Trump and China up ante in trade war while US jobs figures released
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Nancy Pelosi keeps public waiting on impeachment statement
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Close observers of Nancy Pelosi and the big impeachment debate are blue in the face this morning waiting to see if/when the speaker of the House is going to make a statement with her latest view on launching an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. She told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday to expect a statement the same day. It never came.
Right now, an important hearing kicks off in court in Massachusetts, where state attorney general Maura Healey is suing OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, senior executives and the members of the Sackler family that own the prescription painkiller company. Healey blames them for precipitating the US opioids crisis and today a judge will hear the defendants’ motions to dismiss the groundbreaking case. The crisis came up in the Democratic debates this week.
The death of Eric Garner five years ago at the hands of the New York police department was also invoked at the debate this week. We have sharp eyes out for city mayor and 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio today when the fate of the officer who put Garner in a fatal and proscribed chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo, could be announced. The Department of Justice last month declined to bring charges against him.