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[Stewart Baker] Sandworm and the GRU's global intifada

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[Episode 286 of the Cyberlaw Podcast] This episode is a wide-ranging interview with Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. The book contains plenty of original reporting, served up with journalistic flair. It digs deep into some of the most startling and destructive cyberattacks of recent years, from two dangerous attacks on Ukraine's power grid, to the multibillion-dollar NotPetya, and then to a sophisticated but largely failed effort to bring down the Seoul Olympics and pin the blame on North Korea. Apart from sophisticated coding and irresponsibly indiscriminate targeting, all these episodes have one thing in common. They are all the work of Russia's GRU. Andy persuasively sets out the attribution and then asks what kind of corporate culture supports such adventurism – and whether there is a strategic vision behind the GRU's attacks. The interview convinced me at least…
          

Top US diplomat observed clear Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo, testimony reveals

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US officials said Trump would not ‘sign a check’ for military aid without investigation into Joe Biden, Bill Taylor tells inquiry

For a second time in two days, newly released testimony in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has produced a firsthand account of US officials negotiating a quid pro quo in Ukraine in which military aid would be used to pay for a political hit against Joe Biden, the president’s potential 2020 adversary.

Related: Trump-Ukraine scandal: Taylor transcript details direct quid pro quo via irregular channels – live

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Report: Democrats Choreographing Release of Secret Ukraine Impeachment Testimony So Media Can Help Make Case Against Trump

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NBC News White House Correspondent Geoff Bennett reported Monday night on the plan by House Democrats to choreograph the release of secret Ukraine impeachment testimony transcripts so that the media can make the case against President Trump to the American people. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about […]
          

Graham: If Trump’s Offense Is Impeachable, ‘You Won’t Have Any Presidents Left’

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(CNSNews.com) – In the Senate, “there’s not one vote for impeachment, removal from office” based on President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the newly elected Ukraine president, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Monday night. “I don’t believe Mitt Romney would vote to remove the president over the phone call.” “If that’s an […]
          

Impeachment hearings going public next week with U.S. diplomats set to testify

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WASHINGTON — Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday. In a preview of what is to come, lawmakers leading the probe released […]
          

The Impeachment Transcripts Say Republicans Have to Choose Between Trump and Democracy

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The Orthodox Nationalist: Mykailo Kostamarov and the Ukrainian Philosophy of History – TON 103019

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Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson takes a look at Ukrainian folk poetry and how it reflects the General Will of their nation.

The Brotherhood of Sts Cyril and Methodius was a Ukrainian ethno-religious organization that lasted only 18 months. Yet, it contained the work of two towering intellects of Slavic national thinking: Mykailo Kostamarov and Mikhail Drahomanov. While obscure today, their work is the foundation for the Slavic ethno-federalism that became the hallmark of both Ukrainian and Russian Slavophilism.

Kostamarov, a former serf like Shevchenko, saw Ukraine as the symbol of the world's underclass. Misunderstood and oppressed, with co-opted elites, they became an isolated and suffering agrarian class easy to demonize, mock and ultimately, eliminate. The familiar claim in the early 19th century that Ukrainian was a “peasant language” meant that it was a language for the ignorant, not for the westernizing new men of St. Petersburg. Such slogans were designed to justify the continuing exploitation of Ukraine both as a land and a people. Throughout the world, the self-serving belief that the agricultural classes are simpletons and ignorant exists primarily to justify their continual exploitation by the urban elites.

Among Ukrainian writers, Kostamarov is one of the rare specimens who justified Russian intervention in Ukrainian affairs after the Cossack revolts against the Jewish-Polish alliance in 1648. Given the failures of all the other options, going to Russia wasn't such a bad idea. This proves that so much in Ukrainian thinking wasn't anti-Russian.

Kostomarov's ethnic populism, like Drahomanov's, was based around the significance of folk ideas in developing the General Will. With some exaggeration, it might be argued that the entire concept of Sobornapravna is about the folk, expressing itself over the centuries in popular ballads, art and poetry, formalized into a “political program” through the General Will (to use Rousseau's term).

In other words, that the General Will is best understood by looking at the basic structure of folk poetry as it developed over the years. It became, so to speak, the public persona of the Ukrainian peasant and Ukraine's great contribution to nationalist thought. In these poems, Russia is almost never attacked. Rather, the Turks and Jews are singled out for contempt. Kostamarov and the rest of the Brotherhood doesn't deserve their obscurity.

Presented by Matt Johnson


The Orthodox Nationalist: Mykailo Kostamarov and the Ukrainian Philosophy of History – TON 103019





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A terrible Tuesday for Donald Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—It was Donald Trump who publicly tied Kentucky’s state election to himself. At an election-eve rally in Lexington on Monday, he appeared beside Matt Bevin, the Republican incumbent governor. “You’re sending a message to the rest of the country,” he said. A moment later, gesturing to the media, he said, “If you lose they’re going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can’t let that happen to me.

They let that happen to him.

Not that it was even the worst thing that happened to him on Tuesday. There was arguably tougher news for Trump from another election state, and much worse out of his impeachment battle, but his plea to Kentucky made what happened there stand out.

When the results came in, it appeared — pending a likely recount — that Democratic candidate Andy Beshear had won the governor’s office by a few thousand votes in the heart of Trump country, a southern state the president won by 30 points in 2016.

Bevin — who would not concede the razor-thin race even though the Democrats declared victory — had tried to tie his campaign to the mutual support between himself and Trump, and campaigned against the federal impeachment efforts. It appears that wasn’t enough.

It’s debatable how much national significance can be read into the result. Bevin’s health care policies, fights with teachers and personal prickliness had made him deeply unpopular in some quarters, and Republicans won all the other major offices in the state. Trump is expected to win Kentucky in the 2020 election, but Tuesday’s results may say something about the size of his coattails, and the limits of what he can or cannot deliver for his allies.

The same day, also in the south, Virginia completed its gradual transformation into a southern Democratic stronghold. A state that was once reliably Republican red — and slowly became “purple” through the Obama years as its suburban demographics changed — is now definitely Democratic blue. Democrats won both houses of the state legislature and every major state office. They now control the Virginia government, and will be in charge when the state’s electoral boundaries are redrawn in 2021. Gun control and passing the Equal Rights Amendment may be on the order paper.

While Virginia’s race might have been more about demographics than Trump himself, his team cannot consider it good news.

But both of those electoral blows may have seemed minor compared to the hole Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union tore open in the president’s defence in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Earlier Tuesday, it was revealed that Gordon Sondland had filed an amendment to his earlier testimony to a Congressional committee. In it, Sondland now acknowledges that he believed a quid pro quo was being sought in negotiations with Ukraine — that military aid would only flow from the U.S. if Ukraine announced investigations that could benefit Trump politically. Not only did he believe that was the case, his updated testimony said, but he had directly expressed that belief to an aide to the Ukrainian president.

It was quite a reversal by Sondland, who had previously testified that he had no knowledge of a quid pro quo in the matter. It also makes Trump’s argument that there were no conditions attached to the military aid, and that the Ukrainians didn’t even know it was being held up — just that much harder to sustain.

No doubt he will continue to make it. In a statement Tuesday, Trump’s spokesperson maintained that there was no source cited for Sondland’s understanding of the arrangement, and that “The President has done nothing wrong.”

It was just one day in an evolving political landscape, but from Virginia to Kentucky to the hearing rooms of Washington, it was a pretty terrible Tuesday for the president.

Not the “worst defeat in the history of the world,” maybe, but an unusually bad day for a presidency that’s becoming increasingly accustomed to bad days.

Edward Keenan is the Star's Washington Bureau chief. He covers U.S. politics and current affairs. Reach him via email: ekeenan@thestar.ca


          

House Impeachment Panels Publish Testimony From Volker And Sondland

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The committees conducting the impeachment inquiry released transcripts from two key witnesses: Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine.
          

Ukraine sticks it to Rudy Giuliani

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Public hearings in impeachment inquiry start next week: Schiff

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Democratic Representative Adam Schiff told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that open hearings will begin next week with William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify on Nov. 13, while former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will appear on Nov. 15.

          

House Democrats announce public impeachment hearings next week

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Rep. Adam Schiff is leading the impeachment probe and says they'll hear from state department officials, and also former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanov.
       

          

State Department's No. 3 official testifies in impeachment inquiry

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David Hale had been expected to tell lawmakers that political considerations were behind the agency's refusal to defend the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
       

          

La mode estivale ou hivernale est à son meilleur - Photographie de mode Par Yulia Gorbachenko

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La mode estivale ou hivernale est à son meilleur - Photographie de mode Par Yulia Gorbachenko ***************** Yulia Gorbachenko est une photographe de mode de New York. Née en Ukraine, elle s’est actuellement installée avec sa famille à New Yoirk. Elle est l’une des photographes de...
          

Devoxx 2019: Java, Java and more JAVA!

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Originally created in 2001, Devoxx celebrates its 18th year as one of the most highly attended and influential third-party developer conferences. The conference occurs annually in Antwerp, Belgium and has also expanded to other worldwide locations such as Ukraine, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Poland.

This year's event in Antwerp will bring together 3000+ attendees, 200+ speakers, and 200+ sessions over five days. As part of the event, Oracle's Java Platform Group (JPG) continues to participate to deliver a broad collection of content offering a deep-dive into popular Java language, platform, and tooling topics. 

If you’re attending Devoxx Belgium this year, members of JPG are looking forward to meeting you. Besides attending the sessions that are of most interest to you, when visiting the exhibition hall we invite you to stop by the Oracle booth to meet up with us.

JPG Content Summary Tuesday, November 5 Wednesday, November 6 Thursday, November 7 Friday, November 8
          

Top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor threatened to quit over 'nightmare' Trump demand, transcript shows

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Previously disclosed text messages show William B. Taylor Jr. navigating the interests of Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, outside the normal State Department processes.


          

World News (Nov 6, 2019 EDN): UK’s National Health Service To Deny Treatment To “Racists” And “Sexists” – Watch: Chinese Social Credit Score Publicly Shames ‘Bad Citizen’ For Jaywalking – “The Greatest Fool”: China May Invest Up To $10 Billion In Aramco IPO – US Constructing Two New Bases In Syria’s Oil-Rich Region – Trump OKs Wider Syria Oil Mission, Raising Legal Questions – US ‘pullout’ from Syria looking more like permanent occupation with 800 troops reporte

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AND NOW… UK's National Health Service To Deny Treatment To "Racists" And "Sexists" https://t.co/VzWyvJgRLV — zerohedge (@zerohedge) November 6, 2019 A National Health Service trust in the UK has announced that it will deny treatment to patients it deems are ‘racists’ or ‘sexists’. First it was social media, then it was bank accounts & mortgages. ... Read more
          

Races to Watch in 2019: The Politics Daily

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A New Blue Wave Hinges on Virginia: The Politics Daily

It’s Tuesday, November 5. We’re still combing through newly released testimonies from key characters in the Ukraine affair. In today’s newsletter: ¶ People. Gordon Sondland. ¶ Places. Arizona, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia. ¶ Things. Fossil fuels. * « TODAY IN POLITICS » (Mark Makela / Reuters) It’s Election Day in America (the off-year one, for some […]

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Sondland Changes Testimony To Confirm Quid Pro Quo Claims

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In a dramatic reversal, U.S. diplomat Gordon Sondland revised his testimony to confirm President Trump directed him to link American aid to Ukraine to a quid pro quo so that they investigate 2020 rival Vice President Biden. What do you think?

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Divas lielākās militārās kaujas Eiropā 21. gadsimtā (2. daļa)

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Debaļcevas kauja



Debaļcevas kauja norisinājās no 2015.gada 14.janvāra līdz 2015.gada 20.februārim. Kaujā piedalījās ap 6000 Ukrainas karavīru, no kuriem lielākā daļa, atšķirībā no Ilovaiskas kaujas, jau bija ar smagajiem ieročiem labi ekipēti regulārās armijas spēki, kā arī no brīvprātīgajiem bataljoniem, proti, no bataljona Donbas, pirmā Čečenijas prezidenta vārdā nosauktā Džohara Dudajeva miera uzturēšanas bataljona un bataljona OYN (šis bataljons, prastiem vārdiem runājot, ir benderovieši). Pretim viņiem bija 18 000 teroristu un Krievijas armijas karavīru, kas pēc Ilovaiskas kaujas jau otro reizi bija iegājuši Ukrainā – šoreiz 2015.gada janvāra pašā sākumā, lai vienreiz par visām reizēm iekarotu Ukrainas Staļingradu – Doņeckas lidostu, kauja par kuru gāja 242 dienas (no 2014.gada 26.maija līdz 2015.gada 21.janvārim).



Kaujas priekšvēsture.



Debaļcevas kaujas iemesls, tāpat kā Ziemas kara 1939.gadā, ir tās ģeogrāfiskais izvietojums. Iztēlojamies Briseles čurājošā puišuka nolaistu ficuku uz austrumiem jeb pa labi no mūsu skatu punkta. Šāds placdarms ar arteriālā asinsvada centru Debaļcevas pilsētā, kas vienlaikus bija arī svarīgs dzelzceļa un autoceļu mezgls starp teroristu galvaspilsētām Doņecku un Luhansku, tad arī bija Debaļcevas kaujas lauks. Tā augstums ziemeļu – dienvidu virzienā sastādīja ap 50 km, bet platums rietumu – austrumu virzienā – vidēji 13 – 20 km. Pa šo ficuku no ziemeļiem un uz dienvidiem, proti, uz Debaļcevu ved tikai viens ceļš, ko Debaļcevas kaujas rezultātā nodēvēja par dzīvības ceļu. Vienīgais asfaltētais ceļš, kas, būdams sliktā kondīcijā, spēja izturēt smagās tehnikas un kravas auto svaru 2015.gada janvāra – februāra ziemas šļūdonī. No 6000 Ukrainas karavīru pašā Debaļcevas pilsētā atradās 3100, bet pārējie bija izvietoti pa visu šī placdarma perimetra galvenajām aizsardzībai piemērotām pozīcijām.



Kaujas pirmā fāze.



Teroristu uzbrukumi Debaļcevai sākās 2015.gada 14.janvārī. Pirmajās kauju dienās tie bija tādi paši kā pie Ilovaiskas un citviet Donbasā, proti, vietējie “ogļrači” un “traktoristi”, kas vietējā ģerevnas veikalā nopirkuši bazuku, sliktā piesegā devās pāri sniegotajiem laukiem, kur tos bez problēmām apšāva ukraiņu spēki. Mainot taktiku, no 17.janvāra krievu puse uzsāka grandiozu artilērijas apšaudi, kas kļuva par visu Debaļcevas kaujas vizītkarti. Krievijas spēki blieza ar BM-21 jeb Grad, BM-27 jeb Uragan, TOS-1 jeb Buratino u.c. raķešu iekārtām. Kad 21.janvārī krita Doņeckas lidosta, visa Krievijas armija, kas atradās Ukrainā, tika novirzīta, lai ieņemtu Debaļcevas placdarmu.



Es atceros kā pa Rossija 1 TV kanālu rādīja 27 krievu tanku kolonu, kas brauca Debaļcevas virzienā. Diktors, ne aci nepamirkšķinot, meloja, sacīdams, ka šie ir separātistu tanki, kas brauc uz savām garāžām tālu prom no frontes līnijas. Reāli tie tanki jau pēc dažām dienām no divām pusēm uzbruka Debaļcevai un visi tika sašauti lupatās. Nodomāju vēl, ka Debaļceva ir neieņemama. Ak, kā es, nabags, maldījos.



Kaujas otrā fāze.



Kaujas otrā fāze vairs nebija tāda, kā pirmā. Artilērijas apšaude spavadījumā 22.janvārī tika atsākti arī dzīvā spēka uzbrukumi, kas gan apstājās laukā starp Debaļcevu un Vugļehirsku – pilsētu 10 km no Debaļcevas.



Par Vugļehirsku nākamās dienās gāja asiņainas cīņas. Te ukraiņi ielauzās tajā, lai piesegtu uzbrukuma iespēju no kreisā flanga Debaļcevai, te atkal Krievijas armija izmeta ukraiņus ārā. Taču tas viss notika pārsvarā ar maziem dzīvā spēka resursiem, pamatā izmantojot artilēriju un tanku apšaudi – proti, tas kurš konkrētajā brīdī vairāk šāva, arī skaitījās Vugļehirskas pārvaldītājs, lai gan pilsētā šim šāvējam bija tikai dažas izlūkošanas vienības, kas ātri vien atkāpās pie savējiem, kad ar tankiem un artilēriju sāka šaut otra puse, kas tāpat iesūtīja pilsētā tikai dažas izlūkošanas vienības, kas atkāpās, kad pretējā puse kārtējo reizi sāka savu sakoncentrēto apšaudi. Tomēr, neskatoties uz to, Krievijas armija 30.janvārī jau tiecās iekšā Debaļcevas nomalēs.



Kaujas trešā fāze



Februāra sākumā situācija Debaļcevā bija kritiska. Dzīvības ceļš regulāri tika apšaudīts ar artilēriju, kas apgrūtināja papildspēku nosūtīšanu. 4.februārī ukraiņu spēki pavisam zaudēja kontroli pār Vugļehirskas pilsētu. Februāra sākumā dažas dienas tika ievērots pamiers, lai varētu notikt civiliedzīvotāju evakuācija no Debaļcevas, pēc kā atkal atjaunojās grandioza raķešu un lielgabalu kanonāde. 9.februārī Ukrainas spēki zaudēja Loginovas ciematu, cieši gar kuru gāja dzīvības ceļš, kā rezultātā 10.februārī dzīvības ceļu jau atsevišķos posmos kontrolēja Krievijas armija.



Artilērijas apšaude pašā Debaļcevas pilsētā turpinājās gandrīz nepārtraukti, kā rezultātā Debaļcevas centrā nebija veselas gandrīz nevienas mājas. Lai gan gradi pēc savas būtības vien jau ir ne pārāk precīzas nevadāmu raķešu sistēmas, tomēr, ja tie tiek izmantoti lielā skaitā, ar tiem var noklāt bezmaz katru mērķa kvadrātmetru. Dažas apšaudes Krievija spēkiem izdevās izcili precīzas, kad pēc precīziem trāpījumiem uzreiz gāja bojā 70-90 Ukrainas karavīru.



Lai mazinātu spiedienu uz Debaļcevu un paplašinātu frontes līniju, kas ļautu veikt lielākus manevrus, Ukrainas armija 12.februārī deva kārtējo standarta atmaksas artilērijas triecienus ar tiem pašiem gradiem un uraganiem un devās uz priekšu gan Loginovas ciemata virzienā, lai to atgūtu (rezultāts – nesekmīgs), gan dienvidrietumu virzienā (rezultāts – sekmīgs). Un atkal jūsu lektors – t.i. es, atceros kā pa Rossija 1 TV kanālu tai dienā rādīja sirdi plosošus kadrus ar tekstu, ka ukraiņu hunta ir pārrāvusi teroristu Vugļehirskas aizsardzības līniju, tādējādi apdraudot arī Gorlivkas pilsētu. Ukraiņi, laikam tam noticēja un gāja vēl tālāk uz dienvidrietumiem, tai pat laikā, kad Krievijas armija 14.februārī uzsāka uzbrukumu viņiem no ziemeļiem, t.i., no aizmugures, lai, ieņemot stratēģiskās augstienes abpus dzīvības ceļam, pilnībā nobloķētu arī tā sākumu, tādējādi veidojot divkāršo ielenkumu. Vienlaikus 17.februāra rītā dzīvā spēka cīņas no Debaļcevas nomalēm nenovēršami sāka virzīties uz pilsētas centru, krieviem atspiežot ukraiņus aizvien tālāk atpakaļ.



18.februārī uzreiz pēc pusnakts Ukrainas spēki sāka atstāt Debaļcevu, tai skaitā komandcentru, kas visu laiku bija nepamanīti atradies teroristu deguna priekšā – garāžu kooperatīvā Debaļcevas nomalē nevis pilsētas centrā, kā krievi bija visu laiku domājuši. Tā kā dzīvības ceļu no abām pusēm regulāri apšaudīja Krievijas artilērija, tad atkāpšanās notika pa sniegoti – dubļainajiem laukiem, kur smagākā tehnika nevarēja izbraukt un tāpēc tā tika atstāta Debaļcevā, iepriekš to sabojājot vai vienkārši pametot, ja nebija laika. Un atkal jau atkārtojās Ilovaiskā pieredzētais – pretinieks ātri vien konstatēja, ka ukraiņu kolonas ir sākušas doties prom no Debaļcevas un uzsāka to apšaudi. Lai gan tā nebija tik precīza kā pie Ilovaiskas (kā nekā nakts tomēr un attālums starp abām pusēm lielāks), tomēr arī šeit gāja bojā vairāki desmiti Ukrainas karavīru. Neliela daļa ukraiņu ar dažiem tankiem palika kā piesedzošais spēks Debaļcevā un vēl 19.februārī tur turpināja ielu cīņas.



Kaujas raksturs.



Debaļcevas kauja ievērojami atšķīrās no Ilovaiskas kaujas pēc sava rakstura visos rādītājos. Ilovaiskas kaujā pretējās puses dažkārt diezgan lielā haosā gan devās uzbrukumā, gan aizsargājās (piemēram, sadursmēs par Saur-Mogilas virsotni reizēm tās īpašnieki mainījās pat 8 reizes dienā), kamēr Debaļcevas kauja bija klasiska vienas puses uzbrukuma un otras puses aizsardzības kauja, abām pusēm maksimālos apmēros pielietojot visus modernos smagos ieročus (atskaitot tikai aviāciju un jūras spēkus). Ukraiņi bija izveidojuši nopietnas nocietinājumu līnijas ap Debaļcevas placdarmu un tāpēc tās nevarēja ieņemt vienkāršās tuvcīņās ar vieglajiem ieročiem. Līdz ar to Krievijas puse, sākot ar kaujas otro fāzi, pielietoja standarta uzbrukuma kaujas scenāriju, proti, iesākumā artilērijas apšaude, tad izlūkošanas kauja, lai atklātu pretinieka pozīcijas, kam sekoja tanku un dzīvā spēka uzbrukums zem artilērijas piesega.



Kritušie.



Kritušo skaits Debaļcevas kaujā ir vēl grūtāk nosakāms par Ilovaisku. Pilnīgi droši ir tas, ka kaujā krita Džohara Dudajeva miera uzturēšanas bataljona komandieris (pēc kā šis brīvprātīgo bataljons vairs nav īsti ņēmis dalību citās kaujās), kā arī, tāpat kā Ilovaiskas kaujā, ievainots atkal tika brīvprātīgo bataljona Donbas komandieris Semjons Semenčenko, pēc kā viņš beidza savas karavīra gaitas un pievērsās politikai, kļūstot par deputātu Radā.



Saliekot kopā visus informācijas avotus, Ukrainas zaudējumi Debaļcevas kaujā ir lēšami ap 1200 – 1500, bet Krievijas ap 3000 karavīru. Piebilde – interesanti, ka skaitli 3000 kritušo krievu karavīru ir paudis arī bēdīgi slavenais latviešu interfrontists Krievijā Viktors Alksnis.



Kaujas rezultāti.



Laikā, kad visi teroristu un Krievijas armijas spēki Ukrainā bija sakoncentrēti kaujā par Debaļcevu, ukraiņu brīvprātīgo bataljons Azov valsts dienvidos – Azovas jūras krastā, 10.februārī pārrāva frontes līniju, kas līdz tam bija tikai 1,5 km no stratēģiski svarīgās ostas un militārās rūpniecības pilsētas Mariupoles, un atkaroja 20 km teritorijas uz austrumiem līdz pat Bezimennes ciematam, tiesa pēc tam, redzot, ka nepaspēs ierīkot pienācīgus nocietinājumus, bez kaujas atkāpās 10 km atpakaļ līdz Širokinas ciematam, kur jau pa šo laiku bija paspēts ierīkot jaudīgus dzelzsbetona nocietinājuma vaļņus (šeit frontes līnija atrodas arī patlaban). Pēc tam daudzas ukraiņu armijas un politiskās amatpersonas ir izteikušas nožēlu par to, ka arī citos frontes sektoros netika izmantota izdevība uzbrukumiem, kamēr krievi bija aizņemti Debaļcevā.



Debaļcevas kaujas rezultātā frontes līniju teroristi bija atvirzījuši 25 km attālumā no pilsētas. Kopš 2016.gada Ziemassvētkiem Ukrainas armija ļoti lēnām ir sākusi atkal tuvoties Debaļcevas pilsētai, pakāpeniski atkarojot ciematu pēc ciemata, pilsētu pēc pilsētas no Svitlodarskas dugas puses. Šī referāta tapšanas laikā Ukrainas armija jau atrodas vairs tikai 4 km no Debaļcevas...



Noslēguma vārdi.



Debaļcevas kauja ir pēdējā šī joprojām notiekošā kara (ko, kā rakstīja S.Loiko savā grāmatā "Lidosta", objektīvi pētnieki nosauks par Krievijas - Ukrainas karu) kauja, ko uzvarēja krievi. Pēc tās nu jau 4,5 gadus visas pārējās kaujas (par Marinku, Avdijevku, Širokinu, Svitlodarskas dugu, Gorlivkas piepilsētām, Novolugansku, Novoaleksandrovku u.c.) uzvarējuši ir tikai ukraiņi.



Lieliskajā dokumentālo filmu ciklā “Battlefield” pirmās sezonas sērijas “Kauja par Franciju” noslēgumā izskanēja vārdi, ka Hitlera visievērojamākā uzvara pār Franciju vienlaikus bija arī viņa beigu sākums. Vai velkam paralēles? Vēsture, kā zināms, mēdz atkārtoties!



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Pence Aide Will Testify If Subpoenaed

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“An aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams, will show up for testimony on Thursday if she receives a subpoena,” CNN reports. “Williams was on the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky. Williams was concerned about what she heard on the call but there is no indication Williams raised […]
          

Giuliani Confirms Trump Acted In His Personal Interest

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 George Conway — husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — tweeted that a post from Rudy Giuliani confirmed that President Trump had committed an impeachable offense regarding his dealings with Ukraine, The Hill reports. Conway wrote that Giuliani’s assertion that his business in Ukraine was conducted “solely as a defense attorney to defend my […]
          

Baghdadi death should not mask Turkey’s illegal land grab – rights advocate

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Baghdadi death should not mask Turkey’s illegal land grab – rights advocate

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The death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the weekend may dominate headlines in the coming days, but the killing should not ignore Turkey’s illegal occupation of northern Syria, celebrated by U.S. President Donald Trump, said Rebecca Barber for the Interpreter.

International law dictates that one country cannot decide it needs a so-called “safe zone” in another country and then invade and claim it as theirs by virtue of its seizure, Barber, a human rights advocate for international NGOs, said in an article published on Monday.

“Not only has this flagrant breach of international law gone largely unchallenged by world leaders; worse, it’s been formally endorsed – first by the U.S. in the deal brokered by Vice President Mike Pence in talks with Turkish President Erdoğan on 17 October, and secondly by Russia, in its deal with Turkey last Tuesday.”

Erdoğan sent thousands of troops into northern Syria in early October to combat Kurdish militants allied in the U.S. battle against ISIS. His government aims to resettle more than a million refugees from Syria in the border area in a mass security and construction project that may threaten the local indigenous Kurdish population.

“That the plan has now been formally endorsed by both the U.S. and Russia conveys a message that international law is irrelevant and that Turkey can do whatever it likes,” Barber said.

India could now argue that it needs a safe zone in Pakistan to keep extremists away from the border with Kashmir, or Russia could say that its role in eastern Ukraine is a “safe zone” or peace corridor, Barber said, citing one unidentified commentator. The amount of such entities could become endless, she said.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/worrying-precedent-turkey-s-safe-zone

          

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry Celebrates His 75th Birthday Today

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His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the greatly beloved primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, turns 75 today. Met. Onuphry is recognized throughout the Orthodox Church as a meek and humble man of prayer who enjoys the devotion of the Orthodox faithful who remain devoted to God. He, in turn, is greatly devoted […]

The post His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry Celebrates His 75th Birthday Today appeared first on A Russian Orthodox Church Website.


          

Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo

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A State Department envoy told lawmakers it was his "clear understanding" the U.S. government intended to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country committed to investigations sought by President Donald Trump, including ...
          

Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by All_on_Red

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This whole idea that Trump can’t ask for an investigation is flawed. He is the Head of the Executive. That means he’s Head of the Dept of Justice. There’s an Anti Corruption Treaty between US and Ukraine WHICH WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS. It’s already Law. He already has the right to do it. Besides Biden was an add on. ( they started investigating Biden five months before he announced his candidacy anyway) He really wants to know about Crowdstrike and Ukrainian collusion with the DNC and the Clintons- don’t we all! Btw the Whistleblowers Lawyer tweeted in Jan 2017 that there will be a Coup and they will go for impeachment.. All this drama is moot anyway as McConnell has said the Senate will vote it down. No Republican voted for this ‘inquiry’ and they were joined by two Democrats in voting no. Still, it’s good click bait for DPF Lol
          

Comment on Trump’s Ambassador and donor confirms quid pro quo by All_on_Red

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Actually your link quotes Sondland as saying this: ‘. “I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.” Big stretch from wanting Ukraine to confirm its cleaning up its act on corruption to this conclusion ‘including allegations concerning a gas company with ties to the former vice-president Joe Biden’s son Hunter.’ Also from your link; ‘Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he ‘did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended’. He also said he ‘presumed’ there was a link to the aid – but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption.” She added: “By contrast, Volker’s testimony confirms there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid hold at the time. No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly designed to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong.‘ Also in Volkers Testimony he said he got told by Sondland that he (Sondland)got a text from Trump saying ‘no quid pro quo’ to be discussed.
          

Spa Hotel “Gloria” in Przemysl

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Auf einer Reise in die Ukraine bedurfte es einer Zwischenübernachtung in Przemysl, kurz vor der ukrainischen Grenze. Die Hotelauswahl ist dort nicht sehr groß und so viel die Entscheidung auf das Spa Hotel “Gloria”, das ca. 2 km vom Bahnhof Przemysl entfernt ist. Das Hotel liegt an einer Ausfallstraße und besitzt einen großen Parkplatz. Trotz ... [Weiter lesen]
          

READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine

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House investigators have released the deposition by William Taylor, who runs the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Taylor, a career foreign policy specialist in the State Department, has been a central witness in the Ukraine affair. He described the intent by President Trump, as described by another diplomat, to put Ukraine's president "in a public box" committing to investigations that Trump thought might help him in the 2020 elections.

The expectation about those concessions was tied to engagement with Trump and continued assistance from the U.S. for Ukraine. Taylor told members of Congress that he objected to that policy and voiced his concerns with then-national security adviser John Bolton and in writing in a cable to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Read Taylor's testimony here.

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Ambassador: Giuliani, Acting In Trump's Interest, Tried To Cast Biden In 'Bad Light'

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William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, told congressional investigators that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was orchestrating an international pressure campaign on Ukraine, was acting in the president's interests and trying to cast former Vice President Joe Biden "in a bad light," according to a transcript of Taylor's testimony released Wednesday.

"I think the origin of the idea to get President [Volodymyr] Zelenskiy to say out loud he's going to investigate Burisma and 2016 election, I think the originator, the person who came up with that was Mr. Giuliani," Taylor said, referencing Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that Biden's son Hunter sat on the board of.

New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski followed up, asking Taylor, "And he [Giuliani] was representing whose interests in — "

"President Trump," Taylor replied.

Wednesday was third straight day that congressional investigators released full depositions of key players in the Ukraine affair, which has led to the impeachment inquiry into Trump. At issue is whether the president sought a quid pro quo from his Ukrainian counterpart in the now infamous July 25 call: the release of military aid in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens. The president insists his call with Zelenskiy was "perfect."

But as Taylor said during his deposition: "That was my clear understanding, that security assistance money would not come until the president [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation."

When Taylor testified Oct. 22, he opened the window wide into the pressure campaign, according to his opening statement.

Taylor testified that he "became increasingly concerned" that "irregular, informal channels" were running contrary to U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine.

The U.S. was withholding military aid that had been allocated by Congress to Ukraine, which was fighting Russian troops in the eastern part of the country.

Taylor and others have testified that it became clear that Trump, through this irregular channel led by Giuliani, was withholding the funds to get Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about the 2016 presidential election and the Bidens.

Later in his full testimony, Taylor said he believed Trump and Giuliani wanted Burisma looked into in order to cast Biden "in a bad light" and for the benefit of Trump's re-election.

"[A]s I understood the reason for investigating Burisma was to cast Vice President Biden in a bad light," Taylor said.

Rep. Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, followed up to be clear: "To cast Vice President Biden in a bad light?"

"Right," Taylor replied.

"And the political campaign would be what political campaign?" Maloney asked of Taylor's reference to Burisma being beneficial to a campaign.

"A political campaign for the reelection of President Trump," Taylor said.

Taylor expressed his disapproval at the time, according to text messages that have been released as part of the investigation.

"I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," he wrote to Gordon Sondland, Trump's ambassador to the European Union.

As a result of Taylor's — and others' — testimony, Sondland amended his original deposition to acknowledge that he had, in fact, told an aide to Ukraine's president that it was unlikely Ukraine would receive the aid unless its leader made a public statement that the country was looking into the conspiracy theories.

According to former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker's testimony, released Tuesday, Giuliani, who was seen as speaking for the president, insisted that any public statement to fight corruption include the two investigations. If not, Giuliani said, according to the testimony, it would show Ukraine was not serious.

Taylor's October testimony appeared to rock some Democratic members of the committees who questioned him.

Andy Levin, a freshman Democrat from Michigan, called Taylor's closed-door testimony his "most disturbing" day serving in Congress.

Taylor has been a U.S. diplomat for decades and was first appointed ambassador to Ukraine by Republican President George W. Bush.

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Giuliani floats new explanation for pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden

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Giuliani floats new explanation for pressuring Ukraine to investigate BidenTrump's personal lawyer said on Wednesday that he pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden to defend President Trump "against false charges."



          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

Giuliani lawyers up as impeachment probe deepens

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Giuliani lawyers up as impeachment probe deepensRudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, announced Wednesday he’d obtained new legal representation as part of the House impeachment inquiry and amid federal scrutiny of his business dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani’s decision to hire new lawyers came even as he maintains he did nothing illegal in his efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to open investigations that could have benefited Trump politically. “The investigation I conducted concerning 2016 Ukrainian collusion and corruption, was done solely as a defense attorney to defend my client against false charges, that kept changing as one after another were disproven.” Giuliani said in a series of tweets.



