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YouTuber NikkieTutorials Comes Out As Trans And Fans Shower Her In Love

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Popular YouTuber and makeup artist NikkieTutorials has come out as transgender.

On Monday, the vlogger, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, shared a 17-minute video titled, “I’m Coming Out.” In it, she laid out her journey as a trans woman and why she chose to talk about it now.

“Today I am here to share with you something that I always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances. It looks like that chance has been taken away from me so today I am taking back my own power,” she explained. “When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means I am transgender.”

Nikkie said that she realized she was female from a very young age. 

“By the age of 6, I grew my hair out. … By the age of 7 or 8, I fully wore girls’ clothes only and it felt amazing,” she said, adding that as a teen she went on hormone therapy and growth stoppers, fully transitioning at 19.

The 25-year-old said that she had been “blackmailed” but did not name who threatened to expose her private information.

“I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press,” Nikkie said, but she made clear later in the video that she feels liberated and that she “always wanted to share this” with her fans.

She also emphasized that she’s “still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that.”

“The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore or to look at me with different eyes. Or look at me in a different manner. … At the end of the day I am still Nikkie,” she said.

In response to the video, many fans, fellow vloggers, members of the trans community and celebrities have come out on social media to praise Nikkie. They’ve also shared their distaste for whoever is allegedly blackmailing the YouTuber:

Of course, where there are fans there are also haters. One of the most outspoken people to bash Nikkie’s coming out was the sister of Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandino, who apparently changed her Instagram bio to address the video.

Several Instagram accounts dedicated to beauty and lifestyle drama shared that her bio read: “Transgender huh? That’s not the only thing she’s been LYING about.”   

On Tuesday, the bio was changed again to read: “Lets be clear, I love trans people & dislike anyone who lies to hurt others! Period!”

At any rate, keep being you, Nikkie. Most people seem to be happy about that.

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Israeli police raid ‘cult’ headquarters, find women and children held like slaves

A raid on a residential complex in Jerusalem has uncovered a “cult”-like group where dozens of women and children were being held against their will – including some girls who had their fingers placed into fires to “make them understand what hell is,” Israeli police say.

The operation, which was carried out in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood Monday, resulted in the arrests of the alleged ringleader and his eight female accomplices. They are suspected of isolating some 50 women in the complex, along with children ranging in age from 1-5, and keeping them out of contact with their families and the outside world.

“At this stage, Israel Police along with additional investigating bodies, are focused on providing an initial response to the treatment of the minors as well as investigating the conditions of the residential complex,” it said in a statement. “All of the suspects that were taken into custody are being investigated on suspicion of possession of slavery.”

The arrests coincided with Israeli police releasing footage of the compound’s interior crammed with closely spaced triple-decker bunk beds. It was operating under the guise of a women’s seminary, they added, with Superintendent Isaac Simon saying the victims were held in “very cramped conditions and difficult sanitary conditions.”

DUTCH FAMILY MEMBER FOUND IN REMOTE FARMHOUSE WAS PREVIOUSLY A ‘MOONIE’, SUSPECT TO BE HELD 14 DAYS

Police told the Jerusalem Post that those inside “were taught to disassociate themselves from their parents, their families and their friends”.

During “lessons of modesty,” police added, “they would put the girls’ fingers into the fire to make them understand what hell is.”

People who were around the facility also told the newspaper that they would see the girls there sleeping on mattresses on the roof, sometimes even in the rain.

“We tried to call them, but they did not answer,” the Jerusalem Post quoted one as saying, noting that a cover later was placed over the roof “so we would not see what was happening.”

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Israeli police have released footage showing the conditions inside the housing complex. (Israel Police)

Before launching the raid Monday, police led a two-month undercover investigation where they spoke with women who had escaped the group. The raid was carried out in coordination with the Israeli Center for Victims of Cults.

“We know that the women and children were there for several months inside the home,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “We know that he took their money away from them and was holding them against their will.

But the 60-year-old man arrested and accused of being the ringleader of what police are describing as a “cult” is denying the accusations.

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“The rabbi claims there had been a dispute between the women in the seminar and their family members,” his lawyer reportedly told Ynet news.

Israel’s Channel 12 also reported that he had previously been arrested at least twice on similar charges, and denied any wrongdoing during his arraignment.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Opinion: The Danger From Iran Didn’t Die With Soleimani

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Protesters demonstrate over the U.S. killing in Iraq of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 4.

