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Sunday’s signature political talk shows shifted focus this weekend from the novel Wuhan coronavirus to a repeat impeachment for President Donald Trump as calls for removal grow on both sides of the aisle following last week’s capitol unrest.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will again impeach the president just days before the new Democratic government takes office if Trump refuses to resign.

“If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action,” Pelosi wrote to colleagues last week, despite less than two weeks left in office for Trump.

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski joined Pelosi’s call for Trump’s resignation but stopped shy of endorsing impeachment. Democrats say a House vote on articles could come as soon as this week, with just days to go until Biden takes over.

Despite growing talk of an eleventh-hour second impeachment, which pledges to further divide a polarized nation just as the last one did a year ago, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky warned there’s no time for an adequate trial in the upper chamber before Biden’s inauguration.

Such proceedings, the Senate leader said, would require the consent of all 100 senators to be conducted while Trump remains in power. A multi-week trial could consume the first days of a Biden presidency, impeding progress on cabinet nominations, during which Trump would already be an ex-president.

The Sunday shows reflected how another impeachment is reducing their attention to the coronavirus. While the novel coronavirus brewed into a global pandemic overseas, the U.S. government and corporate media remained distracted by the sham impeachment proceedings throughout the winter.

The same circumstances are now repeating in wake of the most massive vaccination campaign in human history while hysteria over new variants provoke fears of an endemic. New economic numbers, meanwhile, show where the economy is headed as distribution of vaccines lag and jobless numbers rise for the first time since April.

According to transcripts pulled from Grabien, a multimedia subscription service, ABC’s “This Week” mentioned “impeachment” 32 times, as did “Fox News Sunday” 26 times, NBC’s “Meet the Press” 20 times, and CNN’s “State of the Union” 18 times. Each mentioned “coronavirus” fewer than 10.

Pelosi’s pointless impeachment, launched for the sole purpose of banning Trump from ever running for president again, is already beginning to bear its consequences.



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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