5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump's defense wraps up first day of presentation against impeachment

  • Death toll expands as countries enact new measures to restrict coronavirus spread

  • Sanders leads in latest Iowa poll

  • 29 dead, more than 1,200 injured after 6.7 earthquake in eastern Turkey

  • Pompeo fires back at NPR reporter

President Trump's defense team, led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Deputy White House Counsel Michael Purpura, and Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, wrapped up their first day of presenting the case against impeachment Saturday. They kept things brief, finishing the day's arguments in about two hours. While they had previously suggested the strategy was to go after former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for their actions in Ukraine, they instead focused on challenging the Democratic prosecution's case presented earlier this week. Republicans mostly responded positively to the defense's performance. The Senate will reconvene Monday at 1 p.m. as the defense continues to mount its case.

Source: The Washington Post, Politco

A second case of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, leaving more than 40 people dead and causing quarantines throughout China, has been confirmed in the United States. Officials said Friday that a Chicago woman in her 60s has been diagnosed with the virus, and they're monitoring 63 other possible cases across 22 U.S. states. The Chicago patient, who last week returned home from Wuhan, is reportedly isolated in the hospital, and officials say she's doing well and has had limited contact with others. The U.S. is reportedly planning to evacuate its citizens and diplomats from Wuhan on Sunday. Hong Kong, where there's five confirmed cases, declared Saturday the outbreak "an emergency," scrapping Lunar New Year celebrations and restricting links to the mainland. Australia, Malaysia, and France also reported cases.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Reuters

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the lead Saturday in a new poll of Iowa caucus voters, conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. Sanders picked up 25 percent of the survey's support, followed by former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), all of whom were huddled together at 18, 17, and 15 percent, respectively. Sanders hasn't been in Iowa for a few days so he could attend President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, but the absence doesn't appear to have hurt his chances. Iowans will choose their nominee in a little over a week when voters gather for the Democratic caucus.

Source: The New York Times

The death toll rose to 29 people after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Friday, according to Turkish officials. More than 1,200 people are injured. The quake hit at 8:55 p.m. in the Elazig province, where Gov. Cetin Oktay Kaldirim told NTV television that three people had died. Gov. Aydin Barus of the neighboring Malatya province told state TV that five people had been reported dead there. At least 225 people were injured in Elazig and 90 in Malatya. Several aftershocks followed the initial quake, with the harshest ones hitting magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1. Some buildings collapsed in Elazig and one caught fire in the town of Sivrice. Some homes were severely damaged, and some residents feared returning to their homes in case of later shocks or collapses.

Source: The Associated Press, Daily Sabah

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly berated NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly on Friday after she interviewed him about the ousting of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. After the interview, Kelly said she was summoned by a Pompeo aide to a private room where Pompeo "shouted" at her, asking if she thought "Americans care about Ukraine" and challenging her to point to the country on an unmarked map, which the well-traveled reporter was able to do. Pompeo responded to Kelly in a statement Saturday, accusing her of lying about keeping their discussion off the record and describing her conduct as an example of "unhinged" media reaction to President Trump.

Source: The New York Times, The Week
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