On today's edition of the Midday News Wrap, we take a closer look at three stories topping the news this week.
The U.S.-Iran Crisis: The U.S. and Iran teetered on the brink of war after a U.S. drone strike ordered last Friday by President Trump killed the influential Iranian general Qassim Soleimani and others near the Baghdad airport. Joining Tom on the line to sort out the complexities of the crisis and what might happen next is Steven Simon. He’s a professor of international relations at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, an analyst at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, and a former senior director on the National Security Council for both the Clinton and Obama administrations...
The Impeachment Impasse: More than three weeks after the Democrat-led House of Representatives' historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signaled she might at last be ready to deliver the two articles of impeachment to the Senate early next week. But it remains unclear what kind of "trial" the Republican-led Senate is prepared to conduct for Mr. Trump. Tom talks with David Drucker, senior poltical correspondent for the Washington Examiner, and a contributor to Vanity Fair, about the political and legal strategies playing out in this high-stakes constitutional drama.
The Democratic 2020 Presidential Campaigns: As new polling data show surprising shifts in the standings of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Tom talks with Zach Montellaro, who covers national politics for POLITICO, about how the leading contenders are jockeying for position ahead of next week's televised debate in Iowa, and next month's start of the 2020 primary election season.