Why Trump Allies Want To Talk Impeachment And Dem Leadership Doesn’t

WASHINGTON With President Donald Trumps approval rating sinking and congressional Republicans pushing a deeply unpopular agenda, Democrats have a real chance to take back the House. But that opportunity is being complicated by one word that is coming up with increasing regularity on the midterm campaign trail: impeachment.

Thats the conclusion House Democratic leaders have reached through internal polling, and its one that top Republicans, including allies of the Trump administration, shared in conversations with HuffPost.

In focus groups in swing districts and in Georgia-06 (where a special election is being held this June) where we do think Trump is underwater people still very much respect the office of the presidency and dont like the idea of Democrats jumping to any conclusions on such a serious thing, said Meredith Kelly, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, even if they dont necessarily like Trump or think he is doing a good job.

The party in the minority always grapples with just how oppositional it should be in its effort to regain power. Rarely, however, has the concept of impeachment been so openly, and so early, discussed in the course of midterm elections. And thats for a reason: Trump, with a seemingly daily appetite for controversy, has invited the focus. But, secondarily, some Democrats worry that by broaching the possibility, they risk ostracizing the swing voters they need to win seats.

All this talk of impeachment does is it makes Republicans imagine Nancy Pelosi running the House, said one close Trump ally, who said he and the administration welcomed the impeachment discussion. You couldnt ask for a bigger motivator for our base.

For vulnerable House Republicans, impeachment chatter is the rare salve in a political season thats devoid of it. Lawmakers say it helps turn the discussion away from their own foibles and allows them to paint Democrats as out of touch.

It does make them look extreme, swing-district Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) told HuffPost last week. It makes it look like it was all cooked in the books or cooked in the recipe before we even started the meal.

It certainly doesnt help a person, or a party, or a movement or an organization when they appear to the average person as being extreme, Blum added. Doesnt help their cause, whoever it might be.

It makes it look like it was all cooked in the books or cooked in the recipe before we even started the meal. Republican Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa

Privately, Democratic leaders concede these points and have done their best to keep talk of impeaching Trump to the abstract. Minority Leader Pelosi, for one, has tried to slow down the push, saying she hoped some would curb their enthusiasm until Congress has all of the facts. And in recommended talking points to candidates, party leadership has encouraged lawmakers not to jump to conclusions.

But there also is a growing and sincere argument being made among members that the topic simply cant be ignored amid continued revelations of Trumps apparent attempts to obstruct an investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russia.

If it were any other time, one Democratic aide told HuffPost, Id say it would be premature to talk about impeachment without clear evidence, but this is all a fucking circus, and stuff breaks every hour. Its probably wise to prepare for anything and everything.

Democrats such as Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Al Green (D-Texas) are at the vanguard of impeachment talk, but there is a growing appetite among other members particularly inside the Congressional Black Caucus to amplify the calls. In a conversation with HuffPost last week, CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) stopped just short of calling for impeachment himself, detailing the growing list of questions surrounding the Trump campaigns contacts with Russia and Trumps decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Those are serious questions, Richmond said. The logical conclusion with the wrong answers does lead to impeachment. And I think that for some people to be having that conversation right now is really a conversation whether we think this president is committing high crimes and misdemeanors. And if you honestly and objectively look at the facts, theres reason to be concerned.

As some Democrats begin to more openly flirt with elevating impeachment as a campaign issue, others are trying to temper expectations about the chances of success. As another senior Democratic aide pointed out, impeachment isnt something Democrats can just jam through Congress even if they retake the House. Its a process that requires them to build a case, one that will persuade enough Republicans in the Senate, where 67 votes are required.

Its a legal standard, the aide said. Its not an emotion.

Democrats insist they arent divided on impeachment, arguing instead that some lawmakers have reached conclusions before others are ready. Some people want to just see, get those dots connected, and see where it goes, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said. So I dont see any division in our ranks on the issue.

But as talk of impeachment does gain steam, there is concern that a forceful push at least before any sustained investigation into Trump is conducted risks jeopardizing the very political and legal processes needed for it to be successful. And there does seem to be a real opportunity for that process to gain momentum. While Republicans say they welcome the impeachment talk as a way of portraying Democrats as a party of the fringe, others have hinted their own discomfort with their president.

When Mother Jones claimed Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) was the first Republican to suggest Trump may have committed an impeachable offense by firing Comey, for example, the office of Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida contacted the magazine to point out that he one of the most endangered Republicans in Congress had come out earlier.

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The Hunger Saint by Olivia Kate Cerroneis about Ntoni, a twelve-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily’s sulfur mines to support his family after his father’s untimely death. These child laborers were called carusu or “mine-boy”, a labourer in a sulfur mine who worked next to a picuneri or pick-man, and carried raw ore from deep in the mine to the surface.

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Mexican journalist killed in Sinaloa

(CNN)Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Crdenas, who reported extensively on drug trafficking, was killed on Monday in Sinaloa, officials said. He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.

