Battle Over Witnesses Launches First Full Week of Trump Trial

The impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump got fully underway in the Senate Tuesday with a battle over the rules governing how the case moves forward. For just the third time in U.S. history, senators will vote to decide if a president should be removed from office. Congressional Democrats argue witnesses should be allowed to testify to help make their case Trump abused the power of the presidency. VOA’s Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson has more from Capitol Hill.

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Рятувальники попереджають про пориви вітру на території України

Державна служба з надзвичайних ситуацій попереджає про пориви вітру на території України.

«22 січня в Україні пориви вітру 15-20 метрів на секунду (перший рівень небезпечності)», – розповіли рятувальники.

За їхньою класифікацією, перший рівень небезпечності вважається найнижчим.

Укргідрометцентр прогнозує, що на території більшості областей випаде дощ зі снігом. Винятком стануть Одеська, Миколаївська, Херсонська, Запорізька області та анексований Росією Крим, де очікується мінлива хмарність. Температура повітря коливатиметься від 1 до 7 градусів тепла в залежності від регіону.

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Путинские любители шпилей и вилей пойманы в Давосе

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Яка різниця між зарплатою міністра освіти Новосад і молодого вчителя?

Міністр освіти України Ганна Новосад заявила, що їй не вистачатиме зарплати на життя у Києві, якщо у неї з’явиться дитина. Про це вона заявила в інтерв’ю. Свою зарплату у 36 тисяч гривень Новосад вважає неконкурентною. Вчителька з Білої Церкви Наталія Ковмір нині має ставку 4 тисячі гривень. Аби почуватися більш впевнено, за підрахунком молодого педагога з райцентру, їй вистачило б ставки у 8-10 тисяч. Про 4 тисячі доларів – про які під час виборчої кампанії президента Зеленського заявив один із членів Зекоманди, нині народний депутат Сергій Бабак – вчителька і не мріє
 

 
 
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Китай подтвердил что коронавирус передается от человека к человеку

Китай подтвердил что коронавирус передается от человека к человеку
 

 
 
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У Запоріжжі презентували фільм проєкту Радіо Свобода про анексію Криму

У кіноконцертному залі імені Довженка у Запоріжжі 21 січня відбувся показ документальної стрічки «Крим.Нескорений» проєкту Радіо Свобода Крим.Реалії. Як передає кореспондент Радіо свобода, вхід на показ був вільним: долучитися до перегляду могли всі охочі.

«Дійсно через АТО, а вже через ООС, тема Криму не так сильно згадується. Постійно йдуть зі сходу поранені і загиблі. Тема Криму відійшла у нас на другий, а місцями і третій план. Але ми маємо пам’ятати, що Крим – це Україна. Це злочин Російської Федерації – безпосередня анексія нашої території. Ми маємо постійно підіймати це наверх, постійно ставити це питання на перший план так само, що Донбас – це Україна, що ми воюємо з Російською Федерацією. Тобто це був їх перший злочин, і не маємо про це забувати», – розповів ініціатор і організатор показу у Запоріжжі, ветеран війни на Донбасі В’ячеслав Зайцев.

21 січня показ фільму «Крим.Нескорений» також відбувся у двадцяти запорізьких школах. Планується, що уподовж місця фільм покажуть в усіх школах Запоріжжя.

У кіноконцертному залі імені Довженка також пройшло обговорення документального фільму з глядачами. Своїми спогадами та враженнями поділися присутні у залі вимушені переселенці з Криму.

«Спогади дуже важкі. Шість років буде окупації у лютому. І я сподівалася, що перестану через це плакати, але все одно боляче, тяжко, важко. Ці спогади нахлинули. Але живемо далі. Треба нагадувати про Крим. Я дуже рада, що Слава поїхав з цими фільмами по школах, бо дітям теж треба про це казати, щоб вони розуміли, бо на сьогоднішній день в школах Запоріжжя іноді так ідеї «руського миру» ще проскакують», – поділилася своїми враженнями присутня на показі фільму кримчанка Наталя.

Фільм «Крим. Нескорений» підготували до другої річниці анексії півострова Росією. Свідки подій розповіли, як частина жителів півострова протестувала проти анексії. Своїми спогадами поділилися голова Меджлісу кримськотатарського народу Рефат Чубаров, український політик і громадський діяч Андрій Сенченко, правозахисник Ескендер Барієв, голова руху «Кримська хвиля» Оксана Новікова, режисер PostPlay театру Галина Джікаєва, журналістка і волонтер Еміне Джеппар, координатор «Євромайдан-Крим» Ісмаїл Ісмаїлов, представник громадської організації «Український дім» Андрій Щекун.

