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Maryland Opens Mass Vaccination Sites at Six Flags and Baltimore Convention Center

NBC4Washington
By NBC Washington Staff

Maryland's first two COVID-19 mass vaccination sites open Friday – one at Six Flags America in Prince George's County and the other at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Gov. Larry Hogan called the move, “another critical step forward in the plan that has taken us from 2,500 shots a day to 25,000 shots a day in a matter of weeks.”

Hogan and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks are set to visit the Six Flags site for its soft launch Friday morning. The press conference will be live streamed here at 11 a.m.

Although the site will be open to all Marylanders, the doses – at least for the next several days – are spoken for.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/coronavirus/maryland-opens-mass-vaccination-sites-at-six-flags-and-baltimore-convention-center/2563727/

Congressional Democrats Are Pushing For The Biggest Labor Reform In Generations

Huffington Post
By Dave Jamieson

Senate and House Democrats renewed their effort to enact sweeping reform to U.S. labor laws on Thursday, reintroducing a broad bill that would expand collective bargaining rights and help rejuvenate labor unions.

The package of measures, known as the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act, is a priority for progressive Democrats and organized labor. If it becomes law, it would be the most significant labor legislation enacted in the post-war period, and the most beneficial to unions in nearly 90 years.

With Democrats controlling both chambers, the legislation now stands a realistic chance of becoming law, but perhaps only if Democrats prove willing to get rid of the legislative filibuster. The bill would almost certainly garner no GOP support, meaning it could not clear a 60-vote threshold. Several moderate Democrats may hesitate to back it as well due to opposition from virtually all major business groups.

President Joe Biden has signaled strong support for the PRO Act if it ever makes it to his desk, and many unions see it as a potential landmark victory of the Biden era. Union officials and top Democrats argue the package would go a long way in leveling a field that has tipped more and more toward corporations. Among other significant changes, the bill would:

- Create monetary penalties against employers who try to illegally bust unions

- Strengthen protections for workers who are wrongly fired during union organizing campaigns

- Allow workers to take employers to court when they’ve broken collective bargaining laws

- Make it easier for newly formed unions to secure their first contracts

- Bolster workers’ rights related to strikes and boycotts

- Override anti-union “right to work” laws that have now spread to a majority of states

- Make it harder for companies like Uber to avoid unions by using “independent contractors”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/congressional-democrats-pushing-labor-reform_n_601c095bc5b62bf30754ce96

Jim Weatherly, whose song 'Midnight Train to Georgia' started with a plane to Houston, dies at 77

Washington Post
By Harrison Smith
Feb. 4, 2021 at 8:56 p.m. EST

One evening in 1970, Jim Weatherly picked up the phone and called his friend Lee Majors, the film and television actor who would soon became known as “The Six Million Dollar Man.” Mr. Weatherly, a struggling songwriter, had been a star quarterback at Ole Miss before moving to Los Angeles, where he bonded with Majors through a flag-football league, playing against the likes of James Caan.

Instead of Majors, the actor’s new girlfriend, Farrah Fawcett, answered the phone.

“Just during the course of the conversation, she mentioned she was packing her clothes and she was going to take the midnight plane to Houston to visit her family,” Mr. Weatherly later recalled. “ ‘Midnight plane to Houston’ got kind of stuck in my mind in bold letters. When I got off the phone, I wrote ‘Midnight Plane to Houston’ in about 30 to 45 minutes.”

Mr. Weatherly thought he had written a country love song, a potential hit for a guitar-picking crossover artist like Glen Campbell. He recorded it himself to attract attention — “L.A. proved too much for the girl,” he sang in the opening lines, “so she’s leaving the life we’ve come to know” — and his publisher soon got a call from Sonny Limbo, an Atlanta producer who wanted to record it with soul singer Cissy Houston, the mother of Whitney.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jim-weatherly-dead/2021/02/04/b93f0fba-6711-11eb-886d-5264d4ceb46d_story.html

Bipartisan support emerges for domestic-terror bills as experts warn threat may last '10 to 20 years

Washington Post
By Karoun Demirjian
Feb. 4, 2021 at 7:11 p.m. EST

An apparent bipartisan majority of the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday endorsed the idea of new laws to address domestic terrorism in the wake of last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, as experts warned such internal threats would plague the country for decades to come.

Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary of homeland security for counterterrorism during the Trump administration, warned lawmakers that there is a “high likelihood” that another domestic terrorist attack would occur in the coming months and that the problem would persist “for the next 10 to 20 years.”

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Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), the committee’s former chairman, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for legislation to set specific federal penalties for domestic terrorism cases. Such legislation would aim to bring the prosecution of such crimes into parity with laws targeting terrorism that originates overseas — something proponents said would recognize that the threats are equally insidious.

“What happened Jan. 6 just cries out” for such a response, McCaul said. “I think it sends a strong message about where Congress is, that we’re going to treat domestic terrorism on an equal plane as international terrorism.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/capitol-riot-domestic-terror-legislation/2021/02/04/f43ec214-6733-11eb-8468-21bc48f07fe5_story.html


Surprising but welcome comment from a Republican: "we’re going to treat domestic terrorism on an equal plane as international terrorism.”

