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Top Pa. lawmakers who rejected election results denounce U.S. Capitol mob
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/spl/capitol-mob-violence-donald-trump-pennsylvania-legislature-reactions-20210106.html

U.S. Capitol violence: Gov. Tom Wolf, Pa. state lawmakers speak out
https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/u-s-capitol-protests-pa-state-lawmakers-speak-out/

Pa. Senate Republicans denounce violence but stop short of accepting election results
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/senate-republicans-denounce-violence-but-stop-short-of-accepting-election-results/

Pa. Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward defends election questions as U.S. Capitol stormed
https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pa-senate-majority-leader-kim-ward-defends-election-questions-as-mob-storms-u-s-capitol/

Capitol breach: Reps from the Poconos condemn violence in D.C.
https://www.poconorecord.com/story/news/politics/elections/presidential/2021/01/06/wild-tweets-she-safe-and-ok-d-c/6568892002/

Pa. Senate makes national news: Ousting Lt. Gov. John Fetterman as presiding officer and leaving a seat empty
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-senate-makes-national-news-ousting-lt-gov-john-fetterman-as-presiding-officer-and-leaving-a-seat-empty.html

Fetterman to Pa. Senate GOP: ‘I broke the rules, you broke the law’
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/01/06/john-Fetterman-pennsylvania-Senate-GOP-republicans-decorum-rules-constitution-brewster-ziccarelli-election/stories/202101060118

Sen. Brewster should have been seated
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2021/01/07/Senator-Brewster-should-have-been-seated-Pennsylvania/stories/202101070030

For just $350 million, theater of absurd
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/opinion/editorial/for-just-350-million-theater-of-absurd/article_91af698b-d85e-5915-ac6d-4ae0f75b84e0.html

Schuylkill legislators decry violence at D.C. protest
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/schuylkill-legislators-decry-violence-at-d-c-protest/article_6b1ac384-ac11-54a4-9ab5-11f518c78cff.html

Sen. Mastriano and former state rep. Saccone among Trump supporters who occupied U.S. Capitol
https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/sen-mastriano-and-former-state-rep-saccone-among-trump-supporters-who-occupied-us-capitol/Content?oid=18690728

Ex-GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone joins chaos in Washington, praises Trump
https://triblive.com/local/regional/rick-saccone-joins-chaos-in-washington-praises-trump/

Pa. lawmakers who support Trump’s election falsehoods respond to insurrection at U.S. Capitol
https://www.witf.org/2021/01/06/pa-lawmakers-who-support-trumps-election-falsehoods-respond-to-insurrection-at-u-s-capitol/

More Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers protest Electoral College
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/election/more-pennsylvania-gop-lawmakers-protest-electoral-college/article_b21a24d0-78f0-5c03-a8b2-a3f988a77366.html

After U.S. Capitol rioting, Pa. House, Senate staffers told to work from home
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/after-us-capitol-rioting-pa-house-senate-staffers-told-to-work-from-home.html

Memorial yard sign fundraiser benefits family of state Rep. Mike Reese
https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/memorial-yard-sign-fundraiser-benefits-family-of-state-rep-mike-reese/

Toohil recalls mother in swearing in to new term
https://www.standardspeaker.com/news/election/toohil-recalls-mother-in-swearing-in-to-new-term/article_bd1427e9-acf5-5578-8750-02f121075adc.html

For the first time, a mother and son are serving in Pennsylvania House of Representatives
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/for-the-first-time-a-mother-and-son-are-serving-in-pennsylvania-house-of-representatives/article_ed1598f6-503a-11eb-b21b-2f0a131195dc.html

How a new tax like Arizona’s could help underfunded schools in Pa. | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/arizona-school-tax-pennsylvania-education-funding-20210106.html

New Year’s resolutions for Pa. Legislature: raise minimum wage, stop fighting, work more | John Baer
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/new-years-resolutions-for-pa-legislature-raise-minimum-wage-stop-fighting-work-more-john-baer.html

Washington

Congress affirms Biden’s presidential win following riot at U.S. Capitol
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/07/Biden-win-confirmed-pro-Trump-mob-storms-US-Capitol-electoral-votes/stories/202101070102

Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol
https://triblive.com/news/world/biden-win-confirmed-after-pro-trump-mob-storms-us-capitol/

BIDEN REACTS: President-elect calls on mob to ‘pull back,’ urges ‘simple decency
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/06/joe-Biden-president-elect-calls-mob-withdraw-urges-restoring-decency-democracy-riot-attack-assault-trump/stories/202101060157

