Month: December 2019
The leader of an Apostolic megachurch, Pastor Guillermo Maldonado, will host the launch of President Trump’s “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition at a Jan. 3 rally, The Miami Herald reports. Why it matters: Since Christianity Today released an editorial op-ed calling for Trump’s removal from office, the president has been working to strengthen his evangelical base.
Hong Kong protesters turned out en masse after a period of relative calm in a popular shopping district, and were met with tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police on Christmas Eve, the New York Times reports. Why it matters: Clashes between police and demonstrators have often left the Asian financial hub paralyzed since the pro-democracy movement began six months ago.
President Trump announced in the Oval Office Thursday that New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew will join the Republican Party. Why it matters: Van Drew, elected as a Democrat in the 2018 midterms, was one of only two House Democrats who voted against both articles of impeachment on Wednesday night.