Justice Department Refuses To Charge Unnamed Capitol Officer Who Fatally Shot Ashli Babbitt

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not charge the anonymous U.S. Capitol officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6

The decision follows what the department is calling a “thorough investigation of Ms. Babbitt’s shooting.” After reviewing video footage, social media posts, officer statements, witness accounts, evidence from the scene, and an autopsy report, federal officials claimed “there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution” over the death of the 14-year Air Force veteran.

The DOJ’s press release, which refused to name the officer who shot Babbitt, also stated federal prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that “the officer acted willfully to deprive Ms. Babbitt of a right protected by the Constitution or other law.”

Instead of unreasonably shooting Babbitt, federal officials said the officer could have acted “out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent required under Section 242.”

“Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” the release noted. “Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter.”

Babbitt was shot with round from the anonymous officer’s “service pistol” during the Capitol riot in January after she attempted to climb through a broken glass door in the hallway near the “Speaker’s Lobby.” She received aid in the Capitol from a “USCP emergency response team” before she was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where she later died.

Just one day before her death, Babbitt posted on Twitter numerous times in anticipation of the election protest, which turned into a riot.

“Nothing will stop us….they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light!” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

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White House: Joe Biden Not Waiting on Congress, Using DOJ to Put Forward Gun Control

On April 7, 2021, the White House released a fact sheet announcing that President Joe Biden will use  the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publish model red flag “legislation,” address AR-pistols with stabilizer braces, and issue a rule to “stop the proliferation of ‘ghost guns.’”

Breitbart News reported that Biden planned to put forward executive action on gun controls Thursday, and the fact sheet provides an outline detailing what those actions may entail.

According to the White House:

  • The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.

  • The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

  • The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”

The White House notes that Biden will also have “five federal agencies [make] changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible.” The White House made clear the agencies are acting where Congress has not: “These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds.”

The White House explained that the DOJ will also begin “[issuing] an annual report on firearms trafficking.” One of the goals of the report will be to guide “policymakers” in crafting new regulations (and laws) to institute over time.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) pushed to recategorize AR-pistols with stabilizer braces in late 2020 then abandoned the effort amid public outcry.

On December 23, 2020, Breitbart News reported that the ATF withdrew their recategorization guidelines, but Biden’s push to have the DOJ refocus on AR-pistols appears to mean the recategorization push is receiving new life.

The purchase of AR-pistols categorized as “short-barreled rifles” could require being fingerprinted and photographed, as well as undergoing a background check, registering the firearm with the ATF, paying the federal government a $200 tax (on top of the price of the firearm), and waiting nine to ten months for the whole purchasing process to be completed. That is the standard process for other firearms and accessories under the purview of the National Firearms Act.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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Lawmakers urge Gaetz to resign as new details of DOJ probe emerge

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is facing calls to resign as more details emerge amid the federal probe into his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old.

The Justice Department is now focusing their investigation on Gaetz’s involvement with multiple women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments, according to a new report by The New York Times.

Investigators believe Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector in Seminole County, Fla., who was indicted last year on a federal sex trafficking charge and other crimes, initially met the women through a website that exchanges dates for gifts and travel, according to The Times. Greenberg then introduced the women to Gaetz, the report said.

Text messages and mobile payment receipts reportedly indicate Gaetz and Greenberg instructed the women to meet at specific locations and told them the amount of money they were willing to pay.

In some cases, Gaetz asked the women to help find others who would be interested in having sex with him and his friends, people familiar with the matter told The Times.

A new report by CNN also alleges that Gaetz showed lawmakers, including while on the House floor, photos and videos of nude women and talked about his sexual relationships with them.

Sources told CNN that Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them to his colleagues.

“It was a point of pride,” one of the sources said of Gaetz.

CNN noted that there has been no indication these alleged pictures are connected to the DOJ investigation.

Meghan McCain, conservative commentator and daughter of former Republican senator the late John McCain, urged Gaetz to resign following the CNN report.

