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Monday January 11, 2021 - Times viewed: 806
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: 792
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: 809
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: 809
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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Sunday January 10, 2021 - Times viewed: 773
Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn't act to remove Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued Vice President Mike Pence an ultimatum on Sunday night — invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump in the coming days or Democrats will proceed this week with impeaching the president for an unprecedented second time. Pelosi made clear in a letter to her members that if Pence refuses to act, Democrats will immediately move to force Trump from office for his role in inciting violent riots at the Capi ...
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Thursday May 20, 2021 - Times viewed: 786
Top Republican says Trump committed 'impeachable offenses'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ momentum for a fresh drive to quickly impeach outgoing President Donald Trump has gained support, and a top Republican said the president’s role in the deadly riot at the Capitol by a violent mob of Trump supporters was worthy of rebuke. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Saturday he believed Trump had committed “impeachable offenses.” But he did not explicitly say whether he would vote to remove the president from offic ...
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Saturday January 9, 2021 - Times viewed: 790
Democrats plan lightning Trump impeachment, want him out now
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings flashing, Democrats in Congress laid plans for swift impeachment of President Donald Trump, demanding decisive, immediate action to ensure an “unhinged” commander in chief can’t add to the damage they say he’s inflicted or even ignite nuclear war in his final days in office. As the country comes to terms with the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters that left five dead, the crisis that appears to be ...
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Friday January 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 784
Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter. Despite plenty of warnings of a possi ...
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Friday January 8, 2021 - Times viewed: 774
Can Donald Trump Survive 'Virtual Impeachment'?
On the defining day of his tempestuous reign, Donald Trump, typically so incorrigibly noisy, was rendered all but muzzled. Due to Wednesday’s shameful, world-watched putsch at the Capitol, Twitter and Facebook locked the outgoing president’s powerful accounts, stripping him of some of his most important weaponry and leading to a nearly unprecedented day-long stretch of silence. For the first time in his tweet-driven presidency, Trump wasn’t ab ...
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Monday January 4, 2021 - Times viewed: 805
Trump drive to overturn election, rescue Senate majority collide in Georgia
DALTON, Ga. — Republicans are counting on President Donald Trump on Monday to solve the problems of his own making and help save their endangered Senate majority. Trump has scrambled the closing messages of the twin Senate runoffs here — creating a rift within his party over disputing his election loss and boosting stimulus checks, attacking the state’s GOP governor and even calling for him to resign, and most recently pushing Georgia’s Republ ...
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Saturday January 2, 2021 - Times viewed: 816
Trump's attacks on Senate Republicans complicate his Georgia message
MACON, Ga. — President Donald Trump won’t get his coveted $2,000 stimulus checks — and he’s blaming the very Senate Republican leaders he’s trying to protect in the closing days of Georgia's runoffs. Trump’s last-minute moves to close out his presidency — from his demand for increased stimulus payments to his unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election — have put Republicans in a bind ahead of the state’s runoffs next week that will determi ...
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Friday January 1, 2021 - Times viewed: 822
Fauci predicts normal life won't return in U.S. before fall 2021
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, predicted on Thursday that normal life would not resume for most Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic until as late as next fall. That timeline, he warned, will be contingent upon the U.S. “efficiently, quickly and effectively” implementing vaccination programs that have thus far lagged behind schedule, as well as “a rather strict adherence” to personal mitigation measures such as h ...
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Tuesday December 29, 2020 - Times viewed: 843
House votes to override Trump's veto of defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the first veto override of his presidency. House members voted 322-87 on Monday to override the veto, well above the two-thirds needed to override. The Senate, which is expected to vote on the override this week, also needs to approve it by a two-thirds majority. Trump ...
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Tuesday December 29, 2020 - Times viewed: 833
The Worst Predictions of 2020
On the last day of 2019, President Donald Trump joined in on New Year’s Eve celebrations at Mar-a-Lago, ringing in 2020 with what was, in retrospect, a terrible prediction about the year ahead. “We’re going to have a great year, I predict,” the president told assembled guests. “I think it’s going to be a fantastic year.” Over the last 12 months, a global pandemic has killed at least 1.65 million people, including more than 333,000 Americans ...
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Tuesday April 27, 2021 - Times viewed: 810
With U.S. Senate at stake, Black voters loom large for Democratic candidates in Georgia
ATLANTA (Reuters) - With hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into twin Jan. 5 Georgia runoff elections to determine control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and a constellation of allies are waging an all-out campaign to mobilize as many Black voters as possible. The success of their efforts - targeted advertising, virtual events and even door-to-door canvassing despite the coronavirus pandemic - will likely decide the outcome, analysts said. ...
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Monday December 28, 2020 - Times viewed: 784
Explainer: Can anything stop Trump from pardoning his family or even himself?
President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted pardons to his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone, sweeping away the most important convictions from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. So far, Trump, who has 27 days left in the White House until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, has issued 70 pardons since taking office. T ...
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Saturday December 26, 2020 - Times viewed: 848
Powell goes on rant declaring Trump won and the GOP is 'history'
Reacting to a report that Republican Party leaders are discouraging newly-elected Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) from contesting the results of the Electoral College when the Senate reconvenes, conspiracy-minded attorney Sidney Powell launched an attack on the GOP late Christmas Day accusing the GOP of committing "suicide." Powell, who has been behind a string of humiliating defeats in the courts contesting the election results, took to Twitter ...
