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The perils of party-line impeachment transcend Donald Trump

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The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said the president of the United States needed to be impeached because of “equal justice under the law…And when the chief law enforcement officer trivializes, ignores, shreds, minimizes the sanctity of the oath, then justice is wounded, and you’re wounded, and your children are wounded.”

The House majority leader said the president had to be impeached because of a “serious transgression,” which is that “he took an oath to God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

But a leading congressional ally of the president called on America to “wake up,” saying “they are about to impeach our president” and “reverse” the election. “They are about to discard your votes.’”

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The year was 1998. The Judiciary chairman was Henry Hyde and the majority leader Dick Armey, both Republicans. The Hill ally was Democrat Robert Wexler. And the rhetoric surrounded the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Now, it seems, the roles are reversed.

With the Judiciary Committee yesterday backing the impeachment of Donald Trump, the parallels to what happened 21 years ago are less than exact. But both were basically party-line exercises, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that most Democrats and Republicans have simply switched sides.

The Judiciary panel has held so many hours of hearings this week that the lawmakers kept recycling their favorite phrases and sound bites. Even journalists who cover the proceedings found their eyes glazing over.

Jerry Nadler’s committee didn’t so much conduct a debate as stage a marathon of dueling speeches, often squabbling over process rather than the details of the impeachment articles. Nadler, by the way, said during the Clinton impeachment that “some members of the Republican majority…have never accepted the results of the 1992 or 1996 elections.” Sound familiar?

One difference this time is that most Republicans aren’t giving an inch, while many Clinton-era Democrats criticized his conduct. “The behavior of the president in this matter was deplorable,” said Tom Daschle, then the Senate Democratic leader, and deserves punishment, but “we cannot allow any president—Republican or Democrat—to be forced from office by a party-line vote in the House of Representatives.”

Which is exactly what Daschle’s party is trying to do now.

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To be sure, it’s hard to compare the accusations against Clinton—that he lied to a grand jury about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky—to the allegations that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation of Joe Biden and his son. But the level of partisanship is no less intense. (Thirty-one House Democrats ultimately broke with their party in supporting at least some articles against Clinton.)

The intense schedule of Nadler and Schiff hearings don’t seem to have helped the Democrats. If anything, public support for impeachment is slipping.

In a new Monmouth poll, 50 percent said Trump should not be impeached and removed, while 45 percent supported such action. In a new Quinnipiac survey, 51 percent oppose impeachment and removal, while 45 percent support it.

In some surveys a few weeks ago, support for impeaching and convicting Trump had reached as high as 50 percent.

The Washington Post reports that House Democratic leaders are bracing for defections—perhaps half a dozen or more—among moderate members in swing districts—who are worried that the hearings haven’t boosted support for impeachment. Some are considering covering themselves by backing only one of the two articles. This would have symbolic importance, but Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose 17 votes, so no one doubts the full House will vote to impeach next week.

When the House impeached Clinton, he was somewhat remorseful.

“These past months have been a torturous process of coming to terms with what I did,” the 42nd president said. “’I understand that accountability demands consequences, and I’m prepared to accept them. Painful though the condemnation of the Congress would be, it would pale in comparison to the consequences of the pain I have caused my family. There is no greater agony.’”

Don’t expect a note of contrition from Donald Trump, who has constantly attacked the whole process as a witch hunt.

But Trump, like Clinton, is virtually certain to be acquitted by the Senate. Clinton wound up more popular, which, even all these years later, should make Democrats nervous.

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Ravens top Jets 42-21, clinch AFC North title on huge night for QB Lamar Jackson

BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes, scurried into the NFL record book and guided the Baltimore Ravens to their second straight AFC North title and 10th consecutive victory, 42-21 over the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Baltimore (12-2) took control with touchdowns on its first three possessions and Jackson made it 28-7 in the third quarter with a 24-yard scoring pass to rookie Marquise Brown following a turnover by New York (5-9).

That was enough to assure the Ravens another division title after they clinched a playoff berth four days earlier in Buffalo. With a victory next week in Cleveland, the Ravens will be assured the top seed in the AFC, a distinction that comes with home-field advantage leading up to the Super Bowl.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles for yardage against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

Jackson ran for 86 yards (on eight carries) to break Michael Vick’s single-season record for a quarterback. Jackson has 1,108 yards rushing. Vick had 1,039 for Atlanta in 2006.

On this night, however, Jackson did most of the damage with his right arm. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and increased his NFL-leading total of touchdown passes to 33, tying the franchise season record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996.

After Jackson’s pass to Brown, many in the crowd of 70,545 chanted “MVP! MVP!” There was a reprise of the mantra late in the third quarter when Jackson hit Seth Roberts for a 33-yard touchdown. The score came after Jackson connected with tight end Mark Andrews for a 36-yard completion on a fourth-and-1 from the Baltimore 29.

