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Ex-National security council testifying

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She is the first White House official to appear as part of the  House  impeachment  inquir.  Her appearance comes despite a White House vow to halt any and all cooperation with what it termed the “illegitimate” impeachment probe. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether they had sought to limit Hill’s testimony.

new orleans hotel collapse

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Several floors of the hotel toppled down Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris. WWL-TV obtained a viewer’s dramatic  video   of upper floors collapsing Saturday before one side of the building crashed to the street.

Another murder of a black person in her home.

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Police said Jefferson was with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed. A family attorney, Lee Merritt, said the pair had stayed up late playing video games and “lost track of time” when they heard noise outside Jefferson’s bedroom window.

Nobel prize: three economists working to ELIMINATE poverty

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three economists created new ways to fight poverty by focusing on smaller, more manageable issues like education or child health.

They said Kremer showed the power of that approach in the mid-1990s in fieldwork in Kenya.

The academy said that as a direct result of the winners’ studies, five million Indian children benefited from remedial tutoring in schools. Banerjee, Duflo and others created tools to improve educational outcomes through their research center, the Poverty Action Lab.

INDIGENOUS Peoples day

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Then, in 1992, at the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage, American Indians in Berkeley, California, organized the first “Indigenous  Peoples  Day”,   a holiday the city council soon formally adopted. Berkeley has since replaced its commemoration of Columbus with a celebration of indigenous people.

IMPEACHMENT inqury

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What started as a mission to undermine then-special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation had morphed into an effort to sully a potential political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Now, Trump faces the greatest threat to his presidency — the risk of impeachment.


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CRISPR and Sickle Cell

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Like many sickle cell patients, Victoria had to drop out of school, quit work and spend weeks in the hospital away from her family. Since many sickle cell patients don't survive past their 40s, Gray worries whether she'll live to see her children grow up. She just turned 34.


"It's horrible ... knowing that I could have a stroke or a heart attack ... at any time because I have these cells in me that are misshapen," Gray says. "Who wouldn't worry?"

Not what Trump Wants

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But by disagreeing with Trump over Syria, "they're proving they are independent" of him, said Gingrich, who led the 1998 investigation to impeach former President Bill Clinton. "They're proving that they're not automatically going to do what Trump wants." 


On Wednesday, Turkey launched airstrikes against allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria just days after Trump said he would remove U.S. troops from the immediate area. 

Appeals Court - Trump

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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed records from Mazars in April. They include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president’s reporting of his finances and potential conflicts of interest. The list of documents makes no mention of Trump’s tax returns, which are the subject of separate legal disputes.


In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court batted away Trump’s legal claims.

Turkeys - Syria

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The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who captured much of northeastern Syria from IS with close U.S. military support, are mobilizing to stop the Turkish invasion and say they may not be able to spare enough forces to secure al-Hol, home to tens of thousands of IS-linked women and their children, and other detention camps holding more than 10,000 male militants, including some 2,000 foreign fighters.

Trump Administration

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For decades, Cubans fleeing the communist-governed island had for the most part enjoyed unique privileges. Even after the cold war ended, they were given a certain path to legal residence once they touched U.S. soil through the policy known as “wet foot, dry foot.”



Florida Men

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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested Wednesday trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.


19 Miles into Turkey

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Turkey’s foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all “terrorists are neutralized,” a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

UAW Workers - Paying Bills

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Dolphin Green, a temporary worker at an engine and transmission plant in the Detroit suburb of Romulus, Michigan, took a job washing dishes at a restaurant to help make ends meet.


“I’m willing to sacrifice as long as possible,” he said.


He’s only been with GM for four months, making just under $16 per hour, but has hopes of going full-time so he can support a family.

A Single Income - What it means...

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Although she always imagined she would stay home, Kristin Rampton, a mother of one in Kansas, made the decision to continue working full-time as a teacher after her daughter's birth in order to have a job with family healthcare benefits, which weren't offered by her husband's job.


