The House is set to vote today to impeach President Trump for the second time. The single article of impeachment charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection” following last week’s Capitol breach. With the House’s Democratic majority and the votes of at least five Republican members who have said they will join the impeachment effort, the measure is certain to pass.
Justice is Coming
More than 170 people are being investigated for their role in the assault on the U.S. Capitol and more than 70 have been charged so far, acting U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin says. Total investigations and charges are expected to “grow into the hundreds” in the coming weeks.
Two 9/11’s a Day
Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have hit another one-day high at over 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly attempted coup at the Capitol one week ago today. The daily figure is subject to revision, but deaths have been rising sharply over the past 2 1/2 months, and the country is now in the most lethal phase of the outbreak yet, even as the vaccine is being rolled out. New cases are running at nearly a quarter-million per day on average.
New Day New Flag
Mississippi officially has a new state flag, the Confederate imagery is gone, and in its place, a white magnolia and the phrase, “In God We Trust.” Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill at the Two Mississippi Museums to update state law with a description of the new flag. Critics had long said the flag was a racist symbol that failed to represent a state with the largest percentage of Black residents in the nation. More.
Strike it Rich?
Lottery players will have a shot Friday night at the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. history after no tickets matched all the numbers in the latest Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot rises to $750 million. The big prize for Powerball, the other national lottery game, is $550 million for tonight’s drawing.