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On the roster: Second Trump impeachment attracts bipartisan help – I’ll Inform You What: We knew it was going to be troublesome – Guard bivouacs in Capitol, 20,000 anticipated subsequent week – Biden needs Senate to maneuver on nominations asap – The case of the beagle and the Balkan bratwursts

SECOND TRUMP IMPEACHMENT DRAWS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
Fox Information: “The Home of Representatives Wednesday made historical past by voting to question President Trump for a second time for ‘incitement of riot’ after a mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed try to cease the certification of President-elect Joe Biden‘s electoral faculty win. The Home voted 232-197 to question the president. Ten Republicans joined with Democrats. Trump has only one week left in workplace, however the supporters of the impeachment push say Trump is simply too harmful to remain in workplace a minute longer. The impeachment decision condemns Trump for spreading lies that he gained the election in a landslide and whipping up a crowd of supporters in Washington D.C. earlier than the riot that killed 5 individuals, together with a Capitol Police officer. … Not like the final Home impeachment of Trump in December 2019 … Democrats had GOP help. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Home Republican, backed impeachment as a result of she stated the violent assault on the Capitol couldn’t have occurred with out Trump.”

McConnell might vote to convict – Axios: “Senate GOP Chief Mitch McConnell won’t consent to reconvening the Senate on Friday underneath emergency authorities, delaying the beginning of President Trump’s doubtless impeachment trial till Jan. 19 on the earliest, McConnell’s staff confirmed to Axios. If the Home votes to question Trump for incitement of the Capitol riot on Wednesday, as is anticipated, the trial will doubtless not happen till after President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace on Jan. 20. McConnell’s staff knowledgeable Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer’s workplace on Wednesday that McConnell wouldn’t consent to reconvening the Senate instantly underneath the 2004 emergency authorities. McConnell despatched a be aware to Republican colleagues later Wednesday to say he has not made up his thoughts on impeachment: ‘Whereas the press has been stuffed with hypothesis, I’ve not made a last choice on how I’ll vote and I intend to hearken to the authorized arguments when they’re offered to the Senate.’”

McCarthy retreats from efforts to overturn election – WSJ: “Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) stated President Trump bore duty for final week’s violence on the U.S. Capitol, however opposed efforts to question the president. ‘The president bears duty for Wednesday’s assault by mob rioters,’ Mr. McCarthy stated in a speech on the Home flooring. The GOP chief stated he opposes impeachment and would as a substitute help an investigation into the riot and censuring the president. Democrats don’t help a censure decision. … Mr. McCarthy appeared to chastise members of his personal convention when Wednesday he stated: ‘What we noticed final week was not the American manner. Neither is the continued rhetoric that Joe Biden isn’t the legit president.’ In votes solid after the storming of the Capitol final week, Mr. McCarthy sided with a majority of Home Republicans to object to Mr. Biden’s wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania.”

Pence insider says twenty fifth Modification choice not about defending Trump – Fox Information: “After breaking along with his boss final week and certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral School victory over President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence this week shortly shot down a push by Home Democrats urging him to invoke the twenty fifth Modification of the Structure to take away Trump from the presidency. A veteran Republican advisor who’s near the Trump orbit tells Fox Information that the choice by the vice chairman was much less of a transfer to defend the president however reasonably of Pence doing ‘what’s proper.’ … Simply as Pence final week resisted the president’s repeated calls to upend the election outcomes by refusing to simply accept the Electoral School leads to a handful of states the place Biden narrowly edged Trump, he additionally rejected the transfer by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats to take away the president from workplace only a week earlier than the top of his time period by invoking the twenty fifth Modification. Pence stated invoking the twenty fifth Modification isn’t ‘in the very best curiosity of our Nation or in line with the Structure.’”