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Saturday December 26, 2020 - Times viewed: 847
Trump's mind is elsewhere as unemployment benefits run out for millions of Americans
Washington (CNN)A day before unemployment benefits for millions of Americans were set to expire, President Donald Trump had a different insult in mind: his former-model wife has yet to appear on the cover of a fashion magazine as first lady. "Fake news!" he complained on Twitter from Palm Beach, concerned for Melania's social station on Christmas as Americans hunkered at home, enduring a holiday diminished by pandemic, darkened by the prospect ...
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Wednesday December 23, 2020 - Times viewed: 881
Trump's Pardons Make the Unimaginable Real
Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump issued 15 pardons and five commutations, including two for individuals found guilty of charges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He is reportedly considering a raft of other Christmas pardons—for sympathetic allies, for loyal retainers, and even for family members. The prospect of a president using his power to protect aides accused of breaking the law is disturbing, but it’s ...
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Tuesday December 22, 2020 - Times viewed: 791
Is Trump Cracking Under the Weight of Losing?
Donald Trump has never had a week like the week he just had. On the heels of the Supreme Court’s knock-back and the Electoral College’s knockout, some of his most reliable supporters—Mitch McConnell, Vladimir Putin, Newsmax—acknowledged and affirmed the actual fact of the matter. Trump is a loser. Consequently, he is plainly out of sorts, say former close associates, longtime Trump watchers and mental health experts. It’s not just his odd b ...
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Sunday December 20, 2020 - Times viewed: 838
Twitter updates warning label for election misinformation to say Joe Biden won
CNN Business)Twitter (TWTR) has updated the warning labels it applies to election misinformation to reflect that Joe Biden is the president-elect, the company said on Saturday. Previously, Twitter's labels said that claims of election fraud were "disputed." The new labels say: "Election officials have certified Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. Presidential election." The fresh language is active now on President Donald Trump's tweet fro ...
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Saturday December 19, 2020 - Times viewed: 838
Trump will soon leave. But his Republican enablers haven't learned their lesson
Joe Biden has won so much that he is, apparently, tired of winning. That was the crux of his speech Monday night, after the electoral college vote that made official (or rather, yet again made official) his victory over Donald Trump. After a blizzard of false claims of fraud and frivolous lawsuits, the race is over. The attempt to overturn the people’s will failed. In particular, the president-elect singled out courageous election officials ...
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Saturday December 19, 2020 - Times viewed: 838
Trump signs two-day spending bill, narrowly avoiding federal shutdown
President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill Friday night, aimed at extending a midnight deadline to keep the federal government funded and avoid a shutdown. The Senate had passed the measure with a unanimous voice vote. Lawmakers now have until midnight Sunday to pass a pandemic relief package that has eluded them for months. Chip Reid reports. The House passed the temporary funding bill, followed almost immediately by an approval in the Se ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 865
McConnell sets stage for new face-off with Biden after delivering blow to Trump's election fantasy
(CNN)President Donald Trump is now learning, in the words of his Rolling Stones campaign anthem, that he can't always get what he wants. Sen. Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, usually does. The Republican Senate majority leader chose Tuesday, the day after the Electoral College affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory, as the moment to pull the floor out from under the defeated President. He belatedly congratulated his old Senate colleag ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 842
Press: Does Kevin McCarthy even believe in democracy?
This is not rocket science. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a very straightforward definition of sedition: “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.” You don’t have to graduate from Harvard Law School to recognize that what we see today from President Trump’s lawyers and Republican members of Congress attempting to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election is nothing less than overt sedition against the Unit ...
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Wednesday December 16, 2020 - Times viewed: 857
White House defends Trump over Atlanta mayor's mask accusations
The White House on Thursday defended President Trump after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) accused him of breaking the law by failing to wear a mask during a visit to the city's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. White House spokesman Judd Deere told The Hill that Trump was following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when he attended an event without a mask at the Atlanta airport. Trump's visit to ...
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Tuesday December 15, 2020 - Times viewed: 897
Trump antagonizes Republicans with Georgia fundraising ploy
President Donald Trump couldn’t make it any clearer: He needs his supporters to fork over cash for the all-important Georgia Senate runoff elections. “We MUST defend Georgia from the Dems!” he wrote in one recent text message. “I need YOU to secure a WIN in Georgia,” he said in another. “Help us WIN both Senate races in Georgia & STOP Socialist Dems,” he pleaded a few days later. There’s just one hitch: Trump’s new political machine is pock ...
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Tuesday December 15, 2020 - Times viewed: 831
Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official
WASHINGTON — The Electoral College on Monday began voting to make President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election official! All 538 electors will meet in their respective states to cast their votes for president based on the election results that were recently certified by all 50 states and Washington, D.C. 2020 ELECTION Electoral College begins voting to make Biden's victory official The president-elect is expecte ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 832
Meet the Electoral College's Biggest Haters: Some of the Electors Themselves
Few critics of the Electoral College are quite like Polly Baca. Baca believes that the Electoral College, which has chosen U.S. presidents since George Washington, “has absolutely no reason to be.” This year, she brought, and lost, a Supreme Court case challenging her state’s rules over how electors vote. Before electors cast their ballots for president in 2016, she invited several members to her home to plot a way — also unsuccessful — to cir ...
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Monday December 14, 2020 - Times viewed: 859
Trump raises China concerns as reason to veto defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a new rationale Sunday for threatening to veto the annual defense policy bill that covers the military's budget for equipment and pay raises for service members: China. He did not outline his concerns. Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the wide-ranging defense policy bill, which the Senate sent to the president on Friday, would be tough on China and must become law as soon as possible. ...
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