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Trump’s trial, day one: A master class from House Democrats, and empty seats from...

On the first full day of the presentation to the Senate in the impeachment trial against Donald Trump, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the House management team delivered the evidence against Trump in...
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Prince Charles gave Mike Pence a royally epic snub in Jerusalem

Mike Pence is in Jerusalem attending the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, where attendees are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As Charles, the Prince of Wales, entered the venue,...
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What to expect as impeachment trial resumes Thursday

Thursday is the second day of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, with House managers taking up where they left off Wednesday night: methodically making the case against Trump as Republican...
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After GOP Rejects Measures to Subpoena Witnesses and Evidence, Democrats Decry Impeachment Trial ‘Designed...

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday reiterated their belief that the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is a "rigged" process after Republicans unanimously rejected calls for more evidence and witnesses on the president's alleged attempt to bribe...
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Chuck Schumer and House impeachment managers destroy Team Trump on first night of Senate...

All through Tuesday afternoon, and evening, and night, and the early hours of Wednesday, the Democratic team of House managers fought the good fight, seeking subpoenas of documents and witnesses as well as procedural...
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Off To A Flying Start!

Just an FYI, I’ve some errands to run today, so my articles will probably be a bit more of quick hits than deep dives, but considering the agenda for today, that may not be the worst thing in the world. I just caught Adam Schiff, Jay Suckulow, and Pat Cipollone quibbling about some rule for the upcoming trial, and couldn’t help noticing the contrast. If this is a prequel to the trial, then Emperor Numbus Nuttus may as well start taking those violin lessons right now. First of all, McConnell’s gratuitous rules changes, which took place before I got up. Last night I wrote that McConnell had forced himself into a position that put him in direct conflict with his caucus. I think we just saw the first result of that. McConnell could give a shit less about Democratic bitching, and he could give a shit less about optics. If he thought that he could ram those draconian rules through, he would have done so. The fact that he changed them says to me that they would have been voted down with GOP opposition. Now on to the main event. I caught about 35-40 minutes of Schiff making his argument, and it was impressive. Every sentence had a point, and every point was valid. Schiff was at his best when he publicly humiliated Ditch McConnell, quoting McConnell at length about how he planned to run this trial as a mirror image of the Clinton impeachment trial, and then rattling off the very specific laundry list of all of the ways that McConnell was deviating from the ‘Clinton impeachment. If this is the pre-game warm ups, then Adam Schiff just might pitch a no hitter in the game. Them it was Jay Sekulow’s turn. Sekulow, who looks like the guy that tough guys used to give a ride to the beach to, just so they could kick sand in his face, underwhelmed greatly. Sekulow set the bar low, and he did it early. Among the first words out of his sewer hole were witch hunt! Geez, that sounds familiar, where have I heard that before? Then Sekulow piled on the bullshit, and he piled it on thick. First he slammed the Democrats for rushing to impeach without getting court rulings on executive privilege on witnesses and documents. This is utter bullshit! President Trump has never officially claimed executive privilege on a single witness or scrap of paper, because he knows there’s an exception in there for alleged criminal behavior, and he’d be shot down immediately. Trump keeps claiming Uber privilege, or Leviathan privilege, or El Supremo privilege, or some such shit, which has been laughed out of every court it was ever tried in. Then Sejulow cherry picked a quiote from the Democrats in the past, claiming the rush to impeach on national security grounds, and not having time to avail itself of the courts. Sekulow slammed them for bypassing the judicial process, which may sound good, until you realize that impeachment is not a legal procedure, but a constitutional one. And right in the constitution it says that there is no judicial review if impeachment trials. Then Sekulow turned over the mic to Pat Cipollone, who mostly looks like the guy who wants to sell you the most expensive casket in the showroom for your dead pet parakeet. Cipollone had a new and […]
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Justice Department, again acting as Trump’s personal lawyers, blessed impeachment obstruction

The Justice Department is once again acting as Donald Trump’s personal law firm rather than doing what the Justice Department is supposed to do. The department’s mission statement is “To enforce the law and defend the interests...
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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment trial cover-up is starting. How will it play out?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has developed an elaborate procedural plan for an impeachment trial cover-up. Assuming that McConnell has his 53 Republicans in line to vote for the broad strokes of the cover-up...
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McConnell‘s rules for the impeachment trial are a cover-up wrapped in obstruction

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delivered his resolution proposing the rules by which Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will be conducted. And it’s not as bad as many expected—it’s far worse. McConnell has not...
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On Trade With China, Donald Trump Folds Like A Cheap Suit.

As many of us have long suspected, the new Phase 1 trade deal with China indicates a complete and total failure on the part of the Trump Administration. The current Administration ended up obtaining...

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