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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who tested positive for Covid-19, blames Republicans who "cruelly refused" to wear masks during the Capitol riots.

Jayapal announced Tuesday that she tested positive for Covid-19. She blamed Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks as they huddled together in a secure chamber after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

In a statement released Tuesday, Jayapal, a Democrat, said, "I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one."

She continued: "Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack."

Jayapal said GOP lawmakers should be "fully held accountable" for not wearing masks and for "endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms."

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But a video released by CBS News on January 6 shows Jayapal maskless as she huddled with other maskless lawmakers during the riots.

Jayapal is not wearing a mask for the entirety of the nearly 3 minute video. She is seen holding a makeshift gas mask which she doesn't wear. Jayapal routinely doesn't wear masks during committee hearings.

As the terrified congresswomen huddled together in fear, another maskless lawmaker prays loudly for divine intervention "in Jesus' name."

Three congresswomen tested positive for Covid-19 after the riots. Two of them wore face masks at all times.

Democrat New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Coleman tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. She also blamed Republicans and pro-Trump supporters for her positive test.

Democrat Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore voted on the House floor for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, just five days after announcing she tested positive.

Jayapal's office declined to respond when a reporter asked about the CBS video that showed the congresswoman not wearing a mask.
 

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After spending a few days golfing at his Florida resort, President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC, and spoke for the first time since the Capitol riots.

Speaking to a small pool of reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump warned Democrats that their efforts to impeach him for a second time is "causing tremendous anger" among his base.

House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment on Monday, saying they have enough votes to impeach Trump on Wednesday, Jan. 13, just days before his term as President is set to end.

Trump said the impeachment is "a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics."

"We want no violence," he said, before adding that his January 6th speech was "totally appropriate."

5 people died in the clashes at the Capitol building after Trump's fiery speech in DC on Wednesday. Among the dead is a 14-year Air Force veteran who was shot in the neck by a DC cop.

The FBI says armed protests are set to take place in all 50 states prior to the inauguration on January 20.

Trump boasted, "we have support probably like nobody's ever seen before."

Trump was permanently banned on Twitter and Facebook for "inciting violence" in the nation's Capitol.

The President condemned the social media blackout and said he warned his followers he would be banned on Twitter and Facebook.

"This will be a catastrophic mistake for them," he said. "They are dividing and divisive."
 

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Retired Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerney confirmed that a laptop taken from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during last week's Capitol riots is in the hands of military special forces.

"I've seen the laptop our special forces took out," McInerney told a group of reporters at the White House on Saturday.

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Pelosi and other top Democratic lawmakers are in a state of panic after laptops, USB drives, and sensitive documents were stolen from their offices while they huddled together inside the Capitol building during the riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

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Terrified Congressional staffers barricaded doors as lawmakers were ordered to evacuate their offices -- leaving their laptops and other sensitive documents unsecured while rioters ransacked their offices.

In addition to Pelosi's missing laptop, an aide tweeted that a laptop that was "only used for presentations" was removed from a conference room.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, also reported a laptop was stolen from his office during the Capitol riots.

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House Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, is very vocal that President Trump be removed from office "immediately." Jeffries is the leading contender to succeed Pelosi as House speaker.

"Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well as our democracy," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "That's why House Democrats are united in demanding and seeking his immediate removal."

Trump was permanently kicked off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram last week. The Trump campaign's email server was shut down by its host to prevent dissemination of sensitive contents. And conservative social media websites Parler and Gab.com were threatened by their hosts.

Theft of property from Congressional lawmakers is a federal crime -- unless the theft is covered under a presidential executive order.

In 2018, Trump signed an executive order calling for the seizure of assets from anyone who "directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in a United States election."

Trump has loudly and repeatedly accused the Democrats of engaging in election fraud. But 60 lower courts found no evidence of voter fraud.

"We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on an out-of-control executive branch," Jeffries told Meet the Press on Sunday. "Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion."

He said a resolution will be introduced on Monday, charging Trump with inciting sedition.

"It's my expectation that on Monday, a privileged resolution will be introduced that will charge the President of the United States with inciting sedition."
 

 

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Jeffree Star addressed the "funny" rumor that he slept with Kanye West and caused the breakup of the troubled rapper's marriage to Kim Kardashian.

In a lengthy YouTube video, Jeffree, 35, said he woke up on January 7 to a plethora of phone calls and text messages that he's "sleeping" with Kanye, 43.

The androgynous beauty guru took to YouTube on Thursday to dismiss the "dumbest sh*t I think I've ever read in my life."

The makeup artist who recently moved from California to Casper, Wyoming, said he's "never hung out with” Kanye, whose Cody, Wyoming ranch is a short 21-minute flight away.

Jeffree blamed Kanye's mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, of orchestrating the whole thing.

"Let me just say this one time for any news outlet, I like very tall men. Me and Kanye have never hung out and this whole thing is really funny," Jeffree said.

"So, I guess if this is the start to my New Year, then Happy New Year. I really can't and if Kris Jenner orchestrated this whole thing, Happy New Year sweetie girl," he said, before adding that "Jeffree Star is single and I've never slept with Kanye."
 

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Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat representative from Missouri, sparked controversy when he ended a prayer with "amen and a-woman."

On Sunday, Cleaver, who served as pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 37 years, was asked to lead the opening prayer to start the new session of Congress on Sunday.

"We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths," Cleaver said at the end of his prayer.

As theologians pointed out on Monday -- "amen" does not refer to the male gender.

Pastor Cleaver was rebuked by Republican lawmakers in Congress.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) tweeted: "Amen is Hebrew for 'so be it.' It's not a gendered word. Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable."

A Twitter follower asked Cleaver: "Bruh you do know what Amen means right?"