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Brett Bruen (@BrettBruen) was director of global engagement in the Obama White House and was a U.S. diplomat for 12 years. He now runs a crisis communications agency and teaches on the topic at Georgetown University.

President Trump did not only kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He also killed a core principle that had long protected our people. For the last several decades, the United States agreed it would not assassinate foreign government officials. That rule is now dead, and, with its demise, the president has handed a powerful precedent to Iran and other adversaries.

Moreover, the danger we face did not die with Soleimani. While Tehran may have temporarily pulled its punches, we should all be very worried about the new risks we will confront in a world where senior government officials are considered fair game.

The American president essentially has said he can take out anyone, anywhere, for any reason. This will alter our adversaries’ actions dramatically. For a country like Iran, it opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. Tehran can now attempt to justify a future assassination of one of our officials on the basis that they represented an “imminent threat” to Iran. In fact, we may see this justification repeated by other governments for quite questionable purposes.

Russia has regularly reached across borders in recent years to exact deadly revenge against dissidents and defectors. Not even Moscow, though, was bold enough to take out other nations’ officials. That may now change.

Iran’s missiles fired at bases in Iraq last Wednesday did not strike any Americans. But even if Iranian leaders were demonstrating strategic restraint, it should not be mistaken for standing down. Iran has restarted its nuclear program and still has U.S. personnel squarely in its sights.

Iran was never going to mount a full-frontal assault in retaliation for the killing of one of its top commanders. That is just not how Tehran fights, especially against a superpower like the United States. Instead, it has spent years building a specialization in asymmetric attacks, often through its wide network of proxies across the planet. Masking those operations provides the Iranian government with the ability to claim it wasn’t responsible for the actions of its affiliated groups.

Trump struck down one of Iran’s leaders so brazenly, so boastfully, and he didn’t even bother to build a cogent case for why it had to happen. There is a long history of Iranian leaders pointing to America’s past performance and positions to justify taking aggressive action. Last week, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations parroted the administration’s line about Tehran during an interview with NPR when he said that the United States should “join the international community and act like a normal country in respecting international agreements.”

Perhaps the White House approach is best described as “bully them until they break.” Based on my diplomatic experience, such strong-arm strategies don’t work. They end up actually producing a lot of unintended consequences as the targeted country looks for unconventional ways to push back. In this case, Iran has already demonstrated its readiness to retaliate against oil fields, tankers and military bases.

What is it exactly that Trump expects Iran to do? The president said over the weekend he “couldn’t care less if they negotiate.” Even when Iran showed relative restraint in response to Soleimani’s killing, the administration continued to escalate the sanctions and strong words.

Lost to many in the frenzy of the past week is the fact that Tehran proclaimed to be completely unbound by the terms of the Iran deal. Signed by Iran, the U.S., European nations, Russia and China, the deal was meant to offer Iran economic relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. But President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran in 2018. Now, beyond bellicose bluster, there appears to be no notion within the Trump administration for how it gets Iran to change course. Were Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, as with North Korea, America’s options would be severely limited, while Iran’s options would multiply.

Without a clear roadmap for how to move forward, there is a high probability we will find ourselves back on the cliffs overlooking a crisis in the coming months.

How can we avoid things getting out of hand and Iran developing nuclear weapons? First, forget about presidential summits, which haven’t worked with North Korea. Instead, the administration should use the model of ministerial meetings that helped lead to progress on the trade war with China. It should make some clear, concrete demands for Iran to end support to proxies and protection of Iranians’ fundamental rights. Then get China, Russia and our European allies to apply pressure on Tehran.

How can we avoid the Soleimani strike boomeranging back against Americans serving abroad? The nonbinding war powers resolution passed by the House of Representatives last week and the Senate bill to prevent war with Iran are sorely insufficient. Congress needs to do more than set stricter conditions for war. It ought to demand detailed answers for how we avoid it. There should be a review of when and with what justification presidents can order a senior foreign official killed. New rules need to be written. We have to set and stick to a very high bar for such action.

The national security principles and practices the president disavows are vital for keeping American officials safe. Trump ostensibly took out Soleimani to protect our people serving in the Middle East. He ended up putting them and many others in much greater danger. Protecting them requires quickly laying out a roadmap for resolving the crisis with Iran, along with writing up and respecting a rigid rulebook for any future targeting of foreign officials.

