Alex Sherman: Lack of evidence does not stop opponents of former San Francisco DA George Gascón from making the claim that the city’s criminal justice reforms unleashed a crime wave.
Ted Vaill: Former Senator Jeff Flake stated, prior to his retirement, that if the roll call in the Senate was done in secret and not in full public view, 35 of the 53 Republican Senators would vote “guilty”, and Trumputin would be convicted and removed from office.
Lance Simmens: The pulse of the American public is surging northwards of 70 percent in favor of allowing witnesses, including 69 percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats.
Lance Simmens: Gone are the days of high-level debate and compromise, gone are the days of any semblance of bipartisanship, gone are the days when patriotism dictated that the needs of the people would take precedence and prominence over partisanship.
Bill Blum: None of the potential witnesses identified by Democrats could offer evidence as relevant as the President on his motives in dealing with Zelensky and ordering a hold on American aid.
Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel: The indefinite detention that began at Guantánamo Bay has now spawned its mirror image in the camps for undocumented immigrants (and their children) along the U.S. Mexican border.
Berry Craig: In the end, the Republican Senate will exonerate the Republican Trump. Hosannas and alleluias will rise heavenward from godly white folks in the marbled chamber and galleries, on Trump radio and TV and across the length and breadth of Red State Trumpistan.
Ted Vaill: Will some of the 22 Republican Senators who are up for reelection in 2020 or retiring have the courage to stand up for the Constitution and the country and allow a real, not a fake impeachment proceeding to be held?
Allan Smith: It’s hard to imagine that any urbanite is yet to utilize the services of any rideshare companies.
Sharon Kyle: The Office of Diversion and Reentry found that providing housing through programs like the Housing Court is about seven times less expensive than incarcerating the mentally ill and provide for a more permanent solution.
Richard W. Behan: If you can stomach following suit, adopting McConnell’s delaying tactic will open an unprecedented opportunity: a chance for you alone to cause Donald Trump’s removal from office.
Rich Procida: Our democracy depends upon the President’s respect for the Constitution and the separation of powers. A President who refuses to cooperate with a Constitutionally mandated Congressional Inquiry is unfit to hold office.
Bill Blum: While mainstream pundits debate the wisdom of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to delay delivering the articles to the Senate until the upper chamber agrees to conduct a meaningful impeachment trial, progressives should take the opportunity to highlight the inadequacy of the current articles, and urge the Democrats to expand them while there is still time.