House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening, a ceremonial step that precedes the article being sent to the Senate.
The engrossment ceremony to make the article official occurred shortly after it passed the House, with 10 Republican members of Congress joining the Democrats to impeach the president on a count of willful incitement of insurrection.
“Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” Pelosi said before signing the document. “That Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor that oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.”
Pelosi spoke from the same lectern that a rioter had dragged through the halls of the Capitol during last week‘s insurrection. A staffer wheeled it back to the speaker‘s office on Wednesday for the signing event. The lectern had been moved to the Senate side of the building after photographs of the man parading with the lectern through the building went viral.
Trump’s impeachment by the House marked the first time that a president has been impeached twice in U.S. history.
The article of impeachment will now head to the Senate, although a trial is not expected to begin until after next Wednesday’s inauguration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement earlier Wednesday that “there is simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”
“In light of this reality,” he said, “I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration.”
She got engaged to Blake Shelton in the fall after five years of dating.
And Gwen Stefani admitted Thursday that the country star's proposal 'was right on time' as their relationship had matured.
The 51-year-old pop legend stopped by Today for a virtual interview on Thursday in which co-host Carson Daly also revealed that he once told his old friend that she and Blake weren't right for each other.
According to Gwen, it was obvious from the start that Blake was the right person for her.
'He's just such a good guy,' she said while beaming. 'He's one of the most generous human beings and down to earth.
'It all sounds so generic, but it's just so true. He's so gifted and so unique and talented and he really is just my best friend,' she gushed.
The No Doubt singer had nothing but positive thoughts for the future.
'I feel just so excited that I have someone in my life that now I have a chance at like, happiness, you know what I mean? For a long time to come. It's just a blessing, the whole thing and it is a miracle,' she said.
Still, Gwen sounded surprised that their relationship even got off the ground, as it came amid her divorce from Gavin Rossdale and his split from Miranda Lambert.
'You just don't see things that are right around the corner after such like, devastation.'
She also had 'a lot to consider when you have so many people involved,' including the futures of her children if she remarried.
If anything, she had to tamp down on her instinct to jump into the relationship head first.
'I think in a romantic way when you fall in love so hard and so unexpectedly and so late in your life, you think, "I wanna marry you, like now!"' she said. 'That's the first romantic reaction. Let's go get married, you know?'
But after some 'healing' from the trauma of previous relationships and breakups, Blake's proposal 'was right on time.'
The couple first confirmed their relationship in 2015, and their fans got to see their romance develop on television as they appeared together on the singing competition The Voice.
Elsewhere in the interview, Today co-host Carson Daly admitted that he once had a chat with Gwen and Blake in which he urged the two to reconsider dating.
'Five years ago, when you started to date Blake, you’ll remember this, we went back to your house, your old house in LA, and I sat you and Blake down in the kitchen,' he recalled.
'And I said, "You guys, pump the brakes. This is not good. This is not going to work." And I looked at Gwen, and I said, "You’re much, much too good for this guy. You’re smart. You’re intelligent. You’re one of my oldest friends. And then there’s Blake,"' he added, which amused the songstress.
On Instagram, Gwen admitted that she had to get up at 2 a.m. in order to record her Today appearance, which included a performance of her new single Let Me Reintroduce Myself.
The singer gave a better view of the tiger-stripe jacket and low-cut black tank top that she wore on the show while using a starburst filter around herself.
She added that the Today hosts sent her 'the coolest gift,' which she revealed was a his and hers set of baby blue cowbells, with thick grips and a black tuxedo painted on one and a white wedding dress on the other.
In Let Me Reintroduce Myself, Gwen returns to the classic sound of her heyday with No Doubt while in the video she wears some of her iconic looks throughout the years.
However, in her interview she admitted that they weren't the original clothes, which were displayed in Las Vegas for her ongoing residency concerts.
She recently touched down in the Maldives after previously joining the descent of influencers living it up in Dubai.
And Georgia Steel set pulses racing as she stripped down to her lingerie for her latest set of sultry pictures from her recent United Arab Emirates trip on Friday.
Sharing the snaps to Instagram on Friday, the Love Island star, 22, looked sensational as she struck a pose in a navy lace lingerie set from Boux Avenue.
