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The Daily BeastJan 21, 2020
Stephen Colbert Spends MLK Day Mocking Melania Trump: She Wants to Be ‘Free at Last'
Scott Kowalchyk/CBSBefore grilling billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer over effectively buying his way onto the debate stage, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert addressed the most important news of the day in his monologue.

"Let's start off the evening on a positive note: Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A beautiful day to celebrate, a beautiful message to remember," he announced.

Then, the late-night comic pivoted to first lady Melania Trump's MLK Day tweet honoring the late civil rights hero.

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The Daily BeastJan 20, 2020
Mitch McConnell's Impeachment Rules are a Sham, and Donald Trump Attorney Ken Starr Knows It
During the impeachment of Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, one of the major new additions to Donald Trump's legal team, argued that a president under investigation for criminal conduct must not be permitted to use governmental authority to embargo witnesses or hide the evidence against him. Starr's arguments before Congress as a prosecutor decades ago apply directly to the upcoming Senate trial of Donald Trump, and the assiduous efforts of Mitch McConnell and his fellow GOP Senators to engineer a sham trial.

Start with McConnell, who for weeks has insisted that the Senate will "exactly" follow the procedures employed during the trial of Bill Clinton. Under those rules, the Senate formally admitted into evidence the entirety of the extremely comprehensive record assembled by Starr's team, and then decided whether to call additional witnesses after the parties presented their opening arguments and answered questions from the legislators. 

Given that Trump has schemed to withhold potentially key witnesses and evidence, leaving the record far from complete, following the "Clinton Rules" in the Trump case makes little sense. Furthermore, on the eve of the trial Monday, McConnell laid out his proposed rules, which do not follow a key provision of the Clinton procedures. Instead of automatically admitting the House's materials into evidence,

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