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Trump Impeachment Trial: House To Deliver Article To Senate
"Will carry impeachment papers from the House to the Senate to officially marked the start of the second impeachment trial against Donald Trump. A single article accuses former President Trump of inciting the insurrection at the U. S. Capitol on January. 6th. Tonight will be the ceremonial beginning of a trial that is set to get underway two weeks from now. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed yesterday that the process must go forward even though Trump is left office. Everyone wants to put this awful chapter in American history behind us. Sweeping it under the rug will not bring healing the only way to bring healing. Is to actually have real accountability. Which this trial of Ford's We've got NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snout with us this morning. Hi, Kelsey. Hi. Good morning. Why start things today on Lee to delay the trial for two weeks? This started because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked the for delay to give Trump's team time to prepare and to give the Senate more time to get some work done. You know, Once the trial begins, senators have to sit in their seats in the chamber and all other Senate work has to stop, and it basically takes all of the energy and oxygen out of Washington while the trial goes on. And President Biden back the delay because he wants his cabinet in place. It also gives them a Democrat, some time to work on a covert relief package that they promised and just to get a little bit of work done, so they'll start by transmitting those articles of impeachment. Senators will get sworn in as jurors and the pretrial briefs will be due on the eighth so that the trial could be in on the night. Republican senators have been expressing a number of objections to the tri Elit self tell us what they've been saying Primarily, we've been hearing from senators who say that this process may be unconstitutional. They don't agree with the idea of holding a trial after Trump has already left office. Here's what Florida's Marco Rubio said yesterday on Fox News Sunday. I think the travel stupid. I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. That's a pretty blunt assessment and kind of giving the other side of this, which is Republicans say that, you know, doing an impeachment trial once Trump has gone just makes the tensions in the country. Worse, Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate. They're going to need Republican support to convict. How are they responding to their Republican colleagues making these arguments I talkto lead impeachment manager Congressman Jamie Raskin. He has a concert. Occasional scholar, and he says that impeachment is a constitutional tool. And it's one that applies on the first day of a presidency and the last day of a presidency. It doesn't just stop being valid because somebody lost an election. But it's true. You need 17 Republicans to vote along with Democrats, and that number seems very difficult to find. NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell. Thank you. Thank you. We're going to bring in Senator Angus King of Maine. At this point. He's an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Senator King thanks for being back on the show. Glad to be with you, Rachel. I want to start by asking you to respond to that clip. We just heard from Senator Marco Rubio. He says the coming impeachment trial is like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. Well, it strikes me as as a little disingenuous for people who have been building the fire and throwing gasoline on it for months to suddenly say Oh, no, no, we have to stop now We have to have unity. These were the people that were spreading disunion. I'm not talking about Marco himself, but generally the president, of course, and many of this allies in Congress, so to say, now we have to forget about and shove under the rug, one of the most egregious assaults on American democracy in our history in the name of unity when the folks who are Saying that we're so interested in unity a couple of months ago, and for the record, you supported the president's impeachment in the house. Have you made up your mind about whether or not to vote to convict? No, there are two. Well, I'm clearly I just used the word egregious. I mean, I'm I'm I'm very concerned about what what happened on by the way. This will be one of the first impeachment trials in history where all of the jurors were also witnesses because we were there that day. But they're two pieces of evidence that I think we need to be developed at the trial. One is what did the president know? That morning when he addressed that crowd? What did he have for intelligence in terms of the nature of the crowd? What Their plans were, whether they were talking about violence and and storming the Capitol. If he knew that it seems to me that raises A really bad inference for his his role. The second is what did he do that afternoon to quell it? Once we knew that the capital had been stormed? Did he take any actions serious actions to try to quell it or As there has been reporting. Did he think it was a kind of kind of cool thing going on up there, So I think those two facts will have an influence on the outcome of this trial.
Biden reaches out to international leaders
"The president of the chance to reach out by phone to the leaders of canada and mexico. The white house releasing a statement about how that phone call went with mexico's president over door. We got a statement. They say the two leaders agreed to work closely to stem the flow of irregular migration mexico and the united states as well as promote development in the northern triangle of central america now. Immigration reform is a major priority of the biden administration. They've made it clear that they would like to see a pathway to citizenship for some estimated eleven million people in the united states that is a tall order for congress. Sox's mark meredith. The president has also spoken to british prime minister. Boris johnson. The two men disgust shared goals like beating the pandemic and tackling climate
The Bidens' dogs, Major and Champ, arrive at the White House
"The dogs have come to the White House. White House correspondent Ed O'Keefe confirming this morning that champ and major the German shepherds of president Biden and the first lady Jill Biden have moved into the White House. They arrived yesterday. Major was adopted by the Bidens two years ago and becomes the first shelter dog dog to to move move into into 1600, 1600, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Avenue Avenue champ champ is is a a bit bit more more familiar familiar with with D. D. C, C, having having lived lived with with the the family family since since 2008 2008 when when they they moved moved into into the the vice vice presidential presidential mansion. mansion. In Washington.
