/Congress: Articles of impeachment debate, TIME’s Person of the Year, SAG Award nominations: 5 things to know Wednesday
Congress: Articles of impeachment debate, TIME’s Person of the Year, SAG Award nominations: 5 things to know Wednesday

Congress: Articles of impeachment debate, TIME’s Person of the Year, SAG Award nominations: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Published 3: 27 a.m. ET Dec. 11, 2019 | Updated 8: 01 a.m. ET Dec. 11, 2019

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Debate on articles of impeachment against President Trump to begin

The House Judiciary Committee will begin debating two articles of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Wednesday evening. The accusations against Trump closely track the Intelligence Committee’s findings about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. If approved, the full House could vote on the articles as early as next week — setting up a constitutional clash between the two branches of government that has only happened three times before. If the House adopts the articles, the Senate would hold a trial in early 2020 to decide whether to remove Trump from office. But he isn’t expected to be ousted because while Democrats control the House, Republicans control the Senate.

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Who will be TIME’s Person of the Year?

TIME magazine named Greta Thunberg its 2019 Person of the Year on Wednesday. The accolade, given annually since 1927, goes to the person or persons who “most influenced the news and the world” during the past year. On Tuesday, the magazine named its five finalists: 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Thunberg, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; President Donald Trump (2016’s winner); “The Whistleblower”  — the anonymous CIA officer who triggered the impeachment inquiry into President Trump; and the Hong Kong protesters.

Bitter cold, snow to sweep across the nation

Some of the coldest air of the season is poised to barrel into portions of the central and eastern U.S. over the next couple of days. Some locations from the eastern Dakotas to Minnesota and northern Wisconsin will remain below zero degrees into Wednesday night. Snow is also likely across much of the Midwest and the Northeast, including even parts of the South. By Wednesday morning, snow may create slick roads from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. 

Outstanding actors to earn Screen Actors Guild nods

Hollywood’s awards season starts on Wednesday as nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced in a live broadcast from West Hollywood, California. Given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the awards honor the year’s outstanding individual and ensemble performances in film and television. “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera and Danai Gurira of “Black Panther” fame will host the announcement, which will be carried live on TNT, TBS, and sagawards.org at 10 a.m. ET. The actual awards show will air Jan. 19. 

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Arizona death penalty case to be heard by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear the case of an Arizona death row inmate Wednesday that could impact the decades-old death sentences of more than a dozen others in the state. James McKinney’s lawyers will argue that post-traumatic stress disorder was not considered when he was first sentenced for the murders of Christene Mertens, 41, and Jim McClain, 65, during a 1991 burglary spree. Laws and procedures have changed since McKinney was sentenced. Death sentences are now determined by juries, not judges. And the test used to determine which mitigating factors to consider has been ruled unconstitutional. 

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