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Just a few months ago Tom Inglesby helped gather top officials from governments, businesses and health organizations around the world to play a kind of war game.

"It was a scenario looking at global consequences of a major new epidemic," says Inglesby, who directs the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University.

Congress has the power to impeach and remove a president over conduct that may not violate black-letter law — and President Trump's actions qualify, House Democratic impeachment managers argued Thursday.

The Constitution doesn't specify that a president must technically have broken a law in order to be impeached, said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

The framers of the Constitution clearly intended to give discretion to the House and the Senate about impeachment so they would not be circumscribed in holding a president accountable, he said.

Actress Annabella Sciorra took the stand Thursday in the criminal sex crimes trial of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

She is the first of six women expected to testify that they were raped or sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

Weinstein is charged with five counts of rape and assault against two women in New York City. Weinstein maintains all of the sexual contact was consensual.

Two years after moving the metaphorical minute hand of its Doomsday Clock to within two minutes to midnight — a figurative two-minute warning for all humanity — the science and security board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
revealed Thursday that it has moved that minute hand another 20 seconds closer to the midnight hour.

After a disaster happens, we want to know, could something have been done to avoid it? Did anyone see this coming?

Many times, the answer is yes. There was a person — or many people — who spotted a looming crisis and tried to warn those in power. So why didn't the warnings lead to action?

The White House has invited Israeli leaders to visit next week to discuss the administration's long-awaited Middle East peace plan. Meanwhile, on their own, Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have brokered something that's already having a modest impact.

Strawberries and snacks from Gaza may now be sold abroad. Gazan fishermen can venture farther into the Mediterranean for a better catch. Thousands of unemployed Palestinians are suddenly allowed to leave the territory to work in Israel after more than a decade.

The genie is out of the bottle. The motormouthed magician of whom I speak is Guy Ritchie. The Gentlemen finds the unlikely director of Aladdin v.2019 released from Disneyland to return to his distinctly loquacious crooks played by distinctly memorable actors. It's the milieu that made him, and still the one that uses his gifts for language and misdirection best. If The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hadn't been so good (and so sadly underseen), I'd say he should never be allowed to make a movie for more than $50 million.

Before the zombie, there was the zombi: the original undead corpse, a creature of Haitian folklore typically summoned back to life by Vodou or other means. Often these shuffling souls were returned to our world to work manual labor in the fields without complaining, stretching the tendrils of capitalism and colonialism into the spirit realm.

It wasn't like any color I'd ever seen before," explains a dazed New England patriarch, trying to describe the unearthly phenomena at the center of Color Out of Space. Such an assertion might work in "The Colour Out of Space," the 1927 story by H.P. Lovecraft, whose work oozes with mysteries that can't be fully comprehended or even perceived. But viewers of the movie have already seen the unearthly hue by the time it's so described.

It's purple.

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Former billionaire and pharmaceutical executive John Kapoor has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison. His sentencing is the culmination of a months-long criminal trial in Boston's Moakley U.S. Courthouse that resulted in the first successful prosecution of pharmaceutical executives tied to the opioid epidemic.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has been a devoted Star Trek fan since he was 10 years old — but when people ask whether it's a "dream come true" to be a showrunner and executive producer on Star Trek: Picard he says no.

"I say 'no' because I never would have had the ... chutzpah to dream that," Chabon says. "I would have been happy just shaking Patrick Stewart's hand and telling him how much I loved him on Star Trek. But to be able to actually write words that he will speak and act? It's incredible."

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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with National Security Archive fellow Michael Martelle about recently declassified documents that show the complex challenges U.S. military face in cyberwarfare.

The State Department plans to deny tourist visas to pregnant women if officials believe they are traveling here to secure American citizenship for their child by giving birth on U.S. soil.

The Trump administration says it is targeting the practice known as "birth tourism." The State Department says that traveling to deliver a child in the U.S. is not "a legitimate activity for pleasure or of a recreational nature."

A new poll of New Hampshire voters by member station WBUR suggests Bernie Sanders might be peaking just ahead of the primary.

The poll finds Sanders in the lead, ahead of Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. WBUR senior political editor Anthony Brooks (@anthonygbrooks) reports.

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Key Moments From The Impeachment Trial

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Over eight hours, House impeachment managers made the first part of their case to impeach Trump. They focused on the president’s July 25 phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, but painted a broad picture of an executive willing to accept and seek out foreign assistance in the 2020 election.

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Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi), MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent, about why the Saudis wanted to hack Jeff Bezos’ phone in May 2018, and how the information gained from that hacking may have wound up in the hands of David Pecker at the National Enquirer.

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will eventually be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with sports analyst Mike Pesca (@pescami). He hosts the daily podcast The Gist.

Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire former first daughter of Angola who is said to be one of Africa's wealthiest people, has been accused of rampant financial misconduct in order to line her own pockets.

The allegations, announced Wednesday by Angola's top prosecutor, come just days after a major media investigation released more than 700,000 documents related to dos Santos' business empire — and the questionable conduct that built it — in what has become known as the Luanda Leaks.

Editor's Note: This interview contains descriptions that some listeners and readers may find disturbing.

Sex, power and assault are at the heart of a new study that looks at what it is that makes college the perfect storm for misunderstandings around sexual encounters.

Beginning in 2015, Professors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan interviewed more than 150 Columbia and Barnard College undergrads to learn about their sex lives. What they wanted out of sex, how troubling encounters unfolded, and how layers of misunderstandings led to assault.

Experts say there could be election interference from a wider range of aggressors than in 2016. Federal and state governments are fortifying defenses against these threats, but national security concerns have kept most of these advancements out of the public eye.

It’s day three of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. House managers for the Democrats are laying out their case, detailing how they say President Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring the president of Ukraine for a political favor, and then obstructed Congress by trying to cover it up.

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Georiga is conducting the largest rollout of elections equipment in U.S. history ahead of a series of primaries, special elections and the presidential election in November.

Stephen Fowler (@stphnfwlr), politics reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta, explains how the new system will work.

In less than two weeks the first votes will be cast in the 2020 election season. There are the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, followed by the New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 11. A few days later, it’s time for Nevada.

But if you’re like many, you have questions about how the process works. What’s the difference between primaries and caucuses? What’s Super Tuesday? And what are the new rules this year?

Democratic House managers are on their second of three days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. After that, the president’s defense team will have its turn.

We look at some of the arguments expected to come up about what constitutes an impeachable offense. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with University of Austin law professor Stephen Vladeck (@steve_vladeck).

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says the president's legal team plans to present "key facts" that prove President Trump should not be removed from office.

Jordan is one of eight House lawmakers who are part of Trump’s defense team in the Senate impeachment trial.

"The Trump defense team will present the facts," he says, "and the facts are all on the president's side."

The new Comedy Central series officially called Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens uses the shorter title Nora From Queens in its own animated graphics.

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