3 Stories You Should Read 10/10/2019: Turkey, Giuliani, Impeachment
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In the category of: Buckle the F up
Here’s how bad things can get if Trump keeps stonewalling impeachment.
Many of the Founding Fathers, for what it’s worth, understood the risk of such a polarized system and hoped to avoid it. “There is nothing I dread So much, as a Division of the Republick into two great Parties,” future President John Adams wrote in 1780. A two-party system “is to be dreaded as the greatest political Evil, under our Constitution.”
Yet many of the men who designed the Constitution believed that they’d built a system that was immune to partisanship. The “well constructed Union” envisioned under that Constitution, future President James Madison wrote in the Federalist Papers, would have a “tendency to break and control the violence of faction.”
In the category of: Under pressure
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who helped Giuliani investigate Joe Biden, donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Prosecutors say the illegal foreign donations made through Parnas and Fruman went to “politicians and candidates for federal and state office.” The indictment refers to specific donations to two Nevada state Republican Party politicians. State campaign finance records show the only two Nevada candidates to receive such contributions were gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and attorney general candidate Wes Duncan. The Nevada contributions were allegedly made as part of a failed attempt to secure licenses for a legal cannabis business venture.
In the category of: Consequences
Turkish shelling continues to take place near Syrian border villages on day two.
The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the region, leaving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, without US military support.
Heavy clashes between Turkish forces and the SDF are under way in the Syrian border towns.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has appealed to the US and its allies for a “no-fly zone” to protect it from Turkish air attacks. Turkey considers the YPG a “terrorist” group.
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