Tag: Impeachment

The Democrats’ February Blues

President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Earlier this month, the Democrats had a disastrous four days.

All political parties and candidates have bad days. But the new progressive Democratic Party had four of its worst days in recent memory in a single week in February.

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Mitt Romney: A Modern Man for All Seasons

Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters after being briefed on Iran by the Secretary of State and acting Defense Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 21, 2019. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)The Utah senator, having sworn to do impartial justice, would not evade the truth.

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself.

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The Trump Impeachment Saga Will Have Long-Term Consequences for Republicans

President Donald Trump departs after delivering joint remarks with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a new Middle East peace plan proposal at the White House, January 28, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)One chapter in the Trump impeachment saga is ending, but the story is far from over.

As the impeachment trial fizzles out this week, I’m left wondering if the GOP has lost its mind, because the only other choice is that I have.

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Dershowitz’s Dangerous Defense of Trump

Alan Dershowitz outside Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, September 24, 2019. (Jefferson Siegel/Reuters)The president’s lawyer argues that he can’t be impeached for anything short of violating federal law. That’s wrong — and it could become a terrible precedent.

Dear Republican senators,

I will not try to convince you how to vote in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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Alan Dershowitz to Senators: L’état, C’est Trump

For the Senate’s first day of questioning on Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s legal team tapped Patrick Philbin to answer most of the questions. Philbin, a deputy White House counsel, largely gave concise and sober answers to the senators’ queries. It was a refreshing change from the likes of Jay Sekulow, who addresses the chamber as if it were a Fox News studio, and Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general and Read original

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Discrediting Bolton Won’t Be Easy for Team Trump

John Bolton at CPAC 2017 (Gage Skidmore)The president’s defenders are certainly trying, however.

‘I’m with the Bush–Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count.”

Those words were bellowed by John Bolton in a Tallahassee library in December 2000, when he was part of a team of Republican lawyers trying to stop the Florida recount of votes cast in the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

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When There Is No Normal

From left: Activist Tom Steyer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Amy Klobuchar on stage for the Democratic primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, January 14, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)History lesson: Radicals eventually will need the norms and safeguards they’ve gleefully destroyed.

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Our Nation Is Paying for Trump’s Refusal to Be Presidential

President Donald Trump at a rally in Toledo, Ohio, January 9, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The president’s inability to act like a president has further exacerbated our political dysfunction.

I’ve long argued that Donald Trump’s presidency will end poorly because he’s a person of bad character. I still think that’s true, though I very much doubt the impeachment trial now underway will result in his removal.

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Inconvenient Evidence Puts GOP Senators on the Spot in Impeachment Trial

Lev Parnas exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, December 17, 2019. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)With articles of impeachment delivered and the trial set to start, Republicans in the upper chamber can no longer hedge by claiming ignorance of the facts.

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December.

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