Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.

The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.

Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.

The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.

Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.

Meghan McCain on hypothetical Kamala Harris run to replace Biden: ‘Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground’ | Fox News

During a discussion on Harris’ unpopularity in polls, McCain argued it was evident she “needed more media training” because of the tactical errors she had made since taking office, and that if she was up against DeSantis in the 2024 general election, he would “put her in the ground.”

“I think she stumbled when she was running for president. She dropped out before Iowa. She was a very early dropout. She wasn’t resonating with voters way before President Biden was elected,” McCain said in response to co-host Whoopi Goldberg asking if she thought Harris “stumbled coming out of the gate.”

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McCain criticized the media’s tone in how outlets covered Harris’ leadership on the border crisis, specifically calling out the discrepancy in how they approached children being placed in “cages” while in border facilities under former President Trump versus the current administration.

Source: Meghan McCain on hypothetical Kamala Harris run to replace Biden: ‘Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground’ | Fox News

Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide – CNNPolitics

(CNN)A DC police officer who responded to the US Capitol insurrection has died by suicide, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

“Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29,” department spokesperson Kristen Metzger told CNN in a statement.
Hashida joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 2003 and responded to the Capitol on January 6, Metzger said.
“We are grieving as a Department and our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends,” Metzger said.
This is the third known suicide of an officer who responded to the Capitol during the attack, and it is the second known suicide by a DC officer specifically.
Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, a 12-year veteran of the force, and US Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood, a 16-year Capitol Police veteran, also responded to the insurrection and later died by suicide. A recent Senate report into the security failures of the day lists both Smith and Liebengood among those who “ultimately lost their lives” following the attack.
Another Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the attack, Washington DC’s chief medical examiner determined in April.
The Justice Department has charged more than 550 people in connection with the insurrection, according to CNN’s latest tally, and the attack is at the center of a high-profile House select committee investigation.
During a hearing before the panel last month, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn delivered an emotional plea to officers who defended the Capitol to seek out professional help if they need it.
“I want to take this moment and speak to my fellow officers about the emotions they are continuing to experience from the events of January 6. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking professional counseling,” Dunn said.
“What we all went through that day was traumatic, and if you are hurting, please take advantage of the counseling services that are available to us.”

Source: Officer who responded to January 6 attack is third to die by suicide – CNNPolitics

Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced two guaranteed income bills on Friday aimed at sending $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans before the end of the decade, according to reports.

Source: Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally

By ACACIA CORONADO
Beto O’Rourke, former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate, speaks at a rally for voting rights in Texas at the Capitol in Austin, Texas on Saturday, July 31, 2021.  Hundreds of people packed the steps of the Texas Capitol as a protest rally which began Wednesday and ended Saturday with participants marching up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building.  (AP Photo/Acacia Coronado)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions.

Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.

The special session that the exodus by Texas Democrats halted is set to expire next week, but Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to schedule a new one as soon as the lawmakers return to the state.

“If you don’t like who’s in there, vote them out,” Nelson sang, inviting he crowd to join him in singing lyrics he’d previously written about taking a stand at the ballot box.

“I felt like I needed to be here. It is a history-making event that is so necessary right now,” said Brenda Hanson, 75, of Austin. “I am a descendant of slavery and I am not interested in moving back, I want to see this country go forward. I have lived well over three quarters of a century and I have never seen us go backwards like this before.”

Hanson said she is disabled but otherwise would have participated in the nearly 30-mile walk. Instead, she hoped to make a statement with her presence as she sat chanting in support on a bench under a tree.

The march began Wednesday and ended Saturday when participants walked up to the doors of the Texas Capitol building in a rally sponsored by activist group Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. It was led, in part, by Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate who has not ruled out a run for Texas governor in 2022. Earlier this week, O’Rourke and marchers shut down the frontage road of Interstate 35 during the morning rush hour, funneled between restaurants and cut a path from Republican-controlled statehouse districts to Democratic ones.

