第一件事: US House votes to hold Trump ex-aide Meadows in contempt

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The House of Representatives has voted to recommend criminal contempt charges against Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff to Donald Trump, a week after he ended his cooperation with the panel investigating the Capitol insurrection.

The approval marks the first time the House has voted to hold a former member in contempt since the 1830s, according to the chamber’s records.

It is the latest show of force by the 6 January panel, which is leaving no angle unexplored as it investigates the worst attack on the Capitol in more than 200 年. Lawmakers are determined to reassert the congressional authority that Trump eroded while in office.

“History will be written about these times, about the work this committee has undertaken,” said Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chair.

The US death toll from Covid-19 has passed 800,000, a once-unimaginable figure seen as doubly tragic given that more than 200,000 of those lives were lost after vaccines became available last spring.

The figure represents the highest reported toll of any country in the world, and is likely to be even higher.

The US accounts for approximately 4% of the world’s population but about 15% 的 5.3 million known deaths from coronavirus since the outbreak began in China two years ago.

The grim milestone comes as the world braces for rise in cases of the new Omicron variant, with the World Health Organization warning it was spreading at an unprecedented rate.

Amazon’s charitable programme is paying tens of thousands of dollars to anti-vaccine groups in a move experts say is “shocking” as millions of Americans remain unvaccinated in the face of another Covid wave.

AmazonSmile reportedly donated more than $40,000 to leading sources of vaccine misinformation in 2020, according to separate analyses by Popular Information华盛顿邮报.

“That’s really shocking,” said Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “That’s incredible that Amazon is supporting those groups.”

Pastel drawings don’t typically go viral on the internet. But this month, thousands of Twitter users were mesmerized by a courtroom artist’s sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell – the alleged sex-trafficking accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein – staring at the artist and sketching back. “I thought this was funny at first but it’s starting to haunt me,” one person tweeted. Jane Rosenberg, the professional courtroom artist who has been sketching Maxwell, tells the Guardian about her strange and fascinating job.

How much air pollution are you exposed to in your daily life? The answer may depend on the color of your skin, says a study. The study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that, no matter which of the main types of air pollutants you look at, people of color are breathing more of it. And while great progress has been made in reducing deadly pollutants in the air in the US over recent decades, the racial disparities have persisted.

Magnus Carlsen says he is ready to shock the chess world by giving up his world championship title – because defending it no longer motivates him. The five-time world champion retained the title in emphatic style in Dubai last week, crushing his Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi 7½-3½, but now says he has other priorities. “It’s been clear to me for most of the year that this world championship should be the last,“ 他说. “It doesn’t mean as much any more as it once did.”

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