Curating the day’s top stories so you don’t have to.
1. An Indonesian jetliner crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday with 62 people on board. The Boeing 737-500 lost 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, losing radar contact four minutes after takeoff amidst heavy rain.
It was the third passenger plane to crash into the Java Sea in six years.
2. Vice President Pence reportedly visited the White House on Monday and had a productive conversation with the president, marking an end to any realistic expectation that he might invoke the 25th Amendment. As such, the House moved forward with their plans for impeachment, introducing just one article of “Incitement of Insurrection” Monday morning.
The House will meet on Wednesday at 9 a.m. to vote on a resolution that currently has 218 co-sponsors.In a call on Monday, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy urged his fellow Republicans not to impeach but to call for a bipartisan commission to uncover the facts instead. Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) floated the idea of censure, criminal proceedings, and barring Trump from holding federal office as alternatives to impeachment. With 218 co-sponsors, however, the resolution already has the support it needs to pass, as a simple majority is all that is required.
Recent polling conducted by Quinnipiac (rated a B+ pollster by FiveThirtyEight) shows that 56% of Americans hold Trump responsible for the insurrection, 53% believe that he should resign, and 52% believe that he should be removed from office. His approval rating, now sitting at 33%, ties his all-time low.
3. Freshman Rep. Cori Bush (Mo.) submitted House Resolution 25 to the hopper on Monday, calling for the investigation and expulsion of any representatives who, through their actions or words, incited the insurrection. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment affords Congress the power to expel persons who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The resolution can be found here.
Meanwhile, Reps. Tom Malinowski (N.J.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) unveiled a resolution of their own, seeking to censure Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) for his role in the riot.
4. Condemnation of President Trump and the members of Congress who objected to certification has been swift, as multiple companies called for the suspension of donations to any member engaged in the aforementioned act. Said companies include Comcast, Marriott, AT&T, Hallmark, Amazon, Verizon, Visa, Google, United Health Group, HR Block, Deloitte, Airbnb, Hilton Hotels, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Best Buy, Signature Bank, and more.
Signature Bank also closed Donald Trump’s accounts and returned to him $5.3 million; Deutsche Bank said that they will no longer do business with him; Lehigh University rescinded the honorary degree awarded to him in 1988; and the PGA voted to take the 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster.
5. The National Park Service is suspending tours of the Washington Monument until January 24 amidst “credible threats” by the groups responsible for January 6’s insurrection. In fact, an FBI bulletin warns of “a huge uprising,” as armed protests are being planned at all fifty state capitols and the US Capitol in the days leading up to the inauguration.
6. In a rare sighting on Monday night, Nick Saban proved that he does have emotions, smiling and crying as he notched his seventh national championship in Alabama’s 52-24 win over Ohio State.
Heisman trophy winner DeVonta Smith broke multiple College Football Playoff records, catching 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns and shattering the mythical legend of the Heisman curse. Smith was named Offensive MVP, while Christian Barmore was named Defensive MVP after recording a sack and two tackles for loss.
7. In other football news, Bill Belichick declined to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom that he was scheduled to receive from Donald Trump on Thursday.
In a statement released on Monday night, Belichick said in part, “Through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”
8. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) became the second member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 following their hours-long lockdown last week. Rep. Bonnie Coleman (N.J.) had previously tested positive. While on lockdown, some Republican members of Congress refused to follow safety guidelines and wear a mask, despite being confined in close quarters during the riot.
“Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack,” Jayapal said in a statement on Twitter. “Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms.”