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The House voted on an article of impeachment that accuses President Trump of “incitement of insurrection,” and 10 Republicans supported the move. Senator Mitch McConnell said he would not agree to use emergency powers to bring the Senate back into session for a trial before Jan. 19.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The House, with some G.O.P. support, impeaches Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ setting up a Senate trial.

  • 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump.

  • ‘It is never too late to do the right thing.’ Read key quotes from Democrats and Republicans on impeachment.

  • Have questions about the impeachment process? We’ve got answers.

  • The ‘People’s House’ looked like a war zone during the impeachment debate, one week after the Capitol riot.

  • Pelosi names nine impeachment managers to lead the effort.

  • Trump issues a statement calling on Americans to ‘ease tensions and calm tempers.’

  • Republican lawmakers are accused of giving Capitol tours to insurrectionists before the riot as new inquires are opened.

  • With a week before his inauguration, Biden focuses on filling out his staff.


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Impeachment Results: How Democrats and Republicans Voted

See how each House member voted on the article of impeachment charging President Trump with inciting violence against the country.

The House on Wednesday impeached President Trump for inciting a violent insurrection against the United States government, as 10 members of the president’s party joined Democrats to charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors for an unprecedented second time.

Reconvening under the threat of continued violence and the protection of thousands of National Guard troops, the House was determined to hold Mr. Trump to account just one week before he was to leave office. At issue was his role in encouraging a mob that attacked the Capitol one week ago while Congress met to affirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, forcing lawmakers to flee for their lives in a deadly rampage.

The House adopted a single article of impeachment, voting 232 to 197 to charge Mr. Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States” and requesting his immediate removal from office and disqualification from ever holding one again.

Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach: Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.

The defections were a remarkable break from the head of the party by Republicans, who voted unanimously against impeaching Mr. Trump just over a year ago.

The vote set the stage for the second Senate trial of Mr. Trump in a year, though senators appeared unlikely to convene to sit in judgment before Jan. 20, when Mr. Biden will take the oath of office. The last proceeding, over Mr. Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine to smear Mr. Biden, was a partisan affair.

Read the Article of Impeachment

House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment charging President Trump with “high crimes and misdemeanors” for inciting the mob that assaulted the Capitol on Wednesday.

This time, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, was said to support the effort as a means of purging his party of Mr. Trump, setting up a political and constitutional showdown that could shape the course of American politics when the nation remains dangerously divided.

In a note to Republican colleagues on Wednesday, Mr. McConnell did not deny that he backed the impeachment push, but he said that he had “not made a final decision on how I will vote, and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”

Mr. Trump showed no contrition for his actions. But in the run-up to the vote on Wednesday, he issued a statement urging his supporters to remain peaceful as federal authorities warned of a nationwide wave of violence surrounding Mr. Biden’s inauguration.

“There must be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement that was read by Republicans from the House floor. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on all Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

The House’s vote was historic. Only two other presidents have been impeached; none has been impeached twice, by such a large bipartisan margin, or so close to leaving office.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California implored colleagues before the vote to embrace “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”

“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”

Republicans, who stood unanimously behind Mr. Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were split over the charge this time.

Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican leader, spoke out against impeachment, warning that it would “further fan the flames of partisan division.” But he also pinned blame on Mr. Trump for the attack and batted down false suggestions from some of his colleagues that antifa had actually been responsible for the siege, not loyalists to Mr. Trump. He proposed censuring the president instead of impeaching him.

“The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”

Democrats and some Republicans had tried — briefly — to take another course. They urged Mr. Trump to resign voluntarily and voted late Tuesday to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to wrest the powers of the presidency from Mr. Trump for the remainder of his term. Mr. Trump refused, and so did Mr. Pence.


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As the House voted Wednesday on whether to formally charge President Trump with inciting violence against the government of the United States, 10 Republicans cast their votes in favor.

The vote came exactly one week after the Capitol was breached by an angry mob of Trump loyalists.

In 2019, not a single Republican voted in favor of impeachment. House Republican leaders said they would not formally lobby members of the party against voting to impeach the president this time.

Representative John Katko of New York was the first Republican to publicly announce that he would back the impeachment proceedings. Not holding the president accountable for his actions would be “a direct threat to the future of our democracy,” he said.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, said on Tuesday evening that she would vote to impeach, citing the president’s role in an insurrection that caused “death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.”

Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, joined his Republican colleagues on Tuesday evening, saying the nation was in uncharted waters. He said that Mr. Trump “encouraged an angry mob to storm the United States Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes.”

