Dec 6, 2017

58 House Dems vote for failed resolution on Trump impeachment

J. Scott Applewhite

58 House Democrats vote on Wednesday to open debate on a motion to impeach President Trump, but the effort for Rep. Al Green of Texas was overwhelmingly rejected by a 364-58 margin.

Why it matters: Green was the first member of Congress to advocate for Trump's impeachment, an idea supported by 40% of Americans, according to an October poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. House Democratic leadership called Green's move premature.

Key Quote: “Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment," Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, moments after Green introduced his articles of impeachment.

Dig deeper: The current list of lawmakers who want to impeach Trump.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.