Can Pelosi Invoke 25th Amendment To Remove Trump From White House? What The Law States, How It’s Implemented

KEY POINTS

  • President Trump has been given two experimental treatments and a powerful steroid to treat COVID-19
  • Pelosi questioned Trump’s recent behavior, saying he appears to be in an “altered state”
  • Trump responded, calling Pelosi crazy

Democratic lawmakers say they are concerned about President Donald Trump’s mental state following treatment for COVID-19 and introduced legislation Friday to create a commission to determine if the president is fit for office under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The discussion comes just 24 days before the Nov.3 election.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said there never has been a good time to set up the commission but the current situation has focused everyone’s attention.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denied this is just another attempt by Democrats to go around the voting process.

“This is not about President Trump. He will face the judgment of voters. But he shows the need to create a process for future presidents,” Pelosi said.

The 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967 to clarify the process, and though it calls for such a commission, one never was set up.

Historically, the practice has been for the vice president to succeed to the nation’s highest office, if the president was out of the picture.

George H.W. Bush became acting president in July 1985 while Ronald Reagan underwent a colonoscopy, but not when Reagan was shot in 1981. Richard Cheney became acting president in June 2002 and July 2007 while George W. Bush underwent colonoscopies. In all three cases, the president sent letters to the speaker of the House and president pro tem of the Senate, making the appointments. Subsequent letters then were submitted rescinding the appointments.

The last time a vice president succeeded to the presidency due to the death of a president was 1963 when Lyndon Johnson became president after John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

If the vice president and majority of the president’s cabinet determine the president is unable to perform the duties of office, they can issue a declaration and transfer power to the vice president.

Pelosi Thursday said the president appears to be “in an altered state right now,” citing the powerful steroid dexamethasone he was prescribed to treat COVID-19. The steroid is known for causing aggression, irritability and interference with thought processes. She also mentioned Trump bragging about the medications he was given, all of which still are undergoing evaluation.

Trump responded by calling Pelosi crazy.

Pelosi cited Trump’s tweet Tuesday ordering an end to stimulus negotiations while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted he had stopped going to the White House in August because he was dissatisfied with the precautions being taken against spread of the coronavirus.

This is not the first time invoking the 25th Amendment has come up during Trump’s presidency. The New York Times reported former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested it two years ago during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The order of succession is laid out by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947:

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House rebuffs GOP lawmaker’s effort to remove references to Democrats in Capitol

The House on Tuesday tabled a resolution offered by conservative Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert ‘disregarding public health guidance’ on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (R-Texas) calling on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) to remove any references in the lower chamber to political parties that supported slavery or the Confederacy, including the Democratic Party.

The chamber tabled the measure in a 223-176 vote. Gohmert offered the resolution after the Democratic-controlled House voted in July to remove statues of people who served the Confederacy or otherwise worked to defend slavery from the Capitol.

Critics of removing the Confederate statues, including Gohmert, argued that lawmakers were attempting to erase history by doing away with the symbols.

“Due to parliamentary issues, I am re-introducing my Privileged Resolution and urging my Democratic colleagues to rid the House wing of the U.S. Capitol of any item that names, symbolizes or mentions their own political party because of its past support for slavery and the Confederacy,” Gohmert said in a statement reintroducing the resolution on Thursday.

“Though I personally believe we need to learn from history including the good, the bad and the ugly, the Democratic Party has initiated this purging but needs assistance to avoid unparalleled hypocrisy. So, it is time for Democrats to account for, be washed of, and rid our Capitol of the sins of their party’s past.”

