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Thursday's News: Two more witnesses will testify Thursday before the impeachment inquiry, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland accuses President Trump of a quid pro quo and Democrats debate on an array of policy issues while contrasting themselves with President Trump.

2 Key Witnesses to testify in public hearings with CBS News' Nancy Cordes

"New revelations are expected in Thursday’s impeachment testimonies, after Gordon Sondland, President Trump's hand-picked EU ambassador, said there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine. But Trump and other members of the administration are strongly disputing his account. Former National Security Council official Fiona Hill and State Department employee David Holmes, who overheard Sondland speaking to the president about Ukraine, will testify Thursday." https://cbsn.ws/2O8QGdn

In an Echo of Watergate and John Dean, an Adviser Points to Trump by The New York Times' Peter Baker

"Gordon D. Sondland had not even finished his testimony on Wednesday before it was being called the “John Dean moment” of the President Trump impeachment drama. With the presidency on the line, a once-trusted lieutenant pointed the finger at Mr. Trump in a proceeding that could lead to Watergate-style charges of high crimes and misdemeanors." https://nyti.ms/2ODXS0q

Impeachment hearings putting Trump through emotional wringer by POLITICO's Anita Kumar and Daniel Lippman

"One day, he’s up. One day, he’s down. Other days he’s just angry. President Donald Trump has gone through a range of emotions since House Democrats started their public impeachment hearings last week about whether he threatened to withhold Ukrainian security aid unless the country opened politically advantageous investigations, according to more than half a dozen people who have spoken to Trump in the last several days." https://politi.co/2pIebAM

With Impeachment as Backdrop, Democrats Direct Fire at Trump in Debate by The New York Times' Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin

"The Democratic presidential candidates yielded to the furor surrounding the impeachment inquiry in Washington in their primary debate on Wednesday, for the first time training their fire more steadily on President Trump than on one another and presenting a largely united front on vital issues like climate change and abortion rights." https://nyti.ms/334sAop

What happened in the Democratic debate: Candidates squabble over black voters, draw contrasts with Trump by The Washington Post's Matt Viser, Annie Linskey and Toluse Olorunnipa

"The top candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination largely sought to speak directly to the American people rather than to draw contrasts with one another Wednesday night, in a wide-ranging presidential debate that came at a critical point in the party’s nominating contest." https://wapo.st/336GhTX