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Who Is Alexander Vindman? A Ukrainian Refugee Who Will Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

October 29, 2019
Sheryl Gay Stolberg | The New York Times
The testimony of Colonel Vindman, 44, will mark one of the more riveting turns in an inquiry that has been full of them. He is planning to tell impeachment investigators that he “did not think it was proper” for Mr. Trump to push Ukraine’s leader to dig up dirt on his political rivals during a July phone call, and felt duty-bound to report the conversation to a White House lawyer, fearing that it jeopardized the country’s national security.
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U.S. Weighs Leaving More Troops, Sending Battle Tanks to Syria

October 25, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The White House is considering options for leaving about 500 U.S. troops in northeast Syria and for sending dozens of battle tanks and other equipment, officials said Thursday, the latest in an array of scenarios following President Trump’s decision this month to remove all troops there.
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U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Will Be Assigned to Iraq, Defense Chief Says

October 21, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
All of the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops ordered to leave northeastern Syria will move to western Iraq and will conduct U.S. operations against the Islamic State extremist group from there, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
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Mulvaney continues to back away from quid pro quo, as top diplomat defends Giuliani’s role in Ukraine

October 21, 2019
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney continued to back away Sunday from his public acknowledgment of a quid pro quo in which the Trump administration leveraged military aid to Ukraine for an investigation that could politically benefit President Trump, while the top U.S. diplomat defended Trump’s private lawyer’s role in Ukrainian affairs as “completely appropriate.”
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Mulvaney faced White House ouster threat before impeachment crisis took over

October 21, 2019
Kaitlan Collins, Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Gloria Borger | CNN
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney faced internal efforts to oust him before House Democrats moved ahead with their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, multiple sources tell CNN.
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In admitting then denying quid pro quo, Mulvaney turns harsh impeachment spotlight on himself

October 19, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa, Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
Mulvaney’s performance the day before continued to reverberate Friday as Republican lawmakers, the Justice Department, Trump’s personal attorney, conservative media figures and several White House officials panned the news conference or distanced themselves from its contents.
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Pence, Thrown Into Turkey Negotiations, Pleases Few With Erdogan Agreement

October 19, 2019
Annie Karni | The New York Times
After a frenzied rush to obtain visas and a push by the Secret Service to organize in 48 hours a foreign visit that would normally take weeks to plan, the 35-hour door-to-door trip was yet another illustration of the perils of being Mr. Trump’s vice president. By the time he returned to Washington early Friday morning, the cease-fire agreement he negotiated had been roundly denounced, even by Republicans, as a capitulation to Mr. Erdogan.
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Trump Picks Rick Perry Deputy Dan Brouillette to Head Energy Department

October 19, 2019
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump said he intends to nominate Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to succeed departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who announced his resignation Thursday amid growing scrutiny of his role in the president’s interactions with Ukraine, including a subpoena from the House impeachment inquiry.
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Inside Mike Pence's 9 hours in Turkey

October 18, 2019
Kaitlan Collins | CNN
The vice president declared there would be a five-day pause in military operations while the US facilitated the withdrawal of the Kurdish-led YPG militia from affected areas in the the "safe zone" controlled by Turkish forces. Pence said he had been sent to "stop the violence," and he had achieved his goal.
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