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News Budget for Thursday, January 16, 2020


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^Impeachment trial gets underway in Senate<

IMPEACHMENT:LA — House managers are expected to come to the Senate Chamber and read the resolution appointing them and the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in full.

Chief Justice John Roberts is to be sworn in later by the president pro tempore of the Senate, Chuck Grassley of Iowa. The chief justice will then then swear in the senators.

1000 by Los Angeles Times

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^Is Trump really the MVP of the GOP?<

2020-TRUMP-GOP:CON — After a tumultuous 2018 that saw them lose their House majority, Republicans often seem eager to dismiss those midterm results as typical while pining for the next election when President Donald Trump will top the ballot and drive turnout in their favor.

A closer look, however, shows Trump may not be as extraordinary a candidate as he gets credit for, and his status as GOP savior might be overrated.

550 by Nathan L. Gonzales in Washington. MOVED


^Liz Cheney is not running for Senate in Wyoming<

CONGRESS-CHENEY:CON — Rep. Liz Cheney, the only woman in House Republican leadership, announced Thursday that she is not running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming.

"I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives and working take our Republican majority," Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune.

250 by Bridget Bowman in Washington. MOVED



^More police officers died by suicides than on duty in 2019, advocacy group says<

POLICE-SUICIDES:OS — More police officers died by suicide than in the line of duty in 2019, and the number of reported police suicides rose for the fourth consecutive year, according to data from Blue H.E.L.P., a mental health advocacy group for police and their families.

In 2019, 228 police officers died by suicide, and 132 were killed in the line of duty. In comparison with 2018, duty deaths for police officers decreased 20% while suicides increased 35 percent, according to Blue H.E.L.P., which says it is the only group in the country tracking law enforcement suicides.

1150 (with trims) by Katie Rice in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Man gunned down where peace march had begun hours earlier near Chicago church<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE-MANKILLED:TB — Under the gray cross of Chicago's St. Sabina Church, the Rev. Michael Pfleger and others gathered with blue plastic candles Wednesday night to remember the hundreds of people killed by gun violence last year.

Later that same evening, Pfleger returned to find a homicide scene where his "Walk for Peace," held on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, had started.

"This violence is just — it's become the norm," Pfleger said. "It just makes me angry and it breaks my heart."

350 by Alice Yin in Chicago. MOVED


^Bill would replace Bible courses in Ky. schools with 'variety of religious texts'<

^KY-RELIGION-SCHOOLS:LX—<Approximately 10 to 15 school districts in Kentucky are currently offering Bible literacy courses, but a bill introduced in the 2020 General Assembly would replace them with classes on "various religious texts" of the many religions practiced in the state.

State Rep. McKenzie Cantrell, D-Louisville, said she introduced House Bill 243 this week after hearing from the leader of a large Buddhist temple in the district that she serves.

500 by Valarie Honeycutt Spears. MOVED



^High-tech taxman who loves hockey is Putin's premier pick<

RUSSIA:BLO — Vladimir Putin is putting his trust in an obscure technocrat with little political experience as his choice for prime minister to revive Russia's flagging economy as he prepares the country for the most significant constitutional overhaul in a generation.

Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Federal Tax Service, last held a political post in the government as a deputy tax minister for five years to 2004. Still, his nomination won plaudits from economic reformers and business leaders, aware of his record of transforming tax collections through efficient use of modern technology and encouraged by expectations he'll focus on boosting growth.

600 by Jake Rudnitsky and Evgenia Pismennaya in Moscow. MOVED




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^Bill Clinton once enjoyed a bright legacy in Haiti. Then the 2010 earthquake struck<

HAITI-QUAKE-10YEARS-CLINTON:MI — A decade after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, the former U.S. secretary of state, are routinely portrayed in some quarters as the prime villains in the Caribbean nation's continuing struggles to recover and the failed promise of donor assistance to help lift the ravaged country out of poverty.

It's almost an article of faith among many Haitians that the Clintons somehow siphoned off billions of dollars meant to help clean up and rebuild.

The narrative — coupled with claims that the Clinton Foundation cashed in off development projects in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster — has been peddled by anti-corruption lawyers in Haiti demanding an audit by government auditors.

Now, as the world marks the 10th anniversary, Bill Clinton for the first time opened up about the setbacks in Haiti — a stain on the bright legacy of a former president who had championed democracy there and was the face of the international recovery efforts as he pledged to help Haiti "build back better."

3350 by Jacqueline Charles. MOVED


^The fickle voters who could decide the 2020 Democratic nominee<

DEMOCRATS-2020-UNDECIDED:WA — Monica Vernon has spent the Democratic presidential race assessing an assortment of candidates from Elizabeth Warren ("sweet and relatable") to Amy Klobuchar ("down to earth") to Cory Booker ("impressive").

But with just weeks before she must make a final decision in her state's first-in-the-nation caucuses, the Iowa resident and founder of a small market-research company is still not close to making up her mind.

Vernon is part of a significant subset of the Democratic electorate — white, college-educated and suburban — that has spent the 2020 primary season vacillating among several different White House hopefuls.

With the leadoff February contests fast approaching, these voters — which make up about one-quarter of the Democratic electorate, and an even larger share in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire — are on the verge of being forced to pick just one of the candidates.

950 by Alex Roarty in Washington. MOVED




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