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Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.
Shortly after the vote, federal authorities warned that the deadly breach of the Capitol last week would be a “significant driver of violence” for armed militia groups targeting the inauguration next week.

The House voted 232 to 197 to impeach Mr. Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection over the breach by his loyalists, in which five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.

The debate was sharp and emotionally charged (watch here). Summoning the darkest chapters of American history, Speaker Nancy Pelosi implored colleagues in both parties to embrace “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe,” calling Mr. Trump “a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach: Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.

In the debate, a few allies defended Mr. Trump, but most in the party simply argued that a rush to impeach raised constitutional questions, or, as Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, put it, would “further fan the flames of partisan division.”

The defections were a remarkable break from the head of the party by Republicans, who voted unanimously against impeaching Mr. Trump just over a year ago.

The vote set the stage for the second Senate trial of Mr. Trump in a year, though senators were not expected to convene to sit in judgment before Jan. 20, when Mr. Biden will take the oath of office.

Whenever the trial begins, the outcome will occur after Mr. Trump leaves office. If convicted, he could be disqualified from holding public office again.

The last proceeding, over Mr. Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to smear Mr. Biden, was a partisan affair.

New York City Severs Ties With Trump Organization
New York City is severing its contracts with the Trump Organization, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday morning, a result of the president inciting a mob of Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol last week, he said.

"The city of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization," he said on MSNBC, where he made the announcement. "The city of New York will no longer have anything to do with the Trump Organization."

The announcement is perhaps the most symbolic blow to the outgoing president, who once called the city, where grew up and built his empire and brand, home.

De Blasio said the contracts, which cover four sites – three in Manhattan and one in the Bronx – worth about $17 million annually, include language that allows them to be severed if anyone involved in the Trump Organization is engaged in criminal activity.

"Our legal team has done an assessment, and the contract makes it very clear: If a company and the leadership of that company is engaged in criminal activity, we have the right to sever the contract," he said. "Inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity."

"The president of the United States directed a mob to attack the U.S. Congress," he said. "It's criminal activity. It's very clear. The lawyers looked at it. It's clear as a bell."

GPS data tracked 618 videos from Parler users inside the US Capitol last week. The mob made it deep inside the building.
  • GPS data from hundreds of Parler users who attacked the US Capitol last week show the mob's whereabouts in the 228-year-old building, Gizmodo reported.
  • The data, acquired by a hacker, showed rioters near Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office, congressional chambers and in the hallways.
  • Parler went dark on Monday after Amazon dropped it from its web-hosting services, though the far-right social media app has since found another host.
Hacked GPS data from far-right social media app Parler showed hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump pouring deep into the US Capitol halls during last week's siege, with the mob coming near congressional offices and chambers, according to Gizmodo, which analyzed the data in a report.

Gizmodo analyzed the GPS coordinates from 618 videos posted by Parler users on Jan. 6, though the exact locations of the users was difficult to place, as coordinates were accurate up to about 12 yards, and they do not reveal which floors of the Capitol they are on.

Video GPS coordinates verified Parler-users near congressional offices and stairwells, in hallways leading to the House and Senate chambers, in the Rotunda, and near leadership offices or the press gallery, depending on the floor, according to Gizmodo's analysis.

One video's coordinates showed rioters near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, shouting obscenities about her, and another such video located a rioter in the Rotunda, who was chanting "Whose House? Our House," Gizmodo reported.

A Chicago tech CEO was arrested and charged with unlawful entry at the US Capitol riots and placed on a leave of absence from his company
  • A Chicago-area tech CEO was arrested and charged with unlawful entry for entering the US Capitol building in the riots on Wednesday, the US Capitol Police said on Thursday.
  • Bradley F. Rukstales from Inverness, Illinois, has been the CEO of Cogensia, a Chicago-area marketing data company, for 19 years, per his LinkedIn profile.
  • Cogensia placed Rukstales on a leave of absence while they "assess further," the company said in a tweet.
  • In a statement, Rukstales apologized for entering the Capitol, calling it "the single worst personal decision of my life."
  • At the riots in Washington, DC, which were egged on by repeated false claims by President Trump that the election was stolen from him, thousands of the president's supporters violently clashed with police and stormed the US Capitol Building, leaving behind broken windows and vandalized offices.

