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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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What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out

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Republicans in Congress have tried to discredit the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry by arguing that it distracts Congress from its real duties. One Republican-aligned group recently released a poll of 1,600 voters in four congressional districts that suggested Americans “prioritize issues over impeachment.”

But when we look at data on revealed priorities from people all over the country, we see something different. In reality, there are few things facing the nation that anyone, regardless of party, believes are a higher priority right now.

Most people would give up their preferred outcomes on health care, the environment or taxes if it meant getting what they want on impeachment. It is an important issue for almost everyone.

Starting in July 2019, U.C.L.A. partnered with the Democracy Fund on a large-scale project called Nationscape that involves surveying more than 6,000 people every week. The surveys are fielded by Lucid, a market-research company. Interviews are conducted online on a sample that is constructed to be representative of the American population. Nationscape has returned numbers that are consistent with other polls in the same period on common questions like presidential approval and right track/wrong track. For example, a Monmouth poll (61 percent), a YouGov/Economist poll (54 percent) and Nationscape (56 percent) all recently reported that more than half of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The data from the project — on over 110,000 people nationwide to date — suggest that the thing voters most want to focus on right now is whether to impeach the president.

To assess the impact of issues on people’s political choices, we use what researchers call conjoint experiments. Here’s how it works: We start with a list of 44 policies and eight other considerations that cover a large part of the political agenda. The list includes policies like whether to establish a $15 minimum wage; impose tax cuts for the middle class; restrict abortion; or increase oil and gas drilling. The considerations include outcomes like electing a woman or a gay man to the White House, or impeaching President Trump.

Each person who takes the survey sees two randomly selected collections of up to four policy positions. Sometimes the positions are in favor of the consideration — impeaching Mr. Trump, for example — and sometimes they are in opposition to it. We ask people to choose which collection of policy outcomes they prefer. Everyone in the survey does this 10 times and, in the course of doing so, reveals which positions they are drawn to and which ones are relatively less important.

In other words, rather than simply asking people to tell us whether a policy position is important to them, we let them show us. This decreases the possibility that people are misrepresenting or concealing their true priorities.

When repeated over tens of thousands of survey respondents, the data show which policy positions Americans care about most. This is different than knowing whether people are for or against something (though we ask that, too) because it requires people to reveal what is most important to them, not just their view on the issue.

Here’s an example. If people always choose the set of policies that contains a $15 minimum wage, regardless of what else is in the set, that tells us it’s important to them. In contrast, there are likely to be issues they never select. In reality, no single issue is so important that most people will sacrifice everything else they care about just to get it, but some have more impact on people’s choices than others.

What the Nationscape data reveal is clear: Impeachment is a top priority for almost everyone, regardless of whether they are in favor of it or against it.

Democrats are nearly 40 percentage points more likely to choose a collection of policies when it contains the position they agree with on impeaching Mr. Trump. Most of them want it to happen (among Democrats with an opinion on the topic, 86 percent support impeachment; the remainder don’t). But taken as a whole, the topic is something Democrats care a lot about right now.

The only policy more important to Democrats is family separation at the southern border (92 percent of Democrats with an opinion are opposed). Slightly less important to Democrats is whether to enact a total ban on abortion (87 percent against) or build a wall on the border (86 percent against). These are the topics Democrats are less willing to sacrifice relative to the other issues we ask about; they are issues with high impact.

To get these things, Democrats are willing to give up some issues like union rights (whether to oppose right-to-work laws) and whether to oppose an immigration system based only on merit. Even climate policies are seen as less important than impeaching the president.

Whether to impeach Mr. Trump, for example, is more important to Democrats than the economic issues being talked up by the party’s presidential candidates on the campaign trail, such as debt-free college (the 12th-most important issue) or “Medicare for all” (the 16th). The environmental package called the Green New Deal came in as the 25th-most important policy to Democrats — solidly middle of the pack (though 86 percent of Democrats with an opinion support it).

Republicans are similarly focused on impeachment. They are roughly 45 percentage points more likely to choose a basket of policies when it includes their preferred position on the topic (88 percent of Republicans with a position on impeachment do not favor it). It outweighs every other issue for Republicans — including parts of Mr. Trump’s and the party’s agenda, such as building a border wall. The Green New Deal is the sixth-most important issue for Republicans — a much higher ranking than among Democrats (nearly a quarter of Republicans support it, but many more are opposed to it or just not sure).

Just like Democrats, Republicans are willing to sacrifice getting what they want on other issues, like estate tax repeal and a merit-based immigration system. Rounding out the lower-impact issues for Republicans are school vouchers, trade restrictions and a public option for health insurance.

