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If a defendant is victimized by a coerced confession.

they appeal their sentence to a higher court and introduce evidence of the coercion. Papadopoulos NEVER claimed coercion. He claimed entrapment by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Christianity Today wants Trump gone

"Evangelical publication calls for Trump's removal from office"

A leading Christian magazine founded by late evangelist Billy Graham -- father of key presidential supporter Franklin Graham -- published an op-ed on Thursday calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office and urging evangelicals not to support him.

"Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment," Christianity Today's editor in chief, Mark Galli, wrote in the op-ed. "That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments."
Galli continued, "We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president's moral deficiencies for all to see."
"None of the president's positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character," he added.
The publication, an influential one among evangelicals, has criticized Trump before on immigration and other issues, but never before called for his removal. The op-ed shows potential reasoning for dissent among a key faction of the Republican coalition as Trump prepares for a potential Senate trial following his impeachment by the House of Representatives Wednesday night.
"To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve," Galli wrote. "Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump's immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency."
The magazine's web servers were strained by all the web traffic when the editorial came out on Thursday afternoon. After some temporary hiccups, service was mostly restored.
Jim Wallis, one of the nation's most prominent liberal evangelical leaders, called the op-ed's stance a "huge, watershed event," adding that the magazine is arguably the leading evangelical magazine in the nation.
"What CT is saying in their editorial is removing Donald Trump from office is now a matter of faith, not politics, and I agree," Wallis told CNN.
Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, says evangelicals made a "Faustian" bargain with Trump -- appoint the federal judges we want and we will look the other way.
"They have made the Faustian bargain that no matter what he does, it's all acceptable because he gives them the judges he wants," says Wallis, author of "Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus."
As far as the impact of the announcement, Wallis says it may impact two groups of evangelicals the most: suburban white women and younger evangelicals who are already jaded by older evangelicals' embrace of Trump.
"I bet there are going to be a lot of younger evangelicals who are going to be really excited," Wallis said about the editorial.
He says there are now cracks in the wall of evangelical support for Trump. The call for removal may not sway the majority of evangelicals but just enough to make a difference in the 2020 election.
"You don't need a whole lot to shift the race, just a few votes in key places in key states could make the ultimate difference" Wallis said.

Majority of Federal Employees Support Impeachment

One in three feds are concerned about impeachment's impact on morale, survey finds.
DECEMBER 18, 2019

A majority of federal employees support impeaching President Trump, according to a new survey released hours before the House votes to take that step for just the third time in U.S. history.

Just 43% of federal workers oppose impeaching Trump, compared to 52% who support it, according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive. Top-ranking civil servants at the GS-13 level and above are more likely to support impeachment, with 57% in favor compared to 46% of those at the GS-12 ranking or below.

Not all feds who oppose the president support impeaching him: Just 37% of employees approve of Trump, compared to 55% who disapprove. One-in-five Republican federal workers gave Trump negative marks.

About nine in 10 Democratic feds support impeaching Trump, compared to about half of independents and 19% of Republicans.

Half of respondents said the rhetoric surrounding the impeachment process, specifically on whistleblowers and the “deep state,” has had a negative impact on their perception of their own safety. Two-thirds of Democratic feds have felt concerned for their safety during the impeachment process, compared to slightly more than one-third of Republicans. One-in-three feds said they are now less likely to report wrongdoing to the appropriate authorities due to attacks by Trump and congressional Republicans on the whistleblower whose filing kicked off the impeachment proceedings. Another 16% said they are now more likely to blow the whistle.

Well isn't this just (im) peachy

We need a new trade agreement with......."Wakanda?"

The US Department of Agriculture listed Wakanda as a free-trade partner - despite it being a fictional country.

A USDA spokesperson said the Kingdom of Wakanda was added to the list by accident during a staff test.

The department's online tariff tracker hosted a detailed list of goods the two nations apparently traded, including ducks, donkeys and dairy cows.

In the Marvel universe, Wakanda is the fictional East African home country of superhero Black Panther.

The fictional country was removed soon from the list after US media first queried it, prompting jokes that the countries had started a trade war.

Another One Bites the Dust

"and another one gone, and another one gone..."
Representative Meadows' decision to step away from Congress makes him the 21st House Republican to announce they won't run for reelection in 2020.

"Mark Meadows, top Trump ally, to retire from Congress"

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a top ally of President Trump, announced Thursday morning that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term.

Meadows, a four-term lawmaker who represents part of western North Carolina, said in a statement that he “struggled” with leaving what he has long considered a “temporary job.”

“For everything there is a season. After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I’m announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term,” Meadows said. “This was a decision I struggled with greatly.”

"Americans Evenly Divided on Trump Removal, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds"

Survey shows a 48% to 48% split on whether to impeach and remove the president from office.

Let's review, shall we?

Impeachment #1: Andrew Johnson was impeached for firing a cabinet secretary without Senate confirmation, replacing him with someone else and for saying nasty things in speeches about the opposition party.

Impeachment #2: Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about a sexual relationship while he was being sued for sexual harassment that took place before he was elected president. He was also impeached for buying gifts for the woman he had the sexual affair with and for finding her a new job.

Impeachment #3: Donald Trump was impeached for trying to get dirt on a political rival from a foreign government ("In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,”--Whistleblower complaint); and for refusing to allow his aides and advisors to honor congressional subpoenas.

New Democratic Nominee Poll

OK Republicans, its your turn

"House passes pair of funding bills to avert government shutdown"
The package includes roughly $1.4 trillion in government funding.

The House has passed a pair of funding measures to avert a government shutdown on Tuesday, voting across party lines detailing roughly $1.4 trillion in government funding ahead of the Friday deadline.

The spending package -- consisting of two separate spending bills and thousands of pages of legislative text -- was introduced on Monday, and includes a boost on domestic spending backed by Democrats while also upping military spending.

It also includes an increase in funding for President Donald Trump's border wall and largely keeps the status quo on the administration's immigration priorities -- which led a small group of Democrats to oppose the measure containing Department of Homeland Security funding.

The package, the final piece of must-pass legislation taken up by Congress this year, also includes a number of unrelated policy provisions, including an increase in the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 $25 million in funding for gun research and a 3.1% pay raise for both military service members and federal workers.

The Senate is expected to pass both measures, which will fund the government until Sept. 30, and send them to Trump's desk for approval.

The major bipartisan votes took place the day before the House prepares to take up a final vote on the impeachment of Trump on Wednesday.
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