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  1. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    As Trump himself and multiple Trump administration officials have revealed, the 'favor' Trump was asking for was an announcement of a new investigation specifically relating to the Biden's with Burisma as the supposed justification, even though an investigation into Burisma had already occurred and no new reason for reopening an investigation had been proposed. I'm not sure how at this point you can be unclear about the basis of bribery / extortion claims, Trump withheld something of value to gain something of personal value, that's not confusing.
  2. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    I get the argument, and it makes sense in a simplistic way; it's basically that if someone goes up to a bank teller and hands them a note that they have a gun and then rob the bank, what they did is essentially no different than someone else in line who give the teller a withdrawl slip and take out money (legally) from their own account. They both gave the teller a slip of paper and the cashier then gave them both money, so why do we say one of them did something wrong while the other didn't?
  3. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    I'm not sure what the relevancy of your reference to Iran is, but he didn't send "pallets of cash" to Iran, by which I assume you're referring to the deal that limited Iran's nuclear capabilities, in which the US paid Iran zero dollars, but is often falsely claimed to have included US payments to Iran.
  4. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    Obama didn't fire any appointees for the purpose of paving the way for extorting a foreign government for personal gain, what are you referring to?
  5. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    The definition of Bribery in the 1700's was the same as it is now, with both participants having committed a crime. Being mostly lawyers, it's doubtful that the framers or Madison himself were unfamiliar with a basic legal term. "High crimes and misdemeanors" was also a well understood legal term, and most definitely includes using your position to gain personal benefit. I don't want to put words in your mouth when the claim seems so absurd, but are you actually claiming the framers would not have had a problem with Trump using the withholding of congressionally approved military aid to obtain personal political favors?
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    Impeachment

    Incoming Presidents traditionally appoint their own ambassadors, often with the exception of those appointed only recently such as Yovanovitch. There's been no criticism of Trump simply for replacing ambassadors, the issue has been that she was recalled because she was seen as being a barrier in the administration's efforts to extort political favors from a foreign government, and then smearing her with false claims in the process.
  7. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Have MoondoggieRN's posts all been replaced by error messages to anyone else, or just me.
  8. MunoRN

    Impeachment

    It was the founding fathers that set the precedent of impeachment for bribery, and made sure the Constitution was pretty clear what should happen when this occurs. Politics being what it is, I certainly wouldn't say it's impossible for a party to be hypocritical. But I'm not nearly as worried about the Democrats setting the precedent that we should follow the Constitution as I am about Republicans setting the precedent we should flagrantly violate the Constitution for partisan purposes.
  9. MunoRN

    Where are the healthcare professionals?

    I'm not sure what particular point you're trying to highlight in posting this video, but since you're leaving us to guess... There are no proposals to transition the US healthcare system to the Canadian model, either in terms of transitioning healthcare delivery (physicians, hospitals, clinics, etc) to government-operated entities as is the case in Canada (provincial and local government run healthcare authorities). There have also not been proposals to reduce our healthcare spending to what Canada pays, about half what we spend. That doesn't mean there aren't comparisons made to Canadian healthcare when discussing the direction we should go, despite spending less than we do not just as a percentage, but the we fully double what they spend, they have better healthcare outcomes and better access to healthcare than we do. One of the points made in the video is the difficulty finding a primary physician in Canada. Canada has 26.1 Physicians per 10,000 population, which is actually slightly better than the 25.9 per 10,000 in the US. And that's an overall ratio which doesn't factor in that our primary care physician to patient ratio is even worse in the US, which is a product of the fact that our system incentivizes allowing minor and preventative health issues to become severe and acute, which is a big part of why we spend twice as much for worse care. One of the specific examples they give is the difficulty in finding a pediatrician. I have 3 kids and we've only managed to have a pediatrician for the first few months of my first child (until she left on maternity leave). We got on a waiting list and had one lined up for my second child, then she was born at 30 weeks and therefore needed a specialist pediatrician, the closest available was an hour and a half away and the waiting lists were longer than she would need a pediatrician for, and this is while not living in a "healthcare desert" part of the US where this is even worse. I don't know that there is much disagreement on either side about what needs fixed with our healthcare system, the main disagreement is where people such as yourself argue that we should fix these problems but then promote positions that only make these problems far worse.
  10. MunoRN

    Where are the healthcare professionals?

    Considering you've never really offered what you support in terms of healthcare reform, other than posting a zdogg video which promoted a change to single payer, I'm not sure how "we've gone around and around on this in the past". If your understanding of Warren's plan is so lacking that you think she is "for getting rid of our whole system" then I can see how you would oppose that, however her plan actually involves leaving our entire healthcare delivery system as-is with the exception of limiting price gouging, the only thing her plan really effects is how much we pay in administrative overhead and the rate of cost inflation.
  11. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    A "quid pro quo" is the main component of both bribery and extortion, so no, these aren't new terms in these accusations. Whether it's meets the legal threshold for a criminal act isn't required for impeachment, the abuse of power for political gain itself is impeachable and is particularly warranted if the President would continue to undermine the legitimacy of our elections, which this President has stated he believes is acceptable for him to do. If we're going to use a criminal threshold has the bar for impeachment then he appears to meet that as well. There's an interesting argument to had as to whether it's bribery or extortion, but it's clearly one of the two. I would argue this is technically extortion rather than bribery since bribery is saying I'll do something for you if you do something for me, and extortion is to take action that makes someone worse off then they would have been unless they provide something of personal benefit. Because the military aid for Ukraine had already been approved and would not have been held up without Trump's interference, this was pretty clearly pressure based on making Ukraine worse off than they would be otherwise if they didn't play along, which is criminal extortion.
  12. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    There was a trending hashtag at the beginning of Trump's term, "coup has started", which referred to examples of Trump's staff overriding his decisions and actions, which by multiple first-hand accounts was true, the most recent came out just today: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/nikki-haley-in-new-book-john-kelly-tillerson-undermined-trump-said-they-were-trying-to-save-the-country/ He predicted Trump would eventually get impeached, which was hardly a stretch even that early on, he had already publically invited a foreign country to interfere in our elections for instance. I'm not sure how either of those examples means Trump and his associates didn't bribe a foreign country to interfere in our elections. The argument seems to be that if someone successfully predicts something then that means it didn't really happen. Do you really not feel that this is unacceptable or at least concerning behavior in a President, or do you not believe it happened at all?
  13. MunoRN

    ABC and the Epstein story...comments?

    Anything's possible, not everything is a proven truth, that's an important distinction. Clinton was a known acquaintance of Epstein and is known his sexual exploits are no secret. Trump was also a known acquaintance of Epstein and his sexual exploits are also no secret. So if we can then assume Clinton was involved in sex trafficking, wouldn't it also be assumed Trump was as well?
  14. MunoRN

    ABC and the Epstein story...comments?

    The ABC story was based on accusations made in court records, which means ABC doesn't have to confirm the accusations, then those accusations were stricken from those court records, which left ABC to independently corroborate the accusations which they couldn't do. Her accusations have since become public however, which included that she knew Clinton was an acquaintance of Epstein, but she has also stated that she "never witnessed Clinton particpate in any sexual activity". I realize the Project Veritas has received 'huge attention' in conservative media when compared to less-slanted sources, which brings into question the journalistic integrity of those sources more than it does those who have covered this in a more factual and less sensationalistic way.
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    You all may have already seen this, but it turns out this wasn't just due to ineptitude and possibly some money getting into his pocket, it was an elaborate scam to get A LOT of money in his pocket; $43 million Journal: Embattled Doc Hoped to Profit Off of MMR-Autism Link - AOL Health
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