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January

20

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12:25 am

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In his final evening in office, President Trump pardoned his former strategist, Steve Bannon

Bannon was charged with defrauding political donors, raising money for a fake campaign to help build the wall

Bannon had not yet stood trial, and had not been convicted of a crime

Trump's pardon here was pre-emptive, protecting Bannon from a conviction and sentence for his alleged crime

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January

20

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12:12 am

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At noon today, Joe Biden will officially become president of the United States

Inauguration will take place at noon, at which point President Trump will be on his way down to Mar-a-Lago. Inauguration will not be the massive spectacle it normally is due to Covid and violence concerns

President Biden has a slew of Day 1 orders planned, including ending the so-called "Muslim" travel ban and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement

He is also planning to introduce a bill that would pave the way for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship within 8 years, as well as another stimulus

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January

19

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11:14 pm

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President Trump said "goodbye" to the American people yesterday, stating that "the movement we started is only just beginning”

“All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated,” he said regarding the riots

“We grieve for every life lost, and we pledge in their memory to wipe out this horrible pandemic once and for all,” he said about the pandemic.

Regarding the new administration, he said, we "pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word"

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January

19

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10:37 pm

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Trump will officially be out of the White House as of noon today, and he's not going back to NYC

Instead, he's permanently relocating to Mar-a-Lago, where he will live in a 127-room mansion, built by the Post cereal heiress

Trump acquired the property for $10M in 1985. It's on an island off the Palm Beach, FL coast. Forbes estimated it's now worth $160M

The estate includes a 20,000-ft ballroom, 5 clay tennis courts, and an oceanfront pool

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January

19

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1:37 pm

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Sen. Mitch McConnell delivered a scathing statement on President Trump's culpability in the Jan 6 Capitol riot

“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” he said, speaking in the Senate

McConnell indicated that he is open to convicting Trump in the upcoming impeachment trial

McConnell is in his last few days as Senate Majority Leader, before Chuck Schumer takes that role as the Democrats take over the Senate

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January

19

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1:26 am

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A Pennsylvania woman whose ex accused her of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop has been arrested

The woman's ex alleged that she stole Pelosi's laptop with the intent of selling it to the Russians

Authorities did not find proof of that, however, and she was not charged with theft

Nevertheless, the woman's ex claims to have seen footage of her stealing the laptop, and claims she either hid it or destroyed it after the deal with the Russians fell apart

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January

19

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1:06 am

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The FBI is vetting the soldiers working the inauguration, worried about some of them acting against Biden's inauguration tomorrow

At least 2 active duty soldiers have been implicated in the Capitol riot

Washington, DC is currently hosting over 10,000 soldiers, with the area around the Capitol sealed off by Humvees, armed soldiers, and fences

“While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital,” the acting Secretary of Defense said

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January

19

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12:51 am

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Biden is planning to propose an overhaul immigration bill on Wednesday, his first day as president

The bill would put 11M illegal immigrants on an 8-year path to citizenship. It's likely to set off a Congressional debate about border security, too

The bill says that illegal aliens residing in the US as of Jan 1, 2021, would receive a green card if they pass background checks and pay taxes, among other requirements

3 years after receiving a green card, they would become eligible for citizenship. Some illegal immigrants, including Dreamers and students, among others, would be on a faster track

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January

18

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1:33 am

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Biden is preparing a number of immediate executive orders targeting the Trump Administration's policies

Orders include: Re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement, ending the Trump travel ban, and mandating mask wearing on federal property

Among Biden's other early priorities are an immigration bill, a $1.9T stimulus, and drastically increasing the rate of Covid vaccinations

Biden will official become president at noon on Wednesday, January 20

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January

18

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1:00 am

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The scheduled armed protests in all 50 states and DC over the weekend proved much smaller than authorities had feared

There were some anti-Biden election protests across the country, but there were no reported instances of violence

Fears of militias clashing with counter-protesters didn't come to fruition, either

About 100 people showed up in Austin, TX, and 50 in Columbus, OH. Protests were limited in DC because of the heavy National Guard presence

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January

15

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5:38 pm

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President Trump's social media stock has tanked as Big Tech has continued to ban him from their platforms

Trump has been permanently banned Twitter, indefinitely banned from Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitch, and is blocked from uploading to YouTube

The most-impacted accounts, in order, are Twitter (88.7M), Facebook (35.4M), and Instagram (24.6M)

While Trump's team still has access to official accounts, like @Potus, Trump built his vast social media machine through his personal accounts, which are what he has been locked out of

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January

15

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5:33 pm

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The Biden Administration is changing the name of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump Administration's program to rapidly develop and distribute Covid vaccinces

The Biden Administration is adamant about its strategy of vaccinating 100M Americans in Biden's first 100 days in office

Biden's incoming Press Secretary said they are working "to address the failures of the Trump team approach to vaccine distribution." The program's new name has not been announced

To date, 13M shots have been given in the United States, covering about 3.9% of the population

