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‘The trifecta of constitutional misconduct’: Adam Schiff rains hell on Trump in blistering impeachment statement

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Tuesday delivered a blistering opening statement at the start of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the United States Senate.

In his speech, Schiff took apart the Trump legal team’s claims that the president’s conduct would not be an impeachable offense even if all the allegations against him were definitively proven to be true.

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“It is the president’s apparent belief that, under Article 2, he can do anything he wants, no matter how corrupt,” Schiff said. “And yet, when the Founders wrote this clause, they had this type of conduct in mind, conduct that abuses the power of office for his personal benefit, that undermines our national security, that invites foreign interference in our democratic process of an election. It is the trifecta of constitutional misconduct justifying our impeachment.”

Schiff then challenged senators to give Trump a full and fair trial that will allow both sides to subpoena documents and call witnesses, and he outlined the negative repercussions that would arise from not doing so.

“The harm is this: You will not have any of the evidence the president continues to conceal throughout most or all of the trial,” he said.

Watch Schiff’s opening statement below.

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At Joe Biden’s eleventh-hour rally in Nevada, many union members remain uncommitted

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On the eve of the Nevada caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has referred to himself as "middle-class Joe," had a last-minute chance to connect with middle-class Nevada voters before Saturday's caucuses. At a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream sandwiches, attendees that included firefighters and iron workers gathered for what was advertised as a precinct captain training — or to simply hear Biden's pitch. Indeed, many attendees of the barbecue were still undecided a mere day before caucusing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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WATCH LIVE: New Hampshire Democratic primary election results

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The first-in-the-nation primary finally arrived Tuesday as New Hampshire voters went to the polls.

Going into election night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was expected to win as a neighbor to the Granite State.

New Hampshire isn't the best at predicting the ultimate Democratic winner. In 1992, Bill Clinton came in second, as did Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. All went on to become the party's nominee.

CNN is expected to release exit polling at 5 p.m. EST and polls close at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on the municipality.

Unlike the Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire does a simple ballot vote, and results are expected to come in like a normal election.

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Greece elects first woman president

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Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in favour of 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said.

"Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the republic," Tassoulas said.

The new president, until now the head of Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, will take her oath of office on March 13, he added.

The daughter of a Supreme Court judge, Sakellaropoulou completed postgraduate studies at Paris's Sorbonne university.

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