Marchers compared what the GOP says are measures meant to protect against fraud and restore confidence in American elections to Jim Crow-style restrictions. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

“I ask you to think about every man and every woman who had the courage in their convictions and did what they needed to do in their own moment of truth in this country’s history,” O’Rourke told the crowd.

Source: ‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally

San Francisco activists gather at Pelosi’s home to serve ‘eviction notice’ | Fox News

Housing and homeless advocates protested outside of Nancy Pelosi‘s San Francisco home Saturday demanding the House Speaker reconvene Congress to pass an extension to the expiring eviction moratorium.

The House adjourned Friday for summer recess without passing legislation to extend a nationwide ban on evictions that is set to expire Saturday, prompting outrage from the progressive Squad and an overnight protest at the Capitol.

About 40 activists headed to Pelosi’s home on Saturday to tape an “eviction notice” on her door to remind the speaker that millions of Americans will be facing eviction starting this weekend while she sleeps comfortably in her posh home. “The reason that we’re at her house is that she has a beautiful mansion in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, and it shows how out of touch she is with the people that are facing a situation [of eviction],” Christin Evans, one of the activists outside of Pelosi’s home, told Fox News.

Source: San Francisco activists gather at Pelosi’s home to serve ‘eviction notice’ | Fox News

Pa. Gov. Wolf visiting Pittsburgh Friday

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was in Pittsburgh to celebrate the anniversaries of Pennie and Medicaid, and to discuss affordable health care coverage.

The Ceo of the center, Rodney B. Jones, said it means a lot the governor chose the center to spread the message of affordable health care.

Jones said it’s a place where people with or without insurance can get quality health care.

He said, “It’s important that everyone has the ability to get quality affordable healthcare regardless of his or her insurance status.”

Jones said the federal and state-funded health care center’s mission is to help under-served families in urban and rural communities in 69 zip codes in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

Wolf said, “Access to quality health care is really important. It’s the right thing to do and I’ve been fighting to expand access to health care since I took office. That’s why one of the first things I did was to expand Medicaid.”

Two programs were the focus of the celebration, Pennie and Medicaid. Pennie is the official health insurance marketplace for Pennsylvania where people can apply for financial help to lower the cost of monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs for health insurance. Pennie also helps people find out what savings they qualify for from the American Rescue Plan.

“Now with Pennie, we are evolving to a point where we are casting a broader net to ensure that everyone gets affordable health care,” said Jones.

Medicaid is a federal and state program to help with healthcare costs. Lauren Stuparitz, who is a recipient, said without these programs, her family couldn’t afford care and it’s very important to take care of yourself, especially during a pandemic.

She said, “Assurance of having health care helps me feel more stable, secure and confident that I can take care of my family, that I can do things that are meaningful in life.”

The governor said he wants all people to understand what their options are when it comes to health care and to make the best choice for their families.

Source: Pa. Gov. Wolf visiting Pittsburgh Friday

Hunter Biden art exhibition led to Rep. Michael Waltz’s transparency bill

A Florida Republican congressman is set to introduce a bill requiring presidents and vice presidents provide financial disclosures for their non-dependent children ahead of Hunter Biden’s much-criticized art exhibition.

Rep. Michael Waltz told Fox News Tuesday his legislation, the Preventing Anonymous Income by Necessitating Transparency of Executive Relatives (PAINTER) Act, is a bid to stop “the obvious and shameless grift that’s going on with Hunter Biden’s art sales, for which he is obviously not qualified to do and is only doing to continue to profit off of his family name.”

The first son will present a solo exhibition of 15 paintings at galleries in New York and Los Angeles this fall. Prices for the art will range from $75,000 for works on paper to $500,000 for the larger canvases.

Critics have warned that would-be purchasers of Hunter’s art could spend big money not to purchase a masterpiece, but to curry favor with the West Wing.

“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” former George W. Bush chief ethics lawyer Richard Painter told The Washington Post earlier this month. “The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, those are awfully high prices.”

