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Ukraine and Russia:
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Ethiopians queue up to volunteer for Russia's fight in Ukraine
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Volunteers asked for proof of military service
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ADDIS ABABA, April 21 (Reuters) - The queues formed early each morning outside the Russian embassy in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Drawn by rumours on social media, young men and old, many with their military records in hand, arrived with hopes of fighting for Russia in Ukraine.

What began as a trickle of volunteers swelled over two weeks to scores, two neighbourhood residents told Reuters.

On Tuesday, Reuters reporters saw several hundred men registering with Ethiopian security guards outside the embassy. The guards recorded their names and asked for proof of military service.


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There is no evidence that any Ethiopians have been sent to Ukraine, nor is it clear if any ever will be.

A man who came out of the embassy and addressed the volunteers in Russian through an interpreter said Russia had enough forces for now, but that they would be contacted when they were needed.

The Russian embassy did not respond to questions from Reuters about the man's identity or whether Russia was deploying Ethiopian volunteers to Ukraine. It issued a statement later on Tuesday saying that it was not recruiting fighters, and that the Ethiopians who showed up outside were well-wishers expressing "solidarity and support for the Russian Federation".


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The Ethiopian foreign ministry welcomed the Russian statement for what it called "refuting the unfounded reports of recruitment for the Russian Armed Forces" but did not respond to Reuters questions. Neither did the Russian foreign ministry.

Ukraine's embassy in Addis Ababa referred questions to the Ethiopian authorities.

Ethiopia has called on all sides in the war to exercise restraint and did not vote on a UN General Assembly resolution condemning the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine which Russia calls a "special military operation" to demilitarise the country.

Ethiopians queue up to volunteer for Russia's fight in Ukraine
Ethiopians queue up to volunteer for Russia's fight in Ukraine
Former soldier with the ENDF poses for a photo in Addis Ababa


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Ethiopian men, drawn by rumours on social media, queue to register to join Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, outside the Russian embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 19, 2022. Picture taken April 19, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri



But many in Ethiopia have voiced solidarity with Russia, which has enjoyed close relations with the Horn of Africa nation since the Soviet era.


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Social media rumours of a $2,000 payment to join up and the possibility of work in Russia after the war tantalised some of the men in the queues. Many parts of Ethiopia are riven by conflict and annual inflation hovers around 30%.

"I am willing to support the Russia government and, in return, once I get out, I will get benefits," Leta Kibru told Reuters outside the embassy, where he returned on Tuesday to check on what he said was his application.

"Living in Ethiopia is becoming difficult," said the 30-year-old street vendor, who said he had retired from the Ethiopian army in 2018 and now sells clothing and mobile phones. "What I need is to live in Europe."

Leta said he had heard about a $2,000 payout from friends who had registered before him. Two others in the queues this week said they had seen posts on Facebook saying the embassy was signing up recruits.

Reuters was not able to find any posts on the subject from official sources or confirm any such offer.

The rumours followed news reports in March that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given the green light for up to 16,000 volunteers from the Middle East to be deployed alongside Russian-backed rebels to fight in Ukraine, although Reuters has not been able to confirm that any have been sent there. read more

"The reason I want to go to Russia is not to fight Ukraine but it is because I am not benefiting from my country," said Binyam Woldetsadik, a 40-year-old security guard who said he served in Ethiopia's 1998-2000 border war with Eritrea.

"I'd rather be a national of a different country."

By late Wednesday morning, when Binyam showed up, the number of volunteers outside the Russian embassy had dwindled to around 20. A guard told him the embassy was no longer accepting registrations, he said.

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Politics / trump ally in Custody
« on: November 15, 2021, 11:26:45 AM »
- Trump ally Bannon taken into custody on contempt charges
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November 15, 2021, 6:48 AM
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday to face contempt charges after defying a subpoena from a House committee investigating January’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Bannon was taken into custody Monday morning and is expected to appear in court later in the afternoon. The 67-year-old was indicted on Friday on two counts of criminal contempt – one for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.

The indictment came as a second expected witness, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, defied his own subpoena from the committee on Friday and as Trump has escalated his legal battles to withhold documents and testimony about the insurrection.

If the House votes to hold Meadows in contempt, that recommendation would also be sent to the Justice Department for a possible indictment.


Officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations have been held in contempt by Congress, but criminal indictments for contempt are exceedingly rare.

The indictment against Bannon comes after a slew of Trump administration officials – including Bannon – defied requests and demands from Congress over the past five years with little consequence, including during an impeachment inquiry. President Barack Obama’s administration also declined to charge two of its officials who defied congressional demands.

The indictment says Bannon didn’t communicate with the committee in any way from the time he received the subpoena on Sept. 24 until Oct. 7 when his lawyer sent a letter, seven hours after the documents were due.

Bannon, who worked at the White House at the beginning of the Trump administration and currently serves as host of the conspiracy-minded “War Room” podcast, is a private citizen who “refused to appear to give testimony as required by a subpoena,” the indictment says.

When Bannon declined to appear for his deposition in October, his attorney said the former Trump adviser had been directed by a lawyer for Trump citing executive privilege not to answer questions.

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Politics / trump's Crown Jewel
« on: November 15, 2021, 11:21:59 AM »
- He is just so succussful: :lmao:

-- Trump Reportedly Sells 'Crown Jewel' Hotel; New Owners To Dump His Name
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November 15, 2021, 8:31 AM

Donald Trump is reportedly selling his Washington hotel, the money-losing property once billed as the “crown jewel” of his real estate empire.

CGI Merchant Group will buy the rights to the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue for $375 million, The Wall Street Journal first reported. Trump’s divisive name will come down from the hotel, which Hilton will run as part of its Waldorf Astoria portfolio.

The building itself is owned by the federal government. Trump’s company won a lease to develop it into a hotel in 2012, then opened it in 2016.

After he won the 2016 election, the property became a gathering place for right-wing supporters, lobbyists and foreign visitors hoping to curry favor with Trump or mingle with those in his circle.

Once Trump left office, the place emptied.

“Those people no longer have any reason to meet and try to find out what’s happening on the scene because the man is gone,” Kevin Chaffee, senior editor of Washington Life, told The Guardian in March. “So it must be like a ghost town.”

But even during Trump’s presidency, the hotel struggled financially, with a congressional report last month finding that it racked up $70 million in losses over four years.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform said the Trump Organization had to loan the hotel $27 million and seek preferential treatment to delay payments on a $170 million loan, The Associated Press reported.


The hotel was at the center of a lawsuit that accused Trump of benefitting financially from the presidency in violation of the Constitution.

That suit was ultimately dismissed by the Supreme Court, but Congress continues to investigate the arrangements for potential conflicts of interest.

Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told The Hill that Trump should’ve been forced to ditch the property before he took office.

Instead, he said, Trump “rode out four years of using it for influence peddling and constitutional violations.”

“Selling it now that he’s out of office and the grift dried up is, to say the least, too little, too late,” Bookbinder told the outlet.

CNN notes the deal is contingent on a review by the General Services Administration, which is expected to take 60 days.

Despite the hotel’s losing record, the Trump Organization will still turn a profit on the sale, according to The New York Times.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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Politics / Bison66,,, Afghanistan Airlift: Split Second Decisions
« on: September 28, 2021, 02:15:02 PM »
-Inside the Afghanistan airlift: Split-second decisions, relentless chaos drove historic military mission

A U.S. Marine assists an Afghan at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 26. The airlift evacuation, which took just over two weeks, saved more than 124,000 people. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps)
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As Air Force planners in Illinois choreographed the largest evacuation airlift in U.S. military history, surveillance drones loitering over Hamid Karzai International Airport captured the disarray below, scanning for threats among the mass of civilians desperate to flee. It was Aug. 26, just before 6 p.m. in Kabul. A plume of black flooded the video feed.

Military personnel at the 618th Air Operations Command outside St. Louis quickly concluded that there had been a bombing and that their decisions in the next few minutes would determine the fate of grievously wounded Americans and Afghans thousands of miles away.

A plane in Qatar stuffed with medical personnel and equipment roared to Kabul, about three and a half hours away. Another jet specializing in aeromedical evacuation was dispatched from Germany.

The bombing, which killed at least 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, and the scramble to respond while continuing the evacuation, spotlighted the split-second decisions and chaos that defined the military’s 17-day race to pull off a daunting mission on a single runway at a crumbling airport under constant threat of attack.

