Will we learn anything new from public impeachment hearings?

Are we going to learn anything new from public impeachment hearings?

No, but like with Mueller, you know, people weren't reading the transcript, but they did actually listen to Mueller when he gave his speech. Now, the question is: Are they going to take anything different away from the public impeachment hearings? And the answer is, yes. They'll take very different things away, if they're watching on Fox or if they're watching on MSNBC. Still deeply divided and still can't imagine senators on the GOP impeaching, slash, convicting President Trump.


What's happening in Bolivia?

Well, we have a president and most of his government forced out. Forced out because the military moved against him. But the reason they moved against him is because there were massive demonstrations all across Bolivia when he forced through no term limits, even after losing on a referendum and then had lots of electoral ballot irregularities. The left is responding around the world as if this is a military coup. The right is responding as if: "thank God this guy stepped down, it's people power." The reality is, it's a little bit of both. Maduro is still there in Venezuela because the military is still with him. If the military left him, he'd be gone. But on balance, it's good that he's out. It'll be a lot better if we quickly have democratic elections in Bolivia. We'll see if we get there.

How will Lula's prison release change the Brazilian political climate?

The answer is not very much. I mean, Lula's not likely to be able to run for president again. He is going to be very strong in his in his popularity and being able to cause more social instability in Brazil. But right now, the economy is actually doing a little bit better. So, the question is: What happens if the economy starts to soften in Brazil? And then Lula becomes a very serious brake on Bolsonaro's ability to continue to rally population behind him.

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The Trump administration's Middle East peace plan – three years in the making—is expected to be revealed tomorrow at a joint White House press conference between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Recall that the economic part of the plan, which calls for $50 billion of international investment to boost the Palestinian economy, was released last summer to weak applause, because it didn't include a framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucuses, a critical early contest on the path to winning the nomination, will take place on Monday, February 3rd. After that, the pace of the primaries picks up fast, with important contests in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. Here's the latest polling of the frontrunners in each of those states. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tops polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, but former Vice President Joe Biden is number one in Nevada and has a commanding lead in South Carolina.

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