Impeachment: The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president. But it may be moot, since the most important battle is over control of the statehouses. If the 2020 presidential election is going to be about anything, it’s going to be a referendum on four years of President Trump. This is true in spite of the ongoing Democratic campaigns, in which more than 20 candidates are trying to position themselves on what they see as issues critical to primary voters: health care, climate change, racial…

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The Disunited States: How partisan politics is polarizing the US

Unquestioning party allegiances and growing division between Democrats and Republicans may threaten American democracy. Americans may be as divided over politics today as they were in the lead up to the Civil War of the 1860s. In Washington, DC, hardly a day passes without Democrats and Republicans accusing the other party of betraying the nation and its core values. Around the country, partisan allegiances are fracturing relationships at the level of the family, neighbourhood and community. Religious congregations are coming apart over politics. So are marriages. Partisan rancour worsened after…

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Trump rally: Immigration policy in the spotlight

Despite criticism of the detention of children in squalid conditions, Trump lauded his crackdown at the border. US President Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail, taking his 2020 re-election bid to the city of Cincinnati in Ohio. There he launched a blistering attack on his Democratic rivals, although the issue of immigration quickly became his biggest talking point.   Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Second US Democratic debate night two: What did candidates say?

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and other Democratic 2020 candidates clash about healthcare and immigration. The final night of the second 2020 United States Democratic presidential debate kicked off with fireworks on Tuesday, with candidates clashing over immigration, healthcare and race. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, was the target of many of the candidates’ attacks. But Biden struck a sharper and more aggressive tone than in the first debate when he came off as shaky and flustered. The former vice president was repeatedly forced to defend his decades-old…

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Robert Mueller appears before US House Judiciary Committee

The former special counsel will give his statement on his probe report related to Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before the two congressional committees in today’s trial related to his probe report on Russia meddling in 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s appearance before two House panels promises to be the TV event of the year in the US House.   Al Jazeera reports live from Washington, DC.

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House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

House votes to sideline impeachment resolution against Trump, effectively killing the measure for now. The United States House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sideline an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalise on growing criticism of Trump after the president’s recent attacks on minority congresswomen. The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure. Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment…

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The Debates Were a Mess—but Big Progressive Ideas Were on Stage

A clear and shared vision among Democrats is the only way to compete against “Make America Great Again.” Amid the Democratic primary debate spin out there, one thing that seems agreed on is this: It was a mess. Putting 10 candidates on a stage and giving them 60 seconds to answer questions about public policy isn’t that informative. Who knew? But maybe information wasn’t the point. Given the size of the field—24 as of this writing, including four who had neither the money nor the polling to earn an invite…

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Who are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates?

The pool of candidates vying for their party’s nomination in 2020 is among the largest and most diverse in US history. Less than two years out from the 2020 US presidential election, the pool of Democratic candidates vying for their party’s nomination is among the largest and most diverse in United States history. With 25 candidates already in the race and a number of individuals yet to announce their campaign, the list is likely to grow as the US primary season gets closer. Here is a look at who has…

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Democratic debate night two: What did the candidates say?

Ten more candidates took the stage on Thursday in the final night of the first 2020 Democratic debate. The second night of the first United States 2020 Democratic debate took place on Thursday night with  another 10 candidates taking the stage in Miami, Florida. Thursday’s debate round saw a few more confrontations than the first night, including one between Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden. In an emotional exchange, Harris challenged Biden’s stance on busing to desegregate public schools during the 1970s, telling the former vice president that…

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Democratic debate night one: What did the candidates say?

The first US Democratic debate kicked off on Wednesday with 10 candidates on stage. What did they say? The first of back-to-back nights of debate took place on Wednesday with 10 of the 20 Democratic presidential candidates in the United States who qualified for the debate going head-to-head on a range of issues, including healthcare, immigration and US foreign policy towards Iran. Senators Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Tim Ryan, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Representatives Beto…

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Mueller says charging Trump was ‘not an option’

In announcing his resignation, Mueller says were his office confident Trump didn’t commit a crime, it would’ve said so. US Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday that he is leaving the Justice Department now that he has concluded his Russia probe. In his first public statement on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Mueller said he is also closing the special counsel’s office. The announcement comes amid demands for Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill about his findings and tension with Attorney General William Barr over…

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Pelosi: Move to impeach Trump now would be premature, ‘divisive’

Nancy Pelosi says she wishes that the president’s family, staff would have an intervention after Trump ‘tantrum’. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol [Mandel Ngan/AFP] US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that President Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum at a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders a day earlier and that she wished his family or staff would conduct “an intervention” with him for the good of the country. In a second consecutive day of tough words about Trump…

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