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April 24, 2019

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report has been released, some people are demanding President Trump's impeachment while others say there's no need to act, but there is a middle ground, Hillary Clinton writes in an op-ed published Wednesday night by The Washington Post.

The Mueller report's "definitive conclusion" is simple, Clinton said: The 2016 presidential election "was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated." History has shown a way forward from here, she said, and that involves Congress holding "substantive hearings" and forming an independent and bipartisan commission to "help protect our elections."

Clinton admits that the matter is "personal for me, and some might say I'm not the right messenger," but while serving as a senator and secretary of state, she said, she saw the ascent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and "knows firsthand that he seeks to weaken our country." Congress must take the Mueller report and use it "as a road map," she writes. "It's up to members of both parties to see where that road map leads — to the eventual filing of articles of impeachment, or not."

Along with hearings that "build on the Mueller report and fill in its gaps, not jump straight to an up-or-down vote on impeachment," Clinton argues, a commission like the one created after the 9/11 attacks is necessary because "the president of the United States has proved himself unwilling to defend our nation from a clear and present danger."

She also has a message for House Democrats, reminding them that during Watergate, Congress was able to pass the Endangered Species Act, Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973, and War Powers Act. "Stay focused on the sensible agenda that voters demanded in the midterms, from protecting health care to investing in infrastructure," Clinton advised, as it's "not only possible to move forward on multiple fronts at the same time, it's essential." Read the entire op-ed at The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

August 8, 2018

The New York City Council on Wednesday passed a package of bills that caps the number of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hail vehicles on the road for one year.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission will spend the next 12 months studying the effects of ride-hail services in New York. The City Council also voted to set a minimum wage for these drivers.

People who want to rein in Uber and Lyft say their drivers are taking over the streets, making traffic even worse. Supporters of the companies say they help neighborhoods outside of Manhattan, where it's harder to find a taxi. In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is "directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock. The unchecked growth of app-based for-hire vehicle companies has demanded action — and now we have it." Catherine Garcia

January 24, 2018

The Department of Justice sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday, warning him of the damage that could be done if he is "reckless" and releases a memo his staff compiled that claims to show "shocking" political bias at the FBI, without letting the Justice Department review it first.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that the DOJ doesn't "understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence committee," and there is a "risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from the public release."

Last week, Nunes said his staff had drafted the secret memo, considered classified, and shared it with some House members. It's unclear what's in the memo, but Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called it a "profoundly misleading set of talking points drafted by Republican staff attacking the FBI and its handling of the investigation," referring to the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Catherine Garcia

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