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    WASHINGTON - Security and police forces in and around Washington will be operating at what they describe as “a high-level of readiness” as the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump gets underway next week, worried the event could serve as a flashpoint for American extremists still angry over the outcome of the presidential election. Officials have been hesitant to share specifics about the intelligence, some of which has been described as disturbing chatter on social media platforms. But following the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of five people, they have been public about not wanting to leave anything to chance. "We must demonstrate an overt security presence in (Washington) D.C., at least for now," Christopher Rodriguez, director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told lawmakers during a hearing Thursday. “We believe that this posture is essential to...
    WASHINGTON - Security and police forces in and around Washington will be operating at what they describe as “a high-level of readiness” as the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump gets underway next week, worried the event could serve as a flashpoint for American extremists still angry over the outcome of the presidential election. Officials have been hesitant to share specifics about the intelligence, some of which has been described as disturbing chatter on social media platforms. But following the siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of five people, they have been public about not wanting to leave anything to chance. "We must demonstrate an overt security presence in (Washington) D.C., at least for now," Christopher Rodriguez, director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told lawmakers during a hearing Thursday. “We believe that this posture is essential to...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado National Guard members will be traveling to Washington DC to help with security for next week’s Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. At least 200 are in the Capitol to join more than 20,000 National Guard troops from 40 states. (credit: Colorado National Guard) Federal law enforcement agencies say the cost of securing next week’s inauguration is close to $35 million. Washington DC is essentially locked down, with dozens of streets blocked off, 11 subway stations shut down and barbed wire topping a fence surrounding the Capitol Building.
    More On: national guard National Guardsmen in DC to outnumber troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Washington state activates National Guard ahead of protests Here’s how New York can get its shot together — and finally beat COVID-19 National Guard deployed to Kenosha on eve of Jacob Blake decision A total of 15,000 National Guard troops — some of whom will be armed — will help provide security in Washington, DC, in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a report. The number of Guard members deployed from other states has been growing amid mounting fears of more violence in the wake of last week’s deadly riot at the US Capitol, Reuters reported. Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen issued a stark warning to would-be rioters. “I want to send a clear message to anyone contemplating violence, threats of violence or other criminal conduct: We will have no...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Lawmakers may have been exposed to COVID during Capitol riot Pelosi says she likes 25th Amendment: It ‘gets rid’ of Trump How lone Capitol cop averted disaster, luring rioters away from open Senate door Veteran Capitol cop reportedly commits suicide days after riot Maryland’s National Guard was immediately readied to tackle the Capitol riots — but the Pentagon didn’t allow it to deploy for almost two hours, even as lawmakers begged for their help, Gov. Larry Hogan charged Sunday. “Within minutes of this attack, I called a security team together … I immediately called up the National Guard,” Hogan told CNN’s “State of the Union” of his response to being told the “Capitol was under attack.” “And I was getting called from the leaders of Congress pleading with me to get our guard into the city,” he said. But in DC, only the Department...
    The U.S. Capitol Police turned down offers for support from the National Guard and the FBI to help manage what ended up becoming a massive Capitol security breach carried out by a mob of pro-Trump supporters. Capitol Police were contacted by the Pentagon three days before the planned event to see if they needed assistance from the National Guard, The Associated Press reports. Then as the rioters fell upon the Capitol, leaders from the Justice Department reached out to see if they needed assistance from FBI agents. Sources close to matter told the AP that both offers were turned down. Despite ordering more personnel to be present in preparation for the event, Capitol Police still found themselves overwhelmed when rioters began breaking into the Capitol, smashing windows and vandalizing offices. Multiple lawmakers expressed shock and outrage at the apparent failure in security that occurred on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell...
