HOLCOMB'S SECOND TERM BEGINS AT 11 A.M. TODAY: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will have a low-key start to his second term today as the coronavirus pandemic that has dominated the past year continues looming over the state. The 52-year-old Republican governor, who won a landslide reelection in November, entered office in 2017 with an inaugural ball at a downtown Indianapolis hotel and an inauguration ceremony attended by about 2,000 people at the state fairgrounds coliseum (AP). You can watch the livestreaming of this event at 11 a.m. by clicking here. His oath-taking ceremony on Monday will be largely a virtual event in keeping with the COVID-19 precautions that he has urged even as his actions, such as the statewide face mask mandate, have stirred some conservative opposition and will be debated during this year’s legislative session. Holcomb maintains Indiana’s economy is bouncing back quickly, pointing to how the state’s unemployment rate has dropped from a high of 17.5% during last spring’s coronavirus shutdowns to 5.0% for November, and that 16 straight years of Republican governors put state government in solid financial shape. Holcomb said he wants to focus during the coming months on distributing the coronavirus vaccines and helping the state’s economy recover with steps such as boosting rural internet service and grants to help businesses modernize. “I want to make sure that we’re focused on those things that are big ticket items for the reasons why we’ll be able to grow — grow opportunity for people and grow businesses and be that momentum going forward,” Holcomb said in an interview. “We’re watching other states have to make gut-wrenching decisions about cuts they’re gonna make.”

 

BIDEN SEEKS TO LOWER TEMPERATURE IN BOILING AMERIA: With America boiling, President-elect Biden plans to avoid stoking anger over the Capitol siege, and instead he'll focus his public comments this week on combating the coronavirus (Axios). Biden staked his campaign on uniting America across cultural and political divides. While House Democrats pursue Impeachment II, he plans to keep talking to the whole country. Advisers are urging Biden to steer clear of the impeachment debate and keep the above-the-fray position he staked out Friday, when he said it was up to Congress. After speaking about the violence twice last week, he hit pause for the weekend and didn't address the riot. His major public event for the week is a Thursday speech on COVID.

 

GOTTLIEB SAYS VACCINE ROLLOUT FAILING: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that the nation's strategy for administering coronavirus vaccines is "not working" and encouraged public health officials to "hit the reset" and take up a new approach to inoculate Americans faster (CBS News). "We really need to get this vaccine out more quickly because this is really our only tool, our only backstop against the spread of these new variants. If we can get a lot of people vaccinated quickly, we might be able to get enough protective immunity into the population that this stops spreading at the rate that it is," Gottlieb said in an interview with "Face the Nation. "So, we need to acknowledge that it's not working. We need to hit the reset and adopt a new strategy in trying to get out to patients."

 

DC MAYOR FRETS ABOUT INAUGURAL SECURITY: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that she is "extremely concerned" about next week's inauguration, citing "new threats from insurgent acts of domestic terrorists" (Axios). A New York Times investigation into the security failure ("FLOOD OF FAILURES LET MOB RAMPAGE THROUGH CAPITOL") found: "[G]overnment agencies have no coordinated plan to defend against an attack on the Capitol." "Poor planning and communication among a constellation of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies hamstrung the response." "The country got lucky. Hundreds of rioters carrying weapons breached the seat of American power — some with the clear intent of injuring, holding hostage or even killing federal officials to stop them from certifying the vote."  Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned Friday, told The Washington Post in his first post-riot interview: "My concern is if they don’t get their act together with physical security, it’s going to happen again."

 

SEN. YOUNG WRITES OP-ED SEEKING TO MEND 'SPLINTERING NATION': U.S. Sen. Todd Young wrote an op-ed in the Times of Northwest Indiana regarding the events of this week and the healing that must take place in the United States. “No doubt, politics are important – but increasingly we see those who vote differently than us not as fellow Americans with different opinions, but instead as adversaries with the worst intentions. We must not define ourselves or our fellow citizens by how we vote. Let us step back, take a breath and keep this in perspective. And perhaps we should do less shouting and more listening,” Young wrote. “The events of the past week have demonstrated that we have to do more than channel the anger of citizens who feel shut out; we have to do more than give voice to their resentments. We must focus on what is driving their anger and disempowerment, and understand the true nature of the challenges it brings,” Senator Young added. “Then, rather than offering vague promises, we can put forward real solutions that bring our principles – belief in limited government, faith in communities, and reverence for institutions – in line with our problem solving. Rather than provide additional ammunition in an ongoing tribal war, we should seek to serve every American and mend a splintering nation.”

