Biden’s Cesar Chavez bust in the Oval Office signals a new era for Latinos, activists hope: ‘It shows that he’s authentic’ 1

I can think of few things that more perfectly symbolize what the Democrats are about than Biden’s placing a bust of Cesar Chavez in the Oval Office (supposedly in the place of Winston Churchill) while recognizing Juan Gaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Of course, the Ben Shapiro-Charlie Kirk Axis of Idiocy is claiming this is proof of Biden’s incipient Bolshevism. Yeah, he’s a regular Allende. Essentially, we’ve replaced one moderate Republican with another.

Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post

Paul Chavez was watching TV coverage of President Biden’s first address from the Oval Office on Wednesday when he suddenly recognized the sculpture right behind him.

It was his father.

The 22-inch-tall bronze bust of civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez stood just behind the Resolute Desk, surrounded by portraits of the president and his family.

“We were just as surprised and thrilled as everybody else to see its placement, it was so prominent,” Paul Chavez, 63, told The Washington Post late Wednesday. “We were excited not just because it was a bust of my father, but what it represented. To us, it was an affirmation of the importance and the contributions of our community, immigrants and Latinos.”

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More than 100 Civil Rights Groups Agree: We Don’t Need New Domestic Terrorism Laws Reply

I’m sure these “100 civil rights groups” will be taken very seriously by Sleepy Joe and Police State Kamala.

By Scott Shackford, Reason

Civil rights groups across the country are urging President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as Congressional Democrats, not to pass new laws to address any potential threats from white nationalists emboldened by and loyal to former President Donald Trump.

In a letter dated Tuesday, 135 civil rights organizations—ranging from religious groups, immigration advocates, and LGBT organizations to the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—expressed their concerns about calls to pass new criminal laws in the wake of the riot and temporary invasion of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters:

The Justice Department (DOJ), including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has over 50 terrorism-related statutes it can use to investigate and prosecute criminal conduct, including white supremacist violence, as well as dozens of other federal statutes relating to hate crimes, organized crime, and violent crimes. The failure to confront and hold accountable white nationalist violence is not a question of not having appropriate tools to employ, but a failure to use those on hand. To date, DOJ has simply decided as a matter of policy and practice not to prioritize white nationalist crimes.

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John Brennan Says Biden Intel ALREADY Ramping Up Domestic Surveillance Reply

The most serious domestic issue at present. The modern police state really began with Nixon’s war on drugs in the 1970s, which was expanded by Reagan and Poppy Bush in the 80s. It then became a general war on crime, guns, gangs, etc, in the 1990s, following by Dubyas’s war on terrorism in the 2000s, which was continued by Obama and Trump. Now the Bidenists want to expand the domestic terror war.

Republicans Now Control More State Legislatures Than Any Point in U.S. History 1

We now have an interesting situation where the Democrats control the federal government and most large cities while the Republicans control a supermajority of the state governments.

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Last week the Republican Party established a federal trifecta and with wins in the Minnesota Senate, Kentucky House, and Iowa Senate, the GOP now controls both state legislative chambers in 32 states. According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now control more state legislatures than at any point in U.S. history. However, they have yet to beat out Democrats’ 1975 record of complete control in 37 state legislatures.

Republicans now control 34 upper chambers, while Democrats control 13.

While Republicans gained control of the Iowa Senate and Minnesota Senate, they lost previous control of the Nevada Senate. The Democratic Party numerically gained control of the Washington Senate; however, State Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-WA-35) will caucus with the Republican Party, giving Republicans control of the chamber. The Connecticut Senate is now split after all 36 State Senators were up for reelection and Republicans were able to flip three seats. Yet, Democrats will maintain majority vote and state trifecta status with Democratic Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman as the Senate’s tie breaker.

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What We Will Miss With The End Of The Trump Presidency Reply

By Stansfield Smith, One World

With the exit of Trump, we can expect renewed threats against North Korea and increased military action in the Middle East. We will experience not just an end to presidential condemnations of the national security state, but its further unleashing on the US people and the world. We likely will not again experience a president repudiating the US’ self-appointed role as world cop, or the US Chief Executive blasting its Middle East wars.

On January 6, President Trump and his “deplorables” made the US Empire look dysfunctional to the whole world by overtaking the Capitol, causing those corporate tools, our “elected representatives,” to run and hide. Does that set a bar for what is needed to bring health care for all, to end what Martin Luther King called the three evils of society: poverty, war and racism?

Trump has antagonized the US ruling class by placing his own interests above the interests of their class as a whole. As Democratic Senator Schumer righteously waxed, “This will be a stain on our country not so easily washed away.” Indeed, thanks to these Trumpers, politicians’ future talk of “American exceptionalism,” about the US as the world champion of “freedom and democracy,” will now bring snickers around the globe.

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The Pentagon Speaks Reply

By Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have spoken. Issuing a remarkable memorandum to all members of the Armed Forces, the JCS have declared that Joe Biden will be the new president of the United States. The memo may have been not only one to military personnel but also to President Trump: No matter how convinced you are that the election was stolen from you, don’t even think about remaining in power because we will ensure your forcible exit from the White House.

Unfortunately, relatively few people, including libertarians, comprehend that the Pentagon, along with the CIA and the NSA and, to a certain extent, the FBI, are the part of the federal government in which ultimate power is being wielded. They are the ones who are ruling the roost in America. That’s why that memo is so important. It’s declaring how things will be.

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Why Trump Isn’t a Fascist Reply

By Richard J. Evans, New Statesman

A number of prominent commentators, including the ­historians Timothy Snyder and Sarah Churchwell, the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and the Berkeley public policy professor Robert Reich has been arguing for some time that Donald Trump is a fascist. The writer Rebecca Solnit has even called Trump’s ­supporters “Nazis.”

Look at his contempt for democracy, they say; his attacks on the press and the judiciary, his rabble-rousing, his intolerance of all who oppose him, his authoritarianism, his self-identification with foreign dictators and strongmen, his nationalism and “America first” foreign policy. Look at the way he spurns international organizations, treaties, and agreements, his racism, and encouragement of white supremacist groups, his incitement to violence on the streets of the US.

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Sheldon Adelson, Billionaire Donor to G.O.P. and Israel, Is Dead at 87 Reply

If you can’t say anything nice…

New York Times

Sheldon G. Adelson, a cabdriver’s son who built the world’s largest empire of casinos and resort hotels in Las Vegas, Macau, Singapore and other gambling meccas and used his vast wealth to promote right-wing political agendas in America and Israel, died on Monday at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 87.

The cause was complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, his company, Las Vegas Sands, said on Tuesday in a statement.

Mr. Adelson grew up tough, a Depression-era street urchin who hawked newspapers and fought roughnecks in Boston. Unfazed by risks, rivals or the law, he built a fortune estimated by Forbes in 2014 at $36.6 billion and by Bloomberg Billionaires Index at $40.8 billion, making him the world’s eighth or ninth wealthiest person.

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The Rioters Weren’t All Blue Collar: They Were CEOs, Lawyers, & Police Officers Reply

By Erin Corbett, Refinery 29

In the aftermath of the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the FBI and D.C. Police are asking the public to help identify people who planned and participated in the attack. Like clockwork, many people have been quick to assume that those involved in the attack were either rural white working class people, or antifascists pretending to be Trump supporters. Of course, neither of these assumptions could be farther from the truth, and the actual rioters were a varied group of people — all galvanized by President Donald Trump.

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