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Some school districts opt out of streaming Biden inauguration amid security concerns

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Washington, D.C. has been secured by 25,000 National Guard troops this week in preparation for the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden Wednesday. The security concerns increased after a January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The riot took place after President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters and encouraged them to make their voices heard in front of the Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College results, making Joe Biden the President-Elect.

Rioters then broke windows, entered and looted the building. The chaos resulted in 5 deaths.

Trump later clarified that he was encouraging a peaceful protest and condemned the violence.

Since then, the city has been on high alert as National Guardsmen from dozens of states pour in to assure a peaceful event.

However, amid concerns of potential violence, a number of schools across the country have reportedly opted to not show students the live inauguration ceremony.

That includes the Keller Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, which is allowing parents to excuse their students from class during the live stream, according to the Dallas Morning News.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the Bangor School Department in Maine says it won’t show the event to students “due to the threat of potential violence.”

New York’s Ossining Union Free School District in New York won’t show the inauguration to “ensure the social and emotional well-being of our students,” according to a letter from the school district’s superintendent.

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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