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Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn’t care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel’s finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.

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“Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office,” Himes said. “And the president said, ‘Ah heck, that doesn’t matter.'”

Himes also said that he was infuriated by the Trump administration’s decision to refuse to answer any questions about its proposed changes to the 2020 census.

“So there’s one week where the president… basically says, ‘Screw you’ to the Congress,” Himes explained. “Our system is built around the idea that the president will be deferential to the Congress. If that doesn’t exist, we essentially have a king!”

He also subtly criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) strategy of holding back on impeaching Trump as too politically calculating.

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“If all you’re doing is kind of playing the odds and figuring out the statistics in the fact of appalling behavior, we won’t be galvanized,” he said.

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CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship

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Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.

CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.

Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.

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Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.

At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.

Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."

"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.

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Tom Steyer slams corporate power: We’ve seen ‘a 40-year attack on the rights of working people’

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At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.

"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."

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