5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • House kills impeachment resolution

  • House votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt

  • WHO declares Ebola outbreak a global health emergency

  • Prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey

  • Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán gets life in prison

The House voted on Wednesday to table a motion on whether to immediately consider articles of impeachment against President Trump, effectively killing it. The final tally was 332-95, with every Republican and 137 Democrats voting to table the resolution. After House Democrats passed a resolution Tuesday condemning President Trump's "racist comments" against four Democratic congresswomen, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) filed articles of impeachment against the president, using a House rule to force a vote in two legislative days. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has opposed the idea of an immediate effort to impeach the president, fearing that it will harm the Democrats' legislative agenda.

Source: The New York Times

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to hand over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The 230-198 vote was along party lines. After weeks of back and forth, with the Department of Justice saying it was giving up the census fight only to have President Trump say he was considering an executive order to ensure the question was included, Trump announced last week he will instead have federal agencies turn over to the Commerce Department records on how many citizens and non-citizens are in the U.S.

Source: NBC News

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo an international health emergency. This announcement comes days after the Congolese Health Ministry said that the virus had spread to Goma. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee made its decision on Wednesday after having met three other times since the outbreak began last year without choosing to declare it an international health emergency. More than 1,600 deaths have been reported since August 2018, and in June, the first death outside of the DRC was reported when a young boy died in Uganda. The last declaration of an international health emergency was during the West Africa Ebola outbreak that began in 2014.

Source: The Associated Press

Massachusetts prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey on Wednesday. Spacey was accused of groping an 18-year-old man in Nantucket in 2016, prompting prosecutors to bring indecent assault and battery charges against him. The charges were dropped in entirety due to the "unavailability of the complaining witness," the Nantucket District Court wrote in its Wednesday filing. The alleged assault was originally reported to police in October 2016, but was made public in 2017, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually pursuing him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey pleaded not guilty. Spacey was cut from his starring role in Netflix's House of Cards as several more allegations against him surfaced.

Source: WHDH News

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison by a federal judge in Brooklyn. Guzmán, who was convicted in February on drug trafficking charges, was extradited to the U.S. after twice breaking out of Mexican prisons. Guzmán's legal team argued that he was denied a fair trial after reports said some jurors viewed media coverage of the closely-followed trial, and claimed he was framed for the drug smuggling and murder charges. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan disagreed that the claims of juror misconduct were not thoroughly investigated.

Source: The Associated Press
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