William Taylor, who had taken the job of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine reluctantly, indicated to lawmakers that he arrived certain that he was being put in place to deliver implacable American support, but gradually came to understand that the entire U.S. relationship was being subverted for President Trump’s political gain.
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Analysis

Testimony undercuts Trump’s claim of no quid pro quo. How will Washington respond?

It is no longer a question of whether this happened. It is now a question of how the president explains it and how lawmakers choose to respond to it.
Nationals left fielder Juan Soto touches home plate after a fourth-inning home run that tied the game. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)
Nationals left fielder Juan Soto touches home plate after a fourth-inning home run that tied the game. (Jonathan Newton/The Post)

Nationals hold off Astros, take 1-0 lead in series

Houston had jumped out to an early lead, but Washington, playing in its first World Series, took the lead after solo homers from Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto and runs in the fifth inning.
Perspective

Juan Soto’s generational talent takes a shine on the national stage

The first four at-bats of Soto’s World Series career produced three hits, including an opposite-field homer off previously unhittable Gerrit Cole. The 20-year-old Soto can’t be pitched to, and that is a series-altering notion.
Campaign 2020

Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party’s prospects in 2020

As they look at a weakened Republican president, Democrats see vulnerabilities in their own field, and the unpredictable nature of the race so far has contributed to their unease.

Russia, Turkey agree to remove Kurdish fighters along Syrian border as U.S. withdraws troops

The deal cements Russia’s role as Syria’s central power broker at a moment when U.S. influence in the region is dissipating.

Trump’s company scrubs his name from N.Y. ice rinks

The changes in branding mark a milestone: For the first time since President Trump took office, two of his businesses seem to be trying to downplay their connection to his name.

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Lawmakers voted to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal in principle, but then, more importantly, rejected his timetable — a yes/no result that creates further confusion over what happens next.
A former student is suing the Education Department for violating its own rules as mounting evidence shows the administration took extraordinary steps to keep two Art Institute campuses accredited after they lost the designation and access to federal student aid.
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The Past, Rediscovered
Lynching is a form of murder often used to terrorize black people. President Trump called the impeachment inquiry “a lynching,” sparking a firestorm of condemnation.
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