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President Trump's accusers fell far short of proving wrongdoing or the case for removing him from office, defense attorneys told senators on Saturday as they opened their portion of the impeachment trial.

The presentation by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his colleagues follows three days of opening arguments from House Democratic managers and marks the end of the first week of Trump's impeachment trial.

One day after a contentious interview that was followed by an expletive-filled verbal lashing of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is publicly accusing her of lying to him — "twice."

In a statement released by the State Department on Saturday, Pompeo says Kelly first lied "in setting up our interview."

California Has Double The Organic Farms Of Any Other State, But Expansion Is Slowing

Jan 24, 2020
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California has more than twice as many certified organic farms than any other state, according to the latest federal numbers.

While that might sound impressive, the rate at which farms are transitioning to organic is actually slowing.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have played down the idea of trying to amend the Constitution to prevent future walkouts of the kind staged by Republicans during last year’s legislative session. 

But a top labor leader says public employee unions are planning to file a proposed ballot initiative that would threaten legislators who walk out with being tossed from office.

Oregonians might be on the verge of passing historic campaign finance policy this year. The Oregon Senate? Not so much.

In a further sign that Senate leaders are in no rush to move to limit campaign contributions, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is not bringing back the chamber’s Campaign Finance Committee for the 2020 legislative session.

President Trump will go on abusing his office and imperiling elections unless the Senate removes him, House Democrats argued on Friday as they wrapped their opening presentation in Trump's impeachment trial.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., warned in some of his strongest language yet that what he called Trump's venality and moral bankruptcy would only grow worse if Congress allows him to remain president after what Democrats say he's committed.

Violinist Emily Bruskin and her cello-playing sister Julia Bruskin founded the Claremont Trio in 1999 at Julliard.  The third member of the group (pianist Andrea Lam) joined in 2012. The ensemble is the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Back in 2006, a group of cellists in Portland got together for what they thought would be a one-off performance at the Doug Fir Lounge. It wasn't. Rather, it was the beginning of a long and expansive journey featuring over a hundred different members and well over a thousand different pieces of repertoire.

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UPDATED 4:00 p.m. … The Jordan Cove Energy Project has abruptly withdrawn its application for a key permit from the state of Oregon, raising questions about the proposal's future.


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Just hours before President Trump addressed thousands of anti-abortion rights activists at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., his administration has given its attendees reason to cheer.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new idea for addressing the youth vaping epidemic: a nicotine tax on electronic cigarettes.

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Oregon’s graduation rate has hit 80%, an all-time high since the state tightened how it tracks the rate more than a decade ago. That represents an increase of 600 students in the Class of 2019 who received a diploma, compared to 2018.

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Congress has the power to impeach and remove a president over conduct that may not violate black-letter law — and President Trump's actions qualify, House Democratic impeachment managers argued Thursday.

The Constitution doesn't specify that a president must technically have broken a law in order to be impeached, said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., although Democrats also underscored that Trump did break at least one law in the Ukraine affair.

Britt Music & Arts Festival and Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams announced the 2020 Britt Orchestra Season this week, which will run from July 28th through August 16th at the Britt Pavillion in Jacksonville, Oregon.

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Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR, described the impeachment trial of President Trump as a possible “travesty” during a call with reporters on Thursday, if Senate Republicans vote to exclude new evidence from the process.

Updated at 9:49 p.m. ET

The matter before the Senate isn't just President Trump's conduct; it is no less than the fate of the Constitution and America's role in the world, House managers said on Wednesday.

With the ground rules having been settled in the early hours after sometimes-bitter litigation between the House delegation and Trump's legal team, senators returned Wednesday afternoon to hear the formal opening of the case.

Democrats are going first with 24 hours over three days to present their arguments for removing Trump from office.

State lawmakers looking into campaign finance regulations say Oregon should consider limiting how much public officials can accept from people or firms seeking state contracts, following reporting from OPB that raised concerns about the practice.

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The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied a request by the Jordan Cove Energy Project to extend the deadline for a key state permit. 

Beyond Toxics

Housing tends to cost a bit less when it's close to factories and other industrial sites.  So it should surprise few people to learn that people tend to get sick from exposure to industrial chemicals more often when they make less money. 

Is that fair?  Beyond Toxics in Eugene says no.  The group is focused on West Eugene, where a cluster of industrial sites appear to impact local residents. 

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The curtain rises soon on another season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It is the first season under the solo direction of Nataki Garrett, installed as artistic director at OSF last year. 

The festival is the center of the region's arts offerings, drawing visitors from around the world to view ten plays on three stages, spread over a nine-month season. 

The Oregon Center for the Arts and Schneider Museum at Southern Oregon University presented a live interview with Nataki Garrett on the SOU campus, Thursday, January 23rd in the Meese Auditorium in the Arts Building. 

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