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Nancy Pelosi sends articles of impeachment to Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sent impeachment articles to the Senate, weeks after the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

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What to watch for as impeachment heads to Senate

There’s pomp, history and a bit of presidential politics at play as the House sends two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial.

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Democratic debate winners and losers, according to Chris Cillizza – CNNPolitics

The top six candidates debated Tuesday night in Iowa, the last chance for them to stand beside their rivals before Iowa voters kick off the nomination fight in 20 days’ time.

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Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump blasts ‘Fake News Media’ and ‘Democrat Partners’ | Fox News

Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump blasts media and their ‘Democrat partners’
Attorney General William Barr on Monday said President Trump had consulted the Department of Justice before ordering an airstrike that killed Iran’s top military general earlier this month.

Source: Barr says DOJ was consulted before Soleimani strike as Trump blasts ‘Fake News Media’ and ‘Democrat Partners’ | Fox News

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Cory Booker ends presidential bid | TheHill

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced on Monday that he would suspend his presidential campaign, acknowledging that he no longer saw a path to the Democratic nomination.

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Thousands of Iranian protesters hit streets condemning leaders over downed plane – CNN

(CNN)Apologies from Iranian leaders over the downing of an airliner last week have done little to quell mass anti-government protests spreading across the country.

Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets this weekend condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board.
The airliner disaster came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops. That was retaliation for a drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.
Amid rising tensions in the region, eight Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, on Sunday, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, the Iraqi military said in a statement. No American or coalition forces were at the base when the rockets struck, a US military official told CNN.
In Iran, demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted.

Source: Thousands of Iranian protesters hit streets condemning leaders over downed plane – CNN

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Secure Act Aims To Help Americans Without Retirement Plans. Will It Work? : NPR

The Secure Act is intended to make it easier for small employers to offer retirement benefits. But some analysts say it doesn’t go far enough because it’s optional and doesn’t apply to gig workers.

Small employers are the biggest segment lacking coverage, he says. That’s because many small businesses lack time and money to set such programs up, he says.

The new law, called the Secure Act, aims to help with that in part by allowing smaller employers to band together to share the administrative burden — making it cheaper and easier to offer retirement benefits. How many will do so and expand their retirement benefits is far from clear, because the program is optional.

And, Certner says, the law won’t apply to many other workers who aren’t classified as employees. That’s because they’re contractors or gig workers who aren’t eligible for those benefits.

Source: Secure Act Aims To Help Americans Without Retirement Plans. Will It Work? : NPR

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Georgia voting rights group wants state to change election law on inactive voters – CNNPolitics

Washington, DC (CNN)A voting rights group wants Georgia legislators to change the law that allows the state to remove voters it deems are “inactive.”

Fair Fight Action, founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, has called on the state’s Republican-led General Assembly to “fix” and “clarify” the state election law that determines the time frame in which voters have before being considered “inactive” and later removed from election rolls. The move, first reported by the Atlanta Constitution Journal, comes after a federal judged denied last month a motion from the group to restore 98,000 voters to the rolls after they were removed under the 2019 law.

Source: Georgia voting rights group wants state to change election law on inactive voters – CNNPolitics

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Sec. Mike Pompeo speaks as US braces for more conflict with Iran – 1/7/2020 – YouTube

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks in a press conference, a day after the Pentagon said that a U.S. general’s letter informing Iraq’s Defense Ministry that U.S.-led coalition troops would leave Iraq “was a mistake,” and American Defense officials insisted that the troops would remain there. Last week on President Trump’s order, U.S. forces launched an airstrike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.

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New Westmoreland County commissioners say they’ll reopen the county’s budget | TribLIVE.com

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Westmoreland County commissioners Monday afternoon elected Republican Sean Kertes to serve as the new board chairman.

Kertes, 33, of Greensburg, and Commissioner Doug Chew formed a new Republican majority on the board, which for the previous four years had been controlled by Democrats.

The board’s lone returning member, Commissioner Gina Cerilli, a Democrat who had served as chairwoman since 2016, formally moved to have Kertes named as her replacement during a brief reorganization meeting. Chew was elected to serve as the board’s vice chairman, and Cerilli will be its secretary.

Source: New Westmoreland County commissioners say they’ll reopen the county’s budget | TribLIVE.com

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Iran vows revenge after U.S. airstrike kills top Iranian General in Iraq – YouTube

 

The U.S. is sending thousands of additional troops to the Middle East after Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for the death of a top Iranian general. Qassem Soleimani’s convoy was hit early Fridany morning in a drone strike ordered by President Trump. U.S. officials had been tracking Soleimani as he traveled in the region. CBS News’ national security correspondent David Martin reports from the Pentagon.

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Can Amy Klobuchar pull off a February surprise?

The Minnesota Democrat is on many voters’ shortlist but not at the top. She says she’s the one who can beat Trump.

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North Korea threatens to resume nuclear and ICBM testing – BBC News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is ending the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests put in place during talks with the US.

Mr Kim also said his country would soon introduce “a new strategic weapon”.

