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January: YouTube.Com: What have you done?
A Catholic priest talks turkey to his congregation in Lancaster, South Carolina.  Father Jeffrey Kirby from Our Lady of Grace Parish delivered a sermon admonishing parishioners who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race. 

January 15: The Epoch Times: State Department signs historic antisemitism
document with Morocco NGO
The U.S. State Department signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Mimouna Association, an Moroccan NGO aiming to “promote and preserve the Moroccan Jewish culture,” in a move lauded by Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala.  The partnership is historic, because it incorporates a “commitment to combating anti-semitism together, also combating anti-Zionism and Islamophobia,” explained Ellie Cohanim, the U.S. deputy special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, in an interview.  “… the MOU, again, is groundbreaking in the sense that we really confront these issues head-on,” she said.  This agreement is an extension of the Abraham Accords, a series of Middle East peace deals brokered by the Trump administration that she called one of his “most historic and proud” achievements. 

Meanwhile President Trump received Morocco’s highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters.  In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, gave Trump the Order of Muhammad, an award given only to heads of state. It was a gift from Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.  White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz received other awards for their work on the Israel-Morocco deal, which was reached in December.

January 15: Fox News: Senator Graham releases Russia probe documents;
investigation was “incompetent, corrupt”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Friday released a slew of additional documents and transcripts related to his panel’s investigation into the origins and aftermath of the Trump-Russia probe, calling the original probe "one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ."  The first investigation – which looked into whether members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the election – was called "Crossfire Hurricane" Graham, the senior Republican senator from South Carolina, released transcripts of interviews with FBI and Justice Department officials conducted by the committee, between March 3, 2020 and October 29, 2020.  "I consider the Crossfire Hurricane investigation a massive system failure by senior leadership, but not representative of the dedicated, hardworking patriots who protect our nation every day at Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice," Graham said. 

January 15: The Epoch Times: Parler helped FBI identify suspect linked
to Capitol Hill riot
Parler, the social media company at the heart of a de-platforming controversy, provided federal agents with information used to identify a suspect linked to the Capitol riot, court documents show.  The FBI received records from Parler to identify Eduard Florea, the person behind an account where a number of threats originated relating to elected officials and last week’s violence at the Capitol, according to a Jan. 13 affidavit.  According to the complaint and statements made in court, Florea used the name “LoneWolfWar” in running a social media account on Parler, which he used to post threatening statements online. These included remarks about killing a senator-elect and plans to travel to Washington “as part of a group armed with firearms ready to engage in violence,” the Department of Justice said.

January 15: The Washington Times: Pelosi mum on when impeachment
will reach the Senate, so here we go again
resident Trump was impeached Wednesday afternoon and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a ceremony to sign the article of impeachment hours later.  But the document still hasn’t been sent to the Senate, which would hold the actual trial.  Pelosi, while proclaiming the matter “urgent,” brushed aside questions Friday over why the House hasn’t sent them to Senate.  Trump leaves office Wednesday, and any trial now would occur after he’s out.  Pelosi gave every indication she still expects that to happen.  Impeachment would dominate the Senate, perhaps for weeks, and that could derail the incoming administration’s efforts to get Cabinet nominees confirmed and to work on a new coronavirus relief package.  But delaying a trial for weeks or months could leave the specter of Trump hanging over a Capitol.  The question remains why do this with only a few days left in Trump’s first term in office.  According to Rush Limbaugh, she is scared to death of what Trump might do, including the possibility that he might run again in 2024.

January 14: NTD News: Twitter and Facebook combined market value of $51 Billion erased in two days since they banned Trump from their platforms
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have collectively seen $51.2 billion in combined market value wiped out over the last two trading sessions since they banned President Donald Trump from their platforms following the U.S. Capitol breach.  Large tech firms and a number Democratic political figures have claimed Trump allegedly incited violence at the U.S. Capitol. The House even passed an article of impeachment.  Trump took to Twitter following the outbreak of violence to call on protesters to “go home in peace.” He denounced the violence as a “heinous attack” that “defiled the seat of American democracy” on Jan. 7. It is unclear who instigated the breach of the building although Antifa has been implicated.  Last week, Twitter first placed restrictions on a video the president posted, before temporarily suspending his account, an action followed closely by Facebook. Twitter two days later permanently suspended Trump’s account over two Twitter posts it claimed violated its policies.  A large number of pro-Trump accounts were also deleted by Twitter and Facebook.

January 14: The Washington Times: Evidence of planned attack on
Capitol undercuts Democrats’ claim that Trump incited same

The Democratic impeachment claim that President Trump spurred the attack on the U.S. Capitol by whipping his supporters into a violent mob is coming under scrutiny as evidence mounts that the siege was not spontaneous but planned well in advance.  The release of initial court documents show that at least two suspects arrived on or before Jan. 6 armed with explosives, tactical gear and caches of weapons. Facebook is under fire for failing to remove “Stop the Steal” pages allegedly used by organizers weeks and even months ahead of the rally.  Also emerging are media reports that investigators believe the assault was coordinated and “not just a protest that spiraled out of control,” and that the FBI knew beforehand of plans for a “war” at the Capitol. Donald Trump, Jr. connected the dots Thursday noting that the FBI, New York and Capitol Hill police departments had prior intelligence about the possibility of a siege.  “If these federal law enforcement agencies had prior knowledge that this was a planned attack then POTUS didn’t incite anything,” Donald Trump, Jr. said.

January 14: NewsMax.com: Navarro: Dems did violence by
impeaching “legally elected” Trump
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, while insisting Thursday President Donald Trump was "legally elected" in November, said the Democratic Party "did violence" to the country by attacking the president and impeaching him in a "travesty" during the last remaining days he has in office.   "I will say to these people on Capitol Hill, knock it off," Navarro said.  "Stop this. Let the man leave peacefully with his dignity. He was the greatest jobs president, the greatest trade negotiator we have ever had in this country's history. This is just wrong what they're doing."  He contended that if the election was held today Trump would win again and "that's what the Democrats fear."  "I have never been more [people] pissed off in my life at this place, and I think 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump feel exactly the same way," said Navarro. 

January 14: The Daily Caller: Texas AG launches investigation into
big tech after they banned Trump from their platforms

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation into the content moderation policies of multiple Silicon Valley based tech companies after President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter last week.  Paxton’s office demanded four big tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Amazon and Google provide information relating to their censoring of conservative speech as well as their termination of the popular conservative social media app Parler from their platforms.

January 14: NewsMax.com: Parler may have a new web hosting service
After Amazon suspended Parler's web hosting account following the Capitol protests, the conservative-leaning social network may have landed a new home with Epik. But whether the app will come back online remains unknown.  The alternative social media app registered its domain with Epik on Monday, according to public records. Epik, a domain registrar and web hosting service indicated in a statement it had no communications with Parler prior to the move.   Despite possibly having a new hosting platform, in a Wednesday interview with Reuters, Parler CEO John Matze said he didn't know when or if the service would return

January 13: Fox News: Trump says “No True Supporter”
of his could endorse political violence

President Trump released a video Wednesday evening denouncing last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol and declaring that no true supporter of his could support political violence.  "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for," Trump said in a message from the Oval Office.   "No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence," Trump said. "No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag. No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans. If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement. You are attacking it and you are attacking our country. We cannot tolerate it."

