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Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment Friday that charge President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE with high crimes and misdemeanors, setting up a historic House vote next week that all but guarantees Trump will be just the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.The articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, were passed out of the committee along strict party lines, with 23 Democrats voting to send the measures to the full House, which is expected to approve them next week. One Democrat, Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu undergoes surgery following chest pain Video of Princess Anne shrugging as Queen greets Trump goes viral Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.), was absent after … [Read more...] about Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote
As Washington careens toward fiscal Armageddon this fall, the basic strategic question is: How crazy can the Republican House be before risking their majority? The party’s ability to foment crisis through another debt ceiling hostage crisis or government shutdown is its policy leverage over President Obama. The only limiting factor on its use of that leverage is the risk that voters would throw the party out in 2014. This summer, conservatives have amped up their plans for hostage drama confrontations with the Obama administration, forcing party leaders to contemplate whether the party risks approaching that invisible barrier. House Republican Tom Cole warns: “The only way Republicans will lose the House is to shut down the government or default on the debt … I’m not inclined to jeopardize the crown jewel,” Cole added, “and the House of Representatives is the crown jewel in this election cycle.” Apparently other Republicans are thinking … [Read more...] about Are House Republicans Voter-Proof?
The moment the first exit polls came out in Britain, a flood of takes began to pour onto social media in the U.S.: Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson was heading for a landslide victory, they said, and that was bad news for Democrats — and one Democratic socialist in particular.The first part, the landslide election, certainly proved true: Johnson won the biggest Conservative victory since Margaret Thatcher‘s third term in 1987. For the Labor Party, the defeat was catastrophic — the party lost parliamentary seats in working-class areas of northern England and Wales that it had held continuously since the 1930s. Much blame fell on the party’s left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn. But what of the other part? Does Britain’s election say anything about prospects for President Trump, who openly rooted for Johnson, or for Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose supporters sometimes used to compare him to Corbyn — a metaphor they now likely regret? Essential … [Read more...] about No, Democrats shouldn’t panic over Britain’s election results, but they should pay attention
Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Watchdog to audit company's border wall contract | Pentagon to step up vetting of foreign students after Pensacola | Report finds former defense official sexually harassed staffers Threatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE announced Thursday he would resign at the end of February, sending a note to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE saying he deserved a secretary "whose views are better aligned with yours."ADVERTISEMENTHe wrote that his “core belief” is that U.S. strength is “inextricably linked with the … [Read more...] about Mattis resigns, says views aren’t in line with Trump’s