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Destruction caused by the MAGA mob at US Capitol is laid bare in shocking pictures

Shattered windows, vandalized statues and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots in Washington DC Wednesday that saw hundreds of Trump supporters storm the US Capitol building.

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting ‘nonscalable’ black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning, which officials called a ‘precautionary measure’ following the violence that erupted less than 24 hours earlier.

The Capitol sustained significant damage as hordes of rioters smashed windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office was also vandalized, with draws pulled out and papers strewn across the floor. Multiple protesters had, throughout the demonstration, uploaded images to social media of them mockingly posing for selfies at her desk.

One protester, US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by police during Wednesday’s riot, and at least three others died of ‘medical emergencies’. The demonstration, held at the direction of Trump, came in protest to the outgoing president’s election loss to Joe Biden. 

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., stops to look at damage at the Capitol early morning Thursday just hours after Thousands of Trump fans stormed the building

Shattered windows, damaged furniture and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots

Shattered windows, damaged furniture and ransacked offices form the scene of the aftermath of destructive riots

Among the rubble was also a number of ¿Make America Great Again¿ red caps, Trump¿s signature merchandise and several US flags

Among the rubble was also a number of ‘Make America Great Again’ red caps, Trump’s signature merchandise and several US flags

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the words ¿treason¿ was left on the floor of a hallway

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the words ‘treason’ was left on the floor of a hallway

The bust of U.S. President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on during Wednesday's demonstrations

The bust of U.S. President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on during Wednesday’s demonstrations

A duffle bag of flex cuffs remains at the northern entrance door

A duffle bag of flex cuffs remains at the northern entrance door

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers still  dusts the area around the northern entrance

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers still  dusts the area around the northern entrance

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting tall black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning

Outside the building, crews were seen erecting tall black fences around the perimeter grounds just after 10:30am this morning

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning, picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor, polishing statues and throwing out discarded banners, some of which read ‘Stop the Steal Patriots’.

Among the rubble was also a number of ‘Make America Great Again’ red caps – Trump’s signature merchandise – and several US Flags.

In a news conference Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ‘nonscalable’ fence around the entire Capitol.

McCarthy said the fence would remain in place for at least 30 days, meaning it will still be up for Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

A National Guardsman at the Capitol told the Washington Post that officials had been instructed not to allow anymore people onto the grounds.

A small number had been allowed into the area earlier this morning, with some opting to snap pictures, walk around or jog through.

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ‘God Bless America’. A Trump fan stood near by, waiving a ‘Trump 2020’ flag.

According to local reports, by 11am, the Capitol’s grounds were mostly empty, with only news media on the north and south ends of the building.

Clean up operations and National Guard at the US Capitol after protesters stormed the building yesterday

Clean up operations and National Guard at the US Capitol after protesters stormed the building yesterday

The Capitol sustained damage as rioters broke windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature

The Capitol sustained damage as rioters broke windows, kicked down doors and climbed scaffolding to gain entry to the legislature

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning

Clean up crews were seen working on the interior of the building across Thursday morning

Debris is seen at the West Terrace entrance

A window is seen shattered next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol

Debris is seen at the West Terrace entrance (left) and a window is seen shattered on the building’s eastern side (right)

Staff walk past a shattered window next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol building

 Staff walk past a shattered window next to the Senate Carriage Entrance on the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol building

They were observed picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor and polishing vandalized  statues

They were observed picking up shards of glass from the Capitol floor and polishing vandalized  statues

One vandalized statue is seen covered in plastic inside the US Capitol as of Thursday morning

One vandalized statue is seen covered in plastic inside the US Capitol as of Thursday morning

A worker walks past used crowd control chemicals near Capitol Police checkpoint

A worker walks past used crowd control chemicals near Capitol Police checkpoint

A shoe print is seen on a glass panel of a door at the northern entrance of the building

A shoe print is seen on a glass panel of a door at the northern entrance of the building

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ¿God Bless America¿

According to local reports, by 11am, the Capitol¿s grounds were mostly empty

One woman was pictured standing in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a placard reading: ‘God Bless America’. On the right is a Trump supporter

The calm scenes Thursday morning marked a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol, where lawmakers had convened to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the presidential election.

