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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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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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‘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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‘Don’t be a dick, OK?’ Hillary Clinton tweets parody of Trump Erdoan letter

Former Democratic nominee trolls president by mocking missive sent to Turkish president over Syria invasion Donald Trump is known to many opponents as the pictures and tweeted a mocked-up letter from John F Kennedy to Nikita Khrushchev that was meant squarely to mock a real letter from Trump to Recep Tayyip Erdoan which was wrote, over an image of what purported to be a letter from the US president to the Soviet leader on 16 October 1962, during the told the BBC Erdoan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and…

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Theres One Simple Solution to Republicans Racism Problem

This may surprise you, if you havent been following it, but a pretty interesting dialogue has opened up on the right about whether its possible to build a conservative movement free of racism. I know. It sounds like trying to build a coal industry without pollution. But the conversation has beento a pointencouraging. Im going to walk you through the recent phases of the argument so youre right up to speed. It all began with a well-reported wrote that while liberals too often caricature all conservatives as racist, sometimes these…

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‘Afraid of her party’? Nancy Pelosi ties herself in knots to avoid condemning AOC for ‘concentration camps’ remarks [video]

Man. Nancy Pelosi really doesn’t want to deal with the Democratic Party’s anti-Semitism problem. When asked to comment on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camps” remarks trivializing the Holocaust, here’s how Pelosi handled it: Pelosi would not address Ocasio-Cortez’s holocaust comments this morning. Watch here: https://t.co/Ww6ZpV7Eh5 — Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 19, 2019 From the Daily Caller: “These members of Congress, they come to represent their districts and their point of view and they take responsibility for the statements that they make,” Pelosi 

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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The young Republicans breaking with their party over climate change

Millennial Trump supporters are starting to bring scientific reality to their party, but how far are they willing to go? Donald Trumps indifference, punctuated by bursts of mocking disdain, towards climate change has been indulged and even cheered by his supporters. The president has called climate science bullshit, donned a coalminers helmet at rallies and defenestrated federal rules designed to cut planet-warming emissions. It is becoming harder, however, for Trump to swat away the unfolding crises caused by global warming. American lives are increasingly ravaged by flooding and wildfires and…

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Trump will never say sorry. Thats a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes

The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energy, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day busted for fraud. And yet he will probably outlive us all. One of the most aggravating things about narcissists of course is that they sleep very well. If the president, at 72, still has a baby-like sheen, one can assume it comes in part from his failure to…

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Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trumps supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination. The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the…

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Louisianas Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference

Alec, the organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers to draft laws, holds its annual meeting in New Orleans Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the south, might seem like an awkward fit for the 45th annual meeting of the damage to so called critical infrastructure, which in Louisiana includes oil pipelines. Thats a big deal to environmental activists here who see the bill, which several other states have adopted, as a play to crack down on the kind of sustained demonstration that occurred at…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party

Public reaction to the border policy is disquieting many Republicans facing midterm elections Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon facing an extraordinary backlash from his own party and the American public over his policy of quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of Why are families being separated at the southern US border? video explainer One issue does cross the divide. Four in five voters support allowing undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, so-called Dreamers, to remain and apply for citizenship.…

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Spygate’ is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller

Presidents lawyer gives meandering Sunday show interviews, saying claims of campaign informant are for public opinion Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that his repeated imputations of a supposed scandal at the heart of the Robert Mueller investigation which Donald Trump calls Spygate amounted to a tactic to sway public opinion and limit the risk of the president being impeached. Of course we have to do it to defend the president, Trumps lawyer told CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash, who accused him of…

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Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

Vice-presidential candidate denies he profited from a 2008 meeting with Fed chairman in which officials outlined fears for financial crisis Paul Ryan, Mitt Romneys vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.…

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