30/09/2020

The Democratic presidential candidate had folks very confused last week over his preferred canine-greeting method.

Welp, the UK finally did it. Brexit actually happened. Just when you thought it might never come to pass, it did. But that wasn’t the only thing that went down last week. Not by a long shot. Coronavirus also became an official global emergency over the last seven days, and the US economy started showing signs of slowing down. Oh, and part of President Trumps proposed border wall got blown to Mexico by some strong winds. Also, Kobe Bryant died in a tragic helicopter crash, a fact that, for some reason, almost threatened the funeral of Mr. Peanut. Its not all bad news, though; citizens of Earth also got the best look at the sun yet, and met the man who bought a Super Bowl ad for the veterinary research that saved his dogs life. What else happened? More than we could ever recount in one place, but we’ll start with this.
What Happened: The folks tasked with defending President Trump at his Senate impeachment trial got to argue their side.
What Really Happened: So, where are we with that whole impeachment of the president thing? Glad you asked.
At the start of the trial, youll remember, managers from the House of Representatives madetheircase for the impeachment of Trump across three days, running late into the evening every single day. Last week, the defense had the same time to present a counterargument to a Senate controlled by a party that wantsitalloveralready.
That said, how do you defend someone who, just last weekend, wasfacedwithevenmoreevidenceofpossiblewrongdoing? (That evidence, by the way, came from the manuscript of a forthcoming book by Trumps former national security adviser, John Bolton; well come back to that soon.) Across three days, Trump’s team tried a lot of different tactics. For the purposes of this roundup, we’ll stick to the highlights.
The first day was, well, a lot of repeating what Trump has been saying for months.
The argument was, basically, that theresnothingwronghereexcepttheDemocraticPartyasawhole. It also involved some, um, questionable parts.
On the second day, it becameclearTrumpsattorneyswereabouttoreallydigin. Sortof.
It also didnt escape peoples notice that two of the people arguing against impeachment were two of the people who had, in fact, pushed for President Clinton to be removed from office two decades earlier.
By the final day of the defenses time, itwascleartheywereoveritalready.
Throughout the entire thing, the ghost of John Bolton lingered. Who leaked the manuscript? (The White House, for what its worth, is threatening legal action if the book gets published, despite significant pre-orders.) Will Bolton testify in the Senate, even though Republicans want this finished already? As the evidence against the president continued to build, it still appeared as though GOP Senators wanted towrap this thing upsoon.
The Takeaway: At the end of the week, the Senate voted against hearing from witnesses, effectively clearing the way for Trump’s acquittal. Then, this happened.
What Happened: When meeting a new dog for the first time, whats the polite way to say hello? No, seriously, do you know? Because Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg might need some advice.