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Jan. 6 hearings to be televised

THE STORMING of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 (Wikipedia).

The House subcommittee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol will begin holding public hearings that will be broadcast in prime time on several television networks on Thursday.

According to The Associated Press, the hearings will seek to reveal the alleged connection between the rioters who tried to prevent certification of Joe Biden as president, and members of the administration, including Donald Trump.

“We’re going to tell the story of a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland).

At least six people died in the incident and its immediate aftermath.

The hearings will begin with testimony from police who battled the mob that sought to violently force its way into the halls of Congress.

Trump has repeatedly made the unsupported claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud.

House passes gun bill, but …

A GUN CONTROL bill passed the House of Representatives but is given little chance in the Senate.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a gun control bill that would ban the sale of semiautomatic weapons and high capacity magazines.

According to The New York Times, although the bill won by 223-204 – almost completely on a partisan basis – it stands almost no chance in the U.S. Senate, where it takes 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster by Republican members.

Attempts to forge a bipartisan alternative in the Senate are running into “sticking points,” said a prominent GOP senator.

Sports: Angel slump now at 14 losses

The Los Angeles Angels fell 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Wednesday to suffer their 14th loss in a row, a new team record.  Bobbie Dalbec’s sixth-inning double drove in the game’s only run.

With the loss, the Angels are 27-31, but remain in second place in the American League West, two percentage points ahead of the Texas Rangers (26-30).

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the White Sox in Chicago 4-1. Tony Gonsolin (7-0) pitched six strong innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. He struck out five batters and walked one.

Will Smith hit a two-run home run in the first inning to get the team off to a quick start.

With the win, the Blue Crew (36-20) continues to lead the National League West by two games over the second place San Diego Padres (34-22).

Weather: You’re getting warmer …

Daytime temperatures will be rising in the West Orange County for the next fewer days. The forecast calls for Thursday to see a high of 81 and an overnight low of 64 under a partly cloudy sky. Friday will bring sunshine and a high of 83 (64 overnight). Saturday will see the thermometer peak at 88 degrees with more sun.

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