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2020 Vision Monday: Polls show a 17-point swing toward impeaching Trump, which could drag down his reelection bid

2020 Vision Monday: Polls show a 17-point swing toward impeaching Trump, which could drag down his reelection bid A rapid 17-point shift means a majority of Americans may soon support impeachment, or, taking margin of error into account, might already. And that's terrible news for Trump.

Meghan McCain: It's 'Breaking My Heart' That Elizabeth Warren Is Beating Biden in the Polls

Meghan McCain: It's 'Breaking My Heart' That Elizabeth Warren Is Beating Biden in the Polls Reacting to Hunter Biden's exclusive interview that aired on Tuesday morning, The View's Meghan McCain-who has repeatedly reminded viewers she is close to the Bidens-said that not only are the issues surrounding the Bidens "breaking my heart," but so is the fact that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is beating Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary.With the rest of the View panel giving Hunter Biden positive reviews for his interview, noting that he acknowledged it was "poor judgment" to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his dad was vice president, McCain disagreed with the table."I don't think he did a great job," she stated. "I think when he said, look, I'm a private citizen, part of the problem is he also said I probably wouldn't have gotten this job if I weren't a Biden and I think it was some criticism that's been held against other politicians' children. So I think you have to choose your lane."McCain, who is the daughter of late Sen. John McCain, went on to claim that being part of a political family is similar to being in the mafia, adding that "you know what you're getting into.""I don't understand why you would do this interview at this time and maybe this was a call by ABC but this will be a conversation in the debates tonight and if you don't think Julian Castro or Kamala Harris is going to take a shot when they have it," McCain said, adding: "Metaphorical shot. I keep saying that because I talk like a redneck. I'm sorry."After complaining that Hunter Biden should've worn a suit and did the interview in a studio since he was talking about such serious issues and topics, McCain said that "this is breaking my heart.""It's breaking my heart all day long," she declared. "I love Joe Biden and his family. Hunter Biden had a lot of issues that he struggled with for a long time.""What's also breaking my heart, some of these polls numbers," McCain added. "Elizabeth Warren is leading in the CBS-YouGov poll 31-24 percent in New Hampshire. So she's going to take these opportunities."Towards the end of the segment, McCain circled back to insist that Hunter Biden is going to be a "huge distraction and a huge narrative problem" for Joe Biden among Democratic primary voters because he can't distinguish himself from the Trumps."No one is more emotionally involved with Joe Biden at this table than I am," she concluded. "I love him and his family dearly. I would have preferred a cleaner interview."Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey

Booze run from behind bars: Inmates escape from Texas federal prison, return with whiskey The men left the prison grounds and cut through a neighboring ranch before getting caught by authorities.

The Latest: 2nd crane in danger of collapse

The Latest: 2nd crane in danger of collapse The second of two cranes towering over the site where a New Orleans hotel construction project partially collapsed two days ago is now considered in danger of toppling. Two other workers are known dead at the project site, which sits on the edge of the historic French Quarter. The coroner's office in New Orleans has identified one of two workers known to have died when a hotel under construction partially collapsed.

China Built a Flying Saucer

China Built a Flying Saucer The UFO is still on the ground-for now.

Air Canada will no longer call passengers 'ladies and gentlemen,' and will use the gender-neutral term 'everybody' instead

Air Canada will no longer call passengers 'ladies and gentlemen,' and will use the gender-neutral term 'everybody' instead The policy comes four months after Canada started allowing citizens mark their gender as "X," rather than male or female, on their passports.

Dutch police discover family locked away for years in isolated farmhouse

Dutch police discover family locked away for years in isolated farmhouse Dutch police acting on a tip-off discovered six young adult siblings who had apparently spent years locked away in a secret room in an isolated farmhouse "waiting for the end of time," local broadcasters reported on Tuesday.

In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder

In Jamal Khashoggi's death, Saudi money is talking louder than murder Donald Trump praises Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Jared Kushner is among those flocking to the Saudi 'Davos in the Desert': Our view

India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed

India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed Text messaging services were blocked in Indian Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said Tuesday. Separately, Indian officials said a 24-year-old woman died in the latest exchange of artillery fire with Pakistan over their de-facto border dividing the blood-soaked Himalayan region.

