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  # 2375263 14-Dec-2019 12:45
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The Washington Post - Supreme Court will take up Trump’s broad claims of protection from investigation

 

Dec. 14, 2019 

 


The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether President Trump may shield disclosure of his financial information from congressional committees and a New York prosecutor, raising the prospect of a landmark election-year ruling on a president’s immunity from investigation while he is in office.

 

Trump asked the court to accept the cases, and they will be heard in March, with a ruling before the court’s session ends in late June. 

 

It means that whatever the outcome of Trump’s separate impeachment proceedings, the controversies over investigations into Trump’s conduct will continue into the heart of the presidential election campaign.

 

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and three Democratic-led congressional committees have won lower-court decisions granting them access to a broad range of Trump’s financial records relating to him personally, his family and his businesses.

 

The court on Friday said it would consider all three cases. ...

 





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  # 2375286 14-Dec-2019 14:04
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What could go wrong?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2375453 14-Dec-2019 19:19
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Weighs In On Trump's Impeachment

The Young Turks

Mitch McConnell doesn’t think any GOP member will vote to impeach Trump. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Hasan Piker, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) said on Thursday that he doubts any Republican senators will vote to convict President Trump and remove him from office, and predicted some Democrats could also vote to acquit him.

Asked during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity if there he would be any GOP defections in the Senate, McConnell replied: "I doubt it."

"I doubt it. There's zero chance the president ... would be removed from office, and I'm hoping we'll have no defections at all," McConnell said."


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Trump Pays $2 Million To Charity (By Court Order)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Eight organizations, including the United Negro College Fund, have received funds from the President after he was legally compelled to donate $2,000,000 because of blatant financial misconduct at the Trump Foundation.


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  # 2375707 15-Dec-2019 12:06
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Lie Witness News – 2019 Year End Edition

Jimmy Kimmel Live

We are three weeks away from the end of the decade, and we can all agree that this is a stupid time to be alive. So we decided to have some fun with that by going out on the street and we asking people about a bunch of current events we made up. These are news items, that did not occur in 2019 or ever, but did that stop people from weighing on them?


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  # 2376253 16-Dec-2019 13:16
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In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.

California is spending $187 million to try to ensure an accurate count of its population. The Texas Legislature decided not to devote any money to the job. Why? The key seems to be which party controls state government.

New York Times, By Michael Wines and Jose A. Del Real

Next month, California will uncork a $187 million campaign to prod its nearly 40 million residents to participate in the 2020 census. Neighborhoods across the state have been computer-ranked by how likely residents are to fill out census forms. Custom marketing campaigns are being focus-grouped. Nonprofit organizations have been showered with grants to boost response in hard-to-count areas.

Texas has a campaign, too — a shoestring campaign. Although the state’s 29 million residents make it second in population only to California, the Texas Legislature has declined to spend any money to see that they are counted.A volunteer corps of civic groups, philanthropies, local governments and others are trying to fill the breach.

...24 states like Texas that are not spending a penny. The political divide is stark: Seventeen of those 24 are led by Republican governors and legislatures, including population heavyweights like Texas, Florida and Ohio. But of the 26 states that are spending money, only four are Republican-controlled.

...Few doubt that a prime factor is politics: An accurate census would include more people from harder-to-count groups like Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians and the poor who tend to vote Democratic.

If they do not participate, the population count would skew Republican — and so would political maps, based on census results, that legislatures will draw in 2021.

Next year’s head count already faces daunting challenges. A wave of immigration not seen since the early 1900s has brought into the country people who are either unaware of the importance of the American census or are suspicious of those that were conducted in their native countries. The 2020 count already has been tarred by a ferocious battle over Republican efforts to enumerate noncitizens nationwide, a fight that is likely to depress census response next year among minorities who are mistrustful of the government. The Census Bureau works to encourage participation, but this time around, its resources are spread especially thin.

Local leaders regard the tally as a once-in-a-decade chance to top up federal subsidies for crucial services like education and health care that are based on population. “We have this one shot,” said Erika Reyna-Velazquez, the assistant chief of staff to the Hidalgo County judge in Edinburg, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley near the border with Mexico. “And if we miss it, we’re going to be undercounted again for the next 10 years.”
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  # 2376613 16-Dec-2019 20:13
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When did America become such a political hellscape? The bad news never seems to end.