‘An absolute disgrace’: Pa. delegation reacts to violent storming of U.S. Capitol
https://triblive.com/news/world/an-absolute-disgrace-pa-delegation-reacts-to-violent-storming-of-u-s-capitol/

Pa. Congresswoman Susan Wild describes the attack on the Capitol: ‘I started hearing shots and breaking glass’
https://www.inquirer.com/news/us-capitol-lockdown-susan-wild-20210106.html

Lehigh Valley lawmakers promise to continue doing their job, call for consequences for Trump supporters who stormed Capitol
https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-susan-wild-trump-protests-capitol-20210106-y3ggkiihwva6fcslirqsplazhu-story.html

Cartwright describes House members’ escape
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/cartwright-describes-house-members-escape/article_ec437135-b56b-54f2-acfd-8a3279661d1c.html

Berks County’s congressional delegation reacts to violence on Capitol Hill
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/berks-countys-congressional-delegation-reacts-to-violence-on-capitol-hill/article_8d46f3fe-5060-11eb-9dd7-1fc6632b9e52.html

Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb accuses members of Congress of repeating lies: video
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/pa-rep-conor-lamb-accuses-members-of-congress-of-repeating-lies-video.html

Pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol ‘an attempted coup,’ says former D.C. and Philly police chief Charles H. Ramsey
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/capitol-insurrection-coup-trump-police-charles-ramsey-20210106.html

Blame for U.S. Capitol violence ‘lies squarely’ with Trump, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge says
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/blame-for-us-capitol-violence-lies-squarely-with-trump-former-pa-gov-tom-ridge-says.html

Some lawmakers say Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley should resign or be expelled
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/01/some-lawmakers-say-sens-ted-cruz-josh-hawley-should-resign-or-be-expelled.html

Lawmakers vow to investigate police after Capitol breach
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/01/lawmakers-vow-to-investigate-police-after-capitol-breach.html

The day American democracy was brought to the brink, as coup attempt fails at the U.S. Capitol
https://www.inquirer.com/wires/wp/insurrection-washington-capitol-election-trump-biden-20210106.html

Hours before mob breached Capitol, Trump railed against Pennsylvania vote
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/01/06/donald-Trump-latest-claims-election-raud-Pennsylvania-completely-false-wrong-lie-falsehood/stories/202101060151

Senior officials have discussed removing Trump under the 25th Amendment. Here’s how that could work.
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/donald-trump-25th-amendment-removal-20210107.html

Trump says his term is ending, transition will be orderly
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/07/Trump-says-his-term-is-ending-transition-will-be-orderly-reaction-biden-congress/stories/202101070099

Perry leads failed charge to oust Biden’s Pennsylvania electors
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/07/perry-leads-failed-charge-oust-bidens-pennsylvania-electors/6571078002/

U.S. Rep. Meuser reacts to chaos in Washington
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/u-s-rep-meuser-reacts-to-chaos-in-washington/article_4e444f3f-e961-5892-b706-10124ce27370.html

Meuser defends plan to object to Biden electoral votes, later condemns “violent lawlessness”
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/meuser-defends-plan-to-object-to-biden-electoral-votes-later-condemns-violent-lawlessness/article_f8c41c00-38d1-54dc-9703-0820bef644f7.html

Chris Christie unloads on Trump after U.S. Capitol attack: ‘I am just absolutely sickened’
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/01/chris-christie-unloads-on-trump-after-us-capitol-attack-i-am-just-absolutely-sickened.html

Capitol protests normal, but not Wednesday’s events
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/capitol-protests-normal-but-not-wednesdays-events/article_509b6701-2c56-5b66-bf28-49e200375ef6.html

Capitol violence sparks temporary Twitter, Facebook bans for Trump
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/nation/twitter-facebook-temporary-trump-ban-capitol-violence-election-integrity-20210107.html

Fact-checking Trump’s false claims about Pennsylvania’s election before his supporters attacked the Capitol
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-washington-rally-pennsylvania-fact-check-20210106.html

Rudy Giuliani voicemail asks senator to stall Congress, but he dialed wrong: reports
https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2021/01/rudy-giuliani-voicemail-asks-senator-to-stall-congress-but-he-dialed-wrong-reports.html

Trump to protesters: ‘We love you. You’re very special … but go home’
https://triblive.com/news/world/pressure-mounts-on-trump-to-condemn-protesters/

