Joe Biden marked the anniversary of the Capitol bombing with his strongest denunciation to date of his predecessor, accusing Donald Trump and his allies of having put a “dagger in the throat of American democracy”.
Condemning Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election as a “failed” lawsuit, Biden stressed that the insurgency continues to endanger American democracy as the lies that led to the violence persist.
To show how divided Washington remains, there were only two Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives when President Nancy Pelosi presided over a minute of silence: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter , MP Liz Cheney. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was in Georgia for the funeral of a former colleague, issued a statement calling the attack “antithetical to the rule of law.”
The potential for a future stolen election is higher than ever, Sam Levine cautions in his analysis of the ongoing machinations. Since the insurgency, Republicans have continued their efforts to undermine the election administration and counting processes.
The forceful denunciation “must not have been easy” for Biden, which favors bipartisanship and presents itself on a platform of national unity, writes David Smith in his analysis. This shows that Biden understands that “the threat has to be looked straight in the eye.”
What did Trump say? He had planned to hold a press conference from Mar-a-Lago, but canceled under pressure from conservative allies. Nonetheless, he issued a series of statements maintaining the “big lie”.
The real number of Covid deaths in the United States is probably underestimated
The actual number of people lost to Covid in the United States is likely to be higher than the official figure, experts said, due to the long-term effects of the virus and other fatal complications which have since increased. the start of the pandemic.
As of February 2020, there have been approximately 942,431 additional deaths in the United States, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Hispanic, black, Native American and Alaska Native populations disproportionately affected.
But insurance company OneAmerica CEO J Scott Davison said the actual death toll was likely higher, as deaths that occur months after infection are not included in the figure. He said death rates among working-age people rose 40% from what they were before the pandemic.
What has contributed to the increase in death rates? Drug overdoses and homicides have also increased during the pandemic.
Why are long Covid deaths difficult to count? In some patients, the virus weakens organs or causes new illnesses – but may no longer be present at the time of death.
Thousands detained in Kazakhstan as president says order is largely restored
Order has largely been restored in Kazakhstan, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said after days of protests in which more than 3,000 people were arrested and 26 killed, according to Interior Ministry figures. In a speech on Friday morning, he said he had personally given the order to open fire with lethal force against demonstrators whom he described as “bandits and terrorists”.
The apparent end to the unrest comes a day after Russia sent approximately 2,500 “peacekeepers” to Kazakhstan. Witnesses in the country’s largest city, Almaty, described chaotic scenes on Thursday, with government buildings stormed and set on fire.
However, many said the protests – sparked by soaring fuel prices as well as long-standing political and economic discontent – began peacefully earlier in the week, before turning to violence in the wake of the crackdown. of the government.
Why did Russia intervene? The Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) deployed troops within hours of Tokayev’s call. The move was divisive, with some in Russia praising the action while others likening it to the Warsaw Pact interventions of the Soviet era.
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Ten bodies were crammed into an SUV and left outside the office of a Mexican state governor, officials said. The vehicle was left before dawn in the main square of the capital of Zacatecas, a state that has become one of the most violent in the country due to territorial wars.
Philadelphia’s deadliest fire in a century may have been caused by a five-year-old setting fire to a Christmas tree, officials revealed Thursday. The possibility is being considered as investigators seek to determine the cause of the blaze that has killed 12 people.
Australian Home Secretary dismisses accusations Novak Djokovic is being held “captive” at a Melbourne immigration hotel. The Australian Open champion is fighting his deportation in court after border officials arrested him.
Statistics of the day: 37% of Gen Z asked for advice
According to recent figures from the American Psychiatric Association, more than a third (37%) of Gen Z have sought therapy, and millennials are not far behind, with 35% seeking counseling. Therapists believe this prioritization of mental health is behind the growing wave of young people in couples therapy.
Don’t Miss This: Tilda Swinton: “I am a true failure in capital letter F”
Tilda Swinton never intended to make a single film. ” I like to see people, I’m not at all interested in seeing actors, ”she said. She went to college with the goal of becoming a poet and feels a “real black shame” for not doing so. As Simon Hattenstone accompanies her on a walk with his dogs in the Scottish Highlands, she tells him about long Covid and considers a radical career change.
Climate balance: in search of the “Asian unicorn”
Nicknamed the “Asian unicorn,” the saola has been touted as one of the most impressive zoological discoveries of the 20th century. Less than three decades later, however, its population has plummeted due to the indirect effects of commercial wildlife poaching. In 2001, the saola population was estimated between 70 and 700 in Laos and several hundred in Vietnam; experts believe there are now less than 100.
Last Thing: the giant penis of a Peruvian statue vandalized
Tourists flocked to take selfies with a newly erected statue of a man with a big smile and an even taller phallus, in northern Peru – but not all were fans of the symbol’s 9-foot depiction. fertility. By breaking in during the night, vandals drilled a hole in the phallus and allegedly fired shots as they left.