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A Republican Congressman on Monday introduced an initiative to censure California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and ask for her resignation after she encouraged others to confront Trump administration officials.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-AZ., introduced a measure calling on the congresswoman to apologize to the White House for “endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord,” resign from her position, and release a public statement saying harassment or violence isn’t a form of protest.

The measure comes after Waters encouraged harassment of Trump administration officials over the weekend at a rally in Los Angeles.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she said, sparking condemnation across the political spectrum. She later told MSNBC that protesters are “going to absolutely harass them.”

The Biggs’ motion claims that Waters’ statements could “directly and unnecessarily lead to public unrest, physical violence, and physical injury” and that members of the administration have already been harassed in public.

The motion reportedly already attracted the support of five members of Congress. Biggs told The Hill that Waters’ comments do “not become somebody who’s in Congress” and that “everybody agrees that it was just highly objectionable what she did.”

“So we just introduced it, we have some co-sponsors, but what she did was to basically incite people to come after and attack members of the president’s cabinet,” he said. “And also spread that out to more people.”

Waters has since doubled-down on her comments at a rally, insisting that she didn’t suggest harming people. “Trump is the one who is creating lies,” Waters said during a Monday afternoon news conference. “Trying to have people believe that I talked about harming people. There’s nowhere in my statement, anytime, anyplace that we talked about harm.”

“I have nothing to do with the way people decide to protest. Protest is the democratic way as long as it is peaceful,” Waters added. “I believe in peaceful protest. It is guaranteed to you in a democracy.”

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  • Mick says:

    Hang the bitch. Nothing to argue about here. She is a threat to everyone and our Republic.

  • Kamkoz says:

    What one person sees as “passion”, could be construed as “permission to conduct violence” in an unbalanced mind.

    She, in retrospect, wants others to commit violent acts against people who are LEGAL citizens of the United States.

    Therefore, should be removed from office.

    Not because of her gender, nor her race, but because of the way she is behaving.

    It is fine to have your own opinions. I admit that I haven’t agreed on a few points that President Trump has made.

    But to call for violence on citizens of the USA?….Hmmmmm
    I think that’s over stepping her position in the office she holds.

    And before any hate mongers jump all over my statement, remember its “allegedly” YOU who preach “peaceful protesting, kindness, tolerance, and humanity towards all”.

    Isn’t that the liberal/Democratic way?

    PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!

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    Three members of an Eastern European crime group were arrested in a thwarted murder-for-hire plot targeting a U.S. journalist and human rights activist of Iranian origin who is a prominent critic of Iran, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday.

    One of the men, 24-year-old New York resident Khalid Mehdiyev, was apprehended in late July with an AK-47-style assault rifle near the victim’s home in Brooklyn as he was about to “execute the attack on the victim,” according to an indictment unsealed Friday in Manhattan federal court.

    Authorities said the plot was conducted at the behest of unidentified individuals in Iran.

    The same victim had been the target of an earlier kidnapping plot, which led to the indictment in 2021 of four people who have ties to Iranian intelligence, authorities said.

    Masih Alinejad, an exiled Iranian journalist, identified herself in 2021 as the target of the kidnapping plot. Alinejad did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    But in a tweet Friday, she wrote, “I just learned from 12 FBI agents that the 3 men hired by the Iranian regime to kill me on US soil have been indicted.”

    “The Islamic Revolutionary Guards have been conducting these terrorist operations for four decades. Islamic Republic is ISIS with oil,” she wrote in the tweet, which included a video lasting more than two minutes.

    “This is the face of a person who was a target of an assassination plot,” she said on the video. “Let me make it clear: I’m not scared for my life.”

    “Because I knew that killing, assassinating, hanging, torturing, raping is in the DNA of the Islamic Republic. And that’s why I came to the United States of America, to practice my right, my freedom of expression, to give voice to brave people of Iran who say no to the Islamic Republic.”

    National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, in a statement, said, “The law enforcement action today is the latest U.S. disruption of plotting activities against this victim and other Americans.”

