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‘Mother Nature Does a Mic Drop’: Venice City Council Chamber Floods Minutes After Members...

It seemed like divine intervention—or at least the hand of Gaia.  Minutes after the Venetian city council voted down a resolution addressing the climate...

The GOP’s Faustian Bargain: Stick With Trump Or Deal With President Pelosi

The Republican response to the Trump impeachment inquiry whimpered off to an underwhelming start this week, with the plan of action being the best defense is to be as offensive as possible, apparently. Trump’s wrecking crew, Nunes, Ratcliffe, Jordan and that poor outclassed GOP lawyer, Steve Castor, all assumed the same pose of arrogance. While witnesses Kent and Taylor made a stunning show, offering truth and facts in a quiet and deliberate manner, Trump’s henchmen didn’t have the luxury of facts; so in lieu of fact, they offered innuendo and ire, and in Jordan’s case, repeated lies. They had no argument — and one can only presume that they knew it. So why oh why, you must be asking yourself, has the GOP not simply cut bait with Trump? It’s not like it’s an original thought that they will send him to the political cornfield the minute his liabilities outweigh his assets. Isn’t that time now? No, and just think about it for a moment. If Trump goes down in flames — which he may — that leaves Pence as standard bearer. But Pence is far from clean, and some of this Ukraine mess is going to stick to him as well, as you will see below. And that’s the crux of the matter, one that probably has McConnell pacing the floors: If Trump goes down in flames and takes Pence down with him, then you’re looking at none other than Nancy Pelosi to take the helm. Salon: Republicans have good reason to fear that if Trump goes down, he’s taking Vice President Mike Pence with him. If that happens, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is third in line under the Constitution, would become president. Republicans may be genuinely worried that they can’t toss Trump to the curb without losing the White House entirely. That might initially sound odd, since Pence’s name has come up only rarely in the discussion of the Ukraine scandal. He was barely mentioned during the many hours of testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent on Wednesday. But even though that mention of Pence was brief, if one reads between the lines a bit, it was also illuminating. In his opening statement, Taylor said that on Sept. 1, Trump suddenly canceled a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, claiming Hurrican Dorian as an excuse. (In reality, Trump played golf.) In his stead, Trump sent Pence. Taylor, who received a readout of the meeting, says that Zelensky asked right away about the military aid that Trump was withholding — aid that Trump was clearly using as leverage to extort Zelensky to back up Trump’s conspiracy theory about his presumed Democratic 2020 opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. Pence “did not respond substantively,” Taylor recounted, but did say that Trump “wanted the Ukrainians to do more to fight corruption.” Yes, indeed, “fight corruption” is the code name of this mission. We all know what’s meant by fight corruption and it’s an absolute that Mike Pence does. Bear in mind that Trump deliberately sent Pence to deal with Zelensky at the meeting in Poland. So one can reasonably infer that Pence was sent to Poland to lock the deal down — or, was Trump looking for a fall guy, since things with […]

The bombshell’s other bombshell: Trump’s call with Sondland was ‘stunning breach of security’

During yesterday’s impeachment hearing, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor dropped a big bombshell, testifying that one of his staffers had overheard an...
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Majority of Americans say elections are vulnerable to foreign meddling. Moscow Mitch doesn’t care

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that a foreign government will try to interfere with the 2020 election—73%, according to new polling from Civiqs. That includes...
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How Fox News covered impeachment testimony: Mocking the witnesses and promoting conspiracies

Fox News is a propaganda outlet. It deliberately misinforms the American public for the benefit of the Republican Party, regardless of issue. It does...
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