The Morning Dispatch: Trump’s Trial Kicks Off

Happy Tuesday! We hate to be bearers of bad news, but Major League Baseball announced last night it’s keeping last season’s “7-inning doubleheader” and “free baserunner in extra innings” rules for the 2021 campaign. Is nothing sacred?

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Former President Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin today. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that rules for the trial had been agreed upon by Senate Democrats and Republicans, Trump’s legal team, and the House impeachment managers. The House impeachment managers will have 16 hours to lay out their case over the next two days, after which Trump’s defense team will have the same amount of time.

  • Rep. Ron Wright—a Texas Republican who was reelected to a second term in November—died Sunday at the age of 67 after testing positive for COVID-19 in late January. He had been battling lung cancer for years.  

  • Republican Richard Shelby, 86, announced yesterday he won’t seek a seventh term representing Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 2022.

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