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GOP Unveils Wild Wishlist of Impeachment Witnesses Including Hunter Biden and the Whistleblower

Republicans on House Intelligence Committee unveiled their wishlist formoved famously combative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the intelligence committee this week in an apparent effort to boost Trumps impeachment defense on the committee. Other witnesses Republicans want to call include former Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, who figures prominently in right-wing conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Chalupa has denied collecting opposition research for the DNC. Republicans also want to interview Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Trumps attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government…

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Devin Nunes Pushes Bogus Ukrainian Collusion Conspiracies During Impeachment Hearing

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) used his questions Wednesday in the first public impeachment hearings to push discredited conspiracy theories claiming that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes raised the claims in an attempt to argue that President Donald Trump was correct to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the 2016 election; and to dispatch Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, to meet with Ukrainian officials. Since the meddling was aimed against his campaign, hed have good reason for sending his personal attorney to make inquiries about it, Nunes…

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The Secret Reason Republicans Wont Impeach Trump

Broadly speaking, there are two Republican defenses of Donald Trump. The first is the hard-shell, the lovely Lisa Page. This defense is what drives these too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP. It is an un-American party. It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power. It doesnt care how it gets it. Twice in the last five elections, its winning presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist?…

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Trump Sides With Indicted Oligarch Over His Own Diplomat

President Donald Trump boosted a tweet Monday promoting a controversial allegation from long-standing beef with Joe Biden. Scott Adams, a Washington, D.C., talk radio host, sent out a tweet Monday night about U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who delivered some of the impeachment inquirys Ukrainian natural gas baron Dmytro Firtash in a cable to State Department headquarters in 2008. At issue was a conversation Taylor had with Firtash in Kyiv that December. Taylor wrote in a diplomatic cable (later published by WikiLeaks) that Firtash told him he had acknowledged…

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Alexander Vindman Decries Callow and Cowardly Attacks on Witnesses in Impeachment Inquiry

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who will testify to the House Intelligence Committee this morning, will say that Trumps efforts to have Kyiv investigate a company linked to Vice President Joe Biden. I privately reported my concerns, in official channels, to the proper authorities in the chain of command, he added. And he praised fellow government officials who have testified before the impeachment inquiry. I want to take a moment to recognize the courage of my colleagues who have appeared and are scheduled to appear before this Committee, he said. I…

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Democrats Big Night Is Bad News for Trump

Donald Trump has deprived us of so much: newscasts the children can watch, Vladimir Putin as our enemy, Angela Merkel as our ally, forgoing Latin phrases like quid pro quo in everyday conversation. And now hes taken away the truism that All politics is local. Trump made the Kentucky governors race all about him, traveling to the state Monday night to throw his full weightfor an hour and 20 minutesEven Mitch McConnell might need an extra lump of sugar. Already at an 18 percent approval rating, and with his likely…

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Key Impeachment Witnesses Finger Mulvaney In the Quid Pro Quo

Two witnesses in the Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, director for Eurasian affairs at the State Department, told House investigators that Mulvaney coordinated with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, former top diplomat for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Ukrainian politicians, including Chairman for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk and a top aid to Zelensky Andre Yermak. Recounting the episode to investigators, Hill says Bolton stiffened and ended the meeting early following a remark by Sondland that called for deliverables i.e. investigationsin Ukraine in exchange for a meeting. Hill…

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John Oliver: Lindsey Grahams Defense of Trump Is Hes a Dumb Baby

Comedian latest defense of President Trump in the impeachment inquiry, which Oliver likened to Graham calling Trump an idiot. Describing the Ukraine scandal at the heart of impeachment as recently insisted that the president was incapable of forming a quid pro quo when it came to dangling military aid in return for Ukraine investigating his political rivals, claiming it was because the Trump policy toward Ukraine was incoherent. So wait, to be clear here, Grahams defense has gone from there was no quid pro quo to Trump is too dumb…

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Kellyanne Conway Spins Matt Bevins Apparent Loss Into Win for Trump

Kellyanne Conway is known for her unmatched ability to spin, but the White House counselors take on Tuesday nights gubernatorial election in Kentucky took her gift to new heights. During a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Conway spent several minutes cherry-picking the handful of wins for Republicans before co-host Brian Kilmeade stopped to remind her that the state of Virginia did not go the presidents way, pointing out that the state legislature there is to the AP, with 100 percent of precincts reported, Beshear leads Bevin by 5,333…

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Why Would Russia, Chinaand IranPlan Joint Naval Exercises?

KARACHI, PakistanThe waters around the Arabian Peninsula have calmed for the moment, but preparations for combat continue, with joint exercises and security conferences showing just how profoundly the regions strategic balances are shifting. As confidence declines in U.S. President Donald J. Trumps ability to navigate the difficult moral and military choices in the region, new players are entering the picture in and around the Persian Gulf. An Israeli delegation attended a U.S.-backed maritime-security conference that began Sunday in Manama with delegations from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a vast international…

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House Democrats Campaign Arm Directly Ties its Moderate Members to Impeachment

A new mailer sent by the Democratic Partys House campaign arm directly ties some of the partys most vulnerable members to the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump, creating the potential for political potholes for those members down the road. The mailer, which was obtained by The Daily Beast, pleads with donors to contribute to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help support so called Frontliner members who hail from key swing districts. House Democrats are courageously standing up for our democracy, our national security, and the Constitution by launching an…

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