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Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Begins Today

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The second impeachment trial of 45 (Trump) is set to begin today, continuing through at least next week in a tedious schedule.  The basis of the trial is due to 45’s incitement of the violent and deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol.

What We Know:

45 is the first United States President to be impeached twice leading to this second impeachment trial.  Resolution ALB21257 was passed on Monday with bipartisan agreement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  He was acquitted in his first impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction, with charges of inciting a riot in this second impeachment trial.  The majority of Republican representatives are against the impeachment trial and plan to debate the constitutionality of the trial today.

The Schedule:

(All times are in Eastern Standard Time)

Tuesday 1 PM:

Begins with four hours of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the trial.  If the majority of Senators vote “nay,” then the impeachment charges will be dismissed.  If the majority vote “yea,” which is expected, then the trial will continue as scheduled.

Wednesday: 

9 AM – Deadline for motions to be filed by House Representatives and 45, “with the exception of motions to subpoena witnesses or documents or any other evidentiary motions.”

11 AM – Deadline for responses to filed motions

12 PM – Arguments on filed motions begin with each side having the freedom to select how many people present their arguments.  The Senate will then vote on any motions as necessary.  If motions are filed, the House of Representatives’ arguments will begin following the handling of said arguments.

If no motions are filed, the House of Representatives will begin arguments at 12 PM, with up to 16 hours of arguments allowed across two days, with eight hours allowed per day.

Thursday – Sunday:

Arguments continue with 45 and his team beginning their 16-hour window of allotted argument time after the House of Representatives concludes their arguments.

Due to a religious exception request by a member of 45’s legal team, no arguments will extend beyond Friday at 5 PM and will reconvene at 2 PM Sunday.  The religious request was approved but withdrawn and may cause schedule adjustments as needed.

Next Monday (Potentially Sooner) – Who Knows!:

Senators have four hours to question both parties, after which one hour is provided to both sides to argue on the matter of subpoenaing supporting witnesses or documents.  The Senate will then vote on this matter after the arguments from both sides.

If the “yeas” have it, witnesses and documents will go through a deposition, or preliminary out-of-court testimony and swearing-in, process.  Another resolution will then be required if either party is permitted to subpoena witnesses or documents in order to allow for “provisions for the admission of evidence, issuance of subpoenas, arrangements for depositions, other appropriate discovery, testimony by witnesses.”

If no witnesses are to be subpoenaed, the House of Representatives will submit and argue for materials to be admitted into evidence for the Senate to vote on.  After this is complete, 45 and his team will have an opportunity to do the same.

After this process is complete, if no further action or motions are required, each party will get two hours each for concluding arguments upon which the Senate will vote on the article of impeachment.

What’s needed for Conviction?

For 45 to be convicted, potentially losing the ability to run for president again as well as other post-term benefits, two-thirds of the Senate must vote “yea.  In other words, 17 Republicans must join Democrats in voting for impeachment conviction.

Who’s Presiding?

Chief Justice John Roberts opted not to preside over the trial as he did the first impeachment trial since 45 is no longer a sitting president.  In his absence, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy will preside over the trial.

Where Can I Watch/Listen?

Here of course!  We will stream the impeachment trial every day in the Black News Alerts and BossFM apps.

To listen live, click here or watch live in the BNA app or here. We will also keep you updated with more information each day following the trial.

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Tiffanie Lanelle is a Managing Editor at Urban Newsroom, writer, social and criminal justice advocate, and in executive management at UnmutedCo. As a graduate of Spelman College, she's passionate about the growth and development of the black community, black women and black people.

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Lady Gaga Offers $500,000 For Return of Dogs After Thief Steals Them, Shoots Dog Walker

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Lady Gaga’s dogs were targeted by thieves, leaving 2 dogs missing and her dog walker shot.

