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Giuliani associate points to Pence snub as Ukraine pressure point

January 17, 2020
Ashley Parker, Rosalind Helderman, Paul Sonne | The Washington Post
Lev Parnas said he arrived for his May meeting in Kyiv with a top aide to Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a clear directive from Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer: Unless Zelensky announced an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden, one of Trump’s possible 2020 rivals, his country’s relationship with the United States would sour.
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Black Americans deeply pessimistic about country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds

January 17, 2020
Dan Balz, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Vanessa Williams, Scott Clement | The Washington Post
President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?” Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist.
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House Delivers Impeachment Charges to Senate, Paving the Way for a Trial

January 16, 2020
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Nicholas Fandos | The New York Times
The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to transmit two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, sending the president and his party into uncharted territory in a deeply divisive trial fraught with history and political risk.
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Former Giuliani associate implicates Trump in Ukraine scandal with new evidence

January 16, 2020
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas insisted he was working on President Trump's behalf when he pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate the Bidens, while the president has denied even knowing Parnas. In addition to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Parnas implicated a host of officials who he says knew about the Ukraine pressure campaign.
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Trump hypes modest China deal, distracting from impeachment

January 16, 2020
Anita Kumar | POLITICO
On the day the House voted to officially send its articles of impeachment to the Senate, President Donald Trump grabbed attention with a 75-minute White House ceremony where he boasted that a partial China trade deal would be “a major step for world peace.”
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Pelosi sets up floor vote as soon as Wednesday to name impeachment managers and send articles to the Senate

January 14, 2020
Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb | CNN
Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to name the impeachment managers for the Senate trial of President Donald Trump and transmit the articles to the chamber, two sources told CNN on Tuesday.
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‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump’s unfounded claim about Iran

January 14, 2020
Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
“I can reveal I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies,” he said in an interview Friday with Fox News Channel. Based on what is known so far, Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood. At each turn in the commander in chief’s rapidly evolving narrative of why he authorized the Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the machinery of government scrambled to adapt and respond.
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Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company at center of impeachment battle

January 14, 2020
Kristen Welker | NBC News
There are troubling indications that Russia may already be trying to interfere with the 2020 election, by hacking into the Ukrainian gas company at the center of President Trump’s impeachment.
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