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Does Jim Jordan Really Want to Criticize Someone for Failing to Alert the Proper Authorities?

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Tuesday’s First Impeachment Hearing Builds The Case For A Quid Pro Quo

WASHINGTON ― Officials who heard President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine over the spring and summer understood that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would have to investigate Trump’s political opponents if he hoped to get the White House visit and military aid his country desperately needed, two key witnesses made clear to Congress Wednesday. 

The testimony added more evidence that Trump’s request amounted to a quid pro quo.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran who was working in the White House as the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, testified that he saw Trump’s push for investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as an “order” to Zelensky and felt compelled to report it up the chain of command. Vindman is registered to vote with no party affiliation. Asked if he was a “Never Trumper,” he called himself a “never partisan.”

State Department official Jennifer Williams said she found Trump’s now-infamous July 25 phone call to Zelensky “unusual” because it involved discussion of a domestic political matter. Williams, who Trump attacked in a tweet as a “Never Trumper,” serves as an adviser on Russia to Vice President Mike Pence and campaigned for ex-President George W. Bush in 2004. She testified that “the reference to Biden” on Trump’s call with Zelensky “sounded political.”

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Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs; and Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, are sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump, Nov. 19, 2019.

Republicans on the committee spent most of the hearing attacking the media as Democratic “puppets” and trying to gently undermine a Purple Heart recipient and a Bush campaign official. Republicans pressed Vindman about being offered the position of Defense Secretary of Ukraine, which Vindman reported to his superiors when he returned home. 

Vindman said the offer wasn’t something he seriously considered, and considered it laughable because he’s an American and a member of the U.S. military. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said the line of questioning was a question about his loyalty “cloaked in a Brooks Brothers suit.”

Vindman testified that he felt it was “improper for the president to request, to demand, an investigation into a political opponent” and felt he “had to report this to the White House counsel.” He said it would undermine foreign policy and national security.

Vindman testified that Trump didn’t mention corruption in either phone call that he had with Zelensky before the July phone call, despite the fact that rooting out corruption in Ukraine was part of U.S. policy and was mentioned in Trump’s talking points. 

Tuesday’s morning session kicked off a busy week in the impeachment process. Ambassador Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison will testify Tuesday afternoon. Trump donor and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Defense Department official Laura Cooper and U.S. diplomat David Hale will testify Wednesday, and presidential advisor Fiona Hill and State Department official David Holmes will testify on Thursday. 

Sondland’s highly anticipated testimony could be the most important day of testimony. But Volker is also expected to face tough questions from Democrats, as his testimony has been inconsistent with that of other witnesses. Volker claimed he wasn’t aware of being part of an effort to urge Ukraine to investigate Biden, but several other officials testified that Volker was closely involved in the efforts.

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Hillary Clinton calls for White House adviser’s removal, says his presence is an ’emergency’

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom progressives have blamed for the president’s hard-line immigration agenda should be removed from his position.

“Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency,” Clinton tweeted before promoting a letter calling for Miller’s removal, signed by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and NAACP.

The letter was produced by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a nonprofit coalition of “more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States,” according to its website.

The letter accused Miller of supporting white supremacy and stoking bigotry during his career.

REP. ILHAN OMAR CALLS STEPHEN MILLER A ‘WHITE NATIONALIST’

“Supporters of white supremacists and neo-Nazis should not be allowed to serve at any level of government, let alone in the White House,” it read. “Stephen Miller has stoked bigotry, hate, and division with his extreme political rhetoric and policies throughout his career. The recent exposure of his deep-seated racism provides further proof that he is unfit to serve and should immediately leave his post.”

