5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • House to vote on articles of impeachment

  • Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán gets life in prison

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

  • House passes resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets

  • ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration's new asylum restrictions

The House will vote on Wednesday night whether to immediately consider articles of impeachment against President Trump. After House Democrats passed a resolution Tuesday condemning President Trump's "racist comments" against four Democratic congresswomen, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) filed articles of impeachment against the president, using a House rule to force a vote in two legislative days. More than 80 members of the House of Representative have said they want to launch an impeachment inquiry, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has opposed the idea of an immediate effort.

Source: Politico

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison by a federal judge in Brooklyn. Guzmán, who was convicted in February on drug trafficking charges, was extradited to the U.S. after twice breaking out of Mexican prisons. Guzmán's legal team argued that he was denied a fair trial after reports said some jurors viewed media coverage of the closely-followed trial, and claimed he was framed for the drug smuggling and murder charges. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan disagreed the claims of juror misconduct were not thoroughly investigated. Guzmán has been sentenced to life without parole in a "supermax" security prison in Florence, Colorado.

Source: The Associated Press

John Paul Stevens, the third longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history, died Tuesday in Florida of complications from a stroke. He was 99. Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford, he served 35 years before retiring in 2010. Stevens told The New York Times in 2007 that he thinks "as part of my general politics, I'm pretty darn conservative," but he ended up leading the liberal wing of the court, and was known for standing up for the rights of individuals. Born in 1920, the Chicago native served in the Navy during World War II as a code breaker, and graduated from the top of his class at Northwestern University School of Law. Following his retirement, Stevens wrote three books, including Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.

Source: USA Today

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning President Trump's "racist comments" directed at four Democratic congresswomen, all women of color. Four Republicans — Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Susan Brooks of Indiana — and one independent — former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan — voted with the Democrats to pass the resolution, 240-187. The House floor ground to a halt earlier in the day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Trump for his "disgraceful" and "racist" tweets. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) asked for Pelosi's words to be taken down, citing a House rule against calling the president "racist." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) affirmed Pelosi's words were "out of order," meaning Pelosi couldn't speak on the floor for the rest of the day. The House voted against striking her words from the record.

Source: The New York Times, CBS News

The American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday in an attempt to block the White House's new policy that would render most migrants from Central America ineligible for asylum protection upon arriving at the southern border. The rule stipulates that migrants cannot seek asylum in the U.S. if they passed through another country first and failed to apply for asylum there. "This is the Trump administration's most extreme run at an asylum ban yet," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said in a statement. "It clearly violates domestic and international law, and cannot stand." The attorneys argue that immigration law states the government cannot disqualify asylum applicants based on how and where they arrive.

Source: The Washington Post, CNN
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