          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense - official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Donald Trump's son tweets alleged name of whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

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Donald Trump's son tweets alleged name of whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiryDonald Trump’s son has tweeted the name of the alleged whistleblower whose complaint about the US president’s behaviour towards Ukraine kick-started the impeachment inquiry. For days now conservative websites have been publishing stories claiming to have discovered the identity of the CIA officer who filed a complaint about Mr Trump’s behaviour.  Amid a backdrop of growing partisan attacks on the whistleblower’s credibility, the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, posted one such story that named the individual and questioned their motives. After an immediate backlash, Donald Jr doubled down on his action, writing on Twitter: “I love the outrage about me tweeting an article about the ‘alleged’ whistleblower.” The Telegraph has not independently verified the identity of the whistleblower, who has asked to remain anonymous, and is not publishing the name. The move comes on the back of a chorus of vitriol from Mr Trump and his supporters directed at the whistleblower, including demands for the person to be named and allegations about their links to Democrats.   The whistleblower, who comes from the intelligence community, filed a detailed complaint alleging that Mr Trump had pressured Ukraine to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, the former US vice president who could be the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Many of the details in the complaint, which has since been made public, have been corroborated by other witnesses in the impeachment inquiry that followed, including that Mr Trump requested a Biden investigation while on the phone to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.  Whistleblowers are granted protections in America through a number of overlapping laws, some of which attempt to protect the individual from retribution for coming forward with information. The Inspector General Act of 1978, for example, bars a government watchdog who receives a complaint from disclosing the identity of that person without consent, unless it is deemed "unavoidable". The law appears not to bind others, such as the US president or his allies, from outing the whistleblower if the identity is discovered. In a statement issued after Mr Trump Jr's tweet, the whistleblower's attorneys warned that "identifying any suspected name for the whistleblower will place that individual and their family at risk of serious harm". The statement by Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid said that "publication or promotion of a name shows the desperation to deflect from the substance of the whistleblower complaint. It will not relieve the President of the need to address the substantive allegations, all of which have been substantially proven to be true." Profile | Donald Trump Jr The article that Donald Jr tweeted was published by Breitbart, the Right-wing news website. Donald Jr tweeted the headline, which included the name of the alleged whistleblower, as well as a link. Attacks on the whistleblower have been led by the President himself, who has demanded the right to know who his accuser is and repeatedly questioned the individual’s motives. Mr Trump tweeted on Monday: "There is no whistleblower. There is someone with an agenda against Donald Trump.” Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, went a step further on Monday as he stood alongside Mr Trump on stage at a rally and threatened to expose the individual. "We also now know the name of the whistleblower... I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Mr Paul said to cheering Trump supporters. Side by side: Donald Trump and Rand Paul Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Numerous Republican senators distanced themselves from Mr Paul's call, arguing that the whistleblower’s request to remain anonymous should be respected. It came as the impeachment inquiry – only the fourth to ever be launched against a US president – approached a new phase as public hearings were announced. Next Wednesday testimony will be given by William Taylor, the chargé d'affaires at America’s Ukraine embassy who said that US aid was held back to secure a Biden investigation, and George Kent, a senior State Department official. The following Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted after a push to get rid of her from Trump allies, will give her account of what happened. About | Impeachment All three figures have given evidence behind closed doors that is unhelpful to Mr Trump’s attempt to wave away the scandal by insisting nothing untoward took place. The inquiry, which was launched in September, entering into a public phase provides a political challenge for Mr Trump’s Republican defenders. Thus far they have largely rallied around criticising the process which the Democrats have followed in pushing their inquiry rather than defending the president’s behaviour. With the facts laid out on live television before an audience of US voters it will be harder for Republican congressmen not to address what they think about how Mr Trump acted. Mr Trump has admitting that he pushed for an investigation into Mr Biden, but argued that it was important to have alleged corruption looked into. Mr Biden has always denied any wrongdoing.



          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter's father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

          

If the Administration Is So Concerned about Corruption…

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shouldn’t it be doing something about the Russian Federation as well? Figure 1: Corruptions Perception Index for 2016. Darker denotes higher perceived corruption. Source: Transparency International. The indices for Ukraine as well as Russia are at 29, tied ranking 131/176 countries. US index at 74, ranked 18th. Addendum: The Inter Country Risk Guide (ICRG) says […]
          

A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigation

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A U.S. diplomat texted Ukraine a script for their president to say about the Biden investigationMore revelations pertaining to the congressional impeachment inquiry flowed Tuesday after House committees released two more transcripts of testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine.Volker also supplied text messages to House investigators, which included an exchange he had with Andrey Yermak, one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top aides. In the message, Volker sent Yermak what was more or less a script of what Washington wanted Zelensky to publicly announce about Kyiv's investigations into both the gas company Burisma -- where former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter once served on the board -- for corruption and Ukrainian politicians for interfering in U.S. politics and the 2016 presidential election.Volker's message says nothing about military aid being withheld in exchange for launching investigations and, therefore, doesn't bring to light any specific quid pro quo, but it does highlight the Trump administration's commitment to convincing Kyiv to get the probe going. > WOW: Kurt Volker TEXTED to a top Ukrainian official the script they wanted Zelensky to read to announce the Burisma (i.e. Biden)/2016 election investigaitons. > > The latest:https://t.co/g9bkSdlarw > > The text: pic.twitter.com/GpQPSiBrDw> > -- Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 5, 2019



          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

Lindsey Graham's Ukraine explanation will blow your mind

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Defending President Donald Trump's oft-repeated claims that there was no quid pro quo in his relationship with Ukraine becomes more difficult by the day. Which forces Republicans to bend over backward -- and crush logic -- to do so.

          

Read Bill Taylor’s Testimony to House Impeachment Investigators

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House impeachment investigators on Wednesday released the transcript of their interview with Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine. If you need a refresher, Taylor told lawmakers in his closed-door session last month that Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, had informed him that both military assistance to Ukraine and a […]
          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense: official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Lawmakers release impeachment testimony of top Ukraine diplomat

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The House committees leading the impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump released a transcript on Wednesday of the deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter's father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

          

As damning testimonies mount, GOP members shift arguments about why Trump's actions regarding a quid pro quo with Ukraine are not impeachable

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

Top Trump ally admits tying Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

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A top ally of President Donald Trump admitted he told a Ukraine official that military aid was contingent on Kiev investigating Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden, testimony released Tuesday showed.
          

Trump, Putin and Orban all share a disdain for Ukraine. That's raising alarm bells

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When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Budapest on Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had a gift already wrapped: Hours before their joint press conference, Hungary vetoed a joint declaration of NATO ambassadors on Ukraine.
          

From Washington's fight to the front lines in Ukraine

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Ukraine's war had all but been forgotten by the outside world, until America's political crisis catapulted it into the headlines again. Now Ukrainians fear increasing polarization in Congress amid the impeachment inquiry could hurt them.
          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage - CNN

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  1. Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage  CNN
  2. First open hearings set in Trump impeachment inquiry  Fox News
  3. Ukraine envoy had ‘clear understanding’ on quid pro quo, but no firsthand knowledge of Trump plans: transcript  Fox News
  4. Opinion: Impeachment testimony is giving Trump a quid pro quo defense  Los Angeles Times
  5. Public impeachment hearings may be a game changer  The Washington Post
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Lindsey Graham Compares Trump Presidency to Christmas - Newsweek

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  1. Lindsey Graham Compares Trump Presidency to Christmas  Newsweek
  2. Graham on Trump impeachment: Other than this, they've got a good case  Fox News
  3. Graham on 'B.S.' impeachment inquiry: Testimony won't change his mind, because he won't read it  AOL
  4. Graham: Trump administration 'incapable of forming a quid pro quo,' Ukraine policy 'incoherent'  CNN
  5. Lindsey Graham is in the middle of Trump’s whirlwind  POLITICO
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It's Called Extortion

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WASHINGTON — A critical witness in the impeachment inquiry offered Congress substantial new testimony this week, revealing that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country likely would not receive American military aid unless it publicly committed to investigations President Trump wanted.

The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, in four new pages of sworn testimony released on Tuesday, confirmed his involvement in essentially laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that he had previously not acknowledged.

          

And At The Center Of Our Wall Of Weird Is Sean Hannity

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Sondland’s Own Words Prove Quid Pro Quo Confirmation Is 100% Fake News

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Multiple media outlets pointed to a supplemental written testimony provided by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry as the highly sought after “quid pro quo” smoking gun that proves President Donald Trump demanded political dirt in exchange for sending Ukraine military aid. It does not. But…

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Schiff Announces First Public Impeachment Hearings Will Be Held Next Week

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The House of Representatives will hold its first public impeachment hearings next week, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff. The California Democrat tweeted Wednesday that Bill Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, will testify…

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Don Jr. Defies Democrats, Identifies Alleged Whistleblower

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Donald Trump Jr. sent shock waves through the media landscape Wednesday morning by posting the name of the alleged whistleblower who first brought attention to a July phone call between his father, President Donald Trump, and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Responding to a piece by Breitbart titled “Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely With Anti-Trump…

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Trump-Sohn gibt Namen von Whistleblower bekannt

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Donald Trump junior tweetete die Identität des mutmasslichen Informanten, der die Ukraine-Affäre um US-Präsident Donald Trump ins Rollen brachte.
          

Donald Trump & Allies Call For Media To Unmask Ukraine Whistleblower, But #News Outlets Aren’t Biting

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At a rally with President Donald Trump on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on media outlets to “do your job and print his name.” That is, the identity of the whistleblower, or the source of the ...
          

Bill Barr is keeping his ‘distance’ from Ukraine because he is ‘frustrated with Giuliani’: Reporter

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey discussed his new bombshell that President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General William Barr to old a press conference exonerating him of wrongdoing on Ukraine — and Barr refusing. Per Dawsey, one reason Barr and the DOJ were unwilling to go out on […]
          

Trump wanted Bill Barr to hold a news conference saying he wasn’t a crook — but the AG said no

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Not even Attorney General Bill Barr would go along with President Donald Trump’s plan to tell the nation he had been vindicated of seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post. “President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring the commander […]
          

Pence aide’s testimony could address ‘a ton of questions’ about VP’s role in Ukraine quid pro quo: CNN

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On Wednesday, Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said that she will testify before House impeachment investigators if she receives a subpoena to do so. On CNN’s “OutFront,” reporter Kaitlan Collins said that such testimony could be highly informative. “Jennifer Williams will be interesting if she does show up tomorrow, as we’ve […]
          

Giuliani has hired his former intern as defense attorney — after law firms turned him down: report

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced on Friday that he had retained three defense lawyers due to his legal exposure in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Giuliani, who is Trump’s defense attorney, announced that Robert Costello, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal would represent him. “The hires came after a weekslong search to find […]
          

CNN’s Jim Acosta lays out damning record of how Trump’s allies have changed their story on Ukraine

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On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta walked through how dramatically President Donald Trump and his allies have changed their story on the Ukraine scandal as new facts have emerged. “The White House is bracing for the upcoming public hearings in the inquiry, and getting more nervous about […]
          

Rudy Giuliani confesses he was working in Ukraine solely for his ‘client’ Donald Trump

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Rudy Giuliani confirmed in a series of tweets that he was working on Ukraine issues only on behalf of President Donald Trump. Giuliani seems to be flailing in trying to explain away his involvement in another international scandal involving the president begging another country to help him win an election. “The investigation I conducted concerning […]
          

‘Snake pit’: 5 stunning revelations from ambassador Bill Taylor’s Trump-Ukraine testimony

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The release of ambassador Bill Taylor’s impeachment testimony has fleshed out some of the explosive revelations in his previously published opening statement in which he claimed that military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the Ukrainian government agreed to announce investigations into President Donald Trump’s political rivals. While Taylor’s opening statement provided the clearest […]
          

Impeachment transcript reveals Trump’s EU ambassador ordered State Dept. not to monitor Ukraine call

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The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland tried to make sure there was no record of President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former diplomat told congressional investigators. In testimony released on Wednesday, former United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor said that Sondland had plotted behind the scenes to […]
          

Ukraine diplomat 'understood' military aid tied to Biden probe

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House Democrats released a transcript of an interview with a State Department witness who had a 'clear understanding' that the U.S. withheld military aid from Ukraine to get a probe of Joe Biden.
          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense: official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Lawmakers release impeachment testimony of top Ukraine diplomat

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The House committees leading the impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump released a transcript on Wednesday of the deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter's father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

          

House Democrats announce public impeachment hearings next week

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Rep. Adam Schiff is leading the impeachment probe and says they'll hear from state department officials, and also former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanov.
        

          

State Department's No. 3 official testifies in impeachment inquiry

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David Hale had been expected to tell lawmakers that political considerations were behind the agency's refusal to defend the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
        

          

The headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), formed out of erstwhile USSR, is at ______country ?

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A. Minsk in Byelorussia B. Moscow in Russia C. Kiev in Ukraine D. Kistiner in Moldavia

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Maas im Kreuzverhör: Bundestag bringt Außenminister in Bedrängnis

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Ob in Syrien, der Ukraine oder Nordafrika: Deutschland will international mitreden. Doch das Agieren von Bundesaußenminister Mass wird von vielen Abgeordneten des Bundestags kritisch gesehen. Am Mittwoch musste der SPD-Politiker deshalb gegenüber dem Parlament Rede und Antwort stehen. Einige Fragen brachten Maas dabei durchaus in Bedrängnis.
          

Gazprom-Chef und Beauftragter der Bundesregierung führen Gespräche zu Gas-Paketdeal mit Kiew

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Der Vorstandvorsitzende des russischen Konzerns Gazprom, Aleksej Miller, hat mit dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für den Gastransit durch die Ukraine, Georg Graf Waldersee, die Zusammenwirkung zwischen Gazprom und der Ukraine im Gasbereich seit 2020 sowie die Bedingungen für die Schließung eines Paketdeals mit Kiew besprochen.
          

Strafverfahren gegen Kiews Bürgermeister Klitschko – Verdacht auf Staatsverrat

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Das Nationale Anti-Korruptions-Büro der Ukraine (NABU) hat ein Strafverfahren gegen Kiews Bürgermeister Witali Klitschko und zwei seiner Stellvertreter eingeleitet. Sie stehen unter Verdacht, Staatsverrat begangen zu haben sowie Geldmittel entwendet zu haben. Das teilte die Agentur „Ukrainskije Nowosti“ am Mittwoch mit.
          

Giuliani repeatedly described in transcripts as a central player in Ukraine dealings

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CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

          

Graham claims Trump admin 'incapable of forming quid pro quo'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry while also issuing a rebuke, and potentially a new talking point, that the Trump administration was too inept to carry out a quid pro quo in regard to Ukraine foreign policy.

          

U.S. impeachment probe to enter high-stakes phase with public hearings next week

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Impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival will reach a critical stage next week when a Democratic-led ...
          

Impeachment investigators release transcript of top diplomat to Ukraine: 'Security assistance money would not come until the president committed to pursue the investigation’

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House Democrats on Wednesday released the transcript of a closed-door interview of a key State Department witness who recounted to Congress his "clear understanding" that military aid was withheld from Ukraine in exchange for a pledge by the country to investigate Democrats for President Donald...


          

Read Ambassador Bill Taylor’s impeachment inquiry transcript

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Democrats have released hundreds of pages of testimony from William Taylor, the top American diplomat to Ukraine who testified behind closed doors last month for more than 10 hours. Taylor is scheduled to testify in public next week as Democrats hold the first public hearings on impeachment. Read...


          

House Democrats announce public impeachment hearings begin next week

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House Democrats will launch a major new phase of their impeachment inquiry next week with public hearings that will feature three State Department officials who have testified about their concerns about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff,...


          

Trump impeachment inquiry transcripts: Read the closed-door interviews with Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland

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The House panels leading the Trump impeachment inquiry released testimony from former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union. Read the transcripts below.

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5 key takeaways from the first release of transcripts in the Trump impeachment inquiry

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House investigators released the first transcripts Monday from the closed-door impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump, providing new details about events at the center of the inquiry.

In hundreds of pages, Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Michael McKinley,...


          

Former Ukraine envoy lays out White House campaign to oust her as first Trump impeachment inquiry transcripts released

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It started with a warning to watch her back, that people were "looking to hurt" her. From there, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators, it escalated into a chilling campaign to fire her as President Donald Trump and his allies angled in Eastern Europe for...


          

Trump impeachment inquiry transcripts: Read the closed-door interviews with Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley

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The House panels leading the Trump impeachment inquiry released testimony from former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Read the transcripts below.

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Trump, who refused to provide anything but written answers in Russia probe, says whistleblower’s written answers ‘not acceptable’

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The whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine and touched off the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, the person's lawyer says.

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The week ahead in the Trump impeachment inquiry: Democrats seek John Bolton’s testimony, prepare to release transcripts

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For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family and...


          

Whistleblower who raised alarms about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine willing to take written questions from House Republicans, lawyer says

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A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.

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Top Ukraine Diplomat Testified Giuliani Spearheaded Pressure for Investigations

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The top American diplomat in Ukraine, who is to be the first witness in public House impeachment hearings, told investigators it was Rudolph W. Giuliani who instigated the Ukraine pressure campaign.
          

Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine 'quid pro quo'

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Key Donald Trump impeachment witness changes testimony over Ukraine 'quid pro quo'A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which US military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe Biden. Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, had initially denied any knowledge of a link between the $391 million in aid and Mr Trump's request that Ukraine launch an inquiry into his political rival. But in a revised statement Mr Sondland said: "In the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid, I presumed that the aid suspension had become linked to the proposed anti-corruption statement." Mr Sondland said that, after "refreshing my recollection," he remembered telling a senior Ukrainian official on September 1 that the aid would "likely" be stopped unless there was an investigation into Mr Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Donald Trump has called the impeachment inquiry a Democrat "witch hunt" Credit: AFP His private testimony, and the amended statement, were released by the Democrat-led committee pursuing the impeachment inquiry. The impeachment inquiry is primarily focused on a July 25 conversation between Mr Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy Mr Trump froze the US military assistance to Ukraine shortly before speaking to Mr Zelenskiy, prompting accusations from Democrats that he had misused taxpayer money destined for a vulnerable US ally for personal political gain. Mr Sondland detailed how at one point Mr Trump nearly hung up on him when he asked whether the White House was withholding the aid in return for an inquiry into Mr Biden. He said Mr Trump told him: "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelenskiy to do the right thing." Mr Sondland said Mr Trump was in a "bad mood". He added: "I wouldn't say he hung up me, but it was almost like he hung up on me." The diplomat said on September 1 he discussed the matter with Andriy Yermak, an adviser to Mr Zelenskiy. Mr Sondland said: “I said that resumption of the US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti- corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks." Where now? | Next steps in the impeachment inquiry He said he believed the plan was "ill-advised" but he did not know "when, why or by whom the aid was suspended." Mr Sondland was asked by the committee if he thought the idea was illegal. He said: "I'm not a lawyer, but I assume so." When asked a second time he said it would be "improper" and added: "I don’t know the law exactly. It doesn’t sound good." Congressional Democrats also released testimony from Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy to Ukraine He said Mr Trump had told him to "talk to Rudy" - his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani - about Ukraine matters. Mr Volker said the president told him: "They are all corrupt, they are all terrible people. I don't want to spend any time with that." Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. A White House spokeswoman said: "Ambassador Sondland said he 'presumed' there was a link to the [military] aid - but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption." She said there was "even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought."



          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

          

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense - official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Mayor Wheeler Parts with $16,000 in Campaign Donations from Trump Lackey Gordon Sondland

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Last month, Portland hotelier/millionaire/Trump lackey Gordon Sondland lied to impeachment inquiry investigators, claiming that—despite being savvy enough to have purchased a key position in the Trump administration—he just couldn't remember major facts about his involvement in the scandal surrounding Trump and Ukraine. In addition to blaming that foggy ol' memory of his, Sondland also claimed he "didn’t know why" aid to Ukraine was held up.

Yesterday, Sondland's memory miraculously recovered, with the ambassador releasing a four-page sworn statement that, as the New York Times summarizes, "directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month."

Hours later, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced he'd be returning roughly $16,000 that Sondland had donated to several of Wheeler's election campaigns.

"The Mayor made it clear that he wanted to give Ambassador Sondland the opportunity to explain his involvement in the Ukrainian scandal," Jennifer Arguinzoni, the manager for Wheeler's re-election campaign, said in a press release. "Especially in light of the acknowledgment of a quid pro quo and the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, it has become clear that Sondland's actions are potentially counter to the law."

As the Mercury's Alex Zielinski wrote two weeks ago, Sondland's influence over Portland politics has been evident for years. "Arguably Portland’s most powerful Republican, Sondland’s impact is everywhere: in Portland's swankiest galas, its most upscale hotels, its trendiest bars, and its politics," wrote Zielinski. "Campaign filings show that since 2010, Sondland and his associated LLCs have dumped a total of $16,500 into Mayor Ted Wheeler’s campaign fund. Sondland's wife and business partner, Katherine Durant, has added $6,500 to Wheeler's campaign coffers."

Sondland has given to others, too, including a total of $1,500 to City Commissioner Nick Fish (who told the Mercury he hasn’t spoken with Sondland since 2013) and $22,500 to the failed 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Knute Buehler.

"Wheeler is the first elected official of either party to announce a redirection of funds from Sondland," notes Wheeler Deputy Campaign Manager Amy Rathfelder.

The funds will be split among a number of beneficiaries, including Transition Projects, Basic Rights Oregon, Portland Parks Foundation, Portland United Against Hate, immigrant rights organization CAUSA, DePaul Treatment Centers, environmental advocacy group SOLVE, and Portland Audubon. The largest chunk of cash, $4,000, will go to "organizational partners of the grassroots ImpeachNow.org coalition," a coalition working to... well, impeach now.

While Wheeler has repeatedly and publicly clashed with Trump, he and his administration have been less transparent about his stance on Sondland's involvement in the impeachment scandal—possibly because, according to former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, it was at Sondland's urging that Kulongoski appointed then-county commissioner Wheeler as Oregon's state treasurer in 2010.

Others have been more forthcoming in their condemnation of Sondland. Following Sondland's initial testimony to impeachment inquiry investigators in October, Rep. Earl Blumenauer called for a boycott of Sondland's businesses in Portland. Even earlier in October, shortly after Sondland's role in the Ukraine scandal was revealed, Portland activist Sarah Iannarone—who's running against Wheeler in the 2020 election—called on Wheeler to return Sondland's donations. The next day, Wheeler spokesperson Timothy Becker told the Mercury that Sondland is "an integral part of our business community," adding, "The Mayor would hope and expect that Mr. Sondland would testify truthfully before Congress, when he is called to do so."

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Good Morning, News: Supremes to Rule on Trump's Criminality, Sondland Flips on Trump, and Dems Win Big!

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Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Democrat Andy Beshear of Kentucky upsets crybaby Republican Matt Bevin. WAHHH! WAHHH! WAHHHH!
Democrat Andy Beshear of Kentucky upsets crybaby Republican Matt Bevin. WAHHH! WAHHH! WAHHHH! John Sommers II / Getty

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Your smile, your style is so fly. I can't deny I got a crush on you. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Let's start with some good news for Democrats and BAD NEWS for Trump: For the first time in decades Virginia's state government flipped blue in last night's election, paving the way for minimum wage raises and tightening gun laws. Meanwhile in Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear squeaked out a victory in the gubernatorial race, beating Gov. Matt Bevin who is such a fucking Republican crybaby, he's refusing to concede. YA LOST, SON! Go cry in Trump's lap.

In other good election news: "Woman who gave Trump the finger elected in Virginia."

In case you missed it, yesterday Portland hotelier/Trump crony Gordon Sondland, sensing that he was going to get caught in his lies, reversed his position and now says that there was a "quid pro quo" deal (read: bribery and extortion) between Trump and Ukraine. This blows a huge hole in the GOP's defense that everyone who has testified against the president is a "never Trumper"—hey, the dude gave Trump millions! (Be sure to watch the video below of Sondland returning home to Portland late last night and receiving an "unwelcome home" party from protesters. SO GOOD. Boycott his hotels.)

House impeachment investigators have called on White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify on Trump's quid pro quo—since... you know... Mulvaney was most likely involved and publicly called it a quid pro quo. He's not gonna testify—we all know this, right?

Here's your "desperate, panicky Republicans" headline of the day: "Senate Republicans consider including Bidens in Trump impeachment trial."

I can't believe it's come to this, but here we are: In a few days Trump will be asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether or not he's completely immune to criminal investigation while in office. In normal times it would be a laughable question, but with this Supreme Court? The shit could hit the fan with this one. And the aftermath will not be pretty.

Meanwhile, in DRAKE news:

A 25-year-old member of the New Zealand Parliament got off a great "OK Boomer" retort when a boomer tried to heckle her climate change speech.

IN LOCAL NEWS: Portland's own Trump conspirator Gordon Sondland arrived back in town last night, and received quite the welcome from protesters. (This is great—needed more "boos.")

Apparently Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally heard enough and is donating $16,000 of Gordon Sondland's past campaign contributions to charity. I guess because he couldn't tell Sondland was clearly lying the first time around?

In Portland election news, you voted "yes" on ballots that will continue to pay our teachers,
as well as protect the environment, our drinking water, and parks. See more from our Alex Zielinski.

The city is planning on hosting public information meetings to brief Portlanders on their negotiation process with the Portland Police union, because they neglected to last time AND IT DID NOT GO SO WELL. Our Alex Zielinski has the details.

Hey! Who wants to watch some great DIY porn seated next to strangers? YOU DO. Tickets for HUMP! 2019 are right here and it kicks off this Friday, November 8! Trust me, you won't regret it.

Now let's gaze skyward at the WEATHER: Expect a sunnier, less foggy day with a high of 58.

And finally, MOOD.

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Barnicle: The “destruction” of the State Department

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Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski, Elise Jordan, John Heilemann and Mike Barnicle about the “destruction” of the Department of State in the era of President Donald Trump, after transcripts revealed that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators that she felt shocked and threatened when she learned what President Trump had said about her on a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president. “It’s hard to believe, but there might be a larger story than the threats to Ambassador Yovanovitch—and it would be the slow destruction of the State Department as evidenced [...]
          

When Is a Whistleblower, Not a Whistleblower? From Russiagate to Ukrainegate

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For those readers who care more about Donald Trump, Obama’s legacy or the Republican/Democrat parties rather than the Rule of Law and what remains of the US Constitution, the following scenario should be a Giant Wake up Call.

As the …

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Impeachment: 3 takeaways from William Taylor’s full Ukraine testimony - Vox.com

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  1. Impeachment: 3 takeaways from William Taylor’s full Ukraine testimony  Vox.com
  2. Ukraine envoy had ‘clear understanding’ on quid pro quo, but no firsthand knowledge of Trump plans: transcript  Fox News
  3. Taylor testimony shows concern about Giuliani influence, 'irregular' foreign policy channel | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Opinion: Impeachment testimony is giving Trump a quid pro quo defense  Los Angeles Times
  5. Public impeachment hearings may be a game changer  The Washington Post
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Graham: 'Brett Kavanaugh lived a life we should all be proud of' | TheHill - The Hill

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  1. Graham: 'Brett Kavanaugh lived a life we should all be proud of' | TheHill  The Hill
  2. Graham on Trump impeachment: Other than this, they've got a good case  Fox News
  3. Lindsey Graham is in the middle of Trump’s whirlwind  POLITICO
  4. Graham: Trump administration 'incapable of forming a quid pro quo,' Ukraine policy 'incoherent'  CNN
  5. Graham on 'B.S.' impeachment inquiry: Testimony won't change his mind, because he won't read it  AOL
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Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader - The Washington Post

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  1. Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader  The Washington Post
  2. Lindsey Graham expects 'stunning' FISA report after receiving update from Attorney General William Barr  Washington Examiner
  3. Trump wanted Barr to say publicly that the Ukraine phone call was not illegal: report | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Tucker Carlson Scoffs at Whistleblower Needing Protection: 'Try Living My Life for a Week!'  The Daily Beast
  5. Attorney General Declined Trump Request to Declare Nothing Illegal in Ukraine Call  The New York Times
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World Grain, 22/10/2019 — Ukraine is expected to harvest a record 71.8 million tonnes, up from 70.1 million tonnes, with higher quantities of wheat and barley, Successful Farming reported, citing the agriculture ministry. The harvest is expected to include 28.1 million tonnes of wheat, up from 24.6 million tonnes in 2018 and 8.9 million tonnes of barley, up from 7.3 million tonnes. The ministry said the corn crop could drop to 32.8 million tonnes from 35.8 million tonnes harvested a year earlier. Ukraine has harvested 58.9 . . . (Feed generated with FetchRSS)
          

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Successfull Agriculture, 22/10/2019 - Drought across most Ukrainian regions is likely to reduce the area sown in the 2020 winter grain harvest, the head of Ukraine's state weather forecasting centre said on Tuesday.Ukraine and Russia, its main rival on Black Sea grain exports, have been both looking for more rains this autumn. In Russia, though, warm and rainy weather has speeded up sowing in recent weeks and is expected to favour works in the next few weeks.   "The area will be smaller. The situation is far from optimal, but just about manageable," Mykola Kulbida told Reuters about Ukraine. "In recent days, the situation has improved slightly." The Ukrainian agriculture ministry said farms had sown around 6.4 million hectares of winter grains as of Oct. 21 versus about 6.8 million at the same date in 2018. The sown area included 5.5 million hectares of winter wheat and 777,000 hectares of winter barley. (Feed generated with FetchRSS)
          

America's Empty Headed Philosopher Kings

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If the nation were not riveted to President Trump, and if President Trump did not have to spend half his time dodging and deflecting incoming verbal attack missiles, we might have been paying attention to our philosopher kings, our intellectual and political elites, people who have been running the country... into the ground. By their lights Trump can do no right. By logical extension, they can do no wrong.

Victor Davis Hanson calls them our nomenklatura. (via Maggie’s Farm) They are a guardian class of philosopher kings who have taken control of the government and who will brook no dissent. You might think that they are running on fumes, but it would be more accurate, Hanson suggests, that they are running on credentials.

In that he is echoing a thought often expressed by David Foster of the Chicago Boyz blog, namely that America’s ruling class is defined by credentials, not by achievement or merit. Besides, in a world where diversity has overtaken merit, these credentials are no longer signs of real worth.

Hanson trots out the usual suspects and exposes a gang that cannot think straight. For all of the vitriol routinely tossed at Donald Trump, Americans intellectual leaders has failed to notice that their heroes have feet of clay.

You recall, Hanson reminds us, that serious psychiatrists have accused Trump of being mentally ill. And yet, how often does Joe Biden resemble a man who is suffering some level of dementia. One might even say the same about the hapless and helpless Robert Mueller, a man whose Congressional testimony showed that he was not in charge of much of anything.

As for Biden, Hanson remarks what we all know:

At times, former Vice President Joe Biden is unaware of which town, indeed which state, he is in. He slurs his words often. Biden strings together unconnected thoughts that result in utter incoherence—not alleviated by his near shouting emphatics or fits of pique at reporters.

Sometimes, Biden forgets names, and referents, and appears befuddled generally. His biography is mythical. He cannot address Ukraine and the role of his son, Hunter Biden, because, after all, what would a truthful person say? That the vice president of the United States allowed his wastrel son to become a multimillionaire by leveraging his father’s office with foreign corrupt governments? 

And yet, media enablers continue to claim that Biden merely makes gaffes. If Trump had done as much, they would have been crying out for involuntary commitment... even though they oppose involuntary commitment.

As for Hillary Clinton, she refuses to accept that she lost an election and has descended to trafficking conspiracy theories… the kind that would normally label you paranoid. Of course, she and her minions have been accusing Trump of having done what she and her minions were actually doing. When it comes to corruption, to emoluments, no one beats the Clintons:

And all this from Hillary Clinton, who inaugurated the 2009 disastrous Russian appeasement scheme known as “reset” by pushing a red plastic Jacuzzi button in Geneva, and who was instrumental in green-lighting North American uranium sales to Russian interests, which interests through third parties had donated to her foundation and indirectly paid Russians to interfere in the 2016 election to destroy her opponent?

And the sainted Mitt Romney, a man whose good moral character does not include loyalty, refused to take the gloves off when running against Barack Obama. Now he has made himself a Republican scold, a party of one.

But after the implosion of the once impressive 2016 Republican primary field, Romney assumed the mantle of senior establishment Trump foe. If he played by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules with Barack Obama, he certainly did not with Donald Trump, blasting him frequently as a fraud, con, dishonest, a bully, and greedy—clueless that instead Trump served as some sort of sharp planer that ripped off the thin, shiny mahogany veneer pasted over our particle-board establishment.

And, let’s not forget:

Romney seems to have entered Hillary/Biden fantasyland by admitting to being a “lurker” on social media—one who adopts an anonymous and secret Twitter account (in Romney’s case under the nom de guerre “Pierre Delecto”), to channel and encourage nice stories about himself, and to attack vicariously those who do not share his views or self-admiration.

And, we can examine the records of former Obama administration officials James Clapper and John Brennan. Somehow or other the great minds of the media have not figured out that these holier-than-thou warriors are really trying to stay out of jail.

As it happens, no one much cares about holding them to account:

Before Trump, both John Brennan and James Clapper, respectively CIA director and director of national intelligence, lied under oath to Congress—and paid nothing for doing so. Or rather their past prevarications became good CV items for the new fake news industry. From them, we respectively once learned that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was largely secular and that jihad was a mostly a non-violent expression of personal growth and discovery. In their world, drones never hit bystanders, the intelligence agencies never spy on Americans, and the two of them never lied under oath. Both leveraged their past service and security clearances into lucrative cable TV analyst contracts—and often editorialized about ongoing investigations in which they were either knee-deep or of which they later became targets.

How did we go wrong? Hanson offers this explanation:

We have confused credentials with merit—as we learned when Hollywood stars and rich people tried to bribe and buy their mostly lackadaisical children into named schools, eager for the cattle brand BAs and without a care whether their offspring would be well educated. 

Graduating from today’s Yale or Harvard law school is not necessarily a sign of achievement, much less legal expertise. Mostly, entrance into heralded schools is a reminder of past good prep school grades and test scores winning admittance—or using some sort of old-boy, networking, athletic, or affirmative action pull.

Being a “senior” official at some alphabet government agency also means little any more outside of the nomenklatura. Academia, the media, and entertainment industries are likewise supposedly meritocratic without being based on demonstrable worth. Otherwise, why would college graduates know so little, the media so often report fantasies as truth, and Hollywood focus on poor remakes? Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances?

A country over $22 trillion in debt, with an open border, an existential conflict with China, and a West in cultural and demographic decline, for two years was told falsely that Donald Trump supposedly knew of a meeting in advance at Trump Tower, that James Comey would supposedly testify that he never told Trump he was not under investigation, and that Trump would soon be indicted, resign, or impeached. The amount of elite energy spent replaying the embarrassing progressive 2016 loss and trying to abort the Trump presidency before the 2020 election, remember, was the product of our best and brightest, the top echelon of our law enforcement and intelligence communities, and our most esteemed political and media elite.

They are defending their turf, their territories, their reputations and their livelihood. The one thing that they can never accept is that the curtain will be drawn back, revealing them to be impostors. They will never forgive Donald Trump for refusing to pay them proper obeisance.

          

Journalists as Storm Troopers

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Once upon a time real Nazis roamed through Europe. When they first took power they were supported by a group called the SA, the Storm Troopers led by Ernst Rohm. Among the tactics practiced by the SA was public harassment of Jewish citizens. They added to that, beatings on the street, boycotts of Jewish businesses, efforts to ensure that Jews could not find employment. And that was just for a start.

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Today’s Democratic Party and their enablers in the mainstream media treat Trump supporters and other Republicans the way the SA treated Jews. Rep. Maxine Waters led the parade of Democrats calling for systematic harassment of Trump cabinet members. And the hapless and hopeless Jennifer Rubin, blogging for the Washington Post, called for all Republicans to be incinerated. Perhaps Rubin is not smart enough to know that the other word for such a bonfire is Holocaust, meaning burnt sacrifice, but she has still showered herself with ignominy.

Now, we read that two of the main honchos on CNN, in their effort to promote their brand by stoking the impeachment narrative, are encouraging their reporters to harass Republican senators… the better to see the impeached president convicted.


CNN’s political director urged the news team to get “in their faces” of all Republican senators on a daily basis, both at work and at home, about President Trump’s Ukraine phone call, according to undercover audio.

Project Veritas posted an audio snippet last week as part of its #ExposeCNN investigation on the network’s morning “rundown call” featuring CNN Worldwide CEO Jeffrey Zucker and political director David Chalian discussing how to “brand” Republicans.

“I think we have to be in their faces of all 53 Republican senators on as much of a daily basis as possible, whether they’re at home or on the hill, asking each one of them, is it okay for the President of the United States to apply pressure to a foreign country in hopes of getting a domestic political opponent investigated?” said Mr. Chalian on the audio.

Don’t give them any peace. Harass them at work. Harass them at home. These people have turned into the fascists they think they are fighting. It’s a sad commentary on the current state of the media. It is not going to end well.

