On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry into the criminal acts of Donald J. Trump, President* of the United States.
Speaker Pelosi: “I am announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I am directing our six Committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.
The President must be held accountable. No one is above the law.
In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote: ‘The times have found us.’ The times found them to fight for and establish our democracy. The times have found us today, not to place ourselves in the same category of greatness as our Founders, but to place us in the urgency of protecting and defending our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In the words of Ben Franklin, to keep our Republic.”
Today’s post was prompted by two tweets. First, this one:
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We republished an excerpt of this on Lawfare recently, but people, read this book. It is short. It is brilliantly written in first rate layman’s prose. And it is the greatest thing ever written on the subject. Here’s the excerpt: https://t.co/Yi8kcRyrychttps://t.co/vB1KTdU5kr
It may be unpopular to say it, but Rep. Swalwell is 100% correct. Of course, it’s The Hill, so it’s necessary to go beyond the clickbait headline to read this:
“We don’t want to be as reckless with the facts as he is,” he said. “I think having thorough investigations, putting forth an impenetrable case, doing it in a bipartisan way is the proper way to do this, but we’re not there yet.” Swalwell: We don’t have enough evidence to impeach Trump
So what do we need to know about the process of impeachment that we think we know, but may not really know?
Last week, the State Department hosted the Ocean 2016 conference
“The ocean covers about 70 percent of our planet, provides half of the oxygen we breathe, and feeds more than a billion people — it is our planet’s life support system, but it’s also in danger. National Geographic produced the following video for the opening of the U.S. Secretary of State’s “Our Ocean” Conference. Learn more about why we need to protect it and how global leaders will help. state.gov/ourocean#OurOcean”
President Obama spoke at the conference and later designated 4,913 square miles off the New England coast as a Marine National Monument, the first in the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, President Obama designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, protecting fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the coast of New England as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The new national monument — which encompasses pristine underwater mountains and canyons — will provide critical protections for important ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea coral and endangered whales and sea turtles.
Within the boundary lines of this new monument are four massive, underwater mountains — called “seamounts” — and three gigantic canyons. These canyons, deeper than the Grand Canyon, make the monument ripe for future scientific exploration and discovery.
Good government brought to you by the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama and his Labor Secretary, Tom Perez.
Today, the administration will announce new overtime pay rules that will insure that millions of middle-income Americans get paid for the hours they work.
It is pretty simple, as explained by this short video:
Every week, millions of Americans work more than 40 hours a week but do not receive the overtime pay they have earned. Today, the Department of Labor will be finalizing a rule to fix that by updating overtime protections for workers.
In total, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans who are not currently eligible under federal law, and it is expected to boost wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.
“We’re making more workers eligible for the overtime that you’ve earned. And it’s one of the single most important steps we can take to help grow middle-class wages.”
– President Barack Obama, La Crosse, WI, July 2, 2015