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Loews Hotels Drops Fundraiser For Sen. Josh Hawley After Capitol Riot

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 10:46am
Loews Hotels says it will no longer allow a fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley scheduled for February to be held at one of its hotels. The move is the latest fallout from the Missouri Republican's widely criticized decision to object to Electoral College results during Congress' certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win. "We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions," the company said Saturday in a statement on Twitter . "In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels." The fundraiser was organized by a political action committee, Fighting for Missouri, and was scheduled to take place Feb. 12 to 15 in Orlando, Fla., at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. A flyer for the event promised a "fun-filled-family-friendly" time, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on group

Politics Update: How Biden Will Spend His First Days As President

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 8:49am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Now to another national political correspondent, the great Mara Liasson, who has been covering presidential inaugurations for - well, I'm going to let you answer that, Mara. How long? MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Gee, I'd have to think about that. GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter) A long time. LIASSON: Not as long as you'd think, but certainly since Bill Clinton. GARCIA-NAVARRO: OK. Well, it is wonderful to have you with us this morning. What are you expecting from Joe Biden on Wednesday during his big speech? LIASSON: I think he's going to set a completely different tone than the one we heard four years ago with Trump's dark American carnage speech. I think his speech will be optimistic and positive. He ran on healing the nation, trying to unify the nation and bring - bridge divisions after the violent siege at the Capitol last week. That need is even greater than ever. The wounds are more gaping than ever. And I think that that is

Set Amid A Pandemic, Biden's Inauguration Will Feel Unlike Any We've Seen

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 8:48am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: And now we go to NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea to find out what we can expect this Wednesday on this very different Inauguration Day. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: This will absolutely feel unlike any inauguration ceremony we've seen. That glorious Capitol dome will still provide a gleaming backdrop to everything, but it will also ensure that memories of the deadly insurgency and rioting will be top of mind as well. The massive inauguration platform will, as always, provide a stage for the incoming president and vice president and all the dignitaries. And they'll still be all the history that is always an invisible presence at such ceremonies. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) JOHN F KENNEDY: And so, my fellow Americans... GONYEA: Old speeches will still echo. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) KENNEDY: ...Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. (APPLAUSE) GONYEA: President

Harris Will Leave Senate Seat Monday, Set To Return As Tiebreaking Vice President

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 8:00am
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will step down from her California Senate seat Monday before taking up a more high-profile position in the chamber two days later, transition officials have announced. When Harris makes history as the first woman, first Black person and first Indian American to serve as vice president, she'll also become president of the Senate. It's a largely ceremonial position — most of the time. But in a Senate that will be split 50-50, the tiebreaking vote she can cast will give Democrats control of the chamber. Given the hyperpartisanship in Congress, she may need to cast many tiebreaking votes. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tapped California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the vacancy created by Harris' resignation. Padilla will be the state's first Latino senator and its first male senator in three decades. Harris' departure means there will be no Black woman in the Senate, and because of that, Newsom drew some criticism for appointing Padilla.

D.C. Residents Reflect On The City's Atmosphere Ahead Of Joe Biden's Inauguration

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: I'm Lulu Garcia-Navarro on the streets of Washington, D.C. UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: You guys mind going up to that checkpoint over there? GARCIA-NAVARRO: Security here is very, very tight. UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: So if you want to put your phones, wallets, keys, stuff like that in here... GARCIA-NAVARRO: It is a surreal scene. I am standing on K Street right now, and it is completely devoid of what would normally be pedestrian and car traffic. This is one of the main thoroughfares of downtown Washington, D.C. And instead, what we are seeing are National Guard troops. The streets have been cordoned off. There are concrete barriers. And in one location, there is now an armed checkpoint with dogs where cars are checked before coming into what is now been designated a new green zone. In many ways, Washington, D.C., right now feels like a city under siege. ROSE NGUYEN: I sound angry, and I am angry. GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Rose

Far Right Extremism's History In America

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Authorities across the country are on guard in advance of Joe Biden's inauguration as president and after the assault on the U.S. Capitol. President Trump was impeached for inciting that attack, but he was not alone in leading us to that moment. Many Republican politicians were right there with him, peddling what's known as the big lie about voter fraud. And it started right after the election. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) KEVIN MCCARTHY: And President Trump won this election. So everyone who's listening, do not be quiet. Do not be silent about this. GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Kevin McCarthy, House minority leader, on November 5 before the presidential race had even been called. The overheated and, as we now know, dangerous commentary continued hot and heavy. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MATT GAETZ: Now we know that the swamp isn't truly drained until we've nailed the hides of the alligators to the wall. GARCIA