Jackson celebrated the first down by dancing downfield with his arm pointing toward the New York goal line. Not once throughout his exceptional performance did Jackson show any sign of being slowed by a quadriceps injury that made headlines in the days leading up to the game.

The Jets, meanwhile, hardly looked like a team that had won four of their previous five games. Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes to Jamison Crowder but the second-year quarterback also tossed an interception and lost a fumble.

The first turnover ruined a potential scoring drive near the end of the first half and the latter miscue immediately preceded Jackson’s TD pass to Brown.

Darnold went 18 for 32 for 218 yards.

The Jets’ other touchdown came on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter.

New York’s defense came in ranked second in the NFL against the rush, but the unit was no match for the league’s top running game. The Ravens amassed 218 yards on the ground, including 76 by Mark Ingram.

Jackson broke Vick’s rushing mark on Baltimore’s opening possession while guiding the Ravens on an 84-yard march. The dual-threat quarterback ran three times for 27 yards and completed all three of his passes for 41 yards before Ingram ran in from the New York 6.

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Jackson supplanted Vick in the record book with a 5-yard run from the Jets 11.

It was more of the same on Baltimore’s second drive. A 29-yard run by Ingram and a 25-yard impromptu jaunt out of the pocket by Jackson preceded a 5-yard touchdown pass to rookie Miles Boykin.

Darnold threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to get New York to 13-7 before the Ravens rolled to their third TD in three possessions. A 43-yard pass interference penalty against the Jets set up a 1-yard touchdown pass to Andrews, and Ingram tacked on a 2-point conversion.

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Laura Ingraham: Nancy Pelosi seems to be rejecting impeachment ‘like a bad organ transplant’

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The House Democrats’ continued impeachment push appears to have taken a toll on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — both politically and physically, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham argued Thursday night.

“Here’s the problem,” Ingraham said in her monologue on “The Ingraham Angle.” “By getting sucked into impeachment … against her better judgment, Nancy Pelosi [has] walked away from common sense.

“Now at times, in the last few weeks, even the last month, she [has] looked like her body was actually rejecting impeachment like a bad organ transplant.”

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Republicans made known their unbridled fury and frustration late Thursday as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., abruptly wrapped up an all-day marathon hearing on the adoption of two articles of impeachment against President Trump by delaying planned votes on the matter until Friday morning.

Ingraham recalled the media’s fawning over Pelosi a year ago, saying, “They poured on the praise, heaped on the praise, including on her handling of the government shutdown.”

But now, it seems, the tables have turned on Pelosi — to the advantage of President Trump.

“Pelosi’s future is suddenly not looking so bright. Polls show the lowest support ever for impeaching this president — and the swing-state outlook polls are horrendous for the Democrats on that same issue,” Ingraham said.

In contrast, “The economy is soaring. The market was up 220 points at the closing bell today. Trump’s looking also very confident.”

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“Meanwhile, Nancy’s party up on Capitol Hill right now, they’re floundering. They’re desperately trying to make people care about impeachment, even though she doesn’t care enough to whip the votes for it,” Ingraham added.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Some moderate Democrats expected to defect when full House votes on impeachment: reports

House leaders reportedly expect to lose as many as a half-dozen votes from moderate Democrats representing swing districts or those that backed President Trump in 2016 when the full House votes on impeachment next week.

Two Democrats — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey — opposed the impeachment rules package in September but multiple officials told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity that they expect more.

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Despite the anticipated defections, Democrats should have more than enough votes when impeachment comes to a full House vote following this week’s Judiciary Committee hearings. Including the independent vote of former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Democrats can afford to lose 17 votes from their side of the aisle.

No Republicans are expected to vote for impeachment.

Van Drew has already said he plans to vote against impeachment.

“I don’t see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office,” he said, according to USA Today. “I’m concerned about splitting our nation apart.”

 “I don’t see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office. I’m concerned about splitting our nation apart.” 

— U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., said she plans to take the weekend to think over her vote.

“I just need to like, get a breath. Take a breath. It’s a serious decision for me,” she said, according to Reuters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she won’t pressure moderates to vote for impeachment.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to attend a health care event at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 11, 2019. (Associated Press)

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“I have no message to them. We are not whipping this legislation, nor would we ever with something like this,” Pelosi told reporters, according to The Hill. “They’ll make their own decisions. I don’t say anything to them.”

Democrats’ two articles of impeachment against Trump are for abuse of power and obstructing Congress.

After a marathon session Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., delayed a vote on the articles until Friday morning.

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LAPD officer arrested, charged after allegedly caught on video fondling corpse

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A Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested and charged Thursday following an investigation into allegations that he fondled a dead woman’s breasts while responding to an overdose call in October.

