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These 10 senators might break party ranks on Senate impeachment trial votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has gotten all 53 Republican senators to back his rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but there are a few fence-sitters who could complicate his acquittal schemes.

McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will spend the trial trying win support from a handful of moderate or vulnerable Republicans, but the likelihood of Trump’s conviction and removal remains vanishingly low, reported Politico.

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“Different people are in different political situations and different parts of the country come to it with different predispositions,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD). “You have to try and balance all of that. It’s all about the majority. It’s all about 51. It’s about how we get 51?”

Three GOP senators — Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Mitt Romney (UT) — have signaled they’d like to hear from additional witnesses, but they need a fourth Republican to break from the majority to join them.

If Democrats get a fourth Republican vote for additional witnesses, it most likely will come from a group that includes Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who’s retiring, or Senate institutionalists such as Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rob Portman (R-OH) or Pat Toomey (R-PA).

But so far, none of those four have indicated how they’ll vote.

There are about 40 Trump hardliners in the Senate who almost certainly won’t vote to hear additional witnesses, unless McConnell agrees to allow the president’s defense team to call Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

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GOP defections may not even matter, if any Democrats such as Sens. Doug Jones (D-AL), Joe Manchin (D-WV) or Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) vote against additional testimony.

Most Democrats, however, have decided that Trump is guilty, but more evidence is needed before voting to convict.

Even if they lose the Senate vote, they plan to press impeachment — and a possible acquittal — to take back the White House and a Senate majority in November.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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