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Trump’s National Security Impeachment Defense Is a Red Herring

As the US Senate launches the first impeachment trial of a US president in the 21st century—and only the third in the history of the country—Donald Trump’s defense team has offered new hints about how they plan to block the Democrats’ case that the president abused the power of his office. They plan to argue that “national security” prevents a full airing of the evidence. The telltale phrase appears all over the president’s defense and the government’s response to the impeachment charges. As Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene of Axios…

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Trumps is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland

In contrast with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, no chicanery was needed to ensnare Trump. He brought this on himself, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland The trial of Donald Trump, which opens in earnest on Tuesday, is the sworn an oath to do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws echo the vocabulary of the accused and blithely dismiss the whole business as a hoax or witch-hunt. Theyre wrong because Trumps is the standout case in a category of notoriety that is already vanishingly small. Andrew Johnson was the…

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Top Trump adviser: Republicans have ‘always’ relied on voter suppression

Adviser Justin Clark, who was heard on tape saying Traditionally, its always been Republicans suppressing votes, says remarks were taken out of context One of Wisconsin that the party has traditionally relied on news that a conservative group is forcing 2020 election. And it came as the latest fund-raising totals showed that the Republican National Committee, spurred by aggressive anti-reported. Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trumps re-election campaign, made the remarks about voter suppression on November 21 as part of a wide-ranging discussion about strategies…

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‘Amazing deal’ or ‘capitulation’? Why the US-China trade truce may not last

Donald Trump hailed the agreement, but others think it masks a process of deglobalisation as the two superpowers struggle for hegemony The trade war between the US and China may never be settled, experts fear, even after the two sides agreed on an outline phase one deal. Economists and investors have been poring over agreement would also require China to make structural reforms and other changes to its economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange. In exchange,…

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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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Trump says ‘some people’ want to change the name of Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that some people wanted to change the name of Thanksgiving, telling a crowd of supporters that he wasnt going to let that happen. However, as many people quickly pointed out online, there doesnt seem to be a large groundswell of support to do so. Trump made his remarks during a rally in Florida. As we gather together for Thanksgivingyou know, some people want to change the name for Thanksgiving. They dont want to use the term Thanksgiving, the president said. #TrumpRally Trump on Thanksgiving…

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Queen greets her Nato guests but problems mount for absent son

Such engagements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer As the Queen hosted world leaders to mark 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective spirit, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political discord and protest. Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest list, having quit public life in the wake of Virginia Giuffres allegations. As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55th birthday,…

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Trump won’t lose his job but the impeachment inquiry is still essential | Robert Reich

The process is required by the constitution, seems to be shifting voters opinions, and will render the president unpardonable Not even overwhelming evidence that Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 202o and did so with American taxpayer dollars, while compromising American foreign policy will cause Trump to be removed from office. Thats because theres zero chance that 2o Republican senators the number needed to convict Trump, if every Democratic senator votes to do so have enough integrity to do…

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Thousands in Hong Kong praise Trump with ‘Thanksgiving’ rally as more protests loom

We really appreciate the effort made by Americans, says one protester, as city braces for another weekend of protest Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong, some draped in American flags, have staged a Thanksgiving rally in the heart of the city after the approval by Donald Trump of human rights legislation aimed at protecting them. The rationale for us having this rally is to show our gratitude and thank the US Congress and also president Trump for passing the bill, said 23-year-old Sunny Cheung, a member of the student group…

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Jordan and Israel’s 25-year peace deal under more strain than ever

Unpopular but enduring treaty faces new test in form of Donald Trumps plan for Middle East This month, without a shot being fired, Israel gave up land to an Arab neighbour. The flag of Jordan was raised above Baqoura and al-Ghamr, two tracts along the kingdoms border with Israel, recognised as Jordanian land but leased to the Jewish state as part of a landmark 1994 peace deal between the two countries. The bloodless handover of the territories, as well as Jordans staunch refusal to renew Israeli leases on them, was…

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‘Absolute fearlessness’: women take impeachment spotlight and speak truth as Trump fumes

Over two extraordinary weeks, four women have testified publicly and shown remarkable competence and composure in the face of Trumps smears Hours into the final public hearing of the Houses historic impeachment inquiry on Thursday, the congresswoman Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, needed the witness to verify a story she had heard about her. Fiona Hill,hardscrabble upbringing in County Durham, in the north-east of England. When Hill was 11 a schoolboy set her pigtails on fire during a test was it true that Hill snuffed out the fire with…

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Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s actions toward Ukraine amount to ‘bribery’

House Democrats are refining the language of their impeachment case against the president House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: bribery. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase quid pro quo that Democrats have been using to describe Donald Trumps actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, theyre going for a more colloquial term that may resonate with more Americans. Quid pro quo: bribery, Pelosi said of Trumps 25 July phone call in which…

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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‘Disorder and chaos’: Trump and Republicans mount furious impeachment fight

A hearing room is invaded, the presidents enemies are scum. A bare-knuckle scrap has begun but will it be enough? Donald Trump has shown little taste for military adventure. He avoided the draft in Vietnam. He fell out with his once-beloved generals. He stunned the world by pulling troops out of Syria and sand into the gears of the impeachment process. With the help of Fox News, they are set to intensify attacks on the legitimacy of the inquiry itself, demonising its leaders and sowing doubt wherever possible. The great…

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