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“The president leaves us no choice” other than to proceedwith articles of impeachment, said Nancy Pelosi this morning as she asked thechairs of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees to draw up the fatefulbill. Reluctant as the canny Speaker was to institute impeachment proceedingsfor months, it is worth listening to her now as she explains why the threat todemocracy posed by Donald Trump requires this constitutional response.

Pelosi’s historic statement is only five minutes, but she isthorough and eloquent. Republicans who claim that she is reckless or eager to impeachTrump are obviously, consciously lying. She knows the risks and yet is determinedto fulfill her duty – so help her God.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

When COVID-19 was overwhelming New York City hospitals during the 2020 spring, a silly talking point in right-wing media was that residents of red states didn't need to worry about the pandemic because it only posed a threat to Democratic areas. But COVID-19, just as health experts predicted, found its way to red states in a brutal way. And the current COVID-19 surge is especially severe in red states that have lower vaccination rates. Journalist David Leonhardt, in an article published by the New York Times this week, examines a disturbing pattern: red states where residents are more likely to be anti-vaxxers and more likely to be infected with COVID-19 and die from it.

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Gov. Doug Ducey with Senate President Karen Fann and former President Donald Trump

The Republican-led Arizona election audit found that President Joe Biden actually won by a slightly wider margin than initially reported, but Trump supporters are still demanding that the election results be overturned.

In fact, according to Tucson.com, the demands have increased since the audit results were made public. Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly received approximately 300 emails a day on Saturday and Sunday demanding that he decertify the state's results for the 2020 presidential election.

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