У Києві фільм презентували у квітні 2016 року.

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МОЗ видало попередження прикордонникам і лабораторним центрам через новий вірус в Китаї

У Центрі громадського здоров’я Міністерства охорони здоров’я повідомили, що сповістили структурні підрозділи відомства у Києві та в регіонах, а також передали попередження Держприкордонслужбі України у зв’язку з новими випадками ураження коронавірусом нового типу в Китаї.

«За межами країни офіційно зареєстровано 205 лабораторно підтверджених випадків інфекційної хвороби, спричиненої новим коронавірусом (nCoV). Троє людей померли, 170 пацієнтів госпіталізовано. Із виявлених випадків серед осіб, які приїхали з міста Ухань, 2 було зареєстровано у Таїланді, 1 – у Японії та 1 – у Південній Кореї. Медичні служби виявили та обстежили 817 близьких контактів, серед них 727 осіб, спостереження за якими завершено, і ще 90 осіб залишаються під медичним наглядом; позитивних результатів на nCoV не виявлено», – йдеться в повідомленні ЦГЗ.

У центрі вказали, що підготували своїм структурним підрозділам практичні рекомендації, які, зокрема, необхідні для роботи з пацієнтом з підозрою на nCoV та пов’язані з дотриманням правил інфекційного контролю у медзакладах.

МОЗ та ЦГЗ нагадують про основні заходи профілактики, яких необхідно дотримуватися під час відвідування країн, де було зареєстровано випадки nCoV:

– Уникайте близького контакту з людьми, що мають симптоми гострої респіраторної інфекції;

– Частіше мийте рук з милом, особливо після безпосереднього контакту з хворими людьми або їхнім оточенням;

– Уникайте тісного контакту з тваринами на фермах або у дикій природі;

– Люди із симптомами гострої респіраторної інфекції повинні дотримуватися правил поведінки під час кашлю та чхання.

Раніше міжнародні ЗМІ повідомляли, що через невідомий вірус у Китаї померли щонайменше 6 людей. Він поширився в основному в місті Ухань, але також у Пекіні, Шанхаї і Шеньчжені. Вірус вражає дихальні шляхи і має здатність передаватися від людини до людини.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump Spreads Distortions at Davos

President Donald Trump spread distorted information about the U.S. economy and his administration’s involvement with historically black colleges in a preening performance Tuesday at the Davos economic conference in the Swiss Alps.

A sampling of his remarks:

TRUMP, on historically black colleges and universities: “I saved HBCUs. We saved them. They were going out and we saved them.”

THE FACTS: That’s a big stretch.

Trump signed a law in December restoring money that lapsed for several months when Congress failed to reauthorize some $255 million in financing on time. The money came back because Senate education leaders reached a compromise on a broader dispute that had entangled financing for black schools.

Neither the lapse nor the restoration was directly tied in any way to the Trump administration.

The Trump administration generally has supported historically black colleges, as previous administrations have done, and it’s true that such schools have faced financial struggles and some have closed. The Trump administration has expanded access to federal support for black schools with religious affiliations and in 2018 forgave federal loans given to several of them after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

But this segment of university education was not vanishing and Trump is not its savior.


TRUMP: “We have the greatest economy we’ve ever had in the history of our country. And I’m in Europe today because we’re bringing a lot of other companies into our country with thousands of jobs — millions of jobs, in many cases. ”

THE FACTS: His persistent depiction of the U.S. economy as the greatest ever is false. As for jobs pouring into the country, investment by foreign companies has slumped under Trump, according to a report by the Organization for International Investment, a Washington-based association that represents foreign businesses.

Foreign companies directly invested $268 billion into the U.S. economy in 2018, a decrease of nearly $220 billion from its record-breaking level in 2016 when Barack Obama was still president.

On the broader picture, economic growth under Trump is not nearly the greatest ever.

In the late 1990s, growth topped 4% for four straight years, a level it has not reached on an annual basis under Trump. Growth reached 7.2% in 1984. The economy grew 2.9% in 2018 — the same pace it reached in 2015 under Obama — and hasn’t hit historically high growth rates.

