Capitol riot

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the […]

Louisiana Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

Senate GOP filibuster blocks commission to probe U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Friday blocked consideration of a bill creating a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate what happened leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Legislation to form an investigatory panel into that attack passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, with 35 House Republicans joining […]

Louisiana's Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

U.S. House OKs commission to probe Capitol attack, but McConnell objections may doom it

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House voted Wednesday 252-175 to give the go-ahead to the formation of an independent, bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite objections from Republican leaders that the scope of the commission was not wide enough and other investigations are ongoing. Thirty-five Republicans joined with Democrats in […]

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As Trump’s mob ransacked the Capitol, a Confederate flag was the least surprising sight

BY: - February 12, 2021

Once you moved past the initial shock of seeing former President Donald Trump’s murderous goons marauding the U.S. Capitol, were you even one bit surprised to see that one guy parading inside with a Confederate battle flag? Of course you weren’t. You know that the people who’d erect a gallows outside the U.S. Capitol and […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Hawley pushes ethics probe of U.S. Senate Democrats who filed complaint against him

BY: - January 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—Seven U.S. Senate Democrats urged the chamber’s ethics panel to investigate Sen. Josh Hawley’s role in the pro-Trump assault on the Capitol, and the Missouri Republican is now asking the committee to do the same. In a Monday letter, Hawley argued that the seven Democrats filed an improper complaint last week against him and Sen. […]

COMMENTARY

Going the way of the Whigs: Zachary Taylor and the current political crisis

BY: - January 25, 2021

by Keith Edgerton for the Daily Montanan Lost in the avalanche of images that has bombarded us since this month’s Capitol insurrection, was one of a small, blood-smeared, white marble bust of our 12th president, Zachary Taylor.  Perhaps like many Americans you slept through history class when the course breezed through that brief sixteen-month period when […]

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats call for ethics probe of Hawley

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—Seven U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday  urged the chamber’s ethics panel to look into Sen. Josh Hawley’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in connection with the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Democrats also want a similar probe of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s actions and the Jan. 6 mob attack. […]

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Violent extremists stand with Donald Trump — as do many of my Marine buddies

BY: - January 19, 2021

We will remember the attacks of Jan. 6 with the same horror as we remember the terrorist attacks of 9/11. While there was far less loss of life at the U.S. Capitol, our loss of national dignity was far worse. We know President Trump incited and encouraged the mob that perpetrated the attack.  During the […]

More than 21,000 Guard members from 50 states headed to D.C., and numbers may grow

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it goes smoothly will be supersized. At least 21,000 National Guard men and women — from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia — will provide security support for […]

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Republican praise of Martin Luther King will sound even more hollow and hypocritical now

BY: - January 15, 2021

There’s a long list of Republicans who ought not part their lips this holiday weekend to praise Martin Luther King Jr., to quote from his most famous speech or suggest in any way that they know anything about content of character.  That list includes the 138 Republicans in the U.S. House and the six Republicans […]

Louisiana Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

U.S. House votes to again impeach Trump, as a ‘clear and present danger’

BY: and - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, charging him with inciting violent rioters last week who rampaged through the U.S. Capitol, temporarily derailing the tally of presidential votes and leading to at least five deaths. The 232-197 vote concluded a swift, truncated process in the House, […]