The alleged incident was reportedly captured on the officer’s body camera.

Officer David Rojas, 27, was charged with a felony violation of state safety codes, which prohibit “having sexual contact with human remains without authority,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The LAPD Internal Affairs Division arrested Rojas on Thursday then released him on a $20,000 bond, The Associated Press reported, citing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate locator website. He could face up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that usually provides legal counsel for the LAPD’s 10,000 members, released a statement saying it would not defend Rojas in any criminal proceedings.

“We hope that District Attorney Jackie Lacey charging Mr. Rojas for his vile alleged crime will bring some solace to the deceased woman’s family during their time of grieving,” the union’s board said in a statement. “His alleged behavior is abhorrent and an affront to every law enforcement professional working for the LAPD.”

“This incident is extremely disturbing and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore also said, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles.

“This incident is extremely disturbing and does not represent the values of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

— Chief Michel Moore, Los Angeles Police Department

Rojas and his partner had responded to a report of a possible dead woman in a residential unit on Oct. 20. After the officers determined the woman had died, the partner returned to the patrol car to retrieve something, the Los Angeles Times first reported. At that point, Rojas allegedly deactivated his body camera and fondled the dead woman before later reactivating the camera. It was unclear how long the officer was left alone.

The incident was captured on video — even though the officer deactivated his camera — because of a two-minute buffer on the device, according to the Times. LAPD officer body cameras automatically save video and audio for two minutes after the device is initially deactivated.

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Police officials conducting a random inspection of the officer’s body camera videos found the incriminating footage, according to a person briefed on the incident. The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press last week on condition of anonymity.

The LAPD is also reportedly investigating Rojas’ work history. The four-year veteran cop was placed on leave and stripped of his police powers last week during an internal investigation of the incident. He had been assigned to downtown’s Central Division.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Adam Sandler and Cole Sprouse reunite 20 years after ‘Big Daddy’

Twenty years after playing father and son, Adam Sandler and Cole Sprouse have reunited.

When he was just 6 years old, Sprouse played Sandler’s adopted son in “Big Daddy,” a role which he shared with his twin brother Dylan.

The film tells the story of a man who adopts a child in a desperate attempt to win back his girlfriend. In typical Sandler fashion, hilarious antics ensue.

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Sandler, 53, and Sprouse, now 27, reunited and posed for photos at the premiere of the “SNL” star’s film “Uncut Gems,” a deviation from Sandler’s comedic movies like “Big Daddy.”

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Left to right: David Spade, King Princess, Jackie Sandler, Cole Sprouse and Adam Sandler at the premiere of “Uncut Gems.” (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for A24)

“Uncut Gems” stars Sandler as Howard Ratner, a jeweler-turned-gambler fighting to pay off debt after debt — a role that’s receiving Oscar buzz.

On Wednesday, the “Happy Gilmore” star told Entertainment Tonight that he had one very specific problem with the film’s original script: the name of his character’s girlfriend.

Played by Julia Fox in the film, Ratner’s mistress was originally called Sadie.

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“That’s my daughter’s name!” Sandler revealed. “And I said, ‘You can’t have my daughter’s name in this movie.'”

Sandler is the father to Sadie, 13 and Sunny, 11. He then went on to speak about his family and how he doesn’t want his children to watch the film.

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Adam Sandler with twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse at the premiere of their movie, ‘Big Daddy,’ in June 1999 in Los Angeles, Calif.  (Brenda Chase/Online USA, Inc. via Getty Images)

“My wife [Jackie] can handle it all. My wife encouraged me to do the movie,” Sandler noted. “[As for] my kids, I said I don’t want them to see this until maybe 60 or 70.”

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“[There’s] some dirty stuff, yes. I was filthy in this movie,” Sandler pointed out. “And yes, it doesn’t look great, but it’s a good movie.”

Fox News’ Andy Sahadeo contributed to this report.

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Mark Levin says Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler lack credibility on impeachment: ‘They do not believe in the rule of law’

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House Democrats leading the Trump impeachment effort do not revere the rule of law as much as they claim to, Mark Levin told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night.

“Let’s look at the committee chairmen and the speaker,” Levin said during an appearance on “Hannity.”

“You have Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler. What do they have in common? A lot of things — but they talk about the rule of law. They come from sanctuary cities that nullify federal law and they support that. They obstruct ICE and law enforcement.

“They reject our immigration laws and now they are talking about the rule of law. They do not believe in the rule of law.”

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“They come from sanctuary cities that nullify federal law and they support that. They obstruct ICE and law enforcement. They reject our immigration laws and now they are talking about the rule of law. They do not believe in the rule of law.”