Impeachment, family separation, the border wall — these are all issues that have become important because of Mr. Trump or his policies. Even perennially important issues such as gun policy and abortion rights may be especially so at this moment because of recent mass shootings and the changing makeup of the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has played a role in these matters, too, and will continue to do so.

Considered in this light, the priority Americans give to the impeachment inquiry makes sense.

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, reflected recent G.O.P. sentiment when he said that impeachment “crowds out a number of issues” and stops “really important work we need to get done for the country.”

But our data suggest an ordering of priorities that indicates people care about issues that the president plays a role in. That they want to make sure he stays in office — or is removed — is one way voters can bring about the policies they most want to shape their world.


Lynn Vavreck, the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at U.C.L.A., and John Sides, professor of political science at Vanderbilt, are co-authors of “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America.” Follow her on Twitter at @vavreck and him at @johnmsides.

Chris Tausanovitch is an associate professor at U.C.L.A.’s political science department. Follow him on Twitter at @ctausanovitch.

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CNN staffer says boss threatened him over discrimination case: report

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A longtime employee of CNN in Atlanta claims a boss threatened him after he filed a discrimination case against the network, according to a report.

DeWayne Walker, a black man who has been with the company for 16 years, claims the threat came during a men’s room conversation in August with Whit Friese, a white network vice president.

“Just drop it,” Friese said about the complaint, Walker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Friese allegedly added later, “If you f— with my money, I will kill you.”

Walker told the newspaper he reported the confrontation to CNN’s human resources department a few days later – then he himself was placed on paid leave the following day and has remained on paid leave for more than three months.

In November, Walker filed a new complaint, accusing the network of never disciplining Friese over the comments.

“It’s a travesty and a sham,” Walker’s attorney, Mario Williams of Williams Oinonen LLC, told the Journal-Constitution. “You’re using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The next best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of the office on administrative leave with pay even though he’s the victim.”

“It’s a travesty and a sham. You’re using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The next best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of the office on administrative leave with pay even though he’s the victim.” 

—  Mario Williams, attorney for CNN employee claiming threat against him

Walker, a manager of integrated marketing for CNN, claims he has been bypassed for promotion because of his race – and has filed several discrimination lawsuits, the newspaper reported.

He has also alleged that a pattern of “systemic discrimination against African American employees, particularly males,” is evident at the company. He claims that minorities who complain about their treatment are placed on a BOLO (“Be on the lookout for”) list.

But Walker’s previous lawsuits have been dismissed, with judges typically ruling that Walker lacked sufficient evidence to justify his claims.

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Executives with CNN did not respond to the Journal-Constitution’s requests for comment.

Fox News also reached out to CNN in Atlanta but received no response.

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Today on Fox News: Dec. 5, 2019

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: Immigration, Abortion and Trump’s Taxes: How SCOTUS will Shape the 2020 Election – It’s not all about impeachment. –The Supreme Court plans to tackle several big issues that could greatly influence the 2020 election. FOX News and host of Livin’ the Bream Shannon Bream joins today’s FOX News Rundown to discuss which cases can have an impact on voting in the upcoming Presidential election. She also weighs in on the possibility of President Trump getting a third nominee for the Supreme Court, and whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would sidestep his so-called “Garland Rule” and fill a vacancy on the high court despite it being an election year.

Also on the Rundown: The two-day NATO summit in London, England ended abruptly for President Trump when he canceled a planned news conference with reporters yesterday. This came following some tense moments as well as the emergence of a leaked video showing some world leaders appearing to mock the president. FOX’s Simon Owen explains what happened and what this means for our relationship with the international community.
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Hans von Spakovsky: Democrats’ weak impeachment case not strengthened by anti-Trump law professors

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler opened Wednesday’s impeachment hearing with testimony from three left-wing law professors who consider President Trump to be evil incarnate. If Nadler thought this display would somehow convince the public that the president’s actions merit impeachment, he is sure to be disappointed.

The three professors simply failed to make the case.

Nadler’s witnesses were Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Pamela Karlan of Stanford University.

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The sole Republican witness was Jonathan Turley of George Washington University.

The key question was: What type of presidential misconduct justifies impeachment?

In drafting the Constitution, America’s founders did not provide for impeachment as a partisan political weapon or as a response by Congress to a president who lawmakers dislike or whose policies they consider misguided.

Rather, the founders viewed impeachment solely as a remedy for misconduct so serious that it renders the president unfit to remain in office for another day. Otherwise, lawmakers could wait for the next election and let voters decide who should occupy the Oval Office.

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Professor Karlan is a campaign contributor to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination to run against Trump. In addition, Karlan was a political appointee of President Barack Obama in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

I encountered Karlan several years ago when she published a law review article making patently false claims about the supposed lack of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act by the Bush administration. She started talking about impeaching Trump over his business ties in 2016 –before he even took the oath of office.

