Andrew Yang Announces , His Run For NYC Mayor. Yang announced his campaign for NYC mayor in a video posted on Twitter. I'm running for mayor for my two boys, for you, and for every New Yorker, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Let's fight for a future New York City that we can all be proud of, Andrew Yang, Twitter. Yang gained national attention as a Democratic presidential nominee hopeful, . who ran on a platform touting a universal basic income of $1000 a month for all American adults. If elected mayor of NYC, Yang pledges increased access to high-speed internet, a policy to "reopen intelligently" and to "take back control" of the subway system. The Democratic primary for NYC mayor occurs in June.
Between the still-raging pandemic and suddenly very real threat of violence from supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, Jan. 20 promises to be one of the most unusual presidential inaugurations in American history
President-elect Joe Biden is pledging to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days
US House of Representatives , Adopts Historic 2nd Impeachment of Trump. No president has ever been impeached twice in the history of the U.S. The single article of impeachment introduced by House Democrats on Monday was adopted by a vote of 232 to 197. The article formally charges President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection in connection to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. 10 House Republicans broke from Trump, voting to impeach. . We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) House Speaker, via Reuters. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the Senate would not reconvene before the end of Trump's term . to conduct a Senate impeachment trial. This means that now that the House has voted to impeach Trump. such a trial will be conducted by a Democratic-led Senate
Justice Department lawyers have asked a federal appeals court to replace President Donald Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s
Mike Pence Will Not Invoke 25th Amendment to Remove Trump From Office. Vice President Mike Pence has finally responded to recent calls for him to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said that he didn’t think doing so would be in the country's "best interest.". I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution … I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our Nation. , Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Pence went on to justify his decision, referencing Pelosi’s own statement from a “few months ago” when she said that a “president’s fitness” must be determined by “science and fact.” . You said then that we must be '[v]ery respectful of not making a judgement on the basis of a comment or behavior that we don’t like, but based on a medical decision.', Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Madam Speaker, you were right … the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation. Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent. , Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'. Pence then said that Trump’s administration was directing its energy to ensuring an “orderly transition.” . He finished his letter by urging “every member of Congress” to avoid actions that will cause further division. . Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, Mike Pence, via 'The New York Times'
A federal judge has ruled that Alabama’s requirement for a transgender person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery before they can change the sex on their driver’s license is unconstitutional
Joe Biden Chooses William Burns as CIA Director . President-elect Biden made the announcement on Jan. 11. The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA Director, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. Burns, a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan. most recently served under the Obama administration as deputy secretary of state. He was only the second career diplomat in history to ever hold the position. Burns' 33-year diplomatic career was spent serving both Republican and Democratic administrations. Within that time, he also took on national security positions for five of those administrations. According to Biden's team, if the Senate confirms his appointment, Burns would be the first career diplomat to ever be CIA director. Bill Burns is an exemplary diplomat with decades of experience on the world stage keeping our people and our country safe and secure, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement. He shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect, President-elect Joe Biden, via statement
Federal safety officials are investigating people who took part in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to decide whether they belong on the federal no-fly list
Kamala Harris’ ‘Vogue’ Cover Stirs Controversy. ‘Vogue’ released its two February 2021 covers featuring Harris and shot by Tyler Mitchell. The official print cover caused quite a stir. The official print cover shows Harris in Converse sneakers, and as many have pointed out, in poor lighting and looking washed out. The digital cover features a tighter shot of the VP-elect in a blue suit, an image that was approved by her team for use. VP-Elect Harris’ team and 'Vogue' agreed that the blue suit image would grace the cover, leaving her team ‘blindsided’ by the publication’s choice. ‘Vogue’ has defended its selection, releasing an online article detailing the significance behind the image chosen. The team at Vogue … felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature, Vogue representatives, via ‘Us'
The 25th Amendment:, Explained. In the aftermath of Wednesday's chaos at the Capitol, many have called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked. . Here’s a brief history of the amendment and how it would all work. . What is the 25th Amendment? , The 25th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1967 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was primarily designed to clarify the order of succession for the presidency. Its first three sections address what to do if a president resigns, dies/becomes ill or is temporarily incapacitated. . The fourth section lays out a multistep process for the president to be removed from office by their peers. How would it work if it was invoked now?, Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the cabinet would first provide a written declaration that Donald Trump is “unable” to perform his duties. This declaration would be given to the president pro tempore of the Senate, Sen. Chuck Grassley, and the speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi. This would immediately make Pence the acting president. However, Trump could send his own counter-declaration, allowing him to resume his duties. Pence and the cabinet would then have four days to send another declaration restating their concerns, after which Pence would once again become the acting president. From there, Congress would have to assemble within 48 hours and vote within 21 days. If two-thirds of both the House and Senate vote that he is unable to perform, Trump would be permanently stripped of the presidency with Pence taking over. . What are the odds of this happening?, It is rare that the 25th Amendment would be successful. In fact, it’s easier to impeach a president than it is to strip their power via the amendment. An impeachment requires a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate. The 25th Amendment requires two-thirds in both chambers
A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and open the door to diplomacy
Trump Tweets He Will Not Attend , Biden's Inauguration. President Donald Trump announced that he will not be attending the Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration via Twitter. To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th, Donald Trump, via Twitter. Trump was not expected to attend Biden's Inauguration, which is representative of the peaceful transfer of power in the U.S. He is the first modern president to break the tradition of attending the ceremony. He is only the fourth president to ever have done so, joining John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson. Trump's speech prior to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been widely denounced as having incited the crowd. Calls for his removal by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continue to gain momentum
Betsy DeVos Joins Growing List of Resignations in Trump Administration. On Thursday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her letter of resignation to President Donald Trump. . In the letter, which was obtained by the ‘NYT,’ DeVos cited the rampage at the Capitol as her reason for resigning. . We should be highlighting and celebrating your administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people … Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business, Betsy DeVos, via 'NYT'. She called the chaos caused by Trump’s supporters as “unconscionable.”. That behavior was unconscionable for our country … There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me. DeVos is the second cabinet-level official to step down from their position. . Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who also resigned on Thursday, said she was “deeply trouble” by the Capitol riot. . Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building … it has deeply trouble me in a way that I simply cannot set aside. . Several other Trump administration officials have also since resigned including Mick Mulvaney, special envoy to Northern Ireland, Matthew Pottinger, Trump’s deputy national security adviser. John Costello, a senior cybersecurity official, Tyler Goodspeed, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Rickie Niceta, Melania’s social secretary and Sarah Matthews, deputy White House press secretary.
Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitol buildings over concerns about potentially violent demonstrations
Nancy Pelosi Calls on Mike Pence to Remove Donald Trump From Office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office. The 25th Amendment would allow Pence and the Cabinet to declare Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”. Doing so would cause Pence to “immediately assume the powers and duties” of the presidency. . Pelosi and many other officials blame Trump for the attempted coup that took place on Wednesday. . She called his incitement of violence an “unspeakable assault” on the United States. This is urgent, this is an emergency of the highest magnitude … The president of the United States incited an armed insurrection against America … In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people, Nancy Pelosi, via 'The New York Times'. She went on to describe the chaos at the Capitol as a day of “horrors” that would “forever stain” history. . We are in a very difficult place in our country as long as Donald Trump sits in the White House … while there’s only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America, Nancy Pelosi, via 'The Wall Street Journal'