The Starting 5: Davos, Senate Impeachment Trial, Biometric Scanners, Colombian Protests, and Super Bowl Sunday

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Hope your long weekend was relaxing, productive and enjoyable. Happy to have you back. The de facto beginning of the impeachment trial is now upon us: history in the making, no matter which side you're on.

Here's what you need to know today:

The Hills Are Alive

Davos 2020, the economic-and-global-networking conference held annually at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, starts today. The event draws the world's most influential and powerful people, from George Soros to Greta Thunberg. This year's theme: sustainable development. Donald Trump will attend this year after skipping last year, and the issue of climate change will surely arise and be tossed the president's way.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a session at the Congres center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Getty Images

Chiefs and 49ers on the Floor

And just like that, Super Bowl Sunday is set. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, being played in Miami, Florida, on February 2. The Chiefs are a 1.5-point favorite over the 49ers, making the Niners 21/20 underdogs, according to Oddschecker. The 49ers have won in five of their six total Super Bowl appearances while the Chiefs' only Super Bowl triumph came in the 1969 season. Coincidentally, that's the same year that Jennifer Lopez was born, who is teaming up with Shakira to take on this year's halftime show.

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The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida on February 2. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Opening Arguments

The opening discussions of Donald Trump's impeachment trial begin today with articles of impeachment sent, 100 senators sworn in and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr aboard Trump's legal team. The president is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for withholding millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine to pressure leaders there to investigate his rival 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) announced that Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (L) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) will lead the seven managers of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Recognizing Your Face

Beginning today, the Philadelphia International Airport is piloting a "biometric screening technologies" program to help the United States Customs and Border Protection safeguard travelers. For 45 days, departing passengers at three international gates will be subject to facial scans, which will be cross-checked against a photo database maintained by the federal government. Participants may choose to opt-out of the process. There are three different types of biometric systems being tested, and by the end of the trial, one may be chosen for permanent adoption. Implementing a biometric system into the entire airport ecosystem could take up to a year.

Officials at Virginia’s Dulles Airport unveil new biometric facial- recognition scanners in September 2018. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty

Back to the Streets

After months of massive anti-government protests, the citizens of Colombia took a brief hiatus. The demonstrations are set to resume today. Tomorrow, regional strike committees and other organizations will gather to coordinate a response to the government's "refusal to negotiate" on economic and peace policy. The government has violently suppressed protests in the past.

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People demonstrate during a protest against the government in Medellin, Colombia, on December 22, 2019. The government of Colombian President Ivan Duque has been facing protests against his economic policies, unemployment, political corruption and drug-financed violence. Getty Images