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Shopify stripped down all online stores for President Donald Trump, including the president’s Trump Organization and affiliated campaign account following Wednesday’s Capitol riots.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a Shopify spokeswoman said the president — through comments he made on Wednesday, in which he said the election was “fraudulent” but urged his supporters to “go home now” and “go home in peace” — had violated company policy, which forbids online sellers from supporting organizations or people who encourage violence.

“As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump,” Shopify said.

The decision follows Facebook and Instagram indefinitely banning the president Thursday morning. Trump’s Twitter account also remains suspended, with that company also preparing to keep the president locked out indefinitely. Snapchat joined big tech’s purge of the president following the Capitol Hill riots.

Trump supporters flooded the Capitol complex Wednesday after a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., which featured the president addressing thousands of supporters as Congress prepared to certify the results of the Electoral College.

According to the Associated Press, the ensuing riots at the Capitol left four dead, one from a Capitol Police shooting and three from medical emergencies, amid the destruction, as members of Congress and staff hunkered down in hiding places or evacuated the area.

Trump’s recorded message to his supporters raiding the Capitol, urging them to “go home now,” was promptly stripped off Twitter followed by a 12-hour suspension citing violations of its Civic Integrity policy.

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Before removing the clip, Twitter barred users from amplifying the video with likes, retweets, or replies.

Explosive devices were also found at the RNC and DNC headquarters in the capital. Two devices reportedly detonated in controlled explosions at the RNC, a party official who was not authorized to go on record told The Federalist. While a majority of the RNC leadership were away in Florida at their annual winter meeting, other staff were inside the building.



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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Son of prominent conservative leader Bozell arrested in connection with Capitol siege

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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