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Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Trump compares impeachment probe to ‘lynching,' again prompting political firestorm around race
The president's defenders pointed to instances when Democrats used the same language to defend Bill Clinton.

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Trump and Mulvaney's claim that corruption concerns held up Ukraine aid (Washington Post Politics)
Taylor's testimony on alleged Ukraine quid pro quo called ‘damning,' as firestorm continues over Trump's lynching tweet (Washington Post Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
At least 5 House Democrats compared Bill Clinton's impeachment to a ‘lynching' in 1998
At least five House Democrats compared the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton to a "lynching" or to a "lynch mob" in 1998. The comments came to light after President Trump on Tuesday compared the impeachment inquiry to a "lynching."

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Timeline: How the acting ambassador to Ukraine says he learned of quid pro quo by Trump
Acting ambassador Bill Taylor offered a detailed timeline of Trump's actions and his own awareness of them.

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New testimony undercuts Trump's claim of no quid pro quo on Ukraine. How will Washington respond? (Washington Post Politics)

BBC PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Brexit: Bill vote 'a significant step forward', says minister
But Justice Secretary Robert Buckland says it is "undeniably frustrating" that MPs rejected the timetable for the bill.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
‘Alarming circumstances': A distressed diplomat tells a tale of venal intrigue
Ambassador William Taylor told lawmakers that "irregular channels" and demands for political investigations in Kyiv were warping U.S. policy on Ukraine.

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Catch up on the latest from explosive testimony of top American diplomat to Ukraine (CNN Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
California Rep. Katie Hill (D) denies affair with staffer and calls accusations of sexual impropriety a ‘smear'
The allegations were published last week by a conservative website that included intimate photos.

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Some 2020 Democratic candidates are defending Tulsi Gabbard against Hillary Clinton's accusations. Several intelligence experts aren't. (Washington Post Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Trump made Ukraine aid contingent on public pledge to investigate Bidens and 2016 election, U.S. envoy says he was told
Acting Ukraine ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. testified that E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland told him that "President Trump wanted President Zelensky ‘in a public box' by making a public statement about ordering such investigations' " and that " ‘everything' was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance.' "

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Buttigieg's sexual orientation an ‘uncomfortable' topic for some black South Carolina voters, report says
Most were not familiar with Buttigieg before the survey, according to the report.

Washington Post PoliticsOct 23, 2019
Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance' op-ed to publish a tell-all book
The author's original 2018 column in the New York Times ricocheted around the world and stoked the president's rage because of its devastating portrayal of Trump in office.

Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
AOC says Trump called impeachment 'lynching' to 'deliberately' rile Democrats, fire up GOP base
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged Tuesday that President Trump described Democrats' treatment of him during their impeachment inquiry as a "lynching" specifically to upset his political opponents.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Britain takes another Brexit baby step
Prime Minister Boris Johnson got a vote of support from Parliament, which then insisted the deal with the EU be delayed.

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Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Pence hits back at Democrats' impeachment push, says White House will fight back with the truth about Trump
Vice President Mike Pence said there is "no historical basis" for the Democrats' continued impeachment push -- and promised to fight back with the truth about President Trump's record. 

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Will House Put Investigation On TV? (Drudge Report)

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
5 explosive lines from Bill Taylor's statement
The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified behind closed doors Tuesday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats. In his opening statement, Taylor gave an account of his concern, beginning in August of this year, that the US relationship with Ukraine "was being fundamentally undermined by an irregular, informal channel of U.S. policy-making" led by President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

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Diplomat Bill Taylor testifies Trump used Ukraine aid, White House meeting as leverage for probes (Fox Politics)
MPs vote yes - and no - on Brexit bill (BBC Politics)

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Burnett reveals most explosive lines from Taylor's testimony
The top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor testified to three House committees that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold military aid to the country until it declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances. CNN's Erin Burnett reports on that, and other key moments from the closed-door testimony.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
U.S. diplomat testifies Trump tied Ukraine aid to politically motivated probes
The top American diplomat in Ukraine testified on Tuesday that President Donald Trump made the release of U.S. security aid to Ukraine contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that he demanded.

Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard rips lack of transparency in impeachment inquiry, says it could 'undermine integrity' of the process
Democratic 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard criticized the lack of transparency in her own party's impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry (CNN Politics)

Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard to Hillary Clinton: 'Step down from your throne'
Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard assailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new campaign video on Tuesday.

New York Times PoliticsOct 22, 2019
The Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Happened Today
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, said the Trump administration made repeated quid pro quo demands to Ukraine.

