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  • 'You can do anything in the Ukraine with money': The unprecedented threat to a U.S. ambassador
    In late April last year, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fielded a phone call in Kyiv from a State Department colleague back in the states. Carol Perez, Director General of the Foreign Service, urged her to catch the "next plane home" to Washington because "there was a lot of concern" for her, Yovanovitch recalled in […]
  • House panel releases trove of damning new evidence from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas
    The House Intelligence Committee released a trove of new impeachment-related information Tuesday supplied by indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas. The new documents, which had been subpoenaed by the House panel last fall, appear to include a wealth of information. They range from Parnas’ handwritten notes about getting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Joe […]
  • Russian spies hacked Ukrainian gas company central to Trump's impeachment
    Russian military spies have hacked the Ukrainian gas company that became central to Donald Trump's impeachment after the revelation that Trump demanded Ukraine open an investigation into the company. The board members of the gas company, Burisma, included the son of Trump's chief 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump hoped to raise questions […]
  • In more bad news for McConnell, two-thirds of voters want to see John Bolton testify
    In the wake of multiple polls showing strong majorities of Americans believe the Senate impeachment trial should include witnesses and documents, a Quinnipiac survey finds that 66% of voters want to hear from one person in particular: former Trump national security adviser John Bolton. That 66% includes 39% of Republicans, 71% of independents, and 91% of […]
  • Giuliani associate Lev Parnas turns over 'trove' of information to congressional investigators
    Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has turned over photos, texts, and thousands of documents to the House Intelligence Committee, which subpoenaed the information last fall.  Parnas, who has been indicted for violating campaign finance laws and pleaded not guilty, had originally declined to comply with the congressional subpoena. But after being arrested and changing attorneys, […]
  • White House, reportedly fearing 4-plus GOP defections on Senate trial vote, pushes dismissal
    The White House reportedly believes as many as four-plus GOP senators will vote with Democrats to call witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, according to CBS News. If true, that's a whopper of a turnabout. CBS names Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado […]
  • Majority of Americans want a wealth tax on the very rich
    Imposing a wealth tax on very rich individuals draws strong majority support across a broad swath of voters, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. The extensive survey of 4,441 respondents found that 64% of the public either strongly or somewhat agreed with the sentiment that "the very rich should contribute an extra share of their […]
  • Trump is of two minds on a Senate trial—two warring, take no prisoners, homicidal minds
    When it comes to the Senate impeachment trial, Donald Trump wants to have it both ways—and one way totally wants to destroy the other way. His first mind is desperate for a clown car of witnesses, but only his witnesses. "I’d like to hear ‘shifty’ Schiff, I’d like to hear Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” […]
  • Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Iran in yet another poll
    A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 56% of Americans (and 57% of Independents) disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the Iran situation, following on a USA Today/Ipsos poll released last week showing very similar sentiments among the public. Just 43% of the public approved of Trump's actions in the new poll. But the ABC […]
  • 2020's gonna be a game of inches and Republicans are inching backward
    After a week of punditry hailing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategic advantage in the impeachment article skirmish, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she would transmit the articles to the upper chamber as early as next week.  Pelosi has been holding on to them since Dec. 18, when the House voted to impeach […]