In other news, the U.S. economy posted a net loss of 140,000 jobs in December according to the Labor Department. That's the first net loss since April 2020.
Meanwhile, the U.S. saw a record number of billion dollar disasters in 2020. According to NOAA, 22 separate natural disasters led to least a billion dollars in damage totaling $95 billion in all. The old record was 16.
Finally, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that she spoke to the Joint Chiefs about preventing Trump from doing something insane.
"This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike," Pelosi wrote. "The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy."
After speaking with Milley Friday, Pelosi told her caucus that she has gotten assurances there are safeguards in place in the event Trump wants to launch a nuclear weapon, according to multiple sources on a caucus call.
I didn't think the first week back after the holidays would be easy, but it was grueling. One of my friends attempted to commit suicide on Tuesday night. She's okay, or at least she will be. My next shipment of hormones was also lost in the mail over the holidays and I'm about to start rationing what I have left to buy some time. So that's testing me. There was also the attempted coup.
I'll try to do better next week.