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Ohio teen struck by rare ‘polio-like’ illness left paralyzed from waist down

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An Ohio teen is determined to walk again despite doctors’ warnings that she may not after she contracted a rare polio-like illness that’s left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Isabel Kirby, a catcher on her middle school’s softball team, said it started with what felt like a cramp in her leg on Christmas.

“I just thought, ‘Oh gosh, it’s just growing pains or a Charley horse,’” Noel Kirby, the 13-year-old’s mother, told News 5 Cleveland.

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But the next day, Kirby couldn’t stand on her own, and her worried parents rushed her to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). It’s a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, specifically the gray matter of the spinal cord, which weakens the body’s muscles and reflexes.

Health officials have noticed an increase of cases in children occurring every two years since 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while it often is referred to as a “polio-like” illness, tests so far have tested negative for poliovirus.

WHAT IS AFM: SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED? 

Symptoms typically begin with sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes, but can also include facial droop or weakness, difficulty moving eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and pain in the arms and legs.

Severe symptoms may include respiratory failure, or serious neurological complications, according to the CDC. Parents are encouraged to seek medical care right away if a child is suspected of developing any symptoms.

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Since her diagnosis, Kirby has been working in physical therapy and has received steroid treatments as well as multiple plasma exchange, according to the news outlet. Her mother said it’s been like “a bad dream” for the family as they watch her struggle to gain strength.

“It’s a lot, but I just try to go with the flow, just to push through,” Kirby, who has received support from her teammates, classmates and members of the community, told News 5 Cleveland.

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Mysterious Saturn moon could be best place to look for extraterrestrial life, top physicist says

NASA has previously said Saturn’s moon Enceladus could support life, making it one of, if not the most intriguing place in the solar system. Now, the former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the current project scientist for the Voyager program is pleading with the space agency to head toward the icy celestial satellite in hopes of discovering life.

“We really need to get back and look at that moon,” Ed Stone told The Guardian. “We know there’s water ice evaporating – geysering – from its south pole. It’s snowing all the time. That means there’s liquid water beneath the icy crust. Here on Earth, wherever there’s water there’s microbial life.”

Stone, 83, is also a professor at California Institute of Technology and has been the project scientist for the Voyager program since 1972.

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With its global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, Enceladus has become a promising lead in our search for worlds where life could exist. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS COULD SUPPORT LIFE AS MORE EVIDENCE EMERGES

NASA has not yet responded to a request for comment for this story.

Prior to the flybys by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the early 1980s, not much was known about the moon, known as an “ocean-world,” discovered in 1789. “When we flew by, it was this bright white,” Stone added. In 2005, the Cassini spacecraft did several flybys of the celestial satellite, discovering water plumes from its south pole.

In 2017, NASA found the presence of hydrogen in its atmosphere, something Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s JPL, said at the time could be meaningful as a “potential source for energy from any microbes.”

One year later, scientists made a startling announcement when they said they had found complex organic molecules, the “building blocks” for life, on the moon. Separately that year, researchers determined Enceladus’s ocean is likely 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot for supporting life.

The Cassini spacecraft intentionally plunged itself into Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017, leaving Stone to wonder what other finds a future craft could discover. “There are people thinking how to fly through the geysers,” he said. “I think it would be best to fly through the geysers and bring back samples to Earth to see if there were microbes there.”

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This unprocessed view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus was acquired by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft during a close flyby of the icy moon on Oct. 28, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Cassini was launched in 1997 at a total cost of $3.9 billion ($2.5 billion in pre-launch costs and $1.4 billion in post-launch) and spent 13 years circling, studying and taking data of Saturn and its moons.

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“Microbes are the most likely things for us to find,” Stone continued. “We’d want to look at that to see if microbes are related to those here on Earth or distinctly different.”

Though NASA has said previously Enceladus is a “promising ‘ocean world,'” it was not included in the itinerary for its latest mission to explore one of Saturn’s moons. As part of its New Frontiers program, NASA will send the Dragonfly spacecraft to explore Titan, which like Enceladus, is also an “ocean world” that could potentially host extraterrestrial life.

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This Champagne Explosion May Be The Cringiest ‘Bachelor’ Moment Ever

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You don’t even need to watch “The Bachelor” to appreciate the chaos (and subsequent literal explosion) that ensued during last night’s episode over a bottle of champagne.

