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WEDNESDAY - 01/27/20
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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
― Maya Angelou


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POLITICS 🏛️

Majority of Republican senators signal that impeachment trial for Trump is unconstitutional

  • On Tuesday, the Senate tabled a motion by Republican Sen. Rand Paul to force a vote on the constitutionality of former President Trump’s impeachment trial. The Senate voted 55-45, with only five Republican senators voting alongside Democrats to table the order
  • With at least 17 Republicans needed to vote with Democrats to convict Trump, Paul argued that the vote "shows that impeachment is dead on arrival." However, some senators who voted alongside Paul have left open the idea that they could vote differently when the trial begins in February

CORONAVIRUS 💉

Biden administration purchases 200 million vaccine doses

  • On Tuesday, President Biden announced multiple measures to ramp up vaccine distribution, including purchasing 200 million more vaccine doses and plans for the US to vaccinate 1.5 million people per day
  • With the purchase, Biden states there would be enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of summer or early fall. Currently, more than 23.5 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Americans

BUSINESS 💰

Belk to file for bankruptcy

  • On Tuesday, department store chain Belk announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which will help the company shed about $450 million in debt
  • The company said it will enter into a restructuring support agreement with its majority owner, Sycamore Partners, and other holders of their debts, hoping to exit bankruptcy by the end of February

TECH 📱

Twitter suspends MyPillow CEO 

  • On Monday night, Twitter suspended the CEO of pillow company MyPillow, Mike Lindell, from the social media platform. Lindell was a vocal supporter of Trump and used his account to spread misinformation regarding the 2020 election
  • Twitter made its decision based on its new Civic Integrity Policy—established following the US Capitol insurrection on January 6—where users who share election misinformation can be permanently banned

US 🦅

Judge block’s Biden's 100-day deportation moratorium

  • On Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily halted the Biden administration’s plan to pause deportations for 100 days, which took effect last Friday after Biden signed an executive order
  • U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton agreed to pause the policy for at least 14 days to review a lawsuit filed by Texas attorney Ken Paxton, who argued the deportation pause violated immigration law and a legal agreement Texas made with the Trump administration

WORLD 🌎

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over violence against women

  • Newly sworn in Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi declared a state of emergency in response to the targeted killing of women and transgender people, which activists say have heightened after Hurricane Maria in 2017 and amidst the coronavirus pandemic
  • Pierluisi called for establishing a 17-member committee focused on education, support, and rescue, as well as the creation of a mobile app to assist victims with reporting attacks and requesting help

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Economy 💰. Janet Yellen becomes first female US Treasury Secretary
  • Politics 🏛. Justice Department rescinds ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy
  • Celebrity ⭐️. Actor Elliot Page files for divorce from Emma Portner
  • International 🗺. US announces restoration of relations with Palestinians
  • Uplifting 😊. UCLA gymnast’s floor routine goes viral


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