Rep. Jeff Van Drew, one of the two House Democrats who voted against opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, said he did so because he feared the tool was being used too much. 'We have to understand, impeachment is something that's supposed to be exceptionally unusual. It is supposed to be fair,' Van Drew said on Fox Nation's 'Maria Bartiromo's Insiders.' 'This has nothing to do with whether you like Donald Trump, or don't like him, or want to see him have a second term or win in an election. This has to do with the institution of impeachment itself and not misusing it.' On Halloween, House Democrats minus Van Drew and Rep. Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, voted 232-196 to open the inquiry, which is in full swing this week with eight witnesses appearing in public hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a New Jersey Democrat, was one of only two Democrats who voted against opening the impeachment inquiry into … [Read more...] about Democrat who voted against impeachment resolution warns of ‘misusing’ constitutional weapon against Donald Trump and says it will only ensure the Senate exonerates him
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Chuka Umunna launched a scathing attack on Prince Andrew today as he branded him a 'disgrace' and urged the royal to give evidence in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. The Liberal Democrat told Good Morning Britain that Prince Andrew had 'done more to undermine the monarchy than any other person in his lifetime.', warning he was 'undermining the institution' of the family. In a blistering attack, Mr Umunna also said Prince Andrew should 'do the right thing' by flying to the US to give evidence, or retire from public life. He aired his thoughts in the wake of the senior royal's car-crash BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis on Saturday evening. The Duke Of York with BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis in the interview which was aired on Saturday night Prince Andrew interviewed by Emily Maitlis for BBC Newsnight regarding links to Jeffrey Epstein Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna told Good Morning Britain that Prince Andrew had 'done more to undermine … [Read more...] about ‘He’s a complete disgrace’: MP Chuka Umunna tells Good Morning Britain that Prince Andrew must fly to the US to give evidence over Jeffrey Epstein scandal and quit public life
Protesters clashed with police in London tonight after the coalition won the vote to increase tuition fees for students in England to up to £9,000 per year. The plans faced bitter criticism not only from Labour MPs but from Lib Dem and Tory backbenchers, but the move was carried by 323 votes to 302 in what has proved to be the most testing parliamentary vote to date for the coalition government. The result narrowed the coalition government's notional majority of 84 to 21, in a vote which took place as thousands of protesters opposed to the rise in fees clashed with police in the streets outside parliament. Police entered Parliament Square tonight to stop protesting students from vandalising the Treasury building. A number of students started using concrete blocks and metal poles to smash windows of the building on Great George Street while being contained inside the square. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were "unharmed" after the car they were travelling in was … [Read more...] about Tuition fees: government wins narrow victory as protests continue
Jo Swinson faces an uphill struggle to woo voters ahead of next month's election after a poll found the electorate dislikes the Liberal Democrat leader more it sees her. Since taking the party reins in July, the youthful Lib Dem leader has swelled her profile by relentlessly pushing her pro-Remain message. But YouGov polling over the past four months revealed that her popularity dipped as she became more well-known. In her early days at the top of the party, half of the public did not know who Ms Swinson was, and of those who did only 21 per cent held favourable opinions while 29 per cent had unfavourable opinions of her. Yet as all parties ramp up their campaigning and try to grab the spotlight with eye-catching policies, the Lib Dem leader's popularity has sagged. A quarter of voters still like her, but half now hold an unfavorable view, implying that those who did not initially know Ms Swinson have been dismayed with what they have now seen of her. The findings … [Read more...] about The Swinson effect: Voters like the Lib Dem leader less the more they see of her according to new poll as party vows to add a penny to income tax to fund the NHS
An enormous cheer went up: “Stacey! Stacey! Stacey!” Standing on a white jeep, waving a rainbow flag, Stacey Abrams was making history as the first major-party nominee for governor to march in the Atlantic Pride parade, the biggest LGBTQ parade in Southeast America. If Abrams, a Democratic candidate, wins in November she’ll make history again, by becoming America’s first black female Governor – and the crowd thronging Atlanta’s midtown streets to watch the parade on 14 October were enthusiastically behind her. Atlanta has one of the largest gay populations in the country – and arguably one of the most politically involved. “It’s the south,” says Rigel Cable, a web design consultant who lives in Atlanta with his husband, “so you really have to defend the progressive nature of the city. I think people are vigilant to make sure the city stays the way it is. A lot of the congress members in Georgia are conservative, so … [Read more...] about ‘It’s 100% segregated’: does Georgia’s LGBT haven have a race problem?