January 13: The Daily Caller: Madame Pelosi does it again,
impeaches Trump for the second time

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time during his presidency.  The House impeachment resolution charges Trump with one article of “incitement of insurrection” and the effort is being led by Democratic Reps. David Cicilline (RI), Jamie Raskin (MD), and Ted Lieu (CA).  The vote Wednesday was 232-197 with 10 Republicans voting to impeach.  These included: Representatives Adam Kinzinger (IL), Liz Chaney (WY), John Katko (NY), Anthony Gonzalez (OH),  Peter Meijer (MI), Dan Newhouse  (WA), Tom Rice (SC), Fred Upton (MI), David Valadao (CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office confirmed that he will not “consent” to reconvening the Senate before Jan. 19, effectively killing hopes for removing Trump from office before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. McConnell is also reportedly considering voting to convict Trump in an impeachment trial.  Like the last attempt by Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues, it is highly unlikely that Trump will be convicted.

January 13: Breitbart.com: Kamala Harris promises fast, perpetual amnesties
President Joe Biden’s amnesty bill will try to accelerate the conversion of amnestied migrants to the U.S. voters, according to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  “We’re going to reduce the time from what is now, what has been [in prior amnesty legislation] 13 years to eight years,” Harris said.  The current law says that people who win green cards can become citizens and vote in just five years. Prior legislation also set a multi-year delay — around eight years — between an amnesty and the receipt of green cards.  If Congress were to approve a seven-year gap between amnesty, green cards, and citizenship, it could allow many of the huge population of illegal aliens to vote in the 2028 presidential election, when Harris may be running for president.

January 13: The Washington Free Beacon:  Pro-life advocates cheer
supreme court ruling restricting abortion access

Pro-life groups praised the Supreme Court for restoring a federal prohibition against at-home abortions.  The Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled lower-court decisions blocking Food and Drug Administration requirements that patients obtain abortion drugs in person. Mallory Quigley, vice president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said that clinics exploited the coronavirus pandemic to increase business amid lockdowns, encouraging the self-administered abortions that pro-choice advocates once characterized as dangerous "back-alley" procedures.  "The pro-abortion lobby has consistently sought to further jeopardize the health and safety of women by pushing deregulation of dangerous abortion drugs," Quigley said. "Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby even sought to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to push abortion by mail, promoting DIY abortion at home, upping the risk of serious complications."

January 12: The Daily Caller: Pence rejects calls to initiate a 25th amendment move to remove Trump; urges Congress not to proceed down the impeachment path
Vice President Mike Pence rejected calls for him to remove President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment and urged Congress not to impeach the president Tuesday.  The comments represent the first time Pence has addressed calls from Democrats and some Republicans to remove Trump from office over accusations he incited the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week. Pence explained to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a Tuesday letter that he did not believe the removal of Trump via either method was the right move.  “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence said in the letter. He added that the text of the 25th amendment implied it was only to be used if a president was mentally incapable of carrying out the duties of his office. He argued it would “set a terrible precedent” to use the amendment to remove a president for what some consider a bad action. 
[Meanwhile, there are reports that the President’s speech on the ellipse on January 6th -- where he was supposedly inciting protestors to riot -- took place while the Capitol was already being breached.  Other reports indicate that the instigators of the storming of the Capitol were members of Antifa who did similar things in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and other cities.  The President had called upon his supporters to let their will be known peacefully and to follow the direction of law enforcement.]

January 12: NewsMax.com: Trump: Impeachment moves are causing anger,
but “I want no violence”
President Donald Trump, under pressure to resign after being accused of allegedly inciting a deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol last week, said moves to impeach him are 'absolutely ridiculous" and causing "tremendous anger," but added that he does not want violence.  "I want no violence," Trump told reporters, after branding the efforts against him "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics," before he left Washington, D.C., to visit the border wall in Alamo, Texas.   Asked whether he feels any responsibility the Capitol attack, Trump said his words to supporters on Wednesday were "totally appropriate."

Trump speaks at the border wall that now stretches 450 miles January 12: C-Span: President Trump visits
the border wall in Alamo, TX

President Trump visited the border in Texas where part of the 450 miles of border wall has built.  In his address he noted that its design was based upon what the Border Patrol wanted, lots of cement, rebar, and steel.  He also said that because of this wall law enforcement has been able to focus on other areas and that support for building the wall came, interestingly enough, from the Hispanic population living near the border.  They want to live in safety and peace, Trump contended.  Unlike others who have promised to do something about open borders, it was President Trump – even with fierce opposition – who was able to keep his campaign promise to get it done.  He hoped that the next administration doesn’t attempt to tear it down.

January 12: NewsMax.com: Parler CEO: People are threatening my life
Parler CEO John Matze told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that it is not only his civil liberties that are in danger in Big Tech's attempts to place severe restrictions on his company, but his life, as well.  "People are threatening my life," Matze said. "I can't go home tonight. … This is not just our civil liberties. [Big Tech] can shut down a billion-dollar company, half-a-billion dollar company overnight."  Matze told host Carlson that "You just never think it will happen, right?"  But he said the Big Tech giants — Apple, Google, and Amazon — all shut him out on the same day "without any prior warning."  Matze told Carlson that when Google dropped Parler, "we didn't get a notice from Google. We read it online in the news first. That is shocking."

January 12: The Washington Times: Trump’s breakthroughs in the
Middle East complicate Biden’s pledge to rejoin the Iran Deal
The diplomatic breakthroughs U.S. officials fashioned between several major Arab nations and Israel over the past year have represented perhaps the greatest foreign policy triumph of the Trump Administration.  But big questions now face the so-called Abraham Accords and how they will fare under the incoming Biden Administration, whose much-anticipated pursuit of renewed nuclear diplomacy with Iran risks striking at the very logic of the historic agreements.  The accords were made possible by an unprecedented Trump Administration push to pressure Arab and Israeli leaders to put aside long-standing disputes over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in favor of unifying against their common enemy in Iran.

January 11: NewsMax.com: Trump Administration to
designate Cuba as a terrorist Sponsor

The Trump administration plans to return Cuba to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday, a move that could complicate any efforts by the incoming Biden administration to revive Obama-era detente with Havana.   U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who could announce Cuba's designation as soon as Monday with just nine days left in office for President Donald Trump, is expected to tie the decision to Cuba's long-time harboring of U.S. fugitives as well as Colombian rebel leaders, the source said.  He may also cite Communist-ruled Cuba's support for Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.  Returning Cuba to the list is a further rollback of the detente that former President Barack Obama orchestrated between the old Cold War foes. Obama's decision to formally remove Cuba from the terrorism list in 2015 was an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties that year.

