The aftershocks of Thursday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of right-wing extremists continued on Friday.
President Donald Trump, whom critics blamed for inciting the attack that left five people dead, said he would not attend the inauguration of the new president and vice president on Jan. 20. President-elect Joe Biden said, “I’m fine with that.”
Trump was banned permanently from using a Twitter account, citing “risk of further incitement of violence.” Republican senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called for Trump’s resignation, saying, “I want him out. He has caused enough damage.” She also suggested she may quit the Republican Party over its support of Trump.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged the president to “resign immediately” or face a second impeachment and trial. The House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority, could vote this week on such an issue. It’s open to doubt whether the process could be completed before Trump’s term expires in nine more days.
President-elect Joe Biden said Friday he would release all available doses of the coronavirus vaccines as soon as he takes office, instead of holding back some to provide a recommended second dose.
STILL EFFECTIVE: The new variants of COVID-19 emerging in Great Britain and South Africa will not be able to defeat the vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, according to United Press International.
VIRUS RAGES ON: Over 4,000 Americans died on Thursday because of the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s a one-day record, and almost 275,000 new cases were recorded in the U.S. on Thursday.
The man who “bled Dodger blue,” Tommy Lasorda, has died at the age of 93. Lasorda managed the Los Angeles team in the National League for 20 years, winning two World Series titles, four National League pennants and eight division crowns. He spent 71 years as part of the Dodger organization. He died of a heart attack Thursday night.
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