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Nat’l Guard on Standby for Biden’s Speech to Congress

The price tag for their continued employment has already topped $520 million.

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On Wednesday night, in the even of his 100th day in office, Joe Biden will do something fairly rare:  Appear in public and speak.

One of the most salient complaints that the nation has had regarding Joe Biden has been his unwillingness to lead from a public perch.  The Commander in Chief has held exactly one true press conference during his time in office, and has even cut himself off from answering reporters’ questions fearing that there could be “trouble” if he continued.

Even for tonight’s event, there are complaints about who will be allowed in attendance and where they will be forced to sit.

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The speech will nearly 4 months after an extraordinary attack on the Capitol in January, and there are plenty of precautions in place in case some of the would-be insurrectionists are looking for a re-run.

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“The Secret Service and all law enforcement and public safety partners have worked hard collectively in preparation to secure this significant event,” said a Secret Service representative, adding that “every security contingency is accounted for.”

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she is confident about security for Biden’s speech.

“I actually had a very strong briefing on Monday. I said I wish I had had this briefing, you know, before January 6. But we insisted on knowing every detail of it,” she told reporters.

The National Guard will be available as well, despite continued complaints about their controversial deployment in the nation’s capital.

The white-domed building is still surrounded by a black steel mesh fence with some 2,250 armed National Guard troops from the District of Columbia and 18 states on duty in the city, the vestiges of a much larger force put in place after Trump supporters stormed the building as Congress was voting to certify Biden’s election victory.

District of Columbia authorities have asked the Pentagon to authorize the district’s National Guard contingent to help local police handle any anti-Biden protests coinciding with Wednesday’s address.

“The D.C. National Guard is prepared to support D.C. law enforcement, pending approval” by acting Army Secretary John Whitley, the D.C. National Guard said in a statement.

The deployment of National Guard troops to DC has already cost a staggering $520 million thus far, which has complicated support for their continued presence.

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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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