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January

20

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3:01 am

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Liam Neeson will soon retire from action movies but that doesn't rule out comedies (as he recently told People Magazine)

In fact, Liam Neeson is currently talking to Seth MacFarlane about starring in the reboot of the Naked Gun series

MacFarlane and Neeson have worked together on multiple films in the past, and Seth vouches for Neeson's comedic acting ability (even if not on display in movies like Taken or Batman Begins)

Neeson quipped that the Naked Gun role could "either finish my career or bring it in another direction"

January

20

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2:51 am

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One of the most memorable viral TikTok characters of 2020 is Doggface208 -- the Ocean Spray skateboarding guy

In his original viral video, Doggface208 (a Mexican man who lives in Wyoming) skateboarded to work with a bottle of Ocean Spray and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" playing in the background

The Biden team recently announced that he will be participating in today's virtual inauguration ceremony with a pre-recorded video

They were impressed by his humility and authenticity in handling his newfound stardom. He also will be immediately recognizable to younger audiences

January

20

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2:30 am

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The pink seesaws at the US-Mexico border have been dubbed the winner of the 2020 Design of the Year award by London's Design Museum

The Design Museum's chief director praised the project as an "inventive and poignant reminder of how human beings can transcend the forces that seek to divide us"

The official name of the seesaw project is "Teeter-Totter Wall" and it's only fitting that the committee dubbed it the winner the day before Biden becomes president

The artists installed the seesaws stealthily and quickly so that border patrol officials couldn't derail their work

January

20

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2:17 am

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Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, says that major retailers are "trying to cancel him" over his close relationship with Trump and role in the storming of the US Capitol Building

Wayfair, Kohl's, and Bed Bath & Beyond have all pulled his products from their shelves in recent days

Amazon, Walmart, and Lowe's have yet to take a public position on whether they will stock MyPillow items going forward

Lindell earned a spot in Trump's inner circle in the corporate world and was recently caught on footage encouraging the Capitol-storming mob to "take a stand" against "evil"

January

20

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12:03 am

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Jeff and Lauren Lowe, owners of Oklahoma's Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, have been accused of violating the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act

Mr. Lowe was Joe Exotic's business partner. Exotic is in prison on a 22-year sentence for his role a murder plot and animal abuse

"The Lowes have showed a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law," said the relevant government official

A court cited the couple's "failure to provide safe conditions, proper nutrition, and timely veterinary care resulted in harm to a number of animals, including the death of two tiger cubs less than a week apart"

January

19

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11:40 pm

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Sec. of State Pompeo and incoming Sec. of State Blinken have agreed on defining China's treatment of the Uighurs as genocide

The Uighurs are a Muslim minority, located primarily in northwest China. Over 1M have been imprisoned in "reeducation camps"

"I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uighurs by the Chinese party-state," said Sec. Pompeo

Sec. Blinken described what's happening as "the forcing of men, women and children into concentration camps" to "re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party"

January

19

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11:11 pm

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NFL ref Sarah Thomas is set to become the first woman ever to officiate in a Super Bowl

She's a fifth-year ref and will serve as a down judge during the big game

She is one of 8 refs on the crew

January

19

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10:39 pm

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Warner Bros. announced it is releasing a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" prequel, telling the origin story of Willy Wonka

The movie will be called "Wonka," and they are targeting a March 2023 release

The original Wonka came out in 1971

The studio did not announce who will play the lead role

January

19

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1:33 pm

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The College Board has eliminated SAT subject tests, amid concerns about accessibility and declining enrollment

Decreasing numbers of colleges were requiring the subject tests, of which there were 20. Expanded AP offerings have largely replaced them

College Board said colleges are more interested now in "hands-on" and "real-life" learning than subject area expertise

Subject test enrollment dropped 8% between 2016 and 2019, then even further last year as the pandemic blocked access to standardized tests

January

19

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1:30 pm

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A brawl broke out at a Spirit Airlines gate at the Detroit Metro Airport

2 Spirit employees were blocking passengers from boarding until they made sure their carry-on bags were the proper size, prompting 3 passengers to assault them

The fight was caught on camera. The 2 employees were injured, with 1 ending up in the hospital

Imagine what the passengers would have done on the plane when they realized how little leg room they would have had....

January

19

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1:26 pm

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18 members of the same family contracted Covid at a December gathering in Pennsylvania

The host said she had a cough but no fever, so decided to host the event and keep her distance while there

In the following days, the relatives started to fall sick

18 people tested positive in total, ranging in age from 1 to 62. One was hospitalized

January

19

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1:52 am

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A new report from App Annie shows that YouTube is a much stickier platform than Netflix among their user bases

The average Netflix user spends 5.7 hours on the platform per month, while the average one for YouTube spends 23 hours on YouTube

YouTube and Netflix are the two most popular video streaming platforms by usage rate. The gap between them widened this year

Following YouTube and Netflix are (in order) Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Twitch

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