          

Diplomats' texts lay out Trump Ukraine scheme in stark detail

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Rachel Maddow reports on newly published transcripts of text messages between Kurt Volker, Gordon Sondland and others, in which Donald Trump's demand for...
          

Ambassador amends testimony, acknowledges quid-pro-quo message

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A Trump-appointed ambassador appears to have confirmed - in writing, to Congress - an extortion scheme involving Ukraine and Trump's domestic political agenda.
          

Trump-favored Ukraine conspiracy theory traced to Russian intel

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Rep. Jim Himes, member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the absurdity of Donald Trump's pet, debunked "Ukraine server"...
          

Ukraine aimed to please Trump in earlier dealings for aid

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Eric Lipton, national correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump administration's dealings with former Ukrainian...
          

Previous Trump, Ukraine transactions mirrored later quid pro quo

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Rachel Maddow looks at new reporting in the New York Times that suggests that there was an earlier, successful quid pro quo between Donald Trump and Ukraine...
          

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The steps Team Trump will take to avoid 'confusing the president'

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The House Intelligence Committee just released transcripts of testimony by Ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, two central players in the Ukraine scandal. While both accounts are full of ...
          

11/6/19: Republicans destroyed in state elections, panic time

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--Republicans get crushed in yesterdays statewide elections, including in Kentucky, Virginia, in Mike Pence's hometown, and in a number of other places, a possible preview of the 2020 election

--Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland confirms the quid pro quo of Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine in absolutely devastating testimony under oath

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Do The ‘Do Nothing Democrats’ Live Up To Their President Trump-Given Nickname?

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House Democrats will soon hold their first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. They accuse President Donald Trump of pressuring Ukraine for his own political gain. The president calls them "Do-Nothing Democrats,” but is that true?
          

READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine

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Taylor, brought in to run the U.S. mission in Kyiv after the previous ambassador was recalled early, described a White House strategy to pressure Ukraine in exchange for political help.
          

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Карлис Скалбе (латышское имя - Kārlis Skalbe)
латвийский писатель и общественный деятель. Карлис Скалбе родился в Вецпиебалге Венденского уезда Лифляндской губернии Российской империи, в семье сельского кузнеца. Окончил Вецпиебалгскую церковно-приходскую школу (1893). После сдачи учительского экзамена (1901) работал учителем в Эргльской школе (1901—1904). Во время Первой русской революции 1905 года редактировал оппозиционный журнал «Kāvi». После наступления реакции был вынужден эмигрировать, жил в Финляндии и Норвегии (1906—1909). Содержался под стражей (1911—1913). В годы Первой мировой войны был газетным сотрудником ряда изданий. В 1918 году был членом Временного национального совета (позднее Народного совета Латвии), депутатом Латвийского учредительного собрания (1920—1922), депутатом Сейма Латвии (1922—1925, 1931—1934). Был руководителем литературного отдела газеты «Jaunākās Ziņas» (1920—1940), редактором журналов «Piesaule» (1928—1935) и «Latvju Mēnešraksts» (1942—1944), председателем Латвийского союза журналистов и литераторов (1929—1931). В 1944 году эмигрировал в Швецию. Был женат на латвийской переводчице Лизете Скалбе. Умер в Стокгольме 14 апреля 1945 года, в 1992 году прах писателя был перезахоронен на родине. В 1984 году был открыт мемориальный дом-музей Карлиса Скалбе. Награды: Орден Трёх звёзд III степени; Орден Великого князя Литовского Гядиминаса.
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Лев Давидович Троцкий (настоящее имя - Лейба Бронштейн)
советский партийный и государственный деятель, один из организаторов Октябрьской революции, один из создателей Красной армии. Родился в селе Яновка Елизаветградского уезда Херсонской губернии в зажиточной еврейской семье; его отец был состоятельным землевладельцем-арендатором. С семи лет посещал еврейскую религиозную школу – хедер, которую не закончил. В 1888 послан учиться в Одессу в реальное училище, затем переехал в Николаев; увлекался рисованием, литературой, проявлял своевольный характер, вступал в конфликты с учителями. Проникся идеями народников. В 1896 в Николаеве принял участие в создании Южнорусского рабочего союза, поставившего своей задачей политическое просвещение рабочих и борьбу за их экономические интересы; писал листовки, выступал на митингах, издавал вместе с единомышленниками подпольную газету. В январе 1898 арестован; отправлен в Москву. Во время следствия в Бутырской тюрьме интенсивно изучал европейские языки, приобщился к марксизму; вступил в брак с революционеркой Александрой Соколовской. Приговорен к четырехлетней ссылке в Сибирь. С весны 1900 вместе с женой находился на поселении в Иркутской губернии; в ссылке у него родились две дочери. Служил приказчиком у местного купца, затем сотрудничал в иркутской газете «Восточное обозрение»; выступая со статьями литературно-критического и этно-бытового характера. В августе 1902, навсегда покинув жену и дочерей, бежал за границу с поддельным паспортом, в который вписал фамилию надзирателя одесской тюрьмы Троцкого, ставшую впоследствии общеизвестным псевдонимом. Обосновался в Лондоне; сблизился с вождями российской социал-демократии; в октябре 1902 познакомился с В.И.Лениным, по рекомендации которого был кооптирован в редакцию «Искры». Вел пропаганду марксизма среди русских эмигрантов в Англии, Франции, Германии и Швейцарии. В 1903 вступил в брак с Н.Седовой. В июле-августе 1903 участвовал во II съезде РСДРП. В дискуссии об уставе партии выступил вместе с Ю.О.Мартовым и меньшевиками против ленинского принципа демократического централизма. После съезда критиковал В.И.Ленина и большевиков за стремление установить в партии режим диктатуры и считал их виновниками ее раскола. Осенью 1904 разошелся с меньшевиками, осудив их идею о ведущей роли либеральной буржуазии в грядущей революции. Пытался создать особое течение внутри российской социал-демократии. В феврале 1905, вскоре после начала Первой русской революции, нелегально вернулся в Россию. Активно пропагандировал революционные идеи в печати и на собраниях рабочих. В октябре 1905 избран заместителем председателя, а затем председателем Санкт-Петербургского Совета рабочих депутатов; являлся редактором его печатного органа – «Известия». В декабре 1905 арестован. В заключении написал книгу Итоги и перспективы, в которой сформулировал теорию перманентной революции, разработанную вместе с Парвусом (А.Л.Гельфандом): в результате буржуазно-демократической революции в России установится не власть буржуазии (меньшевики) и не диктатура пролетариата и крестьянства (большевики), а диктатура рабочих; социалистическая же революция победит в России только в условиях мировой пролетарской революции. В конце 1906 приговорен к вечному поселению в Сибири и лишен всех гражданских прав. С этапа бежал за границу. В мае 1907 участвовал в V съезде РСДРП в Лондоне как руководитель центристского течения в партии. Писал статьи для русских и зарубежных газет и журналов. В 1908–1912 издавал в Вене газету «Правда», подпольно распространявшуюся в России. Прилагал усилия для выработки компромиссной платформы и преодоления раскола в партии. Осудил решения созванной большевиками в Праге в январе 1912 VI (Пражской) конференции РСДРП, взявшей курс на полное вытеснение из партии всех оппозиционных В.И.Ленину групп. На общепартийной конференции в Вене в августе 1912 создал вместе с лидерами меньшевиков антибольшевистский «Августовский блок». Во время Балканских войн 1912–1913 был корреспондентом «Киевской мысли» на театре военных действий. С началом Первой мировой войны поселился в Швейцарии, затем во Франции. Опубликовал брошюру Война и Интернационал, где выступил с резко антивоенной позиции и призвал к созданию революционным путем «Соединенных Штатов Европы». В 1916 выслан из Франции в Испанию, где был арестован и выслан в США. С января 1917 сотрудничал в русской газете «Новый мир», издававшейся в Нью-Йорке; познакомился с Н.И.Бухариным. Приветствовал Февральскую революцию 1917 как начало долгожданной перманентной революции. В марте 1917 пытался уехать на родину через Канаду, но был задержан канадскими властями и более месяца провел в лагере для интернированных. Вернулся в Петроград только 17 мая 1917. Примкнул к группе «межрайонцев», близких к большевикам. Жестко критиковал Временное правительство и выступал, как и Ленин, за перерастание буржуазно-демократической революции в социалистическую. Во время Июльского кризиса 1917 пытался направить антиправительственные демонстрации рабочих и солдат в мирное русло; после приказа Временного правительства об аресте лидеров большевиков публично солидаризировался с ними и отверг обвинения их в шпионаже и заговоре. Арестован и подвергнут тюремному заключению в «Крестах». На VI съезде РСДРП(б) в конце июля – начале августа в составе «межрайонцев» был заочно принят в партию большевиков и избран в ее Центральный комитет. Освобожден 28 сентября после краха Корниловского мятежа. Своими крайними радикальными выступлениями завоевал популярность в рабочей и солдатской массе. 8 октября избран председателем Петроградского Совета рабочих и солдатских депутатов. Активно поддержал предложение Ленина о немедленной организации вооруженного восстания. 25 октября инициировал создание Советом Военно-революционного комитета для защиты Петрограда от контрреволюционных сил. Возглавил подготовку Октябрьского переворота; был его фактическим руководителем. После победы большевиков 7 ноября 1917 вошел в первое советское правительство в качестве народного комиссара по иностранным делам. Поддержал Ленина в борьбе против планов создания коалиционного правительства всех социалистических партий. В конце октября организовал оборону Петрограда от наступавших на него войск генерала П.Н.Краснова. Будучи наркомом иностранных дел, Троцкий не смог добиться международного признания большевистского режима и поддержки мирных инициатив советского правительства. Руководил переговорами с державами Четверного союза в Брест-Литовске. Всячески затягивал их, надеясь на скорое начало мировой революции. Выдвинул формулу «войну прекращаем, армию демобилизуем, но мира не подписываем». 9 февраля 1918 отверг ультимативное требование Германии и ее союзников согласиться на выдвинутые ими условия мирного договора, объявил о выходе России из войны и отдал приказ о всеобщей демобилизации армии; хотя этот приказ и был отменен В.И.Лениным, он усилил дезорганизацию на фронтах и способствовал успеху начавшегося 18 февраля немецкого наступления. 22 февраля ушел в отставку с поста наркома по иностранным делам. 14 марта 1918 назначен наркомом по военным делам, 19 марта – председателем Высшего военного совета, а 6 сентября – председателем Реввоенсовета Республики. Возглавил работу по созданию Красной армии; прилагал энергичные усилия для ее профессионализации, активно привлекал в нее бывших офицеров («военспецы»); установил в армии жесткую дисциплину, решительно выступал против ее демократизации; применял суровые репрессии, являясь одним из теоретиков и практиков «красного террора» («кто отказывается от терроризма, тот должен отказаться от политического господства рабочего класса»). Красную армию укреплял карательными мерами. В одном из его приказов говорилось: «если какая-либо часть отступит самовольно, первым будет расстрелян комиссар части, вторым – командир». Был одним из инициаторов террора против «неблагонадежных» и практики заложничества. В то же время, по словам военного историка Д.А.Волкогонова, Троцкий «любил хорошо отдыхать. Даже в самые трудные годы Гражданской войны умудрялся ездить на курорты, охоту, рыбалку. За его здоровьем постоянно следили несколько врачей». В марте 1919 вошел в состав первого Политбюро ЦК РКП(б). Участвовал в создании Коминтерна; был автором его Манифеста. С 20 марта по 10 декабря 1920 временно исполнял обязанности наркома путей сообщения; жесткими мерами восстановил работу железнодорожного транспорта. Проявлял склонность к администрированию и использованию силы, выступая за необходимость создания трудовых армий и жесткого распределения. В Профсоюзной дискуссии ноября 1920 – марта 1921 требовал сохранения в управлении страной методов «военного коммунизма» и милитаризации профсоюзов. Настаивал на том, что индустриализацию в РСФСР надо строить на системе принудительного труда и поголовной коллективизации. В марте 1921 возглавил кровавое подавление Кронштадтского мятежа. В период болезни Ленина (с мая 1920) вступил борьбу за власть в партии с триумвиратом И.В.Сталина, Г.Е.Зиновьева и Л.Б.Каменева. В октябре 1923 в открытом письме обвинил их в отходе от принципов НЭПа и нарушении внутрипартийной демократии. После смерти Ленина 21 января 1924 оказался в изоляции в высшем партийном руководстве. На XIII съезде в мае 1924 подвергся резкой критике практически всех выступавших делегатов. В ответ осенью 1924 опубликовал статью Уроки Октября, где осудил поведение Зиновьева и Каменева во время Октябрьской революции и возложил на них ответственность за провал коммунистического восстания в Германии в 1923. Критиковал триумвират за бюрократизацию партии; призывал активно вовлекать в ее ряды молодые кадры. В 26 января 1925 смещен с поста председателя Реввоенсовета. В 1926 вступил в союз с Зиновьевым и Каменевым против группы Сталина. Требовал свободы внутрипартийных дискуссий, укрепления диктатуры пролетариата, борьбы с кулачеством; обвинял партийное руководство за измену идеалам Октября и отказ от идеи мировой революции; осудил сталинскую теорию о возможности построения социализма в одной отдельно взятой стране. За «антипартийную деятельность» и «мелкобуржуазный уклон» в октябре 1926 выведен из Политбюро, в октябре 1927 на XV съезде ВКП(б) – из ЦК, а после организации открытого вступления со своими сторонниками 7 ноября 1927, в десятую годовщину Октябрьской революции, был исключен из партии. Особенно много сторонников Троцкого было среди руководящего состава Красной Армии (М.Н.Тухачевский, Я.Б.Гамарник и др.). В январе 1928 сослан в Алма-Ату, а в начале 1929 вместе с семьей выдворен за пределы СССР. В 1929–1933 жил с женой и старшим сыном Львом Седовым в Турции на Принцевых о-вах (Мраморное море), т.к. турецкое правительство отказалось его принимать. Правительства других стран также отказались принимать Троцкого, и он был вынужден переезжать из страны в страну, издавал антисталинский Бюллетень оппозиции. Написал автобиографию Моя жизнь и свое основное историческое сочинение История русской революции. Подвергал критике индустриализацию и коллективизацию в СССР. В 1933 перебрался во Францию, а в 1935 – в Норвегию. Издал книгу Преданная революция, в которой охарактеризовал сталинский режим как бюрократическое перерождение диктатуры пролетариата и вскрыл глубокие противоречия между интересами бюрократической касты и интересами основной массы населения. В конце 1936 уехал в Мексику, где обосновался благодаря помощи художника-троцкиста Диего Риверы, жил на его укрепленной и охраняемой вилле в Койокане (предместье Мехико). Заочно приговорен в СССР к смертной казни; его первая жена и младший сын Сергей Седов, проводивший активную троцкистскую политику, были расстреляны. В 1938 объединил группы своих сторонников по всему миру в IV Интернационал. Начал писать книгу о И.В.Сталине как роковой фигуре для социалистического движения. Обратился с воззванием к трудящимся СССР с призывом свергнуть сталинскую клику. Осудил советско-германский договор о ненападении; в то же время одобрил вступление советских войск в Западную Украину и Западную Белоруссию и войну с Финляндией. В 1939 Сталин отдал приказ о его ликвидации. В начале 1940 составил политическое завещание, в котором выразил надежду на близкую пролетарскую мировую революцию. В мае 1940 провалилась первая попытка убить Троцкого, организованная мексиканским художником-коммунистом Давидом Сикейросом. 20 августа 1940 был смертельно ранен испанским коммунистом и агентом НКВД Рамоном Меркадером, проникшим в его ближайшее окружение. Умер 21 августа 1940 года и после кремации похоронен во дворе дома в Койокане. Советские власти публично отвергли свою причастность к убийству. Р.Меркадер был приговорен мексиканским судом к двадцатилетнему тюремному заключению; после освобождения в 1960 получил звание Героя Советского Союза. В 1923-1929 был город Троцк к югу от Санкт-Петербурга, с 1944 - снова Гатчина.

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Мирослав Кошталь (чешское имя - Miroslav Kostal; псевдонимы – Мирослав Хавел, Франтишек Грубер, Miroslav Havel; Frantisek Gruber)
чехословацкий шахматный композитор. Родился в городе Теплице (ныне Чехия). Заслуженный мастер спорта ЧССР (1957) и международный арбитр (1956) по шахматной композиции, видный представитель и теоретик чешской школы в задачной композиции 1-й половины XX века. Редактор задачного отдела журнала «Ческословенски шах» (1927—1933) и «Шахове умени» (1947—1951), отдела композиции в газеты «Народни освобозени» (1924—1939 и 1945—1948), журнала «Ревю ФИДЕ» (1954—1958). Председатель объединения любителей шахматной композиции Чехословакии (1946—1950 и 1957—1958). Автор многих статей по теории композиции. Основная профессия: железнодорожник. С 1898 года опубликовал 1940 композиций: преимущественно это трёхходовки, есть также многоходовки, около 60 этюдов, задачи на кооперативный мат и задачи на цилиндрической доске (Цилиндрические шахматы). Завоевал на конкурсах свыше 210 призов, в том числе первых — 71. После смерти Й.Поспишила Xавел — признанный лидер чешской школы в задаче. Способствовал совершенствованию формы чешских трёх- и многоходовок. Считал, что в тематической игре и матовых финалах, которыми заканчиваются главные варианты задачи, участие должны принимать все имеющиеся на доске силы белых. Допускал использование белых пешек лишь в тех случаях, когда они участвуют в создании чистых и экономичных матовых позиций наравне с другими фигурами. Полагал, что в задаче должно быть не менее 3 равноценных вариантов с правильными матами [Правильный мат (пат)], составляющих единое целое. Любимый мотив Xавела — повторение матовой позиции в 2 и более вариантах — эхо- и эхо-хамелеонные маты [Эхо-маты (паты)], причём ради точного повторения Xавел иногда жертвовал даже чистотой матовой позиции. Его задачи признаны совершенными как по форме, так и по содержанию. Наиболее полное (1700 композиций) творчество Xавеля представлено в сборнике 1975 года. Этюды Хавель начал составлять в 1920-е годы, причём нередко демонстрировал в них задачные темы, характерные для чешской школы (например, эхо-синтез). Умер в Праге 8 июля 1958 года. Книги: Bohemian Garnets, Stroud, 1923; České granáty v miniatuře, Praha, 1936; České granáty, dl. 2, Praha, 1943. Литература: Гербстман А.И. Современный шахматный этюд, Москва — Ленинград, 1937; Умнов Е.И. Решение шахматных задач, Москва: Физкультура и спорт, 1958. Страницы 50—51, 54, 88; Надареишвили Г.А. Этюд глазами гроссмейстера, 1982, Москва: Физкультура и спорт, 1982, Страницы 179—180; Шахматы : энциклопедический словарь / главный редактор А.Е.Карпов. — Москва: Советская энциклопедия, 1990. — Страница 438. — 624 страницы — 100 000 экземпляров — ISBN 5-85270-005-3; Mikan И., Havel M. České granáty, 1898—1958, Praha, 1975.

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1881
Сергей Дмитриевич Меркуров
советский художник. Родился в Александрополе (ныне Гюмри, Армения) в семье предпринимателя. Учился в Киевском политехническом институте (1901–1902), затем на философском факультете Цюрихского университета, одновременно постигая искусство ваяния в мастерской скульптора А.Мейера; позже занимался в мюнхенской Академии художеств (1902–1905). Работал в Париже; испытал большое влияние искусства символизма, а также скульптурной архаики (Месопотамия, Древний Египет). Вернувшись в Россию (1909), жил в Москве. Был членом АХРР. В своей зрелой манере придерживался своего рода «академического» модерна, не пускаясь в рискованные эксперименты, но сохранив характерные черты этого стиля: культ «вечных тем», в особенности темы смерти, драматический контраст фигуры и материала (каменного блока). Предполагая стать философом, Меркуров и в ранние образы вносил мотив тяжкой, мучительной думы (статуя Ф.М.Достоевского, 1911–1913, установлена как памятник в рамках плана «монументальной пропаганды» в 1918; фигура-олицетворение Мысли, 1913, ныне на могиле автора на Новодевичьем кладбище; оба памятника – гранит). Многократно снимал посмертные маски, в том числе со знаменитых писателей и политиков (Л.Н.Толстого, В.И.Ленина, А.Белого и других). Среди его постреволюционных работ широко известен величаво-суровый памятник К.А.Тимирязеву (1922–1923).
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Однако наибольшую славу ему принесли монументы вождей, тоже величаво-суровые (траурная группа Смерть вождя, гранит, 1927, Центральный музей Ленина, Горки Ленинские; статуя Ленина, украшавшая зал заседаний Верховного Совета СССР до его перестройки, мрамор, 1939, Кремль; памятники Ленину в Волгограде, Магнитогорске, Ульяновске и целом ряде других городов). По эскизам Меркурова были созданы три самых крупных на территории СССР памятника И.В.Сталину; их обычно исполняли из кованой меди. Первый по величине – монумент в Ереване (высота 49 м вместе с постаментом; 1951), другие два возвышались на входе в Канал имени Москвы (1937) и на ВДНХ (1939). Грубая «ассиро-вавилонская» мощь этих образов (все они были демонтированы в период «оттепели») по-своему точно и откровенно выразила «сверхчеловечески»-жестокий дух сталинской эпохи, признававшей лишь одного Героя. За «Ленина» для Кремля и «Сталиных» для ВДНХ и Еревана скульптор был в 1941 и 1951 удостоен Сталинских премий.
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Работы Меркулова предопределили стиль официального советского надгробия (гранитные бюсты-гермы Я.М.Свердлова, Ф.Э.Дзержинского, М.В.Фрунзе, М.И.Калинина, А.А.Жданова на Красной площади у Кремлевской стены, конец 1940-х – начало 1950-х годов). Директор Музея изобразительных искусств имени А.С.Пушкина в Москве (с 1944). Награжден орденом Ленина, 2 др. орденами, а также медалями.Умер Меркуров в Москве 8 июня 1952 года. В 1953 вышли в свет его Записки скульптора. В родном городе мастера был открыт его музей (1984). Сочинения: Записки скульптора, Москва, 1953. Литература: (Тиханова В.), С.Д.Меркуров. (Альбом), Москва, 1958.

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1884
Михаил Васильевич Птуха (украинское имя - Птуха Михайло Васильович)
советский и украинский экономист, юрист, статистик и демограф, организатор науки, декан юридического факультета Пермского университета (1917–1918), основатель Института демографии Академии Наук Украинской ССР, действительный член Академии Наук Украинской ССР (1920), член-корреспондент Академии Наук CСCP с 29 сентября 1943 года по Отделению экономики и права (экономика, статистика), заслуженный деятель науки (1944), действительный член Международного статистического института (International Statistical Institute) (с 1929). Брат В.В.Птухи. Родился в городе Остёр Черниговской губернии. В 1910 году окончил юридический факультет Санкт-Петербургского университета. Подготовку к экзаменам на звание магистра он проходил в Берлине под руководством профессора Берлинского университета В.И.Борткевича (1910—1912), магистерскую диссертацию "Очерки по теории статистики населения и моральной", которую защитил в 1917 г. в Московском университете, писал в Лондоне (1914-1915), где работал в библиотеках Британского музея, Королевского статистического общества, Института актуариев. С 1913 года — приват-доцент Санкт-Петербургского университета, с 1916 года — профессор его отдела в Перми, позже переименованного в Пермский университет. В Пермском университете был преподавателем политической экономии и статистики, являлся организатором кабинета статистики, избран ординарным профессором ПГУ; в 1916–1917 годах — секретарь, а в 1917–1918 — декан юридического факультета, в 1918 году — и.о. ректора. В 1918 году вернулся на Украину, где основал и до 1938 года возглавлял Институт демографии (с 1934 года — Институт демографии и санитарной статистики) Академии Наук Украинской ССР (в РСФСР подобный институт был основан только в 1930 году), одновременно профессор Института народного хозяйства и других высших школ в Киеве. В 1930-х годах М.В.Птуха был несколько раз арестован. После разгрома украинской и всей советской статистики, расстрела его брата, выдающегося партийца, и ликвидации в 1937–1938 годах Института демографии как «вредительского», М.В.Птуха в 1940–1950 годах возглавлял отдел статистики Института экономики Академии Наук Украинской ССР, в 1945–1950 годах он был председателем Отделения общественных наук и член Президиума Академии Наук Украинской ССР. Наряду с научной деятельностью М.В.Птуха участвовал в практической работе органов Центрального статистического управления УРСР и СРСР, органов планирования и здравоохранения, также руководил подготовкой демографической гипотезы для УССР на время второй пятилетки (1933–1937), участвовал в подготовке всесоюзной переписи населения 1959 года и т. д. Птуха был членом Международного статистического института и участвовал в ряде международных конференций. Жил в Киеве по адресу улица Лютеранская, 21/12. Умер в Киеве 3 октября 1961 года.
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Похоронен в Киеве на Байковом кладбище.
Как теоретик статистики населения, Птуха развивал теорию Адольфа Кетле про «среднего человека». Как методист-практик, Птуха разработал схему изучения демографических процессов и предложил методику реализации. Его выводы в изучении брачности и смертности населения получили мировое признание. Большое значение имеют его методы построения суммарных таблиц смертности. В 1929 году был избран действительным членом Международного статистического института и принимал участие в его сессиях. Птуха — автор более 80 научных работ по демографии, общей теории статистики, истории статистики. Больше всего внимания посвятил опытам по демографии, которые вёл сам и с коллективом Института демографии, он же был и редактором трудов института. Вопрос демографической статистики выяснен в работе «Очерки по теории статистики населения и моральной». В работах с участка теоретической и прикладной демографии («Таблицы смертности для Украины 1896–1897» в «Записках Соц.-Экон. Отдела ВУАН», тома И.К. 1923, «Смертность народностей Европейской России в конце XIX века», Киев, 1927; «Смертность в России и в Украине», К., 1928 и др.) обосновал ряд новых положений в демографии, имеющие общее значение, он разработал схему изучения демографических процессов и предложил методику заполнения этой схемы на практике. В мировую науку вошли выводы по исследованиям плодовитости, брачности и в частности смертности (смертность младенцев, суммарные таблицы смертности). Важное значение имеют его экстраполяции потенциального населения Украинской ССР с 1929 по 1937 и 1960 годы, в частности для изучения последствий голода 1932–1933 и войны 1941–1945. Этот труд вышел только в сокращении на французском языке: «La population de l’Ukraine jusqu’en 1960» (Bulletin de L’Institut International de Statistique, том XXV, 3-е издание. Гаага, 1931). После ликвидации Института демографии Михаил Птуха больше внимания посвятил истории статистики России и мира. М.В.Птуха систематически занимался изучением иностранных языков и в результате в большей или меньшей степени знал 12 языков. Основным условием успешной работы в науке М.В.Птуха считал соблюдение так называемой "теории скрипки", которой он придерживался всю свою жизнь: чтобы стать хорошим скрипачом, надо играть на скрипке, не занимаясь технологией ее изготовления, изучением производства ее составляющих и т. п. Поэтому успешный ученый не может быть ни заядлым театралом, ни отягощенным большой семьей, ни увлеченным дачником. Список работ М.В.Птухи по демографии: Полную библиографию работ М.В.Птухи: Михаил Васильевич Птуха. 1884–1961. Библиографический указатель. Киев: Издательство Академии Наук Украинской ССР, 1963. Страницы 27–38. Библиография работ, имеющих отношение к демографии, помещена в книгах: Очерки по статистике населения. Москва: Госстатиздат ЦСУ СССР, 1960. Приложение II; Вибрані праці. Київ: Наукова думка, 1971. Страницы 407–410; Очерки по статистике населения и моральной (диссертация на соискание степени магистра политической экономии и статистики) // Записки Юридического факультета императорского Петроградского университета. Петроград., 1916. Х, 381 страница; Индексы брачности. Этюд по теории статистики населения (работа опубликована в "Бюллетене Киевского облстатбюро № 2 за 1922 г. и отдельно). - Киев, 1922. 44 страницы; Население Киевской губернии (работа опубликована в "Бюллетене Киевского облстатбюро № 4-5 за 1925 г. и отдельно). Киев, 1925. 144 страницы; Статистическая наука на Западе. Библиографические заметки о книгах по статистике, вышедших за границей за десятилетие 1914–1923 гг. Харьков: Центральное статистическое управление Украины, 1925. VIII, 209 страниц; Смертность 11 народностей Европейской России в конце XIX века. Центральное статистическое управление Украины, 1927. 57 страниц; Смертность в России и на Украине. Киев: Центральное статистическое управление Украины, 1928. 195 страниц (на украинском языке); Очерки по истории статистики XVII-XVIII веков. Москва, 1945. 352 страницы; Дмитрий Петрович Журавский. Жизнь. Труды. Статистическая деятельность. Москва, 1951 123 страницы; Очерки по истории статистики в СССР. Том I. Статистическая мысль в России (до конца XVIII в.). Москва: Академия Наук СССР, 1955. 471 страница; Очерки по истории статистики в СССР. Том IІ. Статистика в Академии наук, ученых обще-ствах и учебных заведениях. 1801–1863. ІІ. Университетская статистика (государствоведение) в России 1801–1845. Москва: Академия Наук СССР, 1959. 476 страниц; Очерки по статистике населения. Москва: Госстатиздат ЦСУ СССР, 1960. 460 страниц; Избранные труды. Киев: "Наукова думка", 1971. 412 страницы (на украинском языке). Литература: Михаил Васильевич Птуха. 1884—1961. Библиографический указатель, Киев, 1963; Энциклопедия украиноведения: В 10-ти томах / Главный редактор Владимир Кубийович. — Париж; Нью-Йорк: Молодая жизнь, 1954—1989; Демографический энциклопедический словарь. — Москва: Советская энциклопедия, 1985. — Страница 355; Народонаселение: Энциклопедический словарь / Главный редактор Г.Г.Меликьян; Ред. коллегия: А.Я.Кваша, А.А.Ткаченко, Н.Н.Шаповалова, Д.К.Шелестов. — Москва: Большая Российская энциклопедия, 1994. — Страницы 365–366. — 640 страниц — 20 000 экземпляров — ISBN 5-85270-090-8. (в переплёте)

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1885
Фрэнк Хайнеман Найт (Frank Hyneman Knight)
американский экономист, разрабатывал теории предпринимательства, неопределённости и прибыли, один из важнейших американских экономистов первой половины 20-го столетия, основатель Чикагской школы экономики, автор множества публикаций в профессиональных журналах. Он приобрел репутацию талантливого экономиста, в первую очередь, как автор книги 'Риск, неопределенность и прибыль' (Risk, Uncertainty and Profit), опубликованной в 1921 году и основанной на его докторской диссертации, которую Найт защищал в Корнеллском Университете (Cornell University) и в которой утверждал, что идеальная конкуренция не уничтожает прибыль по причине неопределенности. Родился в округе Маклейн, штат Иллинойс (McLean County, Illinois). В 1911 получил степень бакалавра в Миллиганском колледже, штат Теннесси; в 1913 году степень магистра в Университете Теннесси. В 1916 получил докторскую степень в Корнелльском университете. Он был профессором экономики в Чикагском Университете (University of Chicago) с 1927 по 1955 год, после чего оставался заслуженным профессором в отставке до самой смерти. Одной из самых выдающихся работ в истории экономической мысли, посвящённой проблемам предпринимательства и совершенной конкуренции является монография Найта «Риск, неопределённость и прибыль» (Risk, Uncertainty and Profit, 1921), основанная на его докторской диссертации. Один из основателей общества «Мон Пелерин». Президент Американской экономической ассоциации в 1950 год. Награждён медалью Фрэнсиса Уокера (1957 г.). Скончался в Чикаго (Chicago) 15 апреля 1972 года. Нобелевский лауреат Милтон Фридман (Milton Friedman) учился у Найта, когда был студентом Чикагского Университета. Фрэнк Найт был властителем дум на факультете экономики университета в годы становления дифференциального подхода к экономическому анализу, отождествляемому с Чикагской школой экономики. Экономист по образованию, социальный философ и историк по натуре, Найт строил свою карьеру, противопоставляя свои экономические взгляды прогрессистам, институционалистам, кейнсианцам, и христианским экономистам, которые считались сторонниками социального контроля во имя науки и (или!) нравственности. Либеральному обществу, считал он, всегда угрожала опасность от тех, кто утверждал, что знает, как будет лучше для общества с точки зрения моральных или научных оснований – именно так начинались все тоталитарные режимы. Что действительно требуется либеральному обществу, так это бдительность для защиты бесконечного обсуждения характера его существования и мудрое руководство для сохранения качества этого обсуждения. Хотя знание основ экономической теории является необходимым компонентом для интеллектуального обсуждения, в конечном счете, экономика, по мнению Найта, сыграла небольшую роль в определении хорошо функционирующего либерального общества. Найт изобрел понятие того, что стало называться Неопределенностью Найта и провел различие между понятиями риска и неопределенности, а также вошел в историю благодаря знаменитой дискуссии по вопросу социальных издержек с английским экономистом Артуром Сесилом Пигу (Arthur Cecil Pigou). Труды: Найт Ф.Х. Риск, неопределенность и прибыль / перевод с английского - Москва: Дело, 2003. - 360 страниц; The ethics of competition, L., (1935); The economic organization, . ., 1951; On the history and method of economics, (Chi., 1956); Risk, uncertainty and profit, . ., 1957; Intelligence and democratic action, Camb. (Mass.), 1960. Литература: Блауг М. Найт, Фрэнк Х. // 100 великих экономистов после Кейнса = Great Economists since Keynes: An introduction to the lives & works of one hundred great economists of the past. — Санкт-Петербург: Экономикус, 2009. — Страницы 215-218. — 384 страниц — (Библиотека «Экономической школы», выпуск 42). — 1 500 экземпляров — ISBN 978-5-903816-03-3; Найт Фрэнк Хайнеман // Моршин — Никиш. — Москва : Советская энциклопедия, 1974. — (Большая советская энциклопедия : [в 30 томах] / главный редактор А.М.Прохоров ; 1969—1978, том 17).

