WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's top economic adviser said on Sunday that the goal of the administration's infrastructure proposal is investment that will foster job growth in both the short- and long-term. "What our plan says is, 'let's keep the economy going, let's see more job creation' - that's a really good thing for the economy," White House economic adviser Brian Deese said on "Fox News Sunday." "But let's also think for the longer term, about where those investments that we can make that will really drive, not just more job growth but better job growth, not just job growth ...
According to a report from the Washington Post, the "Justice for J6" rally in mid-September, that attracted more reporters and casual observers than rallygoers, ended up costing taxpayers over $790,000 so far for government support for the U.S. Capitol police who were out in force to prevent another Jan 6th riot.
As the Post notes, that dollar amount does not include the cost of the all-hands-on-deck response by the Capitol police and additional costs that are still being tabulated.
The rally -- organized by a former Donald Trump official -- was intended to display a show of support for the insurrectionists who have been arrested and jailed for attacking the halls of Congress on Jan 6th, but then fizzled over conspiracy rumors that it was a set-up by the U.S. government to go after Trump supporters.
As the Post reports, "Local governments and the National Guard spent at least $792,500 to assist U.S. Capitol Police in its response to the Sept. 18 'Justice for J6' rally, a small right-wing rally supporting those arrested during the insurrection that prompted a massive law enforcement response and the reinstallation of the temporary Capitol perimeter fencing."
The report goes on to add, "Agencies in and around the nation's capital are accustomed to responding to protests and demonstrations for a variety of causes. But the Sept. 18. rally, which was held on federal land near the U.S. Capitol, prompted significant media attention and a heightened security response because it was held in support of those charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Organizers had insisted the rally would be peaceful and ultimately, on the day of the rally, the protesters were outnumbered by journalists, police officers and counterprotesters."
Reporting that, "D.C. police had planned for the rally, asking the entire force of more than 3,500 members to work on both Sept. 17 and 18. This meant most of those officers did not receive overtime pay and instead were scheduled for alternative days off," the Post's Ellie Silverman added, "Capitol Police said on Sept. 18 that between 400 and 450 people were observed within the protest zone; however, many of those were journalists and bystanders."
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'Prove me wrong': Rick Wilson rains hell on House riot committee for slow-walking arrest of Steve Bannon
Appearing on MSNBNC late Friday night with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Rick Wilson accused the Capitol riot committee members of playing too nice with officials linked to Donald Trump who are balking at testifying about the Jan 6th insurrection.
One week ago, Wilson launched an attack on the committee, claiming the commission was "dead already" and that nothing would happen because they refused to enforce subpoenas they issued. That led to the committee pushing back in statements claiming they were pressing forward and that Wilson was misinformed.
On Friday night, Wilson asked them to "prove me wrong" by focusing on former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon and saying they should make an immediate example of him.
Stating he believed the committee's "intentions are not bad, " he then accused them of slow-walking their investigation which has already been going on for three months.
"We are not hearing from the committee that they are meeting regularly," he accused. "They've had three months and they have done almost nothing. And the fact that they a few witnesses who are grudgingly going to kind of, sort of, sit down with them is nothing until we hold to account the people who are defying them."
"Unless you put Steve Bannon in the hotseat, unless you put Steve Bannon in an orange jumpsuit, strip him of his polos and put him in an orange jumpsuit and zip ties, this guy is going to run rampant," he continued. "He was out the other night, essentially telling his followers that Trump will be reinstated."
"He is one of the architects and masterminds of an insurgency in this country that needs a response more than the kind of traditional Washington 'let's go slow, let's take it incrementally," he stated
"They're already saying they're going to wait until Thanksgiving to have a vote on the House floor about referring Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for a criminal referral," he added. "This man does damage every day he walks around."
Twenty-four out of 80 hippopotamuses roaming on the former ranch of the late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar were sterilized due to the "uncontrolled" spreading of this "invasive" species, authorities said on Friday.
Before he was shot dead by police in 1993, the notorious Escobar had purchased a number of exotic animals to live on his ranch, including flamingos, giraffes, zebras and kangaroos.
After his death, all but the hippopotamuses were sold to zoos.
Escobar originally acquired a single male and female hippos.
They were left to roam on his Hacienda Napoles estate, which has since been converted into a theme park, as they were considered to large to try to move, but since then their numbers have multiplied.
The hippos were shot with darts to inject them with a medicine called GonaCon, according to a bulletin by Cornare, a regional environmental protection organization in the northwest of Colombia.
"It's a contraceptive that is effective in males and females" and cheaper than surgical sterilization, said Cornare.
"However, it's complicated because experts suggest giving three doses."
Another 11 hippos were previously sterilized by more traditional means.
Experts believe this to be the largest herd of hippopotamuses outside of Africa and it has led to problems.
"The presence of these animals in an ecosystem that is not their own, brings consequences such as the displacement of local fauna," said David Echeverri, a Cornare expert quoted in the bulletin.
The hippos are also responsible for "changing ecosystems" and attacks on local fishermen.
Escobar became one of the richest men on the planet, according to Forbes, thanks to the drug trafficking empire he built.
Almost 30 years since his death, Colombia remains the largest producer of cocaine in the world, much of it smuggled to the United States.
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