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Harold Bloom, A Rare Best-Selling Literary Critic, Dies At 89

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Literary critic and author Harold Bloom addresses an audience in New York on March 9, 2003.

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Harold Bloom was a rarity: a best-selling and widely known literary critic. Affectionately dubbed the “King Kong” of criticism, Bloom died Monday at the age of 89, at a hospital in New Haven, Conn., according to his wife,

Over a redoubtable career, Bloom wrote scores of books, edited hundreds more and irritated innumerable intellectuals by arguing, for example, for the superiority of Western literary traditions.

Bloom was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to a Yiddish-speaking family that had emigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was a garment worker, and Bloom did not hear English spoken until the age of 6.

Educated first at Cornell University and then at Yale University — which at the time still maintained an informal Jewish quota — Bloom quickly established himself as a brilliant student. Yale would become Bloom’s intellectual home for more than five decades. He taught classes there up until the week before his death, and his lectures on William Shakespeare drew throngs of enthusiastic undergraduates and a not-insubstantial following online.

Bloom had a photographic memory, and claimed he could recite all of Shakespeare, all of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and copious swaths of British Romantic poetry. He was widely respected in mid-20th-century literary circles, but over the years, he fell out of fashion, in large part for his outspoken disdain for fellow scholars who he deemed “resentiks” — Deconstructionists, feminists and multiculturalists, whose cultural politics, he felt, minimized the genius of the writers he lionized.

“To a rather considerable extent,” Bloom told The Atlantic magazine in 2003, “literary studies have been replaced by that incredible absurdity called cultural studies which, as far as I can tell, are neither cultural nor are they studies. But there has always been an arrogance, I think, of the semi-learned.”

But Bloom also championed various minority and female scholars, authors and theater directors. He once proclaimed Ursula K. Le Guin a greater writer than J.R.R. Tolkien and suggested, in his 1990 bestseller, The Book of J, that much of the Hebrew Bible may have been written by a woman.

In 2004, writer Naomi Wolf accused Bloom of putting his hand on her thigh when she was a student of his. He vigorously denied her accusation.

Bloom’s intense, visceral pleasure in reading and language has made something of a critical comeback in recent years, in the form of “postcritique” scholars. In spite of a lifetime of laurels and unusually lucrative book contracts for an academic, Bloom seemed resigned to his reputation as past his prime.

“As I am something of a dinosaur, I’ve named myself Bloom Brontosaurus Bardolator,” he told The Atlantic. “It’s not such a bad thing to be.”

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Nationals’ Strasburg dominant in 8-1 win over Cardinals; 1 win from World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city’s first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St. Louis 8-1 Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

After Nationals starters Aníbal Sánchez and Max Scherzer flirted with no-hitters in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, Strasburg wasn’t quite that untouchable: He allowed a double in the second inning, six later singles and one unearned run. Still, he was rather dominant for seven innings, striking out 12 batters and finishing off each one with an off-speed pitch.

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The Cardinals, quite simply, can’t hit in this NLCS: They have a grand total of two runs and 11 hits through three games. Washington’s three starters have a combined ERA — no calculator necessary for this one — of 0.00.

Yes, that’s zero-point-zero-zero.

Now it’s Patrick Corbin’s chance to see if he can match his rotation-mates. The $140 million lefty will start for the Nationals in Game 4 on Tuesday night, when they can close out a sweep at home. Rookie right-hander Dakota Hudson will be on the mound for the Cardinals.

Washington hasn’t put a baseball team in the World Series since 1933, when the Senators lost to the New York Giants in five games. The nation’s capital owns only one MLB championship; the Senators won all the way back in 1924. There wasn’t even a baseball team at all in Washington for more than three decades until the Montreal Expos franchise moved to town before the 2005 season and was renamed the Nationals.

Until this season, the Nationals hadn’t won a playoff series, going 0-4 since 2012, but they sure look as if they’re making up for lost time.

It all starts with the pitching.

Against Sánchez in Game 1, the first hit for the Cardinals arrived with their 27th batter. Against Scherzer in Game 2, it was their 21st batter. But even when the Cardinals did something right against Strasburg, they erased it by doing something wrong.

