Jonathan Reiner of CNN –
The January 6 attack on the United States Capitol was a vivid demonstration of the havoc that can result when a really big lie is repeatedly injected into the body politic.
But there was another big lie in 2020, also propagated by former President Donald Trump, involving the coronavirus pandemic. It was a lie that systematically downplayed the severity of Covid-19 and the utility of face masks. It very likely resulted in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Joanna Czechowska –
While big sprawling cities are certainly a modern phenomenon, urban centers have existed across the globe for at least 6,000 years. Whether as a result of human conflict or natural disasters many metropolises have faced tough times and yet their ruins stand today, offering a window into a vanished world.
William Cummings of USA TODAY –
After remaining relatively reticent for two months regarding former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that his 2020 election loss was the result of voter fraud, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sharply rebuked the president she once served.
Haley said Republicans never should have allowed Trump to take them down the road that led to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley told Politico less than a week after the attack. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
Zack Stanton of Politico Magazine –
Extremism is faster, more collaborative and happening at a far wider scale than it used to, says Michael Jensen. Does that mean more January 6th-type incidents in the future?
The impeachment trial of Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection refreshed many Americans’ sense of shock at what took place on January 6, when thousands of pro-Trump extremists surrounded the U.S. Capitol, stormed into the building, bludgeoned police officers and sent congressional leadership into hiding.
But experts say the attack is hugely worrying for reasons beyond what the Senate is debating.
A. Peter Bailey of the New York Daily News –
Two historic firsts were established by then Sen. Kamala Harris — the first woman and first person of color to be elected vice president of the United States. But few are aware of another historic first achieved by Harris — she is also the first graduate of a historically black college or university (HBCU) to be elected to this office.
The general public’s lack of awareness about this achievement is not surprising.
Many are probably unaware that lawyers such as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill Sr., who played key roles in the war against legal “whites-only” segregation, and Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, who played major roles in the Civil Rights Movement — which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act — were all HBCU alumni.