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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Trump’s been acquitted. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Months ago, it came out that a conversation between Prez Trump and Ukrainian Prez Volodymyr Zelensky sparked a whistleblower complaint. And a little bit later, it came out that Trump had asked Zelensky to pretty please open an investigation into the Bidens during this call. And even later, it came out that Trump had withheld $400 million in military aid to Ukraine around the time of this convo. Cue political chaos. The House of Reps opened an impeachment inquiry, and after lots and lots of witnesses and testimonies, voted to impeach the Prez. Then it was off to the Senate. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

We’ll remind you: last week, the Senate said ‘why have witnesses in a trial?’ and voted against calling witnesses. Fast forward to yesterday, and the Senate finally voted (aaaaalmost) along party lines to acquit Prez Trump of his two charges: abuse of power and obstruction. Let that sink in. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

Only one Republican lawmaker broke ranks: Mitt Romney (R-UT). He sided with the Dems on the abuse of power charge. And added that Trump’s conduct was “the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.” Big big deal, since this makes Romney the only senator in US history to vote to remove a prez of his own party. 

 

SO…?

The ripple effects of this entire situation are huge. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: The Iowa caucus results are still coming in. And it’s getting tighter and tighter. At the time of this writing, 97% of the results have been revealed, with Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders thiiiiis close. Buttigieg is currently leading, with 26.2% of the vote - while Sanders has 26.1%. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are still in third and fourth place. Stay tuned as the final votes are revealed. In other news, the Justice Dept is opening investigations into four Mississippi prisons. Reminder: in late December, a prison riot broke out at a prison in Mississippi after an inmate was killed. Since then, at least 15 other inmates have died, with two of the deaths apparently suicide. Now, the DOJ says it’ll look into whether inmates are properly protected from violence. 

 

WORLD: Recently, dozens of people were killed during two avalanches in eastern Turkey. The first avalanche killed at least 5 people and left multiple people trapped under the snow or missing. When rescue teams showed up to help, a second avalanche hit, killing 33 rescue workers and wounding many more. Now, Turkey’s gov says it’s using “every tool available” to help recover those caught in the avalanches. Meanwhile, several countries just had their warmest January ever recorded. Not a typo. And in other news, Finland’s expanding its family-leave policy to give each parent 164 days of leave after birth. That’s it, we’re moving to Finland. 

 

MONEY: China’s holding up their end of the bargain. Quick refresher: ever since Prez Trump took office, the US and China have been locked in an (on again, off again) trade war. Untillll recently. Hint: the two govs met up and agreed to a trade truce that’d have each side cutting tariffs and buying goods. So yesterday, China said ‘deal, upheld’ and halved tariffs on $75 billion in US goods. Unclear whether the country plans on following through with the other part of the deal, which pinky promises that China will buy $200 billion in US goods. Speaking of money, yesterday, it was revealed that TurboTax and other taxware bizes charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that was available for free...but hard to find. Not good. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Snow Moon:” what’ll be appearing in the night sky this weekend. The weather in space is frightful. 


SAY WHAT?

“The internet wants to grind Baby Nut into peanut butter for Baby Yoda” - an actual headline. We’re scared. 

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