why-are-there-no-shades-of-gray-in-impeachment-debate?

 | December 06, 2019 03:19 PM Where are today’s statesmen? Are there any? Evidence for their existence is slim. When a question as serious as impeachment looms, senators and representatives owe it to the public to put partisan hackery aside, to apply independent thought to the evidence, to avoid ideological cliches, and to try to…

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justin-amash-will-support-articles-of-impeachment-against-trump

 | December 06, 2019 02:52 PM Independent Rep. Justin Amash said he intends on voting to impeach President Trump when the House votes on articles of impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed each of the committee heads to begin writing up articles of impeachment on Thursday based on the president’s actions in pressing Ukrainian officials to…

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the-do-nothing-congress-prefers-theatrics-over-doing-its-job

 | December 06, 2019 02:41 PM Stop everything, Game of Thrones is on. That phrase from households turning to the most popular television show of the year now applies to Congress as well. Stop the legislative wheels from turning, no room for sideshows now, time to gather round for the latest political theater: the Trump…

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a-paid-parental-leave-plan-conservatives-can-support

 | December 06, 2019 02:18 PM Due to the current state of political affairs, one could be forgiven for forgetting that the legislative branch is, in fact, sometimes capable of legislating. But Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, hope to remedy this by introducing the first bipartisan bill for a federal program that…

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politics-and-the-law-collide-in-impeachment-hearings

 | December 06, 2019 01:19 PM Two simultaneous conversations are going on during the impeachment trial. One is about the law and trying to frame concepts such as bribery, extortion, or obstruction of justice into the more uncertain text of the Constitution. Although these concepts are useful in understanding the text of the Constitution, ultimately,…

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new-north-carolina-electoral-map-claims-first-house-gop-victim-in-george-holding

 | December 06, 2019 12:38 PM Republican Rep. George Holding of North Carolina plans to leave Congress after the 2020 elections, making him the first lawmaker affected by a new political map in the state. “The newly redrawn Congressional Districts were part of the reason I have decided not to seek reelection,” Holding, 51, said…

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on-trump-impeachment,-democrats-pivot-back-to-russia

 | December 06, 2019 07:49 AM How to interpret what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders say about impeachment? Perhaps this way: They are always looking for a new and better way to sell the product. Remember that they spent more than two years accusing President Trump of conspiring with Russia to fix…

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how-house-gop-leader-kevin-mccarthy-and-his-team-tamed-impeachment

 | December 06, 2019 12:00 AM When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi greenlighted the impeachment proceedings in September, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a key tactical decision: He would not worry about blocking it but focus instead on shaping public opinion and influencing lawmakers poised to sit as jurors in a Senate trial. The California Republican…

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democrats-plan-to-tie-impeachment-to-russia

 | December 05, 2019 11:00 PM House Democrats plan to wrap their two-and-a-half year quest to impeach President Trump in a big Russian bow. For weeks, Democrats have held closed-door and public hearings about the president’s efforts to get Ukrainian government officials to investigate corruption and election interference allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden…

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tom-graves,-after-year-in-gop-house-minority,-announces-retirement-from-congress

 | December 05, 2019 01:58 PM Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia is the latest House Republican to opt against seeking reelection in 2020. Graves, 49, said in a statement Thursday it’s time to “pass the baton” of public service. “The opportunities afforded to me — a North Georgia country boy from a single wide trailer…

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