The Starting 5: Impeachment, Colin Kaepernick, Twitter Ads, California Democrats And 'The Crown' Returns

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1. Phone A Friend

The second day of public impeachment hearings continues today with testimony from the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was recalled earlier this year. But a (probably) bigger development is that David Holmes, a U.S. official at the embassy in Ukraine, is expected to testify this afternoon in a closed-door hearing. On Wednesday, Bill Taylortestified that one of his staff overheard a phone call from Trump asking about "the investigations" in Ukraine, and it is believed that person is Holmes.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the U.S. Capitol October 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty

2. California Dreaming

California Democratic Party's opens its multi-day Fall Endorsing Convention Forum today. The Saturday schedule includes a televised forum with most candidates for president beginning at 4 p.m. PST and will include Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang. Surprisingly absent will be Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, which the state's party chair called a "misguided decision to publicly snub" California voters.

Elizabeth Warren
Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to members of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 union on November 13, 2019 in Concord, New Hampshire. Many candidates will be at a forum hosted by California's Democratic Party this weekend, but not Warren or Joe Biden. Sarah Rice/Getty

3. Hush Little Birdy

Twitter is expected to announce the details of its new policy banning political ads today. Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been criticized for fact checking ads, except political ads. In response, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey announced that his company would simply ban political ads, which raised all sorts of questions about ads on issues like climate change that are paid for by organizations rather than political campaigns. Today's announcement should clear up this ambiguity.

Jack Dorsey
Chief executive officer of Twitter Inc. Jack Dorsey arrives to attend the "Tech for Good" Summit at Hotel de Marigny on May 15, 2019 in Paris, France. Dorsey recently announced that Twitter will ban political ads. Chesnot/Getty

4. Trial Run

It's been three seasons since Colin Kaepernick played in the NFL. The former San Francisco 49ers player who helped lead the team to a Super Bowl—and also helped lead football players' #TakeAKnee protests—will be doing a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday to which the NFL has invited all 32 teams to attend. Workouts usually happen on a Tuesday and this one will be closed to the media, but representatives from a number of teams are expected to attend. Many teams need quarterbacks, but will any of them risk fans' (and Trump's) wrath by hiring him?

Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick
Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick watches a U.S. Open match on August 29, 2019 in Queens, New York City. Kaepernick will do a workout for NFL teams this weekend. Al Bello/Getty

5. Drama Queen

Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again. The next season of Netflix's The Crown arrives on Sunday, timed perfectly to hide away from this freezing winter-but-not-yet-winter weather. Season 3 will see all the main actors recast and a time jump, with the show delving into Queen Elizabeth II's reign during the 1960s and 1970s, and has teased the early romance of Prince Charles and Camilla, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall.

Olivia Coleman
British actress Olivia Colman poses on the red carpet upon arrival for the World premiere of the television series 'The Crown' Season 3 in London on November 13, 2019. Isabel Infantes / AFP/Getty

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