5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Pelosi instructs House to 'proceed with articles of impeachment' against Trump

  • Trump accuser Karen McDougal sues Fox News after host accused her of 'extortion'

  • ProPublica: Migrant child died after Border Patrol neglected medical care

  • Pension protesters in France shut down transportation

  • John Kerry endorses Joe Biden for president

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she would be asking House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to "proceed with articles of impeachment" against President Trump. "The president leaves us no choice but to act" after he "engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security, and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections," Pelosi said. Pelosi said America's founders included an impeachment power in the Constitution because they "feared the prospects of a king president corrupted by foreign influence," and said Trump's "actions are in defiance of the vision of our founders." Pelosi's announcement came after weeks of public and closed-door testimonies from impeachment witnesses before the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees.

Source: C-SPAN

Karen McDougal, a model who says she had an affair with President Trump, has filed a slander lawsuit against Fox News over comments Tucker Carlson made on his show last December. Carlson said, "Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn't give them money. Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion." Carlson didn't use McDougal's name, but did put a picture of her on screen later in the segment. In the lawsuit, McDougal says she did not approach Trump and threaten to ruin his career like Carlson said; she sold her story to the National Enquirer for $150,000, and Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, has said he reimbursed the tabloid's publisher in order to keep McDougal quiet about the alleged affair. Fox News says it will "vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims."

Source: Variety, The New York Times

A 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant died in a Border Patrol processing center after immigration agents failed to provide medical care for a serious flu diagnosis, ProPublica reported Thursday. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was sick when he was placed in a holding cell in Texas in May, and a nurse practitioner said he should be frequently checked and taken to the emergency room if he worsened. Video footage shows he was not given medical attention even as he collapsed and later died on the floor. Additionally, footage doesn't align with Border Patrol's description of his death. Hernandez Vasquez was the sixth migrant child to die while in migrant detention in less than a year. An agency spokesman said officials "are looking into all aspects of this case."

Source: ProPublica

Protests took over several cities in France on Thursday over President Emmanuel Macron's plan to overhaul the country's pension system. About 806,000 demonstrators took over transportation systems across the country, including subways, buses, and the train line between Paris and London, shutting some of them down completely. Paris' Eiffel Tower and parts of the Louvre were also closed as an estimated 65,000 protesters turned out in that city alone. The largely peaceful protesters included teachers, students, transportation workers, and hospital workers who oppose Macron's plan to extend how long people must work before they can collect retirement benefits instead of increasing the retirement age to 62. Macron also wants to combine both public and private pension systems, which many civil servants oppose.

Source: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, in a statement describing him as "the president our country desperately needs right now." "I've never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart," said Kerry, who was the 2004 Democratic nominee for president. Kerry said he likes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) "enormously," adding he also likes former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), but "I just think Joe is the person for the moment." In terms of advice for Biden, Kerry said, "He needs to do exactly what he's doing now." Kerry will campaign with Biden in Iowa on Friday.

Source: The Washington Post
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