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Stanford law professor lights up House impeachment hearing

Stanford law professor lights up House impeachment hearingStanford law professor Pamela Karlan delivered powerful testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining in simple terms why President Trump’s conduct warranted his impeachment.



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New impeachment transcript reveals moment Matt Gaetz barged into a high-security hearing

New impeachment transcript reveals moment Matt Gaetz barged into a high-security hearingThis publicity stunt is worth watching from both sides of the aisle.When Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council adviser on Russia and Europe, testified for impeachment investigators last month, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) barged into the high-security hearing even though he wasn't on any of the committees allowed in. The result was a deadpan, amusing back-and-forth between the very insistent Gaetz and very unamused House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who tried to force Gaetz out with his words.In a transcript of Hill's testimony released Friday, Schiff starts by explaining Hill's credentials. And then he seems to notice the literal elephant in the room, calling out Gaetz as "not permitted to be in the room." Gaetz tried to insist he's "on the Judiciary Committee," which isn't relevant in this case, and Schiff tells him to "please leave." The conversation devolves into a "Really?" and "Yes, really" exchange between Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Schiff, and then Schiff repeatedly tells Gaetz to "absent yourself" and "remove yourself."> Remember when Matt Gaetz first tried to enter the SCIF? It was during Fiona Hill's testimony and it is colorful. pic.twitter.com/dZsJxHNMI1> > — Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) November 8, 2019A week later, Gaetz brought a whole squad of Republicans on his misguided mission, including some of the 48 members of his party who were welcome inside that hearing. Find all of Schiff and Gaetz's banter here — it's right at the beginning of the transcript.More stories from theweek.com 5 brutal cartoons about Trump's environmental assault Angela Merkel leads ceremony marking 30th anniversary the fall of the Berlin Wall How the law barely protects whistleblowers



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Chicago teenager accused of shooting 7-year-old girl on Halloween faces court hearing Monday

Chicago teenager accused of shooting 7-year-old girl on Halloween faces court hearing MondayThe teenage boy accused of shooting a Chicago girl who was out trick-or-treating on Halloween faces a court hearing Monday.



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Auburn tree poisoner fails to appear in court for hearing

Auburn tree poisoner fails to appear in court for hearingThe University of Alabama fan convicted of poisoning Auburn University’s oak trees failed to attend a hearing Wednesday on why he hasn’t paid court-ordered restitution. The Opelika-Auburn news reports Harvey Updyke, a retired Texas state trooper who lives in Louisiana, didn’t show up for a hearing before Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker. The judge also gave prosecutors a month to review a letter from Updyke’s doctor saying the 71-year-old man wasn’t well enough to travel to Opelika for court.



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Zuckerberg stumbles over AOC's questions about white supremacy during Congress hearing

Zuckerberg stumbles over AOC's questions about white supremacy during Congress hearingMark Zuckerberg appeared to stumble when confronted with tough questioning by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked the Facebook CEO if a right-wing news outlet known for its ties to white supremacist groups is an appropriate fact-checking group to help oversee the social media giant's content.Ms Ocasio-Cortez confronted Mr Zuckerberg during congressional testimony on Wednesday, where the CEO was due to discuss a cryptocurrency favoured by his company. But the Democrat instead chose to grill him about Facebook's decision not to fact check political advertisements, even in cases where messages posted by politicians are clearly wrong. She also asked about Mr Zuckerberg's previous admission that he dines regularly with conservatives and right-wing personalities, which he said is part of his strategy to ensure he hears a diverse set of opinions.



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Matt Gaetz claimed the GOP was shut out of an impeachment hearing. 48 Republicans were welcome in the room.

Matt Gaetz claimed the GOP was shut out of an impeachment hearing. 48 Republicans were welcome in the room.Congress' impeachment hearings have been pretty darn congressional.Yet Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and a slew of other Republicans seemed to think the hearings involving three bipartisan committees just weren't welcoming enough. So ignoring the fact that 48 Republicans were already allowed into what Gaetz described as "secret interviews" to investigate President Trump, he and a few dozen other GOP congressmembers stormed into a secure room Wednesday and delayed a hearing for five hours.The stunt began Wednesday when Gaetz marched his Republican battalion into the basement of the Capitol and gave remarks decrying what he called "secret interviews" led by House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (R-Calif.). Gaetz and company then charged into the House's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, delaying an impeachment interview with Wednesday's testimony with Laura Miller, who oversees Ukraine policy for the Defense Department. Republicans proceeded to complain that Schiff "up and left" the room when the Republicans walked in carrying banned electronic devices.It's true Gaetz and many of the Republicans with him weren't allowed into Miller's hearings. But that's because they're not on the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, or Oversight committees conducting impeachment interviews into President Trump. If they'd wanted more information on the hearings, they could've asked Republicans on those committees, like House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) or perhaps Vice President Mike Pence's brother Greg Pence (D-Ind.), who's on foreign affairs. Or maybe not, because Jordan himself — along with several other committee members — helped lead the apparent "storming" of the hearing he was undoubtedly welcome to be at.



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Rep. Nunes tries to use Steele dossier to defend Trump during closed-door hearing

Rep. Nunes tries to use Steele dossier to defend Trump during closed-door hearingDuring a closed-door impeachment meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) brought up a topic that surprised some attendees: the Steele dossier. The context, according to three sources familiar with the episode, was his effort to explain why President Trump might be “upset” about Ukraine.



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At tense congressional hearing, Democrats argue for expanding the Voting Rights Act

At tense congressional hearing, Democrats argue for expanding the Voting Rights ActAmid what experts are calling a surge in voter suppression measures, Democrats are sending a clear signal they want to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act that were removed by the Supreme Court in 2013, as well as expand the law’s reach.



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Texas woman killed by officer pointed gun after hearing noises

Texas woman killed by officer pointed gun after hearing noisesAtatiana Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew around 2:30 am on Saturday when she heard sounds in her backyard, according to the warrant for former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean’s arrest for alleged murder. The noises were Dean, 34, and his partner moving around the back of her home, without announcing their presence, after they were sent to investigate why her front door was open. Dean resigned on Monday before he could be fired for breaching a string of police policies by shooting Jefferson dead with a single shot through a bedroom window, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus.



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CORRECTED-Texas woman shot by officer had picked up gun after hearing noises, warrant says

CORRECTED-Texas woman shot by officer had picked up gun after hearing noises, warrant saysA Texas woman was shot dead by a Fort Worth police officer through the window of her home after she heard noises outside late at night and picked up her handgun, the officer’s arrest warrant showed on Tuesday. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew around 2:30 am on Saturday when she heard noises in her backyard, according to the warrant for former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean’s arrest for alleged murder. The noises were Dean and his partner creeping around the back of her home after they were called to investigate why her front door was open.



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