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Title    Pro-Trump Rioters Breached US Capitol; EC Confirms Biden; Trump "Responds"; Dems Win GA [Updates: 2]
Date    Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:01PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the stock-up-on-popcorn! dept.
https://soylentnews.org/breakingnews/article.pl?sid=21/01/06/2142254

2021-01-07 14:44:44 UTC: UPDATE (See below the fold).

martyb writes:

Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in Congress:

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College's votes for president and vice president.

The Capitol has been put on lockdown and the certification vote has been paused. Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building. House and Senate leadership is safe and in undisclosed locations, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Congress' counting of electoral votes is typically little more than an afterthought. But this joint session was expected to be a contentious affair that would last late into the evening and possibly on Thursday. Some Republicans are objecting to the count and delaying the inevitable certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Also at AlJazeera (In Pictures: Pro-trump mob storms US Capitol building) and c|net (Mob storms Capitol forcing halt of election vote count).

[2021-01-06 22:33:53 UTC; UPDATE] NOTE: This is a chaotic time.

The Electoral College votes are currently being confirmed and tallied. Runoff votes in Georgia are being tallied and the results may swing the balance of power in the US Senate. The Georgia secretary of state [has been] relocated from [State] Capitol for security reasons. Mitch McConnell goes off on Trump. Pro-Trump reporter gloats over access to fleeing Hill staffer's computer. And Trump hand-picks replacement for Atlanta's US attorney after surprise resignation.

Let's please try and keep the discussion civil.

Also, please be polite and share your popcorn!

[Updates Begin]:

(1) Fox News reports Biden's Electoral College victory certified -- hours after Capitol chaos:

The U.S. Congress early Thursday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden his presidential victory -- after a day in Washington that was marred by pro-Trump protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.

Vice President Mike Pence, who had announced he would not overturn the will of voters, confirmed the Biden victory at 3:41 a.m. ET.

Lawmakers had returned to the chamber in an act of defiance, with some Republicans who initially vowed to challenge states' results due to voter fraud concerns announcing they'd instead vote to certify.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the breach of the Capitol a "failed insurrection," adding that those who "tried to disrupt our democracy" had not succeeded.

(2) President Trump "Responds" via Staffer's Twitter Account after His Account was Suspended:

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:

"Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our...

Dan Scavino 🇺🇸 🦅@DanScavino:

...fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

(3) Facebook, Twitter lock Trump's account following video addressing Washington rioters:

(4) The Associated Press has called the results for the Georgia Senate elections: both Democratic candidates defeated their GOP opponents:

With projected victories in the twin races of Warnock and Ossoff, President-elect Joe Biden will have the narrowest majority in the Senate, with both parties holding 50-50 seats apiece, allowing the tie-breaking vote to be cast by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Also at The New York Times.


Original Submission

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  1. "martyb" - https://soylentnews.org/~martyb/
  2. "Pro-Trump rioters breach the US Capitol on historic day in Congress" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/gallery/electoral-college-vote-count/index.html
  3. "breached the US Capitol on Wednesday" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/us-capitol-lockdown/index.html
  4. "was expected to be a contentious affair" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/2020-election-congress-electoral-college-vote-count/index.html
  5. "In Pictures: Pro-trump mob storms US Capitol building" - https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/1/6/in-pictures-trump-supporters-gather-near-white-house
  6. "Mob storms Capitol forcing halt of election vote count" - https://www.cnet.com/news/mob-storms-capitol-halting-election-vote-count/
  7. "Georgia secretary of state [has been] relocated from [State] Capitol for security reasons" - https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/georgia-senate-runoff-election-results/index.html
  8. "Mitch McConnell goes off on Trump" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/mitch-mcconnell-trump-electoral-vote/index.html
  9. "Pro-Trump reporter gloats over access to fleeing Hill staffer's computer" - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1733326
  10. "Trump hand-picks replacement for Atlanta's US attorney after surprise resignation" - https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/05/politics/georgia-us-attorney-byung-pak-bobby-christine/index.html
  11. "Biden's Electoral College victory certified -- hours after Capitol chaos" - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/congress-certifies-bidens-electoral-college-victory-after-day-of-chaos-at-capitol
  12. "Electoral College" - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-objects-to-arizona-electoral-college-votes-for-biden-debate-underway
  13. "Joe Biden" - https://www.foxnews.com/category/person/joe-biden
  14. "President Trump "Responds" via Staffer's Twitter Account after His Account was Suspended" - https://mashable.com/article/donald-trump-statement-twitter-election-transition/
  15. "Dan Scavino πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ¦…@DanScavino" - https://twitter.com/DanScavino/status/1347103015493361664
  16. "Dan Scavino πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ¦…@DanScavino" - https://twitter.com/DanScavino/status/1347103016311259136
  17. "Facebook, Twitter lock Trump's account following video addressing Washington rioters" - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/06/twitter-pledges-action-on-any-calls-for-violence-in-capitol-riot.html
  18. "both Democratic candidates defeated their GOP opponents" - https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/odds-georgia-democrats-make-history-senate-runoffs/story?id=75095109
  19. "The New York Times" - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/upshot/warnock-ossoff-georgia-victories.html
  20. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=46600

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