Trump's Botched Attempt to Hire Gowdy

Trump's Botched Attempt to Hire Gowdy For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Donald Trump's outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort to respond to a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.A day later, the arrangement fell apart, with lobbying rules prohibiting Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over. Now, according to two people familiar with events, Gowdy is never expected to join the team. And Trump advisers are back to square one, searching for a different lawyer.How a celebrated announcement quickly ended in disarray offers a rare public glimpse into the internal posturing -- and undercutting of colleagues -- that has been playing out in the West Wing on a daily basis since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry last month. Even as the White House confronts a deepening threat to Trump's presidency, it has struggled to decide how to respond, and who should lead that response.This article is based on interviews with a half-dozen aides and other people close to Trump.The official story, circulated by senior administration aides to a handful of reporters, was that Gowdy, who retired from Congress last year, had agreed to reenter the fray Tuesday. Gowdy's name began circulating on Twitter as the new Trump defender, prompting a number of aides to the president to claim credit privately for the idea of bringing him on board.But by Wednesday evening, aides were distancing themselves from the bungled personnel maneuver, which was made public before all the usual procedural boxes had been checked. Several pointed fingers at Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, suggesting he had botched the rollout.For weeks, aides had been pushing Trump to add another lawyer to the outside team, and Mulvaney had suggested Gowdy, a former prosecutor. Trump needed another voice on television defending him, and Mulvaney wanted someone who understood how Congress works.Some White House officials checked whether Emmet T. Flood, the lawyer who oversaw the administration's response to the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, would get involved. He was not available.As Mulvaney pushed for Gowdy, a former House colleague and fellow South Carolinian, he swatted away questions from several aides about whether Gowdy would be curtailed in his role by lobbying regulations. Both men assured people that there would be no problem, according to the people briefed on what took place.Not everyone was on board with the idea. Among those generally concerned about someone working specifically on impeachment outside the White House Counsel's Office was the White House counsel himself, Pat Cipollone, according to three people involved in the discussions. Mulvaney and Cipollone have repeatedly been at odds since the impeachment inquiry began, with one disagreement about hiring an additional lawyer taking place in front of Trump, according to a person familiar with the discussion.Trump told the two aides to work it out on their own. A person close to Cipollone denied that there was concern about bringing aboard another outside lawyer.Before Gowdy could be added, however, Trump needed to meet with him. So the two sat down for lunch at the White House on Tuesday; Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, joined them for part of the meal.It went pleasantly enough, people briefed on what took place said, despite Trump's skepticism of Gowdy, who has often tried to distance himself from the president. But by late in the day, Trump signed off on hiring Gowdy. Still, there were procedural issues to be dealt with before he could formally be announced, and some advisers to the president wanted to wait to make the move public. Those advisers were stunned to see the news emerge from the White House on Tuesday night.But for Mulvaney -- who has never been fully empowered in the Trump administration, with "acting" always part of his title -- it was a rare internal victory. And the announcement that a well-known fighter like Gowdy was joining the team hinted that the Trump operation was finally organizing around an impeachment strategy.On Wednesday, Trump's personal lawyers worked on a letter for Gowdy to sign to cement their agreement. Around 8 p.m. they released a statement announcing that Gowdy was formally on board."Trey's command of the law is well known, and his service on Capitol Hill will be a great asset as a member of our team," Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow said in the statement.But within 30 minutes of that statement's going public, Gowdy alerted Trump's lawyers to a problem. His law firm, Nelson Mullins, had concerns that his work would involve lobbying activity. There was a discussion about whether Nelson Mullins could still be used, but a Trump adviser said that decision had been put off until January, when Gowdy's lobbying ban concludes."Trey Gowdy is a terrific guy," Trump told reporters on Thursday, on his way to a campaign rally in Minneapolis, breaking the news himself. "He can't start for another couple of months because of lobbying rules and regulations. So you'll have to ask about that."In the meantime, Trump's team is searching, again, for help.Without Gowdy, who lost his paid contributorship at Fox News after the announcement, and with another of Trump's lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, sidelined from appearing on television for the moment as he is drawn increasingly into the Ukraine matter at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, the president's team remains outgunned in the fight for public opinion.Even Trump -- who for the most part has been operating as a one-man war room, setting the tone of grievance from the top -- appears confused about which of his staff members is in charge.The president, at one point, asked Mulvaney who was leading the effort. Mulvaney, who often invokes Kushner's name around Trump to show that he has a good relationship with the family, passed the buck to Kushner.Kushner, who aides said had been spending many hours on impeachment as part of his broader portfolio of defending the president, has told some people he is running the inquiry response and played down that idea with others.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle

Jeep Gladiator Gets Even More Rugged as a Military-Spec Vehicle Jeep and AM General could re-enlist with the U.S. Army as soon as next year.

Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school'

Nigerian police rescue 67 from 'inhuman' conditions at Islamic 'school' The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighboring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. "In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains," Katsina police spokesman Sanusi Buba said in a statement.

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters The typhoon that ravaged Japan last week hit with unusual speed and ferocity, leaving homes buried in mud and people stranded on rooftops. Japan's technological prowess and meticulous attention to detail are sometimes no match for rising risks in a precarious era of climate change. "Weather conditions in Japan up to now have been relatively moderate," said Toshitaka Katada, a disaster expert and professor at the University of Tokyo.

When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that.

When police misconduct occurs, records often stay secret. One mom's fight to change that. A police officer is accused of playing with her dead son's body after he was shot. An angry California mother wants secret cop records to go public.

Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run

Anthony Scaramucci is desperately trying to recruit Mitt Romney for a 2020 run Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is running for president again -- at least in Anthony Scaramucci's dreams.The famously short-lived White House communications director has since turned on the president who appointed him, and has publicly said he's trying to knock President Trump off the 2020 ticket. Now, it seems Scaramucci has decided on his dream candidate, and has launched a website and line of T-shirts to persuade him to run.Scaramucci started making his support for Romney known earlier this month, tweeting a poll that showed the 2012 GOP nominee beating the presumptive 2020 nominee in a hypothetical primary. He then revealed last week he'd launched, and on Sunday night, showed off that the site was offering "commit to Mitt" campaign T-shirts. They are being sold at $20.20 each to "test demand," and so far Scaramucci has seen an "overwhelming" response, he told ABC News.> You may be proud of your "Where's Hunter?" T-shirt...but we're really proud of ours...You see, we know where Mitt is...he's listening, he's hearing, he's seeing, he's reading and he's coming.... committomitt mitt2020 @MittRomney MittRomney> > -- Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) October 12, 2019While Romney hasn't even hinted at granting Scaramucci's wishes, the "Mitt Happens" shirt is sure to be a collector's item in a few years.

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With Hypersonic Missiles, Israel's F-35s Are Upping The Ante In Syria

With Hypersonic Missiles, Israel's F-35s Are Upping The Ante In Syria Iran has taken notice.

Saudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation

Saudi Arabia: We are undergoing an unprecedented transformation Jamal Khashoggi's death was an aberration that should not define us as a nation, writes Fahad Nazer, spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy.

