News Briefs: Dec. 10


House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The articles allege abuse of power in interactions with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress. According to Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said the president’s actions “absolutely” do not warrant impeachment while House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-New York, said Trump’s actions put his personal interests above public benefit and engaged in “unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance” of the impeachment inquiry.

A new North American trade deal is one step closer to becoming law. Officials originally signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement a year ago to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, but House Democrats insisted on negotiations with the White House on stricter labor rights and environmental provisions. Officials signed a reworked agreement on Tuesday, one that received praise from Democratic leaders. “There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA, but in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, according to NBC News.

Interstellar comet 2I Borisov is hurtling through our solar system this month. On Dec. 28, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth at 180 million miles. It will not be visible to the naked eye, but small telescopes will pick up its image. The New York Times reports it is the second interstellar object to pass through our solar system.

My name is Bailey Britton and I am the former editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I have been the assistant news editor and the managing editor. I have also interned for the Manhattan Mercury and the Colby Free Press. I grew up in Colby, Kansas, and I am a junior in journalism and English. Through the Collegian, I aim to provide the K-State community with quality news coverage while we learn to serve our campus.