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Shattering the Shared Illusion

I didn’t see any of yesterday’s final closing arguments live. I was at an NYPD precinct filling out police reports with a gaggle of middle schoolers. (Long story; everyone and everything is fine.) So I got home at about 1 AM or 1:30 AM to this flurry of puffed up outrage about heads on pikes. It took me a bit to get a handle on exactly what had happened and what the pretended outrage was even about. You probably know all those details already, quite possibly before I did. But let’s step back fr...
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Democrats Hammer Need For Witnesses After Trump Lawyers Begin Defense

Democrats coalesced behind one central argument after President Donald Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their first round of presentations Saturday, saying that the lawyers’ complaints about lack of first-hand knowledge could be easily solved by including witnesses and documents in the proceedings. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hammered the lawyers’ refrain that were no “eyewitness accounts” of Trump’s wrongdoing, saying that the witnesses and documents Democrats want to be included i...
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President Trump Asks How Long Ukraine Can Resist Russian Aggression in Newly Surfaced Recording

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump inquired how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression without U.S. assistance during a 2018 meeting with donors that included the indicted associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. “How long would they last in a fight with Russia?” Trump is heard asking in the audio portion of a video recording, moments before he calls for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. She was removed a year later after a campaign to...
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Analysis: This is the bar Trump's defense needs to clear

On Saturday, President Trump's defense team, as expected, simply brushed aside mountains of evidence and testimony -- including a new audio recording -- that shows a concerted effort from the White House to leverage aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations that would politically benefit the President.
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Opinion: This is the bar Trump's defense needs to clear

On Saturday, President Trump's defense team, as expected, simply brushed aside mountains of evidence and testimony -- including a new audio recording -- that shows a concerted effort from the White House to leverage aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations that would politically benefit the President.
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Day 5 of Trump’s Trial: The Defense Opens

The White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, promised to make quick work of the House managers’ case against the president.
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Trump Impeachment Recap: White House Team Vows To Deflate Dems' Case

President Trump's legal team opened its response to the Democrats' allegations with a rare Saturday session that said the accusers' facts were wrong and Trump must preserve his office.(Image credit: Julio Cortez/AP)
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Fact check: Breaking down the 6 key arguments

President Donald Trump's legal team kicked off their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning. In defending the President, Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura said the case is based on "six key facts that have not and will not change."
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Fact check: Opening statements from Trump's legal team

President Donald Trump's legal team kicked off their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning. In defending the President, Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura said the case is based on "six key facts that have not and will not change."
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Fact-checking opening statements from President Trump's legal team

President Donald Trump's legal team kicked off their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning. In defending the President, Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura said the case is based on "six key facts that have not and will not change."
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Bernie Sanders surges in Iowa poll ahead of caucuses

Vermont senator now choice of 25% of Iowa voters for Democratic candidate, survey found, after Warren drops in popularityBernie Sanders has surged ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa, a new poll released on Saturday suggests, with barely a week to go until the state’s voters head to caucuses to nominate a candidate for November’s presidential election.The Iowa caucuses on 3 February represent the first formal election-year test for the Democratic field seeking to challenge Donald Trump for the Wh...
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Trump's defense leads by arguing impeachment would endanger democracy

White House counsel says prosecution aims to pull off ‘the most massive interference in an election in American history’Welcome to Day One of the Trump Show.It was, admittedly, an inauspicious start to what was teased as a “trailer” for the rollicking show to come next week in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
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Welcome to the Trump show: defense argues president is a victim and Democrats are villains

White House counsel says prosecution aims to pull off ‘the most massive interference in an election in American history’Welcome to Day One of the Trump Show.It was, admittedly, an inauspicious start to what was teased as a “trailer” for the rollicking show to come next week in the historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
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Trump Says He’s Being Treated ‘Unfairly’: Impeachment Update

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s lawyers began presenting their defense in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday, the beginning of as many as 24 hours of argument before senators will decide whether to call for new witnesses and documents.Here are the latest developments:Trump Says He’s Being Treated ‘Unfairly’ (1:45 p.m.)Trump tweeted after Saturday’s two-hour argument by his lawyers to the Senate that he’s being treated unfairly by the “totally partisan Impeachment Hoax.“He wrote: “Any ...
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Trump’s Impeachment Defense Takes Its Cue From the President

When Donald Trump’s lawyers began their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Jan. 25, much of their argument boiled down to a phrase the President himself has been repeating for months: read the transcript. The President’s lawyers focused on the White House summary of the July 25, 2019 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the central piece of evidence. White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is leading the defense, called the document the “best pie...
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Did America Steal Its Space Force Logo From 'Star Trek'?

