Exhibitors show fake video of Trump murdering journalists at conference

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During a Republican conference at his Florida resort, Trump supporters showed a fake video of the president murdering journalists and his political opponents. The video was shown as part of an exhibit (Caution: The story includes the video, which includes a violent scene from a movie):

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/politics/os-ne-fake-trump-video-shooting-20191014-gy7aeluti5b3bit2cx3vsyskei-story.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/13/politics/trump-fake-video-shooting-media-critics-doral/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/us/politics/trump-video.html

CNN’s Brook Baldwin reacts to the video, and CNN says anything less than Trump’s own statement condemning the video would mean that he endorses it:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/10/14/fake-trump-video-shooting-media-critics-brooke-baldwin-sot-nr-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/this-week-in-politics/

Trump has not gone on TV or the internet to release his own statement condemning the video.  When Trump eventually does comment he will probably say something extremely offensive such as when he said there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville where white supremacists murdered a young human rights activist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/14/us/politics/trump-shooting-media-video.html

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/15/trump-video-violence-media/

Trump also tweeted a different doctored video of him physically assaulting CNN:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/02/business/media/trump-wrestling-video-cnn-twitter.html

Police arrest donors who funneled Russian funds to Trump’s political campaign

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The arrests add to the mountain of evidence that Russia owns the occupant of the White House:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-10/donors-arrested-giuliani-ukraine-campaign-finance

No matter how damning the evidence that Trump is corrupt in the worst possible ways, however, many Republican senators will still support him.

Federal Watergate prosecutors sign letter urging Trump impeachment

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Seventeen prosecutors from the Nixon era have signed a letter explaining why Trump should be impeached and removed from the presidency:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-investigated-the-watergate-scandal-we-believe-trump-should-be-impeached/2019/10/10/5cf0c2ce-eb72-11e9-9306-47cb0324fd44_story.html

The case against Trump is overwhelming that he abused his power for his own political gain and should be impeached and removed from office.

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

Trump continues cover up of illegal extortion for political gain

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Trump s a “two-bit charlatan who is not to be trusted with power,” writes Los Angeles Times editorial writer Scott Martelle:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-10-08/polls-impeachment-inquiry-trump-sondland-testimony-stonewall

Trump’s scandal has many similarities with Nixon’s Watergate:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-13/trump-scandal-beginning-to-smell-a-lot-like-watergate

Yet, Trump claims he has “great and unmatched wisdom”:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/opinions/syria-kurds-republicans-filipovic/index.html

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

 

Vice President Pence participates in illegal extortion attempt of Ukraine

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Pence illegally tried to extort Ukraine’s help in investigating Trump’s political opponent in return for Ukraine getting nearly $400 million in U.S. taxpayers’ funds:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-involved-pence-in-efforts-to-pressure-ukraines-leader-though-aides-say-vice-president-was-unaware-of-pursuit-of-dirt-on-bidens/2019/10/02/263aa9e2-e4a7-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_story.html

https://www.vox.com/2019/10/4/20899289/mike-pence-impeachment-house-schiff-letter

https://time.com/5692947/mike-pence-impeachment/

Pence will also have to be impeached.

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

 

Trump loses his simple mind

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Trump has not only lost his mind, but he has also demonstrated repeatedly that he cannot govern for the benefit of anyone other than himself. Worse, he harms everyone else:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/george-conway-trump-unfit-office/599128/

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/10/03/george-conway-atlantic-oped-jake-tapper-lead-vpx.cnn

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/05/trump-impeachment-inquiry-finland-china-tweets

Trump is the embodiment of disaster.

The nation made a terrible mistake, and now it must correct it before it is too late. The extremely erratic and unstable dictator Trump must be removed from the presidency immediately via the 25th Amendment.

