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Marsha Blackburn calls on Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar, Bennet to recuse from impeachment trial

Marsha Blackburn calls on Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar, Bennet to recuse from impeachment trial --Sen. Blackburn: The presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed to "sit in judgment of the very president" they want to replace. |16 Jan 2020 | Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Wednesday that the four Democratic senators running for president should recuse themselves from being jurors in President Trump's upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. "Tomorrow, one hundred United States senators will be sworn in to serve in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Four of those senators must recuse themselves for their unparalleled political interest in seeing this president removed from office," Blackburn said in a statement, speaking of Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D. Minn., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

House delivers impeachment articles to Senate

House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | 15 Jan 2020 | House Democrats on Wednesday formally shifted the impeachment of President Trump to the Senate, delivering a pair of impeachment articles to the upper chamber and effectively launching the trial to determine whether the president will remain in office. In a ceremonial procession, seven designated Democrats, known as impeachment managers, silently marched the two articles across the Capitol -- a short promenade through the old House chamber, beneath the soaring Rotunda, past the legendary Ohio Clock and on to the Senate. Accompanying the lawmakers were Paul Irving, the House sergeant-at-arms, and Cheryl Johnson, the House clerk.

House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate

House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate | 15 Jan 2020 | House Democrats voted Wednesday to send a pair of articles of impeachment to the Senate, a move that launches a trial in the upper chamber and ends the weeks-long wait for phase two in the Democrats' effort to remove President Trump from office. The vote, scheduled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after a month of speculation over timing, cut virtually across party lines, with 227 Democrats supporting the resolution and 192 Republicans opposing it. The final vote tally, however, was 228-193 with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who voted against the impeachment articles, being the only Democrat to buck the party line and vote against the resolution. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who switched from Republican to Independent last year, voted in favor of the resolution.

Flynn moves to withdraw guilty plea ahead of sentencing

Flynn moves to withdraw guilty plea ahead of sentencing | 15 Jan 2020 | President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a court to let him withdraw his guilty plea on charges of lying to the FBI just two weeks before he was set to be sentenced. Flynn's lawyers made the request in a motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday night, a week after federal prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to up to six months in prison. They accused the Justice Department of violating its plea agreement with Flynn. "The prosecution seeks to rewrite history and send Mr. Flynn to prison," the filing reads.

Bernie 2020 Staffer in Undercover Video: 'Nazi' Trump Supporters Will Be 'Reeducated' When We Win

Bernie 2020 Staffer in Undercover Video: 'Nazi' Trump Supporters Will Be 'Reeducated' When We Win | 14 Jan 2020 | A video appears to show a Bernie Sanders campaign staffer saying supporters of President Donald Trump should be thrown in gulags if the Vermont Senator becomes president. The undercover footage was unveiled Tuesday by right-wing activist group Project Veritas and shows an undercover journalist speaking with a man identified as Kyle Jurek, who reportedly worked as a field organizer for the Sanders 2020 campaign. A two-minute clip distributed on social media by Project Veritas shows Jurek downplaying the horror of Joseph Stalin's forced labor camps, suggesting Sanders's "free education" platform is aimed at "de-Nazifying" Trump supporters and saying billionaires should be thrown into gulags to make them empathize with the "working class." "Germany had to spend billions of dollars re-educating their f-king people to not be Nazis," Jurek said, after Project Veritas' journalist asks him whether "MAGA People" could be "re-educated" if Sanders wins in 2020. "We're probably going to have to do the same f-king thing here."

Biden vote if GOP backs Dem impeachment witnesses

Biden vote if GOP backs Dem impeachment witnesses | 13 Jan 2020 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a public warning shot on Monday night, saying that if Republicans support Democrats' impeachment witness requests, then he will force votes during the trial on calling witnesses conservatives want to hear from. "My colleagues can't have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others," Paul tweeted, referencing a Politico report on a similar private warning he gave his GOP colleagues against supporting Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's (D-N.Y.) request that former national security adviser John Bolton testify. "If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more!" Paul continued.

Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign

Sen. Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign --The New Jersey senator struggled to break into the field's top tier. | 13 Jan 2020 | Sen. Cory Booker suspended his presidential campaign Monday, the final act of a bid for the Democratic nomination defined by a persistent struggle to catch fire with voters and donors despite his relatively high profile and long-standing presidential ambitions. The news of the senator's decision came weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where, despite a large field organization Booker, D-N.J., was expected to finish outside of the top tier of candidates, based on recent polling. His announcement also comes on the eve of the seventh Democratic debate which he did not qualify to participate in due to a lack of qualifying polls towards Democratic National Committee polling thresholds, according to ABC News' analysis.

Democrats scramble to rein in Trump's Iran war powers

Democrats scramble to rein in Trump's Iran war powers | 12 Jan 2020 | Democrats are racing against the clock to shore up support for checking President Trump’s war powers as the fight shifts to the Senate. Lawmakers looking to limit Trump's ability to take military action against Iran face a tight timeframe, with little room for error, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. Once the trial begins, all legislation is expected to be delayed for weeks. But a resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) can come to the Senate floor as soon as Tuesday morning, and he has been trying to win over the four GOP votes needed, in addition to every Democratic senator, to get to 51 votes.

Bomb claimed by Taliban kills two US troops in Afghanistan

Bomb claimed by Taliban kills two US troops in Afghanistan | 12 Jan 2020 | Two U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan on Saturday in a roadside bombing attack that was claimed by the Taliban in the southern part of the country. The U.S.-led coalition in Kabul said in a statement the service members were killed and two others were injured when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province. It did not identify the casualties, in line with Defense Department guidelines. The Taliban confirmed they were behind the attack, with Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman, taking responsibility in statements to media outlets.

Poll: Sanders takes lead in Iowa less than a month before vote

Poll: Sanders takes lead in Iowa less than a month before vote | 10 Jan 2020 | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has taken the lead in Iowa, according to a Des Moines Register/CNN poll released on Friday that shows the Vermont senator jumping past his top rivals after a third-place finish in the same survey in November. The poll, widely considered the most authoritative in Iowa, shows Sanders with the support of 20 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers. He's trailed closely by another progressive, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who registered 17 percent in the survey. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden round out the top four, notching 16 percent and 15 percent support, respectively.

McConnell backs measure to change Senate rules, dismiss impeachment without articles

McConnell backs measure to change Senate rules, dismiss impeachment without articles | 09 Jan 2020 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Thursday that McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution, which he introduced earlier this week. Spokesmen for McConnell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about his support.

Iran says it may need help from French or Canadian experts to decode data from 'damaged' black boxes

Iran says it may need help from French or Canadian experts to decode data from 'damaged' black boxes | 09 Jan 2020 | The head of Iran's Civil Aviation Authority has said his country might need outside help to decode the information recorded by the black boxes from the Ukrainian 737 plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran. Ali Abedzadeh told CNN that, while Iran has the capacity to decode the black boxes from the Boeing passenger jet, it might still need extra help because they were badly damaged... Iranian and Ukrainian experts would begin decoding the data on Friday, he said. However, "if the available equipment is not enough to get the content," Abedzadeh explained, Tehran will send the boxes to experts "from France or Canada."

After Soleimani assassination Dems denounced and Reps cheered Trump. But he refused to start all-out war and everyone feels cheated

After Soleimani assassination Dems denounced and Reps cheered Trump. But he refused to start all-out war and everyone feels cheated | 09 Jan 2020 | Donald Trump's response to the Iranian missile attack on US military bases in Iraq is defying the expectations (and perhaps the hopes) of both Democratic and Republican neocon hawks...One way to understand the political imbroglio in the US is to realize that traps galore have been set for Trump by his opponents in both parties. The greater part of his own party consists of neocon hawks bent on regime change in the Middle East, while the greater part of the Democratic Party, a party that has impeached him in the House, seeks to cast him as the world’s most dangerous menace, liable to end all life on planet Earth if left in office.

