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Mark Twain's 1868 accounts of presidential impeachment read like today's news. “I believe the Prince of Darkness could start a branch of hell in the District of Columbia (if he has not already done it), and carry it on unimpeached by the Congress of the United States, even though the Constitution were bristling with articles forbidding hells in this country,” the humorist observed.

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  • The Trump impeachment defense team begins presentations in the Senate trial today (on my way!). Much as things have changed since the 19th century when an aspiring novelist going by the nom de plume Mark Twain came to Washington, DC and covered the first-ever presidential impeachment proceedings, lots

    The Trump impeachment defense team begins presentations in the Senate trial today (on my way!). Much as things have changed since the 19th century when an aspiring novelist going by the nom de plume Mark Twain came to Washington, DC and covered the first-ever presidential impeachment proceedings, lots remains the same. Reading Twain is a reminder that nothing is new under the sun or in American politics.