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Capitol Police Request 60-Day Extension of National Guard Protection

The request was made by Capitol Police and is being reviewed by the Pentagon

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Democratic Representative from Michigan, Elissa Slotkin, said a request was made in the past 36 hours to keep the National Guard deployed at the Capitol for at least two more months. The request was made by Capitol Police and is being reviewed by the Pentagon, defense officials told the Associated Press.

The request comes after “intelligence uncovered a ‘possible plot’ by a militia group to storm the building” leaving law enforcement on high alert reports the AP. Reportedly, the alleged plot is tied to “the far-right conspiracy theory promoted by QAnon supporters that former President Donald Trump will rise again to power on March 4, the original presidential inauguration day” according to AP.

Rep. Slotkin said the Guard is searching for volunteers from around the country to fulfill the 60- day extension request. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations but confirmed the request is under review and states are assessing the availability of their troops if approval is given. Currently, the over 5,000 Guard members in D.C. are scheduled to leave on March 12, at the scheduled end of their mission.

Safety surrounding the Capitol has been a partisan issue as of late after Trump supporters were able to gain access and storm the Capitol on January 6th. Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe, said of the request, “it’s outrageous. That’s not what they’re supposed to be, that’s not their mission. We have the Capitol Police, that is their mission.”

Rep. Slotkin said members have expressed concern; “we want to understand what the plan is. None of us like looking at the fencing, the gates, the uniformed presence around the Capitol. We can’t depend on the National Guard for our security.” Slotkin said on her way to her office on Thursday, “I’m not going to let these guys scare me away.”

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  1. Jim Morris

    March 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    The NG is there to create a Democrat illusion that ‘white nationalist’ Trump supporters are going to violently storm the Capitol (the way BLM supporters riot, loot, burn and kill, to which Democrats turn a blind eye and more than that, encourage). It’s another attempt to demonize and vilify conservative white people and paint all other’s as ‘victims’ who need protection. It’s an outrage.

  2. Elisabeth brehm

    March 5, 2021 at 10:15 am

    This is nothing more than a prolog and a stunt at our expense. Antifa and BLM were the agitators. It was horrible but Trump aupporters were not there to cause trouble. It is really disgusting how truth is manipulated.

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New York City Opens First Two Government-Sanctioned Drug Injection Sites in U.S.

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Drug overdoses and addiction have hit an all-time high during the pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control revealing over 93,000 people died from overdoses in 2020, up 30 percent from 2019. As a solution to the crisis, New York City is opening the nation’s first government-sanctioned drug injection sites.

Two injection sites will be opened in Manhattan on Tuesday, giving drug users a controlled environment, as well as offer treatment options. Visitors must bring their own drugs, and the sites will offer clean injection supplies including needles.

The sites will also have naloxone on-site, the emergency drug that reverses narcotics overdoses. Drug addicts know public libraries have naloxone on hand in case of someone overdosing, which has made libraries one of the most popular public places for drug use across the country.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented the sites before he leaves office. In a written statement, de Blasio said this unique strategy to combat the drug crisis will prove that “after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible.” The mayor says he has notified the sites that he would not penalize them or “take enforcement action” and that law enforcement has been told to stand down as well.

New York City health commission Dr. Dave A. Chokshi supports the measures, telling the New York Times “2020, unfortunately, was the deadliest year on record for overdoses both here in New York City as well as nationally. Every four hours, someone dies of a drug overdose in New York City…we feel a deep conviction and also a sense of urgency in opening overdose prevention centers.”

Opponents of government-sanctioned injection sites worry the facilities legitimize, destigmatize and therefore support or encourage drug addiction, rather than sending a message that everything must be done to stop drug use. “While cities like San Francisco and Seattle, both ravaged by substance abuse, have considered opening injection locations, New York City is the first to formally authorize such sites” reports National Review.

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Best Buy, Levi’s Using Rittenhouse Acquittal to Further ‘Racial Trauma’ Narrative

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Despite the acquittal and evidence supporting self-defense for teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, some large companies are using it to further a “racial trauma” narrative. Giant companies Best Buy and Levi Strauss “reportedly offered their employees counseling to those distressed over the verdict” reports Breitbart News.

Levi’s offered a session with a “racial trauma specialist” for workers distraught over the acquittal of Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse, who is white, was found not guilty in the shooting of three men, all of whom are also white because he was defending himself against the assailants. Nonetheless, the media and now businesses have turned the trial into a race-baiting issue.

The chief of diversity, equity and inclusion for Levi’s, Elizabeth Morrison, sent an email to employees of the San Francisco-based clothing company following the verdict:

“With the news that Kyle Rittenhouse was not convicted in the shooting of three individuals — two of whom lost their lives — during racial justice protests last year, this is a difficult day for many,” the email read.

“To help promote safety, sharing and to encourage healing, I’ll be hosting a fireside chat and Q&A with Dr. Jamila Codrington, a licensed psychologist and racial trauma specialist in early December,” the email stated. “Dr. J and I will talk about the mental and psychical impacts of back-to-back social and racial justice events and trauma coping mechanisms during our discussion.”

Best Buy has reportedly offered “mental health resources” and “counseling services” to employees distressed by the verdict. “The verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial stirs many emotions, and it’s another difficult moment for our nation,” reportedly wrote Mark Irvin, the chief inclusion, diversity, and talent officer for Best Buy.

“While these events can be challenging and deeply hurtful, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on the values that unite us as a company and as a nation,” Irvin said, according to The Post Millennial. “We can do better, as each of us as individuals, allies, and human beings press together for better outcomes.”

“I know events like these can take a toll on mental health and emotional well-being,” he stated. “Please know that Best Buy is here to support you.”
Irvin then provided links to “mental health resources” and “counseling services” that are offered by the company’s employee benefits.

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