Good Monday! This is the Chocolate Knox with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Monday February 15 2021
In case you haven’t heard, former President Trump has been acquitted…again.
Did you hear about the call between Trump and Pelosi?
Trump calls her up and she says hello Who is it?
Trump says it’s owen…
Pelosi says Owen? Owen who?
Trump says O and 2…
The Senate on Saturday voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection despite significant Republican support for conviction, bringing an end to the fourth impeachment trial in U.S. history and the second for Trump.
Seven Republicans voted to convict Trump for allegedly inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol
That is by far the most bipartisan support for conviction in impeachment history. The final vote was 57 to 43, 10 short of the 67 votes needed to secure a conviction. The 7 REpblican Sen. who voted with the democrats?
Richard Burr of North Carolina,
Susan Collins of Maine,
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana,
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska,
Mitt Romney of Utah,
Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania all voted guilty.
The vote means the Senate cannot bar Trump from holding future federal offices.Which if anyone was truly being honest was really what this was all about 2024.
Eric Swallwell the U.S. Representative for California’s 15th congressional district Felt the need to brag about how well they did presenting their case while also explaining about they didn’t bring a witness last minute ro testify…
I know, I was thinking the same thing…How bad did that Chinese spy mess this dude up? And shouldn’t he be in deep in a coroner in congress somewhere being quite as a mouse? Doesn’t he know what Trump was impeached for the first time?
Lindsay Graham was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace talking about the impeachment…
The question that all of us need to be asking is what is free speech and is free speech really free anymore?
Two National Events: Fight Laugh Feast Rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, April 29, 30, May 1 & the Fight Laugh Feast Conference in Nashville, TN, October 14-16th.
Why a rally in South Dakota in April? In the same way you want to stand with us become a fight Laugh Feast Club Memmber so you can continue to have a voice in the public square…
WE want to stand with Kristi Noem – the only Governor in the Union to not overstep her authority and allow business to make their own decision. And allow people and schools to amke their own decisions. BUT even more than that we also want to encourage you wherever you are.
Many churches are not meeting and many Christians feel all alone. But you’re not alone. So the theme of the Rally in South Dakota is Love God, Sing Psalms, Defy Tyrants. Gather with likeminded Christians who love freedom, confess Jesus Christ is Lord, and be equipped to stand firm in these insane days. Go to flfnetwork dot com forward slash rally. And come fellowship with Steve Deace, Doug Wilson, Sheriff Wiler and more…flfnetwork.com/rally
Bidens first days in Officce
President Joe Biden’s first days in office featured the ushering in of dozens of executive actions focusing on this administration’s top priorities, including the COVID-19 pandemic. So I wanted to take you through a quick journey of Some of these orders…If you have the Fight Laugh Feast App You can see all of these orders yourself inside the notes.
This list, which was last updated Feb. 12,
- Executive order paving the way for sanctions on the Myanmar military leaders who directed a coup, along with their close family members and affiliated business interests, and blocking them from $1 billion in government funds held in the U.S.
- Executive order expanding the United States Refugee Admissions Program, directing agencies to broaden access to humanitarian assistance programs and revoking a number of Trump-era refugee admission policies.
- Memorandum updating Obama administra guidance to promote the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world in diplomatic efforts
- Memorandum to revitalize and expand the structure of foreign policy and national security teams.
- Executive order reestablishing an Obama-era task force, the Task Force on New Americans, to help integrate immigrants into American communities. The order will also call on government agencies to conduct a review of regulations and policies that create barriers for legal immigration.
- Executive order introducing an interagency task force to reunify families by identifying the children and parents or guardians who were separated at the border, facilitating reunification and then creating a report on recommendations to ensure the federal government does not have policies in place that separate families.
- Executive order to create a framework addressing the underlying causes of migration to the United States’ southern border from mostly Central American countries, and work with foreign governments and organizations to create opportunities to process migrants seeking asylum in that region.
- Executive order to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid by directing agencies to review any policies that may hinder access to the ACA and recommending the opening of a three-month enrollment period for uninsured Americans.
- Memorandum reversing the Trump administration’s “Mexico City Policy” that blocked funding to groups that include abortion services or information in their family-planning programs, and suggesting the reconsideration of policies that “impose undue restrictions on the use of Federal funds or women’s access to complete medical information.”
- Executive order elevating climate change as a national security concern and committing to the goal of conservation goals.
