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Thursday, January 23, 2020

21 attorneys general send letter to Senate blasting 'ruinous' impeachment

21 attorneys general send letter to Senate blasting 'ruinous' impeachment

In a scathing letter, 21 state attorneys general lashed out at the impeachment of President Donald Trump, calling it “ruinous” to the country.

The attorney generals, who are all Republicans, sent the letter Wednesday as they asked the Senate to reject the Democrats' arguments.

“As Attorneys General of 21 States whose citizens and Electoral College delegates voted in the 2016 presidential election, we have a special duty to defend the integrity of the votes cast by those citizens and electors during that election,” they said in the letter.

“However, our interests go well beyond that particular election. This impeachment proceeding threatens all future elections and establishes a dangerous historical precedent,” the attorneys general said.

“That new precedent will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future Presidents to the whims of the majority opposition party in the House of Representatives," they said. "Thus, our duty to current and future generations commands us to urge the Senate to not only reject the two articles of impeachment … as lacking in any plausible or reasonable evidentiary basis, but also as being fundamentally flawed as a matter of constitutional law.

"If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers' design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers."

The attorneys general accused the Democrats of impeaching the president because they are still furious at the results of the 2016 presidential election and want to undo it.

“Impeachment should never be a partisan response to one party losing a presidential election," they wrote. "If successful, an impeachment proceeding nullifies the votes of millions of citizens.

“The Democrat-controlled House passing of these constitutionally-deficient articles of impeachment amounts, at bottom, to a partisan political effort that undermines the democratic process itself.

“Even an unsuccessful effort to impeach the President undermines the integrity of the 2020 presidential election because it weaponizes a process that should only be initiated in exceedingly rare circumstances and should never be used for partisan purposes.

“Impeachment may cast a pall over the office of the presidency, undermines the President’s constitutional authority, and taints his -- and America’s -- standing with foreign leaders and ultimately irreparably damages the United States’ interests.

“This body should never permit impeachment proceedings to proceed where they are permeated with the clearly partisan objective of energizing a political party’s base to, ultimately, influence a presidential election."

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

State AGs Letter on Impeachment by The Western Journal on Scribd

The attorneys general called it “a raw political and unconstitutional use of the impeachment power” as they urged the Senate to reject the impeachment articles "to protect both the institution of the Presidency and the Constitution."

They are correct. The House Democrats' impeachment inquiry was a partisan sham, and after watching one and a half days of the Senate hearing, it has become increasingly apparent that they have no case.

But it has never been about having a real case against Trump or about protecting the United States.

It has always, since the start of the ridiculous Russian collusion allegations, been about undoing the 2016 presidential election -- and it is time to stop it.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Warren May Be Done For

Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to be a source of pride for the Democratic Party. It doesn’t make a ton of sense considering she has been slipping in the polls. No amount of plans, impeachment hysterics, and pandering to the socialist left will help her recover. Warren’s campaign doesn’t know this, they seem content with going after smaller and lesser known candidates. Someone should tell them that they shouldn’t punch down.

Wall Street Journal has the story:

Ms. Warren’s questions about Mr. Buttigieg’s work at consulting powerhouse McKinsey & Co. from 2007 to 2010 prompted him on Friday to release a summary of his projects there. But he stopped short of providing the full client list Ms. Warren has demanded, citing a nondisclosure agreement he signed while at a company that has drawn fire from some liberals critical of big corporations and elite consultants.

She has also challenged the mayor to make public the names of his biggest fundraisers and open his fundraising events to the media.

Mr. Buttigieg told reporters Friday in Iowa that he understands why his rivals and the media are focused on him so intensely.

“I certainly notice that the better things go for us, the more scrutiny, the more heat there is,” he said. “I welcome that. We’re talking about the American presidency, and you should be able to show that you can handle tough decisions, tough questions.”

Ms. Warren’s drop in polling here has come after a period of debate over her Medicare for All proposal, with more-moderate rivals arguing that it is too expensive and that many Americans don’t want a government health-care overhaul that eliminates private insurance. Ms. Warren says she can pay for the insurance expansion without raising taxes on the middle class, a claim Mr. Biden has repeatedly challenged.

It’s going to take more than Warren’s usual trick of poking at Wall Street to fix the holes in her leaky campaign. With the pointless impeachment trial looming, Warren will be out of commission on the campaign trail while she is required to fulfill her duty as Senator. It’ll take a miracle for her to recover.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

MN Among States Struggling with Medical-Marijuana Oversight


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Monday, January 20, 2020

WATCH: Prince Harry Breaks Silence On Royal Split: ‘I Want You To Hear The Truth From Me’

On Sunday, Prince Harry addressed his recent split with the royal family, telling a room full of supporters of the Sentebale charity in London that he and his wife Meghan Markle had “no other option” than to break away.

According to the 35-year-old, he tried to “support” Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother, without receiving public funds, but that situation was undoable.

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard, or perhaps read, over the past few weeks,” Harry started, as reported by Fox News. “So, I want you to hear the truth from me — as much as I can share, not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the past 35 years, but now with a clearer perspective.”

“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” the prince continued. “I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!”

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he told the audience. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”

“What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you,” emphasized Harry.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he explained. “I’ve accepted this knowing it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am, but I hope it helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”

Queen Elizabeth II announced Saturday that the exiting royals will have their “His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness” titles stripped and they will be financially cut off from royal funds, effective this spring.

“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” the Queen said in a statement, noting her support for their “independent” life.

Harry thanked the supporters for looking after him, but noted that “the media is a powerful force.”

“My hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us. It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service. So in that respect, nothing changes,” he said.

Concluding his speech, the new father assured the audience he’s still “the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities.”

“Together, you have given me an education about living, and this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could ever have imagined. We are taking a leap of faith, so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step,” Harry closed.

WATCH:

Related: Meghan’s Father Rips Daughter For ‘Cheapening’ Royals, Choosing ‘Money’ Over Family

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Puerto Rico guv fires emergency director after aid found sitting in warehouse

Puerto Rico guv fires emergency director after aid found sitting in warehouse

(CBS NEWS) Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island's emergency management director on Saturday, after a video showing aid sitting unused in a warehouse went viral on social media. Some of the aid has allegedly been sitting in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017.

"There are thousands of people who have made sacrifices to help those in the south, and it is unforgivable that resources were kept in the warehouse," Vázquez said in a statement.

Garced said in a statement that she has ordered Secretary of State Elmer Roman to conduct a "thorough investigation into the mishandling of emergency aid in a warehouse in Ponce," CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reports.

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