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Dramatic televised hearings may decide whether Trump's accusers can establish he abused his power
Democrats who want to oust President Donald Trump and Republicans battling to save him are braced for the most momentous phase yet in the battle of impeachment that is rocking Washington.


These are the key witnesses testifying today


Five things to watch for in today's momentous hearings
Nine new witnesses in the impeachment inquiry are scheduled to give public testimony in the coming days, the second week of highly anticipated open hearings.


President suggested firing impeachment witnesses
President Donald Trump's aides have explored moving some impeachment witnesses on loan to the White House from other agencies, such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, back to their home departments ahead of schedule, according to people familiar with the conversations.


Anderson Cooper: Trump must think we're all idiots
President Donald Trump tweeted interest in providing a written testimony in order to defend himself against impeachment. CNN's Anderson Cooper explains why this is unlikely.


The many contradictions of Gordon Sondland
When Vice President Mike Pence departed a September meeting with the Ukrainian President, the US ambassador to the European Union moved quickly across the room on the mezzanine level of the Warsaw Marriott to corral one of the new President's top aides.


How to watch Tuesday's impeachment hearing
The third day of the House impeachment inquiry's public hearing starts on Tuesday morning as four witnesses will testify over two consecutive hearings, kicking off a busy week for the investigation.


Four witnesses to testify in back-to-back hearings
The House's impeachment hearing marathon is underway.


Tillerson swipes at Trump: 'Using United States assets as collateral is wrong'
• Graham takes heat from right-wing media • Opinion: One witness may hold the key to the impeachment story


Doctor on Trump's hospital visit: It's worrisome
• Opinion: The President's puzzling hospital visit • Analysis: Why you can't trust the White House on Trump's health


A woman wounded in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting has died


Analysis: Why would Trump reverse US policy on Israeli settlements? Good question.
This was originally published as the November 19 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning.


Prison fight involving Jayme Closs' kidnapper was caught on video
Video of a prison fight involving Jake Patterson, the Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs after killing her parents, has been released by the New Mexico Corrections Department.


Police: Man drove girlfriend across US, killed her and impersonated her on social media
A Pennsylvania man admitted to taking his girlfriend from Pennsylvania to Nevada under the guise of a vacation and then killing her, according to an Allegheny County criminal complaint filed Friday. Police say he then impersonated her through text and social media for roughly two months.


Analysis: Trump's options for winning a second term are narrowing
The tumultuous impeachment hearings and the string of GOP election losses this fall underline the electoral risks Republicans are courting as they allow President Donald Trump to refashion the party in his combative image.


Woman walking her dog in Australia was mauled by a large kangaroo
A woman in Australia needed 25 stitches to her face and almost lost an eye after being mauled by a kangaroo while walking her dog.


Cuomo to Lemon: The witnesses are all saying the same damn thing
CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon sift through the witnesses in the impeachment hearings and discuss what they have had to say.


The owner of The Hill has played a key role in the Ukraine scandal
James "Jimmy" Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill newspaper, is not a widely known media executive, but he is one of the era's most consequential. 


Hong Kong campus siege almost over, but the violence and anger remain
Attention in Hong Kong continues to be focused on the city's Polytechnic University, where an ever shrinking number of protesters remain holed up inside the besieged campus under the threat of arrest.


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn prep for crucial election debate


Swing state voter: I dislike Trump, but this is drastic
CNN's Miguel Marquez speaks with voters in Wisconsin, a crucial swing state, about how views of President Donald Trump have evolved as the impeachment inquiry heats up.


Fox files 'OK boomer' trademark application
OK, boomer. Ready for a trademark application war?


147 Indiana school districts cancel classes as teachers protest


The Hmong community experienced another American milestone, their first mass shooting
A group of Hmong family and friends gathered Sunday night in a Fresno backyard to do a very American thing -- watch football. Instead, they became victims of another very American thing -- a mass shooting that left four men dead and six others injured.


