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    Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a blue-ribbon panel to investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes amid the coronavirus crisis — saying in a new interview that “lives might’ve been saved.” During a discussion with the “Bloomberg Quint” website, de Blasio agreed with the idea of empaneling an independent “Moreland Commission” in the wake of The Post’s revelation that Cuomo admittedly covered up nursing home deaths from COVID-19. “This whole thing has to be examined. We need the full truth,” the mayor said in the interview published Wednesday. “It’s extraordinarily troubling on a human level because we don’t even know what it would’ve meant — how many lives might’ve been saved if things had been done differently.” Hizzoner’s latter remarks appeared to jibe with those of critics who say the state Health Department’s since-rescinded, March 25 directive for nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients helped spread the...
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    Many members of Congress remain outraged at the Trump protestors who charged into the Capitol on January 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently declared, “We must get to the truth of how this happened… Our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to investigate and report on the facts and causes.” But another pious fraud from the political establishment is the last thing that America needs right now. The 9/11 Commission should be a warning that Washington dignitaries are the last people we should trust to expose the truth. After the 9/11 attacks, a joint House-Senate Intelligence Committee investigation in late 2002 exposed a vast array of federal intelligence and law enforcement failures preceding the hijacking of four airliners. Because the Bush administration often stonewalled the Senate investigation, 9/11 widows and widowers pressured Congress to create an independent commission to investigate. Bush and Republican and Democratic...
    Republicans still say it's a mystery why a mob of Trump supporters assembled by Trump and his allies on the day of the election's certification for the explicit purpose of blocking or overturning that certification attacked Congress in an attempt to do exactly that. On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that a 9/11-styled, independent commission on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would in fact be formed. The details are still being worked out, but the goal is something that would mimic the 9/11 Commission formed after the Al Qaeda-plotted terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. in 2001: An independent committee with subpoena power comprising equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats and the staff and resources to fully investigate the events leading up to the unprecedented attack. The White House has signaled President Joe Biden's support for a commission as well, suggesting that it’s all but...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's White House is giving its support to studying reparations for Black Americans, boosting Democratic lawmakers who are renewing efforts to create a commission on the issue amid the stark racial disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would create a commission to examine the history of slavery in the U.S. as well as the discriminatory government policies that affected former slaves and their descendants. The commission would recommend ways to educate the American public of its findings and suggest appropriate remedies, including financial payments from the government to compensate descendants of slaves for years of unpaid labor by their ancestors. Biden backs the idea of studying the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, though she stopped short of saying he would sign the bill if it clears Congress....
    WEST TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply for more than 13 million people is poised to take final action on a permanent ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River watershed. The Delaware River Basin Commission announced Wednesday that it will vote on the proposal at a public meeting on Feb. 25. The commission, which regulates water quality and quantity in the Delaware and its tributaries, first imposed a moratorium on drilling and fracking — the technique that unleashed a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil — more than a decade ago. It began the process of enacting a permanent ban in 2017. The ban would apply to two counties in Pennsylvania’s northeastern tip that are part of the nation’s largest gas field, the Marcellus Shale. Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania as well as a landowners group...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s White House is giving its support to studying reparations for Black Americans, boosting Democratic lawmakers who are renewing efforts to create a commission on the issue amid the stark racial disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would create a commission to examine the history of slavery in the U.S. as well as the discriminatory government policies that affected former slaves and their descendants. The commission would recommend ways to educate the American public of its findings and suggest appropriate remedies, including financial payments from the government to compensate descendants of slaves for years of unpaid labor by their ancestors. Biden backs the idea of studying the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, though she stopped short of saying he would sign the bill if it clears Congress. “He certainly would support a...
    California Rep. Ted Lieu on Wednesday called for Congress to expand federal courts after former President Donald Trump pushed many circuits rightward during his tenure. Lieu noted in a tweet that circuit courts have not been expanded since 1990, when the United States population was 249 million people. Since then, he said, the population has grown to more than 330 million, meaning that "it is time to increase circuit (and district) judges." Lieu singled out the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trump hacked away at a liberal majority, for mention. Expansion of that is not an unprecedented suggestion. In 2019, the court's judiciary’s policy arm, the Judicial Conference, asked Congress for five more circuit court judges, as well as 65 more district court judges. Trump, in his final years, narrowed a liberal majority in the 9th Circuit from a margin of 11 judges to three. An expansion...
    (CNN)Republican state legislators and secretaries of state on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission that will look at election laws amid a push to curb expanded access to voting. The announcement from the Republican State Leadership Committee comes as GOP state lawmakers in key battlegrounds are now racing to roll back provisions that expanded access to voting, citing constituent concerns about voting integrity after the election was marred by baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials. Those claims culminated in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.The commission said in a statement that the goal is "to restore the American people's confidence in the integrity of their free and fair elections" by "making it easier to vote and harder to cheat." Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Michigan state Sen. Ruth Johnson are leading the commission, which will...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) administration announced Tuesday it would create a commission to study “systemic racism” in foster care. Fox 2 reported: The task force is a response to the “overrepresentation of children of color in the child protection system” which reflects a need for “fundamental system change.” According to a press release issued by MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), Black children make up 29% of the state’s foster care population, despite being only 16% of the state’s total population. The disparity is evident among children of other minority races as well. “The over-representation of children of color in foster care in Michigan is unacceptable and demands a fundamental change in our system,” said Tommy Stallworth, who has been assigned the task force and currently leads the state’s coronavirus disparities task force. The committee’s formation comes after Whitmer alleged health care professionals were racist in how...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 US Capitol riot is facing skepticism and opposition from congressional Republicans warning that the outside probe should not become a vehicle to attack former President Donald Trump.The initial resistance from Republicans to Pelosi's plan underscores the tricky balancing act the speaker and House Democrats face as they craft legislation for a commission to probe what remains a politically charged event last month that led to Trump's second impeachment. While leading House Republicans haven't expressed outright opposition as they await more details, they are warning the commission shouldn't relitigate the impeachment. And in the Senate, there are questions from Republicans about whether Congress is better positioned to investigate the January 6 riot than a new, outside entity. Pelosi said on Monday she planned to create the commission to investigate "the facts and causes" related to the...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is forging ahead with legislation to create a probe of the MAGA riot modeled after the Sept. 11th commission within days – and it is likely to have subpoena power to probe the causes of the MAGA riot. Among the issues likely to be in its purview was a key piece of evidence introduced on the last day of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial regarding Trump's phone call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  That call while the riot raged appeared to show Trump siding with the rioters over McCarthy, according to a statement by Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told colleagues there will be a 9/11 style commission on the Jan. 6 MAGA riot. Implementing legislation could come up this week The House Democratic impeachment managers elected not to call witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial, but...
