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Boat carrying migrants capsizes off Mauritania coast, at least 58 drown

Scores of migrants who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat while 58 others drowned were receiving care Thursday in Mauritania after one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the perilous journey to Europe.

The boat that left Gambia a week ago had been carrying at least 150 people, including women and children. It was headed toward Spain’s Canary Islands when it tried to approach the Mauritanian coast to get fuel and food, Laura Lungarotti, chief of mission in the West African nation with the U.N. migration agency, told The Associated Press.

“Many drowned. The ones who survived swam up to the Mauritanian coast close to the city of Nouadhibou,” she said. “The Mauritanian authorities are very efficiently coordinating the response with the agencies currently present” in the northern city.

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At least 83 people swam to shore, the agency said, while Mauritanian authorities said security forces found 85 survivors. Interior Minister Mohamed Salem ould Merzoug said 10 people were taken to a hospital for “urgent” treatment.

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The map shows the location of Mauritanian city where survivors of a capsized boat are being treated. AP

Local authorities continued to search for an unknown number of missing people.

The survivors were receiving care in accordance with “human solidarity, fraternity, and African hospitality,” the minister’s statement said. It said the boat held as many as 180 people, most of them aged 20 to 30.

Mauritania will open an investigation into those responsible for “this drama” including possible trafficking networks, the statement said.

While thousands once died off Mauritania’s coast in attempts to reach the Canary Islands between 2005 and 2010, that later calmed, the statement said. But in recent months authorities have detained boats mostly carrying hundreds of migrants from Senegal, which neighbors Gambia, it said.

Survivors said the boat that capsized had left Gambia on Nov. 27.

There was no immediate statement from authorities in Gambia, where tens of thousands of people have set off in hopes of reaching Europe in recent years. Despite the country’s small size, more than 35,000 Gambians arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2018, according to the U.N. migration agency.

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A 22-year oppressive rule by former President Yahya Jammeh severely affected the country’s economy, especially for youth, and contributed greatly to the exodus. Since Jammeh fled into exile in January 2017 after a surprise election loss, European countries have been pushing to return asylum seekers.

But Gambia’s economy still suffers. The coastal nation was shaken earlier this year by the collapse of British travel company Thomas Cook. At the time, Gambia’s tourism minister said the government convened an emergency meeting on the collapse, while some Gambians said the shutdown could have a devastating impact on tourism, which contributes more than 30% of the country’s GDP.

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Jamie Foxx says director once called him ‘horrible,’ kicked him ‘the f–k’ out

Jamie Foxx opened up about a jarring encounter with a famous director.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter during a discussion with several actors, the 51-year-old actor revealed that when he auditioned for the film “Any Given Sunday,” director Oliver Stone had some choice words for him.

“I remember Oliver Stone, when I first auditioned (for ‘Any Given Sunday‘), he was like, ‘You’re horrible.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ (Because) I was a television actor so everything was loud… He was like, ‘Just get the f–k out of here,” Foxx remembered. “As I’m walking out, he said, ‘Jamie Foxx, slave to television.’ But I learned from that toughness.”

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Foxx isn’t the only actor to have struggled with the 73-year-old director, however.

“He would never look me in the eyes,” revealed Shia LaBoeuf, who worked with Stone on “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” “He always looked just above my eye, to the eyelid.”

Regardless of the tough treatment, Foxx said he’d avoid giving his past self any advice to avoid such obstacles.

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“If I gave myself any advice, I would have gone left instead of right, then I probably wouldn’t have ended up in this situation,” he said. After starring on “Sunday,” Foxx would go on to win an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in “Ray” and snag another nomination for “Collateral.” He also won a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

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Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in 2004’s “Ray.”

“I wanted to be married and work at Kodak — and all that sort of fell through. So, boom! I said, ‘I’m on my way and I’ll figure it out.’ You’ve got to live it and then look back and say, ‘OK.’ Anything could have set (me) in a different direction and I wouldn’t be sitting here, and I wouldn’t change sitting here for the world.”

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Stone’s representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Hillary Clinton clears up ‘lesbian’ rumors, tells Howard Stern: ‘I actually like men’

Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with shock jock Howard Stern on Wednesday. So, perhaps predictably, the conversation strayed to some unusual topics.

At one point, for example, Stern asked the former secretary of state if she had ever engaged in a “lesbian affair.”

“Never, never, never!” Clinton quickly answered, according to the Washington Times. “Never even been tempted, thank you very much.”

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“Well, contrary to what you might hear,” Clinton had said earlier, “I actually like men.”

She added that prior to dating Bill Clinton, she never seemed to have trouble attracting male admirers, according to the Times.

