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Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Fight Over Rules

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Democrats plan to challenge a resolution that would give each side 24 hours over just two days to present its case in the impeachment trial.

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The first full day of the Trump impeachment trial will be dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the proceedings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his resolution outlining the next steps, including a week of hours-long opening arguments, on Monday.

Watch the floor action live beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The vote is a culmination of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what would constitute a fair trial. The Democrat-led House voted in December to impeach President Trump but held off on transmitting the two articles of impeachment in an attempt to get more details on the trial rules. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ultimately moved the process forward without the assurances Democrats sought.

McConnell needs a simple majority — 51 votes — to approve his resolution that lays out how much time House impeachment managers and the president’s defense team will get to make their arguments. The Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate.

McConnell maintains he based his plan on the rules for the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999, with each side getting 24 hours. But under his plan, he specifies that time must be used over two session days, forcing both sides to make their case late into the evening since the trial days do not start until 1 p.m. ET.

The resolution also delineates how much time senators will get for written questions, and it postpones the debate and vote over whether to call witnesses until after both sides make their presentations and address questions.

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Democrats argue McConnell is collaborating with the White House to speed through the trial to acquit the president without all the available materials.

“It’s clear that McConnell’s rules cause the trial to be rushed with as little evidence as possible in the dark of night. They do not want the evidence to come out,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Schumer plans to offer a series of amendments to the McConnell resolution, but unless he can peel off four Senate Republicans to vote with Democratic caucus, those efforts will fail. Even Senate Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, who said he was open to hearing from witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton, said that he backed McConnell’s resolution and that “if attempts are made to vote on witnesses prior to opening arguments, I would oppose those efforts.”

McConnell will deliver opening remarks at 12:30 p.m. ET ahead of Senate floor debate on his resolution and the amendments offered by Democrats. The debate over the rules is expected to take up much of the day on Tuesday, and opening arguments from the House managers are not expected to start until Wednesday.

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Skeletal remains found in California national park are those of Canadian hiker who went missing in 2018, officials say

Park officials in California confirmed last week that remains found in Joshua Tree National Park last month belong to a Canadian man who disappeared while on a hiking trip with his wife in July 2018.

Police officers with the park reported the discovery of “human skeletal remains” and personal belongings in the 49 Palms Canyon area on Dec. 20. The San Bernardino County coroner has since confirmed the remains belong to 51-year-old Ontario resident, Paul Miller.

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Paul Miller, 51, disappeared on July 13, 2018. (GoFundMe)

Miller disappeared July 13, 2018, last seen on the 49 Palms Oasis Trail, officials said in a news release. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Miller’s wife, Stephanie, said at the time he told her he was going for one more hike in the park before they returned to Ontario, according to a USA Today report. When he didn’t come back to their hotel, she reported him missing.

The search for Miller was downgraded days later after there was no sign of him, but his family never stopped looking.

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The family told CTV News that they have returned multiple times to the park to search for Miller. When the coroner’s office confirmed that his remains were discovered, they realized they had been looking just 15 feet from where he died.

“It’s bittersweet. It’s almost like I lost him twice. Back in July and then now,” Stephanie Miller told the outlet.

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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 2: Vote on Resolution – Opening Arguments | 01/21/2020 – Live 1:00pm EST

Today the Senate Impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins debate and vote on the rules resolution and may move into opening arguments. The Senate session is scheduled to begin at 1pm EST

Prosecuting the House’s case will be a team of seven Democratic House Managers, named last week by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, are expected to take the lead in arguing the President’s case. Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released his Rules Resolution which lays out Senate procedures for the Impeachment Trial. The Resolution will be voted on today, and is expected to pass.

If passed, the Resolution will:

  • Give the House Impeachment Managers 24 hours, over a 2 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Give President Trump’s legal team 24 hours, over a 2 day period, to present opening arguments.

  • Allow a period of 16 hours for Senator questions, to be addressed through Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

  • Allow for a vote on a motion to consider the subpoena of witnesses or documents once opening arguments and questions are complete.


You can watch or listen to the proceedings live, via the links below:

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Measles patient in Los Angeles possibly exposed others to disease, health officials say

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A person with measles may have exposed others to the disease after traveling to multiple locations in Los Angeles, Calif., while infectious, health officials said.

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In a statement over the weekend, the Los Angeles County of Public Health said the infected person arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 12. He or she then visited the following locations on the following days:

  • 1/12/2020: LAX international terminal and baggage claim from 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 1/13/2020: CVS Pharmacy, 11941 San Vincente Blvd., LA 90049, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 1/18/2020: CVS Pharmacy, 11941 San Vincente Blvd., LA 90049, 8:45 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

“Unvaccinated persons or those with unknown vaccination status who were at these sites during the dates and times at any of the above locations are at risk of developing measles from 7 to 21 days after being exposed,” health officials said in the news release, noting people who are symptom-free after 21 days are no longer at risk.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. Others can contract measles when they breathe the contaminated air or touch a contaminated surface, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

“Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The MMR vaccine can protect both individuals and other people from contracting the virus. Young children are typically most at risk of contracting measles. The CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR vaccination, but the first dose is typically given to children when they are between 12 and 15 months old, with the second occurring between ages 4 and 6.

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At least 20 Los Angeles residents were infected with measles in 2019, according to health officials.

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Brazilian Prosecutors Charge Glenn Greenwald With Cybercrimes: Report

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Brazilian authorities have charged journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes, The New York Times reported, an alarming sign that Brazil’s increasingly authoritarian government is punishing a journalist for revealing explosive information.

Greenwald was accused of participating in a “criminal organization” that hacked the phones of several Brazilian authorities, according to the Times. His reporting, which included leaked cellphone text messages, exposed rampant corruption in a Brazilian anti-corruption task force.

He characterized the charges as “an obvious attempt to attack a free press” in retaliation for his reporting.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro began publicly threatening Greenwald after The Intercept, an investigative outlet Greenwald co-founded, began publishing articles in June 2019 that exposed ethical and legal misconduct by Brazil’s justice minister and chief anti-corruption prosecutor.

The stories were based on documents, recordings, and private WhatsApp messages leaked anonymously to the news outlet. Greenwald told the Committee to Protect Journalists he and his husband, Brazilian congress member David Miranda, began receiving “very graphic, detailed, and thought-out” threats soon afterward, many of which “contained substantial personal and private information about us.”

Greenwald is best known for 2013 reporting for The Guardian based on documents provided by former National Security Administration contractor Edward Snowden disclosing widespread government surveillance of ordinary citizens.

Here’s Greenwald’s statement on the charges:

Less than two months ago, after examining the same evidence cited today by Brazil’s Public Ministry, the Federal Police stated that not only have I never committed any crimes in my contacts with our source, but also that I exercised extreme caution as a journalist. This new accusation — brought by the same prosecutor who just tried and failed to criminally prosecute the head of the Brazilian Bar Association for criticizing Minister Moro — is an obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported about Minister Moro and the Bolsonaro government.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Trump Focuses on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment

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DAVOS, Switzerland — President Trump swept into this glitzy Alpine village on Tuesday, full of flattery as he schmoozed with global business leaders, as if there were no talk of removing him from office and no impeachment trial unfolding 4,000 miles away in Washington.

Mr. Trump appeared to relish the escape offered by the World Economic Forum and the friendly — to his face, at least — crowd of elites in the snow-covered Alps. He was in a jovial mood, according to people who spoke with him, engaging in animated conversations with chief executives like Brian Moynihan of Bank of America, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.

He congratulated them on their companies’ stock performances and joked that he should have bought shares but that he had been forced to sell his holdings when he took office. As Mr. Trump and his family members darted between meetings in makeshift pavilions, they studiously avoided questions about the drama back home, where the Senate was expected to begin a fierce partisan squabble over the rules for putting the president on trial.

Mr. Trump’s trip to Davos was his first appearance on the international stage since Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Before he arrived in the Swiss town, the open question, as always with Mr. Trump, was how much he would stray from his script and vent his grievances about his legal and political predicament.

But Mr. Trump stuck to his prepared remarks, making inflated claims about his role in a global economic recovery and touting a message of America’s supremacy. When reporters asked him about the impeachment trial, he swatted it away as “just a hoax.”

“America’s economy was in a rather dismal state,” Mr. Trump said during his 30-minute speech. “Before my presidency began, the outlook for many economies was bleak.”

Although the economy’s recovery after its plummet was central to President Barack Obama’s legacy, Mr. Trump said that his administration had created a “roaring geyser of opportunity” and proclaimed that “the American dream is back bigger, better and stronger than ever before.”

Addressing a global audience, Mr. Trump delivered what amounted to a version of his campaign speech, speaking little of international alliances and touting America’s supremacy in the world.

At a conference that has dedicated itself this year to the issue of global warming, Mr. Trump also took a swipe at those demanding action. He announced that the United States would join an initiative to plant a trillion trees that was launched at the event, but he also declared that “we must reject the perennial prophets of doom” and that it was “not a time for pessimism.”

Former Vice President Al Gore, who was seen leaving Mr. Trump’s speech, declined to comment on the president’s remarks.

Mr. Trump arrived in Switzerland on Tuesday morning, taking a ride in Marine One over the Alps, from Zurich to Davos. The altitude increased the sense that the bitter partisan fight that would take place in the Capitol was a world away.

As his motorcade made its way through twisty, snow-covered streets to the Davos Congress Centre, a group of nine Swiss tenors entertained the crowd with a version of “Ranz des vaches,” a mellifluous song for calling home cows.

It was a more peaceful serenade than the songs that typically precede Mr. Trump’s entrance onstage, like “Macho Man” by the Village People and “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

Mr. Trump was also a more mellow version of himself.

He highlighted the first phase of his trade deal with China and another with Mexico and Canada. And the audience appeared receptive, having warmed to him over the past two years as they have benefited from his policies.

“Lev Parnas is not a topic of conversation at Davos,” said Ian Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political research and consulting firm.

Mr. Parnas, an associate of Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has been on a media tour over the past week, asserting that the president was fully aware of the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals. Democrats have not ruled out trying to call Mr. Parnas as a witness in the impeachment trial.

In Davos, however, television screens were filled with the face of a different Trump antagonist: the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was the other star speaker of the day. In a speech there, she warned that “our house is still on fire” and that “inaction is fueling the flames by the hour.”

Mr. Trump did not mention Ms. Thunberg by name in his speech. But when he talked about the importance of clean water and clean air, he added that “fear and doubt is not a good thought process.”

His speech also included inflated or false claims that seemed, at times, disconnected from the concerns of an international audience.

“I saved HBCUs. We saved them,” Mr. Trump claimed, referring to historically black colleges and universities. “They were going out and we saved them.” While the administration has increased investment in the schools 14.3 percent, and although a number of them have struggled financially, there is no evidence that they were on the verge of extinction. In the past six years, one has closed and about 100 remain.

Hanging over the conference was also the question of whether Mr. Trump would try to stage a surprise meeting there with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, even though officials said the optics of such a meeting would be unhelpful to Mr. Trump.

In Davos, however, Mr. Trump may have found the right audience for support to counter the impeachment trial that is dominating the news at home. There was less anxiety about him rippling through the 1 percent set on Tuesday than when he arrived at the annual forum two years ago, fresh off an “America First” campaign filled with promises to rip up international agreements and alliances.

This time, there was more concern about some of the progressive Democrats running to replace him. Through regulatory rollbacks, tax cuts and the success of the global economy, the president who ran as a populist has benefited many of the chief executives gathered at the event, even those who have taken public positions against some of his policies.

“There are lot of masters of the universe who think he may not be their cup of tea, but he’s been a godsend,” said Mr. Bremmer, of Eurasia Group. “It’s interesting to hear Mike Bloomberg saying he would fund Bernie Sanders’s campaign if he won the nomination. Very few people here would say that.”

Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who is running for president, has said he is open to spending $1 billion to defeat Mr. Trump, whoever emerges as the Democratic nominee.

During Mr. Trump’s career in New York real estate, entertainment and business, he never cracked the Davos set, whose Fortune 500 chief executives dismissed him as something of a gaudy sideshow.

But the balance of power has shifted. And with progressives like Mr. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts emerging as top-tier candidates in the Democratic primary, a crowd that once rejected Mr. Trump is now more willing to consider him one of its own.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump happily embraced them back. After his speech, he met with the International Business Council, where he greeted every chief executive personally, according to attendees.

The meeting was less about substance and more about socializing, one attendee said, as Mr. Trump grilled corporate leaders about whether they liked his speech. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also worked the room.

There were however, still points of contention during the conference for Mr. Trump, who planned to spend almost two days there in bilateral meetings with leaders of Iraq, Pakistan and the Kurdish regional government, as well as sitdowns with corporate chieftains. (The forum is also Mr. Trump’s first trip abroad since the drone attack that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s most important military official.)

And topping the conference’s agenda was climate change, an issue where Mr. Trump’s agenda is far out of line with the rest of the attendees. He was preceded onstage by Klaus Schwab, a founder of the Forum, who proclaimed that “the world is in a state of emergency,” and Simonetta Sommaruga, the president of the Swiss Federation, who said that “the world is on fire.”

Mr. Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, and his administration has expanded the use of coal, played down concerns about climate change and rolled back environmental protections.

The president mocked Ms. Thunberg after she was chosen last month as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “So ridiculous,” he tweeted. “Greta must work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”

In 2018, Mr. Trump was the first sitting president to attend the forum since President Bill Clinton did so in 2000. Last year, he abruptly canceled his plans to attend, citing a partial government shutdown.

This year, the administration delegation includes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Robert Lighthizer, the trade representative. Other members of the administration who were expected to attend were Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary; Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary; and Eugene Scalia, the labor secretary. Mr. Trump was also accompanied by Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, and Stephen Miller, his policy adviser and speechwriter.

Keith Bradsher contributed reporting.

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‘Life With Derek’ Trends As Fans Say The Disney Show Hinted At Incest

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In case you were wondering why a Disney Channel show that’s been off the air for more than a decade is trending on social media, it’s because of ― incest.

Chatter for days has been bubbling up on Twitter about the show, “Life With Derek,” a Canadian sitcom that also aired on Disney Channel from 2005 to 2009. 

Derek was the teenage son of George who married Nora, the mother of teenage daughter Casey. When the two families merged, chaos ensued as Casey and Derek rivaled for control of their new household.

While the show mostly followed the various hijinks Derek and Casey would get into at school or with friends, there seemed to be a lot of flirtation between them. In fact, their interactions caused them to be widely shipped by fans, even though a sexual relationship between step-siblings might be considered by some to be, you know, incest.

The duo never got physical on the show, but fans in 2020 insist there was definitely tension.

Here’s some of the chatter:

Notably, the actors who played Derek and Casey, and the show’s creator Daphne Ballon, reportedly are totally cool with people thinking that the step-siblings should get it on.

Michael Seater, who played Derek, told MTV News in 2016 that he didn’t see anything wrong with his character being romantically linked to Casey, who was played by Ashley Leggat, and that they should’ve ended up together. 

Leggat echoed those thoughts, calling a relationship between the two “a natural progression.”

As for creator Ballon, she apparently told a fan on Tumblr in 2011 that she understands the desire for Derek and Casey, aka “Dasey” to be together. She never expressed whether that was her intention all along.

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Chicago man dies nearly decade after suffering wounds in shooting; coroner rules death homicide

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A Chicago man’s death has been ruled a homicide after he died last week of complications from multiple gunshot wounds he suffered in a shooting nearly a decade ago, officials said.

Marco Rainge, 41, was shot multiple times around 10 a.m. in October 2010, in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, local newspapers reported, citing the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Police records said no arrests were ever made in the shooting, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Rainge was in critical condition following the shooting, suffering gunshot wounds to his arm, chest and hip, but had been uncooperative with investigators on the case, ABC News reported.

He died Jan. 14 due to complications from those injuries, the medical examiner’s office said following an autopsy conducted Sunday. Police reclassified the shooting case as a homicide on Monday, the outlet reported.

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It is not uncommon to rule such deaths a homicide, according to health officials.

Dr. Reinhard Motte, a now-retired assistant medical examiner for Palm Beach County, Fla., told health news website Stat in 2017 that he sees one or two such cases a year.

Motte and forensic supervisor Richard Long told the outlet that forensic investigators must connect the dots from a gunshot wound to how the person died.

According to Motte and Long, the death of a 77-year-old paraplegic man who died of sepsis was ruled a homicide after investigators learned his paraplegia, which left him susceptible to the infection, stemmed from a gunshot wound decades earlier.

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As of Monday, police had made no arrests or named any suspects in the Rainge case, according to reports.

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Supreme Court refuses to hear expedited ObamaCare appeal

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a motion from a coalition of Democrat-led states asking the justices to speed up the review of a federal appeals court decision that put the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in doubt.

That means the case – which pits a group of blue states led by California, as well as the House of Representatives, against Texas and 18 other GOP-led states’ effort to strike down the ACA – is unlikely to be heard by the Supreme Court this term.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month ruled that the individual mandate, a key funding mechanism for the law, was unconstitutional now that Congress eliminated a financial penalty for not having health insurance — making it impossible to say the individual mandate is a tax. It sent the case to a lower court, asking it to rule on whether the rest of the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, could stand without the individual mandate.

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“The individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power,” the ruling said. “On the severability question, we remand to the district court to provide additional analysis of the provisions of the ACA as they currently exist.”

The coalition led by California and its Attorney General Xavier Becerra was trying to get the Supreme Court to circumvent the lower courts and rule on the case directly – and immediately – because “the lower courts’ actions have created uncertainty about the future of the entire Affordable Care Act, and that uncertainty threatens adverse consequences on our Nation’s healthcare system, including for patients, doctors, insurers, and state and local governments.”

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Tuesday’s ruling was simply on the motion for expedited consideration of the petition, not on the petition itself, which means the Supreme Court could still hear the case as the blue states are asking it to. It just means that if the court agrees to hear the case, it most likely won’t be until October at the earliest.

In the meantime, the case will continue in district court, with that court’s ruling almost certainly being appealed by the party that loses. It is unclear, however, when or whether the Supreme Court will decide to hear this case and rule on the ACA’s constitutionality.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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Bizarre Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler updated with new engine for 2020

The Polaris Slingshot is one of the strangest (looking) automotive success stories in recent years.

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The powersports company has sold over 40,000 of the three-wheel “autocycles” since it first shocked the market with its dramatic styling in 2015. The oddball auto becoming a favorite of celebrities and superstar athletes, despite being priced like an economy car.

It’s done so well that Polaris has given it a major update for 2020 that includes an all-new engine and the addition of an automatic transmission option to help broaden its appeal.

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The new ProStar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was designed in house and replaces the GM-sourced 2.4-liter four-cylinder that was previously used. The new motor cranks out 186 hp as it screams to a sky-high 8,500 rpm redline, up from the GM engine’s more pedestrian 6,200 rpm. A high-performance Slingshot R model increases the output to 203 hp.

All of it goes to the single rear wheel through either a five-speed manual transmission, or one equipped with an automated hydraulically-actuated clutch that’s operated by pushbutton controls on the center console. Polaris says the Slingshot can accelerate to 60 mph in under five seconds.

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The new Slingshot also gets a standard keyless ignition and an updated passenger compartment with additional padding and storage that retains its water-resistant design and drain plugs in the floor. Exterior changes are mostly limited to new lighting and colors, but a new selection of accessories allows for an extensive variety of personalization options.

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The 2020 Slingshot starts at $26,499 and is set to hit dealers this Spring, while the outgoing model is still available for a starting price of $20,999. Regulations on its operation differ from state to state, with various licensing and helmet rules.

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