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The DC: Confederate Memorial Day, and... ⚖️ Do you support impeachment proceedings against Trump?

by Countable | 4.23.19

Welcome to Tuesday, April 23, #ImpeachDonaldTrump and #Trump2020...

A group of Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump following the release of the Mueller report.

The 448-page report, with redactions, found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but outlined several instances where the president seemed to attempt to obstruct justice.

“The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” special counsel Robert Mueller wrote on page 370 of the report.

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted that the severity of the misconduct outlined in the report “demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.”

The president in question disagreed.

"Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment," Trump tweeted on Monday morning. "There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!"

Do you support impeachment proceedings against the president?

On the Radar

Dixie Day

Alabama on Monday celebrated Confederate Memorial Day, a holiday designed to honor those who died in the Civil War.

The Cotton State is one of three southern states with official holidays memorializing the Civil War: Mississippi’s commemoration takes place on the last Monday of the month, South Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on May 10.

Ninon Parker, a local member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, told the Times Daily that the observance honors the sacrifice of Confederate soldiers.

“Many of our ancestors here in this region fought for the Confederacy and I believe, as do many fellow Alabamians, that their sacrifices are worth remembering, and their bravery should not be forgotten,” she said. “That is why I believe we continue to observe Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama. It is our heritage.”

Various historians, civil rights groups, and activists tweeted out their rebukes of the holiday, with the Southern Poverty Law Center writing:

"Enough is enough. Honoring the Confederacy only preserves white supremacy & the enslavement of millions of people. It’s long past time to #LoseTheLostCause and ask #WhoseHeritage?"

What are your feelings about Confederate Memorial Day?

Here's how Countable users are feeling so far:

Under the Radar

Mandatory Measles Vaccination

A judge in Brooklyn has upheld a mandatory measles vaccination order, ruling against a group of parents who had argued New York City health officials had overstepped their authority.

“A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire,” Judge Lawrence Knipel wrote in his ruling. “Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion.”

Knipel denied the parents' petition seeking to lift Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccination order that hoped to stem the city's worst measles outbreak since 1991. Residents of certain Brooklyn neighborhoods who refuse to obtain the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine could face fines.

Robert Krakow, an attorney for the parents, estimated that only about 0.0006 percent of the population of Brooklyn and Queens had measles. “That’s not an epidemic,” he said. “It’s not Ebola. It’s not smallpox.”

Do you support mandatory vaccinations?

Saudi Strain

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have long enjoyed a generally positive relationship but recently the alliance has been increasingly strained ― as evidenced by President Trump’s veto of a resolution withdrawing U.S. support for a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in the Yemen Civil War. There are currently six other bills in Congress that address the U.S.-Saudi relationship, including:

Requiring the intelligence community to report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (S. 544) The murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi diplomatic post in Turkey by a group apparently led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman prompted worldwide outrage. This bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would require the Director of National Intelligence to provide Congress with an unclassified report about Khashoggi’s murder that identifies the people who were complicit or responsible for his death.

Prohibiting arms sales to Saudi Arabia (H.R. 643)

The U.S. has a substantial defense partnership with Saudi Arabia, and some have suggested cutting off arms sales in response to Saudi conduct regarding the war in Yemen and Khashoggi’s murder. Rep. Jim McGovern’s (D-MA) bill would immediately halt arms sales and other military aid to the Saudi Arabian government.

Read about the remaining four bills here, then tell your reps:

How do you feel about the U.S.-Saudi relationship?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:45am EDT, the president will participate in a photo opportunity with the White House News Photographers Association award recipients.
  • At 12:30pm EDT, the president will have lunch with the vice president.
  • At 3:45pm EDT, the president will participate in a swearing-in ceremony for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, April 29th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 29th.

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And, in the End…

In honor of Movie Theatre Day, we're sharing a pic of America's first. On June 19, 1905, the Nickelodeon opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

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