- Executive order establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
- Executive order directing the phase-out of private prisons by not renewing contracts from the Department of Justice. The order does not apply to other federal agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- Memorandum condemning racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider best practices to mitigate language in guidance that could further racism.
- Memorandum directing agencies to mitigate racial bias in federal housing policies.
- Memorandum recommitting the government to respecting tribal sovereignty.
- Executive order reversing the Trump administration policy to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
- Executive order committing to investing in American companies and closing loopholes “that allow companies to offshore production and jobs while still qualifying for domestic preferences.”
- Proclamation to suspend the entry of noncitizens to the U.S. who were present in certain regions in the 14 days prior to their attempted entry, including: the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Republic of South Africa.
- Executive order restoring collective bargaining power for federal employees, and directing the Office of Personnel Management to provide recommendations for achieving a $15 minimum wage for federal workers.
- Executive order promoting assistance from federal agencies to individuals, families and small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Executive order to identify supplies and accelerate the production of supplies needed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including the vaccines and personal protective equipment.
- Executive order stating support for reopening schools, calling on the secretary of Education to work with elementary and secondary schools on how to reopen and stay open.
- Executive order calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue guidelines on COVID-19 for workplaces and establish an enforcement program for violations that put workers at risk.
- Executive order to require mask-wearing on certain modes of transportation and for international travelers to the U.S. to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before traveling.
- Executive order encouraging acceleration of the production of treatments for the coronavirus and expansion of access to therapies.
- Executive order establishing a COVID-19 testing board to increase test supply and bring manufacturing of tests to the U.S.
- Executive order directing the government to examine and prevent inequities in health care and services for communities of color and other marginalized groups, establishing within Health and Human Services a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
- Executive order enhancing data collection and sharing among governmental agencies to strengthen public health infrastructure.
- Memorandum directing FEMA to cover states’ costs for the National Guard to assist in pandemic response.
- Executive order rescinding Trump’s 1776 Commission, a panel Trump established as a response to the New York Times’ 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection that focused on America’s history with slavery.
- Executive order revoking Trump’s plan to exclude noncitizens from the census.
- Executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination in the federal government based on sexual orientation and gender identity and directing federal agencies to ensure protections for LGBTQ people are included in anti-discrimination statutes.
- Executive order creating a COVID-19 response coordinator who will report directly to the president.
- Executive order revoking Trump’s 2017 Interior Enforcement Executive Order, which broadened the categories of undocumented immigrants subject for removal, restarted the Secure Communities program and supported the federal 287(g) deportation program.
- Executive order launching a government-wide initiative directing every federal agency to review its state of racial equity and deliver an action plan within 200 days to address any disparities in policies and programs.
- Executive order extending the pause on student loan payments and nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures.
- Executive order creating an equitable data working group to make sure federal data reflects the country’s diverse makeup and direct the Office of Management and Budget to allocate more federal resources to underserved communities.
- Executive order canceling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to move oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, rescinding Trump’s approval of a project long criticized by environmentalists.
- Proclamation ending construction of Trump’s signature wall on the U.S.-Mexican border by proclaiming the “immediate termination” of the national emergency declaration Trump used to fund it.
- Proclamation reversing Trump’s ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.
- Proclamation declaring a National Day of Unity on Jan. 20, 2021.
- Memorandum directing the Office of Management and Budget to make recommendations to modernize regulatory processes.
- Memorandum extending the deferred deportation of Liberians through the end of June 2022.
- Memorandum to strengthen Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Minneapolis on Friday backtracked on its original push to defund the city’s police department in the wake of George Floyd’s death after residents begged the city to hire more officers, citing longer response times and increased violent crime.
The City Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve $6.4 million in additional funding that police had requested.
The department says it only has 638 officers available to work — roughly 200 fewer than usual. An unprecedented number of officers quit or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed.
With new recruit classes, the city anticipates it will have 674 officers available at the end of the year, with another 28 in the hiring process.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson, More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than those slain in the previous year.
Pray for Minneapolis.
Making our way through Black History Month I wanted to reccomend for you Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First BlackCongressmen
Reconstruction was a time of idealism and sweeping change, as the victorious Union created citizenship rights for the freed slaves and granted the vote to black men. Sixteen black Southerners, elected to the U.S. Congress, arrived in Washington to advocate reforms such as public education, equal rights, land distribution, and the suppression of the Ku Klux Klan.