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Democrats urged to ‘take note’ as GOP Rep. Justin Amash gets standing ovation for backing Trump impeachment

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Rep. Justin Amash—the first, and thus far only, Republican member of Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump—received a standing ovation from his constituents during a town hall in his Michigan district Tuesday after he doubled down on his condemnation of the president’s “dangerous” conduct.

While several Trump supporters in the audience of around 900 Michiganders said they will no longer back Amash—who is facing a primary challenge in 2020 due to his support for impeachment—the town hall crowd appeared overwhelmingly supportive of the Republican congressman’s stance.

“We can’t let conduct like that go unchecked,” Amash said. “Congress has a duty to keep the president in check.”

Amash warned that refusing to consider impeachment as a response to the behavior detailed in the Mueller report poses “a greater risk than the risk that it will be used too often.”

The Nation‘s John Nichols tweeted that “Democrats who are reluctant to impeach might want to take note of the reaction from voters in Republican Justin Amash’s district.”

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Watch the town hall audience give Amash a lengthy standing ovation after he said Congress must “not allow misconduct to go undeterred”:

 

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Bill Barr may have killed probe of Trump’s payoff to Stormy Daniels: Florida prosecutor

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A Florida prosecutor called on Congress to examine whether Attorney General William Barr killed an investigation into an illegal payoff to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, said newly released court documents further implicated Trump and his former aide Hope Hicks in the scheme, which has already resulted in a prison term for the president's former attorney Michael Cohen -- who implicated his boss in the campaign finance law violation.

"You and I don't have the benefit of the internal DOJ policy that forbids indicting a sitting president, and I think that is relevant here," Aronberg told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "There are a lot of things going on here. But I think that the public needs to know -- there needs to be public hearings about this. Especially I want to know what Bill Barr's role is."

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A bold vision by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to mesh human brains with artificial intelligence remains more science fiction than reality.

Even as Musk claimed his Neuralink startup had enabled a monkey to control a computer with its brain, experts were quick to dampen expectations for a futuristic scenario from "The Matrix" films, based on people with cybernetic implants.

Musk this week revealed his Neuralink startup is making progress on its brain-computer interface effort, and said the company hopes to begin testing on people next year.

Musk, founder of the automaker Tesla and the private space firm SpaceX, has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if humans are to avoid being outpaced by artificial intelligence.

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Ilhan Omar, US congresswoman in eye of political storm

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To her supporters, Ilhan Omar embodies the American dream, but to Donald Trump and his loyalists the refugee-turned-congresswoman has made clear with a string of controversial comments that she is a dangerous radical.

The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker came to the United States as a child and eventually won a seat in Congress.

On Thursday the first-term Democratic lawmaker became the focus of a raging debate on race and American values after Trump's supporters began chanting "Send her back!" at a campaign rally with the president.

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