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Can We Finally Stop Calling the Ukraine Call Summary a Transcript Now?

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Impeachment Testimony From Timothy Morrison, Jennifer Williams Released

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Transcripts of closed-door testimony given to House investigators by two top White House officials shed new light on key details of President Donald Trump’s controversial dealings with Ukraine upon their release Saturday afternoon.

Timothy Morrison, deputy assistant to Trump, told impeachment investigators late last month that Ukrainian officials were informed that both a coveted White House meeting and U.S. military aid were contingent on a public announcement about investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Morrison’s assertion backs up the public testimony given this week by acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor.

Jennifer Williams, a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, said in her testimony earlier this month that she found Trump’s requests in the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be “unusual and inappropriate.”

She also said that ― contrary to an edited transcript of the call released by the White House ― Zelensky brought up Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden was on the board. Trump has alleged without evidence that Joe Biden inappropriately favored Burisma as he worked to curb corruption in Ukraine when he was vice president. 

“The testimony released today shows that President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky immediately set off alarm bells throughout the White House. Both witnesses provided the Committees with first-hand accounts after personally listening to the call in the White House Situation Room,” the chairs of the House intelligence, oversight and foreign affairs committees said in a statement on Saturday. 

Read Timothy Morrison’s testimony here, and Jennifer Williams’ testimony here. Highlights assembled by the House Intelligence Committee can be found for Morrison here and Williams here

This story is developing. Please check back soon for more.  

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Nearly 80,000 immigrants approved for DACA have arrest records, USCIS report finds

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Nearly 80,000 immigrants approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields those who came to the country illegally as minors from deportation, have an arrest record — including arrests for violent or sexual offenses.

The data released Saturday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows only arrests or apprehensions for a criminal offense or an immigration-related civil offense and does not take into account whether there was a conviction, acquittal, dismissal or a lessening of charges.

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The report finds that of the nearly 889,000 applicants for the DACA program, 110,000 had arrest records. Of the more than 765,000 approved for DACA, 79,398 had arrest records. Of that number, 67,861 were arrested before their most recent DACA approval, while 15,903 were arrested after their most recent approval.

The offenses incurred by DACA requestors who were arrested before their most recent approval include battery (3,421), assault (3,308), burglary, breaking and entering (1,471), rape (62), murder (15) and theft or larceny (7,926). The largest population arrested were suspected of driving-related offenses excluding DUIs (23,305) and immigration-related offenses (12,968.)

The report comes as the Obama-era program’s constitutionality is under examination at the Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the case began this week.

“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement. 

“This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA,” he said. 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES FEES ON ASYLUM APPLICATIONS, DACA RENEWALS

The Trump administration announced its plan to phase out the program in 2017, only for the federal courts to rule that it could not apply retroactively and that DACA should be restarted in full. The White House fought back against those decisions, saying the president has broad authority over immigration enforcement policy.

Trump on Tuesday ripped into the program, saying that some in DACA are “far from ‘angels’” but also promising to make a deal to let recipients of the program stay.

“Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels,’” Trump tweeted. “Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”

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Supporters of DACA have noted that the program comes with restrictions on who can be eligible with a criminal record. According to the USCIS website, those eligible can request DACA only if they “have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Supporters will also note that the level of arrests for DACA recipients is lower than the estimated 30 percent of U.S. adults who have an arrest record.

The Trump administration announced last week that it will place a $275 fee on DACA recipients, as part of an across the board increase in fees for immigration applications.

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Maryland boy, 8, helps homeless veterans with ‘hero bags’

An 8-year-old Maryland boy has been offering homeless veterans a helping hand with “hero bags” he fills with clothes, hygiene products and bedding, according to a report.

Tyler Stallings has been on a mission to help vets in need since he was 4, ABC’s “Good Morning America” reported Friday.

“He saw videos of veterans holding signs (and) no one responding to their cry for help and he thought this isn’t right. He didn’t like it,” Andrea Blackstone said of her son, according to “GMA.” “He asked me, ‘If they’re heroes why should they be on the street?’”