Trump team doctored transcript of telephone call with Ukraine’s president

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Trump’s staff heavily edited the transcript of his telephone call with Ukraine’s president in which he illegally extorted assistance with his reelection campaign. More than half of the transcript is missing:

https://www.newsweek.com/senator-king-suggests-least-20-minutes-are-missing-trump-ukraine-call-transcript-1462622

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/03/odd-markings-ellipses-fuel-doubts-about-rough-transcript-trumps-ukraine-call/

Text messages show that Trump and his staff pressured Ukraine’s government to assist Trump’s reelection campaign by investigating his political opponent:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/us-envoys-trump-ukraine-investigate/index.html

There were many other questionable telephone calls that need to be examined:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/02/trump-transcripts-impeachment-inquiry-ukraine-nixon

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

Trump considers shooting immigrants, scaring them with alligators

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No, this is not some wacky tabloid’s made up story about a new low for Trump. He really did plan to shoot immigrants and scare them with trenches filled with alligators and snakes that would be installed along the border wall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/us/politics/trump-border-wars.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/politics/new-york-times-trump-shoot-migrants-legs/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/10/02/don-lemon-nyt-trump-shoot-migrants-border-sot-ctn-vpx.cnn

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/10/trump-proposed-shooting-migrants-to-prevent-them-from-crossing-the-border/

Trump discussed using alligators and snakes so frequently that aides sought a cost estimate to carry out the madman’s diabolical plan.

Trump also demanded that the border wall be equipped with sharp spikes to impale immigrants.

Get it over with. Either remove Trump now with the 25th Amendment or impeach him.

Support grows rapidly for Trump impeachment

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Most Americans now support the impeachment of the president:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/03/poll-trump-impeachment-support-grows-removal-over-ukraine/3846565002/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/politics/trump-impeachment-polling/index.html

Waiting for the election in 2020 is not an option, as Trump has made it clear that he intends to run a corrupt campaign again and illegally seek assistance from Ukraine and even our nation’s enemy, Russia, to rig the election:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/opinion/trump-impeachment-2020.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-told-russian-officials-in-2017-he-wasnt-concerned-about-moscows-interference-in-us-election/2019/09/27/b20a8bc8-e159-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/trump-russian-officials-2016-meddling.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/donald-trump-russian-election-interference/index.html

With Trump’s approval, Russia is planning to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign with voter suppression and propaganda:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/russia-voter-suppression-warning/index.html

The only option to save the nation is Trump’s impeachment and removal. And this outcome — while not likely as viewed from the state of affairs right now — is not beyond the realm of the possible, as sentiment can change over time:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/01/politics/trump-impeachment-senate/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/05/donald-trump-impeachment-republicans-senate

Trump should resign, but of course the egomaniac won’t. As a matter of principle, however, people should still demand Trump’s resignation:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2019/09/27/forget-impeachment-trump-needs-resign/4yzQt3WQdVcATJxXTO1nPP/story.html

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

 

Trump threatens ‘civil war’ if impeached

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A legal scholar said that Trump’s threat of a civil war is itself an impeachable offense:

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-civil-war-tweet-grounds-impeachment-1462044

Trump should be removed from office immediately via the 25th Amendment before he destroys the nation.

Trump gives green light to Russia to disrupt US presidential election

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Trump met with Russian officials in 2017 and told them he did not mind that Russia attempted to hack and influence the 2016 presidential campaign. That bizarre and extremely unethical comment in effect gave permission to Russia to attempt the same disruptions in the 2020 presidential election:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-told-russian-officials-in-2017-he-wasnt-concerned-about-moscows-interference-in-us-election/2019/09/27/b20a8bc8-e159-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/trump-russian-officials-2016-meddling.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/donald-trump-russian-election-interference/index.html

Update: Dictator Trump also illegally requested that the totalitarian nation China investigate his rival in his reelection campaign:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/trump-biden-call-xi-secure-server/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/opinions/trump-china-impeachable-offense-ghitis/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/03/trump-biden-china-investigation-demand

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-03/trump-impeachment-inquiry-china

With Trump’s approval, Russia is planning to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign with voter suppression and propaganda:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/russia-voter-suppression-warning/index.html

 

Democrats plan impeachment of President Trump by October-November

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The New York Times reported that Trump’s impeachment may begin in late October:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/trump-impeachment-democrats.html

Other news outlets reported that Trump’s impeachment may begin in late November.

