Historic public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump start today, November 13th of 2019. Democrats will build a case to impeach the President, while Republicans will argue against impeachment.
The Democrats case to impeach include Trumps solicitation of election meddling from Ukraine, by starting an investigation into his campaign rival Joe Biden; in exchange for an invitation of President Zelensky to the White House and the release of military and security assistance to Ukraine among other charges.
The Republicans case against impeachment is that the inquiry was flawed, Donald Trump as President has vast foreign policy powers and was within his right to make such requests; and after all the military assistance was released to Ukraine.
CNN Politics report by Zachary Cohen, Clare Foran, Michael Warren & Zachary Wolf.
Last week it was reported that Michael Bloomberg was preparing a potential run for a 2020 bid. Earlier this week, Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering of joining the Democratic presidential primary. The late comers to the race are worried about the front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden not being able to secure the nomination and that Senator Elizabeth Warren or Senator Bernie Sanders could win the nomination. Bloomberg’s strategy is to go after Super Tuesday states by being able to use the vast amount of personal wealth he has to buy up advertising in those states. While Patrick could influence the results of the early states, and have significant support of the black voters if he was in the race.
Politico report by Marc Caputo & David Siders.
Usually by this time, the Democratic presidential primary field would narrow, but instead it looks like it may grow with Bloomberg and Patric considering a run for the nomination and they might not be alone.
Hilary Clinton said on BBC Radio 5 Live, “I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it.” When she was asked about running again. She did follow up her comment with, “I, as I say, never, never, never say never. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
Politico report by Abbey Marshall.
Beto O’Rourke has dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary. On Friday, November 1st, he told a small group of supporters “clearly see at this point that we do not have the means to pursue this campaign successfully.” The announcement came without warning but his campaign was running low on cash and was struggling with fundraising.
Politico report by David Siders.
The elections for the next president of the United States are less then a year from now. A lot can happen in a year, but what if we were to vote today? Who would win? How does Trump match up against Biden? What about Trump vs Warren or Trump vs Sanders?
NY Times report by Nate Cohn.
Impeachment inquiry by the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels released the first transcripts of hours-long hearings they held with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The top Democrats on the committees leading the inquiry said the testimony of both diplomats highlighted the “contamination” of American foreign policy by allies of the president who sought to create an “irregular back channel” to accomplish Mr. Trump’s personal and political objectives.
CBS News report by Camilo Montoya & Stefan Becket.
Tulsi Gabbard is rising in the polls and the Democratic establishment is in fears. Some are worried that she will take her campaign all the way to the convention just to create chaos; while others think she might run as an independent third-party candidate. Hilary Clinton even said of Gabbard that she is “a favorite of the Russians” and that Republicans are “grooming” her for a third-party run in hopes of splinting the support of a Democratic candidate. Gabbard has repeatedly stated that she is not going to run as a third party candidate, and there is no evidence that she is a “favorite of the Russians” or that the republicans are “grooming” her.
The Hill article by Max Greenwood.
Morning Consult and Politico recently ran a National Poll on many different questions related to the current state of politics and the upcoming election. Here are some questions and results.
Do you think you are ready for a president who is gay or lesbian?
33% Yes, definitely
17% Yes, probably
13% No, probably not
24% No, definitely not
13% Don’t know / No opinion
Do you think you are ready for a Hispanic president?
40% Yes, definitely
25% Yes, probably
10% No, probably not
12% No, definitely not
13% Don’t know / No opinion
Do you think you are ready for a agnostic or non religious president?
31% Yes, definitely
14% Yes, probably
15% No, probably not
26% No, definitely not
14% Don’t know / No opinion
Full poll from Morning Consult & Politico.
To end the week on a sweet note and it being Halloween yesterday, we may find ourselves with more candy to eat then we would want to. So why not eat just the best ones.
CandyStore.com the worst & the best Halloween candies for 2019 by Ben George.
Or maybe you would like to try the favorite candies of the State you live in.
CandyStore.com most popular Halloween candy by State.