⚡ Bulletin: White House counsel Pat Cipollone began the impeachment defense of President Trump today by accusing Democrats of trying to overturn the 2016 election — and circumvent the 2020 election by tearing up "all of the ballots across this country":
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When you dive into the data, shockingly little has changed in the political landscape four months after Speaker Pelosi launched the inquiry of President Trump, Stef Kight reports.
Trump approval still hovers around 42%— one of the lowest, but most consistent approval streaks of any recent president, according to FiveThirtyEight data.
Biden remains the 2020 Democrat to beat in national polls, despite early concern that Trump's unsubstantiated allegations involving Biden's son and Ukraine would prove damaging.
The bottom line: The public — and the parties — are so dug in on Trump that even impeachment hasn't been a tipping point.
Most shifts since impeachment began seem to be in Trump's favor, Stef Kight continues.
But some Democrats have seen an impact, too. The Biden campaign says its average digital revenue per day more than doubled during impeachment compared to the weeks before.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who has said little publicly about the growing virus crisis, now has ordered mobilization across the country and drastic measures to hold back the contagion, the N.Y. Times reports.
The latest: Hong Kong, where five cases of the illness have been confirmed, said it would close schools for two weeks, per AP.
Wuhan banned private cars downtown.
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"Americans should understand that there will be a significant, long-term economic cost to our polarized politics and dysfunctional government," WashPost economics columnist Steve Pearlstein writes on the Sunday Business cover:
In the modern era, there are few if any examples of a country with a healthy, thriving economy and a broken political system. What distinguishes a successful economy from a failing one — what distinguishes Denmark from Italy and South Korea from North — is ... the laws, rules, norms and policies that create the framework in which any economy operates. ...
We can see [the] deterioration in our inability to adapt to changing conditions — the rise of China as an economic superpower, the influx of economic and political refugees, and the threat from global warming. ...
[O]ur approach has been to deny the problem, demonize those with whom we disagree and ostracize anyone who dares to compromise.
The bottom line: "'Trump Impeachment Trial Begins. Stocks Hit New High.' If the headline sounds too good to be true, that’s only because it probably is.
House managers used the final day of their case as a prebuttal to the Trump team's arguments, Alayna Treene reports from the Senate chamber.
Here were some of the Dems' slides on Day 4 of the trial:
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