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February 18, 2021

Perseverance is about to attempt a landing on Mars as part of NASA's "most ambitious" rover mission ever.

The Perseverance rover, which launched in July 2020 on a mission to search for signs of ancient life on Mars, is scheduled for a landing attempt on Thursday afternoon, with the rover expected to touch down in the Jezero Crater at about 3:55 p.m. Eastern.

It's a highly significant mission, as "this is the first time in history where we're going to go to Mars with an explicit mission to find life on another world — ancient life on Mars," as then-NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine explained last year before the launch. There are a number of firsts associated with the mission, in fact, as CNN notes that "along for the ride with Perseverance is an experiment to fly a helicopter, called Ingenuity, on another planet for the first time," and the aim is to also get the "first recordings of sound on the red planet."

NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen describes this as "NASA's most ambitious Mars rover mission yet," adding that the "landing team will have its hands full getting us to Jezero Crater — the most challenging Martian terrain ever targeted for a landing."

The "riskiest portion" of the mission, NASA notes, is what's known as the "seven minutes of terror" as the rover makes its way down to Mars. Since the radio signal will take 11 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth, The New York Times Times writes, "if anything were to go wrong, it would already be too late by the time people in NASA's mission operations center got word." CNN also notes this is the heaviest rover NASA will ever try to land.

"I will be extremely nervous," acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk acknowledged to the Times.

Coverage of the landing attempt can be viewed via NASA's YouTube channel below. Brendan Morrow

September 17, 2019

President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is set to testify Tuesday as part of the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing, and sparks are likely to fly.

Lewandowski will speak after the Judiciary Committee voted last week to set the guidelines of its hearings, with Democrats saying they're investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump. But CNN notes this "could be a combative hearing," especially since when Lewandowski last appeared before Congress, things turned quite heated and expletive-laden. Unlike that 2018 hearing, Tuesday's will be public, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

The White House on Monday directed Lewandowski, who never actually worked in the White House, not to talk about any conversations with the president outside of what's mentioned in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report. No significant new information, therefore, should be expected. As this is the first official impeachment hearing, it will be the first time that Judiciary staff questions a witness, The Washington Post reports.

Mueller in his report said that Trump instructed Lewandowski to tell then Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver a statement declaring that Trump has done nothing wrong and to limit the scope of the Mueller investigation. Lewandowski didn't do so. The report also says that on another occasion, Trump again told Lewandowski to deliver the message to Sessions and fire him if he refused. This time, Lewandowski passed that task off to another White House official, Rick Dearborn, who again didn't deliver it. Democrats have identified these incidents as examples of obstruction of justice by Trump; Mueller did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

Lewandowski, who is considering a 2020 Senate run, tweeted Monday morning that he's "excited" about the opportunity to testify and push back against the "angry Democrats who tried to take down a duly elected president." He also previewed this hearing as possibly serving essentially as a campaign stop by using the hashtag "#Senate2020." Brendan Morrow

August 18, 2017

Chief strategist Stephen Bannon was ousted from the White House on Friday, following a series of bizarre interviews this week that raised speculation of his imminent dismissal. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the decision was "mutually agreed" upon by Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

New York reporter Gabriel Sherman said Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart, the far-right news website he helmed before joining the White House. Not only that, however, but Sherman also reported that Bannon is "ramping up for war" against President Trump now that he's been fired:

Meanwhile, Breitbart editor Joel Pollak added fuel to that fire in a tweet, which you can see below. Kimberly Alters

October 12, 2016

At a rally in Florida on Wednesday, Donald Trump flat out called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for her email usage. "Hillary Clinton bleached and deleted 33,000 emails after a congressional subpoena," Trump told the crowd. "She deleted the emails — she has to go to jail."

Trump also leveled this claim against Clinton at Sunday's second presidential debate, and told Clinton she "would be in jail" if Trump had been president during her email investigation. Clinton's team has claimed the deleted emails were of a personal nature and has maintained that all work-related emails were transferred to the government, and Clinton herself said at the Sunday debate some 37,000 emails were handed over.

The fact-checking organization PolitiFact rates the content of Trump's accusation only "Half True." While Clinton was served a subpoena for Benghazi-related emails on March 4, 2015, and the emails were deleted in late March, PolitiFact explains: "The FBI found no evidence that the emails were deleted deliberately to avoid the subpoena or other requests. Clinton's team requested for the emails to be deleted months before the subpoena came." Kimberly Alters

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