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Chris Christie should be impeached in bridge scandal

By Richard Cohen September 28 at 10:40 AM

If the New Jersey legislature acts fast, it will have time to impeach Chris Christie. The governor’s term expires in January 2018, which is only about a year from now, and impeachment is a laborious process, so someone ought to get this thing going. A former Christie ally says Christie knew his cronies had closed three lanes of the George Washington Bridge, creating a massive, four-day traffic jam — delaying commuters, children on the way to school and the occasional ambulance transporting some unfortunate individual who might not appreciate that his life was being jeopardized to punish a Christie political foe. We all have to die, but not for Chris Christie.

As it turned out, the only death was to Christie’s presidential ambitions, which was fitting. According to prosecutors, government witnesses and the hunches of countless New Jersey politicians, Christie was trying to show what a wonderful GOP presidential candidate he would be by winning a huge second term as governor. To do this, he was lining up endorsements by Democratic mayors who, in the scheme of things, normally endorse Democrats. This is a tradition.

The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., was a Democratic mayor who was refusing to endorse Christie. He needed to be punished, some Christie people deeply felt, and so the bridge-closing scheme was allegedly concocted. Fort Lee, as it happens, is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge, which is one of the busiest in the world. Traffic would back up, and Fort Lee itself would suffocate in awful fumes and nothing would ever move again. The recalcitrant mayor would see the error of his ways and would become appropriately meek in the presence of Christie.

It is not alleged that Christie knew of the scheme in advance. It is alleged that he knew about it as it was happening. It is further alleged that he thought it was funny — but then he chuckles at Donald Trump also. All these allegations — with the exception of the one about Trump — were made under oath in open court by the former Christie ally, who says he is one of those who came up with the scheme. If he is being truthful, then Christie ought to be impeached if only for choosing idiots as aides.


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Poll: Half of voters relying on presidential debates to help decide their vote

Half of the country's likely voters say they will rely on high-profile debates between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to help make their decision, according to a new poll.

The results of the Reuters/Ipsos poll were released Monday, hours before Trump and Clinton are slated to square off in the first of three presidential debates.

Some 50 percent of likely voters surveyed said they think the debates will help inform their decision. Of those, 10 percent say they aren't leaning toward either candidate.

Another 39 percent in the poll said the debates will not help inform their vote, while 11 percent are not sure how the debates would affect their decision.


Trump picks top skeptic to lead EPA transition

Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign.

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trump's transition plans for EPA, the sources said.

The Trump team has also lined up leaders for its Energy Department and Interior Department teams. Republican energy lobbyist Mike McKenna is heading the DOE team; former Interior Department solicitor David Bernhardt is leading the effort for that agency, according to sources close to the campaign.

Ebell is a well-known and polarizing figure in the energy and environment realm. His participation in the EPA transition signals that the Trump team is looking to drastically reshape the climate policies the agency has pursued under the Obama administration. Ebell's role is likely to infuriate environmentalists and Democrats but buoy critics of Obama's climate rules.


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Why a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist has decided to go ‘Trump-free’

DONALD TRUMP and Opus the Penguin.

Last year was a double siren song that lured two ’80s-born species back into the national conversation. The builder and the marine bird.

Earlier, in a simpler, less-wired era, Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County,” had skewered Trump dozens of times in his Pulitzer-winning strip that featured sweet Opus, whacked-out Bill the Cat and an entire meadow of interacting human and animal denizens of the title lands. The Donald was painted as cartoon buffoon. Then last year, Breathed reawakened “Bloom County” after a quarter-century slumber, calling its return — in the immediate wake of Trump’s escalator entry into the presidential campaign — a “sparkling symptom of a renewed national ridiculousness.” And for much of the past year, the strip poked fun at the Republican candidate.

Now, Breathed isn’t laughing so heartily at Trump.

Editorial artists and journalists alike “look like kickboxers swinging underwater,” Breathed tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs of media attempts to land a critical harpoon into Candidate Trump’s hide. Which is why Breathed himself has decided to stand down.

“I have declared my strip Trump-free at this point,” Breathed tells Comic Riffs. “He may get only a glancing mention as subtext … even if he and his family get control of the free world.”

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