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President sought updates on probes, diplomat says

William B. Taylor Jr., the acting ambassador to Ukraine, testified that one of his aides overheard a phone call in which the president checked on “the investigations.”
Afterward, E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland told the aide that Trump cared more about probes of the Bidens than other issues in Ukraine, Taylor said.

Republicans discuss a longer impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries

Talks remain fluid, but a trial that stretches into February could raise a potential hazard for the six Democratic senators running for president.
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On Day One of the hearings, the Trump Show continues to disrupt Washington

The clash of values was on vivid display Wednesday as woolly diplomats earnestly defended the old ways while President Trump’s defenders spoke darkly of “deep state” subversion.

A historic hearing asks: Is Trump’s norm-breaking a betrayal of his oath or his right as president?

Long before the first question was asked at the day-long event, it was clear that most Democrats and Republicans in the room had already decided on the matter.
The D.C. Circuit let stand an earlier ruling against the president, likely sending the case to the Supreme Court.
A room in the flooded Gritti Palace. (Marco Bertorello)
A room in the flooded Gritti Palace. (Marco Bertorello)
The latest “aqua alta” event has its roots in the Adriatic Sea, but it points to the precariousness of the historic city.
Book Review
The book by the anonymous Trump administration official tells us plenty about what he or she thinks, but not enough about what he or she knows.
The decision to attach the message to some animated films was met with praise from those who viewed it as an accountability measure. But others said the streaming service's disclaimer should more clearly identify racist elements in some of its classic movies.
Campaign 2020
The two-term governor will enter the race less than three months before the first votes are taken in Iowa. He faces a challenge in raising the money and voter support to propel his campaign.
One critic called the proposed $1,170 application fee "an unprecedented weaponization of government fees." In real terms, the proposed changes would make the fee equivalent of nearly 2 percent of the median household income.
He was found on the side of the road and taken in by a local rescue group. Unlike a normal tail, his doesn't have bones inside, so it cannot wag.
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Leaked emails show Stephen Miller promoted white nationalism, SPLC reports

The Southern Poverty Law Center drew its report from a trove of more than 900 leaked emails that President Trump’s point man on immigration sent to a reporter between 2015 and 2016.
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How climate change is triggering a chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific

The fast-warming Sea of Okhotsk, wedged between Russia and Japan, is a cautionary tale of the far-reaching consequences when climate dominoes begin to fall.
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Pete Buttigieg wants to connect to the religious right. But tension among his in-laws shows how hard that may be.

A rift in Chasten Buttigieg’s family has broadened as Chasten and his brothers go public with differing accounts of their childhoods and the reaction to Chasten's sexuality.
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Republicans have floated 17 different defenses of Trump’s Ukraine actions
Republicans have floated 17 different defenses of Trump’s Ukraine actions
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