Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Gordon Ahl
Monday, December 16, 2019, 2:02 PM

The House Judiciary Committee released an impeachment report to explain and accompany the articles of impeachment that are expected to be voted on by the full House on Wednesday. The Washington Post says that the report accuses President Trump of “multiple federal crimes” including bribery and wire fraud.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that laid out his procedural demands for a Senate impeachment trial, according to the Post. The letter requested that the Senate subpoena several individuals who have yet to testify in the House, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

The New York Times reports that the U.S. government expelled two officials from the Chinese Embassy in September after they trespassed onto a Virginia military base that houses some Special Operations forces.

Stephen E. Biegun, the top U.S. envoy on North Korea, said that another major weapons test by Pyongyang would be “most unhelpful in achieving a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” reports the Times. Biegun held meetings with South Korean officials on Monday as signs indicated North Korea was preparing a satellite launch or flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Jesús Seade, Mexico’s top trade negotiator, objected to new language in the U.S. bill to implement the USMCA trade deal that would permit the Trump administration to deploy diplomats to Mexico to ensure the country upholds the agreement’s labor standards, according to Politico. Seade is reportedly scheduled to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer to discuss his concerns on Monday.

Large demonstrations are ongoing in major cities across India over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act which would grant citizenship to some non-Muslim migrants, reports the BBC.

A court in Sudan sentenced former President Omar al-Bashir to two years in a minimum security prison for money laundering and corruption, reports the Associated Press.

The annual United Nations climate negotiations ended on Sunday with what critics labeled one of the worst outcomes in decades, according to the Times. The United States helped block even a nonbinding measure to encourage states to pursue more reductions in greenhouse gas emissions next year.

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