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#WeWantWitnesses takes off on Twitter as Americans demand justice

As the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, the Republican Party, behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, continues to work a cover-up. Americans everywhere are fed up with the transparent abuses of power of the conservative-led Senate,

House managers and Trump defense take questions in impeachment trial: Live coverage #3

After six days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, senators now get the chance to ask questions. Questions are submitted in writing to be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, with answers generally limited to five minutes.

Drip, drip, drip: Top House Democrat reveals Bolton expressed deep concern about Trump, Ukraine

As Senate Republicans attempt to recover from their tailspin in arguments over calling former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, new information emerged Wednesday directly refuting Trump's assertion tha

Moscow Mitch's 2020 campaign fund helped out by Trump's impeachment defense team

You can't make this degree of corruption up. Moscow Mitch McConnell, the guy who has promised again and again that he is working with Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers to make sure that Trump will not be convicted and removed from office, has gotten campaig

Alan Dershowitz insists Trump can't be impeached for anything he does to get re-elected

Alan Dershowitz uncorked a defense of Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon that left listeners stunned and bewildered, asking, “Did he really just say that?” The answer is yes. Specifically, Dershowitz claimed, “If a president does something which he beli

House managers and Trump defense take questions in impeachment trial: Live coverage #2

After six days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, senators now get the chance to ask questions. Questions are submitted in writing to be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, with answers generally limited to five minutes.

Senate, House Democrats unite to urge court to uphold protections for detained migrant kids

More than 100 Democratic members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate have filed a legal brief calling on a top court to reject a Trump administration attempt to gut vital protections for migrant children in U.S. custody, warning that “I

After forced retirement, disgraced Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's video endangers active soldiers

A Navy SEAL who was forced to retire after he was convicted of posing with the corpse of a captive teen has now taken to social media to publicly ridicule and endanger active SEALs who helped expose his dangerously bad judgment. Former Chief Petty Officer

Republicans have surrendered on Trump's guilt. They're making a last stand with 'So what if he did?'

Reporting on whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has secured enough support to shut down the possibility of witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is all over the map. Some reports have insisted that “10 or 12” Republicans a

House managers and Trump defense take questions in impeachment trial: Live coverage #1

After six days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, senators now get the chance to ask questions. Questions are submitted in writing to be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, with answers generally limited to five minutes.

Spoiler alert: Senate Republicans are screwed no matter what they do

Senate Republicans seem to have finally gamed out the witness situation in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump at least a couple months past the actual vote—and they are in deep doo doo, to use a technical turn of phrase. Whether or not former national se

White House reportedly issues 'formal threat' to block John Bolton from publishing book

The Trump White House is trying to stop former national security adviser John Bolton’s book from being published, CNN is reporting. The “formal threat” comes in the form of a letter, CNN’s sources say, but none of the parties involved—the White Hous

John Bolton is a warmongering jackass who just happens to have information vital to the nation

No Democrat likes John Bolton. The guy is an everywhere-hawk whose answer to issues of bombing, civilian deaths, and torture are more, so? and sure. That he has evidence relevant to the impeachment of Donald Trump does not rescind his lifelong achievement aw

America has spoken: A fair impeachment hearing requires relevant witnesses

As Senate Republicans try to figure out a way to deal with the impeachment witness issue, perhaps how the American public—the people they represent—can help clarify. Because what they say, even among Republican voters, is that you can't have a trial witho

20 legal, faith, community groups call for 'immediate termination' of Remain in Mexico policy

Nearly two dozen legal, faith-based, humanitarian, and community organizations that have assisted asylum-seekers abandoned by the Trump administration in Mexico are calling for the immediate termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols program, also kno

Trump and McConnell push hard to cement impeachment cover-up

The Trump White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned an impeachment trial cover-up, and they’re not about to let former national security adviser John Bolton mess that up. The plan was to call no witnesses and have Senate Republicans vot

Anti-Trump Republican group drops the most brutal ad of all time against 'full Trump' AZ senator

Since the day Donald Trump descended down the escalators at Trump Tower to announce his run for the presidency, there has been a small but unwavering faction of well-known Republicans who’ve denounced The Donald for his bigotry, misogyny, and the fact he’

Trump is seriously frightened of man who begged him for a job and tried to start 'World War VI'

Technically, pogonophobia is the fear of beards. There doesn’t seem to be a term that applies strictly to the fear of a prickly upper-lip infestation that looks as if it should come with six-guns and a rabbit obsession. So maybe Boltonophobia will have to

Anti-impeachment Trump surrogate launches bid against GOP senator in Georgia special election

On Wednesday morning, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins announced that he would challenge appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a fellow Republican, in this year’s special election, a move that complicates GOP hopes of holding this key seat. Collins is currently servi

Trump's defense: If he did it that's okay, the other guy had it coming, and also you can't prove it

