Daily Brief: Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Power Play, a Death at City Hall, and More

Also Maxine Waters’ time to shine, the treasury’s ’missing’ money, and a homelessness algorithm

» Following the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she won’t be sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate until she’s confident they’ll get a fair hearing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to coordinate with the White House every step of the way.  [Vice]

» Standing out amid marathon speeches, L.A. Congresswoman Maxine Waters was a surprise Impeachment day star. She started by quoting Maya Angelou and proceeded to burn the House down.  [The Hill]

» User numbers are hard to pin down with streaming services, but Disney+ may have already peeled 1.1 million subscribers away from Netflix, per one estimate.   [Hollywood Reporter]

» Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has an explanation for where nearly $1.5 trillion worth of $100 bills have disappeared to. He swears they didn’t fall off a truck and into his pockets. [Fox Business]

» Researchers from UCLA’s California Policy Lab and the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago thing they may have a breakthrough: an algorithm may be able to identify the L.A. County residents most at risk of homelessness so services can be delivered before individuals fall through the cracks.  [ABC Los Angeles]

» A 54-year-old man died on the steps of City Hall Tuesday night. Authorities have not released details other than that the man was homeless and alone when he died. “He was someone’s son, he might have been somebody’s dad or somebody’s brother,” city attorney Mike Feuer said.  [KTLA]

» For the “2°C: Beyond the Limit” series on climate change, the WaPo looks at California. If you think fires, floods, and other disasters are bad now, they remind us that it may only get worse. [The Washington Post]


» How a Former Bank Robber Saved Her Football Star Son from a System Unkind to the Mentally Ill Antonio Carrion was headed for the NFL when the voices started and he drifted away. Then his estranged mother finished her time for robbery and saved his life

» Freelance Journalists Sue California Over Controversial Labor Law AB 5 California assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s legislation has some self-employed writers in panic mode

» Donald Glover and Andrew Yang Are Teaming Up for a Mysterious L.A. Event The ”This Is America” singer is inviting the Yang Gang out today for a pre-debate pop-up



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Critics Don’t Seem to Think The Rise of Skywalker Is Out of this World

After two years of Star Wars traditionalists (aka “fanboys”) griping about how Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi abandoned the world-building of J.J. Abrams’ 2015 The Force Awakens, Abrams is back with The Rise of Skywalker and, if the first reviews are to be believed, it might be just what they wanted, and it might also be just what they deserve. Some reviewers are complaining that Abrams put so much fan service into the film that it feels cloying, predictable, and like it was made by committee.


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