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robert reich explains how to impeach a president in 10 simple steps

it won’t be easy to impeach donald trump. no president in american history has ever been convicted on articles of impeachment.only two presidents so far have been impeached by the house and had that impeachment go to the senate for trial. the first was andrew johnson, in 1868, when the senate came one vote short of convicting him. the next was 131 years later, in 1999, when bill clinton’s impeachment went to the senate. 50 senators voted to convict clinton, 17 votes short of what was needed.what about richard nixon? he resigned early in this process, before the house had even voted on articles of impeachment. and then his successor, who had been his vice president, gerald ford, gave nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the united states while president.this isn’t to say trump couldn’t or won’t be impeached. only that it’s a long and drawn-out process.it all revolves around article i sections 2 and 3 of the constitution, and rules in the house and the senate implementing those provisions.step 1. it starts in the house judiciary committee, when a majority of the member vote in favor of what’s called an “inquiry of impeachment” resolution.step 2. that resolution goes to the full house of representatives where a majority has to vote in favor. and then votes to authorize and fund a full investigation by the judiciary committee into whether sufficient grounds exist for impeachment.step 3. the house judiciary commit...





fox news’ eric bolling figures out who really colluded with russia — and it’s not donald trump jr.

fox news’ eric bolling on friday figured out who, exactly, was colluding with the russian government during the 2016 election, and—surprise, surprise—it wasn’t donald trump jr.on “the specialists,” a five-person panel show where supposedly some of the participants are specialists, bolling announced that the real connection between russia and the 2016 campaign was none other than former democratic candidatehillary clinton.“one of these people who were at the meeting, not sure which one … is connected to fusion gps, who also was connected—fusion gps—to the payment, the russian dossier,” bolling said friday. “christopher steele, the british operative who put together this russian dossier somehow got payment from fusion gps.”
“so instead of pointing the finger at donald trump jr. and saying he’s ‘colluding’—oh, big word, colluding—with the russians, maybe the russians were colluding with hillary clinton to get information on donald trump,” bolling concluded.so clinton colluded with russia to undermine her own campaign and elect the man who’s systematically refused to call out russian president vladimir putin for a variety of geopolitical misdeeds? got it.
watch the video below, via fox news:[email protected]: “maybe the russians were colluding with @hillaryclinton to get information on @realdonaldtrump.” #foxnewsspecialistspic.twitter.com/upvangpyo3— fox news (@foxnews) july 14, 2017





republicans are on the brink of completing a long, deadly con

it was supposed to die in the house of representatives. as recently as june, pundits were pronouncing the senate’s health care legislation dead in the water. but this week mitch mcconnell unveiled a revised version of the better care reconciliation act, and incredibly, democrats lack a third republican vote to kill the bill. even more remarkable is that the newest bcra is even more monstrous than the last.for paul krugman, “it’s surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally.” on thursday, the new york times columnist called republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage medicaid cuts a “scam.” that’s because mcconnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. this would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.“this is still a bill that takes from the poor,” krugman writes, “it just does so with extra stealth.”as if that weren’t enough, trumpcare would effectively decimate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. the new bcra includes a cruz amendment enabling insurers to offer skeleton health care plans with huge deductibles. even industry insiders believe republicans are flirting with disaster. america’s health insurance plans, a national political advocacy and trade association with approximately 1,300 members, warns the amendment would “fracture and segment insurance markets into separate ris...





alabama school requires students to read right-wing authors including ann coulter and rand paul

facebook, u.s. newsalabama school requires students to read right-wing authors including ann coulter and rand paulsarah k. burris14 jul 2017 at 17:40 etan ultra-conservative reading list required by one alabama school is raising eyebrows and raising concerns among parents.the right-wing frequently accuses the schools of kowtowing to leftists politics by teaching things like science instead of religion and demanding youth refrain from reading classic literature that depicts a racist american history. but according to al.com, it’s the far right that is demanding schools teach their philosophies. the baldwin school board is getting involved after a summer reading list was given to students at spanish fort high school by teacher gene ponder. the list mandates that students choose one of the books from the list, which range from rand paul books to ann coulter. it also has michael savage’s 2006 book, liberalism is a mental disorder listed as an option. while political or controversial books aren’t unheard of, particularly in upper-level advanced placement classes, they’re typically taught alongside the contrasting view point. for example, the bible is often taught with edith hamilton’s mythology. that was not the case here. elizabeth denham, whose son was in the ap class, posted the reading list on her facebook page and blog saying that she contacted the school out of concern. “i encourage my children to read things they disagree with,” she explained. “to listen to ...





