daily links: january 2021

NBC News—Trump spends an hour on the phone berating Georgia's secretary of state and begging him to overturn the state's election results in his favor without presenting an evidence that there was fraud of any sort. Hopefully he just added to the already significant number of criminal charges that will start heading his way in just 16 days.
ABCnews.com—Wisconsin pharmacist who was arrested after intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of a Covid vaccine (which he then intended to administer to people who would then think they were immune) claims that he did so because he thought the vaccine was unsafe. Well it sure was after he got his hands on it.
CBS News—Nancy Pelosi reelected as Speaker of the House as new Congress is sworn in
BBC News—Google workers planning to unionize
CNN.com—McDonald's adding three new chicken sandwiches to its menu
USA Today—Slack experiences significant outages as workers return from holiday break

NBC News—Trump still doesn't seem to understand that Pence's role in the Electoral College process is largely ceremonial and that he cannot unilaterally reject votes that have been legally certified and submitted by the states
USA Today—Overwhelmed Los Angeles hospitals are being forced to ration care amid Covid spike
ABCnews.com—Amazon adds fleet of 11 jets to its in-house shipping service
CNN.com—Bianca Smith will become the first black female coach in MLB history after being hired by the Red Sox
CBS News—Cleveland Browns head coach tests positive for Covid and will miss the team's first playoff appearance since 2002
BBC News—Proud Boys leader arrested after burning a Black Lives Matter banner hanging from a church

CNN.com—Treasonous rioters incited by Trump invade the US Capitol building, which forced an evacuation of lawmakers and a halt to the counting of Electoral College votes.
CBS News—Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff projected to win US Senate elections in Georgia, which will flip control of the Senate back to Democrats for the first time in a decade
ABCnews.com—Biden will nominate Merrick Garland for Attorney General
USA Today—McConnell makes impassioned speech railing against Trump's attempts to overturn the election. But where has he been for the past 6 weeks as Trump built up to this point?
BBC News—Two Louisville police officers fired for their roles in the botched raid that resulted in the murder of Breonna Taylor
NBC News—Neil Young sells 50% of his song catalog to investment firm for $150 million

CNN.com—Congress returns to the Capitol after it is cleared of violent insurrectionists to complete the task of certifying the Electoral College vote, the final procedural step before Biden can be inaugurated
ABCnews.com—GOP House member joins Pelosi and Schumer in calling for the cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Trump from office immediately after he seditiously and traitorously incited his followers to violence in an attempt to prevent Biden's Electoral College win from being formally certified
USA Today—Treasonous rioter who was killed by Capitol Police as she broke into the Capitol building after being egged on by Trump was a QAnon adherent and military veteran
BBC News—Capitol Police under scrutiny after the relative ease with which the Capitol was overrun by seditious rioters who forced both the House and the Senate to cease their sessions for several hours
CBS News—Facebook bans Trump for at least the remainder of his presidency
NBC News—Elon Musk overtakes Jeff Bezos to become the wealthiest man on the planet

NBC News—House Dems say they are prepared to impeach Trump for a second time if he does not resign due to his seditious incitement of the Capitol rioters
CBS News—Chief of the Capitol Police resigns after the disastrous invasion of the Capitol where several people died and traitors vandalized Congress
CNN.com—Capitol rioter who broke into Pelosi's office and took a selfie with his feet up on her desk is arrested by federal authorities. Hope it was worth it for the gram, jackass!
USA Today—Dominion Voting Systems files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against former Trump lawyer who propogated lies about election fraud
BBC News—Trump tweets that he will not attend Biden's inauguration, something that hasn't happend since Andrew Johnson (another one-term president who was impeached) skipped Grant's inauguration
ABCnews.com—Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda dies at 93

