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Good Thursday morning.


FOUR DEAD IN CAPITOL CHAOS: Four individuals have died after the U.S. Capitol was stormed by a mob of Donald Trump supporters trying to overturn the results of the presidential election. Some shellshocked Republicans are contemplating taking extraordinary measures to take away Trump from workplace earlier than he is because of depart in 13 days’ time. Overnight, the U.S. House reconvened to substantiate Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory as world leaders condemned the violence in Washington and urged a peaceable transition of energy. Trump himself was silenced after Twitter and Facebook locked his accounts. Events are clearly transferring extraordinarily rapidly — Playbook will get you in control with the developments by the evening.

BLOOD ON HIS HANDS: The New York Post reviews that the lady who was shot in the Capitol and later died was an Air Force veteran from California. Her household confirmed she was a Trump supporter — yesterday she tweeted “nothing will stop us” and “the storm is here.” Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed she was shot by Capitol police. The different three deaths had been “medical emergencies,” Contee stated.

MOST ESCAPED ARREST: D.C. police introduced 52 arrests, with 26 individuals arrested for illegal entry on U.S. Capitol grounds. Four arrests had been for carrying firearms with out licenses. Fourteen police workplaces sustained accidents.

COULD IT HAVE BEEN WORSE? “At least two suspected pipe bombs have been rendered safe by law enforcement — one at a building that houses Republican National Committee offices and one in the U.S. Capitol complex,” a federal legislation enforcement official tells CNN. The official stated these had been “real explosive devices and they were blown up to be rendered safe.” The Washington Post reviews “agents discovered a truck parked nearby with long guns, lots of ammo, and possible bomb-making material.”

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INSIDE THE MOB: If you didn’t catch it final evening, it truly is value watching Robert Moore’s ITV report from contained in the Capitol — Playbook hasn’t seen something higher in a single day that captures what befell. One factor from the report that significantly stands out: one of many Trump supporters who appeared on digicam was sporting a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrases “Camp Auschwitz.” POLITICO’s Capitol crew has a necessary write-through of what unfolded that tells you every little thing you have to know.

TRUMP TWITTER BAN: Around midnight U.Okay. time, Twitter introduced it was locking Trump out of his account for 12 hours and deleting a bunch of his tweets resulting from a “risk of violence.” Facebook handed him a 24-hour ban and YouTube additionally eliminated the video Trump posted final evening in which he nearly known as on his supporters to go dwelling, but additionally informed them “we love you,” repeated his false declare that he received the election, and denounced his opponents as “evil.”

TICK TOCK: Trump is because of be let again into his Twitter account round noon our time — however the platform has warned if he breaches its guidelines once more then he will probably be completely banned. Playbook would provide you with evens on him not lasting the day.

COULD HE BE REMOVED? With Trump ending the evening by praising the violent mob, U.S. media are reporting that some Republicans are discussing plans to take away him from workplace amid fears about what he may do subsequent earlier than Biden’s inauguration. It’s laborious to know the way critical or practical this prospect is for the time being, however that is the place issues stand this morning.

25TH AMENDMENT TALK: Axios’ Jonathan Swan reviews that the measures being checked out by Republican officers “include censure, impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment — a move, long dismissed as a liberal fantasy, in which Vice President Pence would step in if  Trump were found to be unable to perform his duties.”

WHAT IT MEANS: The 25th Amendment states that if a majority of the cupboard declares the president unable to meet his duties of workplace, the vp can take over. The common concept is that if Pence took over as performing president for the ultimate days earlier than Biden assumed workplace, it might cease Trump from inciting additional violence from the White House.

COULD IT REALLY HAPPEN? CNN quotes 4 Republican leaders who need the 25th Amendment to be invoked and two others who stated the president ought to be impeached. CBS goes additional and reviews: “Trump Cabinet secretaries are discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump. Nothing formal yet presented to VP Pence.”

UNFIT FOR OFFICE? It’s clear that even among the president’s closest allies have lastly misplaced religion. CNN’s Jim Acosta says a supply near the president who speaks with him commonly says they consider he’s “out of his mind.”

RESIGNATION WATCH: Melania Trump’s chief of workers Stephanie Grisham resigned efficient instantly in the wake of the violence, CNN reviews … White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews stop saying she was “deeply disturbed by what I saw today” … CNN additionally reckons National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell are all contemplating resigning … and White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta additionally stop.

PENCE BREAKS: It solely took him 4 years, however final evening Vice President Mike Pence lastly turned on Trump and appeared to have unilaterally taken cost of among the obligations of the president. Trump had repeatedly pushed Pence to reject Biden’s Electoral College certification and attempt to overthrow the election outcome, however Pence defied the order. Trump responded by Trump banning Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short from the White House, per Bloomberg, and firing off offended tweets accusing his VP of missing “courage.”

