Lewandowski hearing was a disaster

Elie Honig writes that Corey Lewandowski was a truly horrible witness -- angry, combative, and sarcastic when questioned by Democrats. But the hearing itself was an absurd spectacle. It's not going to change minds even though it confirmed key parts of Robert Mueller's report.
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Deported Mexican national could be ‘serial killer’ after 5th body found in Tijuana: police
A Mexican man now accused of killing at least five people – including his own in-law who traveled from California to Tijuana to collect rent from their tenants – may be a serial killer who was luring potential victims in with offers for cars for sale, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.
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Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77
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How Germany helped make renewable energy cheap for the rest of the world
Hans-Josef Fell and his solar panels. | Kenny Malone/NPR One man, some very old solar panels, and a law that looks a lot like part of the proposed US Green New Deal helped transform the way Germany gets its power. Hans-Josef Fell describes himself as a “solar freak.” His entire home, in a small town in Northern Bavaria, runs on renewable energy: heating, cooling, and electricity. Fell installed his first solar panels in 1991, and though they cost him about $70,000 in today’s dollars, he considered them to be a worthwhile purchase to help fight climate change. At the time, most Germans either could not afford them or saw them as a losing financial investment. Fell realized he wanted to find a way to change that, so that his fellow countrymen would invest in renewable technology instead of fossil fuels. As a Green party member in Germany’s national parliament, Fell eventually helped create a policy that looks a lot like part of the Green New Deal some Democrats are proposing in the US. His law allowed Germans to sell the renewable energy they create to the grid at a high fixed price — a price that would more than cover the cost of installing a solar panel, or investing in a wind turbine. Germany paid for this through a surcharge on every electricity consumer’s bill. For this episode, The Impactpartnered with NPR’s Planet Money to investigate the consequences of Germany’s green push. In some ways, the law succeeded beyond Fell’s wildest dreams. Demand for renewables grew so much in Germany that other countries, including China, started to mass-produce solar panels and wind turbines, which drove down prices. Now, people all over the world can afford this technology. But the law has also had some unintended consequences. Because of amendments to the law and technological improvements, the surcharge on Germany’s electric bills have skyrocketed. Now, Germany has the highest electric bills in Europe. Electricity has become a burdensome expense for some Germans living on welfare, and the high cost has left a few spending a lot of time in the dark. Further listening and reading: Vox’s David Roberts on how government policy helped make solar technology affordable Roberts on how to solve the “solar duck curve” problem Roberts on California’s residential solar mandate Vox’s Umair Irfan and Tara Golshan on Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal Vox’s guide to where all 2020 candidates stand on policy, including climate change issues. Subscribe to The Impact on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to automatically get new episodes of the latest season each week.
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‘Monty Python’ star Terry Jones dead at 77
Terry Jones, one of the comedians that made up the famed Monty Python comedy troupe, died at age 77 after battling dementia.
Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77
Jones, one of the original members of the renowned British comedy troupe, had been suffering from dementia.
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Anne Brontë is the least famous Brontë sister. But she might have been the most radical.
Illustration by Valentina Catto for The Folio Society’s edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Why we forgot about Anne Brontë, and why she’s worth remembering. January 17, 2020, was the 200th anniversary of Anne Brontë’s birth: neglected Anne, forgotten Anne, Anne who is the least famous sister in a family of celebrated geniuses. But her bicentennial came at a transitional moment in Brontë studies, because the consensus on Anne is changing. Although Anne Brontë has traditionally been considered a much less interesting writer than her sisters Charlotte (Jane Eyre) and Emily (Wuthering Heights), over the past few decades, critics have started to change their minds. Now, they’re wondering if Anne might have been the most radical Brontë of all — and if the second of her two books, 1848’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, might be one of the first truly feminist novels. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, out now in a new edition from the Folio Society, tells the story of Helen Huntingdon and her ill-fated marriage to an abusive alcoholic. As the critic Marianne Thormählen noted in 2018, Tenant is in the odd position of never having been quite right for its time: too shocking in its uncensored treatment of domestic abuse and addiction for the 19th century, and too didactic and moralizing in its condemnation of both for the 20th century. Victorian critics called Tenant “disgusting,” “revolting,” and “brutal;” too coarse to be truly great art in the way that Jane Eyre was. Meanwhile, the 20th century critic Terry Eagleton argued that the book’s language “is that of morality rather than imagination”: too prim and prudish to be truly great art in the way that Wuthering Heights was. Despite critical ambivalence, on its first publication, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bestseller to rival Jane Eyre. But after Anne Brontë’s death in 1849, Charlotte Brontë forbade publishers from reprinting it, on the grounds that the novel was “an entire mistake,” because “nothing less congruous with the writer’s nature could be conceived.” Anne, in other words, was a perfectly respectable young lady from a respectable family, and strangers should stop judging her for writing a novel filled with such unnervingly vivid scenes of drunken abuse. After Charlotte died in 1854, publishers began reprinting Tenant, but this time in a version riddled with errors and omissions, with entire chapters stripped away to keep the page count down. This new version of the novel — known among Brontë scholars as “the mutilated text” — was widely distributed and republished. It wasn’t until 1992, after decades of determined Anne partisans making the case that her work deserved further scholarship, that a complete scholarly edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was published. In the interim, the low quality of the mutilated text — along with Charlotte’s disavowal of the work and the majority critical consensus that Anne was the least worthy of the Brontë sisters — served to ensure that Tenant remained below the threshold of public knowledge. Today, most people have heard of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and they may even be aware of a few of Charlotte’s other novels, like Villette. But Anne appears most regularly in popular culture as a foil to her more famous sisters: the weird one, the forgotten one. On the occasion of Anne Brontë’s 200th birthday, it’s time to change that. Because The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a wildly modern, daring, and provocative book. It’s not perfect by any means, but it shows that its author deserves our attention today — not as the odd one out among the Brontë sisters, but on her own merits. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall centers on a witchy misandrist heroine. She’s great. Valentina Catto for The Folio Society’s edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Gilbert (who is the worst) walks in on Helen (who is great) as she paints. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall begins like a Jane Austen novel, with a new arrival to the neighborhood. A mysterious young widow who calls herself Helen Graham has moved into an empty gothic manor with her young son, and while the neighborhood fears that she may be a witch, Gilbert Markham, our narrator, rapidly becomes infatuated with her. Helen is easy to fall in love with, not because she is likable, but because she is angry. She’s a forbidding young woman who does not suffer fools lightly, and she peppers her dialogue with a spiky, misanthropic wit that’s reminiscent of Jane Eyre telling the preacher that to avoid hell, she’ll be sure to stay in good health and not die. “I would rather be lectured by you than by the vicar,” she observes to Gilbert, after he takes issue with her plans to ensure that her son will abstain from alcohol, “because I should have less remorse in telling you, at the end of the discourse, that I preserve my own opinion precisely the same as at the beginning.” Endearingly, Helen is quick to tell the people around her exactly what she does not like about them, especially when those people are men: In one delightful passage, she ticks off a veritable five-paragraph essay explaining why she finds a suitor disagreeable, not neglecting to note that he is ugly, mean, old, and stupid before concluding that “finally, I have an aversion to his whole person that I never can surmount.” But for reasons that I must admit remain wholly mysterious to me, Helen has no such aversion to the vapid and self-absorbed Gilbert, and in fact grows to care for him deeply. She won’t allow him to court her formally, however, and after a long period of anguish, at last she decides to tell him the truth: She is not truly free to remarry. She gives him her diary to read, and we the readers are allowed to read it too. Helen’s diary reveals that Graham is not her real surname, and that she is not a real widow. She has broken the law and fled from her still-living husband, taking her child with her, and now she is living in hiding under an assumed name, penniless and earning her own living as an artist, guarding against the day that her husband finds her and takes her away again. Helen’s diary forms the core of the novel, and its strongest portion. (Sadly, Gilbert returns as our narrator after he finishes reading it.) In an intimate present-tense narrative, we see her fall in love with charming, handsome, flighty Arthur Huntingdon, who woos the over-serious Helen by his willingness to laugh at everything, including her. Helen acknowledges that Huntingdon spends too much of his time drinking and carousing, that he has a cruel streak, but she believes that she