Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reportedly changed course on some of the most controversial aspects of his impeachment trial rules.
NBC’s Josh Lederman reported that senators will now no longer have to vote to admit each piece of evidence. Instead, evidence will automatically be admitted unless there is an objection.
McConnell’s original rules also gave House managers two days for opening remarks. Changes to the rules will allow up to three days for both sides, reports said.
At the last minute, a change to this provision: House evidence now will be admitted automatically unless there's an objection, rather than requiring a pro-active vote to admit it https://t.co/F0O1c6jg0o
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) January 21, 2020
McConnell was clearly lying about having the votes and was forced to change course. This means he's in real big trouble on the vote for witnesses. https://t.co/DlPufmiqIB
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) January 21, 2020
#McConnell bends on #impeachment timeline: Per his office, after GOP lunch talks leader makes modifications to organizing resolution to give each side up to 24 hours over THREE days to present opening arguments.
— Nancy Ognanovich (@NOgnanovich) January 21, 2020
.@burgessev reports that McConnell revised organizing resolution for trial after some objections from some GOP senators, including Susan Collins, Rob Portman & others
— John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) January 21, 2020
One of COVID-19’s unlisted side effects: An increase in police power
As governments across the globe expand mass surveillance programs in the name of public health, activist and whistleblower Edward Snowden warns that we are watching them build "the architecture of oppression." Perhaps more insidious are new measures that simply expand the power and discretion of the police to "enforce social distancing" in the name of flattening the curve — many of which were passed swiftly in just the past few weeks.
Women on the frontline: Nurses are patients’ last contact before passing away
Every night, from their balconies and windows, the French publicly applaud healthcare workers and nursing staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. In France, nearly 90 percent of nurses are female. So how are these women coping with this unprecedented crisis? FRANCE 24 spoke to four of them.
"For the moment, our most important mission is to help patients but if this continues, they will have to find cannon fodder elsewhere," said Leslie, a palliative care nurse in Marseille, working 12 hours a day to care for people at the end of their life.
Like all hospitals and clinics in France, her department is constantly receiving critical Covid-19 cases: "We have drastically reduced visits, so imagine telling families, who know their loved ones are at the end of their life, that they have no right to see them. Psychologically, this is incredibly difficult for us. We are their only contact before they die. "
‘Appetizing opportunity’: Alleged quack doctor advising Trump wants to open schools – ‘may only cost us 2% to 3%’ more lives
Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known to America's TV viewers as Dr. Oz, is calling for the nation's schools to be re-opened despite the coronavirus pandemic that has already killed over 34,000 Americans. He argues that the cost will be "only" an additional 2% to 3% in additional lives lost as a result – a "tradeoff" he suggested that would be worthwhile to get the economy re-opened.
"Schools are a very appetizing opportunity," Dr. Oz told Sean Hannity (video below). "I just saw a nice piece in The Lancet arguing the opening of schools may only cost us 2% to 3% in terms of total mortality," Dr. Oz, who is actually a real, albeit "celebrity" doctor, said Wednesday.