 

PELOSI PUSHES PENCE TO INVOKE 25TH AMENDMENT: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump as she pushes the vice president and the Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority force him out, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol (AP). The House action could start as soon as Monday as pressure increases on Trump to step aside. A Republican senator, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, joined Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.” A stunning end to Trump’s final 10 days in office was underway as lawmakers warned of the damage the president could still do before Joe Biden was inaugurated Jan. 20. Trump, holed up at the White House, was increasingly isolated after a mob rioted in the Capitol in support of his false claims of election fraud. Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, repeatedly dismissed cases and Attorney General William Barr, a Trump ally, said there was no sign of any widespread fraud. Pelosi emphasized the need for quick action. “We will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat,” Pelosi said in a letter late Sunday to colleagues. “The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.” On Monday, Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a full House vote expected on Tuesday. After that, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment. During an interview on “60 Minutes” aired Sunday, Pelosi invoked the Watergate era when Republicans in the Senate told President Richard Nixon, “It’s over.” “That’s what has to happen now,” she said.

 

CHRISTIE SAYS TRUMP ACTIONS 'IMPEACHABLE': Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday that he believed President Trump’s actions before supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week amounted to an “impeachable offense.” While appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Christie, a former U.S. attorney who has supported Trump, said that Republicans in Congress would have to "vote their conscience" if an impeachment article is brought forward and "look at what happened." “What we had was an incitement to riot at the United States Capitol. We had people killed, and to me there's not a whole lot of question here,” said Christie. Christie added that if he were in Congress, he would vote in favor of impeachment. "I think if inciting to insurrection isn't [an impeachable offense], I don't really know what it is," he said.

 

TRUMP LEFT PLENTY OF CLUES HE WOULD BURN IT ALL DOWN: President Donald Trump left plenty of clues he’d try to burn the place down on his way out the door. The clues spread over a lifetime of refusing to acknowledge defeat. They spanned a presidency marked by raw, angry rhetoric, puffed-up conspiracy theories and a kind of fellowship with “patriots” drawn from the seething ranks of right-wing extremists (AP). The clues piled on at light speed when Trump lost the election and wouldn’t admit it. The culmination of all that came Wednesday when Trump supporters, exhorted by the president to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” against a “stolen” election, overran and occupied the building in an explosive confrontation that left a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. The mob went there so emboldened by Trump’s send-off at a rally that his partisans live-streamed themselves trashing the place. Trump, they figured, had their back. This was, after all, the president who had responded to a right-wing plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor last year with the comment: “Maybe it was a problem. Maybe it wasn’t.” Over the arc of his presidency and his life, by his own words and actions, Trump hated losing and wouldn’t own up to it when it happened. He spun bankruptcies into successes, setbacks in office into glowing achievements, the stain of impeachment into martyrdom. Then came the ultimate loss, the election, and desperate machinations that politicians likened to the practices of “banana republics” or the “Third World” but were wholly America in the twilight of the Trump presidency.

 

RIOTERS TARGETED PELOSI, PENCE:  Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump’s name, the Capitol’s attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd (AP). “Hang Mike Pence!” the insurrectionists chanted as they pressed inside, beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts, too. They hunted any and all lawmakers: “Where are they?” Outside, makeshift gallows stood, complete with sturdy wooden steps and the noose. Guns and pipe bombs had been stashed in the vicinity. Only days later is the extent of the danger from one of the darkest episodes in American democracy coming into focus. The sinister nature of the assault has become evident, betraying the crowd as a force determined to occupy the inner sanctums of Congress and run down leaders — Trump’s vice president and the Democratic House speaker among them.

