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2020 Vision: Buckle up America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaign

2020 Vision: Buckle up America! It’s gonna be a long, crowded campaignIf this week was a preview, the 2020 presidential cycle will make the last one seem tranquil.



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20-year-old jet skier dies after going missing for hours off coast of Long Beach

20-year-old jet skier dies after going missing for hours off coast of Long BeachA jet skier died not long after rescue crews found him in the ocean following an hourslong search for him off the coast of Long Beach Sunday.



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Before Venezuela, US has long involvement in Latin America

Before Venezuela, US has long involvement in Latin AmericaVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him. While the U.S. says it's trying to rescue Venezuela's democracy, Washington has a long history of interventions — military and otherwise — in Latin American politics.



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Woman fabricates attempted kidnapping story to Long Island police to cover up how baby was injured

Woman fabricates attempted kidnapping story to Long Island police to cover up how baby was injuredPolice on Long Island said a woman fabricated a story about an attempted kidnapping in order to cover up how her 1-year-old son was injured.



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Friday TSA status: Long lines in Seattle, Atlanta as holiday weekend kicks off

Friday TSA status: Long lines in Seattle, Atlanta as holiday weekend kicks offThe TSA said it expects a busy travel weekend due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.



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What is impeachment and how long does the process take?

What is impeachment and how long does the process take?Impeachment is a rarely used tool used to oust a sitting US president from power, and since Donald Trump became president chatter around the "I" word has increased in Washington circles. It first arose following accusations last year that Mr Trump has obstructed justice, but speculation began growing after the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in November in the midterm elections.  Nancy Pelosi declined to rule out impeaching Mr Trump as she was sworn in as speaker for the US House of Representatives, kicking off the Democratic Party’s control of the body.  The Republican leader faces allegations he asked his FBI director James Comey to halt a probe of a senior former advisor, and dismissed Comey in a bid to curb an investigation into his campaign team's possible collusion with Russia. Some Democrats have mentioned impeachment as a possibility for the 45th president, although initiating the procedure remains a hypothetical. Here is a look at exactly what impeachment is and where it's been used before. What is impeachment? Impeachment is the process by which Congress puts certain officials, namely the president, on trial.   The constitution lays out a broad scope of offences that can lead to impeachment: “Treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."  About | Impeachment How does it work and how many votes are needed? Impeachment does not mean a president will necessarily be kicked out of office. It proceeds like a bill passing through legislature. First, a majority in the House of Representatives – 218 out of 435 members - must approve articles of impeachment previously approved in committee. The make-up of the House before Tuesday's midterm elections favoured Mr Trump, with Republicans holding 238 seats while Democrats held 193. (Four seats werevacant.)  Now, however, the Democrats have won back at least 23 seats, meaning they control the chamber.  Second, it goes to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote is needed to convict the president and consequently remove him from office – even getting the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster would be difficult.  Given the Republicans kept control and even gained seats in the Senate on Tuesday, it is highly unlikely Congress would remove him from office. Vice President Mike Pence Credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg Is there an election after a presidential impeachment? In the unlikely event Mr Trump was impeached, Vice President Mike Pence would immediately take the oath of office and become president.  Should Mr Pence be impeached too, then the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, would take the top job. Do impeached officials go to prison? Impeachment is a political process, not criminal.   Congress has no power to impose criminal penalties on impeached presidents or officials. However criminal courts could try to punish officials if they are believed to have committed crimes. "There isn't any judicial review of impeachment decisions, so Congress just needs to be satisfied that Trump committed high crimes or misdemeanors," Jens David Ohlin, a law professor and associate dean at Cornell Law School said. "They are the ultimate judge of what meets that standard." Impeachment therefore is at the crossroads of politics and the law. "There's no requirement that the president must have been indicted" for a crime, Ohlin added. Richard Nixon would almost certainly have faced impeachments proceedings in 1974 over the Watergate scandal, but he resigned instead.  History of impeachment No US president has ever been ousted from office under impeachment proceedings. Andrew Johnson was the first leader to go through the process in 1868. He was charged with breaking the law after he tried to replace the US secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, without congressional permission. At the time – in the aftermath of the civil war – the president was required to consult the Senate about such decisions. His impeachment passed to the Senate, where he escaped being removed from office by a one-vote margin. Watergate hotel — the building that was at the centre of the scandal The other president was, of course, Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  He was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998, but he was acquitted in the Senate trial.  Richard Nixon would almost certainly have faced impeachment proceedings in 1974 over the Watergate scandal and undoubtedly would have been removed from office. However, the disgraced president resigned before it got that far and he handed the presidency over to Gerald Ford.



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Government shutdown: White House aide predicts long standoff as Trump talks border closure

Government shutdown: White House aide predicts long standoff as Trump talks border closureThe partial federal government shutdown entered its second week Saturday with no apparent movement towards a resolution.



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How long will the federal shutdown last? Here are lessons from previous budget battles.

How long will the federal shutdown last? Here are lessons from previous budget battles.The government shutdown, which is moving into its second week, is not the longest in history. Here's how some past budget fights have played out.



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Trump praises Roger Stone's 'guts,' demands 'a long prison term' for Michael Cohen

Trump praises Roger Stone's 'guts,' demands 'a long prison term' for Michael CohenPresident Trump on Monday sounded off on the Russia investigation, suggesting his former personal attorney Michael Cohen should not receive leniency for cooperating with the probe and declaring that former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone had “guts” for refusing to testify against him.



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Here's how long it takes a Lego head to pass through your body

Here's how long it takes a Lego head to pass through your bodyDiscovering that your kid has swallowed Lego is pretty annoying as a parent, but these researchers did the same thing in the name of science.



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