On Monday, contestant Kelsey waxed poetic about a bottle of Dom Perignon that she brought from her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Kelsey explained that she’d be saving the bottle for a special occasion and wanted to share it with Bachelor Peter. 

After telling her fellow contestants her plan, she heard a cork pop in the distance and believed that someone else stole her bubbly moment, confronting contestant Hannah Ann (who was responsible for the cork pop heard ’round the world) and creating what will now forever be known as #ChampagneGate.  (Editor’s note: It was not Kelsey’s bottle Hannah Ann opened.)

Peter attempted to make things right, settling in to have a glass of champagne with Kelsey after all and things went… messy. In an effort to savor the moment (???), Kelsey quipped that she’s “not a classy bitch all the time” when the duo realized they had no glasses and insisted she could drink the booze straight from the champagne bottle. 

Not sure if you’ve ever tried to do that before, but, uh, don’t. It didn’t go well for Kelsey as the bottle basically exploded in her face, resulting in a scene that yielded a whole lot of vaguely inappropriate memes and images that one cannot unsee. 

Here’s a smattering of what people were saying about #ChampagneGate and the champagne shower: 

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Princes Harry and William’s relationship is ‘at an all-time low’ following ‘Megxit,’ experts say

As Prince Harry gears up to embark on his new life alongside Meghan Markle, many have wondered whether we will ever see the British royal alongside his brother again.

Their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II responded on Monday that she is supportive of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s request to “step back” as senior members of the royal family. But some royal experts believe the controversial departure has rocked the relationship between the two brothers.

“There is no doubt that the relationship between Princes Harry and William are at an all-time low,” Nick Bullen, editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, told Fox News.

Bullen has been making programs about the British royal family for nearly 20 years and has worked closely with their father Prince Charles for eight of those years. He is optimistic, however, that the princes will ultimately settle their differences.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018, in London, England. (Getty)

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“Everyone around them is working flat out to try and repair things,” he explained. “The next few weeks and months will be fascinating for anyone interested in the royal family.”

The brothers did form a united front on Monday to deny a report that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s behavior played a role in Harry and Markle’s decision to “step back” from their royal duties.

In a statement on behalf of both princes released by the palace, the brothers denied reports from a U.K. newspaper that Harry and Markle felt pushed out of the royal family by William and his wife Kate Middleton.

In a statement confirmed by Fox News, the brothers said: “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge. For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”

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Prince Harry, left, and his older brother Prince William watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018, in London, England. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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The rebuke comes in response to a story published by The Times that stated that Harry, 35, and Markle, 38, came to their historic decision to step back from their royal duties and become financially independent from the crown after two years of being “bullied” and “told their place” by William, Middleton and other senior royals.

Royal author Leslie Carroll pointed out that riffs among princes and princesses are nothing new to the monarchy. And while the brothers may be faced with tension behind palace walls, it’s clear William, who is second in line to the throne, is dedicated to duty.

“He does not appear to be a cruel person,” Carroll explained. “But he is far more inscrutable than Harry, who is much more of an open book to the rest of the world in terms of his outgoing nature, and his very unroyal and unBritish willingness to publicly discuss (and reveal his emotions). In this, he is indeed his mother’s son.

“William’s path was mapped out for him since the day he was born,” she continued. “Harry has always needed to feel useful to a wide world behind himself and has always been happier outside the confines of England — long before he met Meghan. In fact, he truly came into his own during all those years he spent in the army.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017, in London, England. (Getty)

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Numerous sources have long insisted there were deep tensions between the brothers after Harry revealed to his family he wanted to marry the former American actress after less than a year of dating. When William cautioned Harry that the whirlwind romance was moving too quickly, Harry reportedly became angry and hurt.

William dated Middleton, his college sweetheart, for about eight years before tying the knot in 2011.

Harry hinted at the ongoing rift between him and his older brother in the ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which aired in October 2019.

“Inevitably stuff happens,” explained the British royal. “But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.

“The majority of stuff is created out of nothing,” added Harry. “As brothers, we have good days and we have bad days.”

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis on the balcony during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019, in London, England. (Getty)

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Carroll shared that it is now more crucial than ever for Harry and William to mend their reported differences for the sake of the monarchy.

