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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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‘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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What Elijah Cummings meant to me | Leland Shelton

He fought hard for his hometown and the soul of this nation. He knew it wasnt just about him, but about our collective future I remember the first time I met congressman Elijah Cummings. I was about 13 years old and representing the Baltimore NAACP Youth Council in an MLK Day Parade. This is cool, I thought. After all, who wouldnt want to meet a congressman? I did not know much about him or his work, only that he was important enough to be on the evening news and frequently…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week. While Ocasio-Cortezs candidacy might have been a fit for New Yorks 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the…

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RUH-ROH! Rep. Blackburn vows to blow lid off Congress’ harassment ‘hush fund’ & name names

When reports of accusations against Rep. John Conyers first surfaced it was discovered that Congress was using taxpayer money to settle harassment claims. As Twitchy reported yesterday, some members of Congress in both parties are introducing a bill everybody should get behind that would end that practice, and then some. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, doubled down today on a vow to blow the lid off this particular practice: Using taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment claims against members of Congress is disgusting. We're going to…

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Bernie Sanders unveils universal healthcare bill: ‘We will win this struggle’

Senators Medicare for All bill, which is gaining steam among Democrats, would cover 323 million Americans under single system Battle lines have been drawn as Bernie Sanders launches his latest attempt to establish a healthcare system that covers all 323 million Americans. Standing in opposition to Sanders plan are what he calls the most powerful and greedy forces in American society: the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, Wall Street and the Republican party. The opposition to this will be extraordinary, Sanders said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, prior…

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US senate vote on ‘skinny’ repeal of Obamacare goes down to the wire

Some holdout Republicans had agreed to vote for repeal only on condition that it will trigger a congressional conference committee Senate Republican leaders unveiled their so-called skinny repeal bill denounced by conservatives as a fraud and a disaster in an eleventh-hour push to pass a pared-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act. After three days of debate and seven years of promises to repeal Barack Obamas healthcare law, Republicans introduced a far less ambitious measure that the leadership hoped would muster at least 50 votes. The bill was made public…

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Trump’s border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit

Ral Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years A US congressman and environmental group have filed the executive order calling for homeland security to begin immediate construction of the wall. Homeland Security has since begun a border wall beauty pageant expected to take place in San Diego this summer. American environmental laws are some of the oldest and strongest in the world, and they should apply to the borderlands just as they do everywhere else, Grijalva,…

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