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1886
Марк Александрович Алданов (настоящая фамилия - Ландау)
русский писатель. Родился в Киеве. Окончил физико-математический и юридический факультеты Киевского университета. Был незаурядным химиком, известен работами в этой области. Дебютировал в 1915 критическим этюдом Толстой и Роллан, который думал превратить в большое исследование (рукопись второй части погибла в годы Гражданской войны). Как секретарь антибольшевистского Союза возрождения России в 1918 посетил ряд европейских столиц с целью добиться реальной помощи для борьбы против новой власти. В марте 1919 эмигрировал, обосновался в Париже (в 1922–1924 жил в Берлине, редактировал воскресное приложение к газете «Дни»). Начиная с 1921 Алданов был постоянным автором журнала «Современные записки», где впервые увидели свет все основные художественные произведения, созданные им до Второй мировой войны. Согласно замыслу автора, они образуют два цикла: тетралогию о Французской революции и наполеоновской эпохи «Мыслитель» (названа по имени одной из химер собора Парижской богоматери; включает повесть «Святая Елена, маленький остров», 1921, романы «Девятое термидора», 1923, «Чертов мост,» 1925, «Заговор», 1926) и трилогию, действие которой происходит в канун и вскоре после русской революции 1917 («Ключ», 1929, «Бегство», 1930, «Пещера», 1934). Впоследствии оба эти цикла были дополнены рядом произведений на материале русской и европейской истории, от воцарения Екатерины II (повесть «Пуншевая водка», 1938) до восстания в советской зоне оккупированного Берлина летом 1953 (роман «Бред», 1955). Алданов стремился показать ключевую роль случая в событиях, изменяющих облик мира и воздействующих на судьбы целых поколений. Событие, согласно Алданову, возникает как бы самопроизвольно, вопреки логике вещей и вне зависимости от субъективных побуждений его участников, однако, даже повторяясь, оно не становится поучительным опытом: из века в век человечество совершает одни и те же ошибки. В каждом романе Алданова наряду с вымышленными героями появляются многие прославленные в истории лица (среди тех, кто описан в тетралогии, – Павел I, Александр I, Суворов, Робеспьер, Нельсон, Талейран; в трилогии перед читателем проходят многие общественные деятели и люди искусства, оставившие след в жизни предреволюционной и пореволюционной России). Перебравшись в США вскоре после начала Второй мировой войны (он вернулся во Францию в 1947), Алданов много сил отдал «Новому журналу», основанному им вместе с М.О.Цетлиным и М.М.Карповичем. В этом ж
          

Galactic Connection Daily News Roundup

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DOJ Makes Jaw-Dropping Admission in Flynn Case – Prosecution “Mistakenly” Attributed Wrong Notes to Wrong FBI Agents…. Democrats’ ‘Star Witness’ Admits He Wasn’t On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times Hunter Biden’s Ukraine gas firm pressed Obama administration to end corruption allegations, memos show AWFUL. Lindsey Graham Says Hunter and Joe Biden Should be Called […]
          

MEP Voaden: If Ukraine wants successful democracy, it should provide freedom of speech

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новости 112 The politician urged Ukrainian government to let people express what they think
          

Even Poroshenko not allows himself such pressure on 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and Zik TV channels

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новости 112 The former Minister of Justice also underlined that the situation with the freedom of speech in Ukraine was in a terrible condition at least for the last five years
          

EBRD forecasts Ukraine's economic growth on level 3.3% in 2019

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новости 112 According to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Ukraine's growth rate is still modest
          

Ukraine’s international reserves made $21.4 billion as of the end of October

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новости 112 Such volume of the international reserves covers 3.4 months of the future import
          

369 cases of prosecution of journalists spotted in Crimea during years of annexation

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новости 112 About 10 editorial offices were forced to move to mainland Ukraine due to prosecutions and pressure
          

Ukraine’s government announced the launch of online platform to help small and medium-sized businesses

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новости 112 Minister Fedorov claims that everyone can get advice on starting a business
          

Airstrike of oligarch Kolomoysky: Would Zelensky save UIA from bankruptcy?

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новости 112 Ukrainian largest air carrier and one of the assets of oligarch Ihor Kolomoysky, Ukraine International Airlines, is in a steep peak
          

$18 mln salary arrears at 15 enterprises of Ukraine's state defense comple to be redeemed by the end of the year, - Abramavicius

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новости 112 Overall Ukroboronprom must pay $ 18 million to workers on 43 enterprises
          

Russian actress banned from entering Ukraine for 3 years after visit of Crimea

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новости 112 43 foreigners were banned from entry to Ukraine, including cultural and art figures
          

New Ukraine-Russia contract on gas transit possible only if sides completely drop claims, - Gazprom

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новости 112 The Russian company released a statement, which offers that both sides stop any legal proceedings concerning the gas contracts; Ukraine should also cancel the decision of the Anti-Monopoly Committee, which says Gazprom must pay fine for monopoly abuse at Ukraine's market of gas transit
          

Ukraine’s government attraction of €450 credit for development of Trans-European Transport Network

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новости 112 Ukraine has officially become the part of European TEN-T transport network
          

Ukraine's Culture Minister promotes tougher responsibility for reporters who release inaccurate information

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новости 112 Order of any such manipulation and public release of this manipulation deserves administrative and criminal punishment, Volodymyr Borodyansky said
          

700 proceedings toward domestic violence considered in Ukraine since beginning of 2019

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новости 112 According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, 424 cases were sent to the court
          

Council for Freedom of Speech and Protection of Journalists to appear in Ukraine

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новости 112 President Zelensky signed the respective decree; Vadym Miskyi will chair the Council
          

Ukraine, Poland define priority directions of further cooperation

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новости 112 Ukraine, Poland define priority directions of further cooperation
          

Water level in Ukraine's rivers to rise because of weather conditions

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новости 112 Heavy rains are expected in western Ukraine, - State Emergency Service
          

Ukraine's government agrees on timeline of Ukraine's census

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новости 112 The census will take place in November-December 2020
          

US Administarion Says White House Budget Officials to Skip Trump Impeachment Testimony

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On 24 September, House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry over a whistleblower complaint claiming Donald Trump had a conversation with Ukraine's Zelensky in July in which he pressed the latter to investigate potential corruption on the part of Biden's family, who reportedly interfered in Ukraine's domestic affairs.
          

Rand Paul calls on media to unmask Ukraine whistleblower

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Senator Rand Paul on Monday night called on the media to unmask the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment probe against President Trump.
          

Trump reportedly wanted Barr to hold press conference clearing him on Ukraine

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The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference saying he broke no laws in his phone call with the president of Ukraine. Lawrence O’Donnell talks with former Justice Department
          

Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine ties Trump to quid pro quo

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country open politically advantageous probes, according to his
          

WaPo: Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying Trump broke no laws in Ukraine call

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The Washington Post reports that Trump wanted Barr to hold a news conference saying President Trump broke no laws in call with the Ukrainian leader.
          

‘Astonishing’: Trump bribery evidence piles up with ‘clownish figures traipsing around’

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In newly released impeachment testimony, key diplomat Bill Taylor details his ‘clear understanding’ of the bribery plot at the center of Trump’s impeachment probe. The New York Time’s Michelle Goldberg argues the public testimony around the Ukraine
          

Евгений Киселев — Кисельные Берега: ПОНАУЕХАВШИЕ — Русские эмигранты в Украине

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ПОНАУЕХАВШИЕ. Русские эмигранты в Украине – от политических до романтических […]

          

Hannity Swears He Didn't Smear U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine

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Sean Hannity worked himself into a major snit Tuesday night over the fact that his name came up in connection with the smear of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. After playing numerous clips from MSNBC, Hannity shook his fist at CNN President Jeff Zucker, declared the whole thing "fake news," and readied another John Solomon smear of Joe Biden to distract his viewers.

"In reality, despite the obsessive fake news reporting by the media mob, I don't know anything about this woman," Hannity insisted. "She was barely mentioned but a few times on this program just in passing, basically, and to this day I haven't talked to anyone from Ukraine that I knew was from Ukraine -- no one!"

He added, "I certainly was not lobbying for her removal."

In the transcript of Marie Yovanovitch's testimony to the impeachment committee, Sean Hannity's name came up on eight different pages, generally in relation to the close relationship he has with senior administration officials such as Mike Pompeo, and Trump himself. The allegation was never that he talked to anyone from Ukraine, but that he was helping with a smear campaign to create an excuse for Trump to recall her.

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Top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor directly ties Trump to quid pro quo

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country ...
          

Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine ties Trump to quid pro quo

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country ...
          

Top diplomat ties Trump to Ukraine quid pro quo as Democrats announce public hearings

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Special Envoy to Ukraine Bill Taylor told lawmakers he had a “clear understanding” that security assistance funds would not be given until Ukraine agreed to investigate the Bidens. Taylor will ...
          

Gotham City Digest: Der Gropenführer edition

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(Where we vow to never grope your pecs from behind.)

     Donnie Dumbo wants to pull firefighting funding from California. Then again, this is a fucking moron who thinks that windmills cause cancer.

     I just sent a nice long email to the right wing shyster who wrote this, in which he claimed that Omar was wrong in quoting Trump as saying Neonazis are "very fine people." He most certainly did and I made sure to let this clown know that and a lot more. I'll post the results later in a full post. This fucking guy's unreal.

     "Aiming to win back public confidence in the Boeing 737 MAX, major US airliners are reportedly planning to hold demonstration flights with senior company officials, but not real passengers, on board to prove the model is safe. "
      I bet they'll be buying a shitload of life insurance.

      Since I move exclusively in adult circles, I have to say I haven't seen behavior like this on a daily basis since grade school.

      #somuchwinning #somuchborrowing

      Another Trump scam. Shocking, I know. Or maybe, no one wants to eat with him.

      The trouble with this, besides the obvious, is that you can't drag a pig into the mud when it's already in it. Trump is already up to his bizarre comb over in the mire. He is to sleaze what Bill Gates is to software. Seriously, Trump threatening to launch a smear campaign against Vindman, a Jewish officer, is like the Dreyfus Affair 2.0. And, speaking of whom...

       That's right. Some right winger called up CSPAN and compared Lt. Col. Vindman to the Nazi propagandist. This is what happens when you get 100% of your news from Trump's Twitter feed.

        Jay Sekulow's already vowed they would fight this all the way to the Supreme Court. The right wingers on the court will probably rule forcing Trump to turn over his tax returns would amount to a violation of his 4th Amendment rights or some silly shit like that.

        California? Fuck 'em. They're Commie pinkos out to hurt America! Russia First!

        Kurt Suzuki will never live down this moment as long as he lives, not with his wife, his kids, grandkids or the nursing home orderlies.

        At this point, I look at Never Trumper Republicans like useful idiots and, yes, I count George Will in that number. People such as Will are acting shocked as if Trump is the first bad Republican "president" to come down the pike. These fireflies of clarity that occasionally go off in Will's brain, as well as other idiots such as Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt and George Conway also gave Bush full-throated praise even as he stole the presidency twice and got us into two wars in which we're STILL engaged, bankrupting the Treasury and borrowing trillions from the Chinese to pay off those and his ruinous tax cuts. They each stood by and did nothing even as we tortured human beings for useless information. So, no, I will not listen to these right wingers as if they're the new voices of moral clarity. We got war criminals like Bush in the White House because of their right wing snuffling about how evil Socialism and liberalism is. Fuck 'em all. So, please, keep doing damage to Donnie Dumbo's "presidential" legacy. The next time a more moderate Republican gets in the WH, they'll sneak back into the party and start preaching the usual right wing orthodoxy. You just wait and see. Then remember what I said here in 2019.

       Remember when Nixon called Walter Cronkite before deciding to fire Archibald Cox? Yeah, me neither.
       But this is how clueless our government is.The morons running Foggy Bottom are so stupid, they're leaving personnel decisions with grave geopolitical implications to Sean Hannity, a guy who once ran a failed dating site.

       This is the REAL Richard Spenser when he's not getting free air time from CNN. This is one of the assholes Trump calls "very fine people."

       Hey, if Donnie Dumbo wants to bankrupt someone else besides the American taxpayer for his sporting outings, it might as well be the RNC.

        Meme intermission.

     Among the many disturbing revelations in the full testimonies and depositions of Marie Yovanoviych and Michael McKinley that were released by the House Intelligence Committee today was Marie Yovanovitch fearing for her life if she didn't get out of Ukraine as a colleague warned her to do. Another was Gordon Sondland telling her to "get big or get out" and to go on Twitter and support the "president."

       Speaking of which, for anyone that cares to read them in full, here are the links to the released testimonies of Michael McKinley and Masha Yovanovitch.

        It's Tuesday afternoon so have lunch with Volbeat, some of the best Dad rock on the planet.

        Anti-choice pregnancy centers are sometimes the worst choice a mother can make.

       When you don't have the guts to break the law, go the Rand Paul route and demand others do it for you.

        Make ISIS Great Again.

       "Went there, bitch."

      This is how toxic the Republican brand is: They're so ashamed of running as Republicans, they try to deceive voters into thinking they're Democrats.

     More right wing rat-fuckery. Note these Republican scumbags aren't defending Trump so they resort to sophomoric horseshit like this to slow the impeachment process.

      If Trump isn't a good racist, it isn't for lack of relentless trying.

      Wouldn't it be something if South Carolina, of all states, had two black senators?

      I always hate seeing those lying right wing losers at Project Veritas made artificially relevant but this hot mic moment that O'Keefe caught shows another major tv network actively suppressing a sex scandal story. NBC did the same thing with Ronan Farrow and his story about Harvey Weinstein. And it appears Amy Robach ran into stiff resistance from ABC brass in getting her interview with Virginia Roberts about Jeffrey Epstein on the air. By way of mollifying her, they're doing a six part podcast next year that virtually no one will watch, over six months after Epstein's death. And the MSM wonder why they're no longer trusted. And finally...

      Now you know why the Tory scumbags want to privatize the NHS. Imagine how much these leeches would rake in for executive bonuses if THAT were to happen.

          

Giuliani Turns to Pierce Bainbridge and Michael Cohen's Ex-#Lawyer in Ukraine Scandal

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Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he is being represented by two partners at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht and a lawyer at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron amid allegations he helped President Donald ...
          

(ISR-Shoham) Sr Dir HR Teva Israel

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Sr Dir HR Teva Israel **Date:** Nov 6, 2019 **Location:** Shoham, IL, 1111 **Company:** Teva Pharmaceuticals **Company Info** Teva is a global pharmaceutical leader and the world's largest generic medicines producer, committed to improving health and increasing access to quality health solutions worldwide. Our employees are at the core of our success, with colleagues in over 80 countries delivering the world's largest medicine cabinet to 200 million people every day. We offer a uniquely diverse portfolio of products and solutions for patients and we've built a promising pipeline centered around our core therapeutic areas. We are continually developing patient-centric solutions and significantly growing both our generic and specialty medicines business through investment in research and development, marketing, business development and innovation. This is how we improve health and enable people to live better, healthier lives. Join us on our journey of growth! **Job Description** HR Director for Teva’s Commercial business in Israel and overall responsibility for the HR in the cluster including Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, South Africa and SLE, covering over 900 employees. 1. Business Partnering & People Strategy + Collaborate closely with head of cluster to define and implement business-specific programs to ensure a culture of high performance, engagement and compliance across the region. + Define a long-term human capital plan to deliver the right capabilities in the right locations, with effective governance to identify and mitigate risk. Break the long-term plan into component and achievable parts with relevant metrics and milestones. + Support cluster leadership team in effectively deploying performance management and rewards processes/practices to drive required levels of employee accountability for desired performance results and ensure retention of top performers. + Ensure the cluster and country leaders have the right level of HR partnering to deliver similar people strategies and tactics to ensure achievement of business objectives and performance goals. 2. Talent Management & Organizational Capability + Develop and execute a plan to define, prioritize, and deliver current and future talent and capability requirements. + Ensure talent and succession practices are effectively executed across the cluster. + Coach Cluster Head, Country General Managers and local HR teams to ensure the appropriate level of focus is placed on assessing talent capabilities, planning succession, and taking action to develop talent. + Ensure critical positions are filled to meet requirements. 3. HR Service Delivery + Collaborate with HR colleagues regionally and globally to ensure that business decisions and actions are fully executed per the agreed upon plans. + Collaborates with HR community to ensure Teva HR standards are applied in decision-making and in all hire-to-retire actions. 4. Employee relations – enable employee relations and relationship with the union. **Qualifications** Experience + 10+ years of experience in Human Resources, in a director level capacity + Proven success as Human Resource Manager/Director in a multi-national company. + Ability to proactively translate changing business objectives to effective HR strategies + Experience leading an effective, relevant HR team that delivers integrated business solutions + Demonstrated matrix management skills, delivering results despite absence of actual execution authority Knowledge + Advanced knowledge of all facets of Human Resources – including talent acquisition, total rewards, talent assessment and development, culture and employee engagement, and performance management. + Appropriate academic background in HR/Industrial Management/Business Administration. Advanced degree preferred. + Ability to conduct business (verbally and in written communications) fluently in English. **Function** Human Resources **Sub Function** HR Business Partner / HR Manager / Generalist **Reports To** SVP,Growth Markets Innovation & IL, TR, Africa & IN, Corporate Teva Israel **Teva’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment** Teva Pharmaceuticals is committed to equal opportunity in employment. It is Teva's global policy that equal employment opportunity be provided without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran status, national or ethnic origin or any other legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable laws. EOE including disability/veteran
          

Diplomat had ‘clear understanding’ of Ukraine quid pro quo

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department envoy told lawmakers it was his “clear understanding” the U.S. government intended to withhold military aid from Ukraine until...
          

November 4, 2019 - PBS NewsHour full episode

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Monday on the NewsHour, transcripts of some closed-door impeachment inquiry depositions are publicly released. Plus: Rep. Jamie Raskin on the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry, what Kentucky's gubernatorial race means for President Trump, Politics Monday with Amy Walter and Tamara Keith, how wavering U.S. support has affected the war in Ukraine and music for Nashville seniors.
          

Diplomat William Taylor Had ‘Clear Understanding’ of Ukraine Quid Pro Quo: Transcript

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Taylor had concerns with the "irregular channel" that Giuliani had set up at Trump's instruction
          

Binance to Help Ukraine Prepare Cryptocurrency Legislation by End of 2019

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Binance will collaborate with Ukrainian authorities to establish cryptocurrency-related legislation in the country


          

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of October 28, 2019)

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines to formalize next steps for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. In the meantime, testimony continued from several top national security figures, who revealed more details about the controversial phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president that is at the center of the probe. Four

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Schiff Announces Impeachment Hearings Schedule, Says ‘More To Come’

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three diplomats will testify next week as part of the first wave of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Schiff announced on Twitter that William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant ...

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Quid Pro Quo Joe Biden Could Be In Trouble

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While Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff and his committee along with the biased mainstream media search desperately for a quid pro quo between Trump and the Ukraine that is not there for their impeachment fantasy, the media is circling the wagons around Joe ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Biden. It is well known now ...

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Rand Paul: ‘Subpoena Whistleblower, He May Be Involved In Corrupt Ukraine Dealings’ [Video]

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Rand Paul: ‘Subpoena Whistleblower, He May Be Involved In Corrupt Ukraine Dealings’ (ZeroHedge)  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has called on Congressional Republicans to subpoena the anti-Trump whistleblower, suggesting he may be involved in corrupt business dealings [...]
          

Trump reportedly wanted AG Barr to hold a press conference defending the president's call with Ukraine. Barr said no.

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  • Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference stating that his boss did not break any laws during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 
  • Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the call, in which Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
  • The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that has since sparked the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 
  • Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so.
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Attorney General William Barr reportedly declined a request by President Donald Trump to hold a press conference defending Trump's incendiary call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which spurred the House to open up an impeachment inquiry. 

Sources told The Washington Post that Trump made the request in September, around the time that the White House released a summary of the July 25 call.

The call was the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed in August that accused Trump of "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election," in particular, asking Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to aid Trump politically.

When the memo of the call was released, a Justice Department spokeswoman told The Post that officials had investigated the call, along with the whistleblower complaint, to see if laws had been broken and determined that "no further action was warranted."

During that time, the request from Trump that Barr hold a press conference on the matter was relayed to other White House officials before making its way to the Justice Department, according to The Post, though Barr ultimately declined the request from his boss. It is unclear how the request was delivered and why Barr declined.

Trump advisers told The Post that Trump has recently mentioned Barr's refusal to make a televised statement on the matter and wishes he would have done so. 

Despite their differences in opinion, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told The Post that Trump and Barr remain on good terms: "The President has nothing but respect for AG Barr and greatly appreciates the work he's done on behalf of the country — and no amount of shady sources with clear intent to divide, smear, and slander will change that." 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

In the days leading up to the July 25 call, Trump ordered his administration to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Among other things, House investigators are working to determine whether there was quid pro quo arrangement, in which Trump would release the aid money to Ukraine in exchange for political investigations.

The White House has vowed it will not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, which was formalized last week with a vote in the House. Over a dozen witnesses have been interviewed in the inquiry so far.

Trump maintains that the call was "perfect" and has tweeted that people should "read the transcript," referring to the summary of the call. Last week, Trump told conservative outlet the Washington Examiner that he wanted to read aloud the summary of his call during a "fireside chat on live television."

"This is over a phone call that is a good call," Trump told the outlet. "At some point, I'm going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it's a straight call."

SEE ALSO: A White House national security aide will testify that he twice reported concerns about Trump's Ukraine dealings out of fear Trump would 'undermine US national security'

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Trump's obsession with buying Greenland may have complicated the release of military aid to Ukraine, US ambassador says

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Bill Taylor

  • Acting US ambassador Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, testified that senior US officials could not advise President Donald Trump to release military aid to Ukraine because it was too difficult to schedule.
  • Taylor mentioned to lawmakers that scheduling a meeting between Trump and top officials was difficult because "getting the right people in the room at the same time" posed a challenge.
  • But Taylor also noted that "this was also about the time of the Greenland question," and that it "took up a lot of energy in the [National Security Council]."
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Acting US ambassador Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, testified that senior US officials could not advise President Donald Trump to release military aid to Ukraine because it was too difficult to schedule. 

According to a transcript of a closed-door testimony with House investigators for their impeachment inquiry, Taylor was asked why the security assistance for US-backed Ukraine was on hold. The immediate release of a $400 million military package, Taylor explained, was agreed upon unanimously "of every level of interagency discussion."

Taylor went on to tell House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California that a meeting to advise the president was "hard to schedule" because they were "on different trips at different times."

Taylor said senior US officials, including acting defense secretary Mark Esper and secretary of state Mike Pompeo needed to be present to bring the matter up with Trump, but "getting the right people in the room at the same time" posed a challenge, according to the transcript released on Wednesday morning.

But the career US diplomat added that he believed "this was also about the time of the Greenland question," and that it "took up a lot of energy in the [National Security Council]."

"That's disturbing for a whole different reason," Schiff remarked.

"Different story," Taylor replied.

Trump discussed his interest in the purchase of the world's largest island with others, according to a Wall Street Journal report in August. Trump later described the possibility as "strategically ... interesting," but added it was not on his list of priorities.

"It's just something we talking about," Trump told reporters in August. "Denmark essentially owns it. We're good allies with Denmark. We protected Denmark like we protect large portions of the world, so the concept came up."

Danish officials responded to Trump's statements and described it as "absurd."

"Greenland is not for sale," Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said, according to Bloomberg. "By the way, Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic."

"It must be an April Fool's Day joke," former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen tweeted. "But totally out of [season]!"

In his testimony, Taylor said Trump advocated for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly say that he would open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Taylor testified that he believed there was a "clear understanding" that the US military aid was predicated on Ukraine's commitment "to pursue the investigation" into Trump's political rivals.

SEE ALSO: Transcript of Bill Taylor’s testimony underscores extreme lengths Trump went to in urging Ukraine to investigate Bidens

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Rudy Giuliani lawyers up as federal prosecutors investigate and the impeachment inquiry ramps up

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  • Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, has hired representation as federal prosecutors close in on him amid the broader impeachment into the president. 
  • Giuliani tweeted on Wednesday that he's "represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal."
  • Giuliani was previously represented by Jon Sale, a law school classmate and Watergate prosecutor. 
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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has new representation as he faces increasing pressure from the federal government related to his work in Ukraine. 

Giuliani on Wednesday tweeted that he's "represented and assisted by Robert Costello and the Pierce Bainbridge firm in particular, Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal."

Costello's name has come up before in relation to Trump, Giuliani, and the president's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, who is now in prison. Reports in March surfaced suggesting that Costello had indicated to Cohen that the president was considering the possibility of pardoning him, but Costello vehemently denied this at the time.

Costello and Pierce Bainbridge did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

Giuliani is at the center of a scandal that poses an existential threat to Trump's presidency and involves a whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that accuses the president of abusing the power of his office to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. 

The former New York mayor is mentioned dozens of times in the complaint, which has catalyzed an impeachment inquiry into Trump in the House. Testimony from witnesses in the impeachment inquiry also heavily implicate Giuliani, according to transcripts released by House investigators.  

Correspondingly, Giuliani is reportedly under criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York over the role he played in Marie Yovanovitch getting recalled under dubious circumstances as the US ambassador to Ukraine. The investigation focuses on whether Giuliani broke foreign lobbying laws as part of these efforts, The New York Times reported last month. 

On top of this, there's reportedly an FBI counterintelligence probe into whether a foreign influence operation sought to use Giuliani's financial interests in Ukraine as a means of gaining access to the White House. 

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Lindsey Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy is too 'incoherent' to do a quid pro quo with Ukraine

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  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday suggested that President Donald Trump's policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of engaging in a quid pro quo in his dealings with the country. 
  • "What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.
  • Graham has shifted in his defense of the president several times as the impeachment inquiry has ramped up. 
  • In September, Graham said evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president and Ukraine did "not exist."
  • After evidence emerged that a quid pro quo did occur in Trump's relations with Ukraine, Graham on Tuesday refused to look at it.
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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham continues to find novel ways of defending President Donald Trump as the impeachment inquiry ramps up.

Graham's latest defense of Trump is that his policy toward Ukraine is so "incoherent" that he's "incapable" of orchestrating a quid pro quo in his relations with the country.

"What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to; they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

The South Carolina senator on Tuesday said he refused to read transcripts from the testimony of current and former diplomats that were released by House investigators.

One of the diplomats — US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland — in revised testimony corroborated the existence of an explicit quid pro quo involving frozen US military aid to Ukraine and Trump's desire for certain investigations, including an inquiry into former Vice President Joe Biden.  

Graham on Tuesday dismissed Sondland's reversal, telling a CBS News reporter: "I've written this whole process off ... I think this is a bunch of BS."

The senator had previously said there was no evidence of a quid pro quo involving the president. 

On Wednesday, Graham continued to criticize the impeachment-inquiry process, which is being led by House Democrats, as he offered his new defense of Trump. 

 

"I find the whole process to be a sham, and I'm not going to legitimize it," Graham said on Wednesday, going on to call the whole process a "crock."

Graham added: "This whole theory of impeachment, the process is illegitimate, is outside the norm, this substance I find unpersuasive."

The Republican senator, who's the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also echoed controversial calls from Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and his colleague Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky for the name of the whistleblower who filed the complaint that sparked the inquiry to be publicly released. 

"Yes, it should be made public," Graham said, according to CNN. "The whistleblower's claims cannot be used as a basis for criminal accusations, cannot be used the basis for impeachment based on anonymity."

Graham, who was one of Trump's sharpest critics during the 2016 campaign season, has developed a reputation as one of the president's closest allies in Congress. He rarely goes against Trump, though he did briefly break from this trend last month to excoriate the president's decision to abandon US-allied Kurdish forces in Syria.

Lindsey Graham said a month ago there was no evidence of a quid pro quo. Now he's refusing to look at the evidence that shows there was.

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Trump-world is still determined to out the Ukraine whistleblower, but it’s too late for it to matter

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  • President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress continue to focus on outing the whistleblower who filed a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry.
  • Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and Sen. Rand Paul has said he will "probably" say the name publicly.
  • But the whistleblower's identity is not relevant. The impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that corroborates the whistleblower complaint and goes well beyond it.
  • If Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor, of which there's no evidence, they're too late.
  • "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions," a legal expert told Insider.
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President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have relentlessly sought to unmask the anonymous US intelligence official behind the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry, despite the fact that it's irrelevant at this point.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and was excoriated by the whistleblower's legal representation as a consequence.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday shared an article via Twitter with unconfirmed details about who the whistleblower is and called for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed to testify under oath about "Hunter Biden and corruption."

Paul hasn't stopped in these efforts in the days since, and alongside Trump at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday called on the media to print the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower. On Tuesday, Paul told reporters he would "probably" out the whistleblower himself.

"I'm more than willing to and I probably will at some point," Paul said. "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name."

But naming anyone as the whistleblower, whether true or not, could place that person in serious danger. And the public disclosure of the whistleblower's identity would not undermine the mounting slew of damning evidence against the president.

The whistleblower complaint has been corroborated by multiple witnesses in testimony to House lawmakers, and some of its details have been publicly confirmed by the president even as he's referred to the complaint as "fictitious." 

The House took a historic step last Thursday in passing a resolution that formalized the impeachment inquiry and signaled the process will begin to transition into a more public phase. Republicans have for weeks complained about the process and the closed-door interviews with witnesses, and they're now gradually shifting into focusing more on the whistleblower's identity as they struggle to defend the president against the substance of the inquiry

But if Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor — they're too late.

'The reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant'

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With the trove of information that's been gathered as the Ukraine scandal has gained speed, the impeachment inquiry has gone well beyond the complaint that catalyzed it. At this point, the whistleblower's part in this escalating political drama has largely been played out. 

As the whistleblower's lawyers — Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid — put it in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week: "As each allegation in the complaint is substantiated by new witnesses, the president and his supporters remain fanatically devoted to bringing our client into the spotlight. But the reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant."

Bakaj and Zaid added that much of what's been disclosed since the complaint was released in late September "actually exceeds the whistleblower's knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted." The attorneys said their client has "no additional information" and therefore there's "no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

Bakaj and Zaid reiterated they've notified both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the whistleblower is willing to answer questions in writing and under oath.

The evidence against Trump is damning, but Republicans aren't done defending him

The whistleblower complaint centers around a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in relation to the latter's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company. There's no evidence of illegal activity on the part of either Biden.

Trump and his allies have dismissed the complaint as hearsay, given it was based off second-hand information. But a memo willingly released by the White House confirms that Trump pressured Zelensky in this way, and Trump has publicly admitted it. And a top national security aide who was on the July 25 call, Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, testified to House lawmakers that he was so alarmed by what transpired he repeatedly expressed concern with his superiors.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, to appear before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview with the transcript to be part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Additionally, multiple witnesses have provided testimony to House lawmakers that's corroborated the existence of some form of a quid pro quo involving roughly $400 million in military aid in Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. These witnesses include current and former members of the Trump administration, as well as decorated US military veterans and career diplomats.

Evidence of a quid pro quo has also come via a trove of text messages provided to the House by Trump's former special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and public statements from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (though he later walked back on those remarks). 

But none of these factors have stopped Republicans from speculating about the identity of the whistleblower and pushing for public testimony.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, last Tuesday indicated that he has questions about the whistleblower's motives. Jordan told reporters: "It's tough to determine someone's credibility if you can't put them under oath and ask them questions."

The same day, Trump once again tweeted: "Where's The Whistleblower?" The president has repeatedly tweeted about this, and on Monday demanded that the the whistleblower be "brought forward to testify."

Trump, who never did an in-person interview as part of the Russia investigation and only submitted written answers, also rejected the offer for written testimony from the whistleblower. 

'The whistleblower is not the story'

Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer and partner at Zaid's law firm, on Friday told Insider these efforts from Republicans are an "irresponsible political deflection" and "beneath the dignity of the offices these lawmakers hold."

Moss added: "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions, and specifically whether that conduct merits invocation of the constitutional remedy of impeachment or not."

Congressional Democrats have also raised alarm and slammed Republicans for seeking to out the whistleblower. 

Last week, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters: "We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren't interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower."

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Transcript of Bill Taylor's testimony underscores extreme lengths Trump went to in urging Ukraine to investigate Bidens

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  • House investigators released the transcript of the testimony of acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor on Wednesday.
  • Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump.
  • The US diplomat testified that it was made clear to him there was an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million in military aid to Ukraine and a request from Trump for certain investigations. 
  • "That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President [of Ukraine] committed to pursue the investigation," Taylor said.
  • The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security, adding it was Rudy Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly commit to an investigation into the Bidens.
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The transcript of the testimony of the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Ambassador Bill Taylor, was released by House investigators leading the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. 

Upon the release of the document, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted: "Ambassador Taylor's testimony reveals how, through a shadow foreign policy channel, Trump withheld military assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine until Ukrainian officials agreed to announce investigations to help Trump politically."

Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and career diplomat with a distinguished record of service, provided one of the most damning testimonies against President Donald Trump yet.

His testimony corroborated many of the allegations in the whistleblower complaint from a US intelligence official that sparked the impeachment inquiry and also described an explicit quid pro quo involving about $400 million of US military aid to Ukraine.

Taylor testified that Trump wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce the opening of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as an inquiry into a conspiracy theory linked to the 2016 election. He said it was made clear to him that Trump made the release of the military aid contingent on such a public declaration from Zelensky. 

Here is an exchange between Schiff and Taylor, in which he said his "clear understanding" was that the military assistance would not come until Zelensky "committed to pursue the investigation" into the Bidens:

SCHIFF: And when you say that, this was the first time I heard that the security assistance not just the White House meeting was conditioned on the investigation, when you talk about conditioned, did you mean that if they didn't do this, the investigations, they weren't going to get that, the meeting and the military assistance?

TAYLOR: That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until the President committed to pursue the investigation.

SCHIFF: So if they don't do this, they are not going to get that was your understanding

TAYLOR: Yes, sir.

SCHIFF: Are you aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that?

TAYLOR: I am.

Taylor testified it was Giuliani's idea to have Ukraine's president publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens

Taylor said he believed Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was behind the idea to get Zelensky to publicly announce an inquiry into the Bidens and Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian natural-gas company, Burisma Holdings, as well as a probe into the 2016 election.

"I think the origin of the idea to get President Zelensky to say out loud he's going to investigate Burisma and 2016 election, I think the originator, the person who came up with that was Mr. Giuliani," Taylor said, going on to say Giuliani was representing Trump's interests in doing so. 

Taylor, at another point, indicated that a meeting Zelensky desired with Trump was also conditioned on whether the Ukrainian leader would launch the investigations. 

Trump had put the congressionally approved military aid on hold several days before a July 25 phone call with Zelensky, in which he urged his Ukrainian counterpart to open investigations into the Bidens and conspiratorial allegations Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. 

The career diplomat testified that freezing the aid was harmful to US national security and that freezing security assistance to Kyiv, Ukraine, could embolden Russia to be even more aggressive toward Ukraine. 

Taylor's testimony also undercut earlier testimony from Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and inspired him to offer revised testimony that corroborated the existence of a quid pro quo involving the military aid. The transcript of Sondland's testimony was released on Tuesday.

Taylor is set to testify in the first open or public hearing of the impeachment inquiry next Wednesday. 

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Forget Kentucky and Virginia, the worst election news for Republicans came out of suburban Pennsylvania

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  • Republican losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia are making headlines, but President Donald Trump should be more worried about the election results in the suburbs of Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020.
  • Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War, among other key wins in the previously Republican-dominated suburbs.
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There's been much discussion of the Republican Party's high-profile losses on Tuesday in Kentucky and Virginia, but historic GOP losses in Pennsylvania might be more concerning for the party in 2020.

The Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky's attorney general, beat the incumbent GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, and Virginia Democrats took control of both legislative chambers in the state.

Beshear's victory had much to do with Bevin's status as one of the most unpopular governors in the country (Republicans swept other Kentucky statewide races), and Virginia's blue wave was a long time coming. Neither state will be a battleground in 2020. 

But in Pennsylvania, Republicans suffered more surprising — and potentially consequential — losses.

Democrats flipped suburban Delaware County, which has been controlled by Republicans since the Civil War. The county's five-member council, which was filled entirely by Republicans a few years ago, will now be occupied entirely by Democrats.

In Chester County, Democrats took control of the Board of Commissioners and pushed out the Republican district attorney for the first time. Democrats also took the majority of the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.

And in Philadelphia, a third-party candidate from the Working Families Party, Kendra Brooks, won a seat on the City Council reserved for the minority party. It had been held by a Republican for the past 70 years.

"We broke the GOP," Brooks said at an election-night party, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We beat the Democratic establishment ... They said a black single mom from North Philly wasn't the right person, but we have shown them that we are bigger than them."

Pennsylvania is a key swing state that went for President Donald Trump in 2016 and will be a central battleground state in 2020. Trump won the state by less than 1 percentage point — or about 44,000 votes of the more than 6 million cast — handing him Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes.

Recent polling from The New York Times and Siena College found registered voters in Pennsylvania favoring former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump by 3 points, Sen. Bernie Sanders over Trump by 1 point, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren about even with the president. All the results, however, were within the poll's margin of error.

Democrats fear that Trump could again lose the popular vote by a significant margin but prevail in the Electoral College if an assortment of purple states swing in his favor in 2020.

The suburban vote is also a point of serious concern for the Republican Party. Democrats are looking to zero in on these voters, many of whom are women, moderates, and more affluent college-educated voters who went for Trump in 2016.

"Republican support in the suburbs has basically collapsed under Trump," Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Somehow, we need to find a way to regain our suburban support over the next year."

