black cowboys and cowgirls of American cities -- in photos
Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNNAs a child, while visiting family in Texas, photographer Kennedi Carter remembers Black cowboys riding their horses on the side of the highway. In "Ridin' Sucka Free," Kennedi Carter takes portraits of Black men, women and children who ride and care for horses. Credit: Kennedi CarterOver the past decade, images of Black equestrians have entered the popular imagination, as African American cowboy culture has been reassessed in art, film, fashion and music. And last year, multiple photographs of stoic Black cowboys and cowgirls on horseback during Black Lives Matter protests went viral. "There's just something larger than life about riding horses," Carter said over video.
Police seize firearms from Black men at Virginia rally for gun rights
RICHMOND, Va. - Police stopped a car of Black men and confiscated two of their guns at Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day” on Monday while white gun rights activists defied local laws unimpeded in the state capital of Richmond. In a day with racial tensions on display, Black protesters denounced what they called a double standard in a state where people are free to openly carry firearms. Virginians converge on the capitol each Lobby Day to petition state legislators on issues of public interest, but the day has been dominated by gun rights activists in recent years. “Virginia is and remains an open carry state,” Richmond police said in a statement. Despite being united in their support for gun rights, racial tensions were visible.
Obama draws pointed distinction between MLK and violent protesters waving ‘traitorous flags’
“If anyone had a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming, it was Dr Martin Luther King Jr,” Mr Obama wrote on Monday, sharing a picture of himself standing near King’s monument in Washington, DC. “On #MLKDay, we celebrate his life but we’re also called to live out his values through service of our own,” he wrote, asking people to volunteer. A 30-foot-tall statue of King was revealed in the Capitol mall in 2011, where Mr Obama is seen standing in the photo. And only because, even in the face of intimidation, discrimination, and unimaginable suffering, we never stopped dreaming of a better day—and never stopped doing the long, hard, essential work of ushering it in,” Mr Obama added. Read MoreMichelle Obama shares selfie for 57th birthday postBiden fills out State Department team with Obama veteransTrump ‘furious’ so many celebrities performing for Biden inauguration
The FBI is tracing a digital trail to Capitol rioters
Capitol rioters, eager to share proof of their efforts with other extremists online, have so far left a digital footprint of at least 140,000 images that is making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to capture and arrest them. The big picture: Law enforcement's use of digital tracing isn't new, and has long been at the center of fierce battles over privacy and civil liberties. Edward Jacob Lang, 25, posted multiple videos and photos of himself at the Capitol and was charged with assault for attacking a police officer with a bat. Nicholas Moncada, 20, posted himself on Instagram from inside the Capitol and was arrested after college classmates tipped off the FBI. The technology could prove valuable in fingering yet-to-be-identified rioters, but it raises serious concerns about privacy, ethics and accuracy.
When Joe Biden Takes the White House, What’s Next for the Left?
In this context, the US Left faces a challenge it hasn’t faced in decades: how to engage in socialist politics on a mass scale. Electoral Politics and DSA Up to now, DSA’s, and, by extension, the US Left’s, primary means of engaging in mass politics has been through electoral politics. Most of these have involved supporting candidates running on the Democratic Party ballot line. The Sanders campaign succumbed to the weight of the Democratic Party establishment, leading Bernie to endorse and campaign for Biden the corporate Democrat. As impressive as DSA’s recent membership growth has been, it will be difficult to make the transition to a broader mass politics without breaking out beyond this layer.
Why Political Activism Can't — and Shouldn't — Stop After the Inauguration
One of their signature events, National Run for Office Day, is actually scheduled for Jan. 19 in 2021 — the day before the inauguration! "It's not linear, you're always going to have setbacks, but it's the only way to win long-term power . "The best thing people can do is to stay in the fight and continue to support work that represents the diversity of America. Continued activism isn't just about donating to political causes and calling your reps — it's also about supporting projects that lead to change. There's a reason that people who stay in this work long-term often stay in it locally.
Amanda Gorman Hopes Her Inauguration Day Poem Helps America Heal — Read an Excerpt
She's the youngest inaugural poet in memory at 22, following in the footsteps of seasoned writers like Maya Angelou and Robert Frost. And yet, the history tied to Amanda's inaugural poem goes deeper than her age. Read our conversation below, which features an excerpt of her inaugural poem. You'll also be the youngest inaugural poet in memory. PS: I saw you were asked to emphasize unity and hope over divisiveness in your inaugural poem.
The convenience of American amnesia
And for many of Trump’s admirers, these traits make him an enthralling embodiment of white American ideals. But it will take more than new draperies and busts in the Oval Office to remake the fabric of American culture. If it looked back, it could see that Trump’s presidency was only an outgrowth of what it had already sowed. Though Trump’s presidency will indeed end, the hate at its core won’t just dissipate. In times of crises, white America retreats to Disney-like falsehoods to feel warm.
“Sense of Entitlement”: Rioters Faced No Consequences Invading State Capitols. No Wonder They Turned to the U.S. Capitol Next.
The FBI has warned of armed protests occurring in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to the inauguration on Wednesday. The feeling grew throughout the year as Trump praised gun-carrying activists at state capitols as “very good people” and emboldened the insurrectionists in Washington. “We had hundreds of individuals storm our Capitol building,” state Rep. Sarah Anthony said in an interview. Those notions may have been corroborated at the state capitols, Rosenthal said. He insisted he did not join those who entered the U.S. Capitol building or break any laws.
After The Coup Attempt And Ahead Of Inauguration, DC Residents Are Feeling On Edge
We worked with photographer Farrah Skeiky to ask Washington residents how they are doing right now. Dana: It’s probably been really, really rough to be a political thriller writer. You look at old history with Maps, and it was mainly a Black city. Tammy Gordon, 48, public relations Farrah Skeiky for BuzzFeed News"I’m outraged at the attack on our town and our government. Zahra Haider, 34, branding and marketing manager Farrah Skeiky for BuzzFeed News
A Dozen National Guard Members Have Been Removed From Inauguration Duty
WASHINGTON, DC — A dozen National Guard members have been removed from inauguration duty after going through enhanced vetting procedures, defense officials said Tuesday. The FBI has been working to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops pouring into Washington, DC, for Biden's inauguration after mobs of pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol, resulting in five deaths. About a week and a half ago, the National Guard sent out an internal letter with tips on how to report insider threats. Two guard soldiers in Washington, DC, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that while the reporting process was not new, the focus on domestic, internal threats was. Two of the DC-based National Guard members told BuzzFeed News that before Jan. 6, they had never experienced the kind of vetting coordinated by the federal defense and intelligence agencies.
BLM protesters arrested, cited with blocking Seattle freeway on MLK Day
The letters "BLM" could also be seen written across the roadway in what authorities confirmed with Fox News was spray paint. The incident began around 12:30 p.m. local time, when a group of people was seen near James Street walking onto the freeway. Because those people were not booked, Johnson said state patrol cannot release their names until prosecutors formally file charges against them. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA nearby overpass by Yesler Way also grew crowded with demonstrators marching on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Johnson could not confirm whether those protesters who blocked the freeway were involved with the march.
Trump’s original cabinet: A rogue’s gallery from Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner to Kellyanne Conway
Jared Kushner, senior adviserJared Kushner with his father-in-law AFP/GettyThe president’s son-in-law - like himself, the son of New York realty royalty - made himself busy in the Trump White House and raised major security concerns by apparently carrying out foreign policy discussions on WhatsApp. She is also married to the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, which must have caught Trump’s eye as he skim-read her CV. Rick Perry, energy secretaryLike Carson, the former Texas governor had run against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016. When his name began to crop up in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s “perfect” call with Zelenksy, Perry announced his resignation. Acosta was replaced in government by Eugene Scalia, son of a Supreme Court justice, but questions over President Trump’s own friendship with Epstein, who he once hailed as a “terrific guy”, would not go away so quietly.
Tense Virginia gun rally draws everyone from Proud Boys to Black Panthers — many armed
Among the first to arrive were the Boogaloo Bois, then the white nationalist Proud Boys, the Black Panthers and several Virginia militias. A dozen Boogaloo Bois, wearing signature Hawaiian shirts and patches revealing their alliance with Black Lives Matter, cheered as Black Panthers marched past. The Proud Boys taunted the Boogaloo Bois. Boogaloo Bois armed with weapons and flags rally during lobbying day in Richmond, Va., on Monday. During a brief appearance at the rally, the leader of the Virginia Citizens Defense League said he had no problem with Boogaloo Bois and Proud Boys joining the rally.
Despite fears of violence, militias lay low following Capitol attack
A group of Boogaloo Boys gathers outside the state capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, for a gun rights rally. In the wake of the Capitol attack in Washington DC, officials feared a repeat this year — perhaps worse. Instead, the event turned into a media frenzy for the various armed groups whose memberships have swelled during the upheaval of the Trump years, and prompted more questions than answers about their future. But Mike Pain, who described himself as a general in the Original Black Panthers, said they were focused on their shared support for gun rights. So far there has been little sign of any kind of organised insurrection against the state from any large militias.
Yahoo Finance Presents: Van Jones
Video Transcript[MUSIC PLAYING]KRISTIN MYERS: Criminal justice reform has been a political hot potato over the last several years but has lately picked up more bipartisan support. So let's talk about what's next in criminal justice reform. First of all, the criminal justice system is a big waste of money. Obama signed a criminal justice reform bill. KRISTIN MYERS: All right, Van Jones, CEO of the bipartisan criminal justice reform organization the REFORM Alliance, thanks so much for joining us.
Biden’s pick for DNI pledges support role to FBI on US threats
3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. AdvertisementConfirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
Police seize firearms from Black men at Virginia rally for gun rights
By Julia Harte, Julio-Cesar Chavez | ReutersRICHMOND, Va. – Police stopped a car of Black men and confiscated two of their guns at Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day” on Monday while white gun rights activists defied local laws unimpeded in the state capital of Richmond. In a day with racial tensions on display, Black protesters denounced what they called a double standard in a state where people are free to openly carry firearms. Virginians converge on the capitol each Lobby Day to petition state legislators on issues of public interest, but the day has been dominated by gun rights activists in recent years. It coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the slain civil rights hero. “Virginia is and remains an open carry state,” Richmond police said in a statement.
Dolly Parton’s 75th birthday: 9 ways the country queen saved 2020
If there were ever a celebrity deserving of a national holiday, a strong case could be made for Dolly Parton. And in the annus horribilis that was 2020, we needed Dolly more than ever. Though Parton never copped to any involvement in the series, many speculated there’s a reason why the character Buffy’s birthday is also Jan. 19. “But I think more than anything, it’s about what comes from inside you.”Her memoir, “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics,” debuted in November 2020. Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesDolly Parton: protector of FreedomLast month, President Barack Obama finally admitted the biggest regret of his presidency: not awarding Dolly Parton a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Analysis: In tough NBA times, games not the top priority
The foremost priority in the NBA right now is health, keeping everyone in the league and around the game as safe as possible while playing as the coronavirus pandemic still rages. The next priority for players: shining light on issues where they feel true equality doesn’t exist. NBA players and coaches spoke out last year about the need for societal change. NBA teams have pledged $300 million toward new causes designed to aid Black businesses and communities over the next decade. But despite the troubled world, the fight against a virus, the games go on, They go on not just because of money, but also because they provide a huge platform for NBA players to be heard.
