Tag Archives: Washington DC

REPORT: Capitol Police Contractor Uses Nazi Symbols

Roll Call reports: Capitol Police spent $90,075 of taxpayer dollars in 2018 and 2019 to train its specialized Containment Emergency Response Team with Northern Red Inc., a company that publicly displays symbols often associated with the white supremacist movement. Northern Red’s website and Facebook page prominently display the Devil’s Guard Patch, which stems from a 1971 novel titled “Devil’s Guard,” …

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VP And Second Gentleman Join DC Pride Walk [VIDEO]

Washington DC’s NBC News affiliate reports: Vice President Kamala Harris put her pride for the LBGTQ+ community on display Saturday in Washington, D.C. Harris surprised marchers by joining the Capital Pride Walk and Rally. She wore a pink blazer and a “love is love” shirt and walked with the procession for about a block. “Happy Pride,” Harris told members of …

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DC Cops Admit Using Tear Gas On Lafayette Protesters

Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports: An attorney for DC Police said in court, for the first time, that the department did indeed use tear gas on protesters around Lafayette Square Park last June. Protesters and the ACLU are suing federal police, and MPD, over their use of tear gas. MPD has consistently said that it was “not involved” in …

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Washington DC Sues Amazon For Alleged Price-Fixing

The New York Times reports: The District of Columbia sued Amazon on Tuesday, accusing it of artificially raising prices for the products in its ubiquitous online marketplace and around the web by abusing its monopoly power, a sign that regulators in the United States are increasingly turning their attention to the company’s dominance across the economy. In the lawsuit, the …

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Celebrity Chef Offers $50 Gift Cards As Vax Incentive

The DCist reports: Local celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés is getting into the vaccine rewards game, and he’s offering more than a free donut or a free beer. On Friday, Andrés tweeted that he would give $50 gift cards to his D.C.-area ThinkFoodGroup restaurants to anyone who shows proof of vaccination, starting Saturday. The giveaway will run “until we …

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DC Mayor Admitted To Democratic Governors Group

The Washington Post reports: The Democratic Governors Association on Tuesday welcomed D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser into its ranks, marking the latest effort by Democratic leaders to support making the District the nation’s 51st state. Announcing the move on CNN, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who chairs the association, acknowledged that Bowser is not a governor. But citing the …

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DC Drops Most Mask Rules For Fully Vaccinated Adults

The Hill reports: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Friday officially loosened most mask requirements for fully-vaccinated adults in the nation’s capital, including mask restrictions at businesses, as well as while participating in certain indoor and outdoor activities. Under a newly signed executive order, those who have gone two weeks since receiving the Johnson & Johnson single shot or …

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US Marshals Used Drones To Surveil BLM Protests In DC

The Intercept reports: The U.S. Marshals Service flew unmanned drones over Washington, D.C., in response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act show. The documents — two brief, heavily redacted emails — indicate the Marshals flew the drones over Washington on June 5 and 7, when nationwide protests against …

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White House Formally Backs Bill For DC Statehood

Via press release from the White House: For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded. H.R. 51 rights this wrong by making Washington, D.C. a …

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DC Requests National Guard Ahead Of Chauvin Verdict

CNN reports: The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, according to a US defense official. The move comes amid nationwide tensions after recent police killings of Americans of color and as cities …

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DC Attacker Identified As 25 Year Old Indiana Man

Heavy.com reports: Noah Green, a former college football player and Nation of Islam adherent, was named as the knife-wielding, now-deceased suspect who rammed a car into a U.S. Capitol barricade, exiting with a knife and killing one Capitol police officer while injuring another. Green’s Nation of Islam beliefs emerged through a review of his now-deleted Facebook page by Heavy, although …

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Officer And Suspect Dead After Attack At US Capitol

ABC News reports: After reports that someone hit two U.S. Capitol Police officers with a car, Capitol Police opened fire at the north barricade of the Capitol complex, law enforcement sources tell ABC News. Two officers are said to be injured, one critically, the sources said. Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the suspect is dead. A vehicle occupied “by …

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BREAKING: Capitol Locked Down After Shots Fired

The Associated Press reports: Police locked down the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon after a report of gunshots in the area. U.S. Capitol Police say all Capitol buildings were being locked down “due to an external security threat” and staff members were told they could not enter or exit the buildings. A law enforcement official says officers were responding to …

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National Portrait Gallery To Get Painting Of Trump

The Washingtonian reports: When the National Portrait Gallery reopens in the coming months, there will be a new face greeting visitors in the America’s Presidents gallery: that of Donald J. Trump. The permanent exhibit has a painting of every former commander-in-chief, so the inclusion of a Trump portrait isn’t a surprise. But that likeness won’t be Trump’s official portrait—the specially …

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Action On Statehood For DC Begins Again On Monday

The Washington Post reports: The fight is arriving on Capitol Hill: The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday will convene a hearing on a statehood bill, and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said in an interview he expects that the bill will pass the House before summer. Statehood advocates still face major obstacles: They do not yet have …

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Capitol Perimeter Fence To Come Down This Weekend

CNN reports: The outer fencing erected around the Capitol shortly after rioters stormed the building on January 6 will be removed this weekend, earlier than expected, according to the acting House sergeant-at-arms. In a memo to members of Congress and congressional staff Friday obtained by CNN, acting Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett said the US Capitol Police in conjunction with the architect …

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Man Wanted By Texas Police Apprehended By Secret Service Near VP Residence, Long Gun And Ammo In Car

CNBC reports:  A Texas man wanted by the police was stopped by the U.S. Secret Service and arrested Wednesday afternoon near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, authorities said. Police said they found a rifle and ammunition in that man’s car, which was parked some distance away in a garage in downtown Washington. The man, Paul Murray, 31, of …

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US Capitol Cop Suspended Over Antisemitic Tract

The Washington Post reports: U.S. Capitol Police suspended an officer Monday after a copy of an infamous antisemitic tract was found near a Capitol Hill security post Sunday, alarming a congressional aide who viewed the document in plain sight at the checkpoint. Photographs provided to The Washington Post show a printed copy of the Protocols of the Meetings of the …

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US Capitol Police To Begin Removing Parts Of Fencing

The New York Times reports: The Capitol Police in the coming days will begin scaling back and in some cases removing fencing erected around the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot, a Democratic aide familiar with the plans confirmed on Sunday, a visible milestone as Congress tries to return to normal. The agency, working with the architect of the Capitol, …

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Task Force: DC Needs Permanent National Guard Force

Military.com reports: A task force charged with making recommendations to boost congressional security after a deadly Jan. 6 pro-Trump mob assault on Capitol Hill has proposed establishing a permanent military presence ready to go at a moment’s notice in Washington, D.C. The security review, led by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who ran military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, …

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