Georgia Senate runoffs, Breonna Taylor hearing, Medal of Freedom: 5 things to know Monday – USA TODAY

Biden, Trump to visit Georgia ahead of crucial Senate runoffs

President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are both scheduled to appear in Georgia on Monday ahead of two runoff elections that will not only determine the state’s representation in Congress, but the balance of power in the Senate. Biden is scheduled to appear in Atlanta alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to stump for the two Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Biden and Harris stopping in Georgia underscores how important the state is for Democrats in setting the policy table in 2021. Also Monday, Trump will campaign for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue during a “Victory Rally” at Dalton Regional Airport.

Hearings set for 2 Louisville officers facing firing over Breonna Taylor case

Hearings are scheduled Monday for two Louisville Metro Police officers facing dismissal for their roles in Breonna Taylor’s death. Detective Joshua Jaynes received a pre-termination letter after a Professional Standards Unit investigation found he violated department procedures on truthfulness and preparation to carry out a search warrant. Detective Myles Cosgrove, who the FBI concluded fired the shot that killed Taylor, also received a pre-termination letter. If Jaynes and Cosgrove are officially fired, they will be the second and third officers connected to Taylor’s death to be terminated by LMPD. According to the pre-termination letters both men received, the hearings were originally set for last week. 

Reports: Trump to give Rep. Devin Nunes the Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump plans to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to Rep. Devin Nunes on Monday, according to reports. Nunes zealously defended the president amid both his impeachment and former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference. Trump said in 2018 that he thought Nunes deserved the award for his defense of him through the allegations that his campaign had colluded with the Kremlin – though he mistakenly first referred to it as the Medal of Honor. Reports also say Trump plans to award Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the Presidential Medal of Freedom sometime next week.

The second U.S. stimulus payments officially arrive via direct deposit

Stimulus checks may have already appeared in bank accounts for many Americans, however, the Internal Revenue Service warns the “official payment date” is Monday. Meaning, Jan. 4 is the effective date when the U.S. Treasury will actually transfer funds to the institutions for credit to the individual accounts, according to bankers. It’s expected that during this round of Economic Impact Payments there will be 113 million payments made via direct deposit and 34 million payments made through paper checks and prepaid cards. If you don’t see stimulus cash in your bank account by early January, watch your mail for a paper check or even a debit card.  

Alex Trebek’s final ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes to air 

The final “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by game show legend Alex Trebek will air starting on Monday through Friday, Jan. 8. Trebek died on Nov. 8 at age 80 after a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He announced the diagnosis in March 2019 and provided frequent updates to fans, acknowledging waves of “deep, deep sadness” but continuing to show determination and humor. Friday’s episode will include a special tribute to Trebek, who hosted more than 8,000 episodes of “Jeopardy!” since 1984. The game show will continue airing new episodes Jan. 11 with “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings as guest host.

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