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Mitch McConnell warns Republicans in private meeting that Trump's impeachment trial could start as soon as November

Mitch McConnell warns Republicans in private meeting that Trump's impeachment trial could start as soon as NovemberMcConnell explained how the impeachment process would work during a private weekly lunch meeting with GOP lawmakers.



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Republicans Win Ohio Voting-Map Case as Supreme Court Tosses Ruling

Republicans Win Ohio Voting-Map Case as Supreme Court Tosses Ruling(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out a lower court ruling that would have required Ohio’s congressional voting map to be redrawn to be less favorable to Republicans.The move is part of the fallout from the high court’s decision in June insulating partisan gerrymanders from constitutional challenges. A three-judge panel had thrown out a GOP-drawn Ohio map under which Republicans have won 12 of the 16 congressional seats in each of the last four elections.The Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling in a North Carolina case said federal judges lack authority to strike down voting maps as excessively partisan. The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s five Republican-appointed members in the majority.“We have no commission to allocate political power and influence in the absence of a constitutional directive or legal standards to guide us in the exercise of such authority,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court in that case.Dissenting Justice Elena Kagan said partisan gerrymanders “debased and dishonored our democracy, turning upside-down the core American idea that all governmental power derives from the people.”‘Snake on the Lake’The groups challenging the Ohio map, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, conceded to the Supreme Court that the June ruling required dismissal of their case.The Ohio map includes several bizarrely shaped districts, including one along Lake Erie that has been dubbed “the snake on the lake.” Two Republican-held districts near Cincinnati split the area in what the three-judge panel described as a “strange, squiggly, curving shape, dividing its Democratic voters and preventing them from forming a coherent voting bloc.”The three-judge panel issued its ruling in May, while the Supreme Court was deliberating over the North Carolina case. The high court put the Ohio ruling on hold days later.The Ohio case is Householder v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, 19-70, and Chabot v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, 19-110.To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Asséo, Anna EdgertonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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‘Everyone is getting a little shaky’: Republicans consider turning on Trump as impeachment support grows across US

‘Everyone is getting a little shaky’: Republicans consider turning on Trump as impeachment support grows across USRepublican senators are becoming increasingly unnerved by Donald Trump’s conduct, as national support for impeachment rises.Democrats have launched a formal impeachment inquiry, over concerns the president pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son.



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Republicans Struggle With Trump's Impeachment Debacle

Republicans Struggle With Trump's Impeachment DebacleRepublicans remain largely united behind Trump but some interesting fault-lines are beginning to emerge.



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Donations for Trump's 2020 war chest surge as impeachment bid fires up Republicans

Donations for Trump's 2020 war chest surge as impeachment bid fires up RepublicansDonald Trump and the Republican party are using the prospect of impeachment to raise a record election war chest, firing up supporters and hauling in unprecedented amounts of money. Republican officials said there had been a "groundswell" of support from the party's rank-and-file in the days after Democrats in Congress announced an impeachment inquiry into the president over the Ukraine scandal. It looks set to spur Mr Trump to an extraordinary total for the 2020 campaign, which could ultimately hit $ 2 billion. In the 72 hours after Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat House speaker, announced the impeachment inquiry Mr Trump's re-election campaign took in $ 15 million, which his campaign manager Brad Parscale described as "amazing". The more significant figure was that it included money from 50,000 new small donors, who were from all 50 states. At one point Mr Trump sent out an email saying "I've done nothing wrong, trust me," asking for support for an "Impeachment Defense Task Force". Around $ 1 million arrived in the next three hours. The impeachment inquiry was launched after a CIA whistle-blower raised the alarm about a July 25 telephone call between Mr Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the president of Ukraine. Mr Trump is accused of pressuring Mr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, the Democrat front-runner, over business dealings his son Hunter had with an energy company in Ukraine. Both Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.   Meanwhile, donations to the Republican National Congressional Committee, which works to re-elect Republicans to Congress, saw donations up by over 600 per cent. Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican party, said supporters were "fired up". The party's finance chairman, Todd Ricketts, told Yahoo: "Countless Americans are voting with their cheque books, resulting in an unprecedented amount of financial support." In Nevada, the Republican party began marketing "Impeach this" t-shirts and merchandise. Next week the scale of Mr Trump's war chest will become clear as a deadline to file third quarter totals with the Federal Election Commission approaches. Mr Trump is known to have already raised over $ 200 million, which is more than the combined total for all two dozen Democrats who launched 2020 White House campaigns. In a new Ipsos poll 64 per cent of Americans said the telephone call with Mr Zelenskiy represented a "serious problem". But only 17 per cent said they were "surprised" by it. Just three per cent were "very surprised". White House officials launched a concerted defence of the president on Sunday. Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's lawyer, himself a central figure in the Ukraine affair, said: "If he [Mr Trump] hadn't asked them to investigate Biden, he would have violated the constitution." Stephen Miller, adviser to Mr Trump, said: "The president is the whistle-blower here, and this individual [the CIA officer] is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government." Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrat chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the whistle-blower had agreed to appear before the committee. His identity will be protected. It was also "paramount" to obtain records of Mr Trump's conversations with Vladimir Putin, Mr Schiff added. Mrs Pelosi said the American people were now on the side of an impeachment inquiry. She said: "In the public, the tide has completely changed." Experts said it may lead to Mr Trump resolving his trade war with China. He could accept an imperfect deal in order to raise his approval rating at home. Meanwhile, the Trump administration was reportedly continuing to investigate Hillary Clinton's emails from when she was secretary of state, and in recent weeks contacted up to 130 officials who sent emails to her.



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Republicans see impeachment backfiring. Democrats fear they may be right

Republicans see impeachment backfiring. Democrats fear they may be rightSibilla can see little upside. "After this he has a much better chance of winning another election, as scary as that sounds," said Sibilla, 39, a resident of Pinellas County, Florida, who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Alarmed by a whistleblower's revelations that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives this week launched a formal impeachment inquiry into the Republican president.



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Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying InvestigationWhy don't they want to know?



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Protests planned after Republicans hold surprise vote to override Gov. Cooper's budget veto

Protests planned after Republicans hold surprise vote to override Gov. Cooper's budget vetoProtesters plan to rally outside the North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday morning after Republicans legally, but surprisingly, pushed through a budget veto override.



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Trump accused of acting like a 'king' as Republicans cancel two 2020 primaries

Trump accused of acting like a 'king' as Republicans cancel two 2020 primariesRepublicans in two states have cancelled plans to hold presidential preference selections before the 2020 election.In meetings on Saturday, Republican parties in South Carolina and Kansas cancelled their presidential nomination contests. Nevada is still debating.



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Trump accused of acting like a 'king' as Republicans cancel two 2020 primaries

Trump accused of acting like a 'king' as Republicans cancel two 2020 primariesRepublicans in two states have cancelled plans to hold presidential preference selections before the 2020 election.In meetings on Saturday, Republican parties in South Carolina and Kansas cancelled their presidential nomination contests. Nevada is still debating.



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