"I'm 39 years old, never before called a N_____ to my face, & was called 'traitor,' various epithets...as bad as it looks on film, believe me it was worse, much worse in person than anything you see on film." Capitol Police Officer James Blassingame on Jan 6 @LisaDNews @NewsHour
and "I've never been in a situation where I've had to use my weapon, the only reason I didn't, is 'this is a 4 alarm blaze and if I use my weapon, it's like pouring kerosene on it'..and I probably wouldn't make it out alive." Capitol Hill Police Ofcr James Blassingame @NewsHour
must-watch entire interview w/Capitol Hill Police Officer James Blassingame "at the end of the day, as bad as it was, we did our job...no member of Congress was harmed, you know? And to have to see these people every day, they don't have our back...." pbs.org/newshour/show/…
and to Republican House & Senate members who say Jan 6th was "a normal tourist visit" or that rioters were not trying to overthrow government, Blassingame says "it's disheartening..we go to work every day and we have to protect members of Congress..."

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"the obstacles are many...the American people will see families reunited now at a quicker pace" @SecMayorkas on the Biden administration announcement it is reuniting 4 immigrant families out of some 1,000 still separated, since the Trump administration @NewsHour
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.@ChrisCoons answers @LeaderMcConnell "saying the American people should simply wait around & hope our economy is going to recover...is just..wrong" pbs.org/newshour/show/…
more @LeaderMcConnell on Covid plan: "We passed 5 bills last year...just 2 months ago passed one of those, $900 billion. It's not even out the door yet, yet the new administration wants to go back as if nothing has happened" pbs.org/newshour/show/…
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my thanks to @gregorymoore & @radhikajones for a thoughtful conversation about the current tumult in American journalism: a broken business model, a political divide that erodes trust in reporters & a need for more inclusion and transparency 1/3
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& @gregorymoore says 1,800 newspapers lost means "150 years of credibility..being replaced by upstarts that haven't earned the right to be where they are...doing it by appealing to what people already think they know..confirming the very limited, siloed existence they have" 3/4
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9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean "the idea that a mob could invade the center of democracy while the legislators were doing their job is so terrible..we better find out why it happened, how it happened..so we can..make sure it never, ever happens again" pbs.org/newshour/show/…
the Republican frmr NJ Governor adds "The people who are appointing..in the Congress have got to make sure this is people (with) no ambitions, who are not overly partisan, who can reach across the aisle, who can work with each other,who have the confidence of the American people"
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the terror of January 6th, told for 1st time by @PattyMurray "this vision of my husband putting his foot against a door, like he might be able to hold down this loud, angry mob outside..was beyond belief.. terror in his eyes was something I have not seen" pbs.org/newshour/show/…
more @PattyMurray "That kind of fear is horrible. I was in the Capitol on 9/11..I was in an office looking out across the Mall towards the Pentagon..all of a sudden, I could see the smoke rise..That's the only other time I ever felt I was not safe in the Capitol, until January 6"
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