June 10, 2019

"Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment, which enshrined in the Constitution women's right to vote," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. That's "both a long time and, when you think about it, not nearly long enough. In an ideal world, women would have been guaranteed the right to vote for a lot longer than Kirk Douglas has been breathing."

"Tonight, I want to focus on a milestone for gender equality that we haven't actually achieved yet: the Equal Rights Amendment," Oliver said. "The core of the Equal Rights Amendment is just 24 words long, and the idea behind it is broadly popular." The ERA, under consideration since 1923, sailed through Congress in 1972, and 30 states quickly ratified it, but the amendment requires 38 states, and "we are tantalizingly close — 37 states have ratified it over the years," Oliver said. "Tonight we thought it might be a good time to ask why has it taken so long to pass the ERA, what would it mean if we did, and how can we finally get it done?"

The big momentum killer, Oliver said, was Phyllis Schlafly, an effective anti-ERA activist and "basically a pre-internet internet troll." Despite her efforts, Congress has passed some gender-equality laws, he said, but "a constitutional amendment like the ERA is more stable, because constitutional amendments are safe from Donald Trump — unlike Melania's hopes and dreams and any American flag he gets close to."

"None of this is that complicated," Oliver said. "Equality for women should be a basic principle of our society. And if you think it already is, great, all the more reason to write it down. And if you think it isn't, then we badly need the ERA." He ended by naming the 13 states that could make history by pushing the ERA over the finish line (mostly), and his only preference was that it not be Florida. There's NSFW language. Peter Weber

7:11 a.m.

A narrow 51 percent majority of U.S. adults say the Senate should remove President Trump from office at the end of his impeachment trial, a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday found, while 46 percent said the Senate should keep him in office. Those numbers are nearly identical to a CNN poll released Monday. An Associated Press-NORC poll Thursday found a 45 percent plurality of Americans who want the Senate to convict and oust Trump, versus 40 percent who favor acquittal and 14 percent who said they didn't know enough to have an opinion.

By narrow margin, public wants Senate trial to result in Trump’s removal from office

There are stark partisan and demographic splits. In Pew's survey, 82 percent of black Americans, 66 percent of Hispanics, 53 percent of college-educated white Americans, 63 percent of Americans under 30, 85 percent of Democrats, and 26 percent of Republicans age 18 to 29 said the Senate should remove Trump from office. The groups that want Trump to remain in office include Americans 65 and older (56 percent), white Americans (58 percent), white Americans without college degrees (64 percent), and Republicans (86 percent).

Pew also found that 63 percent of Americans said Trump has definitely (38 percent) or probably (25 percent) done something illegal since launching his presidential campaign, including 91 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of Republicans.

The AP-NORC poll asked specifically about Trump's interactions with Ukraine that led to his impeachment; 42 percent said Trump did something illegal, up from 38 percent in October, while another 32 percent said he merely did something unethical and 25 percent said he did nothing wrong. The percentage of Republicans who said Trump did something illegal held steady at 8 percent, but the slice that said he did nothing wrong shrunk to 54 percent, from 64 percent before the House's impeachment hearings.

Trump's job approval rating is 40 percent in the Pew survey and 41 percent in the AP-NORC poll, roughly where it has been for months. Pew's American Trends Panel (ATP) surveyed 12,638 people Jan. 6-19, and the full sample has a margin of sampling error of ±1.3 percentage points. AP-NORC polled 1,353 adults Jan. 16-21, and the margin of sampling error for all respondents is ±3.6 percentage points. Peter Weber

5:35 a.m.

"Democrats today made their opening arguments in the impeachment trial," and they "chose the president's favorite, Adam Schiff, to kick things off," Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday's Kimmel Live. "Schiff spoke for two and a half hours and made a very persuasive case. He had visual aids and everything," and he "quoted Hamilton so many times today, he was nominated for five Tony awards."

