The nation is trying to right itself after a mob fomented by President Donald Trump staged a deadly attack on the Capitol Wednesday just as Congress was affirming his electoral ouster. But with 11 days left in Trump’s term, House Democrats are taking no chances and plan to fast-track a second impeachment Monday if he doesn’t resign. While there isn’t time to try Trump in the Senate, legal scholars say senators could convict him after he leaves office, barring a return to power. In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she’d spoken to the nation’s top general about curbing the president’s orders, especially those involving nuclear weapons.
Words matter. Fearing “the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account Friday evening, depriving him of his most effective communication tool — which he’d used more than 57,000 times. The microblogging giant said its move was based on how his posts “are being received and interpreted.” It’s since stopped other accounts from posting Trump’s messages, and sparked a mass migration of Trumpist tweeters to Parler, which has been removed from Google’s Android app store, while Apple has threatened removal if Parler won’t moderate dangerous content. Angered by the move, Trump also suggested starting his own platform.
In a controversial break with the Trump administration’s pandemic policy, President-elect Joe Biden plans to stop holding back vaccine supplies intended to be second doses for those who have received the first shot. That means more people will get shots, but fewer will get the full protection that comes with receiving the prescribed follow-up shot within three to four weeks. Meanwhile, some medical centers are finding that as much as 80 percent of medical workers — particularly at elder care facilities — don’t want to be immunized. The number of those who “don’t want to be guinea pigs,” as one doctor put it, has alarmed health authorities.
When Sen. Joe Manchin talks, people listen. At about 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, the centrist West Virginia Democrat, whose vote matters in a closely divided Congress, said there would “absolutely not” be a round of $2,000 stimulus checks. That reversed a Wall Street upswing on a day when December’s employment report showed a loss of 140,000 jobs, keeping unemployment at 6.7 percent. It was the first time since the first pandemic wave in April that the U.S. lost jobs, indicating that recovery may take longer than expected, but with vaccines providing a light at the end of the tunnel.
Election Update: The 50-50 balance in the U.S. Senate created by Democrats capturing two seats in Tuesday’s Georgia runoff elections may be altered by the Capitol attack: Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she may quit the Republican Party if it continues to support President Trump.
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We hated it. But Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol may have done what no PR firm could have accomplished for facial recognition software. There have been calls on social media to use the tech to ID the vandals. One viral story, published and then retracted by the conservative Washington Times, claimed facial recognition had nailed antifa members at the scene. Either way, it follows public calls to prohibit police from using such algorithms, which are known to misidentify the faces of Black people, to find suspects. But in this case, the targets are white, and generally didn’t cover their faces.
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2. Can Blockchain Help Them Buy American?
It’s not a question of U.S. vs. them. They are Krissy and Alex Mashinsky, veterans of the fashion and cryptocurrency worlds, and they’re aiming to help American workers and businesses with blockchain technology, OZY reports. How? By launching usastrong.io, a marketplace for goods made in the USA. While sparked by the pandemic downturn, it’s also driven by environmental worries, which advocate for buying locally as well. The husband-and-wife team do it by verifying owners and suppliers of products as diverse as hoodies and honey, and tracking a limited number of components using blockchain. Next up? They’re eyeing all-American wine.
3. Trump Auctioned the Wilderness, and (Almost) Nobody Came
It was “an epic failure.” At least if your agenda is selling off Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to polar bears and caribou, along with an estimated 11 billion barrels of oil. Conservationists have long fought to preserve America’s largest untrammeled wilderness, but the Trump administration moved quickly to sell oil drilling leases on Wednesday. But far from the expected $900 million, just two companies and Alaskan state authorities bid only a few leases for $14 million. While the sale, depressed by low oil demand, was a failure, it will still be more difficult to stop future sales, local groups lamented.
4. Where the Scoops Are Big, Like the Consequences
Journalists can be the worst interview subjects. But the incongruously named Sports Gazette’s staff allowed documentarians to shadow them for 14 months. Alexander Nanau’s Collective, named for the 2015 Bucharest nightclub fire that killed 64 people and spotlighted authorities’ corruption in government and the health care system, became Romania’s submission in the Academy Awards’ Best International Film category. The resulting stories launched mass protests and brought down the government, something that will no doubt resonate with Academy members who’ve lived through their own upheaval — if the film advances that far.
He once told his wife that he loved her more than football or basketball — just not baseball. Tommy Lasorda, who led Los Angeles to eight division titles, four National League pennants and prevailed in two World Series, died of a heart attack Thursday in Southern California, but his death was announced yesterday. Lasorda even briefly pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s, beginning 71 seasons, including as Dodgers skipper from 1976 to 1996 and notching 1,599 wins. With an oversize and loud personality, Lasorda was the Dodgers, recently advising the team and watching them win the championship in October, the first time since he had made it happen.
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