The SPLC, a liberal nonprofit known for accusing conservatives of “hate,” claimed last week that Miller sent emails “promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda” to conservative news site Breitbart in 2015 and 2016 when he was working for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Miller did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

STEPHEN MILLER SAYS TRUMP IS ‘REAL WHISTLEBLOWER’ AND CALLS COMPLAINT ‘PARTISAN HIT JOB’ IN CONTENTIOUS INTERVIEW

“Every day Hillary Clinton was in office WAS an actual emergency,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Fox News. “Lest we forget her policies helped create a massacre in Benghazi, Libya, a humanitarian disaster in Syria, and the rise of ISIS in Iraq.  Stephen Miller is dedicated to this country and I am proud to work alongside him every single day with the goal of making our nation even greater.  He is a friend and colleague, and we are lucky to have him in the White House.”

Following the publication of the SPLC’s report, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called for Miller’s ouster. “Each day we allow a white nationalist to be in charge of US immigration policy is a day where thousands of children & families [sic] lives are in danger,” she said. “This year alone, under Miller’s direction, the US has put almost 70,000 children in custody.”

After Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a fellow “Squad” member, criticized Miller, Trump quoted someone accusing her of targeting “Jews.”

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The SPLC report also claimed that Miller shared white nationalist websites, a “white genocide”-themed novel, xenophobic conspiracy theories and eugenics-era immigration laws that Adolf Hitler lauded in “Mein Kampf.” The report concludes the emails show that Miller used these ideologies to “as an architect” for Trump administration immigration policies, included the travel ban, zero-tolerance police, which resulted in the separation of children at the border, and undocumented immigrant arrest quotas.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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Bar patron claims customer sent him ‘racist’ food order through anonymous app

A bar patron in England claims that another customer sent him a racist food order.

The Richmal Crompton has an app that allows customers to order an item off the menu and have it sent to any table in the establishment. Mark D’arcy-Smith, a black man, says that he was visiting the establishment with a friend when a waiter suddenly brought over a banana.

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According to Mark D’arcy-Smith, the staff initially thought they had just brought over an incorrect order. (SWNS)

“We both looked at each other then looked at the banana,” D’arcy-Smith told South West News Service, a British news agency. “It clicked that it wasn’t ours. It was clearly sent by someone who was trying to be racist. My friend went to talk to a staff member but they didn’t see what the issue was. He said: ‘Do you know what’s wrong here?’”

According to D’arcy-Smith, the staff initially thought they had just brought over an incorrect order.

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“I was sat on my own at this point,” he continued. “I looked around to see if I could spot anyone. I got anxious. I think someone sent it because it was anonymous. Two girls came over and asked if I was okay, if I was going to stay.”

The incident and the staff’s response has left D’arcy-Smith feeling unwanted and uncomfortable at the bar.

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“When I walked past [the other day] I had this weird moment,” he said. “My hands were shaking and my palms were sweating. I don’t think I was very comfortable. I had hoped they [Wetherspoon] would take the situation seriously. They just treated it like other incidents – like a bar fight.”

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In a statement obtained by SWNS, a spokesman for the company that runs the bar said, “We apologize to the customer and appreciate the distress caused. This is now a police matter. We have responded to the customer and pointed out that the pub cannot be held responsible for app orders.”

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Maine owl gets lift in state trooper’s patrol car after rescue

It was a tough night for one large owl but a hoot for a Maine state trooper, according to a report.

A car apparently struck the owl in Manchester, outside Augusta, Friday night, leaving it in a disoriented state in the middle of a busy road.

That’s where a trooper on patrol, Sam Tlumac, found it, WTHR-TV reported Tuesday.

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An owl rode shotgun with a Maine state trooper after getting rescued from the middle of the road. (Maine State Police)

MASSACHUSETTS OWL SURVIVES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR, TRAPPED IN GRILLE

“He took the subject to the Manchester Fire Department,” a post on the Maine State Police Facebook page read, referring to the trooper and the bird.

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Trooper Sam Tlumac and the owl he spotted while on patrol. (Maine State Police)

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Police posted a photo of the owl riding shotgun in Trooper Tlumac’s car.

