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Here’s What You Can Expect Now That President Trump Has Been Impeached By The House Of Representatives

Last night, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The historic votes on two articles of impeachment make President Trump the third president to ever be impeached in the U.S. He is also the first Republican president and the first president in his first term to ever be impeached. Here’s how it went down.

Last night, President Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan while the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.

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Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment last night. The first was for abuse of power related to his asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to benefit his reelection efforts. The second article fo impeachment was for obstruction of Congress related to him telling staffers that were subpoenaed to testify to ignore the subpoenas and not testify. Both articles passed with a majority of the votes officially impeaching Trump.

Impeachment does not mean that Trump will be removed from office, however, the impeachment will follow him forever.

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In order for President Trump to be removed from office, there needs to be a 2/3 vote in the Senate following a trial on the articles of impeachment. While it is unclear if the Senate will hold a legitimate trial, the vote for impeachment is going to follow Trump the rest of his life. He will forever be marked in history books as an impeached president.

There was a lot of celebration from people on social media that the House of Representatives voted to defend free and fair elections in the future.

President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have jeopardized the sanctity of U.S. elections and has tarnished the reputation of the nation in the world. By asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political opponent to benefit his reelection is a clear attack on democracy.

However, some people have questions about what impeachment means if he is not removed from office.

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A simple impeachment is not enough to get a president out of office. However, impeachment is something that will never disappear. His place in the history books will be one of impeachment for corruption and attempting to influence a U.S. election with foreign assistance.

The next step would be a trial in the Senate to determine if the presidnet is removed from office.

The Constitution states that the Senate has the responsibility to hold a trial to determine if the articles of impeachment warrant removing the president from office. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already let the country know that a legitimate trial is not likely.

“I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it,” McConnell told reporters according to NPR. “The House made a partisan political decision to impeach. I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi mentioned that the articles of impeachment would be withheld from the Senate.

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Pelosi told reporters that the House would not be appointing impeachment managers and sending the articles to the Senate. Pelosi is withholding the articles until they had a better idea of what the trial would look like. Some people are calling for Pelosi to use the same tactic that McConnell used against President Obama when it came to appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Other people have an issue with the pressure on Nancy Pelosi to act while the Senate ignores the will of the American people.

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The Senate has refused to call witnesses for a legitimate trial on the impeachment. Polls show that the American people want a full and thorough investigation into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. It is to the benefit of the country to have a full and legitimate investigation to bring all of the facts forward.

President Trump reacted to the impeachment news by deflecting and trying to downplay the historic votes to impeach him.

“They happen to have a small majority, and they took that small majority and they forced people,” the president told reporters according to NBC. “Many of those people were like Jeff, where they didn’t want to vote that way,” he added. “But it doesn’t feel — to me, it doesn’t feel like impeachment.”

Trump’s cries that the impeachment proceedings are disenfranchising voters is furthering the argument that the Electoral College has done the same.

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Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in the popular vote by 2 million votes. The Electoral College has undercut the popular vote in several elections benefiting Republicans every time. It is something that Americans have become more and more frustrated with since votes are not being counted appropriately.

In the face of a hostile Senate threatening to give President Trump a pass, Pelosi stands firm in her decision to move forward with impeachment.

What do you think about the current impeachment process?

READ: The House Is Getting Ready To Vote On The Articles Of Impeachment And Here’s What That Means

St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”

The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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In another battle about birth control, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration has the right to allow employers to refuse coverage for workers seeking to obtain birth control through work insurance plans. Giving employers with religious or moral objections a pass, the Supreme Court made the ruling which is deeply concerning considering how much it infringes on women’s rights.

The decision which had a 7:2 vote marks the end of years of lawsuits over the Affordable Care Act’s “birth control mandate.”

Over a decade ago, the Obama administration made employers offer employees birth control coverage. Since the decision, religious liberty proponents and reproductive rights advocates squared off over which employers should be excluded from that requirement. According to Vice, “Over the years, the government has given churches and other houses of worship, as well as some other employers, ways to skirt that requirement.”

In 2017, the Trump administration issued a set of new rules that increased the number of organizations to refuse birth control coverage.

The change in rules gives private employers with sincerely held religious and moral objections to be exempt.

After Pennsylvania and New Jersey pursued lawsuits over the change and won in a lower court, the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor appealed to the Supreme Court for an overturned ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury had the right to create such exemptions ruling “The only question we face today is what the plain language of the statute authorizes. And the plain language of the statute clearly allows the Departments to create the preventive care standards as well as the religious and moral exemptions.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Thomas’ opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has sided with the liberals in various recent cases, also ruled in their favor.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the measure.

In her dissent, Ginsburg underlined that the government has an estimated number of 70,500 to 126,400 women who could lose their “no-cost contraceptive services” should additional employers be exempt. “This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets,” Ginsburg wrote.

In May, Ginsburg made history when she called into the arguments over the case from the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic and her recovery from “non-surgical treatment.”

“You are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs — the cost of them — onto the employees,” Ginsburg told then-Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She also added that women who lose birth control coverage will most likely be forced to find coverage through government programs like Medicaid or pay for their health care out of pocket. “The women end up getting nothing.”