Lawmakers determined to assign blame for the messy exit from Afghanistan will convene hearings in the Senate and the House this week to scrutinize the Pentagon’s decision-making and senior military leaders’ counsel to President Biden ahead of Kabul’s fall. Yet while nearly every aspect of the airlift continues to be picked apart and politicized, the rescue of nearly 124,000 people in such a narrow time frame stands as a historic accomplishment — albeit one overshadowed by tragedy.

This account of the operation is based on interviews with more than a dozen military officials and others involved in the evacuation, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. The interviews reveal how troops, diplomats and others on the ground worked to the point of exhaustion and how commanders were forced to improvise as the Biden administration struggled to keep up with the unfolding crisis.

Surprise, panic and fateful choices: The day America lost its longest war

In all, 79,000 civilians, including about 6,000 American citizens, left Afghanistan on U.S. military aircraft between Aug. 14 and Aug. 30, when the last transports carrying heavily armed combat troops faded into the night sky over Kabul. An additional 40,000 escaped on commercial, private or allied planes with U.S. military supervision. But thousands more Afghans were still seeking refuge when the airlift ended, and at least 100 American citizens hoping to be rescued were left behind, U.S. officials said. Others who declined to leave did so when faced with the wrenching choice of fleeing at the expense of leaving behind Afghan family members who were not permitted to come.

The airlift’s centerpiece was the C-17 Globemaster III, a workhorse transport plane that has filled an essential role in ferrying people and equipment in and out of war zones for decades. At one point, half of the Air Force’s entire fleet of 222 C-17s were dedicated to the round-the-clock mission. Some aircrews who refused to take a break requested waivers from their superiors so they could sidestep protocol and continue flying without the prescribed amount of rest otherwise mandated between missions.

“We would have to tell them no,” said Brig. Gen. Dan DeVoe, who leads the 618th Air Operations Center. “Within the realm of what’s physically possible, they were giving it their all.”


An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III on the tarmac at Hamid Karzai International Airport last month. (Senior Airman Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force/AP)
Crisis erupts
For years, the Kabul airport, a fortress encircled by concrete blast walls, had weathered occasional attacks on its modest operation — a commercial terminal on the southern side mirrored by a military base on its northern edge, bisected by a single runway.

The facility devolved into pandemonium Aug. 15, after word circulated that President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country, allowing the Taliban a swift victory. The U.S. military quickly ordered thousands of troops back to Kabul to evacuate as many people as possible by the end of the month.

Arriving personnel encountered terrified Afghans who had flooded the airport, paralyzing operations in their bid for escape. Nearly 15,000 people roamed the airfield at one point. On Aug. 16, the plane carrying Air Force Col. Colin McClaskey, who had been dispatched to Kabul to get the facility back online, couldn’t even land. His aircraft orbited for hours. Below, as one C-17 rumbled down the airstrip, hundreds of desperate Afghans chased it, some clinging to its fuselage and landing gear — creating a defining image of the fallen city. When the plane began its ascent, two men fell to their deaths. Later, defense officials said, partial human remains were found in the plane’s wheel well. The incident, including the decision to take off with so many people on the runway, is under Air Force investigation.


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The next day, McClaskey, deputy commander for the 821st Contingency Response Group at Travis Air Force Base in California, was able to land and lead a 90-person team onto the airfield.

Nearly everything needed to run the airport effectively — airfield lighting, radars, weather systems — had been damaged or destroyed by crowds as they climbed over sensitive electronics and power supplies. European and American contractors running the airport, McClaskey said, had abandoned their posts as the crowd grew. Random gunfire echoed across the airport.

McClaskey, whose team specializes in setting up crisis flight operations, walked through empty rooms. Cold cups of coffee and sandwiches sat on desks. Someone’s clothes had been left in a washing machine.

“It looked like someone just stepped out for fresh air,” McClaskey said.

The scale of destruction forced McClaskey and his team to improvise. Runway lights were initially off, he said, so his team placed water bottles and flashlights on the tarmac to help create some illumination. While they managed to partially fix the airport’s radar, other equipment needed to organize flights was beyond repair. McClaskey dispatched an Army vehicle with powerful radios onto the runway to ensure military aircraft and charter flights were spaced apart.