"I always really struggled when people just assumed that it was a choice that I made when really it wasn't like a choice," Rampton tells Motherly. "That doesn't mean that there's not joy in it, in that role. It just means that the reason women work is not necessarily because they want that career kind of lifestyle."

Acting DHS Head Kevin McAleenan

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Georgetown University, in a statement, said, “We share our partners’ regret that the audience did not get to hear from the Secretary and engage in a dialogue through the Q&A session that was scheduled to occur following his remarks.

Adam Schiff - Background

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His congressional district, California's 28th, includes Hollywood. It's heavily liberal — Hillary Clinton won 72% here in 2016. But it wasn't always so pro-Democratic. In fact, Schiff got into Congress, ironically, by defeating a Republican, Jim Rogan, who was a staunch critic of Bill Clinton and spoke out against Clinton during his impeachment.

Joshua Brown - Police and Logic?

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On the night of the shooting, Mr. Brown testified, he heard something “like two voices mixing together at the same time.” Gunshots quickly followed, he said. Crucially, he said he did not hear loud verbal commands before the gunshots, which was contrary to Ms. Guyger’s testimony that she had ordered Mr. Jean to show his hands before she pulled the trigger.


Who’s Definition of Impeachment Do You Buy?

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Now comes the battle royal over exactly what it means.


In vowing to halt all cooperation with House  Democrats  impeachment  inquiry  the White House on Tuesday labeled the investigation “illegitimate” based on its own reading of the Constitution’s vague language.

Turkey - Syria Border

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This  weeks  major  move  -  beyond  impeachment,  is  the  president's  military  withdrawal  from  Syria.


The SDF, led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), has  denounced  Washington's   move as a "stab in the back".


Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist" group

Trump: Says He Will Obliterate Turkeys Economy... (really?)

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The withdrawal, announced by the White House late Sunday, was swiftly condemned by a bipartisan group of politicians over concerns that it could open the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied with Washington.


Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican who is usually vocally supportive of Trump, said the decision is a "disaster in the making".

A Priest, A Kenyan Woman and a Baby

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A nun screamed. The boy was white — “a mzungu child,” Scolastica said, using Kiswahili slang.


“How will we cover up this shame?” the sisters fretted, she recalled.

California - Power Cutoff

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Nearly 800,000 northern and central California homes and businesses can expect to lose electricity for up to several days, starting on Wednesday, PG&E said. 

State investigators determined in May that PG&E transmission lines had caused last year’s Camp Fire. 


That fire killed 85 people, making it the deadliest in California’s history.

U.S. Supreme Court: Turns Away Puerto Rican Pension Fund

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The justices left in place a January 2019 lower court ruling that found that bondholders who own nearly $3 billion of debt issued by Puerto Rico’s Employees Retirement System have a legitimate claim on the pension fund’s assets


Supreme Court: LGBT

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A ruling for employees who were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity would have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination. An estimated 11.3 million LGBT people live in the U.S., according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school.

Trump: Justice Blocks Gordon Sondland

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The Trump administration has blocked Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, from testifying before Congress Tuesday.


The statement described Sondland as "profoundly disappointed" and noted that he traveled from Brussels to Washington for the testimony and to prepare.

U.S. Diplomat: Wife Flees

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticized the use of diplomatic immunity in the case and said he would raise the matter with the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. on Monday.


"I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose, and I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of laws [that are] carried out in this country," Johnson said.

FBI - Deadliest Serial Killer

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Samuel Little, who has been behind bars since 2012, told investigators last year that he was responsible for about 90 killings nationwide between 1970 and 2005. 

Author: UN Ambassador Susan Rice

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Rice's new memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, is filled with such stories: those of incredible opportunities, and of tough decisions. It spans not only many of the complex issues she faced in the Clinton and Obama administrations, but also the complexity of being an African American woman in government.

U.S. Blacklists: Chinese Tech Firms

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The filing says the entities "have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States," and have been engaged in "China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the [Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region]."


Trump Ordered to Turn Over Tax Returns to Manhattan D.A.

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The Manhattan federal court has made a ruling in the Donald Trump criminal investigation  in New York.


