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'I'm not an idiot!' House Republican blows up at administration official

A House hearing on the future of federal work became unexpectedly tense on Thursday after a Republican lawmaker blasted a witness for not providing him with a simple “yes” or “no” answer.

During the hearing, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) asked Office of Personnel Management director Kiran A. Ahuja, a Biden appointee, whether any federal workers had continued to receive cost of living compensation after relocating to another area.

“Thank you, congressman, for the question,” Ahuja replied. “So if an employee moves out of a particular area, or adjusts and actually takes on a remote work arrangement, then their duty location changes according to our guidance and they take on the locality pay of that particular area.”

“So you’re telling us then – I’m going to extrapolate from that,” Biggs replied. “You’re saying no, nobody with the DC duty station has relocated to another area outside of DC duty station is receiving DC duty cost of living.”

Ahuja said that she was “talking generally,” which appeared to set off Biggs.

“I’m not talking generally,” he fired back. “I’m talking specifically. That’s the problem with your answers today. They’ve been generic, 30,000 foot, when people have asked you specific questions, I get an ethereal answer. I have a specific question. It is a yes or no question.”

Biggs complained that he didn’t know what the answer to his question was, and Ahuja then apologized and started to say she was trying to provide the “general sense” of the situation. But Biggs cut her off.

“I have the general sense,” Biggs said. “I’m not an idiot!”

The hearing sought “to examine the necessary actions to recruit and retain top talent in the federal government and to rebuild, strengthen, and transform the federal workforce to meet the needs of the country in the 21st century,” according to a statement posted on the website for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations.

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She thought the pandemic was 'political' – then she watched in horror as her husband died of COVID

A woman who recently lost her husband to COVID-19 is now hoping to save lives by urging others to get vaccinated.

Christina Lowe, 32, and her husband Mikel were strongly opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine and masks. They had assumed that because they were relatively young and healthy, the virus would not impact them.

"We thought the vaccine was rushed," Lowe told NBC San Diego. "We thought it was more about money and power than about Americans and protecting the people… We honestly thought that COVID was mostly political."

Mikel, who served as a firefighter for 15 years, contracted COVID-19 about two weeks ago and developed pneumonia.

"I went upstairs to check on him and his face was purple and blue," Christina said. "He was struggling to breathe on oxygen."

Mikel died from COVID-19 on August 29. He was 38 years old.

"He was a firefighter, a man of honor and integrity," his sister wrote on a GoFundMe campaign. "Please help my sister in law provide for her sons in this deeply devastating time. We all know this money will not be able to bring him back, but this money will be able to help Christina as she is now a widow that needs to provide for her sons."

Christina said that her views have changed after her devastating experience with the virus and she has now been vaccinated. She told Fox 5 Vegas that she hopes other people honor her husband's legacy by getting vaccinated and wearing masks.

"I understand some of you believe that this political-- and it might be, it could be political, I don't know that it's not," Christina said. "I do know that because of that decision of my husband believing it was political, that was why he did not want to wear a mask, he did not want to get vaccinated. He didn't trust them. It cost him his life."


'Going to get ugly': Trump supporter uses his work email to threaten ‘mass execution of public officials’

Michigan state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D) on Tuesday called out a supporter of President Donald Trump who sent a threatening email to lawmakers.

"This was sent to my office this evening from Randall Yaeger, who chose to send it from his work email at Yaeger Construction. This email has already been sent to the authorities," Pohutsky said in a Facebook post.

Yaeger's email repeated debunked claims of massive voter fraud and warned that "American voters will now be forced to change our government officials with bullets instead of ballots."

The threatening email also "predicts" that the "mass execution" of public officials will begin "very soon" unless Trump is given a second term as president.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Yaeger could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the threat if he is really the person who sent the email.

Despite posting the man's name, Pohutsky discouraged people from trying to track him down online or otherwise.

"As I mentioned, the authorities have been informed and are investigating. Please do not speculate as to who sent it or post profiles you think belong to that person. There are people whose job it is to determine his identity and civilians doing so is dangerous and unfair to people who may not have done anything wrong," she wrote in a follow-up post.

Pohutsky said that lawmakers in Michigan have been getting threats "every single day." The situation became particularly worse after a hearing with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, she added.

"Whether it's an elected official or any other person, there's no room for these type of threats in our society," Pohutsky told Fox 2 Detroit.

Keith Olbermann erupts over Trump's 'stupid and dull' debate -- 'oxygen of his rise to power was gone'

On his new political show on YouTube, commentator Keith Olbermann ripped into President Donald Trump for his performance during the final presidential debate. Olbermann said that Trump "ran out of bullsh*t" as he tried to attack his rival Joe Biden.

"I don't mean to say that he was honest," he clarified. "It seems he was lying and manipulating reality at an even higher rate than usual. But with a few momentary exceptions, the salesmanship, the oxygen of his rise to power, was gone."

Olbermann said Trump needed "a debate knockout." Instead, the incumbent president just appeared "stupid and dull."

"Even the crazy pills-grade performance of Trump's first debate would have served him better in his bid for the proverbial 'Hail Mary' than did 90 minutes where it sounded like his only function was as a big weight holding his podium down," he said.

"It doesn't matter if Trump now returns to abnormal. That was his chance. He blew it."

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'Nuts!' Lincoln Project mocks Jared and Ivanka for their 'comical' threat to sue over Times Square billboards

The Lincoln Project on Friday night fired back at White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for threatening to sue over billboards in Times Square attacking their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The ads show the couple smiling alongside coronavirus death tolls for New Yorkers and Americans.

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Kushner and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project warning that the billboards were defamatory. “Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kushner the statement that “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that's their problem" (alteration in original), with body bags underneath," the letter read.

"If these billboard ads are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages," the letter continued.

“Nuts!" the Lincoln Project replied, an allusion to commander Anthony McAuliffe's response when German forces demanded the U.S. 101st Airborne Division surrender during the Battle of the Bulge.

"The level of indignant outrage Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have shown towards The Lincoln Project for exposing their indifference for the more than 223,000 people who have lost their lives due to their reckless mismanagement of COVID-19 is comical," the group added in a statement.

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