    “It follows a disturbing pattern of Iranian Government-sponsored efforts to kill, torture, and intimidate into silence activists for speaking out for the fundamental rights and freedoms of Iranians around the world,” Sullivan said,

    The latest plot began in 2022, when members of the Eastern European crime organization known as “Thieves-in-Law,” which has ties to Iran, were enlisted to assassinate the victim, according to an indictment, which does not identify the victim by name.

    That group’s participation in the plot was directed by a man named Rafat Amirov, the group’s leader, who lives in Iran and “who was tasked with targeting the Victim by individuals in Iran,” according to the indictment, which was unsealed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

    Amirov, 43, was taken into custody on Thursday in New York. He is due to be arraigned Friday in Manhattan federal court.

    In addition to him and Mehdiyev, who lives in Yonkers, the other man charged was Polad Omarov, who was arrested on Jan. 4 in the Czech Republic, where he lives. Omarov also lives in Slovenia.

    All three men are charged with murder-for-hire, conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They face a maximum possible prison sentence of 20 years if convicted of the money laundering count, and a 10-year maximum prison term for each of the murder-for-hire charges.

    Mehdiyev also is charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, which has a maximum prison sentence of five years.

    The indictment says that Amirov directed Omarov, who is a member of the crime group, in the plot to kill the journalist.

    Omarov, in turn, directed Mehdiyev “to carry out the plot against the victim,” the indictment says.

    Amirov and Omarov arranged for $30,000 in cash to be paid to Mehdiyev, who then obtained the rifle, at least 66 rounds of ammunition, and two ammo magazines, according to that charging document.

    Mehdiyev bragged in electronic communications that he had procured a “war machine,” authorities said.

    Mehdiyev, at the instruction of the other men, surveilled the target and members of her family and took photos and videos of her home and the surrounding neighborhood, the indictment says.

    He also “devised a scheme to lure the Victim out of the Victim’s house,” according to the indictment.

    When he was arrested near the target’s home, the assault rifle he had was found to have an obliterated serial number, the indictment says.

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    4-Star General Predicts War with China in 2025 — Ordered Preparations

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    A four-star Air Force General on Friday predicted in a memo to his officers that the U.S. will be at war with China by 2025 and advised his commanders to prepare, a report by NBC News said.

    Gen. Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command, in a memo to all air wing commanders and other Air Force operational commanders said, “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me [we] will fight in 2025.”

    Minihan said he believes war with China is imminent in the next two years due to the upcoming 2024 elections in the U.S. and Taiwan, which he claimed will “distract” Washington and Taipei and enable China to make a move on the island.

    The general said a “a fortified, ready, integrated, and agile Joint Force Maneuver Team ready to fight and win inside the first island chain” needs to be established to prepare for the looming fight.

    Minihan directed his Air Force commanders to report back by Feb. 28 on steps they will take to prepare for the war against China.

    He also said all personnel should ensure their records and emergency contact information are up-to-date and to “consider their personal affairs and whether a visit should be scheduled with their servicing base legal office to ensure they are legally ready and prepared.”

    The general reportedly urged his fighting forces to “run deliberately, not recklessly,” but said they need to accept some risk in training.

    “If you are comfortable in your approach to training, then you are not taking enough risk,” he added.

    A defense official told Fox News Digital Saturday that Minihan’s remarks “are not representative of the department’s view on China.”

    DOD press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in a statement that U.S.’s “National Defense Strategy makes clear that China is the pacing challenge for the Department of Defense and our focus remains on working alongside allies and partners to preserve a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific.”

    Top defense officials have repeatedly warned that China’s long-term aim is to reunify Taiwan with mainland China and Beijing has ramped up its aggressive posture in the region in recent years.

    President Biden said last year that he would respond to an invasion of Taiwan by deploying U.S. forces, unlike the war in Ukraine.

    But Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told reporters earlier this month that he “seriously doubt[s]” an invasion of Taiwan and subsequent war with China is “imminent.”

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    DeSantis Proposes Bill Making Child Rapists Face Life in Prison or Death Penalty, Cracking Down on Drug Crime

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    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislation this week that will dramatically increase the punishments faced by child rapists and drug criminals.

    The governor’s new legislative proposal is aimed at improving Florida’s “50-year record low crime rate” through a variety of measures that take on woke initiatives like abolishing cash bail and increasing the penalties for serious crimes, especially those that target children.