Trump betrayed the nation by illegally misusing hundreds of millions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money in an extortion attempt of a foreign power to help his reelection campaign. Then, he attempted to cover up the dirty deeds and even threatened to execute the whistleblower and the leaker.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/26/politics/whistleblower-complaint-released/index.html

Trump falsely claimed twice that “I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”

https://www.newsweek.com/article-2-trends-after-trump-falsely-claims-it-grants-him-unlimited-powers-president-i-can-do-1450798

There is no other option but to impeach the criminal:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/27/opinion/trump-impeachment-new-york-times.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/28/donald-trump-richard-nixon-impeachment-robert-reich

There is “total panic” in the White House:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/total-panic-shell-shocked-white-house-struggles-find-impeachment-footing-n1059251

Around 30-35 Republican senators would vote to remove Trump as president if the vote were held by secret ballot:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2019/09/26/jeff-flake-indirectly-calls-35-gop-senators-cowards-impeachment-trump/3783033002/

At least a few Republicans will put the country first and do the right thing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/opinion/trump-impeachment.html

Some Republican senators, however, will be cowards and vote against removal.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/opinion/republicans-impeachment.html

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pelosi-heartbroken-prayerful-dems-move-forward-impeachment-inquiry/story

Update: There are now enough representatives in the House who will vote for Trump’s impeachment to then send the issue to the Senate:

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-civil-war-tweet-grounds-impeachment-1462044

For Trump to be removed from office, at least 20 Republican senators would have to vote against Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that if the House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump he would have to allow a vote on whether to remove Trump from the presidency:

https://www.newsweek.com/why-mitch-mcconnell-no-choice-hold-impeachment-trial-1462135

Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake said Republican senators should save their souls, put the nation first and vote to remove Trump from the presidency. “Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job,” Flake wrote in a Washington Post guest column. “But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/30/politics/jeff-flake-donald-trump-reelection-2020-republican/index.html

Twenty Republican senators will decide whether the U.S. will recover its standing as a representative democracy or continue its descent into dictatorship led by a madman. Nothing less than the future of the free world hangs in the balance.

During the next several months, the world will witness whether America returns to some semblance of normalcy or melts away into darkness. Do the right thing, senators.

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

White House attempted cover-up of Trump’s illegal Ukraine telephone call

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The cover-up may lead to Trump’s impeachment and prosecution of White House officials:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/whistleblower-complaint-released.html

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-26/whistleblower-complaint-against-president-trump-is-released

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/26/opinions/trump-whistleblower-complaint-two-reasons-impeachment-honig/index.html

Trump has threatened to execute the whistleblower and the leaker. The threat is a witness intimidation attempt to illegally cover up the scandal associated with his criminal extortion attempt of a foreign power to help with his reelection campaign:

https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/hayes-trump-wants-to-root-out-the-rats-70031941868

Trump has been acting as a treasonous dictator:

https://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/kamala-harris-says-trump-no-better-than-any-other-dictator-70025797584

https://www.msnbc.com/velshi-ruhle/watch/booker-withholding-aid-for-political-reasons-is-treasonous-69993541902

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/politics/trump-mulvaney-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

New York Times publishes whistleblower’s complaint, Trump telephone call transcript

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The whistleblower’s complaint:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/26/us/politics/whistle-blower-complaint.html

CNN also has the complaint:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/09/politics/whistleblower-complaint-annotated/

The text of Trump’s telephone call to Ukraine’s president:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/25/us/politics/trump-ukraine-transcript.html

