WANTAGH, NY - DECEMBER 08: A Long Island police officer sits at the entrance to a road where a search is continuing for human remains along a stretch of road that has already led to the discovery of 10 bodies on December 8, 2011 in Wantagh, New York. Working from the theory of a single serial killer, police now believe they are closing in on the remains of a missing New Jersey prostitute whose disappearance led to the start of the search. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images
Vincent Grande of Massapequa, New York, is outraged that police are refusing to arrest or even charge Robert Carracher, his 15-year-old neighbor, after he stole his dad’s car and crashed it into Grande’s home. Authorities say it was an accident, plus Carracher only hit a fence and an air conditioner, but Grande has his reasons for being hard on the lad. “When I used my phone to take pictures, the kid turned away and his dad gave me the finger,” heexplains.
Lindsey Graham made an unwanted cameo as Democrats laid out their case for impeachment this afternoon
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., challenged the argument from Trump’s defenders that impeachment must allege a violation of statutory law.
To make his point, Nadler played a 1999 video of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was a manager 20 years ago in the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton. The Constitution allows impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term that has been debated during the Trump investigation.
“What’s a high crime?” Graham asked in the well of the Senate in 1999. “How about an important person hurting somebody of low means? It’s not very scholarly, but I think it’s the truth. I think that’s what they meant by high crimes. Doesn’t even have to be a crime. It’s just when you start using your office and you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime.”
Republicans have challenged the accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress as vague and not grounded in established law.
Seems like this meeting about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is missing some key players?
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel would travel to the White House next week along with his chief election rival and opposition leader, Benny Gantz, to discuss the administration’s blueprint for peace in the Middle East.
“President Trump asked me to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to the White House next week to discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land,” Pence announced alongside Netanyahu on a trip to Israel to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and attend a global Holocaust forum.
Pence’s announcement of the pending visit, coupled with the significance of both Netanyahu’s and Gantz’s planned attendance, immediately ramped up speculation that the White House would finally roll out its much anticipated plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sad news from Judy Woodruff: Jim Lehrer has passed away
It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, out of their 1973 coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS.
“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”
Andy Byford, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit chief credited with leading the turnaround of the New York City subway system, is resigning again, the MTA has confirmed to POLITICO.
Unlike the last time he resigned, Byford seems unlikely to reconsider.
“Andy Byford will be departing New York City Transit after a successful two years of service and we thank him for his work,” said MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye in a statement. “Andy was instrumental in moving the system forward, enacting the successful Subway Action Plan and securing record capital funding with the Governor and the Legislature, and we wish him well in his next chapter.”
As POLITICO first reported, Byford also submitted his resignation to the MTA in October, citing frustration with gubernatorial meddling.
Biden is officially not interested in taking part in an impeachment witness swap
Joe Biden said definitively on Wednesday that he would not participate in any witness swap as part of the Senate impeachment trial. His remarks came as other top Senate Democrats attempted to tamp down any notion that they would agree to call Biden or his son Hunter in return for appearances by top Trump administration officials.
Biden’s remarks, his most forceful attempt to signal that he wants no part of the impeachment trial in which Republicans are trying to embroil him, came after a voter here asked if he would offer to testify in return for testimony from people such as former national security adviser John Bolton or acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
The former vice president said it was “not an irrational question to ask” but said that he would not engage in such a trade.
“The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue,” Biden said inside a VFW hall at the end of his latest Iowa swing. “We’re not going to turn it into a farce or to some kind of political theater. They’re trying to do that. I want no part of that.”
Mini Mike Bloomberg is playing poker with his foolhardy and unsuspecting Democrat rivals. He says that if he loses (he really means when!) in the primaries, he will spend money helping whoever the Democrat nominee is. By doing this, he figures, they won’t hit him as hard….
….during his hopeless “presidential” campaign. They will remain silent! The fact is, when Mini losses, he will be spending very little of his money on these “clowns” because he will consider himself to be the biggest clown of them all - and he will be right!
Sanders has jumped 14 points in New Hampshire since December
The first part of our new NH Democratic Primary poll for @WBUR is now posted, shows big gains for Sanders since December. -Sanders 29% -Buttigieg 17% -Biden 14% -Warren 13% -Klobuchar 6% -Yang 5% -Gabbard 5% -Steyer 2% All others 1% or less. https://t.co/Qhy0BHsKvr