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    Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Trial, Not John Roberts  NPRLeahy, not Roberts, expected to preside over impeachment trial as House to send article to Senate on Monday  CNNThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel | TheHill  The HillGregg Jarrett: Pelosi seeks retaliation in Trump impeachment trial -- get ready for 'the sequel'  Fox NewsOpinion | The Trial of Donald Trump: The Sequel  The New York TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban  The New York TimesWhite House staff welcomes new first family: 'The residence has life again'  CNNCDC director: “I cannot tell you how much vaccine we have”  Yahoo NewsCan the media regain credibility under Biden? | TheHill  The HillJoe Biden's battle for the soul of America has begun  Los Angeles TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Moderna says it's working on Covid booster shot for variant in South Africa, says current vaccine provides some protection  CNBCCovid-19 Live Updates: White House Extends Travel Ban on Europe and Brazil  The New York TimesModerna vaccine appears to work against variants  BBC NewsHow Big a Setback Is Merck’s Vaccine Flop?  BloombergModerna shot protects against new virus variants; higher blood thinner dose keeps patients off ventilators  Yahoo NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package is already in trouble - Business Insider  Business InsiderBipartisan group of senators pushes back on Biden Covid plan  POLITICOCovid-19 relief faces time crunch with impeachment around the corner  CNNThird stimulus checks: Here’s what is holding up those $1,400 payments  WJHL-TV News Channel 11White House aides meet with senators on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill  CBS NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Activists report 1.2 million signatures to recall California governor | TheHill  The HillCalifornia governor expected to lift regional stay-at-home orders Monday  CNNCalifornia campaign to fire Newsom nears threshold needed for ballot  Fox NewsCalifornia proposal would extend eviction rule through June  The Associated PressCalifornia eviction moratorium set to expire with rent coming due at end of month  San Francisco ChronicleView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Supreme Court dismisses emoluments cases against Trump  CNNSupreme Court ends Trump emoluments lawsuits  Yahoo NewsSupreme Court shuts down 2 Trump emoluments cases  POLITICOSupreme Court dismisses case alleging Trump illegally profited from his businesses while in office  The WeekSupreme Court dismisses challenges to Trump's business profits  NBC NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    GOP Sen. Rob Portman announces he won't run again in 2022  New York Post GOP Sen. Rob Portman won't run for reelection, saying it's difficult to 'break through the partisan gridlock'  CNNPortman’s exit signals uncertainty for Senate GOP  POLITICOA message to retiring Republicans: You can rescue your party  The Washington PostSen. Rob Portman says he will not seek reelection in 2022  NBC4 ColumbusView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden to sign 'Buy American' executive order  New York Post Biden will sign executive order aimed at strengthening American manufacturing  CNNAmid stimulus talks, Biden signs order to help factories  The Associated PressBiden to sign order aimed at pushing federal government to buy American-made products  The Washington PostStimulus checks, unemployment and more: Here's the aid that's coming from Washington -- and what might be coming soon  CNNView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Thousands of Chicago teachers not heading back to classrooms following union vote, will remain remote  Fox NewsChicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying CPS  WGN NewsCPS Moves Return Date For Teachers To Wednesday  CBS ChicagoOpen CPS schools when it's safe, not because families may flee  Chicago TribuneChicago teachers union votes against returning to classrooms  AxiosView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Stop the Steal organizer charged in Capitol riot  POLITICOFlorida Man Faces Capitol Riot Charges After Posting Images  CBS MiamiOmaha man facing charges related to US Capitol riot  WOWTOmaha FBI agents arrest founder of WalkAway Campaign for actions during U.S. Capitol attack  KETV OmahaRight-Wing Activist Banned From Airline for Not Wearing Mask Is Charged in Capitol Riots  Daily