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Justice Department Rescinds Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy
The Justice Department has ended the Trump-era "zero tolerance" policy for immigration offenses that allowed the U.S. government to separate thousands of children from their parents.

Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson rescinded the policy Tuesday in a memo sent to federal prosecutors.

Wilkinson wrote that the policy "was inconsistent with the Department's longstanding principle that we exercise judgment and make individualized assessments in criminal cases. Today's action restores to prosecutors their traditional discretion to make charging decisions based on a careful review of the particular facts and circumstances of individual immigration cases."

Under the policy, adults who entered the U.S. from the southern border were prosecuted for illegal entry. Children can't be imprisoned with parents and other family members, so young kids were taken into federal custody — resulting in more than 3,000 children being separated from their families.

... Zero tolerance was criticized as a humanitarian failure. A report from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, released this month, noted that once parents were separated from their children, there was neither a clear plan nor resources to easily reunite parents with their kids.
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Goya Foods has voted to silence its Trump-supporting CEO Robert Unanue after he told Fox News the election was 'unverified'
  • Goya CEO Robert Unanue now needs board permission to speak to the media, The New York Post and CNN reported.
  • Its board voted to silence him on Friday, two days after he told Fox News the presidential election was "unverified," the reports said.
  • Unanue confirmed to The Post that he would no longer speak publicly about politics, but declined to comment on any vote.
Robert Unanue, CEO of Latino food brand Goya Foods, will no longer be able to speak to the media without permission from the company's board, after he peddled baseless claims of voter fraud on Fox News.

... The majority of the company's shareholders were in favor of completely removing Unanue, the source said, but weren't able to because of the dynamics of the company, which has been owned by the same family for three generations.

The board agreed to the censure because of remarks Unanue made to the media following the January 6 siege of the US Capitol, including telling Fox Business that the election was "unverified," the sources said.

Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on January 20, just hours before President Joe Biden's inauguration, he said that Big Tech, the media, and the government had "usher[ed] in the dawn of a new world order, this great reset, with an unverified election."

"The big prize is the United States," he added.

Unanue also spoke out against social media censorship, and warned of an impending "war."

"They didn't go after just President Trump, they're after us now, the 80 million people who voted for him, and also all of the people in the United States, with very few having control over our speech, our work, our religion," he said.

"There is a war coming. Now that the president is leaving today, they're still coming after the United States, the working class."
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GOP signals unwillingness to part with Trump after riot
Trump’s conviction was considered a real possibility just days ago after lawmakers whose lives were threatened by the mob weighed the appropriate consequences — and the future of their party. But the Senate vote on Tuesday is a sign that while Trump may be held in low regard in Washington following the riots, a large swath of Republicans is leery of crossing his supporters, who remain the majority of the party’s voters.

“The political winds within the Republican Party have blown in the opposite direction,” said Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and a Trump ally. “Republicans have decided that even if one believes he made mistakes after the November election and on Jan. 6, the policies Trump championed and victories he won from judges to regulatory rollback to life to tax cuts were too great to allow the party to leave him on the battlefield.”

The vote came after Trump, who decamped last week to his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, began wading back into politics between rounds of golf. He took an early step into the Arkansas governor’s race by endorsing former White House aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and backed Kelli Ward, an ally who won reelection as chair of Arizona’s Republican Party after his endorsement.

At the same time, Trump’s team has given allies an informal blessing to campaign against the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment.

After Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer backed impeachment, Republican Tom Norton announced a primary challenge. Norton appeared on longtime Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast in a bid to raise campaign contributions.

... Trump’s continued involvement in national politics so soon after his departure marks a dramatic break from past presidents, who typically stepped out of the spotlight, at least temporarily. Former President Barack Obama was famously seen kitesurfing on vacation with billionaire Richard Branson shortly after he left office, and former President George W. Bush took up painting.

Trump, who craves the media spotlight, was never expected to burrow out of public view.

“We will be back in some form,” he told supporters at a farewell event before he left for Florida. But exactly what form that will take is a work in progress.