Home MAGA caucus seeks to punish Cheney for vote – Fox Information: “Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., is dealing with calls from some Republican lawmakers to step down from her management put up as chairwoman of the Home Republican Convention after she introduced that she is going to vote to question President Trump. ‘I don’t suppose she ought to be the chair of the Republican convention anymore,’ Rep. Andy Biggs, the pinnacle of the Home Freedom Caucus, instructed Fox Information host Shannon Bream. ‘The fact is she’s not representing the convention; she’s not representing the Republican beliefs.’ One other GOP congressman, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale, additionally launched a press release calling for Cheney to step down. ‘When Consultant Cheney got here out for impeachment at this time, she did not seek the advice of with the Convention, did not abide by the spirit of the principles of the Republican Convention, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters,’ Rosendale stated in a press release.”

THE RULEBOOK: A POWERFUL HOUSE, TWO YEARS AT A TIME
“…the place no different circumstances have an effect on the case, the better the facility is, the shorter must be its period; and, conversely, the smaller the facility, the extra safely might its period be protracted.”  – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 52

TIME OUT: ‘ON DOWN TO SAN ANTONE…’
The Author’s Almanac: “On at the present time in 1968, nation musician Johnny Money recorded a dwell live performance at Folsom Jail in California. Again within the early Nineteen Fifties, whereas serving within the Air Power and stationed in Germany, Money had seen a documentary on life contained in the jail. This impressed him to put in writing the track ‘Folsom Jail Blues,’ with its haunting traces, ‘I shot a person in Reno, simply to look at him die.’ He … started dreaming of some day taking part in the track dwell for the inmates there. … Launched simply 4 months after the live performance, Dwell at Folsom Jail reached No. 1 on the nation charts and was an enormous pop crossover. Money stated: ‘You construct on failure. You utilize it as a steppingstone. Shut the door on the previous. You don’t attempt to overlook the errors, however you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your power, or any of your time, or any of your house.’”

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I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: WE KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT
Within the wake of final week’s occasions, Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt focus on the approaching the second impeachment proceedings towards President Trump, the fracturing of the Republican social gathering following the fallout of the 2020 election, and the influence of social media and tech on the political panorama. Plus, Dana discusses a particular programming announcement from the Fox Information Channel and Chis solutions presidential lifespan trivia. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE

GUARD BIVOUACS IN CAPITOL, 20,000 EXPECTED NEXT WEEK
NY Submit: “Tons of of Nationwide Guard troops have been compelled to sleep within the hallways of the Capitol — believed to be the primary time troops have camped there for the reason that Civil Struggle. Photos from Wednesday morning present the battle-ready guards sleeping in nearly any spot they’ll discover — many with their assault rifles propped up close by. The troops had slept there in a single day after getting the decision at 6 p.m. Tuesday — with at the least 20,000 Nationwide Guardsmen now anticipated in Washington, DC, amid an alarming surge in threats of violent revolts towards subsequent Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. They have been nonetheless sprawled on flooring — some utilizing stairs for makeshift pillows — when the Home convened simply after 9 a.m. In surreal photos, lawmakers have been compelled to step over the slumped our bodies of their guardians as they arrived for the hearings on impeaching President Trump for the very riots that sparked the troops’ presence.”

Airbnb cancels all inauguration bookings – Politico: “Airbnb introduced Wednesday that it could cancel all reservations within the Washington, D.C., space in the course of the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to discourage visitors from touring to the nation’s capital. The favored dwelling rental firm stated in a press release that it could additionally take motion to dam any new reservations from being made within the space. Friends who made reservations previous to the brand new choice can have their stays refunded, and hosts shall be compensated by the corporate for cash they’d have earned from the canceled reservations. The transfer follows pleas from native authorities, together with Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, strongly discouraging journey to the town after final week’s lethal riots on the U.S. Capitol. Airbnb additionally introduced that it had banned ‘quite a few people’ from its platform who participated within the riot or have been linked to recognized hate teams.”

