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    WASHINGTON — The Capitol Police warned of potential threats like the riot on Jan. 6 could happen Thursday, but the only people seen around the Capitol building besides staff and the National Guard were media crews and people exercising. Fences topped with razor wire, concrete barriers and military trucks have surrounded the Capitol grounds complex with limited openings for official vehicles and credentialed staff since the deadly riot where supporters of former President Donald Trump breached and entered the building. Some QAnon followers reportedly believed that Trump will return to Washington, D.C. and assume the presidency on March 4, according to The Washington Post. Department of Homeland Security Acting Undersecretary Melissa Smislova said the agency is working with the FBI to monitor “extremists discussing March 4th and March 6th,” according to an internal bulletin. “We don’t have any indication of violence or a specific, credible plot at this time,” an...
    A small number of National Guard troops are still resting in parking garages in the U.S. Capitol complex following Thursday evening's controversy, and many had been resting in the parking garages for days before. On Thursday evening, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed outrage over thousands of troops abruptly being told to leave an indoor area in the Capitol and go to a parking garage, with some Republicans and conservatives blaming Democratic leadership or President Biden for forcing troops to sleep in a parking garage. While Thursday's issue caused chaotic logistics challenges due to the large number of troops and abruptness of the order, it was not the first time that those in Washington, D.C., guarding the Capitol used a parking garage as a rest space. Guard troops from two states, granted anonymity in order to speak to the press without authorization, told the Washington...
    More On: inauguration Park Service may open National Mall during Biden’s inauguration Delta bans firearms from DC-bound flights ahead of Biden inauguration Biden to stay at Blair House the night before inauguration Lady Gaga to sing National Anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration The troops are just fine, thank you. The National Guard is saying thanks, but no thanks, to the generous donations that have been pouring in after photos emerged Wednesday of troops sleeping on the hard marble floors of the Capitol. The troops in the photograph were just taking a breaktime nap, Guard leaders explained, and actually have ample accomodations in local hotel rooms. “In response to photos on social media and in the press today showing National Guardsmen resting in between shifts at the Capitol, many well-meaning and thoughtful citizens are organizing collection of comfort items for National Guard men and women who are in the District...
    A series of missteps unfolded to leave the Capitol unprotected from a mob of pro-Trump rioters Wednesday – with congressional leaders directly intervening with calls to governors and Capitol Police seeking reinforcements that were slow to come. The Mayor of Washington, D.C. had activated National Guard ahead of Wednesday's events, which had been forecast on social media and with President Trump urging his followers to attend through tweets. But once his followers breached the Capitol after Trump urged them to 'fight' for his false claim that he won the election, chaos ensued – with insufficient planning, a tangle of jurisdictions and chain of command issues, and officials failing to act.  On Thursday night following the turmoil, the top four congressional leaders – Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Charles Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy – spoke with acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and chairman of the Joint Chiefs...
    A GUN-TOTING beauty queen and member Russia’s national guard has been axed from Putin's personal army due to "jealous" colleagues, she claims. Mum-of-one Anna Khramtsova, 32, beat more than one thousand entrants to win a national beauty contest last year. 14The gun-toting beauty queen has been axed over 'envy,' she claimsCredit: Marina Moldavskaya/E1.ru 14Ms Khramtsova says her sparkly bikinis are nothing more than a stage costume to herCredit: Mikhail Bove 14After winning the contest, female colleagues 'recoiled' from her, she saidCredit: M ø r k t But now she has been fired - ostensibly for posting a video which showed the inside of services premises where she worked.  Having earlier claimed to be a victim of sexism in the national guard, Ms Khramtsova has now told how she had faced "‘envy" - especially from women - in the internal military force of the Russian government.  The video that led to...
    During recent George Floyd protests in Washington, D.C., members of the National Guard included not only the D.C. National Guard, but also, National Guard units sent in from at least 11 different states. Legal expert Steve Vladeck, who teaches at the University of Texas Law School, wants to know why and examines the use of non-D.C. National Guard units during those protests in an article published by Lawfare on June 9. “Over the previous week,” Vladeck explains, “thousands of National Guard troops from states across the country arrived in Washington, D.C. as part of the Trump Administration’s response to the largely peaceful protests taking place across the city. After a great deal of controversy — including an argument over whether troops were allegedly kicked out of their hotels by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser — they have now departed back to their home states. But under what legal authority were they...