The interview was a coup of sorts for Stern, who had written in his most recent book, “Howard Stern Comes Again,” earlier this year that he regretted not being able to book Clinton as a guest in the past.

“I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to get a guest than I did with Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 election,” Stern wrote, according to The Daily Beast. He added that had he been able to interview Clinton, she may have gone on to defeat Donald Trump.

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Hillary Clinton’s Wednesday interview with Howard Stern marked a coup for the radio host, who claims he had long wanted Clinton as a guest for his program.

“To some people it wouldn’t have mattered what we talked about. Just the fact that she had the guts to show up might’ve done the trick,” Stern added. So why didn’t she? I’ll tell you why. She was afraid. She got tight. She thought it was in the bag, and she thought, ‘I could go talk to Howard and really screw things up.’ “She thought it was a gamble. In my mind, the gamble was not coming on the show. I was right. Had she done the show, it might’ve changed the election.”

Clinton also took a shot at Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, answering it was a “fair question” when Stern suggested Graham may have “sold his soul to the devil” in supporting President Trump.

“What I don’t understand is how he went from being the friend and the real confidant of the Maverick — John McCain — who I didn’t agree with politically, but I found him to be a man of integrity, a man of real strength and conviction,” Clinton said, according to USA Today. “I don’t know what’s happened to Lindsey Graham.”

She also said she was “disappointed,” but not “upset,” that Bernie Sanders didn’t exit the 2016 presidential race sooner, giving her a less bumpy ride to the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

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“I hope he doesn’t do it again to whoever gets the nomination” in 2020, she added.

Clinton spoke with Stern as part of her promotion of her book, “Gutsy Women,” co-written with daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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Protesters crash Andrew Cuomo’s NYC birthday fundraiser, call for wealth tax, Green New Deal

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Demonstrators gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fundraiser and birthday bash in New York City on Wednesday night, demanding he increase taxes on billionaires to fund the Green New Deal and other progressive programs.

Cuomo, who turns 62 on Thursday, hosted the celebrity-studded event, reportedly charging guests $50,000 per plate to raise money for his re-election campaign. Video on social media showed a small group of protesters attempting to storm the reception room inside the Essex House hotel near Central Park to deliver a birthday cake for Cuomo with #MakeBillionairesPay written in frosting.

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It was unclear if Cuomo or other attendees were present when the activists were ushered out by security. A larger crowd gathered outside on the street, demanding the Democratic governor tax the mega-rich, create a “Green New Deal” for New York, bring energy into public ownership, eliminate fossil fuels, ensure 100 percent renewable energy, guarantee homes for New York residents, fully fund public school and make college free.

“There has been an explosion in wealth and income at the very top,” Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition, told the New York Daily News.

The Green New Deal, co-sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., failed to advance in Congress but has become a rallying cry for more progressive elements of the party. The more progressive presidential candidates — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – have proposed taxing the mega-rich to fund Medicare-For-All federal health care plans.

“New York has more billionaires than anywhere else in the country. It’s time for them to pay, to contribute to the things that all New Yorkers need,” he continued. “We can address all of those needs and cover the budget gap by targeting billionaires and ultra-millionaires.”

A report released by the Public Accountability Initiative and Hedge Clippers on Wednesday — to coincide with the organized protest — slammed Cuomo for accepting more than $4 million in donations from 49 billionaires, worth a combined $280 billion, since 2002.

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Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi responded to the report, brushing off the subsequent protest as “performance art.”

“Mike Kink’s ineffective and uninteresting special interest-funded performance art is not worth commenting on,” Azzopardi told the Daily News. “Budget decisions are made on the merits, not on what some cog in the advocacy industrial complex rants about.”

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Melania Says Children Should Be Kept Out of Politics, Twitter Reminds Her of All the Kids Her Husband Caged

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Megan Rapinoe calls on soccer’s top male stars to help her fight racism, sexism: ‘Do they fear losing everything?’

U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe called on the top men’s players in the world to help her fight racism and sexism in the sport.

Rapinoe called on Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in an interview with France Football to help her in the fight to tackle the social issues.

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“I want to shout ‘Cristiano, Lionel, Zlatan, help me!'” she said, according to an ESPN translation of the interview. “These big stars do not engage in anything when there are so many problems in men’s football. Do they fear losing everything? They believe that, but it is not true. Who will erase Messi or Ronaldo from world football history for a statement against racism or sexism?”

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United States women’s soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the Women’s World Cup trophy as she celebrates in front of the media after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rapinoe was the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best female soccer player on Monday after helping the U.S. to a World Cup victory and winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards during the tournament. It’s the second time the award had been given to a female athlete.

