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Pentagon to Order Members of the Military to Comply With Biden Federal Employee COVID Vaccination Requirements

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The Pentagon said Thursday evening it will order members of the military to comply with President Joe Biden’s requirement that all federal employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or face a regime of regular testing, social distancing, mask wearing, and travel restrictions.

“Although those steps fall short of a mandate,” The New York Times reports, “Mr. Biden also ordered the Defense Department to move rapidly toward one for all members of the military, a step that would affect almost 1.5 million troops, many of whom have resisted taking a shot that is highly effective against a disease that has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans.”

It was not clear how far the requirement for Pentagon employees would reach.

While estimates vary, the Pentagon noted on its website around 2016 it employs “over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel,” along with 1.1 million who serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces.

The news comes as The Washington Post published a disturbing leaked CDC report on the delta variant that, coincidentally in military terms, “argues officials must ‘acknowledge the war has changed.'”

It reveals the delta variant is “so contagious that it acts almost like a different novel virus, leaping from target to target more swiftly than Ebola or the common cold.”

It also refers to unpublished data that finds “vaccinated individuals infected with delta may be able to transmit the virus as easily as those who are unvaccinated. Vaccinated people infected with delta have measurable viral loads similar to those who are unvaccinated and infected with the variant.”

Given the new information about the delta variant mandating the vaccine would appear to be a matter of national security.

 

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Read: Letter to Steve Bannon From House Jan. 6 Committee Ordering Him to Appear in Three Weeks

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The bipartisan House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack issued subpoenas to four of Donald Trump’s closest deputies Thursday night, ordering them to produce documents and appear for depositions.

The four are Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Kash Patel, and Dan Scavino.

“Stephen Bannon,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) writes on the committee’s official website, “reportedly communicated with former President Trump on December 30th, 2020, urging him to focus his efforts on January 6th. Mr. Bannon also reportedly attended a gathering at the Willard Hotel on January 5th, 2021, as part of an effort to persuade Members of Congress to block the certification of the election the next day. Mr. Bannon is also quoted as stating, on January 5th, that ‘[a]ll Hell is going to break loose tomorrow.'”

In his letter to Bannon, Chairman Thompson writes, the “inquiry includes examination of how various individuals and entities coordinated their activities leading up to the events of January 6, 2021.”

Below is the letter from Chairman Thompson to Bannon, via NBC4 Washington Investigative Reporter Scott MacFarlane:

 

 

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‘Strong Reason to Believe’ More Indictments Could Be Coming Trump Org CFO Weisselberg’s Attorney Tells Judge

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The attorney for indicted Trump Organization president and chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, told a judge Monday he believes more indictments are coming down the pipe.

We have strong reason to believe there could be other indictments coming,” Bryan Skarlatos, attorney for Weisselberg, told a  New York State Supreme Court judge, according to CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

Sciutto says Skarlatos told the judge “he expects more people to be charged in criminal probe.”

Journalist Andrea Bernstein adds the attorney also said: “We are shooting at a moving target.”

Weisselberg is appearing before the judge on charges related to an alleged 15-year scheme to defraud taxpayers.

Earlier: NY Prosecutors ‘Aggressively’ Pursuing Trump Tax-Fraud Probe as Weisselberg Returns to Court: Report

 

 

 

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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.”

This is a breaking news and developing story.

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