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Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey is one of two Democratic lawmakers who broke ranks with his party and opposes the impeachment inquiry. (Associated Press)

Democratic jitters: Vote yea or nay on Trump impeachment?

- The Washington Times

When and if the time comes for a House vote in the impeachment of President Trump, many wonder if there will be a few unconvinced Democratic lawmakers who will, uh, side with the Republicans and stand against the vote. It is the moral dilemma of the moment among those who sense that Mr. Trump has not committed any impeachable offenses — particularly those vulnerable Democrats in swing states full of Trump fans. Even The Washington Post is now addressing this phenomenon, and the potential risks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces in her zeal to impeach the president.

One veteran pollster now calls for the nation to balance out differences with one another to ensure society will "thrive and survive." (Associated Press)

A pollster's warning about outrage politics

- The Washington Times

There is a lot of squawking and snarling about politics out there — and a lot of melancholy tales of families and friends who part ways over political beliefs. There's hostility — and even murmurs of a possible civil war in the United States as political polarization gets extreme and compromise gets rare.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, has become more visible because of his role in the impeachment inquiry. (Associated Press)

Is Adam Schiff going to run for president?

- The Washington Times

A new set of impeachment hearings is now underway. But the after-effects of the previous set of hearings have not been forgotten — and they have now fostered an unusual political by-product. Consider that the nation had become quite familiar with House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff. The California Democrat was on-camera and in the news for weeks during the first impeachment hearings.

Concerns about the "deep state" continues. A survey reveals that some voters now say federal employees are "members" of the deep state. (Associated Press)

Update: Trump voters and the 'deep state'

- The Washington Times

Public concern that a "deep state" or shadow government has been working against President Trump has not ebbed, a factor that could irk Democrats determined to impeach Mr. Trump. Consider that much of the public frowns on convoluted impeachment inquiries. Add a gnawing suspicion that a mysterious force is out to undermine the president's efforts to improve life in America. The combination could backfire on the Democrats.

Consumers are predicted to spend an average of $1,047.83 each during this major shopping period, a retail group says. (Associated Press)

Trump Bump: 165 million shoppers spend $730.7 billion

- The Washington Times

Well, here we are on Black Friday. Like Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year somehow arrived despite endless impeachment hearings, partisan discord and a hostile media. Even President Trump's online campaign store is staging a big Black Friday sale, with 35% off all that interesting merchandise with a distinctive Trump theme.

The "big three" broadcast networks displayed liberal bias during BIll Clinton's impeachment in 1998, and again for President Trump's impeachment hearings, a study finds. (Associated Press)

Impeachment coverage inspires epic liberal media bias

- The Washington Times

Well, of course it did. A new study finds that the "big three" broadcast networks went wild over House impeachment hearings directed at President Trump — but they selectively ignored significant proceedings associated with former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment in 1998. Yes, there's a study.

A study tracked the media's insults toward President Trump in the last four years. It says the insults have gotten much worse since then. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Unprecedented: Study tracks 223,598 Trump insults in the media

- The Washington Times

The news media has been insulting President Trump since — when, the dawn of time? Seems like it, particularly to his most ardent fans, who point out that Mr. Trump left a billionaire's life to take on the woes of an entire nation, and endure an unprecedented number of insults from a hostile press. Now there is a study charting this trend, and it found that things are only getting worse.

Boring impeachment hearings? That's what now confronts the media, which was counting on some excitement to spice up the events. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Impeachment: A teachable moment for a clueless media

- The Washington Times

That's a shame. America's TV networks went and shook up their normal schedules to accommodate the House impeachment hearings against President Trump — no doubt expecting blockbuster accounts and breathless moments, which would surely force him out of office.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff talks to the media after an impeachment hearing last week. Voters, meanwhile, say the hearings mean more to the press than to voters. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Voters now leery of media obsession with impeachment

- The Washington Times

The news media has an appetite for the impeachment hearings against President Trump — and it appears that many journalists are not attempting to quell that craving. This trend is not lost on voters, who must bear witness to relentless coverage that is often repetitive and loaded with the anti-Trump narrative of the day or strategic buzzwords like "collusion" and "bribery."

The Ghost Fleet of the Potomac is one of a dozen sites now listed as the nation's "biggest preservation wins" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Charles County Maryland)

Good news for the Ghost Fleet

- The Washington Times

It is a fascinating, somewhat eerie stretch of water just 40 miles south of the nation's capital. That would be the historic Ghost Fleet of the Potomac, home to 200 wrecks which have stood like sentinels for decades in the shallows, their hulls clearly visible just below the water's surface -- many bristling with the huge, peg-topped rusty nails of another era. Larger corroding hulks still stand above water level. These boats were towed there decades ago; some were sunk, others burned -- ultimately creating a graveyard that covers 14 square miles.

The art of the impeachment deal

- The Washington Times

When President Trump pushes back against the impeachment hearings, millions of his fans are delighted with his rapid response — delivered while he tends the vital business of the White House and his 2020 reelection campaign. However, the Democrats also are ramping up their aggression — now deploying strategic, carefully researched descriptors to convince Americans that wrongdoing has occurred.

Some 56% of Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing, according to a new poll from The Economist and YouGov.
Demonstrators kneel near large banners on the lawn adjacent to the U.S. Capitol, while a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The greatest peril of all: A divided GOP

- The Washington Times

The old phrase "united we stand, divided we fall" now applies to Republicans. We already know that Democrats and Republicans agree on very little, and that's that. The impeachment proceedings, however, are prompting division within the GOP rather than inspiring a united front against an unprecedented challenge.

A new poll reveals that 79% of voters say President Trump will not resign from office due to the impeachment process now underway. (Associated Press)

No way: 79% of voters say Trump will not resign

- The Washington Times

Some partisan analysts pine for President Trump to conveniently resign from office as a result of the impeachment proceedings now underway. After all, the learned folks reason, that is what President Richard M. Nixon did on Aug. 8, 1974, offering a 16-minute resignation speech on live TV from the Oval Office.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the House impeachment hearings will draw intense scrutiny from a hungry media on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Gavel to gavel frenzy: News media obsessed with Trump impeachment

- The Washington Times

Opening day of the impeachment hearings might as well be a Hollywood premiere, compete with red carpet, questionable fashions and non-stop hysterical commentary. Buckle up. The long-awaited public probe begins Wednesday on Capitol Hill under gavel-to-gavel scrutiny by every imaginable news organization in the broadcast, print or digital realm. Their appetites appear whetted for some climatic moment which will damn the Trump administration once and for all.

Yet another book on the Mueller Report is about to arrive from The Washington Post, this one featuring comic-book style illustrations. (Scribner Books)

Seriously? Mueller report now a graphic novel

- The Washington Times

There's never a dull moment where the endless investigation of President Trump and the 2016 election is concerned. Publishers Weekly reports that mega-publisher Scribner and The Washington Post have teamed up to create a graphic version of the official Mueller report, complete with all the signature illustrations and terse dialogue of that popular genre.