House Democrats on Monday introduced an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump accusing the outgoing president of inciting the mob that launched a failed occupation of the Capitol last week, vowing to impeach the president with less than two weeks left before he exits office.
The move comes as Republicans have blocked a separate bid to demand that Vice President Mike Pence remove Trump’s presidential powers by invoking the 25th Amendment, which allows for power to be transferred from the president to the vice president, either temporarily or permanently.
The harshly-worded impeachment resolution, which has the backing of at least 210 Democrats, accuses Trump of making repeated false claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 election for the purpose of “incitement of an insurrection” resulting in the botched takeover of the Capitol building, and says that the president “engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the article reads.
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government,” it continues. “He therefore betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
“Donald John Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” the article adds.
“Donald John Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States,” the document continues, along with a clause that would block Trump from running for reelection in 2024.
The move comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus have been dialing up the pressure on the vice president to intervene and dislodge Trump from his seat off office, either by pressuring him to resign or invoking the 25th Amendment. Under the amendment, Pence would be enabled to take power as acting president if a majority of the Cabinet determines that Trump is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
“[T]hese insurrectionary protests were widely advertised and broadly encouraged by President Donald J. Trump, who repeatedly urged his millions of followers on Twitter and other social media outlets to come to Washington on Jan. 6 to ‘Stop the Steal’ of the 2020 Presidential election,” reads the 25th Amendment resolution from Rep. Jamie Baskin, referring to the large rally organized by the president and the Trump campaign the outside the White House in the hours preceding the unrest.
If the pressure fails, Democrats are promising severe consequences for Trump’ role in an attack they fear may have endangered the lives of Pence, members of Congress, and thousands of staffers on Capitol Hill.
“The president’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action,” Speaker Pelosi said on Monday.
Predictably, responses to the Democratic bid largely broke down along partisan lines, with members of the GOP dismissing the resolution calling for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, meaning that the resolution will be subject to a full vote, probably on Tuesday. Leaders of the Democratic Party are optimistic that it will pass, and are piling pressure on Republican legislators to join them in the vote to pressure Pence to take the extraordinary measure, which he is said to be opposed to, reports New York Times.
On Friday, White House spokesman Judd Deere cautioned against impeaching Trump and warned that such a move would only keep passions inflamed.
“A politically motivated impeachment against a President, who has done a great job, with 12 days remaining in his term will only serve to further divide our great country,” Deere said in a statement.
While numerous GOP legislators have called on Trump to resign, they haven’t yet signaled whether they will endorse a Democrat-led bid to impeach him. Likewise, it remains unclear if the Senate would even take up the measure in the final days of his presidency.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn also said over the weekend that House Democrats may wait until after President-elect Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, a move they believe would allow Biden to tackle his agenda before the time-consuming trial.
Get Ready for This Week’s Full “Strawberry Moon” – The Last Supermoon of 2021
However, this month will see the year’s last supermoon– with a full “strawberry moon” gracing our night skies in the latter half of this week.
A “supermoon” takes place when a new or full moon is at its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. As a result, the moon will appear to be significantly larger and brighter than the usual full moons taking place throughout the year. Researchers remain split on whether the upcoming June moon is, indeed, a supermoon.
Much of this has to do with the different criteria used by various publications over which full moons actually qualify as supermoons, according to NASA.
“For 2021, some publications consider the four full Moons from March to June, some the three full Moons from April to June, and some only the two full Moons in April and May as supermoons,” said the space agency’s Gordon Johnston.
And while the expectation of a dazzling red- or pink-hued moon would make sense given the June moon’s title as a “strawberry moon,” the moon will be its typical golden hue.
The strawberry moon name instead reflects the time of year when Native American peoples harvested the fruit in parts of North America, notes the Farmer’s Almanac.
The strawberry moon marks the final full moon of spring or the first of the summer season. It has also gone by a number of other names, according to The Farmer’s Almanac. These names include the birth moon, blooming moon, egg laying moon, green corn moon, hoer moon, hatching moon, honey moon and mead moon.
The full moon will be at its brightest on Thursday, June 24, at 2:40 p.m. ET, but won’t be fully visible until later that evening when it ascends past the horizon. The moon will then appear full for roughly three days, from about Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.
