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impeachment
impeachment
What We Know About Trump’s Potential Senate Impeachment Trial
Impeachment trial procedures are an amalgam of constitutional provisions, standing Senate rules, and ad hoc procedures controlled by McConnell’s GOP.
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trump impeachment
The Impeachment Process Explained: What Happens to Trump Now?
Everything you need to know about the next steps in Congress, and the consequences Trump might face.
impeachment
impeachment
Senate Republicans Mulling Two-Week Impeachment Trial
Long enough to look like an actual trial, short enough to ensure the fix is in.
trigger warning
trigger warning
RNC Pays $100K to Protect Donald Trump Jr., a Precious Baby Snowflake
Nobody wants president’s boy to get triggered by low sales.
labor
labor
Union ‘Not the Right Direction for Hearst,’ Executive Says in Email to Staff
Hearst isn’t backing down from its anti-union campaign.
mueller time
mueller time
If Congress Doesn’t Impeach and Remove Trump, It Could Still Censure Him
Censure resolutions may not be as satisfying, but they’d be much easier to initiate and pass, and could ramp up pressure on congressional Republicans.
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vision 2020
How White Racism Might Deliver Joe Biden the Black Vote
The fact that black voters think Biden is the best candidate in the primaries is an indictment.

The Trump Organization’s CFO appears to be the focus of the Manhattan DA’s criminal probe

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s criminal investigation of the Trump Organization is scrutinizing the actions of one of the president’s oldest and most trusted deputies, ProPublica has learned.


The focus on Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, a 72-year-old accountant now running the business with Trump’s two adult sons, stems from his involvement in arranging a payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump (which Trump has denied).


Federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, or SDNY, contended that the Trump Organization had improperly booked reimbursements for the hush-money scheme as “legal expenses,” with the aid of sham invoices. They granted legal immunity to Weisselberg and later closed their 18-month investigation with the guilty plea of one Trump associate, Michael Cohen. But Weisselberg’s immunity deal applied only to federal proceedings.


Now Vance’s state grand jury is examining whether Weisselberg, among others — and even the Trump Organization — should face state criminal charges for falsification of business records, according to a source familiar with the investigation. 

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vision 2020
Michael Bloomberg, Deval Patrick, and the Awful Specter of a Brokered Convention
These late presidential entrants are more likely to help winnow the field than to deadlock a convention and win via an Establishment coup.

Fortunately for Democrats, this wasn’t their only effort to obtain Trump’s tax returns

President Donald Trump won’t have to release his tax returns to get on California’s 2020 primary ballot following a unanimous ruling from the state Supreme Court on Thursday that invalidated a new state law.


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 27 into law in July to compel presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns to get on California’s primary ballot.


… The court ruled the added requirement for tax returns “is in conflict with the (state) constitution’s specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot.”

the national circus
the national circus
Frank Rich: Republicans Are Excusing a Criminal Conspiracy
If the GOP cared about facts this week’s impeachment testimony would be apocalyptically damaging. But nothing will keep them from defending Trump.
nikki haley
nikki haley
Haley Used Unsecured Emails for Classified Info Because She Lost Her Password
If she runs for president, will she face “Lock her up!” chants?

Meanwhile in Israel …

For the first time in Israel’s history, a sitting prime minister is accused of bribery: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced Thursday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be charged with bribery, fraud and breach in three corruption cases, dubbed Cases 4000, 2000 and 1000.


The indictment comes after a four-day hearing with Netanyahu’s defense team last month, followed by weeks of intensive discussion at the attorney general’s offices.

life in pixels
life in pixels
How Should You Feel About Zuck’s Dinner With Peter Thiel and Donald Trump?
It’s extremely normal for the president to dine with the head of the largest communications apparatus on the planet and his democracy-skeptic mentor.
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trump impeachment
Read David Holmes’s Opening Statement in Thursday’s Impeachment Hearing
The diplomat at the U.S Embassy in Ukraine testified about overhearing a phone call between President Trump and Gordon Sondland.
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vision 2020
Why No One Is Attacking Pete Buttigieg
After he spiked recently in polls, his team expected him to become a target. There’s a specific set of reasons opponents are laying off though.