“Tlumac had to bring a person to jail (unrelated to the owl) and upon his return he checked on the owl, and it seemed much better,” the post said. “He brought the bird outside. It took flight into nearby trees.”

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The owl appeared disoriented in the middle of a busy road when the state trooper found it. (Maine State Police)

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Comments on the Maine State Police Facebook page included one pointing out that the owl made out better than the person who went to jail.

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Big Tech’s Toughest Opponent Says She’s Just Getting Started

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BRUSSELS — Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes.

Now she says that work, which made her a hero among tech critics, did not go far enough. The biggest tech companies continue to test the limits of antitrust laws, behave unethically and push back against government intervention, she said.

But she said the public’s growing skepticism about technology has given her an opportunity for a tougher approach.

“In the last five years,” Ms. Vestager said in an extended interview, “some of the darker sides of digital technologies have become visible.”

So Ms. Vestager, a 51-year-old former Danish lawmaker, is doubling down. She has signed on for a rare second five-year term as the head of the European Commission’s antitrust division, and assumed expanded responsibility over digital policy across the 28-nation bloc.

With the new power, she has outlined an agenda that squarely targets the tech giants. She’s weighing whether to remove some protections that shield large internet platforms from liability for content posted by users. She is also working on policies to make companies pay more taxes in Europe and investigating how the companies use data to box out competitors.

Ms. Vestager has pledged to create the world’s first regulations around artificial intelligence and called for giving collective bargaining rights to so-called gig economy workers like Uber drivers. The push comes on top of an investigation into Amazon’s use of data to gain an edge on competitors that had already started, and her look into accusations of unfair business practices by Facebook and Apple.

“She has these accomplishments, but she didn’t get as much as she wanted,” said David Balto, a former lawyer in the Justice Department’s antitrust division whose clients now include large tech companies. “Now she can be more aggressive.”

But Ms. Vestager’s agenda amounts to a wish list. Her success will depend on support and collaboration from other European officials who are already grappling with challenges like Britain’s exit from the European Union, the rise of populism and fraying diplomatic relations with the United States.

It will require standing up to relentless resistance from the tech companies, too.

“One of the important things is, of course, to prioritize because otherwise you will be in the process of back and forth for a very, very long time,” Ms. Vestager said.

In person, Ms. Vestager’s manner defies her tough enforcer reputation. She is unfailingly polite, meeting guests by offering tea and apologizing for a lingering cold. (She assured everyone that she had just washed her hands.)

She is a challenging interview subject, prone to filibuster and rarely veering from oft-repeated talking points. A skilled politician, she projects modesty while not exactly turning away from the spotlight. A sign in the hallway outside her office says, in Danish, “Vestager Street.”

She is also fast to shrug off criticism, including by numerous tech executives and President Trump, that she has been unfair to American tech companies.

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, called the penalty against his company in 2016 for skirting Irish taxes “total political crap.” Google is appealing her three decisions against the company.

“She hates the United States,” President Trump said in a television interview in June, “perhaps worse than any person I’ve ever met.”

Ms. Vestager feigns to hardly remember the president’s comment. “Since I know the very good relationship I have with the United States, then he must only meet people who really like the States if I am the one who likes you the least,” she said.

If anything, American authorities are coming around to share her tech skepticism. Federal, state and congressional investigators are scrutinizing the tech industry over unfair business practices. Ms. Vestager said she saw opportunities to collaborate, but was waiting to see how the inquiries unfolded.

“Obviously it’s very interesting to see what will come of it,” she said.

As the United States begins to investigate Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, some American officials are trying to learn lessons from Europe’s efforts. The investigations of Google and others took years to complete, giving the companies extra time to solidify their dominance. And once the inquiries were completed, critics said, the penalties focused on large fines that the companies could easily afford, rather than enforcing structural changes that would restore competition.

