U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration in on Ukraine pressure

A senior U.S. diplomat on Wednesday described broad involvement at the upper levels of the Trump administration in a pressure campaign against Ukraine, giving testimony that for the first time put the secretary of state and vice president at the heart of the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump.

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20.Nov.2019


White House: Sondland testimony 'exonerates' Trump

The White House seized on one portion of the testimony from U.S. envoy Gordon Sondland during a House of Representatives' impeachment hearing on Wednesday and said it "completely exonerates" President Donald Trump.

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20.Nov.2019


Notes in hand, Trump states his case about impeachment

Sometimes it helps for a president to have notes.

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20.Nov.2019


FBI sought to interview whistleblower over complaint about Trump: source

An investigator from the FBI tried in October to arrange an interview with the intelligence official whose complaint led to a congressional impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump's dealings on Ukraine, a source familiar with the matter said.

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20.Nov.2019


Hollywood group launches largest-ever survey on sexual harassment

Two years after the #MeToo scandal first roiled Hollywood, causing dozens of powerful men to lose their jobs, a new group on Wednesday launched what it said was the largest-ever industry-wide survey aimed at countering sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

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20.Nov.2019


'It will live forever in American political history': Reaction to Trump impeachment hearing

A senior U.S. diplomat told lawmakers on Wednesday President Donald Trump expressly ordered him and others to pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival, providing some of the most significant testimony to date in a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

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20.Nov.2019


Seventeen Democrats, three Republicans in U.S. presidential race

The historically large field of Democratic presidential candidates vying to take on Republican President Donald Trump in next November's U.S. election was reduced by one on Wednesday when Wayne Messam dropped out of the race.

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20.Nov.2019


Amid impeachment drama, Senate helps Trump move U.S. courts to the right

The impeachment drama unfolding in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives has not stopped President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans who control the Senate from helping him build on one of the biggest achievements of his presidency - making the federal judiciary more conservative.

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20.Nov.2019


White House: Vaping rules not stalled, Trump plans Friday meeting

President Donald Trump will host a meeting on vaping at the White House on Friday with a range of groups, including industry and public health representatives, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, as his administration considers calls to tighten e-cigarette regulations amid alarm over serious health issues.

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20.Nov.2019


Sondland never told Pompeo he thought Trump linked Ukraine aid to probes: State Dept

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified on Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, never told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he believed President Donald Trump was linking Ukraine aid to investigations of political opponents, a State Department spokeswoman said.

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20.Nov.2019


Factbox: 'The knowledge of this scheme was far and wide': Quotes from Trump impeachment hearing

The following are quotations from the fourth day of hearings by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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20.Nov.2019


Pence never discussed Bidens, Ukraine company with Sondland -Pence aide

Vice President Mike Pence's office, responding to testimony on Wednesday by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said the two men had not discussed tying the release of U.S. aid to Ukraine to "potential investigations" during a September trip to Poland.

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20.Nov.2019


Healthcare battles in Democratic White House race could carry risk in 2020, polls show

A trio of polls released ahead of Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate showed a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, but offered conflicting signals about whether the proposed healthcare overhaul could hurt the party in the November 2020 general election.

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20.Nov.2019


After rise in Iowa polls, Buttigieg in spotlight at U.S. Democratic presidential debate

Democratic White House contender Pete Buttigieg, who has climbed into the lead in recent polls in Iowa, will get his turn in the spotlight on Wednesday when 10 of the top candidates for the party's presidential nomination meet in a debate in Atlanta.

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20.Nov.2019


Bloomberg to appear on U.S. presidential ballot in Texas

Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg put his name on Democratic primary ballots in Texas on Wednesday, paving the way for a possible late entry into the presidential race.

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20.Nov.2019


Trump, citing portion of Sondland's testimony, claims exoneration

President Donald Trump, citing a portion of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's congressional testimony in a House impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, said it showed he wanted no "quid pro quo" with regard to Ukraine.

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20.Nov.2019


U.S. activists set aside day to remember transgender victims of violence

Layleen Cubilette-Polanco had experienced some rough patches in her 27 years but had tried to change course, seeking to switch out of previous jobs as a go-go dancer and sex worker for employment in places like McDonald's and Walgreens, her sister said.

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20.Nov.2019


Pompeo says 'did not see' Sondland's testimony, proud of U.S. policy on Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he did not watch a testimony from European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and that he was proud of American policy in Ukraine.

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20.Nov.2019


Pentagon discovers $81 million of U.S. Navy gear during audit

The Pentagon found $81 million of military equipment at a U.S. Navy facility that had not been inventoried, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday as he described the Department of Defense second straight failed audit.

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20.Nov.2019


Why does Rick Perry's name keep coming up in Trump impeachment probe?

U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland testified on Wednesday that he had informed U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in July that Ukraine's president would comply with President Donald Trump's request for a probe of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, where Joe Biden's son was a board member.

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