How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Sondland Testifies In Impeachment Inquiry; Democratic Debate Preview; Elon Musk’s Next Quest

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Plus, unpacking the legacy of Obama’s multiracial coalition.
by Jill Hudson and Korva Coleman

First Up

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland takes the oath ahead of his House Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
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Here's what we're following today.

During his impeachment inquiry testimony, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland tied President Trump directly to conditioning a meeting with the Ukrainian president. Sondland told the House Intelligence Committee that his actions in the Ukraine affair took place at the direction of Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Here’s more about how Sondland got himself into a Category 5 political storm, and catch up on Tuesday’s testimony.

Ten presidential candidates will take the stage at tonight’s Democratic debate in Atlanta. Here’s what you need to know

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has been charged with fraud and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors say Pugh used a self-published children’s book series to enrich herself and boost her political career.

U.S. negotiators abruptly walked out of talks with South Korea on Tuesday as both sides negotiate how much Seoul will pay for shared defense costs. The U.S. reportedly is demanding South Korea pay $5 billion next year. Trump administration officials have hinted that Seoul is “freeloading”; South Koreans insist they’re being fleeced

Police in Fresno, Calif., are still seeking gunmen accused of killing four people and wounding six others who were attending a backyard party on Sunday. All 10 were members of Fresno’s Hmong community, and one of the dead is a popular Hmong local singer

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Video Of The Day

Elon Musk’s next quest is a mind-machine meld. 
Volunteers set up a footbridge across Venice's flooded Riva degli Schiavoni embankment on Nov. 13.

The tech entrepreneur recently said he is making brain chip implants that connect our brains to our devices. If today’s science continues apace, the future of humanity will likely include further symbiosis with technology. But is a more direct connection between our brains and our technology something we want? What are the possibilities and the pitfalls?

Today's Listens

What the site of the Democratic debate says about Georgia.
The debate stage is prepared for Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate, hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Atlanta’s Tyler Perry Studios has been home to Wakanda, the White House and The Walking Dead, but Wednesday it will host its most topical production yet: the next Democratic presidential debate. (Listening time, 3:36)

Can any Democratic candidate match Obama’s multiracial coalition?
Even though former President Obama is extremely popular among Democratic voters, his legacy sparks mixed views. (Listening time, 5:03)

Raise a glass to My Way, America’s anthem of self-determination.
Frank Sinatra onstage in the 1970s.
David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images

It’s hard to imagine two occasions more different than the inaugural ball for President Trump and the funeral for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, but they have at least one thing in common: The same song played at both events. It’s a song that has come to represent a particular idea of American individualism, and in some ways it feels even more relevant today than when it was recorded in 1968 by Frank Sinatra. (Listening time, 8:00)

Before You Go

Amy Sherald's Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between (2018) is among the 3,800 works by women in the museum's collection.
The Baltimore Museum of Art

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