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Sanders-Warren debate clash over sexism fuels their campaign fundraising

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The on-stage salvos between Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at Tuesday’s Democratic presidential nomination debate in Iowa over whether or not he told her a woman couldn’t win the presidency in the 2020 election are actually paying off for both candidates in terms of fundraising.

In an update to his supporters on Wednesday night on Twitter, Sanders announced that in the past two days “including the period following the recent debate last night, we have received more than 200,000 contributions totaling nearly $4 million.”

AUDIO RELEASED OF TESTY ON-STAGE POST-DEBATE SANDERS-WARREN CLASH

The populist lawmaker, who’s making his second straight White House run, added that “I say that not to boast about money. Money is money. But that just indicates the kind of support that we are receiving, 200,000 contributions in the last two days alone.”

And he added that 25,000 of those contributions were from first-time donors to his campaign, touting that “if that’s not momentum, then I don’t know what momentum is.”

The Warren campaign tweeted out soon after the debate ended that they “just had our all-time best fundraising hour of a debate, with the most donations ever during a debate day. LFG, Team Warren!”

Fox News reached out to Warren’s campaign on Thursday morning for an update on their cash haul the past two days but had yet to receive a response at the time this report was published.

The biggest headline coming out of the prime-time debate was the clash between the two progressive standard-bearers in the Democratic presidential field over the disputed CNN report that Sanders had privately told Warren in private December 2018 meeting that a woman could not realistically become president in 2020. The meeting took place as both lawmakers were each gearing up to launch White House bids.

“Well, as a matter of fact I didn’t say it,” Sanders insisted at the debate. And minutes later he unequivocally denied that the conversation took place.

Warren said she disagreed with the notion that a woman candidate couldn’t defeat President Trump in November’s general election.

“Bernie is my friend and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she also explained, before saying it was important to take the issue of sexism “head-on.”

But at the end of the debate, Warren refused to shake Sanders’ hand as the two appeared to have a brief, heated conversation.

CNN on Wednesday night released audio of that exchange.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren is heard saying on the recording.

“What?” responded Sanders.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren repeated.

“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders replied.

“Anytime,” she quickly fired back.

“You called me a liar,” he interjected. “You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”

The clash came as Sanders’ fundraising continues to soar – he hauled in $34 million the past three months, far more than any other Democratic candidate – and his poll numbers have jumped. At the same time, Warren’s seen her fundraising and poll numbers dip.

Fox News’ Andrew Craft contributed to this report. 

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Prince Harry Steps Out For First Public Appearance Since Royal Exit

Prince Harry made his first public appearance since announcing his plans to step back as a senior member of the royal family alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex hosted the Rugby League World Cup Draw for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Prior to the draw, the prince watched as kids played rugby on the palace grounds. 

The Rugby League World Cup on Thursday introduced the “2021 Mental Fitness Charter,” described by the Sussex Royal Instagram account as “a new initiative created by the RFL that will champion the importance of good mental fitness and create sustainable legacy the sport can be proud of.”

At one point during the event, Emily Andrews, a royals reporter for The Sun, said the prince laughed off a question about his future as a royal.

“Prince Harry ignored questions from the media in BP garden about how discussions are progressing on his and Meghan’s future,” Andrews tweeted. “He had his back to the media but apparently laughed when the first question was asked. He’s still got his sense of humour!”

Harry took over as patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, a position that Queen Elizabeth II had previously held for 64 years.

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Yui Mok – PA Images via Getty Images Prince Harry with Jon Dutton (left), chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, and Leeds Rhino player James Simpson (right) in the Buckingham Palace gardens.

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Mark Cuthbert via Getty Images Harry poses with children from a local school after watching them play rugby in the Buckingham Palace gardens before the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments on Jan. 16.

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WPA Pool via Getty Images Harry makes a face during the event at Buckingham Palace. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23 through November 27, 2021, in 17 cities across England.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last Wednesday their intention to step back as “senior” members of the royal family, split their time between the U.K. and North America and work to gain financial independence. 

Following their announcement, Princes Charles, Harry and William gathered with Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham Estate on Monday to hammer out details of Harry and Meghan’s transition. 

The Queen released a statement saying she was “entirely supportive” of her grandson and Meghan following the talks.

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” she said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace. 

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Chris Radburn / Reuters Members of the royal family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watch a fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force in London on July 10, 2018.

Across the pond, Meghan made her first official public appearance since the Sussexes’ announcement last week with a visit to a women’s center in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday. 

Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,” the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre captioned a Facebook photo with Meghan. 