The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low of 3.5%, but the proportion of Americans with a job was higher in the late 1990s. Wages were rising at a faster pace back then, too.

This much is true: The Obama-Trump years have yielded the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. But not the greatest.


TRUMP: “Just last week alone, the United States concluded two extraordinary trade deals — the agreement with China and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement — the two biggest trade deals ever made.”

THE FACTS: No, there have been larger trade deals.

For instance, 123 countries signed the Uruguay Round agreement that liberalized trade and produced the World Trade Organization in 1994. The organization’s initial membership accounted for more than 90% of global economic output, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found, and that was before China joined the organization.

Also bigger: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have joined North America with Pacific Rim countries in freer trade. Trump took the U.S. out after the deal was negotiated and before the U.S. ratified it. The European Union, with its liberalized trade regimen, was itself formed from a giant deal.

The China deal leaves tariffs in place on about $360 billion in imports from China and pushes substantial remaining disputes ahead to a second phase of negotiations. Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is much larger, though it’s an update of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement worked out by Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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Democrats Accuse McConnell of Rigging Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Democrats on Tuesday accused the top Senate Republican of rigging U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with proposed rules that would prevent witnesses from testifying and bar evidence gathered by investigators.

Trump’s trial on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges begins in earnest in the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday in a rare use of the constitutional mechanism for ousting a president. The Democratic-led House of Representatives approved the charges last month on a party-line vote.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has vowed to coordinate the televised trial with the White House, proposed on Monday rules that would execute a potentially quick trial without new testimony or evidence.
He unveiled a resolution that would give House Democratic prosecutors and Trump lawyers 48 hours, evenly split, to present their arguments over four days. Opening arguments are expected to begin this week and could well run into each night.

Under the resolution, lawyers for Trump could move early in the proceedings to ask senators to dismiss all charges, a senior Republican leadership aide said, a motion that would likely fall short of the support needed to succeed.
“That is not a fair trial. In fact, it is no trial at all,” the seven House Democrats who will set out the case against Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.

“A White House-driven and rigged process, with a truncated schedule designed to go late into the night and further conceal the President’s misconduct, is not what the American people expect or deserve,” they wrote.

FILE – Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. leaves after speaking at a news conference, Dec. 16, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN that Democrats would seek amendments.

McConnell has repeatedly said the rules for the trial would mirror those the Senate used in the 1999 impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton, and Republican senators have not ruled out the possibility of further witness testimony and evidence.

Votes could take place as early as Tuesday on the rules, including deciding whether the Senate should at a later date consider subpoenas for witnesses, such as Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said the Republicans’ plan would force the trial into the “dark of night” and accused McConnell of choosing “a cover-up for the president, rather than honor his oath to the Constitution.”

“Every Senator who supports this sham process must be held accountable to the American people,” added Pelosi, who formally kicked off the House impeachment investigation in September.

Republican Senator John Cornyn said on Twitter that the House’s investigation had been “tainted and half-baked” and that Democrats were to blame for any issues in the Senate trial.

The Senate proceedings are due to start at around 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT) and the trial is expected to continue six days a week, Monday through Saturday, until at least the end of January.

At the heart of the impeachment trial is Trump’s request to Ukraine in July to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a top Democratic contender to face Trump in the 2020 election, and his son Hunter.

Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring a vulnerable ally to interfere in U.S. elections at the expense of American national security and say he needs to be removed from office because he is a danger to American democracy and national security.

Trump and his legal team, which includes White House counsel Pat Cipollone, say there was no pressure and that the Democrats’ case is based on hearsay. They say the president did nothing wrong and that Democrats are simply trying to stop him from being re-elected.

In a separate letter on Tuesday, the seven House Democratic “managers” prosecuting the case demanded that Cipollone disclose any first-hand knowledge he has of evidence he will present in the Senate’s impeachment trial, calling him a material witness.

Trump support firm

Trump has sought to rally his base with the impeachment issue, fund-raising off it and at raucous election rallies painting himself as the victim of a witch hunt.

Televised congressional testimony from a parade of current and former officials who spoke of a coordinated effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens has done little to change support for and against Trump’s impeachment.
Reuters/Ipsos polling since the inquiry began shows Democrats and Republicans responding largely along party lines.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted Jan. 13-14, 39% of U.S. adults approved of Trump’s job performance, while 56% disapproved. It also found 45% of respondents said Trump should be removed from office, while 31% said the
impeachment charges should be dismissed.