Paddling the world's brightest bioluminescent bay


NFL player appeals suspension after helmet-swinging brawl
Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett is appealing the indefinite suspension he received from the NFL after after he struck another player with a helmet, according to a source with direct knowledge of the appeal.


See 'win a baby' contest's touching result
When Krista and Anthony Rivera had problems conceiving their first child, they turned to a radio contest that promised free IVF. Now they are a family of three. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports. Watch "Full Circle" weeknights at 5 p.m. ET.


EasyJet flights are now carbon neutral
One of Europe's biggest airlines is going carbon neutral.


Kylie Jenner sells $600M stake in beauty company
Kylie Jenner is selling a majority stake of her popular cosmetics line for $600 million, but she's staying on as its creative leader.


'SNL' reimagines impeachment hearings
The impeachment hearings were given a dramatic twist and Harry Styles hosted for the first time on "Saturday Night Live."


The US economy is losing billions of dollars because foreign students aren't enrolling
Fewer international students are coming to the United States. That's hurting American universities and the economy.


Vegan man sues Burger King claiming Impossible Whopper is cooked on same grill as meat
A man is suing Burger King because the meatless Impossible Whopper is cooked on the same grill as meat products, the lawsuit alleges.


Fake meat is the future. Here's why
Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are surging in popularity with consumers and investors. Here's how meat alternatives like these will actually change the way we eat in coming decades.


Dunkin' is launching its Beyond Meat sandwich nationally
Dunkin' is launching its Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich nationally in November, two months ahead of schedule, after a highly successful test of the product this summer.


Nestlé launches vegan alternatives to bacon and cheese
Nestlé is leaning into the plant-based trend with vegan alternatives to bacon and cheddar cheese.


Mars is launching a vegan 'milk chocolate' bar
Mars is set to launch a new line of vegan chocolate bars in the United Kingdom, becoming the first major confectionery company to offer a plant-based alternative to milk chocolate.


Early Black Friday sales: The best deals to start shopping right now


50+ of the best holiday gifts you can give this year


Everyone's obsessed with these $20 Amazon pajamas


Oprah's Favorite Things list makes holiday shopping a cinch


How a small US town became CrossFit's global mecca
Imagine if tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams lived and trained in the same small town. Both arguably the greatest of all time in their own disciple, living and training side by side, pushing each other to new heights.


The man whose duvet nearly killed him: How this medical mystery was solved
The symptoms came on quickly. First it was hard to breathe, then dizzy spells caused by any amount of exertion.


See why this incident is being called a 'miracle'
A close call was caught on camera when a box truck skidded on ice, flipped and nearly struck a state trooper helping a stranded driver on the side of a highway in Illinois.


Bizarre-looking shark resurfaced on camera after a trans-Atlantic adventure
It was an aquatic case of serendipity.


Even an unusual Trump-Powell meeting can't spook investors right now
Happy Tuesday. A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here.


Andrew Yang: As president, I will establish a Department of the Attention Economy
When I look back at my childhood, I remember riding a bike around the neighborhood and playing basketball with friends. But today, children are spending their free time on computers and smartphones more than they're riding bikes or playing ball. More than half of children ages 8 to 12 have their own tablet and a quarter of them have their own smartphone. Kids are getting hooked on apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and spending too much time on digital devices.


Lyft is pulling its scooters from cities across the US
Electric scooter enthusiasts in Nashville, San Antonio and Columbus, Ohio, will have one less brand to ride starting next week.


Calling witnesses 'never Trumpers' won't help Trump
With no evidence to back up his charge, President Donald Trump called foreign service officer and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams a "Never Trumper" on Sunday, making her the latest public servant to become the object of President Trump's smear campaign.


Stephen Miller has to go
Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that lays bare senior White House advisor Stephen Miller's support for white nationalism.


US health care debate is ludicrous
The American political debate over health care is absurd. Americans pay twice as much as any other nation for health care, and then are told daily that they "can't afford" to switch to a lower-cost system very similar to those of Canada and Europe. If President Donald Trump and the plutocratic Republican party were the only ones carrying this ridiculous message, it would be understandable. Yet this message is also coming from media pundits aligned with the Democratic Party and the most conservative wing of the party.