Donald Trump asks Turkey for ceasefire and orders sanctions as violence escalates

Donald Trump asks Turkey for ceasefire and orders sanctions as violence escalates * President freezes negotiations on $100bn trade deal * Trump vows to 'swiftly destroy Turkey's economy'Turkish troops fire a heavy gun near Syria's northern city of Manbij. Photograph: Aref Tammawi/AFP via Getty ImagesDonald Trump spoke directly to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Monday to demand an immediate ceasefire in Syria while announcing a series of punishments for Ankara that critics saw as an attempt to save face.The US president's conversation with Erdoğan was revealed by the vice-president, Mike Pence, who said he would soon be travelling to the Middle East. "The United States of America did not give a green light for Turkey to invade Syria," Pence insisted to reporters at the White House.But Trump's announcement just over a week ago that he was withdrawing US troops, who had served as an effective buffer against Turkish invasion, has been widely viewed as a historic foreign policy blunder and provoked an extraordinary backlash even from Republicans.As the situation in northern Syria spiralled out of control, and the White House scrambled to catch up, the president said he had issued an executive order to impose sanctions on current and former Turkish officials and was immediately freezing negotiations on a $100bn US-Turkey trade deal.Syria mapTrump said he was also reimposing tariffs of 50% on Turkish steel - one of a series of measures taken last year to win the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson from detention, which triggered a record-breaking 30% slide in the Turkish lira, sending inflation soaring and damaging living standards. In May, Trump scaled tariffs back to 25%."I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey's economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path," the president said on Monday.Erdoğan was quoted as dismissing such threats as "quips" on Sunday, while the country's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva called a possible European Union arms embargo "a joke."The Turkish lira slid 0.8% to its weakest position since May on Monday, but many traders and investors said in effect they would believe it when they see it, especially after US threats earlier this year to sanction Turkey over buying Russian S-400 missile defences failed to materialise.Trump's statement also confirmed that all 1,000 US troops in north-eastern Syria are pulling out entirely, although they will "redeploy and remain in the region". It added that a "small footprint" of US forces are staying in At Tanf Garrison in southern Syria "to continue to disrupt remnants" of the Islamic State.Who is in control in north-eastern Syria?Until Turkey launched its offensive there on 9 October, the region was controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which comprises militia groups representing a range of ethnicities, though its backbone is Kurdish. Since the Turkish incursion, the SDF has lost much of its territory and appears to be losing its grip on key cities. On 13 October, Kurdish leaders agreed to allow Syrian regime forces to enter some cities to protect them from being captured by Turkey and its allies. The deal effectively hands over control of huge swathes of the region to Damascus.That leaves north-eastern Syria divided between Syrian regime forces, Syrian opposition militia and their Turkish allies, and areas still held by the SDF - for now.How did the SDF come to control the region?Before the SDF was formed in 2015, the Kurds had created their own militias who mobilised during the Syrian civil war to defend Kurdish cities and villages and carve out what they hoped would eventually at least become a semi-autonomous province. In late 2014, the Kurds were struggling to fend off an Islamic State siege of Kobani, a major city under their control. With US support, including arms and airstrikes, the Kurds managed to beat back Isis and went on to win a string of victories against the radical militant group. Along the way the fighters absorbed non-Kurdish groups, changed their name to the SDF and grew to include 60,000 soldiers.Why does Turkey oppose the Kurds?For years, Turkey has watched the growing ties between the US and SDF with alarm. Significant numbers of the Kurds in the SDF were also members of the People's Protection Units (YPG), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) that has fought an insurgency against the Turkish state for more than 35 years in which as many as 40,000 people have died. The PKK initially called for independence and now demands greater autonomy for Kurds inside Turkey.Turkey claims the PKK has continued to wage war on the Turkish state, even as it has assisted in the fight against Isis. The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US, the UK, Nato and others and this has proved awkward for the US and its allies, who have chosen to downplay the SDF's links to the PKK, preferring to focus on their shared objective of defeating Isis. What are Turkey's objectives on its southern border?Turkey aims firstly to push the SDF away from its border, creating a 20-mile (32km) buffer zone that would have been jointly patrolled by Turkish and US troops until Trump's recent announcement that American soldiers would withdraw from the region.Erdoğan has also said he would seek to relocate more than 1 million Syrian refugees in this "safe zone", both removing them from his country (where their presence has started to create a backlash) and complicating the demographic mix in what he fears could become an autonomous Kurdish state on his border.How would a Turkish incursion impact on Isis?Nearly 11,000 Isis fighters, including almost 2,000 foreigners, and tens of thousands of their wives and children, are being held in detention camps and hastily fortified prisons across north-eastern Syria.SDF leaders have warned they cannot guarantee the security of these prisoners if they are forced to redeploy their forces to the frontlines of a war against Turkey. They also fear Isis could use the chaos of war to mount attacks to free their fighters or reclaim territory. On 11 October, it was reported that at least five detained Isis fighters had escaped a prison in the region. Two days later, 750 foreign women affiliated to Isis and their children managed to break out of a secure annex in the Ain Issa camp for displaced people, according to SDF officials.It is unclear which detention sites the SDF still controls and the status of the prisoners inside.Michael SafiThe Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were in the forefront of the campaign to defeat Islamic State extremists, but Erdoğan links them to separatist militants within Turkey. The Kurds have turned to a deal with Russian-backed Syrian president Bashar Assad to help fend off Turkey's invasion, creating a potential tinderbox.Along with Pence's upcoming trip, defense secretary Mark Esper said he would next week travel to Brussels to request that Nato allies punish Turkey over the invasion, which he said had "resulted in the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees".The White House appears to have shifted to a strategy of claiming that the Turkish invasion was inevitable and it is merely moving US forces out of harm's way.On a Monday evening conference call, a senior administration official said: "This was something that was caused by an action of President Erdoğan who, after repeated warnings that this was a bad idea, he shouldn't do it and the United States in no way endorsed this activity, took a very, very rash ill-calculated action that has had what, for him, were unintended consequences."Another official added: "The forces that the [defence] secretary withdrew from the northeast, the dozens of forces, were in an area that was 40 kilometres long and 30 kilometres deep. The idea that somehow those couple of dozen forces would somehow be in a position to stop an invading army is just not logical."Trump has also maintained his argument that he made a campaign promise to stop endless, faraway wars and bring troops home. Shortly before his statement announcing sanctions, the president tweeted: "Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!"The new sanctions may not be enough to satisfy Congress, which returns to session on Tuesday. Trump has faced a rare rebellion from congressional Republicans, who have habitually backed him to the hilt, and are currently defending him against an impeachment inquiry.Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader in the Senate, said the pullout of US troops from Syria threatens a "strategic calamity" and "catastrophic outcome" for American interests in the region, although he did not mention Trump by name.Three top Democratic senators called the sanctions "good and justified" but also insufficient and warned that they would ask Republicans to join them in passing a resolution calling on Trump to reverse the pullout of US forces, viewed as unravelling five years of diplomatic graft."President Trump should use this moment to step up, do the right thing, and correct course," the top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, wrote in a joint statement along with Bob Menendez and Jack Reed, the senior Democrats on the Senate foreign relations and armed services committees.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier said she was forging ahead on a Turkey sanctions bill with Republican senator Lindsey Graham, who has been fiercely critical of the withdrawal.Graham said on Monday that he "strongly support[s]" Trump's executive order sanctions and had joined the president and his team on phone calls with leaders in the conflict. "President Trump gave Turkey the ability to undo the strategic damage they have already caused in a win-win fashion," he said. "I hope they will accept his outreach."Jeremy Hunt, the former UK foreign secretary, said Trump had made a "profound strategic mistake" and that he would be sympathetic to a UK arms sales embargo on Turkey. Unlike a host of other EU countries including France, Germany and Italy, the UK has not yet imposed an arms sale ban.Trump again warned Turkey it was responsible for the safety of civilians and minorities, and eventually the detention of Islamic State extremists held by Kurdish fighters. "I have been perfectly clear with President Erdoğan: Turkey's action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes," Trump said.

