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Jan 6th Committee Issues Six New Subpoenas, Targets Michael Flynn

They had better be careful what they wish for.

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With the 2022 midterms fast approaching, the Democrats who are steering the select committee on January 6th certainly realize that their time is running out.

The Republican Party appears to be slated for a massive congressional “red wave” in a year’s time, and a GOP-majority in both chamber of Congress would almost assuredly spell the end of this barely-bipartisan endeavor that many on the right have decried as little more than a witch hunt aimed at harming Donald Trump’s chances at reelection in 2024.

With this timeline quickening, the committee is targeting some heavy hitters in Trump World, including former national security adviser General Michael Flynn.

The House select committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot on Capitol Hill announced Monday it is issuing six additional subpoenas to top Trump campaign associates as it continues to seek testimony and documents from key witnesses in the sweeping probe.

With this round of subpoenas, the committee is targeting top individuals from former President Trump’s reelection campaign who the panel says were involved in promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen.
The six subpoenas are going to:
  • Trump 2020 campaign manager William Stepien

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    Former senior adviser to the campaign Jason Miller

  • John Eastman, an attorney who helped craft Trump’s argument that the election was stolen

  • Michael Flynn, who was involved in meeting about how the Trump campaign wanted to promote the lie that the election was stolen

  • Angela McCallum, national executive assistant to former President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign

  • Bernard Kerik, who participated in a meeting at the Willard Hotel centered around overturing election results.

Those subpoenaed have until November 23rd to produce and deliver documents for the committee, but there is no telling how many, if any, will comply.

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has already declined to cooperate with the committee, suggesting that he would need to have a court adjudicate the matter of executive privilege before he would appear before the group.

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Biden Takes Aim at Putin with Serious Ukraine Threat

But can a weak Biden administration really made a dent in the Russian leader’s plans?

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Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States.

Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more.

A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration.

President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday.

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After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president.

The moment was tense.

“I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing.

Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine.

“The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said.
Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the two leaders or take pictures of the event, but they issued a readout afterward.

Of course, the Biden administration has been a largely ineffectual group on issues ranging from the border to the economy, so there’s no telling how seriously Putin has considered the threat.

Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States. Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more. A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday. After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president. The moment was tense. “I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing. Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine. “The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said. Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the…

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Will EdTech Get a Needed Broadband Upgrade?

What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology…

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Whenever a new administration takes over inside the beltway, it’s common for officials and pundits to blue sky new ideas to address shortcomings in every area of government from labor to housing to healthcare, but one area that never fails to stymie presidents is education.

What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology, or Edtech, as a consequence of COVID, probably the closest thing to an extinction-level event educators have ever faced. COVID closed schools, sequestered students, prompted distance learning and the faster-than-normal adoption of new technology that many students just couldn’t access.

The Brookings Institution performed a phone survey of 201 households and a total of 271 primary-school-aged children in February of 2021, seeking to understand how COVID impacted students.  Their findings revealed a vast technology gap between poor kids and everyone else, with 1 in 5 children not even offered a distance-learning option, and even those who were only showed up slightly more than half the time.

In addition, a significant portion of college students lack suitable internet access, with nearly 40 percent of them struggling not with their studies, but just the simple act of connecting to the internet for classes and assignments, according to a study by The Hope Center at Temple University. Coincidentally, the real figure may be higher than 40 percent, because Temple researchers experienced issues conducting the survey, reporting “inadequate internet access could have contributed to low response rates.”

NPR recently reported on the problem, interviewing Faylene Begay, a single mother of four living in Tuba City, Ariz. who is attending classes at Diné College. She does not have an internet connection at her home on the Navajo Nation Reservation, leaving her with an old phone with limited data.

“It was just beyond my power to submit my work,” Begay told NPR. “That alone just kind of depleted my purpose … made me feel like I was defeated by the internet.”

That’s why the recently passed infrastructure bill included roughly $65 billion to improve and expand the capabilities of broadband service to those who don’t have it.

Education Week also recently reported that the bill also included $2.75 billion to address this “digital equity” issue, moving dollars into a variety of connectivity issues, including anything from laptops for students to digital literacy instruction for seniors.

As private industry sizes up all the pluses of the bill, some companies are already forging ahead, way ahead of the curve being set by government while still being aligned with its goals.

One of them, Genius Group, is a global education company with more than 2 million students in 200 countries. Headed by noted futurist and best-selling author Roger James Hamilton, the Genius Group is currently the world’s largest entrepreneur education company.

Hamilton has engaged EdTech head-on, through the creation of GeniusU, an EdTech platform that prepares entrepreneurs for the next 10 years by helping them adapt their business models and embrace the metaverse. GeniusU goes further than just preaching that the old ways don’t work anymore, because they are using the “new” ways right now through their future-focused, entrepreneur education system that spans from early learning, primary and secondary school, through university, adult education, and corporate training.

The administration’s education priorities, spread across several pages on the Biden-Harris campaign website, covers plenty of ground, promising more investments in early childhood education, vocational programs, minority-serving institutions and mental health services, and increasing teacher pay and reducing student debt, among many other goals.

GeniusU’s from-the-cradle-to-the-boardroom approach is something that Hamilton studied and researched extensively before putting it into practice.

“The greatest achievements in the world have been accomplished by entrepreneurs and teams of collaborators, thinkers, and doers,” he wrote in a recent column. “Learning is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is more than gaining cultural literacy, more than learning a skill for a particular job, more than teaching the importance of social justice, of creating ‘good citizens,’ or teaching the importance of protecting the environment. It is all of the above and more.”

GeniusU, under Hamilton’s direction, has created an education philosophy – made real through its unique programs – where the curriculum isn’t crafted as a pair of socks, one-size-fits-all, but rather steeped in the principle of entrepreneurship, in which curriculum Is personalized to a student’s strengths, passions, and purpose.  Perhaps that’s a track the Biden administration can follow once it’s done making sure we’re all connected.

Whenever a new administration takes over inside the beltway, it’s common for officials and pundits to blue sky new ideas to address shortcomings in every area of government from labor to housing to healthcare, but one area that never fails to stymie presidents is education. What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology, or Edtech, as a consequence of COVID, probably the closest thing to an extinction-level event educators have ever faced. COVID closed schools, sequestered students, prompted distance learning and the faster-than-normal adoption of new technology that many students just couldn’t access. The Brookings Institution performed a phone survey of 201 households and a total of 271 primary-school-aged children in February of 2021, seeking to understand how COVID impacted students.  Their findings revealed a vast technology gap between poor kids and everyone else, with 1 in 5 children not even offered a distance-learning option, and even those who were only showed up slightly more than half the time. In addition, a significant portion of college students lack suitable internet access, with nearly 40 percent of them struggling not with their studies, but just the simple act of connecting to the internet for classes and assignments, according to a study by The Hope Center at Temple University. Coincidentally, the real figure may be higher than 40 percent, because Temple researchers experienced issues conducting the survey, reporting “inadequate internet access could have contributed to low response rates.” NPR recently reported on the problem, interviewing Faylene Begay, a single mother of four living in Tuba City, Ariz. who is attending classes at Diné College. She does not have an internet connection at her home on the Navajo Nation Reservation, leaving her with an old phone with limited…

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