    THE US Capitol Police boss has resigned after Capitol Hill was besieged by hundreds of pro-Trump rioters in Washington DC. Chief Steven Sund's resignation will be effective January 16, The Associated Press reports, citing a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly. A spokeswoman for Sund confirmed the report, according to NBC News. Sund reportedly resigned Thursday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to step down. Most read in News‘TRAITOROUS’Michelle blasts 'infantile' Trump & brands riot 'gang-organized violence'APPALLINGTrump Press Sec says 'entire White House' slams riots & vows 'peaceful transfer'CAPITOL PUNISHMENTFBI hunting MAGA’s ‘most wanted’ as Trump's riot role investigatedBreakingPARDON METrump discussed 'pardoning himself' as Congress pushes for ouster or impeachment'MOB AFTER MIKE’Rioters appear to scream ‘HANG Mike Pence’ after Trump blamed VP for loss'CAN'T DIE IN VAIN'Wife of 'healthy' doc who died after Covid jab fears it triggered death On Thursday,...
    AUBURN (CBS13) — A senior home in Auburn had to call in help from the California National Guard after a significant number of staff members couldn’t work due to contracting COVID-19. The Westview Healthcare Center in Auburn says seven National Guard service members responded over the weekend and are helping staff at the facility. According to the facility’s website, which was last updated on Monday, there are 17 staff members who are currently unavailable to work due to positive coronavirus tests. Officials say this incident serves as a reminder of the seriousness of the situation. “This incident underscores the cunningness of this virus and the service and sacrifices made by those who care for our residents as if they were members of their own family,” said Brent Williams, the Administrator of Westview Healthcare Center, in a statement. More from CBS Sacramento: CHP Sees Rise In Freeway Shootings Around...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has authorized another 150 Idaho National Guard soldiers to help medical facilities battle the coronavirus. The Republican governor on Friday added the soldiers to the 100 he activated last month to help the state deal with surging infections and deaths. The 250 soldiers help with mobile testing support, facility decontamination and COVID-19 screenings. They are also helping at food banks. State officials say nearly 120,000 Idaho residents have been infected, and there have been 1,151 deaths. The positivity rate for those getting tested is 20%, well above the 5% or less state officials want. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Idaho, Associated PressRelated ArticlesBest StatesStates With Most Older WorkersBest StatesWhy Oregon Just Decriminalized All DrugsBest StatesThe States With Growing Household IncomeBest StatesThe States Aging the FastestBest StatesDeWine Tempers COVID-19 Response...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis is calling on the Colorado National Guard’s Cyber Defense Forces to help with election security. Polis issued an executive order Monday for National Guard personnel to be on hand to help protect election infrastructure. (credit: CBS) RELATED: Colorado National Guard Helps Monitor State’s Election Security Operations Center The order activates up to 10 cyber defense specialists to help with training and security up until Election Day.
    By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation’s capital and several states this summer. Military leaders don't explicitly tie the changes to concerns about possible election-related violence, but the nation is bracing for unrest surrounding the tumultuous presidential campaign, particularly if voting results are not known for days or weeks because of the increase in mail-in ballots. According to the Guard, about 600 troops — 300 in both Alabama and Arizona — will be ready to deploy within 24 hours if requested by a governor in another state. And Guard leaders have also bought more than $200,000 in new protective equipment, and have increased troop training on proper procedures in dealing with...
    WASHINGTON – The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation’s capital and several states this summer. Military leaders don't explicitly tie the changes to concerns about possible election-related violence, but the nation is bracing for unrest surrounding the tumultuous presidential campaign, particularly if voting results are not known for days or weeks because of the increase in mail-in ballots. According to the Guard, about 600 troops — 300 in both Alabama and Arizona — will be ready to deploy within 24 hours if requested by a governor in another state. And Guard leaders have also bought more than $200,000 in new protective equipment, and have increased troop training on proper procedures in dealing with protests. The moves come as Defense Department...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday lauded a new law that will help Nebraska National Guard members save some money when they attend a state university of college. The law passed earlier this year will increase the amount of undergraduate tuition assistance for Guard members from 75% to 100% of the cost. It also will expand the program to include 50% tuition assistance for graduate programs. Ricketts praised the work of the Guard during a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol. He pointed to the Guard's response to last year's record floods in Nebraska and its help this year in testing residents for the coronavirus. Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard, called the law as “a game-changer” that will help recruit and retain new members. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    President Donald Trump toured sites of riot damage Tuesday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, meeting with local leaders about how to maintain safety in the city. Trump visited the city alongside Attorney General Bill Barr and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and held a roundtable meeting on the city’s status. Local officials including Kenosha Sheriff David Beth, Police chief Daniel Miskinis, and local African-American Pastors James and Sharon Ward also attended, thanking Trump for his help in returning peace to the streets and offering advice on how to solve nationwide unrest for the long term. Beth praised the Trump administration for the speed with which it offered resources to help quell the unrest in the city. (RELATED: We Witnessed The Kenosha Shootings. Here’s What Really Happened) “I had some very important people in Washington tell me ‘I have to report to the president, to Mr. Barr and tell them what does the...
