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Florida Democrat uses kindergarten logic to explain how you can tell Trump is guilty

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Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) said during a passionate speech in the Judiciary Committee to explain the basic logic that shows the rationale for President Donald Trump’s impeachment charges.

The Congressman explained that he has a family group-text where he speaks to his children while he’s in Washington. He asked his children what they worry about

“They told me what they were feeling. and what their friends were feeling,” he described. “And they confirmed the worst. Their faith in our democracy is shaken. One of my kids said, ‘Trump has made me feel like our country is failing. He has taken away America’s common sense.’ Another said, ‘If our democracy is fragile enough to be manipulated by the president, then I worry for our future as a country.’ Why is our democracy so fragile? Well, the president smears the press as the enemy of the people. He attacks verifiable facts and calls them fake news. He attacks his opponents in the ugliest and the most hateful ways.”

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He went on to cite the examples of Trump degrading diplomats, questioning the patriotism of those who fought on battlefields when he dodged the draft.

“The president’s ongoing attacks on the 2020 elections and his effort to cover it up, that is why we are here tonight,” he said. “The president’s abuses of power to cheat America’s voters and threaten our national security — he welcomed Russian interference in the 2016 election. He solicited interference by Ukraine and by China in our 2020 election. The ongoing pattern of this president’s abuse of power, his obstruction of investigations — refusing to turn over even one document. That’s what requires us to act now.”

But it was the basic logic every child learns that Deutch used to make the argument against Trump’s obstruction of justice.

“When my kids were younger we taught them to tell the truth,” he continued. “We all teach our kids to tell the truth. If you have nothing to hide, honesty is the clearest path to putting trouble behind you. You know that’s true. Everyone does. If the president had not abused his power, if everything he did was truly perfect, he would have asked — no he would have demanded that everyone who works for him come forward and tell the truth, and bring all of their documents with them. Let them speak. Let them all speak. But instead of ordering his staff, to tell the truth, he silenced them. What message does that send the next generation of American voters? The next generation of American leaders?”

The New York Times editorial board asked the same question in an op-ed this week, wondering if Trump has nothing to hide, why then is he refusing to comply with the investigation.

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Top South Dakota Republicans face investigation for appearing to be drunk during crucial coronavirus session

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Lawmakers in South Dakota are investigating whether or not Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer (R) was drunk during a meeting earlier this week -- a meeting that dealt with new legislation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Rapid City Journal reports.

Another South Dakota Republican, Brock Greenfield, is also under investigation for his conduct during the meeting.

"Langer and Greenfield oversaw the Senate proceedings from a conference room in the Capitol as lawmakers convened through teleconference to decide on a series of emergency bills for the coronavirus outbreak," the Journal reports. "As the Senate prepared to adjourn Tuesday morning, Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, said he had heard Langer was intoxicated and had interrupted meetings in the House and Senate. He then attempted to move to create a disciplinary committee."

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‘Modern piracy’: Germany accuses Trump of stealing N95 masks it ordered from factory in China

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The German government is accusing the U.S. government of stealing N95 masks that it had ordered from a factory based in China that's run by American company 3M.

The Guardian reports that the German government claims that "200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer 3M were diverted to the U.S. as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand."

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, said that the American seizure of masks that were set to go to Germany was "an act of modern piracy" and warned that continuing to take such actions could create chaos across the globe.

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New Mavis Staples song to help Chicago seniors hit by virus

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Soul legend Mavis Staples on Friday released a new charity song, "All In It Together", to raise funds to help elderly people in Chicago through the coronavirus.

Produced by Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco fame, 80-year-old Staples said the song "speaks to what we're going through now".

"Everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not," said the veteran civil rights campaigner, who first shot to fame with The Staples Singers.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are... it can still touch you. It's hit so many people in our country and around the world in such a horrible way and I just hope this song can bring a little light to the darkness."

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