House to vote on removing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees
The House of Representatives will vote Thursday on removing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia from her committees because of her past controversial statements and embracing of QAnon conspiracy theories. “It is clear there is no alternative,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The Democrat said that he had conferred with his Republican counterpart Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about freshman Republican Greene and that a compromise short of stripping her committee assignments could not be reached. The Democratic-led House can pass the vote with a simple majority. The vote will decide whether Greene can stay on her committees for the rest of her term, which expires in January 2023.
Prayer breakfast gives Biden fresh chance to call for unity
President Joe Biden on Thursday is expected to address the National Prayer Breakfast, a Washington tradition that calls on political combatants to set aside their differences for one morning. The breakfast has sparked controversy in the past, particularly when then-President Donald Trump used 2020’s event to slam his political opponents and question their faith. Some liberals have viewed the event warily because of the conservative faith-based group that is behind it. Democratic Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, an honorary co-chair of this year’s gathering, said the event will be “an inclusive and positive event.” Coons also told reporters that Biden’s remarks would take a different tack than those of Trump. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, attends Mass every week and, in his only event before being sworn in as the 46th president Jan. 20, attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.
Minneapolis police can no longer deactivate body cams
A new policy that prohibits Minneapolis police officers from turning off their cameras to have private conversations while responding to an incident takes effect on Thursday. The change is intended to increase accountability and transparency, according to a statement from Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey. Officers have been required to activate their cameras when they are dispatched to a call or initiate any police activity since Justine Diamond was shot and killed by Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor in 2017. Several other police policies were changed after the death of George Floyd last May, which sparked nationwide protests.
Investigation begins of Idaho helicopter crash that killed 3 Guardsmen
An investigation begins Thursday into the cause of a helicopter crash that killed three seasoned pilots with the Idaho National Guard. The UH-60 Black Hawk crashed Tuesday south of Lucky Peak near Boise after 8 p.m., the state National Guard confirmed in a Facebook post. The identities of the three pilots were not immediately released. Col. Christopher Burt said a team with the Army’s aviation safety center would be on the ground Thursday to begin their investigation of the incident. Two of the pilots were instructors with the Idaho Army National Guard, and the most junior member had more than five years of flight experience, said Lt. Col. Nicole Washington, who oversaw the members. “It leaves a tremendous, indescribable void in our aviation community,” Washington told a news conference Wednesday.
The best in movie and TV: Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations
Awards season rolls on Thursday with nominations for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The nominations will be announced at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Instagram Live, featuring presenters Daveed Diggs on @sagawards and Lily Collins on @lilyjcollins. The SAG Award nominations come a day after those for the Golden Globe Awards (the “Citizen Kane” origin story “Mank” led the pack with six nods). The SAG Awards ceremony will air April 4 in a revamped one-hour special.
Contributing: The Associated Press