Diplomat says Ukraine leader couldn’t get a White House invite — unless he announced probes

Ambassador Gordon Sondland said administration officials were aware of the pressure on Ukraine for investigations that could damage President Trump’s political foes. A Defense Department official also gave new details that linked a hold on aid to a key July 25 phone call.
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Sondland’s bombshell testimony leaves Trump’s GOP allies scrambling

The bombshell testimony alleging that the president attempted to leverage an invite for the Ukrainian president in exchange for an investigation into his political opponents forced the White House to quickly recalibrate its defense of the president’s actions.
The Take

Sondland’s dramatic testimony shakes the impeachment debate and undercuts the president

In clear and unequivocal language, the E.U. ambassador implicated President Trump and other senior officials in the effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

At critical moment, Democrats tackle range of issues

With the field growing both larger and more fluid, the 10 presidential candidates opened new lines of conversation and held pointed if brief disputes, some of them focused on black voters, a key constituency.
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The Fix

Winners and losers of tonight’s debate

Mayor Pete Buttigieg managed the pressure that comes with being a newly minted polling frontrunner, there was pushback against Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax, and former vice president Joe Biden had yet another shaky performance.
Fact Checker

10 claims that caught our attention

Bernie Sanders exaggerated the U.S. homelessness crisis. Andrew Yang’s surprising statistic on paid family leave was spot on.
Negotiators remain stuck on several core issues, including the extent of Chinese commitments to buy American farm products and U.S. willingness to reverse its tariff plans.
Seema Verma, President Trump's top appointee overseeing health insurance for the elderly and poor, hired the high-paid consultants at a cost to taxpayers of more than $3 million.
Barry Myers’s nomination had languished in the Senate since it was first announced in November 2017, due in part to conflict-of-interest concerns regarding his family’s continued ownership stake in AccuWeather.
Michael Cruz Kayne wrote, “If you are grieving, you are not alone.” More than 140,000 people reacted to his post, sharing their gutting stories of loss and grief and offering support for one another.
Capital Weather Gang
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Britain’s Prince Andrew quits public duties after Epstein controversy

The senior royal’s ties to the convicted sex offender have dominated news in Britain.
By The Way

Yelp reviewers are trashing Gordon Sondland’s hotels with one-star reviews

Businesses associated with the Trump ambassador to the E.U. are catching public ire after his impeachment inquiry testimony on Wednesday.
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Tom Hanks just learned he’s related to Mister Rogers, days before his Mister Rogers movie opens

The actor and the late television personality share a great-great-great-great-great grandfather, making the two sixth cousins.
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