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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

David A. Graham: As White House stonewalling continues, Democrats are starting to speak more openly about the constitutional option, but their leader isn't budging. read more


Friday, May 17, 2019

When we talk about whether to impeach President Trump, we cite the near impeachment of Richard Nixon or the actual prosecution of Bill Clinton. Oddly, though, we don't talk much about the first-ever presidential impeachment, which very nearly succeeded in removing Andrew Johnson from office. In the spring of 1868, his impeachment trial was the hottest thing in town. Walt Whitman often sat in the Senate gallery, and Anthony Trollope finagled a seat when he visited Washington. Men and women lucky enough to receive a color-coded ticket -- a different color for each day's hearing -- handed it to uniformed Capitol police officers, who checked them for explosives before they were allowed to enter the building. Reporters pushed into the Senate gallery, furiously scribbling, and newsboys shouted the latest on Washington streets. read more


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro actually outpaced coal generation, per data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That's never happened before. It's a landmark moment for renewables; no one can say that they can't compete with traditional fossil fuel energy sources anymore. read more


Thursday, April 25, 2019

A recent uptick in sightings of unidentified flying objects -- or, as the military calls them, "unexplained aerial phenomena" -- prompted the U.S. Navy to draft formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue. "Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis," Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told the Washington Post on Wednesday. read more


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence. read more


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Moreover, the speaker believes that Democrats are winning on their present course. On Tuesday, a federal judge incredulously rejected the Trump administration's attempt to block the president's accounting firm from turning over his financial records. In April, another federal judge said that a suit from House Dems alleging that Trump violated the Constitution's emoluments clause could go forward. The White House has placed its hope on courts blocking Democrats, and so far the strategy isn't working. Why hastily change course and embark on a risky impeachment inquiry now, when things are all breaking Democrats' way? Impeachment will still be an option later.

This seems to be the subtext for many of Pelosi's comments on impeachment. On face, she says she's not in favor. But her explanations and reasons suggest a different answer: Maybe, just not yet. Both factions of Democrats insist they're acting not out of political expedience, but principle. "This is not about politics, it's about what's best for the American people," Pelosi said Monday, according to Politico. The pro-impeachers agree: Even if there aren't more Republicans with them, and even if conviction in the Senate is sure to fail, it's the right thing to do.

Those high-minded explanations aside, it's also unknowable what the most politically advantageous course of action is for Democrats. The White House doesn't know either. Trump has seethed at the idea of being impeached, but his stonewalling strategy seems almost designed to force Democrats into impeaching him. For the time being, Nancy Pelosi might be the one thing restraining them.

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