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Opinion: Echoes of Watergate Could Spell Danger for Trump
But the bar for impeachment is high

Bipartisan consensus on impeaching the president, as was the case with President Richard M. Nixon’s Watergate scandal, can be reached only if the American people demand it, Holtzman writes. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Richard M. Nixon, the only impeachment effort to force a president from office in our country’s history. Today, many Americans, alarmed at President Donald Trump’s conduct, want him to be impeached and removed from office.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, I found that impeachment was not easy or quick. Still, that impeachment effort may provide a useful road map for how to proceed today.

Getting Metro Safety Back on Track
New commission will be empowered to adopt tough safety rules

Democratic lawmakers from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are calling for Congress to approve the Metro Safety Commission promptly. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Washington Metro system has its good days and its bad ones. On its best, it carries hundreds of thousands of commuters and visitors around our metro area. On its worst, maintenance and safety issues have caused enraging delays and even heartbreaking accidents. The people living in our region and those visiting our nation’s capital deserve to know that when they get on Metro they will arrive at their destinations safely.

That’s why we introduced legislation last week to establish a new Metro Safety Commission, putting Metro on a path to safer operations. And today, we are sending a letter to the Government Accountability Office, asking them to analyze the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s funding and governance structure and issue recommendations for changes. WMATA is distinct among transit agencies in that it is governed by four separate entities, creating unique challenges for collective action on fundamental questions such as how to fund the system. A GAO deep-dive on these questions could yield valuable and objective insight.

The Donald vs. Very Fake News
The president’s solo news conference went exactly the way he wanted

President Donald Trump, seen here during his press conference Thursday, has the media right where he wants them, Wetherbee writes. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s first solo press conference as president was a disaster. The 77-minute ramblings of an elderly man has both sides of the aisle worried. Reporters and pundits and supporters and the opposition are confused. What was that? 

It was what the president wanted.

Cory Booker’s Bear Hug
New Jersey Democrat shows Team McMahon love, until voting time

Linda McMahon did not get New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s vote, but he did express an interest in working out with her son-in-law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Cory Booker could have asked Linda McMahon, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Small Business Administration, pretty much anything.

At McMahon’s confirmation hearing on Jan. 24, he could have asked the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment about how WWE fudges attendance numbers at Wrestlemanias. That could have been interesting in light of Trump’s insistence that more people attended his inauguration than actually did, a provable falsehood.

Shaping Rules of Globalization Rather Than Allowing It to Be Done to Us
New Democrats seek to expand middle class, be a check against Trump’s darker impulses

Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind says the New Democrat Coalition “will be pragmatic partners for the president as long as he is willing to work with Congress to implement policy solutions that will work for everyone.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

One thing people made abundantly clear during the election this year is that far too many hardworking people are not feeling the positive effects of the economic recovery. That needs to change. The current economy is not the one I grew up in and certainly not the one my grandchildren will grow up in. We need to help lead for the economy of the future, not the economy of fifty years ago. We need to do more now to prepare future generations of Americans to be full participants in this global economy.

Globalization and digitization have transformed where and how jobs are created, and as lawmakers, we need to rethink infrastructure, regulations, the tax code and export policy to best enable private-sector job creation. The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 52 pro-growth Democrats in the House of Representatives, is working to ensure that Americans can compete in our global economy. From Silicon Valley to rural Wisconsin to the city centers of the East Coast, we must come together after the grueling campaign and find constructive issues we can work on to help Americans across the nation.

What We Learned From Wednesday's Debate
How former presidential campaign managers and operatives saw Round 3

Those who have some experience in presidential campaigns said Wednesday's debate did nothing to move the needle in the last 19 days of the presidential campaign. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump did anything to change the trajectory of the presidential race in Wednesday’s third and final debate, most experts said immediately afterward.

Democrat Clinton was poised and prepared while Trump, the Republican nominee, landed a few blows. But Trump's refusal to say whether he would accept the results of the election overshadowed the rest of his performance and reminded people of his erratic nature.

Lewandowski, A Convention Floor Celebrity
Fired Trump campaign manager leads New Hampshire delegates

Corey Lewandowski, fired campaign manager for Donald Trump, was a celebrity on the convention floor. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was a celebrity on the convention floor Tuesday night.  

"Mind if I get a photo with you," one young man asked Lewandowski, who accepted enthusiastically.  

True Cybersecurity Requires Accountability

By Rep. Frank D. Lucas 

Earlier this year we learned about the most extensive failure in cybersecurity by a federal agency to date. The Office of Personnel Management announced in June the personal information of roughly 4.2 million Americans was compromised by hackers who gained access to their network. A month later, a second intrusion was detected. The number of reported victims ballooned to 21.5 million.

An “All of the Above” Approach to Rural Broadband

By Rep. John Shimkus

In August 2008, minutes after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut the chamber’s lights out during a debate over what to do in response to high gas prices, I helped lead my Republican colleagues in a revolt on the House floor that turned “all of the above” into a household name for the kind of energy policy America needed.

Connected Vehicle Technology Must Lead to Safer, Less Congested Roads

By Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Connected and autonomous vehicle technologies are arriving on the market at a rapid rate. However, there is much more work to be done, both on the automotive side and in the infrastructure that will support connected and autonomous vehicles on roads and in cities, before these technologies can be fully implemented. The U.S. is arriving at a crossroads on connected vehicle technologies, and our decisions now will have huge ramifications on the future of transportation and American economic competitiveness.