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McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst



On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.

This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”

“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”

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Trump Used to Accuse Obama of Trying to ‘Start a War’ with Iran to Get Re-Elected



President Donald Trump’s Pentagon on Thursday claimed credit for the “hugely consequential” assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.

Soleimani is a “revered” figure in Iran, and the country’s state television cut scheduled broadcasts to show photos of the general with a call for prayers.

With Middle East analysts expecting retaliation — and even war — it’s important to remember Trump’s views on the subject.

In 2012, Trump was convinced that then-President Barack Obama would launch a war with Iran to boost his re-election effort. Political scientists refer to a “rally around the flag” rise in poll numbers for commanders-in-chief at war.

“I always said Barack Obama will attack Iran, in some form, prior to the election,” Trump tweeted in August of 2012.

Two months later, Trump was still worried Obama would launch a war to bolster his political standing.

“Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. Looks like he’ll have to start a war or major conflict to win. Don’t put it past him!” Trump warned.

He followed up again before the election, which Obama won without launching a war with Iran.

“Don’t let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected–be careful Republicans!” Trump warned.

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McConnell: Democrats ‘Can Whine’ but Republicans ‘Absolutely’ Will Fill Any Supreme Court Opening During Election



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is once again putting a new spin on his highly-controversial (and some would say, un-American) decision to refuse to allow President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, to even receive a confirmation hearing, much less a vote, by the Senate.

And he’s now promising he will abandon his initial reason, claiming in 2016 it was nearing a presidential election and “the people” should effectively vote on the nominee by deciding which president they want nominating the next SCOTUS justice.

Now McConnell is promising Republicans will “absolutely” confirm any Supreme Court nominee President Donald Trump announces, despite being close to a  presidential election year, with both parties’ campaigns aggressively underway.

McConnell, as The Hill reports, on Tuesday told right wing pundit Hugh Hewitt he will go ahead and ensure Trump’s next SCOTUS nominee, if there is one, gets confirmed – despite being an election year.

The Senate Majority leader also launched a shot across the bow at Democrats, saying “they can whine about this all day long.”


Watch: McConnell Smirks, Gloats, and Says Now He’d Confirm a SCOTUS Nominee in a Presidential Election Year

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Mitch McConnell: ‘The American People Simply Will Not Tolerate’ Blocking a Supreme Court Nominee (Video)



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Video Shows Trump In El Paso Hospital Bragging About Crowd Size and Demeaning Beto O’Rourke



The White House refused to allow any members of the press to travel inside the hospitals President Donald Trump visited Wednesday in Dayton and El Paso, after mass shootings in those cities last weekend killed 31 people. But a just-released video taken by someone who was able to attend the president’s visit to an El Paso hospital reveals the president’s hypocrisy when he claimed he was going to provide “unity” as he chastised top Ohio Democrats for what he wrongly claimed was politicking during his Dayton visit.

Clearly, the President was not practicing what he preached.

In the video below Trump can be seen inside El Paso’s University Medical Center bragging about his crowd size when he held a rally in that city earlier this year. He can also be seen demeaning Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who until recently served as that city’s U.S. Congressman.

“I was here three months ago and we made a speech,” Trump told the hospital’s medical team, as Politico noted. “That place was packed.”

Related: El Paso Hospital Says None of the Hospitalized Victims Would Meet With Trump

“We had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had 400 people in a parking lot.”

The Texas Tribune, meanwhile, reports “Donald Trump still owes $569,204 for his February rally.”

NCRM could find no proof of Trumps’ claim O’Rourke hosted “400 people in a parking lot.”

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