Luther Lowe, the head of public policy at Yelp, the reviews website that has been a frequent critic of Google’s behavior, praised Ms. Vestager’s efforts. But he said companies like Yelp “have to date still not seen a shred of practical relief, despite having prevailed in concept.”

Ms. Vestager needs to use all powers at her disposal, he said, “or be granted new ones.”

Ms. Vestager said some of the criticism was valid. She is taking steps to speed up investigations and is applying a rarely used rule known as “interim measures,” that acts as a cease-and-desist order for companies to stop acting a certain way while an investigation can be conducted.

She will play a leading role in the European Union’s debate over a new Digital Services Act, which could bring sweeping reforms to how the internet operates, including forcing online platforms to remove illegal content or risk fines and other penalties. Facebook, she said, must be quicker to stop the spread of false and misleading information, violent material and hate speech.

“You have to take it down because it spreads like a virus,” she said. “But if it’s not fast enough, of course, eventually we will have to regulate this.”

And she remains focused on whether the largest technology companies squeezed out businesses that rely on them to reach customers. Amazon is under investigation for mistreating third-party sellers that offer products similar to what it sells. Apple is being questioned over accusations that it uses the App Store to harm rivals such as Spotify.

“Some of these platforms, they have the role both as player and referee, and how can that be fair?” she asked. “You would never accept a football match where the one team was also being the referee.”

In Europe, a broader debate is underway about a lack of homegrown tech giants. President Emmanuel Macron of France, for instance, has called for more government support of European companies. Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the European Commission, who appointed Ms. Vestager, has called for Europe to achieve “technological sovereignty.”

The companies facing Ms. Vestager’s scrutiny are warning about taking regulation too far.

Christian Borggreen, vice president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association in Brussels, a trade group representing Apple, Google and other companies, warned that new laws could put Europe at a disadvantage.

“We hope future E.U. legislation will be evidence-based and never become an excuse for protectionism,” he said.

Ms. Vestager has said that European companies must compete on their merits.

“One of the main reasons that U.S. tech companies are popular in Europe is that their products are good,” she said. Her job, she added, has been to step in when companies “cut corners.”

Ms. Vestager said Europe had a different view of technology than the wide-open policies of the United States and government control of China. Europe, she said, must forge its own approach.

“Market forces are more than welcome, but we do not leave it to market forces to have the final say,” she said. “Markets are not perfect.”

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House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown

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WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday voted to extend government funding for another month, rushing to ward off a government shutdown and setting up a pre-Christmas clash over spending just as the House is likely to be considering whether to impeach President Trump.

With just days before funding for the entire government is set to lapse on Thursday, lawmakers effectively postponed the spending fight for another day, approving another stopgap spending bill exactly two months after the first spending bill passed the chamber. The measure would extend funding through Dec. 20 for all federal government departments and agencies, as well as a number of health care and community programs.

That sets up a potentially explosive set of votes just before Christmas, when the House may be considering impeachment articles against Mr. Trump just as it is staring down a deadline to avoid a disastrous government shutdown.

The specter of last year’s 35-day shutdown drove a slim bipartisan margin on Tuesday, as most lawmakers agreed that a temporary spending bill maintaining current levels of funding for another four weeks was preferable to an encore of the breach last year, which lasted into January.

Lawmakers also included additional funds to accommodate the Census Bureau’s preparations for the 2020 survey, provide funds for a 3.1 percent military pay raise and stave off an automatic cut to highway funds. The legislation, which passed the House on a 231 to 192 margin, is expected to pass the Senate later this week, and will be signed by the president, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said on Monday.

The bill “will allow additional time to negotiate and enact responsible long-term funding for priorities that make our country safer and stronger and give working families a better chance at a better life,” said Representative Nita Lowey, Democrat of New York and the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Left unresolved, however, are the dozen must-pass bills that would maintain funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1. Lawmakers on the traditionally bipartisan Appropriations Committees have failed to reach an agreement over funding Mr. Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico — the same fraught debate that led to the nation’s longest government shutdown nearly a year ago.

