More than 15,000 National Guard members are preparing to leave Washington, D.C. and head home a day after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Of the nearly 26,000 Guard troops deployed to D.C. for the inaugural, just 10,600 remain on duty, the National Guard Bureau reported. The Guard is helping states with coordination and the logistics so that troops can get home.
Baseball legend Hank Aaron, who is known for having broken Babe Ruth’s career home run record, has died at the age of 86, the Atlanta Braves announced. The legendary player had broken Babe’s record of 714 home runs in 1974 with a shot to the left field bullpen at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. He had also received racist death threats as he closed in on Ruth’s record.
Dave Chappelle is quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19. Chappelle was supposed to perform in Austin, but following the diagnosis, has decided to cancel his remaining show dates at a venue in the city. Chappelle had been holding socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June of last year. Fans with tickets to the shows can contact their point of purchase for refunds.
An 18-month-old toddler fatally shot his cousin while playing with a loaded gun that he got hold of unattended at his Detroit home. The deceased is a 5-year-old boy. The bullet struck the boy’s neck. Police arrested the 27-year-old father of the boy and uncle of the toddler who was at home at the time. Calling the death ’completely avoidable’, police emphasized the importance of gun safety.
Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities. According to Politico, guardsmen were told they could no longer access areas of the Capitol Complex after tirelessly defending the nation’s capital. One unit of 5,000 soldiers was forced to take breaks in a nearby garage.
While about 17.5 million Americans have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, health officials in many states have raised concerns about a shortage of vaccine supplies. New York City reportedly shut down 15 vaccine centers and canceled 23,000 appointments on Thursday. The setback comes even as stadiums and other large venues continue to transform into vaccine mega-sites.
Dr. Fauci spoke on Thursday describing a ’liberating feeling’ of being able to speak scientific truth about the coronavirus without fear of ’repercussions’ from Donald Trump. Under Trump, Fauci was often criticized for his scientific views and increasingly sidelined from public briefings. Promising transparency, Fauci said ’If things go wrong, (we will) not point fingers, but to correct them.’
Senate Republican Leader McConnell proposed delaying Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February. McConnell said he had offered a proposed timeline to new Senate Majority Leader Schumer which would see the House present the impeachment articles to the Senate on Jan. 28 and allow Trump’s legal team 14 days to prepare their pre-trial brief.
President Joe Biden has signed a raft of executive orders to boost the fight against Covid which has ravaged the US. He highlighted 10 important initiatives including necessary steps taken during the Covid-19. He further mentioned that if all work together, they will succeed in this war and he believes that American people are able to make it. He requested people to support him.