POLITICS: Everyone’s talking about the impeachment inquiry. This week, the public hearings are expected to ramp up, with 9 witnesses testifying in the next four days. Not a typo. Today, four current and former Trump team officials - including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, both of whom listened in on that July 25 phone call - are up. Breath, bated. Meanwhile, impeachment investigators are looking to the past. There’ve been reports that investigators are taking a magnifying glass to Prez Trump’s written statements to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe - apparently to see whether he lied. And speaking of which, Prez Trump says he’s open to testifying in the impeachment inquiry. Plot twist.
USA: Chick-fil-A’s making some changes. Quick refresher: for years, the fast food biz has been under fire for donating to two organizations that’ve been criticized as anti-LGBTQ+. Think: the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), both of which have taken controversial stands on same-sex marriage. Now, it looks like Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to these organizations - and will instead only work with places that focus on “education, homelessness, and hunger.” In other news, recently, a gunman opened fire on an Oklahoma Walmart, killing two people. He then turned the gun on himself and died. No word yet on a potential motive.
WORLD: Yesterday, an American and an Australian held captive by the Taliban for three years were released - with the Afghan gov releasing three Taliban militants in exchange. Unclear if this will help fire up peace talks in between the Taliban and the Afghan gov. Meanwhile, the UK general election kicks off today. Spoiler: tonight marks the first televised debate of the campaign. Expect to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson face off against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Stay tuned. And in other news, the deforestation rate in the Amazon rainforest just hit its highest level in over a decade, with nearly 3,800 square miles lost in the 12 months ending in July.