    The European Commission announced this Wednesday the launch of a plan to prepare the countries of the European Union against the emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 and that could pose a threat to the immunization process. The project, dubbed the HERA Incubator, will have the main objectives of detecting possible new strains that appear, speeding up the approval of vaccines that have to be modified to counter them, and increasing the production of these vaccines on the continent. “New variants of the virus are rapidly emerging and we must adapt our response even more quickly“, declared the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.” The initiative brings together science, industry and public authorities and exploits all available resources so that we can respond to this challenge. “ The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) established this Monday as “very high” the current risk posed on the continent...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Eddie Edwards, a former congressional candidate who has held various law enforcement jobs, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Sununu as the next assistant commissioner at the Department of Safety. “Eddie’s extensive experience in public safety, law enforcement, and business administration make him the perfect candidate for this critical position in state government,” Sununu said in a statement Wednesday. The Executive Council would need to confirm Edwards. If confirmed, Edwards would succeed Perry Plummer, who held the spot before entering the private sector and then returning to public service to help coordinate the state’s vaccine operations. Edwards' duties would include, in part, overseeing the department's operations, diversity initiatives, and progress on the report made by Sununu's Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community and Transparency. Edwards most recently served on the commission. He also served as the director of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission Enforcement Division and...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An international tribunal has found that Jamaica’s government violated the rights of a gay man and a lesbian, according to a ruling released Wednesday, and activists say it could set a precedent in a region long known for legal harassment of the LGBT community. The ruling was issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in September 2019, but the commission had kept it confidential until Wednesday. “This is now the landmark LGBT human rights case for the entire Caribbean region,” said Human Dignity Trust, a U.K.-based legal organization that presented the case to the commission in 2011. The trust represented Gareth Henry, who attorneys said is a gay man living as a refugee in Canada, and Simone Edwards, a lesbian they say was forced to flee Jamaica. Henry sought asylum in Canada in 2008 after facing police brutality and repeated attacks by homophobic...
    These are key actions of a new “plan” from the European executive so that the 27 are, together, better prepared for the rest of the pandemic. Lhe European Commission will financially support member states to carry out more genomic sequencing of the coronavirus. At the same time, the goal is to achieve a sequencing analysis on 5% of positive tests in the population, to detect new variants of the virus more quickly and the extent of their spread among citizens. These are key actions of a new “plan” from the European executive so that the 27 are, together, better prepared for the rest of the pandemic, with its expected batch of new variants and the potential need for vaccines. suitable, to be produced in large quantities. HERA incubator The Commission presented it on Wednesday under the name of “HERA incubator”, while specifying that it...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is expected to announce more legal proceedings against Hungary on Thursday for failing to change a law requiring civil organisations to disclose foreign donors, three officials said. The European Union's top court ruled last year that the law "introduced discriminatory and unjustified restrictions with regard to both the organisations ... and the persons granting them such support" in breach of fundamental EU rights, including on protection of personal data and freedom of association. The Commission, the EU's executive, is now preparing to launch further legal proceedings against Hungary because it has failed since the ruling to change the 2017 law, the three officials said on condition of anonymity. A decision by the Commission to trigger an "infringement procedure", which is used against member states seen to be violating the bloc's laws, was pending final approval on Wednesday, they said. The Hungarian government and Hungary's...
    A swath of changes to voting rules meant to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic should not become permanent, say a group of state Republican officials. The Republican State Leadership Committee, which focuses on Republican legislators and secretaries of state, launched a commission to study reforms that "make it easier to vote and harder to cheat." “The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges and exposed that our election processes are far from perfect," said Michigan state Sen. Ruth Johnson, a co-chair of the commission, in a statement Wednesday. "The good news is that states are truly the laboratories of democracy, and we can all learn from what others do well as we try to provide assistance to the leaders across the country that are spearheading the effort to reform our elections." The commission will focus on creating best practices recommendations for issues such as ensuring accuracy in voter rolls, speeding...
    The aerial gateway to Sin City may soon go by a new name, as McCarran International Airport will likely be rechristened to honor former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. The bustling Silver State air hub would be rebranded as Harry Reid International Airport in tribute to the Democrat and former Senate majority leader, the Associated Press reports. Reid retired from the Senate in 2016, after serving 30 years. The Clark County Commission approved the move with a unanimous vote on Tuesday, directing staff to file a name change request with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The resolution answers longtime calls to rename the transit hub. Sen. Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) waves to the crowd on the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) SALT LAKE CITY AIRPORT DEMOLISHES 84-FOOT DELTA TOWER, SHARES VIDEO ONLINE Las Vegas’ busiest airport was originally named for...