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She told France Football that she believed her win was a recognition of her success off the field as well as on it.

“On the one hand, I am a good player. On the other, my activity away from the pitch brings me support as people understand I am acting to find solutions to our society’s problems,” she said. “The idea is to empower others to speak louder.

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“I am lucky to have a bit of talent to lead these fights. I have no fear, so I say what I say. Traveling all over for conferences and meetings exhausts me, but you have to be on the front line to improve things in our world.”

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While the world’s top stars have been mostly silent when it comes to issues of racism, sexism and homophobia in the sport, Rapine praised Raheem Sterling and Koulibaly in September for their fight against racism when accepting the award for FIFA best women’s player.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Thomas Jipping: To impeach, can Democrats prove Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election?

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As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., passed the impeachment inquiry baton to the Judiciary Committee this week, he said the central allegation against President Trump is that the president “solicited foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election.”

This accusation will likely be the heart of any articles of impeachment the Judiciary Committee produces against the president.

If that’s the Democrats’ choice, so be it. But choices have consequences. If the Democrats go with solicitation, they’ll have to actually prove it.

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As House Democrats have pursued an impeachment, they’ve turned to focus groups to find the phrases that will serve them best. This marketing research led them to drop the “quid pro quo” accusation.

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It turns out most people realize a quid pro quo is nothing more than an exchange of one thing for another – something that happened this morning when I filled up my car at the gas station and I paid with my credit card.

As the focus group feedback rolled in, Schiff shifted to words like “bribery,” “extortion,” or “shake-down.” Perhaps Democrats have now settled on “solicitation” for the same reason.

While specific terms may resonate more or less among focus groups, some of them also have specific legal definitions. Under federal law (18 U.S. Code §373), for example, solicitation of a crime of violence requires not only a specific intent but also that the solicitation occurs “under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.”

The Justice Department’s Criminal Resource Manual explains that “the Government must establish that the defendant had the intent that another person engages in conduct constituting a felony crime of violence in violation of Federal law. The intent must be shown to be serious by strongly corroborative circumstances. Second, the Government must prove that the defendant commanded, induced, or otherwise endeavored to persuade the other person to commit the felony.”

The whole impeachment ballgame comes down to whether Trump took certain actions in relation to Ukraine for the specific purpose of manipulating the 2020 presidential election. The House Intelligence Committee’s report states as its first finding of fact, for example, that Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”

Law professors brought in for Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing made the same claim. Harvard Professor Noah Feldman claimed that in a July 25 telephone call, Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “to investigate his political rivals in order to gain personal political advantage, including in the 2020 presidential election.”

Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan similarly claimed that Trump sought “the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign.” Trump, she said, literally demanded “foreign interference in our elections.”

No, an offense does not have to be criminal to be impeachable. But if Democrats are going to frame the case against Trump in terms of a recognized crime like solicitation and if they are going to claim that

Trump acted with this intent, then they should have to prove it.

While Democrats have repeatedly claimed that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election, repeating a claim does not prove it.

It is obviously insufficient, for example, to speculate that if Zelensky had done what Trump asked (he did not), it could have resulted in something Trump might have used next year in his reelection campaign.

Legitimate reasons for Trump’s request to Zelensky unrelated to the 2020 election increase the need for concrete, actual evidence of the intent that Trump’s critics claim.

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After all, everything a first-term president does has the potential to affect his reelection prospects. And every first-term president takes actions, or takes actions in a particular way, with an eye toward just that end.

The House Intelligence Committee hearings highlighted that Trump sometimes conducts foreign policy, including with respect to Ukraine, in ways that frustrate professional diplomats and Trump’s critics. OK, but is that evidence that Trump, in Feldman’s words, sought “personal political and electoral advantage over his political rival?”

In the Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley distinguished between “rage and reason.”

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Trump critics, both in and outside of government, have whipped each other into a frenzy that appears to be affecting their judgment, Turley said.

So far at least, they seem to be substituting “I wouldn’t put it past him” or “sounds like something Trump would do” for evidence that Trump acted with the intent required to establish what they say he did.

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A Dreaded Part Of Teachers’ Jobs: Restraining And Secluding Students

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Earlier this year, an NPR investigation with WAMU and Oregon Public Broadcasting found deep problems in how school districts report restraint and seclusion. Following that investigation, NPR reached out to educators about their experiences with these practices.

Brent McGinn spent a year early in his career working with students who could sometimes hurt themselves.

The special education teacher recalls a student who would sometimes hit his head on the tile floor, full force. When that happened, McGinn faced a tough decision. “If I put a pad between that kid and the tile, it’s going to soften it, but it’s not going to stop him from full-force hitting his head into something,” he says. “Whereas restraint would.”

