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As impeachment trial looms, senator-jurors look to get creative on the 2020 campaign trail

As impeachment trial looms, senator-jurors look to get creative on the 2020 campaign trailSenators are jurors in an impeachment trial and this time, there's an additional complicating factor: Five of Trump's jurors are also running for president.



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Trump must be removed from office to safeguard 2020 election, Democrats say in impeachment trial brief

Trump must be removed from office to safeguard 2020 election, Democrats say in impeachment trial briefDonald Trump must be removed from office to safeguard the 2020 election, preserve the constitution and protect national security, according to an impeachment trial brief filed by House Democrats.The US president abused the powers of his office, “abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust” in his dealings with Ukraine, the memorandum stated.



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Texas carries out first U.S. execution of 2020, putting man to death by lethal injection

Texas carries out first U.S. execution of 2020, putting man to death by lethal injectionTexas on Wednesday carried out the first execution of the year in the United States, putting to death by lethal injection a man convicted of killing his wife 15 years ago because she wanted a divorce.

John Gardner, 64, was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing his fifth wife, who had left him after multiple incidents of physical violence and filed for divorce.



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Texas carries out first US execution of 2020

Texas carries out first US execution of 2020Texas on Wednesday carried out the first execution of the year in the United States, putting to death by lethal injection a man convicted of killing his wife 15 years ago because she wanted a divorce. John Gardner, 64, was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing his fifth wife, who had left him after multiple incidents of physical violence and filed for divorce. Tammy Gardner died two days later.



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Japan’s Longest Serving Premier Faces 2020 Hobbled by Scandals

Japan’s Longest Serving Premier Faces 2020 Hobbled by Scandals(Bloomberg) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads into 2020 hampered by scandals that have dragged his support to levels not seen in a year and tarnished his record as the country’s longest-serving premier.The latest poll by the Asahi newspaper found 38% of respondents surveyed Dec. 21-22 said they supported Abe, down for the third straight month and sagging below 40% for the first time in more than a year.Abe, 65, has a built a record of deflecting such problems since he took office for the second time seven years ago. He bounced back from allegations of cronyism in 2017 and 2018. The combination of an opposition in disarray along with a perceived lack of alternative leaders may enable him to do the same again.The allegations of corruption could, however, weigh on the chances that he will stay on for a fourth straight term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, or make progress toward his goal of revising Japan’s pacifist constitution.Abe’s term as LDP leader ends in less than two years and several recent polls have found the most popular candidate to succeed him is Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister who has criticized the Abe administration since leaving the cabinet in 2016.Here are some of the problems Abe is facing:1\. Cherry blossom bluesOpposition lawmakers raised questions over whether Abe rewarded constituency supporters with invitations to a publicly funded cherry blossom-viewing party. The scandal has deepened with accusations that an organized crime figure was also among the guests and the Abe government was covering up its involvement in deciding who could attend the party.The most recent cherry blossom event in April attracted about 18,000 people, and pictures on the website of the prime minister’s office show a smiling Abe posing with celebrities, some of them dressed in colorful kimonos. Abe’s government has said it won’t hold the event next year, breaking an almost 70-year run.Attempts to unearth evidence about the party have met with little success — the government says the guest list happened to have been shredded an hour after an opposition lawmaker submitted an application to see it in May. A hotel gathering for Abe’s supporters held the night before the main party has also come under scrutiny.Polls show 70% or more of respondents say they are not satisfied with Abe’s explanation about the parties.Upshot: Unless further information emerges, the worst may be over for Abe in this scandal.2\. Casino bribery caseA ruling party lawmaker was arrested this week on suspicion of receiving bribes from a Chinese company seeking to invest in the casino industry. The first arrest of a sitting lawmaker in nearly a decade doesn’t look good for Abe but the damage may be limited since he hasn’t staked a great deal of his political capital on promoting casinos.Upshot: The scandal will deal a blow to already unpopular plans to allow the first gambling resorts to be established in Japan. The casinos are intended to help the country meet its target of welcoming 60 million tourists a year by 2030.3\. Cabinet and business corruptionThe chief executive of the partly government-owned Japan Post Holdings and two other executives are set to resign on Friday over an insurance sales scam, according to broadcaster JNN. The scandal undermined trust in the group and is likely to force a delay to the sale of the last tranche of the government’s holdings.An October payoff scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co. clouded the prospects for planned nuclear re-starts. The resignations of two ministers in October over suspected illicit payments also hurt the image of Abe’s cabinet. A Kyodo News poll last month indicated the public is less willing than before to accept his plans to change the constitution, and more than 60% said Abe should not stay on for another term.Upshot: A raft of other recent scandals is set to sway government policy, as Abe enters what could be a lame duck period.To contact the reporter on this story: Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at ireynolds1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Jon Herskovitz, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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U.S. Preparing to Respond to 2020 Russian Election Interference by Releasing Kremlin Officials’ Personal Info

U.S. Preparing to Respond to 2020 Russian Election Interference by Releasing Kremlin Officials’ Personal InfoU.S. Cyber Command is readying options to wage information warfare against Russian officials if the country tries to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.The officials would include senior members of Russia's government as well as Russian oligarchs, stopping short of targeting Vladimir Putin himself. The operation is designed to halt election interference by threatening Kremlin officials with the release of their personal information."When the Russians put implants into an electric grid, it means they’re making a credible showing that they have the ability to hurt you if things escalate," Bobby Chesney, a professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin, told the Post. "What may be contemplated here is an individualized version of that, not unlike individually targeted economic sanctions. It’s sending credible signals to key decision-makers that they are vulnerable if they take certain adversarial actions."The U.S. has used information warfare in the past, including in the Gulf War when the military dropped leaflets over Iraq attempting to persuade Iraqi troops to surrender. The advent of internet technology and social media has expanded the reach of such tactics across the world.U.S. government agencies have pushed repeatedly over the past year to loosen restrictions on offensive cyber capabilities. Traditional information warfare techniques have also been absorbed by the 10-year-old cyber command."It’s a really big deal because we have not done a good job in the past of integrating traditional information warfare with cyber-operations," Chesney commented. "But as Russia has demonstrated, these two are increasingly inseparable in practice."Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken out against possible Russian interference in U.S. elections."Interference in American elections is unacceptable and if the Russians were engaged in that in 2020 it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been," Pompeo told Russian Foreign Minsiter Sergey Lavrov in May of this year."We’ve said this not only about the Russians but about other countries as well,” Pompeo said. “Our elections are important and sacred and they must be kept free and fair and with no outside country interfering."Russia has denied meddling in U.S. elections despite overwhelming evidence collected by the U.S. intelligence community.



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Michael Bloomberg, the wealthiest 2020 candidate, used prison labor to help his campaign

Michael Bloomberg, the wealthiest 2020 candidate, used prison labor to help his campaignMichael Bloomberg, who is worth about $ 54 billion, used prisoners to make phone calls to California for his 2020 presidential campaign.



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Democrats ratchet up criteria for making the debate stage in 2020

Democrats ratchet up criteria for making the debate stage in 2020The debate will be hosted by CNN, in partnership with the Des Moines Register, part of the USA TODAY Network.



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Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll monitoring in 2020

Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll monitoring in 2020One of President Trump’s top reelection advisers told influential Republicans in Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states, according to an audio recording obtained by the Associated Press. The adviser said later that his remarks referred to accusations that Republicans use such tactics.



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POWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee

POWER RANKING: Here's who has the best chance of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nomineeWe've combined Insider polling and results of Morning Consult's daily survey to create a weekly power ranking of the potential 2020 candidates.



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