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Senate impeachment trial arguments to start February 9

Senate impeachment trial arguments to start February 9

The second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is scheduled to begin on February 9 after Senate leaders reached a deal to push it back, giving Trump’s legal team more time to prepare and Senate Democrats a chance to consider Covid-19 legislation and to confirm President Joe Biden’s Cabinet. House Democrats will formally walk over the single…

‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli charged over pro-Trump riots

‘QAnon Shaman’ Jake Angeli charged over pro-Trump riots

A prominent follower of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon has been charged over the US Capitol riots. Jacob Anthony Chansley, known as Jake Angeli, is in custody on charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct. Mr Chansley, who calls himself the QAnon Shaman, is allegedly the man pictured with a painted face, fur hat and…

US election: Trump tells Georgia election official to ‘find’ votes to overturn Biden win

US election: Trump tells Georgia election official to ‘find’ votes to overturn Biden win

US President Donald Trump has been recorded telling Georgia’s top election official to “find” enough votes to overturn the election result. “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Mr Trump told Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a recording released by the Washington Post. Mr Raffensperger is heard replying that Georgia’s results were correct. Mr…

McConnell says bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 has ‘no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate’

McConnell says bill to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 has ‘no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a bill to increase direct payments to $2,000, likely closing the door on any pathway to passage before the end of the Congress this weekend. McConnell took to the Senate floor to attack the House-passed bill, specifically on the issue of higher-income individuals and couples that would be eligible to receive some…

Amy Coney Barrett steers the Supreme Court to the right, but not toward President Trump

Amy Coney Barrett steers the Supreme Court to the right, but not toward President Trump

To hear Democrats tell it, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court this fall in order to destroy the Affordable Care Act and prevail in any lawsuits over a disputed election. Two months into Barrett’s tenure, those fears look to be unfounded. But conservatives remain hopeful she will advance the cause of religious freedom,…

Pompeo says Russia ‘pretty clearly’ behind cyberattack on US, but Trump casts doubts and downplays threat

Pompeo says Russia ‘pretty clearly’ behind cyberattack on US, but Trump casts doubts and downplays threat

The first damage assessment of a sprawling cyberattack linked to Russia has been chilling enough. With intrusions reported across a huge swath of the government – including at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration – federal officials already are signaling that the worst may be yet to come. The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity…

Stimulus checks part of looming COVID-19 relief deal as Congress finalizes negotiations

Stimulus checks part of looming COVID-19 relief deal as Congress finalizes negotiations

Lawmakers closed in on a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 relief deal Wednesday morning that may include another round of checks and other much-needed financial benefits for Americans, according to a source familiar with negotiations who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. The looming deal would restart a boost to federal unemployment insurance benefits and provide some form of relief…

Argentina’s abortion bill is backed by lower house of Congress

Argentina’s abortion bill is backed by lower house of Congress

Argentina’s lower house of Congress has approved a landmark government-backed bill to legalize abortion Friday morning, a big step forward for the legislation that could set the tone for a wider shift in conservative Latin America. In an extraordinary session, the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina passed the bill with 131 votes in favor, 117 against and…

Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

Biden to ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days

US President-elect Joe Biden has said he will ask Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to curtail the spread of coronavirus. He told CNN he believed there would be a “significant reduction” in Covid-19 cases if every American wore a face covering. Mr Biden also said he would order masks…

Federal appeals court denies Trump campaign effort to revive Pennsylvania lawsuit saying ‘claims have no merit’

Federal appeals court denies Trump campaign effort to revive Pennsylvania lawsuit saying ‘claims have no merit’

A federal appeals court on Friday denied the Trump campaign’s effort to revive a federal lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania, ruling “the claims have no merit.” A panel of three judges for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request by the Trump campaign, led by Rudy Giuliani, to amend its lawsuit, which had…