House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said Friday on MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports” that if Republican lawmakers were not held accountable for their role leading up to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, America’s democracy was “teetering on the edge.”
Clyburn was discussing the House Select Committee subpoenaed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Scott Perry (R-PA).
Clyburn said, “At some point in time, you need to think about this country, and all of us are aware that we are at a very critical stage in our country’s history.”
He continued, “January 6 has absolutely nothing to do with partisan politics. It has to be with somebody or bodies attempting to overturn a free, fair election. And that is a very, very big problem in the preservation of democracy.”
Tur said, “Are you worried about what might happen if Republicans regain control of the House and then turn this back on Democrats?”
Clyburn said, ” They would not do any worse than they’re now doing. I don’t see this as anything about Democrats versus Republicans. If I were to give a speech like Mo Brooks gave and this kind of activity were to flow from it, I should be indicted. I should be kicked out of the Congress. That is not the way you conduct yourself as a United States Congressman. We heard him, we looked at him, and we know full well that he is guilty of inciting people to riot, and he ought to be held accountable.”
Tur said, “Is our government, our Congress, Capitol Hill, can it be fixed?”
Clyburn said, “You know, I have been saying for a long time now that this too shall pass.”
He added, “But I’m beginning to believe that we may be threatening to really undermine, and this democracy and this country really is teetering on the edge. So I don’t know. I thought that we were, but I’m not too sure.”
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REVEALED: The ‘Public Figures’ Attending the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos.
The World Economic Forum has announced a list of public figure attendees for its upcoming Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Taking place May 22nd through 26th, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting will count 50 heads of government and thousands of corporate, philanthropic, and scientific leaders in attendance.
Twenty-five American officials, including two White House representatives, are going to the meeting. An additional 12 Democrat and 10 Republican politicians, listed below, will accompany them.
U.S. and Ukrainian attendees outnumber those coming from other leading nations, which includes just three from the United Kingdom, France, and Germany respectively.
The names of U.S. delegates appear below, with a full list of public figure attendees in the embedded spreadsheet following.
American Attendees of the World Economic Forum 2022:
- Gina Raimondo Secretary of Commerce of USA
- John F. Kerry Special Presidential Envoy for Climate of the United States of America
- Bill Keating Congressman from Massachusetts (D)
- Daniel Meuser Congressman from Pennsylvania (R)
- Madeleine Dean Congresswoman from Pennsylvania (D)
- Ted Lieu Congressman from California (D)
- Ann Wagner Congresswoman from Missouri (R)
- Christopher A. Coons Senator from Delaware (D)
- Darrell Issa Congressman from California (R)
- Dean Phillips Congressman from Minnesota (D)
- Debra Fischer Senator from Nebraska (R)
- Eric Holcomb Governor of Indiana (R)
- Gregory W. Meeks Congressman from New York (D)
- John W. Hickenlooper Senator from Colorado (D)
- Larry Hogan Governor of Maryland (R)
- Michael McCaul Congressman from Texas (R)
- Pat Toomey Senator from Pennsylvania (R)
- Patrick J. Leahy Senator from Vermont (D)
- Robert Menendez Senator from New Jersey (D)
- Roger F. Wicker Senator from Mississippi (R)
- Seth Moulton Congressman from Massachusetts (D)
- Sheldon Whitehouse Senator from Rhode Island (D)
- Ted Deutch Congressman from Florida (D)
- Francis Suarez Mayor of Miami (R)
- Al Gore Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001) (D)
“The Annual Meeting 2022 will embody the World Economic Forum’s philosophy of collaborative, multistakeholder impact, providing a unique collaborative environment in which to reconnect, share insights, gain fresh perspectives, and build problem-solving communities and initiatives,” explains the group, whose efforts to exploit COVID-19 for its “Great Reset” has come under intense scrutiny.
“Against a backdrop of deepening global frictions and fractures, it will be the starting point for a new era of global responsibility and cooperation,” posits the WEF, which selected “history at a turning point” as its event’s primary theme.
The event focuses on eight key areas: Climate and Nature; Fairer Economies; Tech and Innovation; Jobs and Skills; Better Business; Health and Healthcare; Global Cooperation; and Society and Equity. Panel discussions include “Economic Weaponry: Uses and Effectiveness of Sanctions,” “Safeguarding Global Scientific Collaboration,” “Blue Foods for a Sustainable Future,” “The Journey towards Racial Equity”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will also be giving a special welcome address on the opening day of that event and will be followed by executives from companies such as COVID-19 vaccine maker Pfizer.
