BREAKING: House votes to proceed with impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gavels as the House votes 232-196 to pass resolution on impeachment procedure to move forward into the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. The resolution would authorize the next stage of impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, including establishing the format for open hearings, giving the House Committee on the Judiciary the final recommendation on impeachment, and allowing President Trump and his lawyers to attend events and question witnesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The House of Representatives voted Thursday morning in a 232-196 vote to proceed with the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. In her remarks on the House floor, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was sober and reflective. “I doubt anybody in this place, or anybody that you know, comes to Congress to take the oath of office to impeach the President of the United States unless his actions are jeopardizing honoring our oath of office.”

The chairmen leading the inquiry were equally reflective. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said, “The task before us is a solemn one.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler was resolute, saying, “I support the resolution because we have no choice.” In concluding the debate, House Rules Chair Jim McGovern said, “History is testing us and I worry, based on what we have heard from the other side, that some may be failing that test.”

Republicans were predictably callow. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to be clever: “It’s only fitting you take this vote on Halloween.” He failed. Recommend 156  Share  Tweet183 Comments 183 New


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boran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:32:11 AM

“It’s only fitting you take this vote on Halloween.” 

Fitting because the color orange plays such a prominent role for both Trump and Halloween.  ReplyRecommend81Recommended

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NorthBronxDemboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:33:31 AM

It’s also the new black.ReplyRecommend41Recommended

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Superribbieboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:34:11 AM

Hopefully the color orange will play an even more prominent role for Trump in the future.ReplyRecommend48Recommended

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Bobs TelecasterSuperribbieOct 31, 2019 at 12:22:08 PM

Long red ties  — hard to make work with orange fabric, but maybe he can make a go of it. ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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mortimersnerdBobs TelecasterOct 31, 2019 at 01:02:04 PM

Where Trump is going, they don’t allow ties.ReplyRecommend6Recommended

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Bobs TelecastermortimersnerdOct 31, 2019 at 01:39:42 PM

Or “Just for Men” or hair loss drugs, or tanning beds. He could be a quite different looking fellow. ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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keybeaterBobs TelecasterOct 31, 2019 at 02:04:27 PM

Gentlemen, start your Photoshops!ReplyRecommend1Recommended

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kjallenboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:41:54 AM

Halloween — when the doors open to spirits.  Perhaps the ghosts of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Franklin, and Lincoln will pay a visit to the orange guy tonight, ala Ebenezer Scrooge.  Maybe they can “teach” him something about democracy, honesty and integrity where everyone else has failed.ReplyRecommend28Recommended

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eBearcatkjallenOct 31, 2019 at 11:49:12 AM

I wonder if the boos and “lock him ups” of Game 5 called up those ghosts of United States Past, allowing the Nats could head back to Houston and beat the ‘Stros twice more to win the WS :)ReplyRecommend9Recommended

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Upstate NYawkerboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43:29 AM

Kevin McCarthy also got illegal campaign money from Rudy Guiliani’s 2 Kremlin linked thugs Lev and Igor.  The entire GOP, like Trump are up to their eyeballs in Russian mob money and they are shitting themselves that if Agent Orange gets taken down, he will take all of them with him.  Its also why they refuse to defend the country from the traitor in the white house because they are complicit in the treason.ReplyRecommend47Recommended

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Pool House DoctorUpstate NYawkerOct 31, 2019 at 11:49:57 AM

Well that’s what happens when you choose to superglue yourself to an anchor.  Sometimes the anchor gets dropped.ReplyRecommend18Recommended

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January1938Upstate NYawkerOct 31, 2019 at 02:06:17 PM

Kevin McCarthy is a stain on our Irish heritage !ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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A Citizenboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:58:06 AM

What, they should have had it tomorrow, on All Saints Day?ReplyRecommend6Recommended

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Alvin Kboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:01:18 PM

Let’s carve this pumpkin!ReplyRecommend9Recommended

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kevmichboran2Oct 31, 2019 at 01:07:49 PM

Looks like a jackass-o-lantern to meReplyRecommend7Recommended

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barskinOct 31, 2019 at 11:33:11 AM

I’m dreaming of an Impeachment Christmas.ReplyRecommend33Recommended

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barskinbarskinOct 31, 2019 at 11:34:07 AM

As a matter of fact, let’s hope we can give thanks for an Impeachment on Thanksgiving.ReplyRecommend18Recommended

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PilotsharkbarskinOct 31, 2019 at 12:00:40 PM

Kind of like a ThanksImpeachmentGiving.

