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58%: Bush years ‘awful, not so good’

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Most believe moral values suffered under Bush, poll says

WASHINGTON — The jury is in on the Bush decade, and it’s not looking good. At least according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

A decisive 58 percent of respondents described the 2000-2009 years as “awful” or “not so good.” Twenty-nine percent called it “fair,” and a mere 12 percent said it was “good” or “great.”

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Time Magazine described it as “the decade from hell.”

While the Bush administration can’t be blamed for all of it, its influence in driving the national pessimism is difficult to deny. Thirty-eight percent said the 9/11 attacks had the “greatest negative impact on America this past decade.” Twenty percent said it was the Iraq war.

Twenty-three percent chose the housing crisis, 11 percent selected the 2008 stock market crash, and 6 percent described Hurricane Katrina as the worst national event of the decade.

In what appears to be the most likely complaint, a massive 74 percent said the United States lost ground on economic prosperity, while 66 percent thought it had jettisoned some of its moral values. Fifty-five percent said America treated other nations less respectfully, and 54 percent believed conditions of peace and national security worsened.

Mirroring the likely reason for President Obama’s two national priorities, 46 percent said America lost ground on health and well being, and 37 percent said environmental conditions have worsened during the decade.

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But it wasn’t all bad.

Forty-eight percent said the United States pushed forward in the area of science and technology, and 40 percent believed race relations improved.

“Not the decade from hell,” NBC reflected. “But close.”

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Adam Schiff trapped the GOP — by challenging them to refute documents Trump is blocking: Attorney

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In a thread on Twitter, The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal broke down the ingenious argument that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) used to trap the GOP with President Donald Trump's own obstruction — by laying out the case against Trump that witnesses said were in documents the president is blocking, and then challenging them to compel Trump to produce those documents if they don't believe the evidence.

Bad faith actors like @LindseyGrahamSC will not care, but what @RepAdamSchiff is doing here is brilliant. He's referencing docs he doesn't have, reminding the Senate that they can demand those docs, and then explaining what *other witnesses under oath* have said about those docs.

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GOP claim Ukraine felt ‘no pressure’ shredded by Adam Schiff during impeachment trial

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The lead House impeachment manager fact-checked Republicans during opening arguments in the prosecution of President Donald Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, reminded the Senate of the actual evidence that refutes the GOP talking point.

Schiff noted the testimony, emails and text messages that show Ukraine felt enormous pressure to go along with the quid pro quo.

The former federal prosecutor shouted, "they're at war!"

Schiff said it was "$400 million worth of pressure."

Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff pushes back on GOP argument that Ukraine didn't feel pressure following Trump call with Zelenskiy and withheld aid: "Like they're going to admit that they were being shaken down by the president of the United States." https://t.co/nfmmCjGJjV pic.twitter.com/1idgdnIpec

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GOP would ‘block the smoking gun’ Trump used to shoot someone on Fifth Ave: law professor

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As the Senate impeachment trial entered its second day, the Democratic impeachment managers laid out a gigantic trove of damning evidence against President Donald Trump regarding his scheme in Ukraine. But there is no indication that any Republican senator has been swayed to vote to convict, and it remains unclear even whether they will vote to allow additional evidence to be heard.

Law professor Jennifer Taub laid out in colorful imagery how hellbent Republicans are on acquitting the president, in the face of any conceivable evidence:

If Trump shot someone on Fifth Avenue (as he once bragged he could without losing voters), Senate Republicans would vote to block the introduction of the smoking gun into evidence.

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