Oct 21, 2019

House Republicans' effort to censure Adam Schiff fails

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An effort by House Republicans to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his actions in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump failed with a 218-185 party-line vote on Monday.

Context: The resolution, crafted by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), centered on Schiff's mocking interpretation of Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a committee hearing last month. In the resolution, Biggs called it "a false retelling" that "misled the American people." The incident prompted Trump to brand Schiff "a sick man" at the time.

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Americans are bearing witness to a painful moment in our history, with thousands showing up day after day to protest police brutality and racial inequality, even in the midst of a pandemic. Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, joins Dan to analyze how we may understand it when the present becomes past.

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Snapchat will no longer promote Trump's account in Discover

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Snapchat will no longer promote President Trump's account on its "Discover" page of curated content, a spokesperson tells Axios, after Trump tweeted comments that some suggested glorified violence amid racial justice protests.

Why it matters: Snapchat is taking action on the president's account for comments he made elsewhere. That's going farther than other big tech firms and signals a commitment to aligning content served to users with core values, rather than making moderation decisions based narrowly on each post made on its own platform.

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Esper catches White House off guard with opposition to military use, photo op

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a press briefing Wednesday that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law that permits the president to use active-duty troops on U.S. soil, in order to quell protests against racial injustice.

Why it matters: President Trump threatened this week to deploy military forces if state and local governments aren't able to squash violent protests. Axios reported on Wednesday that Trump is backing off the idea for now, but that he hasn't ruled it out.