Biden Repeals Trump Ban On Transgender US Military Members
"President Joe Biden is repealing a trump era ban on transgender people serving in the U. S military. NPR's Scott Tetro has more from the White House. President Trump first announced a ban on transgender service members in July, 2017. The federal courts blocked it from taking effect for more than a year. Biden had long promised to immediately repeal the ban. Didn't signed an order overturning the ban during a Monday Oval Office meeting with his new Defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, as well as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. Biden's order will immediately bars the military from discharging service members or barring them from reenlistment based on their gender identity. Also orders the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security to immediately take all other steps needed to make sure Trump's band is no longer in effect. The order is one of several executive actions that Biden is taking in his first week in office to undo Trump era
Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results
"A new report claims President Trump spent his last weeks in office, pressuring the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to rule against Joe Biden's election win The Wall Street Journal reports. Trump's plan also included firing, then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Former Attorney General William Barr and Rosen said there was no basis to challenge the election results.
Buy American: Biden to direct federal government to purchase more U.S.-made goods
"ABC is Mary Bruce, with more on the expected measures from the president. Today, we'll try to fulfill that campaign promise by signing an order encouraging the federal government quote by American and purchase goods and services from US Cos. Now the law already requires this but businesses I've been frustrated by loopholes and waivers that still exist. This order is going to try and clamp down on all of that.
Biden to reverse Trump administration's transgender military ban
"Bo Eriksson. The ban on transgender military members impacted in estimated 15,000 people, according to a study by the Williams Institute. When asked about the current transgender ban, Biden's newly confirmed defense secretary Lloyd Austin, told senators last week. He believes if you're fit and you're qualified to serve, you can maintain the standards you should be allowed to serve. This is CBS News. You could listen to CBS News Radio 24 hours a day,
Biden signs executive orders addressing the economy
"Biden has turned to executive orders in his first days of office says he looks to address the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. He's also pursuing a massive coronavirus aid bill Can Walsh White House and political analyst for U. S. News and World Report joined w. T. O. P S John Aaron to break down Biden's first few days in office and some of the past presidents he resembles well particular FDR going back a long way to 1933 when he first became president. He had a huge depression to deal with the worst economic calamity we've ever had, and his philosophy was similar to what Biden seems to be doing action action action. The country wanted the president to do something to act boldly. And you seeing that with President Biden again today with executive orders. They're going to continue indefinitely pushing this $1.9 trillion stimulus bill moving to try many different things to get the economy corrected, but mostly to get the coronavirus under control and to get the vaccines out. That's his first priority right now. And probably should be given how difficult that issue is for people to deal with very quickly on Lyndon Johnson. Of course, he took over after President Kennedy was assassinated. He also wanted to show action himself, particularly in areas of diversity and racial justice with writing is also doing so. I would say those two presidents come to mind and you see a lot of echoes in what Biden is doing when you compare them to Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. The president, of course pitches himself is a compromise or experienced in the Senate. But we're hearing that some Republicans say there's no way they're gonna go for some of the elements and at one point trillion $1.9 trillion.8 bills. So where does this go? I think the thing we have to remember here, of course, is that this is vital opening bid in his attempt to get a lot of this legislation through. He's been around a long time. 36 years in the Senate years as vice president, he is known as a guy who knows how the Congress works. And so I think we have to realize that this is his the start of the neck. Negotiations started the deal making there are not good signs from the Republicans that they'll go along with him. There's a lot of pushback of the same time he's getting the sense from the left on his in his party to push further in government activism, and so on, So it is a difficult line. He's walking here, but I think That there's the potential particularly initially here that he will come to some kind of a compromise. It'll be difficult, but what he's got out there now is sort of the whistle ist. I think when he gets to the real bargaining, I think he's gonna have to borrow back off from a lot of that. But I think it's possible
Biden to impose travel restrictions on South Africa, U.K. and Brazil to mitigate new Covid strains
"House officials say President Joe Biden will bring back over 19 travel restrictions. Despite Trump's recent order to ease off those restrictions. The travel rules would affect travelers from Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom and 26. Other European countries or travel is allowed across borders. The officials spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of a knot. Anonymity to talk about the upcoming order. The officials also said that South Africa would be added to the restricted list because of worries about a variant that has spread beyond the nation.