Guard Deployment to Secure DC Will Cost Nearly $500 Million

NBCWashington
By Lolita C. Baldor

The cost of deploying about 26,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 riot is nearly $500 million, U.S. military officials said Thursday.

The deployment brought troops in from all 50 states and four territories as law enforcement agencies tried to lock down the Capitol for the inauguration of the President Joe Biden. Thousands of Guard members poured into the nation's capital and were stationed across the city to block traffic and protect lawmakers and landmarks.

Officials said the nearly $500 million includes the costs of transporting Guard troops from their states to Washington, their salaries and benefits, as well as housing and other essentials. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss internal figures and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Because the troops were activated by the federal government for more than 30 days, their health benefits are also covered, adding to the price of the deployment.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/guard-deployment-to-secure-dc-will-cost-nearly-500-million/2562991/

There's a Crib in the White House for the Bidens' 10-Month-Old Grandson

NBCWashington
By Ree Hines

Joe and Jill Biden are turning the White House into a real home.

The president and first lady moved into the residence just three weeks ago, but they’ve already added a number personal touches — including a cozy accommodation for the youngest member of their family.

First grandson Beau, the infant son of Hunter Biden, has his very own White House crib.

“We used to have two sets of bunk beds at home,” the president shared in an interview with People magazine. “(The grandchildren) outgrew them. Although we now have one little 10-month-old.”

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/theres-a-crib-in-the-white-house-for-the-bidens-10-month-old-grandson/2563212/

Biden: "America is back. Diplomacy is back"

Source: CNN

In his first visit to the State Department as President, Biden gave employees a clear message: "America is back. Diplomacy is back."

Biden is set to announce a series of significant changes to US foreign policy, including measures on Yemen and LBGTQ rights, during a speech at the State Department, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday.

Indicating that, Biden added:

"We're going to rebuild our alliances. We're going to re-engage the world and take on the enormous challenge we face dealing with the pandemic, dealing with global warming, and again, standing up for democracy and human rights around the world."

He emphasized that employees will be "trusted and empowered" to do their job and asked everyone to follow some core tenets — integrity, transparency and accountability — while working in the service of American people.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/congress-stimulus-trump-impeachment-2-04-21/index.html

Newsmax host throws fit over McDonald's fish sandwich -- then storms out when workers call him 'Male

Newsmax host throws fit over McDonald's fish sandwich -- then storms out when workers call him 'Male Karen'

Raw Story
Brad Reed
February 04, 2021

Right-wing Newsmax host Greg Kelly on Thursday revealed that he had decided to storm out of a local McDonald's after some workers at the fast food restaurant called him a "Karen."

In a tweet posted Thursday morning, Kelly expressed his outrage that the local McDonald's franchise was apparently no longer selling the McFish sandwich.

"I just went to a MACDONALD'S (sic) and there was no MCFISH on the menu," he fumed. "When the hell did that happen? Is it permanently banned? Or is just my 'local' MACDONALD'S (sic)."

In addition to spelling McDonald's incorrectly, Kelly also asked for a product that doesn't exist, as the McDonald's fish sandwich is called "Filet-o-Fish" not "McFish."

https://www.rawstory.com/newsmax-karen/

Hunter Biden to publish memoir detailing drug addiction

Agence France-Presse February 04, 2021

President Joe Biden's son Hunter will detail his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction in a memoir scheduled for release in April, publisher Gallery Books announced on Thursday.

Hunter Biden, a frequent target of conservative ire in the United States, also writes about the death of his brother Beau in "Beautiful Things," due out on April 6.

The memoir recalls "Hunter's descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety," Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement.

Biden, who turned 51 on Thursday, was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2014 after a positive test for cocaine.

https://www.rawstory.com/hunter-biden-to-publish-memoir-detailing-addiction/

This takes a lot of courage

Militia alliance in Georgia signals new phase for extremist paramilitaries

By Chris Joyner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The leader of a private paramilitary group that provided security for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said he has formed alliances with other far-right groups to advocate for Georgia’s secession from the union, following the arrests of participants in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“The way patriots are now being hunted down and arrested by fellow men and women who have taken the same oath has disheartened any faith I had in the redemption or reformation of the USA as one entity,” Justin Thayer, head of the Georgia III% Martyrs, said in a text exchange with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week.

Thayer said the Martyrs have allied themselves with fellow “Three Percenter” militia the American Brotherhood of Patriots and American Patriots USA (APUSA), a north Georgia group headed by Chester Doles, a Dahlonega resident who belonged to various racist and neo-Nazi hate groups before forming the new group in 2019. The combined groups will advocate for Georgia’s secession from the union through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution or through “the collapse of the American experiment,” Thayer said.

“For the last 150 years, the Imperial Yankee culture of the northeast has been molding Georgia — and the South in general — into its ‘perfect’ image,” he said.

https://www.ajc.com/news/militia-alliance-in-georgia-signals-new-phase-for-extremist-paramilitaries/UD2JMQV5A5EABHHAKBQZBK2IVY/



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