'Send them over': Dianne Feinstein tells Pelosi to end delay over articles of impeachment

'Send them over': Dianne Feinstein tells Pelosi to end delay over articles of impeachment | 08 Jan 2020 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein broke ranks with fellow San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi when she urged the House speaker to end her blockade of the Senate trial to adjudicate impeachment charges against President Trump. Since House Democrats approved two articles of impeachment three weeks ago, Pelosi coordinating with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, has been sitting on the documents in a bid to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to agree to more favorable terms for the trial. But Senate Democrats are beginning to lose their patience with Pelosi's maneuver. The intervention of Feinstein saying bluntly that the time had come for Pelosi to transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate makes it highly likely that her fellow Californian will do so.

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: 'He insults the Constitution'

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: 'He insults the Constitution' | 08 Jan 2020 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) after the South Carolina Republican accused him of emboldening Iran, saying Graham "insults the Constitution" and is making a "low, gutter type of response." Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he thought Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were "overreacting" by criticizing comments made during a closed-door Iran briefing. "They're libertarians," Graham said. "I think they're overreacting, quite frankly...Trust me, I'm going to let people know that at this moment in time to play this game with the war powers act...whether you mean to or not, you're empowering the enemy." Paul, asked about the comments during an interview with CNN, argued that Graham isn't familiar with the Constitution and was invoking a "fake sort of drape of patriotism."

FBI, Homeland Security warn of Iranian terror and cyber threat in new intelligence bulletin

Heads up! A Deep State false flag might be on the way: FBI, Homeland Security warn of Iranian terror and cyber threat in new intelligence bulletin | 08 Jan 2020 | The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned of the terror threats Iran poses to the US in a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement throughout the country on Wednesday. In the bulletin, which was obtained by CNN, the agencies predicted Iran could take immediate steps to attack the US in cyberspace, and noted that Iran [in actuality, the US Deep State] has a history of attempting assassinations and planting operatives in the US to conduct surveillance for terror attacks. The bulletin does not name any specific or credible threat, and an FBI spokesperson reiterated Wednesday that the agency was not aware of one.

2019 was second-hottest year on record, European data show

2019 was second-hottest year on record, European data show | 08 Jan 2020 | The evidence mounted all year. All-time temperature records were broken in France, Germany and elsewhere; the Greenland ice sheet experienced exceptional melting; and, as 2019 came to a close, broiling temperatures contributed to devastating wildfires that continue in Australia. Now European scientists have confirmed what had been suspected: 2019 was a very hot year, with global average temperatures the second-highest on record. Only 2016 was hotter, and not by much -- less than one-tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.

House Intel Republicans investigating inspector general handling of 'whistleblower' complaint

House Intel Republicans investigating inspector general handling of 'whistleblower' complaint | 07 Jan 2020 | House Intelligence Committee Republicans are investigating the intelligence community inspector general for his handling of the Ukraine 'whistleblower' complaint, including potential inconsistencies in his testimony before the panel as part of the Trump impeachment inquiry, Fox News has learned. Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., first told investigative reporter Sara Carter earlier this week that the panel has an "active investigation" into Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down' in address to nation

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down' in address to nation | 08 Jan 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday said Iran "appears to be standing down" in an address to the nation following missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. military personnel. Trump celebrated that no American lives were lost in the attacks, and announced that his administration would impose new "punishing" sanctions on Tehran until the regime changes its behavior. Flanked by military leaders and White House officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Trump also seemed to be taking a victory lap of sorts after a week that saw the U.S. and Iran tiptoe toward a major military confrontation.

176 killed after Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Tehran shortly after takeoff

176 killed after Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Tehran shortly after takeoff | 08 Jan 2020 | All 176 people on board a Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, the country's Press TV reported. The Boeing 737 jet took off early Wednesday morning with 167 passengers and nine crew on board, Press TV reported, citing Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at the airport. Earlier reports from Iranian state media had said 180 people were on board.

Earthquake strikes Iran near nuclear plant

Earthquake strikes Iran near nuclear plant | 07 Jan 2020 | The region near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant was hit by an earthquake early Wednesday. The 4.9 magnitude temblor struck about 6 miles southeast of Borazjan and 40 miles from the site tied to Iran's controversial nuclear program. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake began about six miles below the surface, which suggests a natural event unconnected to a tumultuous day in Iran.