“The administration, and the Republicans and the Democrats, are very wary of a shutdown,” said Senator Richard C. Shelby, Republican of Alabama and the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “It helps no one. Everybody loses.”

Reminded that he offered a similar optimistic message a year ago, Mr. Shelby said, “Yeah, and I believe that.”

The measure had its share of critics in both parties. Some lawmakers voted against it in a show of solidarity for responsible governing and a need to provide full-year funding. Representative Kay Granger of Texas, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, noted on Tuesday that “no business in the world could survive on temporary funding, doled out on a month-to-month basis.”

Others specifically objected to provisions related to extending or reviving certain government surveillance powers that trace back to the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. One provision would reauthorize for 90 days a system shut down earlier this year that permitted the National Security Agency to access and analyze bulk logs of Americans’ domestic phone logs.

The same part of the resolution would also briefly extend expiring F.B.I. surveillance powers, such as one that permits agents working on national security cases to get court orders to obtain relevant business records or to swiftly follow a wiretapping target who changes phones in an attempt to evade surveillance, for three more months. In effect, the resolution would delay until March a surveillance debate that advocates had been gearing up to have in November and early December.

“Congress should have ended this beleaguered spying program and enacted meaningful surveillance reform a long time ago,” said Neema Singh Guliani, a senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It is disappointing that Congress is instead extending spying powers that have repeatedly been used to violate Americans’ privacy rights, and trying to bury this extension in must-pass funding legislation.”

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, the House’s sole independent, said his effort to add an amendment to the measure removing what he described as “the Patriot Act provisions” was rejected.

Over the summer, lawmakers and the White House reached a bipartisan agreement to raise government spending for the next two years, offering a rough framework for defense and domestic programs. The dozen bills will establish how that money will be divided across the federal government, but lawmakers have not agreed on top spending levels for each of the bills.

Republicans have pushed to adjust funding to accommodate the administration’s request for billions of dollars in wall funding, while Democrats have vowed to deny any money for that purpose. Democrats have also objected to replacing military funds that the president earlier this year unilaterally transferred to wall construction, after Congress again denied Mr. Trump wall money in the regular funding process.

“We have well over a trillion dollars’ worth of decisions to make, I don’t know why we would go to that,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think that his comments about the wall are really an applause line at a rally, but they’re not anything that he’s serious about.”

The traditionally bipartisan appropriations process has become particularly rife with division in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to advance major legislation. While a package of four spending bills passed in late October, most Senate Democrats blocked a procedural vote that would allow a second package that would fund the Pentagon and a number of labor, health and education programs to move forward.

Democrats said that Republicans have not engaged in fair negotiations over raising spending limits for domestic bills, while Republicans have blasted their counterparts for violating the terms of the budget agreement.

Optimism peaked on Thursday, after Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary and a key broker of the budget deal, huddled with Ms. Pelosi, Ms. Lowey and Mr. Shelby to resolve the impasse. But negotiations fizzled over the weekend, again leaving lawmakers without an agreement on the spending limits.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to bridge that gap,” said Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia and the top Republican on the appropriations subcommittee responsible for the Department of Homeland Security bill.

The temporary fix that the House approved Tuesday also includes additional funds to counter the spread of ebola in Africa and an extension of funding for community health centers. It also includes a payment to Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, who died last month, a “death gratuity” that Congress traditionally approves for the surviving family of a sitting member who dies.

Left out of the spending bill, however, was a critical provision that would replenish $255 million for historically black colleges, tribal colleges and higher education institutions that serve Hispanic students in order to boost science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — over the next two years. Funding ran out Sept. 30 — the end of the fiscal year — although the Education Department has assured funding will continue through the current school year.

Ms. Pelosi, in a statement Monday, blamed Republicans for the removal of the provision. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, blocked passage of a measure that would have provided the funding, calling instead for a rewrite of parts of the Higher Education Act.

