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US President Donald Trump Faces Possibility Of A Second Impeachment

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Efforts to hold U.S. President Donald Trump accountable for his role in inciting the mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol last week gained momentum on Saturday, with democratic members of the U.S. House of representatives, announcing they will table articles of impeachment against the president today, Monday.

A California democratic representative, ted lieu, who helped draft the charges, said in a tweet on Saturday the articles had one hundred eighty co-sponsors.  Some republican members are beginning to sound support for the exercise.

Democratic members of the house, and now some republicans, are anxious to see the president removed from office before his term ends in nine days.  A second trump impeachment would trigger a senate trial which will very likely begin on January the twentieth, the day Joe Biden becomes president and democrats take control of the senate as well.

An alternative to impeachment was offered where vice president mike pence was urged to invoke the 25th amendment which would trigger the removal of the president immediately.  Pence says he is keeping that option open in case the president became unhinged again.

An overwhelming number of democratic lawmakers – and some republicans – have expressed support for removing trump from power or censuring his actions.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has called for trump to resign, making her the first republican senator to endorse a presidential resignation.

She told her hometown newspaper,“I want him to resign.  I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”

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America Prepares For Presidential Inauguration Amid Fears Of Insider Attacks

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The United States is preparing for an unprecedented presidential inauguration on Wednesday.  Prompted by the Capitol insurrection twelve days ago, more than twenty-five thousand national guards troops have been brought into Washington, DC to provide security for the event.

US defense officials have also expressed fear of an insider attack or other threats from security troops assigned to provide protection during the inauguration.

Small protests also took place at heavily fortified state houses around the country.  There were widespread fears of violence against state capitols across the country like the siege on the U.S. Capitol. There has been no report of violence.

Some have described the scenes of national guard troops taking over the streets around the US Capitol, as looking like the war zones of Afghanistan or the Middle East.

Amid this background, Joe Biden will deliver his inaugural address of national unity when he is sworn in on Wednesday.  He plans to immediately jump into action after swearing-in.  He plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than four hundred thousand American lives.  He also promised to issue many executive orders to undo some of Donald Trump’s most controversial policies.

He says his first order of business would be an executive order signing America back into the Paris Climate Accord.  He will also revoke Trump’s immigration ban on some majority-Muslim countries.

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23 Norwegians Dead After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

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The New York Post has quoted Norwegian health officials as saying twenty-three persons have died within days of receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  Thirteen of the deaths are said to be related to side effects of the shots.  All thirteen were nursing home patients who were at least eighty years old.

The newspaper quoted the chief physician at the Norwegian medicines agency, Sigurd Hortemo, as saying in a statement on Friday, common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients.

This has forced officials to adjust their guidance on who should receive the vaccine, but they are not expressing serious concern.

The country has inoculated more than thirty-thousand citizens with the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine since last month.

Norwegian medicines agency medical director, Steinar Madsen, says the agency is not alarmed. He says the vaccines have very little risk.

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Germany Reports Highest Single Day COVID Deaths

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Germany has a huge spike in its COVID-19 death toll.  The country last week reported more than twelve hundred coronavirus deaths in one day.

The Robert Koch Institute reports twelve hundred forty-four deaths on Wednesday, the largest one-day death toll from the virus.  The country has now seen nearly forty-four thousand covid-19 related deaths.  The country’s covid-19 case have now surpassed one million.

Head of the Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler says number of deaths in the country is “very worrying” because hospital “intensive care units have never been as exhausted as they have been in the last few days.

Wieler says fifty-two hundred persons are in German I.C.U.’s, and ninety percent of them are on ventilators.

Germany has seen a dramatic uptick in cases since early December, and officials are contemplating further restrictions to curb the spread.

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