1. Prosecutors wrapped up two days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial yesterday. House Democrats said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” to stop Joe Biden’s election. Today Trump’s defense takes the floor. (NEWS CENTER)
2. Twitter CFO Ned Segal said Donald Trump is permanently banned from Twitter, even if he runs for office again and wins. “Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” he said. (DAILY NEWS)
3. The U.S. tops 27.3 million covid-19 cases with over 475,000 deaths The Maine CDC reported no new deaths and 175 new cases on Thursday keeping Maine’s death toll at 641 with 100 Mainers currently hospitalized. The numbers of COVID-19 patients in Maine hospitals have hit their lowest levels since before Thanksgiving. (WMTW)
4. Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that by April “Virtually everybody and anybody, in any category, could start to get vaccinated,” Fauci has suggested that between 70% and 85% of the U.S. population should be vaccinated before the country can begin to return to normal. (DAILY NEWS)
5. Sunday is Valentine’s day. Celebrate by showering the one you love with endless affection. Saturday night is Galentine’s Day! PLAY AUDIO A holiday invented by Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character, Leslie Knope, that has taken on a life of its own as a way for real-life lady friends to give thanks for one another on the eve of Valentine’s Day.