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The political bloodsport that was the 2020 election has roots that go far beyond the presidency of Donald Trump, let alone his candidacy. In fact, the just-published book with the jump-off-the-page title, "Tuesday Night Massacre," pays particular attention to the 1980 elections which saw the upending of the careers of for U.S. Senators, including Idaho's Frank Church.

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Over the weekend, the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump on the charge he incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building, capping a weeklong impeachment trial that was fueled by efforts to hold on to the White House after losing the election. Both Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted in favor of aquittal, joining the majority of their Republican colleagues.

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Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial came to a close on Saturday, with Democrats falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict the former president.

The final vote was 57 to 43. Seven Republicans joined with all of the chamber's Democrats and independents to vote to convict.

Trump faced a single impeachment charge, incitement of an insurrection, for his role in urging a mob to attack the Capitol complex on Jan. 6.

In a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon, Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney announced she would vote to impeach President Trump. She is the first member of the GOP congressional leadership to do so.

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The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump for "high crimes and misdemeanors" — specifically, for inciting an insurrection against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol.

Just one week before he will leave office, Trump has now become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

Wednesday's vote came a week after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a chaotic scene that left five people dead.

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with "incitement of insurrection." Watch the debate and vote live.

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People around the world watched in horror last Wednesday as violent Trump supporters and extremists breached the U.S. Capitol building. But even though these scenes were shocking, right wing extremists aren't new to the U.S., the Mountain West or Idaho.

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The House of Representatives approved a symbolic resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, after the president's No. 2 has expressed that he would not exercise that option. The move comes nearly a week after violent pro-Trump extremists breached the U.S. Capitol.

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Last summer, I met up with Ben Barto outside the small town of Dubois, Wyo. He's a huge Trump supporter and we were having a conversation about where he thought America was headed. 

"Revolution," he said. "I think it's headed there."

Flash forward to the violent scenes in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Broken windows. Scuffles with police. A woman shot and killed. Another trampled. After spending the day watching this news unfold, I gave Barto a call to get his take. He told me we are inching even closer to revolution. 

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President Trump incited a violent mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol after months of refusing to acknowledge he lost his bid for a second term. While Congress was in session to certify the fair election of Joe Biden to the presidency, rioters forced them to stop their work. 

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Wednesday, a Trump supporter carried a Confederate flag — a symbol of hate and the Confederacy — through the halls of the U.S. Capitol during a violent insurrection. The stark visual came after President Trump incited right wing extremists to storm the building, breaking windows and doors, fighting with Capitol Police in order to force their way in.

Dozens of lawmakers are calling for the removal of President Donald Trump via the 25th Amendment. As Audrey Regan  reports, that does not include Idaho’s delegation.


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After a mob of extremists took over and ransacked the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesay, Democrats in Congress are calling for President Trump to be removed from office. But with less than two weeks left in his term, what legal mechanisms can be used and how likely is his removal?

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The phone call President Trump held Saturday with Georgia’s Secretary of State is raising lots of questions about whether or not he violated laws that prohibit interference in federal or state elections.

In Never Trump authors Robert Saldin and Steven Teles, took a deep-dive into the Never Trump movement, explaining the reasons for the widespread and unprecedented intra-party opposition to Trump, why it took the form it did, and its long-term consequences. Importantly, Never Trump anticipates the impact of the Never Trump network on the future of the Republican and Democratic parties, conservatism, and American politics.


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Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters marched through the streets of Boise Saturday to protest the results of the presidential election. It was one of many such rallies around the country making unsubstantiated claims about voting irregularities.

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While President Donald Trump's accusations of widespread voter fraud are based on no evidence, they are gaining some traction in the region. 

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., is asking his supporters via text to help fund the president's legal fight, saying, "Dems are stealing the election." 

President Donald Trump is finding ways to continue reaching voters in Nevada through rallies, even as COVID-19 cases climb and state restrictions limit crowds.

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