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McConnell tells GOP senators to expect impeachment trial next week

McConnell tells GOP senators to expect impeachment trial next week

BY JORDAIN CARNEY – 
McConnell tells GOP senators to expect impeachment trial next week
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Republicans during a closed-door lunch on Thursday to expect President Trump’s impeachment trial to start next week.
Three GOP senators said the Republican leader warned lawmakers during the caucus meeting that they should not expect to be able to go home next weekend, indicating that the long-delayed trial will be underway.
Proceedings have been held up while Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has refused to send over the House-passed articles of impeachment, but she told reporters earlier Thursday that she would “soon” do so.
“We thought, we as the body, that the Speaker will … shortly send that over, so [he] said next weekend don’t go anywhere,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), characterizing McConnell’s message as a heads-up that the Senate would be in session.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) added that McConnell told senators that the two articles would be sent over “soon,” expecting them in the “next day or two.”
“There’s no reason for us to stay this weekend, but don’t expect to be home next weekend was the basic message,” Cramer added after the closed-door caucus lunch.
Once Pelosi sends the articles over, the trial would start the next day at 1 p.m. The Senate would then be in session for six days a week, excluding Sunday, until they wrap what is expected to be a weeks-long process. The six-day work week will be a shift for senators, who normally come into town on Monday night and leave by Thursday afternoon.
“I’m not holding them indefinitely,” Pelosi had said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “I’ll send them over when I’m ready, and that will probably be soon.”
Senators have largely been left in the dark about when to expect Pelosi to send over the two articles, which passed the chamber largely along party lines last month.
Asked about McConnell’s comments, a spokesman said the GOP leader’s guidance was not based on conversations with Pelosi.
McConnell’s remarks to senators come after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised eyebrows by telling Fox News’s Sean Hannity, without explanation, that he expects the trial to start next week.
“Hats off to Mitch McConnell for playing this very well. We’ll take the trial up next week,” Graham said on Wednesday night.
Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.) and John Cornyn (Texas), members of GOP leadership, both confirmed McConnell’s comments during the closed-door caucus but cautioned that they had also expected the standoff between Pelosi and McConnell to already be over.
“It’s an assumption of what we believe will happen,” Blunt said. “I believe we’re believing, as we believed last weekend, that these documents are about to come over.”
The timing of the trial, just weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses, could pose a challenge for the five senators seeking the Democratic presidential nomination: Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said this week that the party could reschedule the year’s first primary debate — currently set for Tuesday — if it conflicts with trial proceedings.
Speculation about when the articles will come over follows McConnell’s announcement earlier this week that he has the 51 votes to set up the Senate impeachment rules without Democratic support and punt a decision on documents and witnesses until mid-trial.
Pelosi reiterated on Thursday that she wants more details on the parameters of an impeachment trial from McConnell.
“We need to see the arena in which we are sending our managers. Is that too much to ask?” Pelosi said.

Peggy Noonan – WSJ – on Progressives and who they really are!

This level of perception and strength of writing is why Noonan is my favorite columnist – every Saturday in the WSJ. Also, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
The past decade saw the rise of the woke progressives who dictate what words can be said and ideas held, thus poisoning and paralyzing American humor, drama, entertainment, culture and journalism. In the coming 10 years someone will effectively stand up to them. They are the most hated people in America, and their entire program is accusation: you are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic; you are a bigot, a villain, a white male, a patriarchal misogynist, your day is over. They never have a second move. Bow to them, as most do, and they’ll accuse you even more of newly imagined sins. They claim to be vulnerable victims, and moral. Actually they’re not. They’re mean and seek to kill, and like all bullies are cowards. Everyone with an honest mind hates them. Someone will finally move effectively against them. Who? How? That will be a story of the ’20s, and a good one.”

~ Peggy Noonan

DAN BONGINO – THE DEEP STATE IS REAL – THEY’RE NOT PLAYING GAMES


In this episode, I address the stunning connections between the anti-Trump impeachment players and the Spygate hoaxers. I also address the imploding impeachment farce and the failure of Pelosi’s latest gamble. Finally, I address failure of media outlets to understand the significance of Trump’s strike against Soleimani.
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THE GREEN THING, GOOD ONE FOR OUR MILLENNIALS, AND SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TO READ.

The Green Thing

A somewhat “older” woman was at a checkout stand in a supermarket The helpful, young cashier suggested that the older woman should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The older woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this “green thing” back in my earlier days.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
She was right –– our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles could be used hundreds of times. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, which we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our graffiti. Then we were able to personalize our books without vandalizing them. Too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
 
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling 240-volt machine. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working, so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right – we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in each room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites in outer space, in order to find the nearest burger joint. But we didn’t have the green thing back then
But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were, just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
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