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Pelosi says Trump impeachment will head to Senate "soon"
Pelosi says Trump impeachment will head to Senate "soon"
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the House will transmit article of impeachment "soon", but did not provide any further details on when the trial might begin.

"I’m not going to be telling you when it is going," so Pelosi. "The other questions are about how a trial would proceed. We are ready."

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Pelosi opposes installing Trump loyalist as new NSA General Counsel
Pelosi opposes installing Trump loyalist as new NSA General Counsel
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has demanded acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to "immediately cease" installing Trump's National Security Council staffer Michael Ellis as new NSA General Counsel.

"I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install Michael Ellis as the new NSA General Counsel. Additionally, with a copy of this letter to the Acting Inspector General, I am also requesting an investigation into the circumstances of the NSA General Counsel selection process. I have serious concerns about your statement that this process was free from political interference," Pelosi wrote. "Public reporting indicates that Mr. Ellis, a relatively recent law school graduate with a limited resume, was selected due to interference by the White House, and was chosen over much more qualified candidates. Moreover, Mr. Ellis has been reportedly involved in highly questionable activities that are disqualifying – including the infamous 2017 “midnight run” to launder intelligence information through Rep. Devin Nunes and with efforts to shield information about President Trump’s July 2019 call with the President of Ukraine."

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Adam Schiff: Trump should be denied daily intelligence briefings
Adam Schiff: Trump should be denied daily intelligence briefings
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House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff said Sunday that President Donald Trump should be barred from receiving daily intelligence briefings after he leaves office.

"There's no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future," Schiff told on CBS’ in an interview. "I don't think he can be trusted with it now and in the future, he certainly can't be trusted."

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US House impeaches Donald Trump for the second time
US House impeaches Donald Trump for the second time
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The United States House has voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. The resolution has been brought to a vote following the storming of the Capitol building.

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U.S. House Democrats to kick off impeachment on Monday

The US Democrats want to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump as early as Monday. The leader of the House of Representatives, Pelosi, had previously called for Trump to be prosecuted.

After the storm on the Capitol, the Democratic Party in the USA wants to set the course for impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump on Monday. This could theoretically remove Trump from power before he hands over the office to his successor Joe Biden on 20 January anyway. Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said his party would initiate the process at the beginning of the week.

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Nancy Pelosi calls for Trump to be removed from office or impeached

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has called in a press conference for Vice President Mike Pence to remove the US President Donald Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. If this does not happen, Pelosi says, the Democrats are prepared to move forward with impeachment.

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Trump promises "orderly transition" of power, still "totally disagrees with the outcome of the election"
Trump promises "orderly transition" of power, still "totally disagrees with the outcome of the election"
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After lawmakers in the Senate and the House affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory, President Trump released a statement promising "an orderly transition on January 20th," while still disagreeing with the outcome of the election.

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," so Trump.

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Homes of Pelosi, McConnell vandalised

Early Friday morning, fake blood and a severed pig's head were left outside the Californian home of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Graffiti was scrawled on her house, saying "Cancel rent" and "We want everything".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Louisville home was also vandalised with graffiti, saying "WERES MY MONEY" and "MITCH KILLS THE POOR".

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At least 140 House Republicans plan to defy election results

At least 140 House Republicans plan to vote against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden, two Republican members of the House of Representatives told CNN, even though there is virtually no chance of overturning the 2020 presidential election. House Republicans would need the support of both one senator and a House member to mount an objection when Congress counts the votes.

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GOP Sen. Hawley to object to Electoral College results to delay affirming Biden victory
GOP Sen. Hawley to object to Electoral College results to delay affirming Biden victory
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Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, has stated he would object to the Electoral College results next week when Congress meets to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory, forcing lawmakers in both the House and Senate to vote on whether to accept the results of the 2020 election. Even though Hawley's objection won't change the election's outcome, it can delay the affirmation of Biden's win.

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Bernie Sanders threatening a filibuster unless the Senate holds a vote on $2,000 Stimulus checks
Bernie Sanders threatening a filibuster unless the Senate holds a vote on $2,000 Stimulus checks
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Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont is attempting a maneuver to force Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader) to allow the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday to a vote on the senate floor. The bill passed by the house would increase the stimulus check being distributed in the U.S. from $600 to $2,000. This is the target amount that both the Democratic Party and the President, Donald Trump, have both publicly announced support for.

