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‘IMPEACH’: Immediate action on Trump called for in scathing Atlantic cover story

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The Atlantic’s cover story this month offers a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump’s presidency — and makes the case that the House of Representatives needs to impeach him.

In the story, Journalist Yoni Applebaum writes that Trump has fundamentally failed to uphold his oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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Even though Trump is unlikely to be convicted in the Senate, Applebaum believes that the House should nonetheless go through with the process to shine a spotlight on Trump’s fundamental unfitness for the office.

“The process of impeachment itself is likely to shift public opinion, both by highlighting what’s already known and by bringing new evidence to light,” Applebaum argues. “If Trump’s support among Republican voters erodes, his support in the Senate may do the same. One lesson of Richard Nixon’s impeachment is that when legislators conclude a presidency is doomed, they can switch allegiances in the blink of an eye.”

Furthermore, Applebaum thinks House Democrats ought to take up impeachment even before special counsel Robert Mueller issues his final report on whether the president obstructed justice or conspired with Russian agents to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

“Waiting… presents dangers,” he argues. “With every passing day, Trump further undermines our national commitment to America’s ideals. And impeachment is a long process… By delaying the start of the process, in the hope that even clearer evidence will be produced by Mueller or some other source, lawmakers are delaying its eventual conclusion. Better to forge ahead, weighing what is already known and incorporating additional material as it becomes available.”

Read the whole story here.

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Internet disgusted after Erdo?an makes Trump and GOP senators watch propaganda video in the Oval Office

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On Thursday, Axios reported that during a reception at the Oval Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an — who has come under international scrutiny for his brutal treatment of Kurdish freedom fighters — whipped out his iPad and made President Donald Trump and several GOP senators watch a video describing Kurds as terrorists.

Commenters on social media were quick to excoriate the president for allowing a notorious strongman to bring propaganda into the White House and make U.S. officials watch it on his personal tablet:

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GOP’s best defense of Trump’s ‘corrupt schemes’ may doom him in 2020 election: conservative columnist

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Conservative columnist Eli Lake thinks that House Republicans may have done a good job of defending President Donald Trump during Wednesday's opening impeachment hearings -- but he also thinks they undermined his chances of winning the 2020 election.

In his latest Bloomberg column, Lake argues that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a smart argument in favor of not impeaching the president: Namely, that his attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden fell apart before it could be fully executed.

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Trump flying in for last-ditch rally to save Louisiana GOP governor candidate with ‘really bad’ vote returns

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Republicans suffered a major blow in Kentucky after Gov. Matt Bevin, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear — despite the president's efforts to help the GOP, culminating in a massive rally in Lexington on the eve of the election.

Now, according to Politico, GOP strategists are worried that a similar outcome could happen in Louisiana, where conservative Democrat John Bel Edwards will stand for re-election on Saturday against Trump-loving businessman Eddie Rispone.

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