Listen: Eyewitnesses Recount The 1954 Shooting Attack On The U.S. Capitol

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
On March 1, 1954, four people launched on armed attack on the U.S. Capitol. The insurgents, all young Puerto Rican nationalists from New York, fired more than two dozen bullets into the House of Representatives chamber in a plot to bring attention to the fight for Puerto Rico's independence. Five members of Congress were wounded in the assault. Click the audio link above to hear voices recount a lesser known moment in history, including journalist Ray Suarez and eyewitness who were at the Capitol that day: congressional staffers Bill Goodwin, Mike Michaelson, Joe Bartlett and Paul Kanjorski, along with Washington, D.C., police officer Benjamin Jason. This story was produced by Ben Shapiro with help from Joe Richman, Deborah George and Nellie Gilles of Radio Diaries . To hear more stories from Radio Diaries, subscribe to their podcast at www.radiodiaries.org . Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: January 6 wasn't the first violent breach of the U.S. Capitol.

How Washington, D.C. Is Preparing For President-Elect Joe Biden's Inauguration

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Here in Washington this weekend, miles of fencing snake through the city, and a division's worth of National Guardsmen, more than 20,000, has been called up. The National Mall is closed to the public. Major roads and bridges are blocked off. Security checkpoints ring a so-called red zone around the monumental core of D.C., accessible only to authorities. And that's been augmented by a series of extensions called green zones, themselves restricted to residents and local businesses. All that among the gleaming white colonnades of downtown Washington, D.C., the federal seat purpose-built to show off American democracy. And it's all to secure Wednesday's inaugural proceedings, the ritual celebrating a point of American pride - the regular and peaceful transfer of power. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

State Capitals Strengthen Security Ahead Of Inauguration Day

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
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Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Analyzes The Violent Riot At The Capitol

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
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Masculinity's Big Role In Trump's Presidency

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:58am
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In His Inaugural Address, Biden Seeks To Move Past 'American Carnage'

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:33am
Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET When Joe Biden gives his inaugural address this week, he will do so from a place that will illustrate the magnitude of the challenge he faces as the 46th U.S. president — and will test his ability to find the right words to begin to unite a divided nation. The very platform Biden will stand on was swarmed only two weeks ago by a mob of insurrectionists seeking to overturn the results of the election, some using American flags as weapons in a place where presidents, going back generations, have held up a peaceful transfer of power as a core American ideal. "In the eyes of many in the world, this every four years ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle," President Ronald Reagan said in his 1981 inaugural address. Chief Justice Warren Burger administers the oath of office to Ronald Reagan at the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1981. Bob Daugherty / AP And in a fundamental break with 150 years of tradition, Biden will not be able to turn to his predecessor,

Social Media Site Gab Is Surging, Even As Critics Blame It For Capitol Violence

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 7:00am
In the days before the insurrection attempt on the Capitol, alternative social media site Gab was lighting up about it. Some of the discussion on the social media, which is popular among Trump diehards, even veered into a level of specificity that caused alarm among outside observers. "There were directions provided on Gab for which streets to take to avoid the police," said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. "And which tools to use to help pry open the doors." The plans to storm the Capitol were unfolding online in plain sight on niche social media sites and Facebook and Twitter long before the attack happened on Jan 6. Critics say social media companies, to varying degrees, permitted talk of the violence to persist without cracking down enough. As federal investigators launch criminal cases against some of the perpetrators of the violence, a growing chorus advocates and lawmakers say tech companies bear some responsibility, too. "We need to ascertain

Didn't Get Enough Financial Aid For College? You Can Ask For More Money

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 5:00am
Last spring, the pandemic stole Maddie Harvey's job on campus in the Dean of Students office. She was finishing up her senior year at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn., and without the income from her job, she wasn't going to have enough money to pay her upcoming tuition bill. "It was definitely a very vulnerable situation that I was in," says Harvey, "it's not easy to talk about when you're struggling, especially knowing that so many people were struggling at one time." Through some Internet research, she discovered a tool called SwiftStudent that would help her craft a financial aid appeal letter to her college. In it, Harvey requested money for her studies, and outlined all her expenses. It was nerve-wracking to air her personal financial situation. And the stakes were high: If she didn't receive more money, she was afraid she wouldn't be able to pay her tuition bill. Finally, she heard a response: Her appeal had worked. Her college offered her about $2,000 more for the