January 11: The Epoch Times: Trump’s approval ratings remain steady despite
attempts by the Media and Democrats to place blame on him for the
“breaching” of the Capitol
President Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained high despite a media frenzy surrounding the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and subsequent efforts by top Democrats to impeach him, according to a Rasmussen poll published on Jan. 11.  The poll shows that 48 percent of likely voters approve of Trump’s job performance.  Trump’s approval rating was lower in April, June, and July this year amid the pandemic of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus. Outside those dips, the rating has largely remained in the mid to high 40s with peaks to 53 percent approval on April 9 and Sept. 24.  Rasmussen is the only national pollster tracking the presidential approval rating on a daily basis. It came the closest among major polls to predicting a Trump victory in 2016.

January 11: Breitbart News: Democrat Senator wants Cruz and Hawley
expelled from the Senate
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said on Monday that Senators Hawley (R-MO) and Cruz (R-TX) must be “expelled” from the U.S. Senate for inciting the riot at the Capitol.  Brown said, “What is to be done is we move forward on impeachment. “I called for the resignation of Cruz and Hawley,” Brown said.  Are Brown and his fellow Democrats are not seeking reconciliation but retribution?

January 11: NewsMax.com: Twitter stocks falter with a 12% drop
as platform bans Trump and others
Shares of Twitter Inc tumbled over 6% on Monday after its move to permanently suspend U.S. President Donald Trump's widely-followed account spurred concern among investors over the future regulation of social networks.  Twitter said on Friday its suspension of Trump's account, which had 88 million followers, was due to the risk of further violence following the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.  The move drew criticism from some Republicans for quelling the president's right to free speech, while European Union Commissioner Thierry Breton said the past week's events likely heralded a new era of heavier official control.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose relations with Trump have been frosty, criticized Twitter's ban and warned through a spokesman that legislators, not private companies, should decide on potential curbs to free expression.

January 11: The Epoch Times: Parler sues Amazon demands
reinstatement on platform

Social media company Parler sued  Amazon on Monday, alleging that the Seattle-based firm’s hosting service violated anti-trust laws and their contractual agreement.  The company, which was taken offline by Amazon’s services early Monday morning, asked a federal judge in Washington state to reject Amazon’s shutdown of its services.  Parler argued that Amazon’s move was “motivated by political animus” and designed to reduce competition to benefit Twitter. Twitter is a customer of Amazon Web Services’ division.  The emergency order asked a judge to reject Amazon’s shutdown of Parler’s account and said it is akin to “pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support.”  Amazon “will kill Parler’s business—at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” Parler’s complaint said.

January 11: NewsMax.com: “The Fox is on the run?”
The rise of Newsmax TV has caused a major shake-up at Fox News, which announced Monday that its early evening show host Martha MacCallum has been demoted back to an early afternoon slot.  "Newsmax's consistently strong numbers during the day and especially at the 7 p.m. ET slot has caused panic at Fox, which rarely makes lineup changes," Newsmax said adding with a wink, "The Fox is on the run."  MacCallum's "The Story" had long been the #1 cable news show in the 7 p.m. time slot, until Newsmax TV's "Greg Kelly Reports" began a ratings surge in recent months.   With Kelly pulling an average of 800,000-plus viewers per minute each night, MacCallum had fallen to third place behind CNN and MSNBC.

January 10: The Epoch Times: The GAB social media platform reports 753% increase
in traffic in the last 24 hours as users migrate from Twitter amid widespread bans

The social media platform Gab reported on Saturday a huge increase in traffic as users migrate from Twitter amid widespread bans.  “Our traffic is up 753% in the past 24 hours. Tens of millions of visits,” Gab said in a social media statement, responding to a user who said he wasn’t able to make an account.  “Please be patient, we aren’t going anywhere. Spinning up 10 new servers tonight. This takes time,” Gab added. The company also reported over 500,000 new users on Saturday. The Twitter permanent ban on President Trump, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn and others triggered an exodus to alternative sites such as Gab and Parler.  President Trump has reportedly already moved his account to Gab.  Similarly, to Parler, Gab was removed from the Apple and Google stores years ago but it doesn’t rely upon third-party cloud hosting provider, such as Amazon.  “Over the past four years we have been banned from multiple cloud hosting providers and were told that if we didn’t like it we should ‘build our own.’ So, that’s exactly what we did,” CEO Andrew Torba wrote last year. “Gab is the market leader when it comes to defending free speech against Silicon Valley tyranny online,” he contended.

Google said in a statement when it banned Gab that “social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people,” to remain on its online store. Meanwhile, Wikipedia, which is not known for its conservative leanings, has said Gab “…is an American alt-tech social networking service known for its far-right and extremist userbase.  Widely described as a haven for extremists including neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right, it has attracted users and groups who have been banned from other social networks."  Wikipedia also claims "antisemitism is prominent among the site's content, and the company itself has engaged in antisemitic commentary on Twitter."

January 10: The Epoch Times: The ACLU warns of unchecked power of big tech
after Twitter and Facebook ban Trump’s account for life

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday warned that the suspension of President Trump’s social media accounts wielded “unchecked power” by large tech companies.  Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, said in a statement that Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump from social media sets a precedent for tech companies to silence voices.  “We understand the desire to permanently suspend him [Trump] now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions— especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” the ACLU statement read.

January 10: Fox News: Parler to go dark “for a while” while being targeted
by Amazon Web Service; we are clearly being “singled out”
Social media platform Parler will likely go offline for "a while" Sunday evening given Amazon Web Services’ decision to suspend the upstart social media platform, executives said Sunday.  “We are clearly being singled out,” Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff said one day after Apple suspended Parler from its App Store even as it surged to the No. 1 spot in the free apps section earlier in the day.  “I believe we were treated unfairly,” she added.  CEO John Matze said the site will try to "get back online as quickly as possible," after writing on the platform that the site may be down for up to a week.

January 10: The Epoch Times: Parler CEO “Prepared to take full legal action”
after big tech companies target its platform

Parler founder and CEO John Matze said his company is “prepared to take full legal action” after several big tech companies suspended the social media network from their services, according to an email.  He said he believes Apple, Google, and Amazon had acted in bad faith and that the social media platform is considering legal action.  Responding to accusations that Parler was enabling “threats of violence and illegal activity,” Matze said these companies are using recent events to “go after Parler,” even though “there is no evidence Parler was used to coordinate the events.”  “Parler has no groups-style feature and Facebook was the number one tool for coordinating meetups for that event,” Matze said.  [See related story]

January 10: NewsMax.com: Anticipate a big backlash in 2022 elections
Corey Lewandowski, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is predicting a “big backlash” to Democratic control of both Congress and the White House.  In an interview Lewandowski said the midterm elections in 2022 will reflect voters’ negative reaction to a Democratic agenda.  “We’re going to see dramatic changes in Washington D.C.” because of the presidential and congressional elections — including the Georgia races last week that gave Democrats control of the Senate.  “They’ve been very clear what their [the Democrats] agenda is,” Lewandowski said.  “They’ve hid behind the world of coronavirus…  When one party has complete control of Washington… two years later you have a big backlash,” he noted.  “Trump isn’t going anywhere anytime soon,” saying supporters are “recruiting Republican candidates.  You’re going to see a lot of incumbents who didn’t expect a primary challenge — that’s coming,” he contended.