BeastView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign amid pandemic and political turmoil  CNNItaly’s Prime Minister Conte Resigns Amid Struggle Against Covid-19 and Recession  The Wall Street JournalItalian premier to offer resignation as government wobbles  The Associated PressGiuseppe Conte to quit as Italy's PM in tactical move  The GuardianItalian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign, leaving nation without a stable government to guide pandemic response  The Washington PostView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    9 workers found dead in China gold mine explosions  Associated Press11 miners rescued from Chinese gold mine  CBS NewsVIDEO NOW: Several workers dead after an explosion at a gold mine in China  WPRINine workers found dead after 11 rescued weeks since China mine explosion  NBC NewsChina mine rescue: Nine people found dead after gold mine collapse - BBC News  BBC NewsView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Elderly woman who 'died' of COVID-19 reappears at nursing home after 10 days  New York Post Woman who 'died' of COVID-19 returns to Spanish nursing home after identity mix-up  USA TODAYWoman Who 'Died' of COVID Turns Up Alive and Well 9 Days Later  NewsweekView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Navalny has boxed Putin into a 'humiliating' Catch-22, national-security officials say - Business Insider  Business InsiderProtests erupt in Russia after arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny  CBS NewsWhat Alexei Navalny needs now - POLITICO  PoliticoOpinion | Aleksei Navalny Protests in Russia Are Something Special  The New York TimesThe Observer view on Russia’s protests against Putinism  The GuardianView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Budweiser won't air Super Bowl ads, will use funds for COVID vaccine support instead  Fox BusinessBudweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl  Associated PressBudweiser becomes latest Super Bowl commercial stalwart to sit out this year's broadcast  USA TODAYWith 4 Minutes of National Airtime, Anheuser-Busch Will Showcase 6 Brands During Super Bowl 2021  AdweekBudweiser, like Coke and Pepsi, to pass on Super Bowl 2021 commercials  New York Post View Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Leon Black to Step Down as Apollo's C.E.O. After Firm Finds More Payments to Jeffrey Epstein  The New York TimesView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Dow Jones Falls, Nasdaq Turns Positive; Microsoft, Apple In Buy Zones Ahead Of Earnings  Investor's Business DailyS&P 500 ends volatile day slightly higher, Apple pushes Nasdaq to another record close  CNBCTech Megacaps Are Storming Back to Derail the Stock Rotation  Yahoo FinanceDueling Investors Take GameStop on a Wild Ride  NewserStock market live updates: GameStop erases 140% rally, S&P 500 and Nasdaq down from open  CNBCView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    France welcomes U.S. pivot on Big Tech taxes, sees potential for a deal this spring  CNBCView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Apple doubles down on Fitness+ with new “Time to Walk” Apple Watch content  Ars TechnicaTime to Walk: An inspiring audio walking experience comes to Apple Fitness+  Apple NewsroomApple adds walking with celebrities to Fitness Plus’ features  The VergeApple’s ‘Time To Walk’ Is Democratizing What It Means To Be Fit—And Making Exercise Fun in the Process  Well+GoodApple Adds Time to Walk Feature to Fitness+  GizmodoView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Samsung has reportedly lowered its Galaxy S21 shipments expectations  SamMobileWhy the Galaxy S21 can't have it all  The VergeGalaxy S21 sales tipped to hover around 2.4m units in S. Korea this year: report  The Korea HeraldiPhone 12 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra | Which would you pick?  Digital TrendsGSMArena labs: Our 3D models now let you do size comparisons against a credit card - GSMArena.com news  GSMArena.comView Full Coverage on Google News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden overturns Trump's ban on transgender troops in first moves for Defense Secretary Austin  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    President Biden reinstates COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted by Trump, imposes South Africa ban  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Berhalter Names 25-Player Roster ahead of USA-Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31 in Orlando  U.S. Soccer ▶️ Read more ◀️

