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Doctor charged with performing hysterectomies without consent: Federal investigators

A Virginia doctor allegedly performed surgeries on women that made them infertile without their consent or knowledge, prosecutors are alleging in a federal lawsuit.
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Ethics agency refuses to release whistleblower complaint on Cuomo leak scandal
The state’s embattled ethics agency refused Tuesday to release the whistleblower complaint that prompted the state’s Inspector General to open a probe into leaks involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics met behind closed doors for almost four hours in Albany and then suddenly adjourned, refusing...
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Teenager tries to smuggle meth across U.S. border using RC-car
A 16-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested on drug smuggling charges after Border Patrol discovered the 55.84-pound bundle
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Witnesses describe Trump call with the president of Ukraine as "improper"
The third round of impeachment hearings got underway on Tuesday. Two witnesses were alarmed by the president's July call with the leader of Ukraine, calling it "improper" and "unusual." Nancy Cordes has the latest.
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The GOP’s Witnesses Aren’t Helping Trump
At the start of the second session of today’s doubleheader impeachment hearings, Chairman Adam Schiff noted an important distinction about the two witnesses appearing before the House Intelligence Committee: Both Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, a senior director on the National Security Council, were “requested by the minority.”In other words, the Republicans on the committee wanted them there. And, presumably, they wanted Volker and Morrison because they thought their testimony would help President Donald Trump and hurt the case for his impeachment.That’s not exactly what happened.In his opening statement, Volker made a point of defending the potential political opponent who Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate, the former Vice President Joe Biden, calling him “an honorable man” whom he holds in “the highest regard.” Volker referred to allegations about Biden’s involvement with Ukraine during the waning months of the Obama administration as “conspiracy theories” and said the suggestion that Biden had acted corruptly was “not credible.” Volker insisted that he did not make a connection at the time between Biden and Trump’s desire for Ukraine to investigate both possible interference in the 2016 election and the energy company Burisma, on whose board Biden’s son once had sat. But Volker testified that he now understood that the president’s demands of Ukraine went beyond a generalized crackdown on corruption—that he wanted a probe of the Bidens, something Volker said this afternoon was “unacceptable.”“In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections,” Volker said.As for Morrison, Republicans had interpreted his private deposition to lawmakers on October 31 as favorable. In this morning’s hearing, GOP lawmakers used Morrison’s words to undermine Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s credibility, pointing out that Morrison had raised concerns about his judgment. Morrison stood by that critique in the afternoon, but he would not elaborate, and his portrait of his NSC colleague fell far short of the “deep state,” anti-Trump partisan the president’s loyalists had painted.[Read: Trump's committee to protect the president]Moreover, on the questions central to impeachment, Morrison did little to help the president’s case. He acknowledged that both he and Vindman were disappointed with the message that Trump delivered to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in their July 25 call—the one in which the president asked him for the “favor” of an investigation into Biden. Both men, Morrison said, had hoped Trump would deliver a stronger message of support for Ukraine. And when asked by Democrats whether it was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign government to investigate a domestic political opponent, Morrison replied: “It’s not what we recommended the president discuss.”In the first two hours of testimony, the best Republicans could get from Volker and Morrison was a firm “no” when they were asked whether anyone at the White House had ever asked them to extort or bribe anyone. Indeed, the clearest defense of Trump’s actions today did not come from testimony on Capitol Hill at all, but from an unsolicited statement issued by Vice President Mike Pence’s national-security adviser, Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. He is the direct supervisor of Jennifer Williams, a Pence adviser who testified alongside Vindman in the morning. Kellogg said he was also on the July 25 call, but unlike Williams, he did not find anything amiss. “I heard nothing wrong or improper on the call. I had and have no concerns,” Kellogg said in his statement.Perhaps that’s what Republicans were hoping to hear from Volker and Morrison, their chosen witnesses. What they presented to lawmakers, however, was consistent with the testimony that’s been delivered in the House for the last week—that Trump’s demand for an investigation of Biden was, at best, unusual and inappropriate, and perhaps much worse. In fairness to GOP lawmakers, the witnesses they most want to haul before the House, Biden’s son Hunter and the original whistleblower, were rejected out of hand by Democrats. So they had to settle for Volker, Morrison, and David Hale, an undersecretary of state who will testify tomorrow.When it was his turn to question Volker and Morrison, Representative Devin Nunes of California began with a wry lament. “I have some bad news for you,” he said. “The TV ratings are way down.” It was another way of saying the day’s testimony was a dud, but it was really an admission cloaked as a joke—and the joke was on Republicans: If Volker and Morrison had actually helped the president’s case, Nunes and his colleagues would have wanted millions more people to have heard what they had to say.
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'Still a lot of water to go down this creek': reaction to Trump impeachment hearing
The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its third day of public hearings on Tuesday in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, with four witnesses testifying on two panels.