republicans are on the brink of completing a long, deadly con

commentary, facebook, trump news, u.s. newspaul krugman: republicans are on the brink of completing a long, deadly conjacob sugarman, alternet14 jul 2017 at 21:54 etit was supposed to die in the house of representatives. as recently as june, pundits were pronouncing the senate’s health care legislation dead in the water. but this week mitch mcconnell unveiled a revised version of the better care reconciliation act, and incredibly, democrats lack a third republican vote to kill the bill. even more remarkable is that the newest bcra is even more monstrous than the last.for paul krugman, “it’s surpassingly ugly, intellectually and morally.” on thursday, the new york times columnist called republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage medicaid cuts a “scam.” that’s because mcconnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. this would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.“this is still a bill that takes from the poor,” krugman writes, “it just does so with extra stealth.”as if that weren’t enough, trumpcare would effectively decimate protections for people with pre-existing conditions. the new bcra includes a cruz amendment enabling insurers to offer skeleton health care plans with huge deductibles. even industry insiders believe republicans are flirting with disaster. america’s health insurance plans, a nati...





how abstinence-only sex ed keeps some people from reporting their sexual assaults

on top of the shame many people who’ve been raped or sexually assaulted feel based on the assault itself, there’s evidence to suggest that many feel an additional burden of shame based on the pro-abstinence and abstinence-only sex education programs they’re taught at home, school and church.according to teen vogue, the culture of purity and virginity surrounding these programs leads some, including writer gina florio, to hide their assaults from their loved ones and suffer in secret.after being assaulted at age 16, florio wrote that rather than getting the help she needed, she spent much of her time punishing herself.“i spent the following weeks crying and literally repenting at church for what i thought i had done wrong, when the reality was, a boy i knew, trusted, and liked took me out on a faux date,” florio wrote, and added a graphic description of her rape. “i was too paralyzed in a cloud of fear to even think about escaping. more importantly, i was convinced that it was all my fault. that i deserved this.”florio’s experiences were backed up not only by anecdotes from other young women who were afraid to disclose their rape because of their abstinence-only sex ed, but also by nicole cushman, a comprehensive sex ed advocate who works with organizations that sponsor common-sense sex ed.“many abstinence-only programs instill fear and shame related to sexual behavior. they may teach young people that they are dirty or tainted if they’ve had sex,” cushm...





colbert rips jeff sessions for secret meeting with viciously anti-lgbtq group

attorney general jeff sessions’ closed-door meeting with an anti-lgbt law group is no laughing matter — unless, of course, you’re stephen colbert.during his cold open on friday night’s episode, colbert blasted the secretive meeting between sessions and the alliance defending freedom law group.notably, both the adf and the justice department have refused to make sessions’ speech public — a fact that colbert, in natural form, picked on.“a closed-door speech? come on guys, it’s 2017, it’s ok to come out!” colbert joked. “let your hate flag fly! you’re here, you fear, we’re used to it.”alliance defending freedom, colbert noted, is a christian legal group who defended clients like the bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple and wrote “model legislation” such as anti-transgender bathroom bills like the infamous hb2 in north carolina. the group’s stated mission is “seeking to recover the robust christendomic theology of the third, fourth and fifth centuries.”“ah, the good old days,” colbert said. “when men were men and women died in childbirth at 14.”because the meeting was closed to the public and sessions’ remarks at it remain unknown, colbert decided to dramatize his own version — using a keebler elf cookie and an over-the-top fake louisiana accent.“dear ladies and gentleman, i am positively flabbergasted by the amount of homosexualizin’ i see in our country these dark days,” colbert-as-sessions said. “...





robert reich explains how to impeach a president in 10 simple steps

it won’t be easy to impeach donald trump. no president in american history has ever been convicted on articles of impeachment.only two presidents so far have been impeached by the house and had that impeachment go to the senate for trial. the first was andrew johnson, in 1868, when the senate came one vote short of convicting him. the next was 131 years later, in 1999, when bill clinton’s impeachment went to the senate. 50 senators voted to convict clinton, 17 votes short of what was needed.what about richard nixon? he resigned early in this process, before the house had even voted on articles of impeachment. and then his successor, who had been his vice president, gerald ford, gave nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the united states while president.this isn’t to say trump couldn’t or won’t be impeached. only that it’s a long and drawn-out process.what about richard nixon? he resigned early in this process, before the house had even voted on articles of impeachment. and then his successor, who had been his vice president, gerald ford, gave nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the united states while president.this isn’t to say trump couldn’t or won’t be impeached. only that it’s a long and drawn-out process.what about richard nixon? he resigned early in this process, before the house had even voted on articles of impeachment. and then his successor, who had ...