But he left a door open for dialogue, and said the scope of any testing would depend on the US’s “attitude”.

The momentum of the past few years has stalled, as Washington refuses to lift sanctions until Pyongyang fully abandons its nuclear programme.

The North conducted several smaller weapons tests late in 2019, in what was seen as an attempt to pressure the US into making concessions.

But the self-declared moratorium on nuclear tests and tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could reach the US mainland had been one of the foundations of the negotiations with Washington.

Pyongyang has not carried out such tests since 2017.

Source: North Korea threatens to resume nuclear and ICBM testing – BBC News

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Westmoreland County election winners sworn into office | TribLIVE.com

Months of campaigning and election-night nerves were a thing of past on Thursday as Westmoreland County’s new slate of government officials were sworn into office.

The former candidates and now newly elected officials, with family members and supporters by their sides, one-by-one came before the county’s Common Pleas Court judges to take their oaths of office.

The event, conducted in the county’s ceremonial courtroom at the courthouse in Greensburg, marked a turning of the page for county government with six new officials taking control of various offices. Their new terms officially begin on Jan. 6.

Source: Westmoreland County election winners sworn into office | TribLIVE.com

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Bernie and AOC Rally in Venice – YouTube

 

BERNIE AND AOC IN LA: We’re not just trying to win an election. We’re building a multiracial, intergenerational, working class movement that’s will transform the country. Join me, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Young the Giant, Local Natives, Jesse & Joy and more live in L.A.!

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‘The Five’ reacts to Pelosi threatening to delay impeachment trial

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President Trump signs spending bills, avoiding another holiday shutdown – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump signed sweeping spending bills after he let Washington on Friday that allow the government to operate even as they do little to address the national debt, avoiding the dramatics of a shutdown crisis,

Trump signed the two bills as he jetted to Florida for two weeks at his Palm Beach resort. The legislation was broken into two bills after Trump said he’d never sign a sweeping government spending measure again.
Trump had earlier signed an enormous defense authorization act at a ceremony before he flew south. The $738 billion bill grants federal employees paid parental leave and authorizes Trump’s much-touted Space Force branch of the military.
Lawmakers hammered out the packages despite partisan rancor caused by the impeachment proceedings.

Source: President Trump signs spending bills, avoiding another holiday shutdown – CNNPolitics

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Westmoreland County’s 2020 budget brings 1st tax increase in 15 years | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County officials said a 2.4% property tax increase approved Thursday is needed to balance the 2020 budget, a spending plan that will nearly drain a surplus fund and relies on a $10 million loan to pay the bills at the start of next year.

Commissioners Gina Cerilli and Charles Anderson approved the $341 million budget, which they said retains the current level of county services but carries virtually no safety net for unexpected expenses and relies on about $1.9 million in new revenue generated by a half-mill increase in property taxes.

Source: Westmoreland County’s 2020 budget brings 1st tax increase in 15 years | TribLIVE.com

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Impasse over Trump impeachment trial, as Dems depart from precedent

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., incredulously declared on the Senate floor late Thursday that the Senate and House Democrats were at an “impasse” over whether the House would transmit its articles of impeachment against President Trump to the GOP-controlled Senate for a constitutionally mandated trial.

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Pelosi says House may withhold impeachment articles, delaying Senate trial – The Washington Post

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said as many as three dozen lawmakers have expressed interest in delaying a Senate trial until Republicans there agree to call additional witnesses.

Source: Pelosi says House may withhold impeachment articles, delaying Senate trial – The Washington Post

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Rep. Mark Meadows announces he will not seek reelection

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Trump Rally In Michigan

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Can America Handle the Truth? – Bill’s Weekly Column – Bill O’Reilly

“Income Inequality” is the new attack slogan of the far left. It is being used to disparage capitalism, and portray the United States as a selfish, insensitive place.

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Sanders rides the bus Downtown with UPMC worker to talk about health care | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Sanders stopped by Cafe Fifth in Uptown to chat with a roundtable of health care workers, some of whom are trying to unionize at UPMC.

Just hours before he’d field questions from MSNBC hosts in front of a thousand educators and public school advocates at the nearby convention center, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders posed one of his own Saturday to a Pittsburgh health care worker seated across from him at Cafe Fifth in Uptown.

“If we had Medicare for All, do you know how much your bill from the hospital would be?” the Democratic presidential contender asked Leslie Poston, a UPMC secretary who had just told him about her struggle to pay medical bills for breast cancer treatment.

“It would be zero,” Mr. Sanders answered rhetorically, “because you are entitled to health care as an American.”

Source: Sanders rides the bus Downtown with UPMC worker to talk about health care | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Anti-impeachment Democrat Jeff Van Drew meets with Trump to discuss party switch | Fox News

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-NJ, met with President Trump on Friday to discuss going across party lines and joining the Republican Party — after he has spent months criticizing fellow Democrats for their push to impeach Trump.

Source: Anti-impeachment Democrat Jeff Van Drew meets with Trump to discuss party switch | Fox News

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Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight – POLITICO

All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University next week threatened on Friday to skip the event, asserting they would not cross the picket line of campus workers locked in a labor dispute.

