January 24, 2020
Rep. Adam Schiff is the face of the House’s impeachment case against President Donald Trump. Though he has six managers by his side, Schiff is setting the tone, working methodically to convince the Senate Trump deserves to be removed from office. Schiff told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday it is like he is “introducing myself to a number of the senators” at Trump’s impeachment trial. He said many Republicans are “finding I’m not the demon” that he’s often portrayed to be. Republicans were complimentary of Schiff but said they learned nothing new about the case against the president.
China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected by a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted lockdowns of at least 13 cities on the eve of the country’s most important holiday. Transportation is halted and streets eerily quiet in the locked-down cities as the virus led to the cancellation of festivities for the Lunar New Year. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, and the nine neighboring cities have a combined population of more than 36 million. A Wuhan hospital with space for 1,000 beds is being built in the style of a facility that Beijing constructed during the SARS epidemic. The number of cases has risen to 830 while and the deaths include the youngest recorded victim at 36.
Thousands have rallied in Baghdad to demand American troops leave the country, though their numbers fell short of the “million-man” march called for by an influential Shiite cleric amid heightened anti-U.S. sentiment after a U.S. drone strike earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in Iraq. Since mid-morning, large crowds gathered as loudspeakers blasted “No, no America!” at a central square in Baghdad. But by Friday afternoon, the rally had failed to reach the critical numbers called for by the radical cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr’s supporters did not engage in altercations with security forces or target the separate, anti-government protests in neighboring Tahrir Square as had been feared.
It’s the defense’s go-to question at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial: If the once-revered Hollywood mogul is a revolting sexual predator, as prosecutors and scores of women allege, why did some of his accusers keep interacting with him for years after their alleged assaults? Prosecutors hope to give jurors some answers Friday and neutralize that line of questioning before too long with the help of Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist who testified about the same issues at the 2018 retrial that ended in Bill Cosby’s conviction on charges he drugged and molested a woman years earlier.