Georgia man charged with plotting attack on White House

admin   •   January 17, 2019   •   1426

Aerial footage of law enforcement presence of suspect Hasher Taheb’s home in Cumming, Georgia, United States | Reuters

 A Georgia man has been arrested and charged for allegedly plotting to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, Wednesday (January 16).

“Today, the Joint Terrorism Task Force Partners, which is led by the FBI, arrested Hasher Taheb, 21 years old, of Cumming Georgia, after a through investigation into his plans to attack Federal buildings,” said U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung Jin “Bjay Pak”. “His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C.,” he said.

Local law enforcement contacted the FBI in March after getting a tip from a member of the community, NBC said. The tipster said Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel abroad, NBC reported. — Reuters

White House blames Democrats for failure to renew federal jobless benefits

UNTV News   •   August 3, 2020

The White House on Friday (July 31) sought to put the onus on Democrats in Congress for a failure to renew expiring federal jobless benefits, saying they had rejected four offers put forward by the Trump administration without countering.

“The Democrats believe that they have all the cards on their side and they’re willing to play those cards at the expense of those that are hurting,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters.

Lawmakers and the White House are at odds over efforts to further shore up the economy and manage the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has left tens of millions of Americans out of work and killed at least 152,384 people in the United States.

In a meeting Thursday (July 30) night between top White House officials and congressional Democratic leaders, negotiations focused on an extension of the $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits, which Americans who lost jobs because of the health crisis have been receiving in addition to state jobless payments.

The Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent senators home for the weekend without reaching a deal.

According to a person familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the White House proposed reducing the $600 weekly payment to $400 for the next four months. While that was a move toward the demands of Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, the source said they rejected it as insufficient.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans tried, without success, to pass a bill reducing the jobless benefit to $200 per week.

For weeks, McConnell has said any deal must include a shield for companies and schools from liability lawsuits as they reopen.

The source, who asked not to be identified, said the White House hinted that it could embrace a deal without that provision.

Democrats want a wide-ranging economic stimulus bill that would include about $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments experiencing plunging revenues during the economic downturn.

In mid-May, the Democratic-controlled House passed a $3 trillion bill that the Republican Senate has ignored. (Reuters)

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White House proposals on police reform being finalized, reduced immunity off table

UNTV News   •   June 11, 2020

The White House said on Wednesday (June 10) it is putting the finishing touches on proposals to reform the police in the wake of George Floyd’s killing while in police custody, adding that reducing immunity for cops is a “non-starter.”

Speaking at a White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said administration plans to address protester concerns about police brutality are reaching “final edits,” and said the proposals could be made public in the “coming days.”

Also on Wednesday, President Donald Trump rejected any proposal to rename U.S. military bases that are named for Confederate leaders from the 1860s Civil War, dismissing appeals made in the wake of Floyd’s death.

McEnany said renaming the bases was “an absolute non-starter for the president.” (Reuters)

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5-year-old hero saves family from fire in Georgia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

A 5-year-old boy in Georgia, United States, was able to save his family when their home caught fire.

In a Facebook post of the Bartow County Fire Department (BCFD), 5-year-old Noah Woods woke up to find his bedroom on fire and the only way out was through a window.

Noah was able to save his 2-year-old sister and their dog through the window and woke his uncle up next door to alert the rest of the family.

“Noah and 4 other family members were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation. Noah is credited for saving himself and 7 other family members,” the post reads.

BCFD Chief Dwayne Jamison will recognize him as an Honorary Bartow County Firefighter and present him with a Lifesaving Award.—AAC

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