Pergram: Weaponized – Fox Information: “The occasions of the previous week transformed the U.S. Capitol right into a home of horrors. … Why anybody would really feel snug working contained in the U.S. Capitol? Be it a lawmaker? An aide? A journalist? A U.S. Capitol Police officer? A custodian? And the previous couple of days proved you don’t want airplanes, hijackers, field cutters, chemical weapons, nerve brokers, and even firearms to take out the Capitol. You simply want individuals. That’s ironic. The Capitol serves because the ‘the individuals’s home.’ The legislative department is meant to be representatives of the individuals and the states. You possibly can erect the entire barricades you need across the U.S. Capitol. Construct automated barricades on the streets embroidering the Capitol complicated. Maintain the Air Power jet fighters scorching 24/7 at Joint Base Andrews throughout the Potomac to shoot down an intruding aircraft. … However, it seems, the weapon to pierce the Capitol wasn’t a gun. It wasn’t a bomb. It wasn’t a truck. Folks have been the weapon.”

BIDEN WANTS SENATE TO MOVE ON NOMINATIONS ASAP
Fox Information: “With President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration only one week away, his transition staff is urgent the Senate to verify his nationwide safety nominees forward of the occasion, saying the nation’s safety is ‘at stake.’ After Democrats have been victorious within the Georgia Senate runoff elections earlier this month, the Biden staff is making a heavy push for secretary of state nominee Anthony Blinken, homeland safety secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, director of nationwide intelligence nominee Avril Haines and protection secretary nominee retired Gen. Lloyd Austin. ‘No matter any developments, with our nationwide safety at stake, the pandemic costing 1000’s of lives every single day, and our financial system in a historic recession, there’s completely no justification for Republicans to jeopardize the flexibility of the US authorities to maintain the American individuals protected, distribute vaccines, and put People again to work,’ Biden transition spokesman Andrew Bates instructed Fox Information.”

Energy to steer international help efforts – AP: “President-elect Joe Biden introduced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Energy, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations underneath President Barack Obama, to run the company overseeing American international humanitarian and growth help. If confirmed by the Senate, Energy will head the U.S. Company for Worldwide Improvement, which has an annual finances of about $20 billion. Biden additionally introduced that he’s elevating the place to the Nationwide Safety Council inside the White Home, a sign that he’ll prioritize outreach to different nations. Biden stated USAID will coordinate America’s work to steer a worldwide response to fight the coronavirus and assist essentially the most susceptible nations.”

Biden accepts WH supply to make use of Blair Home night time earlier than inauguration – Fox Information: “The White Home has provided President-elect Joe Biden use of Blair Home for the night time earlier than the inauguration and he has accepted, a State Division spokesperson instructed Fox Information. Blair Home, the president’s visitor home, sits throughout from the White Home on Pennsylvania Ave. Presidents-elect have for many years spent the night time there on the eve of Inauguration Day. It’s bigger than the White Home and closed to the general public. The State Division oversees use of Blair Home, a fancy of 4 buildings comprising primarily used to deal with visitors of the state. Nonetheless, the invitation to make use of the house usually comes from the president.”

GOOGLE BANS POLITICAL ADS
Axios: “Google knowledgeable its promoting companions Wednesday that starting Jan. 14, its platforms will block all political advertisements, in addition to any associated to the Capitol riot, ‘following the unprecedented occasions of the previous week and forward of the upcoming presidential inauguration,’ in response to an electronic mail obtained by Axios. Political advert bans are designed to curb confusion and misinformation surrounding extremely delicate occasions. Google says a restricted model of its ‘delicate occasion’ insurance policies went into impact after the violent occasions within the Capitol on Jan. 6. … Advertisers will be unable to run any political advertisements or advertisements ‘referencing candidates, the election, its end result, the upcoming presidential inauguration, the continuing presidential impeachment course of, violence on the U.S. Capitol, or future deliberate protests on these subjects,’ in response to the e-mail.”

YouTube pulls plug on Trump  – AP: “YouTube has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s channel for at the least every week amid considerations over ‘ongoing potential for violence,’ making it the newest platform to restrict the president’s on-line actions. The Google-owned platform stated it eliminated content material that was uploaded on January 12 from the Donald J. Trump channel for inciting violence, though it was not instantly clear which movies in query have been in violation. ‘After cautious evaluation, and in gentle of considerations concerning the ongoing potential for violence, we eliminated new content material uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our insurance policies for inciting violence,’ a YouTube spokesperson stated in an emailed assertion.”

