On Wednesday, witnesses testified that U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Ukranian politicians to help him win re-election. Republicans have called the testimony unreliable hearsay and have leaned on unproven allegations that are in favor of the President. Democrats are moving away from the language of the Ukraine scandal as it involves leading presidential candidate Joe Biden. The goal is to finish the hearings within the next two weeks.
The former mayor of New York City and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg announced his presidential candidacy. Bloomberg mulled entering the race as a Democratic candidate in March but ultimately did not enter because of the already crowded field. However, he has appeared to change his mind in the face of the rise of progressive candidates and the perceived weakness of centrist Biden. Additionally, former two-term governor of Mass. Deval Patrick also announced his bid for the White House on Wednesday.
Venice battles flooding amidst the highest tide in 50 years. The mayor has called for a state of emergency and the closing of all schools. In a Twitter post, the mayor blamed climate change for the city’s troubles and urged the completion of an updated barrier system.
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have become even more violent, with demonstrators throwing bricks and petrol bombs, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets. Tuesday was one of the bloodiest days thus far as police shot an unarmed protester at close range and another man was sent on fire after arguing with protesters. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam referred to the protestors as “the people’s enemy,” which has many worried that the government will crack down on free speech.