Watched PBS NewsHour full episode November 18, 2019 from YouTube
Monday on the NewsHour, chaos in Hong Kong, as police lay siege to a university campus in which hundreds of protesters are trapped. Plus: A preview of the second week of public impeachment hearings, President Trump’s military pardons, the 2020 Democratic field expands, Politics Monday with Amy Walter and Tamara Keith, Winslow Homer’s love of the sea and distinguishing between migrant and refugee.
Watched The Trump Impeachment Hearings - Day 2 - PBS NewsHour Special from YouTube
Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted from her position, is scheduled to testify Friday, Nov. 15, in a public hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The hearing comes the same week that two other diplomats-- George Kent and William Taylor, testified that they believed Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, tried to dig up dirt on former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Kent testified that Giuliani also orchestrated a smear campaign against Yovanovitch in an attempt to force her out. The impeachment probe has entered a new, public phase and centers on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine—particularly a July phone call in which he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens. Watch Yovanovitch’s full testimony here.
Watched "The West Wing" The Red Mass from Netflix
Directed by Vincent Misiano. With Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney. A possible third-party candidate threatens to upset the President's lead in the polls. As Qumar threatens to blame Israel for Shareef's death, Leo must convince the Israeli ambassador not to respond. Charlie teaches his new ward a lesson in basic government. When the committee in charge of presidential debates rules that there will only be two, Sam and CJ propose a risky strategy.

📺 "The West Wing" 20 Hours in America: Part II | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" 20 Hours in America: Part II from Netflix
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. Donna teaches Toby and Josh an important lesson as their trek homeward continues; Sam staffs the President in Josh's absence and welcomes an old friend home; Bartlet hires a secretary and C.J. finds a Big Brother for Anthony; the situation in Qumar continues to escalate; Bartlet gets spooked by a photo op as the Dow continues its dive; and a pipe bomb kills 44 students at a Midwest university ...

📺 “The West Wing” 20 Hours in America: Part I | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" 20 Hours in America: Part I from Netflix
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney. After Bartlet gives a campaign speech at an Indiana farm, Josh, Toby and Donna are left behind by the presidential motorcade and must work their way across the state with the help of the farmer's daughter and, later, a teenage campaign volunteer, enduring many setbacks along the way. Josh and Toby obsess and bicker over how best to play the president's intellectualism, viewed by many as snobbery,...

📺 "The West Wing" Posse Comitatus | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Posse Comitatus from Netflix
Directed by Alex Graves. With Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney. Bartlet, Leo, Sam, Toby, and C.J. travel to New York City for a Catholic fund raiser at a long Broadway play called "The War of the Roses". Josh steps up his efforts to beat his girlfriend, Amy, in their struggle over welfare reform, which leads to her forced resignation. C.J. and Secret Service agent Simon Donavon grow closer, but a tragic event cuts short their relationship. At the play, ...

It’s amazing that while the Governor Ritchie in this episode was meant to be a simulacrum for George W. Bush, how much more prescient this seems as a version of Donald J. Trump.

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Watched "The West Wing" We Killed Yamamoto from Netflix
Directed by Thomas Schlamme. With Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney. Bartlet and Leo debate on how to deal with the impending visit of the Qumari Defense Minister, whom U.S. intelligence officers have conclusively linked to terrorists. Sam dismisses an ingenious idea to trap Republican presidential opponent Robert Ritchie in an unsavory position over the Everglades, but comes around after talking to Toby. C.J. begins to develop a relationship with Secret Service ...

📺 November 13, 2019 – PBS NewsHour full episode | PBS NewsHour

Watched November 13, 2019 - PBS NewsHour full episode from PBS NewsHour
Wednesday on the NewsHour, a historic day in Washington with the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, featuring witnesses William Taylor and George Kent. Plus: Reaction to the diplomats' testimonies from House members as well as legal and foreign policy experts, and why Turkish President Erdogan was welcomed at the White House despite U.S.-Turkey tensions over Syria.

The impeachment hearings begin.

I love how so many Republicans are saying there’s no there there or the one from Georgia here who says, “We’ve learned nothing new today.” Of course he hadn’t because he saw it all in the past several weeks. This still doesn’t mean that nothing untoward has happened. The double standard they’re all holding is just crazy. It’s as if throwing Trump overboard means they’d lose everything, when, in fact, the system is specifically built to continue on with the Vice President or some other leader in his place.

📺 "The Great British Baking Show" The Great Christmas Bake Off | Netflix

Watched "The Great British Baking Show" The Great Christmas Bake Off from Netflix
Directed by Jeanette Goulbourn. With Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig.

📺 "The West Wing" Stirred | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Stirred from Netflix
Directed by Jeremy Kagan. With Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney. On a typical night in the west wing, Sam returns from a hockey game and Josh asks him to meet with V.P. Hoynes about saving an education bill. Back at the W.H., Josh, Toby, Leo, C.J., Larry and Ed all meet about the prospect of replacing Hoynes on the ticket in the next campaign. Bartlet helps Charlie do his federal taxes, and while both think Charlie should expect a refund, thanks to last year's...