Report: Kushner stopped Trump from becoming a member of fringe social media websites – The Hill: “Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, stopped Trump from becoming a member of fringe social media platforms Parler and Gab after he was banned from Twitter, in response to a report from CNN. Kushner and deputy chief of employees Dan Scavino are stated to have gone towards different aides, comparable to personnel chief Johnny McEntee, to get Trump to not be a part of different social media platforms, an out of doors adviser and an administration official instructed CNN. Trump has now been banned from most main social media platforms. His favourite social media platform, Twitter, suspended him Friday for peddling claims of election fraud.”

Eugene Volokh: Energy in perspective – NYT: “We additionally shouldn’t overstate the hazard of company energy. Fb and Twitter, in contrast to the federal government, can’t ship us to jail or tax us. However at the least governmental speech restrictions are carried out in open court docket, with appellate evaluation. … On the whole, it’s good for personal companies to have the ability to resolve the way to use their property. And making an attempt to create legal guidelines constraining these choices might effectively do extra hurt than good — at all times a hazard with even the best-intentioned of recent legal guidelines. But each liberals and conservatives ought to recognize the perils of energy, particularly the facility of huge corporations which have few opponents and large affect over political life.”

AUDIBLE: SEE YA!
“Richmond out.” – How Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., ended his remarks in the course of the Home flooring debate on impeachment. Richmond is leaving Congress to function a senior advisor within the Biden administration.

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Proper now, I’m dissatisfied within the American individuals, however I’m in love with the nation and our lifestyle. The federal government simply must cease making an attempt to regulate the residents and go away us and the invoice of rights alone for some time, and issues will get higher.” – Jon Phillips, Burlington, Iowa

[Ed. note: Dig it, Mr. Phillips. Two cheers for benign neglect!]

“As a ‘affordable Democrat’ (and a daily reader of your Halftime Report) I get pleasure from and recognize seeing a number of factors of view on the federal government’s subjects of the day. I’ve at all times tried to method these subjects with the understanding that these with opinions completely different than mine aren’t incorrect, they merely have a unique manner of going about attaining the identical final aim, making America a greater place. With a lot divisiveness in our politics, it is so heartening to see somebody with entry to the lots reminding folks that ‘You may think about the likelihood that these with whom you disagree are honest.’ which I’ve seen you do a number of instances, more and more in current months, although not in such an express manner as you probably did in response to a reader’s electronic mail in yesterday’s version. Please maintain banging this drum! Bang it loud sufficient so that individuals on BOTH sides of the aisle, each in public service and within the press can hear it and can need to take part. It is actually the one manner we’ll have the ability to discover our manner by way of the present political fog that we’re in.” – John Cantess, New Haven, Conn.

[Ed. note: I promise we will, Mr. Cantess. I am resolved to take people’s positions seriously — for good or for ill — as we go forward.]

“I agree along with your very cogent evaluation of our instructional system particularly in the case of the instructing of historical past and authorities in our public faculties. I can keep in mind the title of each one among my historical past academics in highschool, ‘Coach.’ It wasn’t till I obtained to school that I used to be taught historical past by a Historian. Dad and mom and academics ought to know that it takes greater than studying a single textbook that hardly summarizes historic occasions to have a agency data of our nation’s previous, or the mechanisms of our complicated system of presidency. Dad and mom and Grandparents ought to demand that our kids and grandchildren turn into literate in Historical past and Civics.  That won’t occur except Dad and mom and Grandparents re-educate themselves and turn into literate in Historical past and Civics in order that clever discussions can happen within the dwelling. I would prefer to counsel {that a} studying listing for everybody that begins with a replica of the Structure and the Federalist Papers can be so as.” – Ron Homosexual, School Station, Texas

[Ed. note: They might even… subscribe to the Halftime Report! Great point, Mr. Gay. Thanks for sharing.]

