IMPEACHMENT: All eyes are on the Senate impeachment trial. Hint: Prez Trump’s legal team - who says Trump “did nothing wrong” - is currently taking the stand, with opening remarks almost over. But things have been shaken up a bit by two new leaks. First up: recently, a newly released recording revealed that Trump told Lev Parnas (aka the guy who’s been at the center of the Trump-Ukraine scandal) to “get rid of” Ukranian ambassador Marie Yovanavitch. Plot twist. And meanwhile, ex-national security advisor John Bolton’s draft book manuscript detailed how Trump told him to keep freezing aid to Ukraine until they opened an investigation into the Bidens. Not yet clear how this will affect the impeachment trial.
POLITICS: A lot is going on in Iraq. Reminder: in the wake of Qasem Soleimani’s killing in Iraq, the country voted to kick all US troops out of the area. Problem, since the US didn’t pull its troops - leading to mass protests in Iraq that’ve grown increasingly violent. Case in point: over the weekend, at least 12 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between police and protesters. And recently, three rockets hit the US embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Multiple people were injured. No word yet on who’s behind the attacks. In other news, Bolivia is not happy with its interim prez, Jeanine Anez. Think: after pinky promising to avoid running for office, she’s...running for office. And asking all her ministers to quit. Stay tuned.
WORLD: The Wuhan coronavirus keeps spreading. Reminder: last month, a mysterious new virus popped up in the city of Wuhan, China. The virus - dubbed the Wuhan coronavirus - has pneumonia-like symptoms and is giving the world flashbacks to SARS (aka Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). And already, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed over 80 people and infected thousands, including more than 50 cases outside of China. Plus the first case has been confirmed in Shanghai, the world’s third biggest city. Speaking of which, two people were killed recently during a shooting at a South Carolina bar. No arrests have been made.