Mass raids target Russian opposition chief

Mass raids target Russian opposition chief Russian investigators raided opposition offices across the country on Tuesday, in the latest move to increase pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies. The early morning raids targeted more than 100 offices and homes in 30 cities, the opposition said, including the headquarters of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in Moscow. Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner who has emerged as President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic, denounced the raids as an attempt to intimidate the opposition after a summer of protests and significant losses suffered by Kremlin allies in local elections in September.

Son of sheriff who called immigrants 'drunks' at White House event arrested for public intoxication

Son of sheriff who called immigrants 'drunks' at White House event arrested for public intoxication The son of a Texas sheriff who used a White House press conference to describe immigrant offenders as "drunks" likely to repeatedly break the law has been arrested for public intoxication.Sergei Waybourn, 24, faces a count of indecent exposure as well as public drunkenness just days after his father, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, was criticised for the comments.

China's Huawei says open to 'no backdoor' agreement with India

China's Huawei says open to 'no backdoor' agreement with India China's Huawei Technologies is ready to enter into a "no backdoor" agreement with India to allay security concerns, the telecom group's local head said on Monday, as the giant South Asian country prepares to launch next generation 5G networks. India, the world's second-biggest wireless market by users, will hold an airwaves auction for 5G services before March, according to the country's Telecoms Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. It has yet to begin 5G trials and has not taken a decision on allowing or banning Huawei from the test runs amid a U.S.-led push to shut out the Chinese tech and telecoms group, saying its gear contained "back doors" that would enable China to spy on other countries.

We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records. USA TODAY is leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers.

'Chrisley Knows Best' stars sue Georgia tax official

'Chrisley Knows Best' stars sue Georgia tax official Reality television personalities Todd and Julie Chrisley on Tuesday accused a Georgia tax official of abusing his office to pursue "bogus tax evasion claims" against them. The "Chrisley Knows Best" stars filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Joshua Waites, the director of the Georgia Department of Revenue's office of special investigations, according to an emailed statement from a spokesman for the couple. Waites targeted Todd Chrisley's estranged daughter, Lindsie Chrisley Campbell, and improperly shared confidential tax information to try to get compromising information on the family, the lawsuit alleges.

Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos' Son

Court Ruling Extends Vote Protest of Philippine Marcos' Son (Bloomberg) -- The Philippines' top court on Tuesday decided to release the initial results of the vice-presidential vote recount, which the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' son said will delay his chance to assume the post.Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is "frustrated" by the court's decision not to resolve his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo victory in the 2016 polls. Robredo is already halfway through her six-year term.The court instead decided to make public the result of the recount covering three provinces that will serve as basis for any further action on Marcos' challenge. It also asked the two camps to comment on Marcos' plea to nullify votes in three other provinces due to supposed irregularities in the 2016 elections."The proper vice president -- myself -- is being robbed of years of service," Marcos said in a televised interview. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has faced questions on his health, has repeatedly said Marcos is his preferred successor if he had to leave office before his single term expires in 2022.Robredo, leader of the opposition party, said she welcomes the court decision, as she urged the court to already junk Marcos' protest. "The mere fact that this has been dragging on for so long only provides Marcos a platform for his lies," she said in a separate televised briefing.(Updates with comments from Marcos and Robredo from fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces backlash over haircut

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces backlash over haircut This week, the Washington Times published a story saying that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had spent $80 on a haircut and $180 on color at a Washington, D.C., salon, a choice the newspaper presented as hypocritical, given she "regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway."

What Did America Offer North Korea at Working-Level Talks? One Report Claims To Know.

What Did America Offer North Korea at Working-Level Talks? One Report Claims To Know. And it makes absolutely no sense at all.

Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey only after advisers explained to him the obvious consequences of letting it invade Syria, report says

Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey only after advisers explained to him the obvious consequences of letting it invade Syria, report says President Donald Trump has defended pulling back US forces in Syria, but he was warned Monday that the decision could yet cause further catastrophe.

China inflation surges as pork prices soar

China inflation surges as pork prices soar China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed Tuesday. Authorities have gone as far as tapping the nation's pork reserve to control prices of the staple meat, as the swine fever crisis could become a political and economic liability for the state. The consumer price index (CPI) -- a key gauge of retail inflation -- hit 3.0 percent last month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, up from 2.8 percent in August and the highest since since November 2013.