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The Post's White House team discusses what was really going on inside the White House as President Biden attempted to end America's 20-year war in Afghanistan. (Zach Purser Brown/The Washington Post)
Crews — and planes — were asked to handle the unprecedented. On one flight alone, 823 people were crammed into a transport plane that typically carries about a hundred troops and their equipment.

McClaskey consoled Afghan teenagers, close in age to his own children, who struggled to make sense of the upheaval and uncertainty as they embarked on their new lives. The mission was emotionally draining, he said, noting that mental health professionals were waiting to receive the airmen after the mission.

“Our folks saw a lot of things they were not prepared for,” McClaskey said.


Evacuees crowd the interior of an Air Force C-17 on Aug. 15. (Courtesy of Defense One/Reuters)
Abbey Gate
Army and Marine Corps infantrymen fanned out to clear the runway, restore order inside the airport facility and lock down security across its five main entrances as Afghans massed outside.

While the United States had an agreement with the Taliban to provide security outside the airport, Afghans afraid to filter through those checkpoints searched for an alternate way inside. They found it at Abbey Gate, on the southeast edge of the airfield. The gate straddles a concrete sewage canal with fences on either side, a zone where the Taliban did not operate, according to one Marine who participated in the mission.

With crowds on one side of the canal and U.S. troops on the other, evacuees held up code words they obtained from American contacts working to help them escape, the Marine said. Afghans who received the go-ahead would jump into the canal and grab the hands of troops, who lifted them to safety and searched them by hand.

Others crossed on a footbridge lined with razor wire. It was there, in what would become some of the evacuation’s most visceral scenes, where infant children were hoisted overhead for service members to take.


A U.S. Marine grabs an infant over a razor-wire fence during the evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 19. (Omar Haidiri/AFP/Getty Images)
Marines at Abbey Gate saw children’s bodies adrift in the shallow sewage canal, they said, probably after being trampled during periodic crowd surges. Initially, U.S. personnel were eager to be assigned to Abbey Gate — what they considered the white-hot center of the evacuation.

“We wanted to be there,” the Marine said. “And then we realize that maybe I don’t want to be here, watching these people wade through this s--- river and wave papers, and I have to tell them no.”

Abbey Gate was within earshot of Taliban checkpoints enforcing order on the other side of the perimeter wall. The militants would fire warning shots — sporadic rounds of automatic fire with the occasional orange streak of a tracer round. Other gunfire sounded more deliberate.

“You’d know they were killing people when you’d hear a shot, then a pause, then a shot,” the Marine said.

The attack
As the airlift ramped up, intelligence surfaced warning of an imminent attack on the airport by Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K, an affiliate of the terrorist group. Troops on the ground understood Abbey Gate would be a prime target.

The Americans knew that unless they stood shoulder to shoulder and managed the crowd on the lip of the canal, they could be overrun; if the troops stood too far back, the crowd might stampede.

That approach came with risk. A fundamental lesson of combat training is to avoid bunching up, which can draw the eyes of an enemy looking for an opportunity to strike several troops at once.

Photos and videos reveal crowded checkpoints, chaos at Kabul airport on day of the attack

The attack was carried out by a single ISIS-K operative wearing a suicide vest containing an estimated 20 to 25 pounds of explosives. U.S. officials said the bomber slipped into the crowd near where the Americans were conducting hand searches.

After the blast, personnel nearby flooded the area to secure the site and recover the dead and wounded. Marines picked through the carnage to recover equipment and bloody uniforms — and prevent militants from claiming a trophy. One American injured in the blast screamed that he wanted to be the last one carried to safety.

Along the wall above, infantrymen stood in a line, the barrels of their rifles raised.

The Marines braced for another attack. But the night passed without further violence, and complicated feelings set in. There was pride in bringing civilians to safety, but not taking retribution felt like a job left unfinished. It was the next day before some Marines wept.

Plans to end the operation stepped up. Troops were directed to destroy equipment that the United States planned to leave behind — a form of catharsis after the bombing. They took sledgehammers to electronics, smashed windows and stripped armored vehicles to keep the Taliban from using them.

Some troops spray painted obscene messages on the walls taunting the militants. Commanders ordered them to clean up the mess before they left.

“My boys had to go … pick up every last piece of … trash for who? The Taliban?” the Marine said. “It was a slap in the face to us.”

First Lt. Jack Coppola, a spokesman assigned to Marines in the region, said the messages were painted over and trash was collected to ensure debris didn’t impact flights.