New York Times PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Katie Hill, Rising Democratic Star in House, Denies Relationship With Staff Member
The California freshman denied a report of a relationship with a congressional staff member, which House rules forbid, but refused to comment on whether she was intimately involved with a campaign aide.

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Katie Hill denies allegation of relationship with staffer (CNN Politics)

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria...




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Boris Johnson's Brexit deal clears first hurdle in Parliament (BBC Politics)
Fighting Continues in Syria as Russia Brokers New Deal (Foreign Policy)

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Dems pan Trump's 'lynching' tweet ahead of visit to historically black college
The president is scheduled to give the keynote address on the opening day of a justice forum in Columbia, S.C.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
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CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
US' top diplomat Taylor was told Trump wanted aid withheld until Ukraine said it would investigate Biden
Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor plans to fill in the gaps of his text messages with US diplomats about Ukraine that have formed a key part of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump and Ukraine, according to a source familiar with his testimony.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Exclusive: Trump's G7 and trade adviser Kelly Ann Shaw to leave White House - officials
President Donald Trump's G7 and trade adviser, Kelly Ann Shaw, is leaving his administration for a position in the private sector, White House officials said on Tuesday, marking the departure of one of the most senior women on the president's economic team.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
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CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Trump's special envoy on Syria wasn't consulted on Syria decision
US special envoy for Syria and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Jim Jeffrey said Tuesday that he was not consulted or advised in advance on President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops from northeastern Syria.

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Trump's special representative to Syria says US withdrawal did not prompt invasion by Turkey (Fox Politics)

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Brexit bill 'in limbo' as MPs reject timetable
MPs support the PM's bill at first stage, but vote against pushing it through the Commons in three days.

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Blow for Boris Johnson as MPs reject his Brexit timetable (Politico)

BBC Talking PointOct 22, 2019
Chile protests: President Piñera to meet opposition
President Piñera says he is ready to forge "a new social contract" as protests continue.

The Daily BeastOct 22, 2019
Rudy Giuliani Admits He ‘Did Sort of Look at' Ukrainian Oligarch Dmitry Firtash for Info
Georges Schneider/AFP/GettyVictoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, the pro-Trump lawyers representing a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities on conspiracy charges, reportedly met personally with Attorney General William Barr in July—at the height of Rudy Giuliani's hunt for kompromat on Joe Biden in Ukraine.  

Citing three sources familiar with the meeting, The Washington Post reports that diGenova and Toensing argued against the charges facing Dmitry Firtash—who has been described by federal prosecutors as having connections to the "upper echelons" of Russian organized crime—in the meeting with Barr and other Justice Department officials. Barr is said to have refused to intercede. 

Firtash, who has been fighting extradition to the U.S. on bribery and corruption charges from Vienna for more than five years, had only recently hired Toensing and diGenova at the time of the reported meeting. According to Bloomberg, he paid them $1 million earlier this year to dig up dirt on Biden in a bid to get Giuliani's help with his legal woes. 



Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Trump donor to plead guilty to hiding work as foreign agent
A prolific political fundraiser who raised millions of dollars for Democrats before donating large sums to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee has agreed to plead guilty to multiple federal charges, including tax evasion and concealing his work as a foreign agent as he lobbied high-level U.S. government officials, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Support for impeaching Trump soars among independents - Reuters/Ipsos poll
Support for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump surged among political independents and rose by three percentage points overall since last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Republicans unveil 'heartbeat' anti-abortion bill
Pennsylvania on Monday became the 19th state to introduce a "heartbeat" bill, banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. 

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
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New York Times PoliticsOct 22, 2019
An Envoy's Damning Account of Trump's Ukraine Pressure and Its Consequences
William B. Taylor Jr. laid out in visceral terms the potentially life-or-death stakes of what he saw as an illegitimate scheme to pressure Kiev for political help by suspending American security aid.

Drudge ReportOct 22, 2019
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Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
U.S. presidential hopeful Warren rallies with striking Chicago teachers
U.S. Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren rallied with striking Chicago teachers on Tuesday, expressing support for the union's demands before the country's third-largest school system canceled classes for a fifth day.

CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
The Point: Hillary Clinton isn't walking through that door, Democrats
In the spring of 2000 amid a disastrously bad season, Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino chided fans of the team for pining for a glorious past that wasn't returning. "Larry Bird is not walking through that door, fans," Pitino said of the legendary Celt in that now-infamous rant.

