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January 14, 2020

Impeachment Poll: Americans Want to Hear From Witnesses

This Day in History | 1943

Franklyn Delano Roosevelt becomes the first American president to travel by plane. 

Good morning Middle Americans, 

You have to hand it to the American public. I’ll admit, I get down right proud sometimes when I take a look at the cross tabs on how the country really feels about impeachment.  While most of the country doesn’t think President Trump should be removed from office for his unconventional phone call with Ukraine’s president, they do seem to want to hear from people like former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.  This creates an interesting problem for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who vowed there would be no witnesses in the Impeachment Trial of the president. It also turns up the heat on Senators like Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine. Moderates, who’s reelection campaigns hinge on how Americans see this impeachment trial. 

Fiscal responsibility is apparently not en vogue anymore. A combination of the Republican’s tax cut and runaway government spending, the federal deficit is about to hit 12%. 

The U.S. Supreme court has refused to hear the so-called “free the nipple” case, essentially keeping in place laws that make it illegal for women to bare their breasts in public.  

The owner of the Houston Astros has fired the team’s GM and its manager in the wake of Major League Baseball’s sign stealing scandal. And more severe punishments are on the way. Cheating is part of baseball, and so is getting caught. 

Read all about it!

– Fraser Dixon

POLL: 66% Want To See Bolton Testify In Senate Trial

(Quinnipiac) – A slight majority of voters, 51 – 46 percent, approve of the House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump. Democrats approve 91 – 7 percent and independents approve 56 – 38 percent, while Republicans disapprove 92 – 7 percent. Voters are divided on whether the Senate should vote to remove President Trump from office, as 48 percent say the Senate should not vote to remove him and 46 percent say they should. Democrats think he should be removed 87 – 7 percent, independents are divided 48 – 44 percent, and Republicans think he should not be removed 94 – 5 percent. 

Similar to the opinion on the House vote to impeach President Trump, a majority of voters, 52 – 45 percent, say they are troubled by President Trump’s actions involving Ukraine. Two thirds, 66 percent, would like to see John Bolton, the former National Security Advisor to President Trump, testify in the Senate impeachment trial, including 39 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of independents, and 91 percent of Democrats. 

See more poll results, including results on Iran, here

US Budget Deficit Running 11.8% Higher This Year

(AP) – The U.S. budget deficit through the first three months of this budget year is up 11.8% from the same period a year ago, putting the country on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit in eight years.

In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit from October through December totaled $356.6 billion, up from $318.9 billion for the same period last year.

Both government spending and revenues set records for the first three months of this budget year but spending rose at a faster clip than tax collections, pushing the deficit total up.

The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for the current 2020 budget year will hit $1 trillion and will remain over $1 trillion for the next decade. The country has not experienced $1 trillion annual deficits since the period from 2009 through 2012 following the 2008 financial crisis.

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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to ‘Free the Nipple’ in Topless Women Case

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to “Free the Nipple,” refusing to hear an appeal by three women fined by a city in New Hampshire for exposing their breasts in public who argued that banning female but not male toplessness violates the U.S. Constitution.

The justices left in place a 2019 ruling by New Hampshire’s top court upholding the women’s convictions for violating an ordinance in the city of Laconia that makes it illegal to show female breasts in public “with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple.”

The women – Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro – were involved in the “Free the Nipple” movement, which court papers described as campaigns against “sexualized objectification of women” and in favor of women being able to go topless in public if they wish.

Find out more here

Astros fire GM, manager Over Sign Stealing Scandal

(CBS News) – The Houston Astros on Monday fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch after Major League Baseball found that the club used technology to steal signs during the 2017 and 2018 season. Jim Crane, the team’s owner, announced the firings in a news conference Monday.

The league had announced an unpaid, one-year suspension for Luhnow and Hinch. The Astros will also pay a $5 million penalty and forfeit their first and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021. 

“It’s the stiffest penalty that any team has ever taken or given, and we accept that. We’re going to move forward in a positive way. I’ll let the commissioner determine how he handles the rest of it,” Crane told reporters. 

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