Rise and Shine: Oct. 31, 2019

BOO!

Here’s a scary trick for President Donald Trump on this Halloween night:

A bitterly divided House voted today to endorse the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry in a historic action that set up a critical new public phase of the process and underscored the toxic political polarization that serves as its backdrop.

The resolution passed with a vote of 232-196 this morning, with all Democrats except two – Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota – supporting the measure and all Republicans rejecting it.

The one independent in the House, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, voted to back the resolution. And ALL the New York Republican members, including self-described pragmatists like Rep. John Katko from Syracue, voted “no.”

The resolution affirms the impeachment inquiry announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in late September. Democrats have maintained that they aren’t under any obligation to hold a vote to formally authorize it, as Republicans have demanded. A U.S. District Court judge ruled for the Democrats in the matter last week.

Pelosi called this a “sad day because nobody comes to Congress to impeach a President of the United States – no one.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, accused Democrats of being part of a “cult,” suggesting his Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, is their leader.

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted after the vote: “The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!”

In non-impeachment news:

A reminder: Watch out for the heavy rain that is expected this evening if you’re out and about.

Former California Rep. Katie Hill hired revenge porn warrior Carrie Goldberg, a Brooklyn attorney, to sue over leaked nude snaps that emerged in the sex scandal that led to her resignation.

Hill have a final speech on the floor before she officially resigned, saying: “The forces of revenge by a bitter jealous man, cyber-exploitation and sexual shaming that target our gender and a large segment of society that fears and hates powerful women have combined to push a young woman out of power.”

Amanda Knox, who was twice convicted and twice acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy in 2007, is launching a “Dear Abby”-style column about “life, love, and suffering,” according to the Seattle newspaper that plans to print it.

Thousands of Chicago’s public-school teachers will return to classrooms tomorrow, ending a strike that left more than 300,000 students out of school for 11 days, the city’s mayor announced.

A judge has decided to uphold a previous order to block the Hussain family from selling the Crest Inn Suites and Cottages in Wilton and three other Capital Region properties as the families of the Schoharie limo crash victims scramble to preserve potential assets in their civil lawsuits against the family.

State lawmakers are looking to close a loophole in federal law they say has allowed the state to avoid responsibility in certain harassment cases involving alleged victims employed by elected officials and judges.

A state Supreme Court justice dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York’s top election enforcement official, Risa Sugarman, who had sought to strike down rules reining in the investigations conducted by her office.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included a plan that would create a system of publicly financed campaigns in his proposed spending plans. But as a commission considers the rules of the road for how publicly financed campaigns would work in real life, he is raising concerns over the cost of the program.

Officials from an assisted living facility in Guilderland say the latest form of legionella bacteria found at the site is not the same strain that sickened two residents earlier this year.

Village of Colonie Mayor Frank Leak, 92, will step down from his position due to health concerns tomorrow, ending a 24-year tenure, Deputy Mayor Ed Sim confirmed.

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, who made an appearance in federal court today, will keep an attorney who applied to work for the very prosecutors who won his conviction on federal sex trafficking, racketeering and forced labor charges in June.

Gerwin Schalk, a research scientist with the state’s Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, admitted in court that he accepted $70,000 from a a neurotechnology supplier while he was steering federal grant money to the company, authorities said.

A burglary victim is in the hospital with severe injuries, including three nearly-amputated fingers, after a machete attack in Saugerties yesterday, police said.

Durable American rockers Journey and English punk-new wave crew the Pretenders will bring their tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center next summer with a 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, performance.

For people who typically hoard Halloween candy past Thanksgiving, here’s some surprising advice: Some dentists actually condone eating your Halloween candy at one time, rather than rationing it out over weeks. (It’s not necessarily “good” for you, but might be better for your teeth).

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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