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Trump is said to be considering starting a 'Patriot Party'

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Trump's work to make America great again might not be over, looks like he wants to split the Republican vote for a one-party system under the Dems

Embittered by critical comments from some top Republicans, outgoing President Donald Trump is said to be considering a launch of a new political party, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Trump, with just hours left in his one-term presidency, would like to call it the "Patriot Party," The Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The report came after Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top congressional Republican, delivered a speech Tuesday blaming Trump for this month's riot at the US Capitol.

"The mob was fed lies," he said. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people."

It is unclear whether such an effort at a new party would involve the recruitment and running of candidates or serve as a media and merchandise empire for the former president.

In 1968, George Wallace, the far-right segregationist governor of Alabama, won five states while running as the nominee of the American Independent Party. No third-party candidate has won a statewide federal election since, although numerous independents have been elected to Congress.

https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-considers-starting-new-patriot-party-wsj-2021-1
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Biden sworn in after cheating in election

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Anti-democratic right-wingers backed by billionaires

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/15/trump-republicans-election-defeat-club-for-growth

Guardian analysis shows Club for Growth has spent $20m supporting 42 rightwing lawmakers who voted to invalidate Biden victory
The Club for Growth’s biggest beneficiaries include Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, above, the duo who led the effort to overturn the election result.

An anti-tax group funded primarily by billionaires has emerged as one of the biggest backers of the Republican lawmakers who sought to overturn the US election results, according to an analysis by the Guardian.

The Club for Growth has supported the campaigns of 42 of the rightwing Republicans senators and members of Congress who voted last week to challenge US election results, doling out an estimated $20m to directly and indirectly support their campaigns in 2018 and 2020, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

About 30 of the Republican hardliners received more than $100,000 in indirect and direct support from the group.

The Club for Growth’s biggest beneficiaries include Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, the two Republican senators who led the effort to invalidate Joe Biden’s electoral victory, and the newly elected far-right gun-rights activist Lauren Boebert, a QAnon conspiracy theorist. Boebert was criticised last week for tweeting about the House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location during the attack on the Capitol, even after lawmakers were told not to do so by police.

Public records show the Club for Growth’s largest funders are the billionaire Richard Uihlein, the Republican co-founder of the Uline shipping supply company in Wisconsin, and Jeffrey Yass, the co-founder of Susquehanna International Group, an options trading group based in Philadelphia that also owns a sports betting company in Dublin.
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Rep. Boebert gave tour to seditionists, cased joint

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said on CNN Monday that he and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) saw the congresswoman give a large group tour sometime between Jan. 3 and 6. days ahead of the Jan. 6 riot that left five people dead(and traumatized a nation).

Boebert faced backlash over some of her actions on the day of the riot, including tweeting out the location of sheltering lawmakers. She responded to Cohen’s accusation on Twitter, saying she's only had her children, husband, mom, aunt Bea and uncle Tim Mcveigh at the Capitol with her.

“I guess having a big and strange family is a scandal now,” she said.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/534806-dem-lawmaker-says-gop-rep-boebert-gave-large-group-tour-days-ahead-of-capitol
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'Seal them in turn on gas'

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9166503/Seal-turn-gas-Three-Oath-Keepers-arrested-charged-Capitol-riot-plot.html

Federal authorities presented new details on Tuesday about three self-described members of a paramilitary group who are the first to be charged with plotting the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The FBI said a Virginia man, Thomas Edward Caldwell, 65, appeared to be a leader of the effort. Caldwell was arrested on Tuesday in Virginia.

Donovan Crowl, 50, a former Marine, was arrested in Ohio on Monday, as was Jessica Watkins, a 38-year-old Army veteran and bartender.

The trio were all charged with conspiracy and other federal counts - the first of more than 125 people arrested in connection with the January 6 assault to be charged with conspiracy.

The chilling details in the case included communications between the defendants and others.
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Gas explosion in Madrid

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>3 dead
>6 injured
>85 year old woman among casualties
"The most likely hypothesis is a gas leak, there was a person working on the boiler," the mayor told reporters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-blast-idUSKBN29P1SU
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Colombia's 'cocaine hippos' must be culled, but not everyone agrees

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Well here's a headline I did not expect to wake up to.
>(CNN) - Colombia's best-known drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar, may have been killed in 1993 but his influence continues to be felt in the country, sometimes in unexpected ways.

