February 3, 2021 10:57 AM
Happy National Signing Day, everyone! I’ll be cheering on all the new Dawgs and Heels, naturally. Which teams are you watching?
It’s also National Women Physicians Day, and this year it’s rather more special than normal, as today would be Elizabeth Blackwell’s 200th birthday. National Women Physicians Day is on February 3rd in honor of Dr. Blackwell, who was the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States in 1849. Today, women outnumber men in medical school, so we’ll be seeing even more women physicians in the near future. In the midst of a pandemic, I’m especially grateful to them for their hard work and dedication.
Let’s get on to the news.
- Officer Brian Sicknick’s remains are lying in honor at the U.S. Capitol.
- The Senate has reached a power-sharing deal, allowing Democrats to take control of committees.
- The Biden Administration will be reassessing the government’s response to domestic terrorism in the wake of the January 6th insurrection.
- While President Biden is striking a conciliatory tone with Republicans, Senate Democrats are still setting up a path to pass his stimulus plan through reconciliation. (Alternate link.)
- The House GOP leadership has, so far, punted on a decision in regards to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
- Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is trying to make a deal with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, wherein Greene would be removed from the Ed & Labor Committee, but keep her position on the Budget Committee and possibly get a new assignment elsewhere.
- Rep. Liz Cheney is also under fire, and she’s working to shore up support against those who want her out of a leadership role.
- On a party line vote, the House has agreed to levy up to $10,000 fines on lawmakers who skirt the security screenings to get onto the Floor. (Alternate link.)
- 59% of the people who would benefit from an increase in minimum wage are women.
- A study has found that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine slows the spread of the virus.
- Myanmar police are using an import-export charge to detain the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for two weeks amid a military coup.
- World Health Organization investigators are visiting the lab in Wuhan, China that has been at the center of speculation about COVID’s origins.