Lecturers discuss past, present impeachment cases

first_imgAlysa Guffey | The Observer Students and community members listen at Wednesday night’s Pizza, Pop and Politics Lecture. Law professor Jimmy Gurulé and political science professor emeritus Peri Arnold discussed the history of presidential impeachment in the United States.Gurulé opened the lecture by addressing the importance of dialogue and engagement surrounding the impeachment process and its outcomes in the context of current political events. “We are living through a historical time, and often you hear that, but today it is factually true,” Gurulé said. “Today, the House Judiciary Committee held its impeachment hearing on [President] Trump, in what could be the fourth president to be the target of impeachment.”Gurulé laid out the constitutional texts regarding presidential impeachment. “Congress has the authority to impeach the president upon a determination that such officers have engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said.Gurulé focused on the question of what qualifies as a high crime or misdemeanor committed by a president of the United States, as the definition of the phrase is not laid out in the Constitution itself. Citing “Federalist 65,” Gurulé described a high crime or misdemeanor as “an abusive power that results in an injury to [America].”“It’s not like a robbery where one victim is the victim of the robbery. … This is an injury to our society, to our democracy.” Gurulé said. “That is the justification for impeachment: when a president abuses his power for personal gain.”In regards to the current impeachment hearings against President Trump, Gurulé believes Trump will be impeached but not removed from office due to the fact that the Democrats control the House of Representatives — which originates the process — and Republicans control the Senate, which makes the decision about whether to remove a president. He views political partiality as an obstacle to the purpose of impeachment in American democracy. “The Democrats have one point-of-view on this, the Republicans have the opposite point-of-view and the actual demonstrations of innocence or guilt are secondary considerations,” he said.  Arnold followed Gurulé’s outline of the impeachment process with an analysis of the four presidents in American history to be the target of impeachment: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Johnson faced impeachment because of his violation of the Tenure of Office Act and survived possible removal of office in the Senate trial by one vote. Clinton was impeached and later acquitted on account of perjury due to an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Nixon, while never officially impeached by the House, found himself as a target of impeachment after the Watergate scandal broke. Nixon resigned from his presidency shortly after. Currently, Trump is facing charges of impeachment for abuse of power and conducting bribery from foreign governments to aid him in the 2020 presidential election, Arnold said. Following his analysis, Arnold argued that presidents in tension with their political context are especially vulnerable to impeachment, but the division of political parties leads to the failure of the impeachment process.  “[These presidents] are what we call disjunctive presidents. That is, they come out of time and they stick out like sore thumbs in their context,” Arnold said. “They are specifically presidents in conflict with political values and majority tendencies of the time. … But what will happen? Nothing. This is where our Constitution fails.”Following the lecture, Gurulé and Arnold opened up the floor for questions. In response to a question regarding if they see a change in the impeachment process in the near future, Gurulé discussed his concerns for the growing political divide alongside his hopes for the resiliency of American democracy.“Right now what I envision is that the political divide will only become more heated, vicious and divided,” Gurulé said. “This current process may require something like a national crisis to shake our system and cause us to reawaken our senses and place the country above politics.”Tags: Donald Trump, impeachment, Pizza, Pizza Pop and Politics The final Pizza, Pop and Politics event of the semester took place Wednesday evening with a lecture titled: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors? The History of Impeachment.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, ND Votes, Constitutional Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the lecture featured law school professor Jimmy Gurulé and political science professor emeritus Peri Arnold to discuss the implications of impeachments, past and present, with students. last_img read more

Pair Allegedly Fails To Seek Timely Medical Attention For 10-Month-Old

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ELLICOTT – Two people are charged after Ellicott Police say they allegedly failed to seek timely medical attention for a 10-month-old child. Police additionally say the child was allegedly left by the pair without proper supervision.Devon A. Estus, 27, and Ashley A. Estus, 28, are both charged with two counts endangering the welfare of a child.Both were given an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court at a later date. last_img read more

Burger Kings Of The Future Revealed

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image courtesy: Burger KingMIAMI – Burger King is making plans to adapt in the Coronavirus age.Image courtesy: Burger KingThey are building triple drive-through, burger pick up lockers and take out counters.The chain revealed their two new restaurant designs last week.It plans to build prototypes in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Burger King has been working on new restaurant designs for a few years.Although the pandemic has accelerated certain trends, like online ordering, and made to-go orders.last_img read more

