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February 10, 2021

Twitter says Trump ban is permanent, even if he runs in 2024

Source: The Hill

Former President Trump’s Twitter ban is permanent, even if he runs for president again in 2024, a top company official said Wednesday.

During an interview on CNBC’s "Squawk Box," Twitter’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, was asked if the platform would restore Trump’s account if he ran again and was elected president.

“The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal said.

“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/538191-twitter-says-trump-ban-is-permanent-even-if-he-runs-in-2024

February 10, 2021

Biden orders sanctions against Myanmar after military coup

Source: AP

President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's response to the coup in Myanmar in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered new sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar, taking action after the military this month staged a coup in the Southeast Asian country and arrested de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior politicians.

Biden said he was issuing an executive order that will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing $1 billion in assets in the United States. Biden added that more measures are to come.

“The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma,” Biden said.

Before Biden spoke from the White House, large crowds demonstrating against the military takeover again took to the streets in Myanmar, even after security forces ratcheted up the use of force against them and raided the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s political party.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-asia-southeast-asia-a078bebbe37d104d5a793408e710fdaa

February 10, 2021

24% of Michigan adults say they don't plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, Census survey shows

An estimated 24% of Michigan adults age 18 and older say they are unlikely to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new U.S. Census survey.

That includes 14% who say they “probably” won’t get the vaccine; 9% who say they “definitely” will not, and 1% who have received one dose but say they are not planning to get the second dose.

Vaccine hesitancy is more common among women, people under age 55, Black residents and those without a four-year college degree, the survey results show.

Conversely, 68% said they “probably” or “definitely” will get the shots (48% “probably” and 20% “definitely”), and 7% of survey-takers were already vaccinated.


February 10, 2021

Impeachment managers to show never-before-seen footage of Capitol attack

Source: Politico

House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol plan to introduce never-before-seen footage of the riots on Wednesday, the first day of formal arguments in the former president’s impeachment trial.

The footage, which may be drawn from Capitol security cameras and other sources, will shed light on the rioters’ “extreme violence” from a new vantage point, aides to the House impeachment team said. It’s part of what Democrats maintain will be an overwhelming display of evidence that Trump directly fueled the deadly insurrection and committed “the most heinous constitutional crime possible.”

“The easiest trials to try are the trials where you have the goods. We have the goods,” said a senior aide to the House impeachment team.

According to aides, the brand new footage will also underscore the risk that the violence could have spiraled further “but for the brave action of the officers” securing the building even when they were outnumbered by a pro-Trump mob.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/10/trump-impeachment-trial-day-2-468291

February 10, 2021

Alleged Capitol rioter asks judge for permission to travel to Peru to be married

Source: The Hill

An alleged Capitol rioter is asking a judge for permission to travel to Peru to get married.

An attorney for Troy Williams asked the judge in a brief court filing on Tuesday to allow the Kentucky man to travel to Peru on Feb. 23 and to return on March 10. Williams’s fiancé lives in Peru, the filing states.

Williams was arrested on Feb. 1, according to court records, but was released shortly afterward.

He is facing charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Read more: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/538166-alleged-capitol-rioter-asks-judge-for-permission-to-travel-to-peru

February 10, 2021

Rock Hall of Fame: Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner Lead Nominees

Kate Bush, Devo, the Go-Go’s, Carole King, New York Dolls, and Rage Against the Machine among 16 possible nominees

The nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 are in and the list features Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s, Rage Against the Machine, Kate Bush, Devo, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Todd Rundgren, and Dionne Warwick. The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall.

To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier. Seven of the 16 acts on the ballot (Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Carole King, Fela Kuti, and Dionne Warwick) are appearing for the first time, although Carole King was inducted along with Gerry Goffin as a non-performer in 1990 and Tina Tuner entered the institution in 1991 along with Ike Turner.

If King and Turner are inducted, they’ll be the second and third female artists to enter the Hall of Fame twice following Stevie Nicks in 2019. It’s also an opportunity for Dave Grohl to enter the Hall of Fame for a second time following his 2014 induction as a member of Nirvana. Foo Fighters and Jay-Z are the only acts this year to appear on the ballot in their first year of eligibility.

This is the sixth ballot appearance for LL Cool J; a third for Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, and Chaka Khan; and the second for Kate Bush, Devo, Carole King, and the New York Dolls.

February 10, 2021

Trump unhappy with his impeachment attorney's performance, sources say

Castor's opening argument on the Senate floor Tuesday, two people familiar with his reaction told CNN.

Castor, who is representing Trump alongside attorney David Schoen, delivered a meandering argument during the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, including praise for the House impeachment managers for a presentation that he said was "well done."

Trump was almost screaming as Castor struggled to get at the heart of his defense team's argument, which is supposed to be over the constitutionality of holding a trial for a president no longer in office. Given that the legal team was assembled a little over a week ago, it went as expected, one of the sources told CNN.

Still, Trump's allies were flabbergasted when the attorneys switched speaking slots at the last minute.


February 10, 2021

Topps trading cards (Inaugural Edition):


Sold out, natch (eBay has some). I bought the Obama Inaugural Edition back in the day. It wasn't $54.99, though... I bought it for a few bucks at a 7-11.


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