POLITICS: Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said ‘how’s this?’ and proposed a timeline for the impeachment trial. The timeline would give both sides 24 hours over two days for their opening argument - half the time given to former Prez Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999. Cue Dem backlash. Speaking of which, a pro-gun rally in Virginia yesterday brought out tens of thousands of people, with protesters dressed in body armor and carrying AR-15s. There were no arrests. And in other news, The New York Times just endorsed both Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the Dem presidential race. Cough, the only women left, cough.
WORLD: Everyone’s talking about Davos. We’ll remind you: every year, thousands of political and biz leaders meet up in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. A big talking point this year: climate change. And already, both Prez Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg - who called out leaders for doing “basically nothing” to cut back on carbon emissions - have taken to the stage. Hi, drama. Speaking of which, all eyes are on Puerto Rico. It’s no secret the territory’s been struggling to recover in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. What (up until now) waaaaas a secret: a warehouse filled with supplies and aid, apparently from 2017. Now, Puerto Ricans are protesting for gov officials to step down.
WORLD: Recently, the United Nations said ‘precedent, set’ and ruled that refugees fleeing the effects of climate change cannot be sent home. Big big deal, because the ruling gives lots of power to climate refugees all over the world - plus labels climate change as a humanitarian crisis. In other news, Malaysia is sending back tons of plastic waste to the countries where it originated - including the US, the UK, Canada, and France. Malaysia says it won’t keep being the “garbage dump” of the world. And meanwhile, China is banning a whole lot of plastic. Think: the import of plastic waste, the use of nonbiodegradable plastic bags, and other disposable plastic items. No word yet on this from China’s citizens.