Microsoft Helping Create COVID-19 Vaccination ‘Passport’

Microsoft is part of a coalition of technology and health organizations working on the development of a digital COVID-19 vaccination passport that could be used by businesses and countries to enforce mandatory innoculation.

Announced Thursday, the Vaccination Credential Initiative aims to enable people to “demonstrate their health status to safely return to travel, work, school and life while protecting their data privacy,” the Financial Times reported.

Oracle and the Mayo Clinic also are part of the coalition, which is working with technology created by The Commons Project in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.

People who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus currently receive a piece of paper to document their vaccination, Paul Meyer, the chief executive of The Commons Project, told the Financial Times.

The coalition could develop a digital certificate that would be stored on a smartphone in a digital wallet or a physical QR code. (Read more from “Microsoft Helping Create COVID-19 Vaccination ‘Passport'” HERE)

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Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed Against Biden

With impeachment now routine in the Nancy Pelosi-run U.S. House, a freshman Republican member has announced she will file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden one day after his inauguration.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., announced on Twitter — with the hashtags #ImpeachBiden and #BidenCrimeFamily — she will file the articles on Jan. 21, charging abuse of power.

In an interview Wednesday night with Newsmax, Greene said, “I would like to announce on the behalf of the American people we have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable.”

She said Biden is “willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies.” (Read more from “Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed Against Biden” HERE)

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House Impeaches President Trump for a Second Time, 10 Republicans Vote Yes; Joe Biden Weighs in on Trump’s Second Impeachment; Pelosi: ‘It Breaks My Heart’ To Impeach Trump

By Breitbart. The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time over last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol in which five people died, including a Capitol Police Officer.

The vote to impeach President Trump was approved by the House by a vote of 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans supporting the measure. The following House GOP members voted in favor of the move: Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Rep. Peter Meijer (MI), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), Rep. John Katko (NY), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA), Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA), and Rep. David Valadao (CA).

The vote makes President Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,” Cheney said in a statement addressing her decision to back impeachment.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President,” the lawmaker added. “The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” (Read more from “House Impeaches President Trump for a Second Time” HERE)

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Joe Biden Weighs in on Trump’s Second Impeachment

By Daily Caller. President-Elect Joe Biden commented on President Donald Trump’s second impeachment Wednesday, saying he hopes the Senate trial doesn’t get in the way of his administration’s priorities.

House Democrats and many Republicans voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” on Wednesday, and Biden echoed the language of that charge in his statement. He has been hesitant to fully endorse an impeachment process, however, and said on Jan 8 that impeachment was “a decision for Congress.”

“Last week, we saw an unprecedented assault on our democracy,” Biden said in a Wednesday statement. “It was carried out by political extremists and domestic terrorists, who were incited to this violence by President Trump. It was an armed insurrection against the United States of America. And those responsible must be held accountable.”

“I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation,” he added. “From confirmations to key posts … to getting our vaccine program on track, and to getting our economy going again.” (Read more from “Joe Biden Weighs in on Trump’s Second Impeachment” HERE)

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Pelosi: ‘It Breaks My Heart’ To Impeach Trump

By WND. Charging President Trump incited an “armed rebellion” against the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said it “breaks my heart” to impeach the president and remove him from office.

Pelosi, commencing two hours of debate prior to the impeachment vote, invoked Abraham Lincoln’s address to Congress in 1862 in which he spoke of, in her words, “the duty of the patriot in an hour of decisive crisis for the American people” to defend the Constitution. . .

The Democratic majority – along with 10 Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. – voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for a second time.

However, there won’t be any trial in the Senate before Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement after the vote.

“Given the rules, procedures, and Senate precedents that govern presidential impeachment trials, there is simply no chance for a fair or serious trial that could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week,” he explained. (Read more from “Pelosi: ‘It Breaks My Heart’ To Impeach Trump” HERE)

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Head of ICE Resigns Abruptly After Nearly Two Weeks

The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jonathan Fahey, resigned Wednesday, after less than two weeks on the job, the Washington Examiner has learned.

Fahey, a former criminal prosecutor, resigned abruptly in what one person familiar with the situation said was due his being pressured to sign an agreement with ICE’s union. Two other individuals confirmed the news, first reported by BuzzFeed News. He was the seventh person to lead ICE under the Trump administration. . .

Fahey, 48, was tapped Dec. 31 to take over for then-Senior Official Performing the Duties of ICE Director Tony Pham, who was promoted to the role in September. . .

