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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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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.

George Kent helps Democrats debunk GOP theories

The State Department’s top Ukraine expert testified there is no evidence Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and compared Joe Biden’s and Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian officials.

E.U. ambassador’s cellphone call to Trump from a Kyiv restaurant was a stunning breach of security, former officials say

Gordon Sondland’s conversation with the president, disclosed in Wednesday’s testimony, probably was picked up by Russian intelligence, according to former U.S. officials.
Washington’s official low of 26, measured at Reagan National Airport, fell four degrees short of breaking a record set in 1911, but still was about 15 degrees below normal.
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At 4, Arlin Karina Téllez Martínez came to the United States with her mother. At 20, she's an activist who's done holding back and who sometimes steps over lines that others wouldn’t approach.
The gathering came amid heightened security along Pennsylvania Avenue to avoid a repeat of his last visit, when clashes broke out between his guards and demonstrators.
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The Past, Rediscovered
Newly digitized copies of audio, film and pictures from the Nuremberg trials detail the breadth and depravity of the Holocaust.
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The Washington Post food critic entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.
The D.C. Circuit let stand an earlier ruling against the president, likely sending the case to the Supreme Court.
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.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit came amid tensions over Turkey’s military offensive after President Trump agreed to withdraw U.S. troops from the region last month.
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. And without learning more about the writer, it’s tough to know what to make of either.
Prosecutors concluded their case against the political operative by portraying him as a serial liar who repeatedly misled Congress to protect President Trump.
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.
An Aeroflot passenger whose cat was over the weight limit for in-cabin flying used a feline body double to get his pet on board. But after boasting of his exploits on Facebook, the man got a slap from the Russian airline.
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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
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