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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 370
House managers deliver impeachment article against Trump, kicking off trial preparations
The House delivered its article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, kicking off preparations for the coming trial. House impeachment managers held a ceremonial procession through National Statuary Hall and the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate on Monday evening to present the article of impeachment to the secretary of the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., named nine Democratic impeachment ma ...
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Tuesday January 26, 2021 - Times viewed: 369
Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. It’s an early sign of Trump’s enduring sway over the party. The nine House prosecutors carried the sole impeachment charge of “incitement of insurrect ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 375
How does a 50-50 Senate work? Two leaders who tried it explain
arty leaders in today’s 50-50 Senate are haggling over a power-sharing agreement, and that’s no surprise. Only twice in American history has the Senate had a dead-even split: in a special session in 1881, and exactly 20 years ago, on the heels of a contentious presidential election decided by the Supreme Court. In that charged atmosphere, Sens. Trent Lott, Republican from Mississippi, and Tom Daschle, Democrat from South Dakota, managed to wor ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 379
What does a 50-50 Senate get Joe Biden as president?
Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia run-off elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the US Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for next president - easy confirmation of his ...
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Sunday January 24, 2021 - Times viewed: 376
The 50-50 Senate is already running into trouble figuring out its rules
The Senate is now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans — and an early argument over its rules could indicate just how much the GOP intends to obstruct other legislative priorities. Because Democrats control the White House, they have the majority in an evenly divided Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris poised to serve as a tiebreaker. To officially determine how the Senate will function when it comes to things like committee mem ...
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Saturday January 23, 2021 - Times viewed: 384
In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said the trial is set to begin during the week of Monday Feb. 8, an arrangement praised b ...
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Thursday January 21, 2021 - Times viewed: 396
Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,” Biden took the oath Wednesday at a U.S. Capitol that had been battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks earlier. Then, taking his place in the White House Oval ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 386
DC on lockdown and on edge before Biden's inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) — The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place in a Washington on edge, after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol unleashed a wave of fear and unmatched security concerns. And law enforcement officials are contending not only with the potential for outside threats but also with rising concerns about an insider attack by troops with a duty to protect him. There have been no specific threats made against Biden. ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 389
Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which presidential power is transferred, a hallowed American democratic tradition, will serve as a jarring reminder of the challenges Biden faces: The inauguration unfol ...
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Wednesday January 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 389
Trump's last-minute pardons include Bannon, Lil Wayne and scores of others
(CNN)President Donald Trump issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations early Wednesday that included his onetime political strategist, a former top fundraiser and two well-known rappers but not himself or his family. The batch of 73 pardons and 70 commutations issued in the final hours of his presidency was expected, and is in keeping with a long-standing presidential tradition of exercising clemency powers at the last minute. The ...
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Friday January 15, 2021 - Times viewed: 417
Donald Trump sent hidden message to supporters in speech, body language expert claims
After making history by becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump addressed the nation in a video message. He was forced to share the five minute video from the White House Twitter account, after his own was deleted by the social media platform. The President condemned last week's Capitol violence, promising that those who engaged in the "troubling" attack will be "brought to justice". However he failed to menti ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 422
Republicans turn on Trump over impeachment
Several members of Donald Trump's Republican party say they will vote to impeach the president over his role in last week's storming of Congress. The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, said Mr Trump "lit the flame" of the attack that resulted in five deaths. A vote in the Democratic-controlled House is expected on Wednesday. In his first public appearance since the riot, the president took no respon ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 420
Voice of America reporter reassigned for Pompeo questions
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House reporter for Voice of America was abruptly pulled from her beat after trying to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a speech he gave at the government agency this week. Pompeo’s speech and the demotion of Patsy Widakuswara led to an angry phone meeting between journalists and managers Tuesday that typified some of the tensions at the agency during President Donald Trump’s administration. Founded ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 426
McConnell furious with president, supports move to initiate impeachment proceedings: sources
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supports Democrats' move to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump and is "done" and "furious" with him, sources familiar told Fox News. It is unclear how McConnell would vote in an impeachment trial, should House Democrats vote to impeach Trump. It is not clear at this point whether McConnell would vote to convict. One source told Fox News that McConnell has not made up his mind ab ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 423
The House just passed a resolution calling on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment
A House vote on Tuesday revealed strong support for President Donald Trump’s removal in the wake of the violent January 6 attack on the Capitol. House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 223-205 to approve a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that urges Vice President Mike Pence to use the process outlined in the 25th Amendment to force Trump to step down. One Republican — Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) — voted in favor of the resolution alongside De ...
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Wednesday January 13, 2021 - Times viewed: 416
With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office. With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his fol ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 432
AP PHOTOS: Scenes of violence at U.S. Capitol Shock World
A mob invading the U.S. Capitol. Police officers with guns drawn inside the House of Representatives. Lawmakers hiding from intruders seeking to overturn a national election. These and other scenes from Capitol Hill shocked the world Wednesday as violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the nation’s halls of power in a brazen attempt to undercut democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House in ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 439
Biden chooses veteran diplomat Burns as CIA director
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. A former ambassador to Russia and Jordan, Burns, 64, had a 33-year career at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He rose through the ranks of the diplomatic corps to become deputy secretary of state before retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace. Ami ...
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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 448
Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump’s name, the Capitol’s attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd. “Hang Mike Pence!” the insurrectionists chanted as they pressed inside, beating police with pipes. They demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wherea ...
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Sunday January 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 437
Trump facing increasing pressure to leave office early
Some congressional Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to leave office early of his own volition as Democrats prepare articles of impeachment for the second time in Trump’s tenure. “I think the best way for our country … is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Sunday in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in calling for ...
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