The Starting 5: Trump Rally, Impeachment, Health Care, Walmart and an Auction For Neil Armstrong's Collectibles

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Barely days after California's latest fires subsided, blazes are tearing through Australian states in what a top fire official called "the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen." Meanwhile in Venice, the iconic city is almost all flooded under the largest tide in more than 50 years.

But while national leaders have warned against "politicizing" current events, local mayors in both countries pointed to climate change, and inaction by politicians, for exacerbating extreme weather events. And with no end in sight for either emergency, expect the arguing to continue.

Here's what else you need to know today:

1. The Donald Returns

A week after stumping for Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in Louisiana, President Donald Trump is again returning to the Pelican State. The nation's last gubernatorial race of the year will be held in a run-off election on Saturday, where Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards is hoping to hold onto his seat against self-proclaimed "Louisiana's Donald Trump"after neither candidate received a majority of support in October's primary. Trump's rally in Bossier City begins at 7 p.m. CST.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" rally at the Monroe Civic Center on November 06, 2019 in Monroe, Louisiana. Matt Sullivan/Getty Image/Getty

2. Squad Gets In Formation

The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing at 2 p.m. ET on the controversial topic of states "undermining access" to reproductive health care. The committee, which was previously led by the late Elijah Cummings, includes three members of the "Squad": Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Considering the representatives' strong past performances in questioning witnesses and their focus on "reproductive justice," there will likely be clips all over your newsfeeds by dinner time.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members (L-R) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) attend a hearing on drug pricing in the Rayburn House Office building on Capitol Hill July 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty

3. Open Doors

An El Paso Walmart that was the scene of an August mass shooting in which 22 people were killed will reopen this morning. The murders prompted then-presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, to take a hard-line approach to gun control and became the only candidate to fully support March For Our Lives' gun plan. Walmart has since announced it will stop selling handguns and won't allow open carry in its stores.

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People gather at a makeshift memorial honoring victims outside Walmart August 15, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/Getty

4. Houston, We Have a Sale

If you've ever wanted to go to space, or own a piece of it, today might be the closest you get. A Dallas auction house is auctioning off hundreds of lots from the The Neil Armstrong Family Collection. Neil Armstrong's two sons have sold millions of dollars worth of collectibles and artifacts so far. This week's biggest draw cards are likely to be pages from an Apollo 11 Lunar Module manual and a postcard-sized U.S. flag, both of which flew with Apollo 11.

Neil Armstrong Spacesuit
Neil Armstrong’s A-7L lunar spacesuit from Apollo 11 mission is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum July 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty

5. Impeachment

Adam Schiff will soon announce the next round of open impeachment hearings but for now all eyes are on Trump. If the president follows his usual playbook he will hit out on Twitter at those who testified Wednesday, then ramp up with further insults of Democrats at his rally tonight.

Looking for the most important Trump impeachment news in one place? Newsweek's daily blog will keep you in the know. Check out the latest coverage here.

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Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during the impeachment inquiry before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images/Getty





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