Update: Trump’s staff heavily edited the transcript of his telephone call with Ukraine’s president in which he illegally extorted assistance with his reelection campaign. More than half of the transcript is missing:

https://www.newsweek.com/senator-king-suggests-least-20-minutes-are-missing-trump-ukraine-call-transcript-1462622

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/03/odd-markings-ellipses-fuel-doubts-about-rough-transcript-trumps-ukraine-call/

The whistleblower will testify now that a deal has been arranged:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/intelligence-panel-has-deal-to-hear-whistleblowers-testimony/2019/09/29/fc22d084-e2e0-11e9-a6e8-8759c5c7f608_story.html

Update: A second whistleblower has come forward. This person has firsthand knowledge of Trump’s illegal extortion of Ukraine’s assistance in investigating his political opponent in return for nearly $400 million in U.S. taxpayer funds:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2nd-whistleblower-forward-speaking-ig-attorney/story?id=66092396

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/06/us/politics/second-whistleblower-trump-ukraine.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/06/politics/second-whistleblower-trump-ukraine/index.html

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million from Ukraine unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

New York Times reveals identifying details about Trump whistleblower

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By publishing details about the whistleblower’s background now, The New York Times is helping the public understand his substantial credibility.  The newspaper, however, could have waited until the whistleblower is testifying before identifying his background as a CIA agent with Ukrainian expertise.

How many CIA agents with access to the White House staff fit that specific description?  His life is now in danger especially because of the newspaper’s decision to publish his details now, as Trump has threatened him and the leaker with execution if they can be found. The CIA agent and the leaker understand that they are taking a huge risk by revealing what they know, but they would most certainly like to at least live long enough to testify.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/new-york-times-criticized-article-details-about-whistleblower-n1059331

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/who-is-whistleblower.html

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/09/29/trump-tweets-whistleblower-schiff-david-gergen-nr-vpx.cnn

The New York Times’ executive editor explains why the newspaper published the whistleblower’s details:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/reader-center/whistle-blower-identity.html

The other takeaway: Trump is attempting to intimidate witnesses by threatening to have them killed.

House launches official impeachment inquiry

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Trump went too far for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold back any longer on calls to begin the impeachment process:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/politics/democrats-impeachment-strategy/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/us/politics/democrats-impeachment-trump.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/us/politics/democrats-impeachment-inquiry.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-top-democrats-privately-discuss-creation-of-select-committee-for-impeachment/2019/09/24/af6f735a-dedf-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-24/democrats-and-pelosi-appear-close-to-tipping-point-on-impeachment

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/impeachment-unpredictable-animal/598735/

Here is what could happen:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-congress-impeachment-how-does-it-work-20190530-story.html

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/hell-just-got-hotter-gop-strategist-explains-why-impeachment-will-be-a-disaster-for-republicans/

There are some claims that Republican senators may vote to remove Trump from the presidency because of the seriousness of his alleged crimes and unethical behavior:

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/09/are-senate-republicans-circling-the-wagons-around-trump-not-so-much.html

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/462967-george-conway-predicts-republicans-will-vote-against-trump-on

More than 218 representatives — a majority of House Democrats — agree that there should be an impeachment inquiry:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-ukraine-controversy/2019/09/25/9390e9b8-df82-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

“The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law,” Pelosi said in announcing the official impeachment inquiry.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of betrayal of his oath of office and betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” she said. “Therefore today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”

Inland Democrats support the impeachment inquiry:

https://www.pe.com/2019/09/24/inland-house-democrats-support-trump-impeachment-inquiry/

Trump is an inept oaf who betrayed his country for personal gain and thought he could get away with it:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/opinions/did-trump-betray-his-country-ghitis/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/09/25/donald-trump-ukraine-phone-call-impeachment-transcript-column/2442422001/

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military assistance unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

Trump holds American foreign policy hostage in political extortion attempt

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Trump apparently threatened to withhold nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to help the Ukrainian government in its dispute with Russian-backed separatists unless it helped him:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/whistleblower-complaint-about-president-trump-involves-ukraine-according-to-two-people-familiar-with-the-matter/2019/09/19/07e33f0a-daf6-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html

