Liveblog - Weekend Wrap up: January 31, 2021

It’s Sunday and the weekend has come to an end. Below are a few articles and events we might have missed but are worthy of discussion. And in case you missed the Sunday shows, we got you covered. Please feel free to add your own headlines we might have missed.

The Biden Administration:

Congress:

  • More proof that Republicans only care about giving tax cuts to the wealthy but do not care about the American people and how the pandemic has affected all of us:
    • Ten moderate Republican U.S. senators urged Democratic President Joe Biden on Sunday to significantly downsize his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to win bipartisan support as Democrats in Congress prepared to push ahead with his plan this week.

The Sunday Shows:

  • It’s not the pandemic, it’s the teachers’ unions, according to Senator Cassidy.
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that Republican leadership “ought to stand up” against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) controversial comments that have resurfaced over the past week.
  • Bernie Sanders claims the Democratic Party has the votes to pass a COVID-19 relief bill.
  • Stephen Miller has a meltdown:

Other News:

  • Walmart mass shooting survivor deported to Juarez after traffic stop by El Paso police.
  • A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the U.S. government could resume expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border unaccompanied by a parent.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s stay of a lower court ruling allows President Joe Biden’s administration to resume expulsions begun by former President Donald Trump under a public health policy citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The appeals court issued a stay that had been requested by the Trump administration shortly after a federal judge in November barred the practice.
  • A man who once believed in the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory apologized to CNN’s Anderson Cooper for thinking he ate babies.
  • Kansas voters will decide next year whether the state’s constitution protects abortion rights under a ballot measure approved by the state Senate on Thursday.
  • If approved by voters, the measure — known by its supporters as “Value Them Both” — would amend the state’s constitution to say there is no right to abortion and leave the power to regulate the procedure to the legislature, currently a Republican-leaning body that in recent years has tightened restrictions on abortions.
  • Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said he is “not going to back down” to Democrats who have he wanted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and that he incited violence which occurred during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

And a bit of humor:

  • The Palace has Meghan Markle’s Name Removed from Baby Archie’s Birth Certificate

    This weekend, reports have been circulating online regarding Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s birth certificate. Specifically, Duchess Meghan‘s name was changed on the official document, with her forenames, Rachel and Meghan, removed altogether. Now, she is simply referenced as “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex” on the certificate.  While some reports have suggested that Meghan is responsible for changing her name on Archie’s birth certificate, a spokesperson for the duchess has set the record straight.

    “The change of name on public documents in 2019 was dictated by The Palace, as confirmed by documents from senior Palace officials,” a spokesperson for Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex explained in a statement to BAZAAR.com. “This was not requested by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex nor by The Duke of Sussex.  Source: Harpers Bazaar

  • Arkansas Man who Raided Pelosi’s Office has been Denied Bail

  • Lawyer who met with Epstein in final days hired by Trump for impeachment trial

    With his impeachment trial looming in just nine days, former president Trump announced he had a new team of lawyers on Sunday, including David Schoen, who met with disgraced businessman and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein about representing him before his death. The move comes the day after it was reported five members of the president’s impeachment team had left.

  • Putin seems scared of Alexey Navalny. Secretary of State Blinken wants to know why. . . .

     

    Today, even Navalny’s wife was detained, in addition to thousands of protestors.

    At his first press conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken wondered what Putin was so afraid of where Navalny is concerned.

     

  • Trump’s new legal team announced

     

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