Impeachment calls grow amid new Ukraine reports, another Brexit twist and Greta Thunberg's U.N. plea: The Morning Rundown

"You are failing us": Greta Thunberg lambasted leaders during her U.N. speech.
Image: Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on Sept. 23, 2019 in New York City.
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg gave an impassioned speech at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on Monday. Stephanie Keith / Getty Images

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By Petra Cahill

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A major development in the Ukraine affair, another Brexit twist, and Greta Thunberg's impassioned U.N. speech.

Here's what we're watching today.


Trump reportedly put freeze on aid before call with Ukrainian president

President Donald Trump reportedly ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine a few days before a phone call in which he pressured the Eastern European nation's leader to investigate the family of political rival Joe Biden.

Trump's order to withhold the Congress-approved funds to help Ukraine fend off Russian aggression was first reported by The Washington Post.

The new revelation comes as Democrats press for full disclosure of a related whistleblower complaint and as more lawmakers add their voices to the growing chorus calling for impeachment proceedings.

Seven freshman House Democrats wrote an op-ed calling for impeachment hearings. The lawmakers said their experiences in the military, defense and U.S. intelligence agencies helped shape their shared opinion that the latest Ukraine allegations are a "threat to all we have sworn to protect."

NBC News Jonathan Allen writes in an analysis piece that the Ukraine affair may force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand on impeachment.


In major blow to Boris Johnson, U.K. Supreme Court rules Parliament suspension unlawful

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament earlier this month, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday.

The decision marks a decisive setback for the government, potentially giving lawmakers more time to scrutinize and challenge its Brexit plans.

It's the latest twist in the saga that has divided and paralyzed the country since it voted to leave the European Union in a June 2016 referendum.


‘The eyes of all future generations are upon you’: Greta Thunberg pleads for action in U.N. speech

Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg delivered a scathing and emotional speech at the United Nations on Monday, pleading with world leaders to act on climate change before it's too late.

The 16-year-old from Sweden slammed the members of the U.N. for caring more about money and "fairytales of eternal economic growth" than collapsing ecosystems, mass extinctions and people suffering due to climate change.

Following her speech, Thunberg's name began trending on Twitter, with many prominent figures, including President Trump, commenting on it.

"The eyes of all future generations are upon you and if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you," Thunberg told leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.


Rats, roaches, mold: Under USDA’s watch, rural public housing is falling apart

Mold creeping up the walls. Roaches crawling over an infant’s face. Sewage leaking onto the ground. These are the conditions in Belle Glade, Florida, at the country’s biggest federal housing complex for farmworkers.

The property is supposed to be closely overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but federal safeguards failed to prevent it from falling into disrepair.

"These are some of the poorest families in my community, who are doing some of the hardest work," a local county commissioner said. "They don’t deserve to live like this."

"Everything isn't done correctly," Monique Mottley, a resident of the Okeechobee Center in Belle Glade, Fla., said. "And now we have to pay the price for it?" Suzy Khimm / NBC News

How anti-vaxxers target grieving moms and turn them into crusaders

Six-month-old Evee Clobes died in March, 36 hours after she received vaccinations during a checkup.

Since then, Evee has become a literal poster child for the anti-vaccine movement, featured on billboards and at protests, while her mother, Catelin Clobes, has become a rising star in that world.

But there’s one problem with the story being told about Evee’s death: The local medical examiner has ruled that the evidence shows Evee accidentally suffocated while co-sleeping with her mother.

That hasn’t stopped Clobes and other anti-vaccination activists from using Evee’s story to attract new recruits.

A billboard featuring Evee Clobes in Medina, Minn., in August 2019. Ackerman + Gruber / for NBC News

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Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg during an emotional speech at the United Nations on Monday.


One fun thing

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe was named FIFA women’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Milan, Italy on Monday.

The co-captain who helped lead the Americans to triumph at the World Cup challenged the audience to "just do something, do anything" to end inequality in "this beautiful game."

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