 

PENCE SPOKESWOMAN QUIT BECAUSE SHE KNEW 'WHERE THIS WAS HEADED': Alyssa Farah resigned in early December as White House communications director, a position she landed after a series of roles working under some of the most conservative figures in national politics: Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Mark Meadows and Representative Jim Jordan (Politico Magazine). Farah has been mostly quiet since her resignation about a month after the election, maintaining a Twitter account that remains mostly supportive of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. But on Wednesday, as a pro-Donald Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a siege that would end in the deaths of five people, the tone of Farah’s tweets changed sharply. “Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump,” she tweeted at her former boss. “You are the only one they will listen to. For our country!” Her tone was increasingly pleading." Farah said, "I made the decision to step down in December because I saw where this was heading, and I wasn’t comfortable being a part of sharing this message to the public that the election results might go a different way. I didn’t see that to be where the facts lay."

 

CONSEQUENCES UNLIKELY FOR HOOSIERS WHO VOTED TO OVERTURN: The Indiana federal lawmakers who voted to block Joe Biden from becoming president will likely face little to no consequences – and may even benefit politically from their choices (Smith, Indiana Public Media). University of Indianapolis political science professor Laura Wilson said the political reality for U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown), Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) and Greg Pence (R-Columbus) is that their districts are solidly Republican – and many of their constituents are likely happy they voted to overthrow the election. The situation is a little different for U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who essentially made everyone angry. First, he said he’d vote against certifying the results. Then, after a mob who supported that cause stormed the Capitol – leading to the deaths of at least four people – he flip-flopped. Still, Wilson noted Braun isn’t up for re-election until 2024. “The fact that so much will no doubt happen between now and then, I don’t think it will stick in voters’ memories," Wilson said. "Certainly, whoever runs against him will make sure voters remember, if they feel this is a weakness for him. But I don’t think it will be a big sticking point for Braun and I would say I don’t think it’s going to be that influential in the 2024 election for him.”

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: President-elect Joe Biden rolls out his pandemic vaccine plan today as Operation Warp Speed languishes. Biden is right to avoid the impeachment controversies and focus instead on beginning to heal this embattled nation. - Brian A. Howey

 

Presidential 2020

 

BIDEN NOMINATIONS BURNS TO HEAD CIA: President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate William J. Burns, a former career diplomat who has served both parties and won respect at home and abroad, to run a CIA that has been badly battered by the Trump administration (Washington Post). The choice of Burns is the incoming administration’s last major personnel decision, and it highlights the qualities that characterize Biden’s foreign policy team. Burns is an inside player — brainy, reserved, collegial — and loyal to his superiors, sometimes to a fault, as he conceded in his 2019 memoir. Though a diplomat, not a spy, Burns is a classic “gray man” like those who populate the intelligence world. And he has often served as a secret emissary: The title of his memoir, “The Back Channel,” refers in part to his role as the covert intermediary in the initial contacts with Iran that led to the 2015 nuclear agreement.

 

LIGHTHIZER URGES BIDEN TO KEEP TARIFFS ON CHINA: In his nearly four years in office, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer helped move protectionism from the fringes of American policy-making to the core. His advice to the Biden administration: Stay the course. Keep tariffs on China—all of them—even if that raises prices for U.S. businesses and consumers, he said. Weaken the World Trade Organization so that it can’t overrule U.S. policies, and make it harder for American companies to move overseas despite the cost to their competitiveness (Wall Street Journal). In an interview, Mr. Lighthizer credited the Trump administration with taking a tough approach toward Chinese trade practices that benefited U.S. workers—ending years of accommodation by previous administrations fearful of angering Beijing. “We changed the way people think about China,” Mr. Lighthizer said. “We want a China policy that thinks about the geopolitical competition between the United States and an adversary—an economic adversary.”