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House GOP blocks Democrats’ effort to advance $2,000 stimulus checks Trump demanded earlier this week

On Thursday House Republicans blocked a bill put forward by Democrats that would have resulted in $2,000 stimulus checks for individuals as part of a Covid-19 financial aid package. President Trump had demanded to increase the proposed $600 stimulus checks to $2000 earlier this week but the GOP has rejected the move.

"On Monday, I will bring the House back to session where we will hold a recorded vote on our stand-alone bill to increase economic impact payments to $2,000. To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need," Pelosi said in a statement.

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Trump vetoes US defence budget
Trump vetoes US defence budget
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The United States President Donald Trump justified the move on Wednesday by citing the lack of "critical measures" to protect national security. "It is a 'gift' to China and Russia," he wrote in a memo to the House of Representatives.

Trump criticized that the comprehensive legislative package would not impose stronger regulations on online platforms. He also criticized that the possible renaming of military bases did not respect the history of the armed forces. Trump also criticized the attempt to limit by law the withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan, South Korea, and Germany, which he had ordered.

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US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
US Democrat Pelosi secures nomination for house speaker
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At the beginning of January - shortly before the swearing-in of newly elected President Joe Biden, who is also a Democrat the United States House of Representatives will hold a vote for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. US Democrat Nancy Pelosi has now secured her caucus’ nomination to lead the House for a fourth term.

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David Andahl (R), who died from Covid-19 in October, wins North Dakota House of Representatives

Republican David Andahl, who died from Covid-19 in October, has won a seat ion the North Dakota House of Representatives. Andahl, who was 55 when he died, couldn't be removed from the ballot for Tuesday's election.

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The UK admits bill to change Brexit agreement would "break international law"
European Flag at Downing Street
European Flag at Downing Street Credit: Frederick Tubiermont

The United Kingdom minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, announced to the Parliament Tuesday that the government would be willing to "break international law in a very specific and limited way" by ignoring terms of the Brexit agreement with the European Union.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union Commission, said tweeted: "Very concerned about announcements from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement. This would break international law and undermines trust. Pacta sunt servanda = the foundation of prosperous future relations."

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated: "If the U.K. violates that international treaty and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress."

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Netflix releases trailer for Hill House sequel "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor" Credit: Netflix

Netflix has released the trailer for "The Haunting of Bly Manor", the follow-up to 2018's "The Haunting of Hill House."

Bly Manor is based on the 1898 novella "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James and stars Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith and Amelia Eve.

"Arriving October 9th, this new chapter in the Haunting anthology series revolves around Bly Manor and the lives of its inhabitants, both living and dead," so Netflix about the new series.

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27 prominent Republicans announce they’ll endorse Joe Biden
Jeff Flake
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More than two dozen former Republican members of Congress officially announced Monday, before the start of the Republican National Convention, that they would endorse Joe Biden.

Former Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and former Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania are among those supporting the Democratic presidential nominee through "Republicans for Biden."

Trump is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans, a point made by Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh, who dismissed the significance of the endorsements.

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House to vote on $25b for USPS
House to vote on $25b for USPS
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Interrupting its summer recess, members of the House are set to vote on a bill, called "Delivering for America Act", that would allocate $25 billion to the United States Postal Service and block operational changes that are said to delay mail delivery. Democrats as well as some Republicans have voiced concerns that the previous changes (elimination of overtime, removing some high-volume mail sorting machines, etc.) to the USPS could jeopardize mail-in ballots during the 2020 elections. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has stated that his "number one priority" was that these changes would not affect the delivery of election mail.

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US House Antitrust Subcommittee will question tech CEOs over dominance of online platform
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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The chief executives Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Tim Cook (Facebook) and Sundar Pichai (Google) will be questioned today by the United States House Antitrust Subcommittee that currently investigates the into market dominance of online platforms.

Rep. David Cicilline, chairman of the subcommittee has stated that "these platforms have been allowed to run wild and free from really any constraints" adding that the committee has to clarify "what the impacts are of the lack of competition in the digital marketplace".