Trump appointee with top secret clearance arrested in connection with the failed Trump Coup

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The Trump government appointee was caught on film assaulting law enforcement and coordinating other terrorists during the attack.

The FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution in connection with the attempt to block Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.

Klein, 42, was taken into custody in Virginia, said Samantha Shero, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Details on the charges against him were not immediately available.

Klein worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and was then hired at the State Department. As of last summer, he was listed in a federal directory as serving as a special assistant in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and was designated as a “Schedule C” political appointee.

Klein worked for a time in the State Department’s Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs before being transferred to the office that handles Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a former colleague who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

On Trump’s 2016 campaign, Klein — also known as Freddie — worked as a “tech analyst,” according to Federal Election Commission records. He earned $15,000 there, according to a financial disclosure he filed when he joined the State Department. He was paid an additional $5,000 by the campaign in 2017, the FEC records show.
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Capitol Police chief faces House panel over security plans after riot

Failures precipitating the Capitol riot will be examined as FBI, military officials face Senate hearing. Follow our live coverage.

FBI, defense officials face senators in probe of riot
The Senate hearing could shed more light on the discussions between defense and law enforcement agencies, before and during the Capitol riot.

Capitol Police chief faces House panel over security plans after riot

Internal DHS documents warned of potential for violence at Jan. 6 rally

Military reaction was ‘sprint speed,’ top officer says as Pentagon takes heat
Analysis: What Capitol rioters said before their arrests, including ‘I’ll get away with anything’
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New Yorkers now need "Covid Passport" to enter sports arenas, theaters and businesses

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The danger of a Trump Virus fourth wave

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The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.

Where it stands: The U.S. averaged just under 65,000 new cases per day over the past week. That’s essentially unchanged from the week before, ending a six-week streak of double-digit improvements.

Although the U.S. has been moving in the right direction, 65,000 cases per day is not a number that indicates the virus is under control. It’s the same caseload the U.S. was seeing last July, at the height of the summer surge in cases and deaths.

What we’re watching: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday rescinded the state’s mask mandate and declared that businesses will be able to operate at full capacity, saying risk-mitigation measures are no longer necessary because of the progress on vaccines.

But the risk in Texas is far from over. In fact, its outbreak is growing: New cases in the state rose by 27% over the past week.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also scrapped all business restrictions, along with the state’s mask mandate, on Tuesday. New cases in Mississippi were up 62% over the past week, the biggest jump of any state.
The daily average of new daily cases also increased in eight more states, in addition to Mississippi and Texas.
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KNOW YUR ENEMY AMERICANS: Democrat Senator Sinema

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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, 44, sided with Republicans and seven other senators as she voted down an amendment on minimum wage on Friday
Sen. Bernie Sanders had pushed the amendment to President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15
Sanders lost his bid but it was Sinema's vote that caught the most attention
She flashed a thumbs down and curtsied before storming out of the chamber

'It's not just that Krysten Sinema voted against giving Americans a fair working wage, it's the way she did it!' wrote filmmaker Morgan Freeman.

'Did Sinema really have vote against a $15 minimum wage for 24 million people like this?' asked Sawyer Hackett, Senior Advisor and Communications for Julian Castro.
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China still MAD

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Australia is part of an “axis of white supremacy” with the United States, Canada and Britain, according to China’s state-sanctioned media.

The provocative editorial in the nationalistic Global Times said those countries were taking co-ordinated action against China.

“It’s a new low in Global Times rhetoric,” Dr Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies and inaugural Scholar in Residence with the Asia Society Australia, told 3AW Drive.
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A whirlwind of nutpunches at the nutsack of america

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After both china and russia nutpunched america in 2020, this year china continues it's wing chun-style whirlwind punches right at america's nutsack
Xi jinping is going full ip-man on american cyber infrastructure and enacting a scorched-nut policy as he busts american balls

America, crippled by decades of selling their higher education as a product to the wealthy foreign parents of their enemies, coupled with their exploitative temporary worker programs that are used to underpay foreigners and send back to other countries has led to a lack of skilled americans able to combat or strike back against these attacks

This one is larger than 2020 solarwinds and deeply screws the cratered anus of those who can't into linux

At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked by an unusually aggressive Chinese cyber espionage unit that’s focused on stealing email from victim organizations, multiple sources tell KrebsOnSecurity. The espionage group is exploiting four newly-discovered flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server email software, and has seeded hundreds of thousands of victim organizations worldwide with tools that give the attackers total, remote control over affected systems.