County legislator accused of harassment while he says he's being extorted

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 1:03am
A Monroe County legislator says he’s being extorted because of a personal photo he accidentally sent to the wrong person. The revelation came from Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-29), who leads the Black and Asian Caucus on the county legislature. In a statement Flagler-Mitchell released on Saturday, he says that last November, he sent a photo intended for his wife to someone he was working with. The lawmaker says he apologized to the person who inadvertently got it. He says that individual accepted his apology and assured Flagler-Mitchell they were not offended. But the legislator says since that time he has been contacted by politically connected people who have tried to use his mistake as a form of blackmail to force him and other legislators into abandoning the Black and Asian caucus in the county legislature. A letter from a woman sent to members of the county legislature on Saturday claims that Flagler-Mitchell sexually harassed her and sent an unsolicited explicit photo to her. The

Bills advance to AFC championship with 17-3 win over Ravens

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 12:07am
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Taron Johnson could've kept running into next week on a 101-yard interception that carried the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game appearance in 27 years. Johnson's pick-6 of Lamar Jackson's pass with 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter secured a 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional-round playoff game Saturday night. The interception return matched the longest in NFL history and punctuated a stellar defensive outing in which Buffalo (15-3) limited the NFL's top running offense to 150 yards on 32 carries. Jackson was sacked three times and did not return after being evaluated for a concussion following the final play of the third quarter, and two plays after Johnson scored. Facing second-and-10 at Baltimore's 25, center Patrick Mekari snapped the ball over Jackson's head. The quarterback turned and chased the bouncing ball down inside the 5, turned and quickly threw it away as Tremaine Edmunds had him by the legs and Trent

Federal Prisons On Lockdown Because Of 'Current Events'

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 8:05pm
Authorities are locking down all federal prisons as the country braces for potential violence leading into Wednesday's swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden. The lockdown was announced early Saturday morning . A statement from the Bureau of Prisons does not specify the length of the lockdown but says the agency was securing all of its facilities as a precautionary measure brought on by "current events occurring around the country." "In securing the facilities, the hope is that this prudent measure is for a short period and that operations will be restored to their prior status as soon as practical," the agency said. "We will continue to monitor events carefully and will adjust operations accordingly as the situation continues to evolve." The Associated Press reports that the lockdown went into effect at midnight Saturday, after inmates had been secured in their cells for the night. The Bureau of Prisons statement goes on to say that inmates would still be provided with access to

On Biden's Inauguration Day, Trump Will See Himself Out

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 6:54pm
President Trump plans to leave the White House and Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, a senior administration official said on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement is not yet official. Trump — who has not congratulated President-elect Joe Biden for winning the election or conceded that his loss was legitimate — is the first president in modern history to skip the swearing-in of his successor. Trump fought the results of the presidential election and was impeached by the House of Representatives last week for inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol while Congress certified Biden's win. He had already announced on Twitter — just before he was banned from the platform — that he would not be going to Biden's inauguration. Biden said afterward that "it's a good thing, him not showing up." Vice President Pence plans to attend. The Inauguration Day event at the U.S. Capitol is considered to be one of the

Man Arrested Near Capitol With Loaded Handgun And 500 Rounds Of Ammunition

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 6:45pm
U.S. Capitol Police say they arrested the driver of a truck who presented unauthorized inauguration credentials at a security checkpoint near the Capitol and was in possession of a loaded handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Police said Wesley Allen Beeler was arrested shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday night after stopping at a checkpoint. Authorities said one officer noticed several firearms-related decals on Beeler's truck, including one that said, "If they come for your guns Give 'Em your bullets first." When asked, Beeler admitted to having a Glock in the vehicle. Police say that in addition to the loaded handgun, they recovered more than 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 21 shotgun shells in the truck. Beeler, who is from Virginia, was charged Saturday with carrying a pistol without a license. Beeler's family told The Washington Post they were surprised by the arrest, because Beeler works in private security and had said he was working on security near the Capitol. Records