MUTINY TO CALL IN THE GUARD: The New York Times reviews it was Pence, not Trump, who ordered the D.C. National Guard to be deployed to the Capitol. Maggie Haberman says Trump rebuffed and resisted requests to mobilize the National Guard and that others in the White House needed to intervene to get them deployed. ABC News quotes sources saying White House officers successfully overruled the president to name in the Guard “for the sake of the country.” Overnight, Pence’s press secretary tweeted that he was “in regular contact w/ House & Senate leadership, Cap Police, DOJ, & DoD” — however notably not Trump — and vowed pointedly: “Now we will finish the People’s business.”

SENIOR REPUBLICANS TURN: House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney tweeted: “There is no question that the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame” …Vermont Governor Phil Scott stated “President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress” … South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham gave up: “Count me out, I’ve tried to be helpful, enough is enough” …

Senate majority chief Mitch McConnell stated stopping Biden from getting into the White House would ship American democracy right into a “death spiral” … Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis piled in: “Today’s violent assault on our Capitol, an effort to subjugate American democracy by mob rule, was fomented by Mr. Trump” … Trump’s former chief of workers John Kelly stated: “We need to look harder at who we elect to any office in our land” … GOP Communications Director Michael Ahrens blasted: “What happened today was domestic terrorism.”

THE FINAL STRAW: POLITICO’s U.S. crew has the definitive tackle how these loyal to Trump lastly turned on the president.

MITT TALKING: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney earned sustained applause from Democrats in the Senate after a barnstorming speech: “What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the President of the United States. Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. No Congressional audit is ever going to convince these voters, particularly when the President continues to tell them that the election was stolen. The best way we can show respect to the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth.” Watch right here. (H/T Lewis Goodall.)

DEMOCRAT RESPONSE: Biden gave a robust speech calling on Trump to “step up” and name his supporters away: “This is not dissent. It is disorder. It is chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end. Now … To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, and to threaten the safety of duly elected officials is not protest. It is insurrection. The world is watching — and like so many other Americans, I am shocked and saddened that our nation, so long a beacon of light, hope, and democracy has come to such a dark moment. Through war and strife, America has endured much. And we will endure here and prevail now.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose workplace was ransacked and whose belongings had been taken, informed the House: “To those who tried to tear us from our responsibility, you have failed. To those who engaged in the gleeful desecration of this our temple of democracy — American democracy — justice will be done.”

FORMER PRESIDENTS CONDEMN: Barack Obama: “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”

George W. Bush: “This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic. I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions.”

Bill Clinton: “The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost. The election was free, the count was fair, the result is final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates.”

UK REACTION: Boris Johnson: “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” … Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: “The U.S. rightly takes great pride in its democracy, and there can be no justification for these violent attempts to frustrate the lawful and proper transition of power.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION: Labour chief Keir Starmer: “Horrendous scenes from the U.S. These are not ‘protestors’ — this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people.” … Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “The scenes from the Capitol are utterly horrifying. Solidarity with those in [the U.S.] on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.” … and Trump ally and Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage: “Storming Capitol Hill is wrong. The protesters must leave.”

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE: Concerns and condemnation from some unlikely quarters… Venezuela “expresses concern about the acts of violence taking place in Washington; condemns the political polarization in that country, and hopes that the people of the U.S. can find a new path to stability and social justice” … Turkey “invites all parties in U.S. to use moderation, common sense to overcome this domestic political crisis.”

THERE’S ALWAYS A LOCAL ANGLE: Former Stoke MP Gareth Snell tweets: “Interesting fact: the tiles on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives were made in Stoke-on-Trent.”


HOUSE OF COMMONS: Back in recess. Returns January 11.

YESTERDAY’S U.Okay. STATS: 62,322 new COVID circumstances, ⬆️ 1,406 on Tuesday and ⬆️ 12,299 on the earlier Wednesday … 1,041 deaths, ⬆️ 211 on Tuesday and ⬆️ 60 on the earlier Wednesday.

Grim milestone: Yesterday was the primary time the U.Okay. has reported greater than 1,000 day by day deaths since April 24, and solely the tenth time all through the entire pandemic.

THIS EVENING: There ought to be one other Downing Street press convention.

NHS AT BREAKING POINT: Top story from the Health Service Journal’s Alastair McLellan, who reveals London’s hospitals are lower than two weeks from being overwhelmed even beneath the best-case situation. According to a briefing given by healthcare leaders final evening, the NHS in London can be wanting practically 2,000 common and acute and intensive care beds by January 19. Playbook is informed that for some days now ministers have been trying on the hospitalization information in Kent and London with rising horror and worry horrendous scenes on wards over the subsequent few weeks.

Which helps to clarify… Why Lockdown 3 handed the Commons final evening with a a lot smaller Tory riot than in earlier COVID votes.