A giant deep-fried pumpkin with lots of MoscowMitch sprinkled on along with the assorted RWNJ`s sauces.ReplyRecommend7Recommended

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stevo86barskinOct 31, 2019 at 11:50:52 AM

One size fits all!  and better than a sweater!ReplyRecommend5Recommended

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FolkManbarskinOct 31, 2019 at 01:26:23 PM

Actually later is better.  Let the investigations continue on well into next year (there’s plenty to investigate!), with a steady stream of incriminating revelations along the way.

Once the impeachment gets to the Senate, Moscow McCocaine will acquit the Putin-Pleasin’ Treason-Weasel Tangerine Rage-Baby in 10 minutes.  They will claim Total Exoneration: Partisan Witch Hunt!  And sweep all of it under the rug.

Better we keep the atrocities front and center all the way to the elections next year (or close to), to keep these criminals fresh in the voter’s minds.  No on is going to be removed via the impeachment process.  We are going to have to vote the rat-fuckers out.ReplyRecommend6Recommended

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CholwaHuFolkManOct 31, 2019 at 02:05:18 PM

I used to agree with you 100%. I am wavering from that position now. This wavering is due to two related factors. First I have allowed hope that the senate might actually convict if the public opinion turns enough to seep in. The second is because he whom to be compared to is always an insult to that which he is compared (rat, piece of shit, crotch rot, ….whatever) is a cornered animal at this point and is only going to behave worse as the impeachment process goes on. There is nothing this malignant narcissist / sociopath will not do if he thinks it will distract or deflect.  He will keep committing more damage to the country and the world as long as he is in office.  We need to get him out ASAP and then follow up with endless stream of criminal prosecutions for the innumerable crimesReplyRecommend1Recommended

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FolkManFolkManOct 31, 2019 at 02:24:21 PM

No on = No one.  But of course you knew that.ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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CathyMOct 31, 2019 at 11:33:54 AM

It is kind of appropriate for Hallow’s Eve — the gate to Hell is more open than usual, and the ancestors are closer — I hope Nixon and crew are coming back to drag the Rethugs down. The Dems recognize the solemnity and the Rethugs cry “not fair!” as if they were on the school grounds and had gotten caught bullying… ReplyRecommend26Recommended

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Captain FrogbertCathyMOct 31, 2019 at 11:41:56 AM

It’s utterly pathetic the GOP cannot even CONCEIVE of this as being anything more than naked partisanship. They see everything through the lens of corruption and crime.

They know damn well that their impeachment of Clinton was nothing but a hatchet job to get the Democrat and they are so blinded by their corruption they cannot see the obvious crimes of Trump. Rather, they see the crimes but don’t care. They think the law should apply only to Democrats.

They are a disgrace to their oaths and a disgrace to America.ReplyRecommend49Recommended

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PissedGruntyCaptain FrogbertOct 31, 2019 at 11:44:48 AM

It’s utterly pathetic the GOP cannot even CONCEIVE of this as being anything more than naked partisanship. 

It goes back to every accusation they make being projection. They cannot conceive that THEY would do something that ins’t partisan.ReplyRecommend23Recommended

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DrOrphCathyMOct 31, 2019 at 11:54:43 AM

Sometimes it feels like they opened the gate to Hell a week late in 2016, and forgot to close it for 3 years…ReplyRecommend16Recommended

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anastasia pCathyMOct 31, 2019 at 12:39:50 PM

Indeed. I just saw a scary Halloween monster when I turned on C-SPAN and Gym “See No Evil” Jordan was speaking. I immediately turned it off. That’s too scary even for Halloween.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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CO DemocratOct 31, 2019 at 11:34:01 AM

How McCarthy’s “joke” went down.  