The Latest: $200,000 bond set for ex-cop charged with murder

The Latest: $200,000 bond set for ex-cop charged with murder A $200,000 bond has been set for a white former police officer jailed in the fatal shooting of a black woman inside the woman's Fort Worth home. Aaron Dean was booked Monday evening into the Tarrant County Jail on the murder charge in the death of Atatiana Jefferson. Jail records do not list an attorney for Dean.

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UPDATE 2-GM CEO Barra joins bargaining table in bid to end UAW strike -sources

UPDATE 2-GM CEO Barra joins bargaining table in bid to end UAW strike -sources General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra and President Mark Reuss took part in contract talks with the United Auto Workers union on Tuesday, in a sign that a 30-day strike of 48,000 U.S. hourly workers could be nearing an end, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday. On Monday, the UAW scheduled a meeting for Thursday morning to update local union representatives on the status of the talks, sources have previously said. GM declined to comment on the involvement of the No. 1 U.S. automaker's top two executives in the negotiations.

California Mandates Free Abortion at Public Colleges

California Mandates Free Abortion at Public Colleges Democratic governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation making California the first state in the country to require public colleges and universities to provide medical-abortion pills to students at campus health centers.S.B. 24, or the College Student Right to Access Act, will compel all 34 University of California and California State University campuses to make the RU-486 chemical-abortion pill available through campus health centers by 2023, in theory at no cost to students. Last fall, then-governor Jerry Brown refused to sign the legislation, using talking points similar to those that pro-life groups such as Students for Life of America used when lobbying against the bill."According to a study sponsored by supporters of this legislation, the average distance to abortion providers in campus communities varies from five to seven miles, not an unreasonable distance," Brown said in a statement at the time. "Because the services required by this bill are widely available off-campus, this bill is not necessary."Evidently, Newsom disagreed. "As other states and the federal government go backward, restricting reproductive freedom, in California we are moving forward, expanding access and reaffirming a woman's right to choose," he said in a statement after signing the bill late last week. "We're removing barriers to reproductive health, increasing access on college campuses and using technology to modernize how patients interact with providers."According to the bill, RU-486 will be provided to students by health-care workers at health centers on California campuses. But the drug in question - Mifeprex, the most common drug used in chemical abortions before about ten weeks' gestation - typically is administered at a clinic before the pregnant woman is sent home to expel the developing embryo, a fairly risky process.This past April, the Food and Drug Administration updated the adverse effects of Mifeprex to note that as of 2018, "there were reports of 24 deaths of women associated with Mifeprex since the product was approved in September 2000, including two cases of ectopic pregnancy resulting in death; and several cases of severe systemic infection (also called sepsis), including some that were fatal."Official documentation on the use of Mifeprex shows that there have been close to 4,200 women who reported adverse effects from the drug, including infections, follow-up surgery, hospitalization, and other complications. Opponents of the legislation in California lobbied against the bill in part because they argued that college-age women in particular need close supervision and will be put at risk by having abortion drugs made available without proper surveillance to ensure their health and safety.Judging from estimates provided by proponents of S.B. 24, it is likely that somewhere between 15 and 75 young women each month will require surgery after RU-486 fails. Opponents of the bill say it's unlikely that campus health centers will be adequately prepared to handle such emergencies. Many who lobbied against the bill also noted that the legislation's provisions will probably require violating the conscience rights of California's health-care professionals, who easily could be forced to facilitate medical abortions, because S.B. 24 provides no protections for anyone with religious or moral objections to the procedure.Over the summer, California's Department of Finance articulated its objections to the legislation, noting that the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls "does not have the technical expertise nor existing capacity to develop and administer a program of this size, scope, or content."According to its report, enacting the new policy would cost University of California-system schools somewhere between $4.6 million and $7.8 million to initiate, with additional ongoing costs of $2.2 million to $3.3 million beginning in 2023 to operate the program. The report didn't estimate the costs to the California State University system but noted that the CSU had said students' out-of-pocket costs for RU-486 and related lab work likely would be about $500 because the state hasn't allocated enough to actually cover the cost.S.B. 24 will allocate $200,000 each to University of California and California State University health centers "to pay for the cost, both direct and indirect, of medication abortion readiness," including updated training, new equipment, telemedicine services, and facility upgrades. Pro-abortion group JustCARE reports that private donors including the Women's Foundation of California and Tara Health Foundation raised $10,290,000 in private money to fund the new policy. Opponents of the legislation note that if the funding is insufficient to account for actual costs of implementing the program on all 34 campuses, the rest of the costs will fall to students.This year has featured a number of controversial changes to state abortion policies across the country, as several states attempted to limit abortion earlier in pregnancy and a handful of others officially legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. California state senator Connie Leyva, sponsor of S.B. 24, has said she hopes that her legislation will be the beginning of a broader campaign to make chemical-abortion drugs available on campuses across the country - a new frontier in the fight over abortion policy.