The ruling issued by Judge Victor Marrero of Manhattan federal court does not mean that the president’s tax returns will be turned over immediately. Mr. Trump’s lawyers quickly appealed the decision, and the appeals court agreed to temporarily block the order.

OPINON from JustSecurity.Org: Is Trump Possibly a Russian Agent?

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I think it is entirely plausible that Mr. Trump is somehow compromised by his personal and financial dealings with Russia and Russians, but I do not think he is an “agent” in the sense that intelligence professionals use the term. Let me explain.


Intelligence and law enforcement professionals ascribe specific meanings to those who work on their behalf. Unfortunately, the term “agent” is less clear than some others. For example, the FBI calls its officers agents, while CIA officers never refer to themselves as agents, and instead reserve the term for those foreigners who spy on its behalf.

Barr’s request to foreigners on CIA....

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It is rare, unheard of really that the AG of the United States, has gone outside of the US and investigator to investigator channels to reopen the 2016 Russia scandal.  


Laufman served Republican and Democratic administrations, and he was involved in the early stages of the Russia investigation. He spoke with The World's host Marco Werman about why Barr's request for foreign help is so unusual. 

GM and UAW Talks

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new letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes to workers casts doubt on whether there will be a quick settlement in the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on Sept. 16, crippling GM’s factories.


Dittes’ letter says the union presented a proposal to the company Saturday. He said GM responded Sunday morning by reverting back to an offer that had been rejected and made few changes.

Turkish Assault Maybe

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U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area,” in northern Syria, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an unusual late-Sunday statement that was silent on the fate of the Kurds. 

Profit not politics in Ukraine gas deal.

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As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.


But the effort to install a friendlier management team at the helm of the gas company, Naftogaz, would soon be taken up with Ukraine’s new president by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose slate of candidates included a fellow Texan who is one of Perry’s past political donors.


Another Intelligence Whistleblower on Ukraine

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Unlike the first whistleblower, who heard about the president’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky second-hand, this whistleblower has first-hand knowledge about some of the events in question and “made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against,” according to Zaid.

This Police Officer said...

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This is gonna look really bad," Brosch says.

He gathers some of Neely's belongings, including his cup of change, and says, "You're doing good, Mr. Neely, but we gotta do what we gotta do, too, you know?"


As the officers lead Neely away, Brosch says again, "This is gonna look so bad."

Outrage: Destroying America's Most Iconic Cacti

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The Trump administration has run roughshod over environmental laws in a rush to build an unnecessary border wall. And in footage that emerged on Friday, construction efforts are just running roughshod over the environment, period.

One of the first stretches of the Trumpified wall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (yes, they really chose a park as a starting point). 

Trump: Denying Immigrant Visa's to ....

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Mr. Trump issued a proclamation, effective Nov. 3, ordering consular officers to bar immigrants seeking to live in the United States unless they “will be covered by approved health insurance” or can prove that they have “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.”

Who is investigating the police?

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Joshua Xavier Brown, 28, was found Friday night in the parking lot of an apartment complex with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. Brown was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Brown lived in the same apartment complex as Amber Guyger and Botham Jean and testified at Guyger’s trial, where she was convicted of murder on Tuesday. The Jean family attorney, Lee Merritt, posted a statement on Twitter that said he had spoken with Brown’s mother and “she is devastated.”

Pope urges bold action...

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Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon, which scientists say is a crucial bulwark against global warming.


Ukraine was pushed to investigate...

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The pages lay out the raw contours of a potential quid-pro-quo exchange — Trump gets his political investigation of a top Democratic rival in return for granting a favor to Ukraine.

Diversity of Jurors...

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On Wednesday, the jury composed largely of people of color and women sentenced  Guyger  to  10  years  in prison, a day after convicting  her  of  murder  in the September 2018 killing of her upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. it.

White House prepares objection to impeachment probe...

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Trump acknowledged that Democrats in the House “have the votes” to begin a formal impeachment inquiry, even if they don’t in the Senate.