— Mark Levin

All three lawmakers have long represented liberal bastions, Levin noted. Pelosi has represented San Francisco since 1987, Nadler has represented the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City since 1992, and Schiff has represented Burbank, Calif. — near Los Angeles — since 2001.

“The Constitution is the law of the land, not any of these potentates that run these committees and not Nancy Pelosi,” Levin added.

In addition, Levin predicted that, with the Democrats’ current threshold for impeachable offenses, future presidents are in danger of being impeached themselves.

“Literally every president who crosses the House of Representatives in the future under the standard-less procedures they have in place — with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — is subject to potential impeachment if they don’t bow to the will of the majority of the House of Representatives,” he said.

“Literally every [future] president [will be] subject to potential impeachment if they don’t bow to the will of the majority of the House of Representatives.”

— Mark Levin

He said the Senate has not yet weighed in on the “obstruction of Congress” charge, making the impeachment article simply “obstruction of a rogue faction of radical Democrats in the House of Representatives.”

“The president of the United States has no obligation to them.”

Levin later listed several past presidents whom he believed would warrant impeachment under the Democrats’ current standard.

“Thomas Jefferson would be impeached — the Louisiana Purchase without budget approval from the Congress,” he claimed.

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“Woodrow Wilson would be impeached. He re-segregated the civil service and he put political opponents and reporters in prison. The great FDR would be impeached [for the] internment of Japanese-Americans, Italian-Americans. German-Americans. [He] used the Internal Revenue Service against the Philadelphia Inquirer owner and against the Gannett owner. … FDR would be impeached 25 times.”

He added that the next Democratic president should be impeached.

“Not to get even, not because we are at their low level,” he said. “but because the Republicans can’t live under one Constitution when the Democrats live under another Constitution.”

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Sean Hannity: Democrats ‘think they know better that we, the people’

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Sean Hannity continued to slam Democrats Thursday over their impeachment push, saying they don’t respect the will of the American people.

“This charade boils down to one thing and one thing only, and that is the left, liberals, Democrats, socialists and their media mob friends,” Hannity added. “They think that they know better than we, the people that voted for this president.”

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Hannity spoke as House Judiciary Committee Democrats were set to vote to adopt the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, following a marathon hearing in which seemingly no topic — from Hunter Biden’s rampant drug use to a Republican congressman’s past drunken-driving arrest — was off-limits.

“Instead of apologizing for the years of lying to the country and putting the country through hell, well, they just simply move on to plan B,” Hannity added. “‘Let’s make up a new conspiracy theory. We’ll call it the Ukrainian hoax.'”

The host said Democrats don’t want to search for the truth.

“And all lies and all conspiracy theories have to be peddled, and as per usual, Democrats are clearly more interested in hyping up their own witch trial than actually getting to any truth or real justice because the truth is not good for the Democratic Party,” Hannity said.

Hannity blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for putting her 31 caucus members who represent in districts that Trump carried in 2016 at risk.

“She is now making all of those lawmakers walk the plank for nothing, sacrificing those seats to placate a radical extreme socialist base,” Hannity said.

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Hannity also questioned whether these 31 lawmakers will listen to their constituents or Pelosi.

“The question going forward will be: Are these lawmakers going to do Pelosi’s bidding or will they actually represent the people that hired them?” Hannity asked. “Because their constituents are pretty ticked off about the Democrats’ latest political stunt and the fact they do nothing.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Dem Congressman Cedric Richmond appears to be watching golf on laptop during impeachment debate

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Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., may have been distracted on Thursday during the marathon impeachment hearing focused on President Trump.

Richmond appeared to have been watching a golf tournament on his laptop during a procedural roll call, which aired in full-view on CNN.

“What on earth is Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond watching on his laptop during this impeachment markup?” GOP rapid response director Steve Guest asked. “To me, it looks like Rep. Richmond is watching the President’s Cup golf tournament. Richmond’s actions are a DISGRACE.”

Guest added the hashtag, “#StopTheMaddess.”

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Others slammed the Louisiana congressman for entertaining himself amid the impeachment debate. Republicans in particular mocked Democrats for their not-so “solemn” treatment of impeachment.

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Richmond’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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David Stern, former NBA commissioner, undergoes emergency surgery after brain hemorrhage

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who guided the league through a remarkable period of growth in popularity, suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday in New York City and underwent emergency surgery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family,” the league said in a statement Thursday night. There was no immediate word on Stern’s exact medical condition following the surgery.

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Stern was hospitalized after collapsing at Manhattan restaurant Brasserie 8.5, according to ESPN basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 77-year-old Stern served for three decades as the NBA’s longest-tenured commissioner unti he stepped aside in 2014, succeeded by current commissioner Adam Silver.

Stern’s tenure included league expansion and the emergence of NBA players as global cultural icons.

Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus and has also purused other interests, such as sports technology.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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