States are cutting university budgets. Taxpayers aren't interested in funding campus kooks

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Spain Runs Electoral Math With Barcelona Clogged by Separatists

Spain Runs Electoral Math With Barcelona Clogged by Separatists (Bloomberg) -- Protesters continued to disupt rail and road travel as unrest flickered across Catalonia a day after a Madrid court handed down jail sentences totaling 100 years to separatist leaders who tried to split the region from Spain in 2017.Demonstrators blocked several highways while the high-speed rail service north of Barcelona to Girona was disrupted by damage to the track. Vueling, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, said 20 more flights from Barcelona airport would be canceled on Tuesday after 100 cancellations on Monday, a spokesman for the company said by phone.Meanwhile, the government is investigating who has been marshaling the disruption, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said. "We have an efficient intelligence service and we'll end up knowing who is behind this," he told state broadcaster TVE.The Supreme Court's decision to imprison a group of separatist leaders for their attempt to break away from Spain in 2017 sparked protests across the region as the movement sought to focus international attention on the issue. With the country heading for a general election next month, the bigger question is how voters in the rest of Spain will react.Spanish politics has been dominated by Catalan separatists' demand for independence since the illegal referendum two years ago. But Monday's Supreme Court verdict -- nine separatist leaders were sentenced to up to 13 years for their part in the drama -- may prove a watershed.Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has to hope efforts to reignite the chaos of two years ago will fail, allowing him to turn the page on a period of bitterness. His opponents -- whether that's the separatists in Catalonia or the Spanish nationalists aiming to prevent him taking power again -- are betting on the protests to rile up their support all over again."It's a situation that provides some good ammunition for parties more on the political extremes," said Alex Quiroga, a lecturer on Spanish political history at Newcastle University in England. "For Sanchez, it's not so easy because he's in a more defensive position."Monday's flash protest at the airport was announced unexpectedly at 1 p.m. and saw demonstrators quickly fill up large parts of the main hall, leading to a confrontations with riot police. Some protesters walked more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the city center to join the throng after activists shut down the main metro connection. About 10% of flights were cancelled.Pep Guardiola, current manager of English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City, issued a video statement condemning the high court's ruling as a "direct affront to human rights."Read More: How Catalonia Remains a Thorn in Spanish Politics - QuickTake"This is unacceptable in 21st century Europe -- Spain is experiencing a drift toward authoritarianism," he said. Neither Sanchez nor any of his predecessors has been "brave enough to deal with this crisis with dialogue and respect." Guardiola, a pro-independence Catalan, demanded that the Spanish government sit down for talks and called on the international community to intervene to find a solution.Spain has to respect the decision of the court reached after a transparent and irreproachable legal process, acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told reporters on Tuesday."The judges are not there to solve political problems -- they are there to implement the law," said Borrell. "We live in the a democratic country and conflicts have to be solved by dialogue."The political fragmentation left behind by the financial crisis and the Catalan independence push has meant Sanchez has been unable to muster a majority despite winning April's election, forcing him to try again Nov. 10.In his first public reaction, the premier pledged to ensure the sentence was enforced and urged the country to move on."A new era is opening up," he said. "Over the next few days, the government of Spain will remain vigilant in its commitment to safeguarding co-existence, security, and respect for democratic legality."Opinion polls before the verdict showed backing for the Socialists is broadly stable while the conservative People's Party and the Spanish nationalists of Vox have added support. As polls stand, the most likely outcome from new elections is still a parliament in deadlock.PP leader Pablo Casado reacted to the verdicts by pledging tougher laws and tougher sentences in the future while calling on Sanchez to rule out pardons for those convicted.But Sanchez has also hardened his message in recent weeks, defending his decision to avoid a coalition with the anti-austerity Podemos party, which is softer on separatism."Sanchez has re-positioned himself with a tougher stance to put a lid on critics from the right-wing parties and force them to accept his institutional role," Pablo Simon, a Madrid-based professor of Political Science at Carlos III University, said by phone.(Adds details on new protests, Interior Ministry remarks)\--With assistance from Thomas Gualtieri and Jeannette Neumann.To contact the reporters on this story: Charles Penty in Madrid at;Rodrigo Orihuela in Madrid at rorihuela@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at, Ben Sills, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Abandoned by U.S. in Syria, Kurds Find New Ally in U.S. Foe DOHUK, Iraq -- Kurdish forces long allied with the United States in Syria announced a new deal Sunday with the government in Damascus, a sworn enemy of Washington that is backed by Russia, as Turkish troops moved deeper into their territory and President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the U.S. military from northern Syria.The sudden shift marked a major turning point in Syria's long war.For five years, U.S. policy relied on collaborating with the Kurdish-led forces both to fight the Islamic State group and to limit the influence of Iran and Russia, which support the Syrian government, with a goal of maintaining some leverage over any future settlement of the conflict.On Sunday, after Trump abruptly abandoned that approach, U.S. leverage appeared all but gone. That threatened to give President Bashar Assad and his Iranian and Russian backers a free hand. It also jeopardized hard-won gains against Islamic State -- and potentially opened the door for its return.The Kurds' deal with Damascus paved the way for government forces to return to the country's northeast for the first time in years to try to repel a Turkish invasion launched after the Trump administration pulled U.S. troops out of the way. The pullout has already unleashed chaos and bloodletting.The announcement of the deal Sunday evening capped a day of whipsaw developments marked by rapid advances by Turkish-backed forces and the escape of hundreds of women and children linked to Islamic State from a detention camp. As U.S. troops were redeployed, two U.S. officials said the United States had failed to transfer five dozen "high value" Islamic State detainees out of the country.Turkish-backed forces advanced so quickly that they seized a key road, complicating the U.S. withdrawal, officials said.The invasion ordered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which came after a green light from Trump, is aimed at uprooting the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that has been a key partner in the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey sees the group as a security threat because of its links to a Kurdish separatist movement it has battled for decades.The Turkish incursion has killed scores of