Trump remains deeply popular among Republican voters and is sitting on a huge pot of cash — well over $50 million — that he could use to prop up primary challenges against Republicans who backed his impeachment or refused to support his failed efforts to challenge the election results using bogus allegations of mass voter fraud in states like Georgia.

... In a private email exchange obtained by The Associated Press, RNC member Demetra DeMonte of Illinois proposed a resolution calling on every Republican senator to oppose what she called an “unconstitutional sham impeachment trial, motivated by a radical and reckless Democrat majority.”

Bill Palatucci, a Republican committeeman from New Jersey, slapped back.

“His act of insurrection was an attack on our very democracy and deserves impeachment,” Palatucci wrote.
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Trump's gone, but the GOP's conspiracy theory cesspool is here to stay
  • Trump hasn't even been gone a week, but conspiracy theory culture is still clearly the base of the GOP.
  • State Republican parties have been tweeting in support of QAnon, Holocaust deniers, and spreading "false flag" lies about the Capitol siege.
  • Rand Paul pushed election fraud lies on national TV, and Tucker Carlson implied that QAnon criticism is a Democratic attempt at mind control.
  • This isn't the "fringe." This is the new GOP normal.
The conspiracy vice-grip on the GOP isn't just coming from the top. A bunch of State Republican parties ought to just do away with the charade, ditch the elephant as its logo, and replace it with a regal Q or a stout MAGA hat.

... One of these things could be seen as an aberration, maybe two. But even without presidential power and without Twitter, Trumpism lives on as conspiracy theory culture.

And now this culture is the Republican mainstream.

... Republicans uncomfortable with being in league with toxic lies need to forcefully, and repeatedly, denounce it. They need to confront their colleagues who continue to play footsie with maniacal fabulists. Or they should just abandon the GOP to MAGA and start a reality-based right-leaning party.

Until then, it's still Trump's party, built on a paranoid conspiracy theory culture.
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A new Biden executive order promises to 'restore scientific integrity' to the US government in a slapdown of the Trump White House
  • President Biden is to sign an executive order on Wednesday promising to "restore scientific integrity" to government.
  • It's a thinly-veiled rebuke of Trump's administration, which belittled the role of science in policymaking.
  • Biden will also re-form a scientific-advisory council that Trump waited 33 months to put in place.
A White House briefing document about the order, which was shared with outlets including Insider, slammed "improper political interference in the scientific process," in an implied criticism of Trump's administration.

The wide-ranging executive order — the latest in a series of new orders signed by Biden — promised to increase the role that scientific advice will have over future policy. It also covers measures addressing climate change, environmental justice, and the economy.

According to the briefing document, the order will re-establish the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a body of advisors that was first set up during President Barack Obama's presidency.

Trump waited 33 months into his term to appoint his PCAST group, which was made mainly of business figures and only one of whom was an academic, according to Science Magazine.

... Biden's Wednesday executive order will also give the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy a broad mandate to review current scientific-integrity policies and ensure they are used across federal agencies, the briefing document said.

The Trump administration was regularly criticized for ignoring scientific advice in his policymaking, particularly in his COVID-19 pandemic response and environmental matters.

Infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci was sidelined in the Trump White House's COVID-19 response, despite being part of the task force, with Trump preferring to listen to lockdown skeptic Dr. Scott Atlas, who is not an epidemiologist.

... Aside from dragging his feet on fundamental government bodies such as PCAST, Trump's disdain for science appeared to filter through much of his personal behavior.
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Senators are working on a bipartisan resolution to censure Trump as it becomes more likely he'll be acquitted in impeachment trial
  • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said on Wednesday that he's drafting a resolution to censure former President Donald Trump.
  • Kaine told reporters that there "maybe a little more interest now" in the move after an overwhelming majority of Republicans on Tuesday hinted they likely won't convict Trump.
  • The Virginia Democrat argued that a censure resolution could be a better use of the Senate's time.
Axios first reported on Tuesday night that Kaine is teaming up with GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to propose a bipartisan resolution to censure Trump. Censure refers to a formal public condemnation of an elected official.