At least the impeachment articles are already written by the House, and this won't directly affect the Senate trial.

Is Trump Svengali?

Politico by John Bresnahan And Sarah Ferris

Staff exodus in Van Drew office after party switch

The aides in the New Jersey congressman’s Washington office wrote Van Drew’s decision to become a Republican “does not align with the values we brought to this job.”

Five senior aides to former Democrat Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey resigned on Sunday as the lawmaker formally prepared to switch parties. The aides stated they were “deeply saddened and disappointed by his decision.”

The aides in Van Drew’s Washington office wrote in a joint letter to his chief of staff that Van Drew’s decision to become a Republican after winning his seat last year as a Democrat “does not align with the values we brought to this job.”

...Van Drew, who was the Democrats party’s most vocal opponent of impeaching Trump, made the decision to leave the Democrats after a personal meeting with Trump on Friday. The congressman had begun informing some of his staff later that day, but didn’t want it to be public until the following week....

 
 
 
 


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  # 2376868 17-Dec-2019 11:36
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Trump's made tap water less safe, and of course food. Don't eat American pork or bacon.

USDA Rules On Pork Inspection To Change For First Time In 50 Years

n an NBC News exclusive, two federal inspectors are speaking on camera for the first time to discuss the biggest change to food inspection in nearly 50 years, rolled out quietly by the Trump administration.


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  # 2376917 17-Dec-2019 12:06
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Fox News hosts “stunned” after network's own poll shows support for impeaching President Trump rise

Vox Salon by Igor Derysh

"The president's approval rating did tick up in the same poll, so it's almost like a split personality"

Fox News hosts were “stunned” after the network’s latest poll showed support for President Donald Trump rise to 50 percent.

The poll showed found that 50 percent of registered voters support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office, while 4 percent believe he should be impeached but not removed. Less than half of respondents, or 41 percent, said the president should not be impeached.

At the same time, Trump's approval rating ticked up slightly to 45 percent. The same poll found support for Trump’s removal at 49 percent in late October.

The news shocked “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade, given that Fox News has covered the impeachment push against Trump very differently than any other mainstream media outlet....

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  # 2377609 18-Dec-2019 11:53
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kingdragonfly: Is Trump Svengali?

 

No, worse. He's the A.C. of D.C.





TREXIT - Vote him out. Drag him out. Take him out. Either way, Trump's gotta go.




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  # 2377803 18-Dec-2019 14:39
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It'd be nice if this thread hits 1000 pages by the time the impeachment vote is held on Friday (American time).


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  # 2377805 18-Dec-2019 14:46
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My predictions:

 

  • The House will vote along party lines to impeach
  • The Senate will acquit with a vote along party lines, with the exception of no more than 2 Republican Senators (both retiring) who vote in favour of conviction
  • Trump will win a landslide re-election

 

 

Bonus:

 

  • Boris will take an untenable deal to Brussels in late January, the EU will reject it, and the UK will crash out no deal the following week




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These comments are my own and do not represent the opinions of 2degrees.


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  # 2377806 18-Dec-2019 15:07
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DarthKermit:

 

It'd be nice if this thread hits 1000 pages by the time the impeachment vote is held on Friday (American time).

 

 

I think there's a pretty good chance of that happening.


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  # 2377811 18-Dec-2019 15:13
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You can't hate a President out of office.  The American voters decide on their President, not a bunch of neoliberal Elites telling voters what they should think, especially when history shows their policies are fail.

 

 

 

The impeachment process guarantees Democrats will spend at least another 4 years out of office.  The Dems do not have the 2/3 numbers in the Senate.  End of story.

 

 

 

Dems should focus on Trumps failures, the promises that were not kept.  Instead all we hear is this esoteric debate about military aid to Ukraine, a country most Americans could not even identify on a map, fixated on his values - hes a racist, hes a sexist etc.  Fixation on his values has the problem, of they tried that in 2016 and it failed miserably, and it also makes his voters want to vote for him even more, because you're questioning their beliefs and attacking them by labeling them with crazy labels like either being racist or turning a blind eye to racism by simply voting for them.

 

 

 

Thats the exact opposite of what Dems should be doing when you're trying to win voters back.

 

 

 

The latest poll shows Trump winning over every single Dem candidate.


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