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It’s Thursday…

President Biden’s public schedule for 01/11/2024:

10:00 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time
The White House In-Town Pool
11:30 AM
Presidential Daily Brief
The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office Closed Press
1:00 PM
Press Briefing
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby, and National Economic Advisor Lael Brainard
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, John Kirby, and Lael Brainard @1:00 p.m. D.C., time:

Tyre Nichols Tweet

From Wednesday…

Show more =’s response, @TheJusticeDept is issuing a new guide for states and localities to help ensure that specialized crime units like the one involved in Tyre Nichols’ death are accountable to the communities they serve.

From the Department of Justice…


Justice Department Releases New Guide on the Use of Specialized Units in Law Enforcement Agencies:

Today, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta announced the release of a new publication, Considerations for Specialized Units: A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Ensure Appropriateness, Effectiveness, and Accountability, commissioned in the wake of the killing of Tyre Nichols and amid mounting public concern over the use of specialized units in police agenciesThe guide is designed to support law enforcement agencies and communities across the country as they assess the appropriateness of the use of specialized units, and, where units are deemed appropriate, ensure the necessary management and oversight of such units to advance effective and just policing practices.

The guide is the result of a series of convenings, roundtable discussions, and interviews with law enforcement, civil rights organizations, and other stakeholders, led by the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the National Policing Institute (NPI). It provides law enforcement leaders, mayors, and community members with actionable considerations for the formation, management, and accountability of specialized units.

“After the tragic death of Tyre Nichols and public scrutiny of the SCORPION unit, we made it a priority at the Justice Department to develop a practical resource for law enforcement and community leaders assessing the use of specialized units in police agencies,” said Associate Attorney General Gupta. “We hope that police chiefs, mayors, and community stakeholders will use the guide when considering whether a specialized unit should be formed to focus on a particular problem, and, if formed, how to ensure proper transparency, oversight, accountability, and evaluation of such units. The Justice Department is grateful for the engagement of law enforcement and community stakeholders that helped make this vital resource a reality.”

The guide looks at four main stages of specialized units: (1) formation, (2) personnel selection and supervision, (3) management and accountability, and (4) community engagement. Each section of the guide offers key considerations for agencies as they are creating or reviewing their own specialized units. If law enforcement and the community determine that a law enforcement response is required to address a problem and that standard patrol units are unable to effectively address the concern, this publication offers actionable guidance for defining the specialized unit’s mission and culture, hiring the most suitable personnel and supervisors, developing innovative unit and personnel performance metrics, and establishing policies and practices to mitigate the risks of specialized units.

“This guide is based on input from representatives from law enforcement, the community, academic institutions, and advocacy organizations across the country,” said Director of the COPS Office Hugh T. Clements, Jr. “I feel confident this guide will help both law enforcement and the communities they serve to demonstrate and uphold the principles of effective, constitutional policing.” 01/10/2024.

The Considerations for Specialized Units 72 page PDF can be found here.

Affordable Care Act Tweet

From Wednesday…

The Washington Post in 2014 published a list of the 54 times Republicans attempted to repeal O’Care.

In July of 2017, Newsweek said; After last week’s latest attempt to remove provisions of Obamacare ended with Sen. John McCain’s dramatic “no” vote effectively keeping it alive along with two other senators, Newsweek has found at least 70 Republican-led attempts to repeal, modify or otherwise curb the Affordable Care Act since its inception as law on March 23, 2010.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Wednesday…

Enrollment ends on 01/16/2024.

“New” from the White House…


01/11/2024: said this morning…

Econ/Business Reporter Ben Casselman said…

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