Proponents of the program vowed to continue fighting for the funding.

“After having worked so long for H.B.C.U.s and their issues to remain bipartisan, we are perplexed to be in the middle of a partisan ‘tug-of-war’ with our number one priority,” said Lodriguez V. Murray, the senior vice president of public policy and government affairs at the United Negro College Fund. “We will continue to fight for it, as our colleges need it and so do the students. We started a campaign for it and we will not stop.”

Erica L. Green and Charlie Savage contributed reporting.

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Alexander Vindman draws applause during impeachment hearing testimony: ‘This is America … Here, right matters’

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National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman drew applause from spectators during his congressional testimony Tuesday after he expressed his love for America before the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., was questioning Vindman and asked him to read a quote from his opening statement about his father, and his sense of duty. Vindman told his dad not to worry about possible backlash from his testimony, prompting Maloney to ask how he overcame his fear of reprisal.

“Congressman, because this is America. This is the country I have served and defended, that all of my brothers have served. And here, right matters,” Vindman answered.

“Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family,” Vindman’s earlier statement said. “Do not worry — I’ll be fine for telling the truth.”

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Vindman also acknowledged he was putting himself in the spotlight by coming forward, but said his faith in American values gave him the confidence to proceed.

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“I knew I was assuming a lot of risk,” he said. “[My father] deeply worried about [my testimony]. Because in his context, it was the ultimate risk.”

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“We have learned nothing new in today’s illegitimate ‘impeachment’ proceedings,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote in a statement. “However, buried among the witnesses’ personal opinions and conjecture about a call the White House long ago released to the public, both witnesses testified the July 25 transcript was ‘accurate’ and nothing President Trump has done or said amounts to ‘bribery’ or any other crime.

“Today’s hearing only further exposes that Chairman Schiff and the Democrats are simply blinded by their hatred for Donald Trump and rabid desire to overturn the outcome of a free and fair election,” she added.

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Officials recommend Boeing redesign engine covers following fatal 2018 Southwest Airlines flight

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that Boeing redesign the engine covers on thousands of planes after an engine explosion resulted in a passenger’s death on a Southwest Airlines flight last year.

It was the first accident-related death on a U.S. airline in more than nine years.

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The April 2018 incident left 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan dead after she was blown partly out of the plane when a piece of the engine flew into and shattered the window next to her. Eight others were injured on the flight.

The safety board met Tuesday in Washington to vote on the probable cause of the accident, following an investigative hearing in Nov. 2018.

According to preliminary findings, a fan blade in one engine broke, triggering a chain reaction of events that led to the engine blowing apart while more than 30,000 feet over Pennsylvania.

The 24 fan blades on the Southwest jet had been used on more than 32,000 flights and overhauled twice. The NTSB concluded that the doomed fan blade was already cracked at the time of the last overhaul, but the damage wasn’t spotted using methods then in use.

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The NTSB has now recommended engine cover resigns for all new aircraft, as well as for Boeing to retrofit planes with the new engine covers. (iStock)

According to further inspections, 15 other cracked fan blades in engines made by CFM International were discovered on several different airlines.

The NTSB has now recommended engine cover resigns for all new aircraft, as well as for Boeing to retrofit planes with the new engine covers.

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It a statement to Fox News, Boeing commended the NTSB for its “thorough investigation into this accident” and addressed actions the company plans on taking.

“Boeing is committed to working closely with the FAA, engine manufacturers, and industry stakeholders to implement enhancements that address the NTSB’s safety recommendations,” the statement read.

Boeing now plans to follow recommendations for future fan blade inspections and introduce enhancements to the engine covers to “increase the overall capability” of the structure, among other actions.

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“Our common goal is to help prevent similar events from happening in the future,” the statement read.

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Jennifer Riordan, who died from her injuries, with those who were hurt, and with all of those onboard. We are committed to doing our part in making sure an event like this never happens again.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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