    The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) launched an effort Wednesday to fuel election integrity measures in state legislatures across the country. The RSLC, the committee arm of the GOP that oversees electing and protecting state legislature and state senate officials in statehouses coast to coast as well as electing GOP secretaries of state in all 50 states, announced Wednesday morning a commission to highlight and put forward legislative solutions to stop voter fraud and secure American elections. The commission, co-chaired by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Michigan state Sen. Ruth Johnson, will consider ideas from state lawmakers nationwide to develop best practices and recommendations for bills that legislatures coast to coast should pass into law to secure elections in the future. The RSLC said the election integrity commission has already begun sampling legislation from the hundreds of proposals in statehouses across the country, with a focus on proposals...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Historic Preservation Commission will vote on the fate of the SkyStar Observation Wheel at Golden Gate Park on Wednesday. The giant ferris wheel is currently at a standstill, but debate over its stay is heating up. It was originally supposed to stay for a year as part of the park’s 150th anniversary, but it’s been largely closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The SF Recreation and Parks Commission has proposed a 4-year extension. “Four years because we want to make good on our promise for people to be able to ride the wheel,” said spokesperson Tamara Barak Aparton. “There was a lot of excitement about it, a lot of people with their hopes dashed. The other reason is that it’s a good part of the recovery plan, the economic recovery plan for San Francisco.” Rec and Parks said the opening attracted new visitors to...
    At the same time, the goal is to achieve a sequencing analysis on 5% of positive tests in the population, to detect new variants of the virus more quickly and the extent of their spread among citizens. These are key actions of a new “plan” from the European executive so that the 27 are, together, better prepared for the rest of the pandemic, with its expected batch of new variants and the potential need for vaccines. suitable, to be produced in large quantities. The Commission presented it on Wednesday under the name of “HERA incubator”, while specifying that it will serve as a basis, beyond the current pandemic, for the operation of the new authority responsible for anticipating emergency situations health: HERA (European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority). Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission, announced her intention to create such an authority last September, pleading...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — EU commission approves new contract for 300 million additional doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Biden's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has raised concerns among Republicans for a 2018 report in which he argued for the creation of a regulatory "super-agency" that critics say could target conservative advocacy groups. Chopra, currently a member of the Federal Trade Commission, helped Sen. Elizabeth Warren organize the agency after the 2008 financial crisis. He worked at the agency until joining the FTC in 2018. The paper — co-written by Chopra and Julie Margetta Morgan, who now works as a senior adviser in the Department of Education — calls for a new agency that consolidates the "overlapping mandates" of inspectors general and the Government Accountability Office "into a single agency with real powers to enforce and police corruption." It was published by the Roosevelt Institute, a left-leaning think tank. The proposed Public Integrity Protection Agency, like the CFPB, would not receive its funding from...
    LONDON (AP) — Epic Games said Wednesday it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with European Union regulators, opening a new front in its war with the tech giant over app store payments. Epic, which makes the popular video game Fortnite, is locked in a battle with Apple over the app store, which takes a 30% cut from all in-app purchases. When Epic tried last year to bypass the platform with a direct payment system, Apple dropped the Fortnite app from its app store. In return, Epic filed legal challenges in the U.S., Australia and Britain. In its complaint to the European Commission’s competition watchdog, Epic alleged that Apple’s restrictions have eliminated competition in app distribution and payment. It accused Apple of blocking competitors and abusing its dominant position, in breach of EU rules. “What’s at stake here is the very future of mobile platforms,” Epic Games...
    Maros Sefcovic – Reuters A senior member of the European Commission has admitted mistakes were made in the process leading up to the EU’s recent attempt to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Maros Sefcovic, commission vice-president, told Ireland’s European Affairs Committee on Tuesday that the commission “deeply regrets” how it handled the issue, but added that “in the end, in a matter of three hours we got it right”. The Slovakian official added that “Article 16 was never activated and I can reassure you that the commission has learned the lesson and will do its utmost to protect peace in Northern Ireland, as it has done throughout the entire Brexit process.” Mr Sefcovic told Euronews that the commission had already apologised and said that there was a need to dial down the “heated rhetoric” around the issue. On Jan 29, the commission decided that it would...
    The Commission of Economy, Trade and Competitiveness of the Chamber of Deputies considered the initiative to reform the Electricity Industry Law (LIE) unfeasible. According to the comment issued to the Lower House, if the Executive’s bill is approved, it will have an impact on electricity rates, which may increase and affect consumers. The Economy Commission rejects AMLO’s electricity reform. Photo: Reformation. He explained that with the changes the Constitution, the principles of free competition, as well as the concurrence in the generation and electricity supply of the users, are ‘broken’. He also pointed out that within the framework of the resolution issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in which various points of the Reliability Policy of the Ministry of Energy (Sener) were invalid, referring to the violation of competition by giving privilege to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). The foregoing considering that...
    The European Commission has validated the Procedure for Action against disinformation drawn up by the Government, which was approved on October 6 by the National Security Council and published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) on November 5. After a thorough analysis of the ministerial order, the Commission has concluded that the Procedure “updates the existing Spanish system to prevent, detect and respond to disinformation campaigns and to establish coordination structures “. This is stated in his response to the MEP for Citizens Maite Pagazaurtundúa, who asked the European Commission to rule on the fact that the proposed surveillance committee is controlled by the Secretary of State for Communication, which reports directly to the Ministry of the Presidency, as well as on the possibility that it could limit the freedom and pluralism of the media. In its response, the Commission understands that “the ministerial order does not constitute a legal...
    The duration, the lack of distinction between the different categories of risk areas… So many aspects of the Belgian travel ban criticized by lawyers and the Commission. But the measure is nonetheless skillfully tied … Lhe European Commission has been suggesting it for several days: it does not like the general ban on non-essential travel decided by the Belgians in January. But despite the exchanges with the authorities, it does not seem that she is ready to open infringement proceedings to protect free movement in the EU. “The question is: are infringement procedures the right answer in such a volatile situation? », Summarizes a European source.
    In the name of fairness, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic allies once welcomed the creation of a nonpartisan redistricting commission that would redraw congressional maps free of political influence and avoid contorted gerrymandering. But now that the commission is stepping up its work, New York Democrats seem to be having second thoughts. The state may lose House seats and, under the old rules, Democrats would have had the power to redraw lines in their favor. Some Democrats want to make it easier to overrule the commission.
