Politics Podcast: How Impeachment Is Supposed To Work

With so much impeachment news coming so quickly, we thought it would be good to go back to basics with a little Impeachment 101. To do that, we brought in Cardozo School of Law professor and ABC News contributor Kate Shaw. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Shaw breaks down the constitutional basis for impeachment and tells us how exactly it’s supposed to work.

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The World’s Largest Collection Of Helen Keller Artifacts Is Moving To Louisville

The American Printing House For the Blind, headquartered in Louisville, will soon house the world’s largest collection of Helen Keller artifacts.

Officials announced the acquisition Thursday. More than 80,000 individual pieces from the life of Keller, an iconic advocate for the deaf and blind, will now be housed at the printing house. Eventually many will be on exhibit; some of Keller’s artifacts, including an Oscar, a letter she wrote to Nazi students and a Zulu shield are already on display. APH CEO Craig Meador said the exhibit will underscore Louisville’s mission to highlight advocacy.

“Louisville [has] already set itself as a city that has such a strong focus on social justice and civil rights,” Meador said, citing the Muhammad Ali Museum as an example. “Now to have Helen [Keller] coming to the American Printing House, again, highlights what this city is about — highlights what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

An Oscar Helen Keller won stands next to a Zulu shield gifted to her at the American Printing House for the Blind

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the announcement in a tweet Thursday, calling it a “major honor.”

“I have long been an advocate of APH & I am proud of the work they do to help provide educational opportunities for many blind & visually impaired Americans,” McConnell tweeted.

Helen Keller, born in 1880, was an author and activist who became deaf and blind when she was nearly two years old. After teacher Anne Sullivan taught her how to read, speak and write, Keller used her skills to graduate college, write books, and advocate for human rights through writing. She died in 1968, after years of recognition through honorary doctorate degrees, an Academy Award and a humanitarian award for her lifetime service.

Helen Keller Display for announcement at American Printing House for the Blind

The exhibit is part of a new 10-year loan and partnership between APH and the American Foundation for the Blind, a national nonprofit which has housed Keller’s artifacts until now. APH Museum Director Mike Hudson said the foundation considered the Smithsonian Institution and New-York Historical Society to house the Keller archives, but picked Louisville because of APH’s commitment to sharing Keller’s story. 

“We talked a lot with AFB and figured out what they were looking for in a partner, and I think we were able to package an agreement that met those needs,” Hudson said.

That agreement includes building a new $300,000 facility to store some of Keller’s artifacts, and potentially erecting a new building to hold the rest of the items. APH officials said there is not a specific date set for when the full exhibit will be ready, but work on a feasibility study to explore new building options has already started. Hudson expects the study will finish by January, and said he could not imagine the new facility “not being right here at [APH].”

The World’s Largest Collection Of Helen Keller Artifacts Is Moving To Louisville

We don’t have to agree to be kind

Our social climate has become increasingly more polarized in recent years. It seems our thought processes are always about us vs. them. It might be conservative vs. liberal, Republican vs. Democrat, white vs. people of color, pro-life vs. pro-choice or whatever other thing we think we need to define ourselves by. But the truth is, we do not have to segregate ourselves based our differences. Recently, Ellen Degeneres shared a heartwarming message on her daily talk show.

Kentucky needs to toughen its laws on distracted driving

Kentucky could be the next state to enact a law that would prohibit using a cellphone or other personal communication devices in any way while driving. The Hands-Free Driving bill proposed by state Reps. James Tipton and Steve Sheldon basically would prevent drivers from holding cellphones in their hands while behind the wheel. Fines for those who broke the law would range from $100 for the first offense to $200 for the second. First-time offenders could also elect to attend traffic school. This proposed law comes at a time when distracted-driving crashes are on the rise, claiming an average of more than 3,000 lives each year.

Meet The Washington Mystics’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

As Elena Delle Donne played through the searing pain of a herniated disk on Sunday, she clearly wasn’t her usual, multi-dimensional star self for the Washington Mystics. In Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, she took just six shots all afternoon, making a single, labored drive to the basket.

But by the time that one dribble penetration came, the Mystics already led by 10 points, largely because of the work of Emma Meesseman. In a league where Delle Donne is considered sui generis, it is a remarkable bit of roster construction that Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault has held on to Meesseman, turning her into the Delle Donne understudy who would likely be a centerpiece performer on any other team.

“Emma’s been our missing piece,” said Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud after Sunday’s game. “Everyone knows that she’s the missing piece of a championship team.”

After missing the 2018 season to play overseas — and missing the Mystics’ WNBA Finals loss to the Seattle Storm — Meesseman has served primarily as “the Delle Donne” in Washington’s sets when the MVP isn’t on the floor. Meesseman’s integration into the lineup has been so smooth that prior to Game 3, when Thibault still didn’t know whether Delle Donne could even play, he wasn’t worried.

“The game plan is working much the same, as far as how we’re going to play,” Thibault said while watching Delle Donne take her first shots on the court about 90 minutes before Game 3. “[We] just plugged in some people into the spots. Other than that, it’s just, we run the same plays for Emma that we do for Elena.”

It’s hard to overstate how much of a luxury that is. The 6-foot-4 Meesseman pushes Delle Donne in practice and is a true inside-outside performer capable of emulating the 2019 MVP and approximating her per-40-minute scoring production — as well as anyone can, anyway.

The luxury was on full display Sunday afternoon. Delle Donne played 26 minutes, and Meesseman played 25 minutes, but it was Meesseman who could move without the ball unfettered by a back injury, getting the shots Delle Donne customarily does in the flow of the offense. She not only scored a game-high 21 points, but she also hit her shots at critical times, including a trio of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter that helped put the game out of reach.

“Emma was a monster,” Delle Donne said admiringly of her teammate. “She was on the attack. So confident. Emma is such a good player, and we need her to just continue to attack because no one can guard her one-on-one. She requires double-teams, triple-teams to be guarded.”

Sounds a lot like Delle Donne, right?

So does the production this season. Delle Donne was rightly feted by the basketball world for her 50-40-90 season, the first in WNBA history. You know who else finished at 50-40-90, though? With 55.2 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from three and 90.5 percent from the free throw line, that would be Meesseman. (Though without meeting the minimum attempts necessary in each category to qualify for the season leaderboard.)

Sun coach Curt Miller acknowledged that he’ll need to find an answer to both Mystics in Game 4 if the Sun are going to extend their season. “We’ll take a look at different schemes,” Miller said. “We’ll take a look at different matchups. But, again, they’re both 50-40-90 kids. This is not something that they’re not capable of doing. They’re shot makers. And they’re doing things that the league’s never seen.”

The Mystics are just 40 minutes from a WNBA championship, a validation of Delle Donne’s career in a new way. But for Delle Donne’s part, she hopes it sheds new light on the greatness of her offensive doppelgänger, too.

“I say it all the time: Emma is one of the greatest in the world,” Delle Donne said. “Her play overseas, what she does for her national team, she’s ready for this moment. And you can tell she’s relishing this moment.”