The trend in Virginia, where Democrats have surged in the northern part of the state and in the Richmond suburbs, also bodes poorly for Republicans, even in right-leaning suburbs.

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Ukraine-Affäre: Neue Botschafter-Aussage bringt Trump in Bedrängnis

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Former ambassador to Ukraine says she was told to 'watch her back'

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Administration insiders who waved a red flag in the Ukraine affair

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It was an intelligence community whistleblower who brought the matter to the attention of Congress. But insiders also recorded objections about what took place within the administration.
          

Кого и за что вешали в Советском Союзе

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До введения в нашей стране моратория на смертную казнь высшая мера наказания осуществлялась путем расстрела. Но 1 августа 1946 года в Москве были повешены бывший главнокомандующий Русской освободительной армией «предатель № 1» Андрей Власов и группа его соратников. И это была далеко не единственная казнь в форме повешения.


Смертная казнь в Советском Союзе


В отличие от очень многих других государств, СССР никогда не отличался большим разнообразием в вопросе выбора форм смертной казни. Ни электрический стул, как в Соединенных Штатах, ни повешение, как во многих европейских государствах того времени, ни отрубание головы, как на Ближнем Востоке, в СССР не практиковались.

Как известно, 28 октября 1917 года II Съезд Советов отменил в советской России смертную казнь, но уже 5 сентября 1918 года смертная казнь в стране была восстановлена, что объяснялось необходимостью введения высшей меры наказания в отношении контрреволюционных элементов и бандитов. Тем не менее, попытки ограничения высшей меры предпринимались практически на всем протяжении советской истории. 27 июля 1922 года была запрещена смертная казнь для лиц до 18 лет и беременных женщин.

В подавляющем большинстве случаев смертная казнь в Советском Союзе осуществлялась посредством расстрела. Приговор приводили в исполнение сначала подразделения охраны, затем – отдельные исполнители. Этим советская высшая мера наказания отличалась от дореволюционной России, в которой не только расстреливали (преимущественно военнослужащих), но и вешали.

Впрочем, когда летом 1918 года в Пензенской губернии вспыхнуло крестьянское восстание против советской власти, Владимир Ильич Ленин лично отослал телеграмму пензенским большевикам, в которой требовал повесить 100 кулаков и «кровопийц», делая акцент именно на повешении, так как народ должен видеть повешенных врагов. Тем не менее, основные зачинщики восстания были расстреляны.

В сталинское время, в том числе и во время чисток середины — второй половины 1930-х годов, смертные приговоры также приводились в исполнение путем расстрела. Расстреливали и на специальных полигонах, и в самих тюрьмах. Убийства заключенных другими способами носили во всех случаях внесудебный характер.

Почему в годы войны вернули повешение


Великая Отечественная война внесла свои коррективы и в высшую меру наказания. Кстати, спустя непродолжительное время после победы над гитлеровской Германией, в 1947 году, был издан Указ Президиума ВС СССР от 26.05.1947 «Об отмене смертной казни», в соответствии с которым высшая мера наказания более не должна была применяться в мирное время.

Впрочем, уже в январе 1950 года «по просьбам трудящихся» казнь вернули для изменников, шпионов и диверсантов, а в УК РСФСР 1960 года смертная казнь предусматривалась уже за очень внушительный список преступлений – от измены Родине до изнасилования с особо тяжкими последствиями. Казнить все также продолжали методом расстрела, но в краткий промежуток времени – с 1943 по 1947 годы – активно использовалась и такая мера казни как повешение.

Весной 1943 года вышел Указ Президиума Верховного Совета СССР № 39 от 19 апреля 1943 года «О мерах наказания для немецко-фашистских злодеев, виновных в убийствах и истязаниях советского гражданского населения и пленных красноармейцев, для шпионов, изменников родины из числа советских граждан и для их пособников». Как раз в это время советские органы государственной безопасности уже владели исчерпывающей информацией о зверствах гитлеровских оккупантов и их пособников на оккупированных территориях.

В пункте 1 указа для немецких, итальянских, румынских, венгерских, финских «фашистских злодеев», уличенных в совершении убийств и истязаний гражданского населения и пленных красноармейцев, а также в отношении шпионов и изменников из числа советских граждан устанавливалась смертная казнь через повешение. Таким образом, указ от 19 апреля 1943 года был уникальным, поскольку никогда ни прежде, ни потом в Советском Союзе повешение в качестве высшей меры наказания не фигурировало.

Советское руководство принимало решение о применении повешения в отношении гитлеровских палачей и их приспешников, руководствуясь необходимостью показать народу неотвратимость и жесткость наказания за военные преступления. Расстрел выглядел как более гуманная мера наказания, а в случае повешения казнь осуществлялась публично и повешенные преступники еще какое-то время висели на радость советским людям и устрашение другим палачам и предателям советского народа.

Но на практике повешение применялось и военно-полевыми судами на фронте в отношении захваченных в плен гитлеровских карателей и полицаев. Например, с 15 по 18 декабря 1943 года в военном трибунале 4-го Украинского фронта шел суд над сотрудником гестапо и предателем из числа граждан СССР. Обоих подсудимых приговорили к смертной казни через повешение и повесили.
Кого и за что вешали в Советском Союзе


Первый процесс против предателей


14—17 июля 1943 года в Краснодаре, к этому времени освобожденном от гитлеровских оккупантов, состоялся первый процесс над группой предателей, сотрудничавших с гитлеровцами и виновных в массовых убийствах советских граждан – мирных жителей и военнослужащих Красной Армии.

Перед трибуналом предстали 11 арестованных предателей, служивших в зондеркоманде «СС-10-А» и краснодарской полиции. Парамонов, Тучков и Павлов получили по 20 лет каторжных работ, а более «отличившиеся» в убийствах мирных людей Тищенко, Речкалов, Пушкарев, Напцок, Мисан, Котомцев, Кладов, Ластовина были приговорены к смертной казни через повешение и 18 июля 1943 года в 13 часов были повешены на центральной площади Краснодара.

На казни полицаев из зондеркоманды присутствовало около 50 тысяч человек. Это была, пожалуй, первая столь крупная публичная казнь предателей в годы войны. Затем аналогичные процессы с публичным повешением военных преступников прошли в целом ряде других городов Советского Союза — в Киеве, Николаеве, Ленинграде.

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К смертной казни через повешение был приговорен ряд видных предателей Родины и белоэмигрантов, сотрудничавших с гитлеровской Германией и империалистической Японией.

12 мая 1945 года на территории Германии советскими военнослужащими был задержан главнокомандующий Русской освободительной армией бывший советский генерал Андрей Власов. Вскоре были арестованы и другие его видные соратники из числа военачальников РОА.



Судебный процесс над Власовым и «власовцами» состоялся 30-31 июля 1946 года. Он носил закрытый характер, хотя обычно гитлеровцев и предателей «в назидание» судили и казнили публично. Но в случае с власовцами советское руководство отказалось от публичности судебного процесса, так как опасалось, что Власов начнет излагать антисоветские взгляды. 1 августа 1946 года Андрей Власов и его соратники были казнены через повешение. Их сожгли и прах захоронили в земле.

28 мая 1945 года в городе Лиенце британское командование передало Советскому Союзу 2,4 тысячи захваченных английскими войсками в плен казаков, воевавших на стороне гитлеровской Германии. Среди них были такие заметные фигуры как генерал от кавалерии Петр Краснов, генерал-лейтенант Андрей Шкуро, генерал-майор Тимофей Доманов, генерал-майор Султан-Гирей Клыч.

Все эти люди, бывшие белые офицеры, в годы Великой Отечественной войны поддержали гитлеровскую Германию, принимали участие в формировании и направлении казачьих частей на восточный фронт. В частности, Петр Краснов с сентября 1943 года занимал пост начальника Главного управления казачьих войск Имперского министерства восточных оккупированных территорий Третьего рейха.



Тимофей Доманов был походным атаманом Казачьего Стана и членом Главного управления казачьих войск Имперского министерства восточных оккупированных территорий Германии. Андрей Шкуро с 1944 года занимал пост начальника Резерва казачьих войск при Главном штабе войск СС, имел звания генерал-лейтенанта войск СС и группенфюрера СС и отвечал за подготовку казачьих формирований гитлеровской Германии. Наконец, Султан-Гирей Клыч командовал формированиями из горцев Северного Кавказа, входившими в состав Казачьего Стана генерала Краснова.

Вместе с Красновым, Шкуро, Домановым и Султан-Гиреем Клычем перед судом предстал и генерал-лейтенант Гельмут фон Паннвиц. В отличие от вышеперечисленных казачьих генералов, Паннвиц никакого отношения к России не имел – он был прусским аристократом по рождению и с юных лет служил в германской армии. Когда в 1941 году Германия напала на СССР, Паннвиц командовал разведывательным батальоном в звании подполковника. На фронте он быстро сделал карьеру и был переведен в аппарат Верховного командования сухопутных войск, занявшись вопросами создания вооруженных формирований из числа народов СССР, в первую очередь казаков.

В 1944 году Паннвиц получил звание генерал-лейтенанта. К этому времени он курировал казачьи части гитлеровской Германии, а в марте 1945 года был избран верховным походным атаманом Казачьего Стана. То есть, выходцем из России и предателем Родины соответственно Паннвиц не являлся, а был обычным германским генералом. И он имел все основания избежать выдачи Советскому Союзу, так как был подданным Германии, но добровольно согласился быть выданным СССР. Паннвица постигла участь других лидеров Казачьего Стана – он был приговорен к смертной казни через повешение. 16 января 1947 года Краснов, Шкуро, Доманов, Султан-Гирей Клыч и фон Паннвиц были повешены на территории Лефортовской тюрьмы по приговору суда.

В августе 1945 года, после победы над Японией, советскими органами безопасности был арестован целый ряд бывших белых эмигрантов и предателей Родины, перешедших на сторону Японской империи и в годы войны занимавшихся подрывной деятельностью против Советского Союза. Среди них был и знаменитый участник Гражданской войны атаман Григорий Семенов – генерал-лейтенант Белой армии, активно участвовавший после эмиграции из России в делах Бюро по делам российских эмигрантов в Маньчжурской империи (БРЭМ).



С 26 по 30 августа 1946 года в Москве проходил суд над «семеновцами». Перед трибуналом предстали 8 человек – сам атаман Григорий Семенов, генерал-лейтенанты Лев Власьевский и Алексей Бакшеев, министр финансов в колчаковском правительстве Иван Михайлов, лидер Всероссийской фашистской партии Константин Родзаевский, член руководства Всероссийской фашистской партии Лев Охотин, журналист Николай Ухтомский, бывший белый офицер Борис Шепунов. Ухтомский и Охотин были приговорены к 20 и 15 годам каторжных работ, Бакшеев, Власьевский, Родзаевский, Михайлов и Шепунов – к расстрелу, а Григорий Семенов – к смертной казни через повешение.

Таким образом, атаман Семенов стал единственным из подсудимых, кого приговорили к повешению и повесили 30 августа 1946 года. Фактически он понес наказание, хоть и запоздавшее, за свои действия во время Гражданской войны в России, поскольку во время Второй мировой войны особой роли в деятельности японских спецслужб против СССР Семенов уже не играл, был скорее символической фигурой.

После проведения процессов над гитлеровскими карателями и предателями повешение в качестве высшей меры наказания в Советском Союзе применять перестали. Полицаи и каратели, разоблачаемые в 1960-х — 1970-х годах уже приговаривались к смертной казни через расстрел.

          

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Trump envoy testifies he had a 'clear understanding' Ukraine aid was tied to investigations

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Bill Taylor spoke to lawmakers last month in a closed-door session in the House's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
          

Meltdown on ‘The View’ After Rand Paul Tries to Out the Trump Whistleblower

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The women on ‘The View’ had what can only be described as a complete meltdown as they responded to Senator Rand Paul trying to out the Trump whistleblower. The co-hosts were discussing Paul’s comments at a Donald Trump rally, where he demanding the media report the identity of the Ukraine scandal whistleblower. Meghan McCain began […]

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Ukraine’s Famous Hospitality: Patriarch Kirill vs. Reporters Without Borders

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Some – with hope and confidence, some – with anger and sense of threat. Some call the visit purely political and gave Patriarch Kirill the nickname “Putin in a cassock,” others perceive it primarily as a pastoral visit and stress its liturgical component.
          

Editorial: Don't believe the talking points. Trump's 'perfect' Ukraine call is a very big deal

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Americans can be excused for wondering why, of all the possible reasons for subjecting President Trump to an impeachment inquiry, Democrats in the House are focusing on the president's interactions with the leader of a relatively small country that is not terribly well known or well understood in the United States.


          

House Impeachment Panels Publish Testimony From Volker And Sondland

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The committees conducting the impeachment inquiry released transcripts from two key witnesses: Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine.
          

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Career diplomat Volker was described as being one of "three amigos" deputized to run a shadow foreign policy for Ukraine. He has stepped down from his role at the State Department.
          

Sondland Adds To Pile Of Trump-Ukraine Extortion Smoking Guns

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Multiple witnesses told House impeachment investigators that former Ambassador Sondland explicitly relayed a quid pro quo to Ukraine. He just admitted it.
          

There Are Not Two Sides To The Trump-Ukraine Story

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There is only one way to report on the House impeachment inquiry and President Trump's extortion of Ukraine to investigate his political targets.
          

What’s Next for Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

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The House voted Thursday on a resolution that lays out the rules for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. WSJ's Gerald F. Seib explains what to watch out for as lawmakers continue to investigate the President’s actions related to Ukraine. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
          

The Launching of Impeachment 1,2,3 – “Sunday Political Brunch” -- November 3, 2019

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – For the fourth time in U.S. history, the nation finds itself on the road to a presidential impeachment. It’s a checkered history. In two cases, impeachment was approved, but removal from office was rejected by the Senate. In another instance, the president resigned. What will happen this time around? All bets are off! Let’s “brunch” on that this week.

“By the Numbers” – The final vote total in the House on Thursday came as no surprise. It was 232 in favor of going ahead with the impeachment inquiry, to 196 against. The vote was pretty much along party lines, with all but two Democrats voting yes, and all Republicans voting no. Just to be clear, this was simply a vote to go ahead with the impeachment process, it was not a vote to impeach.

“What Happened Last Time?” – You keep hearing people say impeachment is a political process and not a legal one. That is more cliché than truth, because it is both. After all, the impeachment process is spelled out on the U.S. Constitution. But, yes, the engagement is highly politicized. In the final House impeachment vote in 1998 against President Clinton, only five Democrats voted to impeach. In the Senate trial, not one Democrat voted to remove President Clinton from office on either of the two counts. So, the politics matters.

“High Crimes and Misdemeanors” – That’s the Constitutional guideline for impeachment. Yet, it is not precisely defined. The president is not really charged with a crime. For example, President Clinton was impeached on a count of perjury. It short, that was because he lied under oath to a federal judge. Yes, it’s very serious, but he was never charged criminally with that offense. In Trump’s case, he potentially faces a charge of “abuse of power.” It’s not a necessarily a criminal offense, but more a reflection that he abused his authority by suggesting Ukraine investigate a domestic political opponent. Foreign policy and politics are supposed to “stop at the water’s edge,” as the old saying goes, and the issue is whether he used poor judgment, or even violated the law, on that standard.

“Why the Math Matters” – I don’t want to get ahead of the House proceedings, but the endgame is in the U.S. Senate, after all. The Constitution says you need a two-thirds vote, or 67 yay, to remove a president from office. With the Senate margin currently 53 Republicans to 47 Democrats, it’s an optimistic reach to say the least. The Democrats need 20 Republicans to bolt, and that’s going to be nearly impossible. I predict they might get seven or eight, but 20? No.

“Will the Defense Ever Rest?” – This is going to be a fascinating public relations game as the inquiry moves forward. In 1998 President Clinton chose to have certain surrogates such as attorney Lanny Davis speak on his behalf. The theory then was the impeachment was a political stunt, and President Clinton wanted to stay above the fray and show people he was too busy running the country. This won’t go that way. President Trump was fast to tweet his thoughts, and I am sure will be the “defender-in-chief” for his own case. I predict he will tweet relentlessly. His combative nature is probably the number one thing his supporters like about him.

“The Political Impeachment Potholes” – This week’s vote was more of a “rubber stamp” as the House impeachment inquiry has already been underway for weeks at the instruction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) California, which is her right. But in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon and President Clinton, there was a full House vote (albeit symbolic) to start the impeachment inquiry right from the get-go. Why was this time different? Well there are 31 Democrat House members who were elected in 2018, in districts that President Trump won in 2016. By putting those members “on the record,” as Trump and many Republicans wished, that put them on the reelection bubble in 2020. It’s a real dilemma as Republicans need to win 20 seats to take back the House.

“Who Cuts and Runs?” -- In October, 1973, 21 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted strictly along party lines in the House Judiciary Committee, to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. But by July of 1974, the very same House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against Nixon. On Article I of impeachment six Republicans voted yes; on Article II seven members of the GOP said, “yay”; and on Article III, two Republicans in committee voted yes. Yes, you expect a political party to “circle the wagons” at first to support the boss, but in the end all these folks are on the ballot next year and have their own political futures to think about. So, watch Trump, but more importantly watch Republican members of the House and Senate.

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Trump envoy revises testimony on Ukraine aid

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Gordon Sondland says he now remembers saying US aid "likely" hinged on an inquiry sought by President Trump. Also: thousands of scientists warn climate emergency "clear and unequivocal", and a New Zealand man accidentally buys 1000 hens for less than 1 US$.
          

Recalled US ambassador felt 'threatened by Trump'

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Marie Yovanovitch said Mr Trump's remark in a call to Ukraine's leader left her "very concerned". Also: It's just emerged that a Dutch air strike killed about seventy in Iraq in 2015, and the veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne dies aged 85.
          

Wednesday News: Durham bullish on affordable housing

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MAYOR STEVE SCHEWEL AND $95 MILLION HOUSING BOND FAVORED BY SUPERMAJORITY: Durham Mayor Steve Schewel easily won election to a second term Tuesday, and voters also overwhelmingly approved the city issuing $95 million in bonds to help create more affordable housing. With all precincts reporting, Schewel outdistanced Sylvester Williams, a minister making his fourth run for Durham mayor, by an 83 to 16 percent margin, according to unofficial results. Affordable housing was one of Schewel's top priorities in the campaign, and the bond referendum was approved by a 76 to 24 percent margin. City Council members Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Javiera Caballero all won re-election in a six-person race for three at-large council seats.
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SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION DOESN'T WANT GRANT PUSHED BY FORMER MOORE AIDE: State lawmakers gave the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association $500,000 last year to help find ways to keep better tabs on sex offenders, such as tracking their cars and where they work. It was money neither the association nor the State Bureau of Investigation, which manages the statewide sex offender registry, had asked for. The money’s inclusion in the state budget was driven by an influential lobbyist for a software company seeking the state’s sex offender tracking business. The state gave the money as a one-time expense, but the bidders for the business gave proposals that would require a recurring stream of money. Those bidders included Permitium, whose parent company ScribSoft Holdings hired lobbyist Andy Munn, a former top aide to House Speaker Tim Moore. Munn persuaded Rep. Allen McNeill, a former chief deputy for Randolph County’s sheriff’s office, to add the $500,000 allotment to the budget.
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CHAR-MECK ARTS BOND VOTED DOWN AT THE POLLS: The Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council President said it was obvious early on that the tax hike was in trouble. "When we saw the early voting results come in we were hopeful that when we saw some precincts come in we'd see stronger results," said R. Jeep Bryant. By 10 p.m., advocates for the tax referendum conceded defeat after the gap grew to more than 10,000 votes. If passed the sales tax would have jumped from its current 7.25% to 7.5%. The Mecklenburg County government website said the proposed tax hike would have been divided between cultural and educational programs: 45% for arts and culture, 34% for county parks and greenways, 16% for education and 5% for arts and culture/parks for the towns. Those who opposed the tax hike said too much money would go to teachers and the arts while taking away from other needs, such as affordable housing.
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DEMOCRATS FLIP BOTH HOUSES OF VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE: Republicans awoke Wednesday to a stark new political reality in Virginia after losing majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, a sweeping defeat that solidifies Democratic control over the state capital for the first time in a generation. Depleted by President Trump’s floundering approval rating in Virginia, the Republicans’ defeat was a new low for a party that has not won a statewide race since Bob McDonnell became governor in 2009. “If you didn’t see this coming, you’ve been living under a rock,” said Dan Scandling, who was chief of staff to former congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia). “Virginia has been trending this way for years. Being so close to Washington — and add in the anti-Trump phenomenon — it was only a matter of time.” With Democrats already controlling the governor's mansion, the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, and a majority of its congressional seats, Republicans are bracing for policy changes in Richmond and the specter of Democrats redrawing legislative districts after the 2020 Census that could undermine GOP incumbents from the state house to Congress.
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SONDLAND FESSES UP ON EARLIER TESTIMONY; UKRAINE QUID-PRO-QUO DID HAPPEN: A crucial witness in the impeachment inquiry reversed himself this week and acknowledged to investigators that he had told a top Ukrainian official that the country would most likely have to give President Trump what he wanted — a public pledge for investigations — in order to unlock military aid. The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, an ally of Mr. Trump who is the United States ambassador to the European Union, confirmed his role in laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that conditioned the release of security assistance from the United States on the country’s willingness to say it was investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats. That admission, included in a four-page sworn statement released on Tuesday, directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month, when he said he “never” thought there was any precondition on the aid. Mr. Sondland’s disclosure appeared intended to insulate him from accusations that he intentionally misled Congress during his earlier testimony, in which he frequently said he could not recall key details and events under scrutiny by impeachment investigators.
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Slog PM: Happy Birthday, Alexa; T.I. Needs to Back off His Daughter's Hymen; "I'm Always Happy to Meet with People"

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Wish me Happy Birthday or Im releasing the kompromat, daddy.
"Wish me Happy Birthday or I'm releasing the kompromat, daddy." KARNEG/GETTY IMAGES

Today is Alexa's birthday: She's five. But everyone only wants to talk about how much money her dad spent in Seattle's election. Rude.

Tim Eyman is a sub for lawsuits: And lucky him, more are coming.

Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told impeachment investigators there was direct quid pro quo: He made the statement during private testimony last month, but his words became public today. Taylor said Rudy Giuliani was the "originator" of the quid pro quo plan. Giuliani tweeted that this new testimony was "a frame-up and hoax." Read the full transcript here.

After the first round of ballot drops, infamous KIRO Radio host Dori Monson had "mixed feelings" about Sawant seemingly losing: "As you know, very few people have generated the kinds of soundbites that fuel a talk show host like Kshama Sawant. It was fun listening to her screeching for the past six years. And now her reign could be coming to an end in Seattle," he joked. Reminds me of something Rich Smith wrote:

If these Republicans were good at politics, they would be pumping as much money as possible into Sawant's campaign. Republicans have been blaming Sawant for problems in Spokane since she first took office, and now they're just going to let her go? Who will they use to scare away centrists in Kirkland if she loses? Who are they going to use as an excuse not to catch up to California and Oregon on statewide rent control legislation? Oh wait, that's not the Republicans. That's Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle.

Speaking of ballot drops: Here are today's returns. Many races won't be settled until at least Friday. Counting votes takes time, people!


A good amount of Seattle votes have yet to be counted: So hold onto your butts.

Bill Gates suggests Warren isn't "open-minded": because she probably wouldn't "be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money." He made the comments today at the New York Times DealBook conference. He also said he made a "mistake in judgement" by meeting Jeffrey Epstein and disagrees "with people who think a corporation should sit there and do fact-checking against that thing," in reference to political advertising on Facebook. He also said "Jeff [Bezos] likes artificial planets." LOL.

Op! A clapback:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper never dated: They're actors. Breaking news.

Trouble in the Twitter kingdom: Two former Twitter employees have been charged by the Justice Department for "exploiting their access to the company’s internal systems to help Saudi Arabia," writes the New York Times. This is the "first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States," writes the Washington Post.

Jeff Sessions is expected to run for the Alabama Senate: I'm sure the KKK is thrilled.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley endorses Elizabeth Warren: which is expected, because they're both from the same state, Massachusetts. Other members of "the Squad," AOC and Ilhan Omar, have backed Bernie.

T.I., the rapper of "Whatever You Like" and actor best known for starring in ATL, checks his daughter's hymen on the reg: Well, a gynecologist does, but that gynecologist reports back to T.I., which is... something else. He said in a podcast interview that aired yesterday that he makes sure his daughter's hymen is in tact... yikes. What about butt stuff? The passage:

"Not only have we had the conversation — we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," T.I. said. "Yes, I go with her."

He then mentioned that after her 16th birthday party, he "put a sticky note on the door: 'Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'"

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USA: Un diplomate admet un lien entre aide à Kiev et enquête sur Biden

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gordon Sondland, l'ambassadeur américain auprès de l'Union européenne, a reconnu lundi avoir dit à un haut responsable ukrainien que l'aide militaire américaine à l'Ukraine suspendue par Donald Trump ne serait pas débloquée tant que Kiev n'aurait pas annoncé publiquement l'ouverture d'une enquête anticorruption. Ses déclarations, révélées mardi, s'ajoutent aux nombreux éléments déjà récoltés ces derniers jours par les démocrates dans leur enquête en destitution ("impeachment") contre le président des Etats-Unis, accusé d'abus de pouvoir. Sondland, qui avait déjà témoigné en octobre devant les commissions d'enquête de la Chambre des représentants, a présenté lundi de nouveaux détails après s'être "rafraîchi" la mémoire.
          

Deputy PM Kuleba: Ukraine is not Russia’s buffer

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Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, discussed the chances of holding a Normandy-type summit, the upcoming NATO summit and strategies for his country to come closer to the EU, in this wide-ranging interview.
          

WTA champion Barty reflects on ‘incredible’ year

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates match point and winning her Women's Singles final match over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Day Eight of the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on November 03, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Schiff Teases Three More Impeachment Witnesses

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U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) leaves a hearing with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry

Will they have anything new to say?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three diplomats will testify next week as part of the first wave of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Schiff announced on Twitter that William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, will testify in a public hearing next Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Marie Yovanovitch, a State Department official who preceded Taylor as ambassador to Ukraine, will testify on Nov. 15.

Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent.

On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch.

More to come.

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 6, 2019

Schiff indicated that additional hearings will be scheduled.

“More to come,” he tweeted.

All three of the diplomats have appeared for closed-door depositions during the impeachment inquiry, which focuses on Trump’s actions towards Ukraine.

Taylor, who serves as charge d’affairs to Ukraine, testified that he believed that Trump improperly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open politically-charged investigations in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. military aid.

Trump has denied establishing a quid pro quo arrangement.

Taylor worked closely with two other diplomats, Kurt Volker and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, to establish closer relations between Trump and Zelensky. Text messages that have been released in the impeachment inquiry show the trio deliberating about how to arrange a phone call and meeting between the two counterparts.

They have all testified that Rudy Giuliani was the main conduit to Trump. Sondland testified on Oct. 17 that Trump repeatedly told him to “talk to Rudy” about Ukraine issues.

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Republicans Name-Drop Whistleblower During Bill Taylor Deposition

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Acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor arrives to testify at a closed-door deposition as part of the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment inquiry led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees

'Disclosure of any name undermines the integrity of the whistleblower system and will deter any future whistleblowers,' the lawyers complained.

The lead Republican attorney in the Trump impeachment inquiry inserted the name of the alleged CIA whistleblower during a line of questioning with Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine and a key impeachment witness for Democrats.

According to a transcript of Taylor’s deposition, which House Democrats released Wednesday, Republican counsel Steve Castor asked the diplomat whether he knew the individual who is rumored to be the whistleblower.

Taylor said he did not recognize the name mentioned to him, and does not recall having contact with the person.

The Daily Beast, which first spotted the question to Taylor, previously reported that Republicans had mentioned the name of the rumored whistleblower during depositions with impeachment witnesses.

Internet sleuths have keyed in on one individual as the possible whistleblower, whom The New York Times identified as a CIA analyst. The whistleblower filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General on Aug. 12 regarding President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

The name of the alleged whistleblower has floated around for weeks on social media, and some news outlets, including Real Clear Investigations, Breitbart and the Washington Examiner, have published a name. The Daily Caller News Foundation has not independently verified the identity of the whistleblower and is not following suit.

Trump has called on media outlets to identify the whistleblower, whom he accused of making false representations about a phone call with Ukraine’s president that is at the center of the complaint. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Donald Trump Jr. have circulated some of those stories on social media, drawing a harsh rebuke from the whistleblower’s lawyers.

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Democrats Unveil Star Witness Deposition

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Acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor arrives on Capitol Hill before a closed-door hearing with members of Congress in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Is it as damning as they think?

House Democrats on Wednesday released a transcript of a deposition from Bill Taylor, the U.S. diplomat who Democrats consider one of their top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

In his Oct. 22 deposition, Taylor testified at length about his work with two other diplomats, EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and former Ukraine special envoy Kurt Volker, as part of an overall effort to improve relations between the U.S. and Ukraine.

Democrats announced prior to the release that Taylor is one of three witnesses scheduled to testify next week in the first wave of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Taylor will testify next Wednesday, along with George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

Democrats highlighted several excerpts from Taylor’s testimony that they believe supports their push to impeach Trump.

One of those is an exchange that Taylor had with Rep. Adam Schiff, in which the diplomat said that he developed a “clear understanding” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was contingent on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly committing to opening an investigation into potential Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy firm linked to Hunter Biden.

Democrats have alleged that Trump abused his office by offering Zelensky with a quid pro quo involving the investigations.

Several witnesses, including Taylor, have testified that they suspected that a quid pro quo was on the table. But so far, none have testified that that they heard directly from Trump that military aid was contingent on the investigations.

Taylor made it clear in the deposition that his suspicions about a possible quid pro quo were based on information in an Aug. 28 news report in Politico, as well as a second-hand summary of a conversation that Sondland had on Sept. 1 with a top adviser to Zelensky.

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“He is a political activist in uniform.”

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Retired Army Officer Remembers Lt. Col. Vindman as Partisan Democrat Who Ridiculed America

Aretired Army officer who worked with Democrat “star witness” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman in Grafenwoher, Germany, claims Vindman “really talked up” President Barack Obama and ridiculed America and Americans in front of Russian military officers.
In an eye-opening thread on Twitter last week, retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Jim Hickman said that he “verbally reprimanded” Vindman after he heard some of his derisive remarks for himself. “Do not let the uniform fool you,” Hickman wrote. “He is a political activist in uniform.”
Hickman’s former boss at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center in Grafenwoehr has since gone on the record to corroborate his story.
Hickman, 52, says he’s a disabled wounded warrior who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who received numerous medals, including the Purple Heart.
The retired officer said that Vindman, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, made fun of the United States to the point that it made other soldiers “uncomfortable.” For example, Hickman told American Greatness that he heard Vindman call Americans “rednecks”—a word that needed to be translated for the Russians. He said they all had a big laugh at America’s expense.

Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council (NSC), appeared last week before the House Intelligence Committee and testified that he’d had “concerns” about the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Vindman’s testimony rested on his negative opinions of the call, rather than any new facts about the call.
Vindman’s former boss, NSC Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison, threw cold water on Vindman’s claims in his own testimony later in the week, saying he didn’t have concerns that “anything illegal was discussed” in the phone call.  Morrison also testified that Ukrainian officials were not even aware that military funding had been delayed by the Trump Administration until late August 2019, more than a month after the Trump-Zelensky call.

“Completely Beyond Reproach”

Hickman said he decided to come forward because Vindman “disobeyed a direct order from the commander-in-chief, his boss,” made his testimony “about his foreign policy opinions versus facts,” and “wore his Army service uniform to make a political statement” against the president.
“Then right on cue, the mainstream media began calling him a war hero with a purple heart, and completely beyond reproach,” Hickman wrote in a statement to American Greatness and another journalist. “Knowing his political bias, backed by his somewhat radical left-leaning ideology, it was my obligation, indeed my duty, to come forward with this information. I couldn’t go to the same mainstream media to put it out, nor could I go to the Army, as they’re backing Vindman, so I took to Twitter, a source for getting the truth out,” he added.
According to Hickman, Vindman was the Defense Department attaché at the Russian embassy in Germany when he met him in 2013. He told American Greatness that he also met Vindman’s twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman while he was stationed in Germany.
“I know LTC Alex Vindman from a Combined US-Russian exercise called Atlas Vision [13] in Grafenwoher,” Hickman wrote on Twitter. “He worked with the Russian Embassy and I was assigned to the JMTC (Joint Multinational Training Command), within USAREUR (US Army Europe). He worked coordination w/the Russian 15th Peacekeeping Brigade, and I was in charge of all Simulations planning, as well as assisting the USAREUR Lead Planner as the Senior Military Planner.”
Hickman provided American Greatness with a picture of himself and his wife while he was on vacation in Venice during that time period.
He noted that he and Vindman had “interacted on several different occasions throughout the planning cycle, but it was during the actual execution of the exercise that we had an issue relevant to his recent testimony.”

Laughing At Americans’ Expense

Hickman said he had pretty much forgotten about Vindman until recently.

          

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Brit Hume exposes 'huge fallacy' in Alexander Vindman's testimony to House impeachment panel...

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'Illogical'


Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was "deeply troubled" by what he believed were President Donald Trump's attempts to "subvert U.S. foreign policy," the Washington Post reported Friday, citing Vindman's testimony given to the Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry last week.

From the Post:
[Vindman] told lawmakers that he was deeply troubled by what he interpreted as an attempt by the president to subvert U.S. foreign policy and an improper attempt to coerce a foreign government into investigating a U.S. citizen.
Vindman's testimony received widespread attention because it furthered the narrative that Trump is a rogue president determined to act out of self-interest, rather than in the interest of the American people.
But according to Fox News' Brit Hume, there is a "huge fallacy" in Vindman's line-of-thinking.
That fallacy, Hume went on to explain, is that Trump cannot "subvert" U.S. foreign policy precisely because he is the "constitutional author of foreign policy."
"Actually, it's the fact that the president is the constitutional author of foreign policy, so the idea he is 'subverting' it is illogical," Hume explained.
Indeed, as the Constitutional Rights Foundation explains, the executive branch has the most significant role in crafting U.S. foreign policy, and because the president is the head of the executive branch, the president essentially determines the direction of U.S. foreign policy while in office.


          

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to visit the Russian Federation (Moscow, 6 October 2019)

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias is travelling to Moscow, where, tomorrow, 6 November, he will meet with his Russian Federation Counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. The talks are to focus on, among other things, bilateral political and cultural relations and the prospects for further development of economic cooperation. The two Ministers will also discuss a wide range of regional issues, including recent developments in Syria, the Middle East and the Balkans, the situation in Ukraine, the prospects for the resolution of the Cyprus problem, Turkey’s illegal conduct in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean and EU-Russia relations. Finally, they will discuss issues of global interest, including the migration/refugee issue. Statements to the press will follow, at about 11:20 (Greek time).
          

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US foreign policy has captured the world’s attention, as Donald Trump shifts policy around the world, not least in the Indo-Pacific region, in unanticipated directions. John Bolton’s departure as national security advisor appears to have made US concessions easier, as already seen in the abrupt shifts in policy toward Syria and Ukraine favorable to Russia. […]
          

The effects of populism on democratic quality in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine

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A Paris-Saclay, des lycéens du monde entier planchent sur le nucléaire

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Du 20 au 22 mars 2017, 150 lycéens et leurs professeurs venus des quatre coins du monde (Allemagne, Biélorussie, Colombie, France, Japon, Moldavie et Ukraine) ont présenté à Paris-Saclay le résultat de leurs travaux sur la maîtrise des risques liés à la radioactivité.
          

