Kazi Stastna

Senior Producer

Kazi Stastna is a senior producer with CBCNews.ca. She has worked as a features writer and copy editor with CBC's digital news team for 10 years. Prior to that, she was a reporter and editor in Montreal, Germany and the Czech Republic. She's currently writing from Washington, D.C.

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Analysis

Trump impeachment ends with a whimper — and a bang

No one was expecting a group hug after Mitt Romney's emotional speech on the Senate floor announcing he'd be voting to remove U.S. President Donald Trump from office. But the swiftness with which the Utah senator was both exalted and vilified shows the depths of the country's political tribalism.
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Emboldened by impending acquittal, Trump uses state of the union as stump speech

Emboldened by an impending acquittal in his impeachment trial, a sputtering start to the Democratic caucuses and rising approval ratings, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a rousing state of the union address Tuesday aimed squarely at his base.

Trump impeachment trial: 3 unanswered questions — and 1 inevitable outcome

Ten days, 28,000 documents, 176 questions and nearly 200 pieces of video evidence later, the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump is headed to its anticipated conclusion: acquittal. We take a look at some lingering questions that remain unanswered despite the mass of evidence and arguments presented.
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'A descent into constitutional madness': Legal defence of Trump's Ukraine quid pro quo draws ire

As if the impeachment trial taking place south of the border weren't alienating enough, with its arcane protocols, dense arguments and predictable partisanship, there is now a legal battle raging outside the Senate chamber that has the country's leading constitutional experts taking to Twitter and the op-ed pages.

8 impeachment arguments senators will be weighing as Trump trial enters question phase

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is moving into its next phase Wednesday, with senators preparing to question the prosecution and defence. We take a look at some of the arguments they will be weighing with the help of two experts in constitutional law.
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Impeachment outcome is a foregone conclusion, but how Trump's defence tackles Biden could sway voters

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was not central to the brief opening arguments of the defence in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump, but he is sure to come up this week. How the defence team paints the former vice-president could prove consequential in the November election.

As they head into Day 4 of impeachment trial, Democrats hope to leave senators wanting more

Democrats are in their final day of presenting arguments in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump but hope their relentless barrage of testimony and constitutional rhetoric was convincing enough to buy them more time to make their case later in the trial.
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As U.S. pivots to China, nuclear non-proliferation fades into the rearview

It took Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev years to negotiate it, but only a day for the Trump administration to leave behind the hard-fought nuclear arms reduction treaty the U.S. and Russian leaders signed more than 30 years ago.
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'They all go home to Joe Biden': Democratic debates leave top tier of presidential hopefuls unchanged

With the second Democratic presidential primary debate out of the way and Congress about to head into a six-week summer recess, American politics is officially entering the doldrums, which means the peripheral candidates who caught our eye this week will have to work extra hard to drum up the attention they need to stay in the race.
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2nd Democratic presidential debate promises drama — and a death match for some

The first Democratic caucus of the 2020 U.S. presidential race is still six months away, but this week's debates in Michigan could be make or break for some in the crowded field of 20 candidates vying to be the presidential nominee.
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An indictment of Trump or a disaster for the Democrats? Mueller hearings entrench familiar divides

The denunciations of former special counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before two congressional committees Wednesday were ample and merciless. But at the end of a long day of sound and fury, Republicans and Democrats were just as entrenched in their polar-opposite views of the Russia investigation as when it began.
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How Robert Mueller's day of answering questions on Capitol Hill might unfold

Neither Republicans nor Democrats are expecting bombshell revelations when they square off with Robert Mueller on Wednesday for five hours of congressional hearings on the Russia investigation, but both hope to extract enough from the tight-lipped former special counsel to advance their respective agendas.

Ilhan Omar's trial by political firestorm

In just six months, Ilhan Omar has gone from freshman congresswoman to national lightning rod, not surprising for a dogged community organizer whose career has been on a rapid rise since she pulled off a historic upset in the 2016 Minnesota state election.

Boeing insists fix to 737 Max software will 'get it right,' but flights are likely still months off

It's the height of the summer travel season, and if the country's major airports are anything to go by, commercial flights are humming along at a brisk clip, but there's not a 737 Max jet in sight — and likely won't be for months.
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Tweets condemned as racist are part of Trump's plan, and strategists say it may work

U.S. President Donald Trump didn't back down after a chorus of condemnation over his tweets targeting four congresswomen, all of them women of colour. The move has some Republican strategists suggesting it's all part of a bid to make the most progressive Democrats the face of the entire party.