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L’isolement des étudiants face à la fermeture des universités : « J’ai l’impression que la crise ne va jamais s’arrêter »

Une étudiante, chez elle, à Chisseaux, près de Tours, le 27 mars 2020, au onzième jour du premier confinement.

Dans sa studette de dix mètres carrés, nichée sous les combles d’un immeuble parisien, les journées se suivent et se ressemblent. Chaque jour, Emma [les prénoms ont été modifiés] se réveille à temps pour allumer son ordi et engloutir huit heures de cours d’affilée. Parfois en assistant au cours d’un professeur soucieux de répondre à ses questions, mais souvent devant des leçons déjà enregistrées. La charge de travail est restée la même qu’avant la crise.

« Je mets plus de temps à assimiler, alors ça ne fait qu’augmenter ma charge de travail, constate l’étudiante de 22 ans. Toute mon énergie passe dans mes efforts de concentration. Le soir je suis lessivée, je n’arrive plus à réfléchir, je n’arrive plus à lire, ou même à regarder un film, tant ça me fait réfléchir. »

Alors elle s’écroule devant une série, toujours les yeux rivés sur son écran pour tromper la solitude.

Comme pour Emma, la crise sanitaire a fait glisser des milliers d’étudiants dans un isolement permanent. Tandis que les entreprises ont, en grande majorité, ouvert leurs portes et que les écoliers ont retrouvé le chemin de l’école, les universités gardent portes closes depuis octobre. « Nous voilà les derniers déconfinés », clame, comme un énième cri d’alerte, le 10 janvier un groupe d’étudiants auteur d’une lettre ouverte adressée au président de la République, Emmanuel Macron.

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Ils y déplorent l’indifférence du ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. « On leur demande de trouver un moyen de reprendre nos cours en présentiel en mettant en place un protocole sanitaire, affirme Eléonore Schmitt, l’une des auteurs. Partout, on voit nos camarades tomber dans l’isolement, perdre espoir en l’avenir, et on se sent impuissants. » La tribune, écrite en quelques heures, a rencontré un succès inattendu. « On a mesuré la détresse qui s’installe au fil des nombreux témoignages de remerciements que l’on a recueillis. »

#Etudiantsfantômes

Depuis quelques semaines, des milliers de témoignages d’étudiants affluent sur Twitter avec le hashtag #étudiantsfantômes ou #générationcovid. « La plupart des profs ne font pas de cours en visio : ils nous balancent leur version écrite (dans le meilleur des cas) ou seulement leur diapo avec zéro explication », déplore ainsi une étudiante. « Je viens de payer le forfait téléphonique d’une étudiante isolée dans sa résidence étudiante. Elle ne pouvait plus appeler sa famille. Elle a perdu son travail dans un resto », raconte une autre.

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SNCF : le nombre de voyageurs a plongé de 42 % en 2020

A la gare de Tours, le 11 mai 2020.

Quel bilan pour la SNCF en 2020, avec la pandémie de Covid-19 ? Les augures l’annoncent catastrophique. Et les premiers chiffres le confirment. Vendredi 15 janvier, Christophe Fanichet, le PDG de SNCF Voyageurs, la filiale qui rassemble tous les opérateurs de transport de personnes du groupe ferroviaire national (TGV inOui et, Ouigo, Intercités, TER, Transilien), a annoncé, devant l’Association des journalistes des transports et des mobilités, une chute de 42 % du nombre de voyageurs en 2020.

« Cette baisse est relativement homogène dans tous nos types de train, du TGV au TER », a précisé M. Fanichet. En effet, si les trains régionaux affichent un déclin un peu moindre (– 35 %), la fréquentation des trains de banlieue parisiens baisse de 45 % et le trafic longue distance est pile dans la moyenne (– 42 %). Seule éclaircie dans ce sombre paysage, les Ouigo, les TGV à petit prix, ont limité la casse, avec une baisse de 20 %.

