5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • House managers argue for Trump's conviction in impeachment trial

  • CNN poll suggests a Bernie-Biden race for the Democratic nomination

  • U.N. investigating Saudi crown prince's alleged hack on Jeff Bezos' phone

  • Arizona's biggest energy provider pledges to go coal free by 2031

  • Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

House impeachment managers began arguing their case before the Senate on Wednesday in President Trump's impeachment trial. The congressmembers will have 24 hours over three days to argue for Trump's conviction, before it turns to Trump's legal team to argue his defense. The arguments are beginning after a marathon debate session on Tuesday that ended in a party-line vote to approve Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) resolution on the rules for the trial. Senate rejected along party lines several Democratic amendments proposed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), including subpoenaing former National Security Adviser John Bolton and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Senators will later have 16 hours to ask questions, and then they will revisit the matter of calling witnesses in the trial.

Source: The New York Times

A CNN-SSRS poll released Wednesday morning found a new national frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), though his lead over former Vice President Joe Biden is within the poll's margin of error, "meaning there is no clear leader in this poll," CNN says. Sanders, with 27 percent support among registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning, and Biden, polling at 24 percent, are now in a category of their own, though, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has fallen to a distant third at 14 percent. Sanders jumped 7 percentage points since December by eating into Biden's support among nonwhite voters and Warren's support among liberal Democrats. Nine percent of men and 20 percent of women said they didn't think a woman can win the presidency.

Source: CNN

A United Nations report released Wednesday concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally infected Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' phone with malware, allowing a massive amount of data to be stolen from his phone. The crown prince reportedly sent the world's richest man an infected video link over WhatsApp after the two exchanged contact information on bin Salman's tour of the U.S. in early 2018. The U.N. investigators called for further investigation, saying the alleged hacking could be a part of "the continuous, multi-year, direct and personal involvement of the Crown Prince in efforts to target perceived opponents." Saudi Arabia has previously denied targeting Bezos' phone, but previous investigations determined with "high confidence" that Riyadh was behind the efforts.

Source: The Guardian, The Washington Post

Arizona Public Service Co., the largest utility provider in Arizona, will swear off coal power by the end of the decade, it announced Wednesday. APS gets 22 percent of its energy from its coal-fired Four Corners Power Plant and Cholla Power Plant. Cholla is slated for closure in 2025, and while Four Corners wasn't supposed to close until 2038, Wednesday's announcement bumped that down to 2031. In addition, CEO Jeff Guldner said Wednesday that APS would completely shift to carbon-free power by 2050. The U.S. is the second biggest emissions producer in the world, and a quarter of its emissions come from energy production.

Source: AZ Central

Terry Jones, the writer, comedian, and founding member of Monty Python, has died at 77 following a battle with dementia. Jones' family confirmed his death Wednesday, saying in a statement, "Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London." Jones' work with Monty Python included directing or co-directing the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which he also starred in. Tributes poured in for Jones on Wednesday, with Monty Python's John Cleese remembering him as "a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, John Cleese
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