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Posted in: Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week See in context

In the Senate, Republicans hold a 53-47 advantage and there’s nowhere near the two-thirds needed for conviction and removal. On Friday, Republicans blocked consideration of new witnesses and documents, setting up the speedy acquittal vote for the coming week.

Utterly preposterous situation. No inquiries into abuses of power should ever be partisan - politicians just don't have the objectivity, especially not when they form a majority. Still, American voters who don't like it should know what to do when the Senate elections come up in November.

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Posted in: Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week See in context

SerranoToday  07:50 am JST

Can't wait to see Pelosi's face as she sits behind Trump during the SOTU address.

No need to wait, just have a look at that photo. I don't think it'll be any different.

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Posted in: Brexit at last: Britain leaves the EU as champagne corks fly See in context

We've put up with British voices for generations, calling for whatever they want, right or wrong.

I don't think any "British voices" now are calling for anything that people living in Ireland don't want. At least, not any British voices worth listening to.

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Posted in: Brexit at last: Britain leaves the EU as champagne corks fly See in context

Tangerine2000Today  07:27 pm JST

As I said, it is up to the people of Northern Ireland.

Right, as they're the ones who will become citizens of a different country if Ireland is united. Not a lot is going to change for people who are Irish citizens already. They might feel a bit more patriotic but national pride doesn't pay any bills.

Toasted HereticToday  07:29 pm JST

Northern Ireland, aka, the 6 counties, or even the occupied 6 counties is Ireland.

Does everyone actually living in those six counties agree with that?

One entity, despite the partition.

It wasn't really one entity before the Anglo-Normans invaded. Otherwise there might never have been an invasion.

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Posted in: Bolton: Trump asked me to ensure Zelenskiy, Giuliani met See in context

BlacklabelToday  08:21 am JST

nah we don’t have a liberal narrative driven media supporting the Dems at alllllllll.....

Donald Trump seems to think you do, and he's always right about everything because he's a genius sent by God.

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Posted in: Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate rejects witnesses See in context

The eventual acquittal was increasingly clear after key Republicans said Thursday night they had heard enough.

I love the smell of whitewash in the morning.

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

dougthehead13Today  04:17 am JST

Edano should lead the proposal to amend the law of justice. Taking advantage of the Ghons case. And he didn't.

Fair point actually. I suppose the LDP majority in the Lower House will block anything they propose but they should demonstrate that they are trying to get things done. Then during election campaigns they can attack the LDP on its record of obstructing progress for the sake of petty party politics because make no mistake, as much as the opposition should be presenting credible policies the LDP absolutely deserves to be attacked.

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Posted in: House Democrats in impeachment trial blast Trump's attempts to sully rival Biden See in context

AttilathehungryToday  01:12 pm JST

The Trumps are for sure guilty of the same kind of thing, although not to the same extent. They already had their own money to play with.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. Trump Snr. is very cagey about how much he's got exactly.

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Posted in: House Democrats in impeachment trial blast Trump's attempts to sully rival Biden See in context

stormcrowToday  11:49 am JST

Don't you wish we could bring back the founding fathers who wrote the constitution to have a look at this bizarre republican president and the bizarre republican senate which gives political life to him? They'd probably look at this president and senate like Frankenstein, and they'd have probably thought, "Hey! We got this thing all terribly wrong! Let's re-write the constitution!"

I don't believe the Senate as it was first conceived of had these partisan majorities that basically makes Senators jurors for their own bosses, so maybe the Founding Father's did have the right idea.

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Posted in: House Democrats in impeachment trial blast Trump's attempts to sully rival Biden See in context

AttilathehungryToday  12:27 pm JST

The sad fact is that the Biden clan...

Let's see charges brought in court, then. I'm all for it. Or are you going to admit that no one called Biden is any closer to jail time than they were when Trump cultists started going on about them?

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Posted in: House Democrats in impeachment trial blast Trump's attempts to sully rival Biden See in context

SerranoToday  11:19 am JST

Every Democrat who voted for impeachment should forfeit their salaries for the length of time this sham has taken.

Follow that stupid idea to its logical conclusion and every police officer and prosecutor everywhere should forfeit their salaries for all the time and money they spend on investigating and prosecuting anyone who gets acquitted.

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

extankerJan. 23  04:16 am JST

Crap like this is why we're going to see Trump 2020. Get it together, Democrats. Nothing but in-fighting and personal attacks on each other.

This is what you always get from both parties with that stupid system they have in America. After a presidential election the losing party should get the in-fighting and personal attacks done and over with right away and pick someone to lead them for the next four years, like the Labour Party is trying to do in the UK right now (Yes, Britain has its own problems with elections but at least we get this right). None of this nonsense with less than a year to go until the next election.

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

bass4funkJan. 23  07:18 am JST

They don’t have to be scared ,,,

That's good. They don't seem to be.

...and it’s not about whether he’s macho or not, the main thing is, he doesn’t take crap and he’s not afraid to punch back, love it.

Yes.... really gutsy. Twitter rants, though... it's not exactly punching, is it. I would be more impressed if he confronted critics face to face and had the smarts and debating skills to shut them up.

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

Kazuaki ShimazakiJan. 23  06:37 pm JST

Sheesh, it's a party, people.

A party for successful sportspeople and celebrities paid for by the taxpayer. If I were a top Japanese athlete at the party I would be slightly surprised and annoyed if a busload of hicks from Yamaguchi who hadn't done much with their lives except vote for Shinzo Abe showed up.

