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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.).

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“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.”

In his testimony Wednesday, as Common Dreams reported, Sondland said that administration officials like Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “in the loop” on Trump’s plan to pressure Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce an investigation into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President and 2020 Democratic primary presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“It was no secret,” said Sondland. “Everyone was informed via email on July 19, days before the Presidential call.”

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The ambassador’s statements set off a firestorm on social media, with a number of observers commenting that the implication of the vice president could mean that both Pence and Trump could be removed from office over the scandal.

“It’s over. Gordon Sondland’s devastating testimony must end the Trump presidency,” author Anand Giridharadas said on Twitter. “But that’s not all. It is now plausible that Vice President Pence should face an impeachment inquiry as well. And Mike Pompeo.”

Journalist Kellie Meyer took the testimony to its logical conclusion.

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“Sondland implicated both Trump and Pence in his testimony,” said Meyer. “House Speaker is next in line for the presidency.’

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Sondland on Wednesday also accused the White House and State Department of holding back unclassified documents related to the investigation that would have allowed the ambassador to reconstruct his timeline of involvement in the Ukraine discussions.

“My lawyers and I have made multiple requests to the State Department and the White House for these materials,” said Sondland. “Yet, these materials were not provided to me. They have also refused to share these materials with this Committee. These documents are not classified and, in fairness, should have been made available.”

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That revelation spurred progressive radio host Dean Obeidallah to use another hashtag.

“This is the very definition of #ObstructionOfJustice,” Obeidallah tweeted.


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‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms

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On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.

The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.

https://twitter.com/SpaceForceDoD/status/1218335200964464650

However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/PostCultRev/status/1218351691021484032

Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?

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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

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The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.

"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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