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An Impeachment Trial Without Witnesses Would Be Unconstitutional

Paul Savoy The Atlantic
Donald Trump became only the third U.S. president to be impeached. If Mitch McConnell succeeds in his intention to prevent any witnesses from testifying, Trump will become the first president to be acquitted by an unconstitutional impeachment process

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The Senate Is an Institutional Barrier to Democracy

Sohale A. Mortazavi Truthout
The United States is not the only supposedly democratic country saddled with an undemocratic upper legislative chamber (ours just has the most egregious malapportionment), but Americans have, so far, been the least willing to push back.

Regional Airlines Want to Cut Co-Pilot Flight Rules. The Idea Mustn't Get Off the Ground

Robert Reed Chicago Tribune
Airline travelers are willing to compromise on personal comfort and convenience in return for lower fares and regularly scheduled flights. But I doubt the flying public would agree to deeply discount their own safety by letting the government hack away at an essential industry standard designed to protect flyers from inexperienced pilots.
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