In her testimony Wednesday, Karlan claimed that Trump should be impeached because the “evidence reveals” that he abused the “powers of his office to demand that a foreign government participate in undermining a competing candidate for the presidency.”

The problem with that claim – as Professor Turley observed – is that the evidence does not show that at all.

Turley, a self-professed liberal who told the committee he voted against Trump in 2016, pointed out that the House is moving toward impeachment on a “record composed of a relatively small number of witnesses with largely second-hand knowledge.”

Moreover, the “only three direct conversations with President Trump do not contain a statement of a quid pro quo, and two expressly deny such a precondition,” Turley said.

In other words, Karlan’s claim that the president demanded that a foreign government interfere in our 2020 presidential election is not supported by the evidence. While much for her testimony consisted of grandiose statements about the importance of the right to vote and the dangers of “foreign interference,” she failed to prove that impeachment is warranted.

Professor Feldman is a columnist for Bloomberg News, which is owned by Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Feldman recently wrote that Democrats shouldn’t let legal concerns “obfuscate the fundamental wrongness of Trump’s conduct.”

In his testimony Wednesday, Feldman echoed Karlan’s claim that the “testimony” and “publicly released memorandum” of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky show Trump illegally “solicited” Ukraine to investigate “his political rivals in order to gain personal political advantage.”

As Turley said, the evidence did not show this.

In fact, the military aid that was the supposed source of the non-existent quid pro quo was released after “a delay that the witness described as ‘not uncommon’ for this or prior administrations,” Turley said.

Professor Gerhardt has been deeply involved in Democratic politics, working on everything from the Clinton transition team to helping Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., oppose the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In what can only be considered a bizarre claim, Gerhardt’s written testimony asserted that he could not “help but conclude that this president has attacked each of the Constitution’s safeguards against establishing a monarchy in this country.”

Trump is trying to make himself a king? Really, professor? That is supposed to be a persuasive argument?

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Gerhardt even resurrected a claim that House Democrats have all but abandoned: that Trump engaged in obstruction of justice by interfering in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election.

According to Gerhardt, Trump’s behavior is as bad as President Richard Nixon’s.

In contrast, Turley prudently advised the Judiciary Committee to recognize the sparsity of the record before it.

“There is no evidence that President Trump acted with the corrupt intent required for obstruction of justice on the record created by the House Intelligence Committee,” Turley said. He said there is no evidence of a quid pro quo; the evidence does not meet the requirements for proving bribery or extortion; and there are “no good-faith grounds” for arguing that the president violated campaign finance laws.

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Democrats would do well to heed the final warning in Turley’s written testimony. If they impeach a president on the deficient record they have established, he cautioned, they will “expose every future president to the same type of inchoate impeachment.”

Turley is right about that. Impeachment for partisan reasons threatens the stability of our democratic republic. The founders would be mortified.

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Dems’ impeachment witness under fire for past anti-Trump comments, mentioning Barron Trump in joke

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Democratic Trump impeachment witness under fire for invoking Barron Trump’s name in joke at hearing
A Stanford Law professor is facing criticism after bringing up President Trump’s youngest son in a joke during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, sparking laughs from some in the House Judiciary Committee audience — and provoking a furious response from the White House.

The White House blasted Karlan as “classless” and the Trump campaign called her joke “disgusting.” First lady Melania Trump, Barron’s mother, was incensed.

“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” she tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

Karlan later apologized but put in another dig at the president. “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”

Karlan is clearly not a fan of Trump. In a newly surfaced video from 2017, she told an American Constitution Society panel that she couldn’t stomach walking past the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. At the same event, she also accused Trump of sexually assaulting “more women than 99.99% of all of the people who have entered this country illegally.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., noted that Karlan had also appeared on an anti-Trump podcast, disparaged conservatives, and donated $1,200 to Barack Obama, $2,000 to Hillary Clinton, and $1,000 to Elizabeth Warren.

The controversy over Karlan’s joke overshadowed a day of testimony Wednesday where lawmakers and legal scholars sparred, with Democrats and their witnesses reviving concerns raised during the Russia probe, and Republicans and their sole witness arguing the impeachment of Trump seems “predetermined,” “woefully inadequate,” and “dangerous.” Click here for more on our top story.

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The Trump administration is considering sending as many as 14,000 additional troops, dozens of more ships and other military hardware to counter the growing threat of Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month.

Just last week, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened to destroy the United States and its Middle Eastern allies, accusing them during a televised speech of instigating the violent protests that erupted in November after the announcement of massive fuel price hikes.

