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What’s really going on in Tennessee?

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Matt Shuham has all the details here. But the gist is this:

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Merrick Garland Hearing Underway

Our live coverage here.


From the closing argument of impeachment manager Madeleine Dean (D-PA):

For those who say we need to get?past this, we need to come?together, we need to unify, if?we don’t set this right and call?it what it was, the highest of?constitutional crimes by the?president of the United States,?the past will not be past.?The past will become our future.

Correction: I initially misidentified Dean.

Lucy And The Football

Well, that didn’t last long.

Dems seemed to have seized the advantage, backed by five GOP senators, to present at least some witnesses in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The fierce reaction of GOP senators to what House impeachment managers and Dem senators wanted to do testified to the the advantage Dems had taken hold of.

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Big unexpected news this morning as the Senate has voted 55-45, with five Republicans joining all 50 Democrats, to consider witnesses subpoenas. This was on the heels of last night’s CNN report that put into sharper focus the phone call between President Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) during the Capitol siege.

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The story we had ready if Trump had won re-election.

Also, special after-the-fact reaction from one of the experts on authoritarianism we had talked to for that story.

Trump Comes Through For the Dukester

Trump’s final pardons include a TPM special: Duke Cunningham!

Feast of False Equivalency

TPM Reader DW is watching the impeachment debate: “While we’re treated to this feast of false equivalency from Republicans, it’s worth remembering that the only officers killed during BLM protests last summer were shot by a right-wing extremist engaging in a false flag attack.”

The GOP’s Benghazi

TPM Reader SC: “This is a Republican Benghazi, except that not only does the Republican Party get to be the cavalry that didn’t show up they get to be the terrorists, too. Very efficient.”

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