Washington, D.C., on Edge Over Protest of Jan. 6 Arrests

Organizers insist the “Justice for J6” gathering on Saturday will be peaceful, but law enforcement, National Guard troops and residents around the Capitol are preparing for turmoil.

#braynard-matt, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #look-ahead-america, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

U.S. Officials Warn of Potential Violence at the Sept. 18 Rally in Washington

An internal report by the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence office cited concerning internet chatter ahead of the rally supporting the suspects in the Jan. 6 riot.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases

Hospitals in Washington State, already strained, are taking on an influx of Covid patients from Idaho, where the governor has refused to require masks or vaccinations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #idaho, #inslee-jay, #little-brad-1954, #spokane-wash, #washington-dc

Supreme Court Will Return to Its Courtroom Next Month

The public will not be allowed in, but the court will continue to provide live audio of arguments.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #washington-dc

After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Two veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom reflect on where events from the fateful day led the nation.

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Howard University Hit by a Ransomware Attack

The Washington school canceled online and hybrid classes for a second day after shutting down its network.

#colleges-and-universities, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #howard-university, #washington-dc

Inside the Afghan Evacuation: Rogue Flights, Hope and Chaos

President Biden has insisted that the evacuation of Kabul was done as efficiently as possible. But key documents obtained by The New York Times suggest otherwise.

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What to Do This Summer: Washington, D.C.

In the nation’s capital, the walkable neighborhoods of Logan Circle, West End/Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle are showing off new restaurants with tons of outdoor dining, shops and galleries.

#art, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-dc

Capitol Police Clear Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt

“The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved members and staff from serious injury and possible death,” the agency said.

#babbitt-ashli-e-1985-2021, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #house-of-representatives, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #washington-dc

Turmoil Was Brewing at Time’s Up Long Before Cuomo

The prominent anti-harassment charity, criticized for its relationship with the former New York governor, is facing an identity crisis over its ties to those in power.

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Capitol Police Investigate Suspicious Vehicle Near Library of Congress

The Capitol Police closed off several streets and sent alerts to congressional staff members, prompting evacuations near the Library of Congress.

#bombs-and-explosives, #library-of-congress, #washington-dc

Their Careers and Romance Took Root in Politics

Henry Connelly, the communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Samantha Warren, the chief of staff for Representative Bill Foster, became fast friends and confidants when they met in Washington.

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Court orders US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop ‘with his face’

A federal judge in Washington DC has ordered a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 to unlock his laptop “with his face,” after prosecutors argued that the laptop likely contains video footage that would incriminate him in the attempted insurrection.

Guy Reffitt was arrested in late January, three weeks after he participated in the riot, and has been in jail since. He has pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, including bringing a firearm to the Capitol grounds and a charge of obstructing justice. His Windows laptop was one of several devices seized by the FBI, which investigators said was protected with a password, but that it could also be unlocked using Reffitt’s face.

Prosecutors said forensic evidence suggested that the laptop contained gigabytes of footage from Reffitt’s helmet-worn camera that he allegedly used to record some of the riot, and asked the court if it could compel Reffitt to sit in front of the computer to unlock it.

Reffitt’s lawyer told the court that his client could “not remember” the password, but the court sided with the government and granted the motion to compel his biometrics. Reffitt’s lawyer told CNN, which first reported the court order, that the laptop is now unlocked.

The government took advantage of a loophole in the Fifth Amendment, a constitutional right that grants anyone in the U.S. the right to remain silent, which includes the right to not turn over information that could implicate themselves in a crime, such as a password. But some courts have ruled that those protections don’t extend to a person’s physical attributes that can be used in place of a password, such as a face scan or fingerprint.

In Reffitt’s indictment, the FBI said as such, arguing that compelling Reffitt to unlock his computer by sitting in front of it “would not run afoul of the defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.”

Courts across the U.S. are still divided on the reading of the Fifth Amendment and whether or not it applies to the compelled use of a person’s biometrics. The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t likely to address the issue any time soon, rejecting two petitions in as many years to rule on the matter, leaving it largely up to the states to decide.

