Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, the Capitol Police have formally asked the National Guard to remain inside the capitol for added protection for another 60 days following the January 6th attack.

Meanwhile, Northern Irish paramilitary groups say they're withdrawing support for their 1998 peace agreement because of the Brexit and the return of hard trade borders.

Finally, the Trump-era DOJ declined an official request to investigate former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after her department's inspector general found widespread corruption in her office.

The report included allegations that Chao directed staff to research or purchase personal items for her online using her personal credit card or performed other personal errands for her or her father.

The report focused largely on Chao’s actions related to her family’s shipping business, the Foremost Group, which was founded by her father and whose current chief executive is her sister.

The report confirmed Chao made extensive plans to include family members in events during a planned, but later canceled, official trip to China in November 2017 that included intended stops at schools that received support from her family’s business.

The report also said Chao had tasked political appointees to contact Homeland Security (DHS) officials on behalf of a foreign student who was the recipient of Chao family philanthropy.