First thing: Trump called command center assistants hours before the Capitol riot | US News

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Sources told the Guardian that just hours before the deadly attack on the United States Capitol this year, Donald Trump made several calls to the White House at senior lieutenants at the Willard Hotel in Washington to discuss means of stop or delay the certification of the election of Joe Biden. win to take place on January 6.

The former president has indicated that his vice president, Mike Pence, was reluctant to agree to plans to commandeer his largely ceremonial role during the joint session of Congress in a way that would allow Trump to retain the presidency for a long time. second term.

He then asked his assistants how to prevent Biden’s certification from taking place and delay the certification process so that more voters lists for Trump are sent to Congress.

  • Why is this important? Trump’s remarks reveal a direct line from the White House and the Willard command center. The conversations also show that Trump’s thoughts appear to be in line with the motives of the pro-Trump mob that carried out the attack on Capitol Hill.

  • When did Trump make the calls? He phoned his lieutenants at the Willard between the late evening of January 5 and the early hours of January 6 after becoming enraged with Pence for refusing to do him one last favor.

  • during this time, the special House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol recommended the prosecution of Jeffrey Clark.

Biden advises ‘worry, not panic’ on Omicron, says no to blockages

At the White House, Joe Biden said closures were not being considered. Photograph: Oliver Contreras / UPI / Rex / Shutterstock

Joe Biden said yesterday that the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus was a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic” and ruled out a new lockdown as the United States has put in place restrictions on travel from ‘South Africa and several other countries.

In remarks from the White House, Biden urged all Americans to get vaccinated, including booster shots, saying it was the best protection against the new variant.

He warned that the travel restrictions that went into effect yesterday would not prevent the spread of the virus in the United States. He also said the ban would give public health officials “time to take more action, to act faster, to make sure people understand you need to get the vaccine.”

No case of the variant has yet been identified in the United States. Biden said it was only a matter of time.

“Sooner or later we’re going to see new cases of this new variant here in the United States, and we’re going to have to deal with this new threat, just as we have faced those that came before it,” Biden said. . after meeting his Covid-19 advisers.

  • What else is the government going to do? Biden promised to present a more detailed strategy on Thursday. “Not with closures or blockages,” he said of the upcoming plan, “but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more.”

Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO and is replaced by Parag Agrawal

Parag Agrawal and Jack Dorsey
Parag Agrawal and Jack Dorsey. Photograph: Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty Images

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has announced he is stepping down from his leadership role at the social media company and will be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

The surprise move ends Dorsey’s much-criticized tenure as CEO of Twitter and Square, his digital payments company, which led Twitter stakeholders Elliott Management and billionaire investor Paul Singer to ask him to step down. remove from one of these roles.

“I decided to quit Twitter because I think the company is ready to leave its founders. My confidence in Parag as CEO of Twitter runs deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational. I am deeply grateful for his talent, his heart and his soul. It’s his time to lead, ”said Dorsey.

  • Why was he criticalzed? Investors and some staff have questioned Dorsey’s management style and fear he is overly stretched by his roles at both companies.

  • Who is the new CEO? Agrawal is a 37-year-old Indian immigrant and relatively unknown executive who has been working on Twitter for 10 years. It is considered a “safe choice which should be viewed as favorable by investors”.

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in July 2019
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in July 2019. Photograph: Stephen Lam / Reuters

Stats of the day: Merriam-Webster’s word of the year follows a 1,048% increase in searches

A sign directs a motorist to a vaccination site at the Jewish National Hospital on March 6, 2021, in east Denver
“It was a word that was extremely high in our data every day in 2021.” Photograph: David Zalubowski / AP

From questions about warrants to concerns about global distribution, “vaccine” was the clear word of the year, according to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. The word choice of 2021 was seemingly obvious to the US publisher, who said searches for “vaccine” on its website were up 601% from last year, as part of a large rollout. vaccinations against Covid-19. The change from the pre-pandemic days of 2019 is even more striking, the dictionary maker said, with searches for the word up 1,048%.

Don’t Miss This: How Activism Helps Undocumented Migrants Cope With Trauma

Viridiana Hernández and her mother Rita
Viridiana Hernández and her mother, Rita, have been immigrant rights activists for over a decade. Photography: Adriana Zehbrauskas / The Guardian

For at least a decade, researchers have documented mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and feelings of low self-esteem in American immigrant communities. In Arizona, the center of America’s immigration wars, those who have experienced such trauma were also the first to find ways to respond to them and train others seeking to deal with them. The stories told by immigrants to Maricopa County illustrate the power of activism to reshape and cope with trauma.

… Or this: The plan to turn one of New York’s dirtiest highways into green space

Senator Chuck Schumer, activist Nilka Martell and Representative Ritchie Torres
Senator Chuck Schumer, activist Nilka Martell and Representative Ritchie Torres announce their intention to make the Cross Bronx Expressway safer for the environment. Photograph: Steve Sanchez / Pacific Press / Rex / Shutterstock

It’s a terrible highway. It’s loud, crowded, and contributes to some of the highest asthma rates in the country. Residents and activists have long described him as a form of environmental racism which actually divides the Bronx in two. But now, after years of organizing by community groups and state legislators, there is federal funding to develop a plan: cover portions of the highway with green spaces and reconnect neighborhoods separated by the structure.

Climate balance: vast global networks of underground fungi to be mapped for the first time

A circle of mushrooms around a tree
Fungi are essential for soil biodiversity and soil fertility, but little is known about them. Photograph: Biosphoto / Alamy

Vast networks of underground fungi – the “planet’s circulatory system” – need to be mapped for the first time, in an attempt to protect them from damage and improve their ability to absorb and store carbon dioxide. Fungi use carbon to build networks in the soil, which connect to plant roots and act as “highways” for nutrients, exchanging carbon from plant roots for nutrients. Mycorrhizal fungus hot spots are believed to be threatened by agriculture, urbanization, pollution, water scarcity and climate change.

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Last thing: David Attenborough intervenes after Adelaide Mall’s bee plaque misquotes him

David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough intervened after being wrongly attributed in a quote about bees at the Westfield Tea Tree Plaza in Adelaide. Photograph: David Parry / PA

A South Australian suburban mall has created a buzz after falsely attributing a quote about bees, written on a plaque in a bathroom hallway, to famous British naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The plaque, labeled “bee propaganda”, was removed after Attenborough himself intervened. It all started in July when Heath Hunter, a wildlife science graduate, alerted mall management that the quote had been misallocated. When nothing happened, he wrote to the broadcaster. “I thought, fuck it, I’ll send a letter to the big man himself,” Hunter said.

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