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The impeachment inquiry: What to expect from public hearings and beyond

The House impeachment inquiry begins heating up this week, with several key observers of President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine scheduled to speak publicly under oath for the first time. That makes it a good moment to recap where we are now in the House impeachment process,  and what lies ahead. How did we get here? Democrats are weighing impeachment after news reports suggested that President Donald Trump withheld U.S. military aid from Ukraine to pressure the country into investigating his political rival, Joe Biden.

Could Donald Trump be impeached, removed and run for re-election? It’s possible

Could President Donald Trump be impeached, removed from office and then run again for president in 2020? A reader recently asked us this question, and we were intrigued. The short answer, we found, is that Trump probably could run again, as long as the Senate didn’t decide to forbid it. But it wouldn’t be easy. The explanation gets complicated, so let’s take a step-by-step look. What does the Constitution say?

Space litter is a huge risk to satellites, and there's no way yet to clean it up

Chunks of solar panels, old rocket bodies, dead satellites, and chips of paint smaller than a fingernail — they’re all whizzing around at up to 17,500 mph in space. Humans have been sending stuff into orbit around Earth for 60 years. As early as 1978, scientists started getting worried about all the stuff we’ve left up there. The problem isn’t so much the risk to anyone on the ground. The threat is to other satellites.  That’s not a theoretical concern. In 2009, a defunct Russian satellite destroyed a functioning American commercial one.

What you need to know about Medicare for All

Medicare for All is a dividing line in the Democratic presidential primary. Firmly on one side in support are Sens. Bernie Sanders, the man who said pointedly in one debate that he “wrote the damn bill,” and Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. Most vocally on the other side are Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. They argue that this single-payer health care program would cost far too much, deny Americans choice and raise taxes on middle-class families.  Make no mistake, the proposal would shake up an industry that accounts for nearly a fifth of the nation’s economy.

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5 facts about vaccines

The scientific consensus is that vaccines prevent illness and save lives. But vaccinations have been subject to misinformation and confusion that’s having real-world consequences. This year, 1,250 individual cases of measles have been documented in 31 states, marking the highest number of cases reported in the United States since 1992, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com PolitiFact decided to research the topic, relying on scientific studies, government data, and independent experts and researchers.

Who is Alexander Vindman?

President Donald Trump has dismissed the testimony of a decorated Army officer in the impeachment inquiry. In an Oct. 30 tweet, Trump described the officer as a “Never Trumper,” repeating the label he had used the day before. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com The witness is Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Vindman listened to the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.  Commentators, primarily on Fox News, have questioned Vindman’s motives. One Fox News guest said the word “espionage” might apply. Donald Trump, Jr.

Did George Washington run businesses as president?

President Donald Trump said a precedent exists for an active businessman like himself serving as president – his legendary first predecessor, George Washington. Trump’s remark came in response to a reporter’s question about the G-7 meeting, which Trump had recently backed off hosting at his Trump National Doral property amid concerns that he could financially benefit from it.  The G-7 dispute was the latest in a line of controversies about whether Trump properties stand to benefit either from federal government largesse or from foreign payments. During a lengthy media availability on Oct.

No evidence photo of Trump watching Baghdadi raid was staged

A photo of President Donald Trump and national security officials watching the raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi caused an immediate stir online. The image, which shows Trump flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in the Situation Room of the White House, was billed as being taken during the raid. Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, died after American forces stormed his compound in northwestern Syria on Oct. 26.

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