President Joe Biden made clear in a speech on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot that battling Trumpism and promoting democracy will be central to his presidency, a sharp pivot in his prior remarks. Biden, speaking in Statuary Hall in Congress, acknowledged that former President Donald Trump remains a potent political force in the United States. Meanwhile, Republicans generally boycotted the remembrance with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., characterizing Biden’s remark as “brazen politicization.”

In other recent news:

S.C. again shatters COVID case record with 13,320 total cases. South Carolina broke yet another record for daily COVID cases, this time breaking the old mark by over 30%. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 13,320 total cases Thursday, nearly 3,000 more than the previous record set Dec. 30 of 10,629.  A total of 25 new deaths were also reported, with 17 confirmed. With 64,421 tests reported Thursday, 29.1% were confirmed positive. Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 13.2%. Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65.4%.  More: WLTX; WIS TVWYFF.

Murdaugh attorneys file another motion to get him out of jail. Columbia attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin have again appealed to the courts for help getting disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh out of the jail he has called home since mid-October.Attorneys call Murdaugh ‘man that cannot pay his phone bill’ in bid to lower bond. More: WIS TV; WSPA TV.

Changes to Charleston equity board may pave way for adoption. Part of a shift in attitudes on Charleston’s permanent equity commission can be chalked up to a change to the proposal itself leading up to the last meeting. Some of those were in language, others more significant. More: Charleston City Paper

Charleston Marathon 2022 canceled. Organizers with the Charleston Marathon announced the cancellation of this year’s event on Thursday. More: WCBD TV.

S.C. ranks No. 3 in top moving destinations in 2021. South Carolina has ranked No. 3 on a list of top moving destinations of 2021, according to a new study about moving trends by United Van Lines, a national household goods mover.

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