January 9: NewsMax.com: Limbaugh: Pelosi and Swamp
scared to death of Trump final days
Washington's "swamp" and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are "scared out of their gourd" about President Donald Trump's remaining days in office, according to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.   "The hatred is visceral," Limbaugh said “I’ve never seen personal animosity like this. I mean, it is almost to the point of uncontrollable and unpackageable."  Several media outlets reported House Democrats have drafted a second impeachment of Trump, listing just one charge: ''Incitement to insurrection'' for the Washington protest on Wednesday that breached the Capitol building.  The push is coming because the "entire Washington establishment" is "scared to death of Trump," said Limbaugh.   "The four-year coup, the four-year effort to get the election results of 2016 overturned, there are all kinds of people who broke the law, all kinds of people who are quaking in their boots," he added. "They’re worried silly that Trump is gonna unleash some of these classified documents."  Limbaugh also said the establishment is "terrified" that Trump will pardon people dangerous to them. "They’re worried to death that he’s got a card or two to play here yet… Imagine if he decided to release a bunch of classified documents right before the inauguration ceremony!"  He also noted that normally the next two weeks would be spent holding hearings on the new President’s nominees.  Not this year!

January 9: The Washington Times: Amazon takes social media site Parler offline
Amazon’s web hosting service is booting Parler, the anti-Big Tech social media platform, and could make the platform unavailable for a week, according Parler CEO John Matze.  “Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet,” Matze wrote on Parler. “There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons [sic] proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products.”  Amazon’s actions to “deplatform” Parler come after Apple and Google started blocking Parler’s app from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. Apple and Google’s decisions mean Parler’s app will not be available for download on Apple or Google operating systems via their app stores.  However, once Parler reboots on different servers it could make its app available on its website. 

January 9: The Daily CallerLimbaugh cancels Twitter account after Trump ban
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh deactivated his Twitter account Friday evening, following President Donald Trump’s ban from the platform.  Rumors began circulating that Limbaugh had been banned, but a Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the radio host deactivated his own account, which had more than half a million followers. Gen. Mike Flynn and lawyer Sidney Powell were also banned along with the president Friday evening, days after the Capitol riots.  Unlike other suspended accounts, Limbaugh’s profile has a message that reads, “This account doesn’t exist.”

January 9: NewsMax.com: Georgia Gov. Kemp under fire after Senate loses
Even though he wasn’t on the ballot, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has been painfully bruised by the 2020 elections.  In a state long dominated by Republicans, Democrats won Georgia’s electoral votes for president in November and two U.S. Senate seats in runoff elections Tuesday, defeating Kemp's hand-picked Senate appointee. President Trump, furious at Kemp for resisting efforts to overturn Trump's election loss, vowed to oppose the governor’s reelection next year.  Trump loyalists are already working to recruit a primary challenger. Meanwhile, Democrats who have gained strength in Georgia since Stacey Abrams’ narrow 2018 loss to Kemp are spoiling for revenge.  “Brian Kemp is the governor of the Titanic,” said Debbie Dooley, president of the Atlanta tea party and a Republican activist. “His governorship hit a big iceberg and it’s going down.”

January 9: The Washington Beacon: First Dem-controlled gov’t in a decade
means fights over the filibuster, court packing, and socialist agenda
With the Democrats in control of the Senate and Democratic control of the White House and Congress, President-elect Joe Biden has expanded options while denying him cover from the demands of his party's radical left wing.  With the Democrats win in Georgia last week it makes possible many of Biden's more expansive legislative priorities such as his promised revisions to Obamacare and his $2 trillion climate plan.  But it also means that he has lost the convenient excuse of a Republican-controlled Senate, which would have allowed him to refuse the more revolutionary changes endorsed by members of his party.  Meanwhile progressive groups are pushing for an end to the filibuster and for packing the Supreme Court.   Paradoxically, Biden's victory in the Senate may have set up an even greater battle: not against Republicans, but across the ever-growing fault lines which divide his party.

January 9: The Epoch Times: After ban of Trump from Twitter Graham
wants to roll back “big tech’s” protections
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Saturday that he was “more determined” to rollback liability protections for big tech companies after Twitter permanently removed President Trump’s account from its platform.  “Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake,” Graham said in a series of posts on Twitter. “The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter.”  Now that Graham has lost the power of being a committee chairman, he says “I’m more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech (Twitter) that let them be immune from lawsuits.”

January 9: The Washington Times: State Department lifts all restrictions
on government contacts with Taiwan
The State Department on Saturday ended restrictions on diplomatic and military contacts with Taiwan in a move designed to upgrade ties with the island state and end “appeasement of China.”  The action by outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo means senior U.S. civilian officials and military officers will now be free to travel to Taiwan.  In the past, most high-ranking military officers were banned from traveling to Taiwan and lower-ranking officers were not be allowed to wear military uniforms and had been forced to dress as civilians.  Senior government officials and diplomats also were barred from traveling in a bid to avoid upsetting Beijing.  The State Department announced this week that Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will travel to Taiwan. The announcement followed the latest crackdown by China on pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong.

January 8: The Epoch Times: Twitter bans conservative voices
for life! Trump, Flynn, Powell top the list
President Trump responded to Twitter’s move to permanently suspend his account from its platform late Friday, condemning the big tech giant and saying that it does not stand for free speech.  “As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me—and you, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump said in a statement “Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” he added.  Trump hinted at the possibility that his team may be looking as building its own social media platform in the near future. “We will not be silenced!” he said.

January 8: Breitbart News: Biden and Democrats want retribution not reconciliation
Joe Biden ran on a promise to unify the nation. He missed an opportunity on Thursday.  Instead of calling on Americans to come together, he went on a partisan rant against President Donald Trump and even suggested that the Capitol Police were racist.  Biden said the previous day’s riot on Capitol Hill was the result of four years of Trump: “He unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was but the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”  Not only is that claim arguably untrue, but it ignores the left’s refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election, the radical tactics of the so-called “Resistance,” the pointless impeachment of 2019-20, and the Black Lives Matter riots last year.  If Biden had wanted to heal the nation, he would have offered a hand of friendship to Trump supporters — and he would have acknowledged that the left has also used political violence.

January 8: NewsMax.com: Trump will not be attending the
Biden inauguration, and why should he?
President Donald Trump announced that he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20, and why should he after all the claims of election fraud and the refusal of the judicial branch to even hear any evidence backing up those claims?  In a tweet Friday morning, Trump announced:  "To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."  He did not indicate what he would be doing instead on that day.  Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said he is expected to head to Florida a day before Inauguration Day.  The move would make Trump the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successors inauguration.

