In other news, initial claims for unemployment increased to 885,000 last week according to the Labor Department, the highest number since August. Numbers for the previous week were also revised upward.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security says the big Russian hack discovered this week was not limited to just customers of SolarWinds. It's bigger, but we don't know how big yet.
Finally, Mike Pence is reportedly planning to leave the country immediately after certifying Biden's victory.
As vice president, Pence has the awkward but unavoidable duty of presiding over the session of Congress that will formalize Biden’s Electoral College victory — a development that is likely to expose him and other Republicans to the wrath of GOP voters who believe President Donald Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen from him.
But Pence could dodge their ire by leaving Washington immediately for the Middle East and Europe. According to three U.S. officials familiar with the planning, the vice president is eyeing a foreign trip that would take him overseas for nearly a week, starting on Jan. 6.
Is this Pence's opening salvo in his 2024 campaign?
With all the personality of a raw potato, I don't think Pence could win a single primary.
Programming note... sorry about the website outage last night. It was still out after 10 p.m. so I called it. This was going to be last night's cartoon!