people, and left Kurdish fighters accusing the United States of betrayal for leaving them at the Turks' mercy. That is what led them to strike the deal with Damascus, which said Sunday that its forces were heading north to take control of two towns and to fight the "Turkish aggression."Turkey's invasion upended a fragile peace in northeastern Syria and risks enabling a resurgence of Islamic State, which no longer controls territory in Syria but still has sleeper cells and supporters.Since the Turkish incursion began Wednesday, ISIS has claimed responsibility for at least two attacks in Syria: one car bomb in the northern city of Qamishli and another on an international military base outside Hasaka, a regional capital farther to the south.Trump has said repeatedly that the United States has taken the worst ISIS detainees out of Syria to ensure they would not escape. But in fact the U.S. military took custody of only two British detainees -- half of a cell dubbed the Beatles that tortured and killed Western hostages -- U.S. officials said.As the Turkish incursion progresses and Kurdish casualties mount, the members of the Syrian Democratic Forces have grown increasingly angry at the United States. Some have cast Trump's move as a betrayal.The Kurds refused, the U.S. officials said, to let the American military take any more detainees from their ad hoc detention sites for captive Islamic State fighters, which range from former schoolhouses to a former Syrian government prison. Together, these facilities hold about 11,000 men, about 9,000 of them Syrians or Iraqis. About 2,000 come from 50 other nations whose governments have refused to repatriate them.The fighting has raised concerns that jihadis detained in the battle to defeat ISIS could escape, facilitating the reconstitution of the Islamic State. Five captives escaped during a Turkish bombardment on a Kurdish-run prison in Qamishli on Friday, Kurdish officials said.The Kurdish authorities also operate camps for families displaced by the conflict that hold tens of thousands of people, many of them wives and children of Islamic State fighters.After a Turkish airstrike, female detainees connected to the Islamic State rioted in a camp in Ain Issa, lighting their tents on fire and tearing down fences, according to a camp administrator, Jalal al-Iyaf.In the mayhem, more than 500 of them escaped, al-Iyaf said.Most of the camp's other 13,000 residents are Syrian, but there are also refugees from Iraq who sought safety in Syria because of violence at home. By nightfall, some of those people had left the unguarded camp, too, fearing that it was no longer safe, al-Iyaf said."Everyone thought that the camp was internationally protected, but in the end there was nothing," al-Iyaf said. "It was not protected at all."Determining the exact state of play on the ground proved difficult Sunday, as the advances by Turkish-backed Arab fighters scattered Kurdish officials who had previously been able to provide information.The likelihood of an ISIS resurgence remains hard to gauge, since the Syrian Kurdish leadership may have exaggerated some incidents to catch the West's attention.The camp escape came hours before the U.S. military said it would relocate its remaining troops in northern Syria to other areas of the country in the coming weeks.Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that the United States found itself "likely caught between two opposing advancing armies" in northern Syria. Syrian government troops were expected to enter the city of Kobani overnight.The Kurdish-led militia said the Syrian government had a "duty to protect the country's borders and preserve Syrian sovereignty" and would deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border.Previously, Trump administration officials argued that keeping Assad's forces out of the territory was key to stemming Iranian and Russian influence and keeping pressure on Assad.Trump says his decision to pull U.S. troops out of the way of the Turkish advance was part of his effort to extricate the United States from "endless wars" in the Middle East and elsewhere."The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.Trump also tried to assuage his critics, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who broke with him over the Syria decision and is promising bipartisan legislation to slap economic sanctions on Turkey."Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey," Trump wrote. "Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought."But his decision has had devastating consequences for Syria's Kurds.They lost thousands of fighters in battles against Islamic State and sought to establish a form of autonomous rule in the lands captured from the jihadis. Now that project has collapsed, and it remains unclear what rights they will retain, if any, should they fall back under Assad's government.On Sunday, Turkish troops and their Arab proxies made major progress on the ground, seizing the strategic border town of Tel Abyad and prompting celebrations across the border in Turkey.In Akcakale, a Turkish border town, residents raced around in cars, flying Turkish flags and honking their horns. Exiled Syrians, many of them from Tel Abyad, climbed onto rooftops to watch the end of the battle as gunfire sounded.Three wounded Syrian Arab fighters were recuperating in a private apartment near the border in Akcakale after returning from the front line, where they had been shot in an ambush by Kurdish troops.The men were from an area controlled by Kurdish forces who they said had prevented them from returning home."We will not stop," said Abu Qasr al-Sharqiya, 34, who was shot three times in the leg. "We need our houses back, our children's homes."On Sunday afternoon, Erdogan announced that his forces controlled nearly 70 square miles of territory in northern Syria.They have also taken control of an important highway connecting the two flanks of Kurdish-held territory, the Turkish defense ministry said. This allows Turkish troops and their proxies to block supply lines between Kurdish forces -- and cut an exit route to Iraq.It also makes it harder for U.S. troops to leave Syria by road.Since the Syrian civil war began eight years ago, northern Syria has changed hands several times as rebels, Islamists, extremists and Kurdish factions have vied with the government for control.After joining U.S. troops to drive out the Islamic State group, the Kurdish-led militia emerged as the dominant force across the area, taking control of former ISIS territory and guarding former ISIS fighters on behalf of the United States and other international allies.With Turkey making increasing noise in recent months about forcing the Kurdish militia away from its border, the U.S. military made contingency plans to get about five dozen of the highest-priority detainees out of Syria.The planning began last December, when Trump first announced that he would withdraw troops from the country before his administration slowed down that plan, one official said.U.S. Special Operations forces moved first to get the two British detainees, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, on Oct. 9, in part because there was a clear plan for them already in place: The Justice Department wants to bring them to Virginia for prosecution. They are now being held in Iraq.But as the military then sought to take custody of additional detainees, the Kurds balked, the two U.S. officials said. The Kurds' animosity might harden now that they have aligned themselves with Assad, a U.S. foe.That, combined with the Pentagon's withdrawal of U.S. forces, makes it even less likely the United States will be able to take any more detainees out.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Climate change researchers recommend banning all frequent flyer reward programs to cut carbon emissions by targeting jet-setters