Comparing BLM marches to the Capitol riots ignores history, and truth
Three days had passed since the death of George Floyd in police custody, and no arrests had been made. On a third corner, protesters had gathered, and on the corner behind me, the liquor store was in flames. Jan. 6 was a violent riot in support of a coup attempt, and it should be met with nothing but universal scorn. I relayed how, even though the previous day's protesters had been largely peaceful, police had responded by barricading the precinct and creating a human shield. These were not violent protests; they were protests with violence.
Baseball Bat-Wielding Far-Right Militiaman Charged Over Capitol Riot
Amy Harris/ShutterstockFederal authorities have charged Robert Gieswein as one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol in support of a pro-Trump insurrection on January 6. He is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer, depredation of U.S. property. Gieswein could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was not clear if he had been taken into custody. Amidst the pictures of dogs on his feed, Gieswein also posted the distinctive yellow and green “Woodland Wild Dogs” patch seen on his vest at the Capitol riot. Its first post shows a black and yellow skull and the title “Rocky Mountain Oathkeepers.”At his home in Colorado, Gieswein was also apparently active in various protest movements, particularly around gun rights.
Biden’s pick for DNI pledges support role to FBI on US threats
3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. Confirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
Opinion: Don't let US become like the oppressive regimes we condemn
The chaos of the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol highlighted what many thought was possible only in "third-world" countries. Let's be clear, democracy does not belong to the loudest voice, and we cannot let the loudest voice negate the majority vote. The Capitol security has not been breached since 1812. This nation is at a crossroads of upholding the democracy we’ve endeavored to uphold for the past two centuries, or becoming the oppressive regimes we condemn in other countries. Dr. Zaiba Malik lives in West Chester and is a physician and educator who works in Cincinnati and Dayton.
Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis talks insurrection, white supremacy, and the media
But if you were watching right-wing media, the attempt to downplay insurrection began immediately. Vasquez: Leading up to the attempted coup, what were the most marked ways that right-wing media outlets fanned the flames of insurrection? We can also never forget that right-wing media misinformation got us to this point. Vasquez: You’ve talked about the role of conservatives and conservative media in how we got here, but I’m curious where you see the Republican Party going post-Trump. Similarly, conservative media must think critically about the ways in which their coverage—including the false “voter fraud” obsession—has reinforced white supremacy.
In Defense of Revolutionary Violence
Of course, I'm referring to the recent riots in Washington DC and the threat of further violence this inauguration week. I'm also referencing last summer's largely peaceful Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations mis-portrayed in the media as setting entire cities aflame. After all, we should be clear about this: none of them, not Pence or McConnell, not Schumer or Pelosi, is our friend. Those whom Dr. King called the world's greatest purveyors of violence now have their tables turned. A week after voting to spend more than $2 billion a day on war and armaments, they've suddenly become pacifists obsessing about violence!
Hedges: Why They Hate Us
Its name was inspired by the belief that only three percent of the population actively fought the British during the American Revolution. "Black Lives Matter went to the freaking White House," he said of a July 2016 meeting at the White House with Obama. "The majority of antifa have that victim mentality," he went on, referring to self-styled antifascists who advocate property destruction and violence. "They're a bunch of immature kids," Mosher said of antifa. "They have paid organizers that come and recruit these kids online from Craigslist or what-not.
Biden’s pick for DNI pledges support role to FBI on US threats
President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power” and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted. AdvertisementConfirmation hearings get underway — 10:18 a.m.By Christina Prignano, Globe staffThe first confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have officially gotten underway. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
Poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US as Biden prepares for office
In an open-ended question, those priorities far outpace others, like foreign affairs, immigration, climate change or racial inequality. In a reflection of the series of national traumas from last year, another issue moved sharply up Americans’ priority list for 2021 – racial inequality. Even so, the impact of the virus dominates Adams’ top issue: the economy. It remains a higher priority for Republicans, with 24% mentioning immigration, though that is down from 51% one year ago. Even as it falls lower on Americans’ priority list, Biden is expected to send a massive immigration overhaul bill to Congress on the first day of his presidency.
Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs is seen entering the Capitol and saying 'this is awesome'
Senior Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was caught on camera at the Capitol riots, DailyMail.com can reveal. Senior Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs was caught on camera at the Capitol riots, DailyMail.com can reveal. He said he and the Proud Boys members he led at the event did not go with the intention of storming the Capitol Building. 'I'm not a leader of the Proud Boys. The Proud Boys leader was also photographed multiple times outside the building earlier in the day, in pictures now circulating on social media.
Troop vetting for Biden’s inauguration tackles racism in the ranks
More than 620 Indiana National Guard members depart for the nation's capital. (@INGuardsman) #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/cLZnjqmLgs — National Guard (@USNationalGuard) January 17, 2021However, the 29-year-old Virginia National Guard corporal is unlikely to get anywhere near the US Capitol steps, where Biden will be sworn into office on Wednesday. The National Guard, in a statement to CNBC, said Fracker “is not currently on duty with Virginia National Guard troops in Washington, DC,” adding, the “Virginia National Guard will conduct an investigation into the matter”. Christopher Miller, the acting defence secretary, said on Monday that the FBI was assisting the US military in vetting National Guard troops deployed to Washington DC for the inauguration. The report noted that “only a tiny percentage of law enforcement officials are likely to be active members of White supremacist groups”.
The Technology 202: Posts calling for political violence continue to slip through Facebook's defenses
Many of these groups initially had “stop the steal” in their titles, but they altered their profiles to evade Facebook's systems. Tech companies have announced unprecedented steps to ensure that their platforms aren't abused to promote further violence. Company spokesman Andy Stone told me that the company was removing the ads for weapon accessories that Goldsmith shared on Twitter. These policies often require specialized teams to gather more information on a given issue in order to make decisions," the company told CNN. ADAD“People on Twitter who previously followed institutional White House Twitter accounts, or who currently follow relevant Biden or Harris Twitter accounts, will receive in-app alerts and other prompts that will notify them about the archival process, as well as give them the option to follow the new administration’s Twitter accounts,” Twitter said in a blog post.
GOP fundraising apparatus faces new uncertainty amid backlash from pro-Trump riot
Share this -The GOP impeachment defectors by the numbers WASHINGTON — Ten House Republicans voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday. Eight out of 10: The number of House Republicans voting for impeachment who won their 2020 general election by more than 10 percentage points. 1: The number of House Republicans voting for impeachment who also objected to certification of the electoral votes last week. And one from the Pebble Limited Partnership asked "President Trump" to "continue to stand tall and don't let politics enter the Pebble mine review process." “President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have a bold agenda that will build our nation back better than before.
Biden will kick off inaugural events with a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19
Advertisement3 new Democratic senators to be sworn in after Biden — 11:03 a.m.By Associated PressThree new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate — 1:22 a.m.By The Associated PressWASHINGTON — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
Kick It Out announce appointment of Tony Burnett as new chief executive
A police diversity chief is joining the anti-discrimination group Kick It Out as the charity's new chief executive. Tony Burnett joins from West Midlands Police, where he served as the force's assistant director for diversity and inclusion. He replaces Roisin Wood, who stood down in October last year, and is likely to oversee Kick It Out's three-year £3 million partnership with Sky Sports. Work to tackle racism in the game is as prominent as ever after players voted overwhelmingly recently to keep taking the knee before matches. Kick It Out has been at the forefront of the fight to eradicate racism from football for the last 27 years since its creation in 1993.
After Capitol attack, social studies and civics teachers struggle with real-time history lessons
AD“It felt like a day of mourning for social studies teachers,” she said. The school principal had suggested that teachers give students the option not to engage with the discussion, but no student did in this class. “Being a history and cultural studies teacher, anytime anything happens, I always compare it to a similar prior event,” he said. Joe Harmon teaches eighth-grade social studies at Redbank Valley Junior and Senior High School, in New Bethlehem, Pa., in a region that voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Harmon did the same thing for Trump’s inauguration four years ago, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US
In an open-ended question, those priorities far outpace others, like foreign affairs, immigration, climate change or racial inequality. In a reflection of the series of national traumas from last year, another issue moved sharply up Americans’ priority list for 2021 — racial inequality. Even so, the impact of the virus dominates Adams’ top issue: the economy. It remains a higher priority for Republicans, with 24% mentioning immigration, though that is down from 51% one year ago. Even as it falls lower on Americans’ priority list, Biden is expected to send a massive immigration overhaul bill to Congress on the first day of his presidency.
Just one day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, poll finds that virus, economy far outpace other priorities
In an open-ended question, those priorities far outpace others, like foreign affairs, immigration, climate change or racial inequality. In a reflection of the series of national traumas from last year, another issue moved sharply up Americans’ priority list for 2021 — racial inequality. Democrats like Williams were more likely to cite the coronavirus as an issue than Republicans like Clinton Adams, a school custodian in Florida. It remains a higher priority for Republicans, with 24% mentioning immigration, though that is down from 51% one year ago. We’ve got to keep going.”Helping his optimism: Hoffman is scheduled to get his first coronavirus vaccination shot on Wednesday, the day of Biden’s inauguration.
3 things that saved America from Trump
Here are three things that prevented Trump from snapping the system:Prosperity. The Capitol riot on Jan. 6 was in many ways an explosion of white working-class frustration, directed by Trump. Trump got 74 million votes in 2020, but his approval rating following the Capitol violence plummeted to a dismal 34%. Even that would be tough, given how decentralized the U.S. election system is. What we don’t yet know is whether Trump weakened them or revealed vulnerabilities a more capable autocrat could exploit further.
Biden Must Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Dead-End "Centrism"
Last Wednesday, fully 95% of House Republicans voted against impeaching Trump for inciting insurrection, even after his attempted coup threatened their very lives. Prior to the raid, several Republican members of Congress repeated those lies on television and Twitter and at “Stop the Steal” events. Trump has remade the Republican party into a white supremacist cult living within a counter-factual wonderland of lies and conspiracies. Biden must boldly and unreservedly speak truth, refuse to compromise with violent Trumpism and ceaselessly fight for democracy and inclusion. Speaking truth means responding to the world as it is and denouncing the poisonous deceptions engulfing the right.
French man sent far-right groups $500K in bitcoin before his suicide
A French computer programmer sent about $522,000 in bitcoin to far-right American activists before he died by suicide last month, according to reports. “I care about what happens after my death,” wrote Bachelier, 35, according to a copy of the post published by Chainalysis, a bitcoin analysis firm. Bachelier sent Fuentes 13.5 bitcoin that were worth about $250,000 at the time of the transfer, Chainalysis found. The FBI has been briefed on Bachelier’s payments as it probes whether far-right groups have received funding from foreign sources, according to the Journal. In his final blog post, Bachelier said he had suffered for about eight years with health problems including trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic condition that causes pain in the face.
AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US
In an open-ended question, those priorities far outpace others, like foreign affairs, immigration, climate change or racial inequality. In a reflection of the series of national traumas from last year, another issue moved sharply up Americans’ priority list for 2021 — racial inequality. Even so, the impact of the virus dominates Adams’ top issue: the economy. It remains a higher priority for Republicans, with 24% mentioning immigration, though that is down from 51% one year ago. ___The AP-NORC poll of 1,117 adults was conducted Dec. 3-7 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.
