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Thursday January 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 369
Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 372
DC on lockdown and on edge before Biden's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security concerns. And law enforcement officials are contending not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack by troops with a duty to protect him. There have been no specific threats made against Biden. ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 372
Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which presidential power is transferred, a hallowed American democratic tradition, will serve as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfol ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 374
Trump's last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others
(CNN)President Donald Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations early Wednesday that included his onetime political strategist, a former top fundraiser and two well-known rappers but not himself or his family. The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was expected, and is in keeping with a long-standing presidential tradition of exercising clemency powers at the last minute. The ...
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Friday January 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 404
Donald Trump sent hidden message to supporters in speech, body language expert claims
After making history by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump addressed the nation in a video message. He was forced to share the five minute video from the White House Twitter account, after his own was deleted by the social media platform. The President condemned last week's Capitol violence, promising that those who engaged in the "troubling" attack will be "brought to justice". However he failed to menti ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 403
Republicans turn on Trump over impeachment
Several members of Donald Trump's Republican party say they will vote to impeach the president over his role in last week's storming of Congress. The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, said Mr Trump "lit the flame" of the attack that resulted in five deaths. A vote in the Democratic-controlled House is expected on Wednesday. In his first public appearance since the riot, the president took no respon ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 405
Voice of America reporter reassigned for Pompeo questions
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House reporter for Voice of America was abruptly pulled from her beat after trying to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a speech he gave at the government agency this week. Pompeo’s speech and the demotion of Patsy Widakuswara led to an angry phone meeting between journalists and managers Tuesday that typified some of the tensions at the agency during President Donald Trump’s administration. Founded ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 404
McConnell furious with president, supports move to initiate impeachment proceedings: sources
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports Democrats' move to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump and is "done" and "furious" with him, sources familiar told Fox News. It is unclear how McConnell would vote in an impeachment trial, should House Democrats vote to impeach Trump. It is not clear at this point whether McConnell would vote to convict. One source told Fox News that McConnell has not made up his mind ab ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 405
The House just passed a resolution calling on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment
A House vote on Tuesday revealed strong support for President Donald Trump’s removal in the wake of the violent January 6 attack on the Capitol. House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 223-205 to approve a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that urges Vice President Mike Pence to use the process outlined in the 25th Amendment to force Trump to step down. One Republican — Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) — voted in favor of the resolution alongside De ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 401
With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office. With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his fol ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 414
AP PHOTOS: Scenes of violence at U.S. Capitol Shock World
A mob invading the U.S. Capitol. Police officers with guns drawn inside the House of Representatives. Lawmakers hiding from intruders seeking to overturn a national election. These and other scenes from Capitol Hill shocked the world Wednesday as violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the nation’s halls of power in a brazen attempt to undercut democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House in ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 423
Biden chooses veteran diplomat Burns as CIA director
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps to become deputy secretary of state before retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace. Ami ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 425
Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump’s name, the Capitol’s attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd. “Hang Mike Pence!” the insurrectionists chanted as they pressed inside, beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wherea ...
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Sunday January 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 415
Trump facing increasing pressure to leave office early
Some congressional Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to leave office early of his own volition as Democrats prepare articles of impeachment for the second time in Trump’s tenure. “I think the best way for our country … is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Sunday in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in calling for ...
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Sunday January 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 413
Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn't act to remove Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued Vice President Mike Pence an ultimatum on Sunday night — invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump in the coming days or Democrats will proceed this week with impeaching the president for an unprecedented second time. Pelosi made clear in a letter to her members that if Pence refuses to act, Democrats will immediately move to force Trump from office for his role in inciting violent riots at the Capi ...
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Sunday January 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 411
Top Republican says Trump committed 'impeachable offenses'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ momentum for a fresh drive to quickly impeach outgoing President Donald Trump has gained support, and a top Republican said the president’s role in the deadly riot at the Capitol by a violent mob of Trump supporters was worthy of rebuke. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday he believed Trump had committed “impeachable offenses.” But he did not explicitly say whether he would vote to remove the president from offic ...
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Saturday January 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 414
Democrats plan lightning Trump impeachment, want him out now
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings flashing, Democrats in Congress laid plans for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure an “unhinged” commander in chief can’t add to the damage they say he’s inflicted or even ignite nuclear war in his final days in office. As the country comes to terms with the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters that left five dead, the crisis that appears to be ...
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Friday January 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 415
Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter. Despite plenty of warnings of a possi ...
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Friday January 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 411
Can Donald Trump Survive 'Virtual Impeachment'?
On the defining day of his tempestuous reign, Donald Trump, typically so incorrigibly noisy, was rendered all but muzzled. Due to Wednesday’s shameful, world-watched putsch at the Capitol, Twitter and Facebook locked the outgoing president’s powerful accounts, stripping him of some of his most important weaponry and leading to a nearly unprecedented day-long stretch of silence. For the first time in his tweet-driven presidency, Trump wasn’t ab ...
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Monday January 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 420
Trump drive to overturn election, rescue Senate majority collide in Georgia
DALTON, Ga. — Republicans are counting on President Donald Trump on Monday to solve the problems of his own making and help save their endangered Senate majority. Trump has scrambled the closing messages of the twin Senate runoffs here — creating a rift within his party over disputing his election loss and boosting stimulus checks, attacking the state’s GOP governor and even calling for him to resign, and most recently pushing Georgia’s Republ ...
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