Source: Hunter Biden art exhibition led to Rep. Michael Waltz’s transparency bill

Ellzey wins US House seat in Texas in closely watched race | Fox News

Jake Ellzey, the Texas Republican, won a special congressional election against Susan Wright, the widow of late Rep. Ron Wright, who had the support of former President Trump.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican, said in a statement that Ellzey will be “a strong and effective leader for the people of North Texas.”

Ellzey was carrying more than 53% of the vote in Texas’ 6th Congressional District with results from almost all precincts reported.

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In May, Susan Wright and Ellzey advanced to the runoff for Texas’ Sixth Congressional District, which many viewed as a bellwether for future contests. The runoff was also seen as a disappointment for Democrats who did not advance.

Source: Ellzey wins US House seat in Texas in closely watched race | Fox News

‘This is how I’m going to die’: Officers tell Jan. 6 stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — “This is how I’m going to die, defending this entrance,” Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell recalled thinking, testifying Tuesday at the emotional opening hearing of the congressional panel investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

Gonell told House investigators he could feel himself losing oxygen as he was crushed by rioters – supporters of then-President Donald Trump – as he tried to hold them back and protect the Capitol and lawmakers.

He and three other officers gave their accounts of the attack, sometimes wiping away tears, sometimes angrily rebuking Republicans who have resisted the probe and embraced Trump’s downplaying of the day’s violence.

Six months after the insurrection, with no action yet taken to bolster Capitol security or provide a full accounting of what went wrong, the new panel launched its investigation by starting with the law enforcement officers who protected them. Along with graphic video of the hand-to-hand fighting, the officers described being beaten as they held off the mob that broke through windows and doors and interrupted the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win.

Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who rushed to the scene, told the committee — and millions watching news coverage — that he was “grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country.” That assault on him, which stopped only when he said he had children, caused him to have a heart attack.

Daniel Hodges, also a D.C. police officer, said he remembered foaming at the mouth and screaming for help as rioters crushed him between two doors and bashed him in the head with his own weapon. He said there was “no doubt in my mind” that the rioters were there to kill members of Congress.

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn said one group of rioters, perhaps 20 people, screamed the n-word at him as he was trying to keep them from breaching the House chamber — racial insults he said he had never experienced while in uniform. At the end of that day, he sat down in the Capitol Rotunda and sobbed.

“I became very emotional and began yelling, ’How the (expletive) can something like this happen?” Dunn testified. “Is this America?”

Source: ‘This is how I’m going to die’: Officers tell Jan. 6 stories

Republican lawmaker blames his party for lack of answers in emotional statement

The House select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot is holding its first high-profile hearing today. Follow here for the latest news.

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger called out other members of his party, saying “we need to reject those that promote” conspiracies about the insurrection on the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

He said he agreed to serve on this select committee because he wants to know what happened that day and present the facts to the public “free of conspiracy,” adding he wants Americans to be able to trust the committee.

“This cannot continue to be a partisan fight. I’m a Republican. I’m a conservative. But in order to heal from the damage caused that day, we need to call out the facts. It is time to stop the outrage and the conspiracies that fuel the violence and division in this country and most importantly, we need to reject those that promote it,” he said.

Kinzinger got emotional during his comments to the four officers who were testifying.

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WASHINGTON — Republican Liz Cheney made clear Tuesday she wants the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection to have teeth, moving quickly to use subpoenas to force testimony from key witnesses. Cheney said Americans should know what happened “every minute of that day” inside the Trump White House.

“The task of this committee will require persistence,” the Wyoming congresswoman said in opening remarks at the committee’s first hearing on Capitol Hill. She is one of two Republicans on the bipartisan panel.

Cheney said the committee should move to “issue and enforce subpoenas.”

“We must overcome the many efforts we are already seeing to cover up the facts,” she said.

Cheney specifically noted that “we must know what happened here at the Capitol” but also that the committee should find out what happened “every minute of that day in the White House: every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during and after the attack.”

That comment shows that Cheney and others on the committee plan to use subpoena power to compel testimony from top officials in the Trump White House, such as former chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump himself.

Source: (21) Republican lawmaker blames his party for lack of answers in emotional statement

AOC says she wants ‘to abolish our carceral system’ | Fox News

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said she wants to “abolish” the U.S. carceral system during a campaign event for Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner on Saturday.

