Impeachment, Boris Johnson, Plácido Domingo: Your Wednesday Briefing

Impeachment, Boris Johnson, Plácido Domingo: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, the latest political turmoil in Britain, and the departure of Plácido Domingo from the Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Pelosi had been reluctant to start the process because of the likely political consequences, but she said that revelations about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and his administration’s stonewalling of Congress had left the House no choice.

Mr. Trump is accused of pressuring the Ukrainian president to open a corruption investigation into Joe Biden and his son during a phone call in July. Mr. Trump has said that the call, shortly after he froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, was “totally appropriate.” He promised to release a transcript today.

Related: The call is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint by a member of the intelligence community. Officials were working on Tuesday to release a redacted version of the complaint and let congressional investigators speak to the whistle-blower.

Response: Mr. Trump said the impeachment battle would be “a positive” for his chances of winning a second term next year.

The details: Here’s where every House member stands on impeachment and how the process works. (Only two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached, and both were ultimately acquitted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid being impeached.)

What’s next: Ms. Pelosi is said to have told the six House committees that are investigating Mr. Trump to send their best cases on potentially impeachable offenses to the Judiciary Committee, although she has not provided a timeline.

News analysis: “In contrast to the murkiness of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump, Democrats see the current allegations as damningly clear-cut,” our chief Washington correspondent writes.

Perspectives: Debatable, a newsletter from our Opinion section, has points of view from across the political spectrum on when it’s right to impeach. You can sign up for the email here.

The Daily: Today’s episode is about the inquiry.

Parliament reconvened today after the country’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended the legislature and cut the amount of time it had to debate Brexit. Here are the latest updates from our newsroom in London.

Saying he disagreed “profoundly” with Tuesday’s ruling, Mr. Johnson cut short a trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York and returned to Britain. Although he faces calls to resign, Mr. Johnson clearly doesn’t intend to quit after just two months in office, and it’s unlikely that his opponents will force the issue.

Climate change is disrupting seafood harvests, posing risks to important marine ecosystems and threatening the well-being of hundreds of millions of coastal residents, according to a United Nations report released today.

The report, based on more than 7,000 studies, represents the most extensive look so far at the effects of climate change on oceans, ice sheets, mountain snowpack and permafrost. (Read it here.)

Why it matters: The oceans have long served as a buffer against global warming, absorbing carbon dioxide and excess heat. Without those protections, the land would be heating much more rapidly.

If the news has you feeling like getting away, The Times Magazine understands.

We sent photographers around the world and combed through our archives to celebrate the yearning to explore. Above, an invention of the mid-1940s: a “pressurized suit for airmen of tomorrow,” which was designed to let pilots fly safely up to 62,000 feet.

U.N. General Assembly: President Trump said relatively little about the recent attacks against Saudi oil facilities during an address in which he declared “the future does not belong to globalists.”

Opera superstar leaves the Met: The singer Plácido Domingo, who has been accused by 20 women of sexual harassment, withdrew from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Macbeth,” which opens tonight.

WeWork chief is forced out: Adam Neumann had been under pressure from the co-working company’s directors and investors after a botched attempt to take it public.

New owner for New York Magazine: Vox Media agreed to buy the company behind the biweekly print magazine and five online offshoots.

Snapshot: Above, a blackboard at Columbia University, part of a collection of photographs by Jessica Wynne, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. “I am attracted to the timeless beauty and physicality of the mathematicians’ chalkboard,” she said.

The Anne Frank of Poland: A journal kept by Renia Spiegel, a Jewish girl who lived in Poland and was murdered by the Nazis in 1942, has been released in English.

Late-night comedy: The hosts had fun with the impeachment inquiry: “You better keep your kids away from Twitter, people, because this thing is going to be a Category 5 tweet storm and this one will hit Alabama,” Trevor Noah said.

What we’re reading: This Bloomberg Businessweek piece, recommended by our business and economics reporter Ben Casselman. “Libertarian Pictionary, climate-change denialism and a lounge singer with her own cryptocurrency,” he writes. “You really must read Lizzie O’Leary’s dispatch from the anti-Krugman cruise.”

Cook: Greek lemon potatoes are tender on the inside, crisp on the outside.

Watch: The director James Gray narrates a sequence from “Ad Astra” that uses real images of the moon as a setting for harrowing action.

Go: New York City Ballet returns with two sides of George Balanchine: the lustrous “Jewels” and a haunted-house fright.

Eat: An unmarked gallery in Greenwich Village is the entryway to Frevo, which serves tasting menus with a modern-French sensibility. Read our restaurant critic’s review.

Smarter Living: Planning a trip on the internet can sometimes lead to hiccups, like a shady hotel room or a disappointing destination. Travel pros have some advice: Don’t be afraid to go look for something better after you arrive, and tell your credit card company you were misled (they’ll often refund the charges).

And the staff at Wirecutter, a Times site, shared six items that help them sleep when they’re on the move.

Five days after leaving Norway, the German research vessel leading the largest ever Arctic expedition is nearing the North Pole, somewhere between the Russian archipelagos of Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya.

Its mission is to become frozen into Arctic ice and drift for the next year.

Scientists are urgently trying to understand how global warming is changing the Arctic. The international team of researchers aboard the Polarstern will be gathering crucial — and rare — firsthand data. “We’ll just go where the ice goes,” said Markus Rex, the lead researcher.

The expedition, called Mosaic (for Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) will be looking to moor to an ice floe at least five feet thick and several miles wide — big enough to accommodate a research camp as well as a landing strip for aircraft to bring in supplies.

They’ll need them. The researchers will face temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, winter days with no light and, most likely, polar bears.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Chris

Thank you
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