Some senators, however, have said that censuring Trump is not a severe enough consequence for his role in the Capitol riot. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia dismissed the move on Wednesday.

"I thought the censure was definitely the way to go on Ukraine," Manchin said, referring to Trump's first impeachment last year. "This is much, much more serious than anything we've ever seen in our lifetime and it's really the purpose of having the articles of impeachment."
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GOP to stay neutral should Trump run again
The head of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday declined to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024, saying the GOP would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary.

In an interview, RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel also described the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group known as QAnon as “dangerous.”

The national GOP, under McDaniel’s leadership, spent the past four years almost singularly focused on Trump’s 2020 reelection. But should he run again in 2024 — and he has publicly and privately suggested he wants to — the national party infrastructure would not support his ambitions over other prospective candidates in accordance with party rules, she said.

... McDaniel is in a difficult political position as she begins her new term as the national GOP chair.

She has been a devoted Trump loyalist, but as the RNC leader, she is also tasked with helping her party recover from its painful 2020 election season in which Republicans lost the House, the Senate and the White House. Trump’s fervent base continues to demand loyalty to the former president, even as some party officials acknowledge that Trump’s norm-shattering behavior alienated elements of the coalition the GOP needs to win future elections.

Tensions are especially high within the party as the Senate prepares for Trump’s second impeachment trial.

... She also downplayed reports that Trump is considering leaving the GOP and starting a new party, warning that such a move would divide Republicans and “guarantee Democrat wins up and down the ticket.

“It would be basically a rubber stamp on Democrats getting elected. And I think that’s the last thing that any Republican wants,” she said. “It’s clear that he understands that.”
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DHS Terror Advisory Warns of Threat from Extremists After Biden Inauguration
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new terror advisory on Wednesday warning of possible violence by extremists angered by the presidential transition and motivated by ideologies fueled by "false narratives."

Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske issued the National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin due to a "heightened threat environment" in the U.S. that officials say is likely to persist for the next several weeks.

... The DHS bulletin noted that domestic violent extremists, or DVEs, targeted people with opposing views throughout 2020.

"DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities," the bulletin says. "DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities."

The bulletin also references "long-standing racial and ethnic tension – including opposition to immigration" that has driven attacks, among them a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 that killed 23 people.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene faces a new wave of condemnation for repeatedly spreading conspiracy theories about mass shootings
  • GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is under renewed scrutiny for spreading a host of conspiracy theories.
  • Greene has spread multiple baseless theories about mass shootings, prompting backlash from victims.
  • CNN reported this week that the freshman congresswoman endorsed executing Democratic leaders.
On Wednesday, a 2017 video of Greene spreading yet another of these false theories began making the rounds on social media. Just days after a lone gunman shot and killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival in October 2017, Greene suggested the Vegas shooting was orchestrated by gun control activists in an effort to promote gun regulations.

... In a Facebook post a few months later, Greene accused the FBI of lying to the American public about the shooting, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in 2019.

Greene has since somewhat distanced herself from that particular conspiracy theory, telling AJC in a statement that she was "satisfied with the results of the investigation, and that they did not show a second shooter, accomplice, or even a motive."

But the congresswoman, who's made her opposition to gun laws central to her politics, has promoted a slew of false claims about mass shootings in the US. Last week, the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters revealed that Greene "liked" a Facebook post calling the 2018 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school a "false flag planned shooting" and that a school security guard was paid to let the gunman carry out the attack.

... Replying to a follower who asking if "we get to hang" former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Greene wrote in 2018, "Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off."

Clinton tweeted on Wednesday that Greene "should be on a watch list. Not in Congress."

A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Axios on Tuesday that the GOP leader would have "a conversation" with the congresswoman about her "disturbing" Facebook posts.