Source: AOC says she wants ‘to abolish our carceral system’ | Fox News

Mike Enzi: Former Wyoming senator dies at 77 after bicycle accident – CNNPolitics

Former US Sen. Mike Enzi has died following a serious bicycle accident last week, according to a statement posted on his official Twitter account. He was 77.

“His family expresses their deep appreciation for all of the prayers, support and concern. They now ask for privacy and continued prayers during this difficult time,” the statement said.
The former longtime Republican lawmaker from Wyoming had suffered “serious injuries” while riding a bicycle Friday evening near his home in Gillette, Wyoming, according to an earlier statement from his family. He had been flown to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado, for treatment. Details on the accident were not immediately provided.
After graduating from George Washington University in 1966 and earning his MBA from Denver University two years later, Enzi owned and operated family shoe stores before entering state politics, according to his congressional bio. His public service journey began with a seven-year run as mayor of Gillette before serving in both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the state Senate.
His work in the state Legislature proved to be a political launching pad, and in 1996, he was elected to the US Senate, where he spent more than two decades working to advance Republican causes. Though he kept a relatively low profile, Enzi earned a reputation as a reliably conservative lawmaker who rarely drifted from his party.
Enzi’s low-key approach to governance proved to have a unique staying power with Wyoming voters, who consistently rewarded him with wide reelection margins.

Source: Mike Enzi: Former Wyoming senator dies at 77 after bicycle accident – CNNPolitics

Biden calls reporter ‘pain in the neck’ for question about Veterans Affairs COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Fox News

President Biden called a reporter a ‘pain in the neck’ Monday in the Oval Office for asking him a question that was off his preferred topic of Iraq.

Sitting in the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Biden smiled as NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked him to comment on Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough’s announcement that front-line VA workers would be required to get a coronavirus vaccine.

“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other for so long,” he said. “It has nothing to do with Iraq … I’ll answer your question. Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are going to have to be vaccinated.”

Biden was genial with O’Donnell, but he has lashed out in the past at reporters over questions he finds unfair or unfounded. Last month, he snapped at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins for a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling her she was in the “wrong business” at one point, and he also had sharp replies on the subject of his son Hunter Biden throughout 2020.

Biden has at times been criticized since he took office for being too scripted and expecting questions to be on his topic of choice. He’s lately been more loose with his words, such as when he had to walk back remarks to reporters that Facebook was “killing people” because it allowed the publication of misleading information about coronavirus vaccines.

One White House reporter anonymously told journalist Julia Ioffe earlier this month that Democrats generally expect the media to take their side and are more “thin-skinned” than Republicans as a result.

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Source: Biden calls reporter ‘pain in the neck’ for question about Veterans Affairs COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Fox News

Pelosi Selects Republican Adam Kinzinger To Serve On Jan. 6 Panel : NPR

Kinzinger will join fellow Republican Liz Cheney at the committees first hearing Tuesday. Both supported impeaching Trump for Jan. 6, and were the only GOP members to support the committee’s creation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the rare vocal critics inside the Republican Party of former President Donald Trump, to serve on the special committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol is set to hold its first hearing on Tuesday. Kinzinger will join Wyoming’s Liz Cheney as one of two Republicans chosen by Pelosi to serve on the nine-person panel. Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted in favor of impeaching Trump following the attack on the Capitol, and were the only GOP members to support the committee’s formation last month.

In a statement, Pelosi said that Kinzinger “brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy.”

Kinzinger’s appointment follows Pelosi’s decision this past week to reject two of the five Republicans tapped for the panel by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The two Republicans that Pelosi blocked — Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio — are among Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress and each voted against certifying the 2020 election results.

Source: Pelosi Selects Republican Adam Kinzinger To Serve On Jan. 6 Panel : NPR

Fact check: Arizona audit chief baselessly raises suspicion about 74,000 ballots – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Arizona’s Senate held a Thursday briefing on the ongoing Republican-initiated “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, where Joe Biden outperformed Donald Trump by enough of a margin to win the state.