Trump supporters in Washington rejoice over an attack on the U.S. Capitol: ‘Today, it’s biblical.’
https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-rally-washington-electoral-college-certification-pennsylvania-20210106.html

The siege on the U.S. Capitol, and democracy, is Trump’s legacy. Pennsylvania Republicans are also complicit. | Editorial
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/editorials/trump-insurrection-capitol-dc-gop-pennsylvania-20210106.html

Call the violence Trump created ‘sedition’: After his lies inspire mob to attack Capitol, he must step down | Trudy Rubin
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/trump-capitol-seige-national-guard-biden-kevin-mccarthy-20210106.html

Our opinion: Mob outside, liars inside
https://www.citizensvoice.com/opinion/editorial/our-opinion-mob-outside-liars-inside/article_41abfd30-b709-56c6-acde-9376f6c24240.html

Darkest Day
https://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2021/01/07/Darkest-Day-Washington-Capitol-Trump-Violence-President/stories/202101070077

Coronavirus – COVID-19

In unexpected development, some Pa. health care workers declining COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2021/01/in-unexpected-development-some-pa-health-care-workers-declining-covid-19-vaccine.html

COVID-19 update: Nearly 9,500 new cases reported in Pa.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/01/06/COVID-19-coronavirus-pennsylvania-allegheny-county-pittsburgh-cases-deaths-data-stats-pandemic-surge/stories/202101060130

Allegheny County reports most new covid cases in Pa., adds 46 deaths
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-reports-highest-new-covid-cases-in-pa-adds-46-deaths/

‘Exponential growth’ forecast for Allegheny County’s COVID-19 vaccination rate
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/01/06/Allegheny-County-COVID-19-vaccination-rate-Debra-Bogen-health-department/stories/202101060149

Allegheny County officials worried about large New Year’s parties leading to covid spread
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-officials-worried-about-large-new-years-parties-leading-to-covid-spread/

Relief, satisfaction from first covid-19 vaccine recipients in Monroeville
https://triblive.com/local/monroeville/relief-satisfaction-from-first-covid-19-vaccine-recipients-in-monroeville/

Geisinger begins administering second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/geisinger-begins-administering-second-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine/article_2edb1757-eca8-5a1b-b775-d41ffd25d856.html

181 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/coronavirus/181-new-covid-19-cases-reported-in-county/article_666cfdd8-d28b-5cd6-bad6-f6f9afcbee99.html

NEPA counties top 40,000 COVID-19 cases
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/coronavirus/nepa-counties-top-40-000-covid-19-cases/article_d280f452-4779-5f1f-9e98-28ede608322f.html

Berks County Community Health Center administers first doses of COVID vaccine to nonhospital health care workers and staff
https://www.readingeagle.com/coronavirus/berks-county-community-health-center-administers-first-doses-of-covid-vaccine-to-nonhospital-health-care/article_f3360318-503c-11eb-9087-07fe2317d77f.html

In fight against COVID, ‘cautious optimism’ in Chester, Delaware counties
https://www.dailylocal.com/news/coronavirus/in-fight-against-covid-cautious-optimism-in-chester-delaware-counties/article_b0e430fa-5034-11eb-844d-5312052ebaea.html

Business

Wayfair raises its minimum wage to more than double the federal rate
https://www.pennlive.com/business/2021/01/wayfair-raises-its-minimum-wage-to-more-than-double-the-federal-rate.html

Crime/Punishment

French bulldog puppies kidnapped in gunpoint robbery of breeder in Lancaster County, feds say
https://www.inquirer.com/news/french-bulldog-breeders-lancaster-county-gun-robbery-christopher-stimpson-walter-artis-20210106.html

Norristown teen is charged with murder after accidentally shooting his longtime friend
https://www.inquirer.com/news/victor-bell-jr-norristown-murder-diamond-rahatt-20210106.html

Education

NAACP backs lawsuit against Gateway School District
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/01/06/NAACP-backs-lawsuit-against-Gateway-School-District-korie-morton-rozier-racism-discrimination-athletic-director/stories/202101060127

State, local NAACP chapters reiterate need for Gateway School Board member to resign
https://triblive.com/local/monroeville/state-and-local-naacp-chapters-reiterate-need-for-gateway-school-board-member-to-resign/

Health Care

Congress’ ban on surprise medical billing misses opportunity to rein in prices | Opinion
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/coronavirus-stimulus-surprise-medical-bills-ban-20210107.html

Local News

PEL backs Scranton’s information technology upgrade
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/pel-backs-scrantons-information-technology-upgrade/article_fe4f57c1-e932-5cbc-bb11-e728e84245a5.html