That checklist of Tory rebels in full: Graham Brady … Philip Davies … Richard Drax … Karl McCartney … Stephen McPartland … Esther McVey … Anne Marie Morris … Andrew Rosindell … Desmond Swayne … Robert Syms … Charles Walker … David Warburton … and tellers Christopher Chope and Chris Green.

Abstaining: Adam Afriyie … Steve Baker … Harriett Baldwin … Peter Bottomley … Ben Bradley … Jonathan Djanogly … Jackie Doyle-Price … Marcus Fysh … Cheryl Gillan … Mark Harper … Pauline Latham … Julian Lewis … Tim Loughton …  Craig Mackinlay … Theresa May … Mike Penning … John Redwood … Henry Smith … William Wragg … and the six Scottish Conservative MPs who don’t vote on issues relating simply to England.

RACE-AGAINST-TIME NEWS: From at present, the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is being given to a whole bunch of GP-run vaccination websites throughout England, in an escalation of this week’s rollout that ministers hope will quickly enhance vaccination numbers over the subsequent few days. The BBC has a write-up.

RED TAPE CUT: The Mail’s Jason Groves quotes authorities sources saying the rollout will speed up considerably towards the tip of this week. He additionally reviews that approval of vaccine batches will probably be sped up, with testing reduce from as much as 20 days to only 4, and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency may also enhance staffing.

ELLO, ELLO, ELLO: Police are going to start out questioning individuals in the road about why they’re out of the home, Scotland Yard warned final evening. Home Secretary Priti Patel is touring the studios proper now to talk in regards to the new harder enforcement measures. The Telegraph’s Charles Hymas has a write-up.

STOP THE COUNT: An ITV ballot of just about 6,000 academics finds 92 p.c assume Education Secretary Gavin Williamson ought to resign. Classic line from the PM’s Press Secretary Allegra Stratton at Lobby yesterday: “It’s a huge brief and the PM believes the Education Secretary is doing it to his utmost ability.” Ouch.

Talking of Allegra … Still no phrase but on once we’ll be getting these day by day Lobby press conferences, which had been resulting from begin subsequent week. Downing Street says a plan for the format is imminent.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The i’s Jasmine Andersson reviews the federal government has not restarted the “Everyone In” scheme that housed homeless individuals in the course of the first wave.

PURGE OF THE MANDARINS LATEST: Scoop from the Telegraph’s Lucy Fisher, who reveals Treasury Permanent Secretary Tom Scholar has been reappointed for one more five-year time period. Scholar had been seen as a typical pro-EU civil servant by some Brexiteers in authorities, resulting in reviews he was on a “hit list” of officers in the firing line. But the altering ambiance in No. 10 and Scholar’s efficiency in the course of the pandemic apparently received ministers spherical.

GREAT NEWS: Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens — who was being handled for coronavirus in hospital — has returned dwelling. Here’s her tweet.

HOUSE OF LORDS: Sits from midday, starting with the introduction of recent Justice Minister David Wolfson. Peers will then ask questions on drawback playing, cladding and COVID restrictions … From 1 p.m. Crossbench peer David Alton will use a PNQ to ask in regards to the arrest of greater than 50 individuals beneath the brand new Hong Kong nationwide safety legislation … after which there will probably be inquiries to ministers on the Wednesday authorities statements on COVID-19 and training settings.

SHARP ELBOWS: Former banker Richard Sharp is ready to be named because the BBC’s subsequent chairman, changing David Clementi in February. The appointment leaked out yesterday to Sky’s Mark Kleinman, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirming Sharp was the federal government’s choose in a while. Currently an adviser to Chancellor Rishi Sunak in addition to his former boss at Goldman Sachs, Sharp is a extremely politicized choose for the highly effective position overseeing the BBC’s output.

Richard Sharp pen portrait: Career banker, boasting Goldman, JP Morgan and the Bank of England on his CV. Another Oxford PPE grad getting a giant public position. Also has an arts background. Reportedly performed key position in final summer season’s £1.57 billion arts rescue bundle. Quietly pro-Brexit. Ally of Johnson from City Hall days. Still a lot nearer to his former protégé Sunak. Generally standard in Tory circles. Could be one thing to do with the minimal of £400,000 he’s donated to the celebration since 2001. The man-of-the-people £180,000 BBC wage will barely make a dent, in 2008 he was value £150 million. All in all has a number of expertise — none of which pertains to journalism.

HUNT v HANCOCK: Jeremy Hunt’s Commons well being committee will quiz Health Secretary Matt Hancock this afternoon on the U.Okay.’s worsening COVID state of affairs — kicks off from 2.30 p.m.

Also on committee hall: The Joint Committee on the Fixed Term Parliaments Act continues its work towards repealing the 2011 act, with proof from former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption and former Supreme Court President Brenda Hale — of proroguing parliament fame. Starts from 11.10 a.m.