Stephen Colbert reads you some funny, 'disturbing' highlights from the impeachment hearings

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In Wednesday's episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the host continued to follow the impeachment inquiry into Trump with a look at the testimony of former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor. He didn't have to do much to point out the ridiculousness of U.S. politics right now.

Despite Trump's belligerent assertions to the contrary, Taylor testified that there was indeed a "this" for "that" put forward to Ukraine — the very definition of quid pro quo. 

"What else has the president been lying about?" wonders Colbert. "Is Mexico not going to pay for the border wall? Would he not date Ivanka if she wasn't his daughter?" Read more...

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Seth Meyers calls out Trump's hypocritical take on Ukraine whistleblower

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As the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's Ukraine "quid pro quo" call rolls on, Republicans are trying a number of different tactics to derail the questioning. Now that the full transcripts of witness testimony are being released and accusing Democrats of being secretive doesn't fly, Late Night host Seth Meyers spent Wednesday night's 'A Closer Look' segment detailing how Trump and supporters like Rand Paul have pivoted back to "Who even is this whistleblowing guy anyway?"

"We all have the actual evidence now, and yet Trump and his allies are obsessed with the whistleblower," said Meyers. Read more...

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UkrInform: Zelensky, Erdogan in phone call discuss free trade agreement

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U.S. President Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president’s press service reported on Wednesday evening. Read more here.

The post UkrInform: Zelensky, Erdogan in phone call discuss free trade agreement appeared first on KyivPost.


          

RFE/RL: Zelensky says potential US buyer for aeronautics firm Motor Sich news to him

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky first heard of reported U.S. interest in buying the country’s only and one of the world’s top makers of engines for military cargo aircraft and helicopters by reading the news. Read more here. Subscribe to Kyiv Post Daily Digest Subscribe Please, fill in the Email field

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UNIAN: 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 10 enemy attacks in Donbas on Nov. 6

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Russia’s hybrid military forces on Nov. 6 mounted 10 attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded. Read more here.

The post UNIAN: 4 Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 10 enemy attacks in Donbas on Nov. 6 appeared first on KyivPost.


          

New York Times: Facing investigation, Giuliani needed a lawyer

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U.S. President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said on Wednesday that he had assembled a legal team to represent him in the criminal investigation into his activities related to Ukraine, an announcement that came after weeks of sputtered attempts to find a lawyer willing to take him on as a client. Read more here. […]

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Reuters: Top US diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter’s father, former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more here. SUPPORT THE KYIV POST Independent Ukraine needs independent journalism Subscribe Donate

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Associated Press: Why Zelensky aimed for Oval Office

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The room features a couple of couches, an extremely old desk and a pair of classic wing chairs by the fireplace. But the location conveys power and instantly elevates the stature of any guest. Read more here.

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UNIAN: EBRD improves outlook of Ukraine economic growth

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has improved its outlook of the gross domestic product growth in Ukraine in 2019 to 3.3 percent from 2.5 percent previously projected. Read more here.

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Vox: Read William Taylor’s full testimony in the impeachment inquiry

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The House Intelligence Committee just released the transcript of William Taylor’s testimony in the impeachment inquiry — and what it says could cause further trouble for President Donald Trump. Read more here. Subscribe to Kyiv Post Daily Digest Subscribe Please, fill in the Email field

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UNIAN: Donbas war veteran arrested in Kyiv

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On Nov 6, the Kyiv Pechersk district court ruled to remand in custody for 60 days a Donbas war veteran, Inna Hryshchenko, callsign “Puma”. Read more here. SUPPORT THE KYIV POST Independent Ukraine needs independent journalism Subscribe Donate

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Zelensky, Erdogan discuss preparations for meeting of strategic council

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which they discussed the state of preparations for holding the next round of the meeting of the strategic council co-chaired by the heads of the two states. The press service of the Ukrainian president reported that Zelensky and Erdogan noted […]

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Schiff Star Witness Bill Taylor Admits His Sole Source For Info on Trump-Ukraine Dealings Related to Biden Crime Family Was Fake News NY Times! No judge would allow this evidence, this is clear hearsay!

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Schiff Star Witness Bill Taylor Admits His Sole Source For Info on Trump-Ukraine Dealings Related to Biden Crime Family Was Fake News NY Times!
          

delicate Ukrainian womankind from city Odessa Ukraine

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UKRAINE: SELON QUE VOUS SEREZ PROCHES OU LOINTAINS...

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Faut bien dire: l'Ukraine, on s'en moque un peu. C'est là-bas, loin, loin, les noms sont imprononçables et on n'en connaît rien. Jusqu'au jour où on tombe dessus, presque par hasard. Et là on comprend pourquoi on a chaud aux fesses. <g:plusone size="small" count="false"...
          

The Washington Post: Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference clearing him on Ukraine

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President Donald Trump asked that Attorney General William Barr hold a news conference clearing him of legal wrongdoing with regard to his phone call pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate Democrats -- but Barr refused, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

Analysis: Lindsey Graham may have just set the bar impossibly high for a Trump impeachment

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Defending President Donald Trump's oft-repeated claims that there was no quid pro quo in his relationship with Ukraine becomes more difficult by the day. Which forces Republicans to bend over backward -- and crush logic -- to do so.

          

Impeachment inquiry: Trump used Ukraine aid as leverage, says diplomat - BBC News

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  1. Impeachment inquiry: Trump used Ukraine aid as leverage, says diplomat  BBC News
  2. Trump-Ukraine scandal: Taylor transcript details direct quid pro quo via irregular channels – as it happened  The Guardian
  3. Top US diplomat in Ukraine says there was 'clear understanding' aid tied to investigation announcement  CNN International
  4. Gordon Sondland was a perfect fall guy, until he decided to tell the truth  The Guardian
  5. Public impeachment hearings may be a game changer  The Washington Post
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Are the GOP and Trump down to one explanation?

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It seems that the last attempt by the GOP and Trump to say Trump did nothing wrong is gone. There is now no question there was not only quid pro quo, but that the Ukraine government knew that the money budgeted by Congress was not forth coming until they announced an investigation into Biden and...
          

Trump ally Sondland admits tying Ukraine aid to Biden investigation

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US diplomat Gordon Sondland told a Ukrainian official his country would likely not get nearly $400 million in security aid unless they pursued investigations demanded by President Donald Trump, revising earlier testimony to the Trump impeachment inquiry.
          

The chamber voted on October 31, 2019, to approve procedures related to the impeachment inquiry into President Trump

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“What is at stake in all of this? It’s nothing less than our democracy,” Nancy Pelosi.  News of a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump had pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate the Biden family, and military aid was being withheld from Ukraine unless the president of Ukraine cooperated, broke in September 2019, that led Pelosi to end the ambiguity …

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Ігор Коломойський вирішив побудувати у Карпатах курорт?

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Ігор Коломойський вирішив побудувати у Карпатах курорт?
Опоненти будівництва гірського курорту наголошують, що одна з найбільш крихких&

 

Як   пише  Ukrainian People, у  Карпатах в районі гірського масиву Свидовець раптово почали розширювати труднопрохідну дорогу.

Активісти побоюються, що це пов’язано з будівництвом одного з найбільших в Європі гірськолижних курортів, пише New York Times. Проєкт пов’язують з ТОВ Скорзонера, бенефіціарами якої є олігархи Ігор Коломойський і Геннадій Боголюбов. Місцеві чиновники запевняють, що дорожні роботи в горах до курорту відношення не мають.

Коломойський вирішив побудувати у Карпат…

Першим цей проєкт анонсував у 2016 році тодішній губернатор Закарпатської області Геннадій Москаль. Згідно з офіційними документами, саме Скорзонера розробляє детальний план гірськолижного комплексу, який передбачає будівництво 120 ресторанів і десятків готелів. У липні 2016 року представники компанії Коломойського в листі місцевим чиновникам писали про величезні масштаби і економічні переваги проєкту Свидовець. У компанії запевняли, що зможуть реалізувати цей «видатний туристичний проєкт».

Скорзонера володіє гірськолижним курортом Буковель. Їй переданий в концесію аеропорт Івано-Франківська.

Коломойський не відповів на запити журналістів. Екс-кандидат в президенти від партії УКРОП Олександр Шевченко, який до обрання нардепом у 2014 році був директором ТОВ Скорзонера, заявив, що олігарх ніколи не цікавився будівництвом курорту у Свидовці. За його словами, інформація про причетність Коломойського до проєкту Свидовець — «чутки» і «казки».

Активісти зазначають, що комплекс зруйнує унікальну природу Карпат, а також завдасть шкоди річковій системі Чорної Тиси.

Нинішній губернатор Закарпатської області Ігор Бондаренко каже, що розуміє побоювання активістів та екологів, але підкреслює, що регіон має гостру потребу в інвестиціях для фінансування розвитку і забезпечення робочих місць. В інтерв’ю Укрінформу він заявляв, що проєкт буде реалізований. «Безумовно він буде, тому що це розвиток», — говорив губернатор.

Прес-секретар президента Володимира Зеленського Юлія Мендель сказала журналістам, що доля цього проєкту — не питання до президента.

Нагадаємо, раніше повідомлялося, що проєкт передбачає будівництво комплексу на 28 тис. туристів з власним аеродромом. Туристів на гору будуть підіймати 23 підіймачі. Планується облаштувати 230 км лижних трас. Швейцарський Фонд імені Бруно Мансера в червні представив в Києві аналітичний звіт, в якому йдеться про причетність до проєкту ТОВ Скорзонера.

Як зазначає Радіо Свобода, проти проєкту виступають українські та міжнародні незалежні екологи та природоохоронні організації. Вони підкреслюють, що розпорядження на розробку проєктної документації затверджено з порушеннями, будівництво комплексу порушить міжнародні природоохоронні угоди, курорт може зруйнувати екосистему Карпат.

          

Tổng thống Trump phản đối động thái của Nhà Trắng trước cuộc điều tra luận tội

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TGVN. Ngày 6/11, một quan chức cấp cao Mỹ cho biết, Nhà Trắng có kế hoạch tuyển thêm hai cố vấn tham gia đội ngũ truyền thông để bảo vệ Tổng thống Donald Trump trước cuộc điều tra luận tội liên quan đến cuộc điện đàm giữa ông và người đồng cấp Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky hồi tháng 7 vừa qua.
          

Đại sứ Mỹ tại EU: Tổng thống Trump nói không muốn đổi chác, muốn ông Zelensky làm điều đúng đắn

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TGVN. Các nhà điều tra thuộc Hạ viện Mỹ đã công bố thêm những bản ghi chép trong cuộc điều tra luận tội Tổng thống Donald Trump, trong đó có hàng trăm trang ghi lời khai của hai nhà ngoại giao hàng đầu nước này là cựu Đặc phái viên của Mỹ tại Ukraine Kurt Volker và Đại sứ Mỹ tại Liên minh châu Âu Gordon Sondland.
          

Transcripts Will Be Released on a Rolling Basis: Today It Is From Ambassador William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim For US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine

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Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcript from the joint deposition of  Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim For US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.former ambassador Taylor

The three Chairs issued the following statement announcing today’s release. Above, Amb. Taylor

“The testimony of Ambassador Taylor — a West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and nonpartisan diplomat —  shows how President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine and conditioned its release, as well as a vital White House meeting, on the President of Ukraine publicly announcing investigations into debunked conspiracy theories involving the Bidens and the 2016 election.  

“Ambassador Taylor’s testimony lays bare how this shadow foreign policy channel pursued by the President’s agent, Rudy Giuliani, with the assistance of Ambassadors Sondland and Volker, placed immense pressure on the Ukrainian government to accomplish the President’s goal. Ambassador Taylor makes clear why this military aid and continued bipartisan support for Ukraine are so critically important — and why these efforts to undermine U.S. foreign policy for domestic political reasons were so damaging. We look forward to his public testimony.”

The testimony of Ambassador Taylor can be found here.

Key excerpts from Ambassador Taylor’s testimony can be found here.


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H. Res. 660, which was passed by the House of Representatives on October 31, 2019, authorizes the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “to make publicly available in electronic form the transcripts of depositions” with “appropriate redactions for classified and other sensitive information.”

Pursuant to this resolution, and consistent with the Committee’s rules and longstanding bipartisan practice, the Committee has begun preparing transcripts from the impeachment inquiry for public release, which includes a thorough, nonpartisan security review to protect classified and other sensitive information.

As part of this process, the Committee is redacting (1) personally identifiable information; (2) the names of non-senior Executive Branch personnel and Intelligence Community employees; (3) the names of committee staff who did not ask questions or make on-the-record statements; and (4) classified or potentially classified information or other sensitive information not pertinent to the subject of the impeachment inquiry.

In addition, consistent with the Committee’s rules, each transcript has been made available to the witness for inspection, including to identify technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections.  The Committee has also taken into consideration requested redactions from witnesses, if they fall within the parameters above.

Although the transcripts list Members of the three Committees who were present at the outset of a deposition, they do not necessarily reflect the attendance of all Members who may have joined or departed a deposition at different points.

The Committee will release individual transcripts on a rolling basis as this process is completed.


          

Updated: House Committees Release Testimony of Sondland and Volker in Addition to Yovanovitch and McKinley As Part of New Public Phase of Impeachment Inquiry

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November 5, 2019: See Additional Testimony Releases Below

Washington, November 4, 2019: Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcripts of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch and former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley.'Masha' Yovanovitch

Both of these individuals testified before the Committees as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald J. Trump. The resolution passed by the House last week authorized the Committees to make the inquiry transcripts of their recent depositions and interviews available to Members and public at the discretion at the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee in advance of open hearings.

The three Chairs issued the following statement announcing today’s releases:

“As we move towards this new public phase of the impeachment inquiry, the American public will begin to see for themselves the evidence that the committees have collected. With each new interview, we learn more about the President’s attempt to manipulate the levers of power to his personal political benefit.

“The transcripts of interviews with Ambassadors Yovanovitch and McKinley demonstrate clearly how President Trump approved the removal of a highly respected and effective diplomat based on public falsehoods and smears against Ambassador Yovanovitch’s character and her work in support of long-held U.S. foreign policy anticorruption goals.

“Ambassadors Yovanovitch and McKinley’s testimony also demonstrates the contamination of U.S. foreign policy by an irregular back channel that sought to advance the President’s personal and political interests, and the serious concerns that this activity elicited across our government.

“Unfortunately, despite those concerns, the transcripts also show clearly that efforts to secure public support for Ambassador Yovanovitch from the senior-most levels of the State Department were never realized, thanks to worry among those leaders that such support would be directly undermined by presidential attacks.”

The testimony of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch from October 11, 2019 can be found here. Key excerpts from Yovanovitch’s testimony can be found here.

The testimony of former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley from October 16, 2019 can be found here. Key excerpts from McKinley’s testimony can be found here.

Background:

H. Res. 660, which was passed by the House of Representatives on October 31, 2019, authorizes the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “to make publicly available in electronic form the transcripts of depositions” with “appropriate redactions for classified and other sensitive information.”

Pursuant to this resolution, and consistent with the Committee’s rules and longstanding bipartisan practice, the Committee has begun preparing transcripts from the impeachment inquiry for public release, which includes a thorough, nonpartisan security review to protect classified and other sensitive information.

As part of this process, the Committee is redacting (1) personally identifiable information; (2) the names of non-senior Executive Branch personnel and Intelligence Community employees; (3) the names of committee staff who did not ask questions or make on-the-record statements; and (4) classified or potentially classified information or other sensitive information not pertinent to the subject of the impeachment inquiry.

In addition, consistent with the Committee’s rules, each transcript has been made available to the witness for inspection, including to identify technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections.  The Committee has also taken into consideration requested redactions from witnesses, if they fall within the parameters above.

Although the transcripts list Members of the three Committees who were present at the outset of a deposition, they do not necessarily reflect the attendance of all Members who may have joined or departed a deposition at different points.

The Committee will release individual transcripts on a rolling basis as this process is completed. The Committees plan to release the testimony of Ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland next, provided that counsel for the witnesses clear those transcripts in a timely manner. 

 

Committees Release Sondland and Volker Transcripts as Part of Impeachment Inquiry

New Text Messages Also Released; Washington, November 5, 2019

Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcripts of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, the former United States Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.

          

Impeachment inquiry: Trump used Ukraine aid as leverage, says diplomat

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Bret Baier on Trump impeachment inquiry possibly extending into 2020: “When it comes to the Ukraine question, time is on the Administration’s side.”

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Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier joins The Roe Conn Show with Anna Davlantes to discuss the tragic story of nine Americans killed in a Mexican highway ambush. Also, Bret provides the latest updates in the Trump impeachment inquiry and whether the case will be wrapped up before the 2020 presidential elections. Follow your favorite Roe Conn Show characters on Twitter Follow @RoeConn Follow @AnnaDavlantes Follow @kpowell720 Follow @kgfrankenthal Follow @LaurenLapka Follow @TheRoeConnShow And be sure to follow Roe […]
          

Location, location: Why Ukraine leader aimed for Oval Office

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Report: William Barr Declined To Hold Press Conference Clearing Trump Over Ukraine

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Giuliani Hires His Own Team Of Lawyers As Investigations Into Ukraine Ramp Up

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How ‘Congressman-1’ Got Pulled Into Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Scheme

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Republicans Defend Trump After Top Diplomats Confirm Quid Pro Quo

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What William Taylor told Trump impeachment #Investigators

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Impeachment investigators on Wednesday released the much-anticipated deposition transcript of William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. In his bombshell testimony last month, Taylor said he ...
          

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New Lawsuit Alleges Illegal 'Shadow' Ukraine Diplomacy at Trump's Direction

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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Вчера компания Xiaomi анонсировала в Европе смартфон Mi Note 10 (aka CC9 Pro), а сейчас появилась информация когда ждать и сколько будет стоить новинка в Украине.


          

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Lindsey Graham Claims Trump Donor Sondland Is in Cahoots With ‘Democratic Operatives’Fox NewsSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) openly speculated on Wednesday night that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland recently changed his impeachment testimony because he was now partnered up with “Democratic operatives” and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).Graham, who has been one of the president’s fiercest defenders amid the Ukraine scandal, appeared on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum to address Sondland suddenly recalling that he did tell Ukrainian officials that they needed to make a “public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks” to receive U.S. military aid. One of the main targets of the “anti-corruption” investigations was Burisma, the company on whose board Hunter Biden served.“Not one person has talked to President Trump about whether or not he wanted a quid pro quo,” Graham insisted. “[State Department diplomat Bill] Taylor is saying he assumed there was a quid pro quo based on what Sondland told him, the EU ambassador. He said previously there was not, now his memory has been refreshed.”Host Martha MacCallum asked Graham about Schiff’s claim after the release of testimony transcripts that “most important facts are largely not contested” and that Trump enlisted the government to “in the illicit aim of trying to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent as well as further conspiracy theory about the 2016 election.”“That statement is full of crap,” the South Carolina lawmaker groused before offering conspiracies about Sondland, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration fund.“Why did Sondland change his testimony?” Graham wondered aloud. “Was there a connection between Sondland and Democratic operatives on the committee? Did he talk to Schiff? Did he talk to Schiff’s staffers?”“I’ve been a lawyer for a very long time,” he continued. “When someone remembers something they didn’t know before it makes me incredibly suspicious. Why did Sondland change his mind? What prompted him to change his mind about maybe there was a quid pro quo when I said there wasn’t?”Graham’s speculation about a Trump donor suddenly shifting course and helping the Deep State take down the president comes on the heels of another interesting defense of Trump the senator tried out on Wednesday.“What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent, it depends on who you talk to, they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo,” he told reporters. “So no, I find the whole process to be a sham and I’m not going to legitimize it.”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.



          

Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry

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House committees involved in the impeachment inquiry said Wednesday that the investigation will go public next week, with senior State Department officials scheduled for open hearings beginning November 13th. Meanwhile, Amb. William Taylor's deposition transcript illuminates why U.S. military aid to Ukraine was withheld. Nick Schifrin reports and talks to Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins.
          

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TRUMP CLUB LEADER Dr. MICHEL SERGE PAWLOWSKI, D.Sci. CURSES U.S. REP. ADAM SCHIFF AT CITY MEETING

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Using two barnyard epithets, an angry Dr. MICHEL SERGE PAWLOWSKI, D.Sci., predicted that House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff was going to get his "a-- kicked."  (Dr. P.  used a four letter word beginning with S instead of Chairman Schiff's surname)

Dr. P. appeared at St. Augustine Beach City Commission tonight to whisper something to his daughter at the dais. (She's Mayor Undine Celeste Pawloski George, Esq., who is term-limited in encumbering the rotating Mayor's position.

I shook his hand as he was leaving, and asked "How do you like your "President now?"

He said he loved DONALD JOHN TRUMP.  I asked if he had read the transcript of the July 25, 2019 Presidential pressure telephone call to the President of the Ukraine, or the depositions.

No response.

Footnote: Dr. P. took an adjudication withheld on vote fraud charges, registering to vote here before he was a resident, while he was still a high-level of FEMA in suburban Maryland.




          

Are Bill Taylor’s notebooks Trump’s Nixon tapes? (Dana Milbank, WaPo)

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During Watergate, at age 16 in 1973, I was glued to the televisions in the English and History Resource Center at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, N.J. and the faculty lounge at the Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J. Today's students should be equally enthused and enjoy the hearings of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, commencing November 13, 2019.

I never worked for the Snake Department, as it has become. But I fondly remember being threatened by a lobbyist by multinational corporation, BECHTEL, who said, "if you write that article, you'll never work for the State Department." I replied, "ma'am, I don't want to work for the State Department. The article was published and helped slam the door on coal slurry pipelines, defeated by 2-1 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As a 17.5 year old Georgetown undergraduate, I heard Ralph Nader speak on August 28, 1974 (Feast of St. Augustine), volunteered to work for Senator Ted Kennedy the next day, and worked for EMK and then Senators Gary W. Hart (D-Colo.) and James R. Sasser (D-Tenn.)

My experience was all on the Senate side. Once upon a time, my college roommate, Edward Francis McElwain, ventured over to the House side of the Capitol, as political tourists, if not theorists (the word that autocorrect just suggested to me, thank you!). We observed House members wearing leisure suits. Not up to Senate Standards.

I don't pretend to understand the U.S. House of Representatives. The late Howard Henry Baker, Jr. (R-Tenn.), once quipped that there were two things in life that he did not understand -- "the Middle East and the House of Representatives."

But from what I've seen so far, the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committees are doing an excellent job.

From The Washington Post:

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President Trump greets visitors as he walks to board Marine One on Oct. 25. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
President Trump greets visitors as he walks to board Marine One on Oct. 25. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)


He also kept the encrypted WhatsApp messages he exchanged with Gordon Sondland, Kurt Volker, Rudy Giuliani and others at the center of the scandal. Together, they paint a near-comprehensive picture of the Ukraine imbroglio, from the ouster of the former ambassador to the attempts to condition U.S. aid and a presidential meeting on an announcement by the Ukrainian president that his country would investigate Joe Biden’s son and the Democrats.
Trump administration officials have refused to turn over documents to the impeachment inquiry. They have persuaded a dozen top officials to defy subpoenas for their testimony. But they couldn’t do anything about Bill Taylor’s notes. His scribbles and texts provided the road map that congressional investigators used to confirm Taylor’s account with other central participants. 
As the deposition transcript reveals, Taylor’s notes show that White House officials knew well in advance of the president’s now-infamous call with Ukraine’s president that their actions could be problematic. Taylor recounted how Sondland, before a June call with the Ukrainian president, got the State Department not to allow stenographers on the call, as was typical. “In response to his request, they said, ‘we won’t monitor and . . . we certainly won’t transcribe because we’re going to sign off.’ ”You won’t hear anybody say, “read the transcript!” for that one.
Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, also rescheduled the call time but didn’t tell diplomats who were supposed to be on the line, Taylor testified, because Giuliani’s “irregular channel didn’t have a respect for or an interest in having the normal staff participate.”
Taylor described the July 18 video conference when a disembodied voice of a budget official said U.S. aid to Ukraine had been suspended and “the directive had come from the president.” It became his “clear understanding,” Taylor testified, that unless the Ukrainian president pursued Trump’s politically motivated investigations, he wouldn’t get the military aid or a presidential audience.
Taylor recalled that Ukrainian officials “were just desperate” upon learning the aid was held up. He said the Ukrainians understood they were being presented with a “condition” — that is, a quid pro quo — for a meeting with Trump. He recalled the ire of national security adviser John Bolton and others when they realized what Giuliani’s crew was doing.Taylor is a credible witness by virtue of his résumé: West Point. Infantry officer with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. A diplomat under every administration since Ronald Reagan’s. He didn’t want the job when Trump officials recruited him: “I was concerned that there was . . . a snake pit in Kyiv and a snake pit here.”
But he’s also effective because he wrestles the snakes with skill. From the first moments of his deposition, Republicans interrupted with procedural complaints — “This whole hearing is out of order,” proclaimed Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) — then tried to probe him on Burisma, the Ukrainian firm that Hunter Biden advised.
Wasn’t Burisma “a shady organization”?
“I don’t want to say more than I know.”
Was Biden “tapped for the board because his dad was the vice president”?
“I’m here as a fact witness.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wanted him to agree that Ukrainians “in almost all cases” supported Democrats and provided “dirt” for Hillary Clinton.
“When you say ‘Ukrainians,’ that paints a broad brush,” he replied.
He further explained that while it is acceptable for the United States to ask for help from Ukraine on possible violations of U.S. law, it’s “improper” to pressure another country to investigate violations of its own law — and extraordinary to insist that they investigate a specific company.
But that is what Trump did with Giuliani’s shadow — and shadowy — operation. They tried to conceal what they were doing in advance, cover it up later and stiff-arm the congressional investigation. But it’s all right there, in Bill Taylor’s little notebooks.

          

Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into the Trash. (NBC News, September 16, 2014)

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While I do strongly disapprove of the water and the tire, the symbolic speech of Ukrainians depositing a corrupt Russian-loving politician in the trash resonates.

It made me think of stunningly, stinkingly corrupt St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, who

  1. Legally changed his name from "HOAR" in 1994, who:
  2. Covered up the September 2, 2010 murder of Michelle O'Connell in the home of Deputy JEREMY BANKS, using BANKS' service weapon;
  3. Covered up the January 31, 2019 murder of Eli/Ellie Washtock, who was investigating the September 2, 2010 murder of Michelle O'Connell;
  4. Covered up the $702,771+ embezzlement by RAYE BRUTNELL, not "recusing himself," but requesting another Sheriff of his own choice to "investigate";
  5. Blocked a forensic audit of the St. Johns County Sheriff's office;
  6. Threatens Commissioners with letter grades;
  7. Obstructs Commission requests for information;
  8. Conceals spending by his 501c3;
  9. Takes copiou$ quantities of campaign ca$h from developer$ and gambling interests;
  10. Drops developer money bombs on candidates with ethics, including Nancy Shaver, J. Kenneth Bryan, Ben Rich, Sr., et al.
  11. Is so reviled that the last five (5) candidates that he endorsed LOST, including:
  • St. Augustine Beach Mayor ANDREA SAMUELS (whom he endorsed on Sheriff's letterhead)
  • St. Johns County Commission candidate DICK WILLIAMS.
  • St. Augustine Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr., defeated by Nancy Shaver in 2014.
  • St. Augustine Mayor candidate KRIS PHILLIPS, defeated by Nancy Shaver in 2016.

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Will Senators "Jump Off a Roof" for DONALD JOHN TRUMP?

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A Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation air pollution regulatory manager once told his subordinate, a supervisor, that the State of Tennessee owned his "mind" for "7 1/2 hours a day," and that if told by management to "jump off a roof," he must “jump off a roof.”  The supervisor was fired for doing his job, e.g., citing landowners for setting massive tire fires.

Americans' fundamental rights to speak our minds must be zealously protected, not recklessly neglected.  

But President* Donald John Trump treats everyone -- even Generals and Ambassadors -- like hired hands, as if he were King Donald I.  

Exhibit A: Trump firing our Ambassador to Ukraine, based on defamation from Rudolf Giuliani's Russian-American associates. 

Prediction: Trump will be impeached by our House of Representatives.  Trial will be in the Senate, which Gladstone once called "the world's greatest deliberative body."  Senators will not "jump off a roof" for a bullying bumptious bribe-paying, bribe-taking billionaire.  Trump could be removed from office, de facto or de jure, whether by vote, resignation or plea bargain (as in the case of President Richard Nixon's vicious Vice President Spiro Agnew, who resigned with no jail time for bribery in 1973).

As a teenager, I watched in awe as Congress investigated President Richard Milhous Nixon. Our system worked.  

As it unfolded, heroic Senate Watergate Committee Chair Samuel James Ervin, Jr. (D-N.C.), said, "I love my country.... I think that Watergate is the greatest tragedy this country has ever suffered. I used to think that the Civil War was our country’s greatest tragedy, but I do remember some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate."

Watergate-conspiracy tapes were ordered released by the Supreme Court.  Nixon resigned rather than be impeached, after he was told by Senator Barry Goldwater, et al, that he had perhaps fifteen Senate votes left. 

Will Trump profit from Nixon's example?  Let us hope so.

115 years ago, U.S. District Judge Charles H. Swayne of St. Augustine, Florida and Wilmington, Delaware, was impeached by the House of Representatives on a party-line vote, accused of:
  • expense account padding;
  • abusing powers as railway bankruptcy-receiver to twice order up -- for his, his family's and friends' use -- a private railway car, porter and accoutrements from the bankrupt Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway (riding in style to Delaware and California);
  • jailing/disbarring two attorneys who requested his recusal (in property case re: land owned by his wife);
  • living outside his district boundaries (changed after his appointment), delaying for nine years moving his residence to Pensacola. 

Would anyone convict Judge Swayne for alleged foot-dragging, hebetude or reluctance to move to Pensacola?  

But who doubts it might constitute a "high crime and misdemeanor" to treat a private railway car as his own, twice, or refusing to recuse himself in his wife's case?

Swayne was acquitted February 27, 1905 by a Republican-controlled Senate (another party-line vote).  

Did the Democratic-controlled House over-try/overstate its case?  What If it brought a concise case, instead of hiding its light under a bushel-basket? (12-count, 3217-word charges, 34-day trial).  Some allegations were perhaps overwrought/overstated, but some were undisputed. Swayne contended some actions were "inadvertent." Swayne remained a federal judge until his death in 1907.

Trump impeachment articles must focus, like a laser-beam, on one word: "bribery" -- one of two specific crimes in our Constitution, Article II, Section 4, before the words "high crimes and misdemeanors."  (The other specifically-named impeachment-crime is "treason," defined as "levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.") 

Does holding up $391,000,000 in Congressionally-appropriated Ukraine military/foreign aid constitute "bribery?"   

Trump abused his office to bribe Ukraine's President.  Why?  Trump abused his office to solicit a bribe from Ukraine's President.  Why?

Corruptly using foreign relations to bolster Trump's re-election campaign.  How many Ukrainian soldiers and civilians died because of Trump's arrogant, illegal, unconstitutional aid holdup? 

Trump lawyer Rudolf William Louis Giuliani's father was an armed robber, serving time in prison for armed robbery of a milkman.  At least Giuliani, Sr. looked his victims in the eye,.  Holdup artists Trump and Giuliani hustled the Ukraine, an Eastern European nation, withholding Congressionally voted military and foreign aid to a nation facing facing Russian aggression.  Without encrypted communications technology purchased by the aid, Ukrainian soldiers faced more  preventable deaths caused by Russian hacking of their radios.

Enough dupery.  Enough Trumpery.  

Judge John Noonan documented the 6000 year history of bribery.  There is no more sinister example than Trump's Ukraine chicanery -- a provable egregious example of corruption by the President of the United States of America, causing death and destruction.

Senate committee counsel Robert F. Kennedy once said he'd jump off the capitol dome if Teamster leader James Riddle Hoffa was acquitted of bribery.  Hoffa was acquitted in a jury trial and his counsel,Edward Bennett Williams, offered to send RFK a parachute.  Senators voting to acquit Trump can expect no parachutes.  

It's time for Trump to go.  Have faith. Our system will work, once again.  


Ed Slavin, B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown U., J.D., Memphis State U.,, was founding editor of the Appalachian Observer in Clinton, Tennessee and won declassification of the largest mercury pollution event in world history at Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Plant, Oak Ridge,Tenn.  

          

GUEST EDITORIAL | Matt Gaetz is embarrassing his district and our state. (SAR/Palm Beach Post)

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MATTHEW LOUIS GAETZ, II did what he did in the SCIF at the direct instructions of President DONALD JOHN TRUMP. This is a dangerous demagogue, elected from what is arguably Florida's most redneck, racist, rabid peckerwood Congressional District, the 1st Congressional District in the Florida Panhandle, otherwise known as Lower Alabama. Read more on this despicable character in the Mother Jones profile here.




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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz and his band of delusional Republican House members deserve discipline for their juvenile stunt of crashing Congress’ secure meeting room to disrupt the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

This editorial recently appeared in The Palm Beach Post:

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz and his band of delusional Republican House members deserve discipline for their juvenile stunt of crashing Congress’ secure meeting room to disrupt the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

There is nothing improper about these hearings, no matter how much Republicans bray about “Soviet-style” proceedings. The impeachment inquiry is taking depositions much as a grand jury does, or as special prosecutors did before the impeachments of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton; in private so as to keep witnesses from collaborating.

More than 45 Republicans are on the three committees holding the hearings, and there’s no reason to think that they or their staff lawyers aren’t asking tough questions behind those doors. If the testimony were somehow weakening the case that President Donald Trump was abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine, we’d surely be hearing about it.

But as we’re learning from disclosures, each diplomat who comes forward is making clearer that Trump indeed withheld almost $400 million in desperately needed military aid to a vulnerable ally; in exchange, he wanted Ukraine’s public acknowledgment that they were investigating discredited suspicions of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and a baseless theory that Ukraine and not Russia was the computer-hacking culprit subverting our 2016 elections.

No other U.S. president has ever before usurped foreign policy for his personal political gain as is being alleged here. The evidence is mounting of a political scandal of monumentally historic proportions.

Trump’s defenders are having an ever more difficult time arguing the facts. So they are throwing up distractions about the process.

Gaetz, the Pensacola-area Republican who literally seems to think that a kangaroo court is something run by Captain Kangaroo, is leading the most inane contingent and making the most primitive of moves: physically crashing the proceedings.

Wednesday’s scene of guys in suits going all torch-and-pitchfork in the halls of Congress were disturbingly similar to the “Brooks Brothers riot” of 2000, when a swarm of paid GOP operatives, posing as outraged members of the public, rushed the doors of the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections Office so loudly and violently that within hours the presidential ballot recount was halted.


On Wednesday, the best that Gaetz & Co. managed was to delay testimony by five hours.

Gaetz is a real piece of work. Since landing in Congress in 2017, his main preoccupation has been appearing on Fox News as often as possible (more than 70 times to date) to extol Donald Trump and rail against his critics. In February, on Twitter, he threatened to release damaging information about former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because Cohen was testifying to Congress against the president, a threat which caused the Florida Bar to investigate (Gaetz apologized).

And you might remember when Gaetz tried to get two parents of Parkland shooting victims ejected from a House hearing on gun control. The parents had objected when Gaetz claimed that “illegal aliens” are a bigger threat than firearms and that a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would make the country safer than universal background checks for gun purchases.

Funny, but House Republicans didn’t mind closed hearings when they were endlessly investigating Benghazi and the target was Hillary Clinton.

In fact, as Judge Andrew Napolitano noted on Fox News Thursday, the rules that permit closed hearings at this stage of an inquiry — the initial interviewing of witnesses -- were put in place in 2015 by a Republican majority. The next phase, the actual impeachment hearings conducted by the House Judiciary Committee, will be public.

And for a party so obsessed with the supposed security risks posed by Clinton’s private email server, Gaetz and his gang were awfully cavalier about bringing smartphones into the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF). This was a major breach of security protocols — and a potential felony.

