Category: Politics

Local Climate Policy Run Amok, Bellingham Edition

Yves here. This post on Bellingham is a mini-case study in a community-level climate change initiative. Since local politics is where citizens typically can have the biggest impact, it’s therefore germane to a lot of readers. What it illustrates, sadly, is that even on a small scale, devising good policy is often hard. By Peter […]

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Washington Post Editorial Board Issues Ominous Impeachment Warning To GOP Senators, Trump

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow. In an editorial published Friday, the board said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and his co-House impeachment managers had laid out “the hard evidence” to the GOP-controlled Senate that Trump “used presidential powers to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations that would aid his reelection campaign, and that he engaged in […]

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Adam Schiff delivered a detailed, hour-long summary of the Democrats’ impeachment case. Some Republicans dismissed it because of one line.

“Not true!” an indignant Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) bristled afterward, saying senators were “visibly upset” by the comment. “Nothing like going through three days of frustration and then cap it with an insult on everybody.” The reference came from a CBS News report that had gone viral earlier Friday, quoting an anonymous Trump confidant claiming […]

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Trump campaign Iowa staffer found dead

A Trump campaign staffer, James Xing, died in Marion, Iowa, on Thursday night, the Republican party said. Sources with knowledge of the situation told CBS News that Xing was found dead in his home on Friday morning and foul play was not suspected in the case. Xing served as Trump campaign Regional Field Director in […]

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What role could retiring Senator Lamar Alexander play in the impeachment trial?

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Friday’s Senate impeachment trial, in 5 minutes

“He is a dictator,” House impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold E. Nadler (D-N.Y.) said of Trump. “This must not stand.” Let’s review what obstruction of Congress means and why Democrats really think Trump should be removed from office for it. What the obstruction of Congress charge is about Democrats say that Trump blocked Congress’s investigation into […]

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Bernie Sanders criticized for embracing support from Joe Rogan

The head of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, issued a statement saying that although Sanders has “run a campaign unabashedly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ people,” Rogan has “attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity.” “Given Rogan’s comments, it is […]

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Impeachment trial: Democrats finish opening arguments

Washington — House impeachment managers finished their opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial on Friday with an impassioned plea for a fair trial. Mr. Trump’s lawyers will start their opening arguments on Saturday. “Give America a fair trial,” Congressman Adam Schiff said. “She’s worth it.” Congressman Jerry Nadler, meanwhile, called Mr. Trump a “dictator” […]

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Trump admin plans to expand restrictive border policies

Los Angeles — Ken Cuccinelli, one of President Trump’s top immigration officials, previewed on Friday an expansion of a series of controversial policies the administration has implemented to severely restrict access to America’s asylum system at the southern border and deter U.S.-bound migrants. Cuccinelli, an immigration hard-liner and the second-highest ranking official at the Department […]

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‘I am fighting for you’: Trump rallies antiabortion activists in unprecedented appearance at the March for Life

The appearance also followed a threat Friday from the Trump administration to withhold federal funding from California over its requirement that private insurers cover abortions — a move state officials immediately denounced as a “cheap political” shot timed to coincide with the antiabortion rally. Taking the lectern to his campaign theme, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless […]

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Trump Now Says He’s Open to Cut Entitlements

Photo: Mandel Ngan (Getty Images) Another day, another installment in the ongoing saga that is “y’alls President is a lying ass liar.” Our subject for tonight’s episode is entitlements. CNN reports that when the currently impeached President was asked by CNBC in Davos whether entitlements would ever be something on his plate he responded with […]

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Democrats focus on Trump’s character as they argue for removing him from office in impeachment trial

Schiff’s pointed and increasingly personal approach was an attempt to go beyond the specifics of House Democrats’ case to make the broader argument that Trump is an untrustworthy president who is likely to repeatedly flout the Constitution if allowed to stay in office. “It goes to character,” Schiff said. “You don’t realize how important character […]

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