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  • Democrats Have Tape of Trump Ordering Diplomat’s Firing January 25, 2020
    Lev Parnas told the New York Times that he had turned over to congressional Democrats a recording from 2018 of President Trump ordering the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch, the United States ambassador to Ukraine at the time. The recording emerged as Democrats are pressing the Senate to call more witnesses and seek additional evidence for […]
  • Nadler Says Trump Is a Dictator January 24, 2020
    House manager Jerry Nadler closed out his remarks at the impeachment trial with some of the most fiery language that’s been heard so far directed at President Trump, calling him “a dictator,” CNN reports. Nadler said Trump is the “first and only president ever to declare himself unaccountable and to ignore subpoenas backed by the Constitution’s impeachment power.”  He continued: […]
  • Bonus Quote of the Day January 24, 2020
    “Oh jeez. No one’s watching!” — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), quoted CNN, when told there would be six more hours of House manager arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial.
  • Trump’s Space Force Logo Looks Like Star Trek January 24, 2020
    President Trump revealed the logo for the new Space Force branch of the military. CNBC notes it looks a lot like the Star Trek logo for the fictional Starfleet from the iconic science fiction television and film franchise.
  • Pompeo Cuts Interview Short January 24, 2020
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly ended an NPR interview when he refused to answer questions from Mary Louise Kelly about whether he owed former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology. “Immediately after the questions on Ukraine, the interview concluded. Pompeo stood, leaned in and silently glared at Kelly for a period of several seconds […]
  • Iowa Caucus App Sparks Election Security Concerns January 24, 2020
    NBC News: “The app will be used in Iowa and Nevada by caucus managers — local registered Democrats who sign up to organize and run the caucus process in each location — to expedite the process, calculate and assign delegates and report results back quickly. The app will also be used in satellite voting locations […]
  • Democrats Still May Not Have Votes for Witnesses January 24, 2020
    “House Democrats will rest their case on Friday and, despite bipartisan praise for their presentation, it does not appear to have accomplished its chief objective of persuading enough Republicans that they need to hear from live witnesses and see withheld documents,” the New York Times reports. Said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Mr. Schiff was phenomenal, […]
  • Hannity Will Interview Trump Before Super Bowl January 24, 2020
    Fox News host Sean Hannity is set to interview President Trump during the Super Bowl pregame show, Mediaite reports.
  • Chicago Mayor Leaning Towards Bloomberg Endorsement January 24, 2020
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) told The Hill that she is considering throwing her support behind Michael Bloomberg for president. Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times that she wasn’t leaning towards endorsing Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.
  • Trump Lavishes Attention on Regional Radio Hosts January 24, 2020
    Washington Post: “Pouring attention on regional talk-radio hosts is a classic Trumpworld move: giving relatively unknown characters proximity to the White House has paid off with a disproportionate amount of attention and praise lavished on the president and his agenda.” “The strategy has been particularly powerful as Trump and his team have engaged in what […]

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  • Friday, January 24, 2020 January 24, 2020
    Friday will be the last chance for House Democrats to make their case for the removal of President Donald Trump. How have Republicans pushed back, and what can we expect as the president's lawyers get ready to launch their defense? Friday's "March for Life" rally is a chance for President Trump to shore up an […]
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 January 23, 2020
    Democrats will take the stage again on Thursday in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. Are any of their arguments winning over Republicans? China has stopped all transportation within the city of Wuhan and canceled all outgoing flights and trains. At least 17 people have died so far from a new strain of coronavirus. […]
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 January 22, 2020
    The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will continue Wednesday afternoon. The first day of the trial was dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to make some last-minute changes. How will these changes affect the process? A new virus thought to have originated in China […]
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 January 21, 2020
    The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released his trial rules late on Monday, and Democrats are incensed. How is McConnell limiting the trial? A new virus is causing international concern. Health authorities say the disease can spread from person to person. How dangerous is this […]
  • Monday, January 20, 2020 January 20, 2020
    The Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Democrats argue it won't be a fair trial unless new witnesses are being called to testify. What's the White House's response? Virginia's capital is under a state of emergency because of who might come to a pro-gun rally Monday. What's the mood in Richmond? […]
  • Saturday, January 18th, 2020 January 18, 2020
    With the President's impeachment trial in the Senate set to begin next week, Trump assembles his legal team. Also, a scandal over stealing signs is roiling Major League Baseball. And Taal Volcano in the Philippines may be in a lull but it's still dangerous.

