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Democrats Are Demanding An Impeachment Inquiry After Stalemate In Subpoena War With Trump

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Progressive Democrats like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have been calling for an impeachment inquiry since news of Russian interference broke. As that investigation has developed, Congress has become concerned that the executive branch is ignoring its subpoenas, arguing that it effectively eliminates congressional oversight. Trump’s consistent resistance to congressional investigations has prompted a growing number of House Judiciary Committee members to agree that Congress should launch an impeachment inquiry.

As social media continues to be an effective avenue to communicate with legislators, folks have been taking to Twitter to add their voice to a growing quell of support for an impeachment inquiry.

An impeachment inquiry is not the same thing as impeachment as we know it.

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The Trump administration has ignored all Congressional subpoena requests. By invoking an impeachment inquiry, Congress would legally strengthen their asks. The purpose of an inquiry is to gather more information to discover whether a president is indeed threatening American democracy or perhaps not.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes not to impeach would weaken the Constitution.

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If the House of Representatives doesn’t vote on impeachment, AOC argues that it would be in violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution and preserve the rule of law.

Yes, even if the GOP-controlled Senate blocks the inquiry.

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The reason talks of impeachment have floated without any action for so long is because some members of the House believe that to do so without knowing they have GOP support in the Senate would look like bad politics. Freshman Congresswoman AOC has that oath fresh in her memory and is trying to keep politics out of it. AOC argues it’s the House’s duty.

She argues that the unwillingness to impeach, with so much public support, is damaging the public’s trust in democracy.

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The politics involved are substantial. When the GOP impeached Clinton, the following 1998 midterms were catastrophic for the party. It is really important that our elected leaders take the calls for an impeachment inquiry very carefully.

For those of us who aren’t entrenched in the swamp, the whole situation begs the question.

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What is going on here? The President has gone so far as to reach out to censor witnesses, who are no longer employed by the government, from testifying on public documents.

Speaker Pelosi is not on board with an impeachment inquiry just yet.

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Trump’s public approval rating is at an all-time high for the president at 42 percent. Still, Pelosi only wants to follow through on proceedings if something so immoral happens that most Republicans would get on board.

The latest shoe to drop was when POTUS blocked former Counsel Don McGahn from testifying to Congress Tuesday.

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McGahn is a key witness given that he’s the most-cited witness in Mueller’s investigation report. He also testified to Mueller witness accounts of Trump’s interference with the probe.

The #ImpeachmentInquiryNow hashtag is officially trending after McGhan defied his subpoena.

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#TrumpObstructedJustice also trended for a long time showing the overwhelming frustration with the current administration. There has been a lot of news about the administration’s willingness to work outside of the proper realms, yet they seem to skate by unfazed.

Texas Representative Joaquin Castro spoke out on Twitter, agreeing that impeachment may be the only option left.

No one is calling for an impeachment. That needs to be made clear. U.S. citizens are calling for the Congress to do their job and open an inquiry into whether or not the president committed impeachable offenses. One would think that someone with nothing to fear would be fine with an inquiry.

Ultimately, citizens are calling for truth.

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What Americans are witnessing is a block to some truth. Many believe that Trump is making himself look guilty by blocking this information to Congress.

Some citizens are calling on our representatives to impeach.

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Right now, that means Democrats are looking at Speaker Pelosi to begin proceedings. According to Vox, Pelosi told reporters that impeachment is becoming a growing option.

When they are saying unless you have a legislative purpose, you cannot ask any questions [and] you cannot investigate — one of the purposes the Constitution spells out for investigation is impeachment,” Pelosi told Vox. “So you can say, and the courts would respect if you said, ‘We need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities, and among them is impeachment.’

No inquiry has been submitted yet, but America is watching.

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Some Democrats believe they can simply jail or fine administration officials who deny subpoenas with contempt of court. Representative Bill Pascrell told Vox, “We don’t need impeachment. The authority and powers of the Article 1 branch are very clear; they’re laid out. And the penalties are laid out as well. So I say invoke the penalties, you gotta put the heat on these boys. We have the law on our side.”

READ: AOC Joins Impeachment Resolution After The Mueller Report

More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

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More Than 360,000 People Have Signed A Petition Calling For Trump Tower’s Address To Be ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue’

There is something so satisfying about being petty or watching a petty situation take place. That is exactly what we are seeing right now with a petition asking for New York City to rename a stretch of 5th Ave. in front of Trump Tower to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. Obama’s name has been used to rename some roads in the U.S. already and people are pushing for that trend to land right on Donald Trump’s doorstep.

A petition on MoveOn.org is calling for NYC to rename a portion of 5th Ave. after President Obama.

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The petition started as a joke but it quickly gained attention and speed and has continued to grow. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition and are hoping the Mayor Bill DeBlasio listens to their request.

Some are not sure if it will happen but so many people are really pushing for the change.

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“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition. “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”

While the petition is being taken seriously by some people, others are just here for the show.

