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Pelosi Names Liz Cheney and First Members to January 6 Special Select Committee on the Insurrection

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has named the first members to the House January 6 Insurrection Special Select Committee.

The chairman will be Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, who led the negotiations for the first bill which the House passed but Republicans in the Senate blocked. Thompson also chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

Thompson, after being named chair, described the events of January 6 as “domestic terrorism.”

Speaker Pelosi also named the first Republican member of Congress, Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who has supported the investigation.

“Other members include Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren, of California; Adam Schiff, of California; Pete Aguilar, of California; Stephanie Murphy, of Florida; Jamie Raskin, of Maryland; and Elaine Luria of Virginia,” CNN reports.

When asked about House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatening GOP members of Congress, telling them he will strip their committee assignments if they accept membership to the Special Select Committee, Speaker Pelosi interrupted the reporter and declared she is not going to respond to any of McCarthy’s remarks.

“It’s not political so I’m not getting involved in any discussion that happens in the Republican caucus,” Pelosi said.

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Congresswoman Cheney has issued a statement:

 

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DOJ Files for Emergency Order to Block Texas Abortion Ban: ‘Necessary to Protect the Constitutional Rights of Women’

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice late Tuesday night asked a federal judge to block Texas from implementing Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s near-total ban on abortion, saying prohibiting the law from taking effect is “necessary to protect the constitutional rights of women in Texas and the sovereign interest of the United States.”

The New York Times notes the DOJ has already filed a lawsuit against Texas, arguing the law, known as SB8, was signed into law “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.”

Axios adds the DOJ “submitted an emergency motion late Tuesday seeking a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction.”

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White Supremacism-Spewing Man Allegedly With Machete, Bayonet, and Swastika-Decorated Vehicle Arrested Near DNC

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A California man claiming he was “on patrol” was arrested Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Donald Craighead, 44-year,  had a bayonet and machete with him, according to NBC News, and his Dodge Dakota pickup truck, was decorated with a swastika and other white supremacist symbols.

CNN reports that Craighead “had multiple knives in his truck,” and notes the arrest comes one month after a man parked his truck in front of the Library of Congress and allegedly threatened to blow up the nation’s capital.

“This is good police work plain and simple,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a press release . “We applaud the officers’ keen observation and the teamwork that resulted in this arrest.”

Capitol Police add that Craighead “began talking about white supremacist ideology and other rhetoric pertaining to white supremacy.”

On January 6 police found bombs in front of the DNC and RNC. Last week the FBI released new footage of the alleged suspect.

 

 

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Florida Appeals Court Allows DeSantis’ Ban on Mask Mandates to Be Imposed Despite Massive COVID Cases

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A Florida state appeals court on Friday reversed a lower court’s ruling and allowed Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates to be re-imposed, NBC News reports.

Florida remains in the top ten states in number of new daily coronavirus cases per capita, with numbers about 50% higher than the national average, according to the most recent New York Times data.

County Circuit Court Judge John Cooper last month ruled against DeSantis but placed a stay on his ruling pending DeSantis’ appeal. On Wednesday Judge Cooper again ruled against DeSantis, and lifted his stay, ordering the ban he called  “arbitrary and capricious,” and “without legal authority” to be voided.

On Friday, despite the massive number of COVID-19 cases in Florida the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal ruled a stay “should be vacated only for the most compelling of reasons.” That ruling suggests the court believes the current 7-day average of 15,610 daily new coronavirus cases was not sufficiently “compelling” to allow school districts to implement mask mandates, and Judge Cooper’s ruling that “everybody,” including the governor, has to “comply with the laws passed by the Florida legislature.”

NBC News adds that this “most recent decision in the back-and-forth legal battle means schools can be penalized for enforcing mask mandates to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

 

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