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‘This is Alice in Wonderland upside down’: Legal expert explains how Trump’s defense breaches Constitutional Law 101

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The White House continues to stonewall Congress, refusing to comply with subpoenas. On Tuesday, the president’s legal counsel wrote a letter to Democratic lawmakers claiming that the president’s due process was being violated and that the effort was designed to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

“Your unprecedented actions have left the president with no choice,” said the letter, signed by Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel. “In order to fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the executive branch and all future occupants of the office of the presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.”

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On Wednesday, CNN played a clip of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) holding forth during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Julian Epstein, the chief Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, then explained why the legal basis for Trump’s refusal to co-operate is bonkers.

“This is Alice in Wonderland upside down reality,” Epstein joked. He then explained why there’s no Constitutional basis for Trump’s legal argument. “The White House is arguing, I think the text of what they’re arguing is that they have a right as a matter of fairness to negotiate with the House on the procedures and rules of engagement for impeachment. And that’s just wrong as a constitutional matter,” he said. “That’s Constitutional law 101.

“The House has the sole authority to determine its procedures. In 1998 the White House had no rights and procedural protections whatsoever during the impeachment process. We voted on September 11th an impeachment inquiry. There was nothing in the impeachment inquiry about the rights of the White House.”

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How Lindsey Graham keeps lowering his standards for Trump

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread and death tolls increased across the United States over the last three months, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repeatedly raised the number of deaths he would find acceptable in defense of President Donald Trump's botched response.
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White woman pulls gun on Black woman after allegedly almost hitting her with her car

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On Wednesday, a viral video showed a white woman in Auburn Hills, Michigan, pulling a handgun on a Black woman in an altercation in a parking lot.

According to the woman taking the video, the white woman nearly hit the Black woman while backing up her van, and the argument escalated quickly.

"Get the license plate!" the Black woman can be heard shouting.

"Don't you f**king jump behind my car," replied the woman with the gun. "Get the f**k back! Get the f**k back! Back the f**k up!"

According to the poster, the woman who brandished the gun has been arrested.

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July 4 re-opening still on after employee at private sports club owned by billionaire governor tests positive for coronavirus

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After at least three complaints alleging lax reopening practices at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s luxury resort hotel, a kitchen employee has tested positive for the coronavirus at a residential and sports club affiliated with The Greenbrier.

Local Health Department officials directed a 14-day quarantine for potentially exposed employees at The Lodge, a restaurant at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, and the venue will remain closed until July 10. Festivities planned at the club for July 4 will go on, but with food from other facilities.

"While the events of the past few days certainly have thrown us a curve ball, we have reached out to our friends and colleagues in the area to pull together a festival that will have something for everyone," the director of operations at the sporting club, Allen Wills, told its 400 members in a Tuesday night email, obtained by ProPublica.

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