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For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: “Hunt or be hunted," said Frank Underwood. As the sun rises on the most influential power center globally, the political lines of division are only getting deeper.
"The GOP is now a terrorist organization!" said former White House Communications Director Anthony Scarammucci after the FBI officially announced its finding that there were possibly 50 armed protests around the U.S. that have been planned in the face of Biden’s inauguration. Armed militias are willing to travel to Washington DC to seize government buildings in case Congress attempts to remove Trump from office.
It is unclear what President Trump has to say about any of this, as Big Tech not only cut him off, but they also cut off all journalists in political journalism from his thinking. Has anyone spoken to Trump? Mitch McConnel indeed did not, and he has not since December 15, NBC found out. Mike Pence, however, met with Trump in the Oval Office last night.
After a day of radio silence, at 10 AM this morning, Trump will be leaving the White House for Alamo, Texas, to highlight the section of the Wall his administration built. Surrounded by the media, he will seize an opportunity to respond to everything from his social media ban to impeachment proceedings.
Rep. David Cicilline got credible threats with a promise of civil war coming America's way. Yesterday, he made public the article of impeachment he just introduced against President Trump for incitement of insurrection. "We now have the votes to impeach," he declared.
On Wednesday, the House will gather to vote to impeach Trump. McConnel sent a letter to the House Republicans saying that he's against impeachment, and the House Republicans blocked a Democrat’s effort to pass a resolution invoking the 25th Amendment. Last week, on Friday, Good Morning DC reported that the 25th Amendment was off the table for Pence, and the Cabinet members then and there decided to follow Pence’s lead. Democrats thought that increased pressure in the public forum, like was put on Republicans over the weekend, would change Pence’s mind, but that did not happen, as the VP does not change his mind on what he heard from God.
The date of the impeachment trial is still unclear given that Mich McConnel stated January 19 as the first possible date, and some Democrats would like to first give Joe Biden 100 days to pass the coronavirus relief bill before moving to Trump.
Ronna McDaniel issued a letter to all RNC supporters, keeping business as usual. While the GOP is wracked, she stated that they grew as a party and listed numerous achievements when, in reality, they lost the election and the Senate. “It’s repugnant,” one GOP insider commented for Good Morning DC. CPAC 2021 is taking place from February 25th to 28th in Florida, and the future of the party has never been more challenged. The path forward may as well be a path off a cliff.
In the aftermath of the failed insurrection at the US Capitol, Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced this morning that she tested positive for COVD-19 after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol, where “several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask,” she stated, “but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.”
An Army officer who left the military a week before the Save America rally is under investigation for leading a group of protestors to Washington DC. "I was within my rights," she said, claiming that she did not go to the US Capitol.
Two Capitol police officers have been suspended following their involvement at the US Capitol on January 6, Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio confirmed, and ten others are under investigation.
"I don't have any direct evidence as yet of any kind of inside job – we do have a couple of Capitol Police we talked about before with taking selfies, and another Capitol Police evidently put on a MAGA hat and was walking people, not sure all the details – they have been suspended," he said.
"I think that President Trump should not be in office. Period," said Joe Biden before undergoing his second coronavirus jab. He expressed his "hope and expectations" for the House to move forward with impeachment.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of DHS, resigned. Trump removed his nomination for a permanent position recently, but, in the context of America standing on shaky ground at the moment, is that responsible? What's the upside of not having even an acting secretary of DHS in the face of the security threats?
Joe Biden announced his pick for CIA director. Meet Bill Burns, former US ambassador to Jordan and Russia and current president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
France finance minister Bruno Le Maire joined Merkel in criticizing the Big Tech censorship of the United States president. American pundits are surprised, but that is because foreign leaders are concerned with the global picture.
Facebook made a move to remove content from its pages as the inauguration day approaches. "We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups, and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence," their statement reads. "We've been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome, and that will continue. But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and the use of the term by those involved in Wednesday's violence in DC, we're taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step, but we have already removed a significant number of posts."
As Good Morning DC reported yesterday, in the absence of Parler, Trump supporters are going underground and moving to encrypted channels of communications. Signal subscriptions went up, and people are hanging out at Gab.com, Telegram.org, Minds.com, and MeWe.com, more and more with each passing day.
On the foreign affairs agenda, America is adding Cuba to the list of state sponsors of terrorism, Mike Pompeo announced.
In the UK, British billionaire Mike Lynch is facing extradition to the US on fraud charges. Former UK ministers are calling on PM Boris Johnson not to do it.
Bitcoin is the hot investment that everyone is now talking about, but investors in the UK are wary of pursuing such a big risk, saying that those who invest must be ready to lose everything. Buffett is also skeptical and believes that Bitcoin will end badly.
In post-Brexit EU, the race for a vaccine and for vaccinating the whole population creates tensions between member states. Germany has unilaterally secured the largest number of extra doses for their people, 75 million to be precise.
Governor Cuomo of New York announced that he wants to open up the economy, despite the slow vaccine rollout, a rise in hospitalizations to 8,645, and three confirmed cases of the new variant of COVID.
Finally, Sex and City is looking at a reboot. Like the impeachment vote on Wednesday, Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda are back for another round. Just like that, the story continues.
That’s a wrap for this morning. Nothing but the good news.
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