The resolution — which was co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HicePelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership House Republicans investigating California secretary of state’s contract with Biden-linked firm GOP lawmakers want answers from Disney on Mulan, China MORE (Ga.), Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: ‘No sector worse hurt than energy’ during pandemic | Trump pledges ‘no politics’ in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  GOP’s Gohmert introduces resolution that would ban the Democratic Party MORE (Texas), Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisCongressman who denounced mask wearing overseeing the trial of a drug to treat COVID-19 Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership Ukraine language in GOP platform underscores Trump tensions MORE (Md.), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordLWCF modernization: Restoring the promise Republicans score procedural victory on Democrats’ infrastructure bill The case for renewed US engagement in Latin America MORE (Ark.), and Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanHouse Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks MORE (S.C.) — points to the Democratic Party supporting the institution of slavery during the time of

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No One Knows How to Remove This 700-Pound Safe from a House. What Would You Try?

From Popular Mechanics

  • A Boston-area man can’t figure out how to open or remove a 700-pound safe that he found hidden away in his new home.

  • If you can figure out how to remove and open it, whatever is inside is your prize.

  • We figure that a pulley system is in order, so don’t bother with the dolly.

Attention all magicians, escape room junkies, movers, engineers, and locksmiths: It’s your time to shine.

A Boston-area man has been struggling to open—or at least remove—a massive 700-pound safe from his new home, to no avail. (It’s a beast. Check out the photos in this Boston Globe piece.) There has to be some way to remove this damn thing, and that’s where you might come in.

You love riddles. So do we. Let’s solve them together.

Homeowner Manoj Mishra found the hulking safe tucked away inside a closet in the house’s second-floor master bedroom after he purchased it. “We don’t know the password,” Mishra wrote in a neighborhood Facebook group on Sept. 12, according to the Boston Globe. “But the lady who lived here used [to] own [a] gold store so your luck … it’s all yours. Pickup, sooner the better.”

How do you open a safe when you don’t know the combination? And how the hell do you remove it from a house with humble door frames and a challenging set of stairs when it looks like it’s better suited for a bank than a home?

If you can figure it out, let us know what your method would look like, and we’ll update this story to help out Mishra. Or you can try to contact him yourself.

Mishra’s Facebook posts have prompted many people to come over and try to remove the 2.5-foot tall safe. So far, no one has been successful—not the woman who brought nine friends and a dolly, nor the movers and cleaners who wanted to bring ropes, ramps, and pieces of plywood to the site.

Brad Ford, a savvy test editor for Popular Mechanics who can fix literally anything, thinks Mishra needs a pully system, like the kind cartoon characters use to hoist a grand piano out of a window.

Photo credit: Themightyquill
Photo credit: Themightyquill

“Typically you would use block and tackle anchored to a beam put across a doorway at the top, which would allow the safe to slide on its side and be lowered down the steps,” Ford says. “At landings, you would need to stand it up, turn, and lay it down again. But you really need to see the steps to know what’s possible.”

Photo credit: Piecesofship.com
Photo credit: Piecesofship.com

A block and tackle system includes a block, or a set of pulleys or sheaves, affixed to a frame. The tackle is the assemblage of those blocks, threaded with a rope. Basically, this kind of machine amplifies the tension force inherent in the rope to help lift loads, and it’s common on ships for operations like lifting the lines for sails.

The mechanical advantage,

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Freedom Caucus pushing McCarthy to back long-shot effort to remove Pelosi as House speaker

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are trying to convince House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to back an effort to remove Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the chamber, an unrealistic long-shot effort happening less than seven weeks before Election Day.

McCarthy, R-Calif., on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night said he is not interested in pursuing the move against the speaker, essentially dashing any hope the Freedom Caucus members — who occupy just about 40 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives — would have had of gaining traction in their effort.

“What I’m in favor of is defeating Nancy Pelosi and [Jerry] Nadler and all the others,” McCarthy said as he made his pitch for Republicans deposing Pelosi, D-Calif., the old-fashioned way — by winning elections on Nov. 3. “If we were able to remove Nancy Pelosi you’d have another Democrat. The real challenge would be we’re … four weeks away from [the] election, or 40-some days. These Democrats could actually vote against Nancy Pelosi, use it in their campaigns to say they’re not with her, even though they vote with her 95% of the time.”

