Historic second impeachment trial of former President Trump begins
The consequences of the Senate impeachment trial that opens Tuesday could be considerable for former President Donald J. Trump. Accustomed to earning the word “unprecedented” while he was in office, Trump will do it again out of office: the first president to be impeached twice, and the first to face that historic rebuke even after moving out of the White House. But the stakes could be even higher for others, especially for the Republican Party. In the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol – the insurrection that triggered these impeachment proceedings – a GOP civil war has been ignited over the party’s direction and its tolerance for fringe conspiracy theorists. For Democrats, the trial will be an early test of the new majority leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, and members of his caucus.
Can Trump legally live at Mar-a-Lago? Florida town wants to know
His impeachment trial aside, former President Donald Trump faces a hurdle much closer to home on Tuesday: The town council of Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday will discuss whether Trump is legally allowed to live at his private club, Mar-a-Lago. Those who want the town to block Trump from living at Mar-a-Lago have cited a 1993 agreement that let him convert the property from a private residence to a club. But in a memo first reported by the Washington Post, Palm Beach Town Attorney John C. Randolph says local zoning ordinances likely allow Trump to live there as a “bona fide employee.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to hold COVID-19 vaccine town hall
With President Joe Biden’s effort to create 100 mass vaccination sites nationwide in 100 days underway, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hold a town hall Tuesday on the COVID-19 vaccine and local distribution efforts in her New York district. Roughly half of the predominantly low-income community in Ocasio-Cortez’s district is Hispanic. Health equity experts say racial disparities in access to COVID-19 vaccines has been an issue because people of color suffer disproportionate rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as a result of longstanding systemic inequities and racism. With deaths mounting among the most vulnerable, the good news is that more people are getting shots, pushing states to expand eligibility as the U.S. government currently administers about 1.4 million vaccines a day. In the week ending Sunday, the U.S. reported 819,050 cases, about half the rate reported a month earlier. The country has been averaging about 3,000 reported deaths per day for a month, and in the week ending Sunday, the U.S. reported 22,121 deaths.
Start your engines! Daytona takes center stage as NASCAR season begins
The 2021 NASCAR season kicks off Tuesday with Daytona Speedweeks — a full slate of daily events leading up to Sunday’s Daytona 500. First up is Tuesday’s Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway — an exhibition race among many of the top active NASCAR Cup Series drivers on the speedway’s road course (7 p.m. ET, FS1). Wednesday and Thursday will be highlighted by Daytona 500 qualifying events, while Friday features the season-opening race in the Camping World Trucks Series, and Saturday will showcase the Xfinity Series season opener. All the high-speed action culminates Sunday with NASCAR’s Super Bowl — the Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX) — where Denny Hamlin will attempt to become the first driver in series history to win the “Great American Race” three consecutive times.
National Pizza Day means free 🍕
National Pizza Day is Tuesday, and businesses across the nation are celebrating with chances to save some dough on one of Americans’ favorite meals. Through rewards programs and signup offers, you can also score a free slice or pie. At Domino’s, you can choose two menu items for $5.99 each with the mix and match special. At Round Table Pizza, app users can get a free stuffed crust upgrade. And at Little Caesars, you can get free delivery on orders $10 or more. Where will you order from? According to Google Maps data throughout 2020, the top searched pizza place in nearly every state was either Domino’s or Pizza Hut with Domino’s being the most popular in 31 states. California and New York, on the other hand, were the only states where “vegan pizza” was among the top pizza-related searches, according to Google.