U.S. Politics

Rep. Maxine Waters warns Trump: ‘Get ready for impeachment. Because we’re going there.’

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 13:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) holds a news conference to challenge the charges made against her by the House of Representatives ethics committee at the U.S. Capitol August 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said it found sufficient evidence that Waters' chief of staff, her grandson Mikael Moore, granted "special favors" to a struggling Massachusetts-based bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters has requested that a public trial by an ethics committee panel take place before the November election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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DAILY KOS

Rep. Maxine Waters does not intend to sit idly by and watch Republicans ignore the relationship between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians looking to destabilize the U.S. government. In an interview on Sirius XM’s Make It Plain, she said even in Republican-safe districts, voters will only tolerate so much. [Transcript via ShareBlue]

WATERS: Republicans in many of these districts are considered to be very patriotic. And when their constituents, even if they’re right-wing conservatives, discover that somehow they’re protecting Putin and the Kremlin, they’re not going to like that. Because many of them think they’re more patriotic than anybody else. So Republicans cannot be caught defending Putin. And we must say that over and over again.

And for Democrats, we’ve got to stay on it. We’ve got to challenge. We can’t be intimidated. We can’t think about whether this is going to cause us to have trouble in our elections. We’ve got to go for it. I believe that African-Americans can lead this fight. And show up and show that we are as patriotic as anybody else.

When asked whether she would attend the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Donald Trump, Rep. Waters says no way:

WATERS: I won’t go. I know who he is. I know how he’s defined himself. Maya Angelo says when somebody show who they are, believe them. I believe him.

I believe this is a man who mimicked and mocked a disabled journalist. I believe this is a man who talked about grabbing women by their private parts. I believe this is a man who lied about Mexico paying for the wall that was going to be built. This is the same man who lied about how many people attended his inauguration. This is the man who lied about the so-called undocumented illegals who voted and how he lost all of these votes because they voted.

This is a man who constantly lies and will change on a dime. He will tell you one thing today and another thing tomorrow.

I would not believe anything that came out of his mouth. I’m not asking him for anything. All I’m asking him is: Get ready for impeachment. Because we’re going there. I’m going there.

We have a long way to go until impeachment, but great to hear Maxine Waters is standing by her convictions and ready to lead the fight.

Jen Hayden

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: March 9, 2017

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THE WEEK

1. GOP starts push to replace ObamaCare in House
The Republican proposal to replace ObamaCare cleared its first hurdle early Thursday when the House Ways and Means Committee approved the legislation in an 18-hour session. House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to mollify resistance from fellow Republicans, saying the legislation is “what good, conservative health care reform looks like.” Democrats, in the minority on committees in the GOP-led Congress, fought the plan in meetings of two committees by offering doomed amendments that would have kept the bill from raising deficits or stripping anyone of health insurance coverage. Opposition grew on Wednesday, with the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the AARP coming out against the Republican proposal, saying it would hurt vulnerable Americans. The proposal would end fines for those who don’t buy insurance, and replace income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits to help people pay for coverage.

Source: CNN, The Associated Press

2. Judge rules Hawaii can launch first challenge to Trump’s revised travel ban
A judge on Wednesday ruled that the state of Hawaii could challenge President Trump’s revised executive order temporarily barring refugees, and travelers from six majority-Muslim nations. Hawaii had tried to block Trump’s original ban, and U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu said the state could revise its original lawsuit to launch the first challenge to the new executive order, which Trump issued this week. The state’s lawyers are now asking the court to temporarily block Trump’s revised policy, which excludes Iraq from the list of nations covered by the travel ban. A hearing is scheduled to take place on March 15, the day before the travel ban is due to take effect.

Source: Reuters

3. ISIS claims responsibility for Afghan military hospital attack
At least four gunmen disguised as doctors killed at least 30 people at the main military hospital in Kabul on Wednesday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which also left at least 30 people wounded. Afghan government forces fought with the terrorists for seven hours to regain control. The 400-bed facility, Sardar Daud Khan hospital, is Afghanistan’s main medical center for wounded army soldiers fighting both the Taliban and, increasingly, a group affiliated with ISIS.

