Members of the press covering the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in February 1998. Photo: MARIO TAMA/AFP via Getty Images During initial intra-Republican discussions of a possible Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the president reportedly favored quick disposal of articles of impeachment by an immediate motion-to-dismiss. When Republican senators objected to that idea on grounds that it looked like they weren’t taking their constitutional duties seriously, the White House agreed to compromise last month, according to the Washington Post: A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including rapid proceedings in the Senate that could be limited to about two weeks, according to multiple officials familiar with the talks….Even a two-week trial could run counter to what Trump has expressed privately. The president is … [Read more...] about Trump Warms to Idea of a Long Impeachment Show Trial
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Former President of the European Council Donald Tusk has shared a picture of himself making a gun gesture behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s back, and slammed Brexit in his first post-presidency interview.The 62-year-old, who abandoned his post as Prime Minister of Poland in 2014 just weeks before his party was turfed out of office in national elections in order to take up his much better paid former role at the European Union, tweeted that “Despite seasonal turbulence our transatlantic friendship must last”, apparently in reference to the NATO summit in London. However, he paired this seemingly innocuous platitude with a picture of himself standing behind President Trump at a previous summit, making a likeness of a gun with his hand and pointing it at the American’s back. The former eurocrat had a habit of sharing catty and undiplomatic material on social media even before the recent end of his term, mocking former British prime minister Theresa May with … [Read more...] about Ex-EU Chief Shares Photo of Himself Making Gun Gesture Behind Trump’s Back
Trump had never heard of Rex Tillerson, then he chose him to be secretary of State. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images It played out just like a reality show. Donald Trump invited the contestants to be the next secretary of State to meet with him one by one. Some had embarrassing parts of their personal lives exposed, while others were forced to choke down slimy animal appendages. And in the end, a dark horse rose from the shadows to claim the final rose. But even with all the made-for-TV drama that led to Rex Tillerson’s selection to head the State Department, there was plenty of behind the scenes action that has gone unreported. Until now. In the past 24 hours boththe Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal pulled back the curtain on how Trump settled on Tillerson to be his top diplomat. Here’s what we learned. Trump decided Giuliani was a diva who lacked physical stamina. Trump’s first instinct was to tap a loyalist for secretary of State and Rudy … [Read more...] about 5 Fun Facts About How Trump Picked His Secretary of State
For years, the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, employed 8,000 workers in the Mahoning valley. In a rust belt region that has become synonymous with industrial decline, following the closure of its once mighty steel mills in the 1970s, the presence of the Chevrolet factory in Lordstown, and its well-paid manufacturing jobs, was particularly important. Then, late last year, GM abruptly shut the plant. The company had already scaled back workers at the Lordstown plant, and this closure saw 1,500 workers, the last of the once huge workforce, out of their jobs. “I think it’s devastating,” said Mark Sweetwood, the managing editor of the Vindicator newspaper, which serves the Mahoning valley. “I think it was the last holdout of our industrial age.” The news was just the latest blow in a slow, painful decline in this area. The rust belt was a boom area at the start of the last century, but has suffered more than most from the outsourcing of jobs overseas. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s devastating’. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs
In a segment on Friday morning, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt compared President Donald Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, saying that Trump wasn't one to take insults personally and responds "without it being so combative."Earhardt's comparison followed an incident Thursday in which Biden argued with a voter at an Iowa campaign event. In a video of the spat, the former vice president responded to a man who accused him of setting his son up to work for an oil company. "Get your words straight, Jack," Biden retorted when the voter said he didn't believe the candidate had done anything wrong.The voter also accused Biden of not having "any more backbone than Trump does." Biden then sought other questions, and the man said he wouldn't vote for Biden. "You think I thought you'd vote for me? You're too old to vote for me," the 77-year-old candidate quipped.Earhardt said that Biden's response was very unlike Trump, because the former vice president was offended by … [Read more...] about Fox News Host Says Unlike Biden, Trump Doesn’t Take Insults ‘Personally’ and Isn’t ‘Combative’
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?