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New York joins California in lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul
New York state officials have joined their counterparts in California and North Carolina in suing e-cigarette maker Juul, alleging the company created marketing campaigns that targeted youth and helped fuel teenage lung illness and, in some cases, vaping-related deaths. CBSN New York reports.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's a 'false tradeoff' between technological progress and forcing people to give up their personal data (AAPL)
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the widely-held notion that people need to give up their privacy for better technology is a 'false tradeoff.' Cook's comments on privacy were part of a broader response to a question posed by Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference on Tuesday. Benioff asked Cook how the company balanced improving the lives of its customers with improving the state of the world itself.  Although Cook's response did not name any specific companies, his answer was a thinly-veiled jab at companies like Google and Facebook, which have come under scrutiny for how much data they collect on customers.  Apple, meanwhile, has tried to position itself as the platform of choice for the privacy-conscious, especially given that its business model doesn't rely on ads. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. CEO Tim Cook said that Apple rejects the idea that any progress in artificial intelligence requires people to give up a "boatload" of personal details, in a thinly-veiled jab at the practices of competitors like Facebook and Google. Speaking with Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff at the Dreamforce conference this Tuesday, Cook reiterated Apple's commitment to privacy even as it continues to develop new products that use machine learning. The Apple CEO framed this as a larger commitment to the company's mission to both improve customer lives and still remain faithful to the company's moral values, rather than treating privacy  a "slogan du jour."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Google reveal the new Nest Mini, which is an updated Home MiniSee Also:Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy isn't a feature that should be built into products after the factHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsingThe FTC confirmed Facebook isn't the only tech company it's investigating
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Google will sell a $15 ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller
Google Stadia launched to mixed reviews, but it remains an intriguing concept for the future of gaming. If you’re one of the people who bought into the device and was fascinated by the idea of playing console-quality games on your smartphone, Google will soon begin to sell a ‘claw‘ accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to the Stadia controller. While the Stadia controller is not absolutely necessary to use Google’s gaming service on a PC or phone, the company has claimed it offers the best Wi-Fi experience. This is because the controller bypasses your device and connects… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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NASA astronaut rates space movies based on how realistic they are
Hollywood loves its space movies, but how well do they nail the actual science? NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, former director of space operations at SpaceX, rates 10 iconic scenes from space movies based on how realistic they are. See how the facts in your favorite space movies hold up, from "Gravity" and "Interstellar" to "Star Wars" and "The Martian." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Han Solo: Let's blow this thing and go home! Garrett Reisman: "Pwsh!" Hi, I'm Garrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut. And today we're gonna look at some popular movie clips, and I'll try to use my experience as a former director of space operations at SpaceX and current professor at University of Southern California, USC, and give you a rating on how realistic it is.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:40 LA restaurants you need to try before you dieGet natural, bouncy curls without heat by wearing this headband to sleepPeople pay $500 for these custom cannabis-infused meals
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Sondland a day after Trump Ukraine call: US will increase support of Ukraine if it undertakes 'promised' reforms
US Ambassador Gordon Sondland said in an interview a day after President Donald Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's leader that the United States would increase its support of the country if it undertook "promised" reforms.
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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ review: Hanks was born to play Mr. Rogers
If you were raised on Mister Rogers, you may find your tear ducts a little wobbly in the opening credits.
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'Catan' AR game could ride on Niantic's tech
If you're Niantic and you're planning a follow-up to augmented reality hits like Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, what famous property do you work with next? Apparently, the answer is a hardcore board game. A product page, source c...
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Teen used remote-controlled car to smuggle $100K worth of meth into US from Mexico: feds
A 16-year-old boy was busted for allegedly using a remote-controlled car to smuggle over $100,000 worth of meth into California from Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the teen, a US citizen, sneaking along the US-Mexico border while holding two duffel bags at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, the agency said in a...
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As DirecTV tanks, AT&T says it will “re-bundle” TV with HBO Max
HBO Max will include non-AT&T shows as AT&T aims to rebuild the bundle.
