4 main takeaways from Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment hearing

The most dramatic moment of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance before the House impeachment inquiry on Friday actually happened outside the Congressional chamber.

Just one hour into the hearing, President Donald Trump tweeted an attack against the 33-year career foreign service officer, claiming that everywhere she went “turned bad.” That insult led House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) to characterize the president’s comments as a form of witness intimidation.

But while that episode may have had the most pizzazz, it wasn’t the only important thing that happened during the hearing. If you weren’t able …

Disturbing video shows an Arizona sheriff’s deputy body slam a quadruple amputee

There was screaming, cursing, and a head slammed against the wall. A public defender called it “egregious.” Another called it “horrific.”

In a video that aired Thursday on Tucson’s KOLD news station, a white sheriff’s deputy is seen tackling and wrestling a black teen in foster care. The teen — an amputee with no arms or legs — repeatedly screams at the police officer to get off of him.

The sheriff’s deputy holds the boy in a headlock on the ground and curses in his face before arresting him for disorderly conduct. The deputy then screams at the teenager who …

Exclusive: 2 Democrats are introducing a bill to ban corporate PACs

Two moderate House Democrats are introducing a bill aiming to root out corporate influence where it currently thrives: Washington, DC.

On Friday, Reps. Max Rose (NY) and Josh Harder (CA) will introduce the “Ban Corporate PACs Act,” which would ban for-profit corporations from being allowed to sponsor, operate, or fund PACs. Vox was given an exclusive first look at the legislation.

The bill’s co-authors see it as a necessary addition to the HR 1 — also known as the “For the People Act” — the vast anti-corruption bill that was House Democrats’ first priority after taking back the …

What to expect from Marie Yovanovitch’s impeachment testimony

House Democrats’ second public hearing in their impeachment inquiry kicks off at 9 am ET on Friday, featuring the testimony of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. You can watch the hearing on CSPAN or other major networks, and we’ll embed a livestream in this post once one is available.

After hearing from witnesses who had a front-row seat to Trump officials’ attempts to pressure Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky this summer, Friday’s hearing will take a step back chronologically, to an earlier point in this saga.

Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who was widely respected at the State …

Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita, California: what we know

A shooter at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday killed one student and injured four others, officials confirmed. The gunman then shot himself in the head.

The suspect is a 16-year-old male student. He’s in custody, but in “grave condition,” local officials said.

This story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.

What we know

  • Around 7:38 am local time, police received 911 calls about a shooting at Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, California, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference. Sheriff’s deputies quickly responded

Vox Sentences: The superbugs are super bad

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CDC report: superbugs kill tens of thousands

  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the number of people killed in the US by drug-resistant diseases is double that of original estimates. [NBC News / Erika Edwards]
  • The report alleges around 35,000 Americans die from these kinds of infections every year and another 3 million fall ill. [Washington