The review is being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a cybersecurity firm that has no experience in election auditing. And the company’s chief executive officer, Doug Logan, made some Thursday claims that were immediately called into question by the county and independent experts.

Source: Fact check: Arizona audit chief baselessly raises suspicion about 74,000 ballots – CNNPolitics

Letter: No one has been charged with sedition or insurrection | Letters To Editor | goskagit.com

Dear Editor,

In the July 13 edition of the Stanwood Camano News, a letter to the editor called for the removal from office those who aid and abet sedition and insurrection activities. The writer lists a number of Republicans who he believes are complicit. He’s right that that should not be tolerated, and elected officials should be held accountable.

But wait. How many of the rioters in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol have been charged with sedition or insurrection? The answer is zero.

More than 500 people have been arrested in this riot, and rightly so. However one would think that if the Justice Department, especially after such an aggressive effort to track down and arrest the rioters, had a good case to charge them with sedition or insurrection, they would surely do so. But they haven’t. Why? Perhaps they don’t believe that that was really the crime.

Yet the letter writer wants the Republicans held accountable for a crime that in the eyes of the Justice Department they can’t prove. Maybe the writer wants the Republicans held accountable for Democrats’ talking points. On the contrary, I wonder if the writer is equally concerned with the assaults on one of our other equal and cherished institutions — the judiciary.

Antifa rioters have assaulted federal courthouses numerous times, doing severe damage and attempting to burn them. Yet despite Democratic lawmakers’ claims that Antifa doesn’t exist, the writer doesn’t call for their accountability. Can we look forward to a letter from him on their accountability?

Ron Manz

Camano Island

Source: Letter: No one has been charged with sedition or insurrection | Letters To Editor | goskagit.com

Madison Cawthorn Says Jill Biden Is ‘Cruel’ to ‘Mentally Unstable’ Joe Biden

Representative Madison Cawthorn claims President Joe Biden is “mentally unstable” and said first lady Jill Biden should be called out for being “cruel” to her husband.

Cawthorn, a Republican who represents North Carolina’s 11th congressional district, spoke to Newsmax’s Chris Salcedo about his views on the president’s mental state and Jill Biden’s treatment of her husband.

Salcedo said that Biden “has lost control of the pandemic” and cited border crossings by unvaccinated individuals. He asked Cawthorn if Republicans should “hold Biden accountable” for “putting America in reverse” in terms of COVID.

Cawthorn said. “You know, I would love to have a congressional inquiry to understand exactly what Joe Biden’s reasoning is, but unfortunately I don’t think he could find his way to Congress.”

“I’m talking from a very objective standpoint here. I think we should indict Jill Biden – I’m not saying indict in terms of criminal – but I’m saying that we should call her out for being so cruel to her husband,” Cawthorn went on.

Source: Madison Cawthorn Says Jill Biden Is ‘Cruel’ to ‘Mentally Unstable’ Joe Biden

Opinion: Officer who shot Ashli Babbitt wasn’t assigned to any Congress member’s security

A Facebook post claimed that an officer involved in the killing of a woman during the Jan. 6 capitol riots was “a bodyguard to a high-ranking Democrat in Congress.” That’s false.

Facebook post: A bodyguard of a high-ranking Democrat in Congress fired the shot that killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.

PolitiFact’s ruling: False

Here’s why: There are plenty of questions still unanswered about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. For some Republicans, that includes identifying who shot one person who stormed the Capitol that day. In a recent email to supporters, former President Donald Trump asked, “Who shot Ashli Babbitt?”

Trump brought up the question again on July 11 during a discussion with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo. But this time, he had a theory.

“I will tell you they know who shot Ashli Babbitt. They’re protecting that person,” Trump said in the phone interview. “I’ve heard, also, that it was the head of security for a certain high official — a Democrat — and we’ll see, because it’s going to come out. It’s going to come out.”

More:Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during Jan. 6 riot will not face charges, DOJ says

The comments set off a frenzy of social media posts, like this one shared on Facebook, that claim the high-ranking official the officer was assigned to was either Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The photo in the post shows a person in a suit wearing a face mask and holding a handgun in his right hand. By the background seen in the photo, he appears to be pictured in the House of Representatives. “He shot Ashli Babbitt,” the caption reads. “Pelosi’s or Schumer’s personal bodyguard. Prove me wrong!”

The officer involved was placed on leave while Babbitt’s death was being investigated by D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, which shares jurisdiction with the Capitol Police.

The investigation concluded in April, and the Justice Department announced that it would not be pursuing criminal charges against the officer involved.

“Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” the department said in a statement. “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”

A Pelosi spokesperson declined to comment for this story, deferring to the Capitol Police statement. Schumer’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Our ruling

Because official sources have not identified the officer involved in the shooting, we cannot verify or debunk any names being thrown around on the internet. But claims that the officer worked for Schumer or Pelosi are contradicted by the Capitol Police. They say that the person who fired the shot was not assigned to any Congress member’s security detail. We rate this post False.

Sources

  • Facebook post, July 11, 2021
  • Fox News, ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ on Trump’s Big Tech lawsuit, US-China relations, July 11, 2021
  • NBC News, Trump wrong about officer who shot Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, law enforcement official says, July 12, 2021
  • Justice.gov, Department of Justice Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt, April 14, 2021
  • Email interview, Capitol Police, July 13-14, 2021

Latrobe councilman, former firefighter charged with stealing fire department funds | TribLIVE.com

Councilman Robert S. Forish, 58, and Fabian Giovannagelo, 65, were arraigned on charges of theft, theft by deception and misapplication of entrusted property in 2020. They are accused of using department funds to pay for a federal lawsuit filed against the fire company, Chief John Brasile, President Charles McDowell Jr., Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford and the city.

Giovannagelo co-signed checks totaling $21,000 for payment of legal fees related to the lawsuit, according to a complaint filed by Detective Randy Gardner.

Source: Latrobe councilman, former firefighter charged with stealing fire department funds | TribLIVE.com

Trump supporter who took part in Capitol riot sentenced to 8 months for felony | US Capitol attack | The Guardian

Lawyers for Paul Hodgkins, who pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, ask for leniency
Hodgkins pictured during the riot. Prosecutors said he deserves some leniency for taking responsibility almost immediately and pleading guilty to the obstruction charge.
Hodgkins pictured during the riot. Prosecutors said he deserves some leniency for taking responsibility almost immediately and pleading guilty to the obstruction charge. Photograph: AP

A Florida man who breached the US Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled on Monday to become the first 6 January rioter sentenced for a felony, in a hearing that will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar cases.

Prosecutors want Paul Hodgkins to serve 18 months, saying in a recent filing that he “like each rioter contributed to the collective threat to democracy” by forcing lawmakers to temporarily abandon their certification of Joe Biden’s election victory and to scramble for shelter from incoming mobs.

Video footage shows Hodgkins, 38, inside the Senate, wearing a Trump 2020 T-shirt, a flag flung over his shoulder and eye goggles around his neck. He took a selfie with a self-described shaman in a horned helmet and other rioters on the dais behind him.

Source: Trump supporter who took part in Capitol riot to be sentenced for felony | US Capitol attack | The Guardian

Speaker of Georgia House demands investigation into Fulton County election irregularities | Just The News

Georgia’s Speaker of the House David Ralston is demanding an investigation to “determine if any irregularities or willful fraud occurred” in the state’s largest metropolis last November, saying recent revelations about problems with vote counting in Fulton County merit an independent probe.

Ralston sent a letter late last week to Fulton County election officials requesting that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation be allowed to conduct the investigation.

The request comes after Just the News reported last month that an independent observer for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger noted two dozen pages of irregularities in the Atlanta vote counting center last Nov. 3, including double scanning of ballots, insecure transportation of ballots and possible voter privacy violations.

Raffensperger told Just the News he believes the problems in Fulton County are so extensive that the state should take over running elections in the Atlanta area.

