McConnell's impeachment dilemma, Brits head to the polls in U.K. election, and a possible Weinstein settlement: The Morning Rundown
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today on whether to send the two articles of impeachment to the full House.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order vowing to "crush" anti-Semitism in the U. S. during a Hanukkah reception at the White House Wednesday joined by lawmakers and administration officials, in addition to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP
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As the Senate begins preparations for an impeachment trial, many Republicans are questioning the wisdom of President Donald Trump calling witnesses and are instead discussing a speedy process.
Trump has indicated that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, the whistleblower and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to testify.
Some Senate Republicans are fearful that the benefits of a defense filled with contentious testimony that may not necessarily exonerate the president could backfire and just want to get on with a Senate vote as quickly as possible.
The disgraced Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative global settlement with dozens of women who accuse him of having preyed on them, two of his accusers and an attorney for a third said Wednesday.
Under terms of the proposed deal, Weinstein wouldn't have to admit wrongdoing, and his studio's insurance companies would pick up the tab.
Some of his accusers already say they object.
"This settlement breaks my heart," model Zoë Brock, one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, said in a statement.
The volcano in New Zealand that is feared to have killed up to 16 people when it erupted with little warning is notoriously difficult to predict, making it one of the most dangerous in the world, according to scientists.
While some warning signs were reported, scientists familiar with the area say they were not enough to halt public tours.
"It's not the first time this volcano has behaved like that, where there was an explosion with no warning," said David Phillips, head of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia.