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1. Coronavirus 

2. Congress

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican who’s publicly touted harmful and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, will face a House flooring vote right now over whether or not she needs to be stripped of her committee assignments. Greene has been taken to process for her fringe rhetoric however has retained help from House Republicans and averted punishment. Meanwhile, some GOP members have turned their consideration to Rep. Liz Cheney, pushing to problem her management position as a result of she voted in favor of impeaching former President Trump. However, Cheney prevailed in a GOP House vote yesterday. It’s vital not to draw a false equivalency between the 2: Cheney, the daughter of a former Vice President, crossed celebration strains in an impeachment vote; Greene(*5*) promotes QAnon conspiracies and expressed help for assassinating Democratic politicians.

3. Domestic extremism

The Justice Department has now introduced greater than 180 federal prison instances in opposition to rioters and others related to the US Capitol siege. Prosecutors are digging into a few of the histories of these concerned, uncovering no less than one case of stolen valor (when somebody lies about navy service or awards) and a New Mexico county official who mentioned he needed to return for President Biden’s inauguration with weapons in his automotive. Newly minted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says the kind of domestic terrorism seen on the Capitol is “one of the greatest threats” to the US proper now, echoing the findings of a 2020 Homeland Security report. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a staggered pause of operations throughout your entire US navy over the subsequent 60 days so commanders can evaluate the dealing with of extremism amongst their ranks.

4. Russia

The United States has prolonged a key nuclear arms management treaty with Russia for the subsequent 5 years. The New START Treaty — the one one left regulating the 2 largest nuclear arsenals on the earth — was set to expire tomorrow. It permits for verifiable limits on Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. Biden made the treaty’s renewal a precedence as soon as he was in workplace, at the same time as he launched a evaluate of Russian malfeasance starting from the SolarWinds hack to the alleged bounties Moscow supplied for the demise of US troops in Afghanistan. The treaty is one among a number of delicate points the US can have to work with Russia on, together with efforts to sanction North Korea and guarantee stability in Afghanistan.

5. Taiwan

The US despatched a guided-missile destroyer via the Taiwan Strait right now, marking the primary time a US warship has gone via the waterway that separates China and Taiwan in the course of the Biden administration. Taiwan goes to be one other main international coverage problem for Biden. Taiwan is a self-governing island, however Beijing claims full sovereignty over it and is extraordinarily delicate when it comes to reveals of energy within the space. Warships, for occasion, are seen by Beijing as provocations that threaten stability within the area by encouraging supporters of Taiwanese independence. The Trump administration made sturdy gestures of help for Taiwan, together with arms gross sales and the dispatching of high-level envoys to the area.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Record-breaking curler coaster will journey greater than 155 mph

Just strap us in and are available again in a couple of hours. 

Peeps shall be again for Easter after a 9-month hiatus

Ah, a little bit of sugary normalcy in these making an attempt occasions. 

Archaeologists unearth Egyptian mummies with golden tongues

Ford receives a patent for a transparent respirator masks 

But we form of like by no means having to present the underside of our faces

Eavesdropping marmosets perceive different monkeys’ conversations and decide whether or not they need to work together 

Today we realized marmosets are RUDE

PROFILES IN PERSEVERANCE

February is Black History Month, and day-after-day we’re highlighting Black pioneers in American historical past. Learn extra right here.

James Armistead Lafayette, spy, c 1748-c 1830

Armistead supplied essential intelligence that helped defeat the British and finish the Revolutionary War. Originally a slave, he labored as a double agent below Lafayette, the French common who helped the American colonists struggle for their freedom (Armistead added his surname to honor him). Virginia lawmakers, after lobbying by Lafayette, granted Armistead his freedom in 1787.

TODAY’S NUMBER

125,000

That’s what number of refugees President Biden has pledged to enable yearly within the US. The plan is to set that cap in October to begin within the subsequent fiscal yr. Until then, Biden is anticipated to make an intermediate improve within the present cap set by the Trump administration, which stands at 15,000. 

TODAY’S QUOTE

“I placed too much confidence in assuming that it would all come back to me as ‘second nature.'”

An nameless pilot, in a June report explaining why she or he uncared for to activate the important anti-icing system. The pandemic means pilots are flying much less, and lots of say it is making their abilities rusty

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

You missed a spot!

This well mannered seal is right here to remind you to hold your surfaces clear! (Click right here to view.)