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Jan. 6 panel probes ‘unhinged’ meeting, Trump rally call

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Jan. 6 Panel Probes ‘Unhinged’ Meeting, Trump Rally Call


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday revealed details of an “unhinged” late night meeting at the White House with defeated President Donald Trump’s outside lawyers suggesting the military seize state voting machines in a last-ditch effort to pursue his false claims of voter fraud before he summoned a mob to the U.S. Capitol.

The committee investigating last year’s attack at the Capitol is working to show how far-right extremists answered Trump’s call to come for a big rally in Washington. As dozens of lawsuits and his claims of voter fraud fizzled, Trump met late into the night of Dec. 18 with attorneys at the White House before tweeting the rally invitation — “Be there, will be wild!” Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups are now facing rare sedition charges over the siege.

“This tweet served as a call to action — and in some cases a call to arms.” said one panel member, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.

Tuesday’s hearing was the seventh for the Jan. 6 committee. Over the past month, the panel has created a narrative of a defeated Trump “detached from reality,” clinging to false claims of voter fraud and working feverishly to reverse his election defeat. It all culminated with the attack on the Capitol, the committee says.

The panel featured new video testimony from Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House counsel, recalling the explosive meeting at the White House when Trump’s outside legal team brought a draft executive order to seize states’ voting machines — a “terrible idea,” he said.

“That’s not how we do things in the United States,” Cipollone testified.

Another aide called the meeting “unhinged.”

Cipollone and other White House officials scrambled to intervene in the late-night meeting Trump was having with attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, retired national security aide Michael Flynn and the head of the online retail company Overstock. It erupted in shouting and screaming, another aide testified.

“Where is the evidence?” Cipollone demanded of the false claims of voter fraud.

“What they were proposing, I thought, was nuts,” testified another White House official, Eric Herschmann.

But Trump was intrigued and essentially told his White House lawyers that at least Powell and outside allies were trying to do something.

“You guys are not tough enough,” Giuliani in video testimony recalled the president telling the White House attorneys. “You guys are p—-,” he said, using crass language.

As night turned to morning, Trump tweeted the call for supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, when Congress would be tallying the Electoral College results. “Be there. Will be wild,” Trump wrote.

Immediately, the extremists reacted.

The panel showed graphic and violent text messages and played videos of right-wing figures, including Alex Jones, and others laying out that Jan. 6 would be the day they fight for the president.

In vulgar and often racist language the messages beaming across the far-right forums planned for the big day that they said Trump was asking for in Washington. It would be a “red wedding,” said one, a reference to mass killing. “Bring handcuffs.”

Several members of the U.S. Capitol Police who fought the mob that day sat stone-faced in the front row of the committee room.

“The problem of politicians whipping up mob violence to destroy fair elections is the oldest domestic enemy of constitutional democracy,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., in opening remarks.

At the witness table to testify in person was Jason Van Tatenhove, an ally of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes. Another witness was Stephen Ayres, who pleaded guilty last month to disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building. He has said that on Jan. 2, 2021, he posted an image stating that Trump was “calling on us to come back to Washington on January 6th for a big protest.”

The committee is probing whether the extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and QAnon adherents who had rallied for Trump before, coordinated with White House allies for Jan. 6. The Oath Keepers have denied there was any plan to storm the Capitol.

The committee began the second half of the hearing making connections between Trump allies Flynn and Roger Stone and the extremist groups who were preparing to come to Washington.

It showed showing a picture of Rhodes, the Oath Keeper leader, walking with Flynn, the former national security aide to Trump, outside the Capitol at some point.

The committee also heard from Trump’s former campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson, who testified about her concerns about those planning for Jan. 6.

And the panel showed anew that on the day of the rally, Trump intended to join the mob at the Capitol.

“March to the Capitol after,” Trump said in a draft tweet about the rally.

This was the only hearing this week, as new details emerge. An expected prime-time hearing Thursday has been shelved for now.