New York Times PoliticsOct 22, 2019
High School Student in Santa Rosa Shot Schoolmate, Then Went to Class, Police Say
A 16-year-old is in stable condition after the shooting outside Ridgway High School, but a motive is still unclear.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Bernie Sanders launches first ad touting AOC endorsement
The 30-second digital spot features a popular line from Sanders' speech at the rally and images of the huge crowd.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Author of anonymous NYTimes op-ed to release tell-all book
The identity of the author — previously described as a Trump administration official — is expected to remain secret.

The Daily BeastOct 22, 2019
Feds Charge Trump Donor Imaad Zuberi With Hiding Work as Foreign Agent
via TwitterA Los Angeles financier who donated $900,000 to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee has admitted to falsifying records to hide his work as a foreign agent while he lobbied prominent U.S. government officials, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Shah Zuberi, 49, also known as "Imaad Zuberi," has agreed to plead guilty to three counts in a criminal information for allegedly making almost $1 million in illegal campaign contributions, engaging in various lobbying efforts, and evading taxes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of California. 

"Mr. Zuberi's multi-faceted scheme allowed him to line his pockets by concealing the fact that he was representing foreign clients, obtaining access for clients by making a long series of illegal contributions, and skimming money paid by his clients," United States Attorney Nick Hanna said in a press release Tuesday announcing the charges. 

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Fox PoliticsOct 22, 2019
House Republicans release plan in bid to fulfill Trump promise as 'party of health care'
The GOP plan comes after Republicans were unable to agree on an option to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while they held both the House and the Senate during the first two years of President Trump's administration.

BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Brexit: Barnier silent when asked about possible extension
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier did not comment when asked about the UK PM's Commons defeat.

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BBC PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Boris Johnson reacts to Brexit bill timetable rejection
Boris Johnson reacts to MPs approving his Brexit deal but rejecting the short timetable he proposed to review it.

PoliticoOct 22, 2019
Republicans quit trying to rein in Trump after ‘lynching' tweet
Some GOP lawmakers defended the president, while others simply declined to criticize him.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Presidential hopeful Warren rallies with Chicago teachers as strike enters fourth day
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, rallied with striking Chicago teachers on Tuesday, expressing support for the union's demands as the country's third-largest school system entered a fourth day of canceled classes.

Yahoo PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Trump's ‘lynching' tweet draws outrage — and some Republican support
President Trump comparison of the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry to "a lynching" was promptly condemned by many critics. But three prominent GOP senators came to his defense.


CNN PoliticsOct 22, 2019
CNN Poll: 50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office
Half of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a new high in CNN polling on the topic and the first time that support for impeachment and removal has significantly outpaced opposition.

Reuters PoliticsOct 22, 2019
Presidential candidate Warren slated to join striking Chicago teachers at rally
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is expected to rally with striking Chicago school teachers on Tuesday as a work-stoppage led to classes being canceled for a fourth-day in the third-largest U.S. school system.

BBC Talking PointOct 21, 2019
Chile protests: Cost of living protests take deadly toll
Officials say eight people were killed on Sunday as looting broke out, bringing the total to 11.

Democracy NowOct 21, 2019
Bernie's Back: AOC Backs Sanders as 26,000 Rally in NYC at Largest Presidential Rally of 2019
Vermont independent senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held the largest campaign rally of the primary season so far on Saturday. An estimated 26,000 supporters packed into Queensbridge Park in New York City. The event was held in the shadow of the nation's largest public housing development. It was Sanders's first campaign rally since he suffered a heart attack earlier this month. Sanders was joined on stage by three prominent supporters: Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; filmmaker Michael Moore; and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders's 2016 campaign before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders at the rally.

The Daily BeastOct 20, 2019
David Byrne Reveals His Powerful Vision of ‘American Utopia' on Broadway—And Some Talking Heads Classics, Too
Courtesy Matthew MurphyThe gold standard phantom in the room at Broadway's Hudson Theatre, where David Byrne's American Utopia opens tonight (to January 19), is Bruce Springsteen. It was the Boss' show in 2017 that set the high mark for musicians and rock stars coming to Broadway to play more intimate settings than their usual huge concert venues.

On these musicians' side automatically: their fans will buy the tickets. For music stars coming to Broadway, there is their own ready-made audience, and it is a devoted one.

So, then it comes down to effort and ingenuity—hence the Springsteen gold standard. Springsteen did not only sing songs that his fans wanted to hear, he produced a piece of compelling theater. David Byrne achieves the same, though differently. 

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Yahoo PoliticsOct 10, 2019
‘Trey is a joke among us': Gowdy is a divisive addition to Trump's legal team
The president's decision to bulk up his legal team with former congressman Trey Gowdy amid a widening impeachment inquiry is drawing criticism from one of his high-profile supporters.

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