 

Sunday Talk

 

PELOSI CALLS TRUMP 'UNHINGED' & DANGEROUS: January 6th should have been a day of ceremony when Congress met in joint session, then opened and counted electoral votes for president and vice president. Instead, it will be remembered as the day an angry mob, stirred up and aimed down Pennsylvania Avenue by an election-losing president, smashed its way into the Capitol, leaving five dead, the building ransacked, and American democracy under siege (CBS 60 Minutes). On Friday, we joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol, where her influence in the nation's leadership is growing as President Trump's power, support and relevance dissipates. "Well, sadly, the person that's running the Executive Branch is a deranged, unhinged, dangerous president of the United States," Pelosi said. "And we're only a number of days until-- we can be protected from him. But he has done something so serious-- that there should be prosecution against him."

 

MULVANEY EXPECTS TRUMP SUPPORTERS TO MOVE ON: Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney predicted people who are ideologically aligned with President Trump will move on from Trump himself amid widespread condemnation of the president over last week’s violent riots at the U.S. Capitol. “I think the ideas will live on. The ideas of the Republican Party are bigger than one man, but I think if you have any role at all in what happened on Wednesday that you sort of, you don't deserve to lead the party anymore,” Mulvaney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “The ideas are bigger than the people, but I think the voters will take that into consideration.”

 

SEN. TOOMEY CITES TRUMP 'MADNESS': Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said President Donald Trump has "descended into a level of madness" since the November election — drawing a distinction between his previous support of the president and his anger over the deadly riots of Trump supporters who descended on Capitol Hill last week. "I don't think there's any doubt at all, there's none in my mind, that the president's behavior after the election was wildly different than his behavior before," said the Pennsylvania Republican on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. "He descended into a level of madness and engaged in activity that was absolutely unthinkable and unforgivable."

 

CLYBURN SAYS PELOSI MAY HOLD IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES FOR 100 DAYS:  House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested Sunday that the Democratic House may wait until after President-elect Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office to send the Senate articles of impeachment against President Trump. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he thought impeachment proceedings would take time away from confirming Biden’s Cabinet, Clyburn responded, “Yes, I do have concerns. And so does Speaker Pelosi.” “Mitch McConnell is a pretty good legislator. And he's doing what he thinks he needs to do to be disruptive of President Biden. But I would say to Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi is smarter than that,” added the No. 3 House Democrat, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

 

COONS SAYS TRUMP LOSES 'RIGHT TO BE PRESIDENT': Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) called on President Trump to resign or be removed from office on Sunday, telling CBS's Margaret Brennan that Trump had "lost the right to be president" after a violent riot overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. On "Face the Nation," Coons explained that if Trump does not resign he would support either impeachment by Congress or Vice President Pence invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. "I've called for President Trump to do the right thing, finally, and resign. Or for Vice President Mike Pence to secure the next 10 days through the 25th Amendment," Coons said.

 

BLUNT SAYS TRUMP SHOULD FINISH TERM: Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt rejected calls for President Trump to resign on Sunday, arguing instead that Trump should serve the remainder of his term in office without further fanning the flames of divisiveness. Blunt, who was not among the GOP senators who objected to the certification of either Arizona or Pennsylvania's election results last week, told CBS's Margaret Brennan that he would not join his colleagues such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in demanding Trump's resignation. "Well, it would be up to him, but my view would be is what the president should do is finish the last 10 days of his presidency," Blunt said. "So, no?" Brennan asked. "No," Blunt responded.

 

REP. KINZINGER SAYS RESIGNATION WOULD BE BEST: Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) on Sunday said that President Trump's removal from office would be "the best thing for the country to heal." Kinzinger, who last week became the first GOP lawmaker to publicly call for Trump’s removal after the siege of the U.S. Capitol, said on ABC's "This Week" that he would “vote the right way” if an impeachment article came forward in Congress, but stated it was “probably not the smartest move.” “I think it would be the right move, if we had more than basically 10 days left of the administration,” Kinzinger told host George Stephanopoulos.  “I think there's a lot of ideas with censure, with preventing him from being able to run again. You know the reality is we just don't have a lot of time in this administration left, which right now is a good thing.”

