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    1. Impeachment

    The notion that has floated around some Democratic circles since the day Donald Trump was inaugurated, through months of Mueller report drama and endless cycles of controversy, was brought to light yesterday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into the President’s conduct. The move was made after Trump admitted to withholding aid to Ukraine before a scheduled call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In that call, Trump pushed Zelensky to look into dealings involving the son of his possible 2020 rival, Joe Biden. Trump insists the two things aren’t related, and the White House as soon as today is expected to release a transcript of the Zelensky call and a whistleblower’s report related to it. 

    The rest of the soccer world might be hoping that perhaps it’s seen the last of Team USA, which won its second consecutive World Cup and fourth overall yesterday in France. They’ll probably be disappointed. With its comfortable 2-0 win over the Netherlands, the US Women’s National Team showed that it has both the youth and experience to be a force to be reckoned with in many World Cups to come.

    Oh, and on top of it all, Zelensky and Trump are scheduled to have their first face-to-face meeting today on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. There could certainly be a lot to talk about. 

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    Late-night hosts tackle Trump impeachment inquiry

    2. Coronavirus

    Before the impeachment news rocked the political sphere, President Trump singled out a very different adversary: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. After the 16-year-old’s fiery speech Monday at the UN, Trump responded to a video of her with a seemingly mocking message: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Thunberg ended up using his words in her Twitter bio. Meanwhile, Fox News apologized to the teen after conservative pundit Michael Knowles called Thunberg “a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.” The show’s other guest and host both admonished Knowles on air. Thunberg has Asperger’s and has said her diagnosis is a “superpower” that helps her activism.

    Iran is no longer complying with the nuclear deal it signed with the US and five other countries in 2015. The deal was intended to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran announced over the weekend it had started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of the nuclear deal. Iran had agreed to keep its uranium enrichment threshold below 3.67% (enough to provide power to parts of the country, but not enough to build a nuke) in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. But President Trump pulled the US out of the deal last year and restarted economic sanctions against Iran. After learning of Iran’s latest move, the President warned the country to “be careful.”

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    Greta Thunberg: You are failing us. How dare you

    3. Davos

    Zimbabwe’s water crisis just got more desperate. The main water treatment plant in the capital city of Harare was shut down Monday, leaving 1 million people without tap water. Authorities are now scrambling to secure water purifying chemicals to keep up with the need for clean water, and people have resorted to digging makeshift wells on their property. Zimbabwe was hit by a severe drought between October 2018 and May. Besides the water crisis, the UN food agency says more than 2 million Zimbabweans face starvation. 

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    4. Lebanon

    The US Navy has confirmed that three sailors assigned to the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia died by suicide in “separate incidents” last week and has launched an investigation into their deaths. None of the deaths seem to be related, and the sailors all worked in different departments. Five sailors who were assigned to the carrier have died by suicide in the last two years. The Marine Corps and the Navy have been dealing with a spike in suicides recently. The number of confirmed and suspected suicides among the active duty ranks of the two branches reached a 10-year high in 2018. After last week’s deaths, Capt. Sean Bailey, commanding officer of the USS George H. W. Bush, called for the naval community to come together “to grieve, to support each other, and to care for those in need.”


    The era of left-wing populism is over in Greece. The center-right New Democracy party won the first national elections there since the country exited a bailout regime a year ago. It’s a clear rejection of the austerity policies favored by the ruling, left-leaning Syriza party. New Democracy’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be Greece’s new prime minister. He promises to rebrand the country and change its image as Europe’s problem child in the wake of an eight-year economic depression. He wants to reignite the economy by slashing taxes and regulations, while attracting investment. Mitsotakis will be sworn in as prime minister later today.

    5. Boeing

    Opera legend Plácido Domingo has severed his artistic relationship with The Metropolitan Opera in New York after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him. According to the Met, the decision, which ends a 50-year professional relationship, was mutual. Domingo’s image was removed yesterday from the “Macbeth” page on the Met Opera’s official website. The show was set to open today, with Domingo in the lead role. In August, the Associated Press reported that nine women detailed alleged incidents of sexual harassment spanning three decades beginning in the late 1980s. In September, 11 more people came forward with allegations that included verbal harassment and groping.

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    A new study has ‘graded’ America’s dietary habits

    It’s not an “F,” but it’s definitely not an “A,” either. Can we take it pass-fail? 

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    How to eat to live to 100

    German court rules hangovers are an illness 

    You still probably shouldn’t make that case to your boss. 

    Irate walrus attacks and sinks Russian Navy boat in the Arctic

    A). Thankfully, no one was hurt. B). That must have been some walrus.

    That horrifying Boston Dynamics robot dog is now available for select customers

    Is it bad that we kind of want one? 

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    Dexterous robot could be your next doorman


    $2.3 trillion

    The number of illegal vaping cartridges seized from a Minnesota home in what authorities say is the largest haul in the state’s history. The cartridges were worth a combined $3.8 million. Their discovery follows a multistate outbreak of lung injuries associated with vaping.

    Debate draw

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    What are people vaping?


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    The flood threat continues this morning in Puerto Rico


    It’s summer! Time to hit the beaches. But you can’t do that right now if you’re in Mississippi. All 21 of the state’s beaches along the Gulf Coast are closed because of toxic algae. The algae, called a blue-green harmful algal bloom, can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, a state agency warned. The blooms occur when colonies of algae grow out of control. This particular situation was partly caused by the opening of a spillway in Louisiana which brought “excessive” freshwater to the coastline, a Mississippi newspaper reported. Algae blooms such as this are happening with increasing frequency due to climate change and increasing nutrient pollution.

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