If the Capitol mob had been Black? Most Americans say the police would have been harsher
By a wide margin, Americans say the police response to the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol would have been harsher if the rioters had been mostly Black rather than mostly white, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds. Just 9% say the response would have been less harsh to a largely Black mob. Among whites, 49% say the police response would have been harsher, 32% say it would have been the same; 10% say it would have been less harsh. Among Hispanics, 59% say it would have been harsher; 25% say it would have been the same; 9% say it would have been less harsh. USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Americans, braced for violence at the inauguration, see democracy damaged after TrumpThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Poll: Most say police would've been harsher to a Black mob at Capitol
Letters to the Editor: Stop comparing the Capitol mob to Black Lives Matter protests
Black Lives Matter protesters march in Seattle. (Matt Mills McKnight / European Pressphoto Agency)To the editor: As a Long Beach resident, I can attest to the troubling destruction caused to store owners during the summer protests. ("Yes, they're actually blaming Black people for the violent insurrection by the pro-Trump mob," Opinion, Jan. 14)But I also know that Black Lives Matter representatives condemned the violence, and some bravely tried to stop it as it occurred. In one, there was unintended destruction; in the other, violent destruction was the very purpose. Thomas Bailey, Long Beach..To the editor: I was delighted to see the reference to "The Lord of the Rings" in LZ Granderson's column.
Ethan Hawke goes bold in ‘Good Lord Bird,’ adding humor to an anti-slavery story
It wasn’t until a couple of days before Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird” began shooting its first episode in Powhatan, Va., during an on-set table read that executive producer Jason Blum allowed himself a moment of cautious optimism. Having completed production before the pandemic, “The Good Lord Bird” was originally scheduled to premiere in February. Showtime then chose to move “The Good Lord Bird” to October. Ethan Hawke as John Brown in “The Good Lord Bird.” (Kevin Lynch / Showtime)“The show is playful about a subject matter you’re not usually allowed to be playful about,” says Hawke, who notes his fears were unfounded. I enjoyed the hell out of it.”Part of Hawke’s success in a new medium, says storied TV director, Kevin Hooks, who helmed two episodes of “Good Lord Bird,” was recognizing he had a safety net.
Californians reflect on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration: This is a ‘turning point’
The ceremony will be heavily fortified with an expected 25,000 National Guard troops, after some supporters of President Trump violently stormed the U.S. Capitol two weeks before. In these distinct districts centered in Bakersfield and Oakland, voters report a tangle of emotions. “This moment, I think, is a turning point for us,” Frazier said. “Have you ever seen those little tops that you could spin and they will stand on a point? And I don’t believe that,” he said.
Melania Trump’s last four years, from the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket to swearing about Christmas
Here’s a look back at her finest moments in the White House. The doppelganger conspiracy theoryWhen Donald Trump first arrived at the White House following his inauguration, his wife was not with him. Christmas horrorMelania continued to have bad luck with trees when she was tasked with decorating the White House for the festive season. “I'm working... my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f*** about the Christmas stuff and decorations? Melania would only make matters worse during this period when she visited one such facility on the Texas border wearing an army green Zara jacket bearing the astonishing slogan, “I really don’t care.
Bill Barr says Trump's election fraud claims 'precipitated' Capitol riot
Bill Barr has said that Donald Trump's allegations of election fraud and his claims that the Presidency was 'stolen' from him 'precipitated' the DC riots, in his first TV interview since resigning as Attorney General. Barr told President Donald Trump in December that his widespread voter fraud claims were 'bulls**t' and the legal team he was assembling was 'clownish.' There was not widespread fraud in the election, as has been confirmed by a range of election officials, as well as Barr himself. But after the November 3 election, Trump needed Barr to push his election fraud narrative. The threats against Biden´s inauguration have been fueled by supporters of President Donald Trump, far-right militants, white supremacists and other radical groups.
Police seize firearms from Black men at Virginia rally for gun rights
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Police stopped a car of Black men and confiscated two of their guns at Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day” on Monday while white gun rights activists defied local laws unimpeded in the state capital of Richmond. In a day with racial tensions on display, Black protesters denounced what they called a double standard in a state where people are free to openly carry firearms. Virginians converge on the capitol each Lobby Day to petition state legislators on issues of public interest, but the day has been dominated by gun rights activists in recent years. “Virginia is and remains an open carry state,” Richmond police said in a statement. Despite being united in their support for gun rights, racial tensions were visible.
Opinion: President Donald Trump's National Garden of American Heroes missing women sports figures
President Donald Trump on Monday signed an amendment to his July executive order putting 244 people into what he named the "National Garden of American Heroes." ALI, LOMBARDI AND MORE:The 11 sports figures in the National Garden of American HeroesFRESH TO THE NFL:Will Urban Meyer be successful in the pros? Trump, and the people around him who likely helped him construct the list, don't see women as athletes. He's left women sports figures out because he wanted to, and has no intention of changing anything. There is one place where Trump would definitely put sports women figures.
Yahoo Finance Presents: Founder of Phenomenal and Author Meena Harris
What's the inspiration behind your new book, "Ambitious Girl"? It was all women, really strong, powerful women who are just in the world doing great things. I think women, I think grown women and adults need it too, frankly. And should that be the case, that we have to have really, really long impressive resumes to live out our dreams and to pursue our passions? Look at who is making decisions about who gets access to be able to publish a book, right?
Korean Americans who remember 1992 riots fight to save LAPD station
The lobby of the LAPD Olympic station just outside Koreatown. Banners at Olympic Boulevard and Normandy Avenue address the campaign to oppose defunding the LAPD and the closure of the Olympic station. A diverse coalition of ethnic groups got behind the effort to save Olympic station. LAPD Olympic Division senior lead officers Harry Cho, left, and Joseph Pelayo in the back hallways of the Olympic station. His phone number is passed among Korean residents thrilled he can speak their native tongue.
Biden will kick off inaugural events at a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19
Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. At the insistence of prosecutors, Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty said Keller could not travel to Washington before Jan. 21. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
My niece Kamala Harris will unite America with the values her mother instilled in her
It will also be the first time a woman will be sworn in as vice president – a woman of colour, and the daughter of an immigrant at that. That woman is Kamala Harris, daughter of Shyamala Gopalan Harris, my sister. Biden should have far fewer difficulties appealing to the first group with Kamala playing what is likely to be a greater role in the administration than any previous vice president. She will be a great asset to President Biden in dealing with a range of major domestic issues, from the Black Lives Matter movement and minority relations to police reforms. The incoming vice president has had far greater interactions with the minority and other less privileged communities primarily because of her upbringing.
Biden will kick off inaugural events at a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19
Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
'We weren't intimidated': A diary of Cori Bush's first two weeks in the House
The first two weeks of Cori Bush’s freshman week in Congress couldn’t have been more turbulent. We took our seat; we opened our office, we cast our votes on the House floor. Black joy, Black excellence, Black success – it is so often met with white violence. — Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 13, 2021Day 11The policy I will keep being vocal about is … A universal basic income. I’ve called for $2,000 monthly survival checks and last month the House voted to send a one-time payment of $2,000 for families.
Bill Barr says Trump's election fraud claims 'precipitated' Capitol riot
Former Attorney General Bill Barr has said that Donald Trump's allegations of election fraud and his claims that the Presidency was 'stolen' from him 'precipitated' the DC riots, in his first TV interview since resigning. In the interview with the UK's ITV News, Barr gave his thoughts on the January 6 Capitol riots. Barr told President Donald Trump in December that his widespread voter fraud claims were 'bulls**t' and the legal team he was assembling was 'clownish.' But after the November 3 election, Trump needed Barr to push his election fraud narrative. The threats against Biden´s inauguration have been fueled by supporters of President Donald Trump, far-right militants, white supremacists and other radical groups.
The FBI is tracing a digital trail to Capitol rioters
Capitol rioters, eager to share proof of their efforts with other extremists online, have so far left a digital footprint of at least 140,000 images that is making it easier for federal law enforcement officials to capture and arrest them. The big picture: Law enforcement's use of digital tracing isn't new, and has long been at the center of fierce battles over privacy and civil liberties. Nicholas Moncada, 20, posted himself on Instagram from inside the Capitol and was arrested after college classmates tipped off the FBI. The technology could prove valuable in fingering yet-to-be-identified rioters, but it raises serious concerns about privacy, ethics and accuracy. Searches from controversial artificial intelligence firm Clearview AI searches have spiked 26% in the days following the Capitol riot, according to CNET.
Why T-Shirts Promoting the Capitol Riot Are Still Available Online
The day after the violent attack on the Capitol, Shopify declared that it had removed e-commerce sites affiliated with President Trump, including his official campaign store. The sites had violated a policy that prohibited the support of groups or people “that threaten or condone violence to further a cause.”The move was initially lauded but it soon became clear that the technology company, which powers more than one million online shops, was still fueling plenty of other sites with merchandise promoting the president and goods emblazoned with phrases like “MAGA Civil War.” Apparel with similar phrases and nods to QAnon conspiracy theories also remained available on e-commerce sites like Amazon, Etsy and Zazzle. Even as the companies scrambled to remove such merchandise, new goods commemorating and glorifying the Jan. 6 attack were proliferating. As of Friday, “Battle for Capitol Hill Veteran” shirts with drawings of the Capitol building could be purchased on Amazon for $20, Etsy was selling a “Biden Likes Minors” shirt that mimicked the look of “Black Lives Matters” signs and Zazzle had a “Civil War 2020” shirt on its site. Etsy and Zazzle have since removed the merchandise; the “Capitol Hill Veteran” shirt was still available on Amazon on Monday.
The acting Capitol Police chief’s tough task
Pittman’s ascent follows a familiar trajectory: She’s a Black woman tapped to lead a police department in the wake of a crisis. Black woman officers say they face the double-prejudices of racism and sexism while on the beat. “Black women [in police leadership] have become a great punching bag,” said Sonia Pruitt, a retired police captain in Montgomery County, Md. She earned the rank of captain in 2012, making her one of the first Black women to do so. But, Gentry said, Black women in law enforcement are used to that kind of pressure.
Kamala Harris makes history. Her swearing-in as vice president shows ‘strength of our democracy.’
The swearing-in of the president-elect and vice president-elect is one of many affirmations of our system. I know President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will use their positions to govern with respect and empathy to better the lives of all Americans. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration is a marker that the arc of history is bending toward the democracy we deserve. That’s what Kamala Harris’ election as the first female vice president means to me. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kamala Harris swearing-in as vice president shows ‘strength of our democracy.’
Daughter says she doesn’t regret outing pro-Trump mother who was punched in face in DC
“She actually told me that she was going to get a medical procedure done with my aunt,” she said. https://t.co/9ZkbAq0ehO — Helena Duke (@duke_helena) January 7, 2021She also said that her mother was radicalised by Mr Trump about a year into his presidency. According to the report, Duke allegedly saw a woman, who was later identified as law enforcement officer Ashanti Smith, filming the crowd. She reached for the phone and that is when Smith allegedly punched her in the face. It led to Ms Duke’s sister, Anne Lorenz, punching Smith twice, the Boston Herald reported, quoting a police report.
Obama draws pointed distinction between MLK and violent protesters waving ‘traitorous flags’
Former president Barack Obama drew a distinction between the Capitol rioters waving the “traitorous” Confederate Flag and Martin Luther King Jr, as he urged Americans to be true to his values on the birthday of the slain civil rights leader. “If anyone had a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming, it was Dr Martin Luther King Jr,” Mr Obama wrote on Monday, sharing a picture of himself standing near King’s monument in Washington, DC. “On #MLKDay, we celebrate his life but we’re also called to live out his values through service of our own,” he wrote, asking people to volunteer. A 30-foot-tall statue of King was revealed in the Capitol mall in 2011, where Mr Obama is seen standing in the photo. “We’re in the middle of a tough chapter for our country, but #MLKDay should serve as a reminder that we have been through tough times before—and emerged from them stronger,” he wrote.