If the worst he can do is decide who he wants as friends and throws a party for them, yup yup.

You neglected to mention the laws broken and the flimsy cover-up attempts.

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  01:30 pm JST

The opposition party is hilarious. Did they really think Abe would resign?

This unfortunately is true. They can maybe keep the issue of the corruption in the news but calls for him to resign are pointless unless there's any serious dissent in the LDP. A bit like their absurd no-confidence motions which are never, ever going to pass.

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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

sumikonagoyaToday  08:28 am JST

He went to Sakura party. A party that been held since 1954. It shows the opposition has no real issues to talk about. The opposition does not want to talk about the following:

Followed by a list of supposed "achievements" of the Abe regime. Oddly reminiscent of other online Abe fans who seem to have gone quiet recently.

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

bass4funkJan. 22  10:55 pm JST

No, we don’t care, but when she takes personal pot shots at the President, you know he’s not going to just turn the other cheek and forget it.

You make him sound like a real macho man. Honestly though, who do you really think is all that scared of his stupid tweets?

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

kazetsukaiToday  09:00 am JST

However, it is a detention center, a prison of sort, so one cannot expect to live as if confined to a home or an apartment.

Why should people that the police can't build a case against be kept indefinitely in "a prison of sort" and treated little differently from convicted felons?

One is placed there for a reason.

That reason is determined by laws and not at the whim of any individual. When one commits a crime in a any country, one must abide by such laws .

Except that isn't just people who have actually committed crimes that end up in these places.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Hervé L'EisaToday  08:28 am JST

And the MOiJ proves that they are utterly BARBARIC and have no shame.

Well, they've let it go on for decades and it's institutionalised, not just a few isolated abuses. I think they're too scared to admit that anything is wrong, because then there will be very awkward questions as to why generations of politicians and officials have done nothing about it.

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

I suspect that once the police have arrested someone and put them in custody they're scared of losing face with their superiors if they can't actually charge them with something. A confession is much less embarrassing.

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Posted in: Apologetic ex-ministers, lawmakers keep quiet on details of scandals See in context

Henny PennyToday  02:06 pm JST

What I don't understand is that he admitted to a scandal, but he isn't in jail or anything like that

I'm not too keen on more taxpayers' money being spent on keeping non-violent offenders locked up when they aren't a real danger to anyone, but he shouldn't be in the Diet either. Neither should that docile muppet-head boss of his.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

bass4funkToday  12:33 pm JST

What you think is immaterial as the comment wasn't directed at you.

But I have the right to comment on it. Lol

Comment all you like. But don't be too surprised if someone replies with "Who was asking you anyway?"

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

bass4funkToday  10:35 am JST

"Aren't you also looking forward to the next Republican House majority carrying on exactly the same way?"

Usually, 

What you think is immaterial as the comment wasn't directed at you. Not to mention scarcely worth reading.

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Posted in: Aso pledges to put Japan on sustainable, private sector-led growth See in context

proxyToday  09:45 am JST

Japan is still littered with zombie companies that need to be killed.

I think a lot of the owners of those companies are big pals with their local LDP oligarchs, so I don't see that happening. Getting things done like actually realising "sustainable private sector-led growth" or whatever doesn't matter if the LDP election-winning machine keeps running.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Switzerland as Senate trial set to convene See in context

WolfpackToday  09:08 am JST

Trump is off doing the business of the American people - as usual.

That could almost be a quote from 1984, except that George Orwell wouldn't have been serious.

Dems are off trying to undo the 2016 election- as usual. Looking forward to the witnesses and the acquittal.

Aren't you also looking forward to the next Republican House majority carrying on exactly the same way?

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

bass4funkToday  04:33 pm JST

Because you have people that love this President...

Riiiiiiiight.... I don't think that in an actual conversation I could say with a straight face that I "love" any politician.

...as much as people like you hate him.

You'll note that I don't hate him enough to spend all my time on this site writing about him. I have better ways to waste my time.

Everyone is just expressing their viewpoints.

Several times a day in some cases, if not more. What a pity Donald Trump doesn't reciprocate the love, as Shinzo Abe is finding out.

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Posted in: Gov't predicts Japan's fiscal target unattainable by FY2025 See in context

CrickyJan. 19  10:37 am JST

Been pretty obvious for decades fiscal responsibility not a strong point for the LDP.

They know it doesn't need to be. The way they game the election system it's not as if any of their jobs depend on them actually achieving something.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaJan. 19  04:47 pm JST

"All the polls? I only know of one that said that. I seriously have to wonder who they asked, and if they understood the questions."

NHK, Nikkei, Kyodo, TBS, Yomuri, Tv Tokyo,

Are you sure those news outlets aren't all just reporting on the same Kyodo News poll? This one shows a slide to 40.4% and a rise in the disapproval rate: https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2020011700931/abe-cabinet-approval-rate-little-changed-at-40-4-pct-jiji-poll.html.

It's actually quite hard to find any other polls which show Abe's support doing anything other that falling or staying the same, so that 6.6% increase looks like a bit of an odd blip that there is no explanation for.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaToday  04:47 pm JST

 I seriously have to wonder if you be saying the same thing, if the polls showed Abe losing support.

I would be saying exactly the same thing if he were losing support but actually doing a good job.

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Posted in: Scandals likely put Abe on defensive as Constitution reform looms See in context

sumikonagoyaToday  09:01 am JST

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet rose 6.6 points in the last poll. All the polls show him gaining support.

All the polls? I only know of one that said that. I seriously have to wonder who they asked, and if they understood the questions.

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