    USA TODAY Nominated T. F. Green “Best Small Airport” 2021  WPRI.com ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Report: USA Basketball eyeing 60 players in Olympic pool  NBA.com ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Budweiser becomes latest Super Bowl commercial stalwart to sit out this year's broadcast  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Nineteen Athletes Set To Return To Court For Feb. 4-7 USA Basketball Women's National Team Minicamp - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA  PortlandFire.com ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Politics live updates: Biden predicts vaccine available to general public in spring; Sen. Leahy to preside over impeachment  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    MLB, USA Baseball start combine ahead of pushed-back draft  WSPA 7News ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Made In the USA? | Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth - JDSupra  JD Supra ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Coronavirus updates: California drops regional stay-at-home orders; Merck abandons vaccine development  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Suspect arrested in Indianapolis shooting that left 5 people and an unborn child dead  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Camp Kobe: How Kobe Bryant taught NBA players the Mamba way  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    USA 6 - Colombia 0: Match Report & Stats  U.S. Soccer ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani for $1.3B alleging defamation for election comments  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Air Pros USA Hiring 250 HVAC Technicians and Installers  ACHR NEWS ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Lightning Round: Welcome to Title Bay, USA  Raw Charge ▶️ Read more ◀️

    How the USA TODAY Network voted for the Baseball Hall of Fame  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Megyn Kelly partly blames media for US Capitol riot: 'They checked their objectivity' by bashing Donald Trump  USA TODAY ▶️ Read more ◀️

    USA vs. Colombia - Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels - U.S. Soccer  U.S. Soccer ▶️ Read more ◀️

    US watchdog to investigate whether officials made 'improper attempts' to alter election result – live

    DoJ watchdog looks into possible collusion with Trump effortBiden says mask-wearing can save 50,000 lives by end of AprilFauci: US scientists working to upgrade Covid vaccines for variantsDominion Voting Systems to file lawsuit against GiulianiBiden to drop Trump’s military transgender ban 10.19pm GMT It’s been a busy day so far in US politics and the best drama is yet to come, with the article of impeachment due to be marched from the House to the Senate at 7pm ET. Many apologies to all our readers that there wasn’t a summary in the middle of the day, the blog got carried away with so many events at the White House.My Guardian colleague on the west coast, Maanvi Singh, will take over in a moment to carry you through the next few hours in her inimitable style. 10.01pm GMT In a little over two hours, the House of Representatives impeachment managers, led by Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin, will ceremoniously walk the article of impeachment against Donald Trump across the Capitol to the Senate, ahead of the former president’s trial for high crimes and misdemeanors.It is a single article, accusing Trump of “incitement of insurrection” because he exhorted the supporters at his rally near the White House on January 6 to “fight” to overturn the election result. Related: 'Integrity still matters': the unlikely Republican standing up to Trump's voter fraud lies Related: 'I just want 11,780 votes': Trump pressed Georgia to overturn Biden victory Related: Trump's second impeachment trial: the key players Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teenager

    Holden White was attacked by another teen, charged with attempted murder, last JuneA hate crime charge has been added to attempted murder in the case of a gay Louisiana teenager who was attacked by another teen he met on a dating app last year.Police initially said the evidence did not support a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and nearly a month in the hospital and still does not have full use of both hands. White said the other teen wrapped a cord around his neck so tightly he lost consciousness and that he woke up in a bathtub where the assailant repeatedly slashed his wrists. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    California lifts its statewide Covid stay-at-home orders

    Announcement comes after months of a surge in cases and as the governor is sued for restrictions on outdoor diningCalifornia lifted its stay-at-home order statewide Monday after four-week projections showed intensive care unit capacity to be above 15% in beleaguered regions for the first time in weeks.“Today we can lay claim to starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel as it relates to case numbers,” said the California governor Gavin Newsom during a press briefing on Monday. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden continues to unpick Trump's legacy as impeachment trial looms

    New president has overturned Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in military as part of blitz of executive ordersUS politics – live coverageJoe Biden has overturned Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military, earning praise from LGBTQ+ activists as he attempts to turn the page on his predecessor. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden administration revives plan to put Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

    Press secretary says change to note that currently shows Andrew Jackson, who enslaved people, is back on treasury menuThe US treasury is taking steps to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, as was planned under Barack Obama. Related: She Came to Slay: Tubman biography looks beyond Underground Railroad Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden reverses Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in military