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De même, tous les publics n’ont pas réduit leurs voyages en train dans une proportion équivalente. Ainsi, les moins de 35 ans ont diminué leurs déplacements de « seulement » 10 %, quand d’autres franges de la population, comme les seniors, disparaissaient quasiment. Cette dégringolade n’en reste pas moins sans précédent et contraste cruellement avec la deuxième partie de la décennie 2010, où, bon an mal an, le nombre de voyageurs augmentait de 2 à 3 % chaque année, malgré des épisodes de grève très suivis (2016, 2018 et 2019).

Une clientèle d’affaires volatilisée

Mais il y a plus grave. Parmi ces déserteurs du train, on trouve les voyageurs d’affaires – une clientèle qui s’est complètement évanouie après mars 2020. Or cette catégorie voyageait volontiers en première classe et payait souvent son billet au prix fort car elle l’achetait fréquemment à la dernière minute. Avant le Covid-19, les clients « business » représentaient, selon M. Fanichet, 40 % du chiffre d’affaires de l’activité longue distance, et une part encore plus grande de la marge (sans que cette proportion n’ait été précisée).

La seule évaporation de cette clientèle entraîne un manque à gagner d’environ 3,5 milliards d’euros, soit 10 % du chiffre d’affaires 2019 du groupe SNCF dans son ensemble. Avant l’épidémie, la branche Voyageurs totalisait 17 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires (sur 35 milliards au total), répartis moitié-moitié entre la longue distance commerciale et les trains de proximité subventionnés.

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Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction.

One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father, is struggling to scratch out a living in a traditional job that is less and less in demand.

Job opportunities are rare in this Palestinian enclave wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, and so are green spaces. Rapid population growth — more than 2 million people are crammed in a 360-square-kilometer (140 square mile) strip — comes at the expense of arable land.

Israel maintains a 300-meter (330-yard) wide buffer zone along its frontier with Gaza. At the the height of the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s, its military bulldozers leveled large swaths of citrus groves in the border areas.

In more recent years, Gaza has suffered under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas group seized control of the territory from the Palestinian Authority in 2007. Israel says the restrictions are needed to prevent Hamas from upgrading its weapons. The Palestinian Authority, or PA, holds sway in the West Bank.

The blockade and the rift between Hamas and the PA have weakened Gaza’s energy sector. As a result, residents are put on a rotating electricity schedule of eight-hours on, followed by an eight-hour blackout.

Here, woodcutters like Abdelal find an opportunity.

The unreliability of the power supply drives up the demand for wood in winter. So Abdelal and other Gaza woodcutters look to expand their clientele from the traditional buyers of logs, residents of rural areas who bake bread on woodfire ovens and tribal councils who keep the Arabic coffee pots warm near a woodfire.

Among Abdelal’s favorite clients are small kitchens that cook food in ovens dug under the ground. In these pits, the wood is burnt to coal before chicken, lamb shoulders and shanks are tossed in and left to cook for hours. The cooking technique is getting popular.

The olive and citrus wood logs also go to a burning site in east Gaza City where they are turned into charcoal.

Abu Ashraf al-Hattab, who has been a charcoal burner for decades, says the business has declined in recent years because the local supplies of wood have shrunk and people have turned to cheaper, imported charcoal.

In his gift shop, Muhanad Ahmed wanted to offer environmentally friendly items and drop the excessive amount of plastic that’s seen on the shelves of other shops, he says. So, he buys the logs and shapes them into wood sculptures.

Abdelal says that as long as he can find customers, he will continue. “Cutting the wood is an old profession for us, and despite development and modernity, it still exists,” he said.


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« Dans les bidonvilles, le parpaing de béton, lingot du pauvre, matérialise le droit à la ville »

En Afrique de l’Ouest, les tours de béton ne cessent de sortir de terre, comme ici Eko Atlantic City, à Lagos, en 2016.

Tribune. Dénoncé comme une « arme de construction massive du capitalisme » par le philosophe Anselm Jappe (Béton, L’Echappée, 2020), ardemment défendu par l’architecte Rudy Ricciotti (Le Béton en garde à vue, Textuel, 2020) ou présenté comme une solution pour sortir de la pauvreté par la Banque mondiale, le béton n’en finit pas d’alimenter les controverses.

