Confluence | Oct 4, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 1/15/2020: Putin, Impeachment, Dem Debate
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In the category of: The most powerful man on the planet
When Russia’s entire government resigned on Wednesday, even long-term Kremlin observers were taken by surprise.
Earlier in the day, Vladimir Putin had announced his plan to push through reforms that would make his successor as president less powerful, by redistributing power in such a way that that the Russian parliament and office of prime minister will have greater clout.
He thanked the resigning members of the government for their service, but said that “not everything worked out.”
In the category of: Let the games begin
The Senate trial won’t begin in earnest until Tuesday.
The House voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and appoint the Democrats’ seven-member team of managers who will prosecute President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
The vote, which was largely along party lines, comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed transmitting the articles for nearly a month as she sought to pressure Senate Republicans to call in new witnesses against Trump.
In the category of: Family fight
The status quo prevails, and Warren and Sanders survive their beef.
The theoretical stakes for Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, sponsored by CNN and The Des Moines Register, were gigantic. Four candidates, locked in what polling indicates is a four-way tie, were debating in Iowa’s capital just weeks before the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.
But the eventual debate saw little in the way of new dividing lines between the candidates and nothing that was likely to dramatically change voters’ minds.
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