To say Gaetz’s that actions are unbecoming of the U.S. House of Representatives and an embarrassment to the Panhandle voters that sent him there would be an understatement.

It is certainly within the boundaries of partisan politics to disagree about the Trump impeachment inquiry, but is out of bounds to lead a screaming gang to disrupt a legal House proceeding.

If he follows through on his threat to do more of the same, the House should vote to censure him.
          

‘Bribery’ is right there in the Constitution. Trump could be impeached for that. (WaPo)

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‘Bribery’ is right there in the Constitution. Trump could be impeached for that.

Why wrestle with the meaning of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors”? The president can be accused of an offense that’s already well-defined.

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Oct. 20, 2019 at 2:41 a.m. EDT

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) has described President Trump’s public call for a foreign government to investigate former vice president Joe Biden’s family as an “abuse of power.” Ditto former congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has characterized Trump’s recent conduct — including his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president — as “brazen efforts to pressure foreign powers to intervene in the 2020 elections,” adding that “continued efforts to hide the truth of the President’s abuse of power from the American people will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction.”

For congressional Democrats considering impeachment, there is a case to be made that the Constitution’s reference to “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” applies to Trump’s alleged Ukraine plot, charges of a coverup or possible obstruction of justice. And there would be nothing unusual about Congress considering several articles of impeachment: The House voted on four articles against President Bill Clinton — obstruction passed, abuse of power failed — and 11 against President Andrew Johnson. The Senate ultimately voted on two articles against Clinton and three against Johnson.
Amid a series of House investigations, however, and several public, potentially incriminating admissions by Trump, Democrats haven’t settled on a core legal rationale for impeachment, which is striking, considering the Constitution’s answer is staring them in the face. Trump’s statements and actions with regard to Ukraine appear to fit one of the few offenses the Constitution specifically lists as impeachable: Bribery.
Along with treason, it’s the only impeachable offense expressly listed in Article II, Section 4 before the catchall category, “high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” as a reason to impeach federal officials, who “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The legal case would be that Trump sought a bribe. He encouraged Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky “to do us a favor” and look into, among other things, the Biden family. Trump would later acknowledge that goal, telling reporters on Oct. 3 that he wanted Zelensky to “start a major investigation into the Bidens.” Evidence and testimony from inside the Trump administration, meanwhile, suggests that the sought after benefit — an investigation of Trump’s rival — was conditioned on U.S. government action: Administration officials have referenced apparent conditions on both a coveted White House meeting between the two leaders, and on disbursement of millions in military aid, pending Ukraine’s government announcing an investigation of the Bidens.
Even though the process would likely call for additional evidence and detail, that’s the logical thrust of the argument that Trump used his office to seek a bribe: corruptly soliciting something of value “in exchange for official action.” As it stands, the case appears straightforward, and, unlike most legal or political issues, several key underlying facts aren’t even in dispute.

Impeachment isn't optional. If facts point in that direction, Congress must act.

A focus on bribery would distinguish this case from the two presidential impeachments in history, neither of which resulted in conviction in the Senate and removal from office. The Johnson and Clinton cases were bogged down by a difficult question: What defines a high crime or misdemeanor in the Constitution?

At Johnson’s trial, the Senate was not convinced by articles of impeachment that fixated on whether he made an illegal recess appointment for the war secretary position, or whether he brought a generalized sense of “ridicule and disgrace” to the presidency, a matter of opinion. For Clinton, even some of his Republican opponents were not convinced a president should be convicted of a “high crime” for alleged perjury and obstruction that did not involve official duties.
By contrast, no one can deny that bribery is impeachable, because the Constitution says it is.
Invoking the Founders’ text also preempts efforts to turn impeachment into a technical debate over federal law. A Senate trial on bribery would evaluate impeachment the way the Constitution does: As a violation so grave it merits removal, without parsing the statutes that Congress passed decades after the Constitution was ratified. As former Justice Department lawyer Ben Berwick argues, “the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors can’t be limited by statutes” since, until the mid-20th century, criminal law “followed the common law model” and the “same goes for bribery,” since “there was no general federal bribery statute at all until 1853.” There’s not much logic, then, to invoking contemporary laws to resolve whether the president’s conduct is impeachable, when the conduct fits within an impeachable offense already spelled out in the Constitution’s text.
If the president or other officials separately committed a felony, that is a matter for prosecutors. The outlook there is mixed. On the one hand, the Supreme Court recently raised the bar for what it takes to convict a public official for bribery, in a unanimous ruling knocking down the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. Remember the “official act” required in return for a bribe? The Court ruled it must involve deploying “governmental power,” not just setting up a meeting. That could be good news for any official who may have arranged Ukraine meetings, but it probably doesn’t help an official who may have corruptly altered foreign aid. On the other hand, when a plot involves a United States official demanding a benefit, strict bribery and extortion rules can kick in. Public officials can be found guilty of federal bribery or extortion even without fulfilling a promised quid pro quo. As the Court stressed in that same case, an official can commit bribery even if he does not actually take an action, “it is enough that the official agree to do so.” In other words, demanding something of value while merely suggesting you will take future government action, such as delaying military aid, might constitute a crime, even if you don’t follow through.
There is a range of evidence against President Trump, including what is known in legal circles as his “voluntary confession,” but he has more than one defense: On his conduct toward Ukraine, Trump argues that regardless of what he requested or hoped for, he didn’t offer any explicit action in exchange for an investigation. “When this came out, it was ‘quid pro quo’ — well, there is none,” Trump told reporters on earlier this month. Thursday, in the White House press briefing room, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney conceded that military aid for Ukraine was conditioned on a political probe, saying “that’s why we held up the money” — an admission so blunt that Trump’s personal lawyer rushed to distance himself from the statement. Ultimately, though, the Constitution’s bribery prohibition doesn’t turn exclusively on whether officials say the conduct occurred, but rather on Congress’s view of what the evidence proves.

Trump's impeachment defense boils down to this: Treat me like a king

While that argument is about what Trump offered, there is another defense based on what he sought: Trump may argue that whatever personal benefit might accrue from a Biden investigation, he genuinely thought an investigation was in the interest of the country. Trump took this tack on Oct. 4, arguing that he had “a duty” to push a foreign investigation of Biden because “we are looking for corruption.” Legitimately demanding something for the United States does not amount to a benefit for a bribe, which makes his intent the issue.
And there are also institutional defenses: Whatever one thinks of this alleged plot, there’s a question of whether the Senate should set a precedent for indicting, and potentially ousting a president over what some consider only diplomatic “hardball.” Throughout history, the argument goes, presidents have wielded foreign policy powers with an eye on reelection — perhaps that’s what Mulvaney was trying to get at with his now infamous comments in the briefing room, declaring “we do that all the time” and telling everyone to “get over it".
Most of these defenses turn on credibility. Are they corroborated, or undercut, by firsthand witnesses, the administration’s actions, and the evidence of Trump’s intent? In the end, there may be many things about the president that merit criticism, but few that merit impeachment. That is what the Founders intended when they listed only bribery, treason, and high crimes and misdemeanors as grounds for taking that step.

If Congress, pursuing impeachment, begins with the Constitution’s text, it may find bribery is the right place to focus. That’s true especially because of evidence drawn from Trump’s own words: Remarkably, the president who spent years successfully resisting an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller finds an impeachment probe rapidly escalating, in part, because of interviews he’s given, freely, sometimes standing on the White House lawn.

Correction: A previous version of this article was incorrectly worded to refer to the argument that Trump “offered” a bribe. It has been corrected to refer to the argument that he “sought” a bribe.
          

11/7/2019: World: Ambassador to EU changes Ukraine evidence to accuse Trump

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A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which US military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe...
          

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Lewis H. Siegelbaum, "Stuck on Communism: Memoir of a Russian Historian" (Northern Illinois UP, 2019)

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This memoir by one of the foremost scholars of the Soviet period spans three continents and more than half a century―from the 1950s when Lewis Siegelbaum's father was a victim of McCarthyism up through the implosion of the Soviet Union and beyond. Siegelbaum recreates journeys of discovery and self-discovery in the tumult of student rebellion at Columbia University during the Vietnam War, graduate study at Oxford, and Moscow at the height of détente. His story takes the reader into the Soviet archives, the coalfields of eastern Ukraine, and the newly independent Uzbekistan. An intellectual autobiography that is also a biography of the field of Anglophone Soviet history, Stuck on Communism: Memoir of a Russian Historian (Northern Illinois UP, 2019) is a guide for how to lead a life on the Left that integrates political and professional commitments. Siegelbaum reveals the attractiveness of Communism as an object of study and its continued relevance decades after its disappearance from the landscape of its origin. Through the journey of a book that is in the end a romance, Siegelbaum discovers the truth in the notion that no matter what historians take as their subject, they are always writing about themselves. Siegelbaum is the author of books on the effort to mobilize industry in tsarist Russia during World War I (1983), the Stakhanovite movement of the 1930s (1988), the Soviet state and society in the 1920s (1994), and the award-winning Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile (2008). He co-authored with Jim von Geldern the award-winning website “Seventeen Moments in Soviet History,” an online sourcebook used extensively to teach Soviet history, and with Leslie Page Moch Broad is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia’s Twentieth Century (2014). He has edited two books and co-edited six others, most recently Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands (2019) with Krista Goff. His memoir, Stuck on Communism: Memoir of a Russian Historian, is published by Northern Illinois University Press. Steven Seegel is professor of history at University of Northern Colorado. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
          

Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Details Emerge on Giuliani’s Role

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Trump Impeachment Defense Erodes as Details Emerge on Giuliani’s RoleNov.06 -- Transcripts released Tuesday by the House impeachment panels offered details from U.S. envoys on Rudy Giuliani’s back-channel efforts to pressure Ukraine for investigations linked to the top political rival of President Donald Trump. Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter reports on "Bloomberg Surveillance."



          

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Impeachment lies not going well

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Mollie Hemingway writes in the Federalist,
The impeachment inquiry, such as it is, has tremendous struggles. It’s been conducted in secret, with heavy control from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the man who falsely claimed for years he had evidence of Trump’s treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election. The inquiry is being handled by him because the more appropriate committee chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., made a mess of the previous impeachment efforts by mismanaging his hearings with Robert Mueller, John Dean, and Corey Lewandowski. In fact, the Mueller hearing was such a disaster for impeachment efforts that it more or less killed a multi-year effort put in place by Resistance bureaucrats and their supporters.

Schiff has told witnesses not to answer questions when those questions would help Trump, and has badgered witnesses who were deemed insufficiently supportive of his efforts to undo the 2016 election. He and the whistleblower both lied about their coordination prior to the complaint being filed. And while he originally demanded the whistleblower’s testimony, after that coordination was revealed, he has attempted to prevent the testimony during which difficult questions would be asked.

Worse, the witnesses thus far can not point to a single crime, much less a high crime, for which to impeach the president. Instead, the witnesses either broadly support the president’s handling of foreign policy or are livid with rage over his disagreement with their foreign policy views.

While the losing faction in 2016 has great trouble with Trump’s less interventionist foreign policy, it is not actually grounds for impeachment. Even if one were to take issue with that foreign policy, nobody has been able to point to a single crime that took place in any interaction with Ukraine, much less one committed by the president, which is a serious barrier for an impeachment inquiry.
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Amb. Sondland, who Reversed himself on Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, once Stood up for Khizr Khan against Trump

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Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, potentially facing perjury charges owing to his earlier testimony that conflicted with that of other State Department personnel on the Ukraine quid pro quo, “refreshed his recollection” on Tuesday. In testimony to the impeachment inquiry, he said, “I now recall speaking individually […]
          

Pompeo Criticized for Failing to Support Ousted US Ambassador to Ukraine

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Several senior U.S. diplomats, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, are key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. As transcripts from diplomats' closed-door Capitol Hill hearings are released, many are questioning why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not shield or support Yovanovitch from an administration campaign that led to her eventual ouster. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.
          

Glasverpackungen erleben zurzeit eine echte Renaissance

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Einen eindeutigen Trend zum Kauf und zur Wiederverwendung von Glasverpackungen meldet Österreichs größter Glaserzeuger, die Firma Vetropack Austria GmbH mit Sitz in Pöchlarn. „Die Menschen werden zunehmend sensibler, wenn sie von großen Plastikmüllinseln in den Meeren lesen“, erklärt Geschäftsführer Johann Eggerth in einem Interview mit dem Magazin „iv-positionen“. Demgegenüber sei Glas ein hochwertiges Verpackungsmaterial, das keinerlei Reaktion mit seinen Inhaltsstoffen eingehe. „Das sind Qualitäts- und Gesundheitsaspekte, die den Konsumenten immer bewusster werden“, streicht der Vetropack-Chef hervor.

2017 hat das Industrieunternehmen in Pöchlarn sowie an einem weiteren Produktionsstandort im oberösterreichischen Kremsmünster 1,7 Milliarden Stück Glasverpackungen erzeugt und verkauft – von der Bierflasche bis zum Marmeladeglas. „Es gibt keinen Haushalt in Österreich, in dem unsere Glasverpackungen nicht vorkommen“, stellt Eggerth fest. Aber auch im Ausland seien die Vetropack-Gebinde gefragt, geht doch rund die Hälfte der Produktionsmenge in den Export, insbesondere nach Italien, Frankreich und Deutschland.

In Österreich beschäftigt der Glaserzeuger 685 Mitarbeiter, 360 davon in Pöchlarn. Auch bei Vetropack spürt man den Fachkräftemangel. „Es ist sehr schwierig, technische Positionen extern zu besetzen“, sagt Eggerth. Gemeinsam mit anderen Unternehmen der Branche habe man deshalb im Vorjahr eine eigene Lehrausbildung für Glasverfahrenstechnik ins Leben gerufen. Zurzeit würden in Pöchlarn und Kremsmünster 30 Lehrlinge ausgebildet, berichtet der Geschäftsführer.

Im Geschäftsjahr 2017 hat die Vetropack Austria GmbH einen Umsatz von rund 180 Millionen Euro erwirtschaftet. Das Unternehmen ist eine Tochtergesellschaft der Schweizer Vetropack-Gruppe, die mit 3.000 Beschäftigten und einer Absatzmenge von fünf Milliarden Stück Verpackungsglas zu den führenden Verpackungsherstellern in Europa zählt. Neben der Schweiz und Österreich gibt es Vetropack-Niederlassungen auch in Italien, Kroatien, Tschechien, in der Slowakei und in der Ukraine.


          

CFA breeder of exotic shorthair kittens

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Description: CFA registered breeder of exotic shorthair kittens. Kittens are the first shots of the tray and training before they go to their new homes. The kittens have pedigree , breed called. DOC, cats and kittens cattery is negative. Pet Price: $ 700 The location country Ukraine.
          

US diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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WASHINGTON, Nov 7 — Three US diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Trump directly to the public with televised...
          

Ukraine thông báo về việc rút quân khỏi miền Đông Ukraine

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Chính quyền Ukraine mới đây đã gửi thư tới Tổ chức An ninh và Hợp tác châu Âu (OSCE) nhằm thông báo về việc bắt đầu rút quân khỏi tỉnh Donetsk, miền Đông Ukraine vào ngày 7/11.
          

Ukraine tuyên bố tạo ra loại tên lửa "bất khả chiến bại"

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Hãng tin Dnipro Panorama cho biết, các kỹ sư Ukraine tại Phòng thiết kế Yuzhnoye, có trụ sở tại Dnipro mới đây đã tiết lộ về loại tên lửa siêu thanh Bliskavka mới, mà theo họ nó gần như không thể bị bắn hạ.
          

Tổng thống Ukraine: Đan Mạch cho Nord Stream 2 đi qua làm "suy yếu châu Âu"

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Tổng thống Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky mới đây đã lên án quyết định của Đan Mạch khi cho phép đường ống dẫn khí Nord Stream 2 đưa khí đốt Nga tới châu Âu bỏ qua Ukraine đi ngang lãnh hải nước này.
          

Tổng thống Trump muốn người đồng cấp Ukraine sớm thăm Nhà Trắng

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Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump mới đây đã bày tỏ hy vọng về chuyến thăm sắp tới của nhà lãnh đạo Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky tới Washington.
          

Tin tức thế giới 3/11: Bộ Tư pháp Mỹ tung bằng chứng khẳng định Ukraine xâm nhập thư điện tử của đảng Dân chủ

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Bộ Tư pháp Mỹ tung bằng chứng khẳng định Ukraine xâm nhập thư điện tử của đảng Dân chủ; Tường biên giới "không thể vượt qua" của ông Trump bị cưa thủng; Tổng thư ký LHQ cảnh báo châu Á về kịch bản ngập lụt năm 2050... là những tin tức thế giới đáng chú ý ngày 3/11.
          

Vận chuyển khí đốt Nga qua Ukraine: EU "thất vọng"

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Phó Chủ tịch Ủy ban Năng lượng Châu Âu tỏ ra "thất vọng" vì những tiến bộ ít ỏi giữa Nga và Ukraine trong cuộc đàm phán ngày 28/10 tại Brussels về việc gia hạn hợp đồng vận chuyển khí đốt Nga qua Ukraine.
          

Impeachment inquiry Trump used Ukraine aid as leverage, says diplomat

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Its clear to everyone that Trump is *putler´s cuckold* , Impeachment save the USA !! "A senior US diplomat has testified that the Trump administration threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless it agreed to investigate Mr Trump's leading US presidential rival. Bill Taylor, the...
          

Pompeo has lost confidence at State amid impeachment probe

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It would appear that Pompeo's singular goal of being loyal to Trump at all costs has not gone over well at the State Department. From lying to the American people over the Ukraine scandal, to effectively sacrificing his own people to Trump... for some bizarre reason, he is not seen as a credible...
          

Graham: Trump administration 'incapable of forming a quid pro quo,' Ukraine policy 'incoherent'

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Graham: Trump administration '''incapable of forming a quid pro quo,''' Ukraine policy '''incoherent''' - CNNPolitics (https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/11/06/politics/lindsey-graham-trump-administration-ukraine-policy/) Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized the*House Democrats' impeachment inquiry*on...
          

Большинство на Украине хочет мира на Донбассе, но как строить отношения с Л-НДР не понимают

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Большинство на Украине хочет мира на Донбассе, но как строить отношения с Л-НДР не понимают05.11.2019 16:37:00 • Новости Региона
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Эскорт работа Киев доход 200 - 300$ час!

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Внимание Киев, открыт набор девушек моделей или просто с приятной внешностью, строго +18!!! Работа в сфере эскорт сопровождения на различных мероприятиях с богатыми иностранцами и Киевскими бизнесменами, личный эскорт. Без опыта работы,скользящий график! Для Вас открывается уникальная возможность общения с представителями европейской элиты. Достойное финансовое вознаграждение 200 300$ час. Отличная возможность неплохо заработать и устроить свою жизнь! Пишите в Вайбер (094)560-87-78 Пишите в Телеграм @artona, 9999kiev@gmail.com, сайт www.aemal.org Так же подписывайтесь на наш канал в Telegram https://t.me/kievescortukraine .
          

Gusenbauer soll für Ukraine-Lobbying bezahlt worden sein

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Geleakte Emails sollen zeigen, dass der Ex-Kanzler für den ehemaligen ukrainischen Präsidenten Wiktor Janukowytsch lobbyiert hat und dafür bezahlt wurde
          

Public hearings

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By Bob Williams, Stevensville   Sadly, our President and his agents grossly neglected the USA Intelligence Agencies, and subverted the USA Department of State, by withholding desperately needed Military and Congressional approved military aid to Ukraine, in an endeavor forcing the President of Ukraine to go on TV and tell the world that Ukraine would […]

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Technical Operations Engineer в Levi9 Ukraine, Киев

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Необходимые навыки

— Good knowledge of Linux OS
— Good knowledge bash scripting
— Knowledge of necessary networking technologies: TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, etc.
— Good understanding of GitLab processes (pipelines)
— Have experience on AWS (VPC, R53, S3, IAM)
— Experience of using Graphana and Kibana
— Upper-Intermediate English level

Будет плюсом

— Configuration management software (CloudFormation, Ansible, Terraform, Salt, etc.) would be a plus, CloudFormation preferable
— AWS (EKS, ECS, CloudWatch)
— Python scripting

Предлагаем

9 reasons to join us:

1. Frequent business trips to European countries;
2. Ability to create added value for yourself — We have specially equipped Levi9 laboratories (with 3D printers and other high-tech features) when you can work on you own startups or test any other crazy ideas;
3. Possibility to share knowledge on techtalks, meetups and conferences in different Levi locations and outside the company;
4. Your health support via compensation of sport activities, vacation policy and private medical insurance;
5. Financial and vacation support of your important life events (wedding, child birth etc.);
6. Democratic banking policy — you can cooperate with us through any legal Ukrainian bank you choose;
7. Work for industry leaders such as TomTom, Xerox, Swarco and others;
8. “Save time” principles. We promote Automation testing and innovation technologies to save the most precious resource — your time.
9. No micromanagement. We are free birds with clear understanding what the high performance is!

О проекте

Our client is the leading pan-European marketplace for high-quality 3-4-year-old cars. Today they sell more than 250,000 cars each year and are continuously growing. Levi9 helps them to develop a digital platform where customers can buy, lease or finance their next car.


          

В Украине появится офис криптовалютной биржи Binance

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Офис должен открыться уже к концу 2019 года Одна из крупнейших криптовалютных бирж мира Binance планирует запустить свою работу в Украине к концу 2019 года. Согласно данным, китайская компания уже подписала меморандум с Министерством цифровой трансформации Украины. Чанпен Чжао, генеральный директор Binance, подтвердил эту информацию в своем Twitter-аккаунте. Украинцы смогут покупать и продавать цифровую валюту […]

Запись В Украине появится офис криптовалютной биржи Binance впервые появилась PaySpace Magazine.


          

История бесконтактных платежей в Украине — инфографика

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В ноябре исполняется 8 лет с момента первого бесконтактного платежа в Украине Именно в 2011 году была проведена первая транзакция с использованием бесконтактной карты Mastercard, положив начало эры contactless в Украине. За восемь лет произошло много событий, способствующих развитию бесконтактных платежей в стране. Среди самых актуальных — запуск цифровых кошельков Google, Garmin и Apple Pay, которые позволяют оплачивать […]

Запись История бесконтактных платежей в Украине — инфографика впервые появилась PaySpace Magazine.


          

07.11.2019 - nachtmagazin 00:05 Uhr

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Themen der Sendung: Trump gerät durch belastende Aussage in Ukraine-Affäre weiter unter Druck, CDU nach der Wahl in Thüringen, Haseloff lehnt Zusammenarbeit mit AfD in Thüringen klar ab, Streik der Flugbegleiter: Lufthansa sagt 1300 Flüge ab, Cyberattacken auf deutsche Unternehmen verursachen Schäden in Milliardenhöhe, Champions League, 60 Jahre Sandmann, Das Wetter
          

Pompeo Criticized for Failing to Support Ousted US Ambassador to Ukraine

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Several senior U.S. diplomats, including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, are key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The president is accused of withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine until that country’s new president agreed to investigate one of Trump’s political opponents, former Vice President and current presidential candidate JoeRead more

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Ukraineaffäre: Botschafter-Aussagen bringen Trump weiter in Bedrängnis

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In der Ukraineaffäre sind Mitschriften von Zeugenaussagen veröffentlicht worden. Sie legen erneut den Verdacht nahe, dass US-Präsident Trump ein besonderer Deal vorschwebte: Militärhilfe gegen Ermittlungen.
          

Stimmung in den USA: Was die Pleite in Kentucky für Trump bedeutet

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Zu den immer neuen Enthüllungen in der Ukraineaffäre kommt jetzt auch noch eine Serie von Niederlagen bei regionalen Wahlen hinzu. Donald Trump scheint geschwächt. Aber ist das wirklich so?
          

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Consulting Firm Hired by Burisma Leveraged Biden’s Name to Secure Meeting with State Dept.

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Consulting Firm Hired by Burisma Leveraged Biden’s Name to Secure Meeting with State Dept.A consulting firm representing Burisma Holdings used the Biden name to leverage a meeting between the gas company and State Department officials, according to documents released this week.The firm, Washington-based Blue Star Strategies, mentioned the name of Hunter Biden, who then sat on Burisma's board, in a request for the Ukrainian natural gas company executives to meet with State Department officials, according to internal State Department email exchanges obtained by journalist John Solomon and later reported by the Wall Street Journal.Blue Star representatives also mentioned Biden's name during the resulting meeting, which they claim was scheduled as part of an effort to rehabilitate Burisma's reputation in Washington following a corruption investigation.Hunter Biden was appointed to Burisma's board in 2014 while his father was vice president and resigned from the board in April of this year. It is unclear whether he was aware his name was being used by Blue Star in discussions with the State Department.During a July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump asked Zelensky to help his administration investigate allegations that Biden used his position as vice president to help Burisma avoid a corruption probe soon after his son was appointed to the board, a controversy that has become the focal point of the impeachment probe against Trump.In spring, 2016, Biden called on Ukraine to fire the prosecutor who had been investigating the energy company paying his son. The vice president threatened to withdraw $1 billion in U.S. military aid to Ukraine if the country did not fire the prosecutor, who was accused by the State Department and U.S. allies in Europe of being soft on corruption.Joe Biden defended his son's business dealings in Ukraine last month, saying neither is guilty of any wrongdoing and he is "proud of the judgment he made."His son has promised he will not serve on the boards of foreign companies in the wake of the controversy and resigned last month from the board of a Chinese private equity company.



          

Top House Democrat Says Removing Trump from Office Ahead of 2020 Election Will Hurt The Party

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Top House Democrat Says Removing Trump from Office Ahead of 2020 Election Will Hurt The PartyA top House Democrat is predicting that Democrats will suffer politically if President Trump is impeached and removed from office before the 2020 election.“As much as I believe that President Trump should be removed from office and represents an imminent threat to our democracy and our national security and many other things, politically it’s probably not a good thing to get rid of him,” House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth told The Hill.The Kentucky Democrat explained that he doubts the Republican Party would nominate Vice President Mike Pence in that scenario but rather someone like former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.“Somebody who would be very, very tough for a Democrat to beat,” Yarmuth said.Haley has been proposed as a viable Republican presidential nominee, but she has attempted to quash speculation about whether she will run in 2020, saying she plans to campaign for Trump.Yarmuth's remarks come as the Democrat-led House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees continue to release transcripts of their closed-door interviews with witnesses for the impeachment inquiry. The inquiry centers around whether Trump withheld $400 million in U.S. military aid to Ukraine on the condition that Ukraine promise to investigate former vice president Joe Biden's business connections to a local gas company.Some White House officials have refused to testify despite congressional subpoenas ordering them to do so, frustrating Democrats and exacerbating the lawmakers' legal battle with the White House.“This will only add to the body of evidence on a potential obstruction of Congress charge against the president,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said.



          

About The Founder&How Pastor John Gray’s ‘Finding a Wife’

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About The Founder&How Pastor John Gray’s ‘Finding a Wife’ What Exactly Is Kherson Girls Why did we begin a company?Being A american that is single men we have go to both Russian and Ukraine to locate my perfect “Soul Mate”. Of these numerous trips I utilized Dating that is many agencies personal clubs. We discovered […]
          

2019 Elections Show Impeachment Might Not Boost GOP; More Inquiry Testimony Released

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Trump's campaign may be raising lots of money off impeachment, but it may not be firing up rural voters as Republicans thought it would. Plus, William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, told congressional investigators that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was acting in the president's interests. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Jessica Taylor, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
          

Football : affrontements à Lviv – 6 novembre 2019

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  LOIRE | ASSE: violents affrontements à Lviv entre ultras … Violences en Ukraine, veille du match de Ligue Europa entre … Bagarres entre supporters stéphanois et ukrainiens à Lviv Oleksandria-Saint-Etienne : violents affrontements entre … Violents affrontements entre ultras stéphanois et ukrainiens At least 5 Frenchmen arrested in Lviv where Saint Étienne …  
          

Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes?

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Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes? My goodness. It was passed when Joe Biden...
          

Trump pushed AG Barr to hold press briefing to say POTUS broke no laws in Ukraine phone call

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Even Bill Barr knew it was dumb
          

Впервые на Украине: суд дал пожизненный срок 18-летнему убийце ребенка

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К пожизненному заключению Амур-Нижнеднепровский райсуд приговорил 18-летнего Валентина Земцова, признав его виновным в убийстве 30-летнего мужчины и его четырехлетнего сына. Об этом 7 ноября сообщило ...

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«Это просто кошмар»: Эксперт сообщил, чем грозит Украине полный износ теплосетей

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За два года в Киеве аварии на теплокоммуникациях увеличились на 60%. И это самый лучший результат по Украине, учитывая полномасштабное истечение сроков эксплуатации коммунальных сетей и отсутствие офи...

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EN DIRECT - Impeachment : les premières auditions publiques de témoins démarreront la semaine prochaine

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POLÉMIQUE - Suspecté d'avoir fait un chantage à l'aide militaire auprès de l'Ukraine en contrepartie d'informations sur son potentiel adversaire à la présidentielle Joe Biden, Donald Trump se trouve au centre des accusations. La Chambre des représentants a approuvé le lancement d'une procédure de destitution. Suivez les dernières informations en direct.
          

John Bolton trying to 'walk that tightrope' over role in Trump's impeachment inquiry - CNN

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  1. John Bolton trying to 'walk that tightrope' over role in Trump's impeachment inquiry  CNN
  2. Ukraine envoy had ‘clear understanding’ on quid pro quo, but no firsthand knowledge of Trump plans: transcript  Fox News
  3. Facing Investigation, Giuliani Needed a Lawyer, but Firms Stayed Away  The New York Times
  4. Opinion: Impeachment testimony is giving Trump a quid pro quo defense  Los Angeles Times
  5. Mike Pompeo is on thin ice  Washington Examiner
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House to explore Pence's role in Ukraine controversy with new testimony - CNN

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  1. House to explore Pence's role in Ukraine controversy with new testimony  CNN
  2. 'FAKE NEWS': Pence team denies anonymous op-ed author claim about 25th Amendment  Washington Examiner
  3. Pence Aide Jennifer Williams Set To Testify In Impeachment Inquiry  NPR
  4. Pence aide -- who was concerned about July 25 call -- will testify if subpoenaed  CNN
  5. Mike Pence 'would support using 25th Amendment to remove Trump', book claims  Daily Mail
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Galati Declaration Issued on Sturgeon Conservation in the Danube Basin and Black Sea

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Sturgeons are one of the most endangered species on the planet © unknown30 October 2019, Galati (Romania) - The first ever joint discussion of sturgeon conservation issues among representatives from the Danube Basin and the Black Sea countries has resulted in the Galati Declaration on Sturgeon Conservation in the Danube Basin and Black Sea. The Declaration puts forward key messages to decision-makers from all relevant institutions and other stakeholders as a basis for shaping future actions and the way forward to saving sturgeons from extinction. More importantly, the document will serve as an implementation guide for the Pan-European Sturgeon Action Plan under the Bern Convention and EU Habitats Directive.
 
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The 120 delegates to the International Conservation of Danube Sturgeons Conference: A Challenge or a Burden, represented fisheries, water and environmental administrations, the scientific community and civil society from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and the European Commission.
 
"Conference participants confirmed the urgent need for regional collaboration on a long-term fishing ban, effective measures against poaching, limiting bycatch in commercial fisheries and, to ensure that we do not lose the species while trying to save them from extinction, rearing these fish in scientifically controlled facilities in several countries to release them into rivers where populations have crashed or vanished altogether. Other measures highlighted at the meeting are the need of engaging fishing communities in sturgeon conservation and protection of remaining sturgeon habitats for spawning, breeding or overwintering. Only if all relevant stakeholders work together within countries and across borders can these amazing fish be saved from extinction". - Peter Gammeltoft, Chair of the Danube Sturgeon Task Force
 
The conference was jointly organised by "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati (Research and Development Centre for Sturgeon, Aquatic Habitats and Biodiversity), the DSTF (Danube Sturgeon Task Force), the Romanian Ministry of Water and Forests, the Romanian Ministry of Environment, NAFA (Romanian National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture), WSCS (World Sturgeon Conservation Society) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), and took place under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) and the Romanian Academy from October 28-30.
 
For more information:
Beate Striebel
WWF Network Sturgeon Strategy Coordinator,
WWF Central and Eastern Europe
bstriebel@wwfcee.org
+43 1 524 54 70 0
 
Background
According to the IUCN, today sturgeons are one of the most endangered species on the planet.
WWF-CEE's long-term sturgeon strategy is to re-invigorate and re-establish healthy, stable populations of this key Danube species, and protect the Green Heart of Europe for nature and people. Currently, there is a complete ban of sturgeon fishing in the Danube and the Black Sea. However, larger fish that swim upstream to reproduce still fall prey to poaching because of the high price their caviar and meat fetches on the black market. Sturgeons are long-lived and reproduce only a few times in their life. We must make sure their habitats are protected and they are allowed to grow and thrive, or we risk losing a species which has survived over 200 million years.
          

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Ukraine leader pushed for Oval Office meeting; Massacre of Americans shows Mexico drug war worse this time around; China sentences 9 in fentanyl trafficking case after US tip
          

For Ukrainian Jews, having a Jewish president is a source of pride – and fear – for the diaspora

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Arkady Kesselman, a 20-year-old Jewish student, set out to leave her native Ukraine for the West last winter. In a war-torn country that loses about 1.2 million citizens a year, with an average monthly salary of about $ 300, that's not an uncommon decision. But Kesselman has changed his mind since. Reason? Vladimir Zelensky's victory …
          

Russland | Auf weitem Raum

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Ich bin nach Moskau eingeladen. Ein Pferd küsst mir die Hand, an jeder Ecke klingt Musik. Dieses Land will den Frieden
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Vor dem Abflug in Berlin-Schönefeld: Mir gegenüber sitzen zwei Herren. Wenn sich das nicht ändern würde, könne man nicht mehr zusammenarbeiten, schimpft der eine. Der andere lässt mir den Vortritt in der Warteschlange und spricht mich auf Russisch an: „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ – „Deutsche eben“, antworte ich, „wobei ich übrigens auch Deutsche bin, obgleich ich Russisch spreche.“

Ich reise zu einem Rundtischgespräch der „Russischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“, eigentlich der „Russländischen“, weil der aus vielen Nationalitäten bestehende Staat gemeint ist. Dass „russländisch“ bei uns ungebräuchlich ist, deutet auf verengte Sicht. „Die Russen“, so hieß es auch früher oft bezüglich der Sowjetunion, egal, ob es Ukrainer oder Kirgisen, Georgier oder Litauer waren.

In der „Russländischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“ (RUDN) lernen junge Leute mit 157 Nationalitäten. Professor Alexander Kowalenko, der den Lehrstuhl für russische und ausländische Literatur leitet, bringt mich mit Studenten zusammen, die gerade ihre Magisterprüfung abgelegt haben und etwas über Methoden der Literaturkritik und deutsche Gegenwart erfahren wollen.

Sie kommen aus China, Nigeria, Russland, aus Kirgistan, Pakistan und woher alles noch, haben sich mit Turgenew, Bunin, Aitmatow beschäftigt, mit Sartre und Simone de Beauvoir, haben die Poesie von Joseph Brodsky mit dem chinesischen Daodejing verglichen und das Igorlied im Kontext chinesischen Denkens betrachtet. Wenn sie in ihre Länder zurückkehren, werden sie Russisch können. Wie viele Menschen in der Welt sprechen diese Sprache? Um die 265 Millionen sollen es sein.