Depuis l’invention du ciment dit « Portland » au XIXe siècle, le béton – mélange de ciment, granulats (sable ou gravier) et eau – s’est imposé à l’échelle de la planète comme un matériau incontournable. Symbole de modernité qui a connu ses heures de gloire dans les années 1960, le béton accompagne l’urbanisation accélérée à l’œuvre depuis la seconde guerre mondiale.

Le ciment est ainsi devenu le premier matériau produit et consommé au monde en volume, devant l’acier et le plastique. Conséquence de ce succès global : l’industrie cimentière est aujourd’hui responsable de 8 % des émissions annuelles de gaz à effet de serre.

Les villes émergentes, nouvelles frontières du ciment

Les villes des pays dits « émergents » se présentent comme les nouvelles frontières de l’or gris. La consommation de ciment est désormais utilisée comme un indice de développement, au même titre que le produit intérieur brut (PIB). La moyenne mondiale tourne autour de 500 kg par habitant. En Afrique de l’Ouest, le ratio dépasse à peine les 100 kg. Le marché est prometteur ; les grands cimentiers européens, tels le franco-suisse Lafarge-Holcim ou l’allemand Heidelberg Cement l’ont compris.

Mais les voici aujourd’hui concurrencés par le nigérian Aliko Dangote, première fortune d’Afrique et 25e fortune mondiale. Ce magnat du ciment incarne la nouvelle figure de la réussite et de l’« africapitalisme », ce courant porté par des hommes d’affaires africains qui se disent philanthropes et visent d’abord le développement de leur continent.

Le ciment, hier assimilé aux colons qui l’ont importé, est aujourd’hui présenté comme un produit 100 % africain

Le ciment, hier assimilé aux colons qui l’ont importé, est aujourd’hui présenté comme un produit 100 % africain. Dans les rues de Dakar, Lomé et Lagos, où des sacs de ciment sont en vente un peu partout, le prix de la tonne est tracé à la craie chaque jour sur les devantures des boutiques, tel le cours de la Bourse locale. D’Eko Atlantic City, cette île artificielle en plein cœur de Lagos, à la ville nouvelle de Diamniadio à la périphérie de Dakar ou celle d’Akon City créée par le chanteur Akon, les tours de béton futuristes n’en finissent plus de sortir de terre.

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GOP Reps. Deny Giving ‘Reconnaissance Tours’ to Capitol Rioters

Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) are denying any involvement in organizing last week’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol after a protest organizer claimed he “schemed” with them to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.” Right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s claim that he had colluded with the congressmen came in a since-deleted video on Periscope unearthed by the Project on Government Oversight. He said weeks before the storming of the Capitol that he was planning something big for January 6, the date Congress met to tally the electoral votes and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Alexander planned to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside,” he said. Meanwhile, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) on Tuesday claimed she saw members of Congress leading people through the U.S. Capitol on “reconnaissance” tours one day before supporters of President Trump stormed the building, though she did not name the members or explain how she knew she was witnessing a so-called reconnaissance tour. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” she said. “Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.” Sherill did not say whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or offer any additional information on the “reconnaissance.” National Review has reached out to Sherrill for comment. A spokesman for Biggs told the Washington Post that the congressman had never been in touch with Alexander or other protestors and denied involvement in organizing a rally on January 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Brooks on Wednesday also denied having any responsibility for the unrest, saying he would not have encouraged any action that could undermine Republican efforts to block the certification of Biden’s victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. However, the Washington Post notes that videos and posts on social media suggest ties between Alexander, who is a felon, and all three congressmen. Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot” on Twitter and the pair both spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix last month. Patriots remain firm in their support for @realDonaldTrump and will not take the theft of this election lying down. #StopTheSteaI @ali @MichaelCoudrey @michellemalkin @RudyGiuliani @JennPellegrino @RepAndyBiggsAZ pic.twitter.com/hhPltxHoXn — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 30, 2020 At the same event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, who called him a “friend” and “hero.” “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A spokesperson for Biggs told CNN that the congressman recorded the video at the request of Gosar’s staff. While Alexander has expressed regret over the rioting, saying in a video on Periscope that he wishes people had not entered the Capitol or even gone on the steps, ahead of the unrest he seemed to endorse stopping the certification of the votes by any means. If Democrats stopped an objection from Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is *always* an option.” At a rally on the eve of the vote, Alexander led a “Victory or death!” chant. However, he told the Washington Post that he had “remained peaceful” during the siege and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. In a video posted shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, while Alexander claimed the majority of protestors were peaceful and commended those who did not enter the building, he added, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”