The impeachment drama has consumed much of Trump’s attention even as the United States faces a series of international challenges, including tensions with Iran that nearly boiled over into open war and an on-again, off-again trade war with China.

Trump is attending the annual gathering of world business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday to project an air of business as usual and tout the strength of the U.S. economy.

Asked whether Trump was planning to watch the impeachment trial from Davos, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “He has a full day here in Davos, but will be briefed by staff periodically.”

Acquittal almost certain

The trial of a U.S. president could be a moment freighted with drama, huge political risk and the potential unraveling of a presidency. But financial markets have shrugged it off, and the revelations in the months-long impeachment investigation thus far have done little to boost anti-Trump sentiment among undecided voters or shift away moderate Republican voters.

This is only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history. No president has ever been removed through impeachment, a mechanism the nation’s founders — worried about a monarch on American soil — devised to oust a president for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

With a two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member Senate to remove Trump from office, he is almost certain to be acquitted by fellow Republicans in the chamber. But the impact of the trial on his re-election bid is far from clear. Twelve Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination to face Trump in November, including Biden.

A pivotal event in the impeachment case is a July 25 call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election.

Hunter Biden had joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption without offering evidence. They have denied wrongdoing.

Democrats said Trump abused his power by initially withholding $391 million in Ukraine security aid intended to fight Russia-backed separatists, and a coveted White House meeting for Zelenskiy, to pressure Ukraine to announce the
investigations into the Bidens. Trump’s legal team says there is no evidence he conditioned the aid on getting that help.

The obstruction of Congress charge relates to Trump directing administration officials and agencies not to comply with House subpoenas for testimony and documents related to impeachment.

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Planned Parenthood Endorses Challenger to Senator Susan Collins

Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.

Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, welcomed the endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “There’s never been a more important time to stand up for reproductive rights,” she said, in the face of “systematic attacks on reproductive rights across the country.”
 
Collins, who was honored by Planned Parenthood as recently as 2017 as “an outspoken champion for women’s health,” is facing perhaps the toughest reelection fight of her career. Critics have vowed they won’t forget her key vote for Kavanaugh, whose nomination survived an accusation that he sexually assaulted someone in high school.

“From her decisive vote to confirm Kavanaugh to her refusal to stop Republican attacks on our health and rights, it’s clear that she has turned her back on those she should be championing,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of  Planned Parenthood.  She said Collins “has abandoned not only the people of Maine, but women across the country.”

The endorsement was one of several announced Tuesday, the day before the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion legal. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund also is backing Democrat Jaime Harrison, who’s seeking to unseat GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Democrat Barbara Bollier, who’s running for an open Senate seat in Kansas.

In Maine, Collins and Planned Parenthood have had a complicated relationship.

Collins has consistently fought efforts to cut funding for the organization, and she received its endorsement once before, in her 2002 reelection campaign. She was honored by the group in 2017 with its Barry Goldwater Award to a public official who has acted as a leader within the Republican Party to support Planned Parenthood.

“Senator Collins has been an outspoken champion for women’s health. Thanks to Senator Collins’ steadfast commitment to her constituents, tens of thousands of women in Maine and millions of women across the country still have access to essential health care,” Cecile Richards, then-president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said at the time, about a year before the Kavanaugh vote.

The relationship with the organization has gone downhill since then.

The 67-year-old Collins said Kavanaugh, who denied the sexual assault allegation, vowed to respect precedent including the Roe v. Wade ruling. But Planned Parenthood contends 26 proposals to limit abortions have been adopted in 17 states since then.

Gideon, meanwhile, supports Medicaid expansion and expanded health care for women and has vowed to continue “the fight to protect and expand reproductive rights.”

“As a former Planned Parenthood patient, she knows what it means to be able to get the care you need from a trusted provider and how hurtful it is to see your provider attacked by extremist politicians,” Nicole Clegg, of Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, said in a statement.

Money is already pouring into the Senate race. Collins is considered among the must vulnerable Republican senators in the nation, a new position for her in a state where rising polarization and partisanship is clashing with a culture of independence.

Gideon is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. But she faces activist Betsy Sweet, attorney Bre Kidman, former Google executive Ross LaJeunesse and travel agent Michael Bunker in the Democratic primary.

Both Collins and Gideon already have raised millions of dollars for the race. Tracking firm Advertising Analytics projects that the candidates and outside groups will spend $55 million on ads by Election Day.

     

 

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