Examining a ‘righteous’ strike: Expert analysis of deadly U.S. drone strike’s aftermath in Kabul suggests no evidence of explosives in targeted vehicle

In response to the bombing, the United States launched two drone strikes aimed at Islamic State operations, including one in eastern Afghanistan that officials said targeted a planner tied to the attack. Another in Kabul on Aug. 29 struck a car the Pentagon initially said was transporting explosives for a second attack on the airport. Weeks later, officials acknowledged that the driver was an aid worker for a U.S.-based nonprofit and that the strike killed 10 civilians, including seven children.


(The Washington Post)
Beyond Kabul, a different challenge emerged. Thousands of Afghans taxed the capacity of Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar and then other locations as the U.S. military broadened the constellation of bases accepting Afghans into Europe and the United States. U.S. troops in Qatar struggled to keep up with trash and sanitation problems, and eventually asked evacuees to assist with the cleanup, defense officials said.

Brig. Gen. Josh Olson, commander of the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, said he and his staff initially planned for 5,000 evacuees. They ended up with a peak of 20,000, he said, leading them to rely on volunteers and German partners to keep people fed, clothed and comfortable.

Olson said about a dozen babies were born among the evacuees who came through bases in Germany. An additional 30 children were born at military installations in the United States, said Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, a U.S. military spokeswoman.

Last flights out
Back in Afghanistan, the war’s final moments were witnessed through night-vision devices. Stray dogs roamed the runway, and Taliban militants could be seen waving farewell. Airmen braced for a last minute strike.

The anti-rocket system that safeguarded the airport throughout the operation was switched off as the last troops loaded onto their planes.

“The day of the flight, I enjoyed the sunset more than I normally do,” said Lt. Col. Braden Coleman, director of operations for the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron.


Military personnel prepare to board one of the last C-17s to depart Kabul just before midnight Aug. 30. (Master Sgt. Alexander Burnett/U.S. Army/AP)
About 60 aircraft were involved in the final departure, including 20 to 25 strike aircraft that flew in a cone over Kabul as the last ground personnel left the airport.

Capt. Kirby Wedan, commander of the lead aircraft of the last five transport planes, said a wave of relief washed over the crews once they arrived in Kuwait.

But, she said, the sense of accomplishment came with a gnawing feeling that more could have been done.

“I know there are a lot of people still there that needed us. And I know that we left a lot of people behind,” Wedan said. “It hurts to know we won’t be able to go back and get them.”


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- An 88-year-old professor in Georgia resigned in the middle of class because a student refused to wear a mask over her nose: 'That's it. I'm retired.'​

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An 88-year-old professor in Georgia resigned in the middle of class because a student refused to wear a mask over her nose: 'That's it. I'm retired.'
Irwin Bernstein told the student he had underlying health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, that made him more susceptible to harsh COVID symptoms.
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An 88-year-old professor at the University of Georgia declared his retirement during a class when a student refused to wear her face mask properly.

Professor Irwin Bernstein told the University of Georgia's student newspaper, The Red & Black, that one of his students had shown up to his class on the second day of school without a mask. When a peer gave the student a mask to wear in class, she did not wear it across her face properly. She said she found it difficult to breathe with the mask over her nose, the most effective way to wear a face covering, health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Bernstein asked her numerous times to wear the mask correctly, he told The Red & Black. The student ignored each request, he said.

"Whereas I had risked my life to defend my country while in the Air Force, I was not willing to risk my life to teach a class with an unmasked student during this Pandemic," said Bernstein, who taught psychology.


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General Discussion Forum / kane west
« on: August 26, 2021, 09:40:14 AM »
- listening to the radio, I heard kane west wants to permanently change his name to "Ya" or "Ye",,,, anyone else hear of this?

 JT, I know you can find out ;D

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Politics / Herschel Walker will run for Senate in Georgia
« on: August 25, 2021, 05:46:07 AM »
- Herschel Walker will run for Senate in Georgia
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Herschel Walker, a college football legend in the state of Georgia, has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) in the 2022 midterm elections.

Walker, a close confidant of former president Donald Trump, filed the paperwork Tuesday afternoon after registering to vote in Georgia earlier this month. A resident of Texas, Walker will return to his home state to establish residency in preparation for the 15-month campaign.

