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Hero pilot and Republican ‘Sully’ Sullenberger blasts Trump — without saying his name

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In a Washington Post op-ed, the hero pilot who saved 155 lives when his plane crash-landed on the Hudson River in 2009 blasted America’s “absence of civic virtues” — and blasted Donald Trump without naming him.

“As captain, I ultimately was responsible for everything that happened,” Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger wrote of the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” crash landing. “Had even one person not survived, I would have considered it a tragic failure that I would have felt deeply for the rest of my life. To navigate complex challenges, all leaders must take responsibility and have a moral compass grounded in competence, integrity and concern for the greater good.”

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In American politics, Sullenberger wrote, “too many people in power are projecting the worst.”

“Many are cowardly, complicit enablers, acting against the interests of the United States, our allies and democracy; encouraging extremists at home and emboldening our adversaries abroad; and threatening the livability of our planet,” he wrote.

“Many do not respect the offices they hold,” Sullenberger added. “They lack — or disregard — a basic knowledge of history, science and leadership; and they act impulsively, worsening a toxic political environment.”

The United States has “lost what in the military we call unit cohesion” and normalized an “absence of civic virtues.”

Sullenberger noted that although he’s been a Republican for most of his life, he’s always “voted as an American.”

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“This critical Election Day,” the hero pilot wrote, “I will do so by voting for leaders committed to rebuilding our common values and not pandering to our basest impulses.”

Read the entire editorial via the Post.

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Democrats have ‘all the pieces they need’ to impeach Trump: Ex-White House official

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said that Democrats have done as good a job as they can possibly can -- given restraints -- in making the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman one day after E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland emphatically made the case that the president was engaging in a quid pro quo scheme to force Ukraine's president to make a statement the would damage former Vice President Joe Biden on return for foreign aid, Lockhart said all the pieces are in place for Democrats to move forward.

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Mike Pompeo called on to resign or be impeached himself

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After Ambassador Gordon Sondland implicated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Ukraine scandal during his impeachment testimony on Wednesday morning, calls arose for him to resign — or to be impeached himself.

“Sondland puts Pompeo right in the middle of Trump’s bribery scheme,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. “And, Pompeo, who listened in on the July 25 call, knew what was at stake — Trump was forcing [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into the Bidens that was politically valuable to Trump’s 2020 campaign.”

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Here are 7 key moments from the Democratic primary debate

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Top Democratic candidates for president gathered on Wednesday night in Georgia to debate their respective qualifications for office, all under the shadow of ongoing impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

But while they took the time to address President Donald Trump’s conduct and wrongdoing, they didn’t let his issues dominate the night. They addressed a wide range of topics and managed to largely avoid the circular fights that have bogged down many previous debate

Here are seven moments that stood out:

1. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) addressed the central role black voters have in the Democratic Party.

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