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US House votes to strip Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of key posts
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US House votes to strip Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of key posts

The US House of Representatives has voted to expel a Republican congresswoman from two committees over incendiary remarks she made before being elected last November. Marjorie Taylor Greene had promoted baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and endorsed violence against Democrats. Before the vote, she said she regretted her views, which included claims that school shootings and 9/11 were staged. Eleven Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the motion by 230-199. It means the representative - who was elected in November, representing a district in the southern state of Georgia - cannot take up her place on the education and budget committees. This would limit her ability to shape policy as most legislation goes through a committee before reaching the House floor. Committee po...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos agrees to testify before antitrust hearing
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos agrees to testify before antitrust hearing

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has agreed to testify before a US House of Representatives committee reviewing antitrust issues in the tech industry. He had resisted calls to testify, which caused the committee to threaten to subpoena Bezos if necessary. Bezos’ decision was written in a letter to the committee dated Sunday. “We are committed to cooperating with your inquiry and will make the appropriate executive available to testify. This includes making Jeff Bezos available to testify at a hearing with the other CEOs this summer,” wrote attorney Robert K. Kelner, of Covington & Burling, which is representing Amazon for the antitrust investigation. Kelner added that the timing and format for the testimony would still need to be worked out. He said Amazon has produced ov...
What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria – Oke Umurhohwo
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What Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could Teach Nigeria – Oke Umurhohwo

After a long wait, the jury has come out with a verdict– President Donald Trump would not be removed from office. This brings to end months of nightmares for Trump who faced a major onslaught to boot him out of office. Lucky for him, his Republican-dominated Senate acquitted him on all charges leveled against him and wrote-off his impeachment by the Democrats dominated House of Representatives. For three weeks, the US Senate entertained fierce arguments from House of Representatives managers and Trump’s counsels on what turned out to become a divisive issue in that country politics. The Democrats are adamant that Trump “abused office and obstructed Congress” from its legitimate duty and threw its numerical advantage at the House of Representatives to impeach him from office. But ...
US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts
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US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts

United States House of Representatives has condemned the decision of President Donald Trump to extend his administration’s travel ban that will affect Nigeria and some other countries. Trump signed the original travel ban on January 27, 2017, just a week into his tenure. The ban was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2018. It affected Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea. For the new restrictions, countries on the list include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. On Monday, Democrats said that the House of Representatives will soon consider legislation that would repeal the travel ban and limit the president from imposing future restrictions, Reuters reports. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi...
Everything You Didn’t Know About Trump’s Impeachment, And How The Impeachment Trial Might Play Out
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Everything You Didn’t Know About Trump’s Impeachment, And How The Impeachment Trial Might Play Out

US President Donald Trump, in December made history as the third US president to ever be impeached after the US House Of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach him for abuse of power and Obstruction of Justice. According to the US House of Representatives, the US president abused his powers by withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden, by the Ukrainian government. But will Trump become the first president to be removed from office through impeachment? Earlier this month, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to submit the articles of impeachment to the senate after initially holding onto them till the Senate leadership assured her that the senate trial would be fair. Senate leader Mitch McConnel...
I Got Impeached For Making A Perfect Phone Call – Donald Trump
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I Got Impeached For Making A Perfect Phone Call – Donald Trump

The impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in the US Senate on Thursday, starting with a reading of the charges. John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was then be sworn in to preside over the trial that will determine whether Trump should be removed from office. “All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United States, articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States,” the sergeant at arms announced. I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!
Trump, Pelosi React As Iran Attack US Troops In Iraq
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Trump, Pelosi React As Iran Attack US Troops In Iraq

President of the United States, Donald Trump has reacted to the attack on a military base housing some US troops in Iraq. MCI had reported that the Iran military Tuesday night fired dozens of missiles at the troops in Iraq, with alleged few causalities. Reacting, President Trump said the level of casualties were being assessed, describing the US military as being the best in the world today. “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! “We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning”, Mr Trump tweeted. On her part, speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi said sh...
Donald Trump Has Been Impeached, Becomes Third US President In History To Suffer Such Fate
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Donald Trump Has Been Impeached, Becomes Third US President In History To Suffer Such Fate

Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, becoming only the third US president to suffer the ignominy and bringing him a step closer to being removed from office. Two articles of impeachment were passed over his behaviour in the Ukraine scandal - one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress. Not a single Republican voted for either article - a fact the White House seized on to portray the Democrats’ impeachment drive as motivated by political bias. Mr Trump was not in Washington for the vote Credit: AFP The issue will now pass to the Senate, the other body that makes up the US Congress, which will hold a trial on whether to convict and remove Mr Trump from office next month. But given the Republ...
US House Of Reps Vote To Condemn Trump’s Racist Comments Against Congresswomen
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US House Of Reps Vote To Condemn Trump’s Racist Comments Against Congresswomen

The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn President Donald Trump's racist tweets against four Democratic congresswomen of colour. Before the vote, Representative John Lewis, a Democrat and civil rights leader who marched with Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s, called on members of Congress to "do the right thing" and condemn the president's words. "The world is watching. They are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way as a proud and dignified people," the 79-year-old Lewis said. "I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And it has no place in the highest levels of our government," Lewis added. The House resolution passed by a vote of 240-187 with only four Republicans joining all Democrats and one Independent in favour. T...
Israel Set To Deport Thousands Of Illegal African Migrants From The Country
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Israel Set To Deport Thousands Of Illegal African Migrants From The Country

The plan to forcibly deport thousands of illegal African migrants has been shelved by Israel, but is encouraging voluntary deportation. In a written response to the country’s Supreme Court, the government said forced removal of the migrants “is no longer on the agenda”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving a TV interview However, Israel’s immigration authorities are still seeking ways to deport migrants voluntarily, it said. The fate of Israel’s roughly 30,000 illegal African migrants has become a hugely contentious issue. The supreme court previously suspended a plan to expel the migrants – mostly from Eritrea and Sudan – unless they voluntarily accepted a cash lump sum and a plane ticket out of the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then cancelled a UN deal to resettl...