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Elizabeth Warren Would ‘Absolutely’ Back Impeachment If Trump Really Obstructed Justice

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) signaled her support for impeaching President Donald Trump if evidence emerges confirming the worst accusations against him.

In an interview with Jezebel published on Thursday, Warren emphasized that she is awaiting the results of a thorough inquiry into Trump?s conduct.

?We absolutely need to get a hold of [former FBI director] Comey?s notes, any other written papers, any tapes that may have been made, and we need to get witnesses in here under oath,? she told Jezebel. ?Let?s do our fact gathering so we?ve got all of the facts on the table in front of us and then evaluate whether or not those facts lead to a charge of impeachment.?

But in the event that there is proof Trump pressured the FBI to drop its investigation into the Russia ties of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, or discussed classified information with top Russian officials, as has been reported, Warren would support impeaching the president wholeheartedly.

?Absolutely. You know, how could we not?? Warren said.

?Let?s be clear: In the past, there has been strong bipartisan agreement that obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense,? she added. ?That?s not a Democratic position or a Republican conviction, it is a bipartisan position. And if the facts that are currently alleged are proven, then we should take the next step.?

Warren, one of the country?s leading progressive lawmakers, has good company in Congress. Counting Warren, 26 members of Congress have now mentioned the prospect of impeaching Trump, according to a CNN tally. In the Senate, Warren joins Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

Two House Republicans, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Justin Amash of Michigan, have even mentioned impeachment as a possibility.

Although some Democrats, like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), have long backed impeachment, discussion of the process accelerated after Trump fired FBI director James Comey last week. The decision to dismiss Comey just days after he testified before Congress about the FBI?s investigation into the Russia ties of Trump campaign associates led to allegations that Trump tried to silence the inquiry.

The White House?s shifting justifications for Comey?s firing, and a steady stream of revelations about Trump?s private comments to Comey in the subsequent days, have effectively plunged Trump?s presidency into a crisis. Comey wrote in a private memo that Trump asked him in February to stop investigating Flynn and to consider pursuing journalists who publish classified information, according to a report in the New York Times.

Still, many Democratic lawmakers are reluctant to get on the impeachment bandwagon too soon. 

?I?m not there,? Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told reporters Wednesday. ?I just want to get the information.?

The Constitution grants Congress broad discretion to impeach the president for ?high crimes and misdemeanors.?

But it is not possible for Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings without the backing of Republicans who control the House of Representatives. Then, even if a majority of the House votes to impeach the president, a two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to remove him from office.

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Women In Their 30s Are Now Having More Babies Than Those In Their 20s

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women in their 30s are now having more babies than women in their 20s in the U.S.

Analyzing preliminary data from 2016, the CDC found that the birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 jumped to about 102.6 births per 1,000 women from 101.5 per 1,000 in 2015. Meanwhile, the birth rate for women ages 25-29 (the demographic with the highest birth rate for more than three decades) fell from 104.3 per 1,000 in 2015 to 101.9 per 1,000 in 2016.

The birth rate among women 35 to 39 also increased slightly from 51.8 to 52.6 per 1,000, and the rate for 40 to 44 year old women rose from 11.0 to 11.4. For women 20 to 24, it fell from 76.8 to 73.7. The teen pregnancy rate also declined.

The provisional CDC data also found that the mean age at which women in the U.S. have their first child is 28. In 2014, that age was 26, and in 2000, it was 24.

In 1970, the mean age of a first-time mom was 21. 

There are many reasons women choose to delay having children. As more women pursue higher education and enter the workforce, they generally choose to marry and become mothers later in life. As writer Rebecca Traiser told NPR in 2016, women in the past generally married and had kids younger because they were financially dependent on husbands who could be earners. 

?Though we?re still not close to equal pay, women can be economically independent,? Traiser said. ?Thanks to the sexual liberation, thanks to developments within birth control, thanks to an expansion of reproductive rights, women can have sexually liberated lives.?

She also noted that having kids outside marriage has become more socially acceptable. Indeed, the CDC found that 40.3 percent of babies born in 2015 were born to unmarried mothers. In 1969 that number was 10 percent and in 1940, it was just 3.8 percent.

The birth rate overall showed a slight decline, from 62.5 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 2015 to just 62 in 2016. 

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