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Impeachment Fallouts

(Leah Millis/Reuters)‘I hate the people who hate him.’

Impeachment is shaping up as unpredictably explosive, but not in the way imagined.

There are lots of things that we do know about the present impeachment of Donald Trump — and we know that there are even more areas that remain unknown.

Quietly, the approval ratings of Trump have been rising to pre-impeachment levels and are nearing a RealClearPolitics average of 45.

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What a Senate Acquittal in an Impeachment Trial Will Mean

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans policy lunch on Capitol Hill, December 3, 2019. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)The message will be that there is no appetite for the truth.

If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Representative Doug Collins (R., Ga.

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A Russian Under Every Bed

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. (Marcos Brindicci/Reuters)After Trump’s election, his opponents took a sudden dislike to the Russians they once saw as peace partners

The three-year-long effort to abort the Trump presidency — now culminating with a manipulated impeachment effort — has warped U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

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It’s a Mistake for Democrats to Rush the Impeachment Process

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff addresses reporters ahead of a committee vote on its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, December 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)Their belief that they’ve finally got Trump dead to rights doesn’t absolve them of the responsibility of going through all of the motions to prove their good faith.

‘The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F.

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Trump’s War-Crimes Pardons Weaken Our Military’s Moral Fiber

Members of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard salute during playing of the National Anthem. February 12, 2004. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters)An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly.

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel.

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Quo Vadis, Democrati?

Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff confers with staff during testimony in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, November 15, 2019. (Alex Wong/Pool via Reuters)Absent new, damning evidence, the impeachment script may not play out as Democrats wish.

Where are the Democrats going next?

Prior to this past week, for days Adam Schiff had concocted a pretty effective fix. He conducted secret impeachment inquiries in the House basement. Schiff kept quiet about his rigged rules.

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From Impeachment to the Debates — and Back Again

Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff prepares to hear testimony during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, November 19, 2019. (Shawn Thew/Pool via Reuters)

After three days of Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry, we are left with only the monotony. We know in advance all the questions, the subjective mood answers and bureaucratic mindset of the witnesses, the ensuing spin, and the congressional posturing.

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The Impeachment Clock

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff speaks during a media briefing after a House vote approving rules for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, October 31, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)Time is not on Adam Schiff’s side.

Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry is incoherent. Given the impossibility of a senatorial conviction, the only strategy is to taint the president with the brand of impeachment and weaken him in the 2020 election.

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The GOP’s Jackson Pollock Impeachment Strategy

Rep. Jim Jordan speaks with reporters after a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing, November 13, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters)When you throw everything against the wall to see what will stick, don’t expect the result to be a coherent picture.

Maybe you’re a fan of Jackson Pollock’s paint-splatter stuff. That’s cool. My only point is that when you flick paint at a canvas, nobody expects the result to look like a tree, a person, or a bowl of fruit.

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