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At least one Democratic congressman is already preparing to impeach Donald Trump

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Donald Trump won’t be sworn into office for another 48 hours, and at least one Democratic congressman has already seen enough.

In a discussion with “Young Turks” reporter Eric Byler at the Bowie State University health care rally this weekend, newly elected Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) revealed that one of his first orders of business will be impeaching the president-elect.

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“Right now it looks pretty obvious that he’s on a collision course with the Emoluments Clause,” he noted. “He has refused to divest himself of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of business interests he has around the world doing business with foreign governments.”

As Raskin rightly observes, the Emoluments Clause is designed to inoculate the executive office from corrupting foreign influences.

“It says that no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government,” Raskin continuted. “He [Trump] just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself, the moment that the first conflict comes up, that’s going to look like an impeachable offense.”

Raskin knows what he’s talking about. In addition to representing Maryland’s eighth congressional district, he is a constitutional law and legislation professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and the director of the university’s Program on Law and Government Leadership. He is also a major proponent of the national popular vote agreement discussed at the House Judiciary Committee’s forum, “The Electoral College and the Future of American Democracy,” which took place four weeks after Trump’s election.

“The reason that we have a constitution of the United States is because we believe in the rule of law, and it’s not all about what [Trump] thinks he can get away with, with the 36 or 38 percent of the people who support him,” Raskin observed. “The vast majority of people don’t support [Trump] but even if they did, it wouldn’t make any difference if he’s violating the constitution of the United States.”

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In the meantime, Raskin aims to hold Trump accountable for his health care-related campaign promises.

“[Trump] has said several times in questions about health care that we need health care for everybody,” Raskin told rally goers.

“Look it up. He has said that we need a universal plan.”

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A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas

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With the daily number of new coronavirus infections in Texas now exceeding that of most other states, experts say Texas has become a hot spot of the global pandemic and that more aggressive measures are needed to slow the virus’ spread.

Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

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Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

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