There may be enough new pressure on Senate Republicans to allow witnesses at President Trump's impeachment trial, after the leak from a forthcoming book by former national security adviser John Bolton that contradicts what the White House has been telling the country.
Why it matters, from Axios' Jonathan Swan: This is a dramatic, 11th-hour inflection point for the trial, with an eyewitness rebuttal to Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to investigations into Joe Biden.
Republican sources tell me that party leaders and the White House will still try to resist witnesses because, as one top aide put it, "there is a sense in the Senate that if one witness is allowed, the floodgates are open."
What we can expect Trump's defense lawyers to say as they make their case at the trial, beginning at 1 p.m. today and continuing tomorrow, per Axios' Alayna Treene:
The intrigue: Bolton submitted the book to the White House on Dec. 30 for a standard prepublication security review for classified information.
Between the lines: Trump's defense team has the advantage of being able to do triage at the trial for the next two days, while the House managers listen silently.
Read the letter from Bolton's lawyer to the White House.
Above, Gianna Bryant sat on the shoulders of her father, Kobe, at a women's soccer match in San Diego in 2014.
"This is like our Princess Diana or our JFK," Andre Iguodala of the Memphis Grizzlies, who was close to Kobe, told CNN. "One of those moments where for the rest of your life, you'll know exactly what you were doing or where you were."
Why Kobe mattered:
The latest: The helicopter carrying Kobe and eight others, which crashed into a rugged hillside outside L.A., was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers (AP)
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The economics, politics and science of climate change are converging and catapulting this problem from a joke among critics to a prominent concern, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
In Washington, congressional Republicans and even President Trump are scrambling to acknowledge the problem after years of denying it — and, in some cases, mocking it outright.
Among corporate executives and financial leaders, climate change is quickly becoming a concrete worry.
Photo: Czarek Sokolowski/AP
Above, survivors carry a wreath today at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland.
Many lost parents and grandparents in Auschwitz or other Nazi death camps, but today were being joined in their journey back by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
The spread of a deadly new virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, telling senior officials that China faces a "grave situation," per the BBC.
63% of business economists in a survey out today expect the U.S.-China trade deal will have little to no impact on sales this year, even though President Trump championed it as a "sea change in international trade," Axios' Dion Rabouin reports.
The National Association for Business Economics survey found economists more bullish about growth over the coming 12 months than they were in October.
"Nearly one in four Americans (23%) report eating less meat in the past year than they have previously, with the highest rates of reported meat consumption reduction among women, nonwhites and Democrats." (Gallup)
The four-part docuseries "Hillary" (Hulu beginning March 6, from Propagate and director Nanette Burstein) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a sold-out screening of 530, including Gloria Steinem and Martha Stewart, an attendee tells us.
Not present but appearing throughout the series were President Obama, Paul Begala, Capricia Marshall, Minyon Moore, Lisa Caputo, Mandy Grunwald, Jen Palmieri, Jake Sullivan and Robby Mook.
18-year-old Billie Eilish "became just the second artist in Grammy history — and the first woman — to take home the Big Four awards: album, record and song of the year plus best new artist" last night, per Billboard.
In 1996, Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds a Lakers jersey at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
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