    New president overturns ban ordered by Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in officeJoe Biden on Monday reversed a Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from joining the US military, dumping a ban ordered by Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office. Related: Defense secretary Lloyd Austin demands US military sexual assault reports Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Republicans will try to create an 'ethics' trap for Democrats. Don't fall for it | David Litt

    When it comes to double-standards, Republican bad faith is hardly ever in short supplyA press secretary who tells the truth. An independent justice department that respects the rule of law. A president who doesn’t tweet conspiracy theories in the wee hours of the morning. After four dispiriting years and one near-death experience for American democracy, it would be comforting to conclude that nature is healing. Our political guardrails held. The Trump Era was nothing more than a temporary blip.But such complacency would be a terrible mistake. What we’re seeing at the dawn of the Biden presidency is not the reestablishment of norms, but the establishment of double standards. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    American theater may not survive the coronavirus. We need help now | Jeremy O'Harris

    During the Great Depression, FDR set up the Federal Theater Program to save our industry. We need similar help todayRecently, I was in a taxi and the driver asked me what I did. When I told him I’m a playwright, he looked back at me with true pity. “I feel for you people. I’m real poor on money right now, like most cab drivers, but at least I can work … for hospitality and the arts it’s like the light just got turned off. It ain’t right.” Related: The Guardian view on live art: irreplaceable energy | Editorial Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    In this seemingly endless lockdown, will we finally run out of TV? | Rebecca Nicholson

    We’ve watched the best shows, we’re bored of binge-watching and productions have been put on hold. But there is still hopeIt is no great surprise that during the first lockdown people spent more time stuck to their screens. Last year, Ofcom reported that in April we were watching around a third more television and online video than we had been a year before that, and that was when the weather was good. Netflix and Amazon Prime have both recently reported record numbers of subscribers signing up over the past 12 months, with newcomers such as Disney+ attracting big audiences, too.During that first lockdown, I was lucky enough to be able to work from home, and I set myself some TV goals. I would rewatch The Sopranos, because I had not seen it for at least 10 years, and I wanted to know if it still stood up as the best show in TV history. It does, and plenty of people had the same idea: it was one of the breakout hits of 2020. I would catch up with Schitt’s Creek. I would use documentaries to educate myself, probably starting with Ken Burns, and I would make sure at least some of what I watched was not in English, because it’s easier not to be on your phone when you’re watching something Icelandic. (One Instagram scroll equals several crucial plot-points missed.) I thought there would be a new season of Succession soon enough. I had it covered. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden wants unity and democracy. But in the US these have always been in conflict | David Runciman

    Its institutions were designed to keep the people out. The new president could have blamed the founding fathersThe three words that stood out in Joe Biden’s powerful inaugural address, if only for the number of times he used them, were “democracy”, “unity” and “truth”. But it was democracy that took centre stage. “This is democracy’s day,” he said, in his first statement after taking the oath of office. “The will of the people has been heard … Democracy has prevailed.”Is this apparent vindication of democracy enough for unity and truth to prevail as well? The founding fathers of the American republic, whose history and institutions Biden also repeatedly invoked, might have been surprised to hear him run the three together. They believed they were founding a state that was designed to keep democracy at arm’s length. James Madison, one of the authors of The Federalist Papers and a future president, stated that the American constitution he helped to write would mean “the total exclusion of the people, in their collective capacity, from any share [in the government]”. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    How a cannabis farm cured my fear of nature | Zoe Williams

    A factory with more than 800 plants has been discovered in a building beside the Bank of England – and the news had an unexpected effect on meThere’s always a detail in apocalypse fiction that looms horrifically in your subconscious from your first encounter with the genre, when you were a bit too young for it. Mine is plants bursting through concrete, that stark reminder that mankind is evanescent and nature is stronger. As a child, it was the most terrible thing I could imagine: grass growing through pavement, creepers tendrilling out of defunct offices. I think I got this phobia from The Day of the Triffids, possibly the only book in the British canon where the plants are the bad guy.It’s easy to imagine it happening in the City of London, which is deader than every other dead place, eerie and full of foreboding. What happened instead was that someone established a cannabis factory of “significant size” (according to the police) right next to the Bank of England. It wasn’t the gigantic tent with the 826 plants that gave it away, but rather the strong smell commonly associated with the class B drug. Can you call a smell a smell when there’s nobody around to smell it? Philosophically, maybe not, but yes, in the eyes of the law. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Joe Biden's talk of 'healing' is pointless, and will be seen as weakness by the right | Nesrine Malik