Greene's apparent endorsement of violence -- and repeated demand that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be tried for treason and given the death penalty -- has drawn new attention in the aftermath of the pro-Trump Capitol siege. In anticipation of the protest of the certification of the election on January 6, Greene called the day Republicans' "1776 moment." Even after the deadly insurrection, Greene insisted that Trump would serve a second term as president.
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Trump cut taxes for the rich. Biden wants to raise them
  • President Joe Biden’s tax plan would raise taxes for the wealthiest Americans, especially those making more than $400,000 a year.
  • Former President Donald Trump’s signature tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, cut taxes for most Americans. Its benefits went mostly to the rich.
  • Biden’s agenda faces headwinds in a divided Senate. Democrats may be able to use a budget rule to pass a bill with a mere 50 votes.
Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump were far apart on many issues — tax policy among them.

The Biden administration is seeking to dismantle or reverse many aspects of his predecessor’s signature tax law. The law cut taxes for businesses and a broad swath of Americans, with benefits accruing mostly to the wealthy.

Biden wants to raise taxes on the well-to-do, specifically those who make more than $400,000 a year. He would subject more of their earnings to Social Security taxes, repeal cuts to top income-tax rates, reduce the value of tax deductions and increase taxes on inherited wealth and capital gains.

The president also campaigned on a promise not to raise taxes on middle and low earners. Some policies, like expanded tax credits, would likely reduce their taxes.

In aggregate, the Biden administration aims to make the tax system more progressive, said Richard Winchester, a tax law professor at Seton Hall University.

“Some of the richest people in America now pay a smaller portion in tax than some of the poorest people,” he said.
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Man caught with pipe-bombs and a replica of 'Hitler's Buzzsaw' machine gun also carried a fake 'White Privilege' credit card
  • A man was charged Tuesday with possessing five fully operational homemade bombs "and materials to make more," according to the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California.
  • Officers found a total of 49 firearms, including a replica of a World War II-era German MG-42 machine gun nicknamed "Hitler's buzzsaw."
  • Investigators found a mock credit card with "45" as its numbers and labels like "WHITE PRIVILEGE CARD" and "TRUMPS EVERYTHING"
Ian Rogers was charged after the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Napa County Sheriff's Office searched his home and his business, where law enforcement officials discovered a large gun safe containing the pipe bombs and other building material.

... Rogers, who admitted to making the bombs, said they were for entertainment. Bomb technicians from the Sheriff's Office found the devices were fully operational and "could cause great bodily harm ... if handled improperly," prosecutors said.

But FBI investigators said they found other evidence at the scene that indicates the bombs were "not just for entertainment purposes."

Investigators found copies of the US Army's Special Forces guide for unconventionally warfare in addition and a guide on guerilla warfare.

Text messages also found on Rogers' phone also included violent statements, such as "I want to blow up a democrat building bad," as recently as January 10.

"We can attack Twitter and democrats easy right now burn they're s--- down," Rogers is alleged to have wrote.

"The democrats need to pay," another text message said. "Let's see what happens, if nothing does I'm going to war ... I hope 45 goes to war if he doesn't I will."

... Rogers' text messages also indicated he was an ardent supporter of Trump, according to investigators. Rogers, who appeared to believe Trump had won the 2020 US presidential election, believed attacking institutions he thought were sympathetic to Democrats would "ensure Trump remained in office."

Rogers is being charged with an unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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World leaders are worried Trump 'permanently' damaged democracy, EU chief says
  • World leaders are concerned former President Donald Trump did irreversible damage to democracy, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
  • "We are worrying about whether democracy itself might have been permanently damaged in the last four years," she said, expressing horror at the Capitol siege.
  • The EU chief said Trump and the Capitol attack showed how important it is to "address the darker sides of the digital world."
"A year ago, my bilateral talks revolved primarily around the question: Would the US government impose punitive tariffs on European carmakers? Today, a year later, we are worrying about whether democracy itself might have been permanently damaged in the last four years," von der Leyen said during a virtual speech at the Davos Agenda summit, hosted by the World Economic Forum.

... "Images like we saw a few weeks ago, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, were beyond my imagination," von der Leyen said.

