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Anarchy in US: World watches in horror as Pro-Trump rioters breach Capitol building
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Anarchy in US: World watches in horror as Pro-Trump rioters breach Capitol building

Anarchy in US: Wednesday afternoon saw horrific unfolding in Washington DC, the capital city of world’s largest democracy, as a mob of angered and provoked Donald Trump supporters breached the Capitol Hill and stormed in the building. At the time Congress was in process of official counting of Electoral College votes to declare Joe Biden the next President of United States of America. 

The ’terrorists’ clashed with the police as the Security Service personnel were scrambling to safeguard and disperse Congressmen and leaders. The sole prospect of riots was driven by a single agenda – stop the certification in favor of Joe Biden. The act is largely in line with long going calls by Donald Trump to his supporters to “march on the Capitol” and “save America” by undoing his election defeat. 

The mob entered the Senate chamber where few minutes earlier election results for Biden’s victory were being certified. A reporter on scene relays that a rioter stepped on the chamber dais and yelled, “Trump won that election.” 

President Trump, going in sync with his regular chime, supported the mob’s actions and called them “very special” people. However, after urging from White House official he released a video message asking his rioting supporters to return, but he did not condemn the whole action. The video that was later deleted by Twitter showed Trump urging people to “go home” but also legitimized the falsehoods around the insurrection and called elections “stolen”. In the video, he also told the angry rioters “we love you.” Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump too tweeted in support of the mob calling them “patriots” but later deleted the tweet. 

President-elect Joe Biden called on Trump to end the siege. In a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said, “It’s not a protest, it’s insurrection. The world is watching.” He was also joined in by former President George W Bush in calling the riots as “insurrection”. 

Four hours after the breach, Capitol was established back as secure. Senators were escorted back to the Chamber where certification of Biden’s presidential election victory was resumed. 

Vice President Mike Pence opened the session, clearly sidelining from Trump, saying, “To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: You did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house…Let’s get back to work.”

In the whole chaos, a woman was shot in chest as the Trump supporter was storming into the building. The woman was later declared dead. 

Robert Contee, DC Police Chief, said that so far 13 people have been arrested for the riots. Curfew went into effect in Washington DC at 6 pm and will be in effect until 6 am on Thursday.

Many representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and many GOP Senators have called for Trump’s impeachment, even though just two weeks are left in his tenure. 

As Trump’s presidency nears end, what legacy he would be leaving behind would be of biggest American carnage and unforgettable inequality across the nation, fueled in by the person sitting in Oval Office.

Democrat Warnock defeats Republican Sen. Kelly Loefflerin US Senate elections in Georgia
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Democrat Warnock defeats Republican Sen. Kelly Loefflerin US Senate elections in Georgia

US Senate elections: Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock has defeated Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in firmly watched runoff polls. 

“Tonight, we demonstrated that with trust, hard work, and the citizens on our side, anything is possible,” Warnock told supporters in an online speech. 

On Wednesday, Warnock, who is a 51 years old pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta declared a historic victory. He becomes the state’s first Black senator by defeating Republican Kelly Loeffler.

As a pastor, he has worked for 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. also preached.

According to the AP, the focus presently shifts to the second election among Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates have secured a tight competition and it was too soon to announce a winner. Under Georgia law, the trailing candidate could request a recount of votes if the margin of an election is fewer than or equal to 0.5 % points. 

However, if Ossoff wins, the Democrats will have full control over Congress, reinforcing President-elect Joe Biden as he plans to take office on 20th Jan. 

The two parties had invested a huge amount in Georgia in a quest for Senate. On Monday, Biden had campaigned in the state in support of Warnock and Ossoff.

“There were speculations that we won’t win this race, yet tonight we demonstrated that with hope, hard work, and the people’s support, the sky is the limit,” Warnock stated. 

Warnock said that he was honored by the confidence that the people of Georgia had shown in him and promised to work for the entirety of Georgia as a Senator, irrespective of who cast their ballot in favor of in this election race.”