Trump’s threat, apparently an extortion attempt to help with his reelection campaign, is a despicable offense that must lead to his impeachment:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/trumps-ukraine-call-clear-impeachable-offense/598570/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/09/trumps-biden-ukraine-request-could-shift-impeachment/598543/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-has-done-plenty-to-warrant-impeachment-but-the-ukraine-allegations-are-over-the-top/2019/09/20/51eff90c-dbf1-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html

Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted on national television that he requested the investigation of Trump’s political opponent, Joe Biden, by Ukraine’s government:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/politics/rudy-giuliani-joe-biden-ukraine-cnntv/index.html

https://www.vox.com/2019/9/20/20875471/rudy-giuliani-chris-cuomo-cnn-meltdown-trump-ukraine-cnn

Trump’s threat to withhold foreign aid unless he personally benefited politically is clearly an impeachable offense.

Meanwhile, most Democrats wring their hands and do nothing while Trump tramples the Constitution and acts like a dictator who can do whatever he wants without consequence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-ukraine-call-reveals-a-president-convinced-of-his-own-invincibility/2019/09/21/1a56466c-dc6a-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/22/opinion/trump-ukraine.html

The Democratic leadership is afraid to do anything, and Trump — sensing weakness — is solidifying his power as dictator. History will not be kind to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will be held responsible for letting the nation slip into dictatorship on her watch.

By refusing to do anything to stand up to Trump, Democrats are giving the green light for him to continue to violate the law in even bigger ways:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/impeachment-donald-trump-house-of-representatives-consequences.html

Rome is burning, but most House Democrats just stand and watch.

Update: The U.S. House of Representatives has launched an official impeachment inquiry:

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/democrats-plan-impeachment-of-president-trump-by-october-november/

Update: Trump’s chief of staff has admitted that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military assistance unless it investigated his political opponent:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/17/politics/mick-mulvaney-quid-pro-quo-donald-trump-ukraine-aid/index.html

 

People plan ‘climate strikes’ around the world Sept. 20

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The “climate strikes” are expected to be the largest environmental protests ever:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/20/world/global-climate-strike-september-intl/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/18/why-you-should-join-the-global-climate-strike-this-friday

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/21/across-the-globe-millions-join-biggest-climate-protest-ever

“This day of ‘skipping class’ will probably be the most important day of education in their lives,” writes Shoomer in a comment after The Guardian story.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/weather/greta-thunberg-unga-climate-speech-intl/index.html

https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/day-of-climate-protests-there-is-no-planet-b-69558341890

A lot of progress has been made, but it is not enough to avert a climate crisis. Substantially more progress is needed:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/al-gore-climate-change.html

The climate crisis cannot be avoided no matter what changes are made in the next several decades. Changes can be made to reduce the most extreme effects of the crisis, but the oceans will still rise, coral reefs will still suffer mass die offs and extinctions will continue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/climate/climate-change-oceans-united-nations.html

https://www.pe.com/2019/09/25/new-climate-report-oceans-rising-faster-ice-melting-more/

Half of the planet’s animals have disappeared since 1970, and another one million species are expected to become extinct in part because of the climate crisis, along with pollution and habitat loss:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/18/losing-species-shocking-rates-why-conservation-failing

Three billion birds have disappeared since 1970 in North America:

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-09-19/nearly-3-billion-birds-are-missing

Trump, however, falsely claims that climate change is a hoax. He even blocked California and 13 states from having strict auto emissions standards:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/opinions/trumps-disastrous-reversal-of-tough-auto-emissions-rules-folger/index.html

Deforestation of the Amazon is contributing to climate change:

https://time.com/amazon-rainforest-disappearing/

Trump has attacked environmental protections with 85 rollbacks:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks.html