January 8: The Washington Free Beacon: Report; Fledgling
Space Force foiled Iranian missile attack
The Space Force proved instrumental in thwarting an Iranian missile attack on American bases in Iraq last year, a new report shows.  A review of the events of January 7, 2020, reported by C4ISRNET indicates that the newly created Space Force’s early warning system allowed hundreds of Americans to quickly shelter in bunkers as Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. military installations.  The missile attacks came days after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. A Space Force early warning team at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., picked up unusual readings from advanced satellite missile-detection technology and informed military officials in Iraq within minutes. The early warning potentially saved lives, as U.S. forces reported zero deaths after the night’s action despite personnel suffering 110 injuries. 

January 8: The Daily Caller: Five people dead after storming of the Capitol building
Authorities have said that five people died during the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday. One woman died of a gunshot wound, three persons “suffered medical emergencies,” and a police officer died from injuries sustained while “physically engaging with protesters.”  A few of the hundreds-of-thousands Trump supporters committed acts of vandalism.  Some of the instigators reportedly had ties to Antifa. Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, authorities have made at least 68 arrests, police announced Thursday. Five of these arrests were for illegal possession of firearms, and two people were arrested for other weapons, police said. Police also said they arrested 28 additional people for violating curfew.

January 8: Fox News: Army Official: Capitol Police did not seek help
from the National Guard
The U.S. Army secretary says he was not asked for National Guard troops to protect the U.S. Capitol ahead of those who stormed into the complex.  "We were not pre-coordinated or asked for support by the Capitol Police," Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told a small group of reporters at the Pentagon Friday morning.  "The Capitol Hill Police has the responsibility and the jurisdiction. They are a separate branch of government," McCarthy said. "They have to ask and request the support."  As late as Sunday, Jan. 3, "They said they didn’t need any support."   At 3:04 pm Wednesday Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered the National Guard to help retake the building. "It was green light, go," McCarthy said.  This was minutes after McCarthy said he received a call from the U.S. Capitol Hill Police chief who called saying, "I need help!"

January 8: The Washington Examiner: Navarro: Republicans criticizing
Trump need to “Shut Up!”
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro had harsh words for conservatives who have condemned President Trump for his role in the storming of the Capitol by his own supporters.  As Congress began its joint session on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College for President-elect Joe Biden, a swath of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the session at the president's insistence. The chaos resulted in five deaths, countless injuries, destruction of federal property, dozens of arrests, and a lockdown of the Capitol, but it did not stop Congress from certifying the results.   Conservatives such as Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mitt Romney(R-UT) and former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley “just need to shut up" with their criticism of the president, Navarro said. "What happened was tragic on Capitol Hill. It should not be laid at the feet of President Donald J. Trump."

January 7: The Washington Times: Antifa members may have been involved
in instigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol

Facial recognition software has identified neo-Nazis and other extremists as participants in Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol.  XR Vision, a software firm in New York, used its image analysis to help law enforcement identify rioters.  “Shortly after the rioting started, XR Vision performed an analysis on the footage and identified several individuals. This information was shared with LEA [law enforcement agency],” the company said in a statement.  There is evidence Antifa members may have been involved.  The New York Post, quoting a law enforcement source, said two Antifa from New York were in the crowd.  A video on social media also seems to show people wearing Trump “Make America Great Again” paraphernalia shouting “Antifa, Antifa” as a man with some type of instrument tried to smash a window and break into the Capitol. MAGA people then forcibly subdued the man to prevent further damage.  Law enforcement said “The professional protesters were in the crowd posing as Trumpers. They were preaching violence. As they approached it was announced that [Vice President Mike] Pence had said he has no Constitutional authority. The crowd got mad. The agitators used this to whip-up anger. If the Feds are really intent on making the linkage between the instigators and Antifa, the evidence is there.”

January 7: The Washington Examiner: Federal Prosecutors: All options on the
table in prosecuting U.S. Capitol intruders
The Justice Department is bringing 55 criminal cases related to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.  Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, the federal prosecutor in the nation’s capital, told reporters Thursday that 15 cases had been filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia while 40 cases have been brought before the D.C. Superior Court. He said charges include unlawful entry, assault, firearms possession, property theft, pilfering, and one arrest where a person had 11 Molotov cocktails “ready to go.” Sherwin also confirmed that the pipe bombs found near the RNC and DNC offices are believed to have been working explosives before they were rendered safe by the FBI.   Sherwin said that “all options are on the table” — potentially including further charges related to rioting, incitement, sedition, and insurrection. He promised that “if the evidence fits the elements of the crime,” then charges will be brought against the perpetrators. The prosecutor also referred to “national security” concerns related to some of the thefts on Capitol Hill.

January 7: The Epoch Times: White House condemns violence on Capitol Hill
and promises a smooth transition
The White House on Thursday condemned the violence that took place Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol and assured the American public that there will be an “orderly transition of power.”  “The violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s capital was appalling, reprehensible, and antithetical to the American way. We condemn it, the president and this administration, in the strongest possible terms,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a press conference. “It is unacceptable and those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”  Violence broke out at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon when a group of protesters breached the building and interrupted lawmakers who were at the time debating whether to reject Electoral College votes for Arizona.  Law enforcement has reportedly said that Antifa (a left-wing group) may have been involved in instigating the breach of the Capitol.

January 6: Fox News: Congress reconvenes; Objections to Pennsylvania
electors resolved, expected to be the last one this evening
Members of Congress reconvened to continue their review of Electoral College votes on Wednesday night, hours after protestors stormed the US Capitol in an unprecedented breach of an American government institution.  Earlier, authorities had evacuated lawmakers and the D.C. mayor declared a 6 p.m. curfew amid escalating violence in the halls of Congress that saw police draw their weapons. President Trump has since called for "peace" and for protesters to "go home.  Note: The Mayor of the District of Columbia has no jurisdiction over federal properties (such as the national mall) which includes a major chunk of the nation’s capital or the its METRO (subway) system.

January 6: NewsMax.com: Two reasons why the GOP
lost in the Georgia Senate races

The two Georgia Senate races should never have been lost by Republicans.  But they were for two reasons.  First, Georgia's Republican establishment, led by Gov. Brian Kemp, didn't fight for President Donald Trump in his recount efforts.  Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, clearly aligned with Democrats to thwart Trump.  And Kemp refused to call a special session to tighten voter identification rules, require signature verification, and stop drop boxes.  "By their refusal to completely embrace President Trump, the establishment Republicans blew a huge advantage in the Georgia runoffs," veteran Georgia GOP consultant and pollster Matt Towery said.  Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue did not enthusiastically back Trump's recount efforts and belatedly said they would back his electoral vote challenge.  These moves, in turn, discouraged enthusiasm for the Senate runoffs Tuesday on the part of "Trump conservatives."

January 6: The Washington Examiner: Electoral College nixes objection to
Arizona objection after four hour siege of the Capitol
The Senate, shaken by a four-hour Capitol siege, overwhelmingly rejected a challenge to the results of Arizona’s certification of the presidential election following impassioned speeches demanding lawmakers end their efforts to derail the results.  The vote was 6-93 to overturn the results of the Arizona electors. Those voting in favor were Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.  The vote took place at 10 p.m. and quickly showed most lawmakers had no interest in entertaining the objections that had been put forward by a group of House and Senate Republicans.