Restraint and seclusion in schools can mean anything from holding or using restraints on a student to isolating them in a separate room or space. According to federal guidance, these methods are meant to be a last resort, when students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others. These practices are most often used on students with disabilities or special needs.

In situations where students or staff are in danger, McGinn says, “restraints and seclusion can be a useful tool to keep people safe.”

But that can leave educators in a tough spot. Many told NPR that using restraint and seclusion is one of the worst parts of their job; they say these methods can be mentally and physically painful for both them and their students.

“I would lock myself in the bathroom at work and cry, and I know that I wasn’t the only one,” says D, who spent a year working as a teaching assistant at a private school for students with autism. (D uses they/them pronouns. We aren’t using their full name, or identifying where they worked, because they fear retaliation from their former employer.)

But McGinn, who currently works in Phoenix, says if teachers don’t have the option to use restraint and seclusion, “you’re backing them into a corner.”

Parents with children who have been secluded or restrained have said the experience was traumatic. But that isn’t always the case — one Oregon elementary schooler said he once had an aide whose restraint techniques helped him calm down.

Still, a 2009 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, found hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and even death when restraint and seclusion were used on school children.

Many states prohibit the use of seclusion or restraint as punishment or discipline. And though there are federal guidelines around the use of these methods in schools, there are no federal laws. Past efforts to restrict the use of restraints and ban the use of seclusion nationwide have failed in Congress.

The definitions vary in different states and school districts, as do the rules around how educators can use these methods. In Massachusetts, for example, prone restraint — holding a student face-down on the ground — is only allowed in very specific situations. Other states ban the practice altogether. Arkansas puts limits on the size of seclusion rooms, while Oklahoma advises, but does not require, that students be permitted bathroom breaks and water during seclusion.

Some states also rely on a student’s past behavior to determine the practices they use. Records like individualized education programs (IEPs) and behavior intervention plans (BIPs) sometimes spell out if and when restraint or seclusion may be used on a particular child.

“I just never felt fully comfortable or prepared”

D says they avoided restraining students as much as possible, though other educators in their school did regularly use restraint.

“Even though I received the training for [restraint], I just never felt fully comfortable or prepared to do that,” they tell NPR. They say restraint crossed a physical boundary that they weren’t comfortable with. “It just seems strange to be so imposing on somebody else’s body.”

Ben Travis, a social and emotional learning specialist in Fort Worth, Texas, says, “There’s a tension within me of knowing that if I am to restrain a student, then I’m essentially putting forth a situation that’s going to create trauma for that student.” He says the decision to restrain students is not always as clear-cut as some training or school officials make it out to be.

Travis says he also doesn’t believe in leaving students in isolation for extended periods of time — he says he doesn’t see it as an effective tool and he doesn’t want to create, or recreate, trauma for them.

“I haven’t seen that create good results,” he says, either in student behavior or their relationships with educators.

“Most students don’t respond well to … getting grabbed,” says A, who works as a teaching assistant at a private school. (We aren’t using his full name, or identifying where he works, because he fears retaliation from his employer.) A works with young adults on the autism spectrum who are mostly nonverbal, and says he tries to avoid secluding his students.

“I know they don’t want to go into the room,” he says, “so I’ll do anything else.”

It takes a toll

Educators tell NPR that restraint and seclusion can take a physical and emotional toll on them.

“It’s a rare day where you don’t get hurt at all,” A says.

“I’ve been punched in the face more times than I could remember. I’ve been hit in the head with chairs.”

Many educators say their restraint and seclusion training — which is often provided by schools — focuses on de-escalation, in order to avoid situations where someone could get hurt.

David Roy, a dean at a public charter school in Ohio, says it’s important to remember that student behavior is a form of communication: “You should do everything you can to try to de-escalate the situation before you escalate it by having to put someone in a restrictive hold, or seclude them in a different part of the building.”

Roy says his school only allows a small number of certified staff, including administrators, to seclude or restrain students. And in his opinion, it’s safer and more productive that way.

“We want teachers to focus on the instruction side of things. And we don’t want to have a large number of people who can run the risk of doing it wrong,” Roy says. “It can be really upsetting if you have to put a child into the hold.”

K taught English as a second language at an elementary school in the Midwest last year. (We aren’t using her full name, or identifying where she works, because she fears retaliation from her school district.) She says she wishes more staff in her school had been trained so they knew how to de-escalate situations, and when, exactly, restraint or seclusion was really warranted.