She flaunted her enviable physique and fixed the camera with a seductive stare for in the racy new pictures.
Georgia styled her brunette tresses in a loose wave across her shoulders and opted for a full-coverage make-up palette.
She also showcased the impressive views of Dubai's cityscape as she struck a sexy pose on her hotel room's picturesque balcony.
Alongside her lingerie snaps, she penned: 'At the top of the chain Wearing my favourites @bouxavenue the best lingerie ever to be made in London.'
The reality star also shared an array of selfies in the gorgeous lingerie set to her Instagram stories later on Friday.
She flaunted her pert derriere as she shot a series of short videos from her hotel room in the revealing lingerie set.
Georgia strutted around the balcony in the racy attire as she confidently showed off her toned physique while enjoying her Dubai trip.
It comes after the influencer and her Love Island pal Joanna Chimonides left the UAE city and touched down in the Maldives on Friday for a week-long 'work' trip.
Taking to Instagram, Georgia revealed that the 'work' trip had been planned for a long time and she felt 'lucky' that it could go ahead amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said that she felt 'so lucky' to still be able to travel with her 'job' amid the third national Covid lockdown back home in the UK.
Georgia also said she hoped they would be able to bring her fans a 'little bit of light' during 'a very dull time', which has seen strict Covid rules enforced across the UK.
She penned: 'I feel so lucky to be able to travel with my job at the moment.
'I'm so grateful that I've been given the opportunity to work with @velasserumaldives for the next week and make memories that are going to last me a lifetime.
'I thank the universe every day.'
Before adding: 'Me and Jo have planned this trip for ages and actually can't believe we are still able to work with one of the best resorts in Maldives during the current circumstances.
'We are so grateful and feel so lucky that our job enables us to experience things like this.
'We hope to bring you guys a little bit of light during a very dull time.
'Without you guys we wouldn't be there, so thank you.'
Her travel to the Maldives from Dubai comes after it was announced on Monday that travellers returning to the UK from the UAE will have to quarantine.
The news follows a 52 per cent surge in the number of COVID -19 cases there - an undoubted shock for the influencer-packed city.
Georgia joined a slew of Love Island stars living it up in the luxurious city, with many claiming their travel was 'for work' to avoid questions on whether they've breached government restrictions.
Under the latest national lockdown rules, which are now in effect, holidays are banned as international travel is only permitted for a strict number of reasons such as for work.
Within the UK, domestic holidays are also banned as you must stay at home at all times except for a limited number of 'reasonable excuses' such as shopping for essentials or work.
The Government has said if you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
Pandemic news has been rumbling at home as earlier this week, it was revealed that new rules will require international travellers to come back negative after a PCR test before arriving in England will come into force from Friday.
From 4am on January 15, passengers arriving by boat, train or plane - including UK nationals - will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country.
They will need to present proof of a negative test result - using a PCR test or on some occasions a LAMP or lateral flow test - to their carrier on boarding while the UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrivals.
Australia's ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) charts weren't very Australian in 2020, with just two local acts in the top albums and singles.
The artists sweeping up included British pop star Harry Styles, who had the highest selling album of last year with Fine Line coming in at number one.
American singer Taylor Swift's new album Folklore, which was made in lockdown in secret and released as a surprise, reached number two.
Fellow U.S. resident Billie Eilish came in at number three, with her album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Coming at number four was one of the only Australian-based acts in the running - with AC/DC 's album PWRϟUP sliding into the top five.
American singer-songwriter Luke Combs came in at number five, with What You See Is What You Get.
Australians didn't fare much better in the singles wins, with the highest selling single going to American pop star The Weeknd with Blinding Lights.
At number two was American rapper SAINt JHN with Roses, while at number three was English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa with Don't Start Now.
Finally a local talent got some representation, with Australian pop star Tones And I at number four with her mega-hit single Dance Monkey.
Rounding out the top five was American rapper DaBaby featuring fellow U.S star Roddy Rich, with their single Rockstar.
It comes after November's ARIA Awards suffered some of the worst ratings ever in the history of the show.
Hosted by singer Delta Goodrem, 2020's ceremony drew in just 287,000 viewers across the five major cities, reported TV Tonight, leading to fears the awards may never be televised again.