Separately, a watchdog group called VoterGA, which won court access to absentee ballot data, said last week its review found that Fulton County’s hand count audit of the November election was riddled with “massive errors and provable fraud.”

Source: Speaker of Georgia House demands investigation into Fulton County election irregularities | Just The News

Judge won’t let contractor see Capitol Riot grand jury evidence – POLITICO

A federal judge has thrown a monkey wrench into the prosecution of more than 500 Capitol riot defendants by denying the Justice Department’s request to share grand jury materials with a contractor hired to organize the massive amounts of video, social media, email and other evidence in the cases.

The ruling Friday could complicate and drag out the prosecutions by requiring government personnel to be more involved in aspects of the process of sharing evidence with defense attorneys.

Source: Judge won’t let contractor see Capitol Riot grand jury evidence – POLITICO

Marlin Woods To File Papers To Run For Mayor Of Pittsburgh, Giving City Voters 4 Choices – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh voters will have four choices for mayor in this November’s election.

Move over, Democrat Ed Gainey. Step aside, Republican Tony Moreno – two independent candidates say they offer a better choice for Pittsburgh.

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“I don’t want to divide anybody,” said independent candidate Will Parker. “I think, sometimes, there’s partisan between Democrats and the Republicans. I’m in the middle. I think we can come together, see the best of both worlds in both parties, bring that together and unite the city.”

Parker, an independent from Garfield, filed nominating petitions in June. He is the nephew of Willie Stargel. Parker’s main focus is technology, saying only three percent of funding goes to African Americans.

“We need someone who is going to address that tech disparity throughout the city,” he said.

Parker is not the only independent in the race.

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“Next week, my team and I are turning in our signatures,” Marlin Woods said.

Woods, a small businessman from East Liberty, positions himself as the best choice.

Source: Marlin Woods To File Papers To Run For Mayor Of Pittsburgh, Giving City Voters 4 Choices – CBS Pittsburgh

Ted Cruz blames rising COVID-19 cases in South Texas on undocumented immigrants

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is facing backlash after he said that undocumented immigrants are to blame for rising COVID-19 cases in South Texas.

Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined fellow Republicans on Wednesday to call on the Biden administration to address the record surge of illegal crossings along the Texas-Mexico border that began in the spring.

Cruz called the rise in crossings a humanitarian, national security and public health crisis and urged the Biden administration to preserve Title 42, a rule put in place by former President Donald Trump that refuses asylum-seekers entry on the basis of public health.

Source: Ted Cruz blames rising COVID-19 cases in South Texas on undocumented immigrants

BLM is a Ponzi scheme shaking down corporations: Sen. Marco Rubio | Fox News

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told “America Reports” Thursday that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization has “shaken down multiple U.S. corporations to the tune of millions of dollars.” Rubio made these comments after BLM put out a statement saying they “condemn the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans.”

BLACK LIVES MATTER BLAMES US, PRAISES CUBAN REGIME, SOCIAL MEDIA ERUPTS

SEN. MARCO RUBIO: The only reason why I even addressed the Black Lives Matter – that’s an organization that put that out there — the only reason I even addressed it is because they have shaken down multiple U.S. corporations to the tune of millions and millions of dollars…They use for their leader, by the way, a trained Marxist, as she called herself, to go out and spend a bunch of money in a spa resort…[she] actually bought herself a multimillion-dollar home. 

They are charlatans. They are a Ponzi scheme. They are a fraud. So that’s the only reason I care about them is because they’ve shaken down and continue to shake down corporations.

Source: BLM is a Ponzi scheme shaking down corporations: Sen. Marco Rubio | Fox News

Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days | Donald Trump | The Guardian

 in Washington

Shortly before the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Mark Milley, told aides the US was facing a “Reichstag moment” because Donald Trump was preaching “the gospel of the Führer”, according to an eagerly awaited book about Trump’s last year in office.

The excerpts from I Alone Can Fix This, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, were reported by New York magazine on Wednesday. The authors’ employer, the Washington Post, published the first extract from the book a day earlier. It will be published next week.

Trump denies having made the remark.