Boeing plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashes in Iran

Boeing plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashes in Iran | 07 Jan 2020 | A Boeing 737 plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashed after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday, killing everyone aboard, according to Iran state television. The plane belonged to Ukraine International Airlines and crashed due to mechanical issues, state TV said, without elaborating. “After taking off from Imam Khomeini international airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

Rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops; Iran claims responsibility

Breaking: Rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops; Iran claims responsibility | 07 Jan 2020 | President Trump was briefed Tuesday evening after Iran claimed responsibility for the launch of unspecified projectiles at an Iraqi military base housing U.S. troops, a marked escalation in the conflict between the two countries following the U.S.'s killing of a top Iranian general. The Pentagon in a statement said Iran had "launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq," adding, "It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases holding U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil." Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in the statement that the bases had been on high alert since the killing of Soleimani.

Trump officials voice opposition to 'forever chemical' bill

Trump officials voice opposition to 'forever chemical' bill | 07 Jan 2020 | The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump would likely veto legislation designed to manage a class of cancer-linked chemicals leaching into the water supply. The chemicals, known by the abbreviation PFAS, are used in a variety of nonstick products such as raincoats, cookware and packaging, and have been found in nearly every state in the country. They are considered "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment and in the human body, with 99 percent of those tested having PFAS traces in their body.

Iranians take credit for rocket attack on base housing US troops

Breaking: Iranians take credit for rocket attack on base housing US troops | 07 Jan 2020 | At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN. The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an "act of war" and "state terrorism." Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now.

US Military Bases Ramp Up Security Measures Amid Threats from Iran

US Military Bases Ramp Up Security Measures Amid Threats from Iran | 06 Jan 2020 | While Quantico, Fort Bragg, Fort Belvoir and Naval Base San Diego have tightened security since Iran's threats Friday, U.S. Northern Command has yet to publicly announce whether it will increase security nationwide. Tensions between the United States and Iran have grown since the U.S. killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 2. Iran has vowed revenge for the death of the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force.

Six Missiles Hit Al Asad Air Base in Suspected Iran Strike

Six Missiles Hit Al Asad Air Base in Suspected Iran Strike | 07 Jan 2020 | Six missiles hit Al Asad air base in Iraq's Anbar province late Tuesday, a defense official confirmed to Military.com. The attack appears to be the first action by Iran in response to the Jan. 3 U.S. strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but Iran's Fars news agency said missiles were fired at Al Asad and the Iraqi security forces in statements said several hit the base, a main hub for the U.S. train, advise and assist mission against the Islamic State [aka I-CIA-SIS].

Missile attacks target US forces in Iraq, senior military source says; Iran suspected

Breaking: Missile attacks target US forces in Iraq, senior military source says; Iran suspected | 07 Jan 2020 | Missiles were fired early Wednesday in multiple locations across Iraq, a senior U.S. military source in the country told Fox News, describing it as a series of attacks on U.S. forces from Iran. The source told Fox News: "Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country." The missiles struck near Al Assad Air Base in Anbar, among other locations.

Thousands of Marines Head to Middle East on Navy Ship as Iran Pledges Retaliation

Thousands of Marines Head to Middle East on Navy Ship as Iran Pledges Retaliation | 04 Jan 2020 | A Navy amphibious assault ship with thousands of Marines on board will skip a planned training exercise in Africa to instead head toward the Middle East as tensions there spike. The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will not participate in Exercise African Sea Lion in Morocco, Military.com has confirmed. Instead, the Bataan, its crew and roughly 2,200 Marines aboard are moving to the Middle East. USNI News first reported the revised plans on Friday, the same day Pentagon officials said 3,000 North Carolina-soldiers would also deploy to the region.

Trump puts US exit from Iraq on hold amid fallout of Soleimani killing

Trump puts US exit from Iraq on hold amid fallout of Soleimani killing | 07 Jan 2020 | President Trump on Tuesday said he did not intend to quickly move troops from Iraq in his first lengthy comments about Middle East turbulence following the U.S. air strike that killed a top Iranian military general. The killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani has shaken U.S. allies and complicated U.S. policy in Iraq, where the parliament voted earlier this week in favor of American forces leaving the country. But Trump, who has been a vocal opponent of indefinite U.S. entanglement in foreign conflicts, made clear no such exit was imminent during on-camera remarks in the Oval Office.

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