Historic Second Impeachment Acquittal for President Trump
Two impeachments and zero convictions mark the one term of President Donald Trump. The former president was brought up on impeachment articles by the U.S. House of Representatives for inciting violence and insurrection during the January 6 counting of the Electoral College votes. On Saturday, February 13, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump of charges.
An impeachment differs from a criminal trial. Impeachment is political, yet it requires compelling evidence, if not indisputable proof, to result in a conviction. All 50 Democrats cast their ballots against Trump, but only seven Republicans did. Ultimately, there were not enough votes to convict him.
Mr. Trump issued a statement from Mar-a-Lago thanking his legal team and his supporters:
“I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”
Democrats have expressed they are happy to have this behind them and hope to move on peacefully. The American voter, however, remains deeply divided.
Star-Spangled Banner in Sports
The National Anthem has been the subject of political and social commentary for several years, especially at professional sporting events. First it was the National Football League players who began the “take a knee” protest, and now it’s anthem protests on the glossy maple wood courts of the National Basketball Association.
Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, recently told the media that he had instructed his team to stop playing the National Anthem at all home basketball games. That set off numerous reactions and actions. Some people supported Cuban’s decision.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was so outraged he called for Cuban to “sell the franchise” so some Texas patriots could buy it. He’s pushing a new bill, the Star-Spangled Banner Protection Act, to require the anthem to be played at any event that receives public funding. The Texas legislature and the White House suddenly became the latest alley-oop players, and a short one day later, the NBA, under criticism, declared the anthem mandatory.
Cuban then claimed he didn’t cancel the anthem and said that he wanted to start a conversation. Is the playing of the National Anthem going to be controversial at every professional sporting event, or will it serve to remind Americans how fortunate they are to be living in the land of the free and the home of the brave?
The Most Adorable Reptile EVER
It’s a rare thing for a cold-blooded reptile to elicit “oohs and ahs” and a rush to cuddle the creature. But that has all changed with discovering the male Brookesia nana – or nano-chameleon – which is the same size as a seed.
According to the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Munich, these tiny lizards are the smallest of about 11,500 known reptiles. One might ask: How on earth do these cute little guys survive? They eat tiny mites that the human eye would need a microscope to see and hide in blades of grass to avoid predators.
The little guys were discovered in Madagascar in an area in a of degraded montane rainforest. The limited terrain the lizards live in worries researchers that the Brookesia nana might be vulnerable to extinction. But one scientist at the Center of Natural History in Hamburg, Oliver Hawlitschek, assures: “The nano-chameleon’s habitat has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area was placed under protection recently, so the species will survive.”
For now, the little dudes remain the smallest reptiles around. With extra environmental protections, perhaps they won’t just survive, but thrive.