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    President Biden Urges Congress to Act Quickly on Economic Relief Package

    President Biden calls on Congress to move quickly on his COVID relief package to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and get the economy moving again. "We're in a national emergency. We need to act like we're in a national emergency, " he says. The president makes the remarks prior to signing two executive orders expanding food stamps and beginning the process to require federal agencies to pay a $15 minimum wage.

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    White House: President Biden Orders Threat Assessment on Domestic Violent Extremism

    White House Press Secretary Psaki says President Biden ordered a threat assessment to include analyzing the threat of domestic violent extremism following the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

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    Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary, 93-2

    The Senate votes 93-2 to confirm Retired General Lloyd Austin as secretary of Defense.

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    Senator McConnell Calls for Impeachment Trial to Start in February

    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he has proposed to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the article of impeachment not be sent over to the Senate until next Thursday and that that former President Trump have an opportunity to prepare a defense for a trial to begin on February 11. Senator Schumer has said that the article will be sent over from the House on Monday, which would likely mean that the impeachment trial would start on Tuesday instead.

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    Article of Impeachment to Be Sent to Senate on Monday, Senator Schumer Says

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) informs his colleagues that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will send over the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump. The majority leader says there will be a trial and that it will be a fair one.

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    Senate Approves Waiver for Defense Secretary Nominee Retired General Lloyd Austin

    The Senate votes 67-23 to approve a waiver for Retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of Defense.

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    U.S. to Step Up Surveillance of New COVID Variants As It Ramps Up Vaccinations, Dr. Fauci Says

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, says that based on the information at hand, it doesn't appear the South African COVID strain is in the U.S. However, he says that the level of sequence surveillance hasn't been where the administration would like it to be and that they will be looking for it very closely in the weeks and months ahead. He also says the goal of 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days is "quite a reasonable goal" and that if 70 to 85 percent of the population is vaccinated by the summer, "then the country will have a degree of normality that will take a lot of pressure off the American public."

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    House Approves Waiver for Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin to Serve As Defense Secretary, 326-78

    The House debate and approves (326-78) a waiver for Retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as Defense secretary in the Biden administration.

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    COVID-19 Death Toll Expected to Top 500,000 Next Month, President Biden Warns

    President Biden says that the public can expect the death toll from the coronavirus to top 500,000 in February and warns that it will take some time to fight the pandemic and bring it to an end. "Things are going to get worse before they get better... But help is on the way," he says.

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    GOP Leader McCarthy Says He Doesn't Believe President Trump Provoked Attack on Capitol

    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy responds to a question about his Senate counterpart, Senator Mitch McConnell blaming President Trump for the mob attack on the Capitol, saying, "I don't believe he provoked it if you listen to what he said at the rally."

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