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Historic Impeachment Vote; New Restriction On Travel To America; A "Spicy Meatball"; A Busy Intersection; An Icy Winter Wonderland. Aired 4- 4:10a ET

Aired January 14, 2021 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz delivering your Thursday edition of CNN 10, an objective explanation of world events. We start with

new developments from the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the second time, the chamber had voted to impeach President Donald Trump. This does not mean that he had been removed from office. An

impeachment is a charge, a formal accusation of wrong doing. The House charge is incitement of insurrection. 222 Democrats who control the House

voted to impeach the president.

Ten Republicans also voted to impeach him. 197 Republicans voted against impeachment. This all centers on a riot that broke out last Wednesday at

the U.S. Capitol building. It followed a large rally in support of President Trump. In his speech, one of the things the president said was

that the people would march to the Capitol to quote, "peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard".

But he later said quote, "if you don`t fight, you`re not going to have a country anymore". The president`s critics say the statements he made

encouraged the violence that later took place and they faulted him for not calling quickly and forcefully enough for the rioters to stop their actions

at the Capitol. The president called the impeachment process another witch hunt that was causing tremendous anger in the country and he said those who

analyze his speech thought it was appropriate.

The House impeachment vote came after it voted on a resolution concerning the 25th Amendment. 222 Democrats and one Republican voted for a measure

that called on Vice-President Mike Pence to assume the presidency. 205 Republicans voted against that resolution and five Republicans didn`t vote

on it.

Political analysts say that was a symbolic decision though and Vice- President Pence said before the resolution was passed that he would not act on it. So what happens next? We don`t know yet. While the House decides

whether to charge a president with wrong doing, it`s up to the Senate to decide whether or not to convict and remove the leader from office.

With one week remaining in President Trump`s term, it`s unclear when the House will send the charge to the Senate, when the Senate will hold its

trial and how Senators will vote after that trial is held. Convicting and removing a president from office requires the support of 67 Senators or

two-thirds of the chamber.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The first president impeached by Congress was Andrew Johnson in 1868. Johnson was impeached for firing Secretary of War Edwin

Stanton in violation of the Tenure of Service Act. After Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives, the Senate fell just shy of the

two-thirds vote majority that would have taken to convict and remove him from office.

The second time in our history that a president was impeached was Bill Clinton in 1998. The House of Representatives impeached Clinton for lying

under oath. The Senate then tried Clinton and acquitted him. Article One is adopted. The third time a president was impeached was Donald Trump in

December 2019.

Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over allegations that he pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.

The Senate voted to acquit Trump on both articles.

Now Richard Nixon was never formally impeached by the House of Representatives because he resigned first under mounting pressure from the

Watergate scandal. The House of Representatives did however draft articles of impeachment against Nixon for obstruction, abuse of power and contempt

of Congress.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The impeachment of the president is a remedy of last result.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Impeachment is one of the most powerful tools that Congress holds in our system of Constitutional checks and balances.

Impeachment is the way that Congress addresses misconduct or abuse of office by officials in the Executive branch or the Judiciary. The

Constitution defines an impeachable offense as treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Now, that phrase has been the source of much argument over the centuries. The Constitution does not specifically define the phrase treason, bribery

or other high crimes and misdemeanors. One of the big questions is do you have to have a specific crime in order to impeach and the answer over our

history is no. Congress certainly can impeach somebody who committed a crime but they also can impeach somebody for misuse or abuse of power.


AZUZ: Since the coronavirus pandemic began, health officials have recorded almost 92 million positive tests worldwide and almost 23 million in the

U.S. alone. There`s a new restriction being placed on people who want to travel to the United States. Starting January 26th, the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control will require all airline passengers from other countries to prove they`ve had a negative COVID test within three days of their flight

or to prove they`ve recovered from the disease.

If passengers don`t take a test or if they don`t have documentation that they`re coronavirus free, airlines have to keep them off the planes. The

CDC says, this might help slow down the spread of COVID-19 but its director admits that testing won`t totally get rid of the risk.

10 Second Trivia. Rhyolitic lava is the volcanic form of what? Limestone, granite, marble or slate. When you`re talking about rhyolitic lava, you`re

talking about volcanic granite.



AZUZ: The nation of Japan is a little smaller than the U.S. state of California but with 125 million people, the Asian country has more than

three times the population of the American state and millions of them are concentrated in the capital city of Tokyo. It is here that you will find

what`s believed to be the world`s busiest crosswalk.

A place where as many as 3,000 people cross at one time at least when there`s not a pandemic and that`s where CNN 10 contributor Chris James is

visiting today. Chris.


CHRIS JAMES, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Carl, so many of us unable to travel right now due to coronavirus restrictions, my list of dream cities to travel to

is getting longer and longer by the day. Today I want to tell you about one of the cities on my list. Specifically, the legendary crosswalk that has

come to symbolize the chaotic vibrancy of urban life.

Welcome to Tokyo, Japan. You`re looking at Shibuya Crossing often referred to as the world`s busiest crosswalk. It can often to be a dizzying site.

Thousands of people walking in different directions. Commuters, tourists and locals alike just trying to get to where they`re going.

But for many people, the controlled chaos of Shibuya`s scramble is a visual representation of the efficient madness of this cutting-edge city. Here, 10

lanes of traffic and five major crosswalks converge with the backdrop of cascading, neon skyscrapers illuminating the sky above.

Although making your way through this crosswalk can feel like a world wind, there`s one landmark that serves as a loyal stabilizing force, the statue

of Hachiko the Dog. Hachiko was in fact a real dog. The most famous dog in all of Tokyo who would meet its owner at the Shibuya Station after he got

out of work every day in the 1920s.

After his owner died unexpectedly, the dog continued to visit the station every day for nearly a decade. His loyalty now commemorated by this statue

and legions of visitors taking selfies every single day. The crossing has been made famous around the globe in photographs and in movies like the

"Fast and the Furious, Tokyo Drift".

I still remember watching that movie in theaters and hearing the crowd gasp during that iconic scene of the car drifting through the throngs of people

crossing the road. In recent years, the area has seen some significant development especially in advance of the Tokyo Olympics which has been

rescheduled for July 2021. But with COVID-19 still a very real threat, the jury`s still out on whether or not the games will actually take place as

planned. Back to you Carl.


AZUZ: For 10 out of 10, we`re going to take some time for the rhyme. That`s rhyme, "Ice, Ice, Baby". If it`s foggy out and it`s below freezing, the

super cool water droplets in the fog can form ice crystals when they come into contact with objects. Trees are objects and here`s the beautiful

winter wonderlandy results. Rhyme ice recently coated the Minnesota countryside where even in a cold place like these locals say they don`t see

it that often.

And it`s not often that our rhyme our puns. Today will I take the time? It "depuns". I guess if the fog can find time to rhyme, "ice" words of mine

could chime some fine lines. Nice, for Minnesotans (inaudible) "mesmericing". To my mind the problem`s memorizing, call it brain "fog"

after writing this show that "crystallizes" challenges rhyming when we go.

Wow, I`m glad I got through that. Before we leave you, we are going to make a stop today in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It`s where we heard from Frankenmuth

High School. We hope you guys are doing well and staying warm. Thanks to everyone for watching. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.