Daughter says she doesn’t regret outing pro-Trump mother who was punched in face in DC
And um, this was like going public, how she has treated me, so," she said. “She actually told me that she was going to get a medical procedure done with my aunt,” she said. According to the report, Duke allegedly saw a woman, who was later identified as law enforcement officer Ashanti Smith, filming the crowd. She reached for the phone and that is when Smith allegedly punched her in the face. It led to Ms Duke’s sister, Anne Lorenz, punching Smith twice, the Boston Herald reported, quoting a police report.
I No Longer Trust Law Enforcement to Keep Biden and Harris Safe on Inauguration Day
I don’t think law enforcement can be overpowered in a repeat of its January 6 failures—unless, that is, its members want to be overpowered. Nobody knows if people of color in Congress are safe from their own law enforcement. We know, at the very least, that many in law enforcement sympathize with Trump because their unions almost universally endorsed him. And so, we might never catch all of the law enforcement personnel who breached the Capitol. We certainly won’t catch all the law enforcement personnel who stayed outside but cheered them on.
President Donald Trump Will Fly to Mar-a-Lago Hours Before Joe Biden's Inauguration
Just hours before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office, Donald Trump will depart Washington, D.C. for West Palm Beach, Florida, according to those familiar with the president's plans. The trip to South Florida, home to Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, will be his final time aboard Air Force One. "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," Trump wrote. In January 2017, Trump was accompanied by former President Barack Obama when traveling to his own inauguration. "Ivanka is not expected to attend the inauguration nor was she ever expected to," the White House told PEOPLE.
9-1-1 executive producer talks the show's epic return and teases chaos to come
9-1-1 type TV Show network Fox genre DramaIn a way, it feels like we've been living through an extended episode of 9-1-1 since last March. Yup, that's exactly what Minear does in the show's season 4 premiere when a dam breaks and causes a landslip that wipes out the Hollywood sign. "We talked about iconic images and obviously the Hollywood sign has always been one," he says. "She's a woman who's been self-sufficient her whole life and now she's going through this trauma and thinks she's past it. "I've been able to run two shows from my house and I don't have to wear pants," he says.
FBI’ Doc Delves into the ‘Darkest Part’ of FBI History
When J. Edgar Hoover and [FBI assistant director] William Sullivan heard that speech at the March on Washington, that was too much. You interview former FBI director James Comey in the film. And when he says that it’s the darkest chapter in the history of the FBI, I’m cynical, Chris. And the letter that Sullivan and the FBI sent to crack King, [Comey] has a copy of that letter that he kept on his desk. It’s been there for a long time and anybody who doesn’t understand that doesn’t understand the history of America.
Why Martin Luther King Didn’t Run for President
They believed they had the perfect prospect: Martin Luther King Jr.By 1967, King had gained stature as the nation’s preeminent civil rights leader. His reasons why reflect an understanding of how social change happens that differs markedly from that of many recent presidential candidates — perhaps most notably Hillary Clinton. Early in his career, Martin Luther King Jr. might have been sympathetic toward Clinton’s view of how change occurs. A traditional view of power gives credit for social change to the political leaders who pass landmark legislation. This perspective sees the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as foremost the result of the legendary arm-twisting of President Lyndon Johnson.
As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. His comments set the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s false claims that Mr. Biden was not the rightful winner. In his ITV interview, Mr. Barr was unwilling to discuss any role that Mr. Trump might have played in the mob attack. Mr. Trump wrote that Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, had recommended ending the restrictions on travel from most parts of Europe and Brazil, while maintaining restrictions on Iran and China, which Mr. Trump said had not been cooperative. It is unclear who will be the defense lawyer for Mr. Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.
Analysis: In tough NBA times, games not the top priority
Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky warms up wearing a shirt that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky warms up wearing a shirt that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Chicago. The next priority for players: shining light on issues where they feel true equality doesn’t exist. NBA teams have pledged $300 million toward new causes designed to aid Black businesses and communities over the next decade. But despite the troubled world, the fight against a virus, the games go on, They go on not just because of money, but also because they provide a huge platform for NBA players to be heard.
Black Lives Matter protesters near White House have one final message for Trump – you should be arrested
K aren did not have to think too long about the message she wanted to send to Donald Trump. Yet she did not think the outgoing president should be able to just duck out of town and make his way to Florida. Yet since last year, Black Lives Matter protesters have maintained a presence close enough to the White House so that Mr Trump could hear the music they were playing – lots of 1970s funk on Monday – and the message they were delivering, were he interested in hearing either. Karen said Mr Trump needed to held accountable (Andrew Buncombe)Yet that changed under Mr Trump, who last year erected barricades and stopped members of the public getting close. “Our entire system is racist to the core.”Neil Cousins was also not a fan of Mr Trump.
QAnon supporters may try to pose as National Guard to infiltrate the inauguration, FBI says
The FBI said they were concerned that both QAnon supporters and "lone wolves" might try and infiltrate the Guard. The National Guard revealed on Monday that it was already vetting members to weed out soldiers expressing extremist views. The FBI warned that QAnon followers and other far-right groups could find National Guard uniforms at Army surplus stores or wear uniforms from past military service. "The [National] Guard is 90 some-odd percent male, and only about 20% of white males voted for Biden," he said. Around 20,000 National Guardsmen are expected to be in DC to help monitor the inauguration and keep the peace.
Opinion: Reigning WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson gets statue for work on and off court
While the statue celebrates her immense skill on the basketball court, where she led the Gamecocks to the 2017 NCAA title and became the No. 1 pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces, Wilson has become a force in the WNBA’s push for social justice through the Black Lives Matter movement and the Georgia Senate run-offs. It was WNBA players’ early, eye-opening support for Rev. “I know people say, ‘Shut up and dribble, stay out of politics,’ but it’s really not about that,” Wilson said in a phone interview prior to the statue unveiling. When it hits close to home, you want to make it matter.”
Thirty arrested and ten officers injured in clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and NYPD
Riot police in New York City fought with protesters who marched across Brooklyn Bridge to celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday. A Black Lives Matter demonstration began peacefully in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon to mark the annual commemoration. CBS reported that 30 people were arrested, and ten police officers were injured including a captain struck on the head with a bottle. Andrew Cuomo with investigating whether NYPD officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce Mayor Bill de Blasio's nightly curfew. James' lawsuit is the second major legal action to stem from the NYPD's handling of the protests.
Lights go out on Trump's reality TV presidency but dark legacy remains
His line-crossing, envelope-pushing, wrecking-ball reign at the White House crashed in a fireball of lies about his election defeat and deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. The first person elected to the White House with no previous political or military experience, he represented a shock to the system and rebuke to the establishment. The “resistance” was maintained by activists, journalists, politicians, satirists, watchdogs, whistleblowers and voters, who delivered their verdict by handing Democrats the House, then the White House, then the Senate. In addition to being the worst president, he’s a terrible person. In addition to being the worst president, he’s a terrible person.
How to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day from home
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federally recognized day of service, traditionally observed with nationwide service projects and volunteer opportunities. As AmeriCorps, the organization that oversees the national day of service, says, it's "a day on, not a day off." The King Center, a memorial and nonprofit established by Coretta Scott King, will host its annual Beloved Community Commemorative Service on the holiday (starting at 10.30 a.m. The organization just hosted its annual Black Comic festival, and will continue cultural programming ahead of Black History Month. Learn more about Dr. King's activismTake this day (week, month, or whole year, while you're at it) to read up on King's life.
Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
ET Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. His comments set the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s false claims that Mr. Biden was not the rightful winner. In his ITV interview, Mr. Barr was unwilling to discuss any role that Mr. Trump might have played in the mob attack. Mr. Trump wrote that Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, had recommended ending the restrictions on travel from most parts of Europe and Brazil, while maintaining restrictions on Iran and China, which Mr. Trump said had not been cooperative. It is unclear who will be the defense lawyer for Mr. Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.
Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
ET Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. His comments set the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s false claims that Mr. Biden was not the rightful winner. In his ITV interview, Mr. Barr was unwilling to discuss any role that Mr. Trump might have played in the mob attack. Mr. Trump wrote that Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, had recommended ending the restrictions on travel from most parts of Europe and Brazil, while maintaining restrictions on Iran and China, which Mr. Trump said had not been cooperative. It is unclear who will be the defense lawyer for Mr. Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.
Biden will kick off inaugural events at a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19
Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
WATCH NOW: With the Capitol cordoned off, gun rights activists drive and honk through Richmond's streets
Kalia Harris, co-director of a grassroots organization for racial justice called Virginia Student Power, said Second Amendment advocates were shown partiality by police. “They are taking to the streets using the open carry and basically breaking these laws and what they’re getting is a police entourage,” Harris said. “We can’t sit back and say, ‘Well, as long as there’s no violence. As long as there’s no commotion or disruption of public transportation and traffic flow,’” Jones said. “No, the ordinance didn’t say any of those things.”
Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
ET Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. Mr. Trump wrote that Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, had recommended ending the restrictions on travel from most parts of Europe and Brazil, while maintaining restrictions on Iran and China, which Mr. Trump said had not been cooperative. His comments set the groundwork for Mr. Trump’s false claims that Mr. Biden was not the rightful winner. In his ITV interview, Mr. Barr was unwilling to discuss any role that Mr. Trump might have played in the mob attack. It is unclear who will be the defense lawyer for Mr. Trump, given that many attorneys have privately said they won’t represent him.
Washington Post panned over op-ed invoking 'multiracial Whiteness' to explain Trump support among minorities
She answered her own question by introducing the "phenomenon" of "multiracial whiteness [sic] — the promise that they, too, can lay claim to the politics of aggression, exclusion and domination." ANDREW SULLIVAN RIPS NYT FOR CALLING BLACK LIVES MATTER RIOTS 'ISOLATED INCIDENTS OF PROPERTY DESTRUCTION'"Multiracial whiteness [sic] reflects an understanding of whiteness [sic] as a political color and not simply a racial identity — a discriminatory worldview in which feelings of freedom and belonging are produced through the persecution and dehumanization of others," Beltrán attempted to explain. "For voters who see the very act of acknowledging one’s racial identity as itself racist, the politics of multiracial whiteness [sic] reinforces their desired approach to colorblind individualism. In the politics of multiracial whiteness, anyone can join the MAGA movement and engage in the wild freedom of unbridled rage and conspiracy theories." "If this is what we’re going to say 'whiteness' [sic] means now we’re going to need a new word for it," Business Insider columnist Josh Barro concluded.
Losing friends to QAnon’s dark conspiracies
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — They are two women from different backgrounds who fell down the same, strange rabbit hole, sucked in by outlandish conspiracies. Many of us have lost friends these past few years over allegiances to Bernie or Trump or Black Lives Matter or white nationalism. QAnon believes President Trump is a messiah battling the “deep state,” the media and antifa. But four in 10 Republicans who have heard of QAnon say the movement is good for the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey taken before the election. My cop friend also began posting concerns over child trafficking that grew wilder by the day.
The worst hypocrite on MLK Day
Soon-to-be former Senator Kelly LoefflerThe by far worst thing about MLK Day: People who work 364 days a year against his ideals quoting Martin Luther King. Normally it’s hard to determine who of them is the worst hypocrite, but this year there is no question about it — this title belongs to Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler. x Kelly Loeffler called Raphael Warnock, the pastor at the church where MLK once preached, a "radical socialist." https://t.co/dxDXIwPNaI pic.twitter.com/WySJ17w74r — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 18, 2021x This you saying the WNBA’s support of Black Lives Matter is unfortunate? He doesn’t have to, because he honors the legacy of Martin Luther King 365 days a year.
