Happy Wednesday! Monday we find out Major League Baseball is going to start its season on time, Tuesday EA Sports announces it is rebooting the NCAA football video game franchise. The 12-year-old versions of your Morning Dispatchers are ecstatic (and so are the 25-year-old ones).
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is inching closer. The House impeachment managers outlined their arguments against the former president in an 80-page legal brief that deemed Trump “singularly responsible” for the violence that took place on January 6. Trump’s legal team filed a response yesterday as well, arguing Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment and Senate conviction would violate the Constitution.
Alexei Navalny, the prominent Russian opposition leader, was formally sentenced to two years and eight months in a penal colony for violating the terms of his probation. Navalny called the “show trial” a “demonstration of weakness,” and urged his supporters, who once again took to the streets after the sentencing, to keep the faith: “They can’t arrest the entire country.”
The Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of Homeland Security and Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary. Buttigieg’s confirmation was overwhelmingly bipartisan, 86-13, while Mayorkas’ was more contentious at 56-43.