"Andrew Johnson Was a Lot Like Trump": Echoes of 1868 in Trump's Impeachment Trial
Author: (Democracy Now!)

After a nearly 13-hour marathon session, the U.S. Senate approved by a party-line vote the rules for the impeachment trial of President Trump. This marks just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The Senate trial comes a month after the House impeached Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats to subpoena witnesses and documents at this stage in the trial. Democrats were attempting to subpoena documents from the White House, the State Department and the Office of Management and Budget. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke early on Tuesday laying out the Democrats’ case for impeachment. “President Trump is accused of coercing a foreign leader into interfering in our elections to benefit himself, and then doing everything in his power to cover it up,” Schumer said. “If proved, the president’s actions are crimes against democracy itself. It’s hard to imagine a greater subversion of our democracy than for powers outside our borders to determine the elections from within.” For more, we speak with Manisha Sinha, professor of American history at the University of Connecticut and author of “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.”

Headlines for January 22, 2020
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NYT Politics

Impeachment Schedule Explained: Why the Trial Could Last Weeks
Author: Michael D. Shear
The rules adopted by the Senate early Wednesday lay out a timeline for a trial that could be over in two weeks — or stretch much longer.
What to Watch For in President Trump’s Impeachment Trial on Wednesday
Author: Peter Baker
With an absent defendant and a tired chief justice, the Senate will begin formal arguments as House managers open their case that the president committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
Hiding in the Grass: Fear and Confusion as Fighters Overran a U.S. Airfield
Author: Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Eric Schmitt, Charlie Savage and Helene Cooper
The brazen Shabab assault at Manda Bay, Kenya, a sleepy seaside base near the Somali border, on Jan. 5 left three Americans dead, raising complex questions about the military’s mission in Africa.
Pete Buttigieg Traverses Iowa, Trying to Channel Obama and Sway the Undecided
Author: Trip Gabriel
With three of his top rivals pinned down at the Senate impeachment trial, Mr. Buttigieg has seized the opportunity to camp out in the state, largely below the radar.
Where Senators Get Their Sugar Fix During the Impeachment Trial
Author: Neil Vigdor
Candy, stashed in the desk of Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, is the only food allowed in the chamber.
Trade War’s Pain May Deepen Even as Tensions Abate
Author: Ben Casselman, Niraj Chokshi and Jim Tankersley
Manufacturers and farmers struggled last year because of tariffs, and there are signs that damage is spreading to other sectors of the economy.
What to Watch in the Impeachment Trial on Wednesday
Author: Peter Baker
With an absent defendant and a tired chief justice, the Senate will begin formal arguments as House managers open their case that President Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

Portland Tribune

Investigators dig into fire that devastated Shirley's Tippy Canoe
Author: Shannon O. Wells
Troutdale restaurant's burglar alarm was triggered on Friday morning about an hour before the blaze was reported

A fire that destroyed Shirley's Tippy Canoe restaurant and lounge near Troutdale early Friday morning, Jan. 17, likely started in the second-floor office/storage area — and was possibly preceded by an activated burglar ...