House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president's trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule Friday.
“There will be a trial,” Schumer said. "It will be a full trial, it will be a fair trial”
Trump is the first president to be twice impeached and the first to face a trial after leaving office.
Senate approves ex-Gen. Austin as first Black defense secretary on 93-2 vote
The Senate Friday overwhelmingly approved former Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense, giving President Biden a key member for his national security team. The final vote was 93-2.
The 41-year Army veteran, a former head of U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, becomes the nation’s first Black defense secretary. He had been a key military adviser to Mr. Biden when he was vice president in the Obama administration.
Just two Republicans ended up voting against the nominee: Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri.
Chuck Grassley prods Biden to condemn protest violence in Oregon, Washington
ICE offices, federal courthouse targeted by rioters
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, took a jab at President Biden’s silence on violent protests Wednesday that included attacks on police and federal buildings in Portland and Seattle.
“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state,” Mr. Grassley said in a Thursday tweet.
His comment came as a pointed reminder that the White House has yet to comment on the post-inauguration unrest, which saw protest crowds touting Antifa and Black Lives Matter slogans vandalize the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland and break windows at the William Kenzo Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle.
Biden's Order on Keystone XL Must Be Stopped
It will not be easy to reverse President Joe Biden's executive order halting construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, but Sen. Roger Marshall, who is working on a bill to keep the project alive, told Newsmax TV Friday that it is vital that the United States remain energy independent.
"It's not going to be easy with (Senate Majority Leader) Chuck Schumer," the Kansas Republican said on Newsmax TV's "National Report." "The United States' carbon footprint has decreased by over 10% in the last decade. We're in a 25-year low. Stopping this pipeline is going to drive the price of gasoline up for people at the pump, and it's going to make us more dependent upon oil from the Middle East. That's not what we need in the United States right now."
But instead of Biden turning down the temperature in the United States, as he promised, executive orders like the one on the pipeline will hurt everyday Americans through the loss of jobs, said Marshall.
Fauci Says Coronavirus Infections Might Be Plateauing
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said on Thursday that based on recent seven-day averages, coronavirus infections may be about to hit a plateau in the United States.
At a White House news briefing, Fauci also said coronavirus vaccines can be modified to account for new variants of the virus, and that while the South Africa variant is concerning, it does not appear to be in the United States.
COVID-19 has spiraled out of control for months, with the U.S. death toll having exceeded 400,000.
Fauci said he expects current vaccines will be effective against the recently discovered virus mutations.
Biden to act on federal collective bargaining, $15-per-hour minimum wage for contractors
President Biden is planning to take executive action on Friday designed to expand the collective bargaining power of the federal workforce and make it harder to fire certain civil servants.
Mr. Biden plans to revoke a trio of executive orders from former President Trump that put restrictions on the timeline for federal employees to course-correct poor performance and curtailed their ability to pursue grievances on official time.
Mr. Biden also plans to eliminate an order from Mr. Trump that made it easier to fire certain civil servants.
No joke: Biden poised to build upon Trump's treasured Space Force
It was Donald Trump’s baby, but it’s Joe Biden’s charge now.
The creation of the U.S. Space Force, America’s newest military service, became fodder for late-night TV hosts and political cartoonists when it came to life with Mr. Trump’s signing of the $738 billion defense bill in December 2019. Online critics mocked the logo design as a rip-off of Star Trek, made fun of the “Guardians” nickname for members of the force and questioned where it would fit in the Pentagon’s long-established service hierarchy.
But Mr. Trump saw U.S. Space Force as one of the signature accomplishments of his administration, giving it pride of place in virtually every campaign speech and rally.
National Guard troops allowed back into Capitol after being 'banished' to parking garage
Thousands of National Guard troops who flew into Washington to secure the inauguration have been allowed back into the U.S. Capitol amid bipartisan outrage from lawmakers after they were “banished” to a small parking garage.
The National Guard Inauguration Task Force commander confirmed in a statement late Thursday that troops will be taking their breaks near Emancipation Hall in the Capitol.
Photos of the troops hunkering down in a cold, cramped parking garage instead of the Capitol quickly went viral. Guard members were moved to the garage to take their break time, according to Politico, which first reported the story.
Biden agenda stuck in neutral as power-sharing deal eludes Senate
Who’s on first, what’s on second, and nobody knows exactly how the Senate is being run right now.
Though Democrats technically took the reins of the chamber this week, they have been unable to reach a power-sharing deal with Republicans, leaving the Senate partially frozen.
Democrats hold the gavel in the chamber itself, but GOP lawmakers are still the chairs of committees, for now.
Russia detains Navalny aides as protests go viral
Russian police have detained close aides of the jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, whose fans have flooded social media with calls to rally in support of him on Saturday.
Moscow police say any unauthorised demonstrations and provocations will be "immediately suppressed".
More than 55m people have watched his video about President Vladimir Putin's alleged luxury Black Sea palace.
The Kremlin denies the property belongs to the president.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden
Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she filed articles of impeachment on Thursday against President Biden on his first full day in office, as promised.
“We’ll see how it goes,” the Georgia Republican said in a video posted on Twitter.
She had said earlier that she would file impeachment articles accusing Mr. Biden of abuse of power, for his family’s business connections in China and Ukraine when he served as vice president.
Top reasons why conservatives are in a good position right now
With an advantage at the Supreme Court, and Joe Manchin in the Senate, liberals won't go too far
Conservatives are in a good position. Those living within the 68 square miles surrounded by reality (otherwise known as Washington, D.C.) or in the depths of social media will vehemently disagree. Still, the facts show that conservatives are in a decent place right now. And are headed in the right direction to gain even more ground over the next few years.
First, conservatives have an overwhelming advantage now on the U.S. Supreme Court. The additions of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and particularly Amy Coney Barrett will significantly alter the high court — for the better — toward a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution for decades to come.
Second, liberals will control the Senate, House and White House, but self-proclaimed moderate Sen. Joe Manchin can stop them from ending the filibuster and enacting radical ideas like packing the Supreme Court or passing the so-called Green New Deal.
A message to Joe Biden on presidential leadership
Former Democratic congressman suggests ways to forge a collective sense of purpose
You are now the most powerful person in our country and arguably, in the world. The source of your power comes from much more than our military might or the size of our economy.
It arises from what is your strongest personal quality and is our greatest national need. You have a unique ability to make people feel valued both in your eyes and as valued citizens of our great country. Today, too many Americans feel disenfranchised and if they don’t find reason to feel as though they belong then they could present the greatest national security threat to the peace and security of our society.
For us baby boomers, your last hurrah is also ours. You will certainly be the last of our generation. By the time you leave office, Nancy, Steny, Jim, Pat, Diane and Mitch will have already retired. Frankly, there are far too many of today’s leaders in their late 70s and 80s to name them all.