Just because 2019 is finally winding down doesn’t mean the flurry of activity in the world is slowing one bit. In the past seven days alone there’s been a shooting in Jersey City, a new trailer for In the Heights, and an announcement from Nike that the company is now making shoes just for health care professionals. In other news, Lizzo is amazing and can wear whatever she wants. (Related: Good for you, Houston Rockets.) Also, the UK had a historic election. But that’s just the beginning. It’s time we got going telling you about all the rest.
Articles of Impeachment
What Happened: The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives introduced two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
What Really Happened: We begin with an update on the impeachment of President Trump. The official announcement that articles of impeachment were being issued came just over a week ago, followed by Trump’s refusal to participate in the proceedings.
As last week began, then, there was a lot of speculation about what the timeline of the process would look like, and just what awaited the president. By Monday, a pretty clear picture emerged, with two articles of impeachment being rumored for Tuesday. Just days earlier, people had been suggesting as many as eight potential articles of impeachment. What changed in the meantime?
One of those watching the press conference officially announcing the articles? None other than the president himself.
Shortly after those tweets went out, the White House stepped in to provide a more official response.
With this development, Donald Trump has become only the fourth president in US history to face possible impeachment. Of course, the impeachment isn’t official official yet. There’s still a vote coming on the matter next week.
Once passed, the whole thing goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it’ll likely face opposition.
The Takeaway: For anyone wondering what else happened on the day the House announced the articles of impeachment, here you go.
What Happened: If one word sums up the past 12 months, what could it be? Merriam-Webster has the answer, and it’s something unexpectedly heartwarming.