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President Trump delivers remarks at his rally in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday night. Photo: Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump railed against Democrats' impeachment inquiry and made a last-ditch appeal at his campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky, Monday night for voters to back Gov. Matt Bevin, who faces a tough re-election fight.

Why it matters: Trump held the rally on the eve of the gubernatorial election, which the New York Times notes the president is "casting as a test of his strength" as he stares down the prospect of a possible impeachment in Washington, D.C.

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If you win, they are going to make it like, ho hum. And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. You can't let that happen to me!"

The big picture: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared on stage at the rally, demanding news outlets identify the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry into Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

  • During the rally, Trump also hailed the strong economy and last month's killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a U.S.-led operation in Syria.
"While we are creating jobs and killing terrorists, the radical Democrats are going insane."

Go deeper: Trump wants to interview whistleblower despite federal protections

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From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

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The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.

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