Lackawanna County Commissioner defends vote making herself board chairwoman
https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/lackawanna-county-commissioner-defends-vote-making-herself-board-chairwoman/article_ab385e7f-101a-5573-b4dd-5bda68e87acb.html

Account established for donations in wake of a fire that killed mother and daughter in Reading
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/account-established-for-donations-in-wake-of-a-fire-that-killed-mother-and-daughter-in/article_fa06d21e-504e-11eb-9214-9f913668310d.html

Reading mayor celebrates Three Kings Day with toy giveaway
https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/reading-mayor-celebrates-three-kings-day-with-toy-giveaway/article_f78ebd58-505d-11eb-8803-bfe15b10fe5e.html

Brown vetoes amended budget, council responds
https://www.timesleader.com/news/815483/brown-vetoes-amended-budget-council-responds

Luzerne County may have new election director this month
https://www.timesleader.com/news/815479/luzerne-county-may-have-new-election-director-this-month

Luzerne County releases update on workers in quarantine
https://www.timesleader.com/news/815487/luzerne-county-releases-update-on-workers-in-quarantine

Officers accuse former Ambridge chief of sexual harassment
https://triblive.com/local/regional/officers-accuse-former-ambridge-chief-of-sexual-harassment/

Pete Buttigieg called Lehigh County to ask about transit needs. The Lehigh Valley can think of about 6.5 billion of them.
https://www.mcall.com/business/transportation/mc-biz-lehigh-county-transportation-buttigieg-20210107-bg5vnbcbh5at7ckjcmo7zfyove-story.html

Delco leaders call Capitol crisis a ‘stain’ on history
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/delco-leaders-call-capitol-crisis-a-stain-on-history/article_985961e4-508f-11eb-94d6-e3d235b08898.html

National News

Protesters swarm Statehouses across U.S.; some evacuated
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2021/01/06/Protesters-swarm-Statehouses-across-U-S-some-evacuated/stories/202101060177

Louisville fires two detectives involved in the Breonna Taylor raid and hires a police chief
https://www.inquirer.com/news/nation-world/louisville-detectives-fired-breonna-taylor-myles-cosgrove-joshua-jaynes-20210106.html

Philly

76ers coach Doc Rivers on U.S. Capitol attack: ‘Could you imagine … if those were all Black people storming the Capitol?’
https://www.inquirer.com/sixers/philadelphia-sixers-doc-rivers-trump-supporters-capitol-donald-trump-insurrection-20210106.html

Fairmount Park’s Chamounix Mansion youth hostel wins tax case against city
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/philadelphia-chamounix-mansion-youth-hostel-wins-hotel-tax-case-20210106.html

Pitt

Pittsburgh religious leaders react to Capitol protests
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2021/01/06/Pittsburgh-religious-leaders-reaction-washington-Capitol-protests-riots-congress/stories/202101060165

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh officials monitor D.C. unrest
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny-county-pittsburgh-officials-monitor-d-c-unrest/

City to agree to new federal sewer system rules
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/environment/2021/01/06/pittsburgh-ePA-consent-agreement-new-federal-sewer-system-rules-alcosan-stormwater-runoff/stories/202101060119

Gretchen Baker to lead Carnegie Museum of Natural History
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2021/01/06/Gretchen-Baker-Carnegie-Museum-of-Natural-History/stories/202101060136

Alcosan proposing new building and parking garage at its Wood Run complex
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/development/2021/01/07/Alcosan-Woods-Run-North-Shore-Clean-Water-Plan/stories/202101070079

Pittsburgh man charged in Lawrenceville explosion
https://triblive.com/local/man-charged-in-lawrenceville-explosion/

State News

Pa. Farm Show butter sculptors were ready to go ahead, but then it all fell apart
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2021/01/07/butter-sculptor-canceled-at-Pennsylvania-Farm-Show-Jim-Victor-Marie-Pelton/stories/202101070010

Thousands more Pennsylvanians continue to seek safety net programs
https://www.witf.org/2021/01/06/thousands-more-pennsylvanians-continue-to-seek-safety-net-programs/

Transportation

Weather delays start of Route 28 improvement project around Highland Park Bridge
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2021/01/06/PennDOT-Route-28-Highland-Park-Bridge-more-lanes-safer-merges/stories/202101060171

PennDOT postpones Route 28 project until next week due to weather
https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/penndot-postpones-route-28-project-until-next-week-due-to-weather/