Bring Them Silver! Tickets Now Available for 25th Anniversary Revival of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2014 The remounting of the interactive comedy puts theater audiences in the middle of a big Italian ceremony at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. Immediately following the nuptials, the bridal party will escort their family and friends through Times Square to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, where guests will celebrate with lovebirds Tony and Tina, members of their outrageous families and get taken to Guy Fieri’s Flavortown. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding was created by the improv comedy troupe Artificial Intelligence and its success inspired a slew of copycat shows. View Comments Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding spent its first 10 years at St. John’s Church on Christopher Street with the reception above Gus’ Restaurant on Waverly. The show moved uptown to the Theater District in August 1998, where it ran for another 10 years. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Related Shows Make sure you have an envelope filled with a wad of cash, because tickets are now on sale for the 25th anniversary engagement of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding! The long-running comedy is returning with a brand new contemporary setting and the show begins performances on March 5.last_img read more

Josh Gad, Darren Criss & More to Attend Nerd Prom!

first_img Josh Gad Patrick Stewart Star Files “Nerd Prom,” as inside-the-Beltway types have affectionately labeled the dinner, is Washington’s attempt at a true red carpet event. This year is an even swankier deal than usual as it marks the centennial dinner for the White House Correspondents Association. Joel McHale will be warming up the crowd for the main headliner, President Obama. #NerdProm will get some Broadway star power this May 3! Tony nominee and Frozen favorite Josh Gad and Broadway alum and Glee star Darren Criss will be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. According to Deadline they are set to sit on the USA Today and Reuters tables respectively. Matthew Morrison View All (5)center_img Darren Criss Jesse Tyler Ferguson Watch below as Tony winner Kevin Spacey, in character as House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, owns the event last year. View Comments Other Great White Way vets attending include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who will be hanging out with ABC/Disney, Jeff Goldblum, who will be joining Gad on the USA Today table, while Matthew Morrison and Patrick Stewart are on, wait for it, the Fox News Channel’s guestlist!last_img read more

Watch a Clip from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street

first_img Lin-Manuel Miranda View Comments This might be the closest we’ll ever get to Lin Manuel Miranda inviting us to prom. We’ll take it. The Tony-winning composer revealed a number from his new project, 21 Chump Street: The Musical, as part of This American Life’s “The Radio Drama Episode” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Check out this cute performance of “What the Heck I Gotta Do,” featuring Miranda, former Broadway.com vlogger Lindsay Mendez, Broadway alum Gerard Canonico, Anthony Ramos, Alex Boniello and Antwaun Holley. The full album is available for download on iTunes. Alex Boniello Gerard Canonicocenter_img Star Files Lindsay Mendez View All (4)last_img read more

Hugh Jackman Talks Sleeping During The River, Joan Rivers & More

first_img Related Shows Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman is set to return to the Great White Way beginning October 31 in The River, and in anticipation of his Broadway bow at the Circle in the Square Theatre, the Tony winner stopped by The Tonight Show to chat with Jimmy Fallon about his first visit to the intimate venue: to see Al Pacino in Hughie some 18 years ago. We know how that stories ends—with his wife falling asleep in the second row. “If you come, you can sleep,” Jackman says, “and I will understand, and I will sign you an autograph.” Jackman also discussed singing at Joan Rivers’ funeral: “It was an appropriate sendoff,” he says, and I felt honored to be a part of it.” Then they played some pool bowling. Because why not? Warning: it takes forever. Take a peek at the clips below, and look out for Fallon’s shout out to a certain awesome website (hint: it’s us)! View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015 The Riverlast_img read more