Representative Fred Upton of Michigan issued a statement saying that he would vote to impeach after Mr. Trump “expressed no regrets” for what had happened at the Capitol.

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State issued a statement saying, “The president’s offenses, in my reading of the Constitution, were impeachable based on the indisputable evidence we already have.” (An earlier version of this item incorrectly stated which state Ms. Herrera Beutler represents.)

Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington announced that he was backing impeachment, attacking his party’s core argument, that the process was being rushed. “I will not use process as an excuse,” he said during the impeachment debate, to cheers and applause from Democrats. Mr. Newhouse also offered a mea culpa, chiding himself and other Republicans for “not speaking out sooner” against the president.

Representative Peter Meijer of Michigan said that Mr. Trump had “betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the insurrection we suffered last week.”

Representative Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio said Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers in the House and Senate “had their lives put in grave danger as a result of the president’s actions,” adding, “When I consider the full scope of events leading up to Jan. 6 including the president’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment.”

Representatives Tom Rice of South Carolina and David Valadao of California also voted for impeachment.

Nicholas Fandos and Glenn Thrush contributed reporting.


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  •  Maybe putting some sanity back into the discussion.

    I finished up yesterday’s essay by claiming we wouldn’t get another crash this year…not in the realm of a 2008 or 2020 anyway. Today, I’ll explain why.

    But first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Big Tech censorship.

    It happened big time this week after Trump supporters, angry in their belief in a stolen election, ‘stormed’ Capitol Hill. I say ‘stormed’ because based on vision I saw (not on the MSM, of course) gates and doors were opened for them.

    Contrasting the scenes last week with the Black Lives Matter riots that engulfed the country for months, it appears that destroying public property for a belief is democracy in action but doing the same on government property is insurrection.

    Trump got outplayed by the establishment. In response to last week’s events, they banned him from Twitter and a number of other platforms. Thousands of others copped the same treatment. If you think wrong, you’re gone.

    That this happened in the ‘land of the free’ just goes to show what a charade it is. Like the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post moniker, ‘Democracy dies in the darkness’, it’s just a slogan. The US is controlled by a political oligarchy that has only grown more powerful via its alliance with the tech giants.  

    You don’t get to be as big and dominant as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, etc if you’re not in bed with the oligarchy.

    I mean, just have a look at the board of Apple. It’s got representatives from big pharma, defence contractors, finance…and Al Gore at the helm.

    These companies are arms of the national security state apparatus. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are truly private corporations.

    That’s why they hated Trump so much. He was an outsider looking to disrupt the club. And now they’ve dealt with him.

    If this makes you genuinely concerned about the direction of freedom of speech, it should. What can you do about it? One of the best things I’ve read recently is from Michael Krieger, who recently returned to the Liberty Blitz blog.  

    There’s no reason to rehash what happened over the last several days, but the gist of it is that significant components of internet infrastructure were weaponized for ideological and political purposes. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we all knew this day was coming. We just didn’t want to admit it or confront it, because it’s not a comforting or easy thing to admit or confront. But the day has arrived and we’re no longer in a position to ignore it. The most concerning aspect isn’t that it happened, but that it could happen at all. The internet is clearly broken, possibly dying, and if we want to digitally associate freely again at some point in the future, we have no choice but to fix it.

    Most of us eagerly, or more likely lazily, embraced the current insipid and dull paradigm in the name of convenience, low prices, and free shipping, but we never stopped to consider the sacrifices made along the way. We swallowed it whole, became comfortable fat and happy, and now the facade’s about to be slowly stripped away unless we bend the knee to an ever narrowing Overton Window of speech and behavior parameters. It begins with social media purges, but it won’t end there. All the special things we sacrificed from the prior era are gone, yet the consequences are here to stay. We can’t run and hide hoping to be the last one hauled off to the abattoir. It’s time to step up.

    In this regard, I have a simple suggestion. Cancel Yourself. Unshackle yourself mentally from our suffocating and bland corporate culture while you still have a chance to do it voluntarily. Cancel yourself before they have a chance to cancel you. In this there is power.

    What that means will be different for different people. But I’m sure you get the gist. Get yourself out of the oligarchical network.

    I’m sure you might be wondering the same thing about this stock market. But as I explained yesterday, I don’t think holding cash is the answer. Cash is the only thing these lunatics can create more of. They can’t create businesses and real wealth (although they can give sectors a legislative free ride) and they can’t create more gold or bitcoin.