    The new president needs to be fearlessly radical – it’s the only way to rebalance the economy and tackle the causes of divisionNormal. The United States is returning to normal. During Joe Biden’s inauguration, the commentary was overwhelmingly about a country slowly regaining consciousness, blinking away the bad dream that was Donald Trump. That state of normal was one of not just reinstating all the protocols and rituals of high office, but of the pastoral hand of the president. Biden will now “heal” the nation and rebuild America’s standing in the world. “Civility” will cleanse the US of the previous administration’s toxicity.But against the backdrop of the past four years in general and the previous two weeks in particular, the ceremonials all felt a bit flat, like trying to burn incense to banish the smell of a rotting corpse. Trump may be gone as president, but the morbidities he exposed remain. They hang heavily in the air: the 74 million people who voted for him despite four years of lies and carnage; the proportion of voters who still think the election was stolen; the ongoing round-up of those who stormed the Capitol; the hundreds of thousands of lives claimed by coronavirus. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Don't believe the anti-Trump hype – corporate sedition still endangers America | Robert Reich

    CEOs only acted after the Capitol attack because Democrats took power. Their political dominance must be reducedThe sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government – chief executives and their army of lobbyists. Related: Chaos of Trump's last days in office reverberates with fresh 'plot' report Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    The Trump era wasn't all bad. We saw progress – thanks to social movements | Rebecca Solnit

    Looking back over the past four years, there wasn’t just rightwing repression. Movements flourished – and won important battlesThe devastation of the Trump administration – to norms and values and public safety, to the climate and the environment and the rights of marginalized groups – is huge and undeniable. But Pablo Neruda’s old axiom “You can cut down the flowers but you can’t stop the spring” might describe what happened. Despite opposition, persecution and real losses, movements for liberation and justice continued to expand not only in power and achievement but in vision.People looked upward, in awe, during the last days of 2020, and I saw them again and again, watching the full moon of late December, the rare planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn around that time, and here in the Bay Area a magnificent murmuration of starlings above an old Catholic cemetery in San Rafael, tens of thousands of birds swirling together in coordinated flight at sundown, evening after evening. In looking at these tangible spectacles, I believe people were, during this time of political strife and pandemic confinement, seeking the spaciousness of freedom and possibility. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers increase stake in Leeds United

    49ers boost stake in Premier League side from 15% to 37%Bielsa hits back at suggestions his Leeds players are fatiguedThe San Francisco 49ers have increased their stake in Leeds United to 37%, the Premier League club have announced.Paraag Marathe, the president of 49ers Enterprises who was already a member of the Yorkshire club’s board, becomes the Whites’ vice-chairman and will be “more involved in the decision-making process and day-to-day operations”, Leeds said in a statement. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Hank Aaron obituary

    Baseball player who eclipsed the great Babe Ruth and for many years held the record for the highest number of career home runs For three decades the baseball player Hank Aaron, who has died aged 86, held the record for hitting more home runs – 755 – than anyone in major league history, and will be remembered in particular for No 715, which broke Babe Ruth’s career record.America had invested the number 714 with mythic significance, and Aaron discovered that many people resented a less charismatic figure relegating a legend to second place – especially when that man was black. When he ended the 1973 season one short of Ruth’s record, Aaron was receiving as many as 3,000 letters a day, many of them spewing racist hatred, including death threats. “This changed me,” he said. “The letters remind me not to be surprised or hurt. They remind me what people are really like.” Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Aaron Rodgers' brilliance is clear but history may judge him unfairly

