Big govt, Politics, States

Thousands of National Guard Troops to Remain in DC Through March

At least 5,000 National Guard members will remain in Washington through mid-March, a spokesman for the agency confirmed to The Epoch Times.

“As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March,” Maj. Matt Murphy told The Epoch Times via email.

“We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district, and federal agencies,” he added.

The U.S. Army didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Tens of thousands of National Guard personnel poured into the nation’s capital for the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Over 26,000 were on duty on Jan. 20, as part of a heavy militarization of Washington.

Guardsmen experienced no security incidents and only three people were arrested in Washington on Inauguration Day, agencies said.

About 10,600 Guard personnel were on duty as of Thursday. Officials were planning for how to return the rest of the troops to their home states.

“Some agencies are requesting continuity of operations, additional support, and recuperation time for their forces to regroup. Approximately 7,000 National Guard personnel are anticipated to provide that assistance through the end of the month,” the guard said in a statement on Thursday. Read more…

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Democrats Move to Ban Trump Supporters From Joining the Military and Holding Federal Jobs

As conservatives and members of the MAGA Movement in general continue to be ostracized by the mainstream media and establishment politicians for the events that unfolded on January 6th, members of congress are moving to further compromise the lives of those who weren’t even involved in the infamous “siege.”

While many Trump supporters have been quietly disposed of by their employers, this has largely been a policy of businesses to choose with whom they want to associate with as privately owned companies. However, according to Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), supporters of Donald Trump should be barred from the public sector as well.

Murphy, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has recently proposed a bill that would prevent members of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement along with subscribers to ‘QAnon’ from being able to obtain security clearances. Security clearances are a necessity for Americans who wish to join the US Military and also a requirement to obtain a number of federal jobs.

This bill would essentially bar any American that has rallied in support of President Trump post-election or publicly voiced concern about election fraud from being able to hold a job in the Armed Forces or any federal law enforcement agency. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

After Destroying Thousands of Jobs, Biden Raises Minimum Wage To $15… But Only For Federal Workers

In his flurry of executive orders, Joe Biden raised the federal workers’ minimum wage to $15 per hour. Biden, apparently seeking to make good on the Democrat wish to see the federal minimum wage raised, may have caused confusion, as instead of raising the federal minimum wage through Congress, Biden simply raised the minimum wage for federal workers, in a tricky series of linguistics.

The Epoch Times reports that Biden signed the executive order on Friday, January 22. The order demands federal employees – like post office employees – be paid $15 per hour, and gives them emergency paid leave.

The order also is not unilateral. It simply “instructs the Office of Personnel Management to develop recommendations to agencies that would ensure as many employees as possible get a $15 per hour minimum wage.”

Biden also erased an early move made by President Donald Trump, which created a classification of federal workers penned Schedule F, which made low level government employees easier to fire, and caused those employees designated Schedule F to lose most of their civil service protections. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Immigration, International, Politics

Biden Suspends President Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Anti-Asylum Fraud Policy, Halts Most Deportations

President Joe Biden suspended new admissions into the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” through executive order on his first day in office, eroding a critical protection against asylum fraud and illegal immigration enacted by his predecessor.

The Migrant Protection Protocols mandated that the overwhelming majority of migrants who present themselves at the southern border and request asylum wait for the full adjudication of their asylum cases in Mexico, as opposed to the United States. The policy, which declined illegal immigrants a quick and easy pathway into the country through making a dubious asylum claim, proved highly effective at deterring mass illegal migration.

President Biden is also bringing a halt to many deportations, enacting a 100-day freeze on ICE removal operations. Exceptions for deportees include illegal migrants who have just been caught entering the country, and migrants currently incarcerated in jails, immigration detention centers, and prisons.

Biden’s gutting of immigration enforcement will serve as a de facto invitation for incoming caravans of migrants from Central America, who believe that the pro-amnesty President will provide them with United States residency, citizenship and public services. Biden has carefully sought to send the message that only illegals present in the country before his presidency are being provided amnesty, although his nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security refused to rule out admitting migrants traveling in the latest caravan. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Immigration, Politics

Joe Biden’s DHS Nominee Alejandro Mayorkas Will Not Commit to Not Tearing Down Border Wall

During his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, would not commit to not tearing down existing border wall built by President Trump’s administration.

Mayorkas, when questioned by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), said he had not yet “looked at” the specific issue when asked whether he would take a sledgehammer to “physical barriers along our southern border.”

Citing the former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Mayorkas suggested that a wall across the entire United States-Mexico border was not necessary, to which Lankford agreed. Biden has vowed to stop all construction of border wall.