john lewis blasts trump’s ‘election fraud’ commission as a form of voter intimidation and harassment

a prominent civil rights leader with a three decade record in congress is blasting president donald trump and attorney general jeff sessions for trying to suppress the vote.“that is a form of intimidation,” congressman john lewis (d-ga) told cnn in an interview airing friday night. “that’s a form of harassment.”for over half a century, congressman lewis has been fighting for voting rights.“some of the people that make up this commission have a history, a long history, of making it harder and difficult for people to participate in the democratic process,” lewis said. “we’ve come too far. this president should be leading us into the future, not taking us backwards.”president trump “knows very, very little about the struggle and the history of the civil rights movement,” lewis stated.“black and white people died, they gave their lives,” lewis said.lewis himself was beaten bloody and jailed by alabama state troopers in the historic civil rights march on selma, al in 1965.in january, he described that experience, saying, “the troopers came toward us. beating us with whips, nightsticks. i was hit in the head by a state trooper with a night stick. i was the first one to be hit. knocked down. my knees went from under me. i thought i saw death. i thought i was going to die on that bridge. i thought it was my last nonviolent protest.”





jared kushner’s lawyer in trump-russia probe to stop representing him: report

facebook, trump newsjared kushner’s lawyer in trump-russia probe to stop representing him: reportbob brigham14 jul 2017 at 16:30 eta former deputy us attorney general will no longer be defending president donald trump’s son-in-law.jared kushner’s lawyer, jamie gorelick, is “dropping out of the case,” michael isikoff report for yahoo news.isikoff also reports that “well-known washington criminal defense lawyer” abbe lowell will be taking over all responsibilities for kushner’s defense.“gorelick was always in an awkward role as kushner’s counsel. she is a prominent democrat in washington legal circles, having served as chief counsel to the defense department and later deputy attorney general during the clinton administration,” isikoff explains. “she had faced quiet criticism from longtime friends and colleagues for being associated with the legal defense of a top official in the trump white house.”ty cobb will also be officially joining white house staff as a “special counsel” to trump. instead of reporting to white house counsel don mcgahn, cobb will be reporting directly to the president.cobb is distantly related to the baseball player of the same name.report typos and corrections to [email protected]internet scrutiny zeroes in on kremlin-aligned russian operative natalia veselnitskayanewest stories





natalia veselnitskaya ‘pierced’ trump’s inner circle by bringing russian spy to trump towers meeting

there were three major bombshells revealed friday about the trump tower meeting between the top echelons of the donald trump campaign and alleged kremlin intermediaries.on june 9, 2016, donald trump jr., the president’s son-in-law jared kushner and then-campaign chairman paul manafort met with kremlin-linked attorney natalia veselnitskaya.we’ve now learned what was exchanged in the meeting, more about the attendees, and who helped finance the lobbying effort.“veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the democrats,” the associated press reported.the exchange of this opposition research dossier on the democratic national committee could play a key role in the investigation, according to one election law expert.professor richard hasen teaches law and political science at the university of california, irvine, school of law and was very focused on the exchange of the plastic folder of documents.“if this is true, it looks like now the receipt of an in-kind contribution,” professor hasen wrote (emphasis in original). professor hasen the linked to 52 u.s. code § 30121, the federal statue that makes it illegal to solicit “anything of value” from a foreign citizen.the second major revelation so far on friday was the associated press confirming that rinat akhmetshin attended the june 9th meeting inside trump tower.“the russian-american lobbyist who attended a meeting at ...





trump’s odds of impeachment soar to new high

the odds that donald trump will be impeached during his first term as president reached a new high following the disclosure that his son, donald trump jr., arranged a meeting with a russian government attorney to discuss what was purported to be information that could be used against election rival hillary clinton. the disclosure comes amid…





ravens are so smart it’s actually kind of disconcerting, new study finds

unlike so many of us, they actually plan for the future. dark wings, dark words pixabay a flock of ravens ravaging a carcass may technically be called an unkindness, but the real unkindness is using that term. everyone is always hating on the smarty pants, but ravens are not terrifying. do they have sharp, curved beaks…





moderate republicans feel the pressure from progressives over senate healthcare bill