Dozens of protesters – many of them armed and most not wearing masks – breached barricades around the building and pushed past countless police officers to enter the Rotunda.

A small group of protesters managed to get into the Chamber, where lawmakers were told to take cover and put on gas masks as the Trump supporters began deploying chemical irritants.

One protester occupied the Senate dais and yelled: ‘Trump won that election’.

Some protesters even inhabited Nancy Pelosi’s office, sitting mockingly at a desk. A mirror was smashed, her desks were rummaged through and the lawmaker’s nameplate was also destroyed. 

A note was left behind on her desk that read: ‘WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN’ in red pen.

The Senate parliamentarian’s office was also ransacked. A video uploaded to Twitter by CNN journalist Ali Zaslav laid bare the destruction caused by rioters, with papers thrown across the floor.

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade

The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade

The calm scenes Thursday morning mark a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening

The calm scenes Thursday morning mark a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy across much of Wednesday afternoon and evening

Reporters inside the Capitol this morning have said there are shards of glass 'everywhere' throughout the building

Reporters inside the Capitol this morning have said there are shards of glass ‘everywhere’ throughout the building

Workers begin to clean up the debris and damage caused by the pro-Trump mob

Workers begin to clean up the debris and damage caused by the pro-Trump mob

A local woman is seen volunteering to clear rubbish trash the US Capitol on Thursday

In a news conferences Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ¿nonscalable¿ fence around the entire Capitol

In a news conferences Thursday morning with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said military personnel were erecting a seven-foot-tall ‘nonscalable’ fence around the entire Capitol

Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign with the word ‘treason’ was left on the floor of a hallway. Dozens of plastic bottles and debris also lined the bases of statues.

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ‘glass everywhere’ on Thursday morning.

‘I’m inside the Capitol for @USATODAY. The aftermath of Trump rioters storming the building is jarring Glass everywhere, dust blankets the ground, broken benches turned on their side, used medical kit with an IV & AED machine that was used on a woman who was squeezed in the chaos,’ she said.

Fox News producer also shared images of further destruction in the Senate win of the first floor of the Capitol.

The images showed yet more shattered glass, toppled furniture and windows bordered up.

The area where one protester was shot dead was also photographed being cleaned up by crews earlier today. 

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ¿glass everywhere¿ on Thursday morning

USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that there was ‘glass everywhere’ on Thursday morning

Remnants from a chemical irritant are seen on the floor of the Capitol in the above image

Remnants from a chemical irritant are seen on the floor of the Capitol in the above image

Images showed yet more shattered glass, toppled furniture and windows bordered up.

Workers covered the bust of US President Zachary Taylor, which appeared to have been vandalized with a red substance yesterday

A close up provides a better glimpse of the 'blood'

Workers covered the bust of US President Zachary Taylor, which appeared to have been vandalized with a red substance yesterday

An Architect of the Capitol work crew restocks stolen fire extinguishers near the Senate floor

An Architect of the Capitol work crew restocks stolen fire extinguishers near the Senate floor

Workers clean the Capitol rotunda, dusting off statues that were vandalized amidst the chaos

Workers clean the Capitol rotunda, dusting off statues that were vandalized amidst the chaos

Extensive cleaning efforts were also carried out outside the building through Thursday morning

Extensive cleaning efforts were also carried out outside the building through Thursday morning

The protective fence around the Capitol will remain up for around 30 days - meaning it will be in place for Biden's inauguration on January 20

The protective fence around the Capitol will remain up for around 30 days – meaning it will be in place for Biden’s inauguration on January 20

Damage and debris are seen left behind by a pro-Trump mob in the entrance to the western promenade, including a megaphone, liquor bottles and a Vision Times newspaper

Damage and debris are seen left behind by a pro-Trump mob in the entrance to the western promenade, including a megaphone, liquor bottles and a Vision Times newspaper

By the time day turned into night, four people had died in the siege and multiple officers had been injured.