Leonnig and Rucker report that Milley spoke to an “old friend”, who warned the general that Trump and his allies were trying to “overturn the government” in response to Joe Biden’s election victory, which Trump falsely maintains was the result of electoral fraud.

Milley is reported to have said: “They may try, but they’re not going to fucking succeed. You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with guns.”

Reportedly calling Trump supporters “Brownshirts”, a reference to paramilitaries who served Hitler in Germany in the 1930s, Milley is reported to have believed long before the Capitol attack that “Trump was stoking unrest, possibly in hopes of an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military”.

Milley notoriously appeared with Trump in Lafayette Square in Washington in June 2020, after anti-racism protesters had been aggressively cleared and as Trump walked to a church to stage a photo op with a Bible.

The general apologised for that incident. It has been widely reported that he resisted Trump’s efforts then to invoke the Insurrection Act and crack down on the protests.

Milley’s “Reichstag moment” remark refers to a fire at the German parliament which the Nazis used to consolidate their authoritarian rule in 1933.

Trump’s supporters attacked Congress on 6 January, the day the electoral college results were certified . Five people died.

Leonnig and Rucker report that Milley called the attackers “Nazis” and, in reference to two far-right groups, said “they’re boogaloo boys, they’re Proud Boys”.

“These are the same people we fought in [the second world war],” he reportedly said.

According to New York magazine, the authors also report that Milley, who made headlines and stoked rightwing ire last month by defending teaching about historic racism in army educational establishments, met former first lady Michelle Obama at the Capitol on 20 January, the day Biden was inaugurated.

“No one has a bigger smile today than I do,” Milley reportedly said. “You can’t see it under my mask but I do.”

Source: Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days | Donald Trump | The Guardian

House GOP demands answers about Biden family ‘cash-grab’

A dozen Republican members of Congress demanded Wednesday that the White House turn over information related to the business interests of President Biden’s family in order to “understand the extent of the Biden family’s use of its connection to the President to enrich itself.”

The letter to White House Counsel Dana Remus from the members of the House Oversight Committee seeks information on trips then-Vice President Biden took with son Hunter to China in 2013 and Mexico in 2016. It also asks for a list of “all past and ongoing foreign business interests and past and ongoing foreign relations for members of the Biden family,” as well as all “documents and communications regarding Hunter Biden’s artwork.

Source: House GOP demands answers about Biden family ‘cash-grab’

Mayorkas accused of denying Cubans, Haitians US entry because they’d ‘vote against the commie bulls—‘ | Fox News

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faced heavy blowback for declaring Tuesday that those fleeing violence in Cuba or Haiti by sea would not be allowed into the U.S. — and would either be returned or referred to a third country.

“The time is never right to attempt migration by sea,” Mayorkas said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”

Social media critics erupted Wednesday, leveling strong accusations against the Biden administration for closing the doors to Cubans and Haitians fleeing violent political uprisings in their country while maintaining exceptionally lax immigration restrictions at the US-Mexico border.

“Biden’s DHS Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas PROVES his goal is to open the borders to illegal immigrants who are likely to vote Democrat, while slamming the door on anti-communist Cuban refugees who are likely to be future Republicans,” Dinesh D’souza wrote Wednesday.

“DHS Secretary Mayorkas does not want legitimate asylum-seekers fleeing Cuba to come to the US despite his family having done just that,”  Donald Trump Jr. wrote Wednesday. “Apparently he only wants people pretending to need asylum because those people will still vote for socialist Democrats!”

“DHS secretary Mayorkas (Cuban immigrant who fled with his family in 1960) says no refuge for Cubans fleeing the country,” a conservative pundit who goes by the handle Suburban Black Man wrote. “I wonder why… Could it be because they are likely to naturalize, seek citizenship, and vote AGAINST all of the commie bulls— the Democrats are pushing?”

Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden wondered why Mayorkas doesn’t say “this to illegals crossing our southern border?”

Source: Mayorkas accused of denying Cubans, Haitians US entry because they’d ‘vote against the commie bulls—‘ | Fox News