USA Today Editorial Board Calls For Impeachment Of Donald Trump by Lee Moran•Democrats Announce Two Articles Of Impeachment The USA Today editorial board on Wednesday reprised an old quote it once printed to endorse the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton to call for the impeachment of current President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal.
Put your own narrow interests ahead of the nation’s, flout the law, violate the trust given to you by the American people and recklessly disregard the oath of office, and you risk losing your job.
The newspaper’s editorial, titled “Impeach President Trump,” said “the president’s Ukraine shakedown and stonewalling are too serious for the House to ignore.”The editorial board acknowledged it had previously “made no secret of our low regard for Trump’s character and conduct” but nevertheless hoped he would succeed.It also explained why it was still important to proceed with the impeachment process, despite the possibility that Trump will be impeached by the Democratic-controlled House but acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate“Because Trump’s egregious transgressions and stonewalling have given the House little choice but to press ahead with the most severe sanction at its disposal,” the editorial said.“Bill Clinton should be impeached and stand trial ‘because the charges are too serious and the evidence amassed too compelling’ to ignore, the Editorial Board wrote in December 1998,” it concluded. “The same can be said this December about the allegations facing Donald Trump. Only much more so.”
DETROIT (Reuters) – Public testimony in Congress has done little to sway Wisconsin voters’ views on the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, a new poll from the battleground state showed on Thursday.
The Marquette University Law School poll also showed former Vice President Joe Biden was the only Democratic candidate with an advantage in the state in a predictive match-up with Trump in the 2020 presidential election, though just barely.
Forty percent of the 800 registered voters in Wisconsin queried by the school in early December after most testimony had concluded said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 52% did not support that, and 6% said they did not know.
Those numbers were nearly the same as a poll conducted several weeks earlier by the school as the testimony was underway.
„People are dug in,” Charles Franklin, the director of the poll, said in a webcast presentation on the results.
Biden edged Trump by 1 point, 47 to 46, in a general election match-up. But top Democratic contenders, including U.S. senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, as well as South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, were within one or two points of Trump, the differences falling within the poll’s margin of error.
Biden received the most support among those who said they would vote in the Democratic primary, with 23%, followed by Sanders at 19%, Warren at 16%, and Buttigieg at 15%. Nearly two-thirds said they could still change their mind about candidates.
Trump narrowly won Wisconsin by about 23,000 votes in 2016, and his campaign has made stops in the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania a priority in early campaigning.
Public opinion has been split down party lines, with most Democrats wanting to see Trump impeached, and most Republicans opposed to it. His approval rating has largely remained consistent throughout the inquiry.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing as Democrats have made the case that he used the presidency to strongarm Ukraine into investigating his political opponent Biden.
U.S. lawmakers moved closer on Thursday to impeaching Trump, as members of a House of Representatives committee debated formal charges that are likely to be sent to the full House for a final vote next week.
Key Point: The five most powerful will be very similar to the most powerful now.
By 2030 the most powerful air forces in the world will be very familiar. The list will be dominated by traditional air powers, particularly the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. These countries continue to hedge against a number of conflict scenarios, from modest air campaigns against nonstate actors to full-blown war across a wide geographic expanse. Towards that end, these powers consider maintaining large, rapidly deployable and modern air forces vital to their national security.
The People’s Republic of China will be a new entrant on the list. China continues to build up air power commensurate with its status as the second-largest economy in the world, a perfectly reasonable position to stake. That having been said, the country itself has taken a number of unreasonable positions on issues such as the South China Sea, adding a certain foreboding to China’s buildup.
The United States Air Force/Navy/Marine Corps
The United States military actually has three fixed-wing air arms, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and as now, in 2030 they will still form the most powerful “air force” on the planet.
By 2030, the U.S. Air Force will be flying its legacy fleet of 187 F-22 Raptors. It will also be flying 178 so-called “Golden Eagles,” F-15Cs with significant radar and infrared sensor upgrades. The Air Force will also have purchased the bulk of its fleet of 1,763 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to replace the F-16C and A-10. The USAF will also have partially rejuvenated its tanker fleet with one hundred KC-46 Pegasus tankers. The B-21 bomber should be in production, with an eventual order of about one hundred of the second-generation stealth bombers.
In the meantime, the U.S. Navy will have standardized on the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter—the F-35C—and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The MQ-25 Stingray tanker/ISR drone will also be in service, extending the range of manned fighters, and the V-22 Osprey will be delivering supplies and mail to aircraft carriers at sea. The Marine Corps will likely have an all–F-35 fighter fleet by then, split between the vertical-takeoff B model and C carrier variant.
Russia Aircraft Carrier Fire
MOSCOW (AP) — A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia’s only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation’s military officials said Friday.
The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk on Thursday and spread quickly through the carrier’s internal compartments. The ship’s crew and emergency teams spent more than 20 hours battling the blaze.
The military reported two crew members dead, and authorities in Murmansk said 11 other people were injured.
The Investigative Committee, Russia’s top state investigative agency, opened a probe into a possible violation of safety rules.
The Admiral Kuznetsov has been plagued by breakdowns and setbacks since its launch in 1985. The massive blaze follows a 70-ton crane crashing onto the Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck in October 2018, when a mammoth floating dock holding the ship sank.
The crane left a hole of 20 square meters (215 square feet), and the loss of the dock significantly slowed down repairs on the carrier since the navy lacked another of comparable size.
The fire will further push back the work to fit the ship with modern control systems and new weapons.
In 2016, the Admiral Kuznetsov was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean as part of Russia’s campaign in Syria, launching the first carrier-mounted attacks in Russian naval history.
It lost two carrier-borne fighters during the Syria mission.