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WI LurkerCO DemocratOct 31, 2019 at 11:37:00 AM

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lynn47CO DemocratOct 31, 2019 at 11:39:40 AM

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Or this one…though hopefully this is the train carrying all of the republicans who carry water for their cult leader.ReplyRecommend19Recommended

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Paul COct 31, 2019 at 11:34:22 AM

Did any Democrats vote against democracy?  Did any Republicans vote for democracy?ReplyRecommend13Recommended

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gchaucer2Paul COct 31, 2019 at 11:35:40 AM

Two Dems against.  Zero GOPers for.  Amash voted with Dems.ReplyRecommend36Recommended

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voomergchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:37:48 AM

Which Dems voted against?  Pathetic.  Also so pathetic that no Republicans could muster any courage and integrity.ReplyRecommend19Recommended

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gchaucer2voomerOct 31, 2019 at 11:38:47 AM

Van Drew from NJ is one I don’t know the other.ReplyRecommend8Recommended

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jqjacobsgchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:58:18 AM

Jeff Van Drew NJ
Collin Peterson MNReplyRecommend16Recommended

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first lastjqjacobsOct 31, 2019 at 12:20:40 PM

Brindisi (NY) had said he wouldn’t earlier, but looks like he did unless he abstained.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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jqjacobsfirst lastOct 31, 2019 at 12:40:09 PM

Just now from his local media: 

Bob Joseph@BinghamtonNow

JUST IN: Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat, votes to support a measure setting up rules for a Trump impeachment inquiry. #NY22 http://wnbf.com/?p=209961 Brindisi Votes in Favor of Formalizing Impeachment InquiryRep. Anthony Brindisi voted to support a measure setting up formal rules for a presidential impeachment inquiry.wnbf.com312:38 PM – Oct 31, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Bob Joseph’s other TweetsReplyRecommend9Recommended

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first lastjqjacobsOct 31, 2019 at 12:43:07 PM

Thanks.  ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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RudyardvoomerOct 31, 2019 at 11:45:18 AM

Two Democrats, Congressman Collin Peterson (MN) and Congressman Jeff Van Drew (NJ), voted against the resolution.ReplyRecommend11Recommended

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charliehall2RudyardOct 31, 2019 at 11:53:49 AM

Peterson absolutely gets a pass on absolutely everything. Trump carried his district by 31 points. Anyone who calls for a primary against him is acting against our interests. 

Van Drew’s district isn’t quite so bad in terms of statistical margins — Trump only carried it by 5  points — but the Republicans there are so rabid that even though their nominee against Van Drew was so horrible that the Republican Party disowned the guy Van Drew only won by 6 points. He is a prime target for the Republicans. 

I suspect Nancy told both of them to do what they needed to do. ReplyRecommend29Recommended

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A Citizencharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:00:14 PM

My hometown is in Peterson’s district. When he retires, that district is very likely likely to go Republican, barring a real wave election.ReplyRecommend12Recommended

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voomercharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:09:36 PM

Thanks for the perspective.ReplyRecommend10Recommended

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kevmichcharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 01:13:54 PM

Sorry, not sorry. If Peterson can’t muster up enough courage to do the right thing for his country on this, he doesn’t deserve to be there. This isn’t, and shouldn’t be about party, or keeping his job. This is about his primary responsibility – putting the country above all else. Obviously, he is not up to the task or his oath of office. He needs to go.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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healthykevmichOct 31, 2019 at 01:27:31 PM

If Democrats find an excuse (keep their job ) not to vote for impeachment, not to put country over political interests.. How can we expect Republicans to vote for it?ReplyRecommend1Recommended

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jayfrenchstudioscharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 01:22:02 PM

I don’t understand why you say that about Peterson.  What good is having a Democrat in that office if he’s not voting with us?  In fact, that’s rather counter-productive.ReplyRecommend2Recommended

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mainstreet52jayfrenchstudiosOct 31, 2019 at 01:51:54 PM

Yes and no. Situation is different if his vote impacts the result. But it passed without him, and the Speaker knew that.ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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PissedGruntyjayfrenchstudiosOct 31, 2019 at 02:05:01 PM

538: Different between actual and projected “Trump agreement%” in the 116th Congress: -74.5%.

