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January 1, Trump: Impeachment Inquiry is the ‘Worst Witch Hunt’



This Day in History | 1959 

US President Dwight Eisenhower and Soviet Primmer Nikita Khrushchev meet for talks in Washington, DC. 

Good Morning Middle Americans! 

President Donald Trump says the latest impeachment push from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats – could be a political plus for him.  But his angry tweets show the president plans to counter attack with everything he has. The impeachment effort was going nowhere until Ukraine came along and someone blew a whistle. Trump’s Ukraine phone call crossed ‘red line’ for moderate Democratic freshmen and prompted them, and Pelosi, to swing behind impeachment effort. Procedurally, not much has changed. You’re going to continue to see those ridiculous congressional hearings on TV. Politically, everything has changed. Democrats are now the party of impeachment. They have abandoned their plans when it comes to healthcare, lowering prescription drug prices, fighting crony-capitalism, infrastructure, etc. It’s all impeachment all the time from now until election day. 

Today we have a round up of some of the best articles on the latest impeachment developments below. Read all about it!

– Fraser Dixon  

(Politico) – White House preparing to release whistleblower complaint to Congress

(New York Times) – White House Seeks Deal for Whistle-Blower to Speak to Congress

(Related) – Impeachment is a rarely used path for trying to upend a presidency

UAW Strike Enters Week 2

(Fox Business) – As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, dealers, auto parts factories, the automaker and striking workers are all starting to get pinched.  And there’s one thing the UAW and GM can’t agree on. 

Read more from Fox News here

Disgraced Al Franken Gets Sirius XM Show

(AP) – Former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in 2017 amid sexual misconduct charges, is launching a new SiriusXM radio show.  

“I miss the Senate a lot but I’m not there so I want to be a voice,” he said in an interview. Of the public’s acceptance, he said “a lot of that will depend on me and whether folks think what I’m saying is important and fun at the same time.”

Find out more about Al Franken from Associated Press here

‘Alexa, Help Me Apply for a Job at McDonalds’

(USA Today) – In a first, McDonald’s using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to let new workers apply by voice.  

On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced Apply Thru, an Alexa or Google Assistant skill the company claims as a world’s first. It lets you use your own voice on any Alexa- or Google Assistant-capable device to seek employment in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the U.K, with other countries to follow in the coming months. 

There’s no need to impress Alexa or Google with your qualifications; neither assistant will make any kind hiring decisions, much less block your efforts to advance as a candidate. 

Apply Thru is merely the very first step in the application process. Taking advantage of the new skill won’t increase or decrease your job prospects. 

Learn more from the USA Today here

Dallas Cop Who Shot , Killed Neighbor Was Sober

(The Dallas Morning News) – A Dallas police detective has testified that an officer who fatally shot her neighbor in his apartment last year had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time. 

Officers scrambled up stairs and down hallways, breathing hard as they rushed toward Botham Jean, who lay dying last September on the floor of his Dallas apartment. First responders desperately took turns performing CPR as Jean lay unconscious with only a faint pulse.

On Tuesday, jurors in Amber Guyger’s murder trial watched body-camera footage from Sept. 6, 2018, the night that Guyger, an off-duty Dallas police officer, fatally shot Jean in his apartment.

Read more from the Dallas News here 

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