    Some of the D.C. National Guard troops who were deployed to protests in the nation’s capital tested positive for coronavirus, a spokeswoman said. The troops tested positive on Tuesday after they were deployed to assist local law enforcement on May 31, D.C. National Guard spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told McClatchy DC. Though she would not say how many troops tested positive, officials said they “believe it is not currently a large number.” There were 1,300 D.C. National Guard members deployed along with National Guardsmen from 11 other states, according to McClatchy DC. It was not possible to maintain proper social distancing during the protests, and a number of the troops were not wearing face coverings. Dr. Anthony Fauci reacted to news Wednesday that the DC National Guard says some of its troops contracted coronavirus while responding to protests, calling the development “disturbing,” but “not surprising,” given the...
    Members of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus accused Mayor Lori Lightfoot of mishandling the deployment of the Illinois National Guard to protect certain neighborhoods and not others, but the National Guard told the Daily Caller News Foundation it did not know where it deployed its own troops. Aldermen said the business corridors to the South and West did not receive the same level of protection as other places amid the city’s protests over George Floyd, according to an audio recording of a conference call obtained by WTTW News, which first reported on it. Nationwide demonstrations and rioting came in the wake of Floyd’s death after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, video showed. The Illinois National Guard was not able to directly answer where its troops were deployed when the DCNF asked. The troops “fell under the purview of the Chicago Police Department, all...
    Some D.C. National Guard troops deployed to protests in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Tuesday — as top White House Coronavirus Task Force members warned governors of a possible spike in infections tied to the nationwide demonstrations. The service members were among 1,300 D.C. National Guard members called to assist law enforcement in responding to anti-police brutality protests in the nation’s capital beginning on May 31, a spokeswoman confirmed to McClatchy DC. She would not say how many troops had tested positive for the virus, but U.S. officials told The Associated Press they believe it is not currently a large number. The news follows reports that two members of the Nebraska National Guard who were activated to respond to protests in Lincoln also tested positive. About 5,000 troops were in Washington for the civil unrest, with the D.C. guards being joined by National Guardsmen from 11 states:...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Thousands of additional troops in the nation's capital could be leaving as early as Monday, according to the commander of the DC National Guard.Maj. Gen. William J. Walker told CNN in an exclusive interview Saturday that the nearly 4,000 additional National Guard forces that have been brought to DC from other states could begin leaving after the weekend."They will be redeploying this week. Probably as early as Monday," said Walker.The presence of the out-of-state National Guard troops has been a major point of contention between DC officials and the Trump Administration.Walker said that the approximately 3,900 out-of-state National Guard forces from 11 states had been sought by the Defense Department to help bolster the 1,200-strong DC contingent that had been activated in the face of the unrest and that all the additional number of forces that the Pentagon had determined were required had been sent to DC by...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington, D.C., pressed the Trump administration and several state governments Thursday to justify the legality of their decision to send a growing contingent of National Guard troops to the nation’s capital in the wake of street protests. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said in letters sent Thursday that he was “reviewing the legality of aspects of the federal government’s response to the George Floyd protests in the city.” In letters sent to Attorney General William Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Racine said the district’s government “has received very little information about the legal basis for these entities’ presence.” In all of the letters, Racine asked the federal and state authorities to explain the legal authority for the deployments, the troops’ mission and whether they have been given the authority to make arrests. On Tuesday, the...
    The National Guard’s top general on Sunday said Guard units in nearly half of U.S. states have been mobilized to help major cities deal with riots sparked by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd, as they braced for what could be another night of destructive violence. General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, said some 16,000 additional Guard troops have been deployed to 24 states and the District of Columbia in response to civil disturbances. Floyd died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck. The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter; he and three other officers were fired from the force after video of Floyd’s death emerged. People walk by as a member of the California National Guard stands watch Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (AP) The latest deployment brought the total number of deployed...
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