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Reuters PoliticsNov 19, 2019
Democrats to quiz former diplomat Volker over role in Trump-Ukraine dealings
Former U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker won praise from Republicans after he testified behind closed doors last month in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but will face a cooler reception from Democrats during Tuesday's public hearing.

CNN PoliticsNov 19, 2019
Analysis: Impeachment inquiry enters most crucial stage with top witnesses on deck
Democrats who want to oust President Donald Trump and Republicans battling to save him are braced for the most momentous phase yet in the battle of impeachment that is rocking Washington.

CNN PoliticsNov 18, 2019
Trump's doctor releases memo on President's health after surprise weekend hospital visit
President Donald Trump's physician released a memorandum Monday night stating the President's recent visit to Walter Reed National Military Center was a "routine, planned interim checkup."

The Daily BeastNov 18, 2019
Sondland to U.S. Diplomat, Trump Only Only Cares About ‘Big Stuff' Like the Biden Investigation
Chip SomodevillaThe U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told State Department officials and staffers in Kiev that Donald Trump didn't "give a shit about Ukraine" and only cared about the country launching an investigation into 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. 

That's according to a newly released transcript from the deposition of David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat based in Kiev who testified before House impeachment investigators last week. 

During the Nov. 15, closed-door hearing, Holmes told investigators that he accompanied Sondland and two other department staffers to a restaurant in Kiev where he asked the EU ambassador about President Trump's thoughts on Ukraine.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

CNN PoliticsNov 18, 2019
Trump to award outspoken supporter Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts
President Donald Trump will award the National Medal of Arts to Jon Voight, an Oscar winner and outspoken Trump supporter, the White House announced Sunday.

CNN PoliticsNov 18, 2019
Analysis: Trump attacks another witness as his impeachment defense faces new tests
President Donald Trump's impeachment angst led him to fire off a new attack on a key witness and threatens to deepen in the frenetic week ahead with crucial testimony scheduled from officials caught in the middle of the Ukraine storm.

CNN PoliticsNov 18, 2019
House Republicans ask GOP senator for info on Ukraine
House Republicans are asking a Republican senator who spoke to President Donald Trump and the US Ambassador to the European Union about the freezing of US security aid to Ukraine to provide information relevant to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

The Daily BeastNov 18, 2019
Dear Debate Moderators, Medicare for All Is DOA in Congress. Ask Candidates About Wages and Climate Change.
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/Mike AglioloOh, just another week, really. The president intimidates one witness, another witness has Donald Trump dead to rights on not caring about anything Ukraine except how it could help him beat Joe Biden, and the attorney general gives a fascist speech making it clearer than ever that he's going to spend the next year doing everything he can to turn the Justice Department into the committee to re-elect the president. 

That's a lot of fodder. In Democrat-land, though, it looks like it's going to another week of repeating the same old arguments about Medicare for All.  

Yes, there's another debate Wednesday. I really have come to loathe them. They show all of them at their worst. The culprit of course is television: the need for conflict, and the desire of moderators to press the candidates to lock into commitments that everybody knows are irresponsible and ridiculous. And Medicare for All is Exhibit A here. Why? Because nobody's passing a Medicare for All bill. The elevation of that issue to its current level of prominence is the biggest con job in contemporary politics. Yes, it has changed the conversation in good ways and moved the center of gravity leftward. But as for the bill itself, there aren't 20 votes in the Senate for what Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are proposing.

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Reuters PoliticsNov 18, 2019
Pompeo declines to defend ex-U.S. ambassador after Trump attack
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was proud of what the United States had done in Ukraine and declined to defend former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who was attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump.

The Daily BeastNov 17, 2019
Gordon Sondland Stepped in ‘And Things Went Really Off the Rails'
Pablo Martinez MonsivaisUkrainian officials arrived at the White House on July 10 expecting something approaching normal. They were in Washington for a scheduled meeting with then-National Security Adviser John Bolton with a plan to propose a new path for U.S.-Ukrainian relations under the umbrella of energy and security cooperation. All seemed to go well—until U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stepped in. "That's when things really went off the rails," one person in the room said. 

It's been widely noted in testimonies by multiple House impeachment witnesses that Sondland interrupted the conversation between Bolton and the Ukrainians when he suggested that the Kyiv officials open investigations into Hunter Biden and the gas company he worked for if they wanted President Volodymyr Zelensky to land a White House meeting with Donald Trump. 

Bolton immediately cut the get-together short, witnesses said, in an attempt to save what had until then been a normal meeting. But what's been less clear—until now—is what happened moments later, when Sondland guided the Ukrainians into the White House's Ward Room. Three individuals familiar with the conversation described what happened next. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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