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Is impeachment vote nearing?


UPDATE: The House of Representatives late Tuesday night approved a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. The vote was 223-205. Pence earlier in the day rejected the idea.


As President Donald Trump declined any responsibility for the violent storming of the U.S Capitol last week, the House of Representatives is considering a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment on the grounds that he is unable to serve. Such a move by Pence is considered unlikely, and the House – with a Democratic majority – will likely voted to impeach on Wednesday. At least three Republican members of the House have stated they will also vote to remove the president on a charge of “incitement of insurrection.”

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), according to the Associated Press.

Trump commented that it was impeachment that was the problem. “To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”

In related news, federal officials spoke Tuesday of “bringing significant charges” against those who participated in the storming of the seat of Congress, including accusations of sedition. “This is only the beginning,” said acting U.S. Attorney General Michael Sherwin. Conviction on such a charge could lead to sentences of 20 years in federal prison.

Also, the Washington Post reported that the FBI issued a warning on Jan. 5 of “war” at the protest by Trump supporters that turned into the storming of the Capitol.

News: Virus tests for air travelers will be required

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday announced a policy of requiring passengers on international flights into the U.S. to have proof of negative coronavirus tests. The policy will go into effect on Jan. 26.

ABORTION DECISION: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a requirement that women seeking to use the “abortion pill” to end a pregnancy must pick up that medication in person from a hospital or medical office. The three liberal members of the court dissenting, citing possible health issues connected to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first ruling on abortion by the court since the seating of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, an avowed “pro-life” jurist.

Sports:  Bulldogs sink teeth into #1 ranking

Gonzaga (12-0) is the number one-ranked team this week in the Associated Press’ rating of men’s college basketball teams. The Bulldogs received all but one of 64 first place votes. The other vote went to Baylor (11-0). The remainder of the top five are Villanova (8-1), Texas (10-1) and Iowa (11-2).

UCLA (9-2) almost cracked the top 25, receiving 137 points, worth 27th place.

In women’s college hoops, Stanford (10-0) is top-ranked, followed by Louisville (10-0), North Carolina State (10-0, UConn (7-0) and South Carolina (8-1). UCLA (7-2) is eighth.


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