    The Green Bay Packers quarterback fell short in a championship game once again. There is a risk his extraordinary talent will be obscuredThe ball was in Aaron Rodgers’s hands – until it wasn’t. It was fourth down, with a little over two minutes left in the NFC Championship game and the Green Bay Packers needed a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion to tie the game. Still, Rodgers will almost certainly be named the 2020 NFL MVP in the coming weeks. If anyone had earned this opportunity, it was Rodgers. Yet, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur decided instead to bring out Mason Crosby for a field goal that cut the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ lead from eight points to five. This gave the ball back to Tom Brady with two minutes left to go. To practically nobody’s surprise, Rodgers did not get the ball back. He instead was relegated to a mere spectator as he watched another Super Bowl dream die. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26.Rodgers is an all-time great quarterback. He’s a two-time league MVP – and almost certainly will be named MVP again this year – and has been elected to the Pro Bowl nine times. A list of his statistical accomplishments takes up two whole paragraphs of the three-paragraph introduction to his extremely long Wikipedia page. There you can learn, among many other things, that Rodgers is the fastest player to get to 400 passing touchdowns and has the highest single-season passer rating (122.5 back in 2011). It’s ridiculous to think that his career could be considered a disappointment. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Chiefs' Mahomes sets up Super Bowl showdown with Brady after win over Bills

    AFC Championship game: Buffalo Bills 24-38 Kansas City ChiefsKansas City Chiefs have chance to win second title in two yearsIt took the Kansas City Chiefs five frustrating decades to make their second Super Bowl appearance. Now, the defending champs are headed there for the second straight year.Showing no lingering effects from a concussion, Patrick Mahomes sliced up Buffalo’s secondary with ruthless efficiency as the Chiefs rolled to a 38-24 victory over Josh Allen and the Bills in the AFC championship game on Sunday night. Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, with most of the attention focused on his favorite targets Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    New York Times fires editor targeted by rightwing critics over Biden tweet

    Lauren Wolfe was let go two days after tweeting she had ‘chills’ at seeing Joe Biden’s plane land at Joint Base AndrewsA row has broken out over accusations that a New York Times journalist was fired after being targeted by rightwing critics for tweeting she had “chills” at seeing Joe Biden’s plane land at Joint Base Andrews.Lauren Wolfe, who had been working as an editor at the Times, posted the message on 19 January, as Biden arrived ahead of his inauguration as president the next day. Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Schumer promises quick but fair trial as Trump impeachment heads to Senate

    Ex-president forms legal team before February hearingsBiden focuses on nominations and legislative prioritiesTrump plots revenge on Republicans who betrayed himThe single article of impeachment against Donald Trump will on Monday evening be delivered to the Senate, where the Democratic majority leader, Chuck Schumer, is promising a quick but fair trial. Related: Trump's second impeachment trial: the key players Continue reading... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Democrat Prospects of Convicting Trump in Senate Fade Away

    WASHINGTON (AP) - As the House prepares to bring the impeachment charge against Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a growing number of Republican senators say they are opposed to the proceeding, dimming the chances that former president will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats will carry the sole impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection" across the Capitol late Monday evening, a rare and ceremonial walk to the Senate by the prosecutors who will argue their case. They are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Hello, it's Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Globally, the number of COVID-19 infections is closing in on 100 million documented cases. In more than 2.1 million of them, the virus has been fatal. Meanwhile, in the United States, where more than 419,000 of those deaths have taken place, a date has now been set for Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. In the world of sports, Americans lost a baseball immortal Friday: The great Henry Louis Aaron passed away peacefully in his sleep. In football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be playing in his 10th Super Bowl. Although Brady has won... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Government Waste Thrives in Darkness

    In the last 20 years, our country's national debt has exploded. In 2001, when George W. Bush took office, the national debt was .8 trillion. It took around 225 years -- booms, busts, depressions, wars, etc. -- to amass that much national debt. In just eight years, Bush and a compliant Congress doubled the number to .7 trillion. In Barack Obama's two terms, another .6 trillion was added. During the past four years, Donald Trump and Congress fought many battles, but not over this: In that time, America's future was mortgaged to the tune of another .7 trillion. Today, the national debt... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Mitch McConnell's Time for Choosing