 

KREBS SAYS TRUMP LEGACY A 'HEAP OF ASHES': Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs on Sunday added his name to the growing list of U.S. officials and lawmakers who are calling on President Trump to resign from office, saying the president's legacy is “a heap of ashes” after the deadly riot at the Capitol on Wednesday. "There is an opportunity here, I think, to prevent further bloodshed," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "And I don't know if the president is capable of doing it, but he has to resign. He has to tell his supporters that he lied to them, that this was all his own fraud. He has to come out. We have to set an example for the rest of the free world that attempted coups, which is what this was, will not be tolerated."

 

JEFFRIES TALKS OF IMPEACHMENT: House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) on Sunday argued for the necessity of impeaching President Trump a second time, saying he remains an “existential threat” despite the imminent end of his presidency. “The goal at the present moment is to address the existential threat that Donald Trump presents at this time. Every second, every minute, every hour that Donald Trump remains in office presents a danger to the American people,” Jeffries said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You know, Donald Trump may be in the Twitter penalty box, but he still has access to the nuclear codes. That's a frightening prospect,” he added, referring to the president's suspension from Twitter.

 

SCHWARZENEGGER COMPARES CAPITOL SIEGE TO 'KRISTALLNACHT': Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out against last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol, comparing the event to Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass" in Nazi Germany in 1938 (CBS News). "The broken glass was the windows of the United States Capitol," Schwarzenegger said in a nearly eight-minute long video posted to Twitter on Sunday. "But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol, they shattered the ideas we took for granted. They did not just break down the doors of the building that housed American democracy," Schwarzenegger said. "They trampled the very principles on which our country was founded." 

 

MANCHIN WON'T COMMIT TO RELIEF CHECKS: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.) dodged a question from CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday over whether he would support a second round of stimulus checks for Americans totaling $2,000, but indicated his opposition to providing relief to Americans already receiving aid. The West Virginia senator, who is expected to be one of the Senate's most pivotal swing votes in the upcoming Congress, was asked by Tapper whether he would support a number of Democratic legislative priorities that could seemingly be passable given the party's newfound control over the chamber. “That’s not a yes or no question," Manchin said during the interview. "[S]ending checks to people who already have a check ... that’s not who we are," he continued. "We have done an awful lot of that.”

 

Congress

 

CARSON SAYS CAPITOL COPS SYMPATHIZED WITH RIOTERS: One Indiana Congressman is calling for a full-scale investigation into the insurrection that took place on Capitol Hill last Wednesday (WIBC). Rep. Andre Carson is asking the FBI to review all camera footage and gather evidence into the riots in which hundreds of Trump supporters broke through security lines around the Capitol building. Carson believes there may have been some bad actors within Capitol police who let the violence escalate. “Many (Capitol police officers) have complained about wanting to speak at these hearings to members of Congress and not just having top brass representing,” Carson said to All Indiana Politics on WISH-TV. “They to feel that there are too many empathizers and sympathizers within the ranks of Capitol police and other law enforcement agencies as we know.”

 

2ND CAPITOL POLICEMAN DIES: It’s been confirmed that Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide. He was among those who responded to Jan. 6 riot at Capitol. This statement is from police union.

 

HOUSE PREVIEW: The House is expected to be called into session Tuesday to discuss possible impeachment articles. The Senate isn't in session (Axios).

 

LAWMAKERS MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID DURING SIEGE: House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump (AP). The Capitol’s attending physician notified all lawmakers Sunday of the virus exposure and urged them to be tested. The infected individual was not named. Dr. Brian Moynihan wrote that “many members of the House community were in protective isolation in the large room — some for several hours” on Wednesday. He said “individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”

 

State

 

GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED FOR CAPITOL OFFICERS - Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags in the State of Indiana to be flown at half-staff to honor United States Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement (Howey Politics Indiana). Flags should be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on January 13, 2021. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Indiana to lower their flags to half-staff.

