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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg on Friday that she expects the impeachment inquiry's public hearings to start this month, but she said the House has no deadline to conduct its probe.

The big picture: Pelosi said it's possible the inquiry could stretch into 2020, depending on the details that emerge, according to Bloomberg. She also said the committees conducting the inquiry could continue with closed-door hearings, so long as they're "productive."

  • The speaker said, "We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached," adding, "There has to be clarity" in the case for impeachment, and that Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky "changed everything in the public mind."

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Fauci says if people won't wear masks, maybe it should be mandated

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NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Friday evening that if "people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating it."

Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

Harris to Black voters: Casting a ballot is about honoring your ancestors

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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