Ashli Babbitt, 35, from San Diego, was shot in the chest when she tried to clamber through a barricaded entrance with a mob of Trump supports who were attempting to gain access to the chamber.

Footage of the fatal incident shows Babbitt and a group of Trump supporters attempting to force their way through double doors which had been barricaded, with multiple armed officers standing on the other side.

As Babbitt can be seen attempting to climb up through a broken window, one rioter shouts ‘He’s got a gun’ but the warning comes too late. The officer then fires a single shot, sending the veteran crashing down to the ground on her back.

Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin, of Oklahoma, witnessed the shooting and told ABC Thursday the US Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Babbitt ‘didn’t have a choice’ but to open fire.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave pending an investigation, the US Capitol PD confirmed in a statement Thursday.

In addition to Babbitt, three other people died from ‘medical emergencies’ during Wednesday’s siege, officials said. 52 people were arrested in total, including 26 on Capitol grounds. Four of the arrests were for firearms offenses.

Pro-Trump protesters seen storming into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police

Pro-Trump protesters seen storming into the U.S. Capitol during clashes with police

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol

The siege unfolded at about 3pm, soon after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol

Damage to the doorway leading to the House chamber is seen on Thursday

Damage to the doorway leading to the House chamber is seen on Thursday

Members of the National Guard are seen patrolling the Capitol grounds on Thursday morning

Members of the National Guard are seen patrolling the Capitol grounds on Thursday morning

Scraps of a demonstrator's poster lays below a Congressional members and staff entrance sign

Scraps of a demonstrator’s poster lays below a Congressional members and staff entrance sign

Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund made his first public remarks Thursday morning on his agency’s response to the riot, saying police had ‘a robust plan established’ to deal with protesters, and credited his officers for responding ‘valiantly’.

Sund did not, however, acknowledge any deficiencies in his department’s response, despite the fact his officers were completely overwhelmed.

‘USCP officers and out law enforcement partners responded valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in riotous actions as the stormed the United States Capitol Building,’ the statement began.

‘These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officer and other uniformed law enforcement with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers. They were determined to enter into the Capitol building by causing great damage.’

Sund also confirmed that the officer who fatally shot Babbitt has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

He concluded his statement by adding that ‘the attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I have experienced in my 30 years of law enforcement here in Washington DC.’

The White House also issued a statement this morning through deputy press secretary Judd Deere, which reads: ‘The White House grieves the loss of life that occurred yesterday and extends sympathies to their families and loved ones. We also continue to pray for a speedy recovery for those who suffered injury.’

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VP-elect Harris visits D.C. Christmas tree decorated with pictures of her

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff visited a Washington, D.C. restaurant Monday night that had dedicated its outdoor Christmas tree to her likeness. 

Harris and Emhoff arrived at Italian restaurant Floriana, located on D.C.’s LGBTQ-friendly 17th Street N.W., to take a look at the tree that features Harris as its topper.

It also includes cut-outs of Harris’ running mate, President-elect Joe Biden, American flags, pairs of Biden’s favorite aviator sunglasses, mailboxes and first lady Melania Trump’s ‘Be Best’ ornaments. 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (right) stands in front of a tree that has been decorated with her likeness 

DailyMail.com photographed the tree last month. It includes a Harris tree-topper and cut-outs of President-elect Joe Biden

DailyMail.com photographed the tree last month. It includes a Harris tree-topper and cut-outs of President-elect Joe Biden

Ornaments included Be Best bulbs, cut-outs of Biden and pairs of his favorite aviator-style sunglasses

Ornaments included Be Best bulbs, cut-outs of Biden and pairs of his favorite aviator-style sunglasses 

Doug Emhoff (left) and Harris (right) take a photo in front of Floriana's 'Kamala LA LA LA Tree' during a Monday night stop to support small businesses

Doug Emhoff (left) and Harris (right) take a photo in front of Floriana’s ‘Kamala LA LA LA Tree’ during a Monday night stop to support small businesses 

Harris and Emhoff are photographed in front of a Harris and Biden-themed Christmas tree on D.C.'s LGBTQ-friendly 17th Street N.W.