Fact check: true

David Holmes, career diplomat: “At one point…someone wondered aloud about why Mr. Giuliani was so active in the media with respect to Ukraine. My recollection is that Ambassador Sondland stated, ‘Dammit Rudy. Every time Rudy gets involved he goes and f—s everything up.’”
@kaitlancollins
democratic debates
democratic debates
5 Winners From the Fifth Democratic Primary Debate
It was a great night for Booker, Buttigieg, and people who are not professionally obligated to watch Democratic primary debates.

If Donald Trump can’t overhear phone calls, no one can

I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!
@realDonaldTrump
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trump impeachment
Read Fiona Hill’s Opening Statement in Thursday’s Impeachment Hearing
The former NSC official will testify that the theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 U.S. election is a “fictional narrative.”
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trump impeachment
The Complete Guide to President Trump’s Potential Impeachment
Everything you need to keep up with the Ukraine scandal and the Trump impeachment inquiry, from analysis of key issues to daily hearing recaps.
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vision 2020
Pete Buttigieg Is Worried That Free Public College Would Benefit Billionaires
Tuition-free college won’t attract the children of billionaires to America’s public universities. But it would be an even better program if it did.

A preview of Fiona Hill’s testimony

A former top White House official will offer on Thursday a full-throated rebuttal to the “fictional narrative” pushed by President Donald Trump and his GOP allies about Ukraine’s role meddling in American politics, according to a source familiar with her testimony.


Fiona Hill, who served as Trump’s top Russia adviser until she left the administration this summer, will also warn the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry that the Kremlin is prepared to strike again in 2020 and remains a serious threat to American democracy that the United States must seek to combat, the source said.


In her brief opening statement, Hill will offer a strong pushback to the claims peddled by Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and some congressional Republicans that Ukraine may have interfered in the 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton.

The dangers of getting all your news from Fox

The Republican Party, and me, had a GREAT day yesterday with respect to the phony Impeachment Hoax, & yet, when I got home to the White House & checked out the news coverage on much of television, you would have no idea they were reporting on the same event. FAKE & CORRUPT NEWS!
@realDonaldTrump
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trump impeachment
Trump Impeachment Hearing Who’s Who: David Holmes
The Ukraine embassy staffer’s testimony may further implicate both President Trump and U.N. Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the quid pro quo.
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trump impeachment
Trump Impeachment Hearing Who’s Who: Fiona Hill
Like Gordon Sondland, Hill may implicate Trump’s staff in the quid pro quo. But Hill will also testify as to Sondland’s complicity and incompetence.
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trump impeachment
Impeachment Hearing Schedule: How to Watch House Testimony
The House Intelligence Committee has a packed schedule this week, with three days of Trump impeachment hearings. Here’s how to tune in.

No prison time for Border Patrol agent who hit migrant with his truck

A former Border Patrol agent who hit a fleeing Guatemalan migrant with his truck in 2017 — and who, more than two weeks before the encounter, referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman” and “mindless murdering savages” — was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.


The agent, Matthew Bowen, 39, pleaded guilty in August to deprivation of rights under color of law, a misdemeanor. His case had intensified national scrutiny of the treatment of migrants during the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Mr. Bowen had faced up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.


