President Trump Impeached
The House of Representatives has impeached President Trump. After a day of debate, the representatives voted. Most Democrats voted to impeach the president, and the Republicans voted against impeachment. Trump was accused of asking the president of Ukraine for a personal favor, which started the call for impeachment.
During the vote, the president was speaking at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he told the crowd: “[I]t doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached.”
Trump is the third president in American history to be impeached. The next stage is to send the matter to the Senate. The Senate will hold a trial to decide whether the president is guilty or not. However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not said when the matter will be passed to the upper chamber. If Trump is found guilty by the Senate, he will be removed from office, but no U.S. president has left office in this way before.
Last Democrat Debate in 2019
As 2020 will be a general election year, the Republican and Democrat political parties have to decide which candidates they want to run in the presidential race. Most people think President Trump will run for a second term in office for the Republicans, but the Democrats still have a few people to choose from.
The Democrat Party has held a series of debates over the last few months, giving the top candidates a chance to showcase their ideas. Seven candidates participated in the final debate of 2019. These included:
Former Vice President Joe Biden: “I have more experience.”
Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg: “I’ve seen politicians in Washington saying the right thing about climate change as long as I’ve been alive.”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren: “Rich people in smoke-filled rooms should not pick the next president of the United States.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: “What we need is a trade policy that stands up for workers, stands up for farmers.”
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar: “What I think we need to do is get back into the international climate agreement. I will do that on day one.”
Businessman Andrew Yang: “The more we act like Donald Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can actually see what’s going on in those communities and solve those problems.”
Billionaire Tom Steyer: “When we’re making moral statements around the world, it should not be us threatening and trying to be the world’s policeman.”
Americans may have hoped for snow this Christmas, but on the other side of the world, Australia is suffering from deadly bushfires. Fires occur every year during the country’s hot and arid summer, but this year has been especially bad. Fires have spread across the eastern state of New South Wales, close to the nation’s biggest city, Sydney.
Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fires were driven by a “drought-stricken landscape” and “hot, dry, windy conditions.”
The country’s leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, had traveled to Hawaii for a vacation with his family. He cut the trip short and returned home due to criticism for leaving as emergency workers struggled to cope with the crisis.
More than 2,000 firefighters have been working to douse the flames, along with 70 firefighting planes.