Their fourth batter, Marcell Ozuna, doubled to the left field corner in the second, then quickly erased himself with some poor baserunning, going too far toward third on a comebacker and getting tagged out by Strasburg, who is enjoying a postseason to remember.

He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, then was infamously shut down before the playoffs three years later to protect his surgically repaired right elbow. Strasburg is now hale and hearty, throwing 117 pitches Monday, his most since totaling 118 in a May 2017 game.

And this sort of October excellence is what the Nationals were hoping for: Strasburg now has a 3-0 record and 1.64 ERA, with 33 strikeouts and one walk — he didn’t issue a free pass Monday — in 22 innings this postseason.

Much to the delight of a red towel-twirling crowd of 43,675, Washington’s batters kept delivering, led by Kendrick, who has eight RBIs in the past four games, including a 10th-inning grand slam in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Nationals roughed up Jack Flaherty for four runs, all in the third inning; the Cardinals’ 23-year-old starter hadn’t allowed that many in a game since July 2, a span of 18 appearances.

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Seven of Washington’s eight runs came with two outs, and there were contributions from up and down the lineup: Ryan Zimmerman delivered two run-scoring hits, Victor Robles homered in his return after a five-game absence with a leg injury, and Anthony Rendon heard “MVP!” chants after a slick defensive play at third base and an RBI double.

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Hannity calls for Republicans to ‘go on the record’ and say Ukraine transcript doesn’t ‘rise’ to impeachment

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Sean Hannity took aim at House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff Monday night, blasting him for his comments this weekend regarding contact with the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower.

“The Democrats politically motivated unconstitutional impeachment charade is unraveling before their eyes and even Adam – the cowardly, shifty – Schiff, he is backtracking tonight making a major admission that maybe the non-whistleblower whistleblower, who apparently his team coordinated with, well doesn’t have to testify at all,” Hannity said on his television program. “And that he should have been more clear about his secret contact and his office’s contact with the non whistleblower whistleblower in the first place.”

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“Gee replace Schiff with the name Trump. I wonder if the media would accept this crap,” Hannity added.

“I should have been much more clear,” Schiff said during an interview on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” admitting on Sunday that he should have been clearer about his contact with the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Hannity said, “I doubt the media would give Trump a pass with that flimsy answer,” in response to Schiff’s Sunday comments.

The host called on Republicans to “go on the record” and say the transcript of the phone call does not “rise” to the level of impeachment.

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“And maybe it’s time for Republicans in the Senate and the House maybe they need to go on record with a very simple statement that that transcript does not in any way rise to any level of impeachable offense,” Hannity said. “Let’s get that on the table so that they can know ahead of time that this witch hunt not going to go on for three years like their last witch hunt went on.”

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Gaetz blasts Schiff for removing him from ‘unfair’ impeachment inquiry hearing

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House Judiciary Committee Member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., ripped Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for having him removed Monday from a Trump impeachment inquiry hearing.

Gaetz told “Hannity” his removal was proof that Democrats cannot run a fair inquiry process, as Republicans had in the case of former President Bill Clinton.

“This is proof that Democrats can’t win a fair election, they can’t win a fair debate and they absolutely cannot run a fair impeachment inquiry because they’re stacking the deck.”

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Gaetz called the process thus far “bizarre,” adding that his own committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., effectively commenced the impeachment inquiry last month — and now he has been removed from a related hearing.

The Florida Republican claimed Democrats like Schiff are doing everything they can to limit GOP access to witnesses and evidence, and not allowing the minority party to issue subpoenas.

“If Republicans had a witness list it would be Adam Schiff who would be a fact witness because of the collusion that he and his staff were engaged in with the whistleblower that they then lied about,” he claimed.

“Even Republicans didn’t treat Bill Clinton this bad.”

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He said that in the case of Clinton’s 1998 impeachment proceedings, Democrats were allowed to issue subpoenas and Clinton counsel were allowed more access to the process than President Trump’s attorneys have had.

Gaetz told Hannity he would continue to push for the “facts” of the case to come out, characterizing Schiff’s conduct as worthy of a “kangaroo court.”

