Republican Justin Amash faces party’s wrath after call to impeach Trump

Congressman was dismissed by Republicans and rebuked by Trump after saying he engaged in impeachable conduct As the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Justin Amash is impeachable conduct. He also accused the attorney general, William Barr, of misleading the US public. In the 48 hours that followed Amashs intervention, the five-term libertarian was rebuked by the president, dismissed by Republican colleagues and challenged from the right in his district. Jim Lowe, a Michigan state representative, said on Sunday he would run for Amashs seat in the Republican primary next year. I am a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-second amendment, pro-family values Republican, Lowe said in a statement. Justin Amashs tweets yesterday calling for President …

A school’s mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?

Every day at a San Francisco high school, students pass artwork depicting slavery and violence against Native Americans Depending on whom you ask, a 1,600-sq-ft art installation at George Washington high school in San Francisco is either an unflinching look at American history, a stark depiction of violence against oppressed minorities or both. In New Deal-era murals spanning the staircase and lobby, the Russian emigre Victor Arnautoff depicted Washington in 13 scenes. Two in particular have generated student complaints for more than 50 years, and in April, an ad hoc committee recommended that the artwork be archived and removed. In one, the statesman stands over a map of a young America while pointing westward; at the end of his arm, …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …

The Republicans taking on Trump in 2020 despite the very, very slim odds

The Republican class of 2020 is serious about defeating the incumbent president even pumping their life savings in their campaigns or quitting their careers Donald Trump won the Republican nomination with ease in 2016, defeating more than a dozen rivals before going on to win the presidential election. Ahead of 2020, all eyes are now on the spectacularly crowded 2020 Democratic primary race. But it is easy to forget, or not notice, that Trump will need to beat off 52 Republican challengers, from across the country, if he is to have any chance of a second term. The presidents declared rivals are less vaunted this time round. So far only national name recognition. But the rest of the class of …