Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidates marching together for MLK Jr. Day, updates on Harvey Weinstein’s trial, federal funding for the drug addiction crisis and the Screen Actors Guild Awards make up this week’s five national stories.
President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding to render judgment on his Ukraine actions as Americans form their own verdict at the start of an election year. As the Senate reconvenes with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding over the rare impeachment court, senators sworn to “impartial justice,” the legacy of Trump’s presidency and the system of checks and balances are at stake before a politically divided nation.
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Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked together through the streets of Columbia, South Carolina, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in November. For a few hours, the squabbling among the White House hopefuls over who is best positioned to defeat Trump gave way to a united condemnation of how they perceive he has handled America’s racial divide.
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When his trial opens, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy that’s taken hold since the 2018 retrial of comedian Bill Cosby: calling a sex crimes expert as a witness to dispel assumptions about how rape and sexual assault victims behave after an attack.
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Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The change is buried in a massive spending bill passed by Congress late last year. Lawmakers of both parties and the Trump administration agreed to broaden the scope of a $1.5 billion grant program previously restricted to the opioid crisis.
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Bong Joon Ho’s Korean class satire “Parasite” became the first foreign language film to take top honors from the Screen Actors Guild Sunday, setting itself up as a legitimate best picture contender to the front-runner, “1917,” at next month’s Academy Awards. Before the win for “Parasite,” the SAG Awards were most notable as a reunion for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who each took home awards and celebrated the other’s win.
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