EXPLAINER: Why Congress is looking closely at Jan. 6 rally
The House panel investigating the Jan_ 6 Capitol insurrection has focused some of its early work on the planning behind a massive rally at which President Donald Trump falsely claimed to have won reelection and told his supporters to “fight like hell.”.
Lawmakers demand NBA players cut ties with Chinese firms accused of "human slavery"
Some Republican lawmakers are demanding that NBA players end their endorsement contracts with Chinese sports retailers Anta and Li-Ning, which continue to source cotton from the Xinjiang region, Politico reports.Why it matters: The U.S. government has warned that businesses with supply chains and investments in Xinjiang — where China has been accused of carrying out a genocide against Uyghur Muslims — run a "high risk" of violating U.S. laws on forced labor.Get market news worthy of your time winews.yahoo.com
Extremist rhetoric from rightwing media and officials is ‘intensifying’, experts say
Comparisons of Democrats to Nazis and suggestions thousands should be executed spark fears of violence Tucker Carlson’s show described ‘anti-white mania’ as he claimed the US could ‘become Rwanda’. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The extremist rhetoric from rightwing news networks and some elected Republicans is “intensifying”, experts have warned, after a Republican congressman compared Democrats to Nazis and a hard-right news host suggested tens of thousands of Americans should be exnews.yahoo.com
House passes bill to expand background checks for gun sales
The House passed two bills Thursday to require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers and to allow an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases. While enhanced background checks are generally popular with the American public, even with some conservatives, Congress has so far not been able to find compromise on the issue. “These solutions will save lives.”President Joe Biden has called for Congress to strengthen gun laws, including requiring the background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons. AdThe second bill, which passed 219-210, would extend the review period for background checks from three to 10 days. While the House bills have Republican cosponsors and won a handful of GOP votes, most Republicans voted against them.
Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol
Violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Wednesday, disrupting the process. One Republican lawmaker publicly called for invoking the 25th Amendment to force Trump from office before Biden is inaugurated. The support Trump has received for his efforts to overturn the election results have badly strained the nation’s democratic guardrails. Some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. The Pentagon said about 1,100 District of Columbia National Guard members were being mobilized to help support law enforcement at the Capitol.
The Latest: Biden: Trump inaugural presence important to US
WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):9:55 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden says it is important that President Donald Trump attend his inauguration only in the sense that it would demonstrate the nation’s commitment to a peaceful transfer of power between political rivals. ___8:45 p.m.Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have made a fresh push for President-elect Joe Biden to nominate New Mexico Gov. But $207.5 million came in after Election Day as Trump repeatedly – and falsely – claimed President-elect Joe Biden won due to voter fraud. Gina Raimondo has knocked down talk that she is in the running for President-elect Joe Biden’s secretary of health and human services. ___12:25 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former Obama administration senior economic adviser Brian Deese to be director of the National Economic Council.
Pelosi out to block Trump if disputed election ends in House
Under election law the House would intervene if the Electoral College gave no presidential candidate the majority Jan. 6. “There ain't no light at the end of the tunnel in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said at a recent press conference. The president can be selected by a House majority — 26 states — if the Electoral College deadlocks or is unable to agree on the winner. Another is Montana, where Democratic former state Rep. Kathleen Williams and Republican state Auditor Matt Rosendale are vying for the state's lone at-large seat. Veteran GOP election lawyer Ben Ginsberg said there’s a long ways to go from election day Nov. 3 and a potential House vote on Jan. 6.
Steve Mills fired as New York Knicks president
President Steve Mills of the New York Knicks before the preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The New York Knicks parted ways with team President Steve Mills on Tuesday, the team said in a press release. "Steve and I have come to the decision that it would be best for him to leave his role as president of the New York Knicks," team owner James Dolan said in the release. General Manager Scott Perry will take over basketball operations until the team finds a new team president, according to the release. Talk about Mills leaving the team had been brewing since head coach David Fizdale was fired on Dec. 6, according to Bleacher Report.cnbc.com
Jonas Brothers make pit stop to visit fan with cancer
Jonas Brothers via Twitter/Instagram(CNN) - If you're a sucker for a heartwarming surprise, you'll love this. Before their concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Jonas Brothers made a pit stop Saturday to reward a special fan. Sure enough, her followers began sharing the post and tagging the Jonas Brothers. Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry was one of the many people who shared Lily's story in hopes of capturing the Jonas Brothers' attention. The Jonas Brothers are currently on their "Happiness Begins" tour.
U.S. FAA to again delay drone tracking rule: document
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration has again delayed plans to propose new rules requiring the remote identification of drones, according to records and a member of Congress on Wednesday. A U.S. Transportation Department status update now says the FAA plans to propose the regulation by Sept. 20 - after it earlier promised it by July 21. U.S. Representative Scott Perry, a Republican, disclosed the new delay at a House aviation safety hearing Wednesday and said that was unacceptable. In January, the FAA said 43 flights into New Jerseys Newark Liberty International Airport were required to hold after a reported drone sighting nearby. An FAA advisory committee issued a report in 2017 laying out options for remotely identifying drones, but did not agree on all recommendations.feeds.reuters.com