This week’s session comes after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson provided stunning accounts under oath of an angry Trump who knowingly sent armed supporters to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and then refused to quickly call them off as violence erupted, siding with the rioters as they searched menacingly for Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump has said Cassidy’s account is not true. But Cipollone at Friday’s private session did not contradict earlier testimony. Raskin said the panel planned to use “a lot” of Cipollone’s testimony.

On Dec. 29, the Proud Boys chairman posted a message on social media that said members planned to “turn out in record numbers on Jan. 6th,” according to a federal indictment.

The group planned to meet at the Washington Monument, its members instructed not to wear its traditional black and yellow colors, but be “incognito.”

The Proud Boys have said their membership grew after Trump, during his first debate with Biden, refused to outright condemn the group but instead told them to “stand back and stand by.”

The night before Jan. 6, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio met with Oath Keepers leader Rhodes at an underground parking garage, according to court filings along with images a documentary filmmaker trailing the group provided to the panel.

The Oath Keepers had also been organizing for Jan. 6 and established a “quick response force” at a nearby hotel in Virginia, according to court filings.

After the Capitol siege, Rhodes called someone with an urgent message for Trump, another group member has said. Rhodes was denied a chance to speak to Trump, but urged the person on the phone to tell the Republican president to call upon militia groups to fight to keep the president in power.

An attorney for Rhodes recently told the committee that he wants to testify publicly. Rhodes was already interviewed by the committee privately, and it’s unlikely the panel will agree.

The panel also intends to note that many of the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol appeared to be QAnon believers. Federal authorities have explicitly linked at least 38 rioters to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

One of the most recognizable figures from the attack was a shirtless Arizona man who called himself the “QAnon Shaman,” carried a spear and wore face paint and a Viking hat with fur and horns.

A core belief among QAnon followers is that Trump was secretly fighting a cabal of “deep state” operatives, prominent Democrats and Hollywood elites, some of whom worship Satan and engage in sex trafficking of children.

The panel has shown, over the course of fast-paced hearings and with eyewitness accounts from the former president’s inner circle, that Trump was told “over and over,” as Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said, that he had lost the election and his claims of voter fraud were just not true. Nevertheless, Trump summoned his supporters to Washington and then sent them to the Capitol in what panel Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has called an “attempted coup.”

___ Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Michael Balsamo in Washington and Michael Kunzelman in College Park, Maryland, contributed to this report.



Former MP from Bihar, a feared mob on the run for two decades, arrested near the Indo-Nepal border

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Former Mp From Bihar, A Feared Mob On The Run For Two Decades, Arrested Near The Indo-Nepal Border

Tiwari’s political career started in 2000 when he defeated SAP’s Bhupendra Nath Dubey in 2000. In 2006, his mother Kanti Devi was elected block leader of the local bloc and continues to hold the position.

Rajan Tiwari. Picture file. News18

Patna: Continuing the crackdown on listed felons and gangsters, UP Police on Friday arrested a former Bihar assembly legislator infamous for shooting at police officers, wanted for more than two decades in Raxaul near the border indo-nepalese.

The accused, Rajan Tiwari, was first elected as an MP in 2000 for Govindganj constituency in Motihari.

However, his criminal history dates back to 1998 when he allegedly opened fire on police officers in UP’s Gorakhpur. He had a non-releasable arrest warrant issued against him since 2005 and was carrying a bounty of 25,000 rupees on his head, police officials said.

The action came after a joint team of UP and Bihar police intercepted him as he was allegedly trying to escape across the Indo-Nepal border in the area of ​​Haraiyya police station. in Raksaul.

Police records seen by firstpost revealed that Tiwari had not appeared in court for 17 years despite serving a non-releasable warrant and charges under the Gangsters Act since 1998. shared by Chief Police Officer – in Uttar Pradesh,” a UP police official said on the first post.

