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House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate, triggering trial
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House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate, triggering trial

The US House of Representatives presented a single article of impeachment to the Senate yesterday accusing Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the Capitol, setting in motion the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president. In a solemn procession, the nine House impeachment managers silently walked the article through the same ornate halls of Congress overrun by Trump supporters on January 6 and delivered it to the Senate. Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland then read out the charge against Trump on the Senate floor, where the former president continues to enjoy significant support from Republican senators. The Senate trial of the 74-year-old Trump, who was impeached by the Democratic-majority House on January 13 for an unprecedented second time, is to begin the wee...
Trump’s extreme-right backers angry and not going anywhere
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Trump’s extreme-right backers angry and not going anywhere

The American far right is angry: Angry at Joe Biden, angry at Donald Trump, angry at the enigmatic “Q” and angry with themselves. The online postings and chatrooms of extremists have been brimming with disappointment and dissent since the failed January 6 insurrection against Congress and the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. Followers of the QAnon conspiracy movement — and its Delphic prophet Q — are most in disarray, their millenarian predictions of chaos and doom accompanying Biden’s elevation to the presidency not (or not yet) coming true. Ultranationalists like the Proud Boys, armed militias such as the Oath Keepers, and dangerous white supremacists and neo-Nazis have been pushed further underground, with followers who took part in the Capitol attack being swept up by l...
Museum of London acquires ‘Baby Trump’ blimp
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Museum of London acquires ‘Baby Trump’ blimp

The infamous blimp of outgoing US President Donald Trump dressed as a baby could soon greet visitors to the Museum of London, which yesterday announced it had acquired the inflatable effigy. “Having toured the world, the Trump Baby blimp is now heading to its final resting place, the Museum of London, where it will be conserved and potentially displayed in the museum's future new home,” the central London museum said in a statement. The institution said in 2019 that it wanted to acquire the blimp, “recognising its importance in the protests” that met the president during his 2018 visit to Britain. The over-sized orange balloon depicting the bequiffed US leader in a nappy flew above Parliament Square. “From the Suffragettes of the early twentieth century to the anti-austerity ma...
US inaugurations: High drama and sore losers
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US inaugurations: High drama and sore losers

Outgoing US President Donald Trump will be far from the first to boycott his successor Joe Biden's inauguration tomorrow ― but his absence will be the first since 1869. In fact, many past inaugurations were conducted in a febrile atmosphere, with some turning to high drama: The boycotters Presidential bad blood goes back a long way. In 1801 the second US president John Adams snubbed his successor Thomas Jefferson, leaving the White House at dawn after calling his former vice-president as “a mean-spirited, low-lived son of a half-breed Indian squaw”. His son John Quincy Adams won a disputed election in 1824 against Andrew Jackson, who claimed the vote had been stolen. Four years later Jackson turned the tables after an even more contentious campaign. Like father, Adams ...
Covid-19 concerns, razor wire and no Trump: An inauguration like no other
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Covid-19 concerns, razor wire and no Trump: An inauguration like no other

With war-zone-like security, no crowds and coronavirus distancing for guests, Joe Biden’s swearing-in as the 46th US president will be a muted affair unlike any previous inauguration. Where Washington is normally packed with hundreds of thousands of supporters, celebrities, socialites and lobbyists, the US capital is eerily quiet ahead of Biden’s big day, which promises to be a mostly televised celebration of democracy. Coronavirus concerns were always going to dampen Wednesday’s inauguration, but since departing President Donald Trump’s supporters launched an insurrection in his name, Washington has ordered a security lockdown unseen since the September 11, 2001 attacks. That has forced Biden’s inauguration team to urge supporters to stay home, auguring a ceremony at the Capitol ...
Trump brand tarnished after bruising presidency and Capitol attack
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Trump brand tarnished after bruising presidency and Capitol attack

Donald Trump shot to prominence with a business empire that bears his name, but after four years of political tumult capped by his supporters’ violent attack on the Capitol, the US president’s brand stands tarnished, threatening his businesses, experts say. Companies that stuck with Trump throughout his term are cutting ties in an 11th-hour stampede, including Signature Bank which closed Trump’s personal accounts and the PGA of America which scotched a plan to hold its 2022 championship at Trump’s New Jersey golf course. Such announcements not only reflect the business community’s skittishness to proximity with a widely-condemned figure, but further hem in his company, already hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the looming loss of US taxpayer revenue tied to Trump’s v...
US carries out last federal execution of Trump era
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US carries out last federal execution of Trump era

