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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Anthony Fauci, the federal government's leading infectious disease expert, said it was "chilling" to see the pressure put on scientists during the Trump administration by officials seeking to project rosy messaging on the coronavirus. read more


Keith E. Whittington, Wall Street Journal: One of the first questions the Senate will face in Donald Trump's impeachment trial is whether the chamber has jurisdiction to hear a case against a former official. The correct answer is yes. For the Founders, it would have been obvious that the "power to impeach" included the ability to hold former officials to account. read more


The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today's events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting potential participants. This follows years of tightening restrictions on and repressive actions against civil society, independent media, and the political opposition.

Continued efforts to suppress Russians' rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, the arrest of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, and the crackdown on protests that followed are troubling indications of further restrictions on civil society and fundamental freedoms. Russians' rights to peaceful assembly and to participate in free and fair elections are enshrined not only in the country's constitution, but also in Russia's OSCE commitments, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in its international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We call on Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their universal rights and for the immediate and unconditional release of Aleksey Navalny. We urge Russia to fully cooperate with the international community's investigation into the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny and credibly explain the use of a chemical weapon on its soil. The United States will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and partners in defense of human rights - whether in Russia or wherever they come under threat. read more


The Justice Department revealed new charges against a Texas man who allegedly participated in the Capitol attack and posted online death threats against Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a US Capitol Police officer. read more


A man known as the "Q Shaman" who stormed the Capitol says he feels "duped" after Trump didn't pardon him. read more


On Jan. 3, GOP Rep. Pete Sessions tweeted that he had a great meeting with "folks from 'Stop the Steal'" and that he "encouraged them to keep fighting." Tweet was deleted 4 days later, on Jan. 7, after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. read more


Former President Trump sought to oust his acting attorney general in a bid to overturn the presidential election results in Georgia, according to a new bombshell report in The New York Times. read more


Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, Governor's Salmon Recovery Office produced a visual report that you can scroll through to see how climate change is killing salmon: Washington has several glacial regions that supply just under 500 billion gallons of freshwater each summer. Many ecological systems and organisms, including salmon, rely on this cold, clean water during warmer seasons to keep the streams hospitable ... In addition, warmer air temperatures translate to warmer water temperatures. The cold water needed by salmon is expected to continue to increase in temperature. As temperatures rise, the amount of suitable habitat for salmon shrinks. Below is a series of coupled in-stream (dots) and air (shaded) temperature maps from Climate Impacts Group showing this relationship. read more


MyPillow still in Costco despite Mike Lindell support of Trump election fraud claims but out at Kohl's, J.C. Penney read more


The largest cohort study of "recovered" COVID patients done to date shows that ~75% still had at least one symptom of COVID six months after being discharged from hospital. The number one symptom (63%) reported was fatigue and muscle weakness. The overwhelming majority of those in the sample did not require ventilation or intubation. In those with mild cases the same symptoms and persistence are found. read more


Rich-Joseph Facun is a photographer of indigenous Mexican and Filipino descent who grew up in Mississippi and Virginia and put down roots in Ohio after taking a job at Ohio University, where he studied visual communication. During his time there as a student, he lived in a "bubble," he explained over video. read more


An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live. read more


Hundreds of people have been detained as police try to stop nationwide protests in Russia in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny. read more


During a Friday press briefing, Biden said that Covid-19 deaths are expected to reach "well over 600,000." read more


Longtime journalist and radio host Larry King has died. He was 87. read more


"The Trumps sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no one to help the Bidens when they arrived," one unnamed source, described as "a well-placed official not associated with the incoming Biden team," told the latter publication. The NYT reports that "Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, was unhappy with [Chief Usher] Mr. Harleth for trying to send briefing books about the residence to the Biden transition team in November, people familiar with the process said." read more


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