“The former MP for Govindganj assembly seat in East Champaran district of Bihar was wanted in a 1998 case involving the opening of fire on police personnel in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.”, East Champaran Police Superintendent Kumar Ashish told PTI.

If the sources are to be believed, Tiwari engaged in criminal activities during his university years when he joined the feared gangster Shri Prakash Shukla in the mid-1990s.

Tiwari’s political career started in 2000 when he defeated SAP’s Bhupendra Nath Dubey in 2000. In 2006, his mother Kanti Devi was elected block leader of the local bloc and continues to hold the position. His older brother Raju Tiwari is currently an MP for Govindganj constituency in Bihar. He was an active member of JDU and BJP party.

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8/18: Red and Blue – CBS News

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Authorize reform? “I didn’t shake hands”

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Authorize Reform?

Now that President Biden has signed his party’s tax, climate, and IRS bill into law, the senator. Joe ManchinThe narrative is that a grateful Democratic Congress will move to repay its vote by authorizing reforms. This is what the party leaders have promised, he says. Yet the West Virginia senator’s influence has already faded.

Democratic representative. Raul Grijalva says he doesn’t feel “compelled” to support a license win for Mr Manchin. “I didn’t shake hands,” he told the Hill newspaper. “I did not participate in the negotiations. Mr Grijalva added that he and a handful of colleagues intended to ask for changes to be proposed to the House for a separate vote, not linked to the next government funding bill which could be a means of reform for overtake the progressives.


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Irctc shares rise over 4% after digital asset monetization news

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Irctc Shares Rise Over 4% After Digital Asset Monetization News

By August 19, 2022, 12:55 p.m. STI (Update)


These digital assets mentioned in the RFP include rail ticketing data, user base, and transactions related to passenger journeys. IRCTC aims to generate additional revenue by monetizing its digital assets.

Shares of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) soared more than 4% after the company issued a tender to hire a consultant to monetize digital assets on August 18.

As of 12:46 p.m., IRCTC shares were trading at Rs 748, up 4.8% from the previous close on BSE.

These digital assets mentioned in the RFP include rail ticketing data, user base, and transactions related to passenger journeys. IRCTC aims to generate additional revenue by monetizing its digital assets.

The shares also went commercial ex-dividend yesterday, August 18, after the PSU of Indian Railways set August 19, 2022 as the record date to finalize eligible shareholders for payment of the final dividend of the financial year 2022.

“The Company has set Friday, August 19, 2022 as the ‘record date’ for determining members’ entitlement to the final dividend for the year ending March 31, 2022, if approved at the AGM,” said IRCTC in a regulatory filing.

Shares of IRCTC were trading at Rs 675.8, up 0.85% from the previous close on BSE. The stock has gained over the past three days and is up 1.43% over the period.

For the financial year 2021-2022, the IRCTC Board has already approved a final dividend of Rs 1.50 per share. The interim dividend of Rs 2 per share, announced in February 2022, is in addition to the final dividend of Rs 1.5 per share. The dividend is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

With this, the IRCTC also launched a tender to monetize rail ticketing data. Passenger data must be provided by the IRCTC, which could boost profits, as CNBC Awaaz reported.

What is an ex-dividend?

Ex-dividend refers to a stock that trades without the value of the next dividend payment. A stock is ex-dividend if it trades on or after the ex-dividend date. If you buy a stock after it has become ex-dividend, you will own the stock, but you will not get the next dividend payment for that stock. Instead, the payment will go to the person who sold you the stock.

For example, if a company with a share of Rs 335 rupees declares a dividend of Rs 5, on the ex-dividend date, the share price may fall to Rs 330, as the company no longer has those Rs 5 Typically, the ex-dividend date for a stock is one business day prior to the record date.

Ticketing activity collapses

The ticketing arm of Indian Railways saw an 820 basis point drop in its quarterly margin compared to the corresponding period a year ago. The IRCTC reported a net profit of Rs 248.5 crore for the quarter ended June 2022, almost three times higher than a year ago.