The precise time of the moonrise and moonset in your location can be found at timeanddate.com.
And don’t worry if weather conditions won’t allow you to view this rare lunar event – you can also view it live from the comfort of your home using the Virtual Telescope Project’s livestream of the moon over Rome, Italy, which begins on June 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
Police Rescue Dogs Trapped In Car on Sizzling Hot Day, Owners Complain About Broken Window
Police in the UK acted quickly to save a two dogs locked inside a car in sizzling hot temperatures by smashing open a window, upsetting the car’s owner over the damage.
Officers responded Sunday to reports that a beagle and another dog were trapped in a car parked in the seaside British city of Brighton on a day of boiling heat.
In video captured of the incident, an officer can be seen jamming his baton through a rear window before finally shattering it to free the pooches.
This prompts the car alarm to go off as the car’s owners can be seen rushing toward it, upset over the police intervention.
A woman, standing with her shocked family, says: “You broke my window out!”
One of the officer responded: “It’s a hot day. You shouldn’t be leaving the dog in the car in this weather.”
The incident happened on a day when people across the region flock to the seaside resort city to dip into the beaches amid surging hot temperatures.
The onlooker who filmed the incident noted that the owners seemed unaware of the dangers posed to their pets by weather conditions.
“Where they had parked there is just no shade,” they told The Sun. “It’s directly on the seafront in 25°C (77°F) weather outside – I’ve got no idea what it was inside the car.”
The family was indignant over what they claim was an overreaction by the police.
“At first it was ‘what the f*** are you doing, why did you break my car window? I was only gone for 10 minutes,’” another witness explained.
“The bloke obviously thought he was completely in the right,” they added. “He didn’t really seem to have much empathy.”
According to UK animal welfare group RSPCA, outside temperatures of 22°C (71°F) can reach a brutal 47°C (116.6°F) inside a car within an hour.
“Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable,” a Sussex Police spokesperson said. “Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.”
Authorities added that the officers let the pet owners off with a stern warning, without ticketing the family or separating their dogs from them.
Scientists Prove What Causes Aurora Borealis for the First Time
Since the dawn of time, humans have been mystified by what causes the aurora borealis or northern lights. However, a group of scientists have finally uncovered what causes the dazzling lightshow that has captivated people for so long.
Researchers at the University of Iowa have proven that the shimmering auroras are the result of powerful electromagnetic waves during geomagnetic storms, according to a newly published study.
According to the study, phenomena known as Alfven waves propel electrons toward Earth and cause the particles to produce the brilliant display of northern lights seen in the higher latitudes of our planet,
“Measurements revealed this small population of electrons undergoes ‘resonant acceleration’ by the Alfven wave’s electric field, similar to a surfer catching a wave and being continually accelerated as the surfer moves along with the wave,” Prof. Greg Howes, a co-author of the study, told CNN.
Scientists have long understood that the aurora was the likely result of electrons surfing across the electric field, at least since the theory was introduced in 1946 by Soviet scientist Lev Landau.
However, the University of Iowa professors were able to finally put the theory to the test through a simulation at a lab at the Large Plasma Device (LPD) in the Basic Plasma Science Facility of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Using a 20-meter-long chamber to simulate the magnetic field of the Earth through state-of-the-art magnetic field coils, scientists were able to generate plasma similar to that which exists in spac.
“Using a specially designed antenna, we launched Alfven waves down the machine, much like shaking a garden hose up and down quickly, and watching the wave travel along the hose,” said Howes.
While this didn’t result in the type of auroras we might see in the sky, “our measurements in the laboratory clearly agreed with predictions from computer simulations and mathematical calculations, proving that electrons surfing on Alfven waves can accelerate the electrons (up to speeds of 45 million mph) that cause the aurora,” Howes noted.
Scientists across the country were elated by the results of the experiment.
“I was tremendously excited! It is a very rare thing to see a laboratory experiment that validates a theory or model concerning the space environment,” said Patrick Koehn, a scientist in the Heliophysics Division of NASA.
“Space is simply too big to easily simulate in the lab,” he added.
Researchers are hopeful that a greater understanding will allow forecasters to better understand weather conditions in space.
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