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Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘extremely serious’ about running for Arkansas governor

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is seriously considering a run for Arkansas governor, according to three sources close to the outgoing White House press secretary.

Sanders and her associates have privately discussed the possibility for months, sometimes jokingly, but those sources said she seems quite interested in running for the position her father, Mike Huckabee, held from 1996 to 2007, reported Politico.

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“She’s extremely serious,” said one of those people, who has recently spoken to Sanders about a possible campaign.

The White House official and her allies have been making calls to donors and Republican operatives in Arkansas, although they have not directly asked for support.

President Donald Trump has publicly encouraged Sanders to run for the office, which doesn’t open up until 2022, after privately urging her to do so for months, and hinted Tuesday night at a campaign rally that she would.

Sanders could tap into political networks established by her father and Sen. John Boozman, whose campaign she managed in 2010, and her boss in the White House remains very popular in Arkansas.

“She would be formidable if she were to get into the race,” said Roby Brock, a veteran Arkansas political reporter. “She’s got the Huckabee political machine, the Boozman political machine and the Trump political machine.”

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WATCH: Republican Doug Collins storms out of impeachment hearing after angry rant

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The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee stormed out of the impeachment hearing on Thursday after an angry rant.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) complained about Democrats arguing lives were lost in Ukraine because of Trump stopping military aid in the middle of their hot war with Russia.

Collins argued Democrats were "besmirching the dead" by entering news reports on the topic into the official record.

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Republican bloviates about withholding Dem’s documents for the record — then quickly backs down when confronted

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Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) had a little tantrum in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday when Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tried to add documents to the official congressional record. Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has added, with unanimously consent, whatever both sides sought to enter into the record.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, Swalwell then walked across the dais to Collins and handed the articles to him. One was a Los Angeles Times piece that detailed how Ukrainian soldiers died while battling Russia while they waited on the aid from the United States.

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David Cay Johnston: Senators have a choice — convict Trump or crown Him

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Letting the President Get Away with Contempt of Congress Will Make the Legislative Branch as Irrelevant as the Roman Senate

The two articles of impeachment, which have drawn criticism as either too much or too little, strike me as cleverly drafted to put Senate Republicans in a most uncomfortable box.

The second article, obstruction of Congress, should be the tougher one for Senate Republicans. It flows from Donald Trump’s stonewalling the impeachment inquiry – no testimony, no documents.

On top of this utter contempt of Congress, Trump claims absolute immunity from investigation by anyone for anything. His lawyers asserted in federal court in October that the NYPD could not investigate even if Trump literally shot someone on Fifth Avenue.

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