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D.C. Parties Are Popping, Even Without Biden

Like a grizzly waking from hibernation, Washington’s ruling class is coming out of this thing with an appetite.

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Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals.’ He’s Also Their Best Source.

His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump’s circle. Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump’s world and Fox’s own internal politics.

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How Americans are Celebrating Juneteenth: Photos Across the US

From Brooklyn to Galveston, there were scenes of joy and reflections on the meaning of the holiday. “We have to celebrate that we survived,” one man said.

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Washington Will Open Up for July 4 Fireworks. So Will Biden’s White House.

The White House will host a 1,000-person celebration on the South Lawn, even though President Biden is not on track to meet his goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fireworks, #independence-day-us-july-4, #summer-season, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc, #white-house-building-washington-dc

What $1.25 Million Buys You in Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Indiana

A historic estate in Old Lyme, a two-bedroom condo in a 19th-century townhouse in Washington and a brick house in a gated community in Indianapolis.

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France Sends the U.S. Another, Smaller Statue of Liberty

The replica will go on display on Ellis Island for Independence Day before being moved to Washington, D.C., where it will remain until 2031.

#ellis-island-nyc, #liberty-island-nyc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #paris-france, #statue-of-liberty, #washington-dc

Cicadas Took On Biden’s Press Plane. They Won.

The omnipresent insects filled the engines of a flight set to accompany the president on his trip to Europe, forcing a delay and a new plane and pilot to be called in.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cicadas-insects, #news-and-news-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Joe Manchin’s Motivations

Exploring the thinking of the one senator whose personal views could make or break the Biden legislative agenda.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-senate, #manchin-joe-iii, #politics-and-government, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Drew Pearson, the Muckraking Journalist With the Bully Pulpit

Donald A. Ritchie’s “The Columnist” describes the 37-year career of a journalist who was, in his time, one of the most powerful men in Washington.

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Amazon Accused of Manipulating Prices by D.C. Attorney General

The District of Columbia said in a lawsuit that Amazon had stopped merchants that use its platform from charging lower prices for the same products elsewhere online.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #e-commerce, #karl-racine, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-dc

Violent Crime Is Spiking. Do Liberals Have an Answer?

James Forman Jr. on the wicked problem of crime and the messy politics of safety

#crime-and-criminals, #forman-james-jr, #police, #washington-dc

Joel Greenberg, Former Confidant to Matt Gaetz, Pleads Guilty

Mr. Greenberg is facing over 12 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, he needs to provide substantial help to the Justice Department’s prosecutions of others.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #florida, #gaetz-matt, #greenberg-joel-1985, #washington-dc

Prosecuting the Capitol Rioters

Hundreds have been arrested and charged in connection with the attack on Jan. 6, paving the way for a series of historic trials.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #feuer-alan, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

White House Is Said to Quietly Push Change to D.C. Statehood Bill

The deliberations over the long-shot bill center on three Electoral College votes the Constitution gives to the seat of government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #norton-eleanor-holmes, #senate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Is This the Year D.C. Becomes a State?

Democrats could use a two-seat advantage in 2022. Republicans call it a power grab. Residents call it voting rights.

#house-of-representatives, #politics-and-government, #senate, #statehood-movement-for-washington-dc, #washington-dc

Former Dance School Comptroller Pleads Guilty in $1.5 Million Fraud

The former official, Sophia Kim, was a comptroller of the Kirov Academy of Ballet, a school founded in 1990 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

#dancing, #embezzlement, #gambling, #kim-sophia, #kirov-academy-of-ballet, #unification-church, #washington-dc

I Became a Mother at 25, and I’m Not Sorry I Didn’t Wait

More women are delaying parenthood because they think having kids early will be hard. It is. It’s also great. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #birth-rates, #millennial-generation, #parenting, #population, #washington-dc, #women-and-girls

Justice Dept. Starts to Seek Plea Deals in Capitol Riot Cases

Prosecutors are negotiating agreements as they confront a sprawling investigation with hundreds of defendants.

