(CNN) On Sunday, Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime far right politician, was elected president of Brazil . Bolsonaro's clear victory was the latest in a series of results around the world in which populists promising a strengthened sense of patriotism and pride have been elected by populations frustrated with the status quo. (Donald Trump's 2016 win fits nicely into that trend) With Bolsonaro being described by some as Brazil's Trump, I reached out to Scott Mainwaring , the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, for more on the Brazilian President-elect and his similarities (and differences) with American's current commander-in-chief. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below. Cillizza: How big an upset -- if at all -- was Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil? Did we see this coming? Mainwaring: Bolsonaro's win is a huge upset if we go back in time. A year ago, almost nobody thought that Bolsonaro would be a major … [Read more...] about Brazil just elected their version of Donald Trump
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(CNN)Don't miss what happened in Washington on Thursday morning: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi virtually guaranteed that President Donald Trump will be only the third president in American history to be impeached by the House. "Sadly, but with confidence and humility ... today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment," said Pelosi just after 9 a.m. ET. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! With those words, Pelosi formalized the likelihood of an outcome that had been anticipated from the day earlier this fall when she blessed the impeachment inquiry surrounding Trump's conduct toward Ukraine. By announcing that formal articles of impeachment will begin to be drawn up by the House Judiciary Committee, Pelosi is taking a big step toward the expected end goal of a floor vote to impeach Trump. And given the Democrats' … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi just wrote Donald Trump’s name in the history books
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told SiriusXM talk radio host Howard Stern on Wednesday that Donald Trump was “more shocked” than she was the night he won the 2016 presidential election, recalling the phone call she had with the president-elect in which she conceded the race.“As I told him when I called him that terrible night and said, ‘Look, Donald, I want you to be a good president. I will do whatever I can to help,'” she recalled: After hearing President Trump’s inauguration speech, @HillaryClinton says she began to get nervous. And it sounds like she wasn’t the only one. “George W. Bush says to me, ‘Well that was some weird sh-t.’” pic.twitter.com/BOlOHaLpER — Stern Show (@sternshow) December 4, 2019 She told Stern that Trump was “shocked” during the phone call. “He was so shocked, he could barely talk. He was more shocked than me, I think. He was shocked,” she said. … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump ‘More Shocked than Me’ on Election Night Call
President Donald Trump predicted on Thursday a tough slog for prominent Democrats if they vote to impeach him.“We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the likely Senate trial if the House votes to impeach him. “I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!” Republicans have floated the idea of calling House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify during the Senate trial. Trump scoffed at the House Judiciary hearings held Wednesday with three leftist faculty professors arguing in favor of his impeachment. “The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House,” he wrote. “They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Previews Testimonies in Senate Impeachment Trial
Donald Trump Jr. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images There are many pages in the Mueller report. This is a story about what happens on one of the pages. On page 59 of the report, Mueller describes interactions that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, had with WikiLeaks, the organization that helped disseminate the hacked DNC emails. WikiLeaks had been passed the log-in credentials for the website putintrump.org, a website set up by a PAC linking the president to Russia. According to the report, a few hours after that tweet, WikiLeaks messaged Trump Jr.: “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch. The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” Several hours after that, according to Mueller’s report, Trump Jr. sent the following message to “a variety of senior campaign staff”: Guys I got a weird Twitter DM from … [Read more...] about Did Donald Trump Jr. Break Computer Law?