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5 things to know Wednesday

5 things to know Wednesday

Trump impeachment trial: Senate to begin hearing evidence

The Senate is set to begin hearing evidence Wednesday in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Nine impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will present their case as to why the president deserves to be convicted by the Senate. It’s expected to be the first opportunity for impeachment managers, the House Democrats prosecuting the case, to present what they say is new evidence to convict the former president on a single article that he incited a pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. The hearing follows Tuesday’s 56-44 vote that the impeachment trial is constitutional, despite arguments that Trump cannot be tried as a current private citizen. 

Biden’s OMB pick Neera Tanden faces more tough questions from senators

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, faces a second day of grilling Wednesday when she testifies before the Senate Budget Committee. Tanden, the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress who also worked for former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, has caught heat for Twitter broadsides directed at Republicans over the last few years, particularly against senators who she’ll have to face during her confirmation. Testifying Tuesday before another Senate panel, she apologized and pledged her role as an “impassioned advocate” would change if she’s confirmed.

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