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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The impeachment inquiry’s scaling up. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Lately, all anyone’s been able to talk about is the impeachment inquiry into Prez Trump. The inquiry kicked off a couple weeks ago after it came out that Trump chatted with Ukraine’s prez (Volodymr Zelensky) in a July phone call...and asked him to pretty please investigate the Bidens for potential dirt. And right before the call, froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, the impeachment inquiry officially went public. As in US diplomat Bill Taylor and State Dept official George Kent testified before lawmakers on live television. There was some drama. Hint: Taylor said ‘let me up the ante’ and revealed that one of his aides overhead Prez Trump asking a colleague via phone call about “the investigations.” And later, ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland said Ukraine was “ready to move forward” with these probes - plus that Trump “cares more about the investigations of Biden” than he does about Ukraine. 

 

THE REACTION.

Mixed. The Trump team called the testimonies “a witch hunt” and “boring” - while Prez Trump said it was a “joke.” Meanwhile, everyone’s talking about the discovery of a second phone call - but it’s not yet clear how this call will affect things. Hmmm. 

 

SO…?

The next public testimonies are slated for tomorrow. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: The field of 2020 presidential candidates is getting bigger. Hint: recently, Deval Patrick announced that he’d be throwing his hat in the ring. You know Patrick as the former governor of Massachusetts who likes to keep things closer to the middle. Think: Joe Biden. This comes as billionaire Michael Bloomberg is reportedly considering joining the race, too. In other news, all eyes are on Roger Stone. Quick refresher: Stone is Trump’s ex-adviser who was arrested back in January on charges of obstruction and witness tampering. Oh, and he was accused of lying to Congress about his relationship with WikiLeaks. Now, months later, it looks like prosecutors are wrapping up his criminal trial - with a jury expected to begin deliberations today. 

 

WORLD: The Hong Kong protests are amping up. Reminder: for months, people have been taking to the streets in Hong Kong to demand more democracy. Initially, these protests took place on the weekends and avoided schools - but this week, protests continued past the weekend, with protesters setting up base at multiple universities. At one school, protesters barricaded themselves on campus for three days - while police fired tear gas on protesters at another school. Now, it looks like class is being put on hold for the rest of the week. In other news, a 16 year old was apparently brought in for questioning over the Australia bushfires, which have killed at least four people. And speaking of which, there’ve been 3 fraternity deaths in the last week. 

 

BIZ: Yesterday, Facebook said ‘good news! Sort of’ and declared that it’s shut down 5.4 billion fake accounts this year alone. We’ll remind you: in all of 2018, Facebook trashed around 3.3 billion fake accounts. The biz also said that as much as 5% of its monthly user base (cough, nearly 2.5 billion, cough) is made up of fake accounts. Reassuring. Meanwhile, Dean Foods isn’t doing so hot. You know Dean Foods as the largest milk biz in the US. But lately, less and less people have been drinking milk as alternatives - like almond milk and oat milk - gain popularity. Now, it looks like Dean Foods is filing for bankruptcy. Moo. And speaking of which, WeWork reportedly lost $1.25 billion (yes, with a b) in the last quarter. WeDon’tWork. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Narwal:” the name of this ‘unicorn’ puppy with a second tail growing out of his head. We swear this isn’t a tall tail. 


SAY WHAT?

“They would knock on the door” - Residents of Toms River, N.J. aren’t fans of the wild turkeys taking over the town. What fowl birds. 

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