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Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday released the names of the four legal scholars who will serve as witnesses for its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The big picture: The hearing will focus on the constitutional grounds for impeachment and will examine whether President Trump's actions toward Ukraine qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors. Trump's lawyers said in a letter Monday that they will not participate in the hearing, but left open the possibility that they will send counsel to represent the president in future hearings that center on the actual substance of the Ukraine allegations.

The witnesses:

  • Noah Feldman
    • Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
    • Harvard Law School
  • Pamela S. Karlan 
    • Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
    • Stanford Law School
  • Michael Gerhardt 
    • Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence
    • The University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Jonathan Turley
    • J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
    • The George Washington University Law School

Go deeper: What to expect from the next phase of impeachment

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In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 12 highlights

Team USAs Sydney McLaughlin in front of the timer after winning the 400m hurdles in record time at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw American Sydney McLaughlin break her own world record to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday.

Of note: Japan won a third Olympic skateboarding gold, as two teenagers and a 12-year-old swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event.

Updated 2 hours ago - Sports

Olympics dashboard

Team USA's Sydney Mclaughlin (L) and Dalilah Muhammad celebrate winning gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 400-meter hurdles final on day 12 of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Photo: Andrej Isakovic-Pool/Getty Images

🥇: Sydney McLaughlin breaks own world record to win gold in 400m hurdles

🤼🏿‍♀️ "Making history": Mensah-Stock first Black woman to win Olympic wrestling gold

🛹: 2 teens and girl, 12, sweep board at women's park skateboarding

🦠: Greece's artistic swimming team to miss Olympics after COVID outbreak

🛫: Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya departs Tokyo for Vienna

.📷: In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 12 highlights

🏳️‍⚧️: Axios at the Olympics: Games grapple with trans athletesTrans athletes see the Tokyo Games as a watershed moment

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Biden to GOP governors who resist COVID rules: "Get out of the way"

President Biden speaks at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

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