The revenue share of its internet ticketing unit fell to 35.4% for the April-June period, from 42.3% in the previous three months.


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Why can’t I ever see the Northern Lights from where I live?

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Why Can'T I Ever See The Northern Lights From Where I Live?

You know the drill: buzzing articles claim that the Northern Lights, the dazzling phenomenon known scientifically as the Northern Lights, could be seen in areas that don’t normally see them. People who grew up with pictures of spectacular views like these start daydreaming, maybe set an alarm for a late night out, maybe drive outside their city limits to try and avoid light pollution.

The latest news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sounds so positive. A geomagnetic storm is expected to peak Thursday at what is called a G3 level. Good but not great for aurora viewing — G5 is the highest. While the Northern Lights are usually only seen in very northern locations, there’s hope this storm could push them further south, and even states like Oregon or Pennsylvania could get a glimpse.


Oh NOAA, why do you keep breaking our hearts with the hope that we’ll see a dawn?


But so often as i wrote in 2020 when there were high hopes for aurora sightings, the forecast changes, the aurora borealis becomes timid and people are disappointed. Is this all a space scam?

Bill Murtagh, program coordinator at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, is well aware that many of us would-be aurora watchers are disappointed time and time again.

It seems suspicious to me

Murtagh compared it to a conversation he had recently with someone who fishes for marlin, saying he asked them how many hours they’ve been out on the water hoping for their big catch, compared to the number of times they really succeed.

“(Fishing) is like (looking for) an aurora,” Murtagh told me. “You could be looking for him for hours, then the perfect storm of events happens and you finally see him.”

City disadvantage

If you live in a city — Murtagh was telling me about Boulder, Colorado, while I’m in Seattle — you’re already at a disadvantage.

“I’ve had people say, ‘I went looking for (the aurora) and I didn’t see anything! ‘” Murtagh told me. “And I say, ‘Well, where were you?’ And they say, ‘Downtown Denver.’ Ah, well, there’s this thing called light pollution…”

Light pollution is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, the brightening of the night sky in the city, caused by streetlights and other sources. This inhibits our ability to see stars and planets.

Cloud cover can be a problem

But let’s say you get in the car and drive from your city or suburb to a rural area with no street lights. There is one element beyond your control: the weather.

“If you got some kind of Washington state [weather pattern]good luck,” Murtagh said with a laugh, referring to my state’s famous cloudiness. And clouds can hover over any state at any time, making aurora sightings even harder to predict.

Do you still want to try?

And when, exactly, should you venture out to see the Northern Lights? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a prime block of time when the aurora is most likely to appear? Murtagh said that was unrealistic. You want it to be dark, but that’s about as accurate as predictions can get.

“There really is no specific time [that’s best]”, he told me. “Don’t let anyone tell you, ‘This time or that time is when you’ll see it.’”

aurora tourism

If seeing the aurora is on your bucket list and you have a bucket full of travel money, consider a trip to Alaska or northern Canada, or even northern Europe.

“Anchorage, Fairbanks, Yukon, Helsinki, northern Scandinavia, those are the places where you have a good chance of seeing (aurora),” Murtagh said.

There are even now tour operators arranging tours in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights.

“Aurora tourism is big business now,” Murtagh says.

Is it worth it?

So since seeing an aurora remains difficult, why do so many of us yearn to see them? Take another look at some of these wonderful photos and you might remember them.

“They are so majestic,” Murtagh said. “Seeing the sky swirl in shades of green and yellow, sometimes red and purple. It’s scary to see it sometimes. Anyone lucky enough to see it in all its glory knows that.”

don’t lose faith

Murtagh offered me and other townspeople some hope. If we had talked about the aurora hunt every month from 2018 to 2020, there would have been almost no news to report, he said, because the sun was experiencing solar minimum, the regular period of its cycle. solar 11 years where there is hardly any solar activity, such as sunspots and solar flares.