The following day, the Duchess of Sussex made a visit to Justice for Girls, which later shared pictures with the former “Suits” actor on social media, along with details about what the group discussed.

“Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples,” the organization tweeted. “Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership. 

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Ukraine Investigates Reports of Surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch

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The police in Ukraine have opened a criminal investigation into whether allies of President Trump had the United States ambassador to the country under surveillance while she was stationed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian government said on Thursday.

Democrats in the House of Representative on Tuesday revealed text messages to and from Lev Parnas — an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer — pointing to surveillance of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, just before Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was scheduled to begin.

Mr. Parnas was involved in a campaign, led by Mr. Giuliani, to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate; and his son Hunter Biden over the younger Mr. Biden’s lucrative time on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma.

Also on Thursday, Ukraine said it had asked the F.B.I. for help investigating the reported penetration of Burisma’s computer systems by hackers working for Russian intelligence.

As part of the pressure campaign against Ukraine, Mr. Trump’s allies were trying to have Ms. Yovanovitch, who was seen as an impediment, removed from her post. Mr. Trump recalled her last spring.

Last March, an exchange between Mr. Parnas and another man, Robert F. Hyde, indicated that Mr. Hyde was in contact with people who were watching Ms. Yovanovitch.

“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” one message from Mr. Hyde read.

Mr. Parnas said in a televised interview on Wednesday that he had not taken Mr. Hyde’s offer seriously.

Mr. Hyde told the Sinclair Broadcasting host Eric Bolling in a television interview on Wednesday that he was “absolutely not” monitoring Ms. Yovanovitch. He said he was under the influence of alcohol when he sent his messages to Mr. Parnas.

“It was just colorful, we were playing — I thought we were playing,” Mr. Hyde said.

The State Department did not reply to a list of questions about the text messages, surveillance of Ms. Yovanovitch, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s knowledge of the matter and role in her ouster.

The Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine said in a statement released on Thursday that the country “cannot ignore such illegal activities” on its territory. “After analyzing these materials, the National Police of Ukraine upon their publication started criminal proceedings,” the statement read.

“Our goal is to investigate whether there were any violations of Ukrainian and international laws,” the ministry added. “Or maybe it was just bravado and fake conversation between two U.S. citizens.”

Edward Wong contributed reporting.

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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 1 | 01/16/2020 – Ongoing

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There’s no way of knowing that yet. Depends on the rules of the Senate. The senate could rule to just throw out the entire case, in which case it’d be over pretty much immediately. Or they could choose to make it a lengthy trial and call a bunch of key witnesses to get as much testimony as possible. What will actually happens is probably somewhere closer to the first, where the Senate will call just a few key witnesses to attempt to appear impartial, and that’ll be it.

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Lewis, Alabama hand No. 4 Auburn its first loss, 83-64

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Nate Oats and Alabama had two achievements to celebrate: a huge win and knocking rival Auburn from the dwindling ranks of the unbeaten.

Kira Lewis Jr. scored 25 points and the Crimson Tide easily handled the fourth-ranked Tigers with an 83-64 rout on Wednesday night.

“We’ve been needing this signature win,” said Oats, the Tide’s first-year coach. “We were close a few times. If we’re going to make a run and try to play in the NCAA Tournament, you’ve got to get these signature wins.

“It’s good to get that monkey off our back.”

All the better when it comes against your much-hyped in-state rival.

The Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) led wire-to-wire. The Tigers (15-1, 3-1) had a miserable shooting night and left No. 7 San Diego State (18-0) as the nation’s last unbeaten team.

“To be able to beat a good team in Alabama on their floor you’ve got to be very good, and we didn’t even come close,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said.

It was the Tide’s first win over a Top 5 team since a 79-57 home defeat of then-No. 5 Texas A&M on Dec. 30, 2017. This one was largely one-sided, too.

Lewis scored 17 points in the second half for Alabama. He was 8 of 14 from the field and made 8 of 9 free throws.

Herbert Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Reese scored 13 points and James Bolden had 11 for the Tide.

Auburn, which had won 27 of 28 games dating back to last season’s Final Four run, gave up a season high in points while scoring its season low.

Isaac Okoro led the Tigers with 13 points. Austin Wiley had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Jamal Johnson also scored 10.

Auburn closed within 50-47 on back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnson midway through the second half, but the comeback attempt fizzled from there.

Alabama had some bulletin board material after Auburn’s Anfernee McLemore said before the season that Coleman Coliseum was one of his favorite places to play because “I like seeing all the fans disappointed when we win.”

