NPR Daily: Impeachment Hearings Go Public

Welcome to the “NPR Daily” update from Hawaii Intelligence Digest.

Our featured story discusses how the impeachment inquiry will go public, the recent state election results, and the fall of the Golden State Warriors.

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First Up

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has announced the first open hearings of the impeachment inquiry, which are set to begin next week.
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Here’s what we’re following today.
Public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump will begin next week. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the committee will hold its first hearing on Wednesday.Democrats had a strong election night, claiming victory in the race for governor in Kentucky and taking back control of the Virginia legislature. The results of Tuesday’s statewide elections in Kentucky and Virginia tell us a few things about national politics, consequential issues and President Trump. Click here for a list of key states NPR is watching.

A newly surfaced video of an ABC News anchor’s unguarded remarks about the network’s coverage of the late Jeffrey Epstein has thrown ABC on the defensive. Amy Robach said the network “quashed” her interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a key accuser of Epstein.

A Russian court has sentenced a man to six years in prison for being a practicing Jehovah’s Witness. Sergei Klimov is the eighth Jehovah’s Witness to be convicted since Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Christian denomination as an “extremist organization” in 2017.

New data show a link between childhood trauma and disease later in life. A report published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans who had experienced adverse childhood experiences were at higher risk of dying from five of the top 10 leading causes of death.

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Impeachment Update

An impeachment trial early next year could keep Sen. Elizabeth Warren, silhouetted during a town hall in Iowa, and other Democratic presidential candidates off the trail at a crucial time.
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An impeachment trial early next year could sideline Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other senators running for president. Six candidates could be stuck in Washington in the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses.Can President Trump out the whistleblower? Legal experts say it would not violate any laws. However, there could be other consequences for the president, including the possibility of an article of impeachment.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is considering temporarily changing the lineup of the House Intelligence Committee to include some of President Trump’s most vocal defenders in Congress.

House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry released transcripts from two key witnesses: Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine. Here are the depositions from Sondland and Volker.

Today’s Listens

Ringo Starr gives fans another peek behind the curtain.
Ringo Starr is the photographer and the photographed in his latest book, Another Day In The Life.
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Starr’s latest book, Another Day In The Life, contains more than 500 photographs, a combination of images shot by Ringo himself and bits pulled from the Beatles’ archives. (Listening time, 3:49)

The changes in science and technology over the past four decades.
A look at the biggest stories in science, technology and health over Morning Edition‘s 40 years on the air. (Listening time, 6:48)
The fall of the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, center, celebrates with teammates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 Wednesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland.
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Commentator Mike Pesca talks about how free agency and injuries have taken a toll on the NBA team. (Listening time, 3:46)

Digging Deeper

The fired CEO of McDonald’s is getting millions, putting a spotlight on the pay gap.
Stephen Easterbrook was fired as CEO of McDonald's after his relationship with an employee was found to violate company policy.
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Earlier this week, McDonald’s announced that its CEO had a consensual relationship with an employee that violated company policy. He was out of a job, but Stephen Easterbrook walked away with a $42 million exit package. His compensation puts a new focus on the widening gap between the pay at the top and the bottom of the restaurant giant’s corporate ladder. In 2018, Easterbrook made 2,124 times more than the median income of a McDonald’s employee. He also presided over the company during a time when dozens of workers filed sexual harassment complaints, alleging everything from lewd comments and groping to retaliation. Retaliation is common against minimum-wage workers who complain about such treatment, says Sharyn Tejani, director of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. “That takes the form of losing shifts, losing your job, not being able to stay at your job, being disciplined. And … they don’t have any cushion,” she says. “And when you compare that to what happens to somebody like the CEO, it’s clear that there’s a structural problem here.”

Before You Go

The Federal Trade Commission released rules on when and how social media influencers should disclose ads.
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  • The Federal Trade Commission has released rules on when and how social media influencers should disclose ads.
  • Humorist Mo Rocca has expanded his podcast series into a book of essays on the historical figures (and objects, like station wagons, and empires, like Prussia) that didn’t get enough love the first time.
  • Novelist Ernest J. Gaines died at his home in Oscar, La., Tuesday at the age of 86. His best-known books include The Autobiography of Miss Jane PittmanA Gathering of Old Men, and A Lesson Before Dying.
  • Writer David Owen’s new book, Volume Control, describes how loud noises and harsh ambient sound from even small household appliances, such as food processors and hair dryers, can reach levels that lead to permanent damage.

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