Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 01/25/21

With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks.  Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing.

The Biden Administration and Congress:

  • “The residence has life in it again,” a White House source told CNN of the energy inside. “It’s the honeymoon period where everything feels new.”
  • There were nighttime movie binges in the White House movie theater, complete with snacks from the White House kitchen cooks, many of the Bidens’ five older grandchildren piling into the seats to watch, said another source familiar with the activities. The increased activity was met with pandemic precautions, including mask wearing.
  • The Senate overwhelmingly approved Janet Yellen as treasury secretary Monday, making her the first woman in U.S. history to hold the job.
  • President Joe Biden said Monday that he expects that the US will soon be able to vaccinate 1.5 million people a day, raising the bar by roughly 500,000 more vaccinations than its target of 1 million per day in his first 100 days in office. He said that the US could surpass that initial target in about three weeks.
  • U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced a constitutional amendment, S.J.Res 4, that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States to nine justices. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Todd Young (R-IN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Braun (R-IN) joined Rubio in reintroducing the constitutional amendment, which was first introduced on March 25, 2019. The Supreme Court has had nine seats since 1869. 
  • “Packing the Supreme Court is a radical, left-wing idea that would further undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy,” Rubio said. “As a candidate, President Joe Biden promised to unify America, and even said he was ‘not a fan’ of packing the Supreme Court, a radical proposal he once referred to as a ‘bonehead idea’ when he served in the Senate. If he is sincere about healing our country and protecting our institutions, he will support this effort to protect the Supreme Court.” 

Impeachment:

  • A portion of these videos have not been seen widely before, including video footage largely from the platform Parler showing how the crowd reacted in real time to some of the most potent lines in Trump’s speech at the Ellipse. The videos, along with other information in the public record, provide strong evidence of a causal link between Trump’s messages to his supporters and their dangerous, illegal conduct.
  • Fight for Trump’ video evidence:
  • Chief Justice John Roberts will not be presiding like he did for Trump’s first impeachment trial, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Instead, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the president pro tempore of the Senate, is expected to preside, the sources said. The Constitution says the chief justice presides when the person facing trial is the current president of the United States, but senators preside in other cases, one source said.

Other headlines:

  • Protests erupted late Sunday in Tacoma, Wash., in response to an incident a day earlier in which a police officer used his patrol vehicle to plow through a crowd, hitting several people and injuring at least two.
  • The families of four Black girls mistakenly detained by suburban Denver police at gunpoint last year after they were suspected of being in a stolen car sued police and the city of Aurora on Monday — claiming the officers’ actions permanently traumatized them and are part of a pattern of racial biased treatment against Black people.

White Isis:

  • Time for Jim Jordan to Look for an “Office for the Former Congressman. . . .”

    Hey Jim, You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky, punk? 😉

  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper sprays unmasked man who confronted him with video camera

     

    Remember Ted Wheeler from the protests in Portland last summer? He got on Trump’s bad side for publicly blaming him for the hate filled rhetoric that resulted in a fatality. He called for calm at the time.

    “That’s why I’m asking people, if you’re from out of town and you’re reading something on social media, please understand, if you’re reading any facts on social media, they’re probably wrong, because we don’t have all the facts yet.” He added, “This is not the time to get hotheaded because you read something on Twitter that some guy made up in his mother’s basement.”

    This time, he’s the one who got hotheaded

  • President Biden’s travel ban to mitigate the spread of the deadly Trumpvirus

    In case Wing Nut World needs a factual lesson versus spin on why President Obama reinstated Trump’s travel ban:

    President Joe Biden signed restrictions Monday on travel to the United States to mitigate Covid-19 transmission.

    The ban prevents most non-U.S. citizens from entry if they have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of Covid-19 has been identified. The virus has killed more than 420,000 people and infected upward of 25 million across the U.S., according to an NBC News tracker.

    No, racism has nothing to do with it as some morons have claimed.🙄 Mitigating the spread of the deadly virus is the goal here.

    Minnesota officials announced Monday they have identified a person infected with a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading at alarming rates in recent weeks in Brazil.

    This is the first report in the United States of the P.1 variant, which has been of particular concern to scientists as they have observed the disastrous surge in infections in the Brazilian city of Manaus.

    Thankfully:

    Early laboratory tests suggest antibodies triggered by the vaccine can recognise and fight the new variants.

    More studies are needed to confirm this is true for people who have been vaccinated.

    The new variants have been spreading fast in a number of nations.

     

     

     

  • President Biden said Trump’s impeachment trial ‘has to happen’

    President Biden said Monday that former President Trump’s second impeachment trial “has to happen” despite the potential disruptions it could have on his agenda and his Cabinet members’ confirmations.

    “I think it has to happen,” Biden told a CNN reporter during a brief interview in the West Wing, which came as House Democrats were formally delivering their impeachment article against Trump to the Senate.

    The Hill:

  • Trump establishes a new, bigly office

    Former President Donald Trump on Monday established an official post-presidency office in Palm Beach County, Fla., setting up a vehicle for future public appearances and statements.

    “The Office of the Former President” will manage Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearance and official activities, according to a press release from the office.

    President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People,” the release said.

    The Hill:

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