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Kayla's Morning Kickstart: Turkey, Brexit, impeachment (again), food stamps, strikes


GOP lawmakers joined with their Democratic counterparts to pass a resolution going against the Trump administration's decision to pull US troops out of Syria. Many have criticized the choice to allow Turkey to attack US-allied Kurdish forces because they believe it opens a door for ISIS to regain power.

According to CNN, Democratic leaders walked out of meeting with President Trump after he had what they called a "meltdown." The White House, though, claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had no intention of reaching an agreement.

Bipartisanship is always shocking. In this case, lawmakers are anxious to reach an agreement as the death toll rises.


The ongoing ordeal in Europe has reached a tentative conclusion. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted this morning that an agreement has been reached on the UK's exit from the EU, set for two weeks from today.

More On Impeachment

Lawmakers will hear from a key player in the impeachment inquiry today. According to CNN, the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, will appear before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Sondland's name appeared in the text messages in which he and a top US diplomat in Ukraine debate whether $400 million in military and security aid was being withheld in connection with Ukraine opening an investigation into Trump's political rivals.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave GOP senators an idea of how the impeachment trial might go. Generally, it's believed that the House could pass articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving. The whole process could be over by Christmas.

Changes to the Food Stamps Program

The Trump administration acknowledges that proposed changes to the food stamp program could leave nearly 500 thousand children without access to free school lunches.

The US Department of Agriculture released an analysis on Tuesday that showed the proposed rule would mean nearly 1 million children would no longer be certified for free school meals based on their participation in the food stamps program. A tier system would allow some students to pay less than a dollar for breakfast and lunch.

The rule makes it more difficult for Americans with higher incomes and more savings to receive food stamps.

Strikes All Around America

Though a tentative deal with General Motors has been made, 25,000 Chicago educators are set to go on strike today. According to CNN, General Motors hasn't released any details about the agreement. It still needs approval by leaders before it takes effect. Union officials plan to meet today in Detroit. Classes in the country's third-largest school district are cancelled as educators fight for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff.

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