USA: Today marks the second round of public impeachment hearings. The witness: Marie Yovanovitch. You know Yovanovitch for being the former ambassador to Ukraine who was suddenly fired last spring after a personal order from Prez Trump. The hearing comes just a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted at a potential bribery charge against Trump. In other news, everyone’s talking about Trump’s tax returns. Quick refresher: it’s typical for US prezes to release their tax returns. Because, you know, transparency. Problem, since Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns - making him the only prez in modern history to do so. Cue lawsuits. Now, it looks like Trump’s asking the Supremes to pretty please let him keep things secret.
WORLD: Venice is back for part two. Yesterday, “exceptionally high” tidal waters hit the city - just days after it faced the worst flooding in over 50 years. The high tide reportedly peaked at 5 feet, flooding much of the city - including historic buildings. The damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, Australia’s facing its own set of problems. As dozens of deadly bushfires rage across the country, Sydney is apparently running out of water. Dams are currently at 46.6% capacity, but that number’s expected to drop to 40%. Not good. And in other news, two people are reportedly being treated for the Black Death plague in China - coming as the WHO classified the plague as a re-emerging disease. Reassuring.
POLITICS: Chile’s shaking things up. Reminder: after the gov announced new price hikes on subway tickets in Santiago, thousands of people took to the streets in protests that’ve evolved into demands for the prez to resign. So yesterday, Prez Sebastian Pinera said ‘no, but yes’ and announced that the gov worked out a new constitution that’s a “true social contract” and “100% democratic.” No word yet on this from protesters. Meanwhile, a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants has reportedly been reached after more than 50 hours of cross-border fighting. The violence started after Israel killed Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata. In response, Gaza militants fired more than 450 missiles into Israel, who responded with airstrikes.