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none of us had to hire lawyers

a former high-ranking official in president barack obama’s west wing mocked the preponderance of lawyering-up by the staffers closest to president donald trump.chris lu served obama’s entire first term as white house cabinet secretary – the primary liaison between the president and cabinet-level departments and agencies. before that, he served as legislative director in the office of then-senator barack obama. after working in the west wing, lu was unanimously confirmed by the us senate as deputy secretary of labor.“i served 4 years in the obama white house,” lu tweeted. “i never hired a lawyer, and i don’t know anyone who did.”“just thought i’d point that out,” added the former deputy chief counsel of the house oversight and government reform committee.lu served obama from his first year in the united state senate until the day donald trump was sworn in, including serving as the executive director of the obama-biden transition project.lu is currently a senior fellow at the u.va. miller center.i served 4 years in the obama white house. i never hired a lawyer, and i don't know anyone who did. just thought i'd point that out.— chris lu (@chrislu44) july 14, 2017





internet scrutiny zeroes in on kremlin-aligned russian operative natalia veselnitskaya

washington — natalia veselnitskaya has become an internet sensation, and in politics that’s hardly ever a good thing. the russian lawyer, little-known until she surfaced in news stories this week about a meeting with donald trump’s son during last year’s presidential campaign, has been falsely tied in the last 48 hours to two members of congress…





if trump jr.’s russia meeting had been a drug deal he’d be guilty of conspiracy

congressman ted lieu (d-ca) read donald trump, jr.’s emails setting up a meeting with russian attorney natalia veselnitskaya to make sure they made it into the congressional record on friday.that’s not the only message, however, lieu is trying to send.in an interview with cheddar, lieu used his background as a prosecutor to offer an analogy as to why trump jr.’s now-infamous “i love it” response is the first prosecutable step of this conspiracy.“let me give you an analogy,” lieu told his interviewer. “let’s say someone says ‘i’ve got a bunch of cocaine’ and emails that to you, and you reply back saying ‘i love it!’ then you set up a meeting, you show up at that meeting, and if that cocaine turned out to be salt, it is still prosecutable as a crime of conspiracy.”later in the interview, lieu turned his lens on president donald trump’s advisor and son-in-law jared kushner, who was also in trump jr.’s meeting with veselnitskaya and former campaign chair paul manafort.“he should be nowhere near the white house,” lieu said. “his security clearance needs to be suspended. if i in any way had advocated for a secret russian backchannel using russian equipment at the russian embassy, my security clearance would have been suspended when i was in the military.”watch lieu’s bombastic interview below, via cheddar.





us health care system rated the worst

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nobody’s taking the russia collusion story ‘seriously’ except hillary clinton

kellyanne conway is asserting that former democratic candidate hillary clinton is “one of the only people” who still believes the russia collusion narrative. during an interview on fox news’ “fox & friends” on friday, the counselor to the president said: watch the video i mean, we were promised systemic, hard evidence of systemic, sustained, furtive collusion…





fox news’ eric bolling figures out who really colluded with russia — and it’s not donald trump jr.

fox news’ eric bolling on friday figured out who, exactly was colluding with the russian government during the 2016 election, and—surprise, surprise—it was’t donald trump jr.on “the specialists,” a five-person panel show where supposedly some of the participants are specialists, bolling announced that the real connection between the russian government and the 2016 campaign was none other than hillary clinton.“one of these people who were at the meeting, not sure which one … is connected to fusion gps, who also was connected—fusion gps—to the payment, the russian dossier,” bolling said friday. “christopher steele, the british operative who put together this russian dossier somehow got payment from fusion gps.”
“so instead of pointing the finger at donald trump jr. and saying he’s ‘colluding’—oh, big word, colluding—with the russians, maybe the russians were colluding with hillary clinton to get information on donald trump,” bolling concluded.so clinton colluded with russia to undermine her own campaign and elect the man who’s systematically refused to call out russian president vladimir putin for a variety of geopolitical misdeed? got it.
watch the video below, via fox news:[email protected]: “maybe the russians were colluding with @hillaryclinton to get information on @realdonaldtrump.” #foxnewsspecialistspic.twitter.com/upvangpyo3— fox news (@foxnews) july 14, 2017