#barnett-richard-1960, #justice-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Bust of Elie Wiesel Is Added to Washington National Cathedral

The stone carving of the Holocaust survivor and author took two years to create and is the first modern-day Jewish representation in the cathedral.

#holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-cathedral-washington-dc, #night-book, #washington-dc, #wiesel-elie

Harris and Pelosi Are First Women Behind a President at Joint Session

President Biden is delivering his speech while standing in front of two women — Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #pelosi-nancy, #washington-dc

D.C. Police Department Data Is Leaked in a Cyberattack

The department appears to be the third police force to be targeted in a ransomware attack in six weeks, and the 26th government agency hit this year.

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Howard Students Protest Cut of Classics Department, Hub for Black Scholarship

Howard University’s board of trustees approved the decision to scrap the program, the only such department at a historically Black university.

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House Passes DC Statehood but Senate Won’t Be as Easy

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Shawn G. Kennedy, Times Reporter in a Vanguard, Dies at 73

She was part of a wave of recruited Black reporters who began changing the face of the paper in the ’70s. She also helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina.

#black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #hiring-and-promotion, #kennedy-shawn-g, #minorities, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #washington-dc

What the Fight for D.C. Statehood Means

Democrats embark on a new long-shot mission to give 700,000 Americans voting representation in Congress.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-dc

World War I Memorial in Washington Raises First Flag After Years of Wrangling

As the United States withdraws from its longest war, a memorial that recognizes one of its most complicated ones officially opens in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

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Lack of Training Led Capitol Police to Temper Riot Response, Watchdog Says

The force’s inspector general testified that a top official ordered officers not to use their most powerful anti-riot tools on Jan. 6 because of concerns they did not know how.

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How the Capitol Riot Suspects Are Challenging the Charges

Defense lawyers have complained that some charges do not apply to what unfolded on Jan. 6, and one argues it will be impossible to get a fair trial in Washington.

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Police Told to Hold Back on Capitol Riot Response, Report Finds

Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #sicknick-brian-d-1978-2021, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Reverse Migration: Moving to Cities While Others Flee

Suburban homeowners who have profited from the urban exodus during the pandemic are leaving small-town life behind to find out what they have been missing.

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Driver Rams Into Officers at Capitol, Killing One and Injuring Another

The attack shocked a Capitol slowly returning to normalcy after the Jan. 6 riot, raising new questions about securing the complex.

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Trump Is Sued by Two Police Officers Over Capitol Riot

Former President Donald J. Trump “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, the officers’ lawsuit said.

#attacks-on-police, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #james-blassingame, #sidney-hemby, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

Amy Klobuchar vs. Silicon Valley

The Minnesota senator presents her case for why regulating big tech is crucial for the future of our democracy.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #klobuchar-amy, #pichai-sundar, #senate, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Billions (Yes, Billions) of Brood X Cicadas Will Soon Emerge

Swarms of cicadas, part of a group called Brood X, are expected to appear in 18 states in the next few weeks, just in time to help orchestrate the soundtrack of summer.

#brood-x, #chris-simon, #cicadas-insects, #matt-kasson, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-dc, #west-virginia-university

Closing on $103M, MaC VC is changing the face of venture capital

The partners at MaC Venture Capital, the Los Angeles-based investment firm that has just closed on $103 million for its inaugural fund, have spent the bulk of their careers breaking barriers.

Formed when M Ventures (a firm founded by former Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty); the first Black talent agency partner in the history of Hollywood, Charles D. King; and longtime operating executive (and former agent) Michael Palank joined forces with Marlon Nichols, a co-founder of the LA-based investment firm Cross Culture Capital, MaC Venture Capital wanted to be a different kind of fund.

The firm combines the focus on investing in software that Fenty had honed from his years spent as a special advisor to Andreessen Horowitz, where he spent five years before setting out to launch M Ventures; and Nichols’ thesis-driven approach to focusing on particular sectors that are being transformed by global cultural shifts wrought by changing consumer behavior and demographics.

“There’s a long history and a lot of relationships here,” said King, one of Hollywood’s premier power players and the founder of the global media company, Macro. “Adrian and I go back to 93 [when] we were in law school. We went on to conquer the world, where he went out to Washington DC and I became a senior partner at WME.”

