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Michael Cohen, immigration policies, arctic blast: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

Michael Cohen, immigration policies, arctic blast: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

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Published 3:10 a.m. ET March 6, 2019 | Updated 3:11 a.m. ET March 6, 2019

Michael Cohen testifies again before Congress

Michael Cohen will testify Wednesday at a closed meeting with the House Intelligence Committee following public and closed hearings spanning three days last week. President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about negotiations that never came to fruition for a potential Trump Tower project in Moscow. Cohen is testifying now ahead of his imprisonment May 6. Trump criticized Cohen’s testimony last week as “shameful” and accused Cohen of lying “a lot.” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expects to release a transcript of Cohen’s closed-door testimony once the Justice Department has an opportunity to review it. 


A day after scathing public testimony during which he called Donald Trump a racist and con man, the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen is back on Capitol Hill, this time to talk behind closed doors to the House intelligence committee. (Feb. 28)

Trump immigration policies in congressional crosshairs

Congressional Democrats waited two years for an opportunity to scrutinize the Trump administration’s immigration policies. On Wednesday, they get their chance. Congress will host four simultaneous committee hearings — three in the Democrat-controlled House — that will analyze a wide range of actions taken by President Donald Trump to crack down on legal and illegal immigration. The hearings will explore the implementation of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to at least 2,800 separations of migrant families, conditions in Border Patrol facilities that led to three deaths in three months, the decisions to terminate temporary deportation protections for more than 1 million people, and other actions. 


Democrats on a House panel hammered Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen over the recent death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who recently crossed the border and died from shock and dehydration in U.S. custody. (Dec. 20)

Arguments to begin in case to unseal Epstein documents

Dueling arguments that could unseal evidence about multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse of underage girls will unfold in a New York City federal court appeals hearing Wednesday. The documents stem from a 2017 lawsuit filed by one of Epstein’s alleged victims and may introduce a wealth of new information about Epstein’s alleged crimes and activities and those of his influential alleged co-contributors.  The case saw renewed attention after an extensive Miami Herald investigation revealed current Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta helped broker a plea bargain that concealed the extent of the crimes Epstein is accused of and the people involved, including dozens of victims.

More drenching rain, heavy snow roaring into storm-weary California

Another potent storm will continue to pound California on Wednesday, delivering heavy rain and snow throughout the state. In Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, about 3,000 residents were ordered to evacuate areas where the rain could trigger mudslides. Throughout Wednesday, the storm will bring torrential rain to coastal and valley areas of the state and heavy snow over the state’s higher elevations through Thursday, the weather service said. The combination of snow and gusty winds in Northern California will make travel difficult on Interstate-80’s Donner Summit and other Sierra Nevada roads, AccuWeather warned. The California storm will then sweep into the Midwest later in the week before reaching the South and Gulf Coast on Saturday, potentially bringing another round of severe storms and tornadoes. 


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‘Riverdale’ airs Wednesday, following the death of Luke Perry

The first episode of “Riverdale” following Monday’s news of Luke Perry’s death will air on Wednesday less than a week after he suffered a major stroke. Production of the CW drama remained shut down for a second day Tuesday as his current and former colleagues and fans mourned the loss. So far, neither the CW nor Warner Bros. Television, which produces the series, have announced how they plan to continue the show without the actor and his character, Fred Andrews, father of central character Archie (K.J. Apa). Along with “Riverdale,” Perry, 52, was best-known for his role on the long-running “Beverly Hills, 90210.” 


Luke Perry, star of “Beverly Hill, 90210” and “Riverdale,” died at age 52 following a massive stroke.

BONUS: Lent begins for Christians with Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the start of the six-week period of Lent, an important time of the year for Christians that leads up to Easter. Officially known as the Day of Ashes, Christians traditionally confess their sins and profess their devotion to God. Many Christians are also seen with ashes smudged on their foreheads in the shape of a cross, a symbol that a person belongs to Jesus Christ. The Lenten period ends on Easter, when Christians believe Jesus died and was resurrected. 


You may be wondering why people are walking around with soot on their faces. Here are four interesting facts about Ash Wednesday.


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