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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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Capitol Hill mob was "fed lies" and "provoked" by Trump, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Tuesday, March 10, 2020
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump helped provoke the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, blaming the president directly for the attack on the Capitol.

"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," so McConnell.

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Giuliani says he can't defend Trump at impeachment trial due to him being a witness
Giuliani says he can't defend Trump at impeachment trial due to him being a witness
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Rudy Giuliani has announced he won't be part of Donald Trump's legal team when Trump faces his second impeachment trial for "incitement of insurrection" in the US Senate, citing to his involvement in the "Save America Rally" on January 6 where he called for a "trial by combat".

“Because I gave an earlier speech. I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber,” Giuliani told ABC News.

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Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
Kamala Harris to resign as senator on Monday
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Harris plans to leave her post as senator on Monday, two days before she is to be sworn in as the new vice president in Washington. That was announced by staff in her office. She is to be succeeded in office by California Democrat Alex Padilla.

Padilla will be California's first senator with Latino roots. He will take Harris' post for the remaining two years

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Trump faces Senate trial after impeachment once out of office
Archive image of Donald Trump
Archive image of Donald Trump Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Donald Trump will face trial in the Senate after being charged with misconduct in office. The trial will be held after Mr trump leaves office next Wednesday according to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

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FBI is seeking information related to US capitol protests
FBI is seeking information related to US capitol protests
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has published a statement, asking for "information related to violent activity at the U.S. Capitol Building" that happened on Wednesday while the US Senate was to certify the Electoral College results.

"The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021," the statement reads. "If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol. [...] You may also call ‪1-800-CALL-FBI (1-‪800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation."

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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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World Leaders condemn DC protests

Political leaders across the globe, have expressed their concern and shock as Pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and condemned the violence happening on the day the US Senate was to certify the Electoral College results.

"The right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob," so Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and said she and her countrymen were "devastated" by the events.

Leader of the nationalist League party in Italy, Matteo Salvini, who has been a vocal supporter of Trump, said on Twitter that "violence is never the solution" and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India called for an "orderly and peaceful transfer of power."

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Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win Georgia runoff election; Democrats flip the Senate
Raphael Warnock
Raphael Warnock Credit: Raphael Warnock (Public Domain)

The Democratic Party of US President-elect Joe Biden has won control of the Senate - and of Congress overall - with two victories in the state of Georgia. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue respectively.

"It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate," Ossoff said earlier Wednesday.

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Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
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After breaching multiple layers of security, pro-Trump supports were able to gain access to the Capitol building. According to reports, protestors are now outside the Senate chamber.

Capitol security has asked people to lock all doors if able, seek shelter immediately, remain quiet, and wait for further direction. Matt Laslo, the managing editor of The News Station, reported on Twitter.

Senators were ushered to the Senate floor, and the chamber was locked, Mike Pence was seen being escorted out of chambers by Secret Service agents.

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US Congress overrides Trump's defense spending bill veto
US Congress overrides Trump's defense spending bill veto
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The US Congress voted to override President Trump’s veto of the $740bn National Defense Authorization Act, the first time that one of his vetoes was overturned since he took office. The Senate voted 81-13 for the defense spending bill, a two-thirds majority, ensuring that the measure becomes law.

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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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Berlin presents a new anti-terror concept
Berlin presents a new anti-terror concept
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The Berlin Senator for the Interior Andres Geisel has presented the new concept for the fight against terrorism in the capital. Four years after the attack on Breitscheidplatz, the cooperation between security authorities is to be strengthened, cell phone data is to be evaluated more easily and prevention measures are to be promoted.

The new concept "SAVE" (first letters of the German words for: Protect, Enlighten, Prevent and Contain) is intended to support this.

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Biden nominates Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, first Native American to be considered for this position
Biden nominates Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary, first Native American to be considered for this position
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) has been nominated to lead President-elect Joe Biden's Interior Department, and if confirmed by Senate, will be the first Native American to lead a cabinet-level agency.

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Mitch McConnell congratulates Biden on presidential election victory
Mitch McConnell congratulates Biden on presidential election victory
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on winning the election, making him the highest-ranking Republican to do so, weeks after Biden was declared winner.

"Many of us hoped that the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. The Electoral College has spoken. So today, I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden," so McConnell in a speech on the Senate floor.

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Senate confirms Trump nominee Nathan Simington to the FCC
seal of the United States Federal Communications Commission
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The US Senate has confirmed Trump nominee Nathan Simington to a five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a 49-46 vote. Simington is a proponent of repealing Section 230, the law that protects internet companies, such as Twitter and Amazon, from being liable for things posted by users.

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Defence Secretary Mark Esper fired, Trump tweets
Defence Secretary Mark Esper fired, Trump tweets
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President Donald Trump has fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper following a public falling-out between Trump and Esper in recent weeks. Esper will be replaced by Christopher C. Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center.

"I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately..," so Trump on Twitter. "Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service."

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Sarah McBride (Delaware) becomes first openly transgender state senator in US history
Sarah McBride (Delaware) becomes first openly transgender state senator in US history
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Sarah McBride (Delaware), national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, becomes the first openly transgender state senator in US history.

"We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you," McBride tweeted. "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too."