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The first full day of Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial adjourned at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday after 13 hours of intense debates.

In December, House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Now it's the Senate's turn to either vote to remove Trump from office or acquit him of all charges.

The Senate passed Mitch McConnell's impeachment trial rules after heated debates on the Senate floor.

McConnell's rules gives each side 24 hours to argue their cases. Then the Senate will quickly vote to either convict or acquit the President of the United States.

The trial is expected to end next week without calling any witnesses.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) slammed the rules set by Senate Majority Leader McConnell (right), which she claims are a cover-up attempt by President Trump.

Pelosi criticized McConnell's rules as a "dark of night impeachment trial," claiming that he has "misled the American people."

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In a statement on Tuesday, Pelosi said: "Leader McConnell's process is deliberately designed to hide the truth from the Senate and from the American people."

All 11 of the amendments introduced by the Democrats on the Senate floor were shot down by Republicans on Tuesday.

The Democrats wanted to subpoena key witnesses who have insider knowledge of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president last year.

One of the amendments introduced by the Democrats sparked a heated exchange between House Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler and Trump's high-powered legal team.

Nadler accused Trump's lawyers of attempting a cover-up by blocking key witnesses, including Ambassador John Bolton, NBC News reported.

"Will you bring Ambassador Bolton here?" Nadler asked. "Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the president's misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the president's cover-up?"

Nadler further accused "a lot of senators" of "voting for a cover-up... a treacherous vote."

Nadler said Senate Republicans were traitors who should be embarrassed.

His accusations irked Trump's lead attorney Pat Cippolone, who clapped back, saying it's Nadler who should be embarrassed.

"The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you've addressed [the Senators]. This is the United States Senate. You're not in charge here!"

The heated exchange earned a rebuke from Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who reminded both parties that they are "addressing the world's greatest deliberative body."

Roberts added: "I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are!"
The Senate impeachment trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday with opening arguments from House Democrats.

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President Trump's long-awaited Senate trial is underway on Capitol Hill. After dispensing of pre-trial procedures last week, the Senate opened Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday. The trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week.

Trump was impeached by Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats in December for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for corruption and interfering in the 2016 elections.

High-powered attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr head Trump's legal team. Starr prosecuted Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

Adam Schiff said Trump has the right to call witnesses, but Schiff warned Trump's high-powered defense team not to call Hunter Biden as a witness.

Schiff, who heads the Democratic managers for the House, insisted that calling Biden as a witness would amount to "abuse".

Republicans accused Biden of using his power to enrich his sons who earned tens of millions of dollars while Biden was vice president to Barack Obama.

"It would not be appropriate for the president to seek to call witnesses merely to try to perpetuate the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered," Schiff said in an interview on the CBS Evening News.

"Hunter Biden, for example, can't tell us anything about whether the president withheld military aid, whether he withheld that aid to coerce Ukraine to conduct political investigations or how he wouldn't meet with the president of Ukraine."

Schiff added: That's an illegitimate abuse of the trial. The chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on material witnesses, as well as senators should not permit that kind of abuse."

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Bernie Sanders is endorsing rapper Cardi B for Congress. The Vermont Senator praised Cardi and said "it would be great" for her to run for Congress.

"Cardi B is deeply concerned about what's happening in the country," Sanders said, according to TMZ.

"She knows what it's like to live in poverty and struggle, and it would be great for her to bring that experience to politics."

Cardi shocked her social media followers when she announced her plans to go back to school and run for Congress.

"I think I want to be a politician," she tweeted on Jan. 12. "I really love government even tho I don't agree with Government."

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper followed up with another tweet:

"I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be part of Congress, I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense. I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table."

Twitter's response to Cardi's post was a mix of ridicule and disbelief. Some Twitter users believe no amount of schooling can help Cardi achieve her political goals.

One teacher corrected the poor grammar and spelling errors in Cardi's tweet.

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Cardi B, 27, is inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 30-year-old former bartender who was elected to Congress in 2018 because most voters in her district stayed home.

Cardi, who was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, doesn't expect to have that kind of luck, but she thinks she has a chance - and so does her close friend, Sanders, 78.

