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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has requested that the Senate give Donald Trump’s legal team two weeks to prepare for his impeachment trial.

McConnell’s proposal brings doubt to when Trump’s trial will begin following the Senate receiving the article of impeachment. He would like it to begin in mid-February, CNN reports.

McConnell said his proposal to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not received a response, “but we continue to talk about it.”

The two are in the works of getting President Joe Biden’s nominees confirmed and the Senate’s power-sharing agreement completed, a source close to the matter told the outlet.

There hasn’t been a confirmed objection to delaying the trial considering many want to get a deal to lock in votes on Cabinet nominees and a finalized deal of the power-sharing agreement that allows committees in the Senate to organize.

Without the finalization f the resolution of power-sharing, the GOP will remain in control of the committees—this gives McConnell leverage. McConnell would like to delay the trial, so ceremonial functions can go forwards—like the formal reading of the impeachment article, which would likely occur next Thursday, January 28.

Trump would have a week to prepare for trial and answer the article by February 4. The following week his legal team could file a pre-trial order.
The House would also be able to file briefs over the time period before the trials start in mid-February.

Nonetheless, McConnell is in no rush to start proceedings, adding that the Senate needs time to catch up to the House’s hasty impeachment.

“At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative that we do not allow a half-baked process to short-circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency,” McConnell said in a statement.

Still, the Democrats have the final say so on when the trial starts, but they may be in agreeance to delay it since it would allow the Senate a chance to get more of Biden’s nominees in the door.

“I think Democrats will be open to considering a delay that allows former President Trump time to assemble his legal team and his defense for the impeachment trial if we are making progress on confirming” Biden’s nominees, Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

“We received Leader McConnell’s proposal that only deals with pre-trial motions late this afternoon. We will review it and discuss it with him,” Justin Goodman, spokesman for Schumer, said on Thursday.

“They have now informed us they are ready to receive, the question is other questions about how a trial will proceed, but we are ready,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the Senate. She also said that the House is “ready” to start trial but would wait until Senate is better positioned to handle a full trial before formally transmitting the impeachment article.
As for Biden, he would like Congress to “focus on a Covid package simultaneously.”

Trump will likely be represented by South Carolina Republican attorney Sen. Lindsey Graham and attorney Butch Bowers.

His campaign spokesman, Jason Miller, confirmed Bowers would represent Trump at trial.

“They didn’t present any evidence in the House, so I don’t know if you can present evidence in the Senate that you didn’t present — I guess you could –, but we’ll make our own decisions about did the President go too far, was this incitement under the law, what’s the right outcome there? So it should be a quick trial really, quite frankly,” Graham said.




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Michigan Boy, 10, Has Hands And Legs Removed During Battle With COVID-19

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A  10-year-old Michigan boy had to have his hands and legs amputated during his battle with COVID-19.

It’s been weeks now that Dae’Shun Jamison has been in the hospital fighting Coronavirus complications. These rare side effects of the often deadly disease have led to the child having to have his legs and hands removed, People reports.

His mother, Brittney Autman, detailed Jamison’s journey in a GoFundMe, saying the boy was first taken to the hospital in late December after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Initially, Jamison showed no signs of COVID-19. Not long after that, Jamison developed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a condition in which a child’s body becomes inflamed. The condition can affect a child’s brain, heart, and lungs, leading to fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Eventually, doctors at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital placed Jamison on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumps oxygen into a patient’s entire body to help support failing heart and lungs, the outlet reports. Two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, he began developing MIS-C symptoms. “They say don’t question God, but I don’t understand, why my son?” said Autman. “I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else’s child, but why me?”

Medical officials first removed his right leg. They let his family know that more limbs may have to be removed in the upcoming weeks. “He understood that when he wake up his leg will not look the same,” Autman wrote in an update on the donation page set up to help pay for the family’s medical bills. “Dae’Shun completely broke down in tears which affected me in so many ways, I can’t believe this is really happening to my baby.” His left leg and hands were removed on Feb. 22 after his hands were damaged due to lack of blood flow.

“Dae’Shun is very emotional about his amputations, and it breaks my heart,” Autman wrote on GoFundMe. “Please keep the prayers coming.” Jamison’s mother says her son is moving forward despite the pain; he will be joining a rehabilitation center. Autman says she believes her son will adjust to his prosthetics. “I’m trying to find ways to get him back to the way he was as much as possible,” she said. “That’s my goal for him. That’s what I want for him.”

We are praying for you, King Dae’Shun.




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Ava DuVernay Is Not Surprised By Golden Globes Voting Committee Having Zero Black Members

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Hollywood producer Ava DuVernay says that she is not surprised that there are no Black members on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

According to a new report by the Los Angeles Times, which was published on Sunday, the group of 87 international journalists who chooses the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards each year does not have any Black members.

The Hollywood Reporter tweeted their story regarding the report, to which DuVernay responded by writing, “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely known? For YEARS?” Golden Globes nominated actress, and director Regina King responded to DuVernay with a Drake GIF, indicating that he agreed. DuVernay responded with a Sinbad GIF with the words, “those are the facts.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been under scrutiny for years for its lack of diversity and subpar ethics.

Last year, the group’s lack of inclusion of Blacks and Black talent was thrust into the spotlight when the Golden Globes snubbed DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Netflix series “When They See Us,” which documented the story of the wrongly convicted Central Park Five. Several other Black-led projects that were recently snubbed include Spike Lee’s Vietnam war movie “Da 5 Bloods” and the HBO series “I May Destroy You.” Neither project received Golden Globe nominations despite immense praise.

The 2021 Golden Globes Awards will take place virtually on Sunday and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

A representative with the HFPA has said that the group is aware of the racial disparities and is “committed to addressing” them.




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‘An Accident Is Not A Crime’

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Investigators have decided not to press charges against Tiger Woods in his rollover car crash incident, saying it was an accident.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva officials will not be pursuing charges against the 45-year-old golf icon. “We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash,” Villanueva said in a Facebook Live chat. “This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately.”

The incident happened on Tuesday a little after 7 a.m. when Woods was driving in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The golfer drove his SUV across a median and veered through two lanes before hitting a curb and then a tree, CNN reports. The car ended up on its side. According to CNN, Woods was “awake, responsive, and recovering” from a major surgery in the hospital.

Woods sustained leg injuries but remained conscious. Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery on his lower right leg and ankle. The wreck fractured Wood’s legs, and medical officials had to break the bone into more than two parts in order to expose it to open air, which can run the risk of infection, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anish Mahajan said in the statement.

The golfer had to have a rod inserted into his tibia to stabilize it and the fibula bones. His foot and ankle bones had to be stabilized with screws and pins to take away some of the pressure. “His right leg was basically crushed,” Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport told CNN on Wednesday.

Villanueva said Woods surviving the tragic crash was “nothing short of a miracle,” adding that Woods wearing his seatbelt more than likely saved his life. “We have seen accidents with far less obvious (damage) that are fatalities.”




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