“This is vile, abhorrent and beneath the office he holds. No woman in congress should feel comfortable working with him. Resign. (also don’t start with the cancel culture bull****, any man in any place would be fired for this garbage),” McCain tweeted.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said that Republicans would support removing Gaetz from his committee assignments if allegations that he traveled and had a sexual relationship with an underage girl are proven true.

“Those are serious implications. If it comes out to be true, yes, we would remove him if that’s the case,” McCarthy told Fox News on Tuesday. “But right now Matt Gaetz says that it’s not true and we don’t have any information. So let’s get all the information.”

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) expressed similiar thoughts.

“If it’s true Rep Matt Gaetz engaged in sex trafficking, he needs to resign and be prosecuted. In the meantime, you can’t have Gaetz sitting on the Congressional Committee that has oversight over the Department that is investigating him,” Lieu tweeted.

Gaetz has denied any allegation of wrongdoing and said he is a victim of a $25 million extortion plot executed by David McGee, a former federal prosecutor.

“Over the past several weeks, my family and I have been victims of an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name,” Gaetz said in a statement. “We have been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter and my father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.”

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Obama-Era Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Took $50,000 In Undisclosed Foreign Cash

Obama-era Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took $50,000 in undisclosed foreign cash while he was still in office in 2012 because he was “suffering financial difficulties,” Axios reported on Wednesday.

The cash came to LaHood as a loan from Virginia businessman Toufic Baaklini, an associate to Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, who conspired to funnel foreign money into U.S. elections. The Department of Justice noted that LaHood purposefully refused to mention the loan on government ethics forms “because LaHood did not want to be associated with Chagoury,” which was unrelated to a larger scheme of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. politicians. Prosecutors say he also “understood at the time” who the money was coming from but “made misleading statements to FBI agents” during the investigation anyway.

LaHood paid a $40,000 fine for his ethics violation after he signed a nonprosecution agreement and repaid the loan. Chagoury, the mastermind of the foreign dollars donation scheme, however, paid more than $1.8 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, noting that he paid “approximately $180,000 to individuals in the United States that was used to make contributions to four different federal political candidates in U.S. elections.”

“According to a deferred prosecution agreement with the government, Chagoury accepted responsibility for his role and conduct that resulted in violations of federal election contribution laws between June 2012 and March 2016 and agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigation,” the DOJ press release reads. “Chagoury entered into the agreement on October 19, 2019, and he paid the fine in December 2019.”

Baaklini paid a $90,000 fine related to the scheme, and another associate, Joseph Arsan, paid $1.7 million in penalties as well as to resolve a tax probe concerning money “he held in foreign bank accounts.”

While it is unclear from the DOJ’s press release which candidates benefitted from Chagoury’s plot, the billionaire has a regular contribution history with the Clinton Foundation and gave “nearly half a million dollars to a Clinton-aligned voter registration group during President Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.” Baaklini also made multiple donations to “GOP campaigns and party committees,” including Trump, and gave $2,700 to re-elect LaHood’s son to the House of Representatives.

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Matt Gaetz Denies Allegations of Sexual Relationship with 17-Year-Old Girl

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has denied allegations against him as a new report from the New York Times states he is under federal investigation for his sexual activity with women and a potential relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Gaetz took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to dispel the allegations, shedding light on “an organized criminal extortion involving a former DOJ official seeking $25 million while threatening to smear my name.”

Gaetz also said he has “been cooperating with federal authorities in this matter,” telling his Twitter followers that his “father has even been wearing a wire at the FBI’s direction to catch these criminals.”

He also reiterated that “no part of the allegations against me are true, and the people pushing these lies are targets of the ongoing extortion investigation.”

“I demand the DOJ immediately release the tapes, made at their direction, which implicate their former colleague in crimes against me based on false allegations,” Gaetz concluded in another tweet.

According to the Times‘ report, the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz held a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him, which he potentially crossed state lines to do.