>Hippopotamuses brought to Colombia as part of Escobar's private zoo at his ranch, Hacienda Napoles, have bred so successfully that there is serious concern over their environmental impact and human safety, according to a new study by researchers at Mexican and Colombian universities.

>The hippos have spread out from their original home, some 100 miles east of the city of Medellin, in the Antioquia department, dispersing around the Magdalena river basin as their population continues to grow steadily.

>edition of the journal Biological Conservation, recommend that the hippos be culled to prevent long-term negative effects, but other scientists are calling for a castration program to control the hippo population, citing concerns over animal welfare and the attachment of some locals to their new neighbors.

>Back in the 1980s, Escobar imported one male and three female hippos to join his menagerie. Upon his death, other species of exotic animals were relocated, but the hippos were left because they were difficult to capture and transport, according to the study.

>The hippos soon began to spread in the surrounding area, but government efforts to cull them were halted after a public outcry.
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/18/americas/colombia-pablo-escobar-hippos-scli-intl-scn/index.html
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MIT Mechanical Engineering Department Head Indicted for $29million Fraud

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>Dr. Gang Chen Indicted on Charges Relating to Grant Fraud, Facing up to 50 Years in Prison
https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/mit-professor-indicted-charges-relating-grant-fraud
BOSTON – A professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in connection with failing to disclose contracts, appointments and awards from various entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Gang Chen, 56, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud, one count of failing to file a foreign bank account report (FBAR) and one count of making a false statement in a tax return. Chen was charged by criminal complaint and arrested on Jan. 14, 2021.

According to charging documents, Chen is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China. He is a professor and researcher at MIT where he serves as Director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory and Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC). Since approximately 2013, Chen’s research at MIT has been funded by nearly $19 million in grants awarded by various U.S. federal agencies.

Since 2012, Chen has allegedly held various appointments with the PRC designed to promote the PRC’s technological and scientific development by providing advice and expertise – sometimes directly to PRC government officials – and often in exchange for financial compensation. This includes acting as an “overseas expert” for the PRC government at the request of the PRC Consulate Office in New York and serving as a member of at least two PRC Talent Programs. Since 2013, Chen allegedly received approximately $29 million of foreign funding, including $19 million from the PRC’s Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).
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Powell's Books responds to protest over book release

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I'm not even sure if they read the book first.
>PORTLAND, Ore - Powell's Books responded to criticism regarding the release of a controversial book.

>Protesters gathered outside their flagship store on West Burnside Street Monday after it was noted that Powell's would continue to sell Andy Ngo's new book.

>Ngo, a conservative writer from Portland, has made headlines in the past for covering protesters and documenting the unrest in the Rose City. As his new book is slated to be released by Hachette Book Group, a protest was held outside the Powell's Books location in the Pearl District.

>KATU crews at the scene spoke to several people in the crowd, many who said they felt the book was "racist" and that the book shop was supporting racism.

>Powell's responded to the criticism on Monday, saying that they will not be promoting the book or carrying it in their shops, but they will be selling the book in their online catalogue, citing their commitment to free speech.
https://katu.com/news/local/powells-books-responds-after-protest-planned-over-book-release
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Biden vanquishes Traitor Trump and takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

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https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-inauguration-a01d1ffa7862661914cb92b22e359854

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago. The chilly Washington morning was dotted with snow flurries, but the sun emerged just before Biden took the oath of office, the quadrennial ceremony persevering even though it was encircled by security forces evocative of a war zone and devoid of crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The will of the people has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We’ve learned again that democracy is precious and democracy is fragile. At this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed,” Biden said. “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”

And then he pivoted to challenges ahead, acknowledging the surging virus that has claimed more than 400,000 lives in the United States. Biden looked out over a capital city dotted with empty storefronts that attest to the pandemic’s deep economic toll and where summer protests laid bare the nation’s renewed reckoning on racial injustice.

“We have much to do in this winter of peril, and significant possibilities: much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” Biden said. “Few people in our nation’s history have more challenged, or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now.”

His predecessor’s absence underscored the healing that is needed.
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