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Trump shows just how scared he really is after Democrats take the House

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On Tuesday night, Democrats took back the House, ending eight years of Republican dominance of the lower chamber of Congress. As of this writing, not every race has been called and it is not yet clear how large the Democrats’ majority will be, but it is already clear that the Speaker’s gavel, and control of the House investigative committees, will go to them.

President Donald Trump initially tried to act gracious, calling Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi to laud her victory. But true to his style, just hours later he put out a tweet warning Democrats of all-out partisan warfare if they try to investigate him or his administration:

While the threat is appalling, Trump is absolutely right to be scared: though he has had to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s relentlessly-advancing probe into his ties to Russia for over a year now, and the subsequent indictments and convictions of his associates, that will only be the beginning when Democrats assume control of the House committees, as Adam Davidson writes for The New Yorker:

There are a half dozen House committees that have the power to investigate Trump — Intelligence, Oversight, Ways and Means, and Judiciary, among others. The chair of any committee — always a member of the majority party — has wide latitude to pursue investigations, issue subpoenas, and compel testimony.

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The news for the next year or longer seems likely to be dominated by a steady stream of coverage of the people closest to Trump as they testify before Congress under duress, or under a grant of immunity, or coverage of their refusal to speak at all for fear of incriminating themselves. At the same time, there could be regular reports about what the committee staff has found in subpoenaed records — perhaps Trump’s tax returns, his company’s internal financial documents, the records of his various oligarch partners in the former Soviet Union, and e-mails and other digital messages between Trump’s team and people in Russia.

And there is reason to think that many of these lines of investigation will yield damning information. Last month, a New York Times investigation into just a handful of Trump’s tax returns from the 90s revealed a complicated scheme of “outright fraud” to evade paying taxes on his father’s estate.

The bottom line is that Trump is facing a new and formidable apparatus of accountability — and even he knows how badly this could end for him.

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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This graphic explains why Speaker Pelosi is resistant to impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told her caucus that they can do investigations into the president without impeachment. The difference, however, is that there are fewer legal benefits available to Congress in their oversight role than in impeachment.

Theoretically, it should enable Democrats to do the research they need, but the White House is taking the bold step to defy the oversight the Constitution outlines. The only option open to the Democrats has been to go to court with their case outlining how the White House is breaking the law. Thus far, they've won two lawsuits about their investigations, and they will likely gain more.

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