Republicans surround wagons once again around Trump

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WASHINGTON – A year ago, Republicans argued that Donald Trump should not be impeached and removed from office because the country was too close to an election.

“Let the voters decide” was then the general GOP back.

Well, when voters decided – and then Trump tried to reverse the results – most GOP senators voted on Tuesday that Trump should not be impeached and convicted because he is no longer in office (though Some say they They still haven’t made up their mind Whether they will vote guilty).

It does not matter that the alleged crime (inciting rebellion) happened while he was president.

It does not matter that it was the GOP that decided not to conduct a Senate trial while holding Trump’s post.

And there is no question that impeachment (the case of Secretary of War William Belkap) to bring impeachment and try someone who just left office.

It underlines all that most Republicans – though not all – refuse to hold Trump accountable for his actions, whether it is asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, or the Georgia Secretary of State’s election results. To reverse or ask his supporters to march to the Capitol. Counteracting Electoral College count.

And every time Republicans refuse to hold Trump accountable – “Access Hollywood,” or Ukraine, or after the Jan. 6 attack – he puts his party in a difficult spot with his next action.

Yet as the GOP surrounds its wagons around Trump in this latest time, it also comes when the former president has never been weakened.

There is no powerful office to punish critics and reward supporters. There is no Twitter account. And there is no GOP Senate majority (in large part due to Trump’s actions after November 3).

Democrats’ weak Senate majority

But speaking of that Senate majority, we missed Tuesday night of how fragile the new Democratic majority is, with the Chamber’s 50-50 tie.

“Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Who presided over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, returned home after being taken to the hospital Tuesday evening, a spokesman said, “according to NBC News.

All of the discussion about the Dim / Biden agenda; Whether to use reconciliation or eliminate filabuster; And the court’s ability to confirm judges rests with Senate Democrats taking into account each of their votes.

Tweet of the day

Data download: the numbers you should know today

25,550,673: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (This is 178,944 more than yesterday morning.)

426,586: Number of deaths from the virus in the United States so far. (That’s 4,297 more than yesterday morning.)

108,957: The number of people hospitalized from Kovid-19 in the United States at this time.

298.45 million: According to researchers at the COVID tracking project, as many coronovirus tests have been performed in the United States so far.

At least 19.9 million: Number of Americans who have received one or both vaccine shots so far.

1,003,807: Average number of individual shots per day since 20 January

45: The number of Republican senators who dismissed Trump’s impeachment trial yesterday as unconstitutional.

At least 17: The number of Republican senators needed to convict Trump

80: Sen. Patrick Leahy, the age of Democratic senator and Senate President Pro Tempore, who was hospitalized yesterday after feeling unwell.

Biden’s bold prediction on vaccines

President Biden made a bold prediction on Tuesday – that by the end of summer and toward the start of the fall, the United States would have a sufficient supply of Kovid-19 vaccines to vaccinate 300 million Americans.

It is here that he said:

By summer, Biden said the US would be able to purchase 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100 million doses of the modern vaccine. “We hope to deliver these additional 200 million doses this summer. And some of it will come quickly – start coming in early summer, but by the middle of summer, that vaccine will be there and order – and this will increase the total vaccine order in the United States by 50 percent – to 400. Million ordered 600 million. This is enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300 Americans by the end of summer, the beginning of fall, ”Biden said.

And on the cabinet front, Biden’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken easily approved Senate confirmation with a vote of 78-22.

Biden’s pick for Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security, was voted out of the committee by a 7-4 vote.

Biden cabinet watch

state: Tony Blinken (confirmation)

Treasure: Janet Yellen (confirmation)

Defence: Retired. General Lloyd Austin (confirmation)

Attorney General: Merrick Garland

Homeland Security: Alejandro Mayorkas

HHS: Javier Becerra

Agriculture: Tom wilsack

transportation: Pete Batting

Energy: Jennifer granholm

Internal: Deb Holland

Education: Miguel Cardona

business: Live raymondo

Labour: Marty Walsh

HUD: Marcia Fudge

Veteran Work: Denise McDonough

UN Ambassador: Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines (confirmation)

EPA: Michael Regan

SBA: Isabel Guzman

OMB Director: Neera Tandon

US Trade Representative: Catherine Tai

Biden’s Day: At 1:30 pm ET, President Biden comments and hints at the climate change issue. White House press secretary Jane Saki briefed reporters with National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy at 12:15 pm. And the Biden administration holds a briefing on the fight against COVID.

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

The Biden DOJ has officially rescinded the “zero tolerance” policy.

The Biden administration will also reopen Obamacare insurance markets for Kovid-19 relief.

The New York Times looks at the climate confrontation Biden faces.

CNN reported on new comments made by Marjorie Taylor Green (before her time in Congress) when she appeared to support the execution of some Democratic members.

Should the incentive be targeted towards low-income people?

Despite facing hurdles in the Senate, Democrats are pushing for a $ 15 minimum wage bill.

Biden had his first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The CDC is making its recommendations to reopen schools.

Senate Republicans are ready for more retirement.

What’s next for CPAC?

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