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Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) lamented during Thursday's portion of the Senate impeachment trial that Russian President Vladimir Putin should not be "thanking God" for President Trump.

"But nothing struck me more from [Rep. Sylvia Garcia]'s presentation than that quote from Vladimir Putin from November of this past year, so just a couple months ago. 'Thank God,' Putin said, 'Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they're accusing Ukraine. Thank God,' Putin says. 
Well, you've got to give Donald Trump credit for this. He has made a religious man out of Vladimir Putin, but I don't think — I don't think we really want Vladimir Putin, our adversary, to be thanking God for the president of the United States, because they don't wish us well. "

The big picture: Schiff is on his second day of presenting Democrats' case against Trump.

  • He opened Democrats' arguments on Wednesday by presenting a detailed timeline of actions by Trump and other administration officials against Ukraine. He's continued that strategy today — giving a prosecutorial breakdown of the abuse of power case against the president.
  • Schiff has also shut down calls for a potential witness swap in the trial. The pitch would have allowed members of the Biden family to testify in exchange for testimony from key Trump administration officials.

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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook over Myanmar hate speech

Internally displaced Rohingya peoples at a market area in the Baw Du Pha IDP Camp in Sittwe in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Rohingya refugees accused Facebook in a $150 million lawsuit filed Monday of amplifying hate speech against the persecuted minority Muslims in Myanmar via algorithms and failing to take down inflammatory posts.

Why it matters: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in Myanmar in what the United Nations deemed a genocidal campaign. Tens of thousands of others have been displaced, notably following a massacre by Myanmar's military in 2017.

Former D.C. Guard alleges Army generals lied about Jan. 6 response

Members of the National Guard and Capitol police keep a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators away from the Capitol following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A former D.C. National Guard official has alleged that two Army generals "lied" to Congress in their testimony on the U.S. Capitol riot, Politico first reported Monday.

The big picture: Col. Earl Matthews, who was serving on Jan. 6, alleges in a memo that the official version on the military response is "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist" and that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on it features "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis."

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

The all-electric Toyota bZ4X, the company's first battery-electric vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 17. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.