Biden administration vows to improve coronavirus response
"Staff, Ron claim is pledging to ramp up covert 19 vaccine distribution, the process of getting that vaccine into arms. That's the hard process. That's where we're behind as a country and that's where we're focused in the Biden administration on getting that ramped up, speaking this morning on NBC's meet the press claims, said the administration is not necessarily starting from scratch. That the Trump White House did not have a distribution plan, especially outside of nursing homes and hospitals, A top
The second impeachment of Donald Trump: what happens next?
"Trump is going to be tried in the Senate. February 9th. And how is everyone getting ready? Senate agreed to convene the body and read the article of impeachment Monday, then swear in the Senators on Tuesday. Then they're going to pause for about two weeks to allow the president's defense team time to prepare. And to allow the impeachment managers to have time to prepare their case. While the Senate goes on about the business of confirming Joe Biden's Cabinet picks and considering his massive covert relief bill
Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor
"Arizona. Republicans are essential during three of. The party's most prominent figures saturday. The party rebukes governor doug ducey former senator jeff flake and cindy mccain wife of senator john mccain for publicly criticizing president donald trump. The move was largely symbolic both flake and mccain publicly endorsed president biden leading up to the november.
TV audience for President Biden inauguration larger than Trump
"Nothing illustrates the political passions of a television networks audience. Quite like ratings. For a presidential inauguration the six point fifty three million people who watched president joe biden take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address on. Msnbc wednesday was a whopping three hundred. Thirty eight percent bigger than its audience for donald. Trump's swearing in four years ago. The nielsen company. Said on the flipside fox news channel's audience of two point. Seventy four million for biden on wednesday represented a nearly seventy seven percent drop from its viewership for trump in two thousand seventeen nielsen said a preliminary nielsen estimates shows biden's inaugural viewership on the top six networks. Beat trump by four percent. nielsen said. It doesn't have a complete estimate for inaugural viewing because it's still counting people who watched on other networks or outside their homes. Cnn with ten million viewers easily beat abc. Cbs nbc msnbc and fox. During biden's big moment nielsen said that's one hundred ninety six percent more than watched trump for years ago. Cnn which has been on a hot streak in the rating since biden's victory also topped all the others for its coverage of the prime time inaugural celebration msnbc. Meanwhile said it recorded the highest daytime ratings of the networks nearly twenty five year history on wednesday abc had seven point. Sixty six million viewers for the oath-taking up ten percent from twenty seventeen. Nbc had six point. Eighty nine million down twelve percent and cbs had six point. Zero seven million down thirteen percent nielsen said.
Trump's Senate impeachment trial will start the week of Feb. 8, Schumer says
"9 32 The clock will soon start ticking on former President Trump's Senate impeachment trial his second Senate impeachment trial from Capitol Hill here, CBS is Natalie brand. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will send the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday evening. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate trial won't start until the weekend, February 8th healing and unity. Will on Lee, Come if there is truth and accountability. And that is what this trial. Provide minority leader Mitch McConnell had pushed for delay. The sequel cannot be an insufficient Senate process that denies former President Trump his due process. Or damages. The Senate Or the presidency. And some of Mr Trump's GOP Senate allies say that he has hired South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers to
Democrats agree to delay Trump impeachment trial
"Leader Chuck Schumer says former President Trump's impeachment trial will begin next month. Matt Madison has more once the briefs or drafted presentation by the parties will commence the week of February, the eighth the New York Democrats had the start of the trial will come after the House impeachment managers read the article in the Senate this coming Monday. Senators will then be sworn in on Tuesday. Impeachment managers and the president's defense team will have time to prepare briefs before the trial, Schumer says. While that's happening, the Senate will consider Cabinet nominations and the coronavirus relief bill I'm at Madison,
Biden admin plans to overhaul government's approach to violent domestic extremism
"Domestic extremist groups, which it calls a serious and growing national security threat. NPR's Windsor Johnson reports steps include an investigation by the U. S intelligence community. The administration says it will compile a comprehensive threat assessment coordinated with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on domestic violent extremism. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the administration will develop policies and strategies that are based on facts and objective analysis. The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored What we have long known the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. Federal authorities continue to monitor threats of potential violence from extremists groups after thousands of pro trump writers breached the capital earlier this month. Winter Johnston. NPR NEWS Washington
Biden to sign executive orders to boost food benefits, workers' rights as part of Covid relief push
"Signed executive orders today designed to help Americans who are struggling to pay grocery and housing bills. During the pandemic. The president's executive orders sending pandemic strapped Americans more money for food, housing, extended eviction moratoriums and 16 million Americans. Currently relying on unemployment benefits while they look for work can count on these checks continuing to be there, but the president needs a congressional rubber stamp for billions more for vaccine. State and local first responder aid money to reopen schools.
