Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times
An impeachment charge against Trump
Democrats in the House of Representatives initiated an effort to impeach President Trump for inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol last week. A vote on the measure could happen as early as Wednesday.
The article of impeachment was introduced after Republicans blocked a move to formally call on Vice President Mike Pence to strip Mr. Trump of power. “The president’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action,” Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, said.
Some called for the House to delay sending the case to the Senate for trial until after President-elect Joe Biden has had a chance to fill his cabinet and pass coronavirus relief legislation.
A Senate trial would prevent Mr. Trump from holding office in the future, constitutional experts say.
Details: Read the article of impeachment, which charges Mr. Trump with “high crimes and misdemeanors” and with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
The government has ordered vaccines from several companies, but plans to rely mostly on Sinovac, which has already delivered three million doses. In a possible signal of acceptance in the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, the Sinovac vaccine was declared “holy and halal” last week by Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body.
Another boost to China’s vaccine in Asia came when the Philippines said that it had secured 25 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, with the first 50,000 doses set to arrive by February.
Context: The efficacy rate from the trials in Indonesia was lower than those in Brazil and Turkey because the trials were made up of members of the public, instead of health care workers or others from high-risk groups. A higher number of people who are infected would raise the efficacy rate, according to Indonesia’s National Committee for Drug Assessment.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
Indonesian plane crash shakes village
A sleepy island has become a base for the search and recovery operation following the crash on Saturday of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 with 62 people onboard. Our reporters visited Lancang Island, which normally has few visitors, as diving teams extracted wreckage from the water.
The crash site is less than a mile from the island’s mangroves, coconut and banana trees. When the airplane fell into the sea, it was so close to the island that it rattled windows. In the fishing community, it’s déjà vu for some, after two other passenger planes crashed into the Java Sea in just the past six years.
Details: Lancang is part of the Thousand Island chain that has become vulnerable to rising sea levels and the kind of extreme storms that delayed the Sriwijaya flight before takeoff.
If you have 5 minutes, this is worth it
As the Jan. 23 anniversary of Wuhan’s lockdown draws closer, China has stepped up efforts to hide missteps. In recent weeks, the government has deployed censors to scrub the internet of critical coverage of Wuhan, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. Above, people on a ferry crossing the Yangtze River last month.
Propaganda agencies are pushing feel-good videos depicting a city reborn, downplaying people’s grief and anger. The assertive rebranding campaign is a sign that China’s leaders have little interest in dwelling on the past or revisiting their mistakes, experts say.
Here’s what else is happening
Taiwan’s new passport: In the redesigned travel document, Taiwan’s official name, Republic of China, appears in a smaller font, while the words “Taiwan Passport” appear in large bold type. The government said that it was an attempt to lessen confusion during the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times warned of an “avalanche” from Beijing in response.
New C.I.A. director: President-elect Joe Biden has selected William Burns, a career State Department official who led the U.S. delegation in secret talks with Iran, to run the spy agency.
Yemen: The United States is planning to designate the Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that could complicate the delivery of humanitarian aid in a country already on the brink of famine.
From Opinion: Amelia Pang, a journalist, reflected on her Uighur roots. “The reason no one in my family speaks Uighur, or celebrates any Uighur holidays, is because we are the fruitful result of China’s decades-long forced assimilation campaigns,” she writes.
Snapshot: Above, students fishing on the Seine. The ultimate aim of the day’s catch is not to share a meal with friends and family, but to share on social media images of the pikes, perches, zanders and catfish — and then release them back into the river. They make up a new fishing scene in Paris.
‘Sex and the City’ revival: HBO Max announced a return of the hit show about four friends navigating career and love struggles in New York City. The series will be called “And Just Like That …” and will feature three of the four original characters.
What we’re reading: This Associated Press article about a Missouri woman believed to be the last Civil War widow, who died recently. “This blew my mind,” says Amelia Nierenberg, who writes the Coronavirus Schools Briefing.
Now, a break from the news
Watch: “WandaVision,” Marvel’s first series for Disney+ is part drama, part homage to vintage sitcoms, following the misfit heroes to some weird places.
Do: A kettle is equal parts kitchen workhorse and decorative accessory. So choosing one isn’t just a matter of finding something that can boil water. Here are some tips.
It’s easier to stay active with our At Home collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch and do while staying safe at home.
And now for the Back Story on …
Breaking away from Trump
A number of businesses and other prominent institutions have disassociated themselves from President Trump since his supporters stormed the Capitol last week. Here’s a round-up of some that are making the shift.
The P.G.A. of America
The golf tournament organization announced that its board of directors had voted to terminate an agreement to play the P.G.A. Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in 2022. “It has become clear that conducting the P.G.A. Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the P.G.A. of America brand, and would put at risk the P.G.A.’s ability to deliver our many programs,” Jim Richerson, the P.G.A. of America president, said.
Four of the country’s largest banks, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, said they would temporarily stop sending donations from their political action committees. The banks have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and donated to candidates of both parties.
The online payment platform Stripe will no longer process payments for Mr. Trump’s campaign website, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
One of the nation’s largest federations of insurance companies, providing health care to about 109 million Americans, announced that it was suspending political contributions to Republicans in Congress who tried to block the electoral vote tallies for President-elect Joe Biden.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the break from the news. You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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