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Tyler Stallings, 8, has been helping homeless veterans with “hero bags” since he was 4.  (Andrea Blackstone)

Once a year on Veterans Day, Tyler would gather clothes and hygiene products in care packages to give to homeless veterans, “GMA” reported.

With success, Tyler expanded his efforts.

He’s become an ambassador and resident “superhero” at the Maryland Center of Veteran Education and Training and has raised over $50,000 on behalf of homeless veterans, “GMA” reported.

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“It was supposed to be a one-time thing, but it turned into an all-the-time event,” Blackstone told “GMA.”

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Tyler Stallings says it’s a rewarding feeling to help veterans who are homeless. (Andrea Blackstone)

Recently, Tyler partnered with a mattress company that donated 250 beds to MCVET, according to GMA.

Tyler says it’s a rewarding feeling to help veterans without homes.

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“They should have the things they need because of all the good things they’ve done for our country,” he told GMA. “It makes me feel very happy and very good when they have a happy reaction.”

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5 dead, including three boys under 10, after shooting at San Diego home

Five people, including three boys under the age of 10, were killed Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide at a home in the Paradise Hills neighborhood of San Diego, police said.

Lt. Matt Dobbs told the Associated Press officers responded to a 911 call during which dispatchers heard the sound of arguing in the background. Soon after, a relative who lived next door called 911 and reported hearing arguing and what sounded like a nail gun being fired.

The victims include a 31-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman, a 9-year-old boy, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy. An 11-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital to undergo surgery.

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Police investigate the shooting scene Saturday. (Hayne Palmour/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

“I heard some gunshots,” said Sanya Gordon, who lives nearby, Fox 5 San Diego. “I saw a bunch of police cars. I saw them taking the bodies out of the house. I felt sick to my stomach.”

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Gordon said she hadn’t known the children personally, but saw them playing with the other neighborhood kids outside and riding their bicycles frequently.

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Dobbs said a mother and four children lived in a unit next to a main house occupied by other family members.

Click for more from Fox5SanDiego.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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READ: Testimony Of Jennifer Williams, Aide To Vice President Pence

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Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Pence for Europe and Russia, leaves following a closed-door interview on Capitol Hill on Nov. 7.

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The House Intelligence Committee has released the transcript of the closed-door deposition at the impeachment inquiry into President Trump by a foreign service officer detailed to work in the office of Vice President Pence.

Jennifer Williams was assigned to Pence’s team in the spring to work on European and Russian issues. She was the first person from his office to testify in the inquiry into whether Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine while seeking a political favor. Trump denies he made such an offer.

At the time of her deposition on Nov. 7, her lawyer, Justin Shur, told NPR that Williams’s “testimony will largely reflect what is already in the public record.”

Williams is due to appear at an open hearing on Nov. 19.

Read her testimony transcript here.

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Bruce Ashford: Kanye visits Joel Osteen’s church – Here’s what he should do

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On Sunday, musician – and self-described born-again Christian – Kanye West will take the stage at Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Houston. According to news reports, he will appear with Osteen in the morning and will perform with his traveling choir on Sunday evening at the church.

West is arguably the most significant hip-hop artist of our day and has made headlines recently because of his profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Fellow artists Nicki Minaj and Chance have noted the seriousness of his newly-found faith and the change in his demeanor.

West, who once released a song titled, “I Am a God,” now holds concerts that are gospel-themed and recently released an album entitled “Jesus is King.” The new album reveals a straightforward faith and proclaims the freedom that can be found in Christ.

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Criticism of West’s conversion story abounds, with news outlets and opinion pieces expressing skepticism, claiming that he is under captivity to white evangelicals, and even accusing him of being a charlatan.

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But I think we should take him at his word. Rather than assuming he’s a fraud, we can view him as being similar to the tax collector Jesus befriended and who became a genuine follower of Jesus. We are all tax collectors in that we are all sinners in need of what Jesus offers: forgiveness.

