NRA bankrupt – The National Rifle Association (NRA announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy, leaving New York and reincorporating in Texas. It is currently under investigation by the New York attorney general, Letitia James. “The N.R.A. has been racked by infighting and discontent, including the bitter departures of its president, Oliver L. North, and its top lobbyist, Chris Cox. Long the nation’s most powerful gun lobby, the N.R.A. played a diminished role in the 2020 election, hampered by financial woes and a host of legal challenges.” A major donor, Dave Dell’Aquila, is planning to challenge the bankruptcy filing to stop top NRA execs from “discharging a substantial portion” of their debts. Those top execs are facing multiple lawsuits alleging they defrauded members of “millions of dollars to support their own lavish lifestyles.”
29% approval rating – President Trump is leaving office with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29%) and more than 3/4ths who rate his conduct as “fair” or “poor,” according to Pew Research. Just over two-thirds (68%) say that Trump should not continue to be a major public figure in U.S. politics and three-quarters feel he bears “at least some” responsibility for the events of January 6th, with more than half saying he bears “a lot” of responsibility. However, those general numbers look quite different when divided by political party. Only about half of Republicans say that Trump bears any responsibility for the violence and the Capitol and more than one-third wrongly believe that Trump won the election. Melania Trump leaves with her lowest favorability rating as well – 33%. She will also be the first modern First Lady to not invite her successor for a private walk-through of the White House living quarters.
Insider attack? – Afraid of an insider attack at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, the FBI is vetting all 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington, D.C.
Good News of the Day: Vets clean up after Capitol riots – David Smith was distributing hand-warmers to homeless people on January 6th when a menacing mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. “It was pretty gut wrenching to see,” and a “dagger to the heart,” to know that fellow veterans participated in the assault. Smith, who retired less than a month ago after serving in the Navy for 13 years called on fellow veterans to help him clear away the trash and propaganda left behind. Two hundred volunteers showed up on January 10th and cleaned five sections around the Capitol.
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