Riodoce, the weekly publication Valdez founded and worked for, reported he was shot to death. Valdez was a well-respected journalist in Sinaloa and published several books on drug trafficking, crime, and its effects on communities.
Speaking Monday at the crime scene in Culiacn, Sinaloa state Prosecutor Juan Jos Ros Estavillo vowed his department would provide more protection for journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 40 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992.
    Mexico President Enrique Pea Nieto tweeted out his condolences to the family and friends of Valdez. “I reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression and the press, which are fundamental to our democracy,” Nieto said.
    The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded Valdez the 2011 Press Freedom Award. “In a country where widespread self-censorship is the consequence of violence by drug syndicates and criminal gangs, Valdez still covers sensitive issues,” CPJ wrote in its announcement of the award.
    In September 2009, Riodoce published a series on drug trafficking. Days later, its offices were damaged by a grenade, according to CPJ.
    In his acceptance speech in New York in 2011, Valdez spoke about the message in two of his books, “Miss Narco” and “The Kids of the Drug Trade,” “I have told of the tragedy Mexico is living, a tragedy that should shame us. The youth will remember this as a time of war. Their DNA is tattooed with bullets and guns and blood, and this is a form of killing tomorrow. We are murderers of our own future.”
    Valdez was also a correspondent for La Jornada in Sinaloa and worked with news agency AFP.
    “We lament this tragedy and send all condolences to Javier’s family and those close to him. We call on the Mexican authorities to shed all possible light on this cowardly murder,” AFP’s Global news director, Michle Lridon, said in an official statement.
    In an interview with CNN in February 2013, Valdez told CNN’s Gary Tuchman he thought Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzman was not only alive, but continuing to do business.
    At the time of the interview, Riodoce was one of the only papers that continued to cover El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel. Valdez told Tuchman that his staff lived in fear, but his paper would not back down on its coverage.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/americas/mexican-journalist-javier-valdez-killed-sinaloa/index.html

    New Curtis Sittenfeld novel will imagine Hillary Clinton’s life without Bill

    As-yet untitled novel will tell the story of Hillary Rodham and her life after she turns down marriage proposal from Bill Clinton once and for all

    Curtis Sittenfeld has signed a book deal to write a novel about Hillary Clinton that will imagine how the former secretary of states life would have panned out if she had not married Bill Clinton.

    According to publisher Random House, the as-yet-untitled novel is told from the point of view of Hillary Rodham, in which (as she did in real life) she turns down marriage proposals from Bill Clinton, then ultimately turns him down once and for all, and how her life spins out from there.

    A spokeswoman for the publisher said the book would be out in 2019. The novel is part of a three-book deal for Sittenfeld.

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    Sittenfeld has form when it comes to writing about the lives of former first ladies. In 2008 she penned the acclaimed and bestselling novel American Wife, a fictionalised account of the life of Laura Bush.

    News of Sittenfelds new novel comes after it was announced that Bill Clinton was writing a political thriller with James Patterson. The President is Missing is due out in 2018.

    Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is writing her own collection of essays that will reflect on her life and the presidential election. The book will include quotations she has used to get through battles with political opponents including Donald Trump, the media, her husbands high-profile sex scandals. It is due in out September from Simon & Schuster.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/09/new-curtis-sittenfeld-novel-will-imagine-hillary-clintons-life-without-bill

    Health report links antibiotics to risk of miscarriage

    Canadian study finds taking the drugs raises chances of having a miscarriage by between 60% and 100%

    Many common antibiotics may double the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, research has shown.

    A Canadian study has found that taking the drugs raised the chances of having a miscarriage by between 60% and 100%.

    The link was seen with several classes of antibiotic including macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulphonamides and metronidazole. However, nitrofurantoin, often used to treat urinary tract infections in pregnant women, had no effect on miscarriage risk. Nor did the widely used antibiotic erythromycin.

    The researchers looked at data from almost 9,000 cases of miscarriage at an average time of 14 weeks into pregnancy, involving girls and women aged between 15 and 45.

    The study leader, Dr Anick Brard, from the University of Montreal in Quebec, said: Infections are prevalent during pregnancy. Although antibiotic use to treat infections has been linked to a decreased risk of prematurity and low birth weight in other studies, our investigation shows that certain types of antibiotics are increasing the risk of spontaneous abortion, with a 60% to two-fold increased risk.

    Women who miscarried were more likely to be older, living alone, and to have multiple health issues and infections. But all these factors were accounted for in the analysis, whose findings are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    Dr Brard added: The increased risk was not seen for all antibiotics, which is reassuring for users, prescribers and policymakers.

    The researchers identified a total of 182,369 pregnancies from the Quebec pregnancy cohort, a large population group from the province providing data for ongoing studies. Of these, 8,702 (4.7%) ended with an early miscarriage.

    Writing in the journal, the team concluded that there was a link between some antibiotics and an increased risk of miscarriage, but added: However, residual confounding by severity of infection cannot be ruled out.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/02/health-report-links-antibiotics-to-risk-of-miscarriage