 

EDUCATION: McCORMICK LEAVES STATEHOUSE QUIETLY - Jennifer McCormick left office last week quietly. She granted no end-of-term interviews, made no public appearances in her final days and issued no final statement — unless you count her tweets (Herron, IndyStar). It was a change for Indiana's last elected state superintendent of public instruction who, despite initial skepticism from the state's teachers and public school advocates, was generally outspoken when it came to what she thought was best for the state's students — even when that meant a split her Republican counterparts.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick speaks during a rally organized by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, held at the Indiana State House on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. She shocked the state when, just two years into her first term, she announced she wouldn't seek a second, citing a dysfunctional government structure and overly political environment. 

 

EDUCATION: IDOE, PURDUE TEAM UP TO TEACH CLIMATE CHANGE - The Indiana Department of Education is partnering with Purdue University to make instructional resources available for the teaching of climate change (Lanich, NWI Times). The IDOE announced a new Climate Change Education Framework, developed in partnership with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Purdue University College of Science, on Thursday. The framework will allow Indiana educators to draw upon "easily accessible and scientifically curated" resources to integrate climate change instruction in their curriculum, according to an IDOE news release. "Providing educators access to high-quality and evidence-based climate change facts and resources is critical to creating more academic opportunities for our students to become informed citizens, grounded in science," Indiana Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said in the release.

 

ISDH: 86K SIGN UP FOR VACCINE - Nearly 86,000 Hoosiers age 80 or older have scheduled appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccines as of 4 p.m. Sunday (Howey Politics Indiana). Hoosiers can continue to register at https://ourshot.in.gov, by calling 211 or by contacting one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging for help.  A caregiver or loved one also may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior. Individuals age 80 and older account for less than 4 percent of the state’s population but represent more than 19 percent of the hospitalizations and more than half of the COVID-19 deaths in the state, according to the Indiana Department of Health. At least one vaccine clinic will be located in each Indiana county. Vaccines are free, but insurance may be charged an administrative fee. Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

 

ISDH: SUNDAY COVID STATS - The Indiana Department of Health Sunday announced that 5,127 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 563,653 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard. A total of 8,613 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 18 from the previous day. Another 372 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days. To date, 2,752,524 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,738,914 on Saturday. A total of 6,109,153 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

 

DNR: BROWN COUNTY SP ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTRY - All of Brown County State Park was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places last month (Brown County Democrat). The park also was added to the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures in October. The national listing is the culmination of at least four years of research and documentation by Indiana Landmarks staff and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, with support from local group Peaceful Valley Heritage. Indiana Landmarks staff identified 69 features they believed would contribute to the park’s significance, from horse trails that used to be county roads, to the iconic vistas, to structures built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s and ’40s in the “park rustic” style. In total, 152 park features are highlighted in the nomination.

 

SPORTS: IU RALLIES TO DEFEAT NEBRASKA - Rob Phinisee scored 18 points and Aljami Durham scored 17 and Indiana beat Nebraska 84-76 on Sunday (AP). Trayce Jackson-Davis scored nine of his 15 points from the foul line and grabbed 11 rebounds and Race Thompson scored 11 for Indiana (8-5, 3-3 Big Ten Conference) which now has won three of its last four games. Jackson-Davis’ foul shot with 15:53 left put the Hoosiers up 56-41. Nebraska responded with a 22-6 run in a little more than the next six minutes and led 63-62 on Kobe Webster’s 3-pointer with 9:39 remaining. Jackson-Davis’ jump shot with 3:52 to go broke a 71-all tie after the lead went back-and-forth, and Indiana led the remainder.

 

SPORTS: NOTRE DAME LOSES TO VIRGINIA TECH - After watching his team put together another impressive performance and continue its tremendous start to the season, Virginia Tech coach Mike Young still wasn’t ready to accept the key to the city or throw a party on Main Street (AP). Instead, he took a more cautious tone. “I feel good about it, but we’re not organizing any parades down South Main any time soon,” he said. “We’re four (conference) games in. Long way to go.” Jalen Cone scored 18 points off the bench to lift No. 19 Virginia Tech to its latest conquest, a 77-63 victory against Notre Dame.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: PGA CUTS TIES WITH TRUMP GOLF COURSES - The PGA of America cut ties to President Donald Trump when it voted Sunday to take the PGA Championship event away from his New Jersey golf course next year (Politico). The vote comes four days after the Trump-fueled riot at the nation’s Capitol as Congress was certifying the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden. This is the second time in just over five years the PGA of America removed one of its events from a Trump course.