Bei einer Konferenz über Tschingis Aitmatow voriges Jahr in Kirgistan fand ich es normal, dass Kasachen und Usbeken, Ukrainer und Letten sich russisch unterhalten konnten, war aber erstaunt über Chinesen, Inder und einen Redner aus den Emiraten. Wie dankbar war ich da, dass ich einst in meinem Thüringer Internat 13 Stunden Russisch in der Woche hatte. Wobei wir nicht hoffen konnten, einfach mal so in die Sowjetunion zu kommen. Das geht allerdings auch heute nicht. In Reiseangelegenheiten herrscht Gegenseitigkeit. Während ich mir wünschte, es möge irgendwann mal ohne die Warterei auf ein russisches Visum gehen, musste ich mich an die entwürdigende Befragung eines russischen Professors bei der Passkontrolle in Schönefeld erinnern: Wo genau er unterrichten, wo er wohnen würde, wie viel Geld er vorzuweisen hätte? Die junge Beamtin folgte ihrer Vorschrift, doch war da nicht auch deutsche Überheblichkeit im Spiel?

Sind wir Deutschen überheblich? Georgi Gatschew (1929 – 2008), dessen Schaffen Thema des Rundtischgesprächs in der Universität der Völkerfreundschaft war, hätte höflich lächelnd auf einen deutschen Hang zur Grenzüberschreitung verwiesen, der sich indes mit der Fähigkeit paart, sich selbst auch Widerpart zu sein. In Russland aufgewachsen als Sohn eines bulgarischen Vaters (der war Musikwissenschaftler, Kommunist, starb in einem sibirischen Gefangenenlager) und einer jüdischen Mutter, wurde er zu einem der interessantesten russischen Kulturwissenschaftler. Angestellt in der Akademie der Wissenschaften, hat er viele seiner Bücher „für den Schreibtisch“ geschrieben. Ab 1988/89 kamen sie auf den russischen Buchmarkt (nichts davon ist bislang übersetzt) und bezaubern durch originelle Gedanken, mitreißenden Stil.

Wie die Pflanzen, so die Welt

Weil er sich vergeblich danach sehnte, fremde Länder zu sehen, erforschte er sie aus dem Geistigen heraus. Er zog von der jeweiligen Natur, Pflanzen und Tieren, der Sprache, der Architektur, literarischen und musikalischen Werken Rückschlüsse auf „nationale Weltbilder“.

Da ist sein Buch „Tschingis Aitmatow und die Weltliteratur“, erschienen 1982 in Kirgistan, damals schon aufschlussreich für mich gewesen, weil darin ein Zusammenhang hergestellt war zwischen unserem heutigen Bedürfnis, die Welt als Ganzes zu sehen, und den Traditionen der kirgisischen Nomaden in ihrem ursprünglichen Kollektivismus und ihrer Naturverbundenheit. Diese Hervorhebung des Nationalen habe ich damals als geradezu subversiv empfunden. Wenn den Kirgisen ein nationales Weltbild zugesprochen wird, wie ist es dann mit den Deutschen? Wie viele Fragen hätte ich heute an ihn. Doch so durchgeistigt, wie er lebte, traf ihn der Tod: In ein Buch vertieft, wurde er im März 2008 von einem Vorortzug erfasst.

„Suche das Fremde“, steht in seinem Buch „Mentalitäten der Völker der Welt“, das mir seine Tochter, Anastasija Gatschewa, überreicht. Ich treffe sie im Museum „Ostrouchow-Haus“ in einer Seitenstraße des Neuen Arbat. (Unglaublich, wie viele Museen es hier gibt!)

Was ist das Fremde in Moskau, wenn man lange nicht dort gewesen ist? Die machtvolle Größe und Weite – ein Gefühl, das über die Stadt hinausreicht. Da kommt mir Psalm 31,9 der Lutherbibel in den Sinn: „Du stellst meine Füße auf weiten Raum.“ Deutschland ist winzig, verglichen mit Russland – doch gebärdet es sich mitunter, als sei es der Nabel der Welt.

Mit dem Bus fahre ich vom Wohnheim zur Metrostation „Jugo-Sapadnaja“ und steige in „Ochotny Rjad“ aus. Auf dem „Platz der Revolution“ steht ein nostalgisches Karussell; dahinter ist ein Markt aufgebaut: „Moskauer Fischlein“ mit Ständen verschiedener Fischverarbeitungsbetriebe. Es duftet nach Geräuchertem und Gegrilltem. Ich laufe zum Bolschoi-Theater und von dort durch die „Petrowka“, jene Straße, die mir noch aus früheren Zeiten in Erinnerung ist – allerdings nicht mit dermaßen vielen Geschäften und Restaurants. Noch ein Abstecher zur Fußgängerzone „Kusnezki Most“, dort küsst mir ein „Pferd“ die Hand. Dem Mann in diesem Kostüm muss schrecklich warm sein. „Wofür machen Sie Reklame?“, frage ich. „Einfach für gute Laune!“ Es ist ein sonniger Tag, die Leute, die mir entgegenkommen, wirken beschwingt. Die Schokoladenseite, denke ich. Das Gegengewicht zu dieser großen Weite – „der weiblich gedachten Rodina“ – war immer „ein ordnend männliches“, steht in Gatschews Buch, das ich in meiner Tasche herumtrage. Im Klartext heißt das: Dieses Riesenland hat immer eine starke Staatsmacht gebraucht.

Als ich am nächsten Tag Mila treffe, der ich mit ihrem Mann, Professor Chairow, schon bei mehreren Konferenzen in Kirgistan begegnete, unterhalten wir uns über Gatschew, den sie kannte, mehr hatte sie allerdings mit seiner klugen Frau, der Literaturwissenschaftlerin Swetlana Semjonowa, zu tun. (Über die Liebe der beiden gibt es einen berühmten Film.) In der Schriftstellersiedlung Peredelkino lagen ihre Datschen nebeneinander. Mila hat noch vor Augen, wie er Schnee schippte und voller Begeisterung auf Skiern im Wald verschwand, obwohl er eigentlich in der Akademie sein sollte.

Ich weiß, dass Mila Tatarin ist, ich frage sie nach ihrer Religion. „Natürlich bin ich Muslimin“, sagt sie und lacht, während wir auf dem Weg zum orthodoxen „Neujungfrauenkloster“ sind. Am Eingang zur Kirche legen wir uns Tücher über die Köpfe, Weihrauch liegt in der Luft. Wir reden über Islam und Christentum, Kinder und Enkel. Ihre Tochter hat sich einen komplizierten Beinbruch zugezogen, als sie, mit ihrem Smartphone beschäftigt, in ein Schlagloch trat. (Überall sind hier vielspurige Straßen entstanden, manche Bürgersteige aber sind zerklüftet wie zu Sowjetzeiten.)

Mila erzählt von den Wirren der 1990er Jahre unter Jelzin, die jetzt unter Putin mühsam überwunden werden. Als die Sowjetunion zerbrach, habe es eine regelrechte Not gegeben – auch seelisch: Wofür sie gelebt und Opfer gebracht hatten, sei für viele Menschen mit einem Mal dahin gewesen. Manche hätten es nicht ausgehalten und sich umgebracht.

Wurde die neue Freiheit auch begrüßt? „Freiheit ohne Absicherung der kleinen Leute? Das heißt doch bloß: Nimm dir, was du kannst. Damals entstand die Oligarchie. Vieles ist zu reparieren, was zu Jelzins Zeiten kaputtgegangen ist. Die Leute aber sagen: Hauptsache, es gibt keinen Krieg.“

Leuchtender Kreml

Mila muss nach Hause zu ihrer Tochter, und ich will noch etwas durch die Stadt spazieren. In der Fußgängerzone auf dem Alten Arbat klingt fast an jeder Ecke Musik. Die Straßen sind voller Licht und Leben – sieht so ein „Regime“ aus?

Nach Erfahrungen mit islamistischen Terroranschlägen wird innere Sicherheit hier großgeschrieben, auch wenn man es nicht sofort sieht. Und die äußere Sicherheit sowieso. Mila hat recht: Russland will Frieden. Dieser Staat wird keine Angriffskriege führen, sich aber so effizient zu verteidigen wissen, dass man nur hoffen kann, keiner käme je auf die Idee, mit dem Feuer zu spielen. Vom Alten Arbat laufe ich zur Leninbibliothek und will am letzten Abend in Moskau noch einmal den festlich beleuchteten Kreml sehen. Sag, was du willst, es ist ein Machtmonument. Auf den Türmen leuchten wie eh und je die rubinroten Sterne.

Ich denke an verhärtete Fronten, an die Szene vor meinem Abflug nach Moskau, den schimpfenden Deutschen und den Stoßseufzer des Russen. „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ Und noch ein Satz bleibt mir im Gedächtnis: „Ne pereshivaijte, vsjo budet charascho.“ Das habe ich in diesen Tagen gerade von Frauen immer wieder gehört, wenn ich in meiner deutschen Zielstrebigkeit (Gatschew vergleicht sie mit einem Keil) Ungewissheit schwer ertrug.

„Machen Sie es sich nicht so schwer, alles wird gut.“

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11/7/2019: NEWS: THREE U.S. DIPLOMATS SET TO APPEAR IN PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS NEXT WEEK

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Three U.S. diplomats who expressed alarm about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses when Democrats bring their impeachment case against Mr. Trump directly to the public with televised congressional hearings next...
          

Ukraine “Whistleblower” Will Answer GOP Questions — But There’s A Catch

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Democrats and their impeachment inquiry Trump are facing fallout over the lack of transparency and mounting questions as to the credibility of the so-called “whistleblower” whose complaint serves as the cornerstone of their efforts. For weeks, sneaky Adam Schiff has held secret hearings behind locked doors in the Capitol basement where a parade of biased “witnesses” have been questioned and then portions cherry-picked and leaked to the media. ***EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Which of these 6 Trump products would you like for FREE?*** Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the “rules” for the inquisition including nationally televised sessions but was unable to

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Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren Act Out Donald Trump's Ukraine Call And It's Perfect

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Trump's request that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “do us a favor" got the A-list treatment.
          

Ukraine Launches Probe Into Ex-Lawmaker Who Threatened, Released Data On RFE/RL Staff

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Ukrainian police have launched a probe against Andriy Portnov, the ex-deputy chairman of the presidential administration who is accused of obstructing the professional activities of RFE/RL journalists.
          

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Says Potential U.S. Buyer For Aeronautics Firm Motor Sich News To Him

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Un témoignage accablant pour Trump, les footballeuses de l’équipe d’Australie payées comme les hommes, les manettes de Nintendo pointées du doigt

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Le Brief - Ce qu'il ne fallait pas manquer dans l'actu de ce mercredi 6 novembre à 7h : Gordon Sondland a reconnu avoir conditionné une aide militaire à l'Ukraine à l'ouverture d'une enquête sur Joe Biden. Les footballeuses de l'équipe nationale australienne auront le même salaire que leurs homologues masculins. Selon l'UFC Que Choisir, des problèmes de fiabilité affectent la console Switch. 
          

5th Consortium Meeting

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During the meeting the progress on the project work and future development were discussed among the SHAMISEN SINGS participants represented by partners (Paola Fattibene and Sara Della Monaca from ISS, Italy; Deborah Ougthon and Yevgenia Tomkiv from NMBU, Norway; Dominique Laurier, Sylvie Charron and Jean Francois Bottollier from ISRSN, France; Pascal Croual from CEPN, France and Liudmila Liutsko from ISGlobal, Spain),  Vadim Chumak (expert from Ukraine; ) and Masaharu Tsubokura (external expert & stakeholder from FMU, Japan; supported by NERIS and IRSN).


          

Grönland hatte für Trump Vorrang vor Ukraine

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Die Ukraine-Affäre bestimmt die Schlagzeilen über Donald Trump - gerade erst machte sein Sohn den Namen des Whistleblowers publik, der die Affäre ins Rollen brachte. Im Sommer hatte der US-Präsident noch andere Prioritäten.
          

U.S. diplomats to star in public impeachment hearings next week

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White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense: official

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The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

          

Lawmakers release impeachment testimony of top Ukraine diplomat

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The House committees leading the impeachment probe of Republican President Donald Trump released a transcript on Wednesday of the deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

          

Factbox: U.S. diplomats take starring role in Trump impeachment hearings

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The U.S. officials who will testify next week at public hearings in the House of Representatives impeachment probe against President Donald Trump include the current top diplomat in Ukraine, the previous ambassador there and a diplomat who has spent much of his career fighting corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere.

          

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine says Burisma probe sought to hurt Joe Biden

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter's father, former Vice President Joe Biden.

          

M. Sergei Lavrov blâme les États-Unis pour la division du monde orthodoxe

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Moscou, le 6 novembre, Interfax - Les Etats-Unis ont joué un rôle dans l'octroi de l'autocéphalie à la nouvelle « église » d'Ukraine et cherchent à diviser encore plus le monde orthodoxe, a déclaré le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov. 

"Je n'ai pas entendu dire que l'Église de Grèce reconnaissait officiellement l'église orthodoxe schismatique d'Ukraine. J'ai entendu dire qu'il y a une lettre de Jérôme II, archevêque d'Athènes et de toute la Grèce, adressée au chef des schismatiques, mais je n'ai pas vu de déclaration officielle de l'Eglise de Grèce", a déclaré M. Lavrov lors d'une conférence de presse suite aux négociations avec le ministre grec des Affaires étrangères, mercredi à Moscou. 

"Quant aux conditions sous l'influence desquelles cette lettre a été transmise et sur la discussion de la question qui a été entamée au sein de l'Eglise de Grèce, il est vrai que l'influence de l'extérieur y était évidente ", a-t-il dit. 

"La lettre susmentionnée de Jérôme II a été précédée de la visite de M. Pompeo à Athènes, et il n'a même pas nié que cette question faisait partie de celles qu'il a traitées là-bas ", a dit M. Lavrov. 

"D'après ce que j'ai compris, c'est précisément dans ce but que des diplomates américains se sont également rendus au Mont Athos. Et Epiphane, chef de l'église schismatique, la soi-disant église orthodoxe d'Ukraine, a déclaré publiquement que la création de cette organisation aurait été impossible sans le soutien direct des États-Unis ", a dit M. Lavrov. 

"De toute évidence, les États-Unis ne veulent pas s'arrêter à ce qui a déjà été fait et essaient de faire progresser le schisme dans le monde orthodoxe dans son ensemble ", a-t-il dit. 

"Ce travail se fait pratiquement avec toutes les Églises orthodoxes, et c'est déplorable, a-t-il dit. 

"Et l'ambassadeur des États-Unis pour la liberté religieuse internationale, contrairement à son titre, qui explique en fait tout ce qu'il devrait faire, a publiquement exhorté tout le monde à reconnaître les schismatiques, a dit M. Lavrov. 

M. Lavrov a déclaré qu'il avait abordé le sujet lors des entretiens avec son homologue grec. "Nous avons réaffirmé que la Grèce et la Russie adhèrent au principe de non-ingérence des États et à la non-ingérence de l'État dans les affaires ecclésiastiques. 

Quant à l'influence que cette situation a eue sur les relations inter-étatiques entre Moscou et Athènes dans le monde religieux, nous ne voulons pas créer artificiellement des problèmes et des obstacles au développement de notre coopération dans tous les domaines sur une base mutuellement bénéfique", a-t-il déclaré. 

Le Concile des hiérarques de l'Église de Grèce a reconnu au Patriarcat œcuménique de Constantinople le droit d'accorder l'autocéphalie, en particulier à l'église dite orthodoxe d'Ukraine [schismatique], qui avait été créée en décembre 2018 avec le soutien de Constantinople et de la direction ukrainienne, à partir de deux organisations religieuses non canoniques. 

Le 29 octobre, l’archevêque d'Athènes et de toute la Grèce Jérôme II, a transmis une missive de paix au chef de l'église orthodoxe ukrainienne [schismatique], déclarant ainsi de facto sa reconnaissance. 

Le Patriarche Cyrille de Moscou et de toute la Russie a déclaré que la décision de l'Eglise de Grèce de reconnaître l'église orthodoxe ukrainienne [schismatique] était lourde de conséquences menaçantes. 

L'Eglise orthodoxe russe s'oppose fermement à la reconnaissance de la nouvelle organisation religieuse ukrainienne et a rompu ses relations avec Constantinople qui lui a accordé l'autocéphalie.

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Sur Orthodoxie.com: Le métropolite du Monténégro Amphiloque : « Le patriarche de Constantinople ne peut être appelé le primat de l’Église orthodoxe […] Le concile panorthodoxe est l’organisme suprême de l’Église orthodoxe »

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À l’issue de la liturgie célébrée en l’église de la Nativité de la Mère de Dieu à Cetinje, le métropolite du Monténégro et du Littoral Amphiloque a déclaré que le patriarche de Constantinople ne peut être appelé le primat de l’Église orthodoxe, qu’il ne peut à lui-seul décider des problèmes auxquels est confrontée l’Église orthodoxe et que ceux-ci ne peuvent être résolus que par un concile panorthodoxe qui est l’organe suprême de l’Église. 

« Hier [le 25 octobre], nous avons eu une réunion au sujet des événements en Ukraine avec une commission du Patriarcat de Constantinople, dirigée par le métropolite de Pergame Jean. Malheureusement, le patriarche de Constantinople continue sa version des choses et n’y renoncera pas facilement » a déclaré le métropolite Amphiloque. Celui-ci a expliqué que cette commission construit sa position, au sujet de la question ukrainienne, sur le rôle du Patriarcat de Constantinople à travers l’histoire. « Mais leur problème et celui de nombreux autres est qu’ils ne réalisent pas que les temps ont changé. Et nous, notre Assemblée épiscopale, avons écrit au patriarche de Constantinople que l’ère constantinienne était passée, elle qui a commencé avec le saint empereur Constantin et s’est terminée en 1453 avec la chute de Constantinople sous l’occupation turque et en 1918 avec la mort de la famille impériale martyre des Romanov ». 

Le métropolite a rappelé que Constantinople avait joué un grand rôle à l’époque où l’empereur Constantin avait transféré la capitale de l’ancienne à la Nouvelle Rome. « Et le fait que le siège de l’empire y ait été transféré, un empire qui a dirigé le destin de la Méditerranée pour ne pas dire du monde presque durant mille ans, a vraiment donné à Constantinople une grande mission, particulièrement pour nous, les peuples slaves. Ceux-ci ont reçu par Constantinople la foi orthodoxe, et après cela, l’indépendance de leurs Églises locales. Tout ceci est l’œuvre du grand Patriarcat de Constantinople. Mais notre temps est différent et il est indispensable que l’Église, en respectant tout ce qui a été à travers l’histoire, fonde néanmoins son avenir sur ces premiers siècles de son histoire, lorsqu’elle n’était pas tant liée au pouvoir [civil, ndt] », a souligné Mgr Amphiloque. Celui-ci a rappelé que l’Église était liée au pouvoir lorsque celui-ci est devenu chrétien par l’empereur Constantin puis, par la suite, jusqu’au tsar Nicolas. « Il y avait un pouvoir chrétien, des souverains chrétiens, des peuples chrétiens, des États chrétiens… 

Aujourd’hui, nous n’avons ni des souverains chrétiens, ni des pouvoirs chrétiens. Quant aux peuples qui étaient chrétiens, à quel point le sont-ils aujourd’hui ? C’est ainsi que ce lien entre le pouvoir et l’Église qui avait un grand sens à travers l’histoire, n’existe plus aujourd’hui, malheureusement. L’Église est donc appelée à sa vie originelle et à ce que tout se passe en elle, d’autant plus les grandes décisions, selon l’esprit des saints Pères, c’est-à-dire selon l’esprit de ce premier concile de Jérusalem, dans les années 50 après la Nativité du Christ, où il est dit qu’il ‘a semblé bon au Saint-Esprit et à nous’. C’est le message qu’envoie aujourd’hui notre Église, et elle prie nos frères de Constantinople de comprendre qu’ils ne peuvent plus décider à eux-seuls. Que l’on soit de Constantinople ou de Belgrade », a souligné le métropolite Amphiloque, qui a précisé que le concile panorthodoxe est l’organisme suprême dans l’Église orthodoxe : « Le concile panorthodoxe est l’organisme suprême de l’Église orthodoxe depuis les temps apostoliques, et cela est valable à nouveau aujourd’hui. 

Et tous ces problèmes qui se dressent aujourd’hui devant l’Église orthodoxe ne peuvent être résolus que par un concile, un concile œcuménique, un concile panorthodoxe », a souligné le métropolite Amphiloque. Celui-ci a également ajouté qu’il nous faut prier Dieu pour que cet esprit conciliaire se renouvelle dans l’Église du Christ, tout en respectant ce qui s’est produit à travers l’histoire ainsi que le Patriarcat de Constantinople, qui est l’Église du premier Trône. « Le patriarche de Constantinople ne peut s’appeler chef de l’Église orthodoxe, comme cela a été écrit dans ce tomos de l’Église ukrainienne, à savoir qu’il était le primat de l’Église orthodoxe, citant à ce sujet l’empereur Justinien. C’était au temps de l’Empire byzantin unique et lorsque d’autres royaumes et États ont été modelés selon celui-ci. Alors, les souverains, à l’instar de ce qu’était ici notre roi Nicolas Petrović, se sont indubitablement impliqués dans la vie de l’Église et ont donné une direction à sa vie. D’autant plus ici, au Monténégro, où l’orthodoxie était religion d’État, et le roi Nicolas a pratiquement hérité de cet esprit dont les fondements ont été posés par saint Pierre de Cetinje et Pierre II [Njegoš] cette relation entre l’Église et l’État. 

Il peut en être ainsi lorsque le souverain est chrétien. Aujourd’hui, les états sont sécularisés, les peuples cheminent dans ces voies sécularisées, les chefs d’État sont souvent des athées, et on ne peut plus se conduire ainsi avec l’État, tout en étant respectueux de son autorité», a ajouté le métropolite, soulignant qu’il n’y a qu’un seul chef dans l’Église du Christ : « C’est le Christ, il n’y a pas d’autres chefs, il n’y a pas d’autres primats. Tous les autres sont des apôtres qui témoignent de ce chef, le Christ, comme chef de l’Église, laquelle est une, sainte, catholique et apostolique et à laquelle nous appartenons et que nous servons » a conclu le métropolite Amphiloque.


          

Sur Parlons d'Orthodoxie: Environ 15% des paroissiens de l'Archevêché russe ont refusé de rejoindre l'Église orthodoxe russe

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Environ 15% des paroissiens de l'Archevêché  russe ont refusé de rejoindre l'Église orthodoxe russe
Les paroisses de l'Archevêché russe qui ont refusé de se réunir avec le patriarcat de Moscou l'ont fait principalement pour des raisons politiques, a déclaré le père Jean Drobot-Tikhonitsky, protodiacre de la cathédrale Alexandre Nevsky à Paris.

"La plupart de ceux qui ont refusé la réunion avec l'Eglise orthodoxe russe l'ont fait pour des raisons politiques. Ils affirment que le patriarcat de Moscou est l'église de Poutine et que, par conséquent, il ne faut pas y aller. Ce sont des positions politiques très simplistes. Il y en a qui considèrent que la Russie est jusqu’à présent un pays de bolcheviks, c'est l’Union soviétique et qu’il ne faut pas se lier avec elle. Ce sont principalement des descendants de la première émigration, mais ils sont très peu nombreux. Il y a aussi des libéraux extrêmes, des « néo-réformateurs » : ils ont une approche libérale de la discipline religieuse, du jeûne, des fondements traditionnels de l'Eglise orthodoxe russe. Et il y a même des personnes qui soutiennent Constantinople pour ce qu’elle fait en Ukraine", a déclaré le protodiacre dans une interview avec des journalistes.

Selon lui, ceux qui ne soutiennent pas la réunification avec l'Église russe ne représentent pas plus de 15% des paroissiens de l'Archevêché .

"Selon mes estimations, dès le début, environ 70% des personnes souhaitaient la réunification avec l'Eglise orthodoxe russe. Sur les 30% restants, 15% hésitaient et 15% étaient absolument contre. Tous vont à l'église. Il y a aussi des prêtres qui continuent de servir et de commémorer le patriarche grec ou bien qui sont passés à l'Eglise orthodoxe roumaine. Pour ces personnes-là, c'est "tout sauf Moscou", mais nous parlons avec eux", a-t-il conclu.

Du 2 au 4 novembre, l'archevêché des paroisses d'Europe occidentale de tradition russe célébrera sa réunification avec l'Église orthodoxe russe à Moscou. Pour cela, une délégation conduite par l'archevêque de Doubna Jean (Renneteau) est arrivée dans la capitale russe le 1er novembre. La délégation se compose plus de 100 personnes, sans compter les invités, qui sont les descendants de la première émigration russe, des représentants des émigrations récentes russes, biélorusses, ukrainiennes et moldaves, ainsi que des Français, des Belges, des Néerlandais, des Allemands, des Anglais, des Ecossais, des Roumains, des Polonais et des Serbes.

Traduit du russe par Marie et André Donzeau
Moscou, le 1er novembre. INTERFAX От присоединения к РПЦ отказались около 15% прихожан Русской архиепископии

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Anniversaire du Métropolite Onuphre d'Ukraine

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Métropolite Onuphre

Le 5 novembre 2019, le Métropolite Onuphre a eu 75 ans. Avec une profonde gratitude pour son service à l'Église, nous prions pour que le Seigneur le garde encore longtemps parmi nous.


Ad multos anos! 

Многая лета!


          

APPEL A UN CONCILE PANORTHODOXE, MEME SANS LE PAT. BARTHOLOMEE

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Métropolite Séraphim de Kythira (à gauche), 


Métropolite Séraphim du Pirée (à droite). 

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Après une année de relations tendues entre les différentes Eglises locales et de persécutions contre l'Eglise canonique ukrainienne, et des appels répétés au patriarche Bartholomée de Constantinople à convoquer un concile pan-orthodoxe, deux hiérarques de l'Eglise orthodoxe grecque se mobilisent pour appeler tous les autres primats à réunir un concile pan-orthodoxe pour traiter la crise ukrainienne causée par le patriarcat de Constantinople.

Les Métropolites Séraphim du Pirée et Séraphim de Kythira se sont prononcés à plusieurs reprises contre l'anarchie de Constantinople en Ukraine, et ce sont eux qui ont révélé qu'il n'y avait pas eu de vote sur la reconnaissance de la schismatique "église orthodoxe d'Ukraine" au Concile des évêques de l'Église grecque le 12 octobre.

Finalement, Mgr Jérôme, archevêque d'Athènes, a reconnu officiellement les schismatiques en envoyant une lettre irénique à Epiphane Doumenko, "primate" de "l'église" orthodoxe ukrainienne schismatique.

Maintenant, comme le Métropolite Séraphim du Pirée l'a rapporté à vimaorthodoxias.gr, les deux Séraphim ont écrit une lettre commune dans laquelle ils appellent tous les primats des Églises orthodoxes locales à convoquer un concile pan-orthodoxe pour résoudre la crise ukrainienne.

Toutes les Églises locales recevront la lettre dans les prochains jours. Selon Vima Orthodoxias, les hiérarques demandent la convocation d'un concile panorthodoxe même sans la participation du patriarche Bartholomée, si nécessaire.

Le Métropolite Séraphim du Pirée a noté que la légalisation sans précédent des schismatiques en Ukraine est un crime.

Il est absolument inacceptable de dire que l'unité de l'Église est réalisée par la " restauration " et l'introduction en elle d'apostats impénitents, de conspirateurs secrets, anathématisés et non ordonnés, de personnes schismatiques ", souligne le Métropolite Séraphim, notant que seul un concile panorthodoxe possède l'autorité d'accorder l'autocéphalie.

Le hiérarque du Pirée note également qu'aucun patriarcat autre que Constantinople ne reconnaît les schismatiques et souligne que le Concile épiscopal de l'Église grecque a commis une erreur d'une ampleur historique en reconnaissant le droit de Constantinople à accorder l'autocéphalie en Ukraine et en accordant à l'archevêque Jérôme le droit de résoudre cette question pour l'Église grecque.

Le "clergé" de l'église ukrainienne schismatique ne possède pas d'ordinations valides, et ne peut donc pas être à la base d'une Église autocéphale et l'octroi d'un tomos par Constantinople était une erreur et un problème majeur.

Le Métropolite Séraphim de de Kythira a également parlé il y a quelques jours de la nécessité de convoquer un concile panorthodoxe. Dans ses commentaires à RIA-Novosti, il a parlé du sort de Sa Béatitude le Métropolite Onuphre de Kiev et de toute l'Ukraine et de l'Église canonique ukrainienne, que Constantinople a simplement ignorée pendant l'année écoulée.

"J'écris sur ce sujet depuis des mois, et je crois que du côté canonique, du côté ecclésiologique, les canons de notre Église n'ont pas été observés. Et cela me contrarie particulièrement, parce que l'Église canonique d'Ukraine du Métropolite Onuphre et l'épiscopat du pays sont ignorés," a dit le Métropolite Séraphim. 

"Nous prions pour la convocation d'un concile panorthodoxe, d'un concile œcuménique, afin de résoudre un problème aussi grave", a-t-il souligné.

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Нет повести печальней в мире, чем новости из Украины

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С начала года свой бизнес закрыли 167 тысяч украинцев 00:27, 6 ноября 2019 По данным на начало октября, 167 тысяч человек закрыли свой бизнес. Об этом сообщили в Государственной налоговой службе Украины в ответ на запрос УНН. https://strana.ua/news/231868-v-ukraine-167-tysjach-predprinimatelej-zakryli-biznes-s-nachala-hoda.html ================= Вот сколько людей , которые занимались небольшим бизнесом вынуждены его закрывать и остаться без средств к существованию или уехать со страны . ---------------- Вот результат той ублюдочной политики и отношения к народу . Сколько бы вы негодяи не говорили . Об улучшении жизни . Статистика наука точная . Она опровергает все ваши гнилые заверения . ------------- А причины , налоги непосильные , тарифы . Кстати Вот насчет - энергии , те кто пытается Ослабить эту нагрузку и уменьшить тарифы . Со стороны пустозвонов нацистских сразу агрессия . Значит Все отречения от бизнеса на совести . Всех даунов . Они довели страну и людей , к этому -------------- Бывшие бизнесмены , а сейчас безработные видете , как вас киданули , бандерлоги . А нынешние идут той самой линией На уничтожения всего . И это так очевидно . --------------- Вам терять уже понятно нечего . записывайтесь в нашу . организацию . , Главная цель . довести , что вы еще не быдло и нельзя с вами так поступать . Если у вас осталась хоть капля гордости и самоуважения
          

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Ляшко в аэропорту подрался со "слугой народа" --------------- Конфликт произошел из-за поправки главы комитета Рады по энергетике Геруса, которая позволяет импортировать электроэнергию из России. Лидер Радикальной партии Олег Ляшко подрался в аэропорту Борисполь с нардепом от Слуги народа, главой комитета по энергетике Андреем Герусом. Соответствующее видео появилось в среду, 6 ноября. Конфликт произошел из-за поправки Геруса, позволившей начать импорт электроэнергии из России. В ходе конфликта, бывший нардеп обвинил "слугу народа" в том, что тот предал национальные интересы Украины. https://korrespondent.net/ukraine/politics/4157653-liashko-v-aeroportu-podralsia-so-sluhoi-naroda ---------------- Вот интересный факт народ . Этот мудозвон . который надул страну и народ . На приличные бабки . Начинает . Свою муть наводить .. А че ему народ .?? Он получил от бюджета почти лярд . На вроде заводик . Свечной . Который как он уверял Выпускал . Пожарные машины . А бандитская ВР того созыва с радостью ему его -этот лярд предоставила . А ни отчета за использования , а ни контроля никакого . ------------- Теперь он и все бандерлоги ограбившие страну разумеют . И начинают выть . ================== Когда были под Россией им не давали нагло воровать и страну уничтожать Поэтому они воют ------------- А те кто хочет дать людям дешовую энергию Для них мол враги . А привозить с ЮАР уголь -это нормально . -------------- Да сук таких народ че вы молчите . Все его дома и майорат . Найти и предать забвению или будите уйобками которые позволяют Над собой издеваться И ваши дети будут на вас презрительно смотреть . ------------- Нацисты , порохоботы, дауны -это враги . Они против народа . И это было видно по всему за пять предыдущих лет .
          

Senior React Developer в Infopulse, Киев

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Infopulse Ukraine welcomes talented professionals to join our project as a Senior React Developer at one of our Ukrainian offices. The customer is the largest global metal processing corporation. The ERP product is on the earliest stages of the development by highly competent Infopulse engineering team. The product development will be in parallel and followed by the customization and implementation to 50+ production facilities in innovative industrial areas worldwide. Shortly, the product technical stack is around Java, React and React native (by different experts). The development program consists of several scrum and support teams, which will have a close cooperation with an innovation center in Düsseldorf. The estimated duration of the customizations and product R&D evolution is 5+ years.

Tools, technologies, and methodologies required to apply:
• At least 4 years of experience as JavaScript (ES5) developer
• Software design patterns and paradigms comprehension
• Great understanding of web development and web principles
• React
• Mobx
• Typescript
• Responsive design
• Understanding of Agile and waterfall processes
• Git • Knowledge of HTTP and REST
• Intermediate+ spoken technical English

Successful candidates should correspond to the following competencies / skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, equivalent educational or professional experience and/or qualifications
• 4+ years of JS development experience with all the project scope technologies.
• Strong written and verbal communication in English
• Must have in-depth knowledge of software development lifecycles (experience in Agile methodologies will be a strong plus)
• Strong communication, technical and remote collaboration skills are a must
• Ability to effectively conduct technical discussions directly with Project/Product management, and customer
• Excellent team collaboration skills
• Strong relationship building and maintaining skills
• Provision of estimates for development work
• Application of best practices to deliver high-quality products on time


          

The Trump-Ukraine Scandal: More than a Quid Pro Quo, It’s Extortion

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House to explore Pence's role in Ukraine controversy with new testimony

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in the events leading to the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry is expected to come under scrutiny Thursday as a top aide is likely to comply with a request to testify on Capitol Hill.

          

Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage

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Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine on the opening of investigations into his political rivals, Republicans are struggling to find a unified defense as they shift their ever-changing arguments about why the President's actions are not impeachable.

          

The Point: Lindsey Graham's Ukraine explanation will blow your mind

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Defending President Donald Trump's oft-repeated claims that there was no quid pro quo in his relationship with Ukraine becomes more difficult by the day. Which forces Republicans to bend over backward -- and crush logic -- to do so.

          

Washington Post: Trump asked for Barr to host news conference clearing him on Ukraine

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President Donald Trump asked that Attorney General William Barr hold a news conference clearing him of legal wrongdoing with regard to his phone call pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate Democrats -- but Barr refused, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

          

Top US diplomat says Giuliani pushed Ukraine to 'intervene' in US politics in impeachment transcript

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The House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump released Wednesday a transcript of its closed-door interview with the top US diplomat in Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor.

          

Impeachment inquiry uncovers three clear examples of the Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo

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The impeachment inquiry has uncovered at least three examples of the quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine, where US military aid and a White House visit were used as leverage to secure an announcement that Ukraine was investigating President Donald Trump's rivals, according to documents and testimony from key witnesses.

          

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PBU communication workshop for beneficiaries of the 2nd CfP

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We cordially invite beneficiaries of the 2nd Call for Proposals to attend our communication workshop organized in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. It will be a hands-on training helping project staff res…
          

What Role Did John Bolton Play In Trump's Ukraine Efforts?

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NPR's David Greene talks to Andrew Weiss, who previously served at the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council, about former national security adviser John Bolton's role in Ukraine.
          

Impeachment Inquiry Is About To Get Much More Public

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Who Was On The Trump-Ukraine Call?

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On July 25, President Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The phone call would become the foundation of a whistleblower complaint that would lead to a formal impeachment inquiry.
          

Attorney General Declined Trump Request To Declare Nothing Illegal In Ukraine Call

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President Trump asked Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference stating that no laws were broken in his call with Ukraine's president. Mr. Barr declined.


          

Pompeo Criticized for Failing to Support Ousted US Ambassador to Ukraine

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

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