Trump announces new lawyers to lead the impeachment defense
Former President Donald Trump announced two new lawyers on Sunday who will lead his impeachment team just days before his Senate trial begins. Trump, the first president to be charged twice, announced that his legal team would be led by David Schoen, an Alabama and New York criminal defense attorney, and Bruce Castor Jr., a former Pennsylvania district attorney. The news comes just days before the filing in Trump’s trial, including an official response Tuesday to the House impeachment article accusing Trump of instigating a riot in the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s trial will begin in earnest the week of February 8th.
10 GOP senators call for cross-party COVID-19 aid law
Ten Republican senators issued an open letter to President Joe Biden on Sunday quoting his calls for unity and asking to discuss a COVID-19 relief package that the group believes will receive bipartisan support in Congress. The no-price tag proposal comes after Biden offered its own $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package and just as many Democrats express a desire to see another round of stimulus packages. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities. With your support, we believe that this plan could be approved by Congress, with the support of both parties,” the joint letter said. The letter closes with a commitment to work in good faith to “meet the health, economic and social challenges of the COVID crisis”.
A severe winter storm blows up the northeast
A strong winter storm that hit the western United States last week roared through the Midwest and east on Sunday. Weather forecasters warned of blizzard conditions and up to two feet of snow in some areas. Nearly 80 million people stood under warnings and vigilance of winter storms, from North Carolina to the east coast, as major cities like Washington, DC, Chicago, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City prepared for the biggest snowfall of the season. State authorities and local officials warned residents to prepare for strong winds, possible flooding and power outages on the snow. Meteorologists expect the storm to break out to a full blown northeast, with major effects that will last at least through Tuesday.
Biden advisor says prioritizing vaccine doses first
A senior epidemiologist and advisor to Biden urged the US to give the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to as many Americans as possible before the second dose becomes the focus. Both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines consist of two shots, although some protection has already been demonstrated with the first shot. Johnson & Johnson, which is sponsoring a single-dose vaccine candidate, is expected to apply for emergency approval within the next week and receive it sometime next month. However, new data shows that the single dose of J&J will only be 66% effective. To date, 31 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out of the nearly 50 million doses distributed in the U.S.
In addition: A new rule issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week requires travelers on airplanes and public transport in the United States to wear masks.
‘SNL’ returns with the first episode of its 2021 season
Saturday Night Live kicked off its first episode of 2021 by reminding everyone how chaotic the first 30 days of the year were. Kate McKinnon opened the comedy show with a segment called “What Still Works?” – a series of interviews that recapitulate everything that is currently going right, or rather wrong, in America “The Office” and “A Quiet Place” actor John Krasinski also made their debut on the show after being arrested for previously participating in the Capitol riot earlier this month and sharing a hickey with Pete Davidson. During the farewell at the end of the show, Davidson fell off the stage with Machine Gun Kelly, who was making his first appearance on the show. The musician played “Lonely” and “My Ex’s Best Friend” from his 2020 pop-punk album “Tickets to My Downfall”.
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