Biden announces mask mandate for interstate travel
"And we're getting our first look at the Biden administration's national strategy to fight the Corona virus pandemic. One of the president's first priorities is to expand testing and vaccine production. And our next guest applauds the president's plan but wants to see more done. Dr. Lena Wen is a professor of public health at George Washington University and an ER physician. She's on Skype. And Dr Wen Biden's goal is 100 million vaccine doses in his 1st 100 days in office in the Washington Post. You call this a disappointingly low goal. Why First of all I do want to point out that we were yesterday, one day into his presidency, and he's already put forth a plan that we've been missing from the Trump Administration for a year. And this plan is comprehensive and addresses so many components that we've all been asking from the Trump administration testing PPE travel masking its very comprehensive and I couldn't help but think how different things would have been if we had this type of plan in place months ago. The thing is, though, we do need bold action at this point that is befitting of what? President Biden Call's This wartime effort. 100 Million Vaccines. Sounds like a lot. But, frankly, 100 million vaccines that 100 days is actually the pace that we're at. Now we are at about 900,000 million vaccinations a dame, and so if that's what President Biden call's a dismal failure they continuing at that pace isn't particularly inspiring. The other thing, too, is at this rate. We're not going to be able to reach herd immunity. For a two does vaccine until June of 2022. So a lot more needs to be done. And it's possible then maybe their supply issues that the new administration is uncovering. But if that's the case, they should tell us and set the expectation because right now, this is not the kind of aspirational moon shot that we need. Something else. Biden also signed executive orders requiring masks and federal buildings and on public transit between states. You want to know why he's not issuing a national mask mandate. You also suggested he could withhold federal funds from states that don't require masks. But we've been talking so much about state's rights to make their own decisions. Couldn't a national mandate actually create a huge backlash? You know, this is a very difficult trade off that we have to be making at this point about what is an individual liberty versus what is the public Good. In this case, I would equate wearing masks similar to what we do with seat belts and specifically with not allowing drunk driving. This is not about your own right or about a state, right. This is also something that affect the entire country. If there is a hot spot in one part of the country, it's going to end up spreading to other parts of the country as well. And so again. I applaud President Biden's action in issuing this Last mandate that protects federal workers who are in federal buildings. I just think that bolder action would also set the right tone. We also know that what is driving the infection in many parts of the country are indoor gatherings, extended family and friends. It really breaks my heart to see little kids not be in school. But then there are birthday parties and play dates that are occurring. It breaks my heart to see restaurants and retail businesses not be able to open but people are getting together indoors for dinner parties and game nights. Now I completely realize that pandemic fatigue is real, and that people want to see their loved ones. But I also think that there is a hard truth that we depend on President Biden to convey, which is that if we want for schools and businesses to open then what are we as individuals willing to give up? Huh? President Biden has predicted that the death toll will top 500,000 next month. But then there is the slight dip in the number of cases recently. In some states. How do you interpret these numbers? And what do you expect? We'll see in the coming weeks. I'm not sure at this point that we can understand the recent decrease in hospitalizations and infections as a trend yet I want to be optimistic. But I'm also concerned because it's possible that we haven't seen the full effects off the holidays just yet. In addition, we have these new variants. The CDC is projecting. That the UK variant may well become the dominant variant here in the U. S by March, and this is a very intense, more contagious and as a result, it will result in more deaths. And so I am not cautiously optimistic. I'm looking at the next several weeks as some of the most difficult that we will have faced as a country and things may still deteriorate from there. We need to get vaccines into arms as quickly as we can. And in the meantime, we have to reduce the spray. Head of this virus and again, I think that's a message that all of us is public health experts but also, as politicians and leaders of the community need to help to convey that this battle is far from being over. That's Dr Lena When Professor of public health at George Washington University and an emergency room physician as always, thank you so much for joining us. Thank you.