January 6: NewsMax.Com: Three U.S. Senators withdraw their objections
to electors amid violence in the Capitol
Multiple Republican senators have reversed course and now say they won’t object to congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.  Their change of heart came after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier Wednesday and interrupted their proceedings. One person was fatally shot.

January 6: The Epoch TimesViolence at the U.S. Capitol as protestors flood
into the building
The woman who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has died, the Metropolitan Police Department said.   A police spokesman told news outlets that the woman died, but declined to provide more details on her identity or what happened   “We had stormed into the chambers inside, and there was a young lady who rushed through the windows. A number of police and Secret Service were saying ‘get back, get down, get out of the way,'” a witness told WUSA.  “She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to grab people, and pull them back, they shot her in the neck.” 

January 6: The Epoch Times: Protestors storm into the US Capitol; Trump and
Pence tell them to leave peacefully and to obey law enforcement
President Trump on Wednesday called on protesters who were amassed near the U.S. Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress to go home, while still asserting that the election was stolen from him.  “You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order and great people in law [enforcement],” Trump said in a video address.  Trump asserted that the election was “fraudulent,” but stipulated that Capitol protesters “can’t play into the hands of these people … we have to have peace.”  At Trump’s direction, “the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.  “We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful,” she added.

Thousands upon thousands of Trump Supporters gather in Washington, DC at the "Stop the Steal" rally, January 6, 2021

January 6: The Galveston County Daily News:
Editorial: The 2020 Election is Riddled with Claims of Voter Fraud

We support fair and lawfully conducted elections where voters can rely upon the outcome as being accurate. We hope you do as well. Unfortunately many elected officials and judges across the country, and even in our Supreme Court, don't seem to want to look into the claims. It would be better for folks to determine the truth and bring these claims that seem to divide us to a close.

January 5: Fox News: Senator Johnson’s Promise: If the Republicans
remain in control of the Senate, we will investigate the 2020 election
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) one of several GOP senators who will not vote to certify the 2020 presidential results, said “legitimate concerns” about voter fraud can’t be ignored.  If the two Republicans in Georgia maintain their seats Johnson will be the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  In that role, Johnson said "I will guarantee that I'm going to dig into this.  I'm going to investigate, and I'm going to find out what the truth is. And again, what we can explain, we'll explain, set that aside, but where there's problems, we really do need to fix them."  As of 9 p.m. CST both of Georgia’s GOP senators held a slim lead over their challengers with 83% of the votes having been counted.

January 5: The Washington Times: What will Vice President Pence do tomorrow?
Club for Growth President David McIntosh, a longtime friend of Vice President Pence, said he expects the vice president to approach the moment in a manner that respects the Constitution while helping Trump as much as possible.  “Mike is basically a constitutionalist — he’s going to look this, look at his role as president of the Senate, and determine what powers he has and what powers he doesn’t have, and then execute, using that to the best of his ability,” McIntosh said in an interview. “In this case, that means helping President Trump.”  McIntosh, who said he hasn’t spoken to Mr. Pence about the matter, expects that the vice president won’t act unilaterally.  “The decision whether to object or not really comes down to the full Senate,” he said. “He’ll acknowledge people who want to move to object, to give them a chance to be fully heard. Let the debate occur, but let the final decision rest with the body.”  The president’s prospects seem insurmountable in both chambers. 

January 5: The Epoch Times: Hawley: Who becomes President depends
on what happens tomorrow

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Monday that the matter of who becomes America’s next president is not a foregone conclusion but depends on the outcome of the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress, when a number of Republican lawmakers have vowed to raise objections to the certification of some electoral votes cast for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Hawley said his constituents have raised “major, major concerns about the integrity, the fairness of this election.”  “They expect me to stand up and to raise those concerns,” he added. “And this is the only forum I have to do it.”  Hawley is part of around a dozen Republican senators who have on called on Congress to appoint an electoral commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election results.

In calling for the 10-day audit, the Republican senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said in a statement that the 2020 election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations, and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”  The allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election “exceed any in our lifetimes,” they said, adding that this “deep distrust” of U.S. democratic processes “will not magically disappear” and “should concern us all,” whether elected officials or journalists believe the allegations. “It poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of any subsequent administrations,” the senators said in their statement, adding that they intend to object to the votes unless and until the emergency 10-day audit is completed.

January 4: The Washington Times: Perdue (R-GA) supports objecting to
Electoral College votes from contested states with dueling electors
Senator David Perdue (R-GA) with those planning to object to the presidential electoral certification Wednesday, calling it the last chance for lawmakers to get to the bottom of the “huge irregularities” in the 2020 race.  “There are huge irregularities in Georgia, they need to be investigated, and they need to be corrected, in my opinion,” Perdue said. Perdue, who faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s Senate runoff, had previously sought a state investigation on the integrity of the 2020 election in Georgia and called on Nov. 9 for the resignation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

January 4: Breitbart News: Nine things about Georgia Democratic
senatorial candidate Ossoff
Ossoff is something of an enigma, having never held public office — though not for lack of trying. He would also be one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate, with the least experience, and a litany of potentially compromising problems.  Here are seven key facts about Ossoff:
(1) He inherited a fortune from his grandfather;  (2) He inflated his resumé, claiming more national security credentials than he actually had; (3) His company, Insight TWI, worked with Al Jazeera and a Hong Kong distributor partly owned by a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party; (4) He has refused to release his tax returns; (5) He is running on a promise to grant amnesty to illegal aliens; (6) He lost a 2017 race for Congress, the most expensive in history; (7) He welcomed support from Bernie Sanders in 2020, after running as a moderate in 2017; (8) He would support new shutdowns of the economy; and (9) He wants to ban semi-automatic rifles and require licenses for handguns.

January 4: The Epoch Times: Pence: We will have our day in Congress, January 6th
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the upcoming Jan. 6 electoral challenge, saying that President Trump and Republicans will “have our day in Congress.”  Pence, as vice president, is the president of the Senate. During the Joint Session on Jan. 6, he will read the electoral votes for all 50 states. Although some legal experts have suggested that he has the ability to reject slates of electors in certain states, others have stipulated that Pence only has the ability to count states’ electors.

January 4: The Epoch Times: The Georgia State Senate asks Pence to
delay the January 6th vote
Republican state senators in Georgia started a push on Monday to delay the Jan. 6 counting of electoral votes. At least a dozen have signed a letter directed to Vice President Mike Pence asking him to officially delay the count—and the number is still growing.  Estimates are that about 16-18 will eventually sign the letter, Senator Brandon Beach said. “We were going to get it to him tomorrow morning,” Beach said.  He said he is concerned about the integrity of the election. “People are saying yeah there is something here, there’s something that just doesn’t pass the smell test—that there [were] some irregularities, there [were] some impropriety going on in the voting process,” he said.  Ballots and voting machines need to be forensically audited.  Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign and one of Trump’s campaign attorney suggested that Pence delay certifying the votes and instead ask legislatures in the six contested states to clarify which candidate’s slate of electors should be approved.  “What Mike Pence could do, and what he should do, in fact, is to direct a question back to the state legislatures when there are two competing slates of delegates from these six states,” Ellis said.