Jury Way Out on How Tough the Punishment for the Capitol Terrorists
The instant the first brick was tossed at the Capitol building by the white, pro Trump Capitol terrorists the question was repeatedly asked whether federal prosecutors will really toss the book at them. By now the pattern in charging the Capitol terrorists is clear. For the most part the charges against them are disorderly conduct, unlawful entry, and curfew violations. Just measure the charges federal prosecutors are slapping on the Capitol terrorists against their loud assurances of swift and harsh punishment of them. Trump's bogus law and order, tough talk, and intent notwithstanding, the harsh punishment law is on the books.
A Brief but Portentous Insurrection
If successful, it would have undermined the integrity of the nation's electoral process, putting in jeopardy the nation's democratic form of government. While Trump nevertheless lost the election, a multitude of like-minded rightwing candidates won, as they say, "down ballot." These folks: gun fanatics, religious fundamentalists, conspiracy mongers and anarchists are now plaguing congress and tearing up the Republican Party. The folks who sent them to Congress have a litany of complaints: economic, social, racial, religious, and so on. It is not difficult to see how this sent a misleading message to both the crowd and its rightwing cheerleaders.
Biden will kick off inaugural events at a ceremony honoring victims of COVID-19
Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement. Democrats hoping to avoid interrupting Biden’s inauguration have suggested holding back until the new president has a chance to get his administration going.
Embattled Shull apologizes for Islamophobic, offensive social media rants, still declines to resign
Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull publicly apologized Monday for offensive and racist social media posts and thanked local Muslim leaders for reaching out to him when the comments attracted withering statewide attention. “I accept responsibility for every word,” Shull said at a press conference staged at a Muslim school in Portland. Shull came under the spotlight after a Democratic activist in the county put up a website cataloging his posts. “These are Americans who respect the Constitution.”Said helped launch the Muslim Education Trust, which runs a Muslim school, in 1993. They include the other four members of the county commission, John Wentworth, Clackamas County district attorney, and Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, and eight other Clackamas County legislators.
Dozens arrested in NYC as cops, protesters clash outside City Hall Park
Police and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed outside City Hall Park on Monday night, resulting in dozens of arrests, authorities said. The confrontation began at about 8:30 p.m. after hundreds of protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in a demonstration honoring Martin Luther King Jr., according to social media posts. Once the protesters made their way into Manhattan, they were met with a heavy police presence, online footage shows. In one video posted to Twitter, police can be seen charging towards and pushing several protesters. Over 25 people accused of blocking traffic were arrested near Chambers and Centre streets.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Brazil Begins Vaccinations as It Battles Virus Variants
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Brazil Begins Vaccinations as It Battles Virus Variants The United States is hurtling toward 400,000 total deaths. Instead, leading health agencies, including the World Health Organization, provided contradictory and sometimes misleading advice, a New York Times investigation previously found. Video Ahmed Nafei via Facebook Credit Credit... Ahmed Nafei via Facebook A nurse’s cry pierced the night from the balcony of an Egyptian hospital. A woman received a coronavirus vaccine during a pop-up event at the Grace Cathedral International in Uniondale, Long Island on Monday. Andrew M. Cuomo that aims to take critical Covid-19 health care services into Black and Hispanic communities that were hard-hit by the epidemic.
Police seize firearms from Black men at Virginia rally for gun rights
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Police stopped a car of Black men and confiscated two of their guns at Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day” on Monday while white gun rights activists defied local laws unimpeded in the state capital of Richmond. Virginians converge on the capitol each Lobby Day to petition state legislators on issues of public interest, but the day has been dominated by gun rights activists in recent years. About an hour before the Black men were pulled over, boogaloo leader Mike Dunn hoisted a megaphone alongside about 10 members of his “Last Sons of Liberty” group, all white men. “Virginia is and remains an open carry state,” Richmond police said in a statement. Despite being united in their support for gun rights, racial tensions were visible.
Trump discussing list of pardon requests in final hours in office
AdvertisementNew Mexico official arrested for Capitol riot — 2:25 p.m.Washington PostA man with a personal connection to Trump — and whose violent rhetoric Trump promoted to the world — has been arrested because of the Capitol riot. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. And one year later, as she presided over a second impeachment trial of President Trump, Pelosi made another statement when she donned the exact same outfit. Schumer said if Trump is convicted, there will be a vote on barring Trump from ever running again for office.
Rosie O'Donnell on President Donald Trump: 'I pray to God he does' time in prison
Rosie O'Donnell didn't mince words when asked about her hopes for what President Donald Trump will face once he's out of office Wednesday. 'I pray to God he does' time in prison, the television personality, 58, told TMZ Monday as she made her way through LAX airport. O'Donnell, asked about the estimated 100 pardons and commutations Trump is expected to issue, said 'he’s been paid for every single one of them. O'Donnell, asked about the estimated 100 pardons and commutations Trump is expected to issue, said 'he’s been paid for every single one of them'Trump was snapped posing alongside Mt. Trump, was asked by Megyn Kelly during an August 2015 Republican presidential primary debate about calling women 'dogs,' 'pigs' and 'slobs' - and he replied, 'Only Rosie O'Donnell!'
Donald Trump unveils plan for his 'garden of heroes' but no location
Trump first announced the idea after summer protests following the death of George Floyd. 'The heroes of 1776 have been desecrated, with statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin vandalized and toppled,' he said in the order. The order identifies dozens of specific people in American history and culture who would be honored in the sculpture garden. His statutes became a center of contention in the wake of Black Lives Matters protest last summer with Trump railing against attacks on them. Trump's list includes several significant Americans who owned slaves – in pushback at what Trump and his allies sometimes describe as 'cancel culture.'
Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day
A commission stood up by U.S. President Donald Trump as a rebuttal to schools applying a more accurate history curriculum around slavery in the U.S. issued its inflammatory report on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trump announced that he was establishing the commission last fall, following a slew of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. He blamed the school curriculum for violence that resulted from some of the protests, saying that "the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools." This division is severe enough to call to mind the disagreements between the colonists and King George, and those between Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War," the report states. And in a section about to school curriculum, the authors suggest "states and school districts should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America's heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our principles."
Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day
Trump announced that he was establishing the commission last fall , following a slew of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country. He blamed the school curriculum for violence that resulted from some of the protests, saying that "the left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools." It's not clear what action President-elect Joe Biden will take with the commission once he's in office. This division is severe enough to call to mind the disagreements between the colonists and King George, and those between Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War," the report states. And in a section about to school curriculum, the authors suggest "states and school districts should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America's heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our principles."
Covid-19 Live Updates: Brazil Begins Vaccinations as It Battles Virus Variants
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Brazil Begins Vaccinations as It Battles Virus Variants The United States is hurtling toward 400,000 total deaths. Instead, leading health agencies, including the World Health Organization, provided contradictory and sometimes misleading advice, a New York Times investigation previously found. Video Ahmed Nafei via Facebook Credit Credit... Ahmed Nafei via Facebook A nurse’s cry pierced the night from the balcony of an Egyptian hospital. A woman received a coronavirus vaccine during a pop-up event at the Grace Cathedral International in Uniondale, Long Island on Monday. Andrew M. Cuomo that aims to take critical Covid-19 health care services into Black and Hispanic communities that were hard-hit by the epidemic.
As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. The bureau acknowledged this month that it would be unable to produce the immigrant count sought by the administration before Mr. Trump left office. Mr. Trump wrote that Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, had recommended ending the restrictions on travel from most parts of Europe and Brazil, while maintaining restrictions on Iran and China, which Mr. Trump said had not been cooperative. The report denounces the project, as did Mr. Trump in his September speech announcing the commission. The three choices are either strong loyalists to Mr. Trump or fierce critics of Ms. Whitmer.
Andrew Sullivan rips NYT for calling Black Lives Matter riots 'isolated instances of property destruction'
Former New York Magazine columnist Andrew Sullivan blasted The New York Times for its characterization of the violence that took place last year following the death of George Floyd in an attempt to separate the riots that took place on Capitol Hill earlier this month. "Republicans saw the Capitol attack as the work of outsiders or as justified by the summer’s isolated incidents of looting and property destruction." Sullivan took exception to the Times' framing of the vandalism and looting that took place during the Black Lives Matter protests. "Last summer was just 'isolated instances of property destruction.' Last year, Sullivan launched his own newsletter The Weekly Dish after he was forced out of his longtime gig at New York Magazine.
They were rounded up for protesting Trump’s inauguration – this is what happened next
Police in riot gear move towards demonstrators in downtown Washington DC after a limousine was set on fire during Donald Trump’s inauguration. At his inauguration on 20 January 2017, then president-elect Trump’s motorcade and the streets of Washington DC faced a massive protest drawing a line against his demagoguery and agenda with a warning to the nation about the nascent fascism that would follow. Only one person served any actual jail time – a four-month sentence for rioting and assault on a police officer. The city has agreed to settle the case, according to court documents; a decision is expected later this month. Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Morin sanctioned prosecutors for failing to disclose evidence that the defence argued could exonerate the defendants.
Tense Virginia gun rally draws everyone from Proud Boys to Black Panthers — many armed
Among the first to arrive were the Boogaloo Bois, then the white nationalist Proud Boys, the Black Panthers and several Virginia militias. A dozen Boogaloo Bois, wearing signature Hawaiian shirts and patches revealing their alliance with Black Lives Matter, cheered as Black Panthers marched past. The Proud Boys taunted the Boogaloo Bois. Boogaloo Bois armed with weapons and flags rally during lobbying day in Richmond, Va., on Monday. During a brief appearance at the rally, the leader of the Virginia Citizens Defense League said he had no problem with Boogaloo Bois and Proud Boys joining the rally.
With the Capitol cordoned off, gun-rights activists drive and honk through Richmond's streets
The man arrested was Black. Meanwhile, gun-rights supporters, many of whom were white, carried weapons in Richmond without disruption from police. Kalia Harris, co-director of a grassroots organization for racial justice called Virginia Student Power, said Second Amendment advocates were shown partiality by police. “They are taking to the streets using the open carry and basically breaking these laws and what they’re getting is a police entourage,” Harris said. “We had students that were tear gassed, arrested and are still facing repercussion for charges from this summer.
Lady Gaga denounces racism and white supremacy in award speech: ‘Black life matters. Blackness matters. Black joy matters’
Lady Gaga gave a powerful acceptance speech denouncing racism and white supremacy at King Center’s Beloved Community Awards. Accepting the Yolanda Denise King “High Ground” Award in a video message, the “Rain On Me” singer addressed her social responsibility as a high-profile artist and white woman. “I am aware I am before you as Stefani Germanotta, my given name; as Lady Gaga, a famous white woman with the power of a large platform. My racial identity alone centres my whiteness while I’m still very much finding my place in creating Dr King Jr’s beloved community,” she said. Dedicating her win to the Black community, Gaga drove home the fact that “Black lives matter”.
Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees
ET Live Updates: As Biden’s Inauguration Approaches Pressure Mounts on Some Trump Appointees The director of the Census Bureau resigned after claims that he politicized his role. The bureau acknowledged this month that it would be unable to produce the immigrant count sought by the administration before Mr. Trump left office. Other members include Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist, and Mr. Trump’s former domestic policy adviser, Brooke Rollins. The report denounces the project, as did Mr. Trump in his September speech announcing the commission. The three choices are either strong loyalists to Mr. Trump or fierce critics of Ms. Whitmer.
