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President-elect Joe Biden volunteers, President Trump works on MLK Day of Service

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering as the Presidential Inauguration Committee partnered with local, state and national organizations virtually for a National Day of Service. The Bidens filled food boxes at Philabundance, a hunger relief organization in Philadelphia. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff volunteered at Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C. A statement by the inauguration committee said, “The National Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on all of us to work together and support our communities.”

The White House designated Monday as a working day for President Donald Trump. A daily schedule released by the White House to reporters said, “President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.”

The inaugural committee sponsored a “United We Serve” virtual celebration with participants including the surviving children of King — the Rev. Dr.Bernice King and Martin Luther King III. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. was closed to the public through Thursday for security reasons connected with Wednesday’s inauguration.

On MLK Day, Biden volunteers, Trump adds names to his proposed statue garden

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Cleveland Cavaliers look to trade or waive Kevin Porter after outburst

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade or waive guard/forward Kevin Porter Jr. after he had an outburst with team officials. Sources on Monday that the Cavaliers plan to move on from Porter, after Porter became angry Friday when the team gave his old locker to teammate Taurean Prince. Prince joined the team last week after he was traded from the Brooklyn Nets.

20-year-old Porter has not played this season for what the team has called “personal reasons.” He was arrested in November and faced charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, failure to control the vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, before those charges were dismissed. He practiced Thursday before he attended his first game of the season Friday in Cleveland

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound Porter averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 50 appearances in 2019-20, entering the league as the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Next up, the Cavaliers will host the Nets at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Sources: Cavs look to trade Porter after outburst

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University of Tennessee fires football coach Jeremy Pruitt

The University of Tennessee has fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt after three seasons. Pruitt was fired after an internal investigation into alleged recruiting violations.

Pruitt and the Volunteers had a 3-7 record in 2020. He had a 16-19 overall record during his tenure at Tennessee. The Volunteers went 5-7 in his first season in 2018 before an 8-5 campaign and Gator Bowl victory in 2019.

Tennessee signed Pruitt to a two-year contract extension in September. He signed a six-year contract when he was hired by the school in 2017. Pruitt served as a defensive coordinator at Florida State, Georgia and Alabama before he accepted the Tennessee job. He had no previous experience as a head coach.

Vols firing Pruitt following internal investigation

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Twitter suspends account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia over election fraud claims

Twitter temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Sunday,  Greene is the Republican U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online. The 46-year-old political newcomer was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th District in November. Greene’s account was suspended “without explanation,” she said in a statement, while also condemning big tech companies for “silencing” conservative views.

Shortly before noon on Sunday, Greene posted a clip from an interview with a local news outlet in which she condemned Georgia election officials and expressed support for debunked theories claiming that voting machines, absentee ballots and other issues led to widespread fraud in the state during the presidential election. Twitter responded to the tweet with a message that called the election fraud claim “disputed,” and saying it posed “a risk of violence.”

A statement from Greene’s team on Sunday included screenshots from Twitter which appeared to show the company informing the congresswoman she had violated its rules and would be prohibited from interacting with content on the site for 12 hours. Greene urged Congress to “act to protect free speech” in her statement.

Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

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Senator Lindsey Graham calls on Senate to dismiss Trump impeachment trial

Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to support a vote to dismiss the article of impeachment brought by the House against President Donald Trump on Sunday. Graham wrote that holding an impeachment trial for Trump after he has left office would be “as unwise as it is unconstitutional” while the Senate awaits the House’s article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Graham’s letter comes after Trump became the second president to be impeached twice after the House voted 232-197 in favor of approving the article of impeachment, including support from 10 Republicans. In his letter, Graham cited that the Constitution includes two remedies for impeachment: removal and disqualification. He stated it was not in the framer’s intention to allow a former president to be disqualified from running via impeachment after leaving office.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said there is “no chance that a fair or serious” impeachment trial could conclude before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Wednesday, as he declined to reconvene the Senate to begin the process, despite Schumer calling for an emergency session.

Lindsey Graham: Impeachment could ‘destroy’ GOP

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Green Bay Packers beat the Los Angeles Rams 32-18 to reach NFC Championship Game

The Green Bay Packers earned a 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday at Lambeau Field in the NFC divisional round. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns and also ran for a score as the top-seeded Packers reached the NFC Championship Game for the fourth time in the past seven seasons. It will be Green Bay’s first time hosting the NFC title game at Lambeau Field since doing so in the 2007-08 season.

The Packers (14-3) took a 16-3 lead with under four minutes left in the second quarter and entered halftime with a 19-10 advantage. Packers running back Aaron Jones ran for a 1-yard touchdown near the start of the third frame to boost Green Bay’s lead to 25-10. Rams Cam Akers scored from seven yards out late in the third to cut their deficit to 25-18, but Los Angeles was unable score again.  Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Packers will host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday, Jan. 24, at Lambeau Field, to be aired on FOX.

Aaron Rodgers fuels the Green Bay Packers to a 32-18 playoff victory over the Los Angeles Rams

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Kansas City Chiefs to face Buffalo Bills in AFC Championship Game

The Buffalo Bills will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game after the Chiefs took a 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Kansas City took a 19-3 lead after two quarters, but after a head injury to superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, backup quarterback Chad Henne threw 6-of-8 for 66 yards and an interception in Mahomes’s place down the stretch of the game. 

The AFC Championship Game is set to be played next Sunday, Jan. 24 at 5:40 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on CBS.

Kansas City Chiefs to Host AFC Championship Game vs Buffalo Bills

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President-elect Biden unveils $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan, Including $1,400 Stimulus Checks

President-elect Joe Biden introduced a $1.9 trillion spending package Thursday, aiming to speed distribution of the coronavirus vaccines and provide economic relief caused by the pandemic. The package proposal includes investing $20 billion in a national vaccination program, $1,400 stimulus checks and expanding unemployment insurance supplements to $400 per week.

Biden noted that this was the first of a two-part plan to in the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said that he would introduce a recovery plan next month during his address to a joint session of Congress. Biden’s proposed relief package comes several weeks after Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package in December. Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan will build off the bipartisan relief legislation passed in December.

Biden is suggesting $1,400 stimulus checks in addition to the $600 direct payments passed in December, and his relief package also lays out his vaccine distribution plan. “The vaccine rollout in the United States has been a dismal failure thus far,” he said, adding that he “will have to move heaven and earth to get more people vaccinated.” Biden’s goal is to provide 100 million vaccinations during the first 100 days of his administration starting Jan. 20. But the pace has been slower than that so far, with 22 million doses distributed and 6.7 million administered by Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden lays out $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package with $1,400 stimulus checks

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NBA postpones Suns-Pacers game on Saturday due to COVID-19 concerns\

The NBA announced Thursday that Saturday’s game between the Suns and Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns Arena has been postponed “because of ongoing contact tracing within the Suns, the team does not have the league-required eight available players.”

The Suns (7-4) haven’t played since Monday’s 128-107 loss at Washington to end a three-game road trip. They were scheduled to begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Atlanta, but the game was postponed the morning of the game for the same reason that Friday’s game against Golden State and now Saturday’s game against the Pacers have been postponed.

This is in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which has received additional measures in a reaction to spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the country and NBA teams having players needing quarantines.

Pacers game Saturday against Suns is postponed because of COVID-19

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