will be able to reform him through the strength and moral purity of her love. Instead, Huntingdon degenerates, and he takes Helen with him. Huntingdon drinks more and ever more, sliding slowly and inexorably into alcoholism. His willingness to laugh at everything develops into taking sadistic pleasure in humiliating his wife. He flaunts his extramarital affairs in her face. He destroys her artistic materials and, when she threatens to run away, confiscates all her money and jewels. He takes special satisfaction in incorporating their toddler into Helen’s torment: “So the little fellow came down every evening,” Helen writes in her diary, “in spite of his cross mamma, and learnt to tipple wine like papa, to swear like Mr Hattersley, and to have his own way like a man, and send mamma to the devil when she tried to prevent him.” Helen, in response, transforms from idealistic and infatuated young bride to an embittered survivor. “Instead of being humbled and purified by my afflictions, I feel that they are turning my nature into gall,” she confides to her diary. In one of the more elaborately Gothic setpieces of the novel, she begins slipping poison into her child’s wine so that he’ll associate drunkenness with sickness and won’t inherit his father’s vices. That’s not the only way Helen fights back against Huntingdon. She bars him from her bed, in a moment that the Victorians found shocking: the critic May Sinclair famously wrote that “when [Anne Brontë] slammed the door of Mrs Huntingdon’s bedroom she slammed it in the face of society and all existing moralities and conventions.” Helen asks for a separation, and when Huntingdon denies it to her on the grounds that he doesn’t want to deal with gossip, she concocts a plan to run away. When Huntingdon finds out and thwarts it, she concocts another. She breaks the law; breaks social convention; defies the advice of her brother, who tells her to just stick it out; and she gets herself the hell away from him. Tragically, she gets herself the hell away from Huntingdon and over to Gilbert, surely one of the least convincing romantic heroes in the history of the novel. Gilbert’s a prig who few critics have ever managed to defend, and he’s violent. When he thinks Helen is in a sexual relationship with another man, he hits his rival over the head with a whip and almost kills him, “not without,” Gilbert confesses, “a feeling of savage satisfaction.” That even staid, pragmatic Gilbert — the “good choice,” by the laws of the classicmarriage plot — is violent and sadistic says enormous amounts about the moral laws of this universe. It’s one in which the potential for violence and abuse lurks everywhere, even in places that are presented to the reader as safe. That’s what sets The Tenant of Wildfell Hall apart from the other Brontë novels, which either harbor true safe havens or tell us flatly that no such safety exists. And it’s also what makes the book feel so contemporary. The abuse in this novel reads as though it was drawn directly from life. It probably was. Valentina Catto for The Folio Society’s edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Huntingdon and his friends ply young Arthur with wine. There is a powerful, vivid urgency to the scenes of Huntingdon’s dissipation, and the gradual way they build from mild horseplay to vicious abuse, that feel completely fresh and modern today. They feel as though they are drawn directly from life, with minute attention to detail, and they probably were. Branwell Brontë, brother to the famous sisters, was an alcoholic and opium addict. He and Anne briefly worked as tutor and governess respectively to the same household, but Branwell was fired after he had an affair with the mistress of the house. After he was sent home in disgrace, he commenced writing letters to his friends begging for money for gin and setting fire to his bedsheets in a drunken stupor. Branwell produced no significant artistic work of his own, but many critics believe that the Brontë sisters modeled their charismatic but dissipated heroes on him. In a way, their three most famous novels each offer a different solution to the problem presented by the archetype Branwell represents. Jane Eyre reforms and overpowers Rochester, whose sins are comparatively mild and who proves to be good at heart in the end. Wuthering Heights’ Cathy is just as feral as Heathcliff, who is appealingly tragic and committed to Cathy besides. But Helen is not feral, and she fails to reform Huntingdon, because Anne Brontë doesn’t seem to believe that love is the secret cure to abuse and addiction. Helen thinks that it is — that through her love, she can bring Huntingdon to God — but she is mistaken, and she pays for her mistake dearly. That mistake ruins her life. And Anne shows us Helen’s ruin in painstaking and unstinting detail. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is not a technically perfect novel. Helen’s religious fervor takes up an enormous amount of page time, and it can be difficult to swallow. And to get to Helen’s diary, we have to wade through more than a hundred pages of Gilbert’s frame narrative, which does occasionally verge on insufferable. But the heart of this book is a portrait of a woman surviving and flourishing after abuse, and in that, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall feels unnervingly modern. It is fresh, shocking, and wholly new today, 200 years after the birth of its author.