    President Trump ripped Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in a string of tweets early Sunday as “incompetent” and called on local officials to ask him for help to quell the violence that has been rocking the Oregon city for months. “Wheeler is incompetent, much like Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump posted about the Democratic mayor. “This is not what our great Country wants. They want Safety & Security, and do NOT want to Defund our Police!” Trump began tweeting and retweeting about Portland shortly before 5 a.m. They come after as a man wearing a far-right group Patriot Prayer hat was killed Saturday evening during clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and pro-President Trump supporters. “Our great National Guard could solve these problems in less than 1 hour. Local authorities must ask before it is too late. People of Portland, and other Democrat run cities, are disgusted with Schumer, Pelosi, and...
    Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has refused offers for additional law enforcement help in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where multiple people were shot and killed Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said according to numerous reports. Evers activated a “limited mobilization” of National Guard troops Monday and then increased the number to 250 Tuesday, but chaos ensued in Kenosha, where Jacob Blake was shot by police Sunday, resulting in deadly violence during the riots. Evers reportedly turned down offers of federal help additional to the National Guard already in Kenosha, which Meadows was not optimistic would help counter the violence, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. KENOSHA, WI – AUGUST 24: A police armored vehicle patrols an intersection on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Meadows said he had been contacted by Republican Wisconsin Rep. Bryan Steil and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who reported the...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states — Texas and Florida — after their Republican governors appealed directly to him. Other states will now have to pay a quarter of the cost of National Guard deployments in their states, despite their governors also requesting the federal government continue to foot the entire bill. A White House official said Trump made an exception for Texas and Florida because Governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis — who enjoy close relationships with Trump — made “special, direct cases to the President.” The official said Trump “is open to speaking with any governor from any state.” While Texas and Florida both have a large number of coronavirus cases — more than 466,000 and 502,000, respectively — other states with large numbers...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump agreed to continue paying for the full cost of National Guard troops deployed to help with the coronavirus response in just two states -- Texas and Florida -- after their Republican governors appealed directly to him.Other states will now have to pay a quarter of the cost of National Guard deployments in their states, despite their governors also requesting the federal government continue to foot the entire bill. A White House official said Trump made an exception for Texas and Florida because their governors -- who enjoy close relationships with Trump -- made "special, direct cases to the President."The official said Trump "is open to speaking with any governor from any state."While Texas and Florida both have a large number of coronavirus cases -- more than 466,000 and 502,000, respectively -- other states with large numbers of cases, like California and Arizona, will only see three-quarters of...
    (CNN)States, on the cusp of another deadline, are waiting for the Trump administration to decide whether National Guard deployments to assist with the coronavirus response will be extended past August. In late May, President Donald Trump extended federal funding for National Guard deployments until mid-August, saying at the time the extension would help "states succeed in their response and recovery efforts." The virus is still surging across the US with the number of cases now at more than 4.4 million and the death toll at more than 152,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The latest on the coronavirus pandemicGovernors are urgently requesting that the administration continue the deployments amid an emphasis on coronavirus testing. "The National Guard remains a critical part of our emergency health response, and we need the administration to grant this extension no later than Friday," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter Tuesday....
