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President Trump has been indicted a historic second time, but the Senate trial won’t come until after he leaves office.
Donald Trump is the first President in US history to be charged twice when a bipartisan House majority voted to accuse him of his supporters’ uprising who stormed the Capitol in a deadly siege to ratify Joe Biden’s election victory to block.
It was a pivotal moment that will likely overshadow all of the political achievements of Trump’s presidency and illustrate how far he has come since his last impeachment and trial, when all but one Republican stood by him in Congress.
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Wednesday’s vote between 232 and 197 came exactly one week after the most violent attack on the Capitol since the British burned it in the War of 1812.
Trump’s iron grip on the Republican Party is slipping. In the final vote, 10 Republicans, including GOP # 3 Leader Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, along with 222 Democrats voted for impeachment. Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the minority House of Representatives, voted against the impeachment but made Trump publicly responsible for the uprising for the first time.
The indictment against Trump now goes to the Senate, where a trial will not take place until after Trump resigns from office on Jan. 20, said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who specifically did not rule out the possibility of him eventually being eligible for a conviction of Trump could be true. A post-presidency conviction would be too late to shorten Trump’s term in office, but it could be followed by a vote on a measure preventing Trump from running for president again.
Thousands of police and military troops continued to pour into the country’s capital on Wednesday, turning the city into an armed fortress to fend off more mob violence ahead of next week’s inauguration ceremony.
Officials involved in security preparations said they had never been more concerned about violence in Washington, even in the days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
At the U.S. Capitol, hundreds of armed forces from the National Guard joined the police behind new eight-foot fences and checkpoints that walled the grounds. So many guards were sent to Washington and so quickly had to sleep on the marble floors of the domed building, a scene reminiscent of the Civil War.
Washington wasn’t the only capital that increased security in the days to come. State Capitol buildings across the country – including Austin, Texas, where lawmakers were carrying guns – called the National Guard and erected barricades over fears that far-right groups and Trump’s supporters were creating a second wave of riots following last week’s storming of Congress planned.
Members of the National Guard rest at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill as the House of Representatives meets to indict President Trump almost a week after a pro-Trump insurgent breached the security of the nation’s Capitol.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
More from Washington
– How the impeachment article began: During the detention, MP Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) texted every Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
– Trump’s impeachment gave Republicans an opportunity to prefer principle to party, writes Mark Z. Barabak in this news analysis. Most didn’t.
– Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter Inc., said the decision to ban Trump was necessary, but it raises questions about the power of social media companies and Twitter’s failure to promote healthy conversation.
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Good vaccine news, but …
Governor Gavin Newson said people 65 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, but the sudden addition of around 6 million people to an already strained distribution network could wait many weeks for vaccinations.
The major expansion of the vaccination policy, which extends the list of priorities beyond healthcare workers and residents and nursing home workers, has been driven by some health officials and experts to improve access as the number of cases increases. Newsom and others said it was a positive step forward to give access as soon as possible to people 65 and over, a group that has suffered disproportionately from the virus.
However, the announcement sparked confusion and requests for more details from some of the county’s health officials, and raised questions about whether state and local officials are ready to meet growing vaccination requirements and expectations.
Those looking for vaccines have also complained of a lack of information about making an appointment. Here’s what we know so far.
Immunity to boredom
Dungeons & Dragons debuted more than four decades ago, but the tabletop game has made a comeback in online form.
Gamers and scholars attribute the game’s resurgent popularity to the pandemic and pop culture resurgence in the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” whose main characters play D&D in a basement. on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”; or about the multitude of celebrities who show their love for the game.
The game has also become more inclusive as creatives working on updating the game took into account current sensitivities about race and stereotypes.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
On January 16, 2020, the Senate began examining impeachment proceedings against President Trump. It was the third time in history that senators had considered removing the president from office.
He was indicted by the House of Representatives in December for asking Ukraine to investigate Biden because Trump withheld nearly $ 400 million in aid from the country.
The trial against the Senate began on January 21. Two weeks later, lawmakers voted to acquit Trump largely politically.
Impeachment Manager, Chairman of the House Justice Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., right, and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Center, lead as Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., And Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Follow in the rotunda en route to the Senate on Capitol Hill January 16, 2020.
(Julio Cortez / Associated Press)
– Los Angeles City Council wants to crack down on mask mockers following local demonstrations by anti-mask groups in shopping malls, grocery stores and homeless camps.
– Wildfire smoke accounts for up to half of all particulate matter pollution in the western United States, according to a new study that blames climate change for deteriorating air quality and health risks in urban and rural communities.
– The brother of prominent LA attorney Tom Girardi has asked a judge to appoint him as his sibling’s guardian, claiming the older attorney is “incompetent and unable to act for himself”.
– A mother convicted of the murder of her children in 1989 was released after the work of the California Innocence Project identified flawed scientific evidence that led to her conviction.
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– Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been charged with willful neglect of duty following an investigation into ruinous decisions that left Flint with lead-contaminated water and a regional Legionnaires’ disease outbreak
– A COVID-19 resurgence in China has sparked a “war mode” response from authorities fearing the virus will spread before the upcoming Spring Festival, when hundreds of millions of Chinese people go home every year across the country.
– After surviving poisoning aimed at murdering him, Russian activist Alexei Navalny says he will return to Russia despite threats.
– What happened to Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? It’s not clear why she was suddenly banned from high profile roles.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
– Sacha Baron Cohen moves the needle of history with “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “The Trials of the Chicago 7”.
– It took 31 years, but Daniel Dae Kim finally got his first leading role in TV series. He will star in the second season of National Geographics’ anthology thriller “The Hot Zone”.
– The 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards have been pushed back again due to the pandemic and a mix-up with the Grammys.
– An independent studio is developing a five-part TV adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” in a limited series. The series will come from a British stage adaptation of the book.
– June Taylor is a canning whisperer. But after 30 years, she closes her shop in West Berkeley, and customers have tried the jams, butter, jams and syrups.
– If you sell body bags, 2020 was a good year, writes columnist Gustavo Arellano. But manufacturers are not proud of that.
– Klete Keller, a two-time USC Olympic gold medalist, has been indicted in connection with the US Capitol riot.
– LeBron James continued to lead the Lakers’ street dominance in an escape over Thunder.
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– California, stop sitting on your COVID vaccine doses and throw away the game book if you have to, the Times editors recommend.
– Planned protests by armed extremists should induce states to reconsider their gun laws, writes the editorial team.
WHAT OUR EDITORS READ
The Trump administration is rushing to implement dozen of policy changes in the past few days. Here are some of the greatest. (ProPublica)
– The magic trick of sawing a person in half is celebrating 100 years and an event in London will be streamed live this weekend. (The guard)
ONLY IN LA
In the 1950s, an era of healthy sitcoms, vampira popped up on Southern California television screens with wild performance art, sex appeal, and lots of creepiness. A new biography of her niece examines the complicated life of Hollywood’s “Original Goth”.
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