"There was some riveting stuff," but "the senators are said to be having trouble staying awake," including Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), sketched fast asleep, Kimmel said. "A spokesman for Sen. Risch said he wasn't sleeping, he was just listening closely — which is exactly what my grandmother used to say. ... But if he did nod off, I don't blame him. Democrats have a clear strategy in place: They believe that if they talk for long enough, Mitch McConnell will eventually die of old age and they'll have a shot at a real trial, which this is not."

Tuesday's session "lasted 13 hours," Jimmy Fallon said at The Tonight Show. "And out of habit, once the trial lasted more than four hours, every old senator panicked and called their doctor."

"One of the articles against Trump is something called obstruction of Congress, because the White House is withholding all the materials needed and requested to investigate Trump's Ukraine scheme," Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. "Apparently, Trump's pretty proud of that particular crime."

Trump also told reporters Wednesday he'd love to see former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in his impeachment trial, then backtracked, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah said. Trump started "with the fake excuse but then he'll just keep going until you learn the real reason. Just, like: 'Sadly, we can't hear from Bolton because it's a national security thing, and also he'll reveal what I think about other world leaders, and also he hates my guts, and also he'll implicate me in the crimes that I committed.'"

Back at the trial, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) "quoted Biggie on the floor of Congress," Noah cheered. "Hip hop has come a long way. Think about it: In the '80s and '90s, it was considered gangsta music, and now it's being quoted in an impeachment trial." He imagined McConnell rapping.

The Late Show turned that idea into a full-on rap battle by Trump's defense team. Watch below. Peter Weber

4:22 a.m.

Three Americans aboard a C-130 Hercules water tanker aircraft died Thursday when their plane crashed in New South Wales, Australia, during a firebombing mission. Coulson Aviation in Oregon said one of its flying tankers was lost in an "extensive" accident after it took off from Richmond, New South Wales, to drop fire retardant on Australia's raging wildfires.

"The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it's crashed, and there was a large fireball associated with that crash," said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. "Unfortunately, all we've been able to do is locate the wreckage and the crash site and we have not been able to locate any survivors," and "there is no indication at this stage of what's caused the accident." Coulson said that until the cause of the crash is determined, it has grounded its other firefighting aircraft, removing a powerful tool from the firefighting arsenal in southeastern Australia.

The death of the three U.S. crew members brings the number of fatalities from Australia's wildfires to at least 31 since September. The fires have also scorched an area larger than Indiana and destroyed more than 2,600 homes so far. Peter Weber

3:42 a.m.

A woman in her 40s is dead and seven people wounded after multiple people fired guns during a dispute outside a McDonald's in the busiest part of downtown Seattle during rush hour on Wednesday, Seattle police said Wednesday night. Those injured include a woman in her 50s listed in critical condition and a 9-year-old boy, upgraded to satisfactory condition from serious, the Seattle Times reports.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said according to preliminary information, including security camera footage, multiple people fired shots just after 5 p.m. outside a McDonald's at Third Avenue and Pike Street, about two blocks from Pike Place Market. The shots sent people scurrying for cover in different directions, and it's unclear whether any of the injured people were involved in the dispute and how many suspects fled the scene, she said. "There were a lot of people outside, guns came out, and people started running," and "we responded immediately and we discovered victims at the scene in about a one-block radius."

"I am horrified and dismayed to hear about the shooting in Seattle tonight," Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said in a statement. "We grieve for the one individual confirmed dead in the shooting, and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured." This was the third shooting in the area since Tuesday, when a man was found dying of a gunshot wound in the stairway of the Westlake Center mall, about block away from Wednesday evening's shooting. Earlier Wednesday, police shot and wounded a man reported to have a gun. Peter Weber

2:54 a.m.

"It's Day 2 of Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show, and "once again, the lead manager of the case today was Adam Schiff. It was gratifying to see someone taking the constitutional responsibility of their office seriously. He laid out the case against the president clearly, passionately, cogently, and, I believe, courageously. Because whether or not President Trump is removed from office, history will not forgive those who look the other way at his abuses or forget those who stepped into the breach at this moment of crisis." He looked at Wednesday's top trending topics on Twitter, sighing: "We're doomed."

