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Lawmakers Opt Out of Biden’s Congressional Address Over Attendance Policies

And, boy, did they throw some serious shade with their RSVP’s.

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During Joe Biden’s first 100 days, one of the most prevalent themes surrounding the 46th Commander in Chief has been access to the President…or, rather, the lack of access that many have had to the President.

Biden, who kept a rather scant campaign schedule during the run-up to the 2020 election, was largely seen then as protecting his image by restricting his speaking time.  This is a politician with a long history of damaging gaffes after all, and the media has never been afraid of looping these flubs to death during primetime.

Now, in a bit of a different accessibility issue, several lawmakers have suggested that they will not be attending Biden’s speech to Congress on Wednesday night on account of the lack of available seating.

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Instead of 1,600 people crowded into a House chamber for a regular State of the Union address, just 200 people will be attending Biden’s first marquee event before Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

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Some lawmakers have balked at the coronavirus restrictions and social distancing mandates put in place, especially since the 535 members of Congress have long had access to vaccinations.

Senator Marco Rubio went off on what he saw as a nonsensical bit of caution.

“I will not be attending, and one of the reasons why is the ticket numbers have been really limited; they’re making people sit in the gallery,” Rubio told “Fox and Friends” Tuesday.

The Florida senator also called out inconsistencies with the enforcement of coronavirus restrictions at the Capitol, dubbing it “silly season.”

“It’s interesting — when it came to coming together to impeach Donald Trump for the second time after he was out of office, they put 100 senators in the same room sitting just inches apart for hours at a time over five or six days,” Rubio said. “Apparently COVID was not an issue then. But now, of course, for something like this we can’t have that many people in the room sitting next to each other. So it’s kind of silly season here.”

Biden is expected to ask for trillions of dollars from Congress during the speech, a large sum of that being a part of his highly controversial infrastructure package.

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Friends of Giuliani Want Trump to Help Rudy with Insurmountable Legal Debt

That’s not good…

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Rudy Giuliani

In the waning days of 2020, on through the first 3 weeks of this new year, Rudy Giuliani was Donald Trump’s ride or die.  His “BFF”, if you will. The former NYC Mayor was the attorney for Trump at the time, and was tasked with finding a way to prove that the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump. Rudy hit a number of brick walls, litigiously, and apparently did so at great personal cost. Giuliani’s advisers are pleading with Trump’s team to dip into its $250 million campaign bank account and pay the attorney for the work he did to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to a report from The New York Times. Giuliani’s team increased the pressure on Trump’s camp, the Times reported, after federal prosecutors executed a search warrant at the lawyer’s home and office as part of an investigation into his dealings with Ukraine. They are looking into whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian oligarchs, the same officials who were helping him search for dirt on Trump’s political foes, including then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Rudy and The Don had a bit of a falling out near the end of Trump’s first term, with the then-President allegedly infuriated over the inability of his longtime confidante to reverse course on the election.

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Facebook Rules on Trump Ban in Major Free Speech Decision

This will haunt our nation for decades to come.

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The Trump presidency will undoubtedly go down in the history books as one of the most memorable of our lifetime, and there are repercussions still piling onto us today that could impact the way in which our nation operates for decades to come. Near the end of his first term, something previously unthinkable happen to Donald Trump:  He was banned from Twitter and Facebook outright, and arbitrarily. The two tech giants had decided that there was a real chance that Trump could or would incite violence around the nation, perhaps even via the infamous “storm is upon us” text that Qanon theorists repeatedly spoke of. Regardless of the reason, a sitting US President had just been censored by two incredibly powerful companies for reasons that they didn’t have to justify to anyone.  This was a terrifying adjustment to the way in which we think about free speech in America, and the struggle continues this week. Facebook was justified in its decision to suspend then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the company’s Oversight Board said on Wednesday. That means the company does not have to reinstate Trump’s access to Facebook and Instagram immediately. But the panel said the company was wrong to impose an indefinite ban and said Facebook has six months to either restore Trump’s account, make his suspension permanent, or suspend him for a specific period of time. Scarier still:  A recent interview with Donald Trump was also removed from Facebook, with the social media magnates declaring that statements “in Donald Trump’s voice” would now be subject to such censorship.

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