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Jim Jordan: “Do you know what a quid pro quo is?” Guy appointed as an ambassador after donating $1M to Trump’s inauguration: “I do.”

Oh the president denied a quid pro quo while doing a quid pro quo? Case closed, I guess!

This woman was ready to give the shirt off her own back to save a koala from an Australian bushfire

As I said a long time ago, the only credible argument for defenders of Trump is that yes, Trump abused his power for private gain, but his misconduct doesn’t rise to the level of impeachment. After Sondland, anything else is not credible (& increasingly embarrassing to watch)

"Clearly it's an appearance of a conflict [of interest]," Amb. Gordon Sondland tells Rep. Elise Stefanik about Hunter Biden's position on the board of Barisma. "And yet we are not allowed to call Hunter Biden to answer questions," Stefanik adds.

Pretty revealing that even Trump’s most die-hard defenders have to clean up his own words about what he wanted investigated. They say “2016” but what the President specifically asked for...

Which is why the President would use that specific phrase -- he knew he was being accused of precisely that. The White House had seen the complaint, which discusses said quid-pro-quo.

Obama should have provided javelins (in my view), but can we stop with this nonsense that Obama only provided “blankets” to the Ukrainian military ? FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Ukraine:

As we arrived to document the killings this was the reception we were given in El Alto. I have never experienced anything remotely like it in all my years as a correspondent.


Scoops of the Day

A former worker with the British Consulate in Hong Kong says Chinese secret police tortured him, WSJ reports

Did Morrison just testify that there was nothing wrong with the Trump-Zelensky call? Did I hear that right? (If so, might explain why Vindman took his concern to the lawyers and not Morrison)

Video shows an Australian woman rescuing a koala from a bushfire in New South Wales. The marsupial has been treated for its burns and is still in "very serious condition," according to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.

@DonaldJTrumpJr : “I’d like them [Schiff and Vindman] to be treated like I would be if I lied to Congress or if I lied to the American people. It’s time that the Republicans push for some justice the other way.”

Me: I wonder if Sondland is gonna name names? Sondland:

"He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity," the official warns. Often, "the president can't remember what he's said or been told."

BTS "breaks the internet" in three-way collaboration with Lisa Frank, Louis Vuitton

Morrison has no explanation for why he ran to the NSC lawyer to make sure they knew what happened on a call on which nothing wrong had happened! It's....weird

Amid Amb. Gordon Sondland's testimony, Pres. Trump says, "I don't know him well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. Seems like a nice guy, though. But I don't know him well." #ImpeachmentHearings 


Scoops of the Week

A bloody fight has broken out between protesters and riot police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where upwards of several hundred student protesters have been barricaded inside for days.

AG Bill Barr: "Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they call 'The Resistance' and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch."

If you were as moved as I was by Ambassador Yovanovitch‘ s testimony today , retweet #BravoMasha  !

Maloney: "You're putting yourself in direct opposition to the most powerful person in the world... Why do you have confidence that you can do that, and tell your dad not to worry?" Vindman: "Congressman, because this is America... Here, right matters."

Massive attacks underway against the kurds in northern syria. No ceasefire. Total nonsenses there is. US military officials tell me they are ashamed, “sickened.” It’s cold now outside. What about the families, and kids, out of their homes? @OARichardEngel  #AmericanBetrayal 

China has detained up to a million Muslims, a campaign it calls a benevolent and routine effort against the pull of extremism. But 403 pages of Communist Party documents we obtained reveal how officials plotted to carry out a ruthless, coercive clampdown.

Republicans on the committee intentionally broke rules to pretend Adam Schiff was mistreating them.

BREAKING: Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.

A woman rescued a badly burnt and wailing koala from an Australian bushfire on Tuesday. The koala was spotted crossing a road amongst the flames near Long Flat in New South Wales, on the eastern side of Australia.