Rep. Liz Cheney: Jan. 6 attack cannot be ‘whitewashed’; probe targets Trump White House role
Rep. Liz Cheney said Tuesday Congress must hold those responsible for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol accountable and warned lawmakers they must not let “vicious factionalism of political parties” get in the way of their chief obligation: “to defend the rule of law and the freedom of all Americans.”
Speaking at the first hearing of the House select committee on the Jan. 6 riot, the Wyoming congresswoman and one of just two Republicans participating in the committee’s work, said no member of Congress should “attempt to defend the indefensible,” “whitewash” the events of that day, or “obstruct” the investigation.
Ms. Cheney also focused on the role President Trump and his advisers played in the events of the day.
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CDC to reverse indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people should wear them indoors in Covid hot spots
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend Tuesday that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, according to people familiar with the matter.
Federal health officials still believe fully vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission, according to the sources. Still, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and potentially transmit the virus to others, they said.
The CDC is slated to hold a briefing at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday.
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GOP Rep. Ted Budd pushes bill for White House staff to take a course on inflation
Rep. Ted Budd on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require every member of President Biden’s staff to take a financial literacy course on inflation before the White House could receive further funding.
Mr. Budd, a North Carolina Republican running for the U.S. Senate, hopes to have the requirement incorporated in the upcoming appropriations bill for the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
The EOP consists of the White House offices and agencies that execute the president’s agenda, including the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says voices against the COVID-19 vaccinations are ‘criminal’
Says small businesses should be free to require proof of shots
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that anti-vaccine voices are “criminal” at this juncture in the pandemic, as the country fights a fast-moving coronavirus variant and schools get ready to reopen.
“What they are doing to this country is undermining our future. They really are. They’re taking away the future of this country, because if we go backwards, if we go back to restrictions and shutdowns, this country’s going to be in a horrible, dangerous place in terms of our lives, our livelihoods, our economy,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And if we don’t get it right on vaccination, we’re going to lose a huge number of Americans.”
Mr. de Blasio also defended private employers who demand proof of COVID-19 vaccination from employees one day after he said more than 300,000 city workers must be vaccinated by mid-September or face weekly testing.
More Than One-Third of States Tightened Voting Laws This Year
Republicans' desire to increase voting integrity has resulted in new laws implemented around the country this year, The Hill reported Tuesday.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said legislatures in 18 states have passed 30 bills that tighten voter access, with more than 400 bills with similar provisions having been introduced in 49 states in the 2021 legislative sessions.
At least 25 states enacted 54 laws with provisions to expand voting access, the Brennan Center said.
Every new voting law has been passed in states where Republicans own total control of the legislature, The Hill said, and all but two of the states also are run by GOP governors. The exceptions are Kentucky and Louisiana.
Sen. Marco Rubio to Newsmax: Biden's Cuba Actions 'Meaningless'
The Biden administration's actions toward Cuba in the wake of the communist government's arrests and mass trials as a response to widespread protests for liberty are ''meaningless,'' Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told Newsmax on Monday.
The two-term Republican said Biden, who on Thursday used a federal human rights law to punish Alvaro Lopez Miera, minister of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces, and a brigade in the government's intelligence ministry, essentially repeated sanctions levied by the Trump administration.
''The problem is the Biden administration is getting its policy advice on Cuba, apparently, from a bunch of people in Miami, the same that who were in Havana and 2015, drinking mojitos at the bar at the government-owned hotels and celebrating with John Kerry, the opening of our embassy. And these are people that have long favored sort of an engagement with the regime over there.''
Protests erupted throughout the Caribbean island July 11, with thousands marching through the streets waving American flags and calling for ''Libertad'' [Liberty].
Olympic champ Biles withdraws from team finals after vault
Simone Biles withdrew from the U.S. gymnastics team Olympics final after the team’s first rotation in the event.
A U.S. coach told the NBC broadcast that Biles left due to a “mental issue she is having.” According to USA Gymnastics, Biles withdrew “due to a medical issue.”
The team said she will be assessed daily before returning to the competition.
Iran's Secret Cyber Files
Classified documents, allegedly from Iran, reveal secret research into how a cyber attack could be used to sink a cargo ship or blow up a fuel pump at a petrol station.
The internal files, obtained by Sky News, also include information on satellite communication devices used by the global shipping industry as well as a computer-based system that controls things like lights, heating and ventilation in smart buildings across the world.
The papers appear to reveal a particular interest in researching companies and activities in western countries, including the UK, France and the United States.
Tunisia’s young democracy is rocked as president suspends parliament amid mounting Covid crisis
Tunisia is facing the greatest test to its young democracy in a decade, following a dramatic move by President Kais Saied to oust the country’s government and suspend parliament.
The decision late Sunday triggered vastly opposing reactions — thousands of supporters of the president poured into the streets of the capital Tunis, cheering the ouster of what they viewed to be corrupt and incompetent politicians.
Opponents of the president, meanwhile, particularly members of the Islamist Ennahda party, which make up the majority in parliament, accuse Saied of orchestrating a coup. Saied’s dissolution of the government took place on July 25, Tunisia’s Republic Day, which marked the abolition of its former monarchy in 1957.
‘Racism, even in geography, cannot be tolerated’: Dems crusade to rename places, mountains, rivers
Democratic lawmakers and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland want to change the names of more than 1,000 rivers, mountains and other places because they consider the names to be racist.
A Democratic bill introduced last week in both chambers— one by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the other by Rep. Al Green of Texas — would also eliminate the names of places that are named after people who “held racially repugnant views” or “carried out injustices against racial minorities,” according to the legislation.
The lawmakers refused to provide a list of names that would be targeted. Places such as Columbus Mountain in Colorado or other places named after Christopher Columbus could arguably make the list because critics of the famed explorer say he was an instrument of injustice due to his ill treatment of indigenous people.
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That makes this the lowest-rated Olympics since Joe Biden’s 1988 campaign for president when he was running as the “young” candidate. Unfortunately for him, that was also the campaign when he ran as the candidate who ripped off other people’s speeches and gave them as his own.
It turns out that President Biden is much more appealing as the “old” candidate and all of his biographical lies just needed more time to age.
Kristi Noem: A rising star in the conservative movement
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem likes to present herself as a “normal everyday” person “who enjoys life.”
Appearing at FreedomFest 21, a gathering of 2,700 conservatives and libertarians, Mrs. Noem said, “nobody knew who I was until liberals began attacking me every night on the national news.” She‘s referring to her conservative views on economic and social issues.
Mrs. Noem benefits from a roaring economy. She says there are fewer than 2,500 South Dakotans on public assistance and 28,000 job openings. The state has no income tax. Property taxes average 1.22%. Annual economic growth is 9.9%, among the nation’s best. Houses are inexpensive relative to many other places. With such figures, it’s no surprise there’s been a population growth of 8.9% since 2010.