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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Congress certifies Biden win after violent Capitol riot

Congress has now certified President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 election victory, despite a chaotic and deadly scene that erupted after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol and delayed the proceedings.

The joint session of Congress, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when rioters breached the Capitol.

Proceedings resumed at about 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, with Vice President Mike Pence bringing the Senate session back into order.

The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania's electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan's electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate.

The Senate voted 93 to 6 to dismiss the objection raised by Republicans to Arizona's results, and 92 to 7 to reject the objection to Pennsylvania.

These are the senators who voted to object to some of the results of the election (and the states they objected to):

  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (Arizona, Pennsylvania)
  • Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (Arizona, Pennsylvania)
  • Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall (Arizona, Pennsylvania)
  • Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville (Arizona, Pennsylvania)
  • Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Arizona, Pennsylvania)
  • Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy (Arizona)
  • Florida Sen. Rick Scott (Pennsylvania)
  • Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis (Pennsylvania)
  • The House ultimately voted to reject an objection to throw out Pennsylvania's Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, but over half of the House Republicans backed the effort. The challenge failed by a vote of 282-138.

    The GOP House minority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, and his deputy, Steve Scalise, were among those seeking to overturn the results

    Elijah McClain Case: Activists Push Back Against Motion To Dismiss Family’s Lawsuit Against Colorado City

    Last week Aurora, Col., police officers and medics who were sued over the death of Elijah McClain filed to dismiss the litigation. Now activists are saying the filing is unjust and that his family’s lawsuit should continue.

    McClain, was a 23-year-old Black man who was stopped by officers who believed he was suspicious, placed in a chokehold and injected with ketamine in Aug. 2019. He died three days later. He was unarmed and body camera footage showed him being brutally wrestled to the ground and gasping for breath.

    The officers involved in the unwarranted arrest were put on administrative leave but they were later reinstated when prosecutors decided not to file charges, according to CNN.

    An investigation into the case was reopened this summer after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis appointed the state’s attorney general to take a new look.

    McClain’s family filed a federal suit against Aurora. But several Aurora police officers and members of the Aurora Fire Rescue were also named as defendants. But their lawyers said in the motion to dismiss that while McClain’s death was tragic, “deliberate or discriminatory acts or omissions” were not the cause of his death, the Associated Press reported.

    RELATED: Elijah McClain Update: Family Sues City Of Aurora, Colorado Over His Killing By Police

    Activists have sent out social media messages asking people to contact Aurora city attorney Daniel Brotzman in protest of the motion.

    RELATED: Elijah McClain: Video of Fatal Police Beating Sparks Calls For Investigation

    Meanwhile, three officers who were fired by the Aurora Police Department after posing for a photo mocking McClain’s death, are expected to appear at a hearing in December to be reinstated. However, a Change.org petition was signed by more than 60,000 people who want the three of them, identified as Officers Kyle Dittrich, Erica Marrero, and Jaron Jones, to remain off the force.

    “If these officers are reinstated it will let the world know that Aurora does not want justice to be served,” Aurora resident Darlene Jones, who started the petition, told the Denver Gazette. “Aurora Police Department will be letting down Elijah McClain's family, his friends and all those who stood up with love and support.”

    BET has been covering every angle of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other social justice cases and the subsequent aftermath and protests. 

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Bella shmurda trending on twitter because of drug use allegation

    Nigeria music star,Bella Shmurda is trending on twitter because some people believed he is under influence of drug . The way the the artiste performed at Asaba depicts he is drug. 
    Many people told him to stop drug before it ruin his career. 

    Watch the video here to judge if he performed under influence of drug

    NIMC licences MTN, other telcos to register Nigerians for NIN

    Telecommunications companies have been licensed to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers to reduce the large crowds a...