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The Starting 5: Amazon Strike, White Christmas, Washington Nationals, Impeachment and a Huge Asteroid

The Starting 5: Amazon Strike, White Christmas, Washington Nationals, Impeachment and a Huge Asteroid

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What a year it’s been, and now it’s time to rest for a few days. We’ll be back in your inboxes on January 2. In the meantime, wishing you the happiest of holidays.

Here’s what you need to know until then:

What Now

Last week, Donald J. Trump became the third president that the House of Representatives has voted to impeach. It was thought that a Senate trial would begin swiftly, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is yet to deliver the articles to the Senate, as she waits for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lay out the trial’s rules. From there, Pelosi will name the impeachment managers who will argue the House’s case. But there could be a long standoff between Pelosi and McConnell before that happens.

Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump as the House votes at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 18, 2019.
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Celebrations Continue

We all have that friend who wants to celebrate their birthday for an entire month. The Washington Nationals are that friend. Since winning the World Series almost two months ago, the team is still basking in their glory. Tonight, they’ll be at a “Christmas Eve Eve” party in D.C. to celebrate their win and will be bringing the World Series trophy with them. But with all the proceeds going to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, we really can’t blame them for drawing out the festivities.

Washington Nationals
Bench coach Chip Hale #12 and manager Dave Martinez #4 of the Washington Nationals hold the Commissioner’s Trophy during a parade to celebrate the Washington Nationals World Series victory over the Houston Astros on November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Strike Back

While it probably won’t affect any of your last minute Prime orders, workers at an Amazon factory in Leipzig, Germany, are striking until Christmas Eve. It could be a worrying sign of things to come for the shopping behemoth, as Germany is its second-largest market after the U.S. Amazon workers in America staged walk-outs this year over pay and poor conditions—the same issues their German colleagues are protesting. It’s almost surprising there aren’t more strikes in the U.S. during the holiday season.

Amazon Germany factory
Partial view of depot area at Amazon logistics center DUS2, a 110,000 sq meters plant established in 2011, in Rheinberg, Germany, 02 December 2014. Workers are striking at a different factory in Germany.
Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images/Getty

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Will it or won’t it snow on December 25? While mother nature is always fickle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, has the highest chance of snow on Christmas morning. Those high up in the West and Northern Plains may also be lucky enough to wake up to a nice dusting. Conditions can always change quickly, but the National Weather Service defines a “white Christmas” as 1 inch of snow on the ground in the morning, whether it falls that day or not.

Christmas trees in snow
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Bigger Than Before

We told you about a big asteroid soaring past Earth last week, and now there’s an even bigger one on the way. This 2,000-foot-wide space rock, known as known as 310442 (2000 CH59), will zip past our planet on December 26, making its closest approach at 2: 54 a.m ET. While the asteroid will be “close” in comparison to the rest of space, it will still be 4.5 million miles away—about 19 times further away than our moon.

Star gazing
Star gazing
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