Dem Accuses Congressional Colleagues of Giving Rioters Tours of U.S. Capitol

It looks like Congress may end up with a new member or two because of last week’s violence, in which protesters broke into the U.S. Capitol and vandalized it.

The new situation has developed because, according to a report from Politico, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., has accused colleagues in Congress of escorting people through the Capitol on January 5 for “reconnaissance” before the next day’s riot.

It charges criminal behavior on the part of other members of Congress, according to a video statement she posted online.

She said, in the video, “I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him — those members of Congress who had groups coming through the capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day — those members of Congress who incited the violent crowd, those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I’m going see that they’re held accountable.”

She declined, however, to identify the legislators. Nor would she explain how she determined those activities were “reconnaissance.” (Read more from “Dem Accuses Congressional Colleagues of Giving Rioters Tours of U.S. Capitol” HERE)

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Democrats Launch Campaign To Abolish Electoral College

Democrats, who long have chafed under the stipulations of the Constitution that make the United States a constitutional republic rather than a democracy, have introduced a House resolution to abolish the Electoral College and exchange it with a national popular vote for president and vice president.

The resolution, led by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., claims that the “development of mass media and the internet has made information about Presidential candidates easily accessible to United States citizens across the country and around the world,” the Washington Examiner reported.

While Democrats now have the majority in the House and Senate as well as the White House, the measure is not likely to succeed because a constitutional amendment must be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

The Electoral College was established as a compromise between those who wanted the president elected by a vote in Congress and those who sought a direct vote.

Cohen contends the Electoral College now is an “anachronism,” and the Constitution already has been changed, for example, to allow citizens of all races and women to vote. (Read more from “Democrats Launch Campaign To Abolish Electoral College” HERE)

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The Biggest Gun Forum on the Planet Was Just Kicked off the Internet Without Explanation

AR15.com, the biggest gun forum in the world, was deplatformed on Monday by web hosting company GoDaddy. . .

The swift termination by internet host GoDaddy forced AR15.com’s leadership to think on their feet and quickly create a temporary URL so “freedom lovers and firearm enthusiasts” could continue to access the information and resources on the site.

Instead of offering specifics about kicking the gun site off the internet, GoDaddy merely claimed that AR15.com violated its terms of service, which resulted in instant termination.

“On Monday, January 11, 2021, I received notice from our site registrar that AR15.com had violated their terms of service and that AR15.com would be shut down immediately,” President and Co-Founder of the gun site Juan Avila told The Federalist in a statement. “The registrar’s decision to de-platform AR15.com was final and no method to appeal was offered.”

“It remains unclear specifically what content allegedly violated the registrar’s terms of service,” he added. (Read more from “The Biggest Gun Forum on the Planet Was Just Kicked off the Internet Without Explanation” HERE)

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Facebook Banning All Mentions of ‘Stop the Steal’ Ahead of Biden Inauguration

Facebook said Monday it is removing all content containing the phrase “stop the steal[.]”

The phrase refers to President Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Trump supporters also organized a rally in November after the election called “Stop the Steal” that drew thousands of Trump supporters to the nation’s capital.

“We’re removing content containing the phrase ‘stop the steal’ under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook & Instagram,” Facebook announced in a press release on Monday afternoon.

“We removed the Stop the Steal group in November and continue to remove Pages, groups & events that violate our policies,” Facebook said. (Read more from “Facebook Banning All Mentions of ‘Stop the Steal’ Ahead of Biden Inauguration” HERE)

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GOP House Members ‘Furious’ Over Now Having to Pass Through Metal Detectors Before Entering Chamber

Several House Republicans are reportedly “furious” that they now have to pass through metal detectors before entering the lower chamber. The extra security measure was added in response to last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob.

NBC News correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell tweeted Tuesday afternoon, “I never thought I’d see this. Metal detectors have been set up for members before they enter the House floor. A clear indication that Democratic leadership does not trust some right-wing House members.” . . .

The first Republican to resist was freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), who earlier this month made headlines about bringing her own firearm into work. . .

MSNBC reported that “Republican Reps. [Louie] Gohmert, [Steve] Stivers, [Van] Taylor, Boebert, [Debbie] Lesko, and [Larry] Bucshon were among those seen not complying with police at added security checkpoints in the U.S. Capitol.”

