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Written by on June 25, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) The military’s top officer on Wednesday volunteered a forceful defense to a congressional panel of the Defense Department’s attempts to better understand social injustice within its ranks and American society, moments after facing accusations from conservative members that he called “offensive.”

An unusually emotional impromptu statement from Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, followed provocative questions from Republican members during a budget hearing, including from Rep. Michael Waltz, who, like Milley, served in the Army as a Special Forces officer. Waltz and others insisted they had evidence the military and the service academies were forcing on troops and cadets studies in “white rage” and “critical race theory” – a previously obscure academic term that promotes the idea that racism is pervasive and baked into the foundation of the U.S. legal system and society as a whole. It has found popularity among Republicans looking to politicize it.

“On the issue of critical race theory, a lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is,” Milley began, when offered an opportunity to respond.

2) Calling the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 “a day of darkness,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday she will create a select committee to investigate the riot.

“It is imperative we seek the truth about what happened,” Pelosi said. She decided to create the select committee “with great solemnity and sadness” because she would have preferred a bipartisan committee, she said.

The House passed a bill creating such a committee but it was blocked by Senate Republicans last month in a move Pelosi described Thursday as “cowardly.”

“It’s clear Republicans are afraid of the truth,” she said.

3) The mayor of a remote Colorado town sparked outrage after he nixed the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance from public meetings.

Shane Fuhrman, mayor of the 550-person town of Silverton, announced his decision during a trustee meeting last week, saying the pledge has led to threats and divided the community, KDVR reported.

“Due to direct and indirect threats, inappropriate comments in and out of public meetings, and the general divisiveness this is creating in our community, we will not be doing the Pledge of Allegiance during town of Silverton board of trustee meetings,” he said.

Fuhrman, who didn’t elaborate on the nature of the threats, said he was suspending recitation of the pledge “until such time that we can discuss this at a board retreat or workshop.”

4) Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul joined a group of public officials from across the country to meet with President Joe Biden to discuss public safety on Wednesday afternoon.

The White House said the meeting was centered around steps the administration will take to keep cities safe.

After the meeting, the President and the Attorney General delivered remarks on the Administration’s gun crime prevention strategy in the State Dining Room.

The White House says the President’s Wednesday remarks on crime were focused on gun violence and its role in recently rising crime rates.

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