Telling the ‘deplorables’ to shut up only feeds extremism
I have since left the BNP and rededicated myself to countering its poison. It began with unaddressed grievances — and, as many with a similar ­experience will tell you, the racism and radicalism came later. Enter the BNP, offering a simplistic and conspiratorial account of what ailed us — and channeling grievances into underground hate. Addressing grievances and representing the interests of society as a whole is the only way to build a cohesive society. Jack Buckby is author of “Monster of Their Own Making: How the Far Left, the Media and Politicians are Creating Far-Right Extremists.”
On MLK Day, Biden volunteers, Trump adds names to his 'National Garden of American Heroes'
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used one of his last days in the White House on Monday to fight the culture war, while President-Elect Joe Biden observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering to help feed the needy. With less than 48 hours to go before Wednesday's inauguration, Trump laid low in the heavily fortified capital while the White House provided no details about how the president was spending his final hours in office. The proposed garden does not seem to have the funding, location or much else necessary to see it become a reality. The World War II Memorial on the National Mall, for instance, opened 17 years after it was first proposed in Congress. National Guard troops arrive as the Capitol goes into lockdown in Washington on Jan. 18, 2021.
Trump discussing list of pardon requests in final hours in office
New Mexico official arrested for Capitol riot — 2:25 p.m.Washington PostA man with a personal connection to Trump — and whose violent rhetoric Trump promoted to the world — has been arrested because of the Capitol riot. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. And one year later, as she presided over a second impeachment trial of President Trump, Pelosi made another statement when she donned the exact same outfit. Schumer said if Trump is convicted, there will be a vote on barring Trump from ever running again for office.
On MLK holiday in Boston, renewed calls for defending civil rights
At another gathering of about 200 people later in the day, protesters rallied in Roxbury to protest police violence against Black residents. The city’s annual tribute to King, who earned his doctorate in theology in 1955 at Boston University, looked considerably different than prior years. The King breakfast held online paid tribute to the civil rights leader and honored the legacy of US Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon and Georgia lawmaker who died in July. who have taken to the streets in the name of good trouble, in communities across our country, in continuation of the civil rights movement,” the Boston Democrat said. Tashawna Boston, a 38-year-old Boston Public Schools teacher and mother of four who attended the protest, said she sees inequity daily in education, housing, and the criminal courts system.
Community members honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and call for rejection of COPS grant
Community members gathered Monday in Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to push for change both immediate and long-term. "His dream didn't die," ReBecca Burrell of The Peoples Revolution Milwaukee, an activist group formed out of demonstrations here, told the crowd. Common Council members have been under pressure from members of the community, including The Peoples Revolution Milwaukee, to reject the grant while police and Mayor Tom Barrett have pushed for its approval. "Today we join our youth in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," The Peoples Revolution Milwaukee said on its Facebook page in promoting Monday's demonstration. Kamila Ahmed, 28, of Milwaukee said King gave a voice to the voiceless and made it easier for people to get engaged.
Local leaders celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., pledge to carry out his ‘blueprint’ for justice
Boston’s Black community banded together to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as it customarily does — this time online amid the pandemic — taking added inspiration from his words. Pressley drew parallels between King and the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. “When I think of Dr. King, I don’t think of the monuments or the annual celebrations, I think of Ferguson. Boston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan told the audience “we are living in and through a movement.”“This movement requires that we transition from talking about justice into the practice of justice — racial justice, economic justice, gender justice, environmental justice, social justice,” Sullivan said. Taking a key role in attaining that will be City Council President Kim Janey, who is poised to take over as mayor.
Joe Biden ran on bringing back normalcy. With COVID, riots and a looming impeachment trial, that task just got tougher
And he’ll preach calm as the Senate prepares to hold an impeachment trial to decide his predecessor's culpability in the Jan. 6 riot. His first hurdle will be a Senate impeachment trial that threatens to keep Trump in the spotlight while inflaming the political divisions the incoming president is trying to quell. "Not just the people who came and wreaked havoc and jeopardized the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people, but on the individuals like the members of Congress and President Trump." There's also concern that Biden's push for normalcy will be competing with Trump long past Inauguration Day, especially if an impeachment trial drags on and ultimately fails to convict him. "What will determine the fate of the Biden administration will be getting Covid under control, boosting eco growth, & bringing the country together.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. Panel Says
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. So far at least 10 countries have ordered CoronaVac, seeking a total of 380 million doses. A woman received a coronavirus vaccine during a pop-up event at the Grace Cathedral International in Uniondale, Long Island on Monday. In the first phase of the campaign, which began on Saturday, government officials plan to vaccinate 30 million health and frontline workers. The government of India, which has a population of 1.3 billion people, has so far purchased 11 million doses of Covishield and 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, both of which require two doses per person.
On MLK Day, Biden volunteers, Trump adds names to his 'National Garden of American Heroes'
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used one of his last days in the White House Monday to fight the culture war, while President-Elect Joe Biden observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering to help feed the needy. With less than 48 hours to go before Wednesday's inauguration, Trump laid low in the heavily fortified capital while the White House provided no details about how the president was spending his final hours in office. The proposed garden does not seem to have the funding, location, or much else necessary to see it become a reality. The World War II Memorial on the National Mall, for instance, opened 17 years after it was first proposed in Congress. National Guard troops arrive as the Capitol goes into lockdown in Washington on Jan. 18, 2021.
Trump administration bailed out anti-vaccine groups during the pandemic
The U.K.-based group used data released in early December by the Small Business Administration in response to a lawsuit from The Washington Post, among other news organizations. “In general, if PPP applicants [or] borrowers met the requirements, they got a loan,” said Carol Wilkerson, a spokeswoman for the Small Business Administration. Anti-vaccination organizations are not the only questionable recipients of PPP loans. The SBA released data that revealed 25 PPP loans, totaling $3,65M, were awarded to businesses associated with either Trump or Kushner. The post Trump administration bailed out anti-vaccine groups during the pandemic appeared first on TheGrio.
7 inconvenient truths white people must understand about Martin Luther King Jr.
I often urge people to read A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King delivers the “I have a dream” speech from the podium, August 28, 1963. He’d want more white Americans to send their children to schools with meaningful numbers of Black students and Black teachers. Like the content of our character quote that so many white Americans throw around, this one was conveniently misappropriated. The post 7 inconvenient truths white people must understand about Martin Luther King Jr. appeared first on TheGrio.
What happens when white Americans have no moral arc to bend?
In King’s speech, America’s Chief Moral Dilemma he explained: “We must face the hard fact that many Americans would like to have a nation which is a democracy for white Americans but simultaneously a dictatorship over Black Americans. Nearly 15 years ago, even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of white supremacists in law enforcement. Every day in this country Black women, Black men, Black youth, Black children, and Black trans and nonbinary people experience violence at the hands of police. Until then, as we commemorate King today, the question remains: what happens when white Americans have no moral arc toward justice to bend? The post What happens when white Americans have no moral arc to bend?
Black Lives Matter protesters near White House have one final message for Trump – you should be arrested
Black Lives Matters protesters have maintained presence near White House (AFP via Getty Images)Karen did not have to think too long about the message she wanted to send to Donald Trump. Yet since last year, Black Lives Matter protesters have maintained a presence close enough to the White House so that Mr Trump could hear the music they were playing – lots of 70s funk on Monday – and the message they were delivering, were he interested in hearing either. Karen said Mr Trump needed to held accountableAndrew BuncombeYet that changed under Mr Trump, who last year erected barricades and stopped members of the public getting close. “Our entire system is racist to the core.”Neil Cousins was also not a fan of Mr Trump. He said he had only been protesting for eight years, but that he was continuing the actions of other activists who had been demonstrating outside the White House since 1981.
Black artists unveil pieces inspired by King, Black Lives Matter movement
The Detroit NewsSouthfield — As a tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, two local artists unveiled original pieces on MLK Day. Priscilla Phifer and Marcel Stewart are both Black artists who have been inspired by this modern day social justice movement as well as King's civil rights legacy. Phifer's abstract series entitled "Black Lines Matter" features black lines representing a diverse population of Black people: bold, straight, thin, heavy, young, old, women, men, children, gay — a majority of whom were killed by White officers. The piece is a 24’x36” acrylic on canvas entitled “Black Lines Matter: Atatiana” which represents Atatiana Jefferson, age 28, who was killed in her Miami, Florida, home in 2019, shot by police when a neighbor reported that her front door was left open. The pieces were unveiled to the public from 1-6 p.m. Monday at the Umoja Fine Arts Gallery, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 102 in Southfield.
Louisville health care leaders: We must restore trust between Black, medical communities
Louisville officials and health care leaders on Monday expressed the importance of addressing the longstanding mistrust of medical professionals by the Black community, especially as more COVID-19 vaccine doses become available. Top headlines:Hospitals suspend vaccine appointments for those over 70Most of the time, health care workers aren't aware of their biases, Manson said. And, even with insurance, health care becomes a financial burden. "We need more health care professionals who look like the people they are caring for. A lot of local Black leaders and health care professionals are posting photos and videos of themselves getting the vaccine for communities to see, Manson said.
Despite fears of widespread violence, militias lay low following Capitol attack
In the wake of the Capitol attack in Washington DC, officials feared a repeat this year — perhaps worse. At an event that many feared would be a follow up to attack at the US Capitol, few seemed eager to talk about it. The Capitol attack was led by the same hodgepodge of militias from across the country. His incitement fuelled the violence in Washington DC earlier this month, and is likely to continue to do so. So far there has been little sign of any kind of organised insurrection against the state from any large militias.
Ammon's Army: Inside the Far-Right People's Rights Network ? Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights
The leadership of the People’s Rights network has remained hidden, locked away inside a new online platform away from public scrutiny, until now. Under the People’s Rights banner, Bundy has assembled a team of 153 “assistants” in sixteen states. It maps the locations of the more than twenty thousand members of the People’s Rights network. The results of this study contravene many of the myths surrounding the People’s Rights network. Several People’s Rights leaders are running for elected office—to become the government.
Opinion: Reigning WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson gets statue for work on and off court
While the statue celebrates her immense skill on the basketball court, where she led the Gamecocks to the 2017 NCAA title and became the No. “It was actually a lot easier when the league, the WNBA, is behind you 100%, and allows you to speak your mind and speak your truth,” she said. “She told me her father didn’t like Black people,” Wilson said. "I hate it that we have to become a hashtag in order for society to be like, “Oh, we love our Black queens! “They have so many role models now.”One of best of them will be standing right there in front of them.
Nets guard Kyrie Irving bought house for family of George Floyd, according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has repeatedly backed several social justice efforts and has been a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. While speaking on "The Rematch" podcast with former NBA player Etan Thomas, fellow former NBA player Stephen Jackson said that Irving bought Floyd's family a house. Jackson, who was a family friend of Floyd's, said after his death this summer that he would take it upon himself to watch over Floyd's daughter, Gianna Floyd. I had a lot of my friends — Kyrie Irving bought them a house. Videos posted to social media showed Irving inside an establishment while maskless for his sister's birthday party.
Pro-gun caravan hits Richmond streets without incident; extremist groups protest peacefully
Downtown streets were closed off and blocked by dump trucks; metal barricades ringed the elegant Virginia Capitol building, its windows boarded up; and hundreds of police officers filled the area. ADAt the Virginia Capitol early Monday, media initially far outnumbered protesters. ADIn the most tense moment of the morning, someone yelled out: “Proud Boys go home!”“Say it to my face,” one of the Proud Boys responded, and began running into the crowd to find his detractor. Dunn leads a Virginia group he says is affiliated with the boogaloo movement. The Proud Boys have been connected with white supremacist beliefs, but those in Richmond on Monday insisted that they were not racists.
