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Wednesday January 27th, 2021 night edition

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(CNN) Federal prosecutors have charged a man in connection to the riot and insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, after a Washington, DC, airport police officer helped identify him.

In an affidavit filed in federal court, a special agent with the US Capitol Police says the man, John Lolos, was identified by a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officer after Lolos was kicked off a Delta flight the afternoon of January 8 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The crew had decided to turn the plane around while it was taxiing, according to the agent, because Lolos was causing a disturbance by "continuously yelling 'Trump 2020!'".

The police officer, identified only as Officer Braddock, witnessed Lolos being escorted off the flight, according to the affidavit.

"Delta booked LOLOS a later flight to his destination, and LOLOS continued to wait at the gate.".

About 45 minutes later, Braddock was scrolling through his Instagram feed when he saw a video showing rioters inside the Capitol building, the affidavit says.

The video showed a man exiting a Capitol doorway, and Braddock identified him as the same man he saw get kicked off the flight, the agent said. »

Biden to direct Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons

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“The president will sign an executive order directing the Department of Justice not to renew any contracts with private prison,” said Ms Rice at a White House press briefing.

"Private prisons profiteer off federal prisoners and are proven to be, or found to be by the Department of Justice inspector general, less safe for correctional officers and prisoners.

Ms Rice then confirmed that the federal government’s new policy only applied to Department of Justice contracts with private prisons and not those housing undocumented immigrants facing deportation. »

Biden orders Justice Dept. to end use of private prisons

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies.

In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity.

GEO Group, a private company that operates federal prisons, called the Biden order “a solution in search of a problem. »

Trump Presidency May Have ‘Permanently Damaged’ Democracy, Says EU Chief

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she was shocked by the storming of the U.S. ... [+] Capitol by Trump supporters earlier this month.

Pointing to the “darker sides” of digital platforms, the EU chief talked about defending institutions against “the corrosive power of hate speech, disinformation, fake news and incitement to violence.”

Democracy could have been damaged forever in the last 4 years, EU chief says (CNBC). »