"Like for so many of us, the storming of the Capitol came as a shock to me," von der Leyen went on to say. "We are always quick to say: Democracy and values, they are part of our DNA. And that is true. But we must nurture our democracy every day, and defend our institutions against the corrosive power of hate speech, disinformation, fake news and incitement to violence."

"In a world where polarizing opinions are the loudest, it is a short step from crude conspiracy theories to the death of a police officer," she added, and the Capitol siege "unfortunately" showed the world just how "true" that is.

... Von Der Leyen is not alone in her concerns about the long-term impact of Trump's presidency on global democracy. Trump spent years showering dictators with flattery while undermining democratic institutions in the US. From habitually attacking the free press to attempting to overturn a free and fair election, Trump repeatedly skirted democratic norms and mirrored the behavior of authoritarian leaders.

Leaders across the globe condemned Trump over the Capitol siege, and expressed dismay about the consequences for democracy more broadly. "The enemies of democracy will be happy about these unbelievable pictures from Washington, DC," Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said in a tweet.

And as the leader of a country as powerful as the US, political scientists have warned that Trump has potentially helped validate democracy-eroding practices from leaders in other parts of the world.

"Trump's push to overturn the election results may undermine democracy abroad by legitimizing anti-democratic behaviors. We have already seen leaders in Hungary, Turkey, and elsewhere emulate Trump's rhetoric about 'fake news' to dismiss criticism," Erica de Bruin, a political scientist at Hamilton College, recently told Insider.
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Under Biden, pro-choice advocates shift focus to undoing Trump and targeting 'draconian' state restrictions
  • Pro-choice advocates are going on the offensive now that Trump and Pence are out of Washington.
  • Activists hope to repeal Trump-era policies and push Biden to follow through on campaign promises.
  • The president is expected to make announcements related to abortion on January 28.
"The cause for heartbreak is still quite high," said Kristin Ford, the national communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Pro-choice organizations and activists, like those at NARAL and its numerous affiliates across the US, are regrouping, facing a new administration after four years working under the confines of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, both of whom were vocally anti-choice during their four years in the White House.

But the time is now for pro-choice advocates to get to work, Ford said. After years of running defense under Trump and his administration, advocates in support of protecting and strengthening access to abortion now find themselves playing offense.

With President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House and Democrats firmly in control of both chambers of Congress, pro-choice advocates say they're hopeful about the future.

"Logistically, there's a lot of work afoot and just a ton of really important priorities," Ford told Insider. "The Biden-Harris administration really made their commitment clear on the campaign trail, and we're going to continue to remind them of that and be active partners in whatever we can to help make sure all that needs to happen does happen."
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Google is the latest corporate giant to halt donations to Republican lawmakers who voted against Biden's certification as president, joining Amazon and Walmart
  • Google will halt political donations to lawmakers who opposed certifying Joe Biden's as president.
  • It joins Walmart, Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in cutting funding to specific Republicans.
  • Separately, JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will pause political donations to both Republicans and Democrats.
It won't make any contributions to them this cycle, a Google spokesperson told Insider. It had previously announced plans to pause all donations to both Republicans and Democrats for the quarter.

In the past its political action committee has donated to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who led the objection to the Electoral College certification.

... Marriott, the world's largest hotel chain, was one of the first large companies to pull funding following the siege.

"We have taken the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election into consideration and will be pausing political giving from our Political Action Committee to those who voted against certification of the election," a spokeswoman told Insider.

... The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which provides healthcare coverage to around 100 million Americans, said it will suspend contributions "to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy."

Verizon, Boston Scientific, Disney, Walmart, Amazon, American Express, Mastercard, and Comcast are similarly halting payments to these Republicans.

"At this crucial time, our focus needs to be on working together for the good of the entire nation," Comcast hold Insider.

... "Cutting funding hits these politicians where it hurts," Penn State's Hambrick told Insider, describing it as the most "profound" action companies could take against lawmakers. But pulling PACs isn't the only way corporate America has responded to the siege.

