By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With plenty of practice sending out coronavirus relief payments, the U.S. government should be able to start delivering $1,400 checks almost immediately once Congress finalizes a new aid bill and President Joe Biden signs it, tax experts say. Some Americans might receive direct payments as soon as this week if the House of Representatives, as expected, passes the $1.9 trillion bill on Tuesday, compared with the lag of several weeks experienced in April 2020. Nearly 160 million households are expected to get payments, the White House estimates. The Treasur...
Ivy Leaguer DeSantis mocks ‘deep in debt’ college grads for not becoming truck drivers: ‘The joke’s on’ them
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a graduate of Harvard and Yale universities, on Tuesday mocked people who take out student loans to pursue liberal arts degrees instead of becoming truck drivers or boat builders.
"In fact, kind of the joke's on some of the people who have gone the university route, and they wind up deep in debt with no opportunities, and so they would have been better off maybe trying something else," DeSantis told the International Boatbuilders Exhibition in Tampa. "I'm sure this industry needs good folks. You have folks, I mean, driving the trucks. You have people who are electrical. I mean, it is, there's never been a better time to do (it)."
"Decrying a perceived 'stigma' against trade education, DeSantis couldn't resist taking one more swipe at people who borrowed money in pursuit of liberal arts degrees," the site reported.
"I guess there was a decline in the number of men, the percentage of men going to college or whatever. And they acted like this was a bad thing. And honestly, like, you know, to me, I think that is probably a good sign," DeSantis said. "Because I think people are looking at this and they're acknowledging, you know, some of these universities are not giving you very much for your money. You're not necessarily going to get ahead in that."
"If you want to do the college, I'm not saying don't," DeSantis added. "It is very, very good for a lot of people. But certainly it's not the right thing for everyone."
Florida Politics reported that, "DeSantis, who recently spotlighted the top-five ranking for the University of Florida, saved the balance of these remarks for the boatbuilders rather than the reporters on hand for that event earlier this month in Gainesville."
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) attempted to school Gen. Mark Milley during the Tuesday hearing about the Afghanistan withdrawal, but it didn't work out as he may have anticipated.
Cotton, who previously served in the U.S. Army, demanded to know why Milley hadn't resigned after his recommendations were rejected. Milley explained that isn't the way military service works.
"Senator, as a senior military officer, resigning is a really serious thing," said Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "It's a political act if I'm resigning in protest. My job is to provide legal advice or the best military advice to the president. That's my legal requirement. That's what the law is. The president doesn't have to agree with that advice. He doesn't have to make those decisions just because we're generals."
Former President Donald Trump infamously proclaimed U.S. generals "don't know much because they're not winning." He later said, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do."
Milley explained that were he to resign just because President Joe Biden didn't take his advice, "It would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign."
"This country doesn't want generals figuring out what orders we're going to accept and do or not," Milley continued. "That's not our job. It's critical. My dad didn't get a choice to resign at Iwo Jima. They can't resign, so I'm not going to resign. There's no way. If the orders are legal, we're in a different place. If the orders are legal from civilian authority, I intend to carry them out."
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Newly obtained footage 'appears to contradict' Russia Insider founder’s claim that he never entered the Capitol on Jan. 6: report
Although Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman was in Washington, D.C. on January 6, he has said that he wasn't among the demonstrators who entered the U.S. Capitol Building that day. But the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch reports that information from the Europe-based intelligence group OSINT "appears to contradict his account."
Bausman, who lived in Russia as an American expatriate for almost 30 years and speaks fluent Russian, founded Russia Insider in 2014. The English-language website has a decidedly pro-Kremlin slant, and Bausman has been an outspoken defender of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman involved himself in Pennsylvania-based Stop the Steal activism and then took… https://t.co/2AQdE4A4Ih— Michael Edison Hayden (@Michael Edison Hayden) 1630506564.0
Hatewatch's Michael Edison Hayden explains, "The findings by the OSINT group build on Hatewatch reporting showing that Bausman traveled to Washington, D.C. on the day of the insurrection, then disappeared from his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and reemerged in Moscow. In the months since, he has served as a talking head on Russian television, commenting on American affairs with a reactionary point of view. Hatewatch previously noted that Bausman claimed on a Russian Orthodox Christian-themed television station to have stopped short at the Capitol's balustrades without entering the building."
January 6 footage obtained by OSINT, according to Hayden, shows "a man bearing a strong resemblance to Bausman" inside the U.S. Capitol Building during the insurrection.
"In the Russian television interviews," Hayden notes, "Bausman claims to be a journalist covering the events of January 6 rather than a pro-Trump demonstrator. But the man the OSINT group believes to be Bausman — shown in side-by-side images in a tweet they published — can be seen wearing a red, Trump-branded hat, blending in with other supporters of the 45th president inside a hallway. The video shows the man strolling and taking video with his cell phone as rioters move through the Capitol building."
Bausman's sister Mary Watkins, according to Hayden, saw the January 6 image and told Hatewatch, "It does look like Charlie."
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