Buckle up, America

USA Today 1 month ago

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. 

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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:

What everyone’s talking about

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.) 

Real quick 

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. 

This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network.


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