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⚡ Breaking: "With millions of Asians traveling for the Lunar New Year [Saturday], authorities in China confirmed that a new virus could be spread through human contact, reporting 15 medical staff had been infected," Reuters reports:
As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest at 1 p.m., Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to make it as speedy as possible — with days that could run 12 hours or more.
With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, the cellphone ban on the Senate floor, increasingly overlooked in recent years, is expected to be enforced.
Today is all about procedural fights: Democrats will try to force the Senate to allow new witnesses and documents.
Here's McConnell's plan:
What we learned in the halls: Last week's Government Accountability Office report accusing Trump of violating the law by holding up funds to Ukraine is "a big part" of Democrats' case, a leadership aide told Treene and Axios' Jonathan Swan.
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Digital publishing is doing something it hasn't done en masse since the dawn of the internet: Make money.
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Trees, plastics and favorable tax policy are part of a new House Republican push on climate change — an effort to tell voters they care about the problem after a decade of dismissing it, Axios' Amy Harder scoops in her "Harder Line" column.
The plan, coordinated by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, will likely include three specific targets:
President Trump and Vice President Pence visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the holiday in observance of his 91st birthday.
"A much-anticipated gun-rights rally ... attracted an estimated 22,000 people to the heart of Virginia’s capital for a passionate yet nonviolent protest of gun control legislation," the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Rudy Giuliani went on Laura Ingraham's prime-time Fox News show last night and tried to distance himself from close associate Lev Parnas, who has gone on camera to say President Trump authorized shenanigans in Ukraine:
Huawei chief Ren Zhengfei said in Davos, Switzerland, that his company is prepared for any further U.S. "attacks," but he believes the world can avoid splitting into two separate technology systems, Axios' Ina Fried reports from the World Economic Forum.
Israeli philosopher Yuval Noah Harari, who joined the Huawei chief on stage, talked about the existential threat posed when any tech company, be it Huawei or Facebook, can know human desires better than people themselves.
With President Trump in Davos today as his impeachment trail convenes, the N.Y. Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin writes (subscription):
With the stock market at record highs, two trade deals announced and the possibility that Mr. Trump may be in office for another four years, there is an increasing sense that he will be accepted ...
As anathema as it may be to some participants, Mr. Trump may be the new Davos Man.
After restricting phone use, schools are coping with with acute "device separation anxiety," the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse writes in an A-hed (subscription).
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