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Released: 13-Jan-2021 3:05 PM EST
FSU expert available to discuss new COVID-19 variants
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: January 13, 2021 | 2:12 pm | SHARE: New variants of the COVID-19 virus have appeared around the world, including a more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus that was first identified in the United Kingdom. Other variants have been identified in South Africa, Nigeria and Japan.Viruses constantly change through mutation.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:35 PM EST
Expert ready to provide insights on presidential inauguration
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: January 13, 2021 | 1:01 pm | SHARE: In the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony will differ sharply from those of years past.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden is set to take office on Jan. 20 amid a scaled-down event for which plans remain fluid, said inauguration expert Elizabeth Goldsmith, professor emerita at Florida State University.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
WashU Expert: Trump self-pardon might open him to prosecution
Washington University in St. Louis

As Donald Trump prepares to leave the presidency Jan. 20 in the wake of being accused of fomenting the riot at the U.S. Capitol, he is reportedly considering an unprecedented move: a self-pardon.While no president has ever pardoned himself, the act might be more trouble than it’s worth for Trump, notes a criminal law and Supreme Court expert at Washington University in St.

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Released: 8-Jan-2021 2:55 PM EST
WashU Expert: What is the 25th Amendment?
Washington University in St. Louis

In light of the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol building, many Democrats, and even some Republicans, have called for the use of the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to relieve President Trump of his duties.What is that amendment and how does it work?Greg Magarian, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law and Constitutional law expert at Washington University in St.

Released: 8-Jan-2021 2:45 PM EST
Is compromise possible in a split Senate?
Washington University in St. Louis

The Democrats’ dual victories in Georgia’s runoff election on Jan. 5, created a rare 50-50 split in the U.S. Senate and will give majority power to the Democrats once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris — potentially, the deciding vote — is sworn into office on Jan. 20.Given how divided politics in America has become, will the tied Senate be in constant gridlock?Not necessarily.

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