Tag: Storming of the US Capitol (Jan, 2021)

Extremists Emboldened by Capitol Attack Pose Rising Threat, Homeland Security Says

But that warning came in a private channel to law enforcement agencies. Terrorism warnings issued to the public like the bulletin on Wednesday are rare: The most recent came a year ago during a period of tension with Iran after the American military’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. The bulletins issued by the Department […]

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McConnell Was Done With Trump. His Party Said Not So Fast.

Still, the always-restrained Kentuckian never mounted a campaign to persuade other Republicans to join him, knowing how difficult it would be for his party to break from someone who polls indicate that half of its voters believe should remain their leader. If all senators were voting, it would take 17 Republicans joining every Democrat to […]

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A Letter to My Conservative Friends

For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week called for trying harder to keep schools open. On that issue, Republicans have been more right than many Democrats. But half a century ago we didn’t need the racist George Wallace wing of the Democratic Party, and today we don’t need the wing of […]

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Proud Boys Leader Secretly Cooperated With F.B.I. and Police

Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, a far-right nationalist group that is a major target of the sprawling investigation into the riot at the Capitol this month, has a history of cooperating with law enforcement, according to court records and a former prosecutor. The stunning revelation that Mr. Tarrio, who leads one of […]

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The U.S. faces heightened threats from violent domestic extremists in the wake of the Capitol breach, D.H.S. says.

The United States will face heightened threats from violent extremists emboldened by the assault on the Capitol for weeks, according to a rare national terrorism warning released on Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security. “Information suggests that some ideologically motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, […]

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Rioters Followed a Long Conspiratorial Road to the Capitol

“We were aware of Brendan Hunt back in 2013 when he was attacking Sandy Hook families,” said Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed at the school, and who founded the HONR Network, an organization of volunteers who seek the removal of harmful online content. “I’m not surprised that he became more radical.” “Once people buy […]

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How to Defeat America’s Homegrown Insurgency

First, the easiest and most straightforward, is criminal justice. We should continue to track known extremists, and investigate and bring to account those who commit crimes. We have the expertise and the infrastructure to do so, and to do it while preserving civil liberties. We need no new statutes, nor should we import terrorist designations […]

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Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans rallied on Tuesday against trying former President Donald J. Trump for “incitement of insurrection” at the Capitol, with only five members of his party joining Democrats in a vote to go forward with his impeachment trial. By a vote of 55-to-45, the Senate narrowly killed a Republican effort to dismiss the […]

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Who Are House Managers in Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Dive into the background of the nine impeachment managers Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose to present the case to the Senate in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump, and a common thread will emerge: deep experience in the law. All equipped with law degrees, the nine managers include Democrats who served as […]

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Capitol Police Detail Failures During Pro-Trump Assault

In testimony prepared for her video appearance before the House Appropriations Committee, Chief Pittman also suggested that officers were underequipped for the violence they faced and did not have easy access to the additional supplies of chemical sprays and other substances they needed to disperse the crowd. “Instead, the department had to send in personnel […]

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Man Charged With Threatening Congressman’s Family as Riot Raged

The same day that a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and tried to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s electoral victory, the brother of Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York received several troubling text messages. “Your brother is putting your entire family at risk with his lies and other words,” one of the […]

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Capitol Riot Investigation Scrutinizes Role of Proud Boys

Investigators involved in the Capitol attack have also focused their attention on the chairman of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. Mr. Tarrio, who lives in Miami, was scheduled to attend the march in Washington but was thrown out of the city by a judge the day before it happened. When he was arrested on Jan. […]

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Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech

The ideas mirror many recommendations introduced last October in a House judiciary report led by Representative David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat. But her bill won’t include provisions to unwind past mergers and other structural reforms, as his report had recommended. Her bill, as well as other laws proposed to limit the power of the […]

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Mask Fights and a ‘Mob Mentality’: What Flight Attendants Faced Over the Last Year

One flight attendant needed medical attention for a crippling migraine brought on by confronting a passenger who refused to wear a mask. The day after the siege on Capitol Hill, passengers on a shuttle bus with a Black flight attendant assailed her with racial slurs, according to a union for flight attendants. Aviation safety officials […]

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From Navy SEAL to Part of the Angry Mob Outside the Capitol

In the weeks since Adam Newbold, a former member of the Navy SEALs, was identified as part of the enraged crowd that descended on the Capitol on Jan. 6, he has been interviewed by the F.B.I. and has resigned under pressure from jobs as a mentor and as a volunteer wrestling coach. He expects his […]

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Why Is Big Tech Policing Free Speech? Because the Government Isn’t

But the court shifted again, Lakier says, toward interpreting the First Amendment “as a grant of almost total freedom” for private owners to decide who could speak through their outlets. In 1974, it struck down a Florida law requiring newspapers that criticized the character of political candidates to offer them space to reply. Chief Justice […]

