War Of Words: Will Impeachment And Abortion Debates Frame 2020?
It was a war of words on Tuesday morning, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that President Donald Trump “is engaged in a cover-up.” Although still hesitating on impeachment, Pelosi said she believes the president is obstructing justice by refusing to cooperate with Congressional investigations. Trump quickly responded, moving the conversation away from himself to the now crumbling bipartisanship over infrastructure.

Impeachment talk is not the only issue framing politics this week. Abortion rights activists took to the streets in several cities, including Boston, to oppose strict new abortion laws in states like Ohio, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama. Many of them would prohibit abortion after the first six or eight weeks — before most women even know that they are pregnant. The measure in Alabama bans all abortion after that time frame, including in cases of rape and incest, unless the mother's life is at risk or the fetus cannot survive. Anti-abortion activists are hoping to take the case to the Supreme Court and repeal Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that first legalized abortion nationally.

The issue has made its way into the 2020 election conversation. With abortion and impeachment dominating the political divide, in the 2020 election, will these be the only issues that matter to voters?

Jim Braude is joined by Jennifer Braceras, conservative columnist Senior Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, and Jesse Mermell, former communications director for Gov. Deval Patrick and former Vice President for External Affairs at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

‘Furious Hours:’ Another Mystery Around Harper Lee
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a pillar of American literature, but many parts of Lee’s life have always been shrouded in mystery.

Writer Casey Cep uncovered one mystery while reporting on Lee’s 2015 novel, “Go Set A Watchman.” Cep visited Lee's Alabama hometown, where she discovered the author had once spent years working on a non-fiction account of another gripping legal case: the story of a local minister accused of killing five members of his family in the 1970s to collect insurance policies he signed them up for. Cep spent the next few years researching the case and Lee’s life. She tells the story of both in her new book, “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.”

Casey Cep joined Jim Braude.

IMHO: Plastic Is Coming
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on one man's expedition to the bottom of the deepest ocean, and the trash that beat him there.