K says sometimes administrators and other teachers would call her in to use these methods not as a last resort, but as a way to gain control of chaotic situations.

“A lot of times, it was used … as a management tool,” K says, when teachers were “overwhelmed in the moment.” She says she wasn’t always comfortable using restraint or seclusion in situations when they could have been avoided.

Reporting troubles

Many educators are also responsible for documenting incidents of restraint and seclusion, and they say that recordkeeping isn’t always straightforward.

Most of the teachers who spoke to NPR say they tried to note every instance of seclusion and restraint through official school channels. They say the documentation protected them from possible lawsuits or other misunderstandings, and it helped them keep track of student behavior so they could learn what did and didn’t work.

In Texas, a statute allows parents to ask that their child’s special education classroom include video equipment, making some of that documentation automatic. “That, at least, gives another set of eyes that can be present,” says Ben Travis, in Forth Worth. “And that’s, in my opinion, positive.”

But sometimes, documentation falls through the cracks.

In most states, schools are required to tell parents when a child is restrained or secluded, but that doesn’t always happen. Parents in one Washington state school district said school officials rarely notified them when their children had been restrained.

A, the private school teaching assistant, says he is “in crisis” — restraining or secluding students — for hours every day. And while major incidents involving many adults are documented, sometimes routine restraints — involving one or two adults holding a student — aren’t noted.

Even when there are enough staff and resources available, whether or not to report incidents isn’t always an easy call.

K, who taught English as a second language, says her school only required that she report a seclusion when a student was left alone in a room with the door held shut by an adult. (Many states have similar policies.) She didn’t have to report the times when students were left alone and the door wasn’t held shut. K says she would write down these instances for her own records.

Similarly, A says he and his colleagues don’t often document seclusions unless the door to the room is closed. He says that enables the school to report lower numbers of seclusions than they otherwise would.

Reporting troubles don’t just happen on the local level. A recent investigation from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that several districts underreport cases of restraint and seclusion to the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal officials now say there is no way of knowing how often these methods are used in schools.

It’s also hard to know the price teachers pay.

“When you’re done, it’s exhausting,” D says. “It’s sad.”

“It takes a toll on us,” says A. “There’s no one to really talk to.”

And he says that isn’t good for students either.

“If your mental health isn’t OK, how can you be of maximum service with students that really need your help?”

Nicole Cohen edited this story.

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Don’t blame Justin Trudeau. It’s about time world leaders made fun of Donald Trump

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Democrats’ impeachment case less than ironclad, Washington Post editorial board says

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The Washington Post’s editorial board seems to have doubts about the House Democrats’ impeachment push.

Following Wednesday’s intense hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, the newspaper’s board summed up an editorial by saying Democrats seem to need a stronger case against President Trump if they hope to “convince more  Americans” that their process was being conducted fairly.

The editorial, titled “Jonathan Turley is half-right,”  is not a case for Trump’s exoneration in regard to his Ukraine dealings, but it does point out some holes in the Democrats’ arguments that the president’s supporters have seized on.

For instance, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday asked all four legal scholars appearing before the panel to raise their hand if they had any “personal knowledge” of a single material fact in Rep. Adam Schiff’s recently released report. No hands went up.

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Turley, the sole Republican witness, did not defend Trump, but said this “is not how you impeach an American president.” He added that he was concerned about the integrity of the impeachment process.

“This case is not a case of the unknowable,” he said. “It’s a case of the peripheral. We have a record of conflicts, defenses that have not been fully considered, unsubpoenaed witnesses with material evidence. To impeach a president on this record would expose every future president to the same kind of inchoate impeachment.”

The Post criticized Trump and his “lawless embargo of the House’s impeachment proceeding” by preventing witnesses like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser John Bolton from testifying. But the editorial board appeared to heed some of Turley’s message.

“We do not blame the Democrats for feeling frustrated,” the editorial says. “And they may rightly think they already have all the evidence they need. But if they could strengthen the case, they should do so. Because the stakes are so high, extra time may be justified if it results in testimony from administration witnesses. This also might convince more Americans that the impeachment process has been conducted thoroughly.”

At the center of the impeachment inquiry, which began in September, is Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump pressed Zelensky for investigations that could help him politically, including relating to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The editorial says Turley was incorrect to downplay what has come to light in the past few weeks, including the rough transcript of Trump’s call with Zelensky, where the president asked for a “favor.” The paper also points to testimony from officials who claimed that Trump withheld promised military aid.

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“In my view, there is no case law that would support a claim of corrupt intent in such comments to support a bribery charge,” Turley said. Still, he said, “There is no question that an investigation of the Bidens would help President Trump politically.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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