White House official told Congress ‘there was no doubt’ Trump sought quid pro quo with Ukrainians

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman described what he heard on President Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president, and former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill said Rudolph W. Giuliani tried to “appropriate presidential power,” according to transcripts released today.
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House impeachment investigators release new transcripts; Mulvaney defies subpoena to appear

In a break with her father and leading congressional Republicans, Ivanka Trump said it was “not particularly relevant” to know the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the probe into Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden at a time when nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid was being withheld.
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Alexander Vindman wanted to be as American as can be. Now the president questions his motives.

The 44-year-old national security official — a Soviet emigre and decorated U.S. Army officer — is now a central figure in the impeachment inquiry.
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How Pete Buttigieg plans to diversify his base

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg lays out his plan to capture broader appeal. And Tara Bahrampour on a 94-year-old woman who wanted to leave life on her own terms.
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In latest China pivot, Trump says partial trade deal might not be completed this year

The president denied reports — which the White House had confirmed a day earlier — that he had agreed to remove some tariffs as part of an initial deal.
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Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths

Federal health officials identified vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 29 people sickened in the outbreak, which has killed at least 39. The discovery, which they called a “breakthrough,” points to the oil as a likely culprit.
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A tiny pharmacy is identifying big problems with common drugs, including Zantac

Widely used heartburn drugs are being recalled because of potential cancer risk.
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Prisons and jails are designed for men. Can we build a better women’s prison?

The female prison population has grown twice as fast as the male one over the past 35 years — and facilities are slowly starting to take women’s needs into account.
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Bannon says Stone claimed contacts with WikiLeaks

Former radio show host Randy Credico told jurors Stone played a role in his decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right before Congress.
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Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva released from prison

The leftist leader’s 2017 corruption conviction and imprisonment cleared the path for Jair Bolsonaro to win last year’s presidential election.
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KFC takes on a local favorite for fried chicken supremacy in one corner of Africa

Rapidly developing Dakar has become the stage for a new fast-food feud, featuring an empire with 21,000 stores worldwide — but a newcomer to this part of Africa — against the Senegal-spun kitchen that was clearly inspired by it.
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