The Times also noted its report stems from “three people briefed on the matter” and that the investigation was opened towards the end of Donald Trump’s presidency:

The three people said that the examination of Mr. Gaetz, 38, is part of a broader investigation into a political ally of his, a local official in Florida named Joel Greenberg, who was indicted last summer on an array of charges, including sex trafficking of a child and financially supporting people in exchange for sex, at least one of whom was an underage girl.

While no charges have been brought against Gaetz, he told the Washington Times that he and his attorneys have been in contact with the Justice Department, concluding that he is “not a target but a subject of an investigation regarding sexual conduct with women.”

“I only know that it has to do with women,” Gaetz said. “I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”

Gaetz also denied the allegations during a phone call with Axios, in which he said the claims “are as searing as they are false.”

“The allegations against me are as searing as they are false,” Gaetz told Axios. “I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy.”

Gaetz also said the specifics regarding the allegations are “unclear,” saying he has been told “very little.”

The Florida Congressman also stated that the allegations are “rooted in an extortion effort” against him and his family for $25 million.

“The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false,” Gaetz added in his conversation with Axios. “They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away.”

In addition, Gaetz suggested he is “absolutely” confident that none of the women with whom he had relationships were underage.

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FBI investigating if Cuomo aides lied to DOJ about nursing deaths

The FBI is investigating whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his aides gave false numbers to the DOJ on nursing home deaths in New York state. Lawyers for the aides have been contacted by the FBI and his office has been subpoenaed, as first reported in the New York Times.

According to the Times, interviews with aides have included questions on the reporting of COVID deaths in the state. The FBI traveled to some aides’ homes and interviewed others over the phone.

A lawyer for Cuomo’s office said the original numbers submitted to the FBI months ago are factual.

“The submission in response to D.O.J.’s August request was truthful and accurate and any suggestion otherwise is demonstrably false,” lawyer Elkan Abramowitz said.

The news comes as Cuomo’s first accuser, Lindsey Boylan, told the New Yorker former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is no longer her “hero” because of her reaction to the Cuomo accusations.

“These stories are difficult to read,” the former secretary of state said in a March 1 statement, “and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to.”

Read the full report on the FBI investigating Cuomo here.

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Police: Andrew Cuomo Might Be In Criminal Trouble

Embattled New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be in criminal jeopardy as more allegations of sexual misconduct surface to fuel growing calls from members of the state legislature in his own party for impeachment.

On Tuesday, a sixth accuser came forward with charges that the governor “aggressively groped her in a sexually charged manner” on the second floor of his New York mansion, first reported in the New Albany Times Union. The local paper did not unveil her name but disclosed she was one of the governor’s aides.

“They were alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor when he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her,” the Times Union reported, citing a source familiar with the unidentified woman’s claims.

On Thursday, officials with the Albany Police Department told the New York Times the state governor may now be facing criminal charges based on the latest accusation, the most intrusive to date. While Albany Police spokesman Steve Smith fell short of declaring an open criminal investigation into the governor, the alleged conduct may have risen “to the level of a crime.”

Five other women have previously made claims that Cuomo made failed passes at them, adding to the governor’s political headwinds provoked by exposés in recent weeks on his office manipulating nursing home data.

Last week, the Times found Cuomo publicly underestimated the New York nursing home coronavirus death toll by nearly 3,000 as the governor pursued a book tour on pandemic leadership.

Cuomo has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, but apologized to women for behavior where he “made people feel uncomfortable” and has defended his actions early on in the pandemic, claiming adversaries were operating in a “toxic political environment.”

A federal inquiry is now underway into the governor’s management of nursing homes, which prompted Cuomo’s book publisher to halt the promotion of his pandemic manifesto.

New York lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have now demanded the governor’s resignation, with members of the state legislature opening an impeachment inquiry. The New York attorney general’s office is conducting its own, independent investigation.

On Thursday, 55 percent of state lawmakers, including 59 Democrats, sent a letter to the governor demanding he resign.

“In light of the Governor’s admission of inappropriate behavior and the findings of altered data on nursing home COVID-19 deaths,” the letter read, “he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”

Prominent Democratic members of the state congressional delegation have added their names to the growing list of those demanding Cuomo step down.