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Un déjeuner secret avec Brigitte Macron et Olivier Duhamel a eu lieu durant l’entre-deux-tours en 2017, selon l’Express

Brigitte Macron


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En 2017, entre les deux tours de l’élection présidentielle, Brigitte Macron «avait déjeuné en petit comité» en présence d’Olivier Duhamel, rapporte l’Express.

Au lendemain du premier tour de l’élection présidentielle, le 24 avril 2017, «à l’heure du déjeuner», quatre personnes se sont réunies autour d’une table, dont Brigitte Macron et Olivier Duhamel, relate l’Express le 13 janvier.

Brigitte Taittinger, qui était encore directrice de la stratégie et du développement de Sciences Po, était la troisième personne présente. La quatrième était Frédéric Mion qui dirige l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris. Les repas qu’il organise sont «souvent des moments de rencontres qui comptent dans le paysage politique», souligne l’Express.

Le déjeuner a eu lieu rue Saint-Guillaume, dans le VIIe arrondissement de Paris, là où se trouvent les locaux de Sciences Po.

«Quel Premier ministre choisiriez-vous?»

Lors de ce déjeuner, l’épouse du futur chef de l’État a posé la question: «Quel Premier ministre choisiriez-vous?». Olivier Duhamel a cité les noms de Jean-Yves Le Drian et de Bruno Le Maire, selon l’Express.

Brigitte Taittinger a évoqué Louis Gallois ou Christine Lagarde. Quant à Frédéric Mion, il a mis en avant «un certain» Édouard Philippe.

Affaire Duhamel

L’affaire touchant l’ex-président de la Fondation nationale des sciences politiques a éclaté début janvier après les révélations de Camille Kouchner dans son livre «La Familia grande». Dans cet ouvrage, la fille de l’ancien ministre Bernard Kouchner écrit que son frère jumeau a été victime d’inceste par son beau-père, le politologue Olivier Duhamel, lorsqu’il avait 14 ans.

Une enquête judiciaire a été ouverte pour «viols et agressions sexuelles par personne ayant autorité sur mineur de 15 ans».

Olivier Duhamel a démissionné de son poste au sein de la FNSP. Il n’apparaîtra plus sur la chaîne LCI ni dans son émission Mediapolis sur Europe 1.


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GOP Reps. Deny Giving ‘Reconnaissance Tours’ to Capitol Rioters

Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) are denying any involvement in organizing last week’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol after a protest organizer claimed he “schemed” with them to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.” Right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s claim that he had colluded with the congressmen came in a since-deleted video on Periscope unearthed by the Project on Government Oversight. He said weeks before the storming of the Capitol that he was planning something big for January 6, the date Congress met to tally the electoral votes and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Alexander planned to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside,” he said. Meanwhile, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) on Tuesday claimed she saw members of Congress leading people through the U.S. Capitol on “reconnaissance” tours one day before supporters of President Trump stormed the building, though she did not name the members or explain how she knew she was witnessing a so-called reconnaissance tour. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” she said. “Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.” Sherill did not say whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or offer any additional information on the “reconnaissance.” National Review has reached out to Sherrill for comment. A spokesman for Biggs told the Washington Post that the congressman had never been in touch with Alexander or other protestors and denied involvement in organizing a rally on January 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Brooks on Wednesday also denied having any responsibility for the unrest, saying he would not have encouraged any action that could undermine Republican efforts to block the certification of Biden’s victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. However, the Washington Post notes that videos and posts on social media suggest ties between Alexander, who is a felon, and all three congressmen. Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot” on Twitter and the pair both spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix last month. Patriots remain firm in their support for @realDonaldTrump and will not take the theft of this election lying down. #StopTheSteaI @ali @MichaelCoudrey @michellemalkin @RudyGiuliani @JennPellegrino @RepAndyBiggsAZ pic.twitter.com/hhPltxHoXn — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 30, 2020 At the same event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, who called him a “friend” and “hero.” “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A spokesperson for Biggs told CNN that the congressman recorded the video at the request of Gosar’s staff. While Alexander has expressed regret over the rioting, saying in a video on Periscope that he wishes people had not entered the Capitol or even gone on the steps, ahead of the unrest he seemed to endorse stopping the certification of the votes by any means. If Democrats stopped an objection from Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is *always* an option.” At a rally on the eve of the vote, Alexander led a “Victory or death!” chant. However, he told the Washington Post that he had “remained peaceful” during the siege and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. In a video posted shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, while Alexander claimed the majority of protestors were peaceful and commended those who did not enter the building, he added, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”