 

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP, PENCE, BIDEN SCHEDULES - President Trump will travel to Alamo, Texas, a town on the Mexico border, to talk about his efforts to build 400 miles of border wall. President Trump on Thursday will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, the only coach to win six Super Bowls. Vice President Pence will lead a coronavirus task force meeting in the Situation Room at 2 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden plans to get his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, where he will have an opportunity to make a statement or take questions from the media. On Thursday, he will give a major address to the nation on his COVID-19 emergency action plan on Thursday. On Friday, he plans to detail his vaccine plan.

 

JUSTICE: 2 MEN WITH ZIP TIES AT CAPITOL INVESTIGATED - U.S. counterterrorism prosecutors are investigating two men who allegedly wore tactical gear and held plastic restraints or zip ties in the U.S. Senate during the breach of the U.S. Capitol last week, the Justice Department announced. The men were arrested Sunday (Washington Post). Larry Rendell Brock, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, was arrested in Texas and charged with one count of knowingly entering a restricted building and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct, prosecutors said. Brock identified himself to the New Yorker last week as the man photographed in the well of the Senate chamber wearing a green combat helmet, tactical vest, and black and camo jacket. The photo shows the man holding a white flex cuff, used by police by restrain subjects, prosecutors said. The man in the photo was also recorded apparently exiting the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

 

LABOR: 140K JOBS LOST IN DECEMBER - According to new data released Friday, employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, signaling that the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is backtracking. Digging deeper into the data also reveals a shocking gender gap: Women accounted for all the job losses, losing 156,000 jobs, while men gained 16,000.

 

NBA: COVID POSTPONES GAME - The NBA is facing the first major Covid-19 test of its new season with cases spiking, games teetering and more than two dozen players on 13 teams in quarantine or isolation over the weekend as the league struggles to keep playing through the worst days of the pandemic (Wall Street Journal). The league postponed the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat game scheduled for Sunday night after contact tracing left the Heat without the eight players needed to field a team and the Celtics barely had enough themselves.

 

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HUNTINGTON: PROUD BOYS LEADER WENT TO NORTH HS - WANE 15 is looking into the past of Nicholas Ochs, who is in federal custody under indictment related to the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Ochs appears to have attended Huntington North High School in Northeast Indiana. According to WANE’s sister station KHON2, Ochs is the founder of the “Proud Boys” Hawaii chapter. He was one of more than 90 people arrested after breaking into Capitol building. According to “Nicholas R. Ochs Arrested for Unlawful Entry into the United States Capitol Building,” released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Hawaii, Ochs has been arrested for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1752(a), “Unlawful Entry into Restricted Buildings or Grounds.” WANE 15 gained public library access to Huntington North’s 2005 High School yearbook. Ochs appeared in the senior class head shots, as well as in photos with the cross country and track teams, in a computer lab, and in a food and nutrition class.

 

KOKOMO: 15 NEW PD OFFICERS HIRED - As the camera pans out, bold words flash across the television screen. “You’re welcome in Kokomo,” they read. Mayor Tyler Moore — with outstretched arms — stands surrounded by current members of the Kokomo Police Department and some other community leaders (Kokomo Tribune). It’s all part of a 30-second commercial that began airing last fall in Indianapolis and South Bend, asking for applicants to join KPD. The advertisement also highlights a 20% pay raise for officers over a three-year period, beginning in 2021, a move that was approved as part of a contract last year with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 78. The new contract places the starting salary of first-class patrolmen at $59,444, with an increase to $61,846 by 2023. Along with the commercial, the department also started up a website — www.joinkokomopd.com — for potential officers, which highlights everything from salaries and benefits to an explanation of the hiring process and how to apply. And the recruitment campaign, officials say, appears to be working. Since Jan. 1, 2020, KPD has hired 15 new officers alone, and Chief Doug Stout said there are also around 50 individuals who have applied and are just waiting for the next step.