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House Voting On Resolution Calling On Pence To Invoke 25th Amendment 

The House is gearing up to vote on a resolution this Tuesday that would call on current Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office following last week’s riot at the Capitol building that the current standing president helped insurrect. 

The measure that the House is introducing claims that Pence should convene and mobilize Trump’s Cabinet to activate the 25th Amendment and declare the president “incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting president.” The resolution itself is sponsored by Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin. 

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A mob of hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building last week after Trump made a speech further emphasizing his belief that Biden won the 2020 election illegally and that this was one of the most “fraudulent elections in US history.” The crowd of angry rioters then stormed the Capitol building after Trump ended his speech claiming that they would be walking to the Capitol to make their voices heard; the president was nowhere to be found once the riot began though. 

The six-page resolution stated that the mob of rioters “threatened the safety and lives of the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, and the President pro tempore of the Senate, the first three individuals in the line of succession to the presidency, as the rioters were recorded chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence’ and ‘Where’s Nancy’ when Trump tweeted to his supporters that ‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country.’”

The measure also lays out a slew of evidence that Trump incited his supporters to commit acts of violence at the Capitol building, as the president has “demonstrated repeatedly, continuously and spectacularly his absolute inability to discharge the most basic and fundamental powers and duties of his office.” 

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Trump’s disrespect over the 2020 election and democratic process within the past two months is also mentioned quite a bit in the measure, as his complete disinterest in participating in a peaceful transition of power has only further motivated his supporters to “take back the White House” and give it to Trump, as that’s who they believe rightfully won the election. 

Pence is unlikely to remove Trump from office, especially considering House Democrats have also introduced articles of impeachment against the president that could likely be passed before inauguration. Sources close to Pence also claim that at this point he’s just trying to make it to January 20th “in one piece.” 

According to senior White House officials Pence and Trump met in the Oval Office on Monday morning in which they discussed the past four years and the attacks on the Capitol building. They apparently both said that those who broke the law and stormed the building “don’t represent America.” 

The House is projected to vote this Wednesday on an article of impeachment that would charge Trump with “incitement of insurrection” in motivating his supporters to storm the Capitol last week and fight. If passed the Senate will then hold a trial to determine whether or not Trump should be convicted and will potentially eliminate his ability to run for office again. 

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President-Elect Joe Biden Will Publicly Receive A Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Soon’

Joe Biden, along with current vice president Mike Pence, is set to receive the Covid-19 vaccine soon as roll-outs of the first Pfizer vaccine continue across the nation. Biden plans to receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week while the White House claims Pence and his wife will be receiving their vaccine’s publicly this Friday. 

The US is currently in the worst phase of the Covid-19 pandemic yet, and while the vaccine is offering a glimmer of hope for Americans, the fact is strict lockdown procedures need to be enforced in order for case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths to decrease. Biden has recently claimed he wants to keep front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable parties as the top priority for receiving the vaccine in America, however, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told Biden he should be vaccinated “sooner than later.” 

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Biden recently spoke with the media about the importance of having essential groups vaccinated first while also stressing the importance of notable public figures taking the vaccine publicly, or on live television, so that the average individual has confidence in its ability to fight this virus. 

“I don’t want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take.”

Shipments of the vaccine in the US are projected to be slightly delayed on the East Coast as a massive winter storm has covered roads in states from Virginia to Massachusetts. Hazardous travel conditions are not to be taken lightly especially when these massive vehicles are carrying such precious cargo. 

This week 66 different sites throughout the US are expected to receive their initial vaccine shipment as part of an effort to roll out at least three million doses within the first week of distribution. For New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the winter weather advisory is no match for their healthcare team, and he still fully expects the expected vaccination sites to receive their shipments on time. 

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“There’s nothing about the storm at this point that should disrupt the supply of the vaccine coming in.”

Over 300,000 Americans have now died due to the coronavirus, and over 21 million have been infected. Entire industries have been shut down and millions have been left unemployed with no feasible source of income to pay for rent. 

A second vaccine from Moderna is expected to be approved this week as well, which is great news for a country suffering so greatly, however, the pandemic still has the opportunity to get much worse, and according to Fauci at this point it likely will. Federal enforcement of health and safety procedures needs to occur, as well as a nationwide shutdown to give the virus the opportunity to stop spreading. 

Meanwhile Americans are still waiting for their government to make a decision in regards to how to financially assist those who desperately need it right now. Congress is currently inching towards a $908 billion stimulus package, however, if one things for sure, the longer the wait, the more people will continue to suffer. 

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Biggest Takeaways From The Kamala Harris-Mike Pence Vice Presidential Debate

The vice presidential debate took place this Wednesday night in Utah, in what commentators are referring to as ‘last week’s debate, on decaf.’

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Testing For COVID-19 Should Be Priority, Says World Health Organization

The United States has officially declared a National State of Emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. A major part of this declaration entails that the U.S. makes testing for COVID-19 more accessible and more frequent for those exhibiting even the slightest of symptoms. However, the country is still struggling to ramp up basic testing for the virus, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has emphasized that social-distancing is not going to be enough to contain the spreading of this virus. 

“These measures [social distancing] can slow transmission and allow health care systems to better cope, but they are not enough to extinguish this pandemic. What’s needed is a comprehensive approach, but we have not seen an urgent-enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response. The most effective way to prevent infections and save lives is breaking the chains of transmission, and to do that, you must test and isolate,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (aka Dr. Tedros) said in a press release.

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Dr. Tedros also noted that the numbers of cases and deaths in China have begun decreasing since they’ve taken proper containment measures from the start. However, the numbers of cases and deaths in countries outside of China, including the US, have only continued to increase exponentially. 

While the US has taken containment measures such as social-distancing, closing schools/colleges/universities, canceling events, and having most work remotely, it’s still not enough. To put it numerically, other countries have already tested hundreds of thousands of patients since initial cases began appearing, the United States has only tested around 40,000 patients total; South Korea alone has been testing 20,000 people a day. 

President Trump along with many members of his Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, have been appearing in a series of televised press conferences in which they announced plans to dramatically increase our countries testing capacity. A major part of this initiative includes partnerships with major private companies and chains, such as Walmart and Walgreen’s, to help distribute tests in a contained and efficient matter. 

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The United States is projecting to test up to 100,000 patients weekly with its new testing initiatives. However, many citizens aren’t confident in the administration’s ability to deliver on their promises considering the government has made many over exaggerations, and under-exaggerations, in terms of this virus before. Trump has made countless comparisons to the virus and the flu, meanwhile, all major sports leagues, restaurants, bars, and social gatherings have never been closed down for the flu before. 

Trump so far has also announced that Google was creating a website that would allow anyone to log in and determine if they should get tested or not. Once determined the website’s algorithm would help connect people to those who could set up testing facilities at local labs. 

According to reports, “so far, the US has detected over 4,200 cases in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This number is expected to be far lower than the actual number of cases due to the delayed and limited testing. There have been 74 reported deaths in the US. Worldwide, there are over 181,000 cases in at least 148 countries. More than 7,000 people have died.”

The Trump administration has only emphasized testing for those with noticeable symptoms who individually believe that they’re symptomatic enough to be ill. However, WHO recommends testing for all, even with minor symptoms who may have come in contact with others infected, as previously stated, we still aren’t aware of the severity of this pandemic in the US due to its long incubation period. Testing is being prioritized for those working in the healthcare industry and who are more susceptible to getting infected; those with preexisting conditions and those over the age of 65.