Alex Howard

Alex Howard


Dad, husband, writer, citizen, chef, cyclist, skeptical optimist, cereal dilettante | Editor @OpenGov + @ePluribusUnum | #CivicTech texts: https://t.co/bTfsHuC61N

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This @WhiteHouse  press conference is now half an hour late. I'd guess that Trump has been watching the impeachment inquiry & didn't want to begin until it ended: is closing the hearin @RepAdamSchiffg  now, which will save a lot of folks a split screen.

If a governor tries to bribe someone but they turn it down, it's still an abuse of power & a crime. If a mayor tries to extort someone & failed, it's still an abuse of power & a crime. If a @POTUS  tries to obstruct justice or abuse official power – & fails – it's still a crime.

“When defense attorneys can’t mount a defense on the merits, they raise a lot of peripheral issues in the hope of convincing at least one juror that there is reasonable doubt.” @renato_mariotti- 

News outlets used to reporting & amplifying the statements of the Presidents act as carriers for a disinformation virus when a @POTUS  is an inveterate liar. Journalists should inoculate the public with trustworthy journalism, not sicken the body politic.

@GOP  @POTUSAnalysis : In a public hearing, 2 career @StateDeptdiplomats  informed Congress of startling corruption unprecedented in US history: a President abused his official powers & withheld aid in an effort to pressure a foreign nation to win re-election. [Be better, @NBCNews . @Reuters ]

@GOP  @POTUSC  @StateDepto  @NBCNewsm  @Reuterspare  to ’s r @AndyKrolleportage , which highlights the substance of the impeachment hearing, highlighting what’s new & significant & noting the inability of Republicans to defend the presidential abuses of power described by the witnesses

@WhiteHouse  This is an official US government account amplifying a partisan opinion by a campaign advisor of the president suggesting impeachment is “overthrowing the government.” Should @WhiteHouse  staff be describing a Constitutional process this way on this channel? Cc @blue24fox 

If you find impeachment hearings are boring, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not at the cost of failing to report key facts. Journalists share that view at the cost of public trust. Government isn’t a reality TV show. Treating politics like infotainment weakens our union

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Congresswoman @Ocasio2018  is from @RepPressleyoklyn '>Br @RepPressleyoklyn . from Chicago (born @RepRashidan  OH). is from @IlhanMNtroit '>D @IlhanMNtroit . was a refugee from Somalia, before she won election to Congress in Minnesota. They're all Americans, leading a new generation representing their constituents in DC.

Check, meet balance: a federal judge rejected an argument from President Trump that a sitting @POTUS  is immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena 8 years of Trump’s personal & corporate tax returns.

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No divestment. No disclosure. No blind trust. No independent overseer. Trump's plan sets up Constitutional crisis.

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Hundreds of people are outside of the @uscapitol  at 9:30 PM. Men, women & children, standing & sharing

If a presidential nominee breaks a transparency norm without electoral consequence, cascading influence on disclosure expectations follows:

In 5 days, I expect @BarackObama  will take back his Twitter account from @ofa . 80.5 million followers. 4x Trump's reach, for those counting.

Reminder: voter intimidation is illegal. call the @FBI  if you are t…

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