Biden takes on economic relief after signing COVID-19 executive orders
"Up vaccination rollouts today, the Biden administration is focusing on tackling the economic fall out of this pandemic. President Biden will sign executive orders today that expand food support for families worker protections and create a plan for federal contractors. To pay a $15 minimum wage. National Economic Council director Brian D's that the White House's past our echoed the president's called action, saying to invest and provide Americans relief now or to pay more laying. Retail sales fell last month, and just yesterday we saw another 900,000 Americans fought for unemployment insurance. That's a weekly rate that is higher than any week during the great recession, he says. The White House is also working to get bipartisan support in Congress for the separate $1.9 trillion rescue plan. Moments ago, retired
Biden Reinstates Obama-Era Federal Flood Protection Standard
"Reinstating building standards meant to protect against floods. Npr's rebecca hersher reports the standards had been repealed by the trump administration. President biden included the building standards and one of the executive orders. He signed shortly after he took office. The standards were originally put in place by the obama administration but we're rescinded by the trump administration in two thousand seventeen the standards apply to federally funded buildings including government buildings hospitals public housing and water treatment plants. The must be constructed in ways that protect against floods for example by elevating the first floor off the ground flooding is getting more frequent and severe in many parts of the us because of climate change. The standard is meant to protect against both sea level rise and extreme rainstorms rebecca hersher npr news pharmaceutical
Biden signs orders giving economic relief to working families hit hard by COVID-19
"In his 1st 55 hours is President Joe Biden has signed 29 executive actions. The two today we're focused on economic relief with hopes to speed up a two struggling Americans We get more now from CBS is Nancy Courtis. First one is the economic relief. One executive order the president signed today directs government agencies to find ways to pay all federal workers and contractors a minimum wage of $15 an hour in a national emergency. We need to act like we're in the national emergency. The other executive order urges the Agriculture Department to boost pandemic food benefits for low income families by 15%. It's meant to help parents like Craig Olds of Baytown, Texas, who lost his steel mill job in September. Food Bank will open saying 9 a.m. in the morning. Get there three hours early, just to make sure I'm actually in the line of fire enough that I'll get food. But executive orders on Lee go so far without legislation. Agencies can move money around, but they can't generate more of it. That's why President Biden is trying to sell lawmakers on a new $1.9 trillion plan. We can not will not let people go hungry. We cannot let people be a victim because nothing they did themselves. But Congress just passed a $900 billion relief bill last month. The A's of 3 59 and the appetite on the right for another package twice. The size is low.
Biden announces mask mandate for federal property, interstate travel
"The virus bite in signing a mask, mandate for federal property and interstate travel mask up For the 1st 100 days. The next 99 days. He's also issuing new travel restrictions. Everyone flying to the United States from another country. We'll need to test before they get on that plane. Before they depart and quarantine when they arrive in America. Biden has promised 100 million vaccinations in his 1st 100 days. Growing irritated when asked if that's too little higher than 50. Where the U S is right now, when I announced that you all said, it's not possible. Come on, Give me a break, man. Good start 100. Years later in the briefing room, Dr Anthony Fauci laying down this gold, but with a big caveat. If we get 70 to 85% of the country vaccinated. Let's say by the end of the summer, middle of the summer, I believe, by the time we get to the full, we will be approaching a degree of normality. You're saying by the fall the majority of Americans you think we'll be back to? No, I didn't say that. I said, if we get The majority of Americans 70 85% vaccinated by then we could have a degree of herd immunity that would get us back to normal. The concern I have and something we're working on. Is getting people who have vaccine hesitancy who don't want to get vaccinated. The
'An important step to restore humanity': Biden seeks to remove 'alien' from immigration law
"Biden is promising to deliver sweeping immigration reform that'll overhaul the current system. And one part of his proposal will remove the word alien from U. S immigration laws replacing it with the term non citizen. While this may not seem like a huge change to to some, it's been seen as a significant symbolic change and deliberate step to recognizing America as a nation of immigrants.
Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to lead Pentagon, making him nation's first Black secretary of defense
"Both the House and Senate granted a waiver to defense secretary nominee retired Army General Lloyd Austin granting him eligibility for the post years earlier than normal. Richard can to ABC News It's worth, noting General Lloyd Austin will be the first black secretary of defense and U. S history. Also today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Janet Yellen's nomination as Treasury secretary. If confirmed, she would become the first woman to hold the
Biden releases national COVID strategy, will order agencies to use Defense Production Act
"Thursday. President biden invoke the defense production act to increase covid nineteen testing and the production of vaccine supplies including glass vials and syringes. Many public health. Experts are calling biden to use his executive powers to demand that vaccine makers share their patented technologies with other manufacturers in order to end production bottlenecks and speed the vaccine to people across the us and around the