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Yahoo data breach settlement 2019: How to get up to $358 or free credit monitoring

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Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group -editor

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Woman will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder of boyfriend

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Booker Scolds Buttigieg for Referring to Gun 'Buybacks' as 'Confiscation': 'Doing the NRA's Work for Them'

Booker Scolds Buttigieg for Referring to Gun 'Buybacks' as 'Confiscation': 'Doing the NRA's Work for Them' Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) admonished fellow presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Monday for referring to a mandatory gun buyback proposal as "confiscation" on the grounds that doing so propagates a right-wing talking point."Calling buyback programs 'confiscation' is doing the NRA's work for them," wrote Booker on Twitter, "and they don't need our help."Buttigieg insisted on referring to buybacks as "confiscation" in an interview on the Snapchat show Good Luck America. Previously, the South Bend, Indiana Mayor shied away from such comparisons."As a policy, it's had mixed results," said Buttigieg during an October 2 interview. "It's a healthy debate to have, but we've got to do something now."O'Rourke subsequently condemned Buttigieg's comments, saying Buttigieg was "afraid of doing the right thing" by supporting mandatory buybacks."[O'Rourke] needs to pick a fight in order to stay relevant," Buttigieg commented on Good Luck America.O'Rourke has previously pushed the issue of mandatory gun buybacks and outright confiscation, declaring at the third Democratic primary debate in September that he supports taking away certain semi-automatic rifles from their legal owners."Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore," O'Rourke said at the time.Buttigieg is currently polling at five percent while O'Rourke stands at just 1.8 percent. The former Texas congressman has struggled to gain more than two percent of the vote, but has captured attention for radical policy proposals on gun rights and issues of church and state.During a CNN Townhall on October 11, O'Rourke called for institutions that don't support same sex marriage, such as churches, religious schools and charities, to be stripped of their tax-exempt status.

Cortisone injections for hip and knee pain are more dangerous than was thought

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Trump-Ukraine: John Bolton 'sounded alarm about Rudy Giuliani's actions'

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Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty ImagesThe former US national security adviser, John Bolton, was reportedly so alarmed at a back-channel effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump's political rivals that he told a senior aide to report it to White House lawyers.The revelation of Bolton's involvement in the effort to block a shadow foreign policy aimed at Trump's political benefit emerged from congressional testimony given by his former aide, Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert in the White House.Hill, the British-born former senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council, spoke to three House committees for 10 hours.According to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Hill described a sharp exchange on 10 July between Bolton and the US ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, about the role played by Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to persuade the Ukrainian government to open investigations into Democrats, including former vice president Joe Biden.Hill said Bolton instructed her to tell the National Security Council's attorney that Giuliani was acting in concert with White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, in a rogue operation with legal implications."I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up," Bolton instructed Hill to tell the NSC lawyer, according to her testimony.She said that Bolton had told her on an earlier occasion: "Giuliani's a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up."Hill also testified on Monday morning before three congressional committees about Trump's decision, taken despite strenuous objections from aides including herself, to recall the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.The Washington Post reported that she had confronted Sondland over the Giuliani's activities, which were not coordinated with officials charged with carrying out US foreign policy. Sondland is due to give his version of events on Thursday.According to Fox News, Hill told congressional investigators that she and other officials went to the national security council lawyer with their concerns that the White House was seeking to prompt Ukraine to open investigations into Trump's rivals.Hill's lawyer had earlier rejected arguments from the president's attorneys that her testimony on Ukraine was covered by executive privilege.Former White House adviser on Russia Fiona Hill leaves Capitol Hill after testifying before congressional lawmakers. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/APIn a letter to the White House, the lawyer, Lee Wolosky, said much of the material was already in the public domain and that "deliberative process privilege "disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred."The week could deteriorate rapidly for Trump, whose effort to rally defenders in his own party has been damaged by concerns about a growing disaster in northern Syria, following Trump's abrupt pullback there, and a sense that major secrets attached to the Ukraine scandal are yet to come out.Sondland's testimony on Thursday comes after a previous attempt by the hotelier-turned-diplomat to testify was blocked by the state department, as part of a blanket White House defiance of the impeachment inquiry. Congress is also due this week to receive relevant documents from an array of the most powerful figures in the administration, including the vice-president, the defense secretary and the White House chief of staff.Out of the flow of new information, congressional investigators hope to fill in the picture of the Trump administration's dealings in Ukraine, and answer the question of whether Trump's conduct rises to the "high crimes and misdemeanors" cited in the constitution as grounds for impeachment.The impeachment inquiry was sparked by a whistleblower complaint filed in August that in part described a 25 July phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump requested the "favor" of an investigation into a potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden.Trump and Republicans have repeated unproven allegations of corruption against Hunter Biden, the former vice-president's son who was on the board of a gas company in the eastern European country while his father was involved in international efforts to curb corruption in its government.The stark nature of Trump's request to Zelenskiy has boosted support for Trump's impeachment, according to polling averages.The administration has struggled to find a message to rebut the perception of its own corruption, with the president, at times seemingly alone in his own defense, lashing out on Twitter against Democrats, the whistleblower, the media, Biden and more.Hill's testimony could significantly add to allegations of wrongdoing by Trump and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor commonly described as the president's personal lawyer, who headed up the president's personal agenda in Ukraine while working on behalf of local clients of his own. Trump and Giuliani have denied wrongdoing.A good deal of Hill's testimony focused on Yovanovitch, a widely respected diplomat who worked under six presidents and who defied the state department gag order to testify herself last Friday.Yovanovitch said she had been the target of a smear campaign inside the administration fueled by Giuliani."I do not know Mr Giuliani's motives for attacking me," Yovanovitch said in an opening statement released to the press. "But individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine."Two Giuliani business associates from the former Soviet Union, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested at a Washington DC-area airport last week on suspected campaign finance violations regarding a large check they wrote to a political committee supporting Trump and donations to at least one Republican congressman, Pete Sessions of Texas.On Monday, Giuliani told Reuters he was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by Parnas. Giuliani said he was hired to consult and provide legal advice to company Fraud Guarantee's technologies.After a May 2018 meeting between Parnas and Sessions, Sessions sent a letter to the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, urging Yovanovitch's dismissal because she had "spoken privately and repeatedly about her disdain for the current administration'".Yovanovitch denied the charge but she was dismissed nevertheless, in a move potentially driven by Ukrainians elements she was ostensibly charged with confronting and helping to dismantle.It was also reported last week that Giuliani himself is the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

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