When he arrives, Walker will instantly become the most recognizable Republican seeking Warnock's seat. Walker led Georgia to its most recent national championship, in 1980, and still boasts near-universal name recognition in the state.

Warnock was one of two Democrats, along with Jon Ossoff, to win runoff elections in Georgia in January, tipping the balance of power in Congress away from Republicans. Warnock won the seat vacated by Johnny Isakson in 2019, so his seat is up for election next year, rather than the customary six years.

Walker brings not only his own formidable public image, but also the endorsement of Trump, a friend and confidant of Walker's since the early 1980s. Trump bought the New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct United States Football League in part because Walker was already on the roster. Earlier this year, on March 10, Trump made his intentions for Walker plain in an emailed press release.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Trump wrote. “He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”

The question now will be whether Walker's presence is enough to offset Georgia's changing demographics. The state voted Democrat in three consecutive elections of national importance — the two Senate runoffs and November's presidential election — and President Joe Biden was the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

But Walker is the latest in a new breed of politician, one that draws initial attention from their pre-existing celebrity, then leverages their outsider status to build their base of support. It worked for Trump in 2016, it worked for Sen. (and former coach) Tommy Tuberville in Alabama in 2020, and Walker is clearly hoping it will work for him in 2022.


“The beautiful thing for athletes is that they come with so much name ID built in, an audience that isn’t political,” political strategist Amy Koch told Yahoo Sports in April. “They come with devout fans, fans that are excited, middle-of-the-road folks. That’s a huge advantage.”

Before Walker even gets to face Warnock, however, he'll need to win the Republican nomination. Some potential Republican challengers will sit out this election and avoid the Trump bandwagon, but three have already committed. Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black has gone straight at Walker in ads and statements, criticizing him for parachuting into the state for this race alone.

“If my old schoolmate from UGA wants to join the conversation here in Georgia, I welcome hearing his ideas,” Black said in a statement. “But it takes more than pretending to change your car tags. Move here, pay taxes here, register and vote in some elections and learn what Georgians have on their minds.”

Early polling shows Warnock two percentage points ahead of Walker vs. +8 over Black.

Crucial swing voters in Georgia who broke for Biden in 2020 must now decide if they love Walker more than they dislike Trump. Without Trump on the ballot to vote against, Walker's chances improve. But with a 15-month run-up to Election Day 2022, there will be plenty of time for challengers to dig into Walker's record and history.

Herschel Walker, a legend in the state of Georgia, will run for Senate in the state.  (David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Herschel Walker, a legend in the state of Georgia, will run for Senate in the state. (David John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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« on: February 13, 2021, 05:00:21 AM »
 Gk,
- Was looking at a interview on Black News Network(BNN), they were interviewing some black african dude in michigan, thats running for governor as a republican/trump supporter. He's gotten his us citizenship, does not consider himself & family "black", and his first day in office, if elected, is to get rid Black History Month and other policies that help minorities. BNN also showed a clip of him standing at the trump podium, "stop the vote".
- Any insite you can provide?

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-They stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of an election they didn't vote in
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By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN

Updated 8:54 AM ET, Mon February 1, 2021

(CNN)They were there to "Stop the Steal" and to keep the President they revered in office, yet records show that some of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol did not vote in the very election they were protesting.
One was Donovan Crowl, an ex-Marine who charged toward a Capitol entrance in paramilitary garb on January 6 as the Pro-Trump crowd chanted "who's our President?"
Federal authorities later identified Crowl, 50, as a member of a self-styled militia organization in his home state of Ohio and affiliated with the extremist group the Oath Keepers. His mother told CNN that he previously told her "they were going to overtake the government if they...tried to take Trump's presidency from him." She said he had become increasingly angry during the Obama administration and that she was aware of his support for former President Donald Trump.
Donovan Crowl was one of the members of an Ohio militant group charged in the Capitol riot.
Donovan Crowl was one of the members of an Ohio militant group charged in the Capitol riot.
Despite these apparent pro-Trump views, a county election official in Ohio told CNN that he registered in 2013 but "never voted nor responded to any of our confirmation notices to keep him registered," so he was removed from the voter rolls at the end of 2020 and the state said he was not registered in Ohio. A county clerk in Illinois, where Crowl was once registered, also confirmed he was not an active voter anywhere in the state.