    The power grid operator for the state of Texas has declared its highest possible state of emergency after a winter storm caused millions to lose power as temperatures remain at record lows. "We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas," said Bill Magness, president and chief executive of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, in a statement. "At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units," he continued. "We are asking Texans to take some simple, safe steps to lower their energy use during this time." ERCOT is calling on Texans who do have power to try and conserve energy by unplugging their nonessential electronics and appliances, reducing the use of larger appliances, and keeping thermostats below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The Texas Public Utility...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Joe Biden would support a 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot. Psaki referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments about the commission and said it’s up to Congress to create the commission. “It’s of course Congress’s decision to form this commission, as we talked about a bit in here, but it’s it’s certainly one the president would support,” Psaki said. “And President Biden has made clear his views on the tragic events of January 6th, including where responsibility for them lies. He backs efforts to shed additional light on the facts, to ensure something like that never happens again,” Psaki said. WATCH: Pelosi said Monday that there will be an upcoming “outside, independent 9/11-type Commission” to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack'” on the U.S. Capitol, in a...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An election watchdog group has filed a federal lawsuit that claims an Iowa-based nonprofit organization violated election laws by failing to register as a political committee that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Sen. Joni Ernst's reelection. Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based nonprofit campaign finance watchdog group, filed the lawsuit Friday in Washington. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare that Iowa Values became a political committee as of June 2019 and order the group to register, file documents and provide information on fundraising and expenditures. The lawsuit also seeks a civil penalty against Iowa Values, along with court and attorney fee costs. There was no immediate reply to messages sent to Ernst's spokesmen or to Iowa Values. The CLC filed an administrative complaint with the Federal Election Commission in December 2019, but the commission failed to...
    (CNN)The former chair of the 9/11 commission former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean said on CNN that there was not an agreed upon set of facts at the start of the commission into September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, providing important context on where a new commission under consideration into the violent insurrection at the Capitol last month would start.Kean, a Republican who was governor of New Jersey in the 1980s, said the environment that a new commission set to examine the January 6 riot, in which there is not a universal set of facts around the timeline of security and intelligence failures that led to the violent breach of the Capitol, is similar to how his team started when investigating 9/11."When we started the 9/11 work, there were not an accepted set of facts," Kean told CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto. "There was a lot of confusion about what...
    The California Constitution commands that by Aug. 15, the state’s independent redistricting commission “shall approve four final maps that separately set forth the district boundary lines for the congressional, senatorial, assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts.” It’s not going to happen. The commission needs data from the 2020 census to do its work. Last July, the state Supreme Court granted the Legislature’s emergency petition for a four-month extension of the deadline to Dec. 15, 2021, citing pandemic-caused delays in completing the census. A Dec. 15 deadline would be cutting it very close to have new maps available when candidates start filing paperwork for the 2022 elections early next year. However, the Dec. 15 deadline may not stand either. On Friday, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would not release the all-important numbers until Sept. 30, five months later than its original March 31 release date and two months...
    In a letter to her colleagues Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the security failures surrounding it. In the interest of safeguarding the nation's security, Pelosi said a 9/11-type commission must be established to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol complex” as well as “the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” Establishing such a commission will likely require legislation in the vein of how the 9/11 Commission was formed. Pelosi also said a supplemental appropriations bill would be necessary to fund increased security measures for the Capitol and congressional members in the near term.  “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote.  Pelosi isn't the...
    The difficult European coordination on these restrictions which hinder free movement in the EU will be one of the hot topics of the February 25 summit. In a letter seen by ., addressed to the Ministers of the Interior and Justice of the EU countries, the European Commissioners for Justice Didier Reynders and for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson recall that the member states have set out to agreement to jointly organize these restrictions within the framework of updated “recommendations” in early February. “We urge you to ensure consistency in measures relating to displacement within the EU,” the two officials write. “It is of fundamental importance that all measures remain in accordance with the principles of non-discrimination and proportionality. In particular, border closures or general travel bans must be avoided”, argue the commissioners. “We cannot afford disruptions in supply chains and in the internal market in general, especially if it...
    Democratic Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett expressed Tuesday that she’s hopeful the “9/11-style commission” will expose “the hatred that is lurking within.” “I’m really hopeful that this is a very independent commission, you know, potentially individuals who were retired judges, cabinet members from various sides, experts who are able to dig into this, you know, my hope is not only do we find out the security issues, but the hatred that is lurking within that has caused something like an insurrection, the attempted coup of our democratic government,” Plaskett said. (RELATED: ‘The Enemy Is Within’: Pelosi Calls For More Security To Defend Against Members Who ‘Want To Bring Guns On The Floor’) Plaskett, along with eight other Democrats, served as impeachment managers at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The impeachment managers completed arguments on Feb. 11, according to...
    Celltrion Healthcare Receives European Commission (EC) Approval for First High Concentration, Low Volume, Citrate Free Adalimumab Biosimilar YuflymaTM (CT-P17)
    February 16, 2021 9:11 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. High-ranking Republican congressmen from the United States House of Representatives (USA) sent a letter to the president of that instance, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, demanding answers to what they consider failed decisions on Capitol security before the assault January 6. In a letter sent this Monday and released by the media, High-ranking House Republicans accused Pelosi of blocking their requests for information about security breaches in the days leading up to the Capitol riots. The communication was endorsed by, among others, the member of the Judicial Committee, Jim Jordan (Ohio); and the member of the Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes (Calif.). “As you know, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party. You also have huge responsibilities institutional “. This is how the politicians wrote in the letter, which obtained Fox News, according New...