But Judge Thomas Ferraro of United States District Court in Tucson imposed a sentence of 36 months of probation and 150 hours of community service and directed Mr. Bowen to repay the migrant’s medical costs, which have yet to be determined.

democratic debates
democratic debates
Did Anyone Lose the Democratic Debate?
Intelligencer’s Gabriel Debenedetti, who attended the showdown in Atlanta, chats about an evening that didn’t go the way many expected it to.
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vision 2020
The Expected Pete Buttigieg Pile-On Never Happened in the Atlanta Debate
Mayor Pete has been surging in Iowa and New Hampshire polls — but his rivals pretty much left him alone.
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democratic debates
Biden Says We Need to ‘Keep Punching’ at the Problem of Domestic Violence
The Democratic front-runner probably didn’t need to illustrate the problem with his fists.

Booker pled for support to make the stage in December during his closing remarks

So once again we will all talk about how inspiring and effective @CoryBooker can be and wonder why he is still a 1 percenter.#DemDebate
@RalstonReports

Booker with the line of the night

Booker: “This week, I literally hear [Biden] say, ‘I don’t think we should legalize marijuana.’ I thought you might’ve been high when you said it.”
@Herring_NBA

The word is “oof”

Biden says that to fight violence on women we need to “keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it.”
@peterbakernyt

Hence the rather subdued tone

There seems to be some kind of game theory going on where the frontrunners don’t think attacking each other is worth the risk given how tightly they’re clustered in the early state polls
@BenjySarlin

This got a laugh

Andrew Yang, on what he’d say on his first call to Putin as president: “First, I’d say I’m sorry I beat your guy … The days of meddling in American elections are over.” @MSNBC
@kylegriffin1

Harris is having her best debate in a while

“Donald Trump got punked” - Kamala one-liner on Trump & Kim Jong Un
@StevenTDennis

A somewhat feisty exchange between these two on climate

Biden going after Tom Steyer is not something anyone predicted.
@amyewalter

A welcome development

This #DemDebate is the first time paid family leave and childcare have come up in all of the primary debates so far.
@eyokley

Amen

This debate feels like so many of us post 2 long days of impeachment testimony. Everyone seems a little tired and no one has been able to find a real groove.
@amyewalter

Harris goes after Gabbard

Harris takes her shot at Tulsi—three debates after Tulsi’s shot:

“Buddied up to Steve Bannon to get a meeting with Donald Trump.”
@ccadelago

Tulsi Gabbard continues to be a strange presence in the race

Tulsi Gabbard goes after Hillary Clinton:

“Our Democratic Party unfortunately is not the party that is of, by and for the people. It is a party that has been [and] continues to be influenced by the foreign policy establishment represented by Hillary Clinton.” #DemDebate
@hayleymiller01

Neither Andrew Yang nor Tom Steyer have spoken 25 minutes in

If you’re going to invite 10 candidates on stage, then you ought to try to give a decent amount of time to all of them–especially in the first half-hour, the most watched segment of a long debate. This simply isn’t happening. #DemDebate
@LarrySabato
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vision 2020
Elizabeth Warren’s One-Two Punch for Conquering Washington
The policy-oriented senator has at least a good start on a plan for enacting her plans.

He did not, um, look younger than this during his first answer

Today is Joe Biden’s birthday. He’s 77.
@aseitzwald

Warren seamlessly segues into a core campaign theme

Warren smartly uses the Sondland testimony to make a larger argument about government corruption, and selling off ambassadorships. I suspect that Warren’s core general election message would be about corruption, and she’s good at making that case.
@ezraklein

Good luck getting Americans to read

Starting off #DemDebate with impeachment question. Maddow asks Warren how she will try to convince Senate Republicans to vote to convict Trump.

“The obvious answer is to say first, read the Mueller report,” she says.
@hayleymiller01

An essential Twitter feed for tonight’s coverage

Alright, @gdebenedetti signing on here from Democrats’$2 130,502nd* debate, in Atlanta. Ready?

*5th
@intelligencer
trump impeachment
trump impeachment
Trump Impeachment Witness Laura Cooper Blows Up GOP Defense on Quid Pro Quo
Cooper undercut a major GOP talking point: That Trump’s investigation demand couldn’t have been a quid quo pro if Kiev didn’t know aid was frozen.