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NBC News (January 20)

2020/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

“On Tuesday, the impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump will begin in the United States Senate. It ought to be a moment of pride in our constitutional order, a testament to the framers’ vision that no one, not even a president, is above the law.” But instead of “patriotic duty,” this trial is being driven by fear. Ultimately, in years to come, “many Republican senators will wish they’d been driven not by fear of a bully, but by the courage of their convictions, and pride in carrying out their solemn duties.”


The Economist (January 18)

2020/ 01/ 20 by jd in Global News

“America is weaponising its currency and financial system” like never before, but the “use of sanctions could endanger the dollar in the long term!” Other countries, both allies and enemies, increasingly view the Trump administration’s aggressive use of the dollar-based financial system “as an abuse of power.” Ultimately, this “may eventually lead to the demise of America’s financial hegemony, as other countries seek to dethrone its mighty currency.”


LA Times (January 14)

2020/ 01/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Convicting Trump will take a two-thirds vote of the Senate, which means that even if all Democrats and independents vote to remove the president, he’ll remain in office unless at least 20 Republicans turn against him. Those are long odds, and if McConnell has his way on witnesses, they’ll stay long.”


LA Times (January 6)

2020/ 01/ 07 by jd in Global News

“President Trump threatened to destroy 52 Iranian sites — ‘some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture’ — on Twitter on Saturday.” This “amounts to an announcement of an intention to commit war crimes.” Doing so would be in direct contravention of the Hague Convention and the Geneva Convention, which prioritize the preservation of religious, humanitarian and cultural heritage sites.


New York Times (January 4)

2020/ 01/ 05 by jd in Global News

“President Trump’s decision to authorize the killing of a top Iranian military leader could be the match that sets off a regional conflagration, or it could have only marginal geopolitical impact…. But it is just the latest example of the capricious way in which the president, as commander in chief, has chosen to flex his lethal powers.”


Bloomberg (January 2)

2020/ 01/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Geopolitics presents a mixed picture heading into any new decade. But given all the transnational trends I’ve listed, along with the wildcard of the Trump administration — in an election year and facing an impeachment trial, no less — the first year of the 2020s will likely have oversized impact on the nine that follow it.”


CNN (December 23)

2019/ 12/ 24 by jd in Global News

“The Trump administration is hiding something…. The problem, of course, is that we may not know what the Trump administration is covering up until it is too late—until this administration is long gone, or until it is too late to fix the damage.”


USA Today (December 18)

2019/ 12/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Republicans appear intent on extinguishing the most fundamental ingredient of a self-governing republic, the concept of truth. That’s deeply sinister.” Their “impeachment lies” may protect Trump, “but they could destroy America.”


Wall Street Journal (December 16)

2019/ 12/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Impeachable or not, Trump’s foreign policy is reckless. He begins with disruption—breaking things—but lacks the patience and attention to rebuild.”


Washington Post (December 5)

2019/ 12/ 07 by jd in Global News

In the impeachment proceedings, “even the Republican witness helped the Democrats… If Turley is an example of the type of witnesses they think helpful, perhaps Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) should allow them to call many more.”


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