“I am in Dublin Eire by the best way however have traveled extensively in America. Principally off the overwhelmed observe on visits across the deep South for music after which Route 66 over a number of weeks… I used to be touring in America in September 2016 and what I noticed then satisfied me Trump was going to take the presidency. The decline in prosperity proper throughout center America was appalling to see, poverty, deserted cities, hollowed out communities and lack of curiosity from authorities to assist, mixed with Trumps marketing campaign, plus the conceitedness of Clinton may solely have one end result. And that is the place you might be at this time. Your level a couple of lack of civic schooling is legitimate however I believe the issue goes just a little deeper. Lots of people we met have been out and out Republicans however have been additionally very remoted. They by no means traveled, in lots of instances by no means obtained a lot past their very own county. They’d no concept of the skin world, besides the army individuals. And for them the skin world was Iraq or Afghanistan. I am not saying they have been silly, removed from it, however they have been very open to the form of crap that Trump has peddled. Because the saying goes, all politics is native. … I do not know what the long run reply is however each side of the divide want to begin being sincere with individuals. Civics and schooling is all very high quality however individuals want correct sincere management and this hasn’t occurred for a very long time. The overwhelming majority of People I’ve met on my travels have been high quality, pleasant, heat and genuinely fascinated with our story so to see what’s taking place now could be horrible.” – David Barker, Dublin, Eire

[Ed. note: First: Go raibh maith agat! We love to hear from our readers overseas. Your observations are keen and useful, but I would tell you that good leaders do not produce virtuous people. It’s the opposite. Virtuous people produce good leaders. America’s lack of civic virtue is not the fault of bad leadership but rather the cause of it. And while I certainly agree with you about the value of travel for making one better understand and love their own country – certainly the case for me – the problem we face most acutely are people disconnected from their neighbors. It’s certainly true that our hearts can be more lovingly inclined to our neighbors having seen the world beyond. But however we go about it, the urgent need for Americans is to find more and better ways to forge meaningful connections that transcend politics. Pints on us when you come to D.C.!]

“What you say is actually true Chris. One different contributing issue to that is the Web (the ‘endless reservoir of dumpster juice’), particularly the willingness of individuals to consider all method of nonsense whether it is written in black and white and offered on a pc display. On this case the impacts of ‘web illiteracy’ have been overtly political, but it surely touches many, many different points of our lives: teenagers sharing nudes on snapchat, moms disowning daughters on Fb. It’s in all places!” – Mark DeWitt, Los Angeles

[Ed. note: Were people better before the internet or does the internet give the worst people greater visibility creating the impression of decline? I say yes and yes. I don’t think we’re better or worse people than before, but I do think the incentive structure of social media is just dreadful and will continue to retrain our brains in unhappy ways. As with the new media of the past, the race is between the lasting damage being done and our society’s capacity to adapt to and responsibly employ the platform. No mystery about which side is winning that one so far!]

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THE CASE OF THE BEAGLE AND THE BALKAN BRATWURSTS
Fox Information: “A U.S. Customs and Border Safety Ok-9 named Kody found 88 kilos of prohibited swine meat in a suitcase coming off a flight from Kosovo on Friday. Kody and his handler have been inspecting baggage on the New Jersey airport when the canine alerted the CBP officer to a suspicious suitcase containing the meat. The passenger who claimed the suitcase admitted he had introduced the ‘selfmade sausages,’ officers stated. Swine meat can’t be imported into the U.S. from sure areas underneath U.S. Division of Agriculture rules due to the chance of spreading an sickness like foot-and-mouth illness. … The passenger who introduced the selfmade sausages was launched with no penalty as a result of he declared them when arriving within the nation.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“A candidacy that started off as a joke, as a self-aggrandizing train in xenophobia, struck a chord in a sure constituency and took off. The joke was on those that believed that he was not a critical man and subsequently wouldn’t be taken critically. They — myself emphatically included — have been incorrect.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing within the Washington Submit on Aug. 5, 2016.

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox Information. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Need FOX Information Halftime Report in your inbox every single day? Enroll right here. 





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