MODERATE DEMOCRATS PRESSURE PELOSI, HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO MOVE ON NEW CORONAVIRUS BILL: ‘STOP THE STUPIDITY’

But if the vote is forced it could put moderate Democrats in the uncomfortable spot of backing the controversial Pelosi on the record or publicly spurning their caucus’ leader. The Freedom Caucus is known for its rabble-rousing antics in the House. Its members previously mounted an effort against former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, which was unsuccessful.

“I don’t think it’s the best move at this moment,” McCarthy continued. “I think the best move is win 218 seats and that defeats Nancy Pelosi.”

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., however, prodded Republican leadership to engage with the long-shot effort to remove Pelosi in a Wednesday night tweet.

REP. ANDY BIGGS: NANCY PELOSI NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM HER POST AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

“Isn’t it past time for Rep. Nancy Pelosi to leave her office as Speaker of the House?” he said. “I call upon our leaders in Congress to put forward the Motion to Vacate the Chair that has been prepared and merely needs to be brought to the floor.”

Biggs linked to a Sept. 7 Fox News op-ed in which he made the case for removing Pelosi — though the op-ed does not acknowledge the nearly nonexistent chance of success such a motion would have. Every Republican could vote for it, as well as double-digit Democrats in a campaign stunt that McCarthy says could help them in moderate districts, and Pelosi would still hold onto the speaker’s gavel.

“Pelosi recently referred to members of Congress who support President Donald Trump as ‘domestic criminals,'” Biggs wrote. “The left hates President Trump and the Americans who voted for him. In and of itself, it is a most despicable statement designed to divide the nation, but it shows a disregard for the institution itself.”

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Virginia House of Delegates approves bills making it easier to remove Confederate statues and eliminating qualified immunity for police

That bill, part of a package of legislation overhauling police oversight, failed last week when a couple of Democrats voted against their majority. Del. Ibraheem S. Samirah (D-Fairfax) said he voted against it to try to add language limiting local funding for police, but he dropped that effort Tuesday and asked that the bill be reconsidered. It passed 49 to 45 with two abstentions.

The House also voted to give the state attorney general authority to conduct “pattern or practice” investigations of local police departments if they are alleged to be systematically violating the rights of citizens.

All the bills will head next to the state Senate, which has already killed its own version of a qualified immunity measure.

The statues bill removes the requirement that a local government wait 30 days and hold a public hearing before voting on the removal of a memorial. It passed on a vote of 54 to 43, with all Republicans voting against it along with one Democrat.

Del. Delores L. McQuinn (D-Richmond) sponsored the bill to address what she called “the safety issue” after protesters began tearing down Confederate statues over the summer in demonstrations against racial inequity. A protester in Portsmouth was critically injured when a falling Confederate statue struck him on the head.

During the regular legislative session that ended in March, Democrats, who control both chambers of the General Assembly, established a legal mechanism for removing statues. It took effect July 1, but the measure’s lengthy review process failed to satisfy Virginia demonstrators’ urgent calls for action on Confederate memorials after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney invoked a state of emergency to remove 11 Confederate monuments on city property on the day the law went into effect. The city council later held a public hearing and voted to make the removals permanent.

An anonymous local resident filed suit against Stoney’s action, but the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the plaintiff lacked legal standing in the case.

The change to the law would allow localities to adopt a lengthier review process but would not require it.

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) objected last week during a committee hearing on the bill, saying he wanted to “make sure the public has input” into such decisions.

McQuinn said the public would have input through elected officials and noted that local governments would be free to set up any process they saw fit.

“We’re giving the authority back to the localities without a lot of strings attached,” McQuinn said during the hearing.

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Directions to Remove a Shelf From Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen cabinet shelves are very convenient fro storing kitchen accessories. Shelves are handy in a way that you can keep things which are not used regularly in the cabinets for future needs and keep your kitchen look clean. Without shelves your kitchen look like a mess with things all around on countertops, racks, tables etc. Shelves need regular maintenance. They sustain damage over time and need to be repaired or replaced. There are usually two types of shelves used; adjustable shelves and permanent shelves. Each has a different way of installation.