But this period is coming to an end and a solar maximum will take place from around 2024 to 2025.

“There will be more chances,” Murtagh said. “And no more false alarms too!”


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Will Borussia Dortmund move Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United?

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Will Borussia Dortmund Move Cristiano Ronaldo From Manchester United?

The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY: Cristiano Ronaldo will move to Dortmund?

Cristiano Ronaldo is pushing for a move from Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild.

As time ticks away on the remainder of the transfer window, the 37-year-old striker has informed his agent Jorge Mendes to offer him a transfer to the Bundesliga club, who can offer him Champions League football this season .

Despite Ronaldo calling speculation over his potential departure a ‘lie’, it seems the Portuguese star is planning to leave Old Trafford this summer. It is reported that the former Real Madrid and Juventus star is considering Dortmund as one of his last options, aiming to be the first player in history to win a domestic title in each of the four major leagues. Europeans.

Dortmund, who are currently in contact with Ronaldo’s representatives, are considering submitting an official proposal to the Red Devils, with BVB manager Edin Terzic considering another striker after Erling HaalandThe €60m exit to Man City.

The club has just signed Antoine Modeste from Cologne next Sebastien Hallerthe diagnosis of a testicular tumor which will cause him to miss several months.

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08:19 BST: Athletic report that Chelsea are ready to send a defender Trevoh Chalobah loan.

Chalobah, 23, has been sidelined for Chelsea’s first two games of the 2022-23 season and wants to leave for more playing time.

A few Premier League and Serie A clubs are interested, but Chelsea don’t want him to leave on a permanent deal.

08:00 BST: Casemiro is considering accepting an offer to join Manchester United or continue his career at Real Madrid, sources have told ESPN.

The Brazilian midfielder wants to make a decision before the end of the week. Sources have told ESPN that a meeting took place between Casemiro’s entourage and Real Madrid on Wednesday night, with transfer compensation of €60 million plus €10 million in supplements and a four-year contract on the table.

Casemiro, 30, will also speak with Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to find out more about the role he would have in the team following the arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni. The former Monaco midfielder started ahead of Casemiro in Madrid’s La Liga season opener against Almeria on Sunday.

According to sources, Ancelotti wants Casemiro to stay at the Bernabeu but will accept any decision made by the club and the player.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

– Barcelona continue their search for a right-back with an interest in Ashraf Hakimirevealed The Chiringuito. The Blaugrana the hierarchy looked for an alternative signing after missing out on Chelsea Cesar Azpilicueta, and the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star has now been identified as an ideal candidate, having already gained La Liga experience while playing for Real Madrid. However, as one of the best defenders in the world, he could cost upwards of €80m.

Asmir Begovic has been identified as a possible option for Manchester United as a substitute goalkeeper, the Telegraph reports. United are on the lookout Dean Henderson left Old Trafford to join Nottingham Forest on loan, and the 35-year-old Everton keeper is believed to be top of the list.

– Marseille is interested in acquiring Ruslan Malinovskyiaccording fabrice romano. The French club are eyeing the 29-year-old Atalanta attacking midfielder and it is reported that Cengiz Under could be involved in a player swap deal. The Ukraine international is interested in leaving the Serie A side with his eyes on a new challenge.

– With sources telling ESPN that Casemiro plans to move to Manchester United, Bruno Guimaraes has been identified as his potential replacement at Real Madrid, according to AS. The 24-year-old midfielder is seen as an ideal fit by Madrid, but joined Newcastle United from Lyon in January for a fee of £40million. Moreover, his contract is not expected to expire until the summer of 2026.

Memphis Depaythe potential transfer of Juventus could progress as the Bianconeri seek to advance negotiations by rescinding some of the remaining bonuses on their previous deal with Barcelona for Miralem Pjanic, writes Calciomercato. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have already agreed the personal terms of a two-year deal worth €6m per season with the 28-year-old Dutch international striker.


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