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Only 10 schools still have a legit shot to make the College Football Playoff
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The College Football Playoff is rapidly approaching, and while we don't quite have a handle on who will make the four-team slate, the field of potential contenders is dwindling. The committee is set to release its third College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, and major losses from the undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers and Baylor Bears may have further narrowed down the field. As of now, LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State appear to have a solid hold on playoff spots, but a handful of strong one-loss squads are still very much alive and vying for a bid. Check out where the last 10 contenders stand heading into Week 13 of the season. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 10. Minnesota Golden Gophers Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports Record (AP rank): 9-1 (11) Last week's result: Lost to Iowa 19-23 Last week's playoff rank: 8 Key games remaining: Wisconsin at home, Big Ten title game The outlook: Fresh off of a 31-26 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Golden Gophers marched into Kinnick Stadium and walked out with their first loss of the season. A blemished record certainly hinders Minnesota's chances of breaking into the playoff, but a win against the No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers and a Big Ten championship win — likely over Ohio State — could be enough to seal the deal. 9. Penn State Nittany Lions AP Photo/Matthew Putney Record (AP rank): 9-1 (9) Last week's result: Beat Indiana 34-27 Last week's playoff rank: 9 Key games remaining: Ohio State on the road, Big Ten title game The outlook: The Nittany Lions took a major hit when they lost to the then-undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers two weeks ago, but they still have a chance to snag a spot in the playoff. Penn State's only compelling claim would involve running the table — including taking down the Ohio State Buckeye juggernaut at the Horseshoe this weekend — and exacting revenge against Minnesota in the Big Ten championship game. Even then, the best of the Pac-12 and Big 12 may have better cases for the final spot. 8. Alabama Crimson Tide Associated Press Record (AP rank): 9-1 (5) Last week's result: 38-7 Last week's playoff rank: 5 Key games remaining: Auburn on the road, SEC title game The outlook: A College Football Playoff without Alabama is impossible to imagine simply because it is unprecedented; the Crimson Tide have competed in every College Football Playoff since its inaugural year in 2015. Though Alabama still has a shot, the loss of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa due to injury doesn't help the cause. LSU more than likely needs to win out for the Crimson Tide to have a shot at the fourth spot, but even so, former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and his Oklahoma Sooners or a one-loss Pac-12 champion may have a stronger case to earn the final ticket. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 biggest winners and losers in college basketball this week The University of Texas is giving its football stadium a face-lift, but people are saying the new 'Longhorn patio' looks like the female reproductive system Ohio State superstar Chase Young's suspension comes against 2 of the Big Ten's worst teams, and many are wondering why the NCAA even bothered
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Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine
In a recent NPR poll, 84 percent of respondents said that people were angrier today than they were a generation ago. And who can blame us? The idiots representing (insert political party you hate here) are full of crap and they don’t know what they’re doing. So many people are wrong about AI and vaccines, and other things you care about, it’s enough to drive you bonkers. And way too many people care way too much (or not enough) about that stupid (or important) movie that just came out (or is about to). If only there were some way we… This story continues at The Next Web
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Gordon Sondland Returns To Impeachment Inquiry As A Key Witness With An Updated Story
The U.S. ambassador to the EU will give much-anticipated public testimony Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. His story has changed since he first testified last month.
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Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is ‘sick’ of getting death treats
The death threats and hatred were becoming too much for Sean Clifford to look at. He no longer is. The Penn State quarterback told reporters Tuesday he has turned off his social media accounts in response to the vulgar messages he received over the team’s first loss of the season to Minnesota on Nov. 9....
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Conspiracy Theorists Are Less Angry Than the Rest of Reddit, Study Finds
The path to the million-member-strong league on Reddit’s r/conspiracy is paved with politics, toxicity, and tech culture, a sprawling study has found. From an eight-year sample ranging from 2007 to 2015, a team of Australian researchers compared 15,370 r/conspiracy posters to an equal number of users who’d started out…Read more...
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Polls show impeachment hearings aren't changing much
Most Americans say they're keeping an eye on the televised impeachment hearings -- but that doesn't mean they're open to changing their minds about what they mean, according to new polling.
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Avidly Reads Board Games excerpt: Pandemic Mobile saved Pandemic … from me
Playing on the Pandemic app more closely resembles an experiment conducted with the rules of the game — it can act as a useful way to learn about the game
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Google keeps face-planting on the small stuff with latest Stadia launch gaffe
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge On June 6th, Google opened up preorders for the $130 “Founder’s Edition” of its Stadia cloud gaming service, promising those buyers would be the first to experience the future of gaming — and reserve a unique username. Though Stadia is now live, many buyers are reporting they haven’t received the most crucial piece of the entire Stadia package: the invite email that opens the door to actually let them in. Many on Stadia’s official Discord server are performing what they’re calling a “code check” to let others know whether their codes have been sent, and whether their devices have actually been shipped. On Reddit, Google said it was investigating the issue: We’re aware that some of you who pre-ordered Founder’s Edition may not have... Continue reading…
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Ohio mother gets consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to killing young sons
An Ohio mother was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus seven years Tuesday after pleading guilty to smothering her three young sons to death over a 13-month period, prosecutors said.
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George Morris, Equestrian Legend, Is Permanently Barred From the Sport
Accusations of sexual abuse led to the expulsion of Mr. Morris, a former coach of the United States Olympic team.
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Mall stores that don't exist anymore
These once iconic mall retailers have fallen victim to changing times
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Watergate reporter explains the importance of impeachment hearings
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein joins Anderson Cooper to answer your President Trump impeachment questions as the hearings ramp up. Watch Full Circle week nights at 5 p.m. ET.