“Harry has never coveted William’s position at all,” she said. “It would be wonderful if the two brothers could head somewhere quiet for a week, Balmoral perhaps… so they could just talk quietly and listen to each other. Harry needs a mission, a portfolio. He has been one of the favorite members of the royal family.

“Less naturally gregarious family members would do well to see past any envy they might harbor and recognize that their own strengths are different ones; and allow the shining stars to do what they do best and shine on behalf of The Firm — which will be all to the good of everyone concerned.”

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Trump’s Impeachment Trial a Perilous Duty for Chief Justice

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WASHINGTON — When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. walks out of his chambers at the Supreme Court, crosses First Street and enters the Capitol to preside over President Trump’s impeachment trial, he will leave behind an institution that prides itself on reason and decorum and enter one marked by partisan warfare.

The chief justice’s responsibilities at the trial are fluid and ill-defined, and they will probably turn out to be largely ceremonial. What is certain is that they will be full of peril for his reputation and that of his court.

“It’s not a heavy lift, but it’s going to put him in a very, very unpleasant role,” said Philip Bobbitt, a law professor at Columbia and an author, with Charles L. Black Jr., of “Impeachment: A Handbook.” “I’m sure he’ll get ulcers.”

Any presidential impeachment trial thrusts the chief justice into unfamiliar and unwelcome terrain, said Frank O. Bowman, a law professor at the University of Missouri and the author of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.”

“This one in particular is so poisonous,” Professor Bowman said, “that he’s going to be concerned that any perception of partiality to either side will potentially damage the institutional legitimacy of the court.”

Chief Justice Roberts has plenty on his plate already, much of it related to Mr. Trump. He is working on a Supreme Court docket crowded with divisive issues, including three cases on whether to allow release of Mr. Trump’s financial records and one on Mr. Trump’s efforts to withdraw protection from deportation for young immigrants.

The Supreme Court is still reeling from a series of ugly confirmation battles that placed two of Mr. Trump’s nominees on its bench. And Chief Justice Roberts has exchanged sharp remarks with Mr. Trump, laying bare a fundamental disagreement about the independence of federal judges.

He seemed to allude to the dispute in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary, issued on New Year’s Eve. “We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability,” he wrote. “But we should also remember that justice is not inevitable.”

And he set out a goal for 2020, knowing it would include the impeachment trial. “As the new year begins, and we turn to the tasks before us,” he wrote, “we should each resolve to do our best to maintain the public’s trust that we are faith fully discharging our solemn obligation to equal justice under law.”

If there were a good time for Chief Justice Roberts to help determine whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office, this would not be it. But he cannot quarrel with the Constitution, which mentions the chief justice just once — and it is in the context of impeachment.

“When the president of the United States is tried,” Article I, Section 3 says, “the chief justice shall preside.” But the founding charter says no more, and just what role the chief justice is meant perform has proved baffling.

The framers of the Constitution had considered having impeachment trials take place in the Supreme Court. But they rejected the idea for fear the justices would have to recuse themselves from an appeal should the president be prosecuted for the same conduct after being removed from office.

“The framers instead chose the Senate as the place for the impeachment trial,” Professor Bobbitt said. “But they needed to replace the vice president, who is ordinarily the Senate’s presiding officer but here had an obvious conflict of interest. They settled on the chief justice.”

That constitutional design suggests that the chief justice would have “a ceremonial role to give some dignity to the proceedings,” Professor Bobbitt said. “You take the chief, with the majesty of his office, but strip him of any power so he can still sit on an appeal from any criminal conviction.”

At the start of the trial, which could be as soon as Wednesday, Chief Justice Roberts’s first official act will be to take an oath to “do impartial justice.” He will then ask senators to raise their hands and to make the same pledge. That scripted exchange will set the tone for the chief justice’s role the proceedings, which history indicates will be limited.

In 1868, at the nation’s first presidential impeachment trial, of President Andrew Johnson, “no one knew what to do,” Brenda Wineapple wrote in “The Impeachers,” her history of the trial.

“The Constitution offered no procedural guidelines to instruct the chief justice how to preside over an impeachment trial,” Ms. Wineapple wrote.

Chief Justice Salmon Chase insisted on having more than an incidental role. “He wished to rule on the admissibility of evidence — subject to the vote of the Senate — and on the reliability of witnesses,” Ms. Wineapple wrote. “His campaign to organize the Senate as a legal court was largely successful.”

