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Stay or Go? After Trump-fueled Riot, Aides Debate Early Exit
White House
Stay or Go? After Trump-fueled Riot, Aides Debate Early Exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of Trump administration officials are beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol this week even as others wrestling with the stay-or-go question conclude... Read More

Capitol Police Rejected Offers of Federal Help to Quell Mob
Law Enforcement
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... Read More

Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant
Health
Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two easier-to-spread variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa. Those variants are causing global concern. They carry multiple mutations but share one... Read More

Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them
Law Enforcement
Rioters at Capitol Face Long-Term Prosecutions As Police in Washington Pledge to Pursue Them
2021-01-08 15:38:52
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Washington’s mayor and the FBI are pledging to track down and prosecute any protesters who broke the law during the riot at the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday. They are posting photos and videos from the mob violence on... Read More

Capitol Police Chief To Resign
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief To Resign
2021-01-08 15:32:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday evening that he will resign later this month after a riotous mob of President Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and caused havoc once inside. Word of Sund’s resignation coincided with... Read More

Pence Said to Oppose Removing Trump Under 25 Amendment
Political News
Pence Said to Oppose Removing Trump Under 25 Amendment
2021-01-08 15:25:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence is opposed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald, with just days to go before the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next president, according to multiple reports Business Insider was the first... Read More

Trump Finally Faces Reality — Amid Talk of Early Ouster
Political News
Trump Finally Faces Reality — Amid Talk of Early Ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With 12 days left in his term, President Donald Trump has finally bent to reality amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he’ll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat. Trump led off... Read More

Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress
State News
Black Leaders Cheer Georgia Success, Push for More Progress

What started as a day of celebration for Black organizers, voters and other Georgians who helped deliver two historic Senate runoff victories was overshadowed Wednesday when a violent, mostly white mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.... Read More

US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring
Employment
US Loses 140,000 Jobs, First Monthly Loss Since Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,00 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses. At the same time,... Read More

Pelosi Calls Riot Trump’s Greatest ‘Gift’ to Putin, Calls for Immediate Removal
Political News
Pelosi Calls Riot Trump’s Greatest ‘Gift’ to Putin, Calls for Immediate Removal
2021-01-07 22:26:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office after she says he “incited an armed insurrection against America.” Speaking to reporters during her weekly... Read More

Transportation Secretary Chao First Cabinet Member to Resign Over Capitol Siege
Transportation
Transportation Secretary Chao First Cabinet Member to Resign Over Capitol Siege
2021-01-07 21:23:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Thursday became the first Cabinet member to resign in the wake of yesterday's siege at the U.S. Capitol. In a letter posted to Twitter, Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader... Read More

Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
State News
Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
2021-01-07 21:10:36
by Sara Wilkerson

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small businesses, local economies and more as the Garden State ushers in economic recovery and growth for years to come. The... Read More

Kinzinger First Republican Lawmaker to Support Removing Trump From Office
Congress
Kinzinger First Republican Lawmaker to Support Removing Trump From Office
2021-01-07 20:37:03
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — United States Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., on Thursday became the first GOP lawmaker to call for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.  Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows... Read More

Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts
Social Media
Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts
2021-01-07 18:04:13
by Reece Nations

PALO ALTO, Calif. — After initially stating they would freeze President Donald Trump’s access to its services for a 24-hour period, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday the platform would ban the accounts “indefinitely.”  Zuckerberg made the announcement via a... Read More

What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol
Political News
What They're Saying About the Attack on the U.S. Capitol
2021-01-07 17:47:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol is once again secure, though remnants of the mayhem that transpired Wednesday afternoon and evening remain. Much of the trash left behind by marauding protestors had been swept into piles by Thursday morning, though shards... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Chief Says Violent Attack on US Capitol 'Unlike Anything' He Ever Experienced
2021-01-07 17:20:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike anything he's experienced in his 30 years in law enforcement in Washington D.C. In a written statement, Sund went on to defend... Read More

Biden Win Confirmed After Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol
Congress
Biden Win Confirmed After Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s... Read More

Trump Says His Term is Ending, Transition Will be Orderly
White House
Trump Says His Term is Ending, Transition Will be Orderly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his defeat in the Nov. 3 election and announced there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump’s... Read More

Protesters Swarm Statehouses Across US; Some Evacuated
State News
Protesters Swarm Statehouses Across US; Some Evacuated

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday, leading some officials to evacuate while cheers rang out at several demonstrations as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds... Read More

Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start
Health
Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back... Read More

Insurrection Marks Moment of Reckoning for Republicans
Congress
Insurrection Marks Moment of Reckoning for Republicans

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was both stunning and predictable, the result of a Republican Party that has repeatedly enabled President Donald Trump's destructive behavior. When Trump was a presidential candidate in 2016, Republican officials ignored his call to... Read More

Somber Senate Unites to Reject Election Challenges
U.S. Senate
Somber Senate Unites to Reject Election Challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sober, shaken Senate returned to its hallowed chamber Wednesday night to slap away a frivolous election challenge, but its secondary purpose seemed to be to rise from the wreckage of a shocking day in which they... Read More

Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?
State News
Dems' Georgia Alliance is Diverse and Broad. Is it Durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP’s Senate majority in two runoff elections. It didn't work.... Read More

Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Police After Capitol Breach
Congress
Lawmakers Vow to Investigate Police After Capitol Breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how law enforcement handled Wednesday’s violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. U.S. Capitol Police, who are charged... Read More

From 'Beautiful' to 'Disgraceful': World Reacts to US Mob
Foreign Affairs
From 'Beautiful' to 'Disgraceful': World Reacts to US Mob

TOKYO (AP) — Amid the global outrage at the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by angry supporters of President Donald Trump was a persistent strain of glee from those who have long resented the perceived American tendency to chastise... Read More

A Moment in America, Unimaginable But Perhaps Inevitable
In The News
A Moment in America, Unimaginable But Perhaps Inevitable

To see it unspool — to watch the jumbled images ricochet, live, across the world's endless screens — was, as an American, a struggle to believe your eyes. But there it was, in the capital city of the United States... Read More

Protesters Loyal to Trump Storm Capitol, Disrupting Electoral College Certification
Political News
Protesters Loyal to Trump Storm Capitol, Disrupting Electoral College Certification
2021-01-06 23:49:25
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcing lawmakers, staff and journalists into hiding, and stunning the world in the process. One woman was confirmed to have been shot and killed on the... Read More

Biden to Name Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General
In The News
Biden to Name Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge who in 2016 was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process... Read More

Incoming and Returning Members Named to Key House Committees
Congress
Incoming and Returning Members Named to Key House Committees
2021-01-06 16:01:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nominated several new and returning Members to key committee posts Tuesday night. The assignments include seats on the House Committees on Armed Services, Education and Labor, Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Oversight and... Read More

Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
State News
Pennsylvania Senate Refuses to Seat Democrat On First Day of Session
2021-01-06 14:32:39
by Dan McCue

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The opening of a new session of the Pennsylvania Senate is usually a fairly staid affair, marked by ceremony and at least a bit of bipartisanship. However, that wasn't the case Tuesday when the Republican majority refused... Read More

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