Massively Negative means massively not with Trump.ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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lynn47RudyardOct 31, 2019 at 11:54:50 AM

Only recommending as it has the info..(:-) Thanks!!ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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PadreMellyrngchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:04:36 PM

Well now at least we can throw it back in their face, it wasn’t ‘Strictly along party lines’ per se.ReplyRecommend2Recommended

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DemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:34:27 AM

232? Did Tulsi vote against it or was she absent?ReplyRecommend6Recommended

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SuperribbieDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:36:56 AM

One D and 3 Rs absent. No word on who yet.ReplyRecommend6Recommended

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DemSignSuperribbieOct 31, 2019 at 11:42:46 AM

Katie Hill was marked absent on yesterday’s roll calls.ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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LealexDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:55:28 AM

According to NYT she voted Y.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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anastasia pLealexOct 31, 2019 at 12:47:59 PM

Katie was staying for this vote, as the smartest, hardest-working and more effective member of the freshman class, bound for stardom which apparently some vindictive men didn’t like. She’s supposed to be making her farewell speech today. Am I pissed that instead of defending the bullying and harassment that drove her out of Congress, a lot of progressives are blaming her, usually pointing to the one part of the story that is unproven? You bet!ReplyRecommend10Recommended

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SuperribbieSuperribbieOct 31, 2019 at 12:53:19 PM

Per Politics1, the four absentees were Donald McEachin (D-VA) (serious health issues), Jody Hice (R-GA) (father died), William Timmons (R-SC) (reservist on active duty), and John Rose (R-TN) (unknown).ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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Mark LippmanDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:41:19 AM

The roll call hasn’t been posted yet. Gabbard was absent yesterday and also for many other roll calls this year. ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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charliehall2Mark LippmanOct 31, 2019 at 11:56:04 AM

Gabbard missed all three votes on Turkey although she has recently been blistering in her attacks on Erdogan. That puts her barely ahead of Omar, who seems to have become a Turkish asset. :(ReplyRecommend2Recommended

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Mark Lippmancharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:12:58 PM

As of Oct 23, Gabbard missed 167 our of 583 roll call votes.

For context, her supporter would probably point out that former Presidential candidates Eric Swalwell and Tim Ryan missed 205 and 165, respectively, this year. 

The absentee leader, so far this year, is Republican Ralph Abram, LA-05, who was running for Governor but failed to qualify for the runoff. He missed 255 roll call votes.ReplyRecommend8Recommended

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CaliSistaMark LippmanOct 31, 2019 at 12:24:03 PM

For context, her supporter….

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anastasia pMark LippmanOct 31, 2019 at 12:43:48 PM

In Swalwell and Ryan’s defense, both have dropped out, and Swalwell did so very quickly. Gabbard shows no signs of doing so.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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apotropaiccharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:43:10 PM

One vote against sanctions where she stated fears of causing humanitarian suffering means she’s an asset of Turkey? Get some perspective.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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chaseapotropaicOct 31, 2019 at 12:54:21 PM

I’m seriously considering flagging that bullshit.ReplyRecommend1Recommended

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6412093chaseOct 31, 2019 at 01:18:01 PM

Not even Tulsi deserves libels.ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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LealexDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:52:59 AM

According to NYT she voted Y. (Thanks to peagreen for link.)ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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MikeTheLiberalDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 12:28:06 PM

Tulsi voted Yes.ReplyRecommend1Recommended

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fewsorangeDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 02:17:29 PM

Tulsi voted Yes

But she shouldn’t have been allowed to vote because she is a Senator

I know she is a Senator because Ann Coulter told me.

