First thing: Joe Biden backs the filibuster rule change to push the bill on voting rights | US news

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Joe Biden gave his strongest support to changing the Senate’s filibuster rule to pass comprehensive suffrage legislation, saying he was “tired of being silent” in a high-profile speech in Georgia on Tuesday.

In one of the most significant speeches of his presidency, Biden drew a connection in the history of the civil rights movement, the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump and the unprecedented efforts of many states to curb the vote on the latter. year.

He said that at some point America should choose “democracy over autocracy”.

But despite the passion, some prominent civil rights activists in Georgia who declared themselves more interested in action than speeches refused to attend the event in Atlanta, where Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called for progress in Congress to pass key legislation currently in place. have stopped. there.

The Capitol’s attack panel closes in on Trump’s inner circle with three new subpoenas

First thing: Joe Biden backs the filibuster rule change to push the bill on voting rights |  US news
In a speech on January 6, 2021, the former president lied that he won the 2020 election and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. Photo: Shawn Thew / UPI / Rex / Shutterstock

The House’s select committee investigating the Capitol attack closed in on Donald Trump’s inner circle on Tuesday, issuing new subpoenas to three White House officials involved in planning the former president’s appearance at the pre – insurgency demonstration. on January 6th.

The subpoenas show that the select committee is moving ever closer to Trump in its investigation and suggest that the panel examine whether the former president’s speech indicated that the White House had prior knowledge of plans to attack the Capitol.

Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee, issued subpoenas to former White House strategists Andy Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, suggesting they helped coordinate Trump’s actions by communicating with the organizers and speakers at the meeting.

Thompson also approved a subpoena for Ross Worthington, the former White House official who drafted the speech Trump gave at the meeting.

Fauci clashes with Rand Paul at Senate hearing, while daily Covid cases rise

A nurse enters the room of a Covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, east of San Diego, California
On Monday, there were 145,982 people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States. Photo: Étienne Laurent / EPA

The United States recorded a record number of hospitalizations due to Covid-19, the Biden administration said as daily infections rose to more than 1.35 million. Nevertheless, politics dominated a Senate hearing on the pandemic Tuesday as Republicans tried to use the disease for political gain.

Rand Paul of Kentucky once again clashed with Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser.

“In the usual way, Senator, you’re distorting everything about me,” Fauci said. “You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance.”

Paul, who has repeatedly used public health hearings for political tribunes and launched personal attacks on Fauci, in various ways accused the immunologist of working to smear scientists and be responsible for school closures, while reiterating right-wing theories about the origins of Covid-19.

Fauci has been threatened with death, saying his family had been harassed “because people are lying about me”.

  • How many cases of Covid are there in the United States? According to Reuters, there were 1.35 million new Covid infections on Monday, which is a record high.

  • How many people with Covid are in the hospital? There were 145,982 people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States on Monday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Reuters reported that the previous high was 132,051, set in January 2021.

In other news …

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is facing intense pressure to explain a party on Downing Street during the lockdown. Photo: Reuters
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a make-or-break session on Prime Minister’s questions today, with furious Conservative MPs awaiting his explanation of the “bring your own booze” garden party in May 2020, when Britain was still in lockdown.

  • A lot of Arctic air swept into the United States to the northeast on Tuesday, bringing bone-chilling temperatures below zero and closed schools for the second time in less than a week. Schools in Massachusetts’ three largest cities, Boston, Worcester and Springfield, canceled classes.

  • Protesters gathered in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for the second night in a row Monday after a man was killed by an off-guard sheriff’s deputy.. The man killed on Saturday was Jason Walker, a 37-year-old black man who the deputy told authorities ran into traffic and jumped on his vehicle.

  • The landmark lawsuit against a Greek sailing coach accused of raping a child has opened in Athens, a year after an Olympic champion effectively launched the #MeToo movement in the country by commenting on his experiences.

State of the day: Covid loses 90% of its ability to infect within 20 minutes

A staff member serves a woman at the bar at Wetherspoons pub The Moon Under Water in Manchester, England
Taking a distance and wearing a mask is probably the most effective means of preventing infection. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall / Getty Images

Coronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of being airborne – with most of the loss occurring within the first five minutes, suggesting the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in the exhaled air. The results again underline the importance of short-range Covid transmission, where physical distancing and mask wearing are probably the most effective means of preventing infection. Ventilation, although still worthwhile, is likely to have a minor effect.

Do not miss this: men get vasectomy to save the world

“We can not offset our CO2 problem to the next generation, because it is not fair to them.” Illustration: TILL LAUER / The Guardian

A 2017 study said the most effective action a person could take in helping the planet was to have one child fewer; this would save more than 25 times the emissions of the second largest companies (living without a car and avoiding long-haul flights). With the climate crisis becoming increasingly urgent, an increasing number of young, childless men are making the drastic decision to be sterilized for environmental reasons.

… Or this: Trump’s new bar serves rip-off drinks and a side of narcissism

A portrait of former Donald Trump is seen in a bar in the Trump Tower
There are 39 photos of the former U.S. president in 45 Wine and Whiskey bars. Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

The bar, named 45 Wine and Whiskey, promises in a nod to Trump, who has served as the 45th president, handmade cocktails in “the most exclusive surroundings.” It serves a variety of presidential-themed drinks and, according to the marketing materials, is a place to “relax and unwind”. That may have been the intention, but a recent visit by The Guardian revealed that it mainly serves as an ode to narcissism or as a world record attempt to cram the most black-and-white images of one man into a very small space.

Climate check: Winter is the fastest warming season in most of the United States

Matt Hamilton, left, overturns while he and his friend, Josh Lenny, ride on hydrofoil surfboards like Surfrider Beach in Malibu.
People are riding on hydrofoil surfboards at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California, last week as the trend toward warmer American winters continues. Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times / Rex / Shutterstock

American winters are heating up fast, and December 2021 was no exception. In New York, last month’s average temperature was 43.8 F (6.5 C) – 4.7 F above the average from 1991 to 2020, according to analysis from Climate Central. The American South had a particularly warm December with Shreveport, Louisiana (+ 13.4F), Dallas, Texas (+ 13.2F), and Memphis, Tennessee (+ 12.4F). “Winter is the time of year when we do not think about heat as we do in July or August – this is a sign that we are living on a planet that is changing,” said one scientist.

Last thing: Landmine-hunting completely rat dies in Cambodia after a fantastic career

Magawa is playing with its former dealer.
Magawa is playing with its former dealer. Photo: Cindy Liu / Reuters

A landmine hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ammunition from the Cambodian countryside has died. Magawa, a giant African pouch rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines of about 225,000 m2 of land – equivalent to 42 football pitches – during his career. After discovering more than 100 landmines and other explosives, Magawa withdrew last June and died “peacefully” this weekend.

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