Required Material

– Reciprocating saw

– Locking pliers

– Flush cutting pliers

– Flat pry bar

– Hammer

Steps to Remove Shelf from Kitchen Cabinet

For Adjustable Shelves

1. Clear the area around the shelf which you want to remove. If shelf contains any items or accessories remove them.

2. Hoist the shelf up and spin the shelf diagonally. Hoist one side higher than the other; this will help it to clear the cabinet opening. To release the cabinet shelf you need to press the clip holding the pins and shelf in place. Usually, you can simply press the plastic or metal flap at the top of the pin to release the shelf.

3. Take the shelf away from the position carefully. Don’t drag or bump the shelf along the cabinet opening. Dragging or bumping may cause damage to surface.

For Permanent Shelves

1. Permanent shelves are installed in a number of ways. You have to inspect the installation for your shelf. Some rest on the horizontal runner fixed to the bulkhead or side panel of the cabinet. Some are simply glued or nailed on the outside of the cabinet bulkhead.

2. Tap front bottom edge of the runner gently with a hammer to remove the shelves. You might need a pry bar to pry up the shelf gently from the runner. The shelves are usually glued or nailed to the runner so it might need some force to remove them from runner. Repeat the same process on all the remaining sides to let the shelf free from cabinet.

3. Take a flat pry bar and use it to remove the runner from the cabinet sides. Place the pry bar edge in the seam behind the runner. Tap it with hammer from above to widen the gap in seam. Pull the pry bar away from the cabinet panel. Keep prying until the runner is free enough to be removed.

4. Take a hammer and tap the shelf near the bulkhead gently to remove it from the cabinet. Keep tapping until you see that the seam between cabinet and shelf is beginning to wide. Once the seam is wide enough, pull the shelf away from the bulkhead of the cabinet.

5. In the end use locking jaw pliers to pull the nails out so that it will release the bulkhead. You can also cut them by using a pair of flush cutting pliers.

Tip

– You can cut the stubborn …

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How to Remove Hair Dye From Bathrooms and Bathroom Tiles

If you've recently dyed your hair and unfortunately managed to get some hair dye onto your bathroom tiles or your bathtub, there are a number of things you can try to remove it.

Before you start, you should remember that you don't want to take any of the enamel off the coating of your tile. Porcelain and ceramic tiles often have a high gloss finish that you don't want to damage. If you do, your tiles will look matted and worn. You may also scratch them.

Also, be sure to do a test patch on a small area on an unseen or un-noticeable tile. (Even better, use a spare tile that's not on your bathroom wall – at Builder Superstore we recommend adding 10% of your order on top to account for spares, breakages and replacements.)

-If you can, wipe as much of the hair dye off the bathroom tile or bath as soon as it occurs. Spray with hairspray and wipe.

-If you have hair dye stains in your bath, fill the bath with water and bleach, and leave to soak overnight. (Be sure to keep the area well ventilated).

-You can buy specialist products such as Scrubbing Bubbles (used in many salons), or Magic Eraser. (Be sure to do test patches).

-If you have marble tiles in your bathroom, you can use alcohol to remove it.

-Peroxide gel or a bleach pen can also be used to remove hair dye from porcelain or ceramic tiles.

-You could also purchase (at a high cost) color remover from a hairdresser. This is used to strip hair dye, so may work on your tiles too.

-Cigarette ash mixed with a little water has also been cited as a useful method to remove dye from tiles.

– If you have hair dye in your tile grout, this can easily be re-grouted over the top. Be sure to seal the grout as well, to ensure it is waterproof.

-DO NOT USE LEMON JUICE.

With everything, be sure to seek professional opinion, do test patches and follow manufacturers instructions.

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