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O’Neill defends stop-and-frisk after Bloomberg apology
"It helps us get weapons off the street, it helps keep the city safe," the commissioner said in an interview with 1010 WINS's Juliet Papa. "But it has to be used correctly, and obviously it has to be used constitutionally."
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Congress probes private equity's impact on employers
Former Toys R Us worker wants Wall Street held accountable for profiting while laying off tens of thousands of workers
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Spurs’ sacking of Mauricio Pochettino is brutal but oddly inevitable | Barney Ronay
Argentinian has achieved remarkable things at a club where he has spent less than most while juggling move to new stadiumFarewell then, Poch. After the hugs and the backslaps, time now for a last wave goodbye.It says a great deal about the strangeness of modern football that the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night felt startling, brutal but also oddly inevitable. Continue reading...
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Emilia Clarke's nude scene pressure didn't come from 'Game of Thrones'
Emilia Clarke opened up about performing in nude scenes on Game of Thrones and later projects in a recent episode of Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert.  In the episode, Clarke recalled feeling inexperienced on set during the first season of Game of Thrones and noted how she relied on her co-star and sex scene partner Jason Momoa to let her know what is and isn't acceptable for on-set nudity.  "Because Jason had experience, he had done a bunch of stuff before coming on to this, he was like, 'Sweetie, this is how it's meant to be and this is how it's not meant to be, and I'm going to make sure that's the way it goes,'" she said after mentioning that she felt "fortunate" to have him there to keep her comfortable.  Read more...More about Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke, Armchair Expert, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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Students' meals were thrown away over lunch debt. More than $22,000 was donated to pay it off
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This hotel costs less than $1 a night — but there’s a creepy catch
They'll be watching you.
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Devin Nunes calls Democrats' impeachment strategy a "drug deal"
In his opening remarks before the testimony of Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, Congressman Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the Democrats' impeachment strategy as a "drug deal." He also claimed that TV viewing was "way down" for the hearing.
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Volker: Trump said "Ukraine is a terrible place"
Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, testified that President Trump expressed negative views about Ukraine during a May meeting. "Ukraine is a terrible place, they're all corrupt, they're terrible people, they tried to take me down," Volker described Mr. Trump as saying.
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Baltimore Museum Of Art Will Only Buy Works By Women Next Year
A 2019 study of major U.S. art museums found that 87% of artists in their collections are men. The Baltimore museum's chief curator calls the initiative "re-correcting the canon."
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Billionaire dodges what Warren "tribalism" tweet meant
Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, a target of senator's presidential campaign, says it's "for you" to decide
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Alibaba will raise up to $12.9 billion in Hong Kong listing: sources
Alibaba will raise up to $12.9 billion in its Hong Kong secondary listing, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
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‘21 Bridges’ review: A predictable NYPD hit-job
“21 Bridges” is one of the worst depictions of our city ever filmed.
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Gordon Sondland Was A Low-Profile Hotel Owner. Until He Went To Work For Trump
The Portland hotel owner and ambassador, who's scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday, is a pivotal witness in the impeachment inquiry. His relationship with Trump is a complicated one.
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Ayahuasca alters brain waves to produce waking dream-like state, study finds
Scientists at Imperial College London took EEG readings of subjects under the influence.
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Verizon finally reveals actual 5G coverage maps
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Verizon is addressing one of the biggest criticisms about the company’s growing 5G network: a lack of traditional coverage maps. As noted by PC Mag, today the carrier has finally published maps where customers in 5G cities can get lightning-quick data speeds from its millimeter-wave technology. Earlier today, Verizon launched 5G in Boston, Houston, and Sioux Falls. Service is now available in 18 cities, and the company says it will reach 30 by the end of 2019. Verizon continues to claim that it’s putting 5G “in locations where more people can experience ultra-fast speeds together” — near landmarks and high-traffic areas of each market. Recently, it brought 5G to sections of football stadiums. PC Mag Here’s what the company’s map for... Continue reading…
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A Purple Heart, Combat Badge and Ranger Tab: Vindman Sends a Message
“The uniform I wear today is that of the United States Army,” Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman told the impeachment inquiry. “We do not serve any particular political party; we serve the nation.”
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Ukraine, Syracuse University, Fred Rogers: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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U.S. Senate unanimously passes Hong Kong rights bill
The U.S. Senate, in a unanimous vote, passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid China's crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement in that vital financial center.
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7 key moments from Vindman and Williams' public impeachment hearing
Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams testified in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump
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Davis Cup Finals 2019 Results: Tuesday's Round Robin Scores and Reaction
Canada became the first team to book their spot in the 2019 Davis Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday as they beat the United States 2-0 in Madrid in Group F...
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