"Schiff stood there today in front of his audience, discussing the president's corruption and incompetence using graphics, audio and video of witnesses, even clips of Trump incriminating himself," Colbert said. "Hey Schiff, you're treading on my turf! If I find out you've got a house band, I'm suing."

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, blocked every Democratic request to subpoena new witnesses and documents, Colbert noted, and he had some advice: "Aren't you the least bit curious about all the crazy s--t Trump did? You don't even have to do anything about it, just vote to find out what it was! Everybody wants to find out their boss' secrets. Take it from me, you don't want to learn it from a Ronan Farrow article."

"One non-witness' non-testimony will be especially fascinating to not hear," Samantha Bee said on Full Frontal: Lev Parnas. She ran through some of his recent evidentiary dump, and one document in particular: "If it were any more of a smoking gun, Don Jr. would be holding it over a dead elephant."

But Bee also explained why "Republicans are setting themselves up for trouble by not hearing the evidence" against Trump now. "Every time Trump proclaims his innocence, another piece of evidence pops up to poke a hole in his story," she said. "Look, guys, we know you're going to acquit Trump, but do you really think that will be the end? You think there won't be any more accomplices who snitch on Trump to protect themselves? Or any more journalists who dig up proof of his guilt? Even if Trump is re-elected, this Ukraine story will haunt him until the blessed day when he's forcibly plunged out of the White House." There's some borderline NSFW language. Watch below. Peter Weber

1:31 a.m.

After spending 18 years teaching students about democracy, Annmarie Small decided it was time to become a United States citizen.

Last Thursday, the Tallahassee, Florida, teacher went to the city's federal courthouse and became a naturalized citizen. She wasn't alone — in addition to the other 74 people who became citizens that day, Small was joined by her fourth grade students. "It has been an amazing experience and it's an honor," she told WTXL. "It's not just for myself, but it's for my students as well and for my community."

Small and her son moved to the United States from Jamaica nearly two decades ago, and she said she has always felt supported by her students, their families, and her colleagues. A party was held for Small after the naturalization ceremony, and the guests included her current students as well as several former ones. "It doesn't matter if you're from a different country," she said. "Everybody is the same." Catherine Garcia

12:39 a.m.

The House impeachment managers, or prosecutors in President Trump's impeachment trial, used the first 7 hours and 17 minutes of their allotted 24 hours for opening statements on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post's Mike DeBonis, and the lion's share of speaking time went to the lead prosecutor, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

"Schiff offered a sweeping survey of the case that leaned hard into themes designed to resonate with national-security-minded Republicans," The New Yorker's Susan Glasser recapped. Overall, "the House managers made a polished, impassioned stab at convincing their audience, dramatizing their case with an attention-grabbing presentation (designed to keep the senators awake, perhaps?) that included video clips from Trump; his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; and many of the key witnesses from the House’s televised impeachment proceedings. It was a sort of greatest hits of the Trump-Ukraine scandal, a primer for senators."

Much of it was familiar territory for people who followed the House impeachment hearings closely," Glasser writes, "but it was frequently eloquent, appalling, and dramatic to hear the alarming facts of the case laid out all over again." For anyone who didn't watch all seven-plus hours — and that includes some of the senator-jurorsPBS NewsHour compiled some highlights:

Not everyone was wowed by Schiff's "silver-tongued" speechifying, as Glasser phrased it — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), for example, tweeted "the more we hear from Adam Schiff, the more the GOP is getting unified against this partisan charade," earning at "True!" reply from Trump — but his presentation got generally high marks. On CNN, legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin pronounced it "dazzling."

You can watch Schiff's full closing remarks on Day 2 of Trump's impeachment trial below, including his final call to courage for Republican senators. Peter Weber

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