March 2, Microsoft released emergency security updates to plug security holes in Exchange Server versions 2013 through 2019 that hackers were actively using to siphon email communications from Internet-facing systems running Exchange.

In the three days since then security experts say the same Chinese cyber espionage group has dramatically stepped up attacks

The Republican revolt against democracy, and America, explained in 13 charts

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The Trump years revealed a dark truth: The Republican Party is no longer committed to democracy. These charts tell the story.

The Republican Party is the biggest threat to American democracy today. It is a radical, obstructionist faction that has become hostile to the most basic democratic norm: that the other side should get to wield power when it wins elections.

A few years ago, these statements may have sounded like partisan Democratic hyperbole. But in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on the charge of inciting it, they seem more a plain description of where we’re at as a country.

But how deep does the GOP’s problem with democracy run, really? How did things get so bad? And is it likely to get worse?

Below are 13 charts that illustrate the depth of the problem and how we got here. The story they tell is sobering: At every level, from the elite down to rank-and-file voters, the party is permeated with anti-democratic political attitudes and agendas. And the prospects for rescuing the Republican Party, at least in the short term, look grim indeed.

>Today’s Republicans really hate Democrats — and democracy
1) Trump’s supporters have embraced anti-democratic ideas

This chart shows results from a two-part survey, conducted in late 2020 and early 2021, of hardcore Trump supporters. The political scientists behind the survey, Rachel Blum and Christian Parker, identified so-called “MAGA voters” by their activity on pro-Trump Facebook pages. Their subjects are engaged and committed Republican partisans, disproportionately likely to influence conflicts within the party like primary elections.

These voters, according to Blum and Parker, are hostile to bedrock democratic principles.
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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., announced his intent to extend the length of debate by several hours by requiring the Senate clerk to read the nearly 600-page bill aloud in full. Aides estimated this could take somewhere between eight and 10 hours.

Republicans also plan to offer a laundry list of amendments to make good on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's promise that Republicans will be "fighting in every way we can" to block the bill.

The last marathon-voting session on a bill lasted about 15 hours. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., called that a "warm-up session" for what's to come on the vote for final passage.

"There's going to be a lot of amendments," Braun said. "You're going to have a lot of amendments you're going to have a lot of stuff that's going to be struck through an amendment, but whether we get anywhere on that I'm not sure. We just don’t think that the American people deserve any more free money.”
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Chinese Court Rules Homoesexuality as Mental Disorder

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>A Chinese court has upheld a ruling that a textbook description of homosexuality as “a psychological disorder” was not a factual error but merely an “academic view”.
>The Chinese LGBT community, and the 24-year-old woman who filed the lawsuit, have expressed disappointment at the decision, handed down last week by the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
>A court in China has agreed with a textbook’s description of homosexuality as a mental disorder, upholding a ruling by a lower court.
>The decision of the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu was called “random and baseless” by Ou Jiayong, also known as Xixi, who had filed the lawsuit.
>In 2016, Xixi had discovered a psychology textbook that described being gay as a mental disorder during her studies at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, reported the South China Morning Post.
>In 1990, the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder following which China followed suit and decriminalised homosexuality in 1997. Two years later, in 2001, China removed it from the official list of mental disorders.
>The textbook, being used by a number of Chinese universities, is the 2013 edition of Mental Health Education for College Students published by Jinan University Press. It has listed homosexuality under “common psychosexual disorders” along with cross-dressing and fetishism.
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