E-scooter startup Lime has vowed never to give money to businesses connected to Trump or Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and has scratched Trump's properties from its list of approved corporate travel hotels for its 600 employees.
The Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) of America, meanwhile, pulled its 2022 Championship from Trump's New Jersey golf course, and Simon & Schuster canceled the scheduled publication of Hawley's upcoming book "The Tyranny of Big Tech."
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A Trump advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Biden won is refusing to do it, citing debunked election-fraud claims
  • A Trump campaign advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Trump lost the election now won't do it.
  • Harlan Hill cited debunked election-fraud claims, falsely telling Mediaite: "Trump won."
  • Hill was barred from Fox News last October after he called Kamala Harris an '"insufferable lying b----."
A Trump campaign advisor who promised to eat his shoe if Joe Biden won the election is now refusing to do so, making the false claim that former President Donald Trump won instead.

Harlan Hill, a political consultant and commentator, made the bold promise to The Atlantic at Steve Bannon's election-night party on November 7, 2020.

He said he was "one hundred percent" certain of Trump's victory and, when asked what he would do if Trump lost, he told the outlet: "I'll eat my shoe. We'll do it in a livestream."

... Following Biden's inauguration, Mediaite followed up on Hill's plans.

But Hill told Mediaite, falsely: "Trump won."

Hill has held this position for a while. Following the election, he issued a string of tweets falsely suggesting that Biden's win was rigged by the Democratic Party.
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President Trump’s Regulatory Agencies Continued To Stockpile Firepower
New data shows that the federal government has become one never-ending gun show.

The federal government’s size, scope, and power has grown dramatically over the past several decades. Although, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp,” our data shows that his administration continued to arm it—and we have questions.

There are 458 ‘Special Office of Inspector General Agents’ within Health and Human Services (HHS) armed with sophisticated weaponry and trained by military special forces contractors. Why?

The special agents at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are equipped with machine guns and AR-15s. Is an alien invasion imminent?

Then, there’s the museum and zoo-forces — even the Smithsonian Institution employed up to 620-armed officers. Guarding pandas at the national zoo is expensive.

But these security forces pale in comparison to the Department of Homeland Security’s 259,891 firearms (that doesn’t even include the Transportation Security Administration, which doesn’t offer disclosure).

After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats amassed firepower.
  • There are more non-DOD federal employees with firearms (200,000+) than there are U.S. Marines (186,000).
  • 27 traditional law enforcement agencies spent $800 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment during fiscal years 2015 and 2019. These agencies include those at the Department of Justice and Homeland Security.
  • 76 administrative agencies spent $110.6 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2015 and 2019. These agencies include the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Social Security Administration, and many others.
In 1996, Veterans Affairs did not employ a police force. Since 2010, the VA spent $25.5 million on guns, 11 million rounds of ammunition, and other military-style equipment. Today, the VA has 3,957 law enforcement officers armed with a “long-gun program” (i.e., AR-15s).

Even traditional and paper-pushing agencies continued to stockpile weaponry.

The Internal Revenue Service, with its 2,159 “Special Agents,” spent $21.3 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2006 and 2019. The agency stockpiled 4,500 guns and five million rounds of ammunition.

The Internal Revenue Service, with its 2,159 “Special Agents,” spent $21.3 million on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2006 and 2019. The agency stockpiled 4,500 guns and five million rounds of ammunition.

... The Office of Inspector General at HHS owns 1,300 guns including one shotgun, five submachine guns, and 189 automatic firearms. Over the last eight years, the HHS has purchased four million rounds of ammunition.

And what about the 800,000 rounds purchased by the Social Security Administration? Do they need that ammo to administer social security checks to seniors?

The Environmental Protection Agency just spent $61,650 purchasing “body armor systems” for 137 special agents. Their gun locker includes 867,000 rounds of ammunition and 600 guns.

... It’s time for the federal agencies to not only open their books, but also their gun lockers.

Explain to the American people why they need so much firepower to pursue their missions.
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No TrumpsπŸ‘±‍♂️ Newsbites was formerly Trumpism 🐘 Newsbites.

or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.