We should pray for West and that he will grow in his faith. And, as celebrity Chris Pratt recently noted, we should pray for celebrities such as Kanye who must live their lives under an enormous spotlight.

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So, what should West do when he takes the stage at Osteen’s church on Sunday?

He should do what many preachers never get around to doing: preach the Gospel.

What is the Gospel?

The Christian Gospel is the announcement that 2,000 years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Powerful members of the religious, political, and military communities colluded to strip him naked, mock him publicly, and crucify him. And it is the announcement that, even while powerful men were conspiring to kill the Son of God, God himself was acting to save the world from itself, once and for all.

But what does Jesus’ crucifixion have to do with him saving the world? The answer to this question can be summarized in three truths:

 On the cross, Jesus suffered so that we could be delivered from suffering.

Unlike other religions, Christianity teaches that all of us are born with a tendency to sin. Like Adam and Eve, we refuse to recognize God as God and we break his law repeatedly. Because God is the universal King and ultimate law-giver, our sins are mutinous; they represent an attempt to steal His kingship and replace His laws. For that reason, each of us deserves death as the penalty for our law-breaking.

Yet the Bible also teaches that God loves us and does not want us to suffer the penalty of our sins. For that reason, He took on a human body and came to Earth as Jesus. When He did that, he “traded places” with us.

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He lived the sinless life that we should have lived, and died the death that we deserve to die. He took our guilty record, died for it, and offers us His perfect record in return. That is why the apostle Paul declared that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1).

Through the cross, we can be reconciled to God and each other.

Because of our sins, we alienate ourselves from God and others, but Jesus saves us from our sins in order to mend those relationships (Col 1:19-20). In fact, Jesus’ reconciling powers will cause all relational barriers to be torn down, including the barriers of ethnicity and nationality (Rev 5:9-10).

 Because of the cross and resurrection, we have hope for the future.

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The Bible connects Jesus’ crucifixion with His resurrection. After Jesus suffered on the cross, He was buried, but on the third day He rose from the grave! When He rose from the dead, He not only confirmed His divinity but declared that He would return one day to make things right. He will return to disestablish evil, sin, and death from their artificial throne, and establish Himself as the true King over a kingdom characterized by justice, peace and love (Rev 21-22).

For these reasons, West should take the stage at Lakewood Church and invite every person who will listen to embrace Jesus as the King and Savior that He is. There is no sinner too bad for Him to save (1 Tim 1:15).

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Lena Waithe Reveals She Wed Longtime Partner Alana Mayo In Private Ceremony

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Lena Waithe has revealed that she “snuck” and married her fiancée, Alana Mayo, in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

The screenwriter for the upcoming film “Queen & Slim” discussed her nuptials during an appearance on Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” with guest host John Legend, who was recently dubbed People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2019.

“We snuck and did it,” Waithe said on the show. “We didn’t really make any announcements.”

Waithe, a producer, screenwriter and actor, revealed that it was Mayo’s idea to get married at San Francisco’s City Hall, where the late LGBTQ rights icon Harvey Milk is memorialized.

“We went to the courthouse, got married right in front of Harvey Milk’s bust,” Waithe said. “It was her idea ― like all good things are.”

Waithe later gushed over Mayo, who serves as the head of production and development at Outlier Society, Michael B. Jordan’s production company. Mayo previously served as the vice president of production at Paramount Pictures.

“It really was a humbling day to marry someone so amazing, but also to really appreciate all the work that so many people have put in for us to be able to do that,” Waithe added.

Waithe and Mayo got engaged on Thanksgiving Day in 2017 after dating for a few years.

“The Chi” creator noted that other than getting engaged on the holiday, the day is significant in her life for other reasons.

Waithe won an Emmy for co-writing an episode titled “Thanksgiving” on Netflix’s “Master of None.” The episode, written with Aziz Ansari, told Waithe’s character’s coming-out story, which was inspired by her real life. Waithe became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for best comedy series writing.

