House Democrats have considered drafting as many as three articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, as they prepare to take their Ukraine impeachment inquiry public next week. The three possible impeachment articles would be for abuse of power, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.
ABC News report by Benjamin Siegel & Katherine Faulders.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after saying in March that he wouldn’t run for president, is backtracking and preparing a potential run for a 2020 bid. Bloomberg is expected to file the necessary paperwork to get on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama this week, however Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision on a run.
CNN report by Dan Merica, Kate Sullivan & Cristina Alesci.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce plans to run for his former Senate seat on Thursday according to the report by The Hill. A source familiar with Sessions’s plans said that the former Alabama senator “will come out forcefully in support of [President] Trump’s agenda while denouncing Democrats’ impeachment efforts. And steps have already begun to hire campaign staff.”
The Hill report by Juliegrace Brufke & Al Weaver.
LAST MONTH: There was no quid pro quo, and you won’t find any.
TODAY: There is quid pro quo, and what about it.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland appointed by President Trump revised his testimony to lawmakers in the House’s impeachment inquiry, saying in the latest version that the president’s dealings with Ukraine amounted to a clear quid pro quo.
The Hill report by Mike Lillis & Olivia Beavers.
Just over a month ago, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said “If you’re looking for a circumstance where the President of the United States was threatening the Ukraine with cutting off aid unless they investigated his political opponent, you’d be very disappointed. That does not exist.” Today after the transcript of the revised testimony from Sondland came out, Graham said “I’ve written the whole process off … I think this is a bunch of BS.”
Business Insider report by John Haltiwanger.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also said today that it was unclear to him whether it would be an impeachable offense if President Trump demanded a quid pro quo from Ukraine’s president.
The Hill report by Alexander Bolton.
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.
Today may go down as a date that students in history class will be reading about in their history books. The House passed a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The House of Representatives passed the resolution 232-196 with only two democrats voting no – Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.
NPR report by Brandon Carter.
While there is a lot of talk today about the House vote formalizing its impeachment inquiry; we can’t forget that there is a heated Democratic primary race in full swing. With Iowa caucus less then a 100 days away new polls show Senator Elizabeth Warren as the most favorable, followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and then by Senator Bernie Sanders. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the former front runner is now polling in fourth place in Iowa.
The Hill report by Tal Axelrod.
In the first primary state of New Hampshire, Senator Bernie Sanders takes the lead in most recent poll with Senator Elizabeth Warren close behind him. In third place is former Vice President Joe Biden and in fourth place is Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Progressive candidates are surging to the top of the polls in these early voting states, while the more centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are losing their ground.
The Hill report by Jonathan Easley.
In the national polls, lesser know candidates with progressive ideas are rising. While the former Vice President Joe Biden still leads the national polls, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and then by Senator Bernie Sanders; a businessman Andrew Yang and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard are gaining some ground. Yang is polling at 3%, the same as Senator Kamala Harrris in the national polls. While Representative Tulsi Gabbard is polling at 4% giving her a lead over Harris.
National Review report by Alexandra Desanctis.
Today there was another key witness that testified as part of the House impeachment inquiry; Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a highly decorated Army officer who is currently the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council. Vindman is a first hand witness who listened in on the July 25th Trump-Zelensky call. He raised concerns over the context of the call multiple times with his superiors. In his opening testimony he said, “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine.” He then went on to say that any investigation into the Bidens would be interpreted as a partisan play.
NBC News report by Jonathan Allen & Phil Helsel.
President Trump is defending himself against the incriminating testimony by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman by calling him a “Never Trumper.” While other Trump defenders are smearing Vindman with unsubstantiated claims, saying that he has dual loyalty and has been advancing Ukrainian interests over those of the United States.
The Intercept report by Robert Mackey.
Trump and his defenders attack on Vindman and his character triggered a backlash; with many Republican House and Senate members speaking out defending Vindmans service and patriotism. Vidman is a Purple Heart recipient and has served on active duty in the U.S. Army for more then 20 years and prides himself as a nonpartisan.
The Hill report by Morgan Chalfant & Brett Samuels.
The House impeachment inquiry hits a stumble as former Bolton aide Charles Kupperman, refuses to testify, his lawyers citing executive privilege. Democrats argued that Kupperman is now a private citizen and that failing to appear before Congress would lead to charges of contempt of Congress. Kupperman filed a lawsuit, leaving it up to the courts to decide.
The Hill report by Rebecca Klar & Mike Lillis.
As a response to the refusal of Charles Kupperman to testify, House set a vote for Thursday, 10-31-19 to formalize and establish parameters for the impeachment inquiry. This would prevent witnesses from refusing to testify, and the White House from withholding documents on claims of executive privilege.
The Wall Street Journal report by Natalie Andrews and Byron Tau.
The White House on the other hand is making a unsubstantiated claim that holding the vote now only proves that the Democrats were holding unauthorized impeachment proceeding. While Republicans are defending their position on the impeachment inquiry thus far.
Fox report by Alex Pappas.