And a man of the cloth tweeted:

"Dear Representative, As a fellow UMC pastor I am shocked at your [sic] not knowing that amen is a Hebrew word meaning 'so be it.' It has nothing to do with gender or masculinity. I believe you made an honest mistake in ending your Invocation today but please correct it."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sparked outrage when she announced new gender-neutral house rules for the 117th Congress.

The new rules strips all mention of gender-specific pronouns and terms such as "man," "woman," "mother," "grandmother," "grandfather, "sister," "brother," "daughter" and "son."

Gendered terms are replaced with "parent," "child," "sibling" and "parent's sibling," etc.
 

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King Von's ex-girlfriend Asian Doll is still working through the five stages of grief after the gangbanger was fatally shot during an argument outside an Atlanta nightclub in November.

The Doll and the 26-year-old Chicago rapper had already parted ways by the time of his death. But you wouldn't know that by the grief the Doll has displayed in frequent social media posts and videos.

She even tatted his face on her hand as an example of her undying love for the rapper who probably wasn't thinking about her during his final days above ground.

In an interview with Taraji P. Henson on an upcoming "Peace of Mind with Taraji" Facebook Watch episode, Asian Doll explained how she is coping with the grief of losing an ex.

She claims King Von was her first love and she was "real hard" on her "soulmate" when they broke up "six days" before he died.

"My whole world just crashed," she said. "I never felt a feeling like that. It's like I was just broken.... This is my first love. My first real boyfriend."

She said she learned of his death on social media. She also discussed the relentless mocking and taunting from followers who insist she is just a clout chasing sociopath, since no one ever heard of her before King Von's tragic demise.

Taraji, who is not a therapist, ramps up the emotional factor by handing the Doll some tissue -- and even dabbing her own fake tears.

Your skepticism is justified. This is the same Asian Doll who -- a whole month before King Von died -- tweeted, "Please have at least 3 body's [sic] before you talk to me Boy I like killers."
 

Rapper Nicki Minaj served up a New Year's treat for her 126 million followers by sharing the first photos of her three-month-old son. The proud Barbie gave thanks to the adorable tyke for making her a first-time mom.

The semi-retired rap star welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty at the end of September, and although she's shared some information about her baby boy online, she declined to post any pictures of her kid - until now.

On Saturday, Nicki shared slideshow of images of the infant, whom she refers to as "Papa Bear".

"#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama," she captioned the set.

"Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It's meant so much to me. Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I've ever taken on. Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time."

Nicki has yet to reveal her son's legal name.

In related news, Petty's rape victim came forward last year to share details about the brutal incident that changed her life as a youngster over a decade ago.

She also claimed Petty and his people (presumably Nicki) had been harassing her and put a bounty on her head.

Now the woman has come forward again -- not to recant her story, but to tearfully ask Nicki and Petty to leave her family alone.
 

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A St. Louis police officer is recovering from a concussion after she was beaten with her own baton for telling a female customer to wear a face mask.

Police are still searching for the woman who beat the sheriff's deputy at a Shell station on North Tucker in downtown St. Louis on Christmas Day.

The altercation took place after the woman walked into the gas station with face mask in hand.

The 59-year-old deputy who was moonlighting as security asked the customer to put her mask on. Police say the woman became belligerent, fought with the deputy then beat the law enforcement officer about the head with her own baton.

Bystanders rushed over to help the wounded officer, who then used her baton to pummel the woman in her car before she managed to drive off.

Sheriff Vernon Betts said the deputy "performed admirably while injured and under duress. This incident points to the dangers law enforcement officers face every day."

Some states have mask mandates making it illegal to be in public without face masks or face coverings.
 

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An aspiring rapper and two others have been charged in the "violent and horrific" kidnapping of a South Florida couple.

Rapper Spanish Zanotti, 26 (left), Dionte Alexander-Wilcox, and Antonio James are accused of kidnapping a Miramar couple on Oct. 11 and holding them at gunpoint for almost 24 hours, the South Florida SunSentinel reports.

Zanotti, real name Kejuan Brandon, can go free if he pays $250,000 bond, a federal magistrate ruled on Monday.

But his accomplice, Alexander-Wilcox, was ordered to remain in jail pending trial. A third suspect, James, is scheduled for a detention hearing next week.

Police said the three suspects forced their way into the couple's home and accused the couple's nephew of stealing $20,000 from them. They ordered the couple to pay their nephew's debt in cash.

"This wasn't a couple of hours or a couple minutes," said U.S. State's Attorney Jay Alexander. "This was for a full day. They stayed overnight, ate food, drank their liquor."

A video posted on Zanotti's Instagram page shows him being taken into custody by a violent offender squad on December 18.

Someone captioned the video:

"They took our boy today. We were able to speak to splash and he's staying positive and in good spirits. He wants to let everyone of his fans know that he loves y’all and that we gon get through this together. He wants y’all to post anything positive you can about him right now. They’re trying to paint him for something he’s not and we need to show the world the true light that he is. Free Splash Zanotti #freesplash.

 

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Rick Ross shut down a Mississippi Walmart to hold a toy drive giveaway in his own hometown of Clarksdale. Parents drove from miles around to buy toys for their children.

"We've gotta lot of families out here," said Ross in a video uploaded to his @richforever Instagram account.. "We just came out here, shut the Walmart down. We letting them do they thang. God is great."

"The biggest toy drive, man. Memphis, Clarksdale, the whole area. We're doing it big for these kids."

He captioned the video:

"For the past several years I've been blessed and able to give bach to the communities. I would like to thank everyone that helped with putting together the Xmas givebach in Dade, Broward, Atlanta, Memphis & Mississippi."

In addition to toys, food and household goods, Ross and his crew purchased Fila sneakers for the children.

Charitable donations are tax deductible.