More than a century later, at the second presidential impeachment trial, of President Bill Clinton in 1999, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist did as little as possible.

Chief Justice Roberts is likely to follow the example set by the predecessor, for whom he served as a law clerk in 1980 and 1981 before Justice Rehnquist was elevated to chief justice in 1986.

Chief Justice Rehnquist was a student of impeachment trials, and he wrote a history of them, “Grand Inquests,” which was published in 1992. At the Clinton trial, he made only one ruling of any consequence, but it was one that helped define the chief justice’s role. It followed an objection from then-Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, who took issue with a Republican House manager’s characterization of the senators hearing his presentation as “the distinguished jurors in this case.”

Chief Justice Rehnquist sided with Mr. Harkin. “The Senate is not simply a jury,” he ruled. “It is the court in this case. Therefore, counsel should refrain from referring to the senators as jurors.”

John A. Jenkins, in his 2012 biography of Chief Justice Rehnquist, “The Partisan,” said the ruling was telling.

“It was a shrewd move on Rehnquist’s part,” Mr. Jenkins wrote, “because even though it seemingly reduced his authority it inoculated him against complaints about evenhandedness from one side or the other. If proceedings devolved, the senators had only themselves to blame.”

Years later, reflecting on his role in the Clinton impeachment trial, Chief Justice Rehnquist was self-deprecating, borrowing a line from “Iolanthe,” a favorite Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

“I did nothing in particular,” he said, “and I did it very well.”

Chief Justice Rehnquist’s most memorable choice at the impeachment trial was sartorial. He had taken to wearing black judicial robes adorned with four gold stripes on each sleeve, and he brought the enhanced outfit to the Senate chamber.

The garment was inspired, the Supreme Court’s public information office explained in 1995, by one worn by the Lord Chancellor in a local production of “Iolanthe.” Chief Justice Rehnquist’s friends said the stripes were a refreshing bit of whimsy, but others wondered if they fit the gravity of the occasion.

In his 2011 memoir “Five Chiefs,” Justice John Paul Stevens recalled that Chief Justice Rehnquist had urged his colleagues to consider similar adornments on their own robes.

“We had immediately and uniformly given him a negative response to that suggestion,” Justice Stevens wrote. Chief Justice Roberts has shown no inclination to accessorize his robes.

Under the Senate’s rules, the chief justice’s decisions are provisional and may be overruled by a majority vote. “It would be as if a trial judge were presiding at a jury trial at which the jury always had the ability to overrule him by a vote of seven to five,” Professor Bowman said.

But former Representative Thomas Campbell, who was a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment and is now a law professor at Chapman University, said he expected Chief Justice Roberts’s rulings to stand.

“How would a senator feel about overruling a judgment on the merits by the chief justice?” Professor Campbell asked. “I think ‘hesitant’ would be the adjective I’d use.”

Professor Campbell suggested that Chief Justice Roberts would not hesitate to reject positions taken by Mr. Trump’s lawyers, saying, “He would not be intimidated.”

The public has had only passing glimpses of Chief Justice Roberts since his winning presentation at his 2005 confirmation hearings. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, declared that Chief Justice Roberts “retired the trophy” for an outstanding performance by a judicial nominee.

In 2009, though, the nation saw a misstep — Chief Justice Roberts and President Barack Obama managed to botch the simple call-and-response task of reciting the presidential oath at Mr. Obama’s first inauguration.

A televised trial will subject Chief Justice Roberts to intense and unwelcome scrutiny, said Daniel Epps, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Everything he does — his body language, his precise phrasing — is going to get picked apart,” Professor Epps said.

In his judicial rulings, Chief Justice Roberts has generally been a reliable member of the court’s conservative majority.

The exceptions — two opinions sustaining aspects of Mr. Obama’s health care law, one rejecting the Trump administration’s efforts to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census — have been hailed as statesmanship by liberals and denounced as treachery by conservatives.

In his 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump called the chief justice “an absolute disaster.”

Last year, after Mr. Trump criticized an asylum ruling by saying it had been issued by an “Obama judge,” the chief justice issued an extraordinary statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

At the impeachment trial, Chief Justice Roberts will have two goals, said Julian Epstein, who served as chief Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment.

“He’s going to look to be as ministerial as he can,” Mr. Epstein said. “That said, he’s going to bend over backward to look nonpartisan.”

