Obama backs Canada’s Trudeau in unprecedented endorsement

Canadian analysts say such an endorsement is rare, but probably won’t move the polls. Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former US president. Obama tweeted on Wednesday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues such as climate change. “The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbours to the north support him for another…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: What is happening this week?

As Congress returns from recess, US House Democrats plan to ramp up their impeachment probe into President Donald Trump. The Democratic-led US House of Representatives will ramp up its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week as Congress returns after a two-week recess, with closed-door testimony from current and former administration officials looming. The impeachment inquiry focuses on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his businessman…

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2 men tied to Trump lawyer Giuliani arrested on campaign charges

Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman are accused of conspiring to ‘funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office’. Two Florida businessmen associated with US President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested over violations of campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney’s office said on Thursday. The businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested in connection with a New York case involving campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said. The two men had been planning to fly…

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US judge rejects Trump challenge to release of his tax returns

Judge said immunity claim at odds with constitution, but appeals court blocked any handover of records for now. A US federal judge on Monday emphatically rejected President Donald Trump‘s challenge to the release of his tax returns to New York prosecutors, saying the president’s broad claim of immunity from all criminal investigations is at odds with the Constitution of the United States. But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now. The developments escalate the president’s battle to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during…

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Second Trump whistle-blower on Ukraine comes forward

Official has information backing original whistle-blower’s complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, lawyer says. Trump and his supporters have rejected the accusations that he did anything improper [Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP] A second whistle-blower in the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has come forward, according to the lawyer representing the first one. Mark Zaid told The Associated Press news agency in a text message on Sunday that the second whistle-blower, who also works in intelligence, has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog. The lawyer said the second person did…

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Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates

All the latest updates as US House launches official impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump. Trump arrives at Lima Allen Airport [File: Evan Vucci/AP Photo] Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the US House of Representatives will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election year clash between Congress and the president. The announcement came amid reports that Trump may have abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government…

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Trump defends himself against whistle-blower complaint

Trump calls whistle-blower ‘partisan’, even though he said he doesn’t know the identity or precise allegations. President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters a whistle-blower complaint that has roiled Washington relates to a “totally appropriate conversation” he had. “It’s a partisan whistle-blower,” Trump said, even though he said he did not know the identity of the whistle-blower or the precise allegations but that all of his conversations with foreign leaders were always appropriate. “It’s just another political hack job. That’s all it is,” the Republican president told reporters in the White…

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Lewandowski defends Trump at chaotic impeachment hearing

Corey Lewandowski assails ‘angry Democrats’, repeatedly refuses to answer questions about his conversations with Trump. Washington, DC – US President Donald Trump‘s former 2016 campaign manager, appearing before a US House of Representatives committee, struck a combative tone and defended the president against Democrat allegations of abuse of power. Corey Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist who is considering a possible run as a Republican for US Senate, was a figure in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “As for actual ‘collusion’, or ‘conspiracy’, there…

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House panel to vote to formalize impeachment procedures

The House panel hopes to determine whether to recommend Trump’s impeachment to the full House by the end of the year. The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump even as many Democrats remain wary of the effort. The resolution is a technical step, and the panel would still have to introduce impeachment articles against Trump and win approval from the House to bring charges against Trump. It’s unclear if that will ever happen, as…

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What If We Made the Electoral College Moot?

Twice in 20 years, a president has won office without winning the popular vote. A new movement is looking to change that.   Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, many liberal circles were buzzing about how to prevent Donald Trump from taking office, especially after evidence of Russian interference emerged and after Trump continued to demonstrate his temperament and complete lack of qualification and preparation for the job. Maybe the Electoral College would go rogue and vote for Hillary Clinton? Maybe Chief Justice John Roberts would refuse to swear him…

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Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in 2020 Republican primary

Joe Walsh, radio host and ex-congressman, says Trump is unfit for office and must be denied a second presidential term. A second person has mounted a challenge to US President Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Joe Walsh, a former congressman for the state of Illinois and radio talk show host, announced his bid on Sunday, saying the incumbent president of the United States was unfit for office and must be denied a second term. “He’s nuts. He’s erratic. He’s cruel. He stokes bigotry. He’s incompetent. He…

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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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