“Of course we used it as motivation,” Jones said, “an opposing player saying our gym was his favorite place to play.”

Added Oats: “We made sure that quote was on the screen, the last thing they saw before they went out.”

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: Missed its first 10 3-point attempts and finished making just 20 of 63 shots (31.7%). The Tigers shot 25% from 3-point range (7 of 28) and made 17 of 30 foul shots.

“They did a good job contesting shots at the rim,” Wiley said. “We didn’t finish good at all tonight.”

Alabama: Has won seven of its last 10 games after starting 0-2 against ranked teams. The Tide gave the fans a huge reason to cheer in the first season for Oats, who said it might have been his team’s best defensive performance.

SAMIR STRUGGLES

Auburn’s leading scorer, Samir Doughty, failed to score for nearly the first 23 minutes and wound up fouling out. He missed his first seven shots with six turnovers before hitting a basket with 17:10 left. Doughty finished with six points, 10 below his average, on 2-of-11 shooting.

FOUL FESTIVAL

The teams were whistled for a combined 54 fouls. Auburn point guard J’Von McCormick also fouled out. Alabama made the Tigers pay with a 29-of-37 foul shooting performance.

UP NEXT

Auburn visits Florida, which has won three of its first four SEC games, on Saturday.

Alabama hosts Missouri on Saturday.

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Discussion Thread: Senate Impeachment Trial – Day 1 | 01/16/2020 – Ongoing

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There’s no way of knowing that yet. Depends on the rules of the Senate. The senate could rule to just throw out the entire case, in which case it’d be over pretty much immediately. Or they could choose to make it a lengthy trial and call a bunch of key witnesses to get as much testimony as possible. What will actually happens is probably somewhere closer to the first, where the Senate will call just a few key witnesses to attempt to appear impartial, and that’ll be it.

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Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders’ Cup fatality

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A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses.

In the 20-page report issued Wednesday, Dr. Larry Bramlage identified six suggested improvements aimed at refining safety and evaluation protocols for future events.

Mongolian Groom, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered what Cup officials described as “a serious fracture” of his left hind leg in the late stages of the Classic last November, which was shown on national television. Four vets recommended that he be euthanized.

Bramlage noted it was “unlikely” that the track surface influenced Mongolian Groom’s injury since it had recently been removed and re-done and there was no significant rain at the time. He said the question of whether Santa Anita’s surface predisposes horses to an increased incidence of injury long term was beyond the scope of his report.

Bramlage said Mongolian Groom had small stress fractures in both hind cannon bones before the Classic, but they hadn’t caused any inflammation in the fetlock joint even though they were just millimeters away from the joint surface. He said once the gelding’s left hind fracture occurred during the race, it resulted in a chain of events that created the fatal injury.

“There is no evidence that the horse’s injury was ignored or covered up,” Bramlage wrote.

He said the defect in Mongolian Groom’s left hind cannon bone was roughly one-quarter inch in size and not easily spotted on X-rays. It would have taken a combination of confirming lameness and X-ray proof to diagnose.

“It is not an easy task at any time,” Bramlage wrote, “but is especially difficult in the circumstances of a pre-race examination.”

Bramlage also found there was “no reason to believe medication played any role in the horse’s injury.”

During Breeders’ Cup week, Bramlage said Mongolian Groom was informally on a watch list for increased observation, but he said four other Classic runners were on the same list. In all, 24 Cup horses — including Mongolian Groom — were on the list for extra scrutiny. Of those, eight were disqualified from competition.

Three different officials made multiple observations that Mongolian Groom was “stiff” or “choppy” from behind, but was symmetrical in both hind legs, similar to his previous two races. He was one of 17 horses that had such issues on the pre-race barn exams. Sixteen of those horses competed without incident.

“It is hard to fault a process that had a 99.6% accuracy rate,” Bramlage said, noting that of the 229 horses that competed in last year’s world championships, Mongolian Groom was the only one to be injured.

But Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Mongolian Groom was “raced to his death” with two stress fractures.

“This should never have happened,” said Guillermo. “If the racing industry had listened to PETA five years ago when we urged a trial study of CurveBeam’s CT imaging equipment, Mongolian Groom would likely be alive today.”

Guillermo also said PETA isn’t convinced that medications played no role in Mongolian Groom’s death.

