THE MESSAGE is SIMPLE… Trump is a CLEAR and Present danger to the American Republic and the Constitution.

THE MESSAGE is SIMPLE… Trump is a CLEAR and Present danger to the American Republic and the Constitution; and needs to be repeated frequently and loudly.

Survey: 54 percent of Americans support Trump impeachment inquiry

The survey, which was released on Thursday, found that 54 percent of Americans support the impeachment inquiry, while 44 percent oppose it. The figure represents a 4-point increase in support from a similar survey in September. 

Any Other Federal Employee Giving Himself A Contract Could Be In Jail – But Not Trump

Awarding himself the multimillion-dollar G-7 contract clearly violates federal law, former prosecutors say, but Trump can’t be prosecuted as president.

A federal law prohibits any executive branch “officer or employee” from seeking any “ruling or other determination, contract, claim, controversy, charge, accusation, arrest, or other particular matter” in which he holds a “financial interest.” If that action is done willfully, it is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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The week Donald Trump’s presidency crashed and burned — and Republicans have noticed

We’ve said this before: But this disastrous week drove some Republicans away from Trump. Beginning of the end?

But this past week is the first time I’ve thought that we might have seen something truly fundamental shift. A cascade of recent and current National Security Council and State Department officials have defied White House orders and given sworn testimony to congressional investigators that Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were running a shadow foreign policy at odds with the stated administration policy and U.S. interests, and aimed at securing personal political benefit for Trump. In other words, the whistleblower was right.

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Michael Moore: Trump heading for impeachment because of ‘high crimes’ like we’ve never seen

Michael Moore joins MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent to discuss Mick Mulvaney admitting there was a quid pro quo, saying he ‘appreciates’ him for telling the ‘truth.’ Moore also addresses Trump’s Ukraine plot, arguing he has ‘never lived through’ presidents that have ‘participated in a high crime’ like the phone call with Ukraine. Moore applauds Pelosi for outsmarting Trump and leading the charge in the impeachment probe, saying she is ‘drawing this out’ because ‘it’s clear’ that ‘there is more’ evidence of Trump crime.

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Trump’s Evangelical Base Is Cracking Over Syria. Now He’s Scrambling to Keep His “Mandate of Heaven.”

The White House is arraying itself in godliness to stay in their good graces.  

The week before the annual confab of conservative Christians, Trump impulsively decided to abandon the Kurds in Syria, and by the time the faithful had gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the Turks had already invaded and embarked on the slaughter of our one-time allies.

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My favorite founder of The American Republic is Thomas Paine. Paine used the existing “technology” to get off the “sidelines” and stand up to the forces that would prevent the American experiment from moving forward.

Today we can’t remain silent while Trump tries to dismantle the American Republic.

Thomas Paine was one of the first journalists to use media as a weapon against the entrenched power structure. He should be resurrected as the moral father of the Internet. 

Statues of the man should greet incoming journalism students; his words should be chiseled above newsroom doors and taped to laptops, guiding the communications media through their many travails, controversies, and challenges. Yet Paine, a fuzzy historical figure of the 1700s, is remembered mostly for one or two sparkling patriotic quotes – “These are the times that try men’s souls” – and little else. Thomas Paine, professional revolutionary, was one of the first to use media as a powerful weapon against an entrenched array of monarchies, feudal lords, dictators, and repressive social structures. He invented contemporary political journalism, creating almost by himself a mass reading-public aware for the first time of its right to encounter controversial opinions and to participate in politics.

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When we’re dancing with the angels, the question we’ll be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing? …

And I’m tired of statements saying … people come in here and say ‘Oh, oh this is the first hearing.’ It is not the first hearing. The first hearing was with regard to prescription drugs. Remember, a little girl, a lady sat there… Her daughter died because she could not get $330 a month in insulin. That was our first hearing. Second hearing: H.R. 1, voting rights, corruption in government. Come on now. We can do more than one thing. And we have got to get back to normal. With that, this meeting is adjourned.

ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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