Dems sweep / ‘This will be historic’ / ‘Oh, s—. F—’

Dems sweep. Georgia runoff victories for Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock give the Democrats total control of Congress.
Warnock—a public housing kid who became his family’s first college graduate—becomes the state’s first-ever Black senator.
The AP explains how Democrats did it.
Last night’s developments left Fox News at a loss for (English) words.
The Senate’s Democratic turn brings new pressure for a Supreme Court justice to retire.

And now the spotlight pivots from Georgia back to D.C. Updating coverage: What normally would be routine—confirmation of Joe Biden’s Electoral College presidential victory—goes to Congress.
PolitiFact explains in detail what’s supposed to happen: “There is basically zero chance the objections will change the outcome” …
 … which hasn’t stopped President Trump from pressing Vice President Pence to try.
Chants of “Traitor!” followed Utah Sen.—and ex-Republican candidate for president—Mitt Romney yesterday on his flight to Washington, where he said he’d vote to certify Joe Biden’s win.
Amid speculation Trump plans to flee to Scotland before Biden’s inauguration, Scotland’s leader says uh-uh: “We are not allowing people to come in … without an essential purpose … and that would apply to him.”
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg draws a line from the Confederacy to Trump: “They lost in 1865, lost in 2020. Evil always loses, eventually.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign political science professor Nicholas Grossman is less nuanced: “F*** You, Ted Cruz, you un-American, anti-democracy, lying sack of sh*t.”

‘This will be historic.’ Politico Illinois says Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s quest for reelection likely won’t make the 60-vote threshold in private—in which case the process will happen in public.
The number of women considering challenging Madigan is growing.

‘There must be an exponential increase.’ Mayor Lightfoot says Chicago’s not getting enough COVID-19 vaccination doses fast enough.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci: Now that “the glitches have been worked out,” a million shots a day is on the horizon.
The Tribune: Early doses of the vaccine meant for front-line health care workers have been going to Chicago researchers working at home.
Phil Kadner in the Sun-Times: No one seems to know how this is going to work.”
The Smithsonian Institution wants to preserve your account of how your life changed in 2020.

‘Oh, s—. F—.’ Long-withheld video shows a Chicago police officer’s reaction after his SUV hit and severely hurt a 32-year-old woman in November 2019.
Mayor Lightfoot says she wishes she’d done things differently when she learned of a botched police raid in which an innocent woman was handcuffed naked in her home.
The Chicago City Council is considering a plan to cut hundreds of millions from the police department’s budget.
The ACLU of Wisconsin reacts: “This officer will continue with his career with the mistaken belief that he has done no wrong. … Today, justice was not served.”

Pfleger accused. Facing a complaint he sexually abused a minor, rabble-rousing Father Michael Pfleger is at least temporarily out of his leadership role at Chicago’s St. Sabina Church.
Pfleger on Facebook: “I am devastated, hurt and yes angry.”

Dead again. TV and movie star Tanya Roberts’ death has been confirmed, this time apparently accurately.
Music impresario Dr. Dre says he’s “doing great” in the hospital after reportedly suffering a brain aneurysm.

Macy’s retreat. Ending a 45-year run, the company’s shuttering its Water Tower store …

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