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Feds back away from claim that Capitol rioters were looking to capture and assassinate officials

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “Right now, we don’t have any direct evidence of kill/capture teams,” Sherwin said. Sherwin’s contention undercut the flat assertions made by federal prosecutors in Arizona, who described in a court filing Thursday what they called “strong evidence” that Capitol rioters......

Retired general who led Katrina response tapped for immediate review of Capitol security

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Pelosi praised Honoré as a “respected leader with experience dealing with crises,” including as a former vice director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, focusing on military support to civil authorities. Honoré’s investigation will focus on immediate security......

Biden nominates top House Appropriations aide for OMB deputy director

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said in a statement that Biden has “chosen a legislative expert whose deep knowledge of the federal budget will be critical as we work to Build Back Better.” “While I regret that the Appropriations......

Rick Scott’s rocky start atop GOP Senate campaign arm

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here But some Republicans fear that his vote, the general antipathy toward the GOP among some donors right now and the party’s disappointing losses in Georgia will combine to hamper the NRSC at the outset of the cycle, according to conversations......

Feds edge closer to sedition charge in Capitol riot aftermath

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Prosecutors say Chansley has expressed his intention of returning to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — and that his pending criminal case is unlikely to be a deterrent. “Chansley told the FBI prior to his arrest that......

Biden’s Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Choi President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCotton: Senate lacks authority to hold impeachment trial once Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce impeachment articles against Biden ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE’s inauguration rehearsal......

McCarthy rejects kicking Cheney from GOP leadership

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed he is against ousting Rep. Liz Cheney from her position. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rejects calls within the Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from party leadership......

Democrats urge Army to send cots for troops sleeping in Capitol

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here In a separate letter led by Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.), 13 Democrats called on the leaders of the House Administration Committee to allow the troops and other law enforcement to use shower and locker room facilities,......

Murkowski calls Trump’s impeachment appropriate but won’t reveal her vote

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “On the day of the riots, President Trump’s words incited violence, which led to the injury and deaths of Americans — including a Capitol Police officer — the desecration of the Capitol, and briefly interfered with the government’s ability to......

New York attorney general suing NYPD over protest response

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Her suit also seeks a court order declaring that the NYPD’s response to the protests was unconstitutional. The mayor and police commissioner are personally responsible for the abuses that took place because they failed to properly train, supervise and discipline......

Harrison selected as Biden’s DNC chair

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a watch party in Columbia, S.C., after losing the Senate race. | AP Photo/Richard Shiro President-elect Joe Biden is tapping former South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison to lead the Democratic National......

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden’s inauguration

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Biden’s inaugural committee instructed the public last month to not attempt to view the ceremony in-person because of coronavirus-related concerns. Following last week’s deadly siege of the Capitol by pro-Trump rioters, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser also warned Americans to......

Former Michigan Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “We believe there is no evidence to support any criminal charges against Gov. Snyder,” defense attorney Brian Lennon said Wednesday night, adding that state prosecutors still hadn’t provided him with any details. Lennon said Tuesday that a criminal case would......

Koch network pledges to ‘weigh heavy’ lawmakers’ actions in riots

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Seidel’s statement follows months of the network working to operate more independently of the Republican Party. Billionaire Charles Koch has become increasingly dissatisfied with the tactics and policies of President Donald Trump and did not support him during his 2016......

QAnon believer who plotted to kill Nancy Pelosi came to D.C. ready for war

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here The QAnon believer reached his destination late Wednesday ready for battle. After learning that Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t going to stop the certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory, Meredith texted, “War time,” while en route to D.C. In later......

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