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Nation Dec 23Giuliani associates leveraged GOP access to get Ukraine gas deal
The gas deal sought by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman never came to pass.
Nation Dec 04Ukrainian gas chief meets with prosecutors probing Giuliani
Federal prosecutors have interviewed the head of Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an investigation into the business dealings of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two of Giuliani’s business associates.
Politics Nov 18AP sources: Ukraine’s Zelensky was feeling pressure from Trump administration
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting in which he sought advice on how to navigate the difficult position he was in, according to two people with knowledge of the briefings.
Politics Nov 14AP source: 2nd U.S. official heard Trump call with Sondland
The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Politics Nov 11After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine
In a meeting during a trip to Ukraine, Energy Secretary Rick Perry handed the new Ukrainian president a list of people he recommended as energy advisers. One of the four names was his longtime political backer Michael Bleyzer.
Politics Oct 11Pete Sessions appears to be ‘Congressman 1′ ensnared in Guiliani associates’ indictment
Former Rep. Pete Sessions, who has been weighing a comeback, is not accused of any wrongdoing.
Politics Oct 07Trump allies pursued business deals in Ukraine
People with ties to Trump and his administration have pursued business deals in Ukraine that went far beyond advancing the president's personal political interests.
Nation Sep 18Facebook still auto-generates Islamic State and al-Qaida pages
On Wednesday, U.S. senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be questioning representatives from social media companies.
Nation May 09Facebook auto-generates videos with extremist images
A confidential whistleblower's complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges Facebook is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos.
Politics Dec 05Prosecutors ramp up foreign lobbying probe tied to Manafort
In a flurry of new activity, Justice Department prosecutors in the last several weeks have begun interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, the people familiar with the inquiry…