US authorities carried out the 13th and final federal execution of Donald Trump’s presidency today, media reports said, less than a week before the White House is taken over by Democrat Joe Biden, who opposes the death penalty. Dustin Higgs, a 48-year-old Black man, was executed by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre-Haute in Indiana hours after the US Supreme Court rejected a stay of execution, the New York Times reported. Higgs was pronounced dead at 1:23 am local time, the Times said, citing a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In January 1996, Higgs invited three young women to his apartment near the capital Washington, along with two of his friends. When one of the young women rebuffed his advances, he offered to drive them home but instead stoppe...
Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site
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Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site

Image-centric social network Snapchat yesterday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage. Trump's access to social media has been largely cut off since a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC in a deadly attack on January 6. Operators fear that Trump could use his Snapchat account to foment more unrest in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. “Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of president Trump's Snapchat account,” Snapchat said in response to an AFP inquiry. “In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelin...
Trump impeached for unprecedented second time
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Trump impeached for unprecedented second time

Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted yesterday to charge him with inciting last week’s mob attack on Congress. The Senate will not hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency, meaning the real estate tycoon will escape the risk of being forced to leave early. He will, however, depart in disgrace and face a Senate trial later — and if convicted would likely be barred in a follow-up vote from seeking the presidency again in 2024. “Donald Trump has deservedly become the first president in American history to bear the stain of impeachment twice over,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who in a week’s time will become Senate leader. “The Senate is required...
US House poised to impeach Trump for his role in Capitol assault
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US House poised to impeach Trump for his role in Capitol assault

A week after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol, the US House of Representatives will vote today to impeach the president for his role in an assault on American democracy that stunned the nation and left five dead. At least five Republicans have said they would join Democrats to impeach Trump for the second time, just seven days before he is due to leave office and President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20. A vote of the House majority to impeach would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether such a trial would take place in time to expel Trump from the White House. Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after Vice President Mike Pence rejected an effort to persuade him to invoke the 25th A...
YouTube suspends Trump’s channel after violating policy on inciting violence
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YouTube suspends Trump’s channel after violating policy on inciting violence

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube said today it has suspended Donald Trump’s channel as it violated policies for inciting violence after last week’s assault on the US Capitol by the president’s supporters. Online platforms and social media companies are distancing themselves from, and taking action against, those that encouraged or engaged in the violence in Washington, DC. Trump’s channel is now prevented from uploading new videos or livestreams for a minimum of seven days, which may be extended, Youtube said in a statement. Supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, trying to halt the certification by Congress of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win. Trump, who has challenged the validity of Biden’s victory without producing evidence, initially praised his supporters b...
Pence rejects calls to oust defiant Trump, but impeachment looms
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Pence rejects calls to oust defiant Trump, but impeachment looms

Bolstered by support from his deputy Mike Pence who opposed ousting the US president, Donald Trump denied responsibility yesterday for an assault on Congress by his supporters but now faces an all-but-certain second impeachment effort. With Republican backing for Trump eroding in the final days of his presidency, Pence served as an anchor, ruling out calls by Democrats to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove the president from office. “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation,” Pence wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shortly before the House was set to vote on a measure calling on Pence to use the amendment to strip Trump of power. With that effort dead, Pelosi quickly announced her managers for the impeachment debat...
Donald Trump’s science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job
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Donald Trump’s science adviser Scott Atlas leaving White House job

Dr. Scott Atlas, a science adviser to President Donald Trump who was skeptical of measures to control the coronavirus outbreak, is leaving his White House post. A White House official confirmed that the Stanford University neuroradiologist, who had no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, resigned at the end of his temporary government assignment. Atlas confirmed the news in a Monday evening tweet. Atlas joined the White House this summer, where he clashed with top government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, as he resisted stronger efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 267,000 Americans. Atlas has broken with government experts and the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community to criticize effo...
Donald Trump says 2020 election was probably least secure ever
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Donald Trump says 2020 election was probably least secure ever

The November 3rd presidential elections were probably the least secure American polls ever, US President Donald Trump alleged Sunday, a repeated claim which has found very few takers and has, so far, not been able to stand legal scrutiny. “Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!” Trump said in a tweet on a day the recount of votes in two Wisconsin counties witnessed President-elect Joe Biden maintain his lead over the incumbent. “We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax. Everybody knows it was Rigged. They know Biden didn’t get more votes from the Black community than Obama, & certainly didn’t get 80,000,000 votes. Look what happened in Det...
Iran accuses Israel, US in assassination of nuclear scientist
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Iran accuses Israel, US in assassination of nuclear scientist

Iran accused Israel and the US of being behind the assassination of one of its top nuclear scientists on Friday and vowed revenge, sharply escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the head of research and innovation at Iran’s Ministry of Defense and widely seen as having a major role in the country’s nuclear program. He was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of central Tehran, the semi-official Tasnim news reported. “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice -- with serious indications of Israeli role -- shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet, without o...