Media, Democrats quick to slam Republicans for praising Martin Luther King, Jr.
Media members and Democrats were quick to rebuke Republicans who praised the legacy of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, assailing them as cynical and hypocritical. Defeated Iowa Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield mocked her 2020 opponent, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, for sharing a tribute to King on Twitter. An op-ed in The Daily Beast was less subtle, with the headline, "Republicans, Keep Dr. King’s Name Out of Your Mouths." BIDENN MARKS MLK DAY BY VOLUNTEERING FOR HUNGER-RELIEF GROUPRicochet editor Jon Grabiel summed it up: "Every MLK Day on Twitter: Arguing about who's allowed to share his quotes and which quotes they're allowed to share." "Perhaps MLK Day is a day where they should let everyone honor the historical achievements, and save the anger for all the other days," Graham said.
In the end, Trump didn’t find a whole lot of allies in the sports world
On Wednesday, Trump was informed by the City of New York that it will terminate contracts with four Trump Organization recreational properties: a carousel and two skating rinks in Central Park, and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. Before the first no-show, Trump tweeted, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Trump turned their tepid response into another Twitter jab: “The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. As president, Trump delighted in recognizing sports stars living and dead with the same Presidential Medal of Freedom that Belichick turned down. President Trump applauded a Salute to the Military during Game 5 of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park in Washington.
Proud Boys and other fringe groups find refuge — and money — on Christian fundraising website
Article content continued“For decades, we have pooled our money to do together what we cannot do apart,” she said. “The disciples that Jesus had around him weren’t, like, perfect human beings,” he said, noting that his views align most closely with those of Baptists. “They were human beings that sinned. Ianther M. Mills, who leads the Asbury United Methodist Church whose banner Tarrio is accused of destroying, declined to comment. He said that once the $113,000 in GiveSendGo money is transferred to his bank account, he will start his search for a top lawyer to mount his defense.
Greece to the US: So You’ve Experienced a Coup…
The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. It was an anti-communist junta—and as in earlier “troubling” moments in Greek politics, its objective was to halt the left’s ascent to power.11960s Greece was marked by such efforts. It’s become an umbrella term for anything that seems to depart from the ideological core of the far right. Notably, the system rejected Golden Dawn only when its values found expression in the formal politics and policies of the mainstream right.
The loneliness of being mixed race in America
I don’t really know how to account for my mother’s background, which at best could be described as mestizo Colombian. I don’t really know where that leaves me, to be honest, beyond using broader terms like Latino, Colombian-American, white-passing, mixed, or multiracial. I’m mixed, but I’m Black. Not necessarily that I wanted to stop being mixed race, but that I just kind of wanted being treated differently to go away. I really felt really accepted and loved for the first time.
How to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day from home
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federally recognized day of service, traditionally observed with nationwide service projects and volunteer opportunities. As AmeriCorps, the organization that oversees the national day of service, says, it's "a day on, not a day off." The King Center, a memorial and nonprofit established by Coretta Scott King, will host its annual Beloved Community Commemorative Service on the holiday (starting at 10.30 a.m. The organization just hosted its annual Black Comic festival, and will continue cultural programming ahead of Black History Month. Learn more about Dr. King's activismTake this day (week, month, or whole year, while you're at it) to read up on King's life.
When the FBI Spied on MLK
The extent to which the FBI spent the last years of King’s life attempting to neutralize that perceived threat is the subject of an insightful new documentary by the director Sam Pollard. With King, as with many Black activists since the beginning of the 20th century, the FBI’s surveillance wasn’t an isolated obsession. It was part of a long-running effort to keep Black Americans from acquiring institutional power, Pollard told me. The film traces exactly how the surveillance of King started, how it was conducted, and the effects it had on his life. (Garrow wrote an article for The Atlantic about the “reprocessing” of the FBI documents that detailed King’s surveillance, which made hundreds of pages newly available for public view in 2002.)
The Trump Movement’s Break With Reality Will Outlive His Presidency
Mandel Ngan / Getty Images Crowds of people gather at the Trump rally near the White House on Jan. 6 in Washington, DC. It is these people whom Trump’s election conspiracy-mongering radicalized to the point of participation in an anti-democratic putsch. The truth is that many Trump supporters immediately concluded that their side simply did not commit the violence, and that the incident was engineered to discredit them and Trump. “I know it wasn't Trump supporters,” he said, a view shared by some Republicans in Congress as well as repeated by a number of conservative media figures. Spencer Platt / Getty Images Thousands of Trump supporters gather outside the US Capitol building Jan. 6.
Bachelor Matt James Opened Up About Dating Black Women
As ABC's first Black Bachelor, Matt James has been open about the pressure he's felt that role put upon him, particularly as his journey to find love relates to race. "People for some reason think I don't like Black women," the biracial North Carolina native said, noting that the women he'd most recently dated before the show had all been Black. People should want you to be happy, regardless of if they're white, they're Black, they're Asian, whatever." "My dating life looks like what we saw on night one," he asserted, specifically mentioning Spanish, white, Asian, and Black women. "My skin's Black — I don't wear a name tag or [carry] a résumé that [states] my mom is white.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. Panel Says
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. So far at least 10 countries have ordered CoronaVac, seeking a total of 380 million doses. The two sites hoped to dispense 250 vaccine doses each, and Northwell officials said they hoped to continue the program as long as supplies last. In the first phase of the campaign, which began on Saturday, government officials plan to vaccinate 30 million health and frontline workers. The government of India, which has a population of 1.3 billion people, has so far purchased 11 million doses of Covishield and 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, both of which require two doses per person.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. Panel Says
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Officials Around Globe Failed in Initial Response, W.H.O. So far at least 10 countries have ordered CoronaVac, seeking a total of 380 million doses. The two sites hoped to dispense 250 vaccine doses each, and Northwell officials said they hoped to continue the program as long as supplies last. In the first phase of the campaign, which began on Saturday, government officials plan to vaccinate 30 million health and frontline workers. The government of India, which has a population of 1.3 billion people, has so far purchased 11 million doses of Covishield and 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, both of which require two doses per person.
Pro-gun rally in Virginia has cops on high alert
An annual pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, is expected to bring thousands to the state capitol Monday — putting cops on high alert amid heightened tensions two days before the presidential inauguration. The Virginia Citizens Defense League said protesters planned a peaceful demonstration, organized to lobby state lawmakers to enact less restrictive gun laws. Dozens of pro-gun protesters had already gathered for the rally by midday, with the event scheduled to begin after 3 p.m., WRIC-TV reported. Virginia is an open carry state, but Richmond police noted in a statement posted on Twitter that firearms are banned in posted areas and at events granted permits. “In reference to city ordinance banning firearms at gatherings where posted, firearms are banned at permitted events/events that would require a permit,” police said.
Capitol riot criminal cases continue to grow
College student arrested as Capitol riot cases grow — 2:37 p.m.Associated PressA New York fashion student accused of participating in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol and posting on social media about “storming” it was arrested Monday as the tally of criminal cases kept growing. AdvertisementNew Mexico official arrested for Capitol riot — 2:25 p.m.Washington PostA man with a personal connection to Trump — and whose violent rhetoric Trump promoted to the world — has been arrested because of the Capitol riot. ‘I Let You Down’: Klete Keller’s path From Olympics to Capitol riot — 12:54 p.m.New York TimesThe swimming coach did not know what to expect when he dialed Klete Keller’s phone number. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. Olympic swimmer Klete Keller charged after participating in Capitol riot at Capitol — 6:43 p.m.By Associated PressFive-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building last week.
Kafer: Polls indicate Trump’s support is waning, but people don’t change their minds when under attack
The president has been held accountable for pushing a self-serving conspiracy theory for more than two months and goading followers with reckless language. That conspiracy theory cost taxpayers $32 million — the price of the Mueller investigation — and contributed mightily to the distrust and division among voters. Hopefully, in time, the “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theory will fade. Polling shows a significant drop (13%) in the percentage of Republicans and conservative-leaning independents who support Trump’s candidacy in 2024. Another poll shows Republican approval of President Trump has declined by 17% since the election with the sharpest drop over the past week.
Black Lives Matter protesters near White House have one final message for Trump – you should be arrested
K aren did not have to think too long about the message she wanted to send to Donald Trump. Yet she did not think the outgoing president should be able to just duck out of town and make his way to Florida. Yet since last year, Black Lives Matter protesters have maintained a presence close enough to the White House so that Mr Trump could hear the music they were playing – lots of 70s funk on Monday – and the message they were delivering, were he interested in hearing either. Karen said Mr Trump needed to held accountable (Andrew Buncombe)Yet that changed under Mr Trump, who last year erected barricades and stopped members of the public getting close. “Our entire system is racist to the core.”Neil Cousins was also not a fan of Mr Trump.
MLK Day DC: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial closed before inauguration
It hurts my heart," Lee said as she surveyed the barricades lining Black Lives Matter Plaza. In addition to the beefed-up security around the capital, COVID-19 also forced many planned MLK Day celebrations to be called off or held virtually. "I'm here because black lives matter. Nadine Seiler, 55, who was also at Black Lives Matter Plaza, expressed fear on what should have been a joyful day to celebrate. In the days after, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza, with the words painted in yellow, bold letters on the pavement.
Michael Goodwin: Pelosi and Schumer's America – welcome to the new abnormal
Most of those who think Biden can wave a magic wand blame Trump alone for the deep polarization gripping America. Instead, the unrest and growing use of violence to achieve political ends are outgrowths of the extreme resistance movement against Trump. If the departure of Trump could cure what ails America, we should be seeing signs of it already. If the departure of Trump could cure what ails America, we should be seeing signs of it already. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS COLUMN IN THE NEW YORK POSTCLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM MICHAEL GOODWIN
Annual pro-gun event at Virginia fizzles in wake of U.S. Capitol siege
RICHMOND, Va (Reuters) - Only a few dozen gun-rights activists converged on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that typically draws thousands, with this year’s protests dampened by tensions in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol. Lobby Day in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, always falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday honoring the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968. “It’s sad.”Police estimated last year’s crowd at about 22,000 people at an event that was tense but peaceful. About 50 officers - a mix of Richmond police, Virginia state police, and Virginia Capitol police - patrolled the grounds and the area where protesters had gathered. Virginians traditionally petition their lawmakers on Lobby Day at the start of the state’s General Assembly session, with the VCDL taking a leading role in recent years.
Protest live updates: DC, nation stay quiet under extraordinary security; New Mexico county commissioner arrested, linked to Capitol riot
USA TODAY is monitoring protests and security issues in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S. Keep refreshing this page for updates. She displayed a military police challenge coin and said she was a law enforcement officer and part of the presidential cabinet, according to the report. Carney has activated the National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement in keeping the peace if necessary. Delaware Capitol Police said Capitol buildings "will be secured, and citizens can expect an increased visible law enforcement presence." This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Inauguration, Capitol protests today: Security increased across US
Capitol riot criminal cases continue to grow
AdvertisementCollege student arrested as Capitol riot cases grow — 2:37 p.m.Associated PressA New York fashion student accused of participating in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol and posting on social media about “storming” it was arrested Monday as the tally of criminal cases kept growing. New Mexico official arrested for Capitol riot — 2:25 p.m.Washington PostA man with a personal connection to Trump — and whose violent rhetoric Trump promoted to the world — has been arrested because of the Capitol riot. ‘I Let You Down’: Klete Keller’s path From Olympics to Capitol riot — 12:54 p.m.New York TimesAdvertisementThe swimming coach did not know what to expect when he dialed Klete Keller’s phone number. Pushed to the edge by the Capitol riot, people are reporting their family and friends to the FBI — 8:19 a.m. Olympic swimmer Klete Keller charged after participating in Capitol riot at Capitol — 6:43 p.m.By Associated PressFive-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building last week.