The Struggle to Be Heard

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Keeler is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a descendant of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Audie Cornish of NPR's All Things Considered sat down with her to discuss her reporting following last Friday's events.


This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Obama saw it coming...

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The Trump administration’s purposeful cruelty has been widely documented and rightly condemned, but it appears the depths of Donald Trump’s indecency go even further than many could have ever imagined.

Disappearing Schools - Puerto Rico

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The crowd’s ire was fueled in part by a sense of absence. Away from the echoing drums, down forgotten streets and across green mountains, the islands are emptying. Decades of abuse, austerity, corruption and now the ravages of climate change have triggered an exodus of people and money. 


Volker Testifies

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Volker arrived at Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify in private to congressional investigators who want to ask about any role he may have played in Trumps  effors  to  press  the  Ukrainians  for damaging information about the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Political News: Trump Wants to Privatize Child Detention

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Sheltering  Migrant  children   has become a growing business for the Florida-based government contractor, as the number of minors in government custody has swollen to record levels over the past two years. More than 50 babies, toddlers and teens were closely watched on this day inside the clean, well-lit shelter surrounded by chain link fences.

Trump: Seeks Political Help from China

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As he left the White House for a visit to Florida, Trump told reporters he believed both China and Ukraine should investigate Biden and his businessman son Hunter Biden.

US Supreme Court: Gay Rights, Guns and Abortion

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The justices are due to tackle a larger number of consequential cases than they did in their previous term, and they could end up producing more 5-4 rulings along ideological lines with the conservative justices on the winning end and the four liberal justices in dissent, according to court experts.

Judge Rules: Planned Injection Sites

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U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh ruled Wednesday that Safehouse's plan to allow people to bring in their own drugs and use them in a medical facility to help combat fatal overdoses does not violate the Controlled Substances Act.

The Impeachment Process

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Impeachment is exceedingly rare. Trump is only the fourth president in the nation's history to be subject to the process — and the first to be targeted over national security concerns. Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House in 1868, and Bill  Clinton  in 1998. Neither was convicted by the Senate, and both served out their terms.


Trump: “Adam Schiff should be looked at for treason”

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This  is  a  story  that  keeps  getting  more  unbelievable.


  He tweeted  Sunday, “I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason,” and following that Monday with a tweet  reading, “Adam Schiff  made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President ... Arrest for Treason?”

Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders  canceled  his  campaign  events  until  further  notice.


The news comes as Sanders was preparing for Wednesday campaign events in Nevada, including a "Medicare for All" town hall in Las Vegas. It also comes less than two weeks before the next Democratic primary debate, on Oct. 15 in Ohio.

Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia sues...

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Sgt. Anna Lange came out as transgender in 2017, after working in the Houston County Sheriff's Office since 2006. She has taken hormone therapy and outwardly changed her appearance over the past three years to treat gender dysphoria, the distress resulting from the mismatch between her sex assigned at birth and her gender identity.

The Next Democratic Debate

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This will be a full debate!


The DNC requirements were the same last month as they are now — candidates had to register at least 2% in four early state or national polls and acquire 130,000 unique donors. Though Steyer and Gabbard hit those marks over the last month, seven Democrats still in the race failed to qualify.

Democrats: Postpone Hearings

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The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, had been expected to meet with the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Wednesday — but that has been moved to Oct. 11, a committee official said.

Children in Puerto Rico and 10 States...

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Lisa  Hamilton ,  the  Casey Foundations  CEO  said  that,  “Following such a long period of national economic growth, we should see widespread poverty reduction for more communities.  It is imperative that we implement policies to revitalize the children and families that remain left behind.”


Dallas: Verdict

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A jury has found former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder, the judge announced Tuesday.

Pompeo: Intimidation?

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Pompeo said in a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as part of the chamber’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, that the requested dates for the officials to voluntarily appear are “not feasible.”

Trump: Primary Challengers

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So far, not even the start of an  impeachment  inquiry into  the president has energized the campaigns of those candidates, or aligned groups, seeking to deny Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump: and Australia

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The revelation underscores the extent to which Trump remains consumed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and the ways in which he has used the apparatus of the United States government to investigate what he believes are its politically motivated origins. 

