Trump says he doesn't know an impeachment inquiry witness, and an alarming white supremacist manifesto was sent to Syracuse University students.
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Trump has no idea who Vindman is
See the image up top? 👆 That’s Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council expert who testified Tuesday that he considered President Donald Trump's request that Ukraine investigate Joe and Hunter Biden as a "demand" that was "improper" for Trump to make. If you’re saying to yourself, “I don't know who this man is. Sorry to this man,” you’re not alone: Trump says he doesn’t know him either. "I don't know Vindman at all," Trump said Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting. "I never heard of him." Along with Vindman, other witnesses at the House committee impeachment hearing included Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison. Here are several takeaways from Tuesday's hearings.
- Most Americans say they don't think they'll change their minds on impeachment, according to a new poll.
- Why impeaching a U.S. president is harder than you might think.
- This inquiry is obviously fast-moving, so we've created a few ways for you to stay updated on USA TODAY's impeachment coverage.
Epstein didn’t … get a scheduled prison guard check
Two federal prison officers were charged Tuesday with falsifying records, stating they had checked on accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in the hours before he hanged himself in his cell. Federal prosecutors alleged that the officers "browsed the Internet" and lingered in a common area when they should have been conducting inmate checks. The two officers signed "false certifications" attesting they had made their required rounds, according to court records. Before New York's chief medical examiner concluded that Epstein hanged himself, the disgraced financier's death was shadowed by conspiracy theories, some suggesting Epstein didn't kill himself.
What everyone’s talking about
- "Everybody deserves love": Ellen DeGeneres surprised a gay couple whose parents wouldn’t attend their wedding.
- Rupert Grint (better known as Ron Weasley – sorry, Rupert) says he saw "a spark" between these two "Harry Potter" co-stars. ✨
- Not-so-fun fact: Do eyelash extensions irritate you? You probably don't have lice, but you might have mites.
- A body donation company that used cadavers as crash dummies was ordered to pay $58M to families.
- Kanye West gave a secret concert for inmates at a Houston jail.
White supremacist manifesto 'airdropped' to Syracuse U students
Security was tightened across the Syracuse University campus Tuesday after a white supremacist manifesto was posted on a campus forum and reportedly "airdropped" to some student's cellphones, the latest in a series of almost daily racist episodes that have sparked days of protests at the university. The school newspaper, the Daily Orange, said the manifesto was a 74-page document written by the perpetrator of the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand this year. The shooter emailed the hate-laced manifesto to dozens minutes before the attack. Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud’s handling of the situation Tuesday, saying he has failed to "instill confidence" as the school deals with the racist incidents.
Imagine losing 99.8% of endangered species to climate change
Nearly every animal on the endangered species list is threatened by human-caused climate change, but federal agencies aren't doing enough to protect those species, a new study says. Researchers examined the 459 U.S. endangered animal species to gauge their sensitivity to climate change and their ability to survive, based on federal plans to protect them. The study found that 99.8% of the species possess a trait that could make it challenging for them to adapt to global warming.
- Bei Bei the giant panda left the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington for China on Tuesday. Here's why his departure hits so hard for so many.
- A healthy lifestyle and medication are as good as stents and surgery in preventing heart attacks, a new study says.
- "Venice doesn't have a chance at the moment": Locals are struggling to save Venice after historic floods.
- Trump's order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria provided ISIS an opening to rebuild itself, according to a Pentagon report.
- A “missing link” between pond scum and humans was discovered that could hold promise for cancer research.
- Jerry Jones: Colin Kaepernick's clash with the NFL over a workout Jones didn't attend was "unfortunate."
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history claims another life
More than two years after a shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas left more than 50 people dead, a woman who was paralyzed in the attack has died, a coroner said. Kimberly Gervais, 57, was shot and suffered a spinal injury in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in 2017 when 58 people were killed and hundreds were wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gervais' sister, Dena Sarvela, said the stress from her injuries became too much for Gervais' body to handle.
A break from the news
- Holiday shopping for dad? Here are 20 awesome gifts he'll actually want.
- Is $1 million a good target for your retirement savings?
- A dog and deer played together in a Michigan yard, and a teen caught the sweet moment on video.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump, impeachment inquiry, Jeffrey Epstein, Syracuse: Tuesday's news