Trump, Kavanaugh impeachment speculation kicks up after Dems’ House takeover

By Adam Shaw of Fox News

With Democrats set to reclaim control of the House in January and President Trump already infuriating them with the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speculation is rampant over whether they will use that power to pursue impeachment against the president — or even Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Posted in Democrats, Donald Trump, House of Representatives, Supreme Court

Midterm fury fuels Trump’s assault on constitutional norms

Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN

President Donald Trump is intensifying his challenge to constitutional constraints and governing norms that are already facing their gravest test since Watergate in the 1970s.

Trump has reacted to the coming Democratic majority in the House by upping the assault on the Washington system he was elected to upend, but in a way that could be taking the nation into perilous political territory.

In the days since the fracturing of the Republican majority on power in Washington, Trump has challenged political order across a broad front.

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Posted in Constitutional law, Democracy, Donald Trump, Elections, United States

How the Florida recount will unfold – and why it matters

By Letitia Stein of Reuters

Florida elections officials are racing to recount ballots this week after razor-thin voting margins left the state’s marquee contests for the U.S. Senate and governor too close to call.

Republicans took the lead in last Tuesday’s elections, but their margins narrowed and state-mandated recounts were ordered after the processing of more than 8 million ballots cast. President Donald Trump is calling for the recounts to end, saying without evidence that Democrats are out to steal his party’s wins in America’s largest political battleground state.

The drama, which has included dueling lawsuits and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, has evoked memories of the state’s 2000 presidential vote recount where the winner of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.

What happens next? Here is a guide to understanding the 2018 Florida recount.

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Posted in Candidates, Congress, Constitutional law, Controversial, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, Florida, Political parties, Politics, Republicans, Senate, Supreme Court

Women and Leadership 2018

Wide gender and party gaps in views about the state of female leadership and the obstacles women face

By Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker of Pew Research

Two years after Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party, and with a record number of women running for Congress in 2018, a majority of Americans say they would like to see more women in top leadership positions – not only in politics, but also in the corporate world.

Republicans and Democrats have widely different views about where things stand today and what factors are holding women back.

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Posted in Business, Congress, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, leadership, Pew Research, Politics, Republicans, Women

U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It

By Janet Reitman in the New York Times

For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy
has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism.

In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a
virulent movement has grown and metastasized.

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Posted in Controversial, Domestic violence, FBI, leadership, New York Times, terrorism, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States