    Sen. Mitch McConnell was handily reelected in November, and has cemented his legacy as the architect of a recast judiciary that saw 230 new conservative federal judges and three Supreme Court justices join the bench in just four years. He has also just lost his job as majority leader, and witnessed one of the darkest hours for our nation, and certainly the darkest hour for the GOP, in his lifetime. But for a 78-year-old man, closing in on four decades in the U.S. Congress and perhaps in his final term in office, the most difficult and challenging days and weeks of his career are still before... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden's Biggest Decision

    Joe Biden's new administration faces a murderers' row of hard decisions on everything from controlling the Southern border to dealing with Iran. But one choice dominates all of them: Does Biden intend to govern from the center-left or to make more far-reaching concessions to his party's progressive wing? Biden's nominations and early executive orders suggest he wants to govern from the center-left, but his "sweet spot" will be much more progressive than President Obama's because the Democratic Party has kept moving steadily left. How will President Biden resolve tensions between his party's... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Can Biden Lead Another Youth Movement?

    The unlikely coalition that first sent 29-year-old Joe Biden to the Senate in 1972 included an army of first-time voters - many of them under 21 years of age. With a polarizing Nixon White House, historic racial protests following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and a seemingly endless war in Vietnam, Biden added his voice to America's unruly discussions on war, addiction, the environment, prison reform, ethics, and equality. Even before winning his first election, he made a priority of shaking up the old guard, insisting on the inclusion of youth at every level of politics. It's... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Reclaiming Common Ground: Racism, Kendi & the Capitol Riot

    On Jan. 20, right on schedule and without interruption, Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. Yet all is not well. That 25,000 National Guard members had been summoned to Washington to stand watch over the city's streets and provide security for the inauguration testified to the distrust and anger roiling the nation. On Jan. 6, peaceful protests in Washington, D.C., against the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election deteriorated into a violent riot, which culminated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. The... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Will Biden Leave Little Sisters Free to Choose?

    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden likes to talk about unity and his intent to rise above partisan rancor to heal the divisions that led a pro-Trump mob to swarm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Given his history of cutting deals with Republicans, I believe he wants to work across the aisle. But a hail-fellow-well-met demeanor can't paper over his party's intolerance and readiness to use government as a club to beat dissenters into submission. Choice? That's not for Little Sisters of the Poor -- or at least it wasn't last year as Biden was the presumptive Democratic nominee and the Supreme Court ruled... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Senate Confirms Biden Nominee Austin as Defense Secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for others on his national security team in coming days, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Biden is looking for Austin to restore stability... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Democrats Have Released a Roadmap to One-Party Rule

    The Democrats appear intent on instituting one-party rule in the United States. They're trying to use the U.S. Capitol riots as an excuse to criminalize dissent and banish conservative voices from the public sphere, and at the same time they're hoping to use their temporary, razor-thin majority in Congress to rewrite the rules governing our elections in a way designed to keep the Democratic Party entrenched in power for decades to come. In the House, Democrats have revived sweeping election reform legislation that died in the Senate during the previous session, perhaps hoping they can... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Pennsylvania Will Reflect Voter Mood During Biden Presidency

    In his inaugural address, President Biden focused on a message of unity as the nation confronts overwhelming challenges, including the COVID-19 crisis, economically devastating lockdowns, and cultural unrest. Biden sought to diffuse the nation's combustible mood, presenting a theme of recovery rather than an ambitious policy agenda. Now, as a new Washington dynamic begins, Biden - along with members of Congress - should remember what Americans signaled in the 2020 election. Voters undoubtedly issued a pandemic-era rejection of Donald Trump, but in down-ballot races, they reminded Democrats... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    To Save Free Speech, Let 'Marsh' Beat a Swamp

