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House Democrats are set to walk the impeachment article against Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection over to the Senate today. Many Republican senators who’ll serve as jurors in the ex-president’s trial are rallying to his legal defense.

President Joe Biden has presided over a focused launch of his administration, breaking sharply with his predecessor while signing executive orders meant as a showy display of action. But the crises the nation faces are as intractable as ever.

President Biden plans to sign two executive orders that would increase food aid during the coronavirus pandemic, protect job seekers on unemployment and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.

Russian hackers who accessed federal agencies’ computer systems last year got inside by exploiting vulnerabilities in the supply chain. They hid malicious code in a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies.

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BREAKING: Democrat Raphael Warnock wins election to U.S. Senate from Georgia, beating incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler. #APracecall  at 2:00 a.m. EST. #GAelection 

Two conservative activists, Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, have been charged with multiple felonies in Michigan for a series of false robocalls that aimed to dissuade residents in Detroit and other cities from voting by mail.

Official says masks will still not be mandatory at the White House, even after president tested positive for the virus. The official described facial coverings as “a personal choice,” despite overwhelming evidence that they help stop spread of virus.

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