Bramlage’s six recommendations were:

— Pre-identify horses before arrival at the event with histories of concerns to be looked at

— Focus responsibility for individual horse exams. Seven regulatory vets looked at Mongolian Groom a total of 10 times and Bramlage concluded that had there been fewer people, a more focused assessment may have resulted

— Improve the quality of on-track observations leading up to the event

— Create space in the barn area where regulatory vets could observe horses on the extra security list jog in a circle

— Make diagnostic imaging part of the pre-race exams for selected horses

— Take advantage of all available video footage of horses before the event

After the event, the Breeders’ Cup board of directors hired Bramlage, of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, to conduct an evaluation of Mongolian Groom’s pre-race condition and injury, as well as all pre-race safety and evaluation protocols in place for the two-day world championships.

At the time, Mongolian Groom became the 37th horse to die at Santa Anita since December 2018.

The CHRB is expected to release its long-awaited report on the track’s deaths later this month.

In preparing the report, Mongolian Groom’s trainer, groom, exercise rider and jockey were interviewed, along with members of the veterinary teams from the California Horse Racing Board, the Breeders’ Cup and Santa Anita, and racing executives from track owner The Stronach Group, the racing board and Breeders’ Cup.

Bramlage reviewed the gelding’s veterinary and training records, necropsy report, medication history and relevant workout videos leading up to the Cup.

Last year, Santa Anita and the Breeders’ Cup put in place extensive safety, medication and evaluation protocols for the Cup, which was held at the track for a record 10th time.

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A Trade Deal Meant to Heal Rifts Could Actually Make Them Worse

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BEIJING — President Trump and China say their new trade pact is just the beginning of a fresh relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. Future deals will make China a better trading partner, the White House says. Beijing claims to foresee an end to American tariffs and the punishing trade war.

They are probably both wrong.

Wednesday’s partial trade pact, portrayed by both sides as a temporary truce, may be the lasting legacy of more than two years of economic conflict. It could ensure that American purchases of Chinese goods, already tumbling, will fall even more. And rather than heal the relationship, it could drive the two economic titans further apart, transforming how global business is done.

The deal signed on Wednesday by Mr. Trump and Vice Premier Liu He, China’s top trade negotiator, cuts a few of the American tariffs imposed over the past two years on Chinese-made goods and forestalls even more. It commits China to buying $200 billion more in American grain, pork, jetliners, industrial equipment and other goods over two years. It requires China to open further its financial markets and protect American technology and brands, while setting up a forum for the two sides to argue about their differences.

Solving those issues could take years. Already, the prospects of a quick second deal seem limited. Mr. Trump has said he might wait until after November’s election to finish what the two sides call a “phase two” deal.

Until then, American consumers and companies will continue to buy fewer goods from China. The Chinese government, for its part, will continue to seek customers elsewhere. The American-Chinese relationship, a major driver of global economic growth for decades, will weaken even more.

“The trade war has unleashed a set of structural forces that are likely to have a dampening effect on imports from China for some time to come,” said Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economist who specializes in China.

Unforeseen circumstances could change all that. An economic slump could drive one or both of them back to the bargaining table. Mr. Trump has torn up trade deals before. Americans could elect a less trade-hawkish leader in November.

But so far, both countries have shown they are willing to take the economic hit. The American economy, job market and stock market have only improved since the trade war began nearly two years ago, though many question how long that can last. On the political front, many Democrats have pushed Mr. Trump to be harder, not softer, on trade with China.

In China, the trade war has been only one factor behind the slowing economy. Beijing seems comfortable with its ability to handle the problem.

In recent weeks, advisers to the Chinese government have emphasized discussion of steps Beijing can take — like helping the job market or finding new trading partners elsewhere — instead of the steps that it can’t. Even as China’s exports to the United States have plunged, its sales elsewhere, particularly to poor countries, have stayed strong. Beijing has looked hard in recent months to open even more markets.

Also, complaining about the deal could make China look weak, an unpalatable position in a country where the Communist Party portrays itself as the savior from a century of humiliation by foreign powers.

Chinese state media and economists on Thursday welcomed the agreement as a respite for what has been two years of almost unrelenting focus on the trade issue by the government and many in the general public. Wednesday’s pact “will provide at least a truce in the trade war,” said He Weiwen, a prominent Chinese trade economist and former Commerce Ministry official.

Even within Wednesday’s deal, China has negotiated itself an out when it comes to its commitment to purchase $200 billion more in American goods. The agreement says that actual purchases must be “based on commercial considerations,” meaning China could still object to price and terms.

The pact showed that China could not be bullied and that the United States “is learning to live with China and accept China on its own terms,” said Andy Mok, a geopolitics and trade specialist at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing research institute.

