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Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it over as fast as possible.

Scheduled to begin Tuesday, just over a month since the deadly riot, the proceedings are expected to diverge from the lengthy, complicated trial that resulted in Trump’s acquittal a year ago on charges that he privately pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on a Democratic rival, Joe Biden, now the president. This time, Trump’s Jan. 6 rally cry to “fight like hell” and the storming of the Capitol played out for the world to see. While Trump very well could be acquitted again, the trial could be over in half the time.


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Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” whose host has trumpeted unfounded assertions of voter fraud in the 2020 election, has been canceled.

In a statement Friday, Fox News Media said the move was part of routine programming alterations that it had foreshadowed in an announcement last fall.

Fox News Media “regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business — this is part of those planned changes,” the company said.


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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reappointed by the United Nations to serve as a special envoy to work with businesses and governments to tackle the threat of climate change.

On Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Bloomberg will focus on mobilizing “stronger and more ambitious climate action” ahead of November’s global summit in Glasgow, Scotland.


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The Republic of Korea announced a 48.5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030, a project that government officials said will help reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and further its goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

The project announced Friday by President Moon Jae-In calls for the construction of the wind farm off the southwestern coast, by Sinan, that will have a maximum capacity of 8.2 gigawatts, Reuters reported.


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The Biden administration has put a delay on the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for migratory birds.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior said the change signed into effect during Trump’s last days in office will no longer go into effect on. Feb. 8 and it will instead be opened back up for public comment at the request of Biden.


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Smartmatic Corporation, provider of election tabulating and recording technology, has filed a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network LLC and its parent, Fox Corporation, for embarking upon “a disinformation campaign” following the 2020 election. Filed Thursday at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the suit also names former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, along with Fox TV hosts Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo, for allegedly conspiring to spread false claims that Smartmatic helped “steal” the election.


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President Joe Biden says the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are gone as he called for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

During his first visit to the State Department as president on Thursday, Biden issued his strongest condemnation of Putin as large protests have broken out throughout Russia following the jailing of Navalny. Thousands of protesters have been arrested.


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The U.S. Senate, in the throes of a marathon debate over the shape of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid plan, voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to exclude upper-income Americans from a new round of direct payments to help stimulate the economy.

By a vote of 99-1, the Senate approved an amendment recommending that high-income earners not qualify for a new round of government checks that could amount to $1,400 for individuals. Republican Senator Rand Paul was the lone dissenter.


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President Joe Biden announced Thursday the United States was ending support for a grinding five-year Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen that has deepened suffering in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country, calling the move part of restoring a U.S. emphasis on diplomacy, democracy and human rights.

“This war has to end,” Biden told diplomats in his first visit to the State Department as president, saying the conflict had created a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.”


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The U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of two high-profile committee assignments on Thursday, punishing the Republican congresswoman for incendiary remarks that included support for violence against Democrats.

In a test of unity for a House Republican caucus riven by division, nearly 95 percent of Republicans voted to oppose the punishment after Greene expressed regret for remarks made before she entered office but failed to apologize.