Trump May Be Inspiring a New Generation of Politicians
- In the UK, Nadia Whittome has vowed to give up a portion of her salary in support of the working class while donating the rest to charity.
- Dennis Skinner, another Labour representative, refused to accept more than what miners were making when he became an MP back in 1956.
- Democrat presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also took a page out of Trump’s book earlier this year during the government shutdown.
- Another of the Democrats’ potential candidates, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is also following Trump’s lead by promising to donate his salary if elected.
- Bloomberg’s extensive personal wealth means he’s also vowed not to accept political donations.
- Kennedy and Herbert Hoover donated their presidential salaries during their tenures as head of state.
- Washington was not only the first U.S. president, but he was also the first to refuse a presidential salary.
Opinion: McConnell's impeachment plan is a sham to protect Trump
- Editor's Note: Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the forthcoming book, "Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party." Follow him on Twitter: @julianzelizer.
- Instead of giving the impeachment articles a fair hearing and a serious trial, the Senate majority leader is just going to give Trump total impunity.
- President Trump may have felt free to wield his presidential power in the way that he did because congressional Republicans have protected him from day one.
- We have reached this moment not because partisan polarization has driven Democrats to impeach Trump.
- We are here because one party — the GOP — was so hell-bent on preserving political power that it allowed the commander-in-chief's abusive behavior.
Joseph Ellis: America's love/hate affair with the presidency will never end
- (Andrew Jackson is the only president to request his own impeachment, demanding a trial to clear his name after he was censured by Congress.) Only four of the 45 American Presidents have been impeached or had articles of impeachment drawn up against them: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and now Donald Trump.
- It has become clear over the years that, unless the opposition party controls both branches of Congress, impeaching and removing a president from office is something virtually impossible to achieve.
- It's too early to tell, but there is reason to suspect we are entering a new political chapter in which every newly-elected president can expect an unprecedented level of scrutiny and, if his or her party does not control both houses of Congress, the political machinery for impeachment investigation is likely to be constructed the day after inauguration.
YouTube's list of most viewed music videos of the decade will have you humming this hit
- Nearly two years after the song's release date, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and reggaetón star Daddy Yankee continue to burn steadily up the charts.
- YouTube has released a detailed breakdown of the most popular music videos from the past four decades, and "Despacito," which is mostly in Español, is leading the 2010s chart.
- The song was also a tribute to the movie star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash before the 2015 action film "Furious 7" was released.
- This song reached the top of the charts in 2015, remained there for 14 weeks, and became the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 of the 2010s at the time.
- With 3.4 billion views, PSY's music video not only made the top five, it broke YouTube in 2014 by surpassing the average views the platform could handle at that time.
5 Reasons Why US-China Trade Tensions Won't Be Fully Resolved Until 2024
- A second term for Trump might suggest that U.S.-China trade tensions will finally be resolved.
- If anything, Trump’s second term could turn out to be another four years of wild market volatility based on Trump’s latest trade tweets.
- Among the sticky issues that led to the U.S.-China trade war were the trade deficits, the forced transfer of intellectual property, and restrictions facing U.S. businesses seeking entry into the Chinese market.
- Before the U.S.-China trade war kicked off, Trump got rid of moderate voices in the White House who objected to his approach.
- Another Democratic party loss in 2020 will deplete the field of rivals as Trump takes on legendary status.
- Efforts to bring China to heel in his second term would be the perfect way to keep his political instincts sharp and his base glued to the Trump show.
Fast & Furious Crossroads Looks Worse Than a Game From 2014
- It’s always cathartic when a game looks like trash.
- Looks like Fast & Furious Crossroads might be next on the chopping block.
- Slightly Mad Studios, the team behind realistic driving game Project CARS, is the company responsible for development.
- The interesting thing about it is that the game looks like it was made around the time the first F&F movie came out back in 2001.
- Instead, it actually looks like a game from about 2007.
- Animations make the characters look like they’re made of cardboard.
- The facial animations look like someone who’s never spoken to another human being but has seen a picture of one designed them.
- Fast & Furious Crossroads is going to suck.
- It really isn’t clear what has been going on over at Slightly Mad Studios.
- No matter what happens, it looks like Fast & Furious Crossroads is going to be the train wreck of 2020.
Opinion: The UK election is a warning sign for Democrats
- After Conservatives lost seats under Theresa May amid a tortured season of Brexit deals that couldn't get through Parliament, Labour should have been primed to take back 10 Downing Street.
- And so despite polls showing that Corbyn was the least popular opposition leader in almost a half century -- with a stunning 76% of all Britons saying that they were unhappy with him, they decided to take the leap, convinced that the unpopularity of Boris Johnson, chaos over Brexit and support for the Labour platform meant that maybe they could sneak Corbyn into 10 Downing Street.
- There are no perfect political parallels between different countries, but in the UK as in the USA, we see how polarization distorts democracies and elevates the most extreme voices - depriving voters of representative policies and often a functioning government.
Photos show Michelle Obama and George W. Bush's enduring friendship, built on wisecracks and cough drops
- In 2018, Bush handed Obama cough drops on two different occasions — the first at the memorial service for late Sen. John McCain, and the second at the funeral for George H.
- It's also a friendship that's been a little out of their hands.
- They sang the Civil War-era song "Battle Hymn of the Republic," to honor fallen police officers who were killed by a sniper during a peaceful protest over the police killing of two African-American men.
- Bush also raised a few eyebrows for dancing and lifting his wife and Obama's hands during the somber song.
- In an interview with Today, Obama spoke about their friendship, after their interaction at the memorial had gone viral.
- DeGeneres was criticized for her friendship with Bush after a photo went viral showing the pair sitting together at a football game.
Rick Santorum: Nancy Pelosi gave in to the Trump haters
- We are guided to love one another and not hate, but sometimes the words we speak can confuse those who may not know what we hold in our hearts.
- While I don't agree with the speaker's conclusion on impeachment, I think throughout this process she has attempted to separate her personal feelings toward the President and focus on the culpability of his actions.
- But Pelosi is surrounded by people, apparently driven by hatred of the president, who have pushed her for a year to impeach him.
- I know what it is like to be accused by political opponents of hatred toward others.
- I know that mere denials of hatred without actions and words that are consistent with love and respect will rightly be treated with suspicion.
Should Boris Johnson's landslide win make 2020 Democrats nervous?
- Washington (CNN) - On Thursday night, British voters broke the deadlock that had seized the country and paralyzed its planned exit from the European Union -- handing a landslide to Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his plan to "get Brexit done" in early 2020.
- Within 12 hours of the confirmation of the Conservative victory, the result was already being analyzed in the United States for signals of what it all might mean for the coming 2020 presidential election.
- President Donald Trump, in a press availability Friday afternoon, suggested Johnson's victory over the liberal Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn was a telling signal of his own future political prospects.
- When the United Kingdom voted to disassociate itself from the European Union in June 2016, it sent shockwaves around the world -- a stunning result that spoke to the rise of nationalistic populism driven by increasing anger and frustration over economic conditions and immigration, among other issues.