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Facebook Permanently Bans Retailer Patrioticme From Advertising Pro-America Products

LeeAnn Miller would like an explanation from Facebook after the ad account for her business was disabled by the tech giant seemingly for no other reason than being patriotic. . .

The trouble with Facebook began the day after the election.

Miller, in partnership with Quantify, a business development firm, had advertised her products on Facebook. PatrioticMe’s advertisement was simple. It was made to look like a Facebook post with text before pictures featuring models wearing items for sale. . .

On Nov. 4, 2020, she received an email from the Facebook Ads Team informing her that her advertisements did not comply with Facebook’s advertising policies or other standards. . .

Instead of providing her with guidance as to which policies PatrioticMe’s ad violated, the email provided Miller with a link to the page outlining the entirety of Facebook’s advertising policies. She was also given two options: To take an “e-learning Blueprint course” called “Ad Policies for Content, Creative, and Targeting” to learn about the entirety of Facebook’s advertising policies, or to request a review of her ad account if she believed it shouldn’t be disabled. (Read more from “Facebook Permanently Bans Retailer Patrioticme From Advertising Pro-America Products” HERE)

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Nancy Pelosi Names Trump Impeachment Managers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday named nine managers who will lead President Trump’s second impeachment — including Rep. Eric Swalwell, who faced recent controversy for his relationship with a Chinese spy.

The House on Wednesday will begin impeachment proceedings against Trump for allegedly inciting last week’s Capitol riot. The impeachment is expected to pass with overwhelming Democratic support and at least three Republican votes. . .

Pelosi’s selection of Swalwell (D-Calif.) is a bold affirmation of the embattled House intelligence committee member, who has refused to say if he was romantically involved with Chinese spy Fang Fang. The FBI warned him about Fang in 2015 during his first year on the House intelligence committee. . .

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will serve as the lead impeachment manager. The former American University law professor is known for his even keel and will assume the role held by the more divisive Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during Trump’s first impeachment. . .

The other impeachment managers are Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Ted Lieu of California, Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania. (Read more from “Nancy Pelosi Names Trump Impeachment Managers” HERE)

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DOJ Pursuing at Least 170 Suspects in Capitol Attack

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are scouring the country for more than 170 suspects in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The FBI reports receiving more than 100,000 tips from the public.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Michael Sherwin, interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, said that 70 individuals already face charges and that number could grow exponentially over the coming weeks and months.

The New York Times reported the attack could have ties to “domestic terrorist organizations” or “foreign adversaries” that could have “radicalized Americans” to take part in it:

In the sprawling Justice Department criminal inquiry run out of the F.B.I.’s Washington field office — the country’s second largest, with about 1,600 employees — agents and support staff have established a nationwide dragnet to identify members of the mob. At least five people died during the attack and in its immediate aftermath, including a police officer. In particular, the F.B.I. is working closely with the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington to track down those whose attacked law enforcement.

The F.B.I. has moved quickly to ease some bureaucratic hurdles to making arrests, and it has received more than [100,000] photographic and video tips after asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects. Agents were also scrubbing airline passenger manifests and video of air travelers to and from Washington to find potential suspects.

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Mike Pence Says He Won’t Invoke 25th Amendment Against Trump in Letter to Pelosi

Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday and stated he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

The letter, which was released as the House met to vote on calling on Pence to “convene and mobilize” President Trump’s cabinet to remove him from the White House.

Pence began his remarks by reflecting on last week’s events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol, calling it a “moment that demonstrated to the American people the unity that is still possible in Congress when it is needed most.”

“But now, with just eight days left in the President’s term, you and the Democratic Caucus are demanding that the Cabinet and I invoke the 25th Amendment,” Pence told Pelosi. “I do not believe that such course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with our Constitution.” (Read more from “Mike Pence Says He Won’t Invoke 25th Amendment Against Trump in Letter to Pelosi” HERE)

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Twitter Complains It’s Being Censored in Foreign Election

After permanently banning President Trump and other prominent conservatives last Friday, Twitter condemned the blocking of social media and messaging apps by Uganda during the African nation’s election, prompting many Twitter users to point out the irony.

“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” said a tweet from the account of Twitter’s Global Policy Team.

“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,” Twitter said.

Twitter acknowleged that earlier this week, “in close coordination with our peers,” the social media giant “suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda.”

“If we can attribute any of this activity to state-backed actors, we will disclose to our archive of information operations,” Twitter said. (Read more from “Twitter Complains It’s Being Censored in Foreign Election” HERE)

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