Trump impeachment drive has parallels to Wisconsin recall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divisive leader drove the opposition to extreme measures. The political climate was toxic — with little civil debate or middle ground. The clash ended in a high-risk political showdown that captured the nation’s attention and shaped the next election.© Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images The bitter partisan trench war that has transformed Wisconsin into a proxy for polarization nationwide opened a new front Tuesday, November 15, 2011 with the formal launch of a petition drive to force a recall vote on freshman Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Can Trump resist a subpoena? President Trump on May 4. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post). Harry Litman teaches constitutional law at the University of California at San Diego and practices law at Constantine Cannon. He served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department from
Trump can ' t resist bringing up Oprah at Georgia rally, insists No, Oprah Winfrey doesn’t want to run for public office, but she has entered the fray by campaigning in Georgia to get Stacey Abrams elected as governor . Trump got his facts wrong though, talking about how he appeared on one of the
His grip on Republican senators has held in the lead-up to a historic impeachment trial. Members of the House have faced the prospect of retiring before going against him. And he frequently boasts about his strong approval ratings among Republican voters.
Yet for a party leader who inspires fear in Washington, President Trump has been bedeviled by governor’s races time and again, even after his aggressive campaigning has helped Republican candidates win.
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Trump has indicated he’ll be precisely the sort of authoritarian the Fourth Amendment was intended to protect against. As a candidate, Trump vowed to They should, but they may not do so. Over the past decades the amendment’s broad promise of security from arbitrary police action has been made
In each case, Trump ’s bluster and his seeming obsession with Obama have led him to commit serious unforced errors. As is now well known, Trump took that question as an opportunity to unfavorably compare previous presidents’ methods of consoling Gold Star families to his own, suggesting his
Unable to modulate his excitement for other people’s political battles — and, according to advisers, not understanding the distinct incentives for governors who run their own states and senators who have to work with him in Washington — Mr. Trump has plunged headfirst into contests that have done little but expose his own political vulnerabilities.
In the last month, two Republican candidates the president supported, puncturing his self-proclaimed role as kingmaker. But even his successes in the 2018 governor’s races have left him disappointed: The winners he championed, once in office, have defied his wishes and cast aside his allies, as recently as this past week.
Trump off to London for NATO summit, under pressure to steer clear of British election
Trump off to London for NATO summit, under pressure to steer clear of British electionAs a presidential candidate in 2016 and then as president since early 2017, Trump has shown no restraint in showing support for Britain's exit from the European Union and critiquing the politicians involved in the country's long-running Brexit debate.
Trump can ’ t resist using his campaign as a vehicle to fight his personal battles. This case seems to have gotten Trump more worked up than almost anything But they seldom say so publicly and with their names attached, which is what made this case so extraordinary. And I’m guessing it won’t be the
His tenure could easily turn into a Trump dynasty. Mr. Berlusconi was able to govern Italy for as long as he did mostly thanks to the incompetence of his We saw this dynamic during the presidential campaign . Hillary Clinton was so focused on explaining how bad Mr. Trump was that she too often
“Fundamentally, unlike members of the House and the Senate, there’s no element of dependency that goes with being in Washington” for governors, said Mark Sanford, a former governor of South Carolina whoto challenge Mr. Trump for the Republican nomination.
“There’s a degree of political autonomy” that governors have, he added.
Mike DuHaime, a Republican strategist who advised former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, put it more bluntly: “Many members of Congress are scared of the president’s ability to take them out in a primary — governors are less so.”
The examples have piled up over the last 18 months, as some of Mr. Trump’s aides have winced at how aggressively he wanted to participate in particular campaigns despite their urging him to stay out of those races.
For those candidates who won their governor’s races, their own political needs have since overshadowed those of Mr. Trump, and they have less incentive to fear him once elected.
The 7 most important lines from the Democrats' impeachment report
The 300-page report contains several new conclusions.The report cited two instances of improper conduct: obstruction of the House inquiry and withholding the aid from Ukraine on the condition of investigating a Trump political rival.
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Like Nixon, Trump is seeking to discredit and delegitimise those investigating him, painting the FBI, like the press, as enemies of the people. He does not necessarily need to oust Mueller or be totally cleared of wrongdoing. He must hope that throwing enough sand in the gears to claim reasonable doubt will
In Florida, Mr. Trump’s aides helped save the flailing candidacy ofin the 2018 Republican primary, and then the general election. Also last year, in Georgia, Mr. Trump helped pull over the finish line in both the primary and the general election. In both cases, Mr. Trump’s advisers implored him to stay out of the primaries, and he agreed to — only to surprise his aides by jumping in to support Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp.
Once that happened, Mr. Trump’s aides sought to make the best of it, trying to net victories in the states with an eye toward having allies there in 2020.
But since his election, Mr. DeSantis — once a congressman who frequently jabbed at Mr. Trump’s critics during the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III — has seemed fine bucking the president.
He has steered clear of public defenses of Mr. Trump, preferring not to spend his political capital by wading into national issues. He has indicated to reporters that he will be too busy to put much time toward helping Mr. Trump in his re-election battle.
