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Democrats in Congress are upping the pressure on the Pentagon to limit President Trump's ability to launch a nuclear strike during his final days in office. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, under current rules, only the president decides whether to launch nuclear weapons. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke by phone to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley about "Preventing an unstable president from initiating hostilities." Several other Democratic lawmakers had pressed Pentagon leadership to refuse any nuclear order from President Trump. But under current rules, they're supposed to obey the president's commands when it comes to nuclear weapons. Elaine Scarry is at Harvard University: "The president has sole launch authority. And he does not, ah, have to check this with anyone." The absolute power of the president is a holdover from the cold war days. Scarry and others believe it's time to review and revise those rules. Geoff Brumfiel, NPR news, Washington.

After briefly restoring it, microblogging site Twitter now says it is permanently silencing President Trump's account, due to "the risk of further incitement of violence by the president". Facebook and Instagram also suspended the president's social media accounts. Twitter temporarily blocked Trump's account after a Wednesday's Pro-Trump rally widely promoted on social media turned violence. 5 people died including a woman who was part of the mob that stormed the US Capitol, and a police officer who clashed with that group.

State and local governments are scheduled to begin receiving their first infusion of federal dollars to support coronavirus vaccinations. The US Department of Health & Human Services says 3 billion for vaccine efforts should be going out to states no later than January 19th, along with 19 billion dollars' worth of additional aid for coronavirus testing and contact tracing efforts.

Stocks ended the week at new record highs despite political turmoil and a disappointing jobs report. More from NPR's Scott Horsley. All the major stock indexes have pushed higher into record territory. The S&P 500 index rose more than half a percent, while the NASDAQ jumped more than 1%. Those gains come in spite of a worse-than-expected jobs report showing US employers cut 140,000 jobs last month. Daily deaths from the pandemic are also breaking records, and that's taking a toll on economic activity, especially in restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Investors are counting on more help from the incoming Biden administration to prop up the economy. The NASDAQ increased this week with Democrats winning both runoff elections in Georgia, to flip control of the US Senate. Scott Horsley, NPR news, Washington.

Taking a look at those numbers: the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week up 56 points at 31,097. The NASDAQ gained 134 points, closed at 13,201. The S&P 500 was up 20 points at 3,824.

You're listening to NPR news, in Washington.

The event at the US Capitol this week reminded some foreign-born Americans of turmoil experienced in their own home countries. NPR's Sally Herships shares advice from one Venezuelan American. Nally Miguel is in her early 60s. She lives in New Jersey where she is Assistant Head of a middle school, but she grew up in Venezuela, and she wasn't entirely shocked by the attack on the Capitol earlier this week. "I don't know that I expected it, but I, when you've seen something up close then you know it's possible." For Americans unaccustomed this kind of political unrests, Miguel has some advice. She says our system - the constitution is only as good as our belief's in it, so hold on to that belief. "If you lose that, then it's only a set of papers." Miguel says politicians will need to set aside their differences to find a middle ground that's best for the country. Sally Herships, NPR news.

Five months after the first 2 rounds of help expired for millions of small business owners, additional aid may be on the way. Small Business Administration and the US Treasury Department announce they are reviving the Paycheck Protection Program. Businesses that received loans last year will be able to borrow up to 2 million dollars as long as they have no more than 300 employees. Suffered at least a 25% drop in quarterly revenue, first time borrower with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for up to 10 million dollars. Loans, which can't be forgiven, will have 5 years terms and carry interest rate of just 1%.

Crude oil futures prices closed higher to end the week. Oil up a dollar and 41 cents a barrel, to settle at $52.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

I'm Jack Speer, NPR news.
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一听到攻击中国的言论,我就感到美国很恶心,为了一己之利,哪有什么公平,一听到蓬狗,我更是浑身起鸡皮疙瘩。你们在华盛顿才是massive arrest.
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