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President Donald Trump exits the stage after speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention at the Austin Convention Center on January 19, 2020, in Austin, Texas. | Callaghan O’Hare/Getty Images That’s not what “high crimes and misdemeanors” means. This weekend, while most Americans were enjoying an extra day off, the US House managers of President Trump’s impeachment and Trump himself both filed their opening briefs in the impeachment trial. The House manager’s brief is more than 100 pages long and reads, well, like a legal brief. It details, with citations to legal authorities and to the record, the evidence that Trump pressured Ukraine “help him win his own reelection by announcing investigations that were politically favorable for President Trump and designed to harm his political rival,” as well as evidence that Trump obstructed the congressional investigation into his actions. Trump’s brief, by contrast, is seven pages — and that’s counting the cover page. It reads more like a Sean Hannity monologue than it does a legal document. The Trump brief barely attempts to rebut the factual allegations against the president, and contains no citations. Much of it rests on a claim that the articles of impeachment against Trump are “constitutionally invalid on their face” because they “fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever.” There are two problems with this argument. One is that Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine into opening a political investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden likely violates at least one federal criminal statute. More importantly, it does not matter whether Trump’s actions were criminal — they still may form the basis of an impeachment. Yes, the Constitution states that public officials may only be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but that phrase had an expansive meaning when it was written into the Constitution. As Justice Joseph Story explained in 1833, “there are many offences, purely political, which have been held to be within the reach of parliamentary impeachments, not one of which is, in the slightest manner, alluded to in the statute books.” Public officials may find novel ways of violating the public trust that Congress did not think to criminalize first. But that should not force the nation to leave those officials in office. As Story explained, “political offences are of so various and complex a character, so utterly incapable of being defined or classified, that the task of positive legislation would be impracticable, if it were not almost absurd to attempt it.” Trump may be removed from office regardless of whether he committed a crime “An impeachable offense,” future president Gerald Ford told his fellow members of the House in 1970, “is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” Likewise, the question of whether to remove a public official turns on “whatever offense or offenses two-thirds of the other body considers to be sufficiently serious to require removal of the accused from office.” Many scholars disagree with Ford’s ultra-expansive interpretation of the impeachment power — could a president really be removed from office because of something as inoffensive as a bad haircut? — but there are a wealth of authorities signaling that “high crimes and misdemeanors” includes more than just a violation of the criminal law. The impeachment power, Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers, extends to “those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, a seminal legal text that American judges rely on to this day, defined the term “high misdemeanor” to include “maladministration.” As a member of Congress, James Madison argued that a president could be impeached for “wanton removal of meritorious officers.” An 1828 dictionary defined “misdemeanors” to include “ill behavior; evil conduct; fault; mismanagement.” Think of it this way: Suppose that, immediately after taking the oath of office, President Trump had hopped on a flight to one of his golf courses and simply refused to show up to work. He wouldn’t sign bills, appoint anyone to political offices, or perform any of the other tasks that can only be performed by the president of the United States. In this scenario, America would functionally be left without a president for as long as Trump remained in office. Would Congress be powerless under such circumstances? Not showing up to work isn’t a crime, so under Trump’s definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Congress could not remove him from office if he simply refused to do his job. But failing to show up to work would constitute “maladministration,” “mismanagement,” or “violation of some public trust,” and thus could form the basis for impeachment under the more expansive definition used by many of the framers. Impeachments of any kind are rare in American history — before Trump, just 19 federal officials were impeached, most of them judges. But this short list of impeachments includes some officials who were removed for non-criminal activity. As Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz note in To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, “the first successful judicial impeachments of the twentieth century—Judge Robert Archbald (1913) and Judge Halsted Ritter (1936)—both involved misconduct that didn’t break any criminal laws.” Archbald was removed from office for participating in business transactions with litigants before his court. Ritter was impeached on a variety of charges, including an allegation that he took a kickback to appoint a former partner as a bankruptcy receiver. Ultimately, however, he was only convicted on a vague charge of “general misbehavior and conduct that brought his court into scandal and disrepute.” Indeed, Congress may even impeach and remove an official based on charges that a court already rejected. As Tribe and Matz point out in their book, the Senate convicted and removed Judge Alcee Hastings (now a member of the House) in 1989 for conspiring to take bribes, even though Hastings was acquitted of the same charges in a criminal trial. Trump’s conduct may violate several federal criminal laws It’s worth noting that the specific allegations against Trump — that he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless Ukraine opened a politically damaging investigation into Biden — may violate several criminal statutes. Federal campaign finance law makes it a crime, for example, to “solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation” from a foreign national. Under this statute, a “contribution or donation” is defined as “money” or another “thing of value.” While not all legal experts agree on whether Trump’s conduct violates this law, former special counsel Robert Mueller read the campaign finance law broadly. “Political campaigns frequently conduct and pay for opposition research,” Mueller wrote in his report. Moreover, “a foreign entity that engaged in such research and provided resulting information to a campaign could exert a greater effect on an election, and a greater tendency to ingratiate the donor to the candidate” than if they gave the candidate money. Opposition research, in other words, could constitute a “thing of value” that a politician may not solicit from a foreign government. Similarly, a federal anti-bribery statute imposes criminal sanctions on a public official who “corruptly demands, seeks, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive or accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, in return for ... being influenced in the performance of any official act.” Thus, a public official could potentially be prosecuted for bribery if they held up foreign aid to demand valuable opposition research from a foreign government. Additionally, the Hobbs Act prohibits any action that “in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion.” Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine into targeting Biden might constitute “extortion” under this statute. To be clear, the question of whether Trump could be prosecuted under any of these statutes hinges on uncertain legal questions that have not been fully addressed by the courts. If a federal prosecutor later brought charges against Trump, there’s no certainty that he would be convicted. But as the Hastings precedent shows, a public official may be removed from office by impeachment even if they were previously acquitted in a criminal trial. And, as the early history of the impeachment power shows, the words “high crimes and misdemeanors” stretch broadly to reach non-criminal violations of the public trust or even incompetence. Trump’s claim that he was improperly impeached is simply wrong.
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