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Pew Research does not use volunteers for their polls. They state in their frequently asked questions that “a survey of volunteers is a ‘non-probability sample’ and the results cannot be generalized to the public as a whole.”

The key to research conducted by a survey is it needs to have a random sample of people so that every type of person has an equal opportunity to have their views captured in the survey.  If the polls accepted volunteers, it would violate this principle because not everyone would have an opportunity to be included.

However, people should participate in research surveys to express their opinions to the leaders of the nation. Public officials and other leaders pay attention to the results of polls and generally take the result into consideration when making decisions.

Polls or surveys measure public opinion and document the experiences of the public on a variety of topics. The results of these surveys provide information to be used by those in academics, researchers, and government officials. The polls help keep leaders informed so they can make wise decisions that benefit the people as a whole.

Major professional organizations of survey researchers have a clear code of ethics for their members. The codes cover the responsibilities of pollsters with respect to the treatment of those who respond, their relationships with clients, and their responsibilities to the public when they are reporting on polls.

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Rep. Marjorie Greene Starts Impeachment Process Against Joe Biden

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Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-Ga.) announced she filed articles of impeachment against Joe Biden. As she promised a week ago, the documents were submitted the day after his inauguration — Jan. 21, 2021.

The articles’ content specifying impeachable offenses has not been released as yet. However, Greene indicated the document accuses Biden of abuse of power during his term as vice president under ex-President Obama. Greene asserts he allowed “his son, Hunter, to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company,” reports Cristina Marcos for The Hill.

greeneGreene says the president is not fit to hold office. Biden’s pattern of abuse of power is lengthy and disturbing. She further contends he has proven that bailing his son out by doing whatever it takes.

Moreover, Greene said he lined his pockets and his family with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies.

The president’s son, Hunter Biden, is under Federal investigation that is supported by Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding questionable foreign business dealings. In December 2020, a source told FOX News that the suspicious transactions involved China and other countries.

Both Bidens deny they have done anything warranting such scrutiny. The younger Biden acknowledged the federal probe but adamantly states he handled all of his dealings legitimately and legally.

The White House Secretary Jen Psaki told the press corps that the president would not discuss the investigation.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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The Hill: Rep. Marjorie Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden; by Cristina Marcos
FOX News: Hunter Biden appears for inauguration ceremonies amid federal probe, says ‘all good;’ by Ronn Blitzer

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US Celebrates as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Swear to Uphold Constitution

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths to uphold the United States Constitution on Jan. 20, 2021. While trimmed down due to the need for an extreme military presence, the pomp and circumstance are still awe-inspiring.

Political figures and their families joined the celebration wearing masks, bundled up against the snow flurries — 35-degree wind-chill factor. Former presidents and first ladies in attendance were George and Laura Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama. Vice President Mike Pence and Karen were in attendance. Jimmy Carter and Roselyn did not attend due to concerns over COVID-19.

President Donald Trump and Melania chose not to celebrate with the nation.

Honorable Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to President Joesph R. Biden at 11:49 a.m. ET. A few minutes earlier, 11:42, Justice Sonya Sotomayer administered the oath to Vice President Kamala M. Harris.

BidenThe new Executive Leaders of the United States were surrounded by family when taking their vows.

Biden was joined by his daughter, son, and grandchildren. Harris’s stepchildren were present.

Lady Gaga belted out a heartwarming rendition of “The National Anthem.” Her voice reaffirming the very foundation on which the country is built. Jennifer Lopez offered a stunning version of “This Land is Your Land,” and Garth Brooks invited the nation to sing “Amazing Grace.”

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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CNN: Live
NBC News: Viewers’ guide to Biden’s Inauguration Day: Everything you need to know; Dareh Gregorian

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Balance of Power Shifts in Senate as Impeachment Trial Awaits

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As Senators return from their break on Jan. 19, 2021, major changes are on the docket – three new Congressmen to be seated and confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet. Now that the Senate is split 50-50, leadership will be shared between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Then, there is Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Warnock, Ossoff, and Padilla

Once their meeting begins, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia did not take their oath of office on January 3 when the rest of the Senate was as they did not win their runoff races three days later.

The third new Senator joins Congress as Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris’ replacement — California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Padilla on Tuesday, January 18, after Harris resigned. His first day in Congress has yet to be announced.

New Balance of Power

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) entered Congress in 1985, was elected as a minority whip in 2004, was elected as the minority leader, and finally elected as majority leader in 2015. He has held that position for the past five years.

senateMinority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined Congress in 1999, and in 2017 he was elected as the minority leader.

Once Warnock and Ossoff have taken their oaths, the Senate composition will be 48 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and two independents who vote with the Democrats.

The balance of power will shift. Both McConnell and Schumer will lead the Senate. They “will have to agree on a set of rules, known as an organizing resolution, which governs how the Senate works. The organizing resolution determines everything from committee membership and staff budgets, to who gets the best office space,” according to Time Magazine.

On January 20, Vice President Harris will lead the Senate — she will be the “tie-breaker in chief.”

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

TIME: What Really Happens When There’s a 50-50 Split in the Senate?
The Washington Post: When Exactly Do Democrats Take Control in Washington? By Laura Litvan, Laurence Arnold, and Steven T. Dennis
Science Magazine: Power shift in Senate could bring major changes in U.S. science and climate policy; by David Malakoff
Chicago Tribune: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla appointed to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in US Senate; by Kathleen Ronayne

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