Barr quit after refusing to push Donald Trump electoral fraud claims
Now former Attorney General Bill Barr told President Donald Trump in December that his widespread voter fraud claims were 'bulls**t' and the legal team he was assembling was 'clownish.' But after the November 3 election, Trump needed Barr to push his election fraud narrative. In turn, Barr gave an interview to an Associated Press reporter, Michael Balsamo, where he said publicly there was no widespread election fraud. And Trump did confront him over the AP headline: 'Disputing Trump, Barrs says no widespread election fraud.' Trump responded with a, 'maybe.'
The Atlanta Dream Team: A Martin Luther King Day Story
Elizabeth Williams, forward and outstanding young woman of the Atlanta Dream Team. Case in point: the efforts of professional athletes this past year to fight voter suppression. My diary today looks at one particular women’s basketball team, the Atlanta Dream. The entire Atlanta Dream team drafted a letter last summer to their ownership, stating their intentions to support Black Lives Matter publicly. Keep up the “good trouble”, Atlanta Dream!
In Defense of Revolutionary Violence
Of course, I'm referring to the recent riots in Washington DC and the threat of further violence this inauguration week. I'm also referencing last summer's largely peaceful Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations mis-portrayed in the media as setting entire cities aflame. After all, we should be clear about this: none of them, not Pence or McConnell, not Schumer or Pelosi is our friend. Those whom Dr. King called the world's greatest purveyors of violence now have their tables turned. A week after voting to spend more than $2 billion a day on war and armaments, they've suddenly become pacifists obsessing about violence!
Why Biden Can't Govern from the Center
From Robert Reich BlogI keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the "center." He has no choice, they say, because he'll have razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican party has moved to the right. Biden must boldly and unreservedly speak truth, refuse to compromise with violent Trumpism and ceaselessly fight for democracy and inclusion. Speaking truth means responding to the world as it is and denouncing the poisonous deceptions engulfing the right. Refusing to compromise with violent Trumpism means renouncing the lawlessness of Trump and his enablers and punishing all who looted the public trust.
Martin Luther King Jr. Defended Democracy Against Racism and So Must We
A racist mob broke church windows and threatened to kill Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1,500 activists sitting terrified inside First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in May 1961. King was the standard bearer of a Black tradition that defends democracy against racism. The ideal was a North Star guiding Black America past grinding racism to achieve real if fragile citizenship. King’s Vision of Economic Justice Can Help Us Defeat FascismIn 1966, King told staff, “Something is wrong with capitalism. He lifted the hope that Black America had placed in democracy and broadened it into a universal call for love.
Armed protesters gather in Richmond, support 2nd Amendment rights on 'Lobby Day'
Armed protesters and counterprotesters gathered in Richmond on Monday for an "annual protest" that took on a more tense air following the U.S. Capitol riot. Some two dozen armed protesters, variously identifying themselves as either the Last Sons of Liberty, Boogaloo Bois or Proud Boys, gathered in Virginia’s capital to "express their rights." The protesters gathered for "Lobby Day," during which citizens petition legislators on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, according to the Washington Post. The protesters wore masks and flak jackets, and they carried rifles. A Black Lives Matter counterprotest of some dozen or two dozen members also appeared, though by midday the groups had not interacted.
Militia members are charged in Jan. 6 Capitol assault
The Capitol complex and surrounding areas have been locked down after a riot there Jan. 6. They also highlight the extraordinary distrust and anger that’s grown in Congress since the attack, which led to this week’s House impeachment of Trump. Pentagon officials approved requests to have some Guard members armed with either long guns or handguns, particularly those Guard members assigned near the US Capitol. Olympic swimmer Klete Keller charged after participating in Capitol riot at Capitol — 6:43 p.m.By Associated PressFive-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building last week. What Massachusetts’ members of Congress said about impeachment — 5:47 p.m.By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe StaffAll nine members of Massachusetts’ US House delegation voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas book review
Enter Angie Thomas. But in “Concrete Rose,” Thomas handles them with utmost care, compassion and nuance. Let’s put you in their position and see what you would do.”And it’s for this reason that we all owe Angie Thomas a debt of immense gratitude. ET, Angie Thomas joins Washington Post Live to discuss “Concrete Rose,” the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on her work and how literature can empower the next generation. CONCRETE ROSEBy Angie Thomas
Bill Barr told Trump that ‘clownish’ legal team was lying to him about ‘bull***’ voter fraud claims, reports say
(AP)President Trump's former Attorney General Bill Barr called Mr Trump's legal team "clownish" and the president's claims that the election had been stolen from him "bull****," according to reporting by Axios. Despite his loyalty to the president, the relationship between Mr Barr and Mr Trump was silently falling apart, Axios writes. Story continuesDuring a meeting in the Oval Office in the middle of August, Mr Trump told Mr Barr to facilitate a show of strength in Portland where protests raged. After having seen the story, Mr Trump spoke of himself in the third person to Mr Barr, saying: "Why would you say such a thing? Twitter suspends US congresswoman over election fraud claimsTrump in contact with Steve Bannon and asks ‘how to overturn election’
FBI screens US troops for possible insider threats ahead of inauguration
State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops — 5:57 p.m.By The Associated PressA double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. They also highlight the extraordinary distrust and anger that’s grown in Congress since the attack, which led to this week’s House impeachment of Trump. And one year later, as she presided over a second impeachment trial of President Trump, Pelosi made another statement when she donned the exact same outfit.
Apple commits $100 million to racial equity programs while disclosing its own diversity hiring record
The donations are part of a $100 million racial equity and justice initiative designed to reduce barriers and opportunities for people of color across the country. Apple said the initiative will complement the company’s internal efforts to improve diversity and inclusion. While none of the initiatives are directly tied to Austin, Apple is working on other diversity-related initiatives with Austin ties, including work on college and K-12 levels. Apple’s initial glimpse into its $100 million pledge to combat racism focuses primarily on expanding opportunities through new grants, scholarships, programs and investments. Apple said it will invest $10 million in Harlem Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm, which primarily invests in diverse founders.
Bill Barr told Trump that ‘clownish’ legal team was lying to him about ‘bull***’ voter fraud claims, reports say
President Trump's former Attorney General Bill Barr called Mr Trump's legal team "clownish" and the president's claims that the election had been stolen from him "bull****," according to reporting by Axios. Despite his loyalty to the president, the relationship between Mr Barr and Mr Trump was silently falling apart, Axios writes. During a meeting in the Oval Office in the middle of August, Mr Trump told Mr Barr to facilitate a show of strength in Portland where protests raged. After having seen the story, Mr Trump spoke of himself in the third person to Mr Barr, saying: "Why would you say such a thing? Mr Barr said that Mr Trump's legal team was doing an awful job, adding: "I'm a pretty informed legal observer and I can't f****** figure out what the theory is here.
FBI moves on alleged members of extremist groups Oath Keepers, Three Percenters
On Jan. 6, Schaffer was photographed inside the Capitol, wearing a hat that said "Oath Keepers Lifetime Member." Oath Keepers patches and logos were prominently displayed by a number of those in the mob that day. Even before the riot, Oath Keepers had garnered attention and alarmed law enforcement officials. He included hashtags mentioning the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters. Proud Boys, he said, are on a "rally freeze and will not be organizing any events for the next month or so."
Trump baby blimp lands at London museum
LONDON – A blimp depicting US President Donald Trump as a snarling, nappy-wearing orange baby has found a home in one of London’s most popular museums. The helium-filled balloon, originally paid for through crowdfunding, first took to the skies over London during protests against Trump’s visit in 2018 and has flown in other locations including France, Argentina, Ireland and Denmark. Gladly accepting the donation, the Museum of London said the blimp would join its protest collection, which includes artifacts from the Suffragette movement as well as climate change and peace rallies. “By collecting the baby blimp, we can mark the wave of feeling that washed over the city that day and capture a particular moment of resistance,” said Sharon Ament, the museum’s director. “While we’re pleased that the Trump Baby can now be consigned to history along with the man himself, we’re under no illusions that this is the end of the story,” said the organisers, who include Leo Murray, a climate change activist.
TML: We need to change our hearts in America, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and every day
Empathy and kindness isn’t the very best we can do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We need to change our hearts in America. We need to remember we still have it very good in this country and it’s our responsibility to make it better. Martin Luther King Jr. makes me proud to be an American. Aaron Rodgers was, but Aaron Rodgers is playing his own game right now.
Racial profiling leads minorities to shop online rather than in stores
Shoppers from minority groups are more likely to shop online than go into a store, in order to avoid racial profiling, according to a new report. In June 2019, after the singer SZA claimed to have been racially profiled in a Sephora store in Calabasas, California, the chain closed for diversity training. The new Sephora study said a lack of “top down” systemic diversity affected minority customers’ shopping experience. Racial homogeneity in employees and marketing campaigns led to such shoppers feeling excluded, the study said, even before they had entered a shop. Three in five minority customers said they would be unlikely to return to a shop where they experienced discrimination.
Trump’s original cabinet: A rogue’s gallery from Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner to Kellyanne Conway
Mike Pompeo, CIA directorLike Kelly, a man more notable for his subsequent role than his first. She is also married to the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, which must have caught Trump’s eye as he skim-read her CV. Rick Perry, energy secretaryLike Carson, the former Texas governor had run against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016. When his name began to crop up in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s “perfect” call with Zelenksy, Perry announced his resignation. Acosta was replaced in government by Eugene Scalia, son of a Supreme Court justice, but questions over President Trump’s own friendship with Epstein, who he once hailed as a “terrific guy”, would not go away so quietly.
FBI screens US troops for possible insider threats ahead of inauguration
State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops — 5:57 p.m.By The Associated PressA double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. MyPillow, a bedding company run by Mike Lindell, a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump, has taken a different approach. They also highlight the extraordinary distrust and anger that’s grown in Congress since the attack, which led to this week’s House impeachment of Trump. And one year later, as she presided over a second impeachment trial of President Trump, Pelosi made another statement when she donned the exact same outfit.
‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website
“It’s not just Proud Boys that are raising money there,” Tarrio said in an interview Thursday, noting that his group’s chapters nationwide have used the site to fund their cause. “So I was surprised about that and pretty much equally as surprised about all of the Proud Boys fundraisers. They’re being caught, and they’re being arrested.’’A safe refugeBefore his GiveSendGo post, Tarrio, the national chairman of the Proud Boys, said he had used a crowdfunding website only once before. We’re trying to navigate it with advice from people that we trust.’’As for Tarrio, the Proud Boys leader said he sees nothing wrong with his decision to use the Christian site. © Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post Members of the Proud Boys assemble near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website
“It’s not just Proud Boys that are raising money there,” Tarrio said in an interview Thursday, noting that his group’s chapters nationwide have used the site to fund their cause. “So I was surprised about that and pretty much equally as surprised about all of the Proud Boys fundraisers. They’re being caught, and they’re being arrested.’’A safe refugeBefore his GiveSendGo post, Tarrio, the national chairman of the Proud Boys, said he had used a crowdfunding website only once before. We’re trying to navigate it with advice from people that we trust.’’As for Tarrio, the Proud Boys leader said he sees nothing wrong with his decision to use the Christian site. He said that once the $113,000 in GiveSendGo money is transferred to his bank account, he will start his search for a top lawyer to mount his defense.