Donald Trump's bitter fight to ban TikTok in the US looks set to fail after administration agrees to delayed legal deadline
  • President Trump had a heated battle trying to ban TikTok from the US that is likely now over as his administration has agreed a delay to a lawsuit over it until after he leaves office.
  • TikTok launched legal action against the Trump administration over the executive order banning it. On Tuesday both parties extended a filing deadline from January 19 to February, when Joe Biden will be president.
  • Experts say this extension signals the bid to ban it is over, as Biden is far less likely to fight for it.
  • Trump initially ordered the ban in August, when he was in the middle of his unsuccessful bit to be re-elected.
Dr Steven Buckley of the University of West of England, who studies US politics and its interactions with technology, says it's "highly unlikely" the new administration "will pursue further direct action against TikTok specifically".

He says the lawsuit "reflects a trend in Trump's approach to the tech and media business in that he will threaten to sue, make a lot of noise about it and then, when people are no longer paying attention, withdraw."

"The TikTok ban was a reactionary, poorly considered policy decision,"
agrees Billy Easley II, who works on tech policy at Americans for Prosperity, a Washington think tank. He adds it was "no surprise" a US court halted Trump's ban in September just before it was due to take effect.

Impeachment explained: No, it won't nullify an election or allow a 3rd term
  • President Donald Trump is expected to be impeached on January 13 on a charge of inciting an insurrection in the US Capitol, which would make him the first president to be impeached twice.
  • After he was impeached for the first time in December 2019, Trump and his allies floated several misleading and inaccurate claims about what it means for him.
  • Some of the president's loyalists took it a step further and claimed that impeachment nullifies Trump's first term and he's therefore eligible to run for two more terms.
  • These theories are baseless and reflect a misunderstanding of the Constitution and rule of law.
Impeachment is a constitutionally mandated process and has no effect on the results of an election.

In Trump's case, he could theoretically be impeached, convicted, and still run for reelection and become president for a second term if he runs and wins in 2024. While the Constitution lays out the process for removing a sitting president, it doesn't prevent a president or any other "civil officer" from running for or being reelected to a federal office.

If lawmakers want to prevent a person from being able to take office again, the Senate must pass a measure by a simple majority of 51 votes (if all 100 are present) that would bar that person from holding public office again.

The Girl Scouts want to ditch their NYC offices because they're in a Trump tower
  • The Girl Scouts of Greater New York said it is trying to exit its lease at 40 Wall Street, a Manhattan office tower known as the Trump Building that is controlled by Donald Trump's family real estate firm.
  • Their attempt to ditch their office space is the latest in a string of groups looking to cut ties with Trump and properties run by the Trump Organization.
  • Legal experts say it might be difficult for Trump tenants to extricate themselves from leases at Trump properties.
On Wednesday, as the US House of Representatives moved to impeach the president for instigating a siege of the Capitol, the New York chapter of the Girl Scouts told Insider it would seek to leave 40 Wall Street, the Trump-controlled tower in Lower Manhattan where it has its offices.

"In 2014, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York entered into a 15-year lease at 40 Wall Street," Meridith Maskara, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said in a statement provided to Insider by a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of America.

"As a matter of very high priority, our organization has been exploring options for getting out of the lease and the building," Maskara said. "We continue to investigate our options and work to find an office space that would best serve the girls of New York City."


The spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of America specified that the New York area chapter, like other local branches of the organization, was a separate entity with its own board of directors and staff.

... Although the Girl Scouts may want to exit 40 Wall Street, it likely has few, if any, legal levers to get out of its lease, which binds them to their offices there for eight more years.

... Amid such a glut of supply — and the number of companies that still have remote-work policies — it's difficult to find takers for available offices. And it's somewhat unlikely that the Girl Scouts would make a huge financial sacrifice to order to take a stand.

Nobody Still Wants to Buy Trump’s D.C. Hotel, and Its Broker Has Quit
JLL, the real-estate brokerage that has been marketing the sale of the Trump D.C. hotel, says it is no longer involved in the effort, according to the Washington Post. The Trump Organization has been shopping its lease on the 263-room hotel for the past year, hoping to fetch $500 million for a hotel that, according to one potential buyer, has underperformed since Donald Trump took office in 2017.

