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Impeachment rules could free senators from bias

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21.01.2020

I’ve become fascinated with the rules of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, mostly the ones restricting the activities of the U.S. senators deciding the fate of our commander in chief:

Attend all proceedings. No speeches and no talking to your neighbor. Read only materials pertaining to the matter at hand. No cell phones or electronic devices; in fact, lock them in another room.

Basically, senators must sit quietly in their assigned seats and focus six days a week. Impeachment is giving us a much-needed lesson on the ills of screen time, talking too much and truancy. I may let my kids watch this after all.

The rule banning electronic devices is particularly intriguing. Over in the U.S. House, during the Judiciary Committee’s hearing to advance the Articles of Impeachment, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) was caught watching golf on his tablet, a forgivable sin since Tiger Woods was playing and Democrats had long ago decided to impeach Trump. Like, before he was sworn in.

Removing cell phones from 100 people whose brains are constantly distracted by a steady stream of news clips and tweets that reinforce their existing worldview is a good idea. In fact, we all ought to try it. How much more efficient would our workplaces be if the chief justice of........

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