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Man Who Allegedly Threatened to Blow Up the Capitol if Biden Did Not Resign Gets WMD Charge

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North Carolina registered Republican Floyd Ray Roseberry appeared virtually before a judge Friday after he allegedly threatened to blow up the U.S. Capitol from his truck parked in front of the Library of Congress on Thursday if President Joe Biden did not resign.

Roseberry, who is believed to be 49 although told the court he is 51, was charged with threatening the use of a weapon of mass destruction, and use or attempted use of an explosive device, according to NBC4 Washington Investigative Reporter Scott MacFarlane.

The judge also ordered a competency hearing.

“The statute includes a threatened or attempted use of WMD,” says MSNBC legal analyst and law professor Joyce Vance, and “authorizes a sentence of up to life in prison.”

Roseberry told the judge he was on blood pressure medication and “mind mediocine,” but says he hasn’t taken medication in several days.

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DeSantis Courts Anti-Vaxx Voters by Changing Unemployment Rules to Give Them Benefits if They Get Fired: Report

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Florida’s DeSantis administration is expanding the Republican governor’s anti-vaxx policies by altering state unemployment insurance rules to allow those fired for refusing the coronavirus vaccine to be eligible for benefits.

“Extending unemployment benefits to the unvaccinated is just the latest in a series of proposals aligning the GOP with people who won’t get a COVID shot,” Axios reports, noting that Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee have also changed their rules to favor anti-vaxxers.

“Republicans see a prime opportunity to rally their base ahead of the midterms. No matter how successful their individual efforts, the campaign is a powerful messaging weapon,” Axios adds.

Up until now being fired for cause – for refusing an employer’s requirements, including being vaccinated – has made terminated employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“The general proposition is that it is lawful for an employer to mandate the vaccine and so if an employee doesn’t get it, it’s a choice,” labor attorney Domenique Camacho Moran told CBS News in October.

“It’s like if your employer said, ‘Come in at 9 o’clock and you said, ‘Thanks for sharing, I’ll come in at 11.’ If you engage in deliberate misconduct like that, you won’t be entitled to unemployment benefits which are designed to be provided to those who are separated through no fault of their own,” he added.

But DeSantis and his administration have been downplaying COVID and the coronavirus vaccine, promoting expensive COVID treatments over vaccines – treatments that financially benefit one of his top political donors.

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GOP Lawmakers – Including ‘Stop the Steal’ Attendee – Call for ‘Decertification’ of Trump’s Election Loss

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Nearly 200 Republican lawmakers from 39 states — including one who was present at the U.S. Capitol riot and another who’s a member of the Oath Keepers — have signed a letter endorsing false election fraud claims and calling for the reinstatement of Donald Trump.

The letter, which was signed by 186 GOP lawmakers, pushed for all 50 states to conduct a “forensic audit” like one Arizona recently attempted to uncover evidence of alleged fraud that could be used to remove President Joe Biden from office, according to a copy of the document shared by right-wing Arizona legislator Wendy Rogers.

“Sworn affidavits have accumulated from many states detailing rampant corruption and mismanagement in the election process,” the letter states. “Fraud and inaccuracies have already been shown through multiple audits and canvasses in multiple states, as well as through lawsuits challenging the validity of election results in several counties in multiple states.”

READ: Roger Stone demands MAGA riot committee investigate Katrina Pierson instead: She was ‘deeply involved’

One of the signatories was newly appointed North Carolina state Rep. Donnie Loftis (R-Gastonia), who claims he was gassed three times and present at the entrance when the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, although he insisted he “had absolutely zero involvement in the rioting and categorically condemn the storming of our Capitol building that day.”

Another North Carolina Republican who signed the letter, Rep. Mike Clampitt, says he has been a member for seven years of the right-wing Oath Keepers group that was involved in the Capitol riot and allegedly helped plan the attack.

“Decertification of a presidential election is not a thing,” tweeted election-law expert Rick Hasen. “There was no significant fraud or illegal action in the 2020 election. This sort of stunt is dangerous for American democracy and will further undermine voter confidence already shaken by lies about 2020 election rigging.”

 

Image: Donnie Loftis, shown at right in an image from Facebook, claims his role in the events of Jan. 6 “was strictly peaceful.”

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Expert Warns: ‘It’s Going to Be Very Hard to Unravel’ Militant Groups’ Links to Trump

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The House select committee issued another round of subpoenas to right-wing militant groups and their leaders, and an NBC News reporter who covers extremism explained what that means for the Jan. 6 investigation.

The bipartisan panel demanded information from groups involved in violence before and during the U.S. Capitol riot, including the Oath Keepers and their leader Stewart Rhodes and the Proud Boys and their one-time leader Enrique Tarrio, and journalist Ben Collins analyzed the subpoenas on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“The third most interesting case here is is this guy called Robert Patrick Lewis, who works with this group called First Amendment Praetorian,” Collins said. “Kind of a brand-new group from last September, really got kicked up around this election fraud conspiracy, was tied to people like Mike Flynn. This guy is a veteran and has, you know, was kind of new to this organizing space but was really good at it. created a bunch of rallies before Jan. 6. He’s always had this public stance of anti-violence, but on Jan. 6, it looks like he got swept up. He said, ‘Today is the day the true battles begin.’ So these are groups that were talking about violence in the run-up to the 6th or on the 6th itself.”

The select committee is looking into whether these individuals coordinated their efforts with Donald Trump’s White House or members of Congress, but Collins said that may be difficult to prove.

“There was always this dance with them, you know, specifically with Rhodes, he said, you know, ‘The president, just as I suspected, isn’t going to tell us to go to the Capitol and take that over,’ he’s not going to do that, but the president did say, ‘Let’s all go to the Capitol, here our voices will be heard,'” Collins said.

Many of those targeted individuals used burner phones to communicate, which could impede investigators’ efforts.

“They knew what they were doing was not on the level,” Collin said. “It’s going to be very hard to unravel this. They always use encrypted communications, whether it’s things like the Signal app or back ends to get around to people. They know they’re not doing necessarily great things. It is a very difficult thing. I don’t know how this committee is going to find all this stuff out.”

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