Ann Coulter@AnnCoulter

No she didn’t. Tulsi is a SENATOR, meaning she’s in the SENATE and doesn’t vote on HOUSE resolutions. https://twitter.com/catturd2/status/1189941618276782081 …Catturd@catturd2For all you foolish Tulsi Gabbard fans …

She just voted for the illegal impeachment coup.

She’s just a better looking Nancy Pelosi.
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gchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:35:05 AM

McCarthy has the nerve to say anything — he who knew the psychoperv was being paid by Putin.  That should be brought up every damned time he opens his yap.

Besides Van Drew of NJ, does anyone know who the other Dem chickenshite is who voted with the GOPers?  Amish voted with Dems.ReplyRecommend16Recommended

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Superribbiegchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:37:52 AM

Collin Peterson of the Trump +41 district.ReplyRecommend12Recommended

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gchaucer2SuperribbieOct 31, 2019 at 11:39:10 AM

Thank you — still cowardly. ReplyRecommend5Recommended

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DemSigngchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43:29 AM

Especially since he isn’t running for re-election.ReplyRecommend5Recommended

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CO DemocratDemSignOct 31, 2019 at 11:46:50 AM

He usually does not announce until later in the cycle.  So, we don’t know whether or not he is running for re-election.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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charliehall2gchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:57:07 AM

No, smart. ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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CO Democratcharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:14:05 PM

Agreed.  I’ll give Peterson a pass. Van Drew, not so much.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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charliehall2CO DemocratOct 31, 2019 at 12:21:55 PM

Van Drew’s district is more complicated, as I explained in a comment above. ReplyRecommend1Recommended

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anastasia pgchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 12:44:08 PM

McCarthy is a moron.ReplyRecommend2Recommended

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BlueToTheCoreOct 31, 2019 at 11:35:17 AM

Any news on the vote breakdown?  I can’t see Twitter at the office and all of the links are Twitter links.ReplyRecommend3Recommended

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gchaucer2BlueToTheCoreOct 31, 2019 at 11:37:04 AM

Last I saw — 2 Dems voted with the GOPers and Amash, indie, voted with the Dems.ReplyRecommend4Recommended

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BlueToTheCoregchaucer2Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43:22 AM

Thank you!

I can’t wait to confirm who from the Dems voted with the RethugsReplyRecommend3Recommended

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charliehall2BlueToTheCoreOct 31, 2019 at 11:57:44 AM

Peterson and Van Drew, both of whom probably were told by Pelosi to do what they needed to do. See my comment above. ReplyRecommend5Recommended

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BlueToTheCorecharliehall2Oct 31, 2019 at 01:19:09 PM

@charliehall2

Thank you.  I figured as much.ReplyRecommend0Recommended

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libredOct 31, 2019 at 11:36:39 AM

It’s hard to imagine how miserable our lives would be if there had been no blue wave last election.  But it’s important to remember that we can win when we get out the vote. ReplyRecommend37Recommended

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jqjacobslibredOct 31, 2019 at 12:01:40 PM

You mean the 2018 “coup” right?  🙂

Ari Berman@AriBerman

For all those people calling impeachment vote a “coup,” worth noting Trump lost popular vote by 2.9 million votes while Dem House candidates won it by 9.7 million votes in 20182,05011:40 AM – Oct 31, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy655 people are talking about thisReplyRecommend16Recommended

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stevembOct 31, 2019 at 11:38:13 AM

Have the blasts of explosive Twitterrhea from Napoleon Boneyspurs started yet?ReplyRecommend7Recommended

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jqjacobsstevembOct 31, 2019 at 12:06:37 PM

Do trees grow in the woods? 

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump · 3h

The Impeachment Hoax is hurting our Stock Market. The Do Nothing Democrats don’t care!

Chris@Willys_Puddle

Still more ….

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Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump · 3h

The Impeachment Hoax is hurting our Stock Market. The Do Nothing Democrats don’t care!

john Mitchell@j_r_mitch

Actually it is your trade policy.

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Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump · 3h

The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!

Daniel Miller@DanielMillerDC

Uh oh!

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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is Trump’s best defense?

Who could have foreseen that crimes have consequences?

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