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Mike Littwin

Special to The Colorado Sun

Littwin: Day Four was another bad day for Trump’s legal team, but a worse one if you think impeachment trials are about justice

Unless the Democrats decide to call witnesses — say, Kevin McCarthy — the vote is coming today. And we didn’t hear from anyone who believes Trump will be convicted

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Littwin: On Day Three of the impeachment trial, House managers continued their uphill search for 17 Republicans to defy Trump

Diana DeGette finally got her turn to present, batting leadoff. Joe Neguse was one of the closers. Meanwhile, Trump’s defense team is up next, but don’t expect them to be up for very long.

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Littwin: Trump might never be convicted, but on Day Two of the impeachment trial he finally met his day of reckoning

Remarkable video, much of it never made public, stunned even the senators who had lived through the Capitol assault. As one House manager put it, Trump left “everyone in this Capitol for dead”

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Littwin: On Day One of the Trump impeachment trial, the House managers win in a rout, but only 6 GOP senators seem to notice

House manager Jamie Raskin’s emotional presentation of a video of the Capitol assault set the tone for the day. Colorado’s own Joe Neguse made a star turn as constitutional explainer. And the trial moves on.

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Littwin: As coronavirus relief bill moves forward, it’s even better than advertised for kids

Beyond the immediate need for vaccinations and help for the economy, the bill would include a plan, pushed by Michael Bennet and Sherrod Brown, to reduce childhood poverty by as much as 45%.

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Littwin: Dems lay out their case against Trump — it started with the Big Lie, and that led to insurrection and impeachment

Trump’s team argues not only that you can’t try an ex-president, but also — and this argument is made only to please Trump — that Trump’s claim of election fraud was reasonable to make.

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Littwin: Lauren Boebert is doing all she can, but she just can’t keep up with Marjorie Taylor Greene

Greene’s “Jewish space lasers” has gone viral. Boebert, meanwhile, is in a Twitter war with Parkland’s gun-safety activist David Hogg, whom Greene had already stalked.

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Littwin: COVID vaccine scarcity isn’t the only problem. There’s also vaccine inequality.

The causes of distribution inequality range from ZIP code to race to ethnicity to computer access to you name it. Sometimes the only solution is dumb luck.

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Littwin: Joe Biden faces his first big test on vaccines. America can’t afford for him to fail.

The 100 million vaccines in 100 days is only the first test. If Biden can pass that, or even surpass it, he still has to do even better in the next 100 days.

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Littwin: Normal, on an anything-but-normal Inauguration Day for Joe Biden, was more than good enough

Joe Biden is president, meaning Donald Trump is not, and that means that for much of the nation, we can finally exhale.

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Littwin: The story you may have missed amid the craziness of Trump’s final days

In the past six months, the Trump administration has executed 13 federal death-row prisoners. That’s three times as many as had been executed in the past 60 years.

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Littwin: Trump may soon be gone, but an impeachment trial will ensure his misdeeds won’t be forgotten

A Senate impeachment trial would give a necessary public hearing on the Jan. 6 insurrection — with millions watching — and the danger Trump has posed to American democracy.

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Littwin: In the madness that has overtaken Washington, Colorado’s Lauren Boebert brings her own

It’s one thing to be a conspiracy theorist who is in over her head, but it’s another to do it as part of the Sedition Caucus. And so Boebert is being blasted even by GOP members of Congress.

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Littwin: The House is planning for a second impeachment. How many Senate Republicans will answer the call?

Don’t count on the 25th Amendment for help in Trump’s waning days in office. Impeachment and conviction would be hard. But history and justice demand an official reaction.

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Littwin: We had to know that Trump, in the end, wouldn’t leave without trying to burn the place down

It was a riot, an insurrection, a plot against America. It was Trump’s presidency in its death throes, and with every one of his enablers responsible for the assault on democracy.

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Littwin: Next up in our theater of the absurd, the Sedition Caucus takes its turn in pushing Trump’s rigged-election fiction

Meanwhile in the real world, Democrats have won one Senate runoff race and seem poised to win the other in Georgia, which would, stunningly, give Dems effective control of the Senate.

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Littwin: Since the future is hard to predict, we’ll look back and see if that works any better

Of the 10 most-read columns I wrote for The Sun in 2020, 3 were about Trump, 3 about COVID, 2 Gardners, 1 Hancock and 1 Biden.

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Littwin: A thought experiment — what if Trump had called for $2,000 stimulus checks before the election?

It’s now left to Mitch McConnell and Senate GOP to determine whether the House-passed $2,000 check proposal gets a Senate vote. Anyone heard from Cory Gardner on this?

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Littwin: Some of the best books I read during the madness that has been 2020

For me, one good thing about the year is that it meant a lot more time to read actual books, a few of which, by the way, weren’t even particularly depressing.

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Littwin: As if state GOP didn’t have problems enough, now there’s Patrick Neville doxxing reporters

It’s not just about so-called fake news. It’s an abuse of power from a party leader. The question is whether the state GOP will do anything about it.

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