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We all love to see some next level pettiness and the people who created this petition, and support it, are giving people all kinds of life.

“I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,” Elizabeth Rowin, the author of the petition, told Newsweek.

Some see this as a justifiable bout of karma.

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Yet, the request is already failing one key factor for a street renaming in NYC. According to ABC7NY, individuals honorees have to be deceased for two years prior to consideration for such a dedication. There is also a moratorium on street renamings in that part of New York City further complicated the issue.

Regardless of the viability of the street renaming, people are completely invested in this happening.

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It isn’t clear if the letter and petition will or will not be sent to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is running for the presidency right now and it might serve as a good way to grab some headlines if he pushes it through. Just imagine Donald Trump having to put “President Barack H. Obama” on his business cards, letterhead, and outgoing mail.

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The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rapper Cardi B have been teasing their on-screen discussion on issues ranging from police brutality to canceling student debt for a few weeks now. Finally, the Sanders campaign published the video in all its nearly ten minutes of glory.

The two met at Detroit’s TEN nail bar, a deluxe nail salon founded and operated by two women of color. Cardi B came prepared with a list of questions that her own followers have brought up with her. In essence, Cardi B served as a representative of her fans’ political interests and brought them to a Presidential candidate to see if he would be the guy to officially represent their needs in the nation’s most meaningful capacity–as POTUS 2020.

Six weeks ago, Cardi asked her fans what they would want to hear Bernie Sanders discuss.

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On July 2, the rapper shared a video to Instagram telling her followers that her number one question to Bernie Sanders is about how to end police brutality in this country. “What would you like to ask? what change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸?” she posted. “2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country! Put your questions down below and your questions may be answered very soon.”

Nobody expected she was actually going to sit down with Bernie Sanders and represent the Bardi Gang’s political issues.

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Hilariously, Sanders wiggled his fingers alongside Cardi B’s as he told us that, “Cardi B’s nails are juuuust a little different than mine. Our views on the issues are pretty similar.” 

Cardi B absolutely nailed it as an interviewer. She steered the conversation and truly represented her followers’ interests. She opened the video to remind everyone that, “A couple of weeks ago, I asked my followers what types of questions would you want to ask a Democratic candidate. Let’s go baby.” Here are the takeaways.

Number one: Cardi and Bernie’s shared goal is getting Trump out of office.

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“You know what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to advocate the youth in my community because I feel like there’s a serious problem right now in America,” Cardi opens. “We have this bully as a President and the only way to take him out is somebody winning.”

“We’ve got to get rid of Donald Trump, obviously. Because Donald Trump is an overt racist. He’s just way out there.”

The first question on Cardi’s mind is putting an end to police brutality in America. Bernie has a three-pronged plan.

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Cardi B got vulnerable and talked about the mental effects of what it’s like to “constantly see on social media police brutality against black men and against minorities. What are we going to do to change that, because that is discouraging our people? We constantly see our men getting killed every day, and it seems like nobody cares.”

Sanders wants to end the militarization of police departments, which he sees as a form of intimidation.

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To address police brutality, he wants the Department of Justice to investigate every police killing to ensure accountability and prevent local police departments from covering up crimes. He also wants to federally obligate police departments to “look like the community they serve” and “not like an oppressive army.” Sanders related to the “disgust” of seeing 1 in 4 young black men in the criminal justice system. His solution to that specific issue is to invest in free education instead of investing in prisons and incarceration. 

During his first week as President, Sanders will reinstate the executive order that gave protections to DREAMers, and he wants to extend those protections to their parents.

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Cardi had recalled meeting a fan who enrolled for protections under DACA and is now facing deportation back to Mexico–a place that he has no living memory of ever knowing. Bernie wants the 1.8 million young people who qualify for DACA to experience the freedoms of this country. When he said he wants to expand that program to their parents, Cardi did a little jiggle and let out a “Yeahhh!”

Bernie is going to raise taxes to allow free healthcare and education, but it will be cheaper on a day to day for Americans.

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“People are afraid to pay more taxes than they’re already paying,” Cardi rightly stated. Bernie’s plan to offer free health care for all will ultimately be cheaper for the overwhelming majority of people than paying for premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Cardi B will never forget how hard it was to make a living wage before she found fame.

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Cardi B brought up how “certain people like to brag” about how there are more jobs in America, but she’s questioning the quality of these jobs. Why are her followers having to work two or three jobs to survive? Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

By placing a modest tax on Wall Street, Sanders plans to cancel student debt.

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Forty-five million Americans are living with student debt. Sanders knows that those of us in our 20s and 30s were told that we had to go to college to get a good job. Where the good jobs at? Our generation is far less likely to own homes and make financial progress in our lives. For the first time, our generation is worse off than the generation before it. 

Sanders has a message to Cardi B’s followers: “Trump doesn’t want people of color to be participating in the political process.”

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“Participate in the political process,” he tells POC. You can spend five minutes to register to vote here.

Watch the full interview below!

What do you think about Cardi B’s interview?

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