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Choose the Constitution or choose Trump: NYT draws a red line for Republicans

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A New York Times editorial warned that Republicans must choose to uphold the Constitution or protect President Donald Trump, but that they cannot do both.

After Trump declared a national emergency Republicans have done little to stop it form taking effect.

“It is not too late to stop this legislative cop-out. Critical principles are at stake — Congress’s power of the purse, the separation of powers — that transcend any one declaration or leader. Members of both parties need to make clear that a presidential pique is not the same thing as a national emergency, that a president who fails to persuade Congress to support his priorities can’t then simply pursue them by fiat,” the editorial said.

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Trump declared a national emergency because he was unable to get his desired amount for border wall from Congress. The article then called out the GOP for a double standard on how they act on checks and balances in government.

House Republicans once cared passionately about checks and balances and frequently accused President Barack Obama of abusing his authority. In 2016, one of the “Big Ideas” in the conference’s ‘Better Way Agenda’ was a pledge to end presidential overreach: ‘Our President has been acting more like a monarch than an elected official. That stops now,'” they wrote.

Even though some Republicans have spoken out against Trump, they have put little action behind their words.

“Some Republicans dislike what Mr. Trump has done but have convinced themselves that there’s no point in voting for the resolution since the president will surely veto it,” the report said.

“Republican lawmakers swore an oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and to well and faithfully discharge the duties of their office. Here’s their chance,” the editorial said.

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Read the full report here.


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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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#PresidentPelosi trends after Sondland testimony implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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