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GOP Reps. Deny Giving ‘Reconnaissance Tours’ to Capitol Rioters

Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) are denying any involvement in organizing last week’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol after a protest organizer claimed he “schemed” with them to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.” Right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s claim that he had colluded with the congressmen came in a since-deleted video on Periscope unearthed by the Project on Government Oversight. He said weeks before the storming of the Capitol that he was planning something big for January 6, the date Congress met to tally the electoral votes and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Alexander planned to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside,” he said. Meanwhile, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) on Tuesday claimed she saw members of Congress leading people through the U.S. Capitol on “reconnaissance” tours one day before supporters of President Trump stormed the building, though she did not name the members or explain how she knew she was witnessing a so-called reconnaissance tour. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” she said. “Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.” Sherill did not say whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or offer any additional information on the “reconnaissance.” National Review has reached out to Sherrill for comment. A spokesman for Biggs told the Washington Post that the congressman had never been in touch with Alexander or other protestors and denied involvement in organizing a rally on January 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Brooks on Wednesday also denied having any responsibility for the unrest, saying he would not have encouraged any action that could undermine Republican efforts to block the certification of Biden’s victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. However, the Washington Post notes that videos and posts on social media suggest ties between Alexander, who is a felon, and all three congressmen. Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot” on Twitter and the pair both spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix last month. Patriots remain firm in their support for @realDonaldTrump and will not take the theft of this election lying down. #StopTheSteaI @ali @MichaelCoudrey @michellemalkin @RudyGiuliani @JennPellegrino @RepAndyBiggsAZ pic.twitter.com/hhPltxHoXn — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 30, 2020 At the same event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, who called him a “friend” and “hero.” “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A spokesperson for Biggs told CNN that the congressman recorded the video at the request of Gosar’s staff. While Alexander has expressed regret over the rioting, saying in a video on Periscope that he wishes people had not entered the Capitol or even gone on the steps, ahead of the unrest he seemed to endorse stopping the certification of the votes by any means. If Democrats stopped an objection from Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is *always* an option.” At a rally on the eve of the vote, Alexander led a “Victory or death!” chant. However, he told the Washington Post that he had “remained peaceful” during the siege and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. In a video posted shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, while Alexander claimed the majority of protestors were peaceful and commended those who did not enter the building, he added, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”


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Britain allows hospitals to discharge COVID-19 patients into care homes without re-testing

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GOP Reps. Deny Giving ‘Reconnaissance Tours’ to Capitol Rioters

Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) are denying any involvement in organizing last week’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol after a protest organizer claimed he “schemed” with them to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.” Right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s claim that he had colluded with the congressmen came in a since-deleted video on Periscope unearthed by the Project on Government Oversight. He said weeks before the storming of the Capitol that he was planning something big for January 6, the date Congress met to tally the electoral votes and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Alexander planned to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside,” he said. Meanwhile, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) on Tuesday claimed she saw members of Congress leading people through the U.S. Capitol on “reconnaissance” tours one day before supporters of President Trump stormed the building, though she did not name the members or explain how she knew she was witnessing a so-called reconnaissance tour. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” she said. “Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.” Sherill did not say whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or offer any additional information on the “reconnaissance.” National Review has reached out to Sherrill for comment. A spokesman for Biggs told the Washington Post that the congressman had never been in touch with Alexander or other protestors and denied involvement in organizing a rally on January 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Brooks on Wednesday also denied having any responsibility for the unrest, saying he would not have encouraged any action that could undermine Republican efforts to block the certification of Biden’s victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. However, the Washington Post notes that videos and posts on social media suggest ties between Alexander, who is a felon, and all three congressmen. Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot” on Twitter and the pair both spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix last month. Patriots remain firm in their support for @realDonaldTrump and will not take the theft of this election lying down. #StopTheSteaI @ali @MichaelCoudrey @michellemalkin @RudyGiuliani @JennPellegrino @RepAndyBiggsAZ pic.twitter.com/hhPltxHoXn — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 30, 2020 At the same event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, who called him a “friend” and “hero.” “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A spokesperson for Biggs told CNN that the congressman recorded the video at the request of Gosar’s staff. While Alexander has expressed regret over the rioting, saying in a video on Periscope that he wishes people had not entered the Capitol or even gone on the steps, ahead of the unrest he seemed to endorse stopping the certification of the votes by any means. If Democrats stopped an objection from Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is *always* an option.” At a rally on the eve of the vote, Alexander led a “Victory or death!” chant. However, he told the Washington Post that he had “remained peaceful” during the siege and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. In a video posted shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, while Alexander claimed the majority of protestors were peaceful and commended those who did not enter the building, he added, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”


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GOP Reps. Deny Giving ‘Reconnaissance Tours’ to Capitol Rioters

Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), and Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) are denying any involvement in organizing last week’s rioting at the U.S. Capitol after a protest organizer claimed he “schemed” with them to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.” Right-wing activist Ali Alexander’s claim that he had colluded with the congressmen came in a since-deleted video on Periscope unearthed by the Project on Government Oversight. He said weeks before the storming of the Capitol that he was planning something big for January 6, the date Congress met to tally the electoral votes and affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Alexander planned to “change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside,” he said. Meanwhile, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) on Tuesday claimed she saw members of Congress leading people through the U.S. Capitol on “reconnaissance” tours one day before supporters of President Trump stormed the building, though she did not name the members or explain how she knew she was witnessing a so-called reconnaissance tour. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” she said. “Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.” Sherill did not say whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or offer any additional information on the “reconnaissance.” National Review has reached out to Sherrill for comment. A spokesman for Biggs told the Washington Post that the congressman had never been in touch with Alexander or other protestors and denied involvement in organizing a rally on January 6. “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest,” the statement said. Brooks on Wednesday also denied having any responsibility for the unrest, saying he would not have encouraged any action that could undermine Republican efforts to block the certification of Biden’s victory. “I take great offense at anyone who suggests I am so politically inexperienced as to want to torpedo my honest and accurate election system effort I spent months fighting on,” Brooks wrote. However, the Washington Post notes that videos and posts on social media suggest ties between Alexander, who is a felon, and all three congressmen. Gosar called Alexander “a true patriot” on Twitter and the pair both spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Phoenix last month. Patriots remain firm in their support for @realDonaldTrump and will not take the theft of this election lying down. #StopTheSteaI @ali @MichaelCoudrey @michellemalkin @RudyGiuliani @JennPellegrino @RepAndyBiggsAZ pic.twitter.com/hhPltxHoXn — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 30, 2020 At the same event, Alexander played a video message from Biggs, who called him a “friend” and “hero.” “When it comes to January 6, I will be right down there in the well of the House with my friend from Alabama representative Mo Brooks,” Biggs said in the recording. A spokesperson for Biggs told CNN that the congressman recorded the video at the request of Gosar’s staff. While Alexander has expressed regret over the rioting, saying in a video on Periscope that he wishes people had not entered the Capitol or even gone on the steps, ahead of the unrest he seemed to endorse stopping the certification of the votes by any means. If Democrats stopped an objection from Republicans, “everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building,” he wrote on Twitter in December, according to the Daily Beast. “1776 is *always* an option.” At a rally on the eve of the vote, Alexander led a “Victory or death!” chant. However, he told the Washington Post that he had “remained peaceful” during the siege and claimed his earlier speeches “mentioned peace” and were being misrepresented. In a video posted shortly after the Capitol riots on January 6, while Alexander claimed the majority of protestors were peaceful and commended those who did not enter the building, he added, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”


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