One roadblock in Cardi's path to Capitol Hill is an assault charge in NYC. Cardi faces prison time for assaulting 2 female bartenders at a strip club in August 2018.

If she is convicted and sentenced to prison - and IF Sanders is elected president - Cardi will need a full presidential pardon in order to run for Congress.

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Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race after former NY mayor Mike Bloomberg passed him in the national polls.

"It's with a full heart that I share this news-- I'm suspending my campaign for president," Booker tweeted on Monday morning.

Booker, 50, withdrew from the race after he learned he was polling at less than 2 percent among Democratic voters. Bloomberg is polling at 6 percent after spending nearly a quarter of his fortune on television advertising. Bloomberg recently dropped $8 million on a 30-second Super Bowl commercial.

President Trump couldn't resist mocking the New Jersey senator in a tweet following Booker's announcement.

"Really Big Breaking News (Kidding)," Trump wrote. "Booker, who is in zero polling territory, just dropped out of the Democrat Presidential Primacy race. Now I can rest easy tonight. I was sooo concerned that I would someday have to go head to head with him!"

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Twitter users didn't go easy on the senator or his girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, 40.

Many Twitter users believe Dawson is Booker's beard. They claim Booker is on the down low and Rosario agreed to help improve his public image as a heterosexual.

"Now they can stop pretending," tweeted one user.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ready to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, after sitting on the documents for three weeks. Pelosi said she will transmit the articles next week.

The House Democrats voted unanimously to impeach President Donald Trump in December. But Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the second phase of the impeachment process - the trial.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Friday, Pelosi said she asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare a resolution to appoint managers to transmit the articles of impeachment next week.

Pelosi was under increasing pressure from both sides of the aisle to transmit the articles, after she claimed impeaching Trump was "urgent" and "necessary" to preserve the legitimacy of the 2020 elections.

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The House has no control over the Senate trial, but Pelosi refused to send the documents until Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell advised her of the steps he would take to try Trump. Pelosi is pictured with McConnell in a photo dated Dec. 8, 2016.

"Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution," Pelosi wrote in the letter to her colleagues. "No one is above the law, not even the President."

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The House voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a war powers resolution that, at least in theory, limits President Trump's use of military force in Iran.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-194 to pass the resolution which would restrict Trump's ability to start a war against Iran unless he receives approval from Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drafted the resolution in response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport on Jan. 3.

Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were furious that Trump didn't inform them before he ordered the strike.

The House resolution is non-binding meaning even if it is approved by the Senate, it would not go to Trump's desk for a signature.

"This is a statement of the Congress of the United States. I will not have that statement diminished by having a president veto it or not," said Pelosi during a press conference on Thursday.

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The Senate will go forward with the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) announced Tuesday.

McConnell said 51 Senators voted to move forward with the trial without the articles of impeachment, which House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) has refused to send to the Senate after House Democrats voted to impeach Trump last month.

"We have the votes," McConnell said in a press conference on Tuesday.

McConnell said the Senate will follow the precedent set by the Clinton impeachment trial 22 years ago.

"What's good for President Clinton is good for President Trump," McConnell said in response to a question about the Senate vote to call witnesses.

"We'll get around to discussion of witnesses," he added. "51 Senators determine what we do."

Pelosi previously said she would turn over the articles of impeachment to the Senate when she was assured there would be a fair trial.

During a meeting with the visiting Greek Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he is ready for the Senate trial.

"It's a hoax; the impeachment is a big hoax," he said. "It's become a laughing stock all over the world... In many ways, it's one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on our country," he told reporters.

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The Republicans are already looking forward to the 2024 presidential race. President Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. is 2nd most popular on the list of potential presidential candidates in 2024.

GOP strategist and - fierce Trump critic - Rick Wilson told the L.A. Times that a Trump could occupy the White House well into 2030.

"I honestly think Don Jr. or Ivanka will be the nominee in 2024," Wilson said. "The party doesn't care about any of the issues that used to drive the party. Now they care about Trump."

According to a recent SurveyMonkey poll, Republican voters chose one of the President's kids - Donald Jr., 42, or Ivanka, 38, as two of their top contenders for 2024.

