Hard Numbers: House Democrats Go On Record


107: More than a dozen House Democrats have gone on record saying they would support an impeachment inquiry into President Trump since Robert Mueller testified about his Russia investigation on Capitol Hill last week. Some 107 House Democrats – 11 short of a majority of the caucus – now publicly support impeachment.

2/5: Nearly two in five Russians would prefer that Vladimir Putin leave office after his current term expires in 2024, according to a new survey by Russian pollster Levada. That's an 11 percent increase from 2018.

2: The percentage of American women aged 25-54 who were either working or looking for jobs fell 2 percentage points from the end of the 1990s to the end of 2018. The percentage of "prime age" women in the workforce in Australia, the UK, Canada, France and Germany rose between 2-9 points over the same period, a difference researchers attribute to more worker-friendly public policies, including parental leave.

67,000: Just 67,000 private homes in Cuba had legal internet connections at the end of last year, according to Freedom House. On Monday the government adopted new rules that – depending on how they are enforced – could open the door to legalizing unofficial wifi networks that many Cubans use to access the 'net, part of a broader push to improve internet connectivity on the island.

Imagine losing your child in their first year of life and having no idea what caused it. This is the heartbreaking reality for thousands of families each year who lose a child to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Despite decades-long efforts to prevent SUID, it remains the leading cause of death for children between one month and one year of age in developed nations. Working in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Auckland, Microsoft analyzed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data on every child born in the U.S. over a decade, including over 41 million births and 37,000 SUID deaths.

By pairing Microsoft's capabilities and data scientists with Seattle Children's medical research expertise, progress is being made on identifying the cause of SUID. Earlier this year, a study was published that estimated approximately 22% of SUID deaths in the U.S. were attributable to maternal cigarette-smoking during pregnancy, giving us further evidence that, through our collaboration with experts in varying disciplines, we are getting to the root of this problem and making remarkable advances.

Read more at Microsoft On The Issues.

After a months-long investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president into investigating his political rivals in order to boost his reelection prospects in 2020, House Democrats brought two articles of impeachment against him, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Click here for our GZERO guide to what comes next.

In the meantime, imagine for a moment that you are now Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader and senior member of Donald Trump's Republican Party. You've got big choices to make.

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Trump gets his deal – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Democrats will back the USMCA, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Crucially, the bill will also have support from the nation's largest labor union. This is a major political victory for President Trump, who promised he would close this deal, but it's also good for Pelosi: it shows that the Democrats' House majority can still accomplish big things even as it impeaches the president. But with the speed of the Washington news cycle these days, we're watching to see if anyone is still talking about USMCA three days after it's signed.

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After a months-long investigation into whether President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine's president into investigating his political rivals in order to boost his reelection prospects in 2020, House Democrats on Tuesday brought two articles of impeachment against him. They charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

So, what are the next steps?

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