The United States is moving a Navy carrier strike group towards the Korean Peninsula, a move that is likely to heighten tensions in the region amid ongoing concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. (more) Credit: U.S. Navy A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Reuters news agency that Carrier Strike Group 1…
Trump had a colonoscopy at Walter Reed — but wouldn't use anesthesia because it'd hand Pence control: new book
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham's new book revealed a slew of previously unknown details hidden by President Donald Trump's administration. According to her book, Trump had to have a colonoscopy but refused to go under anesthesia because doing so would incapacitate him.
The New York Times reported the excerpt of the book Tuesday, possibly explaining a "mysterious" 2019 trip to Walter Reed that was never fully disclosed to the public. When a president is under anesthesia, they would have to temporarily sign over power to the vice president, but Trump didn't want to hand over any control to Mike Pence.
Trump also didn't want anyone to know about the colonoscopy because he assumed he'd be "the butt of a joke" for late-night comedians.
While Grisham didn't specify the procedure, she gave enough details to make it clear what it was. She called it "a very common procedure" for which "a patient is sometimes put under." She even noted that former President George W. Bush had one as president. Bush signed over his powers to former Vice President Dick Cheney when he underwent a colonoscopy in 2007.
She noted in the book that Trump could have used the procedure as an opportunity to promote good health and cancer screenings, "but as with COVID, he was too wrapped up in his own ego and his own delusions about his invincibility."
Trump has responded to the book not by refuting the allegations, but by attacking Grisham and her job performance.
In other revelations from books on Tuesday, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried to push their way into meeting Queen Elizabeth II during a presidential visit, according to a new book. WATCH:
'Thought they were the royal family': New book reveals how Jared and Ivanka tried to force themselve youtu.be
Jennifer Parks, a Kansas woman who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday morning and appeared to get emotional while accepting responsibility for her behavior.
According to Politico legal reporter Josh Gerstein, who was live-tweeting the proceeding, Parks "sounded like she was sobbing at one point." The video showing the appearance before the court only had audio and didn't show Ms. Parks, but at one point she asked to talk to her lawyer after the clerk read the headings before finalizing the guilty plea.
Parks' case was flagged to the FBI by a tipster who showed a text message from Parks' daughter saying that her mom was going to the Capitol and that Parks confessed to going inside the building, the indictment reads.
She was also spotted on bodycam videos and in photographs both inside and outside of the building.
Feds are locking in some more low-level Jan 6 plea deals today Right now, defendant Jennifer Parks is joining the… https://t.co/hhBpKx7VTC— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1632842363.0
Gerstein tweeted that the lawyer came back and explained they'd sorted things out. Parks had questions about the "parading-in-the-Capitol charge" that many are pleading guilty to. It says under the subsection that she participated in "violent entry and disorderly conduct."
"Defense Atty Maria Jacob said there was no evidence of Parks being violent in the Capitol," tweeted Gerstein. "Judge Carl Nichols said that had caused some other defendants concern and also pops up in the court's computer system sometimes."
Parks ultimately pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges and the guilty plea was accepted. She now moves onto sentencing along with many other insurrectionists.
Last Friday, another Capitol rioter, who was hauled off to jail screaming, appeared before a judge to seek her release pending trial.
It didn't go well. WATCH:
Capitol rioter melts down before judge in ‘uniquely and profoundly self-destructive episode’ youtu.be
Mass. police union claimed 'dozens' of resignations over vaccine mandate – but only one trooper has quit
Last week, after a judge upheld Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees, a police union claimed in a statement that "dozens" of troopers had already submitted their resignation paperwork in response to the requirement.
"To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing," the State Police Association of Massachusetts said in a statement. "The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol."
By Monday, the police union's claim had become a headline for Fox News.
However, as of Tuesday, only one state trooper had actually resigned, according to a report from the Boston Globe.
"The Department has been notified by our HR office of one Trooper who has definitively stated he will retire because of the vaccine mandate," state police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail to the newspaper. "It is our understanding that other Troopers have indicated they may possibly resign or retire for that reason, but as of [Monday evening] we are aware of only the one."
The union has reported that 80 percent of its 1,800 members are vaccinated.
On Aug. 19, Gov. Baker issued one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, requiring that all state workers be fully vaccinated or claim a personal, medical or religious exemption by Oct. 17. Unlike in other states, the mandate doesn't allow workers to undergo regular testing instead of getting vaccinated.
"I think it's really important for public officials who deal directly with the public on a regular basis, who have no idea whether the people they're dealing with are vaccinated or not (to get vaccinated)," Baker told reporters on Monday. "And those people who are dealing with them ought to be able to believe that they are vaccinated."
Earlier this month, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that COVID-19 was the No. 1 cause of line of duty deaths among law-enforcement officers in 2021. COVID-19 accounted for 110 of the 219 confirmed line-of-duty deaths, followed by traffic-related incidents (43), gunfire (39), and other causes, like heart attack or drowning (27).
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