Harris and Emhoff are photographed in front of a Harris and Biden-themed Christmas tree on D.C.’s LGBTQ-friendly 17th Street N.W. 

Biden's favorite style of sunglasses, aviators, were used as decoration throughout the tree, which included red, white and blue decor

Biden’s favorite style of sunglasses, aviators, were used as decoration throughout the tree, which included red, white and blue decor 

Harris and Emhoff picked up take-out from Floriana, the restaurant that boasts a Harris-themed Christmas tree out front, as a gaggle of reporters watched

Harris and Emhoff picked up take-out from Floriana, the restaurant that boasts a Harris-themed Christmas tree out front, as a gaggle of reporters watched 

The soon-to-be second couple picked up take-out from the spot.  

‘Our small businesses have really been hurting across the country so we want to come out and just celebrate them and encourage everyone to support our small business until we get through this,’ Harris said at the scene. 

The Italian eatery has dressed up trees for prominent women in politics before.

Its 2018 version was an homage to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who was about to be sworn-in for a third term as speaker.   

Like Harris taking in the ‘Kamala LA LA LA Tree,’ Pelosi also made the trek to the restaurant to see her ‘Pelostree.’ 

On Monday, Harris sported a black mask as she stood outside the Dupont Circle restaurant to chat with reporters about the upcoming January 6 ratification of the Electoral College count. 

As a U.S. senator, Harris will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday when at least 13 Senate Republicans and more than 100 House Republicans try to contest the Electoral College vote counts. 

These Republicans are following the lead of President Donald Trump who has made baseless accusations of widespread voter fraud for months. 

On Sunday, Trump was caught on tape with Georgia’s Republican election officials saying that he wanted them to ‘find’ more votes in order to overturn that state’s count, which went for Biden.   

Harris was asked if she thought Republicans’ stunt on Wednesday was an ‘attempted active coup.’  

‘Let me just tell you something. We’re going to be inaugurated, period,’ she said.     

Harris also said she and Biden were ‘committed to working with all leaders.’ 

‘Regardless of who they voted for to address issues like what we need to do to support our small businesses, and to get them back open,’ she said. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the 'Pelostree' in front of Floriana in Washington, D.C.'s, Dupont Circle neighborhood in December 2018

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the ‘Pelostree’ in front of Floriana in Washington, D.C.’s, Dupont Circle neighborhood in December 2018 

Echoing points made by Biden during his campaign stop in Atlanta Monday, Harris talked about the importance of getting vaccine distribution ironed out. 

‘And I do know that in the conversations I’m having with small business owners, they never ask and I never ask them who they voted for in the election,’ she said. ‘It’s about keeping these businesses open understanding they are part of the economic and civic fabric of communities.’  

Harris was greeted on 17th Street N.W. by cheers of ‘thank you Madame Vice President!’ 

She chatted with the restaurant owners and asked about their staff. 

‘It’s a rough time,’ Harris said. ‘We’ve just got to get out the other end of it.’ 

She also made joked about Emhoff’s cooking attempts. 

‘I learned to cook a few things’ during the pandemic, he said. ‘Set off the fire alarms a few times.’ 

Harris, on the other hand, is accomplished in the kitchen, releasing her cornbread stuffing recipe for Americans to try at Thanksgiving, and excitedly reacting to the news that the man who set up the Christmas tree had tried and loved her turkey brine recipe.  

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Pictures Should Match Words in Social Media Safety Messages: Study


When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviour, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study.