Don Jr. angered some of his 2.2 million Instagram followers when he posted photos from a recent outing at the gun range. He showed off an AR15 rifle with a custom magazine that features a cartoon of Hillary Clinton behind prison bars.

Don Jr. captioned the images:

"Nice day at the range. @rarebreedfirearms and @spikes_tactical adding a little extra awesome to my AR and that mag..."

Don Jr's followers were not amused with the artwork.

One IG user wrote: "Take that gun and join the service. Go fight your daddy's war he's starting."

Another wrote: "I see Dtjr wore his designer army fatigues , so he can play army while his daddy sends less affluent real men to fight for his money."

Question: Will you vote for Donald Jr. or Ivanka if they run for president in 2024?
 


 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will seek a second term in 2021, her spokesperson confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Bottoms narrowly defeated Mary Norwood in a December, 2017 runoff election by less than 1,000 votes.

"I don't have any reaction at all," Norwood told the AJC. "Good for her."

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Bottoms is pictured with her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, at last month's UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball in Atlanta.

The mayor's accomplishments in 2019 include announcing a comprehensive plan to build affordable housing, creation of a housing innovation lab, eliminating cash bail bonds for low level offenders, restricting the use of city-issued credit cards for personal expenditures, and establishing "Open Checkbook" online so the public can review the city's spending.

In an interview with GeorgiaTrend magazine last month, which named her 2020 Georgian of the Year, Bottoms said she gave historic pay increases to the city's police and fire department employees.

Atlanta City Councilman Julian Bond praised Bottoms and said the announcement that she plans to seek reelection is "comforting." He said he doesn't think anyone can beat her.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the documents required to impeach President Donald Trump until 2020. In an unprecedented move, Pelosi is refusing to send over the articles until next year.

The House Democrats voted to approve 2 articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday night. The 2 articles accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

But Trump is not officially impeached until Pelosi transmits the articles to the Senate - which she has refused to do.

The articles of impeachment are typically transmitted electronically immediately after the vote to impeach. If Pelosi doesn't send over the articles, it would mean Trump is not officially impeached.

The Democrats have a lot to lose if Pelosi sends over the articles, and Trump gets the long Senate trial that he wants.

A long Senate trial would give Trump the opportunity to call witnesses to testify under oath.

Trump's list would include presidential candidate Joe Biden, disgraced ex-FBI agent James Comey, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Republicans were quick to respond with laughter and ridicule on Thursday. They accused Pelosi of obstructing justice herself by not handing over the articles.

GOP members say Pelosi is holding onto the articles because she knows she has a "weak case" against Trump, and she is concerned that Trump will have the upper hand.

She has said she will not turn over the articles until she knows McConnell will proceed with a "fair" trial.

"It's beyond me how [Pelosi] and [Hoyer] think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday.

McConnell has the only say on whether Trump gets a trial in the Senate. He has previously indicated that he will acquit Trump without a trial and without calling any witnesses.

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House Democrats impeached President Donald Trump by a majority vote on Wednesday, making him only the 3rd President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Millions of Americans who rejoiced the impeachment last night are waking up this morning to find Trump is still their President.

House Democrats insisted impeachment was necessary to protect the election process. But now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting to delay the process.

Sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate would signal the start of Trump's impeachment trial. The articles normally would be sent immediately after the impeachment vote.

When asked whether she planned to send over the articles of impeachment on Wednesday night, Pelosi said she wants to see if the Republican-controlled Senate would play "fair" with the rules.

She also declined to name her "trial managers" to present their case for convicting Trump.

"We can't name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side and I would hope that would be soon," she told reporters. "So far, we haven't seen anything that looks fair to us," she added.

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Pelosi has no control over the Senate which is led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), pictured with Pelosi in 2016.

President Trump has said he wants a long trial so he can call witnesses to testify under oath. His list includes ex-FBI director James Comey and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

But McConnell, who has the final say, won't allow Trump to call any witnesses. McConnell wants a quick end to the impeachment trial.

Pelosi appears to be delaying the impeachment trial to prevent the Republicans from abruptly acquitting Trump.

Pelosi referenced McConnell's recent remarks - that he is coordinating with the White House - as proof that McConnell plans to hand Trump a quick victory.

