Sen. Amy Klobuchar to decide on 2020 presidential bid soon

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that she is “getting close to a decision” on whether to run for president in 2020, the Star Tribune reports.

Why it matters: Several Democrats are expected to announce their 2020 candidacies in the next several weeks. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have each formed presidential exploratory committees in recent weeks.

Go deeper: The 2020 presidential race is kicking off right on schedule

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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