Sondland's Trump call was pure amateur hour
When I went to Ukraine on a mission with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the spring of 2014, shortly after Russia invaded Crimea, the first thing security officers told me was to avoid, at all costs, speaking about sensitive matters over landlines and mobile phones.


What Rudy and the 'Three Amigos' were doing
It was a powerful television moment: the ex-US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, listening to a snippet from a rough transcript of President Donald Trump -- the man who ousted her -- predicting to a foreign leader, "She's going to go through some things."


Trump's assault weapons export move
Less than 10 days after six children and three women of a US family of were killed in Mexico, drawing national and international alarm, the Trump administration indicated it would move forward with a dangerous policy change that would make the types of weapons most likely used in that tragedy easier to export. The move seemingly skirts Congress and is counter to the apparent will of the American public. The change is tone deaf to today's needs and must be stopped.


Trump's magic is evaporating on the campaign trail
When Donald Trump campaigns on behalf of Republican candidates, there is little doubt he inspires his base to vote. But after two high-profile Republican gubernatorial losses in deep red states — Kentucky and Louisiana — it's worth asking if Trump's efforts are animating more people to vote for Democrats than Republicans.


Refi rates at 3.06% APR (15 yr). Do you qualify?


9 cards charging 0% interest until 2021


Apple's $7 trillion bet


Prince Andrew interview is a PR nightmare and a national joke
In 2006, Prince Andrew invited Jeffrey Epstein to the 18th birthday party of his daughter Beatrice. Andrew didn't know, he claims, that an arrest warrant had been issued for Epstein earlier that year for sexual assault of a minor -- because Epstein had never mentioned it to him. (Even though the British royal family have numerous staff who vet guests.)


Everything you need to know about the first UK election debate
The first game-changing moment of the 2019 UK general election could come on Tuesday evening, as millions of Brits tune into the first televised debate of the campaign.


Rebels seize Saudi Arabian ship in Red Sea
A Saudi Arabian tugboat was seized by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA.


Rising floods in Venice threaten the city's architecture
CNN's Scott McLean reports from Venice, Italy, where rising water is raising concern for the city's architecture and threatening some of the its artisan workshops.


Doctors said boy wouldn't live past his second birthday. His town just threw a parade for his third
Brittany Stineman was told her son wouldn't make it to see his second birthday. But little Nash turned 3, and they celebrated by throwing him a birthday parade.


Bomb squad responds to smoking backpack on plane at Chicago airport
A backpack emitting smoke aboard a stationary Southwest Airlines flight on Monday drew a response from the bomb squad at Chicago's Midway International Airport.


How the El Paso shooting victims are fighting to get their lives back
Luis Calvillo was so eager to see his girls running and chasing soccer balls that when he came home after being hospitalized for months, he just took a shower and got in the car again.


A man shot his brother after mistaking him for a deer, police say
A man accidentally shot his brother while they were deer hunting in Michigan Saturday.


What these rare 19th-century photos reveal
Even in its grainy, black-and-white nascence nearly 200 years ago, it was clear that photography would be a game-changing invention.


The hotel built 32 years ago (but never opened)
In 1987, ground was broken on a grand new hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang. The pyramid-shaped, supertall skyscraper was to exceed 1,000 feet in height, and was designed to house at least 3,000 rooms, as well as five revolving restaurants with panoramic views.


The one item of clothing in every genius' closet
When the disgraced health entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was indicted on fraud charges for her lab-testing company Theranos last year, much of the media discussion rested not on her alleged corporate recklessness and staggering abuses of trust, but on her sartorial choices: black jackets, black slacks, and -- most importantly -- black turtlenecks.


Portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender'
On the Polynesian island of Tahiti, there is said to be something akin to a sixth sense -- one that belongs to neither men nor women. Instead, it is the sole domain of the "mahu," a community recognized as being outside the traditional male-female divide.


  

  

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