Trump impeachment trial: Senate to begin hearing evidence
The Senate is set to begin hearing evidence Wednesday in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Nine impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will present their case as to why the president deserves to be convicted by the Senate. It’s expected to be the first opportunity for impeachment managers, the House Democrats prosecuting the case, to present what they say is new evidence to convict the former president on a single article that he incited a pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. The hearing follows Tuesday’s 56-44 vote that the impeachment trial is constitutional, despite arguments that Trump cannot be tried as a current private citizen.
Biden’s OMB pick Neera Tanden faces more tough questions from senators
President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, faces a second day of grilling Wednesday when she testifies before the Senate Budget Committee. Tanden, the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress who also worked for former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, has caught heat for Twitter broadsides directed at Republicans over the last few years, particularly against senators who she’ll have to face during her confirmation. Testifying Tuesday before another Senate panel, she apologized and pledged her role as an “impassioned advocate” would change if she’s confirmed.
Buccaneers to celebrate Super Bowl win with boat parade
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will celebrate their victory in Super Bowl 55 with a boat parade on the Hillsborough River on Wednesday, starting at around 1 p.m. ET. The Buccaneers’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs was the franchise’s second Super Bowl title. For quarterback Tom Brady — the game MVP — it represented his seventh Super Bowl win, one more than the franchises with the most-ever wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.
Arctic weather on its way for much of the United States
A full dose of winter is in store for much of the U.S. this week as the polar vortex oozes its way across the nation and a nasty winter storm develops, sending frigid weather down for an extended stay starting early Wednesday. The north-central U.S. has been enduring dangerous, bitter cold for several days now because of a shift in the vortex from the Arctic into the U.S., AccuWeather said, and no letup in the frigid weather is in sight. People should limit their time outside, and if you need to and those who do head outdoors should take precautions to cover their skin, weather.com advised. In the south, it won’t be as intensely cold, but it will still be plenty chilly — as much as 15 to 25 degrees below average for this time of year.
Serena Williams continues quest for Australian Open
American tennis legend Serena Williams’ quest for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title continues Wednesday after beating Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic in the second round of the Australian Open. Williams grabbed the last seven games to beat 99th-ranked Stojanovic 6-3, 6-0 in a little more than an hour. Williams, a seven-time champion in Melbourne, is returning from an Achilles tendon issue that hampered her last year in a loss at the U.S. Open and forced her to withdraw from the French Open. On the men’s side, eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 6-3 in an early test for the Serbian defending champion.