Liveblog - In case you missed it: Headlines 01/28/21

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

Biden Administration:

Congress:

  • Don’t piss off Nonna:
  • Democrats are discussing a path to bypass Republicans and approve an aggressive Covid-19 relief package on a party-line basis as prospects for bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s top priority diminish.
  • “The sentiment is this: We would like Republicans to work with us to be part of the solution to deliver emergency help, but we can’t wait, it’s urgent, and we need to double-track this process,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who was on the call, told reporters. “So we will continue to reach out to Republicans, but I’m a big supporter of having an insurance policy in place through reconciliation.”
  • Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who gained national attention as one of former President Trump’s most ardent defenders during his first impeachment, said Thursday he will not run for retiring Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) seat in 2022.
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene penned conspiracy theory that a laser beam from space started deadly 2018 California wildfire

COVID-19 Updates:

  • The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment claims fell slightly to 847,000 last week, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor. Economists had predicted a total of 875,000 claims for the week ended Jan. 23.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that he supports re-opening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. 
  • “I would back the CDC recommendations because that is really based on data… we need to try and get the children back to school and that’s the goal of President Biden that in the next one hundred days to get the K to eights back in school,” Fauci said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
  • Time to double or upgrade masks as coronavirus variants emerge, experts say.

Impeachment:

  •  Former President Donald Trump may submit a written letter in his defense for the Senate impeachment trial, contemplating the move as he expands his legal team less than two weeks before the proceedings are set to begin, according to two people familiar with the matter.
  • And while he is considering such a statement, Trump is not planning to appear in person to defend himself against the charge that he incited the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the people familiar with the matter said — effectively ending any speculation of a possible cameo by the former president.

Riots/White ISIS/Wing Nut Watch:

Other headlines:

  • 6 Are Killed in Liquid Nitrogen Leak at Poultry Plant
  • The authorities said five people were found dead at a Foundation Food Group plant in Gainesville, Ga., and a sixth person died at a hospital.
  • A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after the constitutional court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional.
  • Led by a women’s rights group, Women’s Strike, people poured onto the streets of Warsaw, where they demonstrated in front of the court, and in other cities and towns on Thursday for the second evening in a row.
  • Pioneering Actress of Stage and Screen, Cicely Tyson, Dies at 96

     

     

  • Astra Zeneca Should Not be Given to Anyone over 64, per German Report

  • AOC rips Ted Cruz again

    Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday accused Sen. Ted Cruz of “trying to get me killed” during the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol and called for his resignation from the Senate, after the Texas Republican appeared to agree with her on the need for an investigation into Robinhood following chaos on Wall Street.

    “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” the New York congresswoman wrote in a tweet directed at the Texas senator Thursday. “Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”
    She continued, “You haven’t even apologized for the serious physical + mental harm you contributed to from Capitol Police & custodial workers to your own fellow members of Congress. In the meantime, you can get off my timeline & stop clout-chasing. Thanks.”

Ms. G

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