    Reuters February 16, 2021 0 Comments U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday lawmakers will establish an outside, independent commission to review the “facts and causes” related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers that the commission would be modeled on a similar one convened after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York and the Pentagon. Pelosi said the panel will also look at the “facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local law enforcement.” She has tasked retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré with assessing security needs of the Capitol in the aftermath of the attack. Based on his interim findings, she said Congress must allocate additional funds “to provide for the safety of members and...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday an independent commission should investigate the security failures of the January 6 assault on the Capitol, now that the Senate impeachment trial has concluded. The recommendation for such a commission comes from retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, whom Pelosi tasked with reviewing Capitol security.  "Now, as always, security is the order of the day: the security of our country, the security of our Capitol which is the temple of our democracy, and the security of our Members," she wrote in a letter to her colleagues. Pelosi said Honoré's interim reporting shows "we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol." Members had already urged for more funding to support their safety.  "It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this...
    WASHINGTON — An independent, 9/11-style commission will be established to review the deadly security failures at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a preliminary review by retired four-star general Russel Honoré indicated that a full commission was needed to ensure against another deadly breach of Congress. “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote. “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission,” she continued. The body will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex.” It will also review how Capitol Police and local law enforcement were easily overpowered by thousands of pro-Trump...
    The commission will need to look into the background and consequences of this “domestic terrorist attack” and investigate the conduct of all security agencies involved, according to Pelosi. It also indicates that the commission will have to assess the attempts of former Republican President Donald Trump to obstruct a peaceful transfer of power to current Democratic President Joe Biden. The American Democrats’ move is presented two days after ex-President Trump was acquitted in the second impeachment proceedings against him. The violence perpetrated against the Capitol after a speech by Donald Trump and during the official certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory left five people dead. Three officers died in or in connection with the violence of January 6: one was hit by a fire extinguisher, the two others committed suicide in the following days. The House indicted Donald Trump for “inciting insurgency” after these events, triggering a second historic...
    The commission will need to look into the background and consequences of this “domestic terrorist attack” and investigate the conduct of all security agencies involved. LDemocratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has confirmed the holding of an independent commission of inquiry into the violence that took place on Capitol Hill in Washington, killing five people, six weeks after the fact. The commission will need to look into the background and consequences of this “domestic terrorist attack” and investigate the conduct of all security agencies involved, according to Pelosi. This also indicates that the commission will have to assess the attempts of former Republican President Donald Trump to obstruct a peaceful transfer of power to current Democratic President Joe Biden. The American Democrats’ move is presented two days after ex-President Trump was acquitted in the second impeachment proceedings against him. The violence perpetrated against the Capitol after a...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday called for “a white nationalism task force” at the Department of Justice. “They’re going to need, I believe, at the Department of Justice, a white nationalism task force to make sure that they’re understanding at the earliest of ages how people are being radicalized, if there are in fact training camps,” Swalwell said on “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur.” “And in our evidence we found that the Oath Keepers, a group, in particular, that they do have like training camps and initiation process, very like international terrorist groups have do,” Swalwell said. “So we’re going to make sure have to use all of the tools and the resources we can to find these groups, to defeat these groups and then bring them to justice in the courts.” More lawmakers are advocating for a 9/11-like commission over...
            by Andrew Trunsky  More lawmakers are backing an independent 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot on January 6 following the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that took place. Congressional investigations were already scheduled after this week’s recess, but lawmakers from both parties have called for a holistic investigation following Trump’s acquittal on Saturday afternoon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honoré in January to lead oversee a thorough review of the Capitol’s security in order to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday. “What was known, who knew it and when they knew, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again.” After voting that the trial was unconstitutional in January, Cassidy voted...
    Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA) in an interview Sunday with CNN reiterated calls for a “truth commission” aimed at community-wide conversations about “our history” in order to reach “a common narrative moving forward of what we want our country to be” as well as a “reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past.” Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, the California Democrat spoke about the next steps after former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial ended in acquittal this week. Stelter introduced Jacobs as “a congresswoman who went to study extremism abroad and then came home and found it here in the United States.” Claiming “there’s something very broken in our democracy” regarding the former president’s acquittal this week in his second impeachment trial, Jacobs implicated “far right media” and the social media “ecosystem” in the Capitol riot in early January. “I think we need to...
    New York : The independent committee will examine “the causes and effects” of the events. Photo: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EFE The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi announced on Monday the creation of an independent commission that will examine the “facts and causes” of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, in which five people died, including a policeman. In a letter addressed to Democrats and distributed to the press, Pelosi explained that the commission will be similar to the one created by Congress after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The objective of this new entity will be to examine the response of the Capitol Police, which was overwhelmed by the crowd in the assault, as well as the reaction of other security forces at the federal, state and local levels. The commission will be led by Lieutenant General Russel...
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Beat” that an independent commission investigation into the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol would help to stop any future “would-be Trump tyrants.” Blumenthal said, “We need to reverse the rising tide of extremist violence in this country. The mob that Donald Trump mobilized was armed. The Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police recovered firearms on that day. That mob is still out there and still dangerous, and part of the reason that I believe we need a 9/11 commission, that type of commission. I’m drafting a bill that I hope will be bipartisan, to uncover the causes and impose accountability, and provide more protection against that kind of a mob, that violent extremism.” He added, “There’s a need for more truth-telling. There’s a need for more facts. That’s why a 9/11 type commission will be important to uncover the larger causes,...
    Miami : A commission similar to the one that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 will be in charge of clarifying “the facts and causes” of the attack suffered by the Capitol, on Wednesday, January 6. That day, a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the headquarters of Congress and stormed its facilities. With his actions, the followers of the Republican they tried to prevent Joe Biden’s electoral victory from being certified, the Democrat who won the elections last November and now occupies the Oval Office. The incident, which led Trump to a second impeachment trial, in which he was exonerated, caused the death of a quintet of people, including a police officer. The investigation will be led by Lieutenant General Rusell Honoré, a retired officer who went on to serve as the commanding general of the United States First Army. The designation is...
