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Dan Rather tweet

https://twitter.com/danrather/status/1372974916690010113

Dan Rather
@DanRather

Tripping while running up the stairs to Air Force One is embarrassing. Tripping while running the response to COVID is deadly. I would argue the latter story should be a bigger headline.

Former Secretary of State George Shultz dead at the age of 100

Source: CNN

Former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz died Saturday at age 100, according to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where he served for over 30 years.

Shultz held four different federal Cabinet-level positions throughout his long career, one of only two Americans to do so.

Shultz is best known for serving as secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, and played a key role in diplomatic relations during the Cold War. He also served as secretary of the Department of Treasury, secretary of the Department of Labor and director of the Office of Management and Budget during President Richard Nixon's administration.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/07/politics/george-shultz-former-secretary-of-state-dead/index.html

Senate confirms Lloyd Austin, making him the nation's first Black defense secretary

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin as the nation's first Black defense secretary, the second Biden nominee to be confirmed by the chamber.

Austin's confirmation process wasn't without bumps. Controversy flared over a law barring recently retired military officers from serving as the defense secretary, but top Democrats lined up behind Austin's nomination, citing the need for Biden to have his national security team in place after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The law requires that troops be retired for seven years before taking the post.

The House passed a waiver from the law for Austin on Thursday afternoon, and the Senate followed suit shortly after.

Some lawmakers had expressed concern about granting another waiver for Austin after they had done so for Trump’s first defense secretary Jim Mattis, but they ultimately supported Austin. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said on the House floor he had “no concern whatsoever about Lloyd Austin upholding civilian control of the military.”

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/22/lloyd-austin-becomes-nations-first-black-defense-secretary/6661471002/

Melania is done. She walked off while Dotard was waving for the cameras.

https://twitter.com/diegoebarros/status/1351961808664485896?s=21

Why is Ted Cruz at the inauguration?

Why isn’t that asshole off with Trump? Or even better, expelled and charged for inciting sedition.

He's preemptively taking credit for any of Biden's success

“I wish them success. We laid a great foundation, they have a great base to build on.”

Google suspends Parler from app store after deadly Capitol violence

Source: AXIOS

Google has pulled Parler, a social media app for conservatives and far-right extremists, from its app store following the company's role in the deadly U.S. Capitol siege this week.

What they're saying: “In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence," José Castañeda, a Google spokesperson said. "In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”

Read more: https://www.axios.com/capitol-mob-parler-google-ban-826d808d-3e06-4468-a7c6-6157557818b3.html

All aboard the MAGA Cope Train!

Tomorrow's NY Times front page: TRUMP INCITES MOB

Congress needs to set up an independent body that can invoke the 25th

The 25th Amendment allows Congress to designate a body instead of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th. It’s clear we cannot count on the Cabinet with the news that some are resigning rather than making the tough decision. It would still require the VP, but we can at least do something.

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.


It should be a bipartisan commission — 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans — plus two lawyers, a medical doctor, and some sort of mental health expert. The question is who should appoint them? And how long are their terms?
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