College students cite living expenses as biggest barrier to success

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Colleges and universities study what they can do to improve student success, but the largest hurdles are the high costs of tuition, rent, food and transportation:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-12/college-costs-huge-barrier-to-california-student-success

RCC has a food grant and a food pantry for students in need:

https://www.rcc.edu/asrcc/Pages/Food-Grant.aspx

House committee approves rules for Trump impeachment investigation

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The committee can now question witnesses and subpoena grand jury testimony and documents:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/12/politics/impeachment-investigation-vote-house-judiciary-committee/index.html

If Trump is voted out in 2020, he could be prosecuted and spend the rest of his life in prison:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/09/14/holder-is-wrong-trump-must-be-prosecuted-after-leaving-office/

Trump eliminates environmental protections for streams, wetlands

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Companies will now be allowed to spew toxic chemicals unabated into streams and wetlands, which will lead to unhealthy water for wildlife and polluted drinking water for people:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/trump-administration-rolls-back-clean-water-protections.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/12/politics/epa-repeals-obama-era-water-regulation/index.html

As a reckless and mentally insane brute, Trump is doing everything he can to destroy the nation.

Update: The Trump administration plans to eliminate California’s power to set strict air pollution standards:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/trump-administration-to-revoke-californias-power-to-set-stricter-auto-emissions-standards/2019/09/17/79af2ee0-d97b-11e9-a688-303693fb4b0b_story.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/17/politics/trump-administration-california-auto-emissions/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/climate/trump-california-emissions-waiver.html

California officials vow to fight Trump’s plans to restrict the state’s authority to limit air pollution:

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-09-17/trump-revokes-california-environmental-authority-auto-deal

Trump plans to announce the decision to increase pollution in California while he is raising millions of dollars from rich people this week for his reelection campaign.

 

California passes legislation to convert contractors into employees

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Gov. Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law, which would then go into effect Jan. 1:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/technology/california-passes-landmark-bill-to-remake-gig-economy.html

The change will affect the so-called gig economy and reshape California’s economy on an epic scale.

Progressives are hailing the change as a great victory for workers, but the reality is that many contractors and freelancers will lose out and not be hired as employees.

There will be an adjustment period, with a lot of improvement in the way workers are treated as they gain security and benefits. There will also be a lot of suffering as many gig workers lose their source of income and find themselves jobless.

The legislation will require that any worker who is treated like an employee must be hired as one. Or the companies can stop doing business with the contractors, which will lead to job losses.

Update: Newspapers have secured an exception for paid freelancers who submit stories, photos and videos:

https://cnpa.com/cnpa-successful-in-getting-freelancer-exemption-into-ab-5-sweeping-independent-contractor-bill/

World laughs at geographically challenged Trump

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Trump committed a felony when he altered a weather forecast to falsely show Hurricane Dorian was headed to Alabama. That’s right: Alabama!

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/09/05/trump-sharpie-gate-mockery-jeanne-moos-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/wacky-world-of-jeanne-moos/

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/09/05/trump-alabama-map-dorian-collins-lead-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/hurricane-dorian/

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-05/trump-hurricane-dorian-map-sharpie

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/05/politics/alabama-dorian-donald-trump/index.html

The president is indisputably an idiot. A stubborn idiot.

Update: Trump’s Commerce secretary threatened to fire weather officials unless they lied and agreed with Trump that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The top weather official objected, but the threat was repeated and so the official lied to help Trump:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/climate/hurricane-dorian-trump-tweet.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/politics/wilbur-ross-noaa-employees/index.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/09/759209532/noaa-chief-scientist-says-move-to-contradict-agency-and-back-trump-was-political

While this whole sordid mess is amusing because it is so pathetic in its unnecessary and blatant dishonesty, it also serves as another frightening example of Trump’s ongoing efforts to destroy democracy and rule as an egotistical dictator:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/opinion/trump-democracy.html

 

Americans will now pay higher prices thanks to Trump’s tariffs

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The price increases for clothing, pens, tools, contact lenses, electronics and many other items begin Sept. 1:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/31/new-tariffs-shoes-television-diapers-other-chinese-made-products-take-effect-sunday-heres-what-it-means-you/

The list of items that will cost more thanks to Trump is 114 single-spaced pages long, The Washington Post reports.