While Cuomo’s scandals continue to grow, completing a 12-month arc from liberal lockdown hero to embattled emperor in the fight for his political life, legacy networks that promoted his pandemic rise are now avoiding coverage of new charges against him.

According to Fox News on Friday, CNN, which Cuomo frequented on his brother’s prime time program, went a full 48 hours without mentioning Tuesday’s blockbuster reporting from the Albany Times Union revealing the governor’s sixth accuser’s story.

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Five Far-Left Promises Joe Biden Has Kept in His First 50 Days

President Joe Biden marked his 5oth day in office on March 10, thus keeping his promise of establishing a progressive body of government while repealing critical components of former President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.

Biden started his presidency by going around Congress to unilaterally change policies through executive orders. On the first day of his presidency, Biden signed a stack of orders rolling back many of Trump’s policy priorities.

1. Revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline

In May 2020, the Biden campaign released a statement saying he will “proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as President and stop it for good” when referring to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

On Biden’s first day of office, he revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Criticism has grown from industry stakeholders, GOP lawmakers, and unions. The job loss, some estimates project, will leave up to 70,000 Americans out of work.

“It’s only day one, and with the stroke of a pen, Biden has already taken steps to kill American energy projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline which is critical to energy-producing states like Montana,” Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said in a statement.

Trump had issued the presidential permit, which authorized work on the pipeline. The permit created thousands of U.S. jobs, directly and indirectly.

Mark McManus, general president of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, said the move to end the pipeline “is a slap in the face to the thousands of union workers who are already a part of this safe and sustainable project.”

2. Ending Migration Controls

In March 2020, Biden promised to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, which helped effectively end the practice of border crossers being released into the U.S. interior while they await their asylum hearings.

“Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is dangerous, inhumane, and goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants,” Biden wrote in a statement. “My administration will end it.”

As one of his first executive orders, Biden ended Remain in Mexico and is now releasing roughly 25,600 of the migrants enrolled in the program into the U.S. interior.

3. Pledge to Get Back into the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)

In July 2020, Biden pledged to join the W.H.O. on his first day in office.

As one of his first executive orders in January, Biden wrote to the United Nations to declare that the U.S. would not be leaving the W.H.O., despite concerns about China’s dominance and W.H.O.’s failure on the coronavirus.

4. Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord

In November 2020, Biden promised to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office.

On Biden’s first day in office, January 20th, he returned the U.S. to the Paris Agreement.

5. Halting Deportations for Most Illegal Aliens

Continuously throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden promised to ensure that illegal aliens are not deported until they are convicted of felonies.

“[T]he only deportations that will take place is convictions of felonies in the United States of America,” Biden said in March 2020.

In Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency memos, Biden has prevented agents from arresting and deporting about nine-in-ten illegal aliens who would have otherwise been detained. Specifically, the enforcement guidelines stop agents from deporting an illegal alien unless they are a recently convicted aggravated felon.

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Joe Biden’s Justice Department Begins Turnover of Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorneys

The Biden Justice Department has begun its process of replacing U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump, according to a Justice Department statement on Tuesday.

“Continuing the practice of new administrations, President Biden and the Department of Justice have begun the transition process for the U.S. Attorneys,” a statement said. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson said in the statement:

We are committed to ensuring a seamless transition. Until U.S. Attorney nominees are confirmed, the interim and acting leaders in the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices will make sure that the department continues to accomplish its critical law enforcement mission, vigorously defend the rule of law and pursue the fair and impartial administration of justice for all.

The DOJ said nearly all presidential appointees from the Trump administration offered their resignations this year, although they and U.S. Marshals were asked to temporarily remain in place. Approximately one-third of the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are already led by acting or interim leadership.

At least one U.S. attorney will be allowed to stay, according to CNN: Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is overseeing the ongoing financial probe into Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is a special counsel investigating the origins of the Obama-era investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, is expected to resign as U.S. attorney in Connecticut but continue his special counsel investigation, according to CNN.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not answer a question during a White House briefing on Tuesday as to whether Biden had spoken to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson about the decision to allow Weiss and Durham to remain, but she said, “These were decisions that were made in order to fulfill his promise of maintaining independence.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), former Judiciary Committee Chairman, had previously urged Wilkinson “not to interfere in or call off” current investigations.

The investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial affairs became public in December after a series of reports by the New York Post disclosed that investigators had taken hold of several laptops dropped off at a computer repair shop that belonged to him, which contained emails discussing business dealings.

“I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers,” the younger Biden said in a statement in December.

There are currently 56 Trump-appointed U.S. attorneys remaining out of the 93 U.S. attorney slots, which are filled by acting officials. According to The Hill, Biden’s request to replace U.S. attorneys is more abrupt than past White Houses. It reported:

Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush asked U.S. attorneys to resign over a broader period of time. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions also asked 46 Obama appointees to resign immediately but did not do so until March 2017.

CNN also reported that Biden could keep acting D.C. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, who is overseeing a sprawling federal probe of the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

“President [Joe] Biden will make announcements regarding his nominations to the Senate of new U.S. Attorneys as that information becomes available,” the DOJ statement said.

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Trump’s Failure To Pardon Martha Stewart Is A National Disgrace

Joe Biden is president, and Martha Stewart remains a felon.

In a world of unjust consequences, President Donald Trump was kicked out of office by fewer than 50,000 votes across three tipping-point states, a slimmer margin than in 2016, losing a race rigged by corporate tech oligarchs colluding with a corrupt media apparatus to ensure a Biden victory in November. If the world seems oddly reversed in 2021, that’s because it is.

Trump spent his final two months in office on a crusade to make right all the wrong wrongs, placing pressure on Republicans to overturn the presidential election while handing out clemency along the way to individuals unfitting of the gift. No, the election wasn’t fair, but it also wasn’t exactly stolen, and Steve Bannon didn’t deserve a pardon.

Of the 158 pardons Trump did issue between Nov. 3 and Inauguration Day, however, Trump got many of them right, commuting lengthy sentences of several nonviolent drug offenders and granting a full pardon to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who got caught in a perjury trap orchestrated by former FBI Director James Comey. If Trump really wanted to accomplish true justice on his way out, however, the outgoing president would have given a full pardon to another target of Comey’s corrupt ambition: Martha Stewart.

Trump’s failure to pardon the celebrity lifestyle guru will remain one of his greatest blunders of the last four years. He missed a prime opportunity to take a final swipe at the FBI director who spent years perpetuating a never-ending hoax that would plague the Trump presidency and wreck irreparable harm on the country. Stewart, like Trump, fell victim to Comey’s malice in 2004 when she was sent to prison over a bogus crime invented by the federal prosecutor who would go on to execute the most egregious attempts at a deep-state coup against an elected president in recent memory.

Most Americans to this day still believe Stewart spent five months behind bars convicted on charges of insider trading. What most Americans probably don’t know is that’s what federal prosecutors, led by Comey, wanted to charge the media mogul with, based on a 2001 sale of a quarter-million dollars in ImClone stock made on the advice of a financial adviser. What prosecutors opted for instead were charges on conspiracy to lie about the crime for which she was never indicted for a sale that had already taken place.

Slate reported in 2003 that “Stewart has always asserted that she sold the stock because it fell below a ‘predetermined price [$60] at which she planned to sell.’”

The sale likely saved Stewart upwards of $45,000. The Justice Department, however, struggled so much to mount a case for insider trading that it developed new charges to pursue an indictment. According to the legal theory they pursued, at Comey’s direction, Stewart engaged in “securities fraud” when she declared that she was innocent, which prosecutors said was designed to prop up the value of her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. In other words, her proclamation of innocence was declared a crime, in a society where the presumption of innocence is a hallmark of the justice system in the Western legal tradition.

In his final days in office, Trump could have done something to exonerate Stewart of her past injustices brought about by a shared villain in a seemingly backward country.

But today, Joe Biden is president, and Martha Stewart is a felon.

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