    President Trump criticized NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s refusal to send in the National Guard to address the rioting in the city telling “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Wednesday that “liberal” mayors are “having a lot of trouble” with the violent demonstrations. Host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump if he agrees with de Blasio’s statement on Tuesday that the National Guard is not trained to help police quell violence. “No, not at all,” Trump said in response. “You look at what happened in Minnesota, they were getting decimated and then after three days of watching it I demanded that the National Guard be utilized and in one day it was over.” “In fact, they got there at a certain time in the late afternoon and by the time they finished it was, I always say somewhat sarcastically, but the safest place on earth and Minnesota was really having...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday acknowledged that the Big Apple will likely see more mayhem over the next few days, but repeatedly rejected using the National Guard for help after the city was plunged into chaos for the second consecutive night. “No, we do not need, nor do we think it’s wise for the National Guard to be in New York City, nor any armed forces,” de Blasio told reporters during his daily City Hall press briefing, adding, “When outside armed forces go into communities, no good comes of it. We have seen this for decades.” “No, on the National Guard!” he later repeated. “We will regret it if we bring outside armed forces.” De Blasio claimed that the National Guard was not “trained” to handle rampant looters and violent thugs devolving the Big Apple into pandemonium, and that the matter was much better suited for the 36,000 members...
    LOS ANGELES -- Armed National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets of Los Angeles early Sunday as the city began cleaning up after a night of violence that saw demonstrators clash repeatedly with officers, torch police vehicles and pillage businesses.RELATED: SF mayor to address looting after 25-30 Union Square stores vandalizedThe guard was deployed after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for all of Los Angeles County, which saw protests over the death of George Floyd turn violent, withofficers injured and stores looted and vandalized on Saturday.EMBED More News Videos Thousands of people in Los Angeles protested the death of George Floyd, but the gatherings led to the burning of cars and buildings, looting and the imposition of a citywide curfew. Mayor Eric Garcetti requested their deployment "to maintain peace and safety on the streets of our city" after he issued a rare citywide curfew that expired as dawn...
    CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago mayor restricts vehicle, transit access downtown, calls in National Guard help after demonstrations turn violent. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Death rates for coronavirus higher in Democratic states Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass? Trump to pull U.S. out of Open Skies Treaty Isolation isn’t new, but ‘social distancing’ nearly as novel as coronavirus Top 20 war movies to watch on Memorial Day Architect of NYT’s 1619 project draws distinction between ‘politically black and racially black’ Trump praises ‘incredible dedication’ of American military, fallen warriors Doctor: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin (No Creams Needed)” Sponsored Content Colorado State, facing $100M budget hit, delivers $1,500 checks to undocumented students ‘I’m not locking down anymore,’ says former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar Quiz: Only a true baby boomer can beat this...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said late Saturday he's seeking National Guard assistance as the nation's second-largest city faces another night of rioting in response to the death of George Floyd. “This is no longer a protest,” Garcetti told local media. “This is destruction. This is vandalism.” TEXAS JOINS SEVERAL OTHER STATES IN MOBILIZING NATIONAL GUARD AMID UNREST OVER GEORGE FLOYD DEATH Garcetti was asked whether the National Guard might be needed, something he was dismissive of earlier Saturday. “Anything is possible. Absolutely," Garcetti said, noting he would be speaking with California Gov. Gavin Newsom. "That takes some time. Sometimes it can take overnight to mobilize.” Garcetti’s comments came just after he imposed a citywide curfew, requiring residents of Los Angeles to “stay indoors” starting at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Sunday. “I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard — and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of...
    The mayor of Hudson has asked the Wisconsin governor to send in the National Guard to help keep his city safe. Hudson Mayor Rich O’Connor issued a statement Saturday saying he asked for help as an “overabundance of caution to ensure that in the absolute worst-case scenario we are prepared.” “The City of Hudson recognizes that there is concern in our community about the unfortunate situation occurring to our neighbors in Minnesota,” he said in his statement. “Please rest assured the City is doing everything possible in conjunction with our County and State partners to keep our citizens safe. I did request that the Governor provide the National Guard to assist in these efforts.” There was no word on Saturday evening whether Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers would send the Guard to Hudson, which lies about 18 miles east of St. Paul. Earlier on Saturday, Evers authorized Wisconsin National Guard to assist...
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