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Joe Biden has given his strongest support for changing the Senate’s filibuster rule to pass sweeping voting rights legislation, saying he’s ‘tired of being silent’ in a very publicized in Georgia on Tuesday.

In one of the most important speeches of his presidency, Biden made a connection in history between the civil rights movement, the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump and the efforts without precedent in many states to restrict voting over the past year.

He said America was about to choose “democracy over autocracy.”

But despite the passion, some prominent Georgia civil rights activists, claiming to be more interested in action than speeches, declined to attend the event in Atlanta, where Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, called for progress in Congress to pass key legislation currently stalled. the.

Capitol attack panel closes in on Trump’s inner circle with three new subpoenas

In a speech on Jan. 6, 2021, the former president lied that he won the 2020 election and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. Photography: Shawn Thew/UPI/Rex/Shutterstock

The House Select Committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill moved closer to Donald Trump’s inner circle on Tuesday, issuing new subpoenas to three White House officials involved in planning the Trump appearance. former president at the rally that preceded the January 6 uprising.

The subpoenas show the select committee getting closer to Trump in its investigation and suggest the panel consider whether the former president’s speech suggested the White House had advance knowledge of the attack plans of the Capitol.

Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee, issued subpoenas to former White House strategists Andy Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, suggesting they helped coordinate Trump’s appearance by communicating with organizers and officials. speakers at the gathering.

Thompson also authorized a subpoena for Ross Worthington, the former White House official who wrote the speech Trump delivered at the rally.

Fauci clashes with Rand Paul in Senate hearing as daily Covid cases soar

A nurse enters the room of a Covid-19 patient in the ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, east San Diego, California
There were 145,982 people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States as of Monday. Photography: Etienne Laurent/EPA

The United States saw a record number of hospital admissions due to Covid-19, the Biden administration said, as daily infections soared to more than 1.35 million. Nonetheless, politics dominated a Senate hearing on the pandemic on Tuesday, as Republicans tried to use the disease for political gain.

Kentucky’s Rand Paul again clashed with Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser.

“As usual, senator, you twist everything about me,” Fauci said. “You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that are absolutely irrelevant.”

Paul, who has repeatedly used public health hearings for political grandstanding and launching personal attacks on Fauci, has variously accused the immunologist of working to smear scientists and being responsible for school closures, while reiterating right-wing theories about the origin of Covid-19.

Fauci has received death threats and said his family has been harassed “because people are lying about me”.

  • How many Covid cases are there in the US? According to Reuters, there were 1.35 million new Covid infections on Monday, which is a record.

  • How many people with Covid are hospitalized? There were 145,982 people hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States as of Monday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Reuters reported the previous record was 132,051, set in January 2021.

In other news…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing intense pressure to explain a party in Downing Street during lockdown. Photograph: Reuters
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a decisive session of Prime Minister’s Questions today, with furious Tory MPs awaiting his explanation of the ‘bring your own booze’ garden party in May 2020 while the UK was still in lockdown.

  • An arctic air mass swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, bringing sub-zero temperatures and shutting down schools for the second time in less than a week. Schools in Massachusetts’ three largest cities, Boston, Worcester and Springfield, have canceled classes.

  • Protesters gathered in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for a second straight night on Monday after a man was killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. The man killed on Saturday was Jason Walker, a 37-year-old black man who the deputy told authorities ran into traffic and jumped on his vehicle.

  • The historic trial of a Greek sailing coach accused of raping a child has opened in Athens, a year after an Olympic champion effectively started the #MeToo movement in the country by recounting her experiences.

Stat of the day: Covid loses 90% of its ability to infect in 20 minutes in the air

A member of staff serves a woman in the bar at Wetherspoons The Moon Under Water pub in Manchester, England
Distance and wearing a mask are probably the most effective ways to prevent infection. Photography: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

The coronavirus loses 90% of its ability to infect us within 20 minutes of being transmitted through the air – with most losses occurring within the first five minutes, the world’s first simulations of how the virus survives in the world suggest. breathe out. The findings again underscore the importance of short-range Covid transmission, with physical distancing and mask-wearing likely to be the most effective way to prevent infection. Ventilation, while still helpful, is likely to have less of an impact.

Don’t Miss This: Men Who Get Vasectomy to Save the World

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“We can’t offset our carbon problem with the next generation because it’s not fair to them.” Illustration: TILL LAUER/The Guardian

A 2017 study stated that the most effective action an individual can take to help the planet is to have one less child; it would save more than 25 times the emissions of the next big companies (living without a car and avoiding long-haul flights). With the climate crisis becoming increasingly urgent, a growing number of childless young men are taking the drastic decision to be sterilized for environmental reasons.

…Or this: Trump’s new bar serves rip-off drinks and a side of narcissism

A portrait of former Donald Trump is seen in a bar in Trump Tower
There are 39 photos of the former US president in the 45 Wine and Whiskey bar. Photography: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The bar, named 45 Wine and Whiskey, in a nod to Trump having served as the 45th president, promises craft cocktails in “the most exclusive setting.” It serves a range of President-themed drinks and is, according to the marketing material, a place to “chill and relax”. That may have been the intention, but a recent visit to the Guardian revealed it served mostly as an ode to narcissism, or a world record attempt to cram the most black-and-white photos of a man into quite a small space.

Climate control: Winter is the fastest heating season in most of the United States

Matt Hamilton, left, takes a fall as he and his friend, Josh Lenny, ride hydrofoil surfboards like Surfrider Beach in Malibu.
People ride hydrofoil surfboards at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California last week as the trend towards warmer American winters continues. Photography: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/Rex/Shutterstock

American winters are warming up quickly and December 2021 was no exception. In New York, the average temperature last month was 43.8 F (6.5 C) – 4.7 F above the 1991 to 2020 average, according to an analysis by Climate Central. The southern United States had a particularly hot December, with Shreveport, Louisiana (+13.4 F), Dallas, Texas (+13.2 F) and Memphis, Tennessee (+12.4 F). “Winter is the season when we don’t think about the heat like we do in July or August – it’s a sign that we live on a changing planet,” said a scientist.

Latest Thing: Minehunter Hero Rat Dies in Cambodia After Brilliant Career

Magawa is playing with his former coach.
Magawa is playing with his former coach. Photography: Cindy Liu/Reuters

A landmine-hunting rat who was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing munitions from the Cambodian countryside has died. Magawa, a giant African rat from Tanzania, has helped clear around 225,000 square meters of land – the equivalent of 42 football pitches – during his career. After detecting more than 100 landmines and other explosives, Magawa retired in June last year and died “peacefully” over the weekend.

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