Earlier Monday, Gaetz attempted to attend the testimony of Fiona Hill, a former deputy assistant to the president, but was told that because he was not a member of the House Intelligence Committee that he had to leave. The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are conducting the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

A frustrated Gaetz aired his disappointment to reporters after being told he was not allowed to sit in on the hearing, venting his anger over what he says are “selective leaks.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris: Impeaching Trump ‘shouldn’t take very long’ because ‘we have a confession’

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Sunday said the impeachment of President Trump “shouldn’t take very long” because she claimed he’s already confessed that he pressured Ukrainian leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential rival.

While taking questions at a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) candidate forum in Altoona, Iowa, the White House contender was asked by UFCW President Marc Perrone if she would prosecute Trump for impeachment.

“I’ve been calling for the impeachment of this president for a long time,” replied Harris, a former prosecutor in San Francisco. “And, based on everything I know, yes.”

She claimed Trump already has confessed to trying to using the power of his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who previously was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

“We have a confession. We have a coverup,” Harris said, referring to reports alleging that White House lawyers moved the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky from the computer system where they’re normally kept to a more secure system.

Trump, on the contrary, repeatedly has denied doing anything wrong. He called his phone call with Zelensky “perfect.”

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Harris continued, “When people say, ‘how long do you think this impeachment process is going to be?’ It shouldn’t take very long, because, I mean, he did it out in the open.”

Support among congressional Democrats for Trump’s impeachment has grown since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump last month.

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Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani ‘a Hand Grenade’

WASHINGTON — The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday.

Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators.

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The status of the documents and witness testimony being collected by congressional investigators.

Mr. Bolton instructed Fiona Hill, the senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs, to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications, Ms. Hill told the investigators, according to two people familiar with her closed-door testimony.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Mr. Bolton, a Yale-trained lawyer, told Ms. Hill to tell White House lawyers, according to the testimony.

It was not the first time Mr. Bolton expressed grave concerns to Ms. Hill about Mr. Giuliani. “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” Ms. Hill quoted Mr. Bolton saying during an earlier conversation.

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Ex-NBC News anchor Matt Lauer reportedly exposed himself to ‘Today’ producer

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Disgraced NBC News anchor Matt Lauer reportedly propositioned a “Today” producer and exposed his genitalia to her, according to Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.”

In a copy obtained by Fox News, Farrow went into detail about how Lauer asked the producer to meet him in his office for what she thought was a “professional inquiry” back in 2010.

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But, he reportedly closed the door behind them and had her sit on the couch.

Moments later, the producer alleged that Lauer “unzipped his pants and exposed his erect penis.”

She “recalled Lauer saying that he knew she wanted it, and, in response to the joke about his office dalliances, that he figured she liked it dirty, and that the encounter would ‘be a first for you,’ Farrow wrote. “Then, by her account, he became angry, saying… ‘you’re a f—ing tease. This is not good. You led me on.'”

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She reportedly confided to Ann Curry, who at the time was co-anchoring “Today” with Lauer.

“It was as close as you could get to a woman just melting in front of you in pain,” Curry told Farrow.

According to Farrow, sources close to Lauer disputed his encounter with the producer, suggesting he made a “joking lewd gesture” but never exposed himself or propositioned her.

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Farrow reported that she started looking for work elsewhere, worrying that NBC News may have fired her. However, after CNN reportedly offered her a job, “several NBC News executives” told her that Lauer insisted that she’d stay, which she did for several years.

NBC reportedly fired her later, and she was “never given a reason why.”

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry share sweet moment with son Archie in upcoming documentary

Archie is getting some love in the upcoming documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.”

In a promo for the documentary, which is set to air on Sunday on the UK’s ITV network and obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen embracing their son while on their 10-day tour of Africa.

The shot shows Harry, 35, holding Archie while Markle, 38, plants a kiss on his head.

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The trailer also features a shot of Archbishop Desmond Tutu meeting Archie, who was four months old at the time of the tour.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The documentary is said to also address Meghan and Harry’s tumultuous relationship with British tabloids.