    Cash is all they have. Right now, their use of the money printing machine is imperfect. Central banks monetise government debt through the private market. That is, central banks buy government debt from ‘primary dealers’ (privileged banks) and the government sells debt back into the market via these primary dealers.

    I say it’s impacted because central banks don’t ‘print money’ to buy the bonds. The create ‘bank reserves’. Banks can’t lend these reserves. They must be deposited back at the Fed.

    That won’t stop them though. This year, you’ll hear more about central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

    MMT espouses cutting out the primary dealers, and just have the central bank finance the government directly. And governments will be able to control spending with CBDCs much more effectively.

    That’s why you’re unlikely to see a 50%-plus crash in the markets this year. With the current trajectory of idiocy, do you really think cash — unlimited, plentiful cash — is going to increase its purchasing power by 50% against real assets?

    It’s not an impossible outcome. But it’s a very low probability. So don’t bet on such an outcome with all your capital.



    Greg Canavan,
    Editor, The Rum Rebellion


    • Great piece Pop, thanks for posting it.

      It's a strange old world we live in. I don't have Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and none of them hold any sway with me - and I am positive I am far more the richer, and happier, for that. I use Youtube and watch content that only I want to watch - I'm a Kiwi but I ain't no sheep :)

      As for the stock market; I was taught how to value a share a long time ago and, right now, I'm not sure there is a single stock out there that can justify it's value based on proven criteria. The only reason we won't see a crash is massive central bank stimulus - the question for me is how long can they keep doing it, and how long until it simply won't work any more? I've done OK this year but - jeez - you wouldn't want to be all-in riding the wave would you.

      I still think cash (AUD) is a pretty safe haven in the medium term at least. Can't see inflation any time soon.

      2021 is a pretty scary prospect for many, I think.


      • First things first, I have had no social media other than on here.

        I signed onto twitter to receive some sporting returns but I would not know how to even post on it. So we are pretty similar.

        The tech crap and the media reporting of the Trump issue is a beat up of enormous magnitude regardless of what we may or may not think of Trump.

        I think in the market you really have to become a stock picker, rather than stay in cash, in saying that I respect anyone staying there but think there are opportunities that are pretty good.

        Remember with cash rates where they are, then DCF's are going to look very different on PE ratio's.

        I am comfortable with gold but am looking for a pullback to 1770 before getting back in (in cash  as well at present). Make that 1780/90 to act as not much will get set at 1770.

        The rationale you use means gold is the way you need to be, because there won't be many places to escape to. Also look at your contrarian stocks that have gone badly in the last 12 months, you maybe surprised how things like gas may recover significantly.

        Finally if you read my article on Starpharma SPL as a "specky" then you could do very well...... I must admit I have been in and out of the stock for about 6 years but I do believe in what they are doing.....of course I am writing this without knowing yours or anyone reading it's views on their own risk profile.....

        Sorry I had to put in my disclaimer.

        Thanks for the support Kram, it will be interesting how many people will attack me on the Trump views, but ca la vie!

        • Interesting perspectives and advice - thanks mate.

          I'm about half in the market at the moment and half in cash. Never really been that keen on gold but not for any logical reason. I've got a really good advisor so I put my trust in her alot of the time.

          I did see your post on Starpharma - looks interesting. I do have a bit invested in one pharma but my speculation is based more around the ''other" pandemic sweeping the planet - type 2 diabetes!

          BTW, I got a stack of Qantas shares at $3.25 back in April, they're at $4.88 now and, just quietly, I'm tipping they will be at about $8.50 within 24-36 months. Might be a bit up and down along the way but it's a solid buy for a heap of reasons. If you've got any spare you want to park for around 3 yrs this is one stock that is actually undervalued when you look at the business, what they've done to deal with the current climate, and their strength of management. It's not a massive return but around 33% (no div) pa ain't bad :)

          Cheers mate - hope you and the family are well :)


          • Qantas is a good example of a contrarian stock Kram and I think you are right, very well managed now and he is prepared to take his medicine.

            I suspect you know a lot more about airlines than I ever will Lol!

      • Kram, I knew it. I knew something was wrong with you, ya sheep loving Velcro glove buying did-I-mention-the-sheep-business person of questionable national heritage. 

        • What are you trying to say Daz, could you be a little more clearer? lol

          • Jacinda is a babe 

            • True that - we do PM's better than Oz :)


              • Is there a real competition?


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