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Poll: Russ Feingold ties Scott Walker in potential Wisconsin recall

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Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) would give Gov. Scott Walker (R) a run for his money in a hypothetical recall election in Wisconsin, according to a new poll.

The two each won 48 percent of voters in a statewide survey conducted by the firm Ethridge & Associates. Asked whether Walker should be recalled, 51 percent of respondents said no, while 44 percent said yes.

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Liberals have launched an aggressive drive to recall Walker, who has faced furious pushback after successfully limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.

The governor becomes eligible for recall next January, after having spent a year in office. A poll last week found Wisconsinites evenly split on the question of recalling him.

Feingold, a liberal favorite, was ousted from the Senate on same day Wisconsinites elected Walker governor last November, both outcomes influenced by a nationwide surge in Republican voting and enthusiasm.

The Etheridge poll surveyed 400 Wisconsin residents who voted in the 2010 governor’s election between April 16-17. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points.

[Via TPM]

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Sondland is in ‘tremendous trouble’ no matter how he tries to change his testimony tomorrow: NYT columnist

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On Tuesday, in the wake of testimony from several witnesses in the impeachment hearing that broadly implicated EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland in improper backchannel foreign policy, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali suggested that Sondland is in "tremendous trouble" — and that no testimony he could give tomorrow will get him out of this mess:

No. He will be trying to save himself. The perjury plus multiple stellar witnesses paint a damning portrait. He's in tremendous trouble. https://t.co/CxN5w0EErb

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Even the Republican witnesses make Donald Trump look like a depraved criminal

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The second half of Tuesday's hearing offered something new in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry: Witnesses called by the Republican minority on the House Intelligence Committee. It's understandable why Republicans would want these two men.

One of them was Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide who is among the few people directly exposed to Trump's famous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who claims to believe there was nothing wrong with it. The other was Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine, who appears to have been a major actor in Trump's extortion scheme in that country. Indeed, Volker was deemed one of the "three amigos" — along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Trump donor/EU ambassador Gordon Sondland — who Trump entrusted with Ukrainian relations as he exerted increasing pressure on the country's leaders to give into his extortion scheme.

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Impeachment: Trump’s ‘hearsay’ defense just crashed and burned

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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