ABCnews.com—FBI intelligence says that armed protests being planned for all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol between now and inauguration day
USA Today—Democrats formally introduced article of impeachment against Trump for inciting insurrection; vote likely to be held Wednesday
CBS News—Several corporations say they will halt political donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed the election certification
CNN.com—Right wing social media platform Parler sues Amazon after the tech giant suspends its access to AWS because it was being used to plot violence and it refused to add any professional moderation to its user-generated content
NBC News—New York State Bar moves to oust Rudy Giuliani, but that would not bar him from practicing law
BBC News—UK gives approval for Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet service

USA Today—Trump says his pre-riot speech was "totally appropriate" as the House prepares to impeach him for those very same remarks, which incited a riot that resulted in the deaths of at least five people
CNN.com—After Biden announces that he will immediately release all vaccine doses once he is sworn in, the Trump administration reverses course on its "plan" and says it will start doing the same
CBS News—After Pelosi tells Pence that the House will impeach Trump if he does not invoke the 25th amendment, Pence says he won't use that power to remove Trump
ABCnews.com—Twitter shuts down 70,000 QAnon accounts in wake of Capitol riot
BBC News—Casino billionaire and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson dead at 87
NBC News—Deutsche Bank says it will no longer do business with Donald Trump, who currently owes them $340 million that is due in the next three years

CNN.com—Trump becomes the only president in American history to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats in the vote
CBS News—New York City says it will terminate all contracts with the Trump Organization
ABCnews.com—Olympic gold medalist swimmer charged with participating in the Capitol riot
USA Today—Man who wore "Camp Auschwitz" shirt to Capitol riot arrested for his participation in the insurrection
NBC News—Amazon removes all QAnon merchandise from its marketplace
BBC News—Disneyland will serve as a mass vaccination site in California

CNN.com—Biden unveils $1.9 trillion package that would include massive economic stimulus and support for mass vaccinations
ABCnews.com—Multiple former Michigan officials, including the former governor, charged in Flint water crisis on charges from willful neglect of duty to involuntary manslaughter
USA Today—Dems claim that some of their Republican colleagues in Congress helped with the planning and execution of the sedetious riot that tried to overturn the election with violence
BBC News—Scientists discover that electric eels work together to herd their prey and then simultaneously shock them
CBS News—Man who brought Confederate flag into the Capitol during the riot is identified and arrested
NBC News—Delta will not allow passengers to DC to bring guns in their checked bags ahead of Biden's inauguration

CNN.com—In the waning days of his presidency, Trump meets with My Pillow CEO to discuss declaring martial law (using the insurrection that Trump himself instigated as a pretext) and installing a lackey as head of the CIA, presumably in another last-ditch effort to remain in power illegally
NBC News—Biden reveals details of his plan to administer 100 million doses of the Covid vaccine in his first 100 days, including using FEMA, the National Guard, and invoking the defense production act
ABCnews.com—The NRA files for bankruptcy
CBS News—Instacart and Trader Joe's to pay their workers to get the Covid vaccine
USA Today—Trump will leave the White House with a 29% approval rating, the lowest of his presidency
BBC News—Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

CNN.com—12 Army National Guard members removed from Inauguration duty after security check revealed concerns about their backgrounds
CBS News—Mitch McConnell says that the Capitol rioters were provoked by Trump
ABCnews.com—Multiple retailers stop selling MyPillows after CEO is seen meeting with Trump advocating for martial law to overturn the election
USA Today—Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton dies at 75
BBC News—Trump supporter who invaded the Capitol is arrested for stealing a laptop from Nancy Pelosi's office with the intention of selling it to Russian intelligence
NBC News—NY Mets fire GM after he sends sexually explicit texts to a female journalist

CNN.com—Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States
CBS News—Biden signs multiple executive orders on his first day in office, including ones that will reunite children separated from their parents under Trump's border policies, mandate masks on federal property, bring the US back into the Paris Climate Accords, lift the travel ban against Muslim-majority countries, stop work on the Keystone XL pipeline, and halt construction of the border wall
USA Today—Senate control shifts to Democrats after Harris swears in Warnock, Biden, and her replacement, Padilla
BBC News—Cruise line says that all passengers for future cruises must show proof of Covid vaccination
ABCnews.com—POTUS Twitter account handed over to Biden's team and has its follower count reset to zero
NBC News—In one of his final acts as president, Trump pardons nearly 150 people, including former advisor Steve Bannon, but apparently not himself, his children, or Giuliani