January 4: NewsMax.com: Rubio: Warnock, Ossoff;
“wholly unqualified” to be senators
The two Democrat candidates in the Georgia twin Senate runoff elections on Tuesday, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are “wholly unqualified” to be U.S. senators, Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday.  The Florida Republican warned that if Warnock and Ossoff win, then Democrats “will have the power to enact the radical left’s socialist agenda that has become mainstream” in their party.  Rubio reminded voters that in the first two years of President Barack Obama’s first term, “a unified Congress controlled by Democrats rammed through ObamaCare and other liberal pieces of legislation, confirmed radical nominees to critical executive branch positions and promulgated progressive regulations that harmed our economy and our workers.”

January 4: The Epoch Times: Data shows over 430,000 votes subtracted
from Trump’s totals in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania election data shows that over 432,000 votes were removed from President Donald Trump during the Novembr election, data scientists say.  According to an analysis by the Data Integrity votes for Trump—from both Election Day and mail-in ballots—were removed from the totals in at least 15 counties.  Time-series election data shows Trump’s votes decreasing in various counties at numerous time points instead of increasing as would be expected under normal circumstances.   At least 432,116 votes—213,707 election day votes and 218,409 absentee votes—were removed in total. Once votes are counted they should not be taken away from any candidate.

January 4: The Daily CallerDid COVID-19 come from a lab? 
Ten key takeaways from a new report
The case that the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe may very well have been engineered in a lab is thoroughly fleshed out over the course of 12,000 words by Nicholson Baker. Here are the ten biggest revelations you need to know: 
- Anthony Fauci Was Directly Involved In Programs That Funded SARS Mutation Research
- National Institute Of Health Money Directly Flowed To The Wuhan Bat Lab
- Chinese Scientists Feared The Virus Came From The Wuhan Lab
- The Media Relied On A Scientist With A Blatant Conflict Of Interest To Debunk Wuhan “Conspiracy Theories”
- Daszak Is Also On The WHO Team Investigating The Origin Of The Virus
- The Wuhan Lab Collaborated With A Scientist Who Created Undetectable Clone Of SARS
- The US Government Had Numerous Safety Concerns About The Wuhan Lab Pre-COVID
- Scientists Warned An Eventual Lab-Leak Outbreak Was Realistic
- Scientists Were Allegedly Pressured Not To Raise Alarm About A Lab-Leak
- Nobody was willing to definitely rule out a lab leak

Flightdeck of the USS Nimitz.  Shows the landing area on the after portion of the ship as seen from the superstructure.January 4: The Daily Caller: USS Nimitz to remain in Persian Gulf after Iran threatens U.S. officials
The United States reversed Sunday evening a decision to bring home the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, citing Iranian threats.   The roughly 1,100-foot-long warship will remain in the Persian Gulf, where it has been patrolling since late November.  “Due to the recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other U.S. government officials, I have ordered the USS Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced on Sunday. “The USS Nimitz will now remain on station in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. No one should doubt the resolve of the United States of America.”

January 3: The Epoch Times: Appeals court dismisses
Gohmert lawsuit without considering the merits

On Saturday a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and other Republicans seeking clarity on Vice President Pence’s authority in determining which Electoral College votes to count during the Jan. 6 congressional joint session.  The power of Pence’s role as the president of the Senate to count or reject electoral votes is in dispute.  In an unsigned decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision to throw out the case.  “We need say no more, and we affirm the judgment essentially for the reasons stated by the district court,” the panel wrote in their ruling (pdf). “We express no view on the underlying merits or on what putative party, if any, might have standing.”

January 3: The Washington Examiner: Welcome blow to the Russian
Nord Stream II gas pipeline
In a blow to Vladimir Putin and his enabler, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a Norwegian energy-regulatory company (DVV GL) says it will suspend operations to certify the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.  The action is a response to Congressional legislation passed "under the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act which sanctions companies providing testing, inspection or certification services to the Nord Stream II pipeline system.  DNV GL's decision means that Russia will not be able to complete the Danish stretch of the pipeline unless it can find another company willing to provide verification services. That is far easier said than done. Not many companies are likely to be willing to fill DNV GL's place, fearing the consequences of U.S. sanctions on their global operations. Considering that the Biden administration is likely to oppose Nord Stream II in the same manner as the Trump administration, Putin's problem isn't going away soon. This is good news.

January 2: The Epoch Times: Data shows 30,000 Trump votes removed;
12,173 switched to Biden in GA
Georgia election data indicates that more than 30,000 votes were removed from President  Trump and another 12,173 votes were switched to Democratic presidential candidate Biden, data scientists testified on Wednesday during a Georgia state Senate hearing. Justin Mealey, a computer programmer and former Navy electronics warfare technician and CIA contractor and data analyst for the National Counterterrorism Center said “What we have here is we actually have fraud that we can prove in this election, there was fraud in Georgia’s election, [and] we can prove it with data...  …The voting will of the people of Georgia is not reflected in what was certified by the Secretary of State,” he contended.  Trump’s votes were decreasing in various counties instead of increasing.  The removal of Trump’s votes happened at the county level, making them more difficult to observe at the state level. “I want to make that very, very clear that at no point in an incremental process, should you decrement it,” Mealey said.

The group -- which also consisted of Lynda McLaughlin from the Digital Integrity Group and Dave Lobue who has been a data scientist for over a decade -- said a huge number of Trump’s votes were also observed being switched to Biden in a separate event.  In Bibb county Trump had 29,391 votes to Bidens 17,218 at 9:11p.m.  However, the next time an update was reported Trump had only 17,218 votes while Biden’s votes increased to 29,391.  In this single event, 12,173 votes were switched, according to the data scientists. According to the state-certified election results, Trump lost Georgia by 12,670 votes.  “The analysis we’re going to be reviewing is purely scientific, not based on any political affiliation, red, blue, left, or right. The objective really focuses on numbers, data, and machine network systems,” Lobue stated.

