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Change of plans
February 11, 2019

The Virginia delegate who was set to introduce articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) has changed his tune.

Delegate Patrick Hope tweeted Friday that he would begin the impeachment proceedings against Fairfax on Monday "if he has not resigned before then." On Monday, though, Hope said that after circulating a draft among his colleagues, he has decided there are "additional conversations that need to take place before anything is filed," CBS News reports.

Hope also said that "the impeachment process is about investigating to find the truth" but that he is "open to discussions on other avenues that would accomplish the same goals."

Fairfax has now been accused of sexual assault by two women. Vanessa Tyson has alleged that Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, while Meredith Watson alleged that Fairfax raped her in college. Fairfax has denied both allegations and in a statement Saturday asked for the public not to "rush to judgment" before an FBI investigation can be conducted, The New York Times reports.

But Fairfax is facing calls to resign from prominent Democrats, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and 2020 candidates like Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), per The Hill. Brendan Morrow

October 19, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is backing out of a controversial scheduled appearance at the Women's Convention next week in Detroit in order to visit Puerto Rico, where in the wake of Hurricane Maria, 3 million people remain without power and 1 million don't have running water.

In a statement, Sanders apologized to the organizers of the convention for having to cancel, adding, "Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing."

The Women's Convention is a three-day event put on by the same organizers behind the Women's March in January. When it was announced that Sanders was speaking on opening night, there was immediate backlash from critics wondering why the honor was given to a man. In response, co-president Tamika Mallory said Sanders was not the convention's headliner, and he was invited because he's a "fierce champion of women's rights." Prominent women appearing at the event include Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and actress and activist Piper Perabo. Catherine Garcia

April 29, 2016

Actor Will Ferrell has reportedly nixed plans to play Ronald Reagan in a comedy about the late president's dementia, just days after it was announced he had signed on to star. Ferrell's spokesperson now says he was never officially attached to the project. "While it is by no means an 'Alzheimers comedy,' as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project," his spokesperson said.

Shortly after news of the film broke, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis penned an open letter expressing her disappointment. "Perhaps if you knew more," Davis wrote, "you would not find the subject humorous." Becca Stanek

December 11, 2014

New York state will soon prohibit insurance companies from refusing to cover the costs of gender reassignment surgery, according to The New York Times.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is sending a letter to insurance companies this week notifying them that patients with gender dysphoria —people born as one gender who identify with another — are entitled to treatment under state law. The change makes New York the ninth state to compel coverage for the procedure. Jon Terbush

December 6, 2014

Speaking from Kabul, Afghanistan, in what is likely his final visit to the region as defense secretary, Chuck Hagel on Saturday confirmed that the United States will delay about 1,000 troops in withdrawing from Afghanistan, NBC News reports.

The U.S. plan had originally been to leave just 9,800 troops in the region by the beginning of 2015; now, Hagel says 10,800 will remain stationed there for at least the first few months of the new year.

"But the president's authorization will not change our troops' missions, or the long-term timeline for our drawdown," Hagel said. Sarah Eberspacher

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