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The White House is about to be officially on lockdown with new ‘non-scalable’ fence: report

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New White House Fence (Photo: Creative commons by Joe Flood/Flickr)

According to one doctor whose practice is fewer than five blocks from the White House, downtown Washington, D.C. businesses are being told to board up their store-fronts and give their staff the week off.

According to NBC News’ Geoff Bennett, the White House is now locking down.

“A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the White House complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square,” said Bennett. “250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials.”

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Less than a month ago, Army leaders said that there was no plan to deploy troops for Election Day.

“We don’t police American streets,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said at an event. “There have been no requests from other agencies to support at this time but we’re always available to support.”

Those troops are now on “standby” just outside the city, prepared to police the streets of the American capital.

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During the Black Lives Matter protests, Trump was rushed to the presidential bunker and remained there, despite no protesters breaching the White House fence. He became the first to be put in the bunker since Vice President Dick Cheney who was rushed there on 9/11.

It’s unclear what the Trump White House is expecting from protests. If he wins, protests will likely resemble either the women’s march and March for our Lives or the unrest seen during Black Lives Matter protests. During the BLM events, the FBI said that there were “opportunists” and “anarchists” who tried to take advantage of the protests and cause violence. BLM protesters ultimately began grabbing these agitators and taking them to police officers to arrest if they disturbed property.


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Michigan GOP chair tells elections board not to certify results because Republicans were ‘disrespected’

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Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Monday asked the Board of State Canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results as scheduled because Republicans were "disrespected.".

Cox appeared as a witness as the board was considering whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state. Under state law, the board must certify the results before the close of Monday's meeting.

"I'm asking you to delay certification," Cox told the board's four members. "There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election, too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and the sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters."

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If the GOP thinks Trump is ushering in a crisis — why did they support him for the last year?: Bulwark editor

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Veteran newsman Carl Bernstein revealed that there are 21 Republicans too scared to reveal they think President Donald Trump should have reached the end of his options to fight the 2020 election. Still, most of them aren't speaking out publicly and they spent the past year enabling Trump, knowing full well that this is who he is.

Writing for the Bulwark on Monday, Jonathan V. Last cited editors of the National Review who are calling Trump's behavior “disgraceful” and “the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States.”

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‘You can’t vote no’: GOP canvasser gets schooled at Michigan certification meeting

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A Republican member of Michigan's Board of State Canvassers was confronted by a former state elections director over attempts to delay certification of the state's election results without a vote.

"I think, first of all, the answer is, of course, you can't vote 'no,'" Chris Thomas told Board member Norm Shinkle. "There is no 'no' in this circumstance. Each of you play a necessary role -- you're at the pinnacle of Michigan's democracy -- you're the endgame of the statewide elections for 2020."

Thomas went on to say that after 5.5 million people have exercised their right to vote, it's the Board's responsibility to make the results "which are already widely known, official."

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