The New Year’s Eve ball dropped in a nearly empty Times Square due to coronavirus concerns, UK leavesEU as Brexit transition period ends, 20 states 32 cities and counties will raise minimum wage, 27 which will raise to $15/ hour, Senate meeting in rare New Year’s Day session over defense bill override, Microsoft says hackers viewed source code.
Congress overturns Trump veto of defense bill, India grants emergency approval to Astrid Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Federal judge dismisses Rep. Gohmert (R Texas) lawsuit against Pence are re: interfering with electoral college, UN says Iran to enrich uranium by 20% as Pentagon orders aircraft home.
The 117th Congress will be sworn in today, 350,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in US, NYS official number of cases hits 1 million, (4th state to do that), Protest in Iraq marking first anniversary of US killing of Soleimani.
In taped call, an angry Trump issues vague threats and urges Georgia Secretary of State to find votes to overturn the election with Georgia senator elections upcoming, 117th Congress sworn in, the Squad gains 2 members, British judge denies US extradition request for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
All eyes are on Georgia as: Gabriel Sterling, top Georgia election official, debunk Trump’s false claims of election fraud, Trump speaks at rally for Georgian Republican senators, crowd is largely unmasked, Biden, in drive-through rally, urges voters to get out for Warnock and Ossoff, will determine senate control, UK on strict lockdown as coronavirus variant surges (variant is in upstate New York) Proud Boy leader is arrested in DC ahead of planned protests, Google workers form union, Vaccines being rolled out slowly, Israel fastest vaccines, but not for Palestinians.
Democrats move closer to Senate control as counting continues in Georgia, Warnock declared winner, Ossoff leading but too close to call, Diehard Trump supporters gather in DC to protest Biden‘s win on day the Electoral College vote to certified Biden presidency, DC mayor calls for National Guard, Record 3775 deaths from COVID-19 in US, Hong Kong police arrest dozens of opposition figures, Kenosha WI police officer will not face criminal charges for shooting Jacob Blake 7 times in the back.
Four dead after far-right insurrectionist Trump supporters storm the halls of Congress in an attempt to block Biden win, Congress reconvenes, certifies Biden at 4 AM, Trump tells mob he loves them, Lawmakers call for 25th amendment to remove Trump, Biden picks Merrick Garland for AG, Ossoff wins Georgia.
Cabinet members Betsy Devos and Elaine Chao resign after Capital mob riots, other officials resign, Calls increase for 25th amendment, and/or Trump impeachment, Fifth death from riot-Capital police officer, HIgh fences go up around Capitol for Biden inauguration as Capitol police and ("racist?") response to riot questioned Capital Police chief resigns, Covid deaths break record, over 4,000 deaths in one day.
Law-enforcement agencies are pursuing leads to arrest Capitol insurrectionists, House Democrats are taking first steps towards Trump’s second impeachment, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski calls on Trump to resign, Over 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 in US in one day, Film director, Michael Apted, of “Up” series dead at 79, Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s Twitter account.
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Michael Sherwin, interim US attorney for DC, says hundreds face charges over Capitol storming, of it, Derrick Evans, West VA delegate, charged with entering Capitol resigns, Alabama AG Steve Marshall denies role in robocalling effort that helped organize Wednesday riot, Google, Apple, Amazon will not host right wing social media app Parler, Flight recorder from crash of Boeing 737 found in Java Sea, Indonesia, Vaccinations happening around the world, Four cases of COVID-19 variant in NYS, NY will start vaccinating teachers, over 75 and others.
House to vote on 25th amendment against Trump, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz other Republicans who voted against Electoral College are loosing corporate campaign funding, they could be put on no-fly list by Homeland Security for inciting a riot, New York Bar opens investigations into Giuliani, acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf resigns, Dominion Voting System Sue’s Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, 2 Capitol Police suspended for participation in riot, Sheldon Adelson, conservative donor, casino magnate dead at 87, Threats in 50 state capitols by right-wing extremists, FBI reports.
House approved 25th Amendment, Pence won’t invoke, Trump impeachment hearings begin – would be first president in history to be impeached twice, Liz Cheney, other Republicans back impeachment, Joint Chiefs of Staff condemn capitol attack, remind US forces that they defend the Constitution, Dem. Rep. Miki Sherill says lawmakers gave “reconnaissance” your through Capitol day before riot, Feds execute 1st woman in almost 70 years, Record 4237 deaths in US from Covid in one day.
10 Republicans join full House Democrats voting to impeach Trump for excitement of insurrection at Capitale, 20,000 National Guard arrive in DC for Biden and I duration, Dems institute new rules on masks in Congress and three Democrats test positive perhaps as a result of seeds, NYC cancels recreation contracts with Trump organization, New Jersey state senator Loretta Weinberger Nancy’s retirement end of the term after serving since 1992
FBI director Christopher Wray briefs Pence on security as all 50 state capitols are threatened and that over 200 riot suspects identified, New York Attorney General Tish James sues NYPD, DeBlasio over use of excessive force during BLM protests, 2020 was warmest year in recorded history, ExMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder and 8 others charged in Flint water crisis, Biden unveils $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan, US officials promised 20 million vaccinated by 2020, less than half I’ve been vaccinated.
Washington locks down for Biden inauguration (as moving trucks are seen at White House) other capitols prepare for threats, NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to re-organize in Texas and NYS will still prosecute, Trumps plan against immigrant using Census fails, Biden details five step Covid vaccine plan.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained upon arrival to Moscow, DC Mall closed, 25,000 National Guard deployed, being vetted for possible extremism, no violence and capitols over weekend, Cruz, Hawley face backlash, demands to resign over leading false news on election, Another new variant in Covid in California, approaching 400,000 deaths in US, Strike over wages in NY’s Hunts Point Market.
Trumps last full day in office, CNN poll finds his approval at lowest ever (34%) Confirmation hearings for Biden appointees begin today, NSA installs Trump loyalist as op lawyer days before Biden takes office, Trump census bureau chief resigns after trying to rush report, Woman who allegedly stole Pelosi’s laptop during insurrection is arrested, Trump orders lifting of virus travel ban, but Biden will block move, Guatemalan security forces break up US bound caravan, World Health Organization warns of unequal world vaccine distribution, Trump leaves office with COVID-19 deaths in the US reaching 400,000 one year after reaching US reported.
Trump pardons and/or commutes sentences of 143 including Steve Bannon, Republican allies, Lil Wayne and others, After a taped video and small ceremony Trump and Melania and family leave for Mar A Lago, McConnell says Trump provoked Capitol mobs, Night before inauguration Biden Harris lead morning for Covid victims.
Joe Biden is inaugurated as 46th president, Kamala Harris as vice president, Harris is first woman VP, first south Asian and first person of color, Three former presidents attend, 45 does not, first president since 1869 not to attend victor‘s inauguration, VP Harris swears in John Ossoff, youngest Senator at33 and Jewish, and Raphael Warnock, first Black senator (from Georgia both) and Alex Padilla, California’s first Latinx senator, Biden signs 17 Executive Orders on 1st day, environment, racial justice, immigration, virus, NY’s Chuck Schumer is new Senate Majority Leader.