Washington (AFP) - The Federal Reserve will on Wednesday conclude its first meeting since US President Joe Biden took office, and while the central bank is certain to comment on the health of the country's economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic, analysts say it's unlikely to change its main policies. The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will almost certainly keep interest rates at their rock-bottom level following the conclusion of its two days of deliberations, held as the world's largest economy endures the worst coronavirus outbreak globally with a death toll topping 420,000....
Four cops 'drag' man from Kevin McCarthy press conference for asking question about Jan. 6 committee
Four law enforcement officers reportedly removed a man from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) press conference on Thursday when he tried to ask a question about the Jan. 6 committee.
"I tried to ask @GOPLeader McCarthy a question after he decried Cuban police pickup up people in the streets," Grant Stern explained in a tweet. "Why does he oppose the bipartisan #January6thCommission?"
"A Congressional staffer had four cops pick me up and drag me from the room," he explained.
Stern's bio indicates that he is an editor for the OccupyDemocrats organization.
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I tried to ask @GOPLeader McCarthy a question after he decried Cuban police pickup up people in the streets.
Why does he oppose the bipartisan #January6thCommission?
A Congressional staffer had four cops pick me up and drag me from the room.
Trump supporter screamed ‘we ride for Trump we die for Trump’ as mob stormed the Capitol: prosecutors
A man calling himself "Jacob Weed" on the Snapchat account "kingbuddha27" hurled obscenities at police -- and posted diatribes on social media -- in connection the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Jacob Kyle Wiedrich was arrested in Salt Lake City on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. In its criminal complaint, the FBI cited "Jacob Weed's" words from a video he posted while moving with the mob through the Capitol:
"The male individual is shown saying "it's wartime!" The male individual is verbally combative with law enforcement attempting to maintain security; at one point, the male individual complains of being shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed," the FBI complaint states.
"As the mob moves closer to the Capitol building, the male yells "we're not done!" and "Charge! Charge the motherfucker!" to the mob. The male also screams "take it back!" At one point, the male screams "we ride for Trump, we die for Trump!" The male moves close to an open window and begins screaming at law enforcement inside the Capitol building."
In an earlier video, Wiedrich, wearing a MAGA hat and a space-shuttle T-shirt, had this to offer:
"(Wiedrich) states that he is going to describe the difference between what "we" did yesterday and "Black Lives Matter" riots from the previous year. (He) also states, "we marched to the Capitol, broke a few windows, but we made a statement that we won't put up with this fraud - the election of 2020."
The report added, "For context, it is clear the male individual is referring to the riot at the US Capitol, as the male makes special reference to Ashli Babbitt being shot."
Wiedrich was not charged with violence against Capitol police, but he apparently came right up to the line:
"Once inside, Wiedrich screams at and taunts USCP officers on the perimeter of the mob for several minutes; at one point, Wiedrich is so confrontational that another member of the mob physically restrains him. Wiedrich continues to walk around the corridor before moving deeper into the U.S. Capitol by proceeding down a hallway known to lead towards the House wing
"Dietrich's actions on the video are in contradiction to what he told the FBI in an interview, in which he minimized his participation and claimed he only entered approximately 10 feet inside the exterior door before turning around and leaving."
You can read the FBI arrest document here.
Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) this week denounced plans for companies to mandate vaccinations for their employees -- but then wouldn't tell a reporter if he personally had been vaccinated.
Local news station WKOW reports that Grothman falsely claimed that the vaccine was "experimental" despite having been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against a disease that so far has killed 600,000 Americans.
"I think, particularly as this vaccine is still experimental, I don't like the idea of forcing people, to keep their job, to do something they are opposed to," he said.
Grothman acknowledged that "I think there's unquestionably, particularly, the older people benefits to the vaccine," but then said he was "not going to play doctor to everybody in Dane County tonight."
Grothman then started to walk away from the interview after being asked if he'd been vaccinated while only saying that, "I don't like to get into taking sides on it."
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