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On October 1, the Sussexes revealed they’d be taking legal actions against the Mail on Sunday — and its parent company Associated Newspapers — alleging “the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter written by” Markle. Although the statement did not name the specific letter, The Guardian reported that the Mail on Sunday published a letter penned by Markle to her estranged father.

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Harry also condemned the “British tabloid press” for waging a “ruthless campaign” against Markle “that has escalated over the past year” throughout the course of her pregnancy and while raising Archie.

At the time, a spokesperson for the Mail on Sunday told Entertainment Tonight: “The Mail on Sunday stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously. Specifically, we categorically deny that the Duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”

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Combat troops at higher risk for opioid and heroin abuse, study says

American troops exposed to combat face a higher risk of abusing heroin and prescription opioids than service members who weren’t, according to a paper published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study, titled “Did the War on Terror Ignite an Opioid Epidemic?,” concluded that opioid abuse among veterans who saw combat was 7 percentage points higher than those who were deployed but never engaged with the enemy.

The authors also noted that heroin use among the same group of veterans was 1 percentage point higher than those who didn’t see action.

Resul Cesur, associate professor of healthcare economics at the University of Connecticut, told Military Times he and his colleagues wanted to understand the relationship between nearly two decades of war with veterans and the opioid crisis.

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Staff Sergeant Matthew Pick, 66th Security Forces Squadron, holds a nasal applicator and naloxone medication vial, designed to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Hanscom is the first U.S. Air Force installation to issue the drug to law enforcement personnel under permission of the base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

“We have an opioid epidemic in the military population. That is well known. And nearly three million deployed since 9/11, so what is the impact of this combat?” Cesur asked. “We wanted to know if it was driven by combat or by some other selection factor. For example, are people who are prone to opioid abuse drawn to enlist? … Our evidence shows strong evidence that the reason why so many military people are using opiates is because they are exposed to combat.”

Cesar noted about a third of opioid abuse among the military and veteran communities stems from injuries suffered during war. Nearly 58 percent of heroin abuse was also linked to war injury, they found.

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Many veterans have been prescribed opioids upon being discharged from a hospital and many continued to take them for a prolonged period, the study concluded.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported in 2015 that it saw a 55 percent rise in opioid use among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, according to the Times. Between 2010 and 2016, nearly 6,500 hundred veterans in the VA health care system died of opioid-related causes.

In fiscal year 2016, the VA reported treating around 68,000 veterans for opioid addiction.

Among active military members, The Army and Marine Corps had the highest rates of heroin use, followed by the Navy and Air Force. However, drug use in the military is still relatively rare.

The study comes at a time when many opioid manufacturers are facing scrutiny over their role in exacerbating the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands and ravaged communities. Multiple states and communities are suing Purdue Pharma — maker of OxyContin — over the pharmaceutical giant’s aggressive marketing model for drugs that netted the company billions.

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On a positive note, the study’s researchers said pain medication prescriptions, opioid-related hospitalization stays and age-adjusted opioid death rates dropped in states where medical marijuana is legal, the Times reported.

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Former Trump Russia adviser Fiona Hill testifies for 10 hours in impeachment probe

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WASHINGTON – A former National Security Council expert on Russia became on Monday the first former White House official to testify in the House’s formal impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

Fiona Hill, who had been the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe and Russia, spent more than 10 hours fielding questions from lawmakers on three House committees behind closed doors.

She did not make any comments or answer questions from reporters, though lawmakers signaled her deposition was one of several helping House Democrats piece together the full picture of Trump’s conduct with Ukraine — the central aspect of their quick moving impeachment inquiry. 

Hill’s lawyer, Lee Wolosky, said she received a congressional subpoena and would “comply and answer questions” from lawmakers on three committees investigating Trump’s dealings with Ukraine: Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform.

Her appearance came despite a White House vow to halt cooperation with what it termed the “illegitimate” impeachment probe. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether they had sought to limit Hill’s testimony.

More: What’s ahead this week in the impeachment inquiry? A deadline for Rudy Giuliani, more Capitol Hill meetings

Hill was expected to face questions about the deepening scandal related to Trump urging that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate his political rival, Joe Biden, while withholding military aid from that country.

