WHAT A DAY. Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry on Trump, and I've already canceled my plans for the evening, so I can glue myself to this news.
You better sit down for this one. Here's what you missed.
But first, the 2020 election is basically here: Today is Voter Registration Day. Already registered? Democracy thanks you ????. Haven't got to it? Do it now.
What would it take to impeach President Trump?
A formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over the president's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday. "The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law," said Pelosi, who accused him of betraying his oath of office and endangering national security. Trump, who was attending the United Nations summit in New York, dismissed the House Democrats' decision as "more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage.” Here's what you need to know:
- Why is Trump under fire? Trump’s admission that he urged Ukraine to investigate Biden has set off new calls for the president's impeachment.
- What is impeachment, exactly? We often equate impeachment with the removal of a president from office for committing a crime. That’s incorrect. Impeachment is actually the approval of formal charges against a president (or other federal officeholder) who stands accused of committing a crime.
- What's next? The Democrats can probably impeach Trump. But it’s unlikely they'll be able to remove him from office. Here are a few things to know about the impeachment process and how it works.
- Oh, and Hillary Clinton called Trump a "corrupt human tornado."
- There's more where that came from: This roundup is obviously just a snapshot of this developing news story. Keep up with the latest updates at usatoday.com.
One deadly week reveals where the immigration crisis begins – and ends
The nation's immigration system is straining under the weight of a historic new surge of migrants as debates over immigration rage on. To examine the system, the USA TODAY Network dispatched more than 20 journalists this summer to document a week in the life of immigration at the border and beyond. For this unprecedented examination, we met migrants in Central America preparing for their journey, crossed the desert with the U.S. Border Patrol, talked with migrants as they arrived in the USA and followed them to their final destinations. We found a system on the brink of collapse. (Leer en Español.)
The Migrants: A week in the life of immigration:
- Destino: Estados Unidos. One week, through the eyes of the migrants.
- Some migrants are released in a matter of hours. Some wait months. For those seeking refuge in America, staying legally is a long shot.
- This dangerous red flower is driving record numbers of migrants to flee Guatemala.
- Migrants arrive exhausted, out of money, even sick from time in Border Patrol custody. Local governments spend millions for their care.
What everyone’s talking about
- This man accidentally sold – and possibly saved – the first Ford Mustang ever built.
- A rare painting, possibly worth millions, was just hanging in a woman's kitchen.
- A World War II veteran approaching his 100th birthday asked for one thing: birthday cards. I'm sending one. Will you?
- Flu season is coming, and it could be a nasty one.
- Hangovers are officially an illness, a German court ruled. For some of us, that news is unsurprising. ????
A second 'Varsity Blues' parent will head to prison
A Los Angeles business executive was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison for paying $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. He is the second parent to be sentenced in the nation's college admissions scandal after actress Felicity Huffman received 14 days in prison. To create a fake water polo profile, Sloane photographed his son wearing a Speedo and other water polo gear in the family pool, according to prosecutors, and had the images manipulated to look like they were taken from real games. (I couldn't find these pictures, sadly.)
- Will and Jada Pinkett Smith: Their son Jaden "was wasting away" as a vegan.
- "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary's wife was charged in a fatal boat crash.
- Fox News apologized to Greta Thunberg after a guest called her "mentally ill."
- Trump called Thunberg "a very happy young girl."
- Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee are expecting their first child (it's been 17 months since she and Channing Tatum split).
Earthquake before the storm
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico hours before Tropical Storm Karen was forecast to pound the island. No serious damage or injuries were immediately reported from the quake, centered about 50 miles northwest of the island when it struck just before midnight Monday. Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced urged residents to remain calm in the face of the dueling threats. Karen's maximum sustained winds increased Tuesday to 45 mph with higher gusts, and the storm was forecast to strengthen over the next two days.
- The search for a Kentucky woman missing since last week in the U.S. Virgin Islands was suspended as Karen nears.
This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network.