Crowl was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of destruction of government property and conspiracy for allegedly coordinating with others to plan their attack. He remains in custody after a judge said, "The suggestion to release him to a residence with nine firearms is a non-starter." In an interview cited by the government, Crowl told the New Yorker that he had peaceful intentions and claimed he had protected the police. Crowl's attorney did not provide a comment about his client's voting record.
Donovan Crowl was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of destruction of government property and conspiracy.
Donovan Crowl was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of destruction of government property and conspiracy.
Many involved in the insurrection professed to be motivated by patriotism, falsely declaring that Trump was the rightful winner of the election. Yet at least eight of the people who are now facing criminal charges for their involvement in the events at the Capitol did not vote in the November 2020 presidential election, according to an analysis of voting records from the states where protestors were arrested and those states where public records show they have lived. They came from states around the country and ranged in age from 21 to 65.
To determine who voted in November, CNN obtained voting records for more than 80 of the initial arrestees. Most voted in the presidential election, and while many were registered Republicans, a handful were registered as Democrats in those jurisdictions that provided party information -- though who someone votes for is not publicly disclosed. Public access to voter history records varies by state, and CNN was unable to view the records of some of those charged.

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Among those who didn't vote were a 65-year-old Georgia man who, according to government documents, was found in his van with a fully-loaded pistol and ammunition, and a Louisiana man who publicly bragged about spending nearly two hours inside the Capitol after attending Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally. Another was a 21-year-old woman from Missouri who prosecutors say shared a video on Snapchat that showed her parading around with a piece of a wooden sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. And a Florida man previously convicted of attempted murder who was accused by the government of refusing to leave the Capitol likely did not have the option to cast a ballot because of his unpaid court fines.
Jessica Stern, a Boston University professor who has spent around 30 years researching extremists, said that while she hasn't spoken with the individuals involved in the events at the Capitol, from her interviews with other violent extremists, she believes a number of factors could have been at play. They could have believed the system was rigged, as the "Stop the Steal" movement claims, in which case there would be no point in voting. They could be more attracted to the theater, violence or attention they would get from a demonstration like the one at the Capitol than to actually achieving their purported goal -- in this case, different election results.
They swore to protect America. Some also joined the riot
They swore to protect America. Some also joined the riot
Stern speculated that it was a combination of these reasons, adding that feelings of anger and humiliation often draw people to extremist groups and violence. She said that for someone to actually cast a vote, "you would have to believe in the ethic of voting more than you thought it was a waste of time...and see it as a moral imperative. You have to believe the system works for everyone, that it's for the good of the country."
Jack Griffith, a 25-year-old from Tennessee, trumpeted his arrival in Washington DC with a Facebook post saying, "THE CAVALRY IS COMING!!!!," using the hashtag "#MAGA," according to court documents. Shortly after leaving the Capitol on January 6, he posted a message of disappointment. "I hate to be that guy, but The New World Order beat us," he wrote. "Trump was our greatest champion, and it still wasn't enough. He tried his very best. He did so much, but he's only one man...I even helped stormed(sic) the capitol today, but it only made things worse...Why, God? Why? WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN US? Unless...Trump still has a plan?"
"THE CAVALRY IS COMING!!!!," Jack Griffith posted on Facebook about going to D.C., according to court records.
"THE CAVALRY IS COMING!!!!," Jack Griffith posted on Facebook about going to D.C., according to court records.
These online missives describing his participation in the Capitol siege were later used by the Department of Justice to build a criminal case against him. Griffith faces a number of charges, including violent entry or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Election data from Tennessee and Alabama, where public records show Griffith had lived, showed that he had voted in the 2016 and 2018 elections but not the 2020 presidential election. The public defender who initially represented him declined to comment. Another attorney listed as representing him now did not respond to requests for comment.
Jack Jesse Griffith is facing federal charges in relation to the Capitol riots.
Jack Jesse Griffith is facing federal charges in relation to the Capitol riots.
Court records detail how University of Kentucky senior Gracyn Courtright posted a series of images on Instagram showing herself marching with a large American flag and another with her arms raised in triumph outside the Capitol, with the caption, "can't wait to tell my grandkids I was here." Later, she posted a photo of herself in a belly baring shirt with the caption, "Infamy is just as good as fame. Either way I end up more known. XOXO."