Source: The New York Times

4. Marines arrive in Syria to support fight against ISIS in Raqqa
U.S. Marines have arrived in Syria to support U.S.-backed rebels preparing an offensive against Islamic State forces in Raqqa, the Islamist extremist group’s de facto capital, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The Marines, from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, brought M777 Howitzers capable of firing 155mm shells. The Americans set up an outpost from which they will be able to use the artillery to help the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of militias that launched an effort to retake the city in November. The deployment escalates the U.S. war in Syria, where several hundred U.S. Special Operations troops have been advising local opposition forces for months.

Source: NBC News, The Washington Post

5. Activists mark International Women’s Day with strike
Many women skipped school or work on Wednesday in a strike marking International Women’s Day. The “Day Without Women” event was organized by leaders of the women’s marches that drew more than a million participants in Washington, D.C., and other cities on the day after President Trump’s inauguration, although the crowds were far smaller on Wednesday, numbering in the hundreds in some places. The aim was to show the economic power of women in the U.S. A crowd of about 1,000 people, mostly women, gathered near Trump Tower in New York City, waving signs with slogans such as “Misogyny out of the White House now” and “Resist like a girl.” First lady Melania Trump marked the day by hosting a luncheon at the White House, saying: “As an immigrant myself, having grown up in a communist society, I know all too well the value and importance of freedom and equal opportunity.”

Source: The Associated Press, CNN

6. Trump reportedly taps Huntsman as ambassador to Russia
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has accepted an offer from President Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Politico reported Wednesday. Huntsman ran for president in 2012, and has extensive diplomatic experience. He served as ambassador to Singapore under former President George H. W. Bush, and as ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama. Huntsman, who called on Trump to withdraw from the presidential race last year after a video surfaced in which Trump joked about assaulting women, will be taking on a high-profile post rendered all the more sensitive by investigations into alleged Russian interference in last year’s election.

Source: Politico, NBC News

7. Report: Contractors suspected in CIA leak
Central Intelligence Agency contractors were probably behind the leak of documents released by WikiLeaks this week, intelligence and law enforcement officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The documents, which some experts said appeared authentic, described hacking tools the CIA allegedly can use to spy on smartphones and other gadgets. Companies with CIA contracts have been checking to see which employees had access to documents included in the leak. The White House said President Trump was “extremely concerned” about the breach.

Source: Reuters

8. Comey says he plans to stay for full 10-year term
FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that he intended to serve his entire 10-year term. “You’re stuck with me for another six-and-a-half years,” Comey said during a cybersecurity conference at Boston College. The statement came shortly after Comey reportedly urged the Justice Department to refute President Trump’s tweets over the weekend accusing former President Barack Obama of having his phones tapped during the election campaign last year. Trump has offered no evidence to support the claim, and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesdaythat Obama was livid over the accusation.

Source: The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal

9. Fire kills 22 at Guatemala children’s shelter
A fire tore through a state-run shelter for teens on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital on Wednesday, killing 22 girls and injuring dozens more. The blaze started when someone set fire to mattresses in a girls’ dorm after dozens of teens tried to escape the overcrowded facility, and most of them were captured and locked in their dorms. Distraught parents rushed to two local hospitals, the morgue, and the shelter to plead for information on their children. Many of the victims were badly burned, so it might take DNA tests to identify them. “They only took her from me to burn her,” said one mother, whose pregnant 16-year-old daughter arrived at the center nine days ago. “I blame the state for what has happened.”

Source: The Associated Press

10. Texas lawmakers advance controversial transgender bathroom bill
A Texas Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would require people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. Republican supporters of the legislation, which was designed to prevent transgender people from choosing restrooms according to the gender with which they identify, said it was necessary to protect women in public bathrooms. Opponents say the bill, similar to a controversial North Carolina law, discriminates against transgender people. Several national groups, including the NAACP and American Library Association, have threatened to cancel conventions in Texas if the legislation passes.

Source: BBC News, San Antonio Express-News