Ukraine: How did they get mixed up in the Trumps impeachment inquiry

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Zelenskiy, a professional comedian, won a landslide election last spring on a wave of popular frustration with poverty, corruption and a Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine that     has  killed  13,000  people.

California - Trump and Mayors

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Three mayors — Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Sam Liccardo of San Jose and Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento — said they saw the administration’s foray into the state’s homelessness crisis as 2020 presidential politics.


Ukraine: The Biden's

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The Biden camp has argued that claims of wrongdoing on the Bidens' part are unfounded and have been debunked. "Trump's doing this because he knows I'll beat him like a drum," Biden told reporters recently. "And he's using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me."

Speedy Impeachment?

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The issues surrounding President Trump's contacts with Ukraine are relatively straightforward and easy to grasp, Cicilline says, particularly when compared to the complexity of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The Presidents: Disregard

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I personally don't remember any president this irregardless of any previous rule of conduct.


Trump tweeted a conservative pastor’s comment that removing him would provoke a “civil war-like fracture” in America.

Allies and Foes

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The Ukraine investigation produced what the Russian probe did not: formal House impeachment proceedings based on the president’s own words and actions.

Windmill Hatred?

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Now, wind industry leaders and supporters fear that the federal government, under Trump, may be pulling back from what had been years of encouragement for climate-friendly wind.

Impeachment: If...

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As Trump raged on Twitter on Monday, the House plowed ahead with formal impeachment proceedings into whether the president pressured the leader of an Eastern European country to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son.


Trump Has Two Whistleblowers

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President  Donald  Trump  has  two  whistlebowers to  be  concerned  about.    In  this  case  the  other  whilstleblower  is  reporting  the  the  president is  interfering with  is  IRS  tax  returns .

Senate Votes to...

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Virtually  kill  the  national  emercency  on  the  southern  border.    In  March  the  president vetoed  a  similar measure.  

EPA Blames California for Water Pollution

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President  Trump  has  allowed  the  EPA  under  his administration  to  send  a  letter  to  Governor Gavin  Newsome.    This  letter  says  that  the  Homeless  people  are  making  it  impossible  to  enforce  the  Clean  Water  Act.

Puerto Rico was rocked by a 6.0 Earthquake

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An official for the island’s Office of Emergency Management told ABC News that the agency’s regional offices are in contact with municipalities to get an early report on any damage. At the moment, there are no reports of damage or injuries.

The Root 100

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The Root 100 is our annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. It’s our way of honoring the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. 

Native American Day

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As this day honors the culture and contribution of the Native Americans, organizations and community groups provide learning initiatives focusing on their traditions and history.


Call that led to the formal Impeachment Vote

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It  took  over  two  years  of  complaints  about  President Donald Trump.  From  emoluments,  his  kids shaping  the  mid-east  policy,  to  hush  money  payments ,  cabinet members  who  have  not  ever  been  qualified,  and  more.    But  this  phone  call  which  he  asked  the  President  of  Ukraine  to  deliver dirt  on  Vice  President  Joe  Biden was  apparently it.

The Speaker‘s Position

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The  actual  impeachment inquiry,  and  the  speakers  statement  to  the  press.  

Climate is in Trouble

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The  Earth’s  climate  is  showing signs  of  increasing the  sea  levels  much  quicker  than  expected.    And  even  more  to  this  point it  is  increasing the  levels  of what  makes  it  acidic thereby losing oxygen.

A terrorist among us...

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There  was  an  arrest of  a  24  year  old  Army  soldier.    This  is  a  case  of  killing left-leaning  activists.

Helping the Homeless

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This  is  a great  story  about how  Holly  Jackson,  a  former  homeless  person,  is  doing  something great.    

What would happen if the US kept its promises?

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The  US  signed  370  treaties  with  indigenous nations from 1778  to  1891.    In  short  the  most  common features are,  Peace, land boundaries, hunting and fishing rights, and protection.