**Jack Blanchard is again tomorrow with the unique pilot episode of POLITICO’s Westminster Insider podcast. Don’t need to miss it? Sign up for the e-mail alert and/or subscribe to it in your favourite platform.**


‘MEANINGFUL’ XMAS = COVID CRISIS: The Republic of Ireland has returned to a strict lockdown after surging an infection charges led to the announcement of recent measures final evening. Though Irish authorities ministers have publicly blamed the arrival of the U.Okay.’s extra infectious coronavirus variant, public well being consultants are pointing at Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s coverage blueprint of a “meaningful Christmas.” Martin’s plan noticed hospitality reopen in early December adopted by the resumption of family mixing amongst prolonged households over Christmas — a mix that has led to a surge in the variety of circumstances and hospitalizations. POLITICO’s Shawn Pogatchnik has extra.

MORE FRANCE VACCINE TROUBLE: The French authorities is beneath fireplace for hiring a number of costly consultancy companies — together with mega-firm McKinsey — to advise on its vaccination drive. The sluggish launch of France’s jabs drive has led to a backlash directed at every little thing and everybody concerned, with dear and opaque consultancies not immune. Full story from POLITICO’s Elisa Braun and Rym Momtaz.

OVERSHADOWED US NEWS: The Democrats have clinched a Senate majority after narrowly profitable each runoff contests in Georgia, clearing the way in which for President-elect Joe Biden to manipulate as a strong president. The win may also relegate present Senate Majority chief Mitch McConnell to the minority place, neutering some of the highly effective politicians in latest U.S. political historical past. McConnell allies unsurprisingly pinned the defeat on Donald Trump.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel broadcast spherical: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … BBC Breakfast (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … BBC Today program (8.15 a.m.) … Times Radio (8.45 a.m.).

Also on the Today program: Former CIA director John Brennan (7.10 a.m.) … Olivia Troye, former counterterrorism and COVID process pressure adviser to VP Mike Pence (7.20 a.m.) … Nancy Mace, Republican congresswoman for South Carolina (8.10 a.m.)

Also on Sky News at Breakfast: Daily Beast editor-at-large Goldie Taylor and Republican strategist Bryan Lanza (7.30 a.m.) … Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner (7.45 a.m.) … WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris (8.05 a.m.) … Clap for Our Carers organizer Annemarie Plas (8.20 a.m.) … Former DHSC Immunisation Director David Salisbury (8.30 a.m.).

Also on Times Radio Breakfast Show: Commons international affairs committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat (7.05 a.m.) … Oak National Academy principal Matt Hood (7.15 a.m.) … Statistician David Spiegelhalter (8.05 a.m.) … Commons dwelling affairs committee Chairman Yvette Cooper (8.25 a.m.) … Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner (8.25 a.m.).

Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): 1922 committee Chairman Graham Brady (7.05 a.m.) … ASCL President Richard Sheriff (7.20 a.m.) … Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka (7.25 a.m.) … Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist (8.20 a.m.) … Former Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson (8.35 a.m.).

Spectator TV (YouTube 6 p.m.): Broadcaster Andrew Neil interviews Commons well being committee Chairman Jeremy Hunt.

Reviewing the papers tonight: BBC News (10.40 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Bloomberg’s Lizzy Burden and former Labour election candidate Faiza Shaheen … Sky News (10.30 p.m.): Daily Mirror’s Kevin Maguire and Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): LabourListing’s Sienna Rodgers and former adviser to Boris Johnson Guto Harri.


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Daily Express: Vaccine — The huge push begins at present.

Daily Mail: At final! A turbo booster for jabs.

Daily Mirror: A pressure for good — Let’s vaccinate Britain.

Daily Star: The clap’s again.

Financial Times: Rioters storm Congress after Pence defies Trump on election.

HuffPost UK: American carnage — Capitol beneath siege.

i: Anarchy in the united statesA.

Metro: Anarchy in the U.S.

POLITICO UK: Trump loyalty cracks on a day that can outline his presidency.

The Daily Telegraph: Democracy beneath siege.

The Guardian: Chaos as pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol.

The Independent: Assault on democracy.

The Sun: Roll your sleeves up — PM has to dole out thousands and thousands of jabs 24/7.

The Times: U.S. Capitol beneath siege.


New Statesman: Out of management — How the federal government misplaced its grip on COVID.

The New European: Best shot.

The Spectator: A race in opposition to time.


Westminster climate: ☁️☁️❄️ It’s a chilly one — temperatures to succeed in freezing in the late afternoon.

Birthdays: Facebook spinner Nick Clegg … Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham … Shadow chief of the House of Lords Angela Smith … Feature author Miranda Sawyer.

PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Zia Weise, reporter Andrew McDonald and producer Miriam Webber.

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