FDA plan would make cigarettes less addictive

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The Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead with new rules that would reduce the nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. It’s also exploring whether more regulation of flavored tobacco, including menthol, would help reduce overall smoking rates in the U.S.

Why it matters: Smoking kills almost 500,000 Americans each year. Making cigarettes less addictive or non-addictive could ultimately save as many as 8 million lives and billions of dollars in health care costs, the FDA said today.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

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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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