USA Today—Biden reveals comprehensive federal strategy for defeating Covid, but it will still take months after the incompetence and inaction from the previous administration
CBS News—After landlord locks staff out of Houston hospital, doctors forced to treat patients in the parking lot
BBC News—Google says it will turn off its search engine in Australia if the country passes a law that would require them to share revenue with news publishers
CNN.com—Judge denies Parler's request to have its service restored on AWS
NBC News—White House contact form allows users to specify their pronouns for the first time
ABCnews.com—A single ticket matched the $730 million Powerball numbers

CBS News—Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86
ABCnews.com—Article of impeachment against Trump will be sent to the Senate on Monday
NBC News—Biden signs two additional executive orders that expand food stamp availability and put the federal government on a path for a $15 minimum wage for its workers
BBC News—Next James Bond film delayed for a third time and will now premiere in October 2021
CNN.com—Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years with the network
USA Today—After Trump's election loss, Fox News dropped from first to third in cable news network ratings

BBC News—Early tests indicate that the Moderna and Pfizer Covid vaccines will work against emerging variants of the virus
ABCnews.com—Biden lifts Trump-era ban on transgender people serving in the military
CNN.com—Supreme Court dismisses emoluments case against Trump, but not because he wasn't violating the Constitution (which he was, but which they have declined to rule on), but because he's no longer in office
NBC News—Twitter launches forum that will let users help flag misinformation
CBS News—Dominion Voting Systems files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Giuliani for his repeated peddling of unfounded conspiracy theories about their voting machines
USA Today—Disney to update its depictions of indigenous peoples on its Jungle Cruise ride

NBC News—Democrats finally take control of Senate after McConnell stops (for the moment) his obstructionist, minority rule demands
ABCnews.com—Biden planning to purchase 200 million more doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, enough (when combined with our existing purchases) for every American to receive both doses
CNN.com—America's billionaires have grown $1.1 trillion richer during the pandemic
CBS News—New York bill would decriminalize sex work
BBC News—Janet Yellen confirmed as the first female treasury secretary
USA Today—No player was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame this year

CBS News—Biden signs new executive orders meant to fight climate change
CNN.com—Newly elected GOP House member who is a QAnon believer shown in video confronting one of the student survivors of the Parkland shooting, accusing them of making it up and telling them that she has a concealed carry permit
NBC News—Biden signs order that will end federal contracts with private, for-profit prisons
BBC News—International coalition of police agencies bring down one of the biggest criminal botnets
USA Today—Olive Garden workers will receive paid sick leave to get a vaccine
ABCnews.com—Cloris Leachman dead at 94

NBC News—Senate Dems consider censure of Trump that would include a provision preventing him from holding public office again in light of the GOP signalling that it will not convict the former president in his upcoming second impeachment trial
CBS News—Democrats preparing to move forward with Covid relief bill without GOP support if necessary
CNN.com—Six people die after liquid nitrogen leak at food processing plant in Georgia
ABCnews.com—GM says the majority of the vehicles it produces will be electric by 2035
BBC News—Wisconsin pharmacist pleads guilty to two charges of tampering with Covid vaccines, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine
USA Today—Covid-related supply chain disruptions have resulted in a shortage of Grape-Nuts cereal

NBC News—Only 10% of companies expect all their workers to return to working in the office once the pandemic has subsided
CBS News—African-American Congresswoman given an office in a new location after she is berated and threatened by white supremacist and QAnon supporting Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene
BBC News—Police officer who was murdered by seditious thugs during the Capitol riots will lie in honor in the Rotunda
CNN.com—Coachella canceled for 2021
ABCnews.com—Customers sue Subway, claiming their tuna salad does not contain any actual tuna
USA Today—Revised Army grooming regulations will allow female soldiers to wear earrings and keep their hair in a ponytail

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