After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when the images in the posts aligned with the messages in the text, the researchers found.

The study appears in the Journal of Health Communication.

“Many times, scientists and safety experts aren’t involved in decisions about social media for health agencies and other organisations, and we end up seeing images that have nothing to do with the safety message or worse, images that contradict the guidance,” said lead author Liz Klein, an associate professor of public health at The Ohio State University.

Take the safe sleep example, for instance. The researchers found posts that advocated a bumper-free crib for baby but used an image of an infant in a crib with bumpers.

They saw posts about preventing head injury with bike helmets illustrated by pictures of kids without bike helmets.

“In this study, we were trying to understand how much those mismatches matter — do people understand the message even if the picture isn’t right? Does the picture really matter?” Klein said.

Their answers came from research using eye-tracking technology to gauge the attention young parents paid to various posts, and subsequent tests to see what they recalled about the safety messages.

When the 150 parents in the study were shown a trio of posts with matched imagery and text and three other posts with mismatched visual and written messages, they spent far longer on the matched posts — 5.3 seconds, compared to the 3.3 seconds their eyes lingered on the mismatched posts.

Further, the matched messages appeared to make a difference in understanding and recall of safety messages. After accounting for differences in health literacy and social media use among participants, the researchers found that each second of viewing time on matched posts was associated with a 2.8 percent increase in a safety knowledge score.

“With nearly 70 percent of adults reporting use of social media, and many parents using social media and other internet sources to keep current on injury prevention strategies, social media is a great opportunity to broadcast safety and injury prevention messages,” said study co-author Lara McKenzie, a principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

“As more health organisations and public health agencies use social media to share health information with the public, the findings of our study underscore the need to ensure that the imagery and text in social media posts are aligned,” added McKenzie.

Klein said she understands that those managing social media accounts may be drawn to images that are the most attention-grabbing. But when it comes to health and safety, this study suggests that making sure the image and the text are sending the same message is more important.

“If you want people to put their medicine up and out of reach of children, kids to wear their bike helmets, or new parents to remember that babies should always go to sleep on their backs, alone and in a crib — that’s where matching matters. Maybe save the eye-grabbing stuff and the humorous posts for different purposes,” Klein said.

Klein said the findings in this study likely extend beyond child safety messaging to any number of health and safety campaigns. However, he added that there’s more work to be done to understand how to best harness the power of social media for different types of public health communication.

“We need to pay more attention to how we communicate with the people we’re trying to influence with health and safety guidance. All of us can do a better job of thinking about how we use our social media accounts to contribute to better public health,” she said.


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Kareena Kapoor bids farewell to 2020 by ‘snuggling’ with Saif and Taimur. See the pictures she forced them to pose for


Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan has shared new pictures with her ‘boys’ — son Taimur Ali Khan and husband Saif Ali Khan — as she bids 2020 farewell and welcomes the new year. Kareena took to Instagram on Thursday to share the post, which includes four pictures of the trio, snuggling in bed.

“Ending the year snuggling and cuddling trying to force the boys into a perfect picture…” she wrote in her caption. “2020 would not have been possible without the two loves of my life… marching ahead… to new beginnings.. Stay safe my friends… Love and hope from us. We love you all…Happy new year.”

 

The pictures showed Kareena, Saif and Taimur, all sitting in bed, posing for selfies. The final picture in the post showed them from a distance, curled up in a blanket, with their dog with them. Saif held up a ‘V’ sign.

Saif and Kareena are set to welcome their second child in 2021. The actor has two adult children — Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan — from his previous marriage.

In a recent interview, Kareena credited Saif for encouraging her to continue working through her second pregnancy. “I think that he does understand in a way, especially when it comes to working women — be it a mother, sister, wife or daughter. He understands and respects working women a lot. He gives us the space to do exactly what we want. I think a happy woman is the one who is doing what she loves the most. I am glad that he understands that, and I believe that it comes from his mother,” she told Bombay Times.

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