The exchange went as follows:

LANKFORD: Would you recommend any of the physical barriers along our southern border be dismantled or removed? [Emphasis added]

MAYORKAS: Senator, I haven’t looked at that specific question, I will share with you the fact that I agree with the approach that Sen. McCain, an American hero … took to the border which is it’s not a monolithic challenge, the border. The border is varied depending on the geography and depending on the specific venue and depending on the conduct of individuals around it. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Biden To Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, Revoke Trump ‘Muslim Ban’ In First Executive Orders

In his first hours in the Oval Office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign more than a dozen executive orders to address challenges like the Covid pandemic and the student debt crisis.

Biden’s orders will also work to reverse many of those issued by President Donald Trump, including the so-called Muslim travel ban and the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Senior members of Biden’s policy team said during a press briefing Tuesday evening that Biden will sign the executive orders immediately after his midday inauguration.

Atop the list of orders and directives viewed by CNBC was a “100 Days Masking Challenge” that will require masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.

Also included in Biden’s health-oriented orders is a reversal of Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Biden Institute Won’t Disclose Donors

The Biden Institute, a policy research center founded by Joe Biden at the University of Delaware, has no plans to disclose its donors after the president-elect takes office, Politico reported on Monday.

Legal experts and watchdog groups said the lack of transparency could create an ethical dilemma for Biden, particularly if he keeps his name on the institute and it continues to fundraise while he’s in the White House.

“They should at the very least disclose their donors, and I think the Biden family should at the very least take their name off if they’re going to continue to raise money,” former George W. Bush administration chief ethics lawyer Richard Painter told Politico.

The Biden Institute, which had many of Biden’s incoming administration staffers on its payroll, is part of a network of foundations and policy centers that he established after his vice presidency.

The institute is currently in the middle of a large fundraising push to raise $20 million that is expected to continue well into Biden’s presidency.

A University of Delaware spokesperson told Politico that the university already publishes a list of contributors who give $100,000 or more to the school, but gave no indication that the institute plans to release the names of specific donors to the Biden Institute, or those who give less than six-figures. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Mitch McConnell: Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Rioters, Spread ‘Lies’ About Election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed President Trump on Tuesday, alleging the president played a key role in provoking a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

McConnell delivered his harsh remarks during comments on the Senate floor. The Republican leader said that Trump, along with “other powerful people,” shared responsibility in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on Congress.

“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop congress from doing our duty. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people,” McConnell said. “And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”

“But we pressed on. We stood together and said an angry mob would not get veto power over the rule of law in our nation, not even for one night. We certified the people’s choice for their 46th president,” McConnell said.

Trump spoke at a rally before the riot to a crowd of his supporters, objecting to certifying the electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and insisting that the election was “stolen.” He urged his supporters to “peacefully” march to the Capitol and protest. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Biden’s Top Intelligence Pick Says CCP an Adversary ‘On Some Issues’

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to answer a yes-or-no question about whether the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is an adversary of the United States.

Avril Haines, who Biden intends to nominate as the director of national intelligence, told lawmakers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as part of her confirmation hearing on Tuesday that China is an adversary in some areas while a partner in others, like climate change.

She deferred to Biden’s definition of the communist regime as a “global competitor,” while adding that she will nonetheless work to counter Beijing’s illegal espionage.

“Is China, under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party an adversary of the United States?” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) asked.

“China is adversarial and an adversary on some issues and in other issues we try to cooperate with them, whether in the context of climate change or other things,” Haines responded.

“And ultimately the frame that the president-elect has identified for thinking about this is a global competitor,” she added. “But I think that doesn’t, to your point, in any way mitigate the fact that when it comes to espionage or the variety of areas that I’ll be focused on if I’m confirmed as the director of national intelligence, they are an adversary and that we have to work on those issues, in particular, countering their illegal, unfair, aggressive actions in these spaces.” Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

FBI Vetting 25,000 Troops Deployed To Biden Inauguration; AP Lists Trump Supporters Among Potential Threats

Following the breach of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, the FBI is vetting 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington D.C. to secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden taking place on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. defense officials say they are conducting the vetting process out of concern about an “insider attack or other threat” from service members involved in securing the inauguration.

The “threats against Biden’s inauguration,” AP underscores, “have been fueled by supporters of President Donald Trump, far-right militants, white supremacists and other radical groups”:

Insider threats have been a persistent law enforcement priority in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But in most cases, the threats are from homegrown insurgents radicalized by al-Qaida, the Islamic State group or similar groups. In contrast, the threats against Biden’s inauguration have been fueled by supporters of President Donald Trump, far-right militants, white supremacists and other radical groups. Many believe Trump’s baseless accusations that the election was stolen from him, a claim that has been refuted by many courts, the Justice Department and Republican officials in key battleground states. Read more…

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