    “Other states endanger their citizens by making it easier to put criminals back on the street,” DeSantis said. “Here in Florida, we will to continue to support and enact policies to protect our communities and keep Floridians safe. Florida will remain the law and order state.”

    Among the top items included in DeSantis’ agenda are reducing the number of jurors required to sentence a person to death, punishing fentanyl traffickers with mandatory life sentences for targeting children, strengthening Florida’s bail laws, making child rapists face either life in prison or the death penalty, and increasing penalties against those who attempt sex crimes.

    The state released the following information highlighting what is in the agenda:

    • Reforming Florida’s death penalty statute to ensure that those convicted of the most heinous crimes are punished accordingly. Current law requires a unanimous jury recommendation to impose a death sentence. This proposal reduces the number of jurors required for a recommendation of death from unanimity to a supermajority jury recommendation.
    • Addressing the ongoing fentanyl crisis that is plaguing our country by imposing additional penalties on fentanyl and other drug-related crimes when the drug’s appearance resembles a piece of candy, including making it a first degree felony to possess, sell, or manufacture fentanyl and other controlled substances that resemble candy and adding a mandatory life sentence and $1 million penalty for trafficking such substances that target children. Additionally, Governor DeSantis is allocating $20 million in local support funding for law enforcement agencies to increase efforts to interdict and apprehend the illicit sale and trafficking of fentanyl. This builds upon last year’s increase in fentanyl trafficking mandatory minimums and will protect vulnerable children who might be deceived by what has been dubbed “rainbow fentanyl.”
    • Strengthening Florida’s bail laws by limiting who is eligible for release prior to first appearance, making sure that a judge is the ultimate decision maker when it comes to detention, and requiring a detention hearing be held prior to trial for dangerous crimes.
    • Petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to establish a uniform bond schedule that all state courts must follow.
    • Requiring convicted child rapists to serve at least life in prison and exploring options to make them eligible for the death penalty.
    • Toughening penalties for sex criminals by expanding the list of crimes ineligible for gain time by adding all inchoate offenses (attempted crimes) of sexual misconduct, such as attempted sexual battery.
    • Requiring law enforcement to report missing persons to the National Missing and Unidentified Person’s System. Currently, they are only required to report it to the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center.
    • Dedicating $5 million in the upcoming budget recommendations to continue the successful interdictions by the strike force announced last year. To date, these interdictions have resulted in more than 200 felony charges, nearly 40 human smuggling charges, 66 drug charges, and more than $625,000 worth of illicit drugs seized.

    Attorney General Ashley Moody responded to DeSantis’ agenda by saying that Florida was going in the opposite direction of woke states that are going soft on crime.

    “While some states are adopting soft-on-crime policies that increase lawlessness and decrease public safety, in Florida, we strive to strengthen our laws, keep violent criminals behind bars and take proactive steps to keep our communities safe,” Moody said. “I want to thank Governor DeSantis for always standing up for the rule of law and taking action to fortify public safety measures to ensure we continue to be the best state in the nation to pursue the American dream.”

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    WATCH: Activist Denounces $223K Reparations Payment Proposal — Demands More

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    California’s reparations task force met again on Friday in San Diego with public comment from speakers who urged bold action and for the state to go forward with payments to African Americans as repayment for slavery. After comments by Dr. Shirley Weber, California Secretary of State, one speaker blasted the suggested amount of $223,000 per resident as insufficient.

    Reverend Tony Pierce came to the microphone and slammed the idea of limiting the cash payouts to California residents: “There should be no residency requirements for California! We have to encourage our people to come back to California! What better way to encourage our people to come back to California if we have no requirements?”

    “How will reparations be paid?” he added. “Immediately!”

    After being told that his time is up, Pierce yelled at the audience, “And $200,000 is not enough! $223,000 is not enough!”

    In December, one attendee at the task force meeting called for $350,000 per eligible individual.

    California resident and Civil Justice Association of California member Marcus Champion called for “direct cash payments, tax-exempt status, free college education, grants for homeownership, business grants, access to low to no business funding and capital.” He called for the creation of The Office of American Freedmen Affairs to handle eligibility on reparations.