With new Venezuelan Parliament in house, Maduro re-establishes his grip over the nation
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With new Venezuelan Parliament in house, Maduro re-establishes his grip over the nation

Maduro re-establishes: As Venezuela welcomes new Parliamentary cabinet, the country’s President Nicolas Maduro indirectly signals his grip of the legislative wing of the government as the house included majority-socialist Congress. On Tuesday, Maduro celebrated the move, despite avoiding the Parliamentary sessions in the past, when the opposition held majority in the house.

Maduro wrote on Twitter, Today “begins a new cycle for Venezuela, a new National Assembly born from the popular vote is born. Together we will take a great leap toward economic recovery, reconciliation and national peace.”

The move cemented Maduro’s grip over the country, positioning him as its autocratic ruler. With December 6 national elections, Maduro got re-elected as Venezuelan President, which many of the opposition and world leaders referred to as grossly undemocratic. Despite the claims contesting legitimacy of Maduro’s recent innings, he officially gained full control over the country’s parliament as his alliance achieved majority vote of 67.6%. 

Experts believe that dealing with Maduro’s administration would be one of the biggest challenges for US President-elect, Joe Biden. US continues to impose sanctions on Venezuela and declines to acknowledge Maduro as the country’s head. In addition, with regard to the recent takeover by pro-Maduro Congress, US issued a statement stating that  it would not permit the transactions undertaken by the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly convened by Maduro or the National Assembly, which seated this week.

US supports Maduro’s opponent Juan Guaidó, who declared himself the country’s interim President in January 2019 and take him as the country’s de facto ruler. “Here this evening is a very brave man who carries with him the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of all Venezuelans . . . the true and legitimate president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó,” said Mr Trump. Dismissing President Nicolás Maduro as an illegitimate dictator, the US leader promised that “Maduro’s grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken”.

Despite international support, Guaidó’s struggle in the country has only become more tough, especially with Maduro controlling both legislature and judiciary. The country’s oppressive government has been keeping any form of dissent in check.

Big relief for US as Hill approves long awaited Covid-19 relief aid
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Big relief for US as Hill approves long awaited Covid-19 relief aid

Covid-19 relief aidMonths after squabbling and bickering, the Congressional leaders have agreed upon a pandemic aid package of approximately $900bn. This will include fund for businesses and programmes related to support unemployed. 

The announcement was made on Sunday night that the leaders have reached an estimated billion package that will deliver the much needed support to small businesses, unemployed people and health care workers as country also reinforces the vaccination drive. The package will also support a spending bill of $1.4tn that will fund various federal operations over the period of following nine months. 

The decision offers a big relief as multiple COVID relief programmes were nearing expiry by month end, risking 12 million Americans losing the unemployment benefits.  

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced that both chambers have finalized an agreement on aid. He said, “It is packed with targeted policies that help struggling Americans who have already waited entirely too long.”

The ongoing disputes over policies between Republicans and Democrats bolstered doubts of whether a decision would be reached on a deal before the lawmakers embark on holidays and soon end of 116th Congress. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement, “We are going to crush the virus and put money in the pockets of the American people.”

President Donald Trump signed the bill shortly before midnight, thereby buying Congress 24 hours before the deadline. 

On Monday, the House is set to vote for final relief package for Covid-19, along with next fiscal year’s omnibus spending bill of $1.4 trillion. 

The details on distribution of aid are yet to be formally released, but the release from Senate Democratic leaders and House on Sunday evening reveals the probable distribution:

Direct payment checks per adult and child of up to $600

Aid support for struggling small businesses. This includes $284 billion for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans and $15 billion “in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions”

Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits – $300 per week

Rental assistance and eviction moratorium extension – $25 billion

Education providers, like schools, including aid to reopen classrooms safely – $82 billion

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and child nutrition – $13 billion 

The bill, however, doesn’t include aid to local governments. This has been a top priority for Democrats. Schumer noted that the aid does offer support to local governments indirectly, inform of Covid-19 testing and aid to schools. 

Schumer stressed that this package will “establish a floor, not a ceiling, for coronavirus relief in 2021.” He affirmed that as President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, the Democrats would push for more package. 

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