GOOD MORNING DC: Birdwatching Of The Free Speech

#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you're waking up to this Tuesday morning.

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Good Morning DC.

"Donald Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the government of the United States," Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, stated last night in the Senate.  The longest-serving Democrat Patrick Leahy, will preside over the impeachment trial, instead of the Supreme Court's chief, John Roberts; a development that puts a partisan flair on impeachment. Nine Democrats will serve as impeachment managers against Trump: Congressman Jamie Raskin, Congressman David Cicilline, Congressman Joaquin Castro, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, Congressman Eric Swalwell, and Congressman Joe Neguse.

Prospects of getting 17 Republican votes in the Senate to convict Trump are becoming unlikely. Nikki Haley went on FOX last night to say, “ I don’t even think there’s a basis for impeachment.” She criticized the Democrats for choosing impeachment over-unity, adding, “They beat him up before he was in office, they beat him while he was in office, now they’re beating him up after he’s left office. Give a man a break.” 

Talking to Rachel Maddow, Chuck Schumer said last night that he does not see “a need for a whole lot of witnesses” at the impeachment trial. “We were all witnesses,” he explained. 

White House insider told Good Morning DC that President Biden is hesitant that there will be enough votes to convict Trump but that the impeachment trial has to happen. On January 6th, Republicans were eager to distance themselves from the former president, but since President Biden's inauguration, they do not want to hand over the Republican party's legacy to Democrats on the chopping board.

Liz Chaney's spokesman hit at Matt Gaetz yesterday. "In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up," she told the face of the GOP effort to remove Chaney as the House Republican Conference Chair. 

Trump is back. Yesterday evening Good Morning DC received an email about the official launch of the “Office of the Former President” based in Palm Beach, Florida. With the speed of light, the news spread over Twitter, showing that Donald Trump is a superb marketer capable of getting his message promoted by the media, for free, on the platform that canceled him. The media made Donald Trump, and Trump used it to fuel his 2016 election campaign. If the Senate does not convict Trump, a likely development unless some new evidence comes to light, Trump will return to the days of our lives as the headline. 

At the press briefing, Jen Psaki announced that President Joe Biden issued a tasking to the intelligence community for its full assessment of the SolarWinds cyber breach, Russian interference in the 2020 election, its use of chemical weapons against Alexei Navalny, and the alleged bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  

In the meantime, in Russia, Navalny keeps Putin’s feet to the fire. "This is boring, girls," Putin used a quote from the Russian literary classic, "The Twelve Chairs" to make a point in front of university students who asked him about the ownership of the spectacular castle on the Black Sea coast, the castle Navalny claims to be a luxurious property of the Russian President. "Nothing that is listed there as my property belongs to my close relatives or me and never did," Putin said, leaving everything up to Navalny's treasury hunt. 

In Italy, the political crisis continues. PM Giuseppe Conte will preemptively resign today in a strategic move to form a broader coalition. 

Journalists policing journalists is the new trend gaining momentum in America. While 100 Politico staffers signed on to a letter to publisher  Robert Allbritton to express outrage over Ben Shapiro guest-hosting the Playbook, Glenn Greenwald put on the spot NYT's Lauren Wolfe for pro-Biden bias. As a result, she got fired from New York Times. Cancel culture uses public shame to remove existential financial stability from people's lives over their political views. What's deeply concerning is that the journalists have now taken on the role of ultimate censor. Whether it is happening on the left or the right side of the political spectrum, it indicates that every argument can go both ways. If applied consistently, those who live by the sword of cancel culture will eventually get censored and disqualified over the same thing. Free speech is installing itself as a pre-approved speech. 

Twitter introduced "Birdwatch," a new program that allows users to police tweets. The birdwatchers, take a note of this, Twitter will not pay. Like in the old fashioned communist state, where neighbors spy on neighbors, Twitter policing will be purely voluntary.   

What will Biden do today? This morning he will receive a daily briefing in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, the new President will outline his plan on radial equity and sign new executive orders.  

Climate change will be a top priority for the Biden administration this year. Speaking at the United Nations Climate Adaptation Summit yesterday, the U.S. climate envoy, John Kerry, said that the U.S. has a limited time to get climate under control. 

Meanwhile, at the World Economic Forum, the world leaders are mobilizing behind Davos Agenda. 

"Right now, more than ever, we are desperate for hope. But what is hope? For me, hope is the feeling that keeps you going, even though all odds may be against you. For me, hope comes from action, not just words. For me, hope is telling it like it is," Greta Thunberg said this morning. 

“President Joe Biden aptly spoke of a cascade of crises. And indeed, we face an outstanding set of challenges. But we can meet them - if we work together. It is not a sign of weakness to reach out and help each other. It's a signal of strength,” said Ursula von der Leyen in Davos.  

And that's a wrap for this Tuesday morning. What’s old is new again. Welcome to 2021. 


 

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