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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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‘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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Ex-Senate aide pleads guilty to posting Republicans’ contact details online

Jackson Cosko published five senators personal information, having previously worked for Senator Maggie Hassan A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaughs supreme court nomination. The Department of Justice said in statement on Friday that 27-year-old Jackson A Cosko could face a prison term of at least 30 months and as much as 57 months. The offenses included making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and…

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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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Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations

Minnesota Democrat becomes highest ranking politician to step down in wake of mounting accusations against men in Hollywood, media and politics Senator Al Franken announced his resignation on Thursday, becoming the highest-ranking US politician yet to step down in the wake of widening allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and politics. Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken, who said he would quit in the coming weeks, said: All women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously. But he said that his…

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Bob Corker: White House is ‘adult day care center’ and Trump may start WWIII

Trump blasts chair of Senate foreign relations committee over Iran and endorsement begging as Corker warns Trumps threats risk global conflict Donald Trumps fractious relationship with the Republican establishment reached a bizarre new level on Sunday when Senator Bob Corker described the White House as an adult day care center and warned that the president risked setting the US on the path to World War III. An extraordinary exchange between Trump and the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee began when Trump accused Corker, who is retiring, of not…

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Alabama Republican Senate primary: Roy Moore defeats Trump-backed Luther Strange

Socially conservative former Alabama chief justice, one of the most controversial US politicians, was removed from state supreme court post twice The former Alabama judge Roy Moore, one of the most controversial figures in Republican politics, is on course to become a US senator in spite of opposition from Donald Trump. With 95%of the vote in on Tuesday night, Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court was ahead of appointed incumbent Luther Strange by 55% to 45% in the Republican Senate runoff. Moores victory comes despite being…

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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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John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service cant excuse his yes vote in the Senate John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other peoples healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction. Addressing his fellow lawmakers, McCain dreamed up entirely by men. Politics appears…

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Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort tells Senate panel of Russia meeting

Committee rescinds subpoena after Manafort agrees to turn over notes, while Jared Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for second day of private testimony Donald Trumps former campaign chairman met Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview. Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Dianne Feinstein had also issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify publicly during a Wednesday hearing before the committee. But…

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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says

Statement reveals brain tumor known as glioblastoma was removed along with blood clot above senators right eye during surgery last Friday John McCain, the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was removed from McCain along with a blood clot in a surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. McCains office had only previously announced that the blood clot had been removed from above the 80-year-olds left eye. The Mayo Clinic said…

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Senate will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement, after new healthcare bill stumbles

Republican Mitch McConnell calls for vote on clean repeal, after senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran come out against latest effort to replace Obamacare Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will vote on a clean repeal of Obamacare without any replacement, after two Republican senators broke ranks to torpedo the current Senate healthcare bill. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came out on Monday night in opposition to McConnells tweet on Monday night, in which the president urged a repeal of Obamacare…

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‘Nervous’ Jeff Sessions’ attempt at Trump-like bravado falls flat

Analysis: In his Senate testimony on Russia, the attorney generals default position was cant recall and vagueness was the order of the day He started with a declaration well suited to old-school newspaper headlines, insisting that the claim he was involved in collusion with Russia was an appalling and detestable lie. But Jeff Sessions called him last week had crumbled under fire. The attorney general managed to avoid inflicting significant damage on his boss but, having got his soundbite out, failed to answer the most important questions during a teeth-grindingly…

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Ben Carson hails homelessness agency that Trump budget would eliminate

Head of housing and urban development did defend proposed cuts that would affect agency, saying: We have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has defended massive cuts to his own agency , saying we have to stop the bleeding if were going to get healing. Speaking before a Senate committee, he offered no objections to the budget proposed by the Trump administration, which envisions a funding reduction of $7.4bn compared to…

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