The nurse from Massachusetts who went viral after her teenage daughter publicly shamed her for being at a violent pro-President Trump rally has reportedly lost her job of 15 years. Therese Duke claimed that she was ’looking for a place to eat’ in Washington, DC, with ’like-minded’ Trump supporters, when they are reportedly accosted by counter-protesters near the White House.
28 year old Jessica Goodwin from Arizona, who vanished last week ’under abnormal circumstances,’ was found alive Sunday, but is in critical condition. She was last heard from on Jan. 11, after she called off work. Authorities traced her phone records to an area of land on the Gila River Indian Community in the Phoenix area. Her vehicle was found abandoned with minor damage near a car wash.
Authorities are currently on alert as gun rights activists are expected to hold a rally in the state capital of Virginia on Monday. The Lobby Day rally in Richmond is an annual event, but this year’s rally comes amid a tense moment in US history, following the deadly Capitol riots in Washington DC almost two weeks ago. The rally has historically been peaceful.
California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has temporarily suspended permit requirements for crematoriums as the huge surge in Covid-19 deaths resulted in piling up of bodies. The agency limits the number of monthly cremations that can be carried due to air-quality regulations. The pandemic has pushed the death rate in the region to more than double, pushing storage to the brink.
Christopher C. Miller, the Acting Secretary of Defense said that there was ’no intelligence of insider threat to the inauguration’, but acknowledged that 25,000 troops are still being vetted before the inauguration. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, while contradicting Mr. Miller’s statement, has told commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches.
All 122 federal prisons throughout the United States have been placed under complete lockdown until further notice ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Bureau of Prisons officials said. They said the move was a precautionary one because of the heightened tensions and threats surrounding the event. However, the BOP said all prisons will give inmates access to email and phones.
As the country observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people remember the civil rights hero whose influence and legacy continue to inspire people around the world more than half a century after his death. While his ’I Have a Dream’ address at the Lincoln Memorial is popular globally, he was also the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Amid concerns of a possible insider attack, the FBI is vetting every National Guard member arriving in the nation’s capital for Inauguration Day. An estimated 25,000 guards are expected to be stationed in DC for the inauguration on January 20, at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said so far no evidence of any threats has been found.
Authorities in the US capital reported that the Capitol complex was briefly locked down and an inaugural rehearsal at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in a homeless encampment. Taking to Twitter, the Secret Service said that Capitol complex was temporarily shut down ’out of an abundance of caution.’ The lockdown lasted for nearly one hour.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said the impeachment of Trump, post-presidency, would go against the Constitution. ’The Constitution is very clear. The subject, the object, the purpose of impeachment is to remove a sitting president,’ he said and gave the example of former President Nixon who resigned in the anticipation of impeachment but was not impeached after he left the office.
Armed groups descended upon state capitals around the country Sunday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The events were, however, devoid of violence. In Columbus, Ohio, supporters of Trump escorted a ’Liberty or Death’ flag to the statehouse, while In Lansing, Michigan, a handful of demonstrators rallied outside the statehouse. A similar scene played out in NJ’s state capital.
Officials in Union City, California, ordered the removal of a ’White Lives Matter’ banner that was posted on city property, declaring it a ’despicable act of vandalism.’ The banner was hung between two poles at a busy city intersection. Advocacy groups including the Anti-Defamation League have described ’White Lives Matter’ as a white supremacist slogan in response to the BLM movement.
John Weaver, a veteran GOP operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement Friday that he sent ’inappropriate,’ sexually charged messages to multiple men. Some two dozen men have claimed Weaver lured them with job opportunities while propositioning them for sex. Weaver claimed he viewed the exchanges as ’consensual mutual conversations.’
LA County confirmed its first case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain first reported in the UK, health officials said Saturday. The B.1.1.7 variant has been detected in a male who had recently spent time in LA and later traveled to Oregon, where he is currently isolating. The virus strain had already been detected in other parts of California as well as in 16 other states.
The Philadelphia police reported that two suspects in relation to a fatal shooting were arrested. The two were arrested in connection with Wednesday night’s shooting death of a 25-year-old Temple University graduate who was walking his dog near his home. The duo was caught on surveillance video as they approached victim Milan Loncar and reached into his pockets before shooting him in the chest.
Wesley Allen Beeler, a security guard was arrested on Friday on the grounds of possessing ’500 ammo rounds along with a fake ID with Biden inauguration credentials.’ Through an interview, Beeler voiced that it was an ’honest mistake’ for he had ’forgotten to remove the firearms’ from his truck before he left from Virginia, the place he’s licensed to carry the same.
A man from Memphis was arrested Friday by the FBI and charged with federal offenses connected to the deadly riot at the Capitol. Matthew Bledsoe is accused of chronicling the violence in a series of Instagram photos and videos. One video showed Bledsoe outside an exterior door, where an alarm is blaring, and a companion is saying ’We’re going in!’
According to reports, President Trump has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay his legal bills. Giuliani played a key role in Trump’s failed attempts to overturn the results of presidential election through the courts. Trump is reportedly offended by Giuliani’s demand for $20,000 a day, a figure Giuliani denies.
Despite an unprecedented effort to secure the Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, a group that has been planning since November to have armed rallies in Washington, D.C., as well as state capitols, intends to carry out its events on Sunday. A warning was issued by the FBI about a group calling for its supporters to come to D.C., and state capitols armed at their ’personal discretion.’
The Trump administration has been accused by governors of several states of deception in promising to immediately distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses from a stockpile that the U.S. health secretary has acknowledged does not exist. Confusion over a vaccine supply windfall arose as scattered shortages emerged on the frontlines of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the US.
33 year old Daniel Alan Baker of Tallahassee, Florida was arrested on charges he issued a call to attack protesters Sunday at Florida’s state Capitol. The former airborne infantryman faces a federal charge involving transmitting a threat to kidnap or injure. He has been described as a ’hard-core leftist’ by prosecutors. Baker was reportedly angry about the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Authorities took a woman in custody after she allegedly stole a mail truck in Brooklyn and slammed it into at least 10 parked cars. Video of the incident shows the driver repeatedly accelerating and reversing into the vehicles around her, including a police car, as she’s surrounded by NYPD officers. The incident began just after 6 p.m. on Fulton Street and Patchen Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant