/Super Bowl, impeachment trial, Iowa caucus: 5 things you need to know Monday

Super Bowl, impeachment trial, Iowa caucus: 5 things you need to know Monday

Senate to hold closing arguments in Trump impeachment trial

The Senate will hold closing arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Monday, wrapping up a months-long saga over the president’s dealings with Ukraine. There will be a total of four hours of arguments, equally divided among the parties. The trial is expected to wrap up Wednesday with a final vote, and it’s expected Trump will be acquitted. Democrats allege Trump pursued a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to open investigations that would benefit him politically. He was also accused of withholding aid and a White House meeting from the ally nation in exchange for the investigations. 

Iowa caucuses kick off primary season

The first major event of the 2020 presidential election season, the Iowa Caucuses, take place Monday. The first-in-the-nation event kicks off the start of the primary election season, and many of the Democratic presidential candidates have been zig-zagging across the state for months to lead up to this big night. So, what’s a caucus? It is a party-run gathering of members to discuss their presidential preferences, elect local party leadership and discuss issues that make up the party’s platform. Why are caucuses important? Although Iowa’s pledged delegate count is about 1 percent of the national total, the caucuses are looked to as how well a candidate will do going forward. 

‘Super Bowl Fever’: Millions expect to ditch work Monday

Thinking about staying home Monday after the Super Bowl? You’re not alone. “Super Bowl fever” is expected to result in 17.5 million employees missing work on Monday, according to a survey by the Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. It’s the largest amount ever since the institute began tracking the figure in 2005. An estimated 11.1 million workers plan to use pre-approved time to stay home on Super Bowl Monday, while 4.7 million plan to call out sick even though they’re not ill, the survey found. Some even plan to simply not show up, with 1.5 million employees expecting to “ghost” their employer without notifying anyone. 

Chiefs win the game. But who will take the Ad Meter crown?

Chiefs fans will be celebrating Monday after coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City to its first Super Bowl title in 50 years, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. Mahomes was named most valuable player, finishing with 286 yards and two touchdown passes, both of which came in the fourth quarter. But if you only watched for the ads, you’ll want to pay attention to the winner of USA TODAY’s Ad Meter, to be announced at 7:30 a.m. ET Monday. The winner is the best Super Bowl commercial by popular vote. In the meantime, watch every commercial that aired during the Big Game.

KFC expands plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken test

Months after KFC sold out of the new Beyond Fried Chicken at one Atlanta restaurant in less than five hours, the chicken chain is expanding the test to more than 70 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. The plant-based chicken will be available beginning Monday through Feb. 23 — or while supplies last.