This Saturday we share another glimpse of national political drama as seen from Kansas City along with important work to protect the public from debt collectors.
Here's the word from Kansas City's highest ranking elected official . . . Checkit:
Congressman Cleaver: "I am watching impeachment testimony with thoughtful deliberation that it deserves"
As I’m sure you are aware, this is a week, unfortunately, that will be written about in American history books for generations to come.
This week, the United States House of Representatives opened public hearings as we uphold the solemn responsibility of investigating whether the President of the United States abused the powers enumerated unto the him by the constitution, and whether or not those offenses rise to the level of impeachment.
The misconduct alleged—that the President bribed and extorted a foreign government into interfering in our presidential election—is of the utmost seriousness for any democracy, and I can assure you I am watching the testimony with the thoughtful deliberation that such a moment deserves.
I’m hopeful that, as a United States citizen with a say in this outcome, you will give these hearings the attention they deserve and will voice your opinion following the conclusion of testimony from all witnesses, many of which are nonpartisan career public servants.
While I know the impeachment hearings have been a focus of the media, the work of Congress on behalf of the American people has not stopped. I’m proud to let you know that a bill I introduced, the Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act of 2019, was passed unanimously out of the Financial Services Committee this week. This legislation would protect American consumers from predatory debt collection practices by closing federal loopholes and bolstering protections for consumers . . .
H/T - Read the full E.C. from D.C. statement at the Turner Report.
Further reading and quick blogging hits from our favorite news links repping "many sides" of the impeachment drama . . .
True Skeptics Fear Voter Submission To Either Side
"Real Time" host Bill Maher wondered Friday night whether this week's televised Trump impeachment hearings could cause "investigation fatigue" to set in among the public. The House of Representatives held two open-door hearings into President Trump's conduct with Ukraine, with U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent testifying Wednesday and former U.S.
Ukraine Lady Apex
Podcast Episode Devin Nunes Is a Nincompoop Podcast Episode This Week in Impeachment: New Evidence Today's Impeach-O-Meter: There's Really No Reason Not to Impeach Trump How Republicans Tried to Manufacture Outrage During Friday's Impeachment Hearing On Friday, Republican defenders of President Donald Trump had an apparent plan to address the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, before the House Intelligence Committee in its impeachment inquiry.
Looking For Punchline
Public impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives ramped up Friday with the testimony of Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Her story was the most compelling yet, detailing her long and often-dangerous diplomatic career, as well as her bewilderment at being abruptly shoved out of office by President Trump.
Philosophy Of Push For Prez Trump Impeachment
Back in 2017, I wrote a piece speculating that the Mueller hearings might bring America's epistemic crisis to a head. That crisis involves Americans' growing inability, not just to cooperate, but even to learn and know the same things, to have a shared understanding of reality.
EPIC MSM Juxtaposition
Mark Levin blasts 'absurd' media analysis of impeachment hearings: 'It's disgraceful ... They sound like the Russian media'
" Life, Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin took aim at House Democrats and the media Friday in response to the televised impeachment inquiry testimony by former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanavich. "I hope the American people know what you're witnessing is tyranny," Levin said on " Hannity."
Newly Found Conservative Rage Against Prez Trump
Fox Business host lashes out at 'big dumb baby' Trump for attacking Yovanovitch during impeachment hearing
Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy on Friday slammed for his tweeted attacks on former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine during her public testimony on Capitol Hill, calling the president a "big dumb baby." "Should the president be tweeting at her mid-hearing? No, it makes him look like a big dumb baby," Kennedy said on air.
Journalism, History & Gossip
History was made this week as public hearings began in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. It was difficult, but not impossible, to overlook this simple fact amid the blizzard of breaking news and onslaught of accusations, counter-claims and Twitter tirades. The House speaker accused the president of bribery.
You decide . . .