An Emirati princess and the president’s personal attorney walk into the Trump hotel
Emirati Princess Hend Al Qassemi had been in a child custody battle with her estranged husband for years. Desperate for help, she arrived at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on June 22. It was there that she happened to spot Rudolph W. Giuliani, personal attorney to the president of the United States.
“It was one of those things that, when I first started looking into it, is something that you couldn't have made this up,” says Post video reporter Dalton Bennett.
Hend had flown from Dubai to the Trump hotel in the hope that she would be able to receive help in her personal lawsuit by meeting Trump’s personal lawyer.
This previously untold story, Bennett writes, is a “vivid illustration of how the Trump hotel is perceived by some abroad as a portal to American power — and of how, in some cases, it can be exactly that.”
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The latest on the impeachment hearings
Closed-door impeachment hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal continue. Tuesday’s testimony from the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr., is being hailed “as a complete game changer” by Democrats, says senior political reporter Aaron Blake. Republican House members, however, cried foul about the private testimony.
Blake breaks down what Congress learned from Tuesday’s hearing and what to expect the rest of the week. He adds that the opening statement from Taylor revealed the ambassador’s suspicions that “there was quid pro quos, that shady things were happening and also that he was privy to some of them.”
The House launched a formal impeachment investigation of the president last month after Trump apparently pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country, while withholding financial aid.
“Bill Taylor is not just talking about the idea that military aid was being withheld for leverage or that a meeting was being withheld for leverage,” Blake says. “He actually described how this was communicated to Ukrainian officials, which would be understood, at least to Ukraine, as a potential quid pro quo.”
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Planning for climate change
As waters rise, coastal teams such as the Oakland Athletics are investing money in stadium infrastructure intended to withstand the test of time.
Sports reporter Rick Maese has been examining how climate change is affecting the world of sports. “For this one, we wanted to see now just how rising sea levels are going to impact not just the sports world,” Maese says, “but the economics that keep the sports world afloat.”
Greg Miller describes Vladimir Putin’s role in shaping Trump’s view of Ukraine. Griff Witte spends time with refugees who sought asylum in Australia and ended up in Texas. And Martine Powers on how a city responds to its team’s first World Series.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Drew Harwell and Carolyn Y. Johnson examine the algorithms measuring your worth. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel explains why the Education Department gave millions in student loans to ineligible colleges. And Sarah Dadouch on the ongoing protests in Lebanon.
Thursday, October 24, 2019