“Make America broke again.”

Trump acts as dictator by trampling Constitution

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Trump has moved beyond being a wannabe dictator. Now he is taking the actions of an actual dictator:

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA,” Trump tweeted.

“Hereby ordered”?

Trump is now acting as a dictator on a daily basis by breaking the law and violating the Constitution:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-28/trump-administration-pushes-thousands-to-mexico-to-await-asylum-cases

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/experts-presidents-plan-to-host-2020-g-7-at-trump-resort-violates-the-u-s-constitution/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/28/trump-deserves-impeachment-quite-apart-mueller-report/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-will-divert-disaster-relief-funds-to-us-mexico-border-enforcement-prompting-outcry-from-democrats/2019/08/27/ba20dd30-c903-11e9-be05-f76ac4ec618c_story.html

Trump even promised to pardon aides who violate the law in stealing private citizens’ land so that the border wall can be extended without going through the proper procedures:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/28/trump-promised-pardons-to-get-border-wall-built-before-election-report.html

Day after day, Trump breaks the law:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/25/trump-isnt-just-violating-norms-hes-also-breaking-law/

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-violated-constitution-separation-powers-three-times-1427253

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/03/20/federal-judge-rules-trump-administration-violated-law-with-oil-gas-projects-that-ignored-climate-impacts/

https://reason.com/2019/07/18/trumps-asylum-ban-violates-standing-american-law/

 

America built its prosperity on the backs of brutally exploited slaves

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Nearly 500 years after the start of slavery in America, the most powerful nation on the planet has still not addressed income inequality or persistent racism:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/black-history-american-democracy.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html

Spain brought the first slaves to America in 1526:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/07/before-there-was-mystery-first-enslaved-africans-what-became-us/

Nor has the nation dealt with race-based police shootings. One in 1,000 African American men and boys are shot dead by the police in the U.S., which means that being shot by police is one of the leading causes of death:

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2019-08-15/police-shootings-are-a-leading-cause-of-death-for-black-men

https://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/killed-police-black-men-likely-white-men/

Update: Ignorant and/or dishonest white supremacists are attempting to push back against The New York Times’ 1619 Project, but there is widespread praise for this extremely important breakthrough work:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/25/1879981/-The-1619-Project-The-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-racist-responses

https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/the-1619-project-is-the-reckoning-america-needs

Scientists find toxic microplastics in snow from Arctic to Alps

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The lead scientist said that the cancer-causing microplastics are blown everywhere with the wind:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/microplastics-found-at-profuse-levels-in-snow-from-arctic-to-alps-contamination

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/microplastic-air-pollution-real/596119/

The tiny particles of plastic are in the soil, oceans and snow throughout the world. That means we breathe, eat and drink the cancer-causing plastic.

Scientists found from 14,000 to 150,000 grains of microplastic per liter of snow. Nearly every snow sample contained microplastic particles.

Trump administration weakens endangered species protections

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Everything Trump touches suffers and dies:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-12/trump-endangered-species-act

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/climate/endangered-species-act-changes.html

As many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction, primarily because of habitat loss, pollution and the climate crisis:

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750577655/trump-draws-backlash-from-wildlife-groups-for-revisions-to-endangered-species-ac

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/8/12/20802132/endangered-species-act-trump-weakening

https://awionline.org/press-releases/new-esa-regulations-deliver-devastating-blow-wildlife-conservation

This interactive map shows endangered species in each state:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/07/endangered-species-in-every-US-state-interactive-map/

Trump combines extreme ignorance with a complete lack of compassion, resulting in a festering administration that will stop at nothing to carry out its destructive agenda.