    Speaker Josiah Williams, a member of American Redress Coalition of the California Bay Area, called for a specific targeting of the reparations claims.

    “I wanted to add that if there is anyone else who has their own claim, they can definitely write it up, get someone to champion it and I would support them in that effort,” he said. “But this is for a specific group of people.”

    California Secretary of State Weber opened the comment period to the public by imploring action on reparations.

    “I want to make sure that the work gets done and the work continues. San Diego has turned out because they want to know what you’re going to do,” she said. “They want to impact it, and they are strong supporters of reparations. And we will need every supporter in California and beyond to pull this off.”

    California was admitted to the union on September 9, 1850 as a free state.

    According to the State of California’s Department of Justice website, the bill AB 3121 “charges the Reparations Task Force with studying the institution of slavery and its lingering negative effects on living African Americans, including descendants of persons enslaved in the United States and on society.”

    The website also cautions anyone expecting quick action in 2023, saying, “Under AB 3121, any reparations program will need to be enacted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor. The Reparations Task Force’s role is to develop recommendations for future Legislative action. Therefore, at this time, there is no claims process.”

    The New York Post reported on January 16 that San Francisco was considering a “one-time payment of $5 million to each Black resident of the city deemed eligible as recompense for the “decades of harm they have experienced.”

    Meanwhile, the California Reparations Task Force has a July 1, 2023 deadline to report to the state legislature with recommendations.

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    Jay Leno’s Garage’ Cancelled by CNBC After Seven Seasons: Report

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    For the second time in as many months, famed comedian Jay Leno has suffered injuries in a vehicle-related accident, convincing producers of his successful TV show, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” to call it quits.

    In a phone interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes, Leno, 72, shared that on January 17, he suffered several broken bones after he was “clotheslined” by a wire while taking a 1940 Indian motorcycle for a test spin.

    “So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot,” Leno told Katsilometes, “and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it.”

    At the time, Leno was looking down because he smelled a possible fuel leak. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and — boom! — knocked me off the bike,” Leno added. “The bike kept going, and you know how that works out.”

    Back in November, Leno suffered “serious burns” when the fuel line of a 1907 White Steam car in his Los Angeles garage suddenly caught alight. “I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire,” Leno said in a statement immediately following that accident. “I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”

    Leno admitted to Katsilometes that he hesitated to share the news about the motorcycle accident because of the media coverage following the garage fire. “You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free,” he joked. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down.”

    “So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps,” he added.

    Though Leno insisted that these latest injuries won’t keep him from eventually resuming his show at Encore Theater at the Wynn in Las Vegas — a gig which has been on hiatus since the November accident — his TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage” has now officially been canceled, CNBC confirmed. “Jay Leno’s Garage” first began airing in 2014 and has featured many fellow car enthusiasts, including actor Tim Allen, comedian Bill Burr, and former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

    In late November, Leno also nicked the front tire of a police vehicle when he drove up to the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, for his first stand-up performance after the garage fire, though neither the police cruiser nor Leno’s Tesla were damaged in the incident, and police confirmed that it was “no big deal.” His show at the Wynn is scheduled to resume in March.

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    WATCH: City of Memphis Releases Footage from Tyre Nichols’ Arrest

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    Body camera footage was released Friday evening allegedly showing the interaction between former Memphis Police Department officers and Tyre Nichols that allegedly led to Nichols’ death.

    Five former Memphis Police Department officers were arrested and charged in connection to the incident for their alleged involvement in the death of the 29-year-old male, who died earlier this month in a hospital days after the confrontation.

    Nichols died on January 10, three days after Memphis police pulled him over in a traffic stop, local media reported. Nichols, and the five former police officers involved, are black.

    Authorities stopped Nichols on January 7 for “reckless driving” near Raines Road and Ross Road in Memphis.

    Police told local media that during the stop, a “confrontation occurred,” at which point Nichols ran away from police on foot as they attempted to apprehend him.

    “While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended,” MPD said. “Afterward the suspect complained of having shortness of breath, at which point an ambulance was called to the scene.”

