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Bloomberg (March 3)

2019/ 03/ 05 by jd in Global News

The submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “long-awaited final report…will be only the start of an explosive chain of events. There will be a struggle in Congress, on cable TV and social media and probably in the courts over how much must be disclosed. There also will be an epic political fight over whether the findings implicate President Donald Trump in wrongdoing that may even merit his impeachment.”


Washington Post (January 6)

2019/ 01/ 07 by jd in Global News

Democrats must consider “the end game.” If their “ultimate objective is impeachment and removal from office, House Democrats will be attempting to perform a political miracle. If the final goal is censure, however, it will be far easier to send a clear message to the American people that progressives stand for the rule of law and good government.”


The Guardian (October 17)

2017/ 10/ 18 by jd in Global News

“If Brazil’s recent decline could be plotted in the falling popularity of its presidents, Michel Temer represents the bottom of the curve.” Overall, his popularity now sits at 3%, but “among under 24-year-olds, Temer’s approval hit zero.” Brazil’s president “has been charged with corruption, racketeering and obstruction of justice.” He may conceivably “escape impeachment, but the ongoing political crisis undermines democracy and opens the door to authoritarian hardliners.”


Chicago Tribune (June 15)

2017/ 06/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Donald Trump should be extremely worried about his presidency.” It’s easy to see why he “is still ruminating about firing Mueller,” the special counsel, even though that “would be politically disastrous, fueling impeachment fever…. His presidency is imperiled so long as Mueller compels witnesses to testify, accumulates written evidence and traces the myriad of ties between the Trump team and Russians.”


LA Times (June 10)

2017/ 06/ 12 by jd in Global News

We believe Donald Trump’s “election and continuing tenure as commander in chief are bad for the nation. We see no evidence that he will grow into the job. We look forward to the day when he is no longer president.” Still, it is not yet “time to draw up articles of impeachment.” Barring “some intervening revelation of intolerable action on the president’s part,” the investigations should be completed before beginning the “move toward impeachment.”


Korea Times (March 13)

2017/ 03/ 14 by jd in Global News

Former President Park Geun-hye continues to display an “irresponsible attitude.” Despite a ruling of the Constitutional Court upholding her impeachment, Park “indicated that she would not accept the court ruling.” But it is not her choice. The ruling “is final and unchallengeable…. If Park had any sense of responsibility as a head of state and had felt appreciation toward her supporters, she should have told them that it was time to accept the court ruling and asked them to stop holding violent protests.”


Wall Street Journal (November 20)

2016/ 11/ 23 by jd in Global News

“South Korea would benefit most from a thorough investigation that prompts political reform rather than a rush to impeachment.” Furthermore, securing President Park’s resignation or impeachment “could reverse many hard-fought decisions that the Korean electorate gave her a mandate to make,” like closing down the Kaesong Industrial Complex, deploying a U.S. missile-defense system and sharing intelligence with Japan to counter the North Korean threat.


New York Times (July 31)

2016/ 08/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Coming on top of the Zika epidemic, reports of terrible conditions in the Olympic Village, low ticket sales, police violence, a suspended president facing impeachment and a Russian team depleted by the doping scandal, the news of the contaminated waters certify that the Rio Olympics will be one of the most disorderly and woebegone in the 120 years since the modern Games began in Athens.”


New York Times (May 6)

2016/ 05/ 07 by jd in Global News

Brazil has failed to clean up “the highly polluted waters of Guanabara Bay and off nearby Copacabana Beach” where athletes will be asked to compete in water with “virus levels 1.7 million times what would be considered hazardous at a California beach.” Brazil had pledged to build eight water treatment plants to halt the daily flood of raw sewage into the bay, but only one has been built. With less than 100 days to the Rio Olympics, no more will be built. “Brazil’s chief of security for the Games and the sports minister have recently resigned, and the president, Dilma Rousseff, is facing impeachment.” The only remaining solution is to move the aquatic events “to safe, clean waters” even if that means transferring them to another country.


Institutional Investor (April 23)

2016/ 04/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Rate announcements by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan will loom large this coming week as investors consider the alternate reality of negative interest rates. Meanwhile, key economic indicators for onetime BRIC stars Russia and Brazil will arrive as each suffers from the weight of low oil prices and Brazil deals with domestic political intrigue surrounding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.”