Chinese officials have not been intransigent. In recent months, even before they signed the trade pact, they loosened government limits on foreign companies in the auto and financial industries and pledged to outlaw efforts by Chinese companies to force foreign partners to give up their most sensitive trade secrets.

On the major issue of government support and control of the economy, however, Beijing has hung tough.

The Trump administration and American companies have complained that China unfairly uses the government’s vast coffers to build up industries that will directly compete with established players in the West. China downplayed those efforts in recent years as trade tensions rose.

Now China appears to be less shy about its efforts. Early in the trade war, Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, publicly visited a Chinese semiconductor business, an industry that Beijing has showered with subsidies, to show his support. New data shows China has ramped up its Belt and Road Initiative, a Beijing-driven plan to finance and build highways, telecom networks and other infrastructure throughout the developing world, clearing the way for more Chinese exports.

The price of China’s tough stance is the reordering of the global supply chains that its factories have long fed. Companies had kept them in China even as wages and other costs surged over the past decade.

The trade war has broken that inertia, and many businesses have started moving their supply chains elsewhere to avoid new tariffs or the prospect of still more. In November, Chinese exports to the United States fell by more than one-fifth compared with a year earlier. Exports to the United States now account for just 4 percent of the Chinese economy.

“This was the shock, the impetus to get people in motion,” said Ker Gibbs, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

That should please Mr. Trump, who has long complained about the more than $320 billion annual gap between what the United States buys from China and what it sells to China.

It does not mean jobs that left for China over the past two decades will return to the United States, however. High costs for labor and regulatory compliance in the United States, together with persistent shortages of skilled labor, have made most multinationals leery of shifting manufacturing back to the United States. The big winners instead appear to be American allies like Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and possibly India, all of which are welcoming floods of multinational executives on the hunt for alternatives to China.

Even if the two sides came to the table with new concessions, trade deals are difficult to complete. Wednesday’s pact followed more than two years of stop-and-start negotiations. Major pacts like the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada took even longer.

The longer that goes, the further apart the countries will drift economically.

Without the trade war, the United States probably would have been on track to buy $550 billion or more of Chinese goods this year, said Brad Setser, an economist who has specialized in Chinese data first as a Treasury official in the Obama administration and now at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Even with Wednesday’s trade agreement, American imports from China this year are more likely to be around $400 billion, he said.

“Tariffs,” he said, “have clearly had a big impact.”

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Ukraine Investigates Reports of Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Ambassador

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The police in Ukraine have opened a criminal investigation into whether allies of President Trump had the United States ambassador to the country under surveillance while she was stationed in Kyiv, the Ukrainian government said on Thursday.

Democrats in the House of Representative on Tuesday revealed evidence pointing to surveillance of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, just before Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate was scheduled to begin.

The House released text messages to and from Lev Parnas — an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer — who was involved in a campaign to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is seen as a strong potential challenger to Mr. Trump.

As part of that campaign, the president’s allies were trying to remove Ms. Yovanovitch from her post. They ultimately succeeded.

Last March, an exchange between Mr. Parnas and another man, Robert F. Hyde, indicated that Mr. Hyde was in contact with people who were watching Ms. Yovanovitch.

“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” said a message from Mr. Hyde.

The State Department did not reply to a list of questions about the text messages, surveillance of Ms. Yovanovitch, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s knowledge of the matter and role in her ouster.

“Ukraine cannot ignore such illegal activities on its territory,” Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday. “After analyzing these materials, the National Police of Ukraine upon their publication started criminal proceedings.”

“Our goal is to investigate whether there were any violations of Ukrainian and international laws,” the ministry added. “Or maybe it was just bravado and fake conversation between two U.S. citizens.”

Edward Wong contributed reporting.

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NASCAR is taking a right turn onto the road course in Indianapolis

NASCAR will be taking a right turn in Indianapolis. Several, in fact.

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The sanctioning body has announced that the second-tier Xfinity Series will race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield road course for the first time this July 4th weekend.

The final layout for the track will be determined after testing next week, but the version used for the Indycar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in early May features 14 turns over its 2,439-mile length.

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“As we’ve seen in recent years, road course racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series provides some of the most thrilling action of the entire season, and we are excited to bring it to an iconic venue like Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development Ben Kennedy said.

The switch comes less than two weeks after Roger Penske took ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an eye on adding new events and invigorating the historic facility.

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The race will take place on Saturday, July 4th, the day before the NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 is held on the oval track. The Xfinity Series raced on the oval in September last year.

The Indianapolis race is one of five road course events currently scheduled for the 2020 Xfinity season.

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