    Loading the player... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi said the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” Read More: Sen. Tim Scott says Trump is the ‘one person I don’t blame’ for Capitol attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with impeachment managers Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., speaks to members of the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, after the U.S. Senate voted not guilty, to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting riot at U.S. Capitol, ending impeachment trial, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) stated that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is lying about notifying the state legislature about the Department of Justice’s investigation into New York’s nursing homes, and stated that there needs to be an investigation into the nursing homes by either an independent commission, the state’s attorney general, or the federal government “as soon as possible.” Kim said, [relevant remarks begin around 5:30] “It took us almost two months before the governor decided to change. In fact, a month later, at a press conference, he said he didn’t know about it. He lied. Just like he’s lying right now to today’s press conference about sending notices to the Assembly and Senate that we knew about the Department of Justice investigation. We were not informed, we were not told there was an investigation in...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Monday killed a series of bills that advocates had argued were needed to free up state regulators to set electric rates that are reasonable and fair. The Senate Commerce and Labor committee made quick work of deciding not to advance the five bills, which had all cleared the House of Delegates with bipartisan support. Advocates of the bills had seen this legislative session as the best chance in years to beef up the power of the State Corporation Commission to lower rates and order customer refunds. Politically powerful Dominion Energy Virginia, the state’s largest electric utility, has routinely pushed through legislation that minimized the chances that it would have to lower its rates. That's despite regulators having routinely found that the electric monopoly’s rates provide excessive profit, including a report last year that found Dominion earned...
    The president of the United States House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, announced on Monday the creation of an independent commission that will examine the “facts and causes” of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, in which five people died, among them a policeman. Miami World / Telemundo 51 In a letter addressed to Democrats and distributed to the press, Pelosi explained that the commission will be similar to the one that Congress created after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The objective of this new entity will be to examine the response of the Capitol Police, which was overwhelmed by the crowd in the assault, as well as the reaction of other security forces at the federal, state and local levels. The commission will be led by Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who was already working with a congressional committee to find out what happened on January 6...
    NANCY Pelosi announced plans for a 9/11-style commission on Presidents Day to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots as a "domestic attack." House Speaker Pelosi revealed her intentions on Monday in a short letter to her colleagues. 5House Speaker Pelosi revealed her intentions on Monday in a short letter to her colleagues 5The US Capitol Building was breached on January 6Credit: Rex Features 5Hundreds of Trump fans took to the Capitol to protest on January 6Credit: AP:Associated Press The new plan comes just days after Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended with him being acquitted of inciting his supporters to storm Congress. The trial was finished on Saturday as Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority to find him guilty. Pelosi is pushing to discover "the truth" of how the Capitol riots unfolded and to "protect our security" with an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission. The 9/11-type commission would be created to "investigate and...
    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her push for a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the Capitol siege following former President Donald Trump being acquitted on Saturday as some Republicans try to turn the security failure spotlight on her. The House impeached Trump last month on a charge of inciting an insurrection in connection to the Capitol riot, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. He was acquitted by the Senate, with 57 senators voting in favor of conviction and 43 voting against. Pelosi said on Monday that retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, a former commander of the United States First Army who coordinated the military’s relief response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, had been leading a security review of the Capitol over the past few weeks to see what happened in early January and how to prevent it in the future. “It is clear from his findings and from...
    Congress will establish an independent, 9/11-style commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues Monday. In a letter to the Democratic Caucus, Pelosi said the commission will evaluate the “facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” Former President Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday in his second impeachment trial over his alleged role in inciting the deadly event. Seven Republicans voted with Democrats to convict Trump, while 43 Republicans dissented. “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi said in the letter. “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, September 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol.  Pelosi said the commission will "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power."  FILE - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, Feb. 11, 2021.In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol.  After former President Donald Trump's acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection.  Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month...
    The PSOE deputy in the Madrid AssemblyCarla antonelli has denounced this Monday the transphobic behavior of the Vox parliamentarian in the regional Chamber Mariano Calabuig, after he referred to her in masculine terms. Faced with this attitude of the extreme right-wing politician, the socialist has requested the protection of the Social Policy commission in which they were. Prior to the request of the deputy and transsexual activist, Calabuig had referred to her during his speech as “the representative of the Socialist Party.” “I want to claim the protection of the regulations of the Madrid Assembly to my right to honor, my dignity and my own identity“asked Antoneli. “I hope you call me deputy and this is my ID. It becomes absolutely intolerable and I ask for your protection so that when it happens again that Mr. Mariano Calabuig, when he addresses himself, does so as the spokesperson or in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi said the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” RELATED: Marylands Falling COVID-19 Positivity Rate Shows Residents Heeding Warnings, Expert Says, But People Shouldnt Get Overconfident In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol. After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Congress will establish an independent commission to investigate the causes of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other supporters of then-President Trump. The riot aimed to disrupt congressional certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump. "To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission," Pelosi announced on Monday. TRUMP IMPEACHMENT POLL: 58% SAY FORMER PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONVICTED The Speaker, in a letter to House Democratic colleagues, emphasized that the step was needed in order to "get to the truth of how this happened." Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the attack on the building. WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump protesters and police clash on top of the Capitol building....
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers Monday that a Sept. 11th-style commission would probe the Jan. 6th Capitol riot.  She told her colleagues of the need for the probe in a President's Day letter days after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump of 'incitement of insurrection.'  'It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,' she wrote.  She said the outside commission was needed 'to protect our security, our security, our security.' With impeachment now behind the Senate, the only looks back at the riot during the counting of the electoral votes are an internal security review she ordered and federal prosecutors who are rounding up individual rioters, charging some small groups with conspiracy. House Republicans are pushing Pelosi on the need for a continuing National Guard presence in Washington, D.C more than a month...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. San Francisco representative Pelosi said the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol. After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. Pelosi, D-Calif., asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Monday that she will establish what she described as an “outside, independent 9/11-type Commission” to investigate last month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. In her weekly letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” .@SpeakerPelosi says she will “establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex.’” From her letter to colleagues ???? pic.twitter.com/KFL6mVeaXP — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 15, 2021 Pelosi’s announcement comes two days after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump over his conduct leading up to the riot during which...
    Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said Monday on MSNBC that both an independent commission and a “white nationalism task force”  to investigate the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol were needed. Anchor Katy Tur said, “So is the House going to just wipe their hands of this now and move on or will there be a 9/11 style commission looking into how it will happen? Is there more investigating that will be done?” Swalwell said, “There is no moving on. January 6th is a day that we will sadly all remember. I think we have to take an approach that we took like after September 11 and root out white nationalism and terrorism from our country. I believe we need a September 11 commission taken outside of Congress. I think it should be an independent commission outside of Congress.” He added, “They are going to need, I believe, at the Department of...
    First-year Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday that the U.S. needs a “Truth Commission” — not just to examine the Capitol riot, but the entire history of “racial injustice and white supremacy” in the United States. Appearing on Reliable Sources, Jacobs said: I think part of what we’re seeing now is because we haven’t really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do. And so, you know, a truth commission, a lot of people will think of South Africa. We’ve used them in countries around the world. And basically, what it is, is it’s communities all the way up to the national level having conversations about both the gory and the glory of our history and what happened, both throughout the history of our country and leading up to and on January 6th, so that we can...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden calls for 'commonsense gun law reforms' on anniversary of Parkland shooting Pelosi rules out censure after Trump acquittal Raskin defends no witnesses deal: 'I made the call' MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 is the “next step” after the Senate impeachment trial concluded.  The House speaker said in a Dear Colleague letter that the impeachment trial and Ret. Gen. Russel Honoré’s initial security review into how to prevent a similar incident make it “clear” that “we must get to the truth of how this happened.” “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission,” she said.  The commission would “‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex'" as well...
    Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday called for “a white nationalism task force” at the Department of Justice to look into radicalization. “They’re going to need, I believe, at the Department of Justice, a white nationalism task force to make sure that they’re understanding at the earliest of ages how people are being radicalized if there are in fact training camps,” Swalwell said on “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur.” “And in our evidence we found that the Oath Keepers, a group, in particular, that they do have like training camps and an initiation process, very much like international terrorist groups do,” Swalwell said. “So we’re gonna have to make sure we use all the tools and resources we have to find these groups, to defeat these groups and then bring them, you know, to justice in the courts.” More lawmakers are advocating for a 9/11-like commission over the Jan....
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press In the name of fairness, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic allies once welcomed the creation of a nonpartisan redistricting commission that would redraw congressional maps free of political influence and avoid contorted gerrymandering. But now that the commission is stepping up its work, New York Democrats seem to be having second thoughts. The state may lose House seats and, under the old rules, Democrats would have had the power to redraw lines in their favor. Some Democrats want to make it easier to overrule the commission. As the once-a-decade redistricting conflicts heat up across the country, both Republicans and Democrats are wrestling with how far to press their advantage in a fight as consequential as any election. For Republicans that means building on the success of 10 years ago — even as some population and political trends work against them. For Democrats,...
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday lawmakers will establish an outside, independent commission to review the "facts and causes" related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers that the commission would be modeled on a similar one convened after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on Washington and New York. Pelosi said the panel will also look at the "facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region." (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Richard Chang) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to House Democrats on Monday plans for the creation of a "9/11-type commission" to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. "To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to 'investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex,'" Pelosi wrote. Pelosi has previously called for the formation of such a commission and said she believes there is a need for it.A commission of this nature would be established by a statute, passed by both chambers and signed into law by the President. The commission members would not be elected leaders and would be outside the government.In a separate letter to House Democrats on February, Pelosi wrote that it is "clear that we will...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Monday that the House would be forming an “independent 9/11 type commission” to investigate the Jan. 6 violent insurrection at the Capitol, and requesting additional funding for security at the Capitol and for members of Congress. In a statement released by her office, Pelosi stated that it was “clear” from the evidence presented during former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial and the findings by Gen. Russel Honoré “that we must get to the truth of how this happened.” She emphasized the necessity of the commission by saying the reason was “[t]o protect our security, our security, our security.” The focus of the investigation will be “the facts and causes” related to the “domestic terrorist attack” upon the Capitol, including those “related to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power,” and “the preparedness and response” of the Capitol Police and...
    Legal proceedings or commission of inquiry: acquitted by the Senate in an impeachment trial, Donald Trump could still be held accountable for the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill. “Still responsible” Before the Senate, Democratic prosecutors sought to demonstrate that the 45th President of the United States had incited violence with months of “lies”, denying his presidential defeat on November 3 against Joe Biden, then his speech in front of thousands of supporters in Washington on the day of the assault on Capitol Hill. “Fight like devils,” he told them, while parliamentarians certified the victory of his Democratic rival. Donald Trump denies any responsibility for these events, and his lawyers stressed that he had, on one occasion during this speech, called for “peaceful” demonstrations. Although he acquitted him in the Senate because he felt the upper house lacked the competence to try him, the powerful Republican leader Mitch...
    By Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON — After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appears to be growing for an independent Sept. 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday’s news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president’s culpability for the Jan. 6 assault. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Sen....
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN/CBS SF) — The proposed four-year extension of 150-foot SkyStar Observation Wheel in Golden Gate Park faces another hurdle Wednesday, when the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission will review the Recreation and Park Department’s request for a certificate of appropriateness. Installed last fall to honor the park’s 150th anniversary, the Ferris wheel is scheduled to be removed in March. It only operated for five weeks before it was closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. Recreation and Park is proposing to extend the SkyStar Observation Wheel’s stay until March 1, 2023, to “offset financial hardship experienced by the vendor” and to March 1, 2025, to reinvigorate the city’s post-pandemic economy. Several groups have voiced their concerns over extending the contract to keep the observation wheel in the park. The Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay chapter has asked the Historic Preservation Commission to deny the extension for environmental reasons. “The SkyStar...
    Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA) on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that America needed a truth commission to establish a common narrative on racial injustice and white supremacy. Jacobs said, “We know the violence on the 6th was predicated on the idea of the big lie, the fact that this election was stolen, despite the fact that Donald Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security says it was not. You need to be able to perpetuate that kind of lie in order to get the kinds of reactions that you did. I think we need to look at far-right media, which I know, Brian, you have been such a leader on calling out.  Also, the role of social media and the whole ecosystem of social media where the kinds of information and the kinds of posts that get the biggest reactions are the ones prioritized by their algorithms.” She added, “Lots...
    More lawmakers are backing an independent 9/11-style commission into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 following the Senate’s acquittal of former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that took place. Congressional investigations were already scheduled after this week’s recess, but lawmakers from both parties have called for a holistic investigation following Trump’s acquittal on Saturday afternoon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also asked retired Army Gen. Russel Honoré in January to oversee a thorough review of the Capitol’s security in order to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday. “What was known, who knew it and when they knew, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again.” After voting that the trial was unconstitutional in January, Cassidy voted differently once the trial began, and...
    California Rep. Sara Jacobs is calling for a “truth commission” to establish a “common narrative” in the United States around issues including race. “Lots of countries, lots of places have ideologies that are extreme, people who have ideologies that are extreme have conflict, have disagreements within their community,” Jacobs noted in a weekend interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter. “But there are only some areas where that actually turns into violence, and that’s the role of conflict entrepreneurs — or in other words, leaders.” Jacobs advised that leaders could use “the enabling environment of our media ecosystem” to establish a narrative. “In the case of the United States, it’s about a ‘whitelash,’ a white Christian America reaction, backlash, to a changing, country personified by Trump,” Stelter said, agreeing with Jacobs. He then asked how that contributed to her previous calls for a commission. “We haven’t really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of...
    More On: capitol riot Sen. Graham: VP Harris could be impeached if Republicans take over House Louisiana GOP censures Sen. Cassidy over Trump vote Republicans divided on Trump impeachment acquittal, impact on future Trump attorney after impeachment win: ‘We’re going to Disney World’ Bipartisan calls are growing for a 9/11-style commission into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as questions remain unanswered about the siege following former President Donald Trump’s acquittal in his impeachment trial. In appearances on multiple Sunday shows over the weekend, Democratic and GOP lawmakers urged that there was still work to be done to understand the events that culminated in the riot. Speaking to “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he hoped such a commission would help inform Congress and the American public about what caused the siege. “I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at...
    Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., is the latest prominent voice on the left to call for a "truth commission" in the name of combating extremism in the United States. In an appearance Sunday on CNN media affairs show "Reliable Sources," Jacobs criticized "conflict entrepreneurs" who "take existing fault lines in our society" and "mobilize around them, using the enabling environment of our media ecosystem and our lack of trust" in institutions. Host Brian Stelter brought up her interview last week with The 19th, where she first called for a "truth commission" to reckon with the nation's fraught racial past, and asked her to expand on what she meant. AOC SAYS COMMISSION BEING 'DISCUSSED' TO HELP 'REIN IN' MEDIA ENVIRONMENT AFTER CAPITOL RIOT "Part of what we're seeing now is because we haven’t really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do," Jacobs said...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union’s executive is urging Hungary’s government to allow a liberal-leaning radio station to continue broadcasting after it went off the air Monday following a refusal by media authorities to extend its broadcast license. During an online press conference of the European Commission on Monday, spokesman Christian Wigand confirmed the Commission had sent a letter to Hungary’s permanent representation in Brussels on Friday expressing concerns over Klubradio, a commercial broadcaster in the capital of Budapest which went off the air on Monday after a capital court upheld a decision by Hungary’s Media Council not to extend its license. Wigand said the station’s loss of its broadcasting frequency had occurred “on the basis of highly questionable legal grounds,” and that Hungary “should respect the EU’s charter of fundamental rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, information and the freedom to conduct a business.”...
    The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. VS‘It is essentially the respect for proportionality that concerns the European Commission in the Belgian ban on non-essential travel, a spokesperson for the European executive said on Monday. The Commission has been regularly questioned for several days on the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed in Belgium, but also in Germany. “There were still contacts between the office of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and that of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The question of proportionality is important to us, and we have some concerns regarding the measures in Belgium. We are staying in touch and will take the necessary measures, ”commented spokesperson Christian Wigand. The Belgian ban on non-essential travel does not comply with the recommendations that the Member...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appears to be growing for an independent Sept. 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday’s news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president’s culpability for the Jan. 6 assault. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of seven...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News on Sunday that he is in favor of a 9/11-style commission to examine key details that contributed to last month’s deadly riot at the Capitol, just a day after former President Trump was acquitted at his second impeachment trial. Graham said that a 9/11-type commission could help ensure that a similar event doesn't happen again in the U.S. More investigations into the riot have already been planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. "I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops?" Graham asked during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." VideoThe push for a bipartisan commission seems to have Republican and Democrat support, but perhaps for different reasons. Republicans have signaled that evidence could show...
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after former President Donald Trump won his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent Sept. 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday's news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the former president’s culpability for the Jan. 6 assault. “There should be a complete investigation about what happened,” said Louisiana Sen. Bill...
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Uber on Monday called on EU regulators to recognise the value of independent contracts in job creation as they consider new rules to protect gig economy workers. The company has been criticised for classifying its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees entitled to rights, such as a minimum wage, paid holidays and rest breaks. Uber has a mixed record in defending its business model. It scored a victory in California in November last year when voters passed a proposition allowing it to treat its drivers as contractors. One of its biggest tests so far will be on Feb. 19 when the UK Supreme Court will rule on workers' rights. Uber's comments in a white paper to the European Commission precede a consultation on Feb. 24 when the EU executive will seek feedback from workers and employers' representatives on gig workers' rights before...