Category: Jennifer Rubin

What the media does not get about Biden

In providing this self-parody, the endorsement raises a serious issue about the media’s perception of Democratic voters. Of Joe Biden, it declared, “Mr. Biden maintains a lead in national polls, but that may be a measure of familiarity as much as voter intention.” It is hard to imagine anything more contemptuous of voters, African American voters specifically, who are deeply attached to Barack Obama’s vice president.

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Here’s how Bloomberg could help himself, Democrats and America

There is something else Bloomberg could be doing right now to lay the groundwork not only for Trump’s defeat but also for Democrats’ fight to take back the majority in the Senate: Spend $50 million or so in the next week on impeachment ads. He can buy blocks of time before the 1 p.m. trial start time and ads throughout the day. He can flip his digital ad campaign to impeachment messaging, focusing on three critical points that the White House desperately wants to obscure.

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Five guidelines for the House impeachment managers

Republicans have to remember that it will look just a tad fishy when this plays out on national TV. Let’s say Democrats try to introduce a critical witness or incriminating documents from Rudolph W. Giuliani’s henchman Lev Parnas, explaining what the information or witness will prove. Republicans expect to leap to their feet demanding we close our eyes and ears to evidence already in the public domain.

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Distinguished person of the week: Lev Parnas

In the interview with The Times, Mr. Parnas said that although he did not speak with Mr. Trump directly about the efforts, he met with the president on several occasions and was told by Mr. Giuliani that Mr. Trump was kept in the loop. Mr. Parnas pointed in particular to text messages, released by the House this week, in which Mr. Giuliani refers to an effort to obtain a visa for a former Ukrainian official who leveled corruption allegations against Mr. Biden.

In the messages, Mr. Giuliani boasted of the effort to secure the visa: “It’s going to work I have no 1 in it.

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Joe Biden is tougher than you think

New York Times editor Kathleen Kingsbury: [You] fought corruption in Ukraine. There is no indication that you or your son did anything wrong or were part of any corruption in Ukraine. But you still haven’t really answered the question of whether or not you think it’s proper for the son of a sitting vice president of the United States to serve on the board of a foreign company that’s being investigated for corruption.

Biden: Look, I fought corruption when I was in Ukraine.

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Catching senators who swear a false oath red-handed

By rejecting any new evidence (and the potential for new evidence), Republicans hope to avoid the unpleasantness of listening to damning witnesses and reading incriminating documents — pesky reminders that to back President Trump is to avoid facts, concoct baseless conspiracies and leave common sense behind. It requires them to violate the oath they just took.

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So many impeachment bombshells — and only one way to get the truth

“In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, Parnas said the president knew about his activities.

“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” he said. “He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials.”

In text messages to The Washington Post, Giuliani suggested that Parnas was not being truthful, declining to offer specifics.

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The risks for Sanders and Warren after the ‘I think you called me a liar’ exchange

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren can be heard saying.

“What?” Sanders responded.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she repeated.

“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders said, to which Warren replied, “Anytime.”

“You called me a liar,” Sanders continued. “You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.

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