There may only be nine days left in the year, but man, 2019 really is doing everything it can to cram a lot into its sunset. Like what? Well, a new Star Wars movie hit theaters and disappointed critics, Scotland asked for independence from the UK again, and Wakanda was finally removed from the US’s free trade list. Oh, you only think that last one is a joke. (It’s not.) Meanwhile, the internet has been talking about North West’s Christmas card mystery, that amazing Watchmen finale, and the fact that J. K. Rowling is a fan of TERFs. Oh, then there was that whole impeachment deal. Let’s get caught up together, shall we?
President Trump’s Letter to Nancy Pelosi
What Happened: President Trump sent a surprisingly lengthy letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
What Really Happened: All last week, the White House—and the man in the big chair therein—was acutely focused one thing: Christmas. No, wait, sorry, we meant “impeachment.” As the week began, the House of Representatives was preparing to vote in the wake of the publication of the Judiciary Committee’s 658–page report that recommended impeaching President Trump for “multiple” offenses. In response, the president did this.
Ah, yes; the letter! There’s something charmingly old-fashioned about sending a letter in this age of tweets and emails, especially one written about such an important subject. So, how’d it go over?
Still, surely it had the desired effect, right?
…Oh. Are there any other possible ramifications here?
…Oh. Is that all?
The Takeaway: Considering how bonkers last week was, it was hard to keep track of all the possible impacts of the letter, but this one definitely stands out.
President Trump Makes History
What Happened: President Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached.
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