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US 5 things to know for Jan. 5: Capitol riot, pandemic, Congress, Haiti, Virginia snow

14:16  05 january  2022
14:16  05 january  2022 Source:   cnn.com

Sunday shows - Officials brace for Jan. 6 anniversary

  Sunday shows - Officials brace for Jan. 6 anniversary The upcoming one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol dominated the political talk shows on Sunday morning. The U.S. Capitol Police chief discussed improvements in the past year, and key members of the House panel investigating Jan. 6 provided updates on the probe.Multiple guests also discussed developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for asymptomatic individuals who test positive for the virus.Read The Hill's complete coverage below.Capitol Police chief says force plans 'more well thought out' after Jan.

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A view of the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images A view of the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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1. Capitol riot

Law enforcement and federal authorities, including Capitol Police and the Department of Homeland Security, are ramping up security efforts near Washington, D.C. before tomorrow's one-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the country is at a "heightened level of threat," but added that the DHS isn't aware of any specific or credible threats at this time. Meanwhile, the House committee investigating the attack wants to speak directly to former Vice President Mike Pence about what he witnessed firsthand on January 6. And former President Donald Trump has been hit with two new lawsuits from law enforcement officers who were assaulted by rioters. They allege Trump directed the attack.

Why DOJ is avoiding domestic terrorism sentences for Jan. 6 defendants

  Why DOJ is avoiding domestic terrorism sentences for Jan. 6 defendants Some judges have debated whether the charges qualify as “crimes of terrorism,” but prosecutors have repeatedly pulled back by citing unspecified “facts and circumstances.” The so-called sentencing enhancement for terrorism crimes was created as a result of legislation Congress passed following the 1993 bombing in a parking garage at the World Trade Center. The provision initially applied only to crimes linked to international terrorism, but after the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, Congress moved to expand the enhancement to cover terrorism inspired purely by domestic causes.

2. Coronavirus

The CDC has updated its guidance on recommended Covid-19 isolation periods after criticism that the previous guidance -- announced just last week -- was confusing and incomplete. Now, the recommendations include a testing component, with the CDC urging people to take a rapid test near the end of their five-day isolation. If the test is positive, the CDC recommends isolating for a total of 10 days. If it's not, the CDC still recommends avoiding travel and being in places where mask use isn't possible for a total of 10 days. The testing recommendation may be challenging since at-home rapid tests are in short supply, and BinaxNOW tests, a popular brand sold by Walmart and Kroger, are going up in price. Some people are also worried about the rise of "flurona," a simultaneous infection of Covid-19 and the flu. While a few cases have been reported, experts say it is extremely rare.

Pennsylvania Man Who Was 19 When He Stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 Gets 14 Days Behind Bars

  Pennsylvania Man Who Was 19 When He Stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 Gets 14 Days Behind Bars The youngest person so far to plead guilty to charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to two weeks in federal prison. Leonard Pearso "Pearce" Ridge IV, of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was 19 years old when he joined the mob of Donald Trump supporters who overran police and breached the Capitol in an attempt to stop the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden's win in the 2020 presidential election. TheLeonard Pearso “Pearce” Ridge IV, of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was 19 years old when he joined the mob of Donald Trump supporters who overran police and breached the Capitol in an attempt to stop the congressional count of Electoral College votes and to block certification of Joe Bide

3. Congress

Democrats are facing a wave of exits in the House ahead of the critical midterm elections. Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence both announced they will not be seeking reelection in the fall, bringing the total number of Democrats planning to retire to 25. Eleven other members -- six Democrats and five Republicans -- are also planning to leave their posts to run for Senate or governor. Democratic leaders worry that the wave of resignations, along with redistricting efforts and low morale in the House, could bring more challenges to an already uncertain election season. Republican Devin Nunes, a close Trump ally who represented California for nearly 20 years, has just resigned from the House as well. He announced last month that he would be leaving Congress at the end of 2021 to become CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group.

4. Haiti

The US has arrested a Colombian man and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise last July. Mario Palacios was extradited to the US from Panama this week, and is alleged to be among the group of attackers who stormed Moise's private Port-au-Prince residence, killing the President and injuring his wife. It's not clear how Palacios escaped Haiti after the attack. Authorities have said dozens of people were involved in Moise's death, including 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans. Senior agents from both the US and Colombia are involved in investigations, but key details -- such as what exactly happened inside Moise's home and who masterminded the attack -- remain unclear.

Donald Trump Retreats From Stoking Jan. 6 Fire As Capitol Riot Lawsuits Pile Up

  Donald Trump Retreats From Stoking Jan. 6 Fire As Capitol Riot Lawsuits Pile Up Three more police officers are suing the former president for the physical and emotional harm they accuse him of causing by inciting the crowd.The civil suits filed by Capitol Police officer Marcus Moore and Metropolitan Police Department Officers Bobby Tabron and DeDivine K. Carter are the latest in a number of legal complaints against the former president in connection to the attack at the Capitol.

5. Virginia snow

Hundreds of motorists were trapped for hours — in some cases an entire day — along a 50-mile stretch of I-95 in Virginia after parts of the highway were closed due to heavy snow on Monday morning. A series of disabled trucks along the route made the situation even worse. People stuck in the massive backup described rationing heat in their cars and trading much-needed food as the hours ticked by and night set in. Among those in the snowy nightmare was Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who spent 27 hours in the backup. The Virginia Department of Transportation, with the help of federal highway officials, had to remove dozens of stranded vehicles, aid disabled trucks and plow snow-covered stretches to relieve the congestion. Thankfully, no fatalities or injuries were reported as a result of the ordeal.

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Fourteen recommended reads about January 6 and 'what will likely come next'

  Fourteen recommended reads about January 6 and 'what will likely come next' CNN's Brian Stelter highlights the first-hand accounts of those who were in Washington on January 6, along with some other outstanding columns and reflections :-- "For many who were present at the Capitol, it's not over," Grace Segers explains in this must-read for The New Republic. She says 1/6 has not left a scar because "scars only form when wounds heal," and "we are nowhere close to healing."-- Matt Fuller let it rip about that hellish day and every day since in this essay for The Daily Beast. One of his many observations: "In the aftermath of Jan.

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Petition to call them the Washington Man-uments instead.

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TODAY'S NUMBER

10,000

That's how many bees were brought to a protest in Santiago, Chile, by frustrated beekeepers. Honey production has been hurt by a long-term drought there, and beekeepers want the government to provide assistance. The thousands of bees, housed in 60 hives, were placed in front of the presidential palace. Four beekeepers were detained after several police officers were stung during the demonstrations.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Regardless of today's finding, we will continue to be tenacious in our efforts to stop fire ignitions from our equipment and to ensure that everyone and everything is always safe."

Pacific Gas and Electric, after an investigation determined the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California's history, was sparked when power lines owned by the company came in contact with a tree. PG&E has faced legal consequences and criticism for its equipment's role in several destructive California fires.

TODAY'S WEATHER

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AND FINALLY

Piggy stampede

Let's set some good intentions for today. And by set good intentions, I mean watch guinea pigs run in slow-mo. (Click here to view)

Man charged with storming Capitol made rap videos about riot .
A man charged this week with storming the U.S. Capitol last year performed rap songs about the riot in videos posted on his YouTube channel, federal authorities say. A relative told the FBI that Billy Knutson was a rapper who sold his music online and has a YouTube channel under the username "Playboythebeast," an FBI agent said in a court filing. Knutson said on social media that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and posted photos of himself outside the building, the relative said. One of the songs on Knutson's YouTube channel is called “Patriots: Message To The World” and has more than 60,000 views.

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