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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris named Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’

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Time magazine has named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its “Person of the Year.”

Time Magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said Biden and Harris received the title for “changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world.”

Charlotte Alter, the author of the piece, commended Harris for providing the Biden administration with something “a 78-year-old white man could never provide: generational change, a fresh perspective, and an embodiment of America’s diversity.

‘For that, he needed Kamala Harris,” Alter wrote.

The Dec. 7 interview was critical of President Trump while praising Biden for his campaign.

Alter wrote that “[Biden’s] pledge to restore the ‘soul of the nation’ felt like antiquated hokum at a moment when Hurricane Trump was tearing through America, ripping through institutions, chewing up norms and spitting them out.”

“Biden was running on a message of unity and healing at a moment when the country was sicker and more divided than almost any time in American history.”

To Biden “it wasn’t about fighting Trump with righteous vengeance, or probing any deeper rot that might have contributed to his ascent. Biden believed most voters simply wanted reconciliation after four years of combat, that they craved decency, dignity, experience and competence,” Alter wrote.

Biden and Harris are expected to be sworn in as the 46th president and vice president of the United States on Jan. 20 at an outdoor inauguration ceremony.

“The next four years are going to be an enormous test of them, and all of us, to see whether they can bring about the unity they promised,” Felsenthal said.

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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances

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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”

A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.

The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.

“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.

The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.

Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.

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