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A sailor opened fire at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday, killing at least two civilians before he turned the gun on himself, Fox News has learned. The shooting took place near the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. The shooter was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer attached to the submarine, according to a Navy official. The gunman shot three civilians, two of whom died, before he shot himself in the head, according to a preliminary incident report viewed by Fox News. Officials did not immediately identify the shooter or victims. Click here for more
 
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Sailor Kills 2, Wounds 1 Before Taking Own Life At Pearl Harbor Base

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A U.S. Navy sailor shot and killed two civilian employees of the Defense Department and wounded a third, before killing himself at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor military installation.

Rear Adm. Robb Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the shooting occurred near dry dock 2 in the Naval shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Chadwick said the male shooter “has tentatively been identified as an active-duty sailor assigned to USS Columbia,” a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine.

Chadwick said the names of the shooter and his victims would not be released until next-of-kin had been notified. He said the wounded civilian is in stable condition at a local hospital.

A motive for the shootings has not been identified and it is not known whether the victims were random or known to the shooter.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is home to nine Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, a guided missile cruiser and 15 attack submarines, plus the U.S. Air Force Pacific Command.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Hong Kong has US support to defend freedom and autonomy against Chinese aggression

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As tensions remain high in Hong Kong, the United States has just sent its clearest message yet to Beijing: we will lead the world in standing with the people of Hong Kong as they defend their long-cherished freedoms and autonomy against the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression.

In November, President Trump signed my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, giving the U.S. powerful new tools to deter Beijing’s growing interference and malign influence in Hong Kong’s affairs. President Trump’s decision follows the act’s near-unanimous, bipartisan passage in Congress.

One of the new tools enabled by the law is enhanced authority to allow the administration to sanction individuals responsible for some of the most egregious violations of the civil rights guaranteed to Hong Kongers: extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confession, as well as other infringements of human rights.

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Another requires the secretary of state to certify annually whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special status treatment under U.S. laws. The certification will include the secretary’s assessment of Hong Kong’s autonomy in government decision-making, law enforcement and extradition requests, universal suffrage, judicial independence, security functions, export controls, and sanctions enforcement.

These powers will help ensure that the people of Hong Kong are not subjected to the same oppressive laws that China inflicts upon the mainland and instead maintain the vital freedoms, like the independent political, judiciary, and economic systems that they are guaranteed under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

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It should come as no surprise that Beijing is not pleased with America’s strengthened posture, attacking the law as a “piece of waste paper” and “serious provocation against the entire Chinese people.” Hong Kong’s special economic status under the “one country, two systems” framework provides tremendous material riches to the Chinese Communist Party, so the threat of losing that capital flow is no doubt harrowing.

But that framework has also ingrained a distinct set of values — including a desire for basic civil rights and the rule of law — in the people of Hong Kong, leaving them with an increasingly separate cultural-political identity from the mainland.

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For Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Communist Party, this is unacceptable. It poses a threat to the central legitimacy of the regime, which is contingent on stability derived from ideological and cultural conformity.

Whether in Xinjiang, Tibet, or elsewhere, China has worked to squash what it sees as threats to that conformity and to sinicize disparate populations. Even if Beijing’s strategies differ individually case by case, we cannot allow them to apply the same general rulebook to the people of Hong Kong.

Worryingly, we’re starting to see signs of this. At Beijing’s behest, Hong Kong police and security forces are escalating their use of force to stamp out the city’s growing protest movement, yielding indiscriminate physical violence and extensive urban destruction.

Now multiple citizens of Hong Kong have tragically lost their lives amid the crackdown. Thousands more have been detained, and we have seen reports of others interrogated and tortured for their participation in the protests.

American policymakers too often fail to keep pace with the Chinese Communist Party because we underestimate their intentions and do not take them seriously. In recently leaked internal documents, Xi Jinping declared that China must use its “organs of dictatorship” in its “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism,” showing “absolutely no mercy” to those who threaten his regime. The party defines security by the absence of those threats at home and abroad, leaving us with no clear limits to the party’s ambition.

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To ensure balance and deter Chinese aggression, we must take these threats seriously — and be ready to act to defend our national interests, the God-given rights of all, and the rule of law.

Our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — and the powerful tools it has authorized — is an important step that demonstrates America’s unwavering commitment not only to the people of Hong Kong but also to establishing a balanced and sustainable long-term relationship with China.

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Trump And Boris Johnson Take Center Stage In Jimmy Fallon’s New Talk Show

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“The Tonight Show” host on Wednesday jumped into character as both of the world leaders for the United Kingdom-themed “Impeachment After Dark” segment in honor of this week’s NATO summit in London.

Fallon as Trump rambled on about the impeachment inquiry before the pair discovered they could share a similar past.

Check out the clip above.

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