Republicans have argued that Democrats are conducting impeachment behind closed doors and should release transcripts of depositions with Hill and others.

“The tragedy here and the crime here is that the American people don’t get to see what’s going on in these sessions,” said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee.

But the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday that hearing from witnesses behind closed doors prevents others from knowing what was said.

“We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests,” Schiff said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tried to attend the deposition as a member of the Judiciary Committee. But Schiff and the House parliamentarian ruled that he couldn’t attend because he wasn’t a member of the three committees that scheduled the session.

“Traditionally, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over impeachment,” Gaetz told reporters after being asked to leave. “If Adam Schiff and House Democrats were so proud of their work, they would be willing to show it.” 

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Hill left her post just before Trump’s July call with Zelensky in which he pressed for the investigation, but NBC and CNN report she was was aware of the efforts by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, to find dirt on Biden in Ukraine. 

NBC reported that Hill plans to tell congressional panels leading the impeachment effort that Giuliani and Gordon Sondland, the European Union ambassador who has been subpoenaed to appear before the panels, led a shadow policy on Ukraine that went around normal procedures and side-stepped the National Security Council. 

After listing to Hill for hours behind closed doors, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said each of the officials being questioned by the panels are offering pieces of a wider picture that is helping put together different aspects of the impeachment inquiry. 

“All of these witnesses are filling in the picture of what was taking place because the famous — infamous July 25 telephone call was not some kind of one-off — it was the culmination of a continuing campaign by Rudy Giulian and his henchmen,” he said, calling the Giuliani’s work a “shadow” foreign policy campaign that aimed to “shakedown” the Ukrainian government. 

Before helping guide the Trump administration on Russia and Euroasia policy, Hill was a Brookings Institution scholar, a frequent Putin critic and authored multiple books on Russia and Vladimir Putin, including “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin,” which criticized the Russian president’s ruling of the country. She holds master’s degrees in Soviet studies, along with Russian and modern history, according to her Brookings Institution biography. 

At least three other witnesses are expected to appear before the House Democrats’ impeachment panel this week. Here’s what you need to know about each:

George P. Kent is an expert on Ukraine and Russia who now serves as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. He is scheduled to be deposed on Tuesday.

Kent landed in Giuliani’s crosshairs earlier this year, as the former New York mayor ramped up his pressure on the Ukrainian government to open investigations that could benefit Trump. In an interview with a Ukrainian news site in May, Giuliani alleged, without evidence, that Kent was working with George Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist, to find “dirty information” on Trump campaign officials.

Before taking his current post, Kent served as the deputy chief of mission in Kiev, and he also spent years working on anti-corruption efforts across Europe. He joined the foreign service nearly 30 years ago, and speaks Ukrainian, Russian and Thai, among other languages.

“He always struck me as a very professional person who was focused on trying to advance American interests,” said Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia in the Obama administration.

Gordon Sondland, Trump ambassador to the European Union, will return to Capitol Hill this week. The State Department blocked him from testifying last week. Sondland, A wealthy former hotel magnate from Oregon, he has emerged as a central player in the Ukraine affair.

Text messages released earlier this month show that he and Kurt Volker, Trump’s former special envoy to Ukraine, orchestrated a months-long effort to push Ukraine’s newly elected president, Zelensky, to make a public promise that he would order probes into Biden and Ukraine’s alleged role in 2016 election meddling. 

• T. Ulrich Brechbuhl is the State Department’s top lawyer and a long-time friend of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo and Brechbuhl both graduated from West Point in 1986, and they served together in Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Brechbuhl – who was born in Switzerland and speaks French, German and Swiss-German – came to the State Department after a long private-sector career. Before either Pompeo or Brechbuhl came to Washington, they were business partners at Thayer Aerospace, a Kansas defense company.

He joined the State Department in 2018 and has served as the agency’s counsel and senior adviser to Pompeo. Brechbuhl’s name first emerged in the Ukraine controversy last month, with the release of the explosive whistleblower complaint that alleged that Trump used the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election.

Brechbuhl was among those who listened to Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky.

Contributing: Deirdre Shesgreen

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