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Senator Susan Collins: Trump court nominee, accuser should both testify

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Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Monday said both President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and the woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath.

“Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee,” Collins wrote in a post on Twitter, referring to Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California who made her accusation public on Sunday.

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The impeachment of Donald Trump: Here’s how it will work — assuming anything still works

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Now that the House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, it’s time to understand how this process will actually work. It has only played out in full twice before in American history, 130 years apart. What does it take to impeach a president and remove him or her from office? How many times has a president faced this type of crisis? What are the undisputed facts (if any) regarding Trump’s situation?

Impeachment is not the same thing as removing a president from office.

The term “impeachment” is commonly used interchangeably with “removal” as regards a president, but this is not accurate. When a president is impeached, that refers to the constitutional process wherein a majority of members of the House decides that the president has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” serious enough to warrant removal from office. If the House impeaches the president, the Senate then holds a trial — with the chief justice of the Supreme Court as presiding judge — to determine whether he or she should be convicted. While only a simple majority is necessary for impeachment, a two-thirds majority is necessary to convict a president in the Senate.

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Morning Joe slams ‘stupid’ Mick Mulvaney for his latest attempt to snow the ‘rubes’ with a conspiracy theory

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough bashed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for insulting the public's intelligence by denying his confession of a quid pro quo arrangement.

The "Morning Joe" host said Mulvaney clearly lied by denying that he'd admitted during a videotaped news conference to helping to hold up aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the foreign ally to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory held by President Donald Trump.

"There's rank stupidity here," Scarborough said. "I don't know whether Mick Mulvaney is the one that is so stupid or whether he believes that Donald Trump supporters are so stupid that if he just keeps lying, talks fast enough, he thinks the rubes -- he must consider them to be rubes -- in his mind will let it pass."

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Report exposes right-wing effort to ban criticism of Israel in US schools

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Human rights and free speech advocates responded with alarm Thursday to a Guardian report revealing that pro-Israel and right-wing lobbyists are encouraging Republican state lawmakers to pass legislation that could outlaw discussions about the Israeli government's human rights abuses and occupation of Palestinian territory at all levels of the U.S. public education system under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

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