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Yahoo! BooksDec 06, 2019
Nancy Pelosi is bungling the impeachment inquiry into Trump
By rushing the impeachment process - and keeping the focus narrow - Pelosi may be making a grave political miscalculationNancy Pelosi is rushing to conclude the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. On Thursday, just over two months after the inquiry was launched, Pelosi announced she was instructing investigators to draft articles of impeachment. These will be voted on by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives as soon as this month.The impeachment articles seem likely to focus only on the president's attempt to blackmail Ukraine into interfering in the 2016 election, and his subsequent attempts to obstruct investigations into the scheme. "Our democracy is what is at stake," Pelosi said in a news conference, standing before a backdrop of placidly hanging American flags. "The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election."Another hearing is scheduled in the judiciary committee for this coming Monday, but the timeline is now clear: the House will vote to impeach the president, probably in a party-line vote, sometime in late December or early January. The Republican-controlled Senate will try him in the early months of 2020, and regardless of the evidence, he will almost certainly be acquitted.For months, Pelosi was reluctant to pursue impeachment, and even after being persuaded to open the inquiry, she has seemed weary and anxious of the political stakes of the process. It seems to have been Pelosi who dictated a narrow focus for the inquir

Yahoo! BooksDec 06, 2019
Biden's Plan to Take Down Warren: Have Mayor Pete Do It
Since launching his presidential bid, former Vice President Joe Biden has largely settled on a primary strategy common among frontrunners: Only attack when attacked, stay above the conflict, and let the other candidates squabble among themselves so they can eventually take one another out. That last tactic is why Biden hasn't been going after Pete Buttigieg. He doesn't think the South Bend mayor can hurt him, but he does think Buttigieg can hurt someone else who could—Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Biden's campaign declined to comment on the record about its strategy. But multiple veteran pollsters and operatives said there's sound logic behind the notion that the vice president's team might view Buttigieg as a useful way to help blunt Warren's momentum, particularly with white college-educated voters. The more Buttigieg rises in states like Iowa and New Hampshire, the thinking goes, the more Warren slips in some polls. "There's not a reason to believe Buttigieg at this point is really hurting Biden," Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray told The Daily Beast. "The more the waters in Iowa are muddied, the better it is for Biden."One well-placed Iowa Democrat put it more candidly, "You don't need to punch down at the mayor of South Bend, Indiana."One exception to that rule occurred on Monday, as Biden cruised on his extended bus tour through the Hawkeye State, a place where Buttigieg has recently gained ground and Warren has an equally strong following with just nine weeks to go before the first votes are cast. Responding to a repo
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