The event also counts dozens of corporate and philanthropic partners, including Alibaba Group, which is a key component of the Chinese Communist Party’s social credit score system, Google, Amazon, AstraZeneca, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BlackRock, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, Meta, Johnson & Johnson, Huawei Technologies, Pfizer, and the Wellcome Trust.
Read the full list of attendees:
Exiled Disinformation Wiz Nina Jankowicz Donated to Biden’s Campaign
Former disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz donated to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and the Biden Victory Fund during the 2020 election, including during the final stretch before the November election date.
Jancowicz held a three week tenure as the leader of something called the Disinformation Governance Board, a wing of the Department of Homeland Security that conservatives likened to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s “1984”. She resigned this week after the disinformation project was “paused,” with officials blaming mean tweets from conservatives.
Now, Newsbusters, a project of the Media Research Center, reports that federal records show Jankowicz donated at least $380 to Biden’s presidential campaign and $280 to the Biden victory fund. The outlet reports that “The most recent donation records suggest she contributed to Biden’s election efforts on Oct. 10, 2020,” only “four days before the release of the now-verified New York Post” report about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Jankowicz characterized the report as “a Russian influence op” without evidence, and was later proven incorrect.
More recently, previously appeared on MSNBC to claim that she is not merely “a partisan actor,” and that the characterization is “wildly out of context.”
When admitting that the disinformation project was ended, the DHS still defended its former wizard rocker employee.
“Nina Jankowicz has been subjected to unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats,” a DHS spokesperson told The Washington Post after the news broke. “The Board’s purpose has been grossly mischaracterized; it will not police speech,” they added. “Quite the opposite, its focus is to ensure that freedom of speech is protected.”
Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates said “smears” against Jankowicz were spread by “bad-faith, right-wing actors against a deeply qualified expert and against efforts to better combat human smuggling and domestic terrorism.”
Today it was noted that Jankowicz also spread the Trump-Alfa Bank hoax, which former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook testified was personally approved by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign which she lost to 45th President Donald Trump.
Property insurance legislation starts to come into focus ahead of Special Session
Although the legislation isn’t finalized, a rough outline for the bills has been discussed within the last week among the House, Senate and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office.
Negotiators with the House, Senate and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office are close to an agreement on legislation lawmakers will pass during the Special Session, which starts Monday and is aimed at stabilizing Florida’s creaky property insurance market.
According to key executive branch and legislative staffers and lobbyists familiar with the negotiations, while there isn’t a done deal, a rough outline for the bills has been discussed within the last week.
One of the main provisions is a prohibition on one-way attorney fees for lawyers representing contractors. The one-way attorney fee statute would remain in place, however, for lawyers representing homeowners.
The provision is sought by insurance companies to limit costs related to assignment of benefits, or AOB, a practice in which a homeowner signs over the benefits of a claim to a contractor or repair company, who then does the repairs and handles the claim for the homeowner. Insurers cited the practice as the source of a jump in claim costs, as some repair companies did unnecessary work. Lawmakers passed a bill to curtail the use of AOBs in 2019, but insurers complain some contractors are finding loopholes to the measure.
Another provision aimed at lowering attorneys fees would reduce the use of the “contingency risk multiplier” which is used to multiply fees in complex or difficult cases. The measure would restrict its use to “rare and exceptional” cases. Trial lawyers have said the fee multiplier is essential to attract lawyers to difficult or expensive cases, and infringing on it could leave some consumers without representation.
Insurance companies would also be able to require consumers pay a deductible of up to 2% for roof repairs as part of the slate of bills to be considered by lawmakers. Regulators are already allowing insurers to offer roof deductibles as an option to consumers.
Some of the measures under discussion build off of previously passed laws and provisions considered during the regular Session but never passed. For instance, the Legislature passed SB 76 in 2021, which required a claimant to file a notice of intent to sue 10 days before filing the lawsuit. Insurance companies have complained some lawyers aren’t following the law, so a new measure under consideration would impose fees on lawyers who don’t file a notice of intent.
Other provisions would seek to close loopholes surrounding the AOB law.
Also under discussion are measures to make it easier for companies to receive payouts from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, or CAT Fund. Currently, claims would have to exceed $8.2 billion for the CAT Fund to pay claims. Reducing that threshold would make it cheaper for companies to purchase reinsurance, alleviating pressure on some smaller companies that could see ratings downgrades without legislative action.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, pushed to lower the threshold to $4.5 billion during the regular Session, estimating it could save homeowners $150 per year, but the idea never gained traction.
What doesn’t appear to be on the table for the Special Session are measures dealing with Citizens Property Insurance, a state-run company designed to be the safety net for the market, covering homes deemed too risky for the private sector to cover at an affordable rate. Citizens has seen its policies double in two years, to more than 800,000, and it could reach 1 million by the end of the year.
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