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Fidget Spinners, Pacing, Note-Taking: Staying Awake In The Senate Chamber


Added 01-23-20 10:06:02pm EST - “Impeachment trial rules say senators are not to talk. They can't have their phones. And coffee is banned from the chamber. And so, some senators are grappling with something basic: staying awake.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Fidget Spinners, Pacing, Note-Taking: Staying Awake In The Senate Chamber ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In this artist sketch, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., flanked by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., left, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., right, listens during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Several Senators report that the trial's strict rules and long hours make are testing their mental fortitude. Dana Verkouteren/AP hide caption

In this artist sketch, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., flanked by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., left, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., right, listens during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Several Senators report that the trial's strict rules and long hours make are testing their mental fortitude.

Around dinnertime on Tuesday, just about four hours into the impeachment trial of President Trump, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, did not look enthralled by House Democrats' presentations. In fact, he looked the opposite. Eyes closed, he was slumped over and appeared to be snoozing.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reportedly also dozed off briefly before jolting back awake.

The sleepy interludes demonstrates a struggle many senators are fighting against during the trial's marathon sessions: resisting the urge to nod off, as the tiring days test stamina and patience.

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