UNITE HERE Local 11, a union representing 150 cashiers, cooks, dishwashers and servers at the university, said in a statement that it had not yet reached a resolution in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with Sodexo — a global services company that employs the workers and is subcontracted by the university to handle food service operations.

“We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week,” Susan Minato, co-President of Local 11, said in the statement. “Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus.”

The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that it was working with all parties involved to find “an acceptable resolution” that will allow the debate to go forward.

Source: Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight – POLITICO

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The Judiciary Committee votes to impeach Trump – The Washington Post

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday. (Pool/Reuters)

 

 

 

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Dec. 13, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. EST

Placing President Trump in the company of only presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach the 45th president on abuse of power and obstruction articles. Trump can hate-tweet, and House Republicans can rant and lie all they want, but Trump, after what is expected to be a near straight party-line vote in the full House next week, will have gotten his one line in history: “Trump was impeached for abusing his office to pressure a foreign nation to influence a presidential election in his favor and for obstructing Congress’s investigation of the same.”

Politicians’ and civil servants’ entire careers will be defined by this episode. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) skillfully led the investigation into abuse of Trump’s office, presenting an airtight case to the House. Likewise: Fiona Hill, Marie Yovanovitch, William B. Taylor Jr., David Holmes and other dedicated and fearless foreign policy officials risked personal abuse and career suicide to expose a lawless and corrupt president.

Conversely, former national security adviser John Bolton will be remembered not for his inconsequential tenure as national security adviser but for personal cowardice in refusing to come forward to testify. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and his crew of clownish colleagues will be remembered, if at all, for making a mockery of constitutional government, lying shamelessly and enabling Russian-backed conspiracy theories.

Impeachment is not, as some commentators have suggested, designed to “resolve” the matter or provide national catharsis. It is meant to establish, if only for history, that there is a line no president shall cross. It is a flashing red light to future presidents: Do not go there.

It is fitting I suppose that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is already colluding with the White House to conduct a sham Senate trial in which witnesses will be prevented from testifying. McConnell hammers the last nail in the coffin of the Senate’s reputation when, without hesitation nor any concern for the institution and in the role of the trial juror’s foreman, he plots with the defendant to promulgate rules that ensure the least amount of fuss in the march to their predetermined outcome. One could argue that this is no trial at all and that a subsequent Senate, if Trump is — God forbid — reelected, would be entitled to declare a mistrial and proceed with a full, fair and complete trial on the merits.

Anyone not intoxicated by the brew of Fox News-Breitbart-Federalist-Sinclair-talk radio conspiracy theories, out-and-out lies and hysteria would, after only a few minutes of viewing the past two days of House Judiciary Committee proceedings, conclude that one party is utterly unfit to hold office and is collectively off its rocker. The other, however imperfectly, is attempting to lay down a marker, to conduct constitutional hygiene and to leave bread crumbs for history that lead to the conclusion: This was the most corrupt president in history who violated his oath and betrayed his country.

Trump and the GOP’s fate will be decided at the ballot box less than 11 months from now. If after all this the electorate is so reckless as to reelect Trump, then the experiment in constitutional democracy may come to be declared a failure. Trump’s statement of imperial power — “Article II allows me to do whatever I want” — could be the guiding principle of a new autocracy.

I remain still optimistic that a sane, sober, decent and minimally informed majority will send Trump and the GOP packing. The 2018 midterm results give me hope that Trump has awakened a slumbering citizenry that still knows right from wrong and facts from lies. Those who still love democracy, constitutional government, the rule of law and the promise of a multiracial and multiethnic democracy had better choose a Democratic nominee wisely and then work like hell to elect him or her. The alternative is unimaginable.

 

The vote Friday by the desperate Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee to adopt two articles of impeachment against President Trump – falsely accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – is itself a disgraceful abuse of power.

Democrats have adulterated the impeachment process. They don’t have the facts. They don’t have the law. So they have manipulated the process in an obscene way to advance their obsession to impeach President Trump based solely on their opposition to him and his policies – not because he has done anything wrong.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP, AS GOP SLAMS ‘KANGAROO COURT’

The Democrats’ case is so thin – based only on rumors gossip, and innuendo – that they are already planning a second impeachment of President Trump after his highly likely reelection. Blind political rage drives them to ignore the facts and press onward with their fanatical impeachment crusade.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-impeachment-vote-house-democrats-andy-biggs

 

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Election results 2019: Boris Johnson hails ‘new dawn’ after historic victory

The PM meets the Queen to ask to form a new government, following the Conservatives’ election victory.

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Trump Impeachment & Public Opinion — The House Impeachment Hearings Failed to Move Public Opinion | National Review

While the numbers aren’t good for the White House, the split won’t generate any pressure on Republicans in the House or Senate.

The House Intelligence Committee held their first hearings on the Ukraine matter in November, and the House Judiciary Committee started hearings early this month. By the measuring stick of expanding the public support for removal, those hearings must be declared a failure.

Source: Trump Impeachment & Public Opinion — The House Impeachment Hearings Failed to Move Public Opinion | National Review

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