The Starting 5: Iran, Trump's Taxes, Morocco, Clean Water and James Holzhauer Returns to 'Jeopardy!'

If you put my IKEA furniture together, I'll score you front row tickets to the Heat. Not gonna happen—but if I managed to pull it off that would be a quid pro quo: something given in exchange for something else. That's all you need to know to understand the allegations in the Ukraine scandal.

In revised testimony released yesterday, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland remembered telling a top Ukrainian official that aid "would likely not" be provided by the U.S. until the country gave President Donald Trump the anti-corruption statement he was after. Some fun context: Trump had pointed to Sondland as proof of there being no quid pro quo.

Here's what else you need to know today (you can also sign up to get The Starting 5 dropped into your inbox first thing every morning):

1. No Deal

Today sees Iran's fourth violation of its 2015 nuclear deal by injecting uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges. President Trump withdrew from the pact last year, and since then Tehran has doubled its number of centrifuges that can enrich uranium, which can then be used for reactor fuel or nuclear weapons. President Hassan Rouhani said if other countries held up the nuclear agreement "we will cut off the gas again."

Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 25, 2019. Rouhani has announced Iran will violate a fourth agreement under the 2015 nuclear deal this week. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

2. About Those Tax Returns...

Thought you'd heard the last of Donald Trump's taxes because a New York court ruled the president must hand over his tax returns to state investigators? Well, there's more where that came from. Today, it's the House Ways and Means Committee's turn as it tries to get a court order for Trump's taxes as part of its own investigations. Trump's lawyers are seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. The judge presiding over the case was appointed by Trump.

President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump talks to the media on the South Lawn upon his return to the White House by Marine One, in Washington, DC, November 3, 2019, after returning from a trip to New York. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

3. Watered Down

The Supreme Court is hearing its first environmental case this term. At the case's core is the reach of the Clean Water Act, which bans pollutants from being sent directly from the source into "navigable waters" without a permit. Sued by environmentalist groups, Maui county is arguing that treated waste that eventually ended up in the Pacific Ocean didn't break the law because it first mixed with groundwater.

Maui Hawaii
Maalaea Bay and the Pacific Ocean as viewed from Papawai point, scrub grass and trees visible in the foreground, with Wailea, Makena and South Maui visible in the background, Maui, Hawaii, 2016. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/Getty

4. Ivanka Goes to Africa

The president's daughter and senior advisor is off to Morocco to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. With one of the lowest female participation rates in the workforce, Morocco benefits from projects that aim to improve education and land productivity. While there, Trump's delegation is expected to push for women's land rights, because men, by law, still inherit more than women.

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump, advisor and daughter of US President Donald Trump, listens a speech during a ceremony with Colombian women in Bogota on September 3, 2019. Trump will be visiting Morocco from November 6-8. Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP/Getty

5. Jeopardy James is Back

James Holzhauer, the professional sports gambler who took home $2.4 million during a 32-game winning streak earlier this year, will be back on your screen tonight for Jeopardy!'s Tournament of Champions. Winners from the last two seasons battle it out in episodes airing over the next week and a half in hopes of taking home a grand prize of at least $250,000. Will competitors imitate Holzhauer's all-in betting strategy?

James Holzhauer Jeopardy!
Professional sports gambler and former "Jeopardy!" champion James Holzhauer poses during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) on October 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holzhauer will be back on TV as part of a number of episodes featuring former "Jeopardy!" winners. Getty/David Becker/Getty Images

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