... The hotel saga is emblematic of the challenges the Trump Organization will face after Trump leaves office next week. Trump hotels worldwide have suffered since his fateful trip down the Trump Tower escalator in 2015, which transformed his brand from brash rich guy to racist authoritarian demagogue. Businesses and conferences won’t want to deal with the potential blowback from booking a Trump hotel, and the president’s business partners are already cutting ties with his properties.

Real-estate juggernaut Cushman & Wakefield cuts ties with Trump, refusing to handle leasing at 2 major Trump buildings in New York City
  • The commercial real-estate-services firm and brokerage Cushman & Wakefield told Insider it would no longer do business with President Donald Trump's family real-estate company, the Trump Organization.
  • It joins a growing list of companies cutting ties with the president after the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • Cushman will no longer serve as the leasing agent for Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue trophy property where Trump has a gilded triplex and his main office — and famously announced his presidential run in 2015.
  • It will also stop handling leasing for 40 Wall St. in lower Manhattan, an office tower that is among the Trump Organization's most visible and valuable assets.
  • Trump's nephew Fred Trump III, who was a leasing executive at Cushman, has departed the firm, a source told Business Insider.
Cushman, a $3 billion publicly owned brokerage and real-estate-services provider, joins a growing list of companies that have said they will stop working with — and cease political donations to — Trump and his Republican allies who tried to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory.

Even more Trump family members are reportedly moving to Florida
  • Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are house hunting in Jupiter, Florida, The New York Post's Jennifer Gould reported on Thursday.
  • The same day, the Post's Page Six reported that Tiffany Trump is searching for a property of her own in Miami.
  • They're just the latest members of the Trump family to signal a move south. In December, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner dropped $32 million on an empty lot on a Miami's private island called Indian Creek and nicknamed the "Billionaire Bunker."
  • President Donald Trump himself is expected to decamp to his quarters at his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach following the end of his term.
Florida, which is emerging as a growing financial hub that could even rival Wall Street, has been attracting scores of new residents amid the pandemic with sunnier vistas and lower taxes.

The entire Trump family could make the already-long list of people abandoning big cities for the Sunshine State even longer.

Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are house hunting in Jupiter, Florida, The New York Post's Jennifer Gould reported on Wednesday. His ex-wife and five children live in the area‚ and soon, other Trumps might, too. Jupiter is about 20 miles north of President Donald Trump's Palm Beach club, Mar-A-Lago.

Earlier on Thursday, The Post's Page Six section reported that Tiffany Trump was apartment shopping in Miami, Florida. The recent Georgetown Law School graduate is apparently looking for a condo or house in the South Beach area with boyfriend Michael Boulos. Those close to Tiffany previously told Insider's Hillary Hoffower that she could soon take a more active role in the Trump business empire, regardless of the election's outcome.

The Trump siblings could potentially be following sister Ivanka Trump's lead. She and husband Jared Kushner dropped $32 million on an empty lot on a high-security private island in Miami last month. A truck — what appeared to be a moving truck — was spotted outside their Washington, DC mansion last week.

Trump's promise to send people $200 drug discount cards isn't happening, Medicare chief says
The $200 prescription drug gift certificates that President Donald Trump promised ahead of the November election won't be going out, according to his outgoing Medicare chief.

The discount cards were supposed to get mailed out close to the November election to 33 million people on Medicare to help them pay for prescription drugs they buy at the pharmacy. Medicare covers seniors as well as others who qualify because of a disability.

"At this time they haven't gone out," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma told Insider in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, just one week before Trump is set to leave office. "I don't anticipate at this time that there'll be going out."

Trump first announced the cards were coming during a speech in September while campaigning in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the idea quickly drew criticism because Congress hadn't allocated funds to pay for the program.

Some estimates said the plan would cost $8 billion, and federal health officials were vague about how the government would pay for them. In one call with reporters, officials said the money would come from savings for another drug pricing program the Trump administration hadn't created yet.

Democrats in Congress criticized the plan as illegal and said Trump was trying to use it to sway votes in his favor.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

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