An impeachment lawsuit against Trump
House Democrats have tried to indict President Trump of inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol last week. A vote on the measure could take place on Wednesday.
The impeachment article was introduced after Republicans blocked an attempt to formally ask Vice President Mike Pence to remove power from Mr Trump. “The president’s threat to America is urgent, as are our actions,” said Nancy Pelosi, House spokeswoman.
Some called on the House to postpone submitting the case to the Senate for trial until President-elect Joe Biden had a chance to fill his cabinet and pass coronavirus law.
A Senate trial would prevent Mr. Trump from assuming office in the future, constitutional experts say.
Details: Read the impeachment article, indicting Mr. Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and “inciting violence against the United States government”.
The government has ordered vaccines from several companies but plans to rely mainly on Sinovac, which has already dispensed three million doses. As a possible signal of acceptance in the largest Muslim majority nation in the world, the Sinovac vaccine was declared “holy and halal” by Indonesia’s highest Muslim clergy authority last week.
Another boost for China’s vaccine in Asia came when the Philippines said they had received 25 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, with the first 50,000 doses expected to arrive by February.
Context: The effectiveness rate from the studies in Indonesia was lower than in Brazil and Turkey because the studies consisted of members of the public rather than health care workers or other people from risk groups. According to the National Committee for Drug Evaluation in Indonesia, a higher number of infected people would increase the rate of effectiveness.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Indonesian plane crash shakes village
A sleepy island has become a base for the search and rescue operation after the Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 crash on Saturday with 62 people on board. Our reporters were visiting Lancang Island, which usually has few visitors, when diving teams pulled debris out of the water.
The crash site is less than a mile (1.6 km) from the island’s mangrove, coconut and banana trees. When the plane fell into the sea, it was so close to the island that the windows rattled. In the fishing community, it’s a déjà vu for some after two other passenger planes crashed into the Java Sea in the past six years.
Details: Lancang is part of the Thousand Island chain that has become prone to rising sea levels and extreme storms that delayed the flight to Sriwijaya before takeoff.
If you have 5 minutes, it’s worth it
As January 23, the anniversary of Wuhan’s lockdown, draws closer, China has stepped up efforts to hide missteps. Over the past few weeks, the government has been using censors to rid the internet of critical coverage of Wuhan, which is believed to have originated from the coronavirus. Above, people on a ferry that crossed the Yangtze last month.
Propaganda agencies publish feel-good videos that show a reborn city and downplay people’s grief and anger. The assertive rebranding campaign is a sign that China’s leaders have little interest in reflecting on the past or reconsidering its mistakes, experts say.
The following also happens
Taiwan’s New Passport: In the redesigned travel document, Taiwan’s official name, Republic of China, appears in a smaller font, while the words “Taiwan Passport” appear in large bold type. The government said it was an attempt to reduce confusion during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, the Chinese state newspaper Global Times warned of an “avalanche” from Beijing.
New CIA director: President-elect Joe Biden has chosen William Burns, a US State Department official who led the US delegation in secret talks with Iran, to run the spy agency.
Yemen: The United States is planning this designating the Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, which could make it difficult to provide humanitarian aid in a country already on the brink of famine.
From the opinion: Amelia Pang, a journalist, reflected on her Uighur roots. “The reason no one in my family speaks Uyghur or celebrates Uyghur holidays is because we are the fruitful result of decades of China’s enforced assimilation campaigns,” she writes.
Snapshot: At the top, students fish on the Seine. The ultimate goal of the day is not to share a meal with friends and family, but to share pictures of pike, perches, pikeperch and catfish on social media – and then release them back into the river. They’re creating a new fishing scene in Paris.
Revival of “Sex and the City”: HBO Max announced the return of the hit show about four friends fighting career and love battles in New York City. The series is called “And Just Like That …” and will contain three of the four original characters.
What we read: This Associated Press article about a Missouri woman believed to be the last civil war widow who recently passed away. “That blew me away,” says Amelia Leberberg, who writes the Coronavirus Schools Briefing.
Now a break from the news
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Break away from Trump
A number of corporations and other prominent institutions have split with President Trump since his supporters stormed the Capitol last week. Here’s a round-up of some of those who make the shift.
The PGA of America
The organization of the golf tournament announced that its board of directors had decided to terminate an agreement to participate in the PGA championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey in 2022. “It has become clear that hosting the PGA Championship in Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and jeopardize the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs,” said Jim Richerson, president of the PGA of America.
Four of the country’s largest banks, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, said they would temporarily stop sending donations from their political action committees. The banks have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and donated them to candidates from both parties.
The online payment platform Stripe will no longer process payments for Mr. Trump’s campaign website, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
One of the largest insurance associations in the country, which provides medical care to 109 million Americans, announced that it would suspend political contributions to Republicans in Congress who were trying to block votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
That’s it for this briefing. Until next time.
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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