Furthermore, Waithe’s upcoming “Queen & Slim” will premiere the week of Thanksgiving.

The film, directed by Melina Matsoukas, stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

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Family seeks social media photographer who can double as ‘mother’s helper’

A job posting online by a family in New York City looking to hire a multi-hyphenated social media photographer, coordinator and “mother’s helper” is giving new meaning to the term hybrid role.

The listing, posted on Craigslist, says the ideal candidate must have photography and photo-editing skills, specifically experience shooting young children and families.

The person should also be internet and Instagram savvy.

“Manhattan family looking for a photographer to work with them on a regular basis as their Social Media Coordinator, either FT or PT,” the ad reads.

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“This person MUST have advanced knowledge of of [sic] Photoshop and Lightroom, have experience working with/shooting young children/families and be comfortable acting as Mother’s Helper on days when not shooting/editing.”

The unique job posting listed the compensation as an hourly or daily rate.

Reactions on Twitter, where a screenshot of the posting was originally shared, were plentiful.

“May god have mercy on the soul of the person who takes this job,” tweeted writer Dorsey Shaw. “In the next 5 years NYC creatives will exist only to work on personal media projects for bored wealthy people.”

“Good god I hope this is just a serial killer,” another person tweeted.

Another Twitter user precisely pointed out: “That’s three job descriptions in one.”

“Wth is Mother’s Helper,” someone else commented. “The capitalized letters make me uncomfortable with the extra emphasis.”

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A New York City family posted a job listing on Craigslist for a multi-hyphenated social media photographer, coordinator and “mother’s helper.” (Photo: iStock)

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“Yes, because what photographer and social media expert doesn’t want to be a mother’s helper on the side,” another person tweeted. “What nonsense.”

Despite the online attention, it doesn’t appear the family has yet found their coveted social media photographer, coordinator and mother’s helper. The job listing, which was posted 23 days ago, is still up on Craigslist.

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Bolivia’s political crisis sparks dangerous clashes, 8 killed

Bolivia’s political crisis turned deadly again when security forces opened fire on supporters of Evo Morales. Officials said Saturday that at least eight people died and dozens were injured in an incident that threatens the interim government’s efforts to restore stability following the resignation of the former president in an election dispute.

Most of the dead and injured Friday in Sacaba, near the city of Cochabamba, had been shot, Guadalberto Lara, director of the town’s Mexico Hospital, told The Associated Press. He called it the worst violence he’s seen in his 30-year career.

The national Ombudsman’s Office said Sunday the death toll had risen to eight.

Angry demonstrators and relatives of the victims gathered at the site of the shootings, chanting: “Civil war, now!”

Morales, who was granted asylum in Mexico after his Nov. 10 resignation, said on Twitter that a “massacre” had occurred and he described the interim government led by Jeanine Áñez as a dictatorship.

“Now they are killing our brothers in Sacaba, Cochabamba,” he said in another tweet.

At least 13 other people had died during weeks of earlier protests against Morales before his departure, according to the Ombudsman’s Office. Several came in clashes between the president’s backers and those accusing him of fraudulently trying to win reelection.

The U.N. human rights chief, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Saturday calling the deaths “an extremely dangerous development.”

“I am really concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities do not handle it sensitively and in accordance with international norms,” she said in a statement.

“The country is split and people on both sides of the political divide are extremely angry. In a situation like this, repressive actions by the authorities will simply stoke that anger even further and are likely to jeopardize any possible avenue for dialogue,” she added.

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Protesters said police fired when demonstrators, including many coca leaf growers who backed Bolivia’s first indigenous president, tried to cross a military checkpoint. Emeterio Colque Sánchez, a 23-year-old university student, said he saw the dead bodies of several protesters and about two dozen people rushed to hospitals, many covered in blood.

Presidency Minister Jerjes Justiniano told reporters in La Paz that five people had been killed and an estimated 22 were injured.

He accused protesters of using “military weapons.”

