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A Dishonorable Senate abdicated their duty by refusing to seek the truth.

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 The irony is stifling. For months, McConnell and other Republicans complained that the impeachment process was being rushed,  the president was being denied basic procedural protections, and that there was no testimony from those with the most direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s actions and motivations. Then they refused to hear from a single witness and refused to demand a single document from the White House, a vote that was tantamount to an acquittal of the impeachment charges. The vote brings the nation face to face with the reality that the Senate has become nothing more than an arena for the most base and brutal — and stupid — power politics. Faced with credible evidence that a president was abusing his powers, it would not muster the institutional self-respect to even investigate.Every impeachment trial in American history had included witnesses.

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The country is left with a president who has spent decades doing whatever he thinks is in his self-interest and a political party willing to protect that president. Staying in power trumps all.That, of course, is the ideology of autocracy. And although the United States is not an autocracy, our country is taking steps in that direction that I never imagined we would. "Upending American Politics."

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The Simple Reason Trump Does What He Does"In the more than three years since the tape emerged, it's become clear that the you-can-do-anything line wasn't only describing Trump's attitude toward women. It was describing his attitude toward everything: If you're rich, famous or powerful, you can get away with much more than most people understand. You just do it. You don't need to worry about ethical niceties or even, sometimes, the law. You use your advantages to bulldoze any obstacles.

"For anyone trying to make sense of the impeachment trial, this attitude is central. It's why Trump pressured Ukraine to conduct a smear campaign in the first place: Because he could. And it's how Trump organized his defense in the Senate. His lawyers offered a brazenly inconsistent series of arguments, from "He did nothing wrong" to "There was no quid prod quo" to "There were no witnesses to the quid pro quo" to, finally, "If a president does it, it's O.K."

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