Party Countdown: Countdown to Jan 20, 2017 in Washington DC, District of Columbia


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[VIDEO] House Committee: Two Secret Service Agents Shown Driving Through an Active Bomb Threat Scene After Drinking

At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon writes:

Despite the Secret Service’s refusal to provide video of the incident, House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R, Ut.) released an alternate video showing two agents driving through an active bomb threat scene after drinking, knocking over a barricade in the process.

“…Two agents suspected of being intoxicated drove through the scene, knocking over a protective barrel and passing their vehicle’s wheels within feet of the possible bomb…”

Chaffetz and his fellow lawmakers excoriated Secret Service head Joseph Clancy during a hearing on Tuesday, accusing him of trying to cover up embarrassing details of an incident that occurred outside the White House earlier this month.


On the evening of March 4, a woman dropped a package she claimed was a bomb near the White House and fled the scene. The Secret Service first bungled the response, treating it merely as a suspicious package instead of a verified bomb threat. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap Shots: Jewish-Owned D.C. Business Targeted by Self-Described ISIS Militants

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A thriving D.C. business is the target of self-described ISIS militants.

For the past five months a barrage of phone calls and internet postings have threatened business_phone_threat_graphic_abc7_296employees. The callers vow to carry out mass murder.

ABC7 News is not identifying the business nor any individuals because of the sensitive nature of these threats.

The business is Jewish owned and some of the threats are anti-Semitic while others are racial or homophobic.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have employees worried. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge appoints external monitor to ensure Apple complies with antitrust laws

ipad-ebooks-photoYoni Heisler reports: This past July, US District Judge Denise Cotefound Apple guilty of colluding with book publishers in an effort to raise the price of e-books across the industry. Following that, the Department of Justice proposed a wide array of remedies to ensure that Apple wouldn’t run afoul of antitrust laws in the future.

One of the proposed remedies called for the court to appoint an external monitor tasked with keeping an eye on Apple as to ensure that they comply with antitrust laws going forward. On Wednesday, Judge Cote appointed former Assistant US Attorney Michael Bromwich as that external monitor.

CNET reports:

Bromwich was one of two names picked by the Justice Department as well as plaintiff states as part of last month’s injunction ruling. As monitor, he’ll work from inside Apple to maintain the company’s compliance with US antitrust laws.

Bromwich filled a similar, independent monitor role within the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia a little more than a decade ago, and more recently served as part of US oversight on the oil industry.

Apple previously argued that an external monitor was wholly unnecessary, but ultimately failed to persuade Cote.

Bromwich will keep an eye on Apple’s antitrust compliance for two years. Note that the two-year period is less than the five-year period initially proposed by the DOJ.

Lastly, Apple earlier this month filed a motion indicating that it plans to appeal Cote’s ruling. Formal arguments on the matter, however, won’t be submitted until early 2014.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Aaron Alexis: ‘Anger-Fueled-Blackout’

DC shooting suspect arrested in Seattle in ’04

Aaron Alexis, who police believe was a gunman at the Washington Navy Yard shooting in Washington

Aaron Alexis. Source AP/FBI

SEATTLE – The man identified by Washington D.C. police as a suspect in this morning’s shooting at a U.S. Navy Yard was arrested in Seattle in 2004 after an incident that he later described to police as an anger-fueled “blackout.”

Seattle Police say Aaron Alexis was arrested June 3rd 2004, a few days after shooting out the tires of a car parked in a driveway next to a home where he was staying in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Police say the morning of May 6th 2004, construction workers reported a man coming out of a house near where they were working and shooting out the tires of a Honda Accord that they had driven to the site and then returning to a nearby home.

Initially police say they couldn’t find the shooter, but a couple of days later they were able to track him down and arrest him outside his home.  Once they searched that home, police say they found a gun and ammunition in Alexis’ room.  Alexis was booked into the King County Jail for malicious mischief. Read the rest of this entry »

At least 13 dead in Navy Yard rampage; one shooter dead, another suspect cleared

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at least 13 people were killed in the Navy Yard rampage as D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier revealed one shooter was killed at the scene and and a second man was cleared of involvement in the attack.

A search for a third shooter has been called off. More here.

Kristina Wong and Jacqueline Klimas -The Washington Times

Live blog: 1 suspect dead after Washington Navy Yard shooting

A Park Police helicopter hovers above snipers on the roof of a building at the Navy Yard complex Monday.

A Park Police helicopter hovers above snipers on the roof of a building at the Navy Yard complex Monday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Shots were fired Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring several people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman. The incident began about 8:20 a.m. ET when several shots were fired inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in the southeast portion of the capital. The injured included a Washington, D.C., police officer who has been hospitalized, and another law officer not affiliated with the city force, a police spokesman said.

[Updated at 1:21 p.m.] In announcing that three shooting victims transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center are expected to survive, Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer, said there were other “individuals at the scene who will not be transported because they are deceased.”  Read the rest of this entry »