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Trump doesn’t have to tell someone directly, “Let’s do some extorting,” for him to be found guilty.

Did President Donald Trump abuse his power when he pressured Ukraine into announcing investigations that would benefit him personally? This, in a nutshell, is the question at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. Click here to continue reading my latest NBC News Op-Ed


Neither President Donald Trump nor his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani deny the underlying facts of the allegations at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. This seems like a relatively crazy thing to do, given that Democrats are out for blood — but they really have Read more…


On Tuesday, Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, gave what House Democrats described as “disturbing” testimony about President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings. The testimony was not open to the public, but news outlets obtained and subsequentlypublished Taylor’s 15-page opening statement. To keep Read more…


The summary of the phone call between President Donald Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy offers ashocking and illuminating look at how Trump operates, particularly when he purports to conduct foreign policy as president of the United States. But the Read more…


An astonishing thing happened on Saturday. US Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, read the redacted Mueller Report and concluded from the evidence that President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses, and broke ranks with his party. In a concise tweet, Amash — Read more…


Trump claims he plans to cut off federal funding, at least in part, to colleges that do not protect views across the political spectrum. To make his point, he called Hayden Williams, a conservative activist, onto the stage. Williams alleges Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate Magazine site] President Donald Trump has been bending and breaking laws all of his life. Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer, stated under oath that Trump directed him to violate federal campaign finance law; the Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate Magazine website] The upcoming Supreme Court case Gamble v. United States has fueled speculation that Republicans are pushing for a favorable outcome in order to free Trump to issue pardons of his associates without fear that they Read more…


[Click here to read on the Slate website] Last week, federal Judge Dana M. Sabraw issued a nationwide injunction   ending the Trump administration policy of removing children from families entering the United States. This order was an important first step, but Read more…


Now that President Trump has issued an executive order that may perhaps end his administration’s policy of family separation, there are still many outstanding questions: What happens to new families entering the United States? Will there be a Separation 2.0, just Read more…