Lara, the hospital director, said that 75 people were injured.

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Supporter of former President Evo Morales protect themselves from tear gas launched by the police, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Bolivia’s new interim president Jeanine Anez faces the challenge of stabilizing the nation and organizing national elections within three months at a time of political disputes that pushed Morales to fly off to self-exile in Mexico after 14 years in power. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Earlier in the day, Áñez said Morales would face possible legal charges for election fraud if he returns home from Mexico City.

Áñez also has said Morales would not be allowed to participate in new presidential elections, which are supposed to be held within three months.

The ousted leader, meanwhile, contended this week he is still president since the country’s legislature has not yet approved his resignation.

Morales stepped down following nationwide protests over suspected vote-rigging in an Oct. 20 election in which he claimed to have won a fourth term in office. An Organization of American States audit of the vote found widespread irregularities. Morales has denied there was fraud.

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A backer of former President Evo Morales kneels in front of soldiers guarding a street in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Bolivia’s new interim president Jeanine Anez faces the challenge of stabilizing the nation and organizing national elections within three months at a time of political disputes that pushed Morales to fly off to self-exile in Mexico after 14 years in power. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Families of the victims held a candlelight vigil late Friday in Sacaba. A tearful woman put her hand on a wooden casket surrounded by flowers and asked: “Is this what you call democracy? Killing us like nothing?” Another woman cried and prayed in Quechua over the coffin of Omar Calle, which was draped both in the Bolivian national flag and the multicolor “Wiphala” flag that represents indigenous peoples.

Bolivia’s Ombudsman’s Office called on the interim government to investigate if the security forces had acted within the constitution and international protocols on human rights.

“We express our alarm and concern over the result of an attempt to stop a demonstration by coca leaf growers from entering the city of Cochabamba,” it said, adding that it had counted 13 earlier deaths since the protests began.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned what it called “the disproportionate use of police and military force” in the clash.

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Mourners gather around coffins of backers of former President Evo Morales killed during clashes with security forces in Sacaba, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Bolivian security forces clashed with Morales’ backers leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore stability. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

“Firearms must be excluded from the operations used to control the social protests,” the commission said on Twitter with along with a video that showed the five people lying dead on a blanket on the floor. Soldiers and police in riot gear had been patrolling the area with armored vehicles in the previous days.

“We’re not going to let them make us flee, nor humiliate us. Let me say to Mrs. Añez that she must denounce this. If not the whole country is going to close in on her,” said Enrique Mamani, 21, a local resident. “They have carried out a state coup, paid off the military, paid off the police. There’s political persecution against our leaders.”

Backers of the interim government deny any coup, saying police and the military withdrew backing from Morales only to avoid shedding civilian blood during the massive protests against him.

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Supporters of Morales, who had been Bolivia’s president for almost 14 years and was the last survivor from the “pink tide” of South American leftist leaders, have been staging disruptive protests since his ouster, setting up blockades that forced closure of schools and caused shortages of gasoline in the capital.

“There’s no gas,” said Efraín Mendoza, a taxi driver from El Alto, who was forced to buy gasoline on the black market at twice the regular price.

“Products are scarce. There’s no meat, no chicken, people are making long lines. It’s all because of the blockades,” he said. “There’s division in Bolivia. It’s exasperating.”

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A supporter of former President Evo Morales throws a stone to police, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Bolivia’s new interim president Jeanine Anez faces the challenge of stabilizing the nation and organizing national elections within three months at a time of political disputes that pushed Morales to fly off to self-exile in Mexico after 14 years in power. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Áñez, who had been the highest-ranking opposition official in the Senate, proclaimed herself president when Morales resigned, saying every person in the line of succession ahead of her —all of them Morales backers — had resigned.

The Constitutional Court issued a statement backing her claim that she didn’t need to be confirmed by Congress, a body controlled by Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism party.

Much of the opposition to Morales sprang from his refusal to accept a referendum that would have forbidden him from seeking a new term.

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