Fahey lives in northern Virginia and ran as an independent in 2019 for commonwealth’s attorney in Fairfax County, but he lost to Democrat Steve Descano. As a candidate, he said his top priorities included combating gang violence, responding to the opioid crisis, and working closely with law enforcement. (Read more from “Head of ICE Resigns Abruptly After Nearly Two Weeks” HERE)

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Twitter Ban Means Trump’s Call for Supporters To Be Peaceful Goes Unheard

Twitter’s permanent ban of President Donald Trump implemented last week has blocked the president from encouraging supporters to remain peaceful on the very platform federal authorities say pro-Trump demonstrators used to coordinate last week’s attacks.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” Trump said through a White House statement as the FBI warns of more armed protests nationwide next week. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

The president himself can’t publish the message on Facebook or Instagram either. Both Facebook and Twitter, however, were used as platforms by right-wing extremists to plot last week’s attacks.

(Read more from “Twitter Ban Means Trump’s Call for Supporters To Be Peaceful Goes Unheard” HERE)

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Report: Veteran Storms Animal Shelter in Tactical Gear To Retrieve Cat

Tony Wittmann, a former Australian soldier, allegedly raided an animal shelter Monday night while in full tactical gear to retrieve his lost cat.

Wittmann was told that he could pick up his cat from the Lost Dogs’ Home in Melbourne, Australia, the next day, but he did not want to wait, ABC News reports.

“On this occasion, he’s acted to get back possession of a cat, which he was only going to be without for possibly 10 hours,” Detective Senior Constable Jo MacDonald reportedly said.

Upon entering the facility, Wittman allegedly pointed his rifle at an employee while asking where the cats were kept. . .

While detectives were searching the scene the morning after for clues, Wittmann reportedly returned to claim his cat. (Read more from “Report: Veteran Storms Animal Shelter in Tactical Gear To Retrieve Cat” HERE)

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CNN Says GOP Veteran Who Lost His Legs in Combat Doesn’t Care About America (VIDEO)

CNN anchor Jake Tapper claimed that Republican Rep. Brian Mast, a veteran who lost both of his legs in combat, doesn’t care about the United States.

“Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida, who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know about his commitment to it here in the United States,” Tapper said in a live broadcast Wednesday afternoon.

According to his biography, Mast served in the U.S. Army for more than a decade. While deployed in Afghanistan as a bomb disposal expert, Mast found “an improvised explosive device” that “resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.”

For his time in the service, Mast has received many medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

“In Congress, Brian strives to serve as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice,” his bio reads. (Read more from “CNN Says GOP Veteran Who Lost His Legs in Combat Doesn’t Care About America (VIDEO)” HERE)

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Nancy Pelosi Proposes Steep Fines for House Members Who Evade New Metal Detectors

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that the House will be considering a new rule that would impose hefty fines on lawmakers who refuse to comply with the added security measures put in place yesterday, after several Republican members dodged new metal detectors placed outside the chamber. . .

The Hill reported that “ultimately, roughly 10 lawmakers were seen bypassing the detectors and walking into the chamber, raising questions as to the devices’ efficacy, particularly given officers’ hesitancy to restrain House members.” . . .

The speaker said in a statement, “On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the U.S. Capitol Police for the valor that they showed during the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, as they protected the lives of the staff and the Congress.”

“Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe,” she continued. “The House will soon move forward with a rule change imposing fines on those who refuse to abide by these protections. The fine for the first offense will be $5,000 and $10,000 for the second offense. The fines will be deducted directly from Members’ salaries by the Chief Administrative Officer.” (Read more from “Nancy Pelosi Proposes Steep Fines for House Members Who Evade New Metal Detectors” HERE)

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Movers Seen at White House Week Ahead of Biden Arrival

A moving truck loaded with packing boxes was photographed arriving at the White House on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the House vote to impeach President Trump for a second time.

Four movers were seen unloading pallets of flatpack cardboard boxes outside the the Executive Office Building on the White House grounds as the Trump family prepares to leave the executive residence and decamp to Florida.

Furious preparations are underway with just one week until President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office and moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Jan. 20.

The commander in chief and first lady Melania Trump officially ditched New York and made the Sunshine State their primary residence in September 2019, trading Manhattan’s Trump Tower for their sun-drenched Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Bach.

A source close to the couple told Page Six last month that the pair are looking at luxury homes in Palm Beach and private schools in the area for their son, Barron Trump, 14. (Read more from “Movers Seen at White House Week Ahead of Biden Arrival” HERE)

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Ex-Michigan Governor Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged for his role in the Flint water crisis, which caused an outbreak of Legionnaires disease and contaminated residents’ homes with lead-based water.

An indictment filed by the state attorney general’s office charged Snyder with two counts of willful neglect of duty after a years-long investigation into one of the worst environmental disasters in US history.

The misdemeanor charges could put Snyder behind bars up to a year along with a $1,000 fine.

Snyder, a Republican, was in office in 2014 when the state decided to alter the water supply, which contaminated homes in Flint with lead-tainted water. (Read more from “Ex-Michigan Governor Charged in Flint Water Crisis” HERE)

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