Chief Justice Roberts will resist any attempt by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, to rob the proceedings of their solemnity, Mr. Epstein added.

“Roberts represents in many ways the institutionalist,” Mr. Epstein said. “He believes in the institutions of the Senate and the judiciary and the separation of powers. In many ways what McConnell is doing is throwing his lot in with the anti-institutionalists —- the people who aren’t taking this process seriously.”

Professor Epps said Chief Justice Roberts is used to conflict, but only to a point.

“He has to deal with an unruly group of justices, and there are serious divisions,” Professor Epps said. “But the court, divided as it is, is just never as partisan as the United States Senate.”

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow rule restricting green cards for immigrants on welfare

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The Justice Department on Tuesday filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court to lift injunctions on the administration’s “public charge” rule — which would restrict green cards for immigrants deemed likely to be reliant on welfare.

The administration issued the rule in August that would define a “public charge” as an immigrant who received one or more designated welfare benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.

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While a standard of not admitting “public charges” to the U.S. has been part of immigration law for decades, it has never been formally defined in statute. Officials say it will protect taxpayers and make sure immigrants are self-sufficient.

The designated benefits include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), as well as most forms of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Usage of those benefits would be considered when an immigrant applies for permanent residency along with standard considerations such as age, health and financial assets.

But the controversial rule was blocked in nationwide injunctions by lower federal courts. The states of Connecticut, Vermont, and New York, as well as New York City and immigrant rights groups had sued over the rule. Opponents say the rule would have a chilling effect on immigrants and prevent them from getting the help they may need.

The DOJ wants the Supreme Court to allow the policy to be enforced temporarily until the issues are resolved on merits. The time-sensitive application goes first to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will ask the states to respond to the government’s enforcement request. She will also likely ask her colleagues to weigh in before issuing an order in the coming days.

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The Trump Justice Department repeatedly has gone to the Supreme Court to lift court-ordered injunctions, bypassing the traditional appellate process.

The public charge rule hit another roadblock last week when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined to lift an injunction imposed by a New York federal judge in October.

U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels in October ruled that the government failed to provide a reasonable explanation for changing the definition and objected to parts of it, including the inclusion of English proficiency as a sign of self-sufficiency, calling it a “new agency policy of exclusion in search of justification.”

Legal and immigrant rights groups behind the push for the injunction issued a statement after the Supreme Court request, accusing the administration of trying to push what they described as a “racist wealth test” for immigrants.

“The Trump administration is grasping at straws in their desperate attempt to expedite implementation of their racist wealth test for immigrants even before the government’s appeals have been heard by the circuit courts. We hope that the Supreme Court sees this motion for what it truly is and immediately denies it,” said the statement from groups including The Legal Aid Society and Make the Road New York.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical that the public charge policy, which the lower courts called ‘repugnant to the American Dream of prosperity and opportunity through hard work and upward mobility,’ continues to be blocked,” it said.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for the rule, has remained confident about its hopes for being found legal.

“The public charge inadmissibility rule enforces long-standing immigration law that Congress reaffirmed in 1996,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “We are confident that an objective judiciary will see that this rule lies squarely within existing law.”

Ginsburg, part of the court’s liberal wing, has ruled in favor of the Trump administration on emergency requests before. In December, she granted a request from President Trump’s lawyers to delay enforcement of subpoenas House Democrats issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One for Trump’s bank records.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream, Marta Dhanis and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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House Will Vote Wednesday to Send Impeachment Articles, Pelosi Says

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WASHINGTON — The House will vote on Wednesday to send the Senate impeachment charges against President Trump, allowing a long-awaited trial to begin, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats privately Tuesday, according to officials in the room.

The proceeding will be only the third time an American president has been put on trial in the Senate.

In a closed-door gathering with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday morning, Ms. Pelosi detailed her plan to move on Wednesday to appoint the team of lawmakers who will prosecute the case against Mr. Trump, known as the House managers in his impeachment trial. The officials who described her private remarks spoke on condition of anonymity.

Unless things change, her timetable means that the House managers would ceremonially walk the articles of impeachment from the House chamber to the Senate well later in the day Wednesday, formally presenting them and prompting a trial to commence.

The speaker said she was not yet ready to share the names of the lawmakers she would select as managers, they said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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