Trump faces trial after bipartisan impeachment
President Trump, who became the first US president to be impeached twice, faces a Senate trial that could disqualify him from running again.
The trial likely won’t begin until Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration next Wednesday, leaving a host of next steps unresolved. The Republican leader of the Senate has indeed handed responsibility for the process to the Democrats, who will soon control the chamber. Here’s what comes next.
A divided party: “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” said House Republican chief Kevin McCarthy. Ten Republicans broke with the president in a remarkable way and voted for impeachment. It was not far from a majority, but as David Leonhardt, writer of The Morning, put it, it was “an unusually bipartisan affair”, with more defections from his party than any. previous chairman apart from Richard Nixon.
Police in crisis: As security measures envelop Washington, the Capitol Building Police Chief and two senior security officials have resigned, three officers have been suspended and more than a dozen are under investigation for their actions during the riot at the Capitol.
WHO team arrives in Wuhan
More than a year after the appearance of a new coronavirus in China, a team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to start looking for its source.
But China is making the process more difficult. Two experts from the 15-member team were barred from entry at the last minute, and it’s unclear how much access they will have for the painstaking process of tracing the source of the virus.
Critics say Beijing’s desire for control means the investigation is likely to be more political than scientific. The pandemic has damaged China’s reputation, with many foreign governments still angry that Beijing did not do more to contain the crisis in its early stages. Propagandists will most likely try to use the WHO investigation to help boost China’s image.
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Detention of Huawei tycoon: massages and art lessons
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, wanted by the United States for fraud, leads a cushy life in her mansion in Vancouver. She is allowed to do business for the tech giant, meet her family and go shopping while on $ 8 million bail and awaiting the outcome of her extradition hearing.
But now, it turns out that her life is even more cushy than previously known and that she wants even more freedoms, like being allowed to go out unguarded, according to new details that emerged during a two-day hearing this week.
Details: Ms. Meng regularly receives private painting lessons and massages at the mansion. She made private purchases in stores reserved for her and those around her, albeit with a GPS tracker on her left ankle. She spent Christmas Day in a restaurant open only for her, her husband, her two children and 10 other guests.
In comparison: Critics in Canada have likened its conditions to the disastrous and truncated lives of two Canadians imprisoned by China in apparent retaliation. His detention has strained Canada’s relations with China.
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And now for the Back Story on …
After last week’s mob attack on the Capitol, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit shut down the accounts of people who were spreading false stories or had planned the attack. Our On Tech newsletter spoke with tech reporter Sheera Frenkel about the move and what she sees from online conversations in these marginalized groups.
Does shutting down access to traditional social media make people angrier and push them elsewhere online?
It is complicated. It helps to fend off conspirators and extremists from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. But yes, when people turn to less noticed websites, there are fewer opportunities to dissuade them from extreme beliefs.
People who study extremist movements say that the moment someone begins to believe in a terrorist plot or propaganda, it is the most effective time for someone to step in and discuss it. This probably can’t happen if people are talking about bogus election fraud allegations on websites where almost everyone agrees with them.
Since the Capitol attack last week, what have people been discussing on these lesser-known networks?
I have seen the debate in these fringe groups over whether people should try to disrupt the inaugural process or – and it is becoming more and more common – whether they are biding their time. It is important that people understand that there is a risk of more violence.
According to your reporting on Daesh and far-right groups in America, what are the effective tactics against extremism?
Experts say the fight against extremists cannot be reduced to banning social media. It takes expertise, funding and commitment to reach people in schools and elsewhere in their community to challenge these beliefs.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the news break. You can reach the team at [email protected]
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