    Can a Marsh beat a Swamp? Yes, if the Supreme Court precedent in Marsh v. Alabama is applied by Congress, the court or state legislatures to save free speech on the Internet. Marsh was the 1946 Supreme Court case which found that First Amendment protections for free speech can be applied to private sector actors in some circumstances. In the case, a company town owned by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. sought to bar free speech on its sidewalks, claiming that the First Amendment only proscribed government censorship, not private sector actions. In a 5-3 decision authored by First Amendment... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    PA Republicans Push for Change in Electing State Supreme Court

    PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania state legislature, controlled by Republicans, is on the precipice of reshaping the state's three appellate courts by amending the state Constitution so voters will elect judges by region instead of statewide. Implementing this change via amendment would obviate any requirement for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's signature, and may be the most significant referendum placed in front of voters in 2021 in this state -- or any other. "It is likely the most important election in the nation in the coming months whose consequences are far reaching," said G. Terry Madonna,... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden Halts Construction on U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump's wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday ordered a "pause" on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. The order leaves billions of dollars of work unfinished - but still under contract - after Trump worked feverishly last year to build... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Congress Poised for Quick Action on Biden’s Pentagon Nominee

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Congress has easily passed legislation required to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden's secretary of defense, brushing aside concerns that his retirement occurred inside the seven-year window that safeguards civilian leadership of the military. It would be the first measure to be signed into law by brand-new President Joe Biden. The Senate sent the measure exempting Austin from the seven-year rule to Biden on Thursday after a 69-27 Senate tally that came moments after a comparably lopsided 326-78 House vote. The back-to-back... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden Still Opposed to Senate Nuking Filibuster

    President Biden does not want the Senate to kill the legislative filibuster. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to RealClearPolitics during a Friday press briefing that the new president remains opposed to abolishing the parliamentary procedure that requires the Senate to meet a 60-vote threshold on most legislation. "The president's position hasn't changed," Psaki told RCP after dodging the same question on Thursday and as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell remain stalled in negotiations over how best to share power in a chamber split 50-50. The... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Biden Inauguration Highlights COVID Divide

    As the nation gathered to watch the inauguration this week, one thing became glaringly obvious: President Joe Biden is already breaking his promises to the American people. If you recall, throughout the presidential campaign, Biden tweeted repeatedly that if elected president, he would "listen to the experts" to combat the coronavirus. Yet, amidst a pandemic where the death toll reached a grim milestone this week -- surpassing 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to John Hopkins University -- the president and many of his high-profile guests attending his inauguration flouted CDC guidelines and... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    It's John Brennan's Authoritarianism That Threatens Democracy

    Every time former CIA Director John Brennan appears on cable news to warn America about some new "insidious threat to democracy," I am reminded again that he deserves to be in federal prison. In this corrupt media environment, however, the official who oversaw an illegal domestic-spying operation on the legislative branch of the United States government, who tried to cover it up and blame innocent Senate staffers when discovered, and who then brazenly lied about it to legislators and the American people -- this man is held up as a paragon of civic virtue. We still don't even know what role... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Good morning, it's Friday, January 22, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring or elucidating. Today, I will offer three, all from the same man: United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez. It is not a random choice. As of Wednesday, President Biden's first day on the job, a bust of the great UFW leader is on display in the Oval Office. First, though, I'd point you to RCP's front page, which presents our poll averages, videos, breaking news stories, and aggregated opinion pieces spanning the political spectrum. Today's lineup includes Martin Guri (City... ▶️ Read more ◀️

    Dems Spell 'Unity' C-A-N-C-E-L

    The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the crisis Democrats were waiting for, and they are not going to waste it. Those few hours of lawless mayhem became unimpeachable proof that the muddy smears they'd thrown against Donald Trump supporters were all true. Through the funhouse mirror of hyper-partisanship, that angry mob of thousands became all 74 million Americans who voted for Trump in November. The crowd's explicit anger over the 2020 election was cast as an implicit push for white supremacy. Never mind that almost all prominent Republicans and conservatives recoiled from the violence... ▶️ Read more ◀️