Palank was connected to the team through King as well, since the two men worked together at William Morris before running business development for Will Smith and others.

“There was this idea of having connectivity between tech and innovation… that’s when we formed M Ventures [but] that understanding of media and culture… that focus… was complimentary with what Marlon was doing at Cross Culture,” King said.

Few firms could merge the cultural revolutions wrought by DJ Herc spinning records in the rec room of a Bronx apartment building and Sir Tim Berners Lee’s invention of the internet, but that’s exactly what MaC VC aims to do.

And while the firm’s founding partnership would prefer to focus on the financial achievements of their respective firms and the investments that now comprise the new portfolio of their combined efforts — it includes StokeGoodfairFinessePureStream, and Sote — it’s hard to overstate the significance that a general partnership that includes three Black men have raised $103 million in an industry that’s been repeatedly called out for problems with diversity and inclusion.

MaC Venture Capital co-founders Marlon Nichols, Michael Palank, Charles King, and Adrian Fenty. Image Credit: MaC Venture Capital

“Our LPs invested in us… for lots of different reasons but at the top of the list was that we are a diverse team in so many ways. We’re going to show them a set of companies that they would not have seen from any [other] VC fund,” said Fenty. “We also, in turn, have the same investing thesis when we look at companies. We want to have women founders, African American founders, Latino founders… In our fund now we have some companies that are all women, all African American or all Latino.”

The diversity of the firm’s ethos is also reflected in the broad group of limited partners that have come on to bankroll its operations: it includes Goldman Sachs, the University of Michigan, Howard University, Mitch and Freada Kapor, Foot Locker, and Greenspring Associates.

“We are thrilled to join MaC Venture Capital in this key milestone toward building a new kind of venture capital firm that is anchored around a cultural investment thesis and supports transformative companies and dynamic founders,” said Daniel Feder, Managing Director with the University of Michigan Investment Office, in a statement. “Their unified understanding of technology, media, entertainment, and government, along with a successful track record of investing, give them deep insights into burgeoning shifts in culture and behavior.”

And it extends to the firm’s portfolio, a clutch of startup companies headquartered around the globe — from Seattle to Houston and Los Angeles to Nairobi.

“We look at all verticals. We’re very happy to be generalists,” said Fenty.

A laser focus on software-enabled businesses is complemented by the thesis-driven approach laid out in position papers staking out predictions for how the ubiquity of gaming; conscious consumerism; new parenting paradigms; and cultural and demographic shifts will transform the global economy.

Increasingly, that thesis also means moving into areas of frontier technologies that include the space industry, mixed reality and everything at the intersection of computing and the transformation of the physical world — drawn in part by the firm’s close connection to the diverse tech ecosystem that’s emerging in Los Angeles. “We’re seeing these SpaceX and Tesla mafias spin out, entrepreneurs who have had best-in-class training at an Elon Musk company,” said Palank. “It’s a great talent pool, and LA has more computer science students graduating every year than Northern California.”

With its current portfolio, though early, the venture firm is operating in the top 5% of funds — at least on paper — and its early investments are up 3 times what the firm invested, Nichols said. 

“The way to think about it is MaC is essentially an extension of what we were building before,” the Cross Culture Ventures co-founder said. “We’re sticking with the concept that talent is ubiquitous but access to capital and opportunity is not. We want to be the source and access to capital for those founders.”

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Daniel Snyder to Buy Out Other Owners of Washington NFL Team

The league is expected to approve a measure that will allow Daniel Snyder to buy total control of the team.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #football, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #names-organizational, #national-football-league, #rothman-robert-1953, #schar-dwight-c, #sexual-harassment, #smith-frederick-w, #snyder-daniel-m, #washington-dc, #washington-redskins, #wilkinson-beth-a

Democrats Press for D.C. Statehood as Part of Voting Rights Agenda

Proponents of granting statehood pointed to the riot on Jan. 6, when a botched federal response contributed to disastrous results, as the latest proof that the District of Columbia should be a state.

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