House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in an impeachment debate Wednesday that he is "deeply concerned that any member of the House would spout Russian propaganda on the floor of the House," referencing a preceding speech by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

Context: Gohmert, a fierce defender of President Trump, claimed that impeachment was an attempt to stop an investigation by the Department of Justice into Ukrainian interference in the U.S. election.

The big picture: President Trump's request that Ukraine's president investigate the conspiracy theory that Ukrainian officials interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Democrats is one of the alleged abuses of power that has led to his pending impeachment.

  • In their defenses of the president, Gohmert and other Republicans have claimed that the allegations of Ukrainian interference have merit — contradicting assessments by top Russia expert Fiona Hill and other intelligence community officials that say this is a false narrative propagated by Russian security services.

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In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe

A skeleton is placed at a restaurant table in Rome to protest Italy's restrictions that'll see gyms, movie theaters and pools close and bars and restaurants required to shut by 6 p.m. until at least Nov. 24. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Restrictions are returning across much of Europe as the continent faces a second coronavirus wave.

The big picture: Spain and France each surpassed 1 million cases last week, and both countries have implemented further restrictions on citizens. Italian officials announced strict new measures, effective Monday, to combat another cases spike. From Denmark to Romania, take a look at what steps countries have been taking, in photos.

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Tropical Storm Zeta may strengthen into hurricane before reaching U.S.

The U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico are bracing for another possible hurricane after Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean Sea Sunday.

Of note: Zeta is the 27th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season — equaling a record set in 2005.