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  • On Wednesday night, TMZ reports that thieves stole 2 of Lady Gaga’s beloved French Bulldogs. The dog walker, 30-year-old Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest four times by two men in baseball caps in West Hollywood. Fischer is expected to make a full recovery.
  • Police were able to recover a third dog named Miss Asia, who ran away during the incident. Koji and Gustav, however, are still missing. USA Today reports that surveillance footage from a neighbors house caught the thieves leaving with the dogs in a white vehicle.
  • A source for US Magazine says, “Gaga is beside herself. She is hoping and praying for the safe return of Koji and Gustav and for the speedy recovery of their walker, who is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances.” As of now, Lady Gaga is desperate to get her pups back, offering a $500,000 reward for their return “no questions asked.”
  • LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division has taken over the case but has yet to determine if the target was specifically on Lady Gaga’s dogs. French Bulldogs are an expensive breed in high demand, so it is possible that the gunmen did not know who the dogs belonged to.
  • The police have identified two potential suspects as Black men between the ages of 20 to 25 years old, one with blond dreadlocks and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Lady Gaga is asking that all tips be sent to KojiandGustav@gmail.com.

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Mr. Potato Head Brand Becomes Gender Inclusive

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In an effort to remain inclusive to the modern consumer, Hasbro is making some changes to the Mr. Potato Head brand.

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  • On Thursday, Hasbro announced that the decorative plastic potato is moving from Mr. Potato Head to a gender-neutral Potato Head.

“Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion,” the company wrote.

  • According to CNN, the announcement left fans of the 1950s toy were left feeling a little confused about whether the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toys would still be around. “Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD,” Hasbro tweeted.

  • Instead, the upcoming playsets will not feature specific gender designations to allow children to make their potato families how they see fit. By creating endless possibilities, kids are able to break traditional norms and create potato families with two moms, two dads, or neither depending on how they mix and mash their pieces.
  • In a statement from LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, chief communications officer Rich Ferraro said, “By offering a toy that exists outside of the binary of male and female, Hasbro is helping kids to simply see toys as toys, which encourages them to be their authentic selves outside of the pressures of traditional gender norms.”

The rebranded gender-neutral line will be launching next fall.

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Lawyers Have Found the Parents of 105 Out of 600+ Separated Migrant Children

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Some 560 migrant children have not seen their parents, while 105 are reunited on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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  • Lawyers appointed to reunite migrant families have found parents of more than 100 children over the course of a month. These men and women are working to undo what the Trump administration started in 2018 with their “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.
  • The policy managed to separate 666 children from their parents by the summer of 2018, in which it dropped dead. Immigrant families’ livelihoods sit in the balance as the federal and state governments fight in the courthouses.
  • U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday indefinitely banned the Biden administration’s 100-day pause on deportation, saying the state would be threatened with financial repercussions and “violates administrative laws and procedures.” This court case comes as a setback for the small victory concerning deportation in America.
  • The growing numbers of immigrant setbacks have led many to question whether the Biden administration will succeed in the judicial branch as the Supreme Court sits strongly Republican. To counter the Trump administration’s tough stance on immigration, the Biden team has proposed an 8-year citizenship path for immigrants.
  • Amid the recent surge, U.S. Health and Human Services have authorized the expedited release of migrant children. According to AP News, this has led to financial issues with sponsors, so as a result, the “child’s physical release would be otherwise delayed.”
  • The spike of migrant children found on the U.S.-Mexico border has led to Border Patrol facilities being overwhelmed. Many Democrats, including AOC, have critiqued the expediting of children’s release and being held in temporary shelters. “This is not okay, never has been okay, and never will be okay – no matter what the administration or party,” the Bronx House Representative stated in a tweet.

The Biden administration has a lot of work to do concerning immigration. During his campaign days, Biden prioritized immigration and continues to do so in his first 100 days. Though there may be conservative pushback, the Democrats hold the Senate majority, so it is likely that progress will move forward regarding this political and humanitarian issue.

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