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Adam Schiff calls out Trump lawyers for making two opposite and competing arguments about impeachment witnesses

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) nailed the White House using two conflicting excuses to try and block the president from any accountability.

During the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the GOP argument was that the Democrats should have gone to court to get the witnesses they wanted. But when Democrats went to court, in the case of White House counsel Don McGahn, the White House argued they didn’t have standing.

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Schiff said that the GOP argument is that “the House should have taken the year or two years that it would have taken to force John Bolton to testify. They should have forced him to testify. I want you to hear what Donald Trump’s lawyers in the Justice Department are saying not in the Senate, but before the court of appeals, on this subject.”

Schiff then read the DOJ’s statement from The Committee on Judiciary vs. Don McGahn:

“Summary of argument: The committee lacks Article III standing to sue to enforce a Congressional subpoena demanding testimony from an individual on matters related to his duties in the executive branch official.”

Since the Trump team believes the House lacked standing, the only way they could get the standing to call witnesses was through an official impeachment inquiry.

“So, here they are,” said Schiff. “The president’s lawyers are this duplicitous, I kid you not, they come into the Senate, which they refer to as a court, and they say the House should have sued in court to enforce subpoenas like John Bolton. And they go to court and they say, ‘the House may not sue in court to compel a witness to testify. That is the legal duplicity of the president’s team. And it’s in black and white. So, that’s basically it. Are we going to get a fair trial or are we not?”

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Tennessee Christians are replacing health insurance with ‘sharing ministries’ that require people to live Godly lives: report

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On Tuesday, Brett Kelman of The Tennessean wrote about a spike in the uninsured rate in Tennessee — driven in part by 31,000 Christians in the state foregoing health insurance in favor of church-backed "sharing ministries."

These ministries are pitched as alternatives to medical coverage, but they are not health insurance at all — rather, they are better described as religious crowdfunding ventures where fellow congregants may cover your medical bills. But the key word is may. According to Kelman, "these groups don't actually guarantee any payment, and if you break their rules by smoking pot or having unmarried sex, you are on your own."

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The Trump-bubble is bursting: Coronavirus is only part of the problem with the stock market

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As the coronavirus outbreak approaches global pandemic status, the financial markets started the week in the hole. In the case of the U.S. Stock Exchange, all of the gains for the year were erased in one day. But the cause isn't isolated to the deaths caused by the virus.

Axios reported Tuesday that the market tumble that President Donald Trump's precious economic bubble might be bursting.

Asset fund managers said coming into 2020 that the stock market would be less predictable, but would likely rise about 5 percent from the 2019 close.

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Democrat ‘appalled’ by classified Senate briefing on coronavirus: ‘Should have been fully open to American people’

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) blasted the Trump administration for withholding information about coronavirus preparations from the public.

The administration gave senators a classified briefing Tuesday morning on the virus, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned Monday could turn into a potential pandemic unless President Donald Trump and his team took swift action.

"The Trump administration has been asleep at the wheel," Schumer said. "President Trump, good morning, there is a pandemic of coronavirus. Where are you?"

After the briefing, Blumenthal sounded like he hadn't been reassured by the administration -- and called for more transparency.

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