House sending Trump impeachment to Senate, GOP opposes trial; AP source: Lawmakers threatened ahead of trial

(Pelosi on Impeachment: Not unifying to forget)

“Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi dismissed critics who say that moving forward with the impeachment trial of Former President Donald Trump will undercut the Biden administration’s message of unity.”


From Associated Press


Media  – The U.S. House is set to bring the impeachment article against Donald Trump today for the Senate trial. But a growing number of Republican senators say they oppose the proceedings against the former president, dimming chances that Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol.

(Senate to receive impeachment article Monday)

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president’s trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly Capitol riot.”


House Democrats who are prosecuting the case will walk the charge of “incitement of insurrection” to the Senate in the evening. But Republican passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection. And Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defense. Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro report.


The trial is set to begin in two weeks.


Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress ahead of the second impeachment trial. That’s according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who spoke to the AP, Michael Balsamo reports.


Part of the concern is ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol. The threats, and concern armed protesters could return to the Capitol, have prompted federal law enforcement officials to insist that thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington in the coming weeks.


Biden Economy: Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The talks come as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Lawmakers on the right question the wisdom of racking up bigger deficits. Those on the left are urging Biden not to spend too much time on bipartisanship when the pandemic is killing thousands each day and costing more jobs.


Travel Restrictions: In the meantime, White House officials say Biden will today formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, Aamer Madhani reports.


Biden Age: When he took the oath of office as the 46th president, he became not only the oldest newly inaugurated U.S. chief executive in history but also the oldest sitting president ever. Biden was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years, two months and one day old when he was sworn in on Wednesday. That’s 78 days older than President Ronald Reagan was when he left office in 1989. The country Biden now leads has changed in so many ways over his lifetime, and his presidency is certain to reflect that, Bill Barrow reports.


Two American Worlds: Natalie Abbas and Jim Carpenter are local ambassadors for a program to bridge America’s bitter political divide. The gulf between them is wide. Carpenter cheers President Biden as the rightful winner. Abbas is convinced that the election was stolen. Together, they ponder the greatest challenge facing American society: how can they find common ground if they no longer exist in the same reality? They don’t agree on facts. They use the same words — truth, proof, patriotism — but they don’t mean the same thing. They have become friends. They wonder: could that be enough? Claire Galofaro and Juliet Linderman report.

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