January 2: The Epoch Times: Sidney Powell: It is “definitely possible”
that Trump retains the presidency
Attorney Sidney Powell said December 29th that she believes it is “definitely possible” that President Trump retains the presidency for a second term, even after the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6 or beyond.  She said “viable paths” remain to a second Trump term.  “There are multiple cases pending in the Supreme Court,” Powell said. “We have four states in play in our petitions for emergency mandamus to ask the court to decertify Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia because of all the massive fraud there.”  A mandamus is a type of court order that compels action, in this case decertification of Electoral College votes in the states in question, which were cast on Dec. 14 for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Powell was asked whether the Jan. 6 joint session or even, the Jan. 20 inauguration, is “the end of the path” or whether, if more evidence of fraud comes to light, it is still possible that there would be a second Trump term.  “It’s definitely possible because the Supreme Court can do what it wants to do,” Powell said, adding, “but it gets more difficult the longer it takes.”  She did not provide further details regarding the judicial process that the high court could undertake following the Jan. 6 joint session nor what moves the Supreme Court might have the power to make post-inauguration. To date, the Supreme Court has twice refused to consider Trump-endorsed lawsuits that sought to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

January 2: The Epoch TImes: Loose network of over 400 intelligence community,
military, and law enforcement people formed to investigate irregularities
in the 2020 election
Over 400 people from the Intelligence Community (IC), military, law enforcement, and the judiciary have formed a loose network to investigate irregularities in the 2020 election. Robert Caron, one of the organizers of the network who began his intelligence career with the CIA, said that as far as he knows the size of the network is over 400 people and each member sees “obvious election fraud.”    “The fraud was so massive and so blatant, despite what the mainstream media said, that we need to get this information out to the public,” said Caron. “That’s why more and more people from the intelligence community and law enforcement are coming out, which is unheard of.”

January 2: The Washington Examiner: Georgians could lose $3,900 annually
under Biden policies

Georgia has been an economic gazelle with one of the top 10 fastest growth rates in the nation over the past decade. It has gained a net 250,000 population and about $20 billion of income from other states' movers. Georgia's unemployment rate of 5.7% is far below the rates that reach 10% in some blue states.   But Georgians are among the biggest losers from Joe Biden's agenda, especially if Democrats also control both chambers of Congress.   A new study estimates “Bidenomics” could drain a net $156 billion from Georgia — money that will flow to other states. That's roughly the equivalent of a $3,900 per family per year "Georgia tax."  Only two states have more to lose than Georgia; Texas and Florida.  The Biden playbook's goal is to slow the stampede of people and businesses out of blue states.   To "level the playing field," Biden would impose on Georgia and other states environmental, labor, and tax policies that have already crippled the economies of states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and California. For example, Biden climate policies that raise the price of oil, gas, and coal use will hike Georgia's energy prices relative to blue states that have saddled themselves with expensive and less reliable wind and solar power.

January 2: NewsMax.comGOP in Georgia worried with over
three million early voters
A record 3 million early votes have been cast in the two Georgia runoff elections that next week will decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, according to a final tally released on Friday.  The 3,001,017 early votes amount to 38.8% of all registered voters in the state, according to the University of Florida’s U.S. Elections Project. That puts turnout at a record high for a Georgia runoff, exceeding the 2.1 million ballots cast in a 2008 Senate contest.  If Republicans win one or both of those seats, they will retain a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, enabling them to block much of incoming Democratic President Joe Biden's agenda.

January 2: The Washington Times: GOP senators to object to Biden electors
unless emergency commission probes voter fraud
A group of Republican senators and senators-elect led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas pledged on Saturday to object to the congressional certification of President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s Electoral College votes next week unless Congress approves an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an election commission.  “Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes,” the lawmakers said in a statement.  Their announcement brings to a dozen the number of GOP senators and senators-elect to defy Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has urged his colleagues not to contest Mr. Biden’s winning vote total.

January 2: The Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz needles Dem Representative
Swalwell over Chinese spy connection
Sen. Ted Cruz swooped into Georgia three days before the Senate runoffs, making the case for Republican colleagues David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler's election while taking political shots at Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell over his China spy scandal.  From the back of a pick-up truck surrounded by Perdue and Loeffler signs, the Texas senator mocked the California lawmaker for his relationship with Christine Fang, a Chinese national linked to China’s Ministry of State Security.  "For a long time, we've known the Democrats were in bed with China. We just didn't realize quite how literally," Cruz said Saturday in Cumming, Georgia.  Swalwell's association with Fang, which he has failed to describe in any detail, lasted from 2011 to 2015, when federal agents investigating Fang alerted him to the intelligence risk. Swalwell, who was first elected to the House in 2012, has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

January 2: NewsMax.com: Georgia elections in November and January are
invalid and illegal?
President Trump on Friday said that changes made by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to loosen the state’s absentee ballot signature verification laws were unconstitutional, making November’s election in the state as well as the Senate runoff races ''illegal and invalid.''  The President was referring to the consent decree that Raffensperger agreed to with the Georgia Democratic Party in March to settle a lawsuit regarding mail-in ballots.  The Georgia state legislature, which is has the exclusive authority to change election law, was not involved with the agreed to changes to the election process.    “…the State Legislatures were not in any way responsible for the massive changes made to the voting process, rules and regulations, many made hastily before the election, and therefore the whole State Election is not legal or Constitutional,'' Trump wrote.

January 1: The Daily Caller: Texas judge throws out Gohmert lawsuit, Gohmert to appeal
A federal Texas judge appointed by President Donald Trump threw out Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s lawsuit Friday against Vice President Mike Pence.  The Texas judge, Jeremy Kernodle, dismissed the lawsuit against Pence, saying the case was “dismissed without prejudice for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.” Subsequently, The Washington Times reports Gohmert is appealing the lower court decision.  The lawsuit in question includes Arizona GOP electors (who certainly should have standing in the case).  Gohmert told Newsmax that he expects the appeals court to act ahead of Jan. 6, when Congress is scheduled to vote on certifying the Electoral College results that show Mr. Biden won with 306 votes.

January 1: NewsMax.com: Appeals court okays Trump rule barring
entry without health insurance
The federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a proclamation by President Donald Trump blocking immigrants without health insurance to take effect, throwing out a lower court’s order that stopped it from being implemented.  A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that Trump was within his authority to bar anyone without insurance from entering the country, overruling the decision by Barack Obama-appointed Judge Michael H. Simon that doing so was likely illegal because it would separate family members.  Seven American citizens filed a lawsuit after Trump issued his proclamation in October 2019. The opinion overturning the District Court finding pointed to the SCOTUS ruling in Trump v. Hawaii which the president had the authority to bar people from several nations or refugees without valid travel documents from entering the United States.

January 1: The Washington Examiner: U.S. bans anonymous shell companies;
passing “historic” anti-corruption legislation
The United States banned anonymous shell companies through the NDAA defense bill.  The legislation will require companies to report their real owners or "beneficial ownership" to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit.  Included in the $740 billion defense bill, the Corporate Transparency Act will help prevent companies from hiding funds acquired by criminals or corrupt officials or hiding behind corporate organizations capable of concealing that information. Those who fail to provide complete or updated information, or provide fraudulent information, can face up to three years in prison.

January 1: NewsMax.com: Rise in middle class savings under Trump
led to U.S. economic boom

Although the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the worldwide economy on a massive scale, many markers for economic success, such as asset prices, have reached new heights thanks in part to “the rise in savings among white-collar workers,” according to The New York Times.  The newspaper notes that while “Large swaths of the economy have been shut down” and “millions are out of work,” employee compensation has only fallen by 0.5% in the nine months between March and November of last year. The Times attributes this to most of the job losses being in lower-paying service jobs, while higher-paying professional jobs were largely unaffected, and some jobs, like warehouse and grocery store workers, saw a sharp increase in business.