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PVW
Discussion: Impeachment: "All Roads Lead to Putin"

The charge against Trump is that he was seeking a corrupt quid pro quo, where Congressionally-approved aid and public White House support for the Ukrainian government would be granted on condition of Ukraine helping Trump dig up dirt on a political rival.

The rough transcript the WH released largely backs this up, and additional witnesses and documentation have supported this.

As RFA noted, ambassadors serve at "the pleasure of the president." Yovanovitch's testimony here is about further illuminating what the "pleasure of the president" was in Ukraine. Her testimony further bolsters the understanding that it was the corrupt quid pro quo described above.

Trump isn't facing impeachment because he fired an ambassador, but Yovanovitch's firing strengthens the evidence that his reasons were corrupt.

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DaveSchmidt
Discussion: 2020 - Candidates

Of course not. She’s a vegetarian.

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jasper
Discussion: I’m back

I cheated. For the past 2 years, I slept with Facebook, but I’m done. Lounge posts now require admin approval, nobody wants your stuff on swap, even when it’s free, and Facebook just sucks all around. I hope you’ll have me back. It’s nice to see the old familiar “names” here.

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mtierney
Discussion: For Seniors and their caretakers ... and choices made

Previous post for Joanne. This post for fun.

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Klinker
Discussion: The October debate thread (no videos)

ml1 said:

I missed the first 45 minutes or so of the debate, and what I saw was mostly a yawn, so I guess anything of note happened early.  And I lost interest completely when the infuriatingly banal "who are you friends with that would surprise us" question was asked.  It's just another version of the idiotic "say something nice about your opponent" question that pundits love to ask.  It's a reflection of the centrist notion that if we all "just got along" every problem in the country would go away.  It reflects a fantasy bizarro world where Republicans would respond in kind if liberals would just be a little bit nicer.  And it's an asinine question to spend any time on at a debate.

 This.  

Did they ask this of the GOP in 2016?  If they had we might have found out about Stormy Daniels a few months earlier.

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jasper
Discussion: I’m back

Thanks! Definitely no love for MZ, but the local groups were useful for some things. Alas, maybe they’ve grown too big, and the need for overly tight control ruined it for me.

Happy to be back; it’s like family. Actually, my family is a little conservative for my taste, though I still love them when I’m not actively horrified. Compartmentalization is my new survival skill.

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Morganna
Discussion: The October debate thread (no videos)

I liked Harris initially, because I was a fan of her prosecutorial style in Senate committee hearings. Somewhere along the line I've decided she would be a great AG.

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ml1
Discussion: You can't even get decent Chinese Food in this lousy town anymore.

conandrob240 said:

I have to agree that NJ has done pretty lousy Chinese food especially SOMA.

 I do not disagree with this. But good Chinese food is about 1,436 on my list of reasons to choose a place to live. And I like Chinese food. 

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