Plus three other things you need to know today.
Takeaways from Democratic debate
Elizabeth Warren refused to brawl with Bernie Sanders during the debate but appeared to refuse his handshake afterward; Joe Biden apologized (again) for his 2002 Iraq War vote and stayed above the fray; and Pete Buttigieg and Warren sparred over the size of their healthcare plans. In one of the most memorable moments of the night, Warren illustrated a point about a woman being best suited to defeat President Trump by contrasting her and Klobuchar’s winning records with the men’s onstage. “The only people who have won every election are the women,” she said.
Impeachment managers announced, plus new information unveiled
This morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the team of seven Democrats who will prosecute the case in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. They are: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Jason Crow, Val Demings, Zoe Lofgren, and Sylvia Garcia. “The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom,” Pelosi said. “The emphasis is on making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution to seek the truth for the American people.” The articles of impeachment will be handed over to the Senate today.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday the House released thousands of pages of texts, handwritten notes, and other communications from Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine fixer, that reveal more evidence of the president’s potential involvement in the affair.
Border wall slated to split wildlife refuge
The Trump administration is planning to build 110 miles of the border wall straight through the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Acquiring private property has proved difficult, and the land is already owned by the federal government. Comprising one of the most biodiverse regions of North America, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been purchasing land in the area to protect it for over 40 years.
War powers resolution should have enough Democratic and GOP votes to pass
The Senate is closer to passing a revised version of the war powers resolution introduced by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who said he has reached the simple majority of 51 votes needed. He removed language specifically naming Donald Trump to successfully gain bipartisan support for the measure, which limits presidential power to conduct military attacks without congressional approval.