Watergate to Ukraine: how TV will dictate Trump’s impeachment fate

As public hearings loom, one Nixon biographer remembers a time the system worked but few are sure it will again We are beginning these hearings today in an atmosphere of the utmost gravity a mood of incredulity has prevailed among our populace, and it is the constitutional duty of this committee to act expeditiously to allay the fears being expressed by the citizenry, and to establish the factual bases upon which these fears have been founded. Those were the begin public impeachment hearings regarding Donald Trump and his attempt to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Televised hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence …

The unholy alliance of the religious right and Trumpism is deeply anti-Christian | Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti

Bill Barrs secularists speech runs counter to key themes of Catholic, and more broadly, Christian theology The US attorney general William Barrs decried by liberal commentators for violating the church and Catholic doctrine for at least a century and a half. What is more original and troubling is the political use the USs chief law-enforcement officer has made of these traditional religious themes. By subtly reworking some of the core tenets of Catholic social doctrine, he has constructed a new political theology in the service of Trumpism one which aims to offer conservative Christians a set of principled, not just imperfect vessel, which has been widely used by evangelical Christians to justify their support for the current president. While jokingly …

Trump orders US troops out of northern Syria as Turkish assault continues

At least 750 Isis affiliates escape after Turkish shelling of camp guarded by Kurds with whom US forces were working Amid spoke to CBSs Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday. Trumps national security team planned to meet to assess the situation, he said, as the US continued to urge Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoan to halt his incursion. Asked if he thought Turkey, a Nato ally, would deliberately attack US troops in Syria, Esper said: I dont know whether they would or wouldnt. He cited an incident on Friday in which a small number of troops fell under artillery fire at an observation post in the north. Esper called that an example of indiscriminate fire coming close to Americans, …

China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese government. An article in Chinese state mouthpiece, China Daily, attacks the iPhone maker for reversing an earlier decision not to allow the app to be listed on the iOS App Store — claiming the app is “allowing the rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts” (via The Guardian). HKmaps uses emoji to denote live police and protest activity around Hong Kong, as reported by users. The former British colony is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China that’s been able to …

Listen to the scientists: Greta Thunberg urges Congress to take action

Teen climate activists attend a hearing to address the climate crisis and its traumatic effect on the younger generation The climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has bluntly told members of Congress to heed scientists warnings over global heating on a day when the existential anguish of young activists was given a voice at the heart of Washington DC power. Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has ignited a global youth climate movement, said at a congressional hearing that she had no prepared remarks other than to submit the landmark IPCC report, published last year, that warned of the rapidly approaching catastrophe of global heating. Garret Graves, a Louisiana Republican known for a firmer embrace of climate science than many others in his …

Trump opens protected Alaskan Arctic refuge to oil drillers

The Bureau of Land Management will offer leases to the 1.6m-acre coastal plain which is home to threatened polar bears The Trump administration is finalizing plans to allow oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that has been protected for decades. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer leases on essentially the entire 1.6m-acre coastal plain, which includes places where threatened polar bears have dens and underestimated the climate impacts of the oil leases. Parts of BLMs final statement suggest contrary to evidence that the current rapid heating of the earth is cyclical rather than human-made. Much attention in recent decades has focused on the potential climate change effects of GHGs [greenhouse gasses], …

Trump’s response to the weekend massacres show he is an ethical black hole | Moustafa Bayoumi

Trump is playing the country like hes a conductor of a symphony of racist violence Donald Trump continues to play his cynical game of dodging responsibility, shifting blame and exploiting tragedy. In a press conference called to address the horrors of two mass shootings in the United States over the past weekend, the president said nothing about his pivotal role in stoking fear and racism among certain segments of the population, said nothing about the fact that five of the 10 deadliest tweeted earlier, Trump also and by extension blamed immigrants, who themselves are the victims of the very racism that has been unleashed by this president. With this ethical black hole of leadership and narcissistic exploitation of other peoples …

‘His only tool is racism’: why Trump’s bigoted tirade could be a vote winner

The president seems to regard divisive, nativist rhetoric as his best chance of staying in the White House. Analysts say he may be right It was foul and repugnant. But was it a vote winner? Donald Trumps bigoted tirade against four congresswoman of colour, telling them to go back to the countries they came from, prompted widespread revulsion the comments tweeted: Trump launched his political brand eight years ago saying the first African American President was born in Africa. It has always been about racism, and the fact that this has ever been a controversial thing to say is part of the problem. Trump is a minority president after winning 46% of the popular vote in 2016, less than Hillary …