    Officials released the following four videos from the incident [WARNING: Graphic content]:

    Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith have all been charged with two counts of official misconduct, local media reported, with one count of official oppression, second-degree murder, aggravated assault-act in concert, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

    Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, told CNN on Friday that those who protest her son’s death should not riot because that is not what her son would have wanted.

    “I don’t want us burning up our cities, tearing up the streets, because that’s not what my son stood for,” Wells said. “And if you guys are here for me and Tyre, then you will protest peacefully.”

    “When my husband and I got to the hospital and I saw my son, he was already gone,” Wells said. “They had beat him to a pulp.”

    “He had bruises all over him. His head was swollen like a watermelon. His neck was busting because of the swelling. They broke his neck. My son’s nose look like a S,” she said. “They actually just beat the crap out of him. And so when I saw that, I knew my son was gone, the end. Even if he did live, he would have been a vegetable.”

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    LISTEN: David DePape Interrogation Interview Released

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    David DePape admitted to attacking Paul Pelosi and told San Francisco police that he intended to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage, according to a recording of his interrogation made public Friday.

    While speaking to a special investigator, DePape, 42, espoused conspiracy theories focused on the Democratic Party and Nancy Pelosi, who at the time was the speaker of the House.

    Authorities had previously described DePape’s statement, including that he wanted to break Nancy Pelosi’s kneecaps, shortly after he was arrested at the Pelosis home on Oct. 28. But this is the first time the public can hear DePape’s response to the officer’s questions.

    Body camera footage showing DePape apparently assaulting Pelosi, a recording of Pelosi speaking with a 911 operator and surveillance footage showing someone identified as DePape breaking into the Pacific Heights home were all released Friday.

    In the interrogation, DePape readily admitted to being the attacker and explained in step-by-step detail how he broke into the house. He also espoused his many false beliefs that the Democrats stole the election from Trump. He said he viewed Nancy Pelosi as the biggest of the liars.

    DePape’s voice shows his eagerness to relay what happened in detail, and he gets emotional while talking about some of his unsubstantiated pro-Trump conspiracy theories.

    The tone was light and friendly.

    Here is an excerpt of the back-and-forth between DePape told the detective. The dialogue is edited for clarity and length.

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    Mike Pence Responds After Classified Docs Are Found at His Home

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    Former Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday that he takes full responsibility for the classified documents that were found in his home earlier this week.

    Pence has since turned the documents over to the FBI, according to CNN. The reported discovery comes as the Justice Department has already tapped two special counsels to investigate classified document handling by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

    Pence directed his team to search his home in Indiana and office at his political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom (AAF), following revelations that classified documents had been discovered in Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. No classified papers turned up in the search of Pence’s offices at AAF.

    “I remain very confident that during my time in the Congress of the United States we were very careful and very cautious,” Pence told Fox News. “And as we were during my time as vice president.”

    “But, again, during the closing days of the administration, when materials were boxed and assembled, some of which were shipped to our personal residence, mistakes were made,” he continued. “We were not aware of it at the time until we did the review just a few short weeks ago. But I take full responsibility for it and we’re going to continue to support every appropriate inquiry into it.”

    When asked if he thinks there should be a special counsel appointed to oversee his case, Pence responded, “I would leave that decision to the attorney general and the Department of Justice.”

    “And, again, I — this was an unfortunate development,” Pence added. “And I — I think it’s important that our office simply cooperate fully in any investigation by either the Department of Justice, the Archives, or the Congress of the United States, and we’re determined to do that.”

    The news about the classified documents at Pence’s home comes after the Biden administration admitted earlier this month that classified documents were discovered at the home and personal office of President Joe Biden.

    CNN reported that while Biden’s team claimed they were cooperative in dealing with the Department of Justice, federal investigators were prepared to get a search warrant if Biden did not consent to having his home searched.

    “You want to have people looking at things, know what to look for,” a source told CNN. “Attorneys don’t collect evidence – that would be FBI. Whoever’s getting this info would have to have clearance.”

    CNN described the special counsel investigation by Robert Hur as a “full-blown criminal investigation.”

    Classified documents connected with Biden were first found in his private office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C., on November 2, less than a week before the 2022 midterm elections. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on three separate occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.

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