New Fox News poll on impeachment contradicts the view of its most loyal viewer

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A new Fox News poll on voter support for impeachment contradicted President Trump, who recently boasted major support in favor of “No Impeachment.” 

Amid last week’s historic House Judiciary Committee vote to advance two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the president tweeted, “Poll numbers have gone through the roof in favor of No Impeachment, especially with swing States and Independents in swing States. People have figured out that the Democrats have no case, it is a total Hoax.”

But a fresh Fox News poll conducted last week and released on Sunday found that a majority of the American electorate wants Trump impeached. Fifty percent are in favor of impeaching and removing the president, while four percent say impeached but not removed, and 41 percent oppose impeachment altogether.

The poll comes after Trump on Sunday lashed out at his favorite news channel for “trying sooo hard to be politically correct” after they decided to interview his political foes, including Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the impeachment process in Congress. 

“Both Commiecast MSNBC & Fake News CNN are watching their Ratings TANK,” he said on Twitter. “Don’t know why @FoxNews wants to be more like them? They’ll all die together as other outlets take their place. Only pro Trump Fox shows do well. Rest are nothing.” 

Hours after impeachment charges were advanced for a vote in a full Democrat-led House Friday Trump denounced the prospect of becoming the third U.S. president to be impeached. 

“It’s not fair that I’m being Impeached when I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong!” he tweeted. “The Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have become the Party of Hate. They are so bad for our Country!

Since the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine’s government was launched in September, public opinion has not swung decisively in Democrats’ favor, despite hundreds of hours of testimony, a 300-page impeachment report and even now with the approval of articles of impeachment. 

The Fox News poll pointed out views on impeachment have been steady over the past weeks leading up to the vote: those in favor of impeaching and removing Trump only increased by one percent while all other stances remained the same. 

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll also showed that a majority of registered voters buy Democrats’ central argument for impeachment: that Trump put his own interests above the national interest and security when he pressured Ukraine to launch investigations into the Biden family and alleged Ukrainian support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

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The full House is expected to vote on the articles of impeachment next Wednesday. That vote will also likely be along party lines, with no Republicans expected to vote for impeachment and perhaps two or three Democrats possibly voting against referring the charges to the Senate.

President Trump has welcomed a Senate trial, which is expected to take place right after the New Year, declaring it would be “fair” in comparison to the House impeachment process. 

“If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate,” he tweeted over a week ago. 



The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

"The Founding Fathers knew the human propensity towards issues of control. Absolute authority had to be hindered, and as long as this democracy has a free press, it can be."

Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free https:www.theopinionpoll.compress allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

The answer seems pretty simple to us. A democracy is defined as a belief in equality and freedom amongst the people within it that is governed by a system that upholds that belief. So, if democracy is about freedom, then a free press is necessary to ensure that those freedoms remain intact. Any censorship on behalf of those with biased interests takes away the core of democracy.

Al Gore writes in his book, The Assault on Reason, that when the media forum is controlled, specifically by those with money, it limits good ideas created by those who cannot afford access. Specifically, he states, “…when their opinions are blocked, the meritocracy of ideas that has always been the beating heart of democratic theory begins to suffer damage.”

This is not to say that the rich are always the main problem in protecting and ensuring the existence of a free press. In truth, people will always avoid saying and presenting things that go against their own self-interests. That is why it is so important for media outlets to employ people on both sides of a position and to give them the same amount of air time or written space. People cannot be informed fully if only one side of an argument is ever presented at length.

When the public is constantly exposed to liberal thoughts, and conservative positions are derided if even exposed, the marketplace of ideas is greatly hindered and twisted. As this occurs, we see people negating what was accomplished in 1787 when some of the most influential thinkers and individuals of the time converged on Philadelphia to ensure that this democracy was ruled by the people. The government should never be an entity that rules over them, according to the first words of the Constitution, “We the people…”

That’s why everything got divided into a checks and balances system. The Founding Fathers knew the human propensity towards issues of control. Absolute authority had to be hindered, and as long as this democracy has a free press, it can be. People must have access to the full picture. They have to be informed. A free press was included in the first constitutional amendment because it is critical to the maintenance of the dream that is America. The populace must be able to trust that the news they receive is revealing all sides, not just one agenda.

When a free press works as it should, it is a watchdog that protects the people it serves by keeping businesses, organizations, and the government under restraint. There is no other institution that has greater access to those in power than the media. They are there to uncover and reveal corruption no matter who will be affected by the truth. The truth is what is necessary for this democracy to stand. And, that can only be presented in the realm of a free press.


President Trump’s Family Policies Are a Big Deal for Working Americans

The White House held a summit on child care and paid leave on Thursday, an issue first daughter and senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump has carried the torch on since President Donald Trump took office.

"We have come together today because we have a historic chance to pass paid family leave and childcare reform so that every American family has the freedom to embrace the dignity of work and the joy of raising a family," Ivanka Trump said during her opening remarks. "Our vision is to give each parent the resources and support they need to make the best choice for their families."
The White House event comes a day after the House of Representatives passed an annual defense authorization bill which includes a provision providing all federal workers with 12 weeks of paid parental leave for the first time in US history.
While a provision for federal workers is a step forward, a bipartisan deal on paid family leave for all Americans could still be a heavy lift in Congress, with Democrats and Republicans still split on how to pay for it and how broad a national paid leave policy should be.
    Paid family leave is something Ivanka Trump has been working on with members of Congress and private sector leaders behind the scenes during her two years at the White House. It's part of her larger portfolio related to women's economic empowerment.
    The White House summit includes panels with advocates, lawmakers, private sector CEOs and senior administration officials regarding the issues of childcare and paid family leave. The President also delivered remarks at the end of the summit.
    Strong American families, Trump said during his speech, "make brighter futures for every American citizen."
    "With more women working today than ever before, we now have a historic opportunity to enact long overdue reforms. It's time to pass paid family leave and expand access to quality (care)," Trump said.
    He did not bring up ongoing impeachment proceedings during his remarks.
    As part of the event, the White House said it is releasing a report from the Council of Economic Advisers on the affordability of childcare and releasing the administration's eight reform principles.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar outlined the eight reform principles for the administration on Wednesday.
    Azar said the principles include reauthorizing and reforming the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act, building "the supply of childcare and increase choices for families," ensuring "commonsense-aligned regulations," addressing "the childcare workforce shortage by looking at both educational requirements and compensation," modernizing in the childcare business model and creating "a rational financing framework for childcare in America."
    Ivanka Trump said Thursday that the reform principles are focused on getting childcare choices back to parents.
      "At the heart of our reforms is democratizing choice and control and giving it back to parents -- where it belongs," she said.
      A senior administration official said the administration would not be announcing support for specific legislative proposals during the summit.

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