Wednesday begins the period of questioning in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. But as the senators ponder whether Chief Justice John Roberts will be more inclined to read questions in which the i’s are dotted with little hearts, it’s wort

New phase in impeachment trial to kick off with questions from senators

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump enters a new phase Wednesday. With opening arguments complete, senators will have the chance to ask questions—submitted in writing and read out by Chief Justice John Roberts—for 16 hours over two days. On Tuesday, R

Morning Digest: Ardent Trump ally will reportedly challenge GOP senator in Georgia special election

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The cover-up rests, as Senators figure just what they can get away with

We know Mitch McConnell doesn’t want witnesses. We know he controls everything about this trial. But what the voters want is something else. So, see you in November, Mr Current Majority Leader. Perhaps the main thing to come out of impeachment is that wher

Tuesday night owls: Solving the climate crisis won't be done through coalitions with big oil and gas

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At Oil Change International, Hannah McKinnon writes—“Grand Coalitions” with Big Oil and Gas Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis: Over the course of the last year and a half, we ha

Organizers, legislators arrested in St. Louis during sit-in protest for $15 wage for union janitors

The fight for a living wage (or at least, the fight to get closer to one) continues today in St. Louis, Missouri. Union organizers and local officials gathered for a peaceful protest to back the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Janitor

CDC study finds suicide 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., 4th leading for adults 18-65

According to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. The rank is even higher, as the fourth leading cause of death for adults between 18-65, the Suicid

On Fox & Friends, Ben Carson faults 'stacks and stacks' of tech regulations for homeless crisis

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning and gave a head-scratching explanation for why the nation’s homelessness crisis is booming. Given his politics, his appearing on Fox is far from a sur

Impeachment news: Trump defense wraps up as public pressure to call witnesses soars

Today was another short day in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Originally scheduled to go for many more hours, the Trump defense wrapped on one long, confusing, and dishonest spray of conspiracy theories and Trump talking points by lawyer Jay Se

Who's paying for Trump's impeachment defense? Republican donors, yet again

Almost everything about Donald Trump's finances remains murky, because Donald Trump has refused to do the customary tax disclosure of what he owns and who owns him, while his cabinet blocks outright any congressional attempts to review that material. But we d

Live coverage: Texas' 28th State House District special election

Polls closed at 8 PM in Texas’ 28th State House District, a GOP-held district in the Houston suburbs that’s hosting a competitive special election between Democrat Eliz Markowitz and Republican Gary Gates. Click here for our preview of the race. Results

House Democrat says 'we must not forget' asylum-seekers forced to Mexico under Trump policy

Illinois Rep. Chuy García says that he hasn’t forgotten the little boy who excitedly showed him his toy car during a visit last week to the squalid border camp for asylum-seekers in Matamoros, Mexico. “He shouldn’t be here,” García writes in a pos

Democrats hope anti-GOP trend in Texas suburbs will be key to flipping a state House seat on Tuesday

Tuesday brings us the first major special election night of 2020, with four races on tap. There is one race in Georgia and three in Texas, including a high-profile contest in the Houston suburbs. We preview all these races below. Leading Off • TX-HD-28:

Iowa's undemocratic caucuses shut out too many voters

Here’s another powerful reason the Iowa caucuses have to go. The New York Times reports that, despite claims from the Iowa Democratic Party that it is making caucuses more accessible to people with disabilities, the reality is that many people with disabil

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The numbers keep adding up against McConnell's cover-up trial: 75% of voters want witnesses

Senate Republicans are skating on pretty darned thin political ice, and Moscow Mitch McConnell is whipping them into the danger area in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Here’s the latest from Quinnipiac which finds that 75% of voters want the Senate t

Pelosi announces House Democrats will take up legislation to reverse Trump's Muslim ban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week that the chamber will mark up and bring to the floor legislation introduced last year that would reverse the Trump administration’s Muslim ban, as well as “limit the President’s ability to impose such biased

Trump's legal team closed out his 'defense' by showing that it had no defense

On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s legal team stood before the Senate to give its closing argument … and discovered it didn’t have one. Instead, Pat Philbin spent half an hour adding some footnotes to Alan Dershowitz’s Monday night muddle. Pat Cipollone de

Major magnitude 7.7 earthquake between Cuba and Jamaica

The United States Geological Survey has announced detection of a major earthquake located under the western Caribbean, about 70 miles northwest of Jamaica. The area is part of a strike-slip fault system, whose usual motion is less likely to generate large t

Schiff speaks after Trump's defense rests: 'You simply can't have a fair trial without witnesses'

Following what Rep. Adam Schiff described as the “rather abrupt end to the president’s case,” the House impeachment managers spoke to the press, with Schiff saying it was “clear that [Trump’s lawyers] are still reeling” from the revelation that
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