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  • NFL Teams Are Hiring And Firing Coaches More Quickly. The Results Are … Not Great. January 24, 2020
    When the Cleveland Browns fired rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens after the 2019 season, he became the fourth one-and-done NFL skipper in the past five seasons. Kitchens’s departure led to that of general manager John Dorsey, who himself was brought in when the Browns’ tank-and-rebuild plan didn’t pay off after one full offseason. It’s not […]
  • The NHL’s 3-on-3 All-Star Game Is A Scorer’s Delight January 24, 2020
    The NHL’s annual All-Star weekend is upon us, and that means fast skaters, blistering shots, mascot hijinks and even a new trick-shot competition. For the fifth-straight year, it also means a heavy focus on the 3-on-3 format, including a women’s All-Star Game on Friday night and the four-team men’s tournament on Saturday. The NHL seldom […]
  • John Isner Is Usually Cold In January And February January 24, 2020
    If John Isner could start the year like he finishes it, he would have hundreds of thousands of dollars more in prize money, a new shelf of trophies and a better chance all year of challenging the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. But despite his best efforts, Isner still hasn’t […]
  • How Many Pennies Should You Pinch? January 24, 2020
    Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. Two puzzles are presented each week: the Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and the Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct […]
  • Is Our Primary System Democratic? January 24, 2020
    Back in the 1970s, we changed how we choose presidential nominees. Those changes supposedly made our primary system more democratic by allowing voters to cast a ballot in a primary or caucus rather than having party leaders pick a candidate. But there is more to a well-functioning democracy than just being able to vote. In […]
  • What The Latest Polling On Trump’s Removal Does (And Doesn’t) Mean January 24, 2020
    Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week It was a historic week in the U.S. Senate, as the impeachment trial of President Trump got underway. We got opening arguments, fights over decorum, dealmaking and more. We also got a bunch of new polls measuring how Americans felt about all this, and […]
  • Naomi Osaka vs. Coco Gauff Could Be The Next Great Tennis Rivalry January 23, 2020
    Tennis fans are receiving a treat early at the 2020 Australian Open, in the form of a match between two of the sport’s rising stars. Naomi Osaka, the 22-year-old who won Melbourne last year, will take on 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff on Friday at 3 a.m. EST. The best part? The two players couldn’t be […]
  • There Has To Be A Better Way To Pick Presidential Nominees … Right? January 23, 2020
    Not all democracies are the same. Sure, the bedrock principle — governing according to the will of the people — is consistent, but there are lots of structural decisions that influence who “the people” are and how their diverse wishes are tallied. Those decisions have consequences, influencing who runs for office, how they campaign and […]
  • Election Update: What Are The Chances Of A Brokered Convention? January 23, 2020
    A brokered convention is not a likely occurrence, exactly. But it’s not unlikely, either. It’s roughly as likely as the Tennessee Titans beating the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month, or Donald Trump winning the Electoral College despite losing the popular vote. According to the FiveThirtyEight primary model, there’s a 15 percent chance that no Democrat […]
  • How The Democratic Candidates’ Popularity Has Changed Over A Year Of Campaigning January 23, 2020
    Graphics by Sakshi Jain Once more, with feeling: People are a lot more apt to change their mind in primaries than in general elections. That’s because, when all the candidates in the race are members of the same party, voters often like several of them, and the 2020 presidential primary is no exception. High favorability […]