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CAPITOL FACES FURY FROM WITHIN
WASHINGTON (AP) — This time the fury enveloping the Capitol comes not from an insurgent mob but from within.
The anger on display is searing — Democrat against Republican; Republican against Republican; legislators of both parties against the security failure that left government leaders vulnerable to last week’s violence.
The rage is being stoked by the passions aroused by Democrats’ fresh drive to impeach President Donald Trump.
The House is moving toward making Trump the first president to be impeached twice.
Shaken members, long accustomed to protective bubbles, asked if they can expense their own bulletproof vests (they can). Democrats assailed Republicans who pressed Trump’s false claims of a fraudulent election, even after the insurrection.
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has called for the expulsion or censure of Republican members who argued Trump’s case if they refuse to resign. Among the targets are Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and House members who opposed Biden’s certification.
TRUMP BUSINESS INTERESTS IMPERILED
NEW YORK (AP) — The PGA canceled its tournament at his golf course. Banks say they won’t lend to him anymore. New York City is looking to end his contract to operate the Central Park skating rink.
Hits to President Donald Trump’s businesses since the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol are part of a liberal “cancel culture,” his son, Eric, tells The Associated Press. He says his father leaves the White House with a strong brand backed by millions who will follow him “to the ends of the Earth.”
The interview yesterday with the AP comes amid a backlash against the Trump Organization after thousands of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol last week in a riot seeking to keep lawmakers from confirming Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Amid accusations Trump incited the mob, the PGA of America voted to strip its championship from Trump’s New Jersey, golf course next year and a British golf organization says the British Open won’t be at a Trump course for the “foreseeable future.” E-commerce site Shopify pulled support for the online Trump Store, and New York City is looking to cancel contracts with Trump for skating rinks and a golf course in the Bronx.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “The president incited a rebellion against the United States government, a clearly unconstitutional act.” De Blasio says, “That’s unforgivable.
SEARCH FOR VOICE RECORDER IN INDONESIAN PLANE CRASH CONTINUES
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers looking for a crashed plane’s cockpit voice recorder have been searching in mud and plane debris on the seabed between Indonesian islands to find out why a jet crashed into the water over the weekend.
Indonesian navy divers yesterday recovered the flight data recorder from the jet that disappeared Saturday minutes after taking off from Jakarta with 62 people aboard. Finding the voice recorder would be a big help in the crash investigation.
The 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 resumed commercial flights last month after almost nine months out of service because of flight cutbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration sent a directive requiring operators of various Boeing 737 aircraft models, including the 737-500, to do engine checks before they can be flown again. That followed reports of engines shutting down mid-flight because of corrosion in a key valve.
Indonesia’s top aviation official says the plane was inspected Dec. 2, including checks for engine corrosion, and was declared airworthy. It resumed commercial flights Dec. 22. After returning to service, the plane made 132 flights, including its final one.
PHOENIX POLICE INVESTIGATE RACIST REMARKS DURING VIRTUAL FUNERAL FOR CIVIIL RIGHTS ICON
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a virtual funeral for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted by hackers yelling racist slurs.
Mayor Kate Gallego on Twitter condemned the comments and said the city does not tolerate hate crimes. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also condemned the incident.
In a Twitter post, Ducey called ex-councilman Calvin Goode “a civil rights leader who served with honor and distinction” and the “racist and abhorrent remarks” during his funeral were “wrong.”
Goode died Dec. 23. He was 93.