Three California governors revive cooperation agreement
SAN DIEGO - As the U.S. federal government continues building a wall with Mexico, the governors of Baja California, California and Baja California Sur signed an agreement Wednesday aimed at strengthening relations in the border region. California Gov. Gavin Newsom revitalized a state commission that allows California officials to work on issues with their counterparts in the Mexican government, including problems such as pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, water contamination and emergency services. Baja California Gov. Jaime Bonilla and Baja California Sur Gov.
Donald Trump can ’ t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign . Political pundits are a bit puzzled by Trump ’s responses — he could have just let it go and hoped the media would eventually move on to other, less sensitive topics, but Trump just couldn’ t resist one comment after
Trump has splintered his own party and, with his record of bigotry and misogyny, handed Yet while the Democratic establishment may be tempted to wage a campaign of “triangulation” — the To live up to that label, Clinton should resist the urge to run to the center — especially when the Republicans
And in a move that jolted Florida politics, the president’s campaign complied with a demand by Mr. DeSantis that Mr. Trump fire his own re-election campaign’s top Florida adviser, Susie Wiles, who has been credited with helping elect not only Mr. Trump in 2016 but also Mr. DeSantis in 2018.
Mr. DeSantis, who is seen as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, viewed her as insufficiently loyal to him — and too close to another potential presidential candidate, former Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, whom she also helped elect, according to four people briefed on the events.
Her dismissal, in September, was agreed to by Mr. Trump and Brad Parscale, the president’s campaign manager, but the move infuriated a number of Trump advisers, who believe Ms. Wiles was an asset and who think the campaign should not have bent to a demand from a governor whom Mr. Trump assisted.
More recently, Mr. Trump was ignored by Mr. Kemp as the president pressed for an ally to fill the seat of Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia,. Mr. Trump favored Representative Doug Collins, an appointment that would have given him an additional loyalist in the Senate as an impeachment trial looms in that chamber.
But Mr. Kemp on Wednesday , a business executive who he believes will not turn off the suburban women whose support he needs.
Ukraine crowds protest over Russia summit
Some 5,000 Ukrainians rallied in Kiev on Sunday warning President Volodymyr Zelensky to resist pressure from Russia's Vladimir Putin when the two men meet on Monday for talks on the conflict in Ukraine's east. Protesters held placards with slogans such as "No to capitulation", "Stay away from Moscow" and "Russian gas is a noose around our necks" during the rally, led by Zelensky's political opponents. Protesters held placards with slogans such as "No to capitulation", "Stay away from Moscow" and "Russian gas is a noose around our necks" during the rally, led by Zelensky's political opponents.
After analyzing Trump ’s tweets, data scientist David Robinson concluded that “we can see that the Android tweets are angrier and more There’s a long-standing theory that you can tell which tweets Trump writes himself and which ones are sent by his campaign based on the device they ’re sent from.
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Mr. Kemp took Ms. Loeffler to meet Mr. Trump at the White House at a secret gathering two weeks ago, trying to reassure him. Mr. Trump did not budge — but neither did Mr. Kemp.
Even with Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Kemp walking a careful line with the president, Mr. Trump has seemed to relish playing kingmaker after getting a taste of it in 2018. So this year, he jumped into other races that offered him little benefit in his own re-election fight next year, or in Congress.
In Kentucky and Louisiana, where the Republican nominees for governor lost this year, the races were decided by a number of local factors, including negative perceptions of the incumbent Republican in Kentucky,, and the moderate style of the incumbent Democrat in Louisiana, .
Still, Mr. Trump made heavily promoted visits to the states and touted the candidates on Twitter, personalizing the races almost every time he talked about them.
A loss would be damaging, Mr. Trump told the crowdthe night before the election. “You can’t let that happen to me!” he implored.
Some of Mr. Trump’s advisers say they see fund-raising benefits in the president’s traveling to those states, even with the losses. And they believe that even if he had stayed out of the races, political reporters would have described them as losses for Mr. Trump.
But senior Republicans acknowledge that Mr. Trump still doesn’t understand the nuances between the types of races run by governors, who have to tend to voters back home, and senators and representatives, who must survive in Washington and have a different political balancing act.
Former Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, a Republican, said that Mr. Trump shared something in common with his predecessor, Barack Obama, in that neither one had significant coattails in off-year elections. The two men developed a “personal relationship” with voters who turned out only for their presidential elections and could not be cajoled into supporting other candidates, he said.
Some Trump advisers have questioned why his aides have not pushed back more forcefully against his desire to inject himself into contests in solid-red states like Kentucky and Louisiana where there is no electoral benefit to him in 2020.
“The curse of Donald Trump is that he can’t help himself, and he always makes it about him,” Mr. Sanford said.
Trump plans to sign spending bill to avoid government shutdown, White House's Conway says .
The House will move to pass the $1.4 trillion spending packages Tuesday afternoon ahead of a Friday government shutdown deadline.The president is "poised to sign" the legislation, Kellyanne Conway told reporters. Trump is "very happy" about what he has heard about the plans, she said.