nancy pelosi en The farce of presidential impeachment <p></p><p>I was a college student almost forty years ago when the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. I watched those proceedings and hung on every word.</p><p>Many, perhaps even most people did. I remember crowds clustered around television sets in department stores at particularly dramatic points in the testimony. When the members finally voted to recommend impeachment, many of them did in voices breaking with emotion. They knew this was an almost unimaginably huge step.</p><p>The congressmen knew that only one other President had been impeached in history – Andrew Johnson, more than a century before. They also knew that history had judged very harshly those congressmen and senators who supported removing that president, and praised those who managed to stop his conviction.</p><p>Impeachment, those congressmen knew, was the nuclear option in American constitutional democracy. In the end, President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached, convicted, and removed from office, as he surely would have been.</p><p>I thought that would be the only attempt at impeaching a president I would ever see, and I was, of course, wrong. Twenty-five years later, the house actually impeached President Clinton for what really amounted to lying about sex. The senate never came close to convicting him, and the entire episode was seen as low farce. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:19:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14104 at The farce of presidential impeachment Pelosi: Detroit 'still engaged in a great freedom walk' <p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, says Detroit is "still engaged in a great freedom walk … and a campaign to preserve the dignity of all Americans."</p><p>Pelosi made the remarks as the featured speaker for the Detroit NAACP’s 56th annual gathering last night. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:20:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12319 at Pelosi: Detroit 'still engaged in a great freedom walk' In this morning's headlines: GR avoids disaster, marijuana bill, Pelosi says no EM for Detroit <p><strong>Grand Rapids flood 3-4 inches away from disaster</strong></p><p>"A National Weather Service water expert says Grand Rapids was 3 to 4 inches of rain short of a disastrous breaching of its flood walls when the Grand River rose to record levels after heavy spring rains. The flooding forced the evacuation of an estimated 1,700 people in the Grand Rapids area and began easing after a forecast heavy rain on April 19 failed to materialize," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Proposed legislation would lessen penalties for marijuana possession </strong></p><p>"Legislation pending in the Michigan House would lessen penalties for people who are caught with small amounts of marijuana. The measure makes possession of one ounce of marijuana a civil infraction, rather than a misdemeanor," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Pelosi says Detroit doesn't need an emergency manager</strong></p><p>"Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi took a swipe at the appointment of Detroit's emergency manager last night during a speech in Detroit. The House Democratic Leader said there doesn't need to be anyone else 'running the city of Detroit,'" the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:26:43 +0000 Emily Fox 12314 at In this morning's headlines: GR avoids disaster, marijuana bill, Pelosi says no EM for Detroit Pelosi to visit Detroit auto show <p><a href="">Representative Nancy Pelosi</a>, outgoing Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will visit the <a href="">North American International Auto Show</a> next week in Detroit.</p><p>The Democratic Representative from California says she will visit the show on Monday, which is the first day of previews for the media.&nbsp; The show opens to the public on January 15th and runs through January 23rd at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Pelosi says a string manufacturing base is vital to the nation's security and competitiveness. She says Detroit's automakers are central to efforts to grow a "clean, green economy."</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press <a href="">reports</a> that Michigan Democratic <a href="">Representative John Dingell</a> invited Pelosi to the show. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:47:23 +0000 Zoe Clark 749 at Pelosi to visit Detroit auto show