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Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushes ahead on impeachment

December 6, 2019
It's official: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, moving the process closer to a floor vote.
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GOP embraces a debunked Ukraine conspiracy to defend Trump from impeachment

December 4, 2019
Robert Costa, Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
Much of the Republican Party is pressing ahead with debunked claims about Ukraine as they defend President Trump from possible impeachment, embracing Russian-fueled conspiracy theories that seek to cast blame on Kyiv rather than Moscow for interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
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A Senate Trial Could Put Trump’s Use of Aggressive Defense Tactics to Their Biggest Test

November 23, 2019
Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
The White House and congressional Republicans allied with Mr. Trump are preparing for a Senate trial in which they will not only declare Mr. Trump’s innocence but also present a version of events that portray him as the victim of a broad plot to undermine his presidency even before it began.
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House GOP disregards expert warnings that debunked Ukraine theory helps Russia

November 23, 2019
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb, Zachary Cohen | CNN
Expert after expert in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump testified about one key fact: That Ukraine had no role interfering in the 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton. And one key witness sounded the alarm even louder.
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GOP to argue Trump’s “state of mind” on impeachment

November 12, 2019
Jonathan Swan, Mike Allen, Zachary Basu | Axios
Confronted with a mountain of damaging facts heading into tomorrow's opening of the public phase of impeachment, House Republicans plan to argue that "the President's state of mind" was exculpatory.
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Jim Jordan facing new accusation that he ignored warnings of sexual abuse at Ohio State

November 9, 2019
Geoff Bennett | NBC News
In a lawsuit filed Thursday, a college wrestling referee says he told Congressman Jim Jordan - then Ohio State’s assistant wrestling coach - that the team’s physician Richard Straus performed a sex act in front of him in the shower. Jordan has previously denied any knowledge of abuse and is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Jordan has called the accusations politically-motivated.
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How Election 2019 affects Election 2020

November 8, 2019
On the latest #WashWeekPBS Extra, the panelists discussed what state and local elections this week mean for the 2020 election campaign, as well as the possibility of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg entering the race.
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Trump and McConnell fall short in Kentucky — but remain steady allies in Washington

November 7, 2019
Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
McConnell was instrumental in persuading Trump to aid Bevin earlier this year, warning him that a Republican loss in conservative Kentucky would be interpreted as a sign of political weakness ahead of 2020. Trump jetted into Lexington, Ky., in the final hours of the race in an attempt to bolster Bevin, framing the embattled governor’s reelection as a referendum on himself and the House Democrats’ impeachment investigation.
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