US House all set to vote on impeachment of President Trump

The move came after the House passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his duties. Pence in a letter to Pelosi, a top Democratic leader, declined to do so.

Earlier, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler released a majority staff report for the impeachment of Trump. The 50-page report made a strong case to impeach the Republican president.

In the words of Vice President Pence, the ‘Presidency belongs to the American people, and to them alone.’ President Trump has falsely asserted he won the 2020 presidential election and repeatedly sought to overturn the results of the election. As his efforts failed again and again, President Trump continued a parallel course of conduct that foreseeably resulted in the imminent lawless actions of his supporters, who attacked the Capitol and the Congress, the report said.

This course of conduct, viewed within the context of his past actions and other attempts to subvert the presidential election, demonstrate that President Trump remains a clear and present danger to the Constitution and our democracy, the report alleged.

The House must reject this outrageous attempt to overturn the election and this incitement of violence by a sitting president against his own government.

“President Trump committed a high Crime and Misdemeanor against the Nation by inciting an insurrection at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. The facts establish that he is unfit to remain in office a single day longer and warrant the immediate impeachment of President Trump, the report said.

In Texas, where he was travelling, Trump said that the impeachment ‘hoax’ is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of the country. It is causing tremendous anger and division and pain — far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time, Trump said.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who defended Trump a year ago in the Senate trial after the House impeached him, decried the latest impeachment move.

It comes within core political speech. And to impeach a president for having exercised his First Amendment rights would be so dangerous to the Constitution. It would lie around like a loaded weapon ready to be used by either party against the other party, Dershowitz told Fox news in an interview.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 had approved the articles of impeachment against Trump, charging him of pressuring Ukraine to smear Joe Biden, using nearly USD 400 million in military aid as leverage.

However, the Republican-controlled Senate in February 2020 acquitted him of the two charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Impeachment is about preserving the Nation from a threat to the constitutional order, not imposing punishment. Nowhere did the Framers suggest that a President must be allowed to remain in office if his abuses involved speech that would otherwise be shielded from criminal regulation by the First Amendment, said the House Judiciary majority report released on Tuesday.

This would be a strange and irrational limitation: Presidents would be free to openly advocate the overthrow of the United States government, or the adoption of fascism, and Congress would be powerless to remove them on that basis, it said.

Moreover, given that many prior impeachable offenses have involved at least some conduct that might rank as protected speech, applying a rigid First Amendment rule in this field would risk obfuscating Presidential conduct whether involving speech or not that menaces the American democratic system, said the report.

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Gophers Travel to No. 5 Iowa

Men’s Basketball | 1/9/2021 3:32:00 PM

TV: BTN – Chris Vosters (Play-by-Play); Stephen Bardo (Analyst)
Tip Time: 1:33 p.m. CT
Radio: Learfield IMG College/KFAN 100.3 FM (joined in progress)
Mike Grimm (Play-by-Play); Spencer Tollackson (Analyst)
Sirius XM: 196


Series: 193rd Meeting (102-90)*

Series Away: 39-53*

Current Streak: W-1

Richard Pitino vs. Iowa: 6-6

Minnesota vs. Big Ten: 777-855*

Richard Pitino vs. Big Ten: 56-87

* – excludes vacated games


• For the second time since Christmas night, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes face each other, this time in Iowa City, Iowa. The Golden Gophers hold a 39-53 all-time record at Iowa, excluding vacated games. 

• Minnesota handed Iowa’s lone Big Ten loss of the season on Christmas night when the Gophers earned a 102-95 overtime win against the Hawkeyes. Brandon Johnson made all four his 3-point attempts in overtime and finished with 26 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Carr had 30 points on 6-for-13 shooting from 3-point range and eight assists, and Liam Robbins added 18 points and four blocks for the Gophers. Carr also hit the game-tying three-pointer to send it into overtime. He as later named the Big Ten Player of the Week. 

• Minnesota fell to No. 10 Michigan, 82-57, Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. Marcus Carr led the Gophers with 14 points in the loss. The Gophers and Wolverines will tangle again after the Iowa game, Jan. 16 at Williams Arena. 

Marcus Carr was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List Wednesday. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor. Carr is one of 12 guards on the list and is one of six student-athletes from the Big Ten to be recognized. Carr has scored in double figures in all 13 games this year and he has three 30-point games and six 20-point games this season. He averages 21.5 ppg which ranks third in the league and 18th nationally. In the Big Ten, Carr ranks first in assists per game (5.6) and minutes per game (35.8).

Liam Robbins is averaging 2.7 blocked shots per game. That average tops the Big Ten and ranks 16th nationally. He also is third nationally in total blocks at 35. Robbins’ game high this season has been five, done three times, while his career-high is seven when he played at Drake. 


• Since beginning the season, Minnesota has its longest break in between games with the Gophers’ next action coming on Jan 16 when the Michigan Wolverines come to town. 

• Tip off is set for 1 p.m., on ESPN2 while KFAN 100.3 FM will carry the Gopher Radio Network broadcast in the Twin Cities.


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iOS 14 pro tip: One setting change for better photos


Having a new kitten means that I’m taking a lot more photos. But trying to get a good photo of a subject that continually moves and squirms (even when sleeping) is tricky.

And it was made all the harder because Apple hid a handy Camera app feature.

Prior to iOS 14, if you held down the shutter button in the Camera app, the iPhone would go into “burst mode,” taking a bunch of photos that allowed the user to go back and find the best one.

But now in iOS 14, pressing and holding down the shutter button switches to video recording mode. That itself is a nice feature, but I want the old “burst mode” feature back.

It’s there, but again it’s hidden. And it’s also changed how it works.

Head over to Settings > Camera and you’ll see a setting called Use Volume Up for Burst.

Here's the setting you are looking for: Use Volume Up for Burst

Here’s the setting you are looking for: Use Volume Up for Burst

Now, rather than holding down the shutter button, I have to remember to hold down the volume up button.

But it’s nice to be able to quickly choose between shooting a burst of photos or shooting a quick video.

It’s a nice change. And I really like having a physical button to press on. It’s easier to find and gives me proper tactile feedback, unlike a button on a screen.

UPDATE: A reader sent me a note via Twitter (thanks, Wolfgang!) to point out that there’s another way to access “burst mode,” and that’s by pressing and holding down while simultaneously sliding the onscreen shutter button to the left if in portrait mode or down if in landscape.


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