Cast & Creative Team Set for Blank! The Musical Off-Broadway

first_img At each performance, the ensemble cast will hit the stage without scripts or rehearsals to perform a brand new musical that audiences help create. Those in attendance will use their smartphones to choose a title, write lyrics and compose a score. Blank! The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Blank! is co-created by Michael Girts, Mike Descoteaux and T.J. Shanoff. The production is a collaboration between Uprights Citizens Brigade and Livecube, a mobile technology app that will be utilized by theatergoers during the show. The show will feature production design from Tony-winning lighting designer Jeff Croiter and sound designer Matt Kraus. The cast and creative team is now set for Blank! The Musical, a new interactive theatrical event heading off-Broadway. Seven musical improvisors from around the country will hit the stage in a tuner that audiences help create each night. The cast features Improvised Sondheim Project’s Katie Dufrense, TJ Mannix of Second City, The Second City National Touring Company’s Nicole C. Hastings and Andrew Knox, Tessa Hersh of People’s Improv Theatre, Baby Wants Candy’s Matthew Van Colton and Douglas Widick, who appeared in F#%king Up Everything. Performances will begin at New World Stages on November 1, with opening night set for November 17.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Disney Hits Make Big Over Holiday Weekend

first_img Source: The Broadway League *Number based on seven preview performances **Number based on three preview performances and five regular performances View Comments The holiday weekend brought in a considerable bump for nearly every show on the Great White Way. Every production but one saw an increase in gross from the previous week. It’s Only a Play, the one show left out (surely due to its starry opening night on October 9), had no reason to complain as it still grossed over $1 million and exceeded capacity. The Mouse came up on top once more as The Lion King grossed over $2 million and Aladdin set another box office record at the New Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner Andrew Rannells put his wig back on the shelf following his final performance on October 12, but not before bringing in crowds at 93.3% capacity—the highest of his run at the Belasco Theatre. We will keep an eye on the tuner’s numbers as Michael C. Hall steps in beginning October 16. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending October 12: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. This Is Our Youth ($421,840) 4. Rock of Ages ($373,909) 3. Love Letters ($339,907) 2. Disgraced ($319,485)* 1. The Country House ($268,583)center_img UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Les Miserables (74.59%) 4. Cinderella (70.94%) 3. Once (64.07%) 2. This Is Our Youth (63.36%) 1. Love Letters (52.22%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. It’s Only a Play (101.61%)** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.60%) 4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.41%) 5. The Lion King (100.03%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,050,270) 2. Wicked ($1,806,175) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,739,131) 4. Aladdin ($1,614,428) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,411,132)last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Pitch Perfect 3 In The Works & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Pitch Perfect 3 In The WorksPitch Perfect 2 doesn’t make it into movie theaters until May 15, but Rebel Wilson recently revealed to the L.A. Times that a third film is already in development. No word yet on whether Anna Kendrick, along with our Broadway boys Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, will also be back for some more aca-amazing action, but we’re crossing our fingers and toes!Ian McKellen & Gugu Mbatha-Raw Set for BeautyWell, if six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald can play a wardrobe…Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen and Broadway alum Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Hamlet) are the latest stars to sign on to Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to Variety, McKellen will appear as Cogsworth, who in the original animated version was a Butler-turned-clock, with Mbatha-Raw taking on the role of feather duster Plumette. They join the previously reported McDonald, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson in the Bill Condon-helmed film. Production will start this year for a March 17, 2017 release.Will Luck be a Lady for Santino Fontana?Santino Fontana, Bobby Cannavale, Sebastian Arcelus, Orfeh along with her hubby On The Twentieth Century’s Andy Karl, and more Broadway faves will take part in Roundabout’s First Annual Casino Night. The fundraising event will include a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament featuring celebrity players, casino games, such as blackjack, roulette, craps and slot machines, hosted by Danny Burstein, Stephanie J. Block and Becky Ann Baker. The dice-rolling will take place on May 11 at the American Airlines Theatre.London’s Bend It Like Beckham SwitcherooMade in Dagenham alum Sophie-Louise Dann will replace the previously announced Ronni Ancona as Paula in Bend It Like Beckham. A spokesperson said that the comedian was departing the production for “family reasons.” The buzzed-about new musical will begin performances on May 15 at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End.We’re Watching This Damsel in DistressThis is some lineup. Richard Fleeshman, Summer Strallen, Sally Ann Triplett and more will star in A Damsel in Distress at Chichester this summer. Directed and choreographed by Carousel’s Rob Ashford, with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson, the show is based on the novel by P.G. Wodehouse and the play by Wodehouse and Ian Hay. The production will run May 30 through June 27 at the Festival Theatre. Next stop, the West End?P.S. In perhaps the most unsurprising news of the day, the Bombshell concert sold out in just over an hour. Of course it did. View Commentslast_img read more