An Instagram photo posted by Gracyn Courtright shows her on Capitol grounds and was included in federal court records.
An Instagram photo posted by Gracyn Courtright shows her on Capitol grounds and was included in federal court records.
Courtright, who was charged with crimes including knowingly entering a restricted building, was also identified on surveillance footage lugging a congressional "Members Only" sign around the Capitol, according to court records. "idk what treason is," she wrote in a conversation shared with the FBI by a tipster, who had confronted the college student in a series of Instagram messages. Courtright is not registered in Kentucky, where she attends school, according to election officials. She is registered in her home state of West Virginia, but records show she did not vote in the 2020 election. Her attorney told CNN that Courtright did not dispute the fact that she did not vote in the election but declined further comment.
In an image taken from surveillance video, Gracyn Courtright is seen walking up the steps near the Senate Chamber carrying a "Members Only" sign.
In an image taken from surveillance video, Gracyn Courtright is seen walking up the steps near the Senate Chamber carrying a "Members Only" sign.
In a string of social media posts he shared straight from the Capitol, Edward Jacob Lang of New York portrayed himself as ready for a revolution. "1776 has commenced," he wrote in one that was cited by the government, showing him standing on the steps of the Capitol. "I was the leader of Liberty today. Arrest me. You are on the wrong side of history," read another. After leaving the Capitol, he continued to encourage followers to join the "patriot movement" with him. "GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH," he posted.
Federal prosecutors said that video footage from January 6 shows Lang attempting to attack police officers with a baseball bat, donning a gas mask and riot shield. He now faces a variety of federal charges, including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, civil disorder and violent entry. A recent ProPublica story also revealed how Lang had used the online messaging app Telegram in an attempt to radicalize "normies" and convince them to join local militia groups -- encouraging people in the days after the Capitol riot to stock up on guns and prepare for war.
Prosecutors said in court documents that the man pictured in a gas mask appears to be Lang.
Prosecutors said in court documents that the man pictured in a gas mask appears to be Lang.
Though state records show that Lang is registered to vote and had participated in a couple of past elections, county and state officials confirmed to CNN that he did not vote in the November election. Lang's attorney said in a statement that Lang claimed from jail that he submitted an absentee ballot, saying, "Mr. Lang has always represented himself as a Libertarian...He is not a devout Trump supporter, but believes that those taking office will not uphold citizens' First and Second Amendment rights."
Insurrection fueled by conspiracy groups, extremists and fringe movements
Insurrection fueled by conspiracy groups, extremists and fringe movements
New York law requires absentee ballots to be postmarked by election day and received within the following week in order to be counted. When asked about Lang's claim that he sent in an absentee ballot, the Sullivan County Board of Elections directed CNN to file an open records request in order to receive any information. The request had not been responded to before the time of publishing.
Lang's attorney also said the 25-year-old was a "naive, impressionable young man" who had been provoked by Trump's rhetoric. He cited Senator Mitch McConnell's statement that "the mob was fed lies" and said he hoped that Lang and others would not be considered guilty "due solely to their associations, beliefs and presence."
A man who identified himself with the name of Lang's father refused to talk with a reporter, saying, "We hate CNN. We're pro Trump, goodbye." In a statement to a local newspaper, Lang's father attributed his son's actions at the Capitol to "a substance abuse problem."
Edward Jacob Lang posted a string of social media posts from the Capitol riots that were cited by prosecutors.
Edward Jacob Lang posted a string of social media posts from the Capitol riots that were cited by prosecutors.
Arie Perliger, a professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell who specializes in right-wing domestic terror, said that he was not surprised to hear some of the rioters had not voted, particularly militia members like Crowl, since militia membership is often rooted in a distrust of government. Still, he said he was concerned that it could reflect a growing erosion of faith in the American democratic process, which is a "risk we need to think about."

"When we see that significant ideological groups are stopping participating in the Democratic process, that may mean they are looking for other ways to participate, and those other ways could be more violent," said Perliger, who oversees a database of right-wing extremist acts of violence in the United States. "We should be concerned if we see a growing number of ideological groups are reducing their involvement in electoral politics."
What should we investigate next? Email us: watchdog@cnn.com.

CNN's Curt Devine, Sara Sidner, Anna-Maja Rappard and CNN Library contributed to this report.


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