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Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right

Last August, when presidential election returns began to show that Belarus’s longtime dictator, Aleksandr Lukashenko, might have lost, his government quickly shut down the country’s communications infrastructure, targeting social media applications like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. Telegram, too, faltered at first. But Mr. Durov quickly intervened, enabling what he called “anti-censorship tools” to keep Telegram […]

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Republicans Waver on Convicting Donald J. Trump

After Mr. Raskin read the charge in full, the managers departed, leaving the matter to the Senate, which planned to reconvene at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to issue a summons to Mr. Trump to answer for the charge. Senators were expected to formally agree to a schedule for the coming weeks and swear an impeachment oath […]

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Rupert Murdoch, Accepting Award, Condemns ‘Awful Woke Orthodoxy’

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch denounced an “awful woke orthodoxy” and declared, “I’m far from done,” while accepting a lifetime achievement award this weekend. Mr. Murdoch, 89, made the remarks in a prerecorded video shown on Saturday during a virtual event for the United Kingdom nonprofit that honored him, the Australia Day Foundation. The video […]

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After the Capitol Was Stormed, Teachers Try Explaining History in Real Time

To explain the tumultuous events of recent days, Tracy Merlin used an analogy her second-grade class would understand: the eternal struggle between dog people and cat people. “Let’s say that half of the country thinks dogs are the best, and half of the country thinks cats are the best,” said Ms. Merlin, who teaches in […]

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Brady, Mahomes, Kaepernick: Quarterbacks Who Deserve the Stage Now

Kaepernick’s critique of America foretold it all. But if you think everything is fine now that there’s a new face in the White House, think again. Remember that he began his protest not under former President Donald J. Trump, but in the waning days of the Obama administration. He knelt not just against the cracking […]

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Rudy Giuliani Sued by Dominion Voting Systems Over False Election Claims

Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Rudolph W. Giuliani, the lawyer for Donald J. Trump and former mayor of New York City who played a key role in the former president’s monthslong effort to subvert the 2020 election. The 107-page lawsuit, filed in the Federal District Court in Washington, accuses Mr. […]

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We Don’t Need Another War on Terror

Adama Bah was just 16 years old when FBI agents stormed her family’s Harlem apartment in 2005 and arrested her, falsely accusing her of being a potential suicide bomber. She was held for six weeks in a youth detention facility before being released with no charges. This was post-9/11 America, when ordinary Muslims were routinely […]

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Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot

Two days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Jackson Reffitt’s father, Guy W. Reffitt, returned to the family’s home in Texas. He told his son that he had stormed the Capitol, according to an F.B.I. affidavit. Then his father leveled a threat: If Jackson, 18, reported him to the police, he would have no […]

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Divisions Harden in Senate as It Prepares to Receive Impeachment Article

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Sunday burrowed into dueling positions over the impending impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump, deepening the schisms in an already divided Senate a day before the House will deliver its charge to lawmakers there. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Republican who voted to convict Mr. Trump in […]

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Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right

BERLIN — When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol in Washington this month, far-right extremists across the Atlantic cheered. Jürgen Elsässer, the editor of Germany’s most prominent far-right magazine, was watching live from his couch. “We were following it like a soccer match,” he said. Four months earlier, Mr. Elsässer had attended a march in Berlin, where […]

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Man Threatened to Assassinate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Officials Say

A Trump supporter who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 threatened on social media to assassinate Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that day and also threatened the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot a woman as she tried to enter the building, federal prosecutors said. The man, Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested on Wednesday […]

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Inside the Deadly Capitol Shooting

WASHINGTON — During the four-and-a-half-hour attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, one of the moments when the mob came closest to the lawmakers they were pursuing took place just after 2:30 p.m. On one side of a set of antique wood and glass doors were dozens of lawmakers and their aides trying to evacuate […]

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Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

Of 45,000 Iranians who applied for visa waivers between January 2017 and July 2020, only 7,000 were granted visas, according to the State Department. “The impact was across the board — financially, emotionally, educationally, professionally, romantically,” said Reza Mazaheri, a New York-based immigration attorney who represents many Iranians. For others, the ban is a closed, […]

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Senate Leaders Agree on Impeachment Trial Delay, Giving Biden Breathing Room

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders struck a deal on Friday to delay former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial for two weeks, giving President Biden time to install his cabinet and begin moving a legislative agenda before they begin a historic proceeding to try his predecessor. The plan guarantees that the trial, which promises to dredge […]

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A New Era of Far-Right Violence

The storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 by a rabid mob of Donald Trump supporters resulted in a failed insurrection. But for far-right extremists, including anti-government militias, white supremacists and violent conspiracy theorists, nothing about the insurrection was a failure. Throughout the 1990s, several incidents amplified the rallying cry of the far right: Ruby […]

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