On Friday America's commander-in-chief revealed the logo for the newest branch of its military, Space Force. CNBC immediately reported that the logo "has boldly gone where Star Trek has gone before." The Pentagon and White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's query as to why the Space Force and Star Trek logos -- both with blue globes, white stars, and swooshed rings around a sleek space ship -- looked similar. "The U.S. government took a thing from a TV show and made it the official e...
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'I really hope she is the future': AOC's support of Sanders fuels 2024 speculation

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s aid of Bernie Sanders’ campaign is raising talk of the possibility she might run for the White House herselfIt was billed as a rally for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. But the only aging white man on the platform was the film-maker Michael Moore, and attendee Brittany Springmeier wasn’t there to see him.She was in Iowa City for real star of the show, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.“She’s speaking for us. She’s speaking for the people. She has a passion for the millen...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Allegedly Cursed Out a Reporter and Asked Her to Identify Ukraine on a Map

On Friday, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Mary Louise Kelly said that after she asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Ukraine in an interview, he allegedly become furious, cursed at her and accused her of not being able to find Ukraine on a map. Kelly — who is the host of NPR’s All Things Considered and formerly covered national security — alleged that Pompeo became upset after she asked a question in an interview that aired on Friday about former United States Ambassador to Ukra...
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Adam Schiff’s Closing Remarks at Impeachment Trial Disturbs Some GOP Senators

(WASHINGTON) — Senate Republicans said lead impeachment prosecutor Adam Schiff insulted them during the trial by repeating an anonymously sourced report that the White House had threatened to punish Republicans who voted against President Donald Trump. Schiff, who delivered closing arguments for the prosecution, was holding Republican senators rapt as he called for removing Trump from office for abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Doing anything else, he argued, would be to let the ...
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Trump impeachment: president’s defense team delivers opening arguments – live

Trump’s team begins three-hour ‘overview’ of their defenseImpeachment managers made case for Trump’s removal from officeHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 3.16pm GMT White House counsel Pat Cipollone says today’s argument should only take two to three hours and promises to be out by 1pm at the latest. He says the defense’s case will make two points. The first appears to be that his argument will focus on the president not having done anything wrong. 3...
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Analysis: This would nullify impeachment

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says White House counsel Pat Cipollone's claim that the Trump administration will not cooperate in the Senate impeachment trial at all is concerning.
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Toobin: This impeachment prospect is chilling

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says White House counsel Pat Cipollone's claim that the Trump administration will not cooperate in the Senate impeachment trial at all is concerning.
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Who's who on Trump's legal team: Patrick Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr, Pam Bondi

White House counsel Patrick Cipollone and attorney Jay Sekulow are the lead players. Also on the team: Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and Pam Bondi.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump speaks to Boris Johnson about security as UK nears Huawei decision

US discusses concerns over Chinese telecoms giant’s role in Britain’s future 5G network Donald Trump discussed the security of telecommunications networks with Boris Johnson, the White House said, as Britain closes in on a decision on Huawei’s role in the country’s future 5G network.The US administration told allies not to allow the Chinese tech giant to form part of their 5G networks, claiming it would be a security risk – something Huawei vehemently denies. Continue reading...
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How Trump and His Lawyers Have Been Getting Ready for His Impeachment Defense

Donald Trump is already worried about the television ratings for the first day of his defense team’s opening arguments in his historic impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. “Looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.,” he complained on Twitter Friday morning. Trump has good reason to want people to tune in. January 25 marks the first time his lawyers will formally lay out their defense outside of Trump’s own tweets and surrogates’ appeara...
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Snippets from Phon Phisai

Today is our last here in Phon Phisai the 'h's are silent with Jeremy and his family. Our paintings are finished and drying in the sun. We're off to local restaurant The White House tonight for dinner.So I thought I'd share with you a few miscellaneo
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49ers CEO Jed York Goes From Vilified To Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – When San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York got rid of his third coach in as many seasons three years ago and faced calls for his removal as well to get the once-proud franchise back on track, he was defiant in face of that criticism. “You don’t dismiss owners,” York said after firing coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke. Weeks later, the 38-year-old York made the best move since being given control of the team from his parents at the end of the 2008 season. Yor...
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Schiff Methodically Predicts And Rebuts Likely Team Trump Arguments

Towards the end of the proceedings Friday night, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) laid out predictions of what he thinks President Donald Trump’s lawyers will argue Saturday, rebutting them as he went. He broke down the process attacks, including Republican complaints about “secret” House depositions. “Those super secret depositions in which only 100 members of Congress, equivalent to the entire Senate, could participate,” he said mockingly. “That’s how exclusive they were.” He pre...
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