"This is what I don't consider a fair trial," she said. "That leader McConnell has stated that he's not an impartial juror, that he's going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he's working in total coordination with the White House's counsel's office."

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President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, making him the third President to be impeached in U.S. history.

Only 2 Democrats opposed the 2 articles of impeachment, and every Republican voted against the resolution.

Black Twitter celebrated Trump's impeachment on Wednesday night. Many were blissfully unaware that Trump is still their president.

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Trump hosted a campaign rally in Michigan, while the Democrats debated on Capitol Hill. The Trump campaign released a tersely-worded statement condemning the Democrats for their "cold, calculated, and concocted 3-year impeachment sham."

"The President is just getting stronger while support for the Democrats' political theater has faded," the statement continued.

The next step in the impeachment process is a hearing in the Senate, where the Republicans hold the majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he will move to dismiss the trial without hearing any witnesses.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama dropped another hint that he may back a woman - most likely Hillary Clinton - for the Democratic nomination.

In June 2016, Obama endorsed Clinton for president, saying, "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office."

Obama believed strongly that Clinton would beat Donald Trump in 2016. He reportedly said there was "no way Americans would turn on him" and "his legacy was in safe hands."

But after Trump won the election, Obama took Clinton's loss as a "personal insult."

On Monday, Obama again tried to warm voters up to the idea that a woman can lead the country.

During an appearance this week at the Singapore Expo, Obama said women were "indisputably better" as world leaders than men.

Addressing women directly, Obama said, "Now women, I just want you to know; you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you're better than us [men]."

He said the world's problems are caused by "old men" "not getting out of the way.”

"If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way."

Many took his remark as a jab at his former vice president Joe Biden, who Obama previously said "doesn't have it".

Obama went on to say he believes "every nation" should be led by women.

"I'm absolutely confident," he said, "That for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything... living standards and outcomes."

It's no secret that Obama wants access to the White House. His office is located in Washington D.C. - just a stone's throw from his former address.

Meanwhile, Clinton is also dropping hints that she is ready to enter the race.

On Dec. 12, she tweeted a link to a website with information in support of impeaching President Trump. She urged her followers to spread the information to friends and family.

And a new poll shows Clinton comfortably ahead of all Democratic candidates.

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After taking a victory lap last week, James Comey shocked everyone by apologizing for the FBI's "gross misconduct" in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.

Comey headed the FBI from 2013 until he was fired by incoming President Donald Trump in 2017.

After inspector general Michael Horowitz released his long-awaited report last week, Comey called the report "ridiculous" and claimed it vindicated him of any bias toward Trump.

But the inspector general's report found 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI who presented this falsified info to a judge in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Comey was still claiming victory for himself until he sat down for an interview with Fox News Sunday on Dec. 15. He suddenly remembered being responsible for "real sloppiness" over the handling of the FISA warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.

He said his earlier defense of the FBI was "wrong", and that inspector general Horowitz "was right."

Comey's confession sent the liberal news media reeling on Sunday.

According to the Guardian.com, Comey may have changed his tune after President Trump threatened "years in jail."

"I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI had built over 20 years," Comey said on Sunday. "I thought they were robust enough. It's incredibly hard to get a Fisa and [Horowitz] was right: there was real sloppiness. It was not acceptable."

According to the Guardian, Comey's sudden change of heart gives Trump and the Republicans the fuel they need to continue to attack the FBI as the heart of the "deep state".

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Don Lemon nearly had a mental breakdown on the air, after President Donald Trump retweeted a video of himself as Thanos trolling House Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

In the video, Trump's face is Photoshopped on the body of Marvel Supervillain Thanos, who says, "I am inevitable".

Then a black dust cloud blows Pelosi and the other Democrats off the podium during their press conference.

The video left Don Lemon momentarily speechless and in disbelief. The CNN anchor was apparently furious that Trump took the articles of impeachment so lightly.

“Uh... what are we, in junior high school?" he stammered.

"What the hell. What is this? Like, what? WHAT?! I cannot believe that I'm even having to report this on the news!"

CNN viewers mocked the "drama queen" anchor for reporting the video as news in the first place.

"Slow news day, Don?" one Twitter user wrote.
 

 

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