The Starting 5: DACA, Disney Plus, Impeachment, Whitney Houston and a Historic Mayor in Alabama

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Welcome back! Let's get right to it: the House steps up its impeachment inquiry tomorrow. The first public hearings are expected to begin with the top appointed diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor. Last month, lawmakers reacted with shock to Taylor's testimony, so how it's received by the public will be a strong indicator of whether voters believe President Donald Trump's actions are worthy of impeachment.

Here's what else you need to know today:

1. Like a Dream

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In one of the biggest days for the Supreme Court this term, justices will today hear three cases on whether the Trump administration can end protection for DREAMers, who were covered under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA protects nearly 800,000 undocumented adults who arrived in the U.S. as children, and several young adults provided a "first-of-its-kind" video brief for today's cases.

DACA DREAMer Protester
Activists supporting a "clean" Dream Act outside the New York office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), January 10, 2018 in New York City. The Supreme Court will look at whether the Trump administration is able to role back protections of those under DACA. Drew Angerer/Getty

2. Secret Safe With Mueller?

It's also a busy day over at the D.C. Court of Appeals, which will hear arguments on whether the Department of Justice should hand over secret grand jury materials from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The House Judiciary Committee is seeking information that was uncovered as Mueller looked into whether Trump obstructed justice. Grand jury material can be released if its connected to a "judicial proceeding," which Democrats argue is an appropriate description of the impeachment inquiry.

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is sworn in to testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2019 in Washington. House Democrats want the court's support to access Mueller's grand jury material. Alex Brandon / POOL / AFP/Getty

3. May The Force Be With You

It's here. The long-awaited Disney+ streaming service launches today with films and TV shows from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Pixar. From almost every major kids movie to a new Star Wars live action series The Mandalorian, Disney+ is trying to make that $6.99 worth it. But the rise of more and more siloed streaming services is causing concern about rising "casual piracy," and Disney's exclusive Marvel and Star Wars content may only fuel that growth.

Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Disney
Walt Disney characters Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse attend the 99th Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company's films and TV shows will be part of Disney streaming service launching today. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty

4. I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston's close friend Robyn Crawford has a memoir out today, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston. In the lead up to the book launch, Crawford has said she and Houston, who died in 2012 at age 48, were in a romantic relationship in the early 1980s and remained close friends over the years, something Houston's mother reportedly disapproved of.

Whitney Houston
Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Lester Cohen / Contributor/Getty

5. A New Roll Tide

Montgomery, Alabama, will make history today when it swears in its first African-American mayor in the city's 200-year history. Probate judge Steven Reed received more than two-thirds of a run-off vote and will now lead the state's capital city, which is home to a population that's 60% black. Addressing food deserts and providing universal pre-K are on his priority list.

Montgomery Alabama Election
Voters file in at a polling station in Montgomery, AL, on December 12, 2017. Voters last week elected the city's first African American mayor. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty

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