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Former Top State Dept. Aide Tells Impeachment Investigators He Quit Over Ukraine

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A former top aide to Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he resigned because he was upset that the Trump administration had wrestled Ukraine policy away from career diplomats, according to three people familiar with his closed-door deposition to the House Intelligence Committee.

In several hours of continuing testimony, Michael McKinley, who until last week was a senior adviser to Mr. Pompeo, described his mounting frustration with how politicized the State Department had become under President Trump, saying that the last straw for him was the ouster of Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine whom Mr. Trump ordered removed.

Mr. McKinley’s testimony was the latest in a string of accounts given by top career diplomats and administration officials to impeachment investigators about how experts were sidelined as the president pursued his own agenda on Ukraine, including in a July telephone call when Mr. Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats.

Taken together, the interviews have corroborated many aspects of the intelligence whistle-blower complaint that prompted the impeachment inquiry, which alleged that Mr. Trump abused his power to enlist a foreign government for his own political gain.

While Mr. McKinley told lawmakers that he did not have detailed knowledge about the Ukraine matter, he said the handling of the issue was emblematic of a troublesome trend at the State Department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe a closed-door deposition. He spoke of his frustration with Rex W. Tillerson, the former secretary of state, saying he had gutted the department, and praised Mr. Pompeo for his leadership.

But Mr. McKinley said he was alarmed at how poorly diplomats were treated. Ms. Yovanovitch, a 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service, testified privately last week that she was abruptly removed from her post after a monthslong push by Mr. Trump to get rid of her on the basis of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Democratic lawmakers who participated in the questioning of Mr. McKinley said he fit the mold of other witnesses the impeachment inquiry has interviewed.

“Another career Foreign Service officer with a 33-year career trying to do the right thing,” said Representative Harley Rouda, Democrat of California, as he left the deposition. Mr. Rouda said that Mr. McKinley, like some other witnesses, provided the committees with an opening statement.

Mr. Trump complained about the impeachment inquiry Wednesday during a meeting with Italy’s president at the White House, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of doing “this country a great disservice” and predicting that Democrats would lose the 2020 presidential election because the party pursued his impeachment.

The president called Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “purely fraudulent” and said that Republicans have been treated by Democratic lawmakers with “great disrespect.”

Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said after he left the hearing room that Mr. McKinley had been both “complimentary of Secretary Pompeo,” and made clear he was “supportive” of Ms. Yovanovitch.

Mr. Pompeo has defended the administration’s actions regarding Ukraine, saying that the impeachment inquiry has sparked a “silly gotcha game” in Washington.

Mr. McKinley appeared voluntarily before the committee, which did not issue a subpoena to compel his testimony, according to an official involved in the inquiry.

He arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the House’s impeachment inquiry accelerated, with daily, hourslong depositions that Democratic lawmakers hope will expose the activities of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to pressure Ukraine’s government to dig up damaging information about Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

The steady stream of diplomats and White House officials have appeared before the committees despite Mr. Trump’s vow not to cooperate with the inquiry. Mr. McKinley’s testimony further sets the stage for Thursday’s expected deposition of Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union and a Trump loyalist.

In the past week, witnesses have described a shadow foreign policy led by Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Sondland and Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, that was designed to sideline the diplomats with formal responsibility over relations with Ukraine.

Kurt D. Volker, who served as Mr. Trump’s envoy to Ukraine before resigning late last month, was back at the Capitol Wednesday after testifying two weeks ago for more than eight hours.

Mr. Volker’s return on Wednesday, which had not been disclosed earlier, was for the purpose of reviewing the transcript of his earlier deposition, according to a person familiar with the situation. It is not unusual for witnesses in congressional investigations to be given an opportunity to review the official transcript of what they said.

Mr. Volker was not expect to provide additional testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday.

Julian Barnes contributed reporting.

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Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon Bank Big Bucks Per ‘Morning’ Episode

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The two actors are earning $2 million per episode on their new Apple TV Plus dramedy “The Morning Show,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Not that Aniston and Witherspoon were hurting for cash. The two reportedly have net worths well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. And their “Morning Show” contracts amount to even more moolah with producing fees and ownership points, per the THR.

Apple’s investment in its behind-the-smiles look at morning TV shows ― in which Aniston plays the veteran host and Witherspoon the newbie ― is pretty staggering. The 20 episodes on order will cost $15 million each for a total of $300 million over two seasons, THR noted.

“The Morning Show” premieres Nov. 1 on the Apple TV Plus streaming service.

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Former Top State Dept. Aide Tells Impeachment Investigators He Quit Over Ukraine

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A former top aide to Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he resigned because he was upset that the Trump administration had wrestled Ukraine policy away from career diplomats, according to three people familiar with his closed-door deposition to the House Intelligence Committee.

In several hours of continuing testimony, Michael McKinley, who until last week was a senior adviser to Mr. Pompeo, described his mounting frustration with how politicized the State Department had become under President Trump, saying that the last straw for him was the ouster of Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine whom Mr. Trump ordered removed.

Mr. McKinley’s testimony was the latest in a string of accounts given by top career diplomats and administration officials to impeachment investigators about how experts were sidelined as the president pursued his own agenda on Ukraine, including in a July telephone call when Mr. Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats.

Taken together, the interviews have corroborated many aspects of the intelligence whistle-blower complaint that prompted the impeachment inquiry, which alleged that Mr. Trump abused his power to enlist a foreign government for his own political gain.

While Mr. McKinley told lawmakers that he did not have detailed knowledge about the Ukraine matter, he said the handling of the issue was emblematic of a troublesome trend at the State Department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe a closed-door deposition. He spoke of his frustration with Rex W. Tillerson, the former secretary of state, saying he had gutted the department, and praised Mr. Pompeo for his leadership.

But Mr. McKinley said he was alarmed at how poorly diplomats were treated. Ms. Yovanovitch, a 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service, testified privately last week that she was abruptly removed from her post after a monthslong push by Mr. Trump to get rid of her on the basis of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Democratic lawmakers who participated in the questioning of Mr. McKinley said he fit the mold of other witnesses the impeachment inquiry has interviewed.

“Another career Foreign Service officer with a 33-year career trying to do the right thing,” said Representative Harley Rouda, Democrat of California, as he left the deposition. Mr. Rouda said that Mr. McKinley, like some other witnesses, provided the committees with an opening statement.

Mr. Trump complained about the impeachment inquiry Wednesday during a meeting with Italy’s president at the White House, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of doing “this country a great disservice” and predicting that Democrats would lose the 2020 presidential election because the party pursued his impeachment.

The president called Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “purely fraudulent” and said that Republicans have been treated by Democratic lawmakers with “great disrespect.”

Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said after he left the hearing room that Mr. McKinley had been both “complimentary of Secretary Pompeo,” and made clear he was “supportive” of Ms. Yovanovitch.

Mr. Pompeo has defended the administration’s actions regarding Ukraine, saying that the impeachment inquiry has sparked a “silly gotcha game” in Washington.

Mr. McKinley appeared voluntarily before the committee, which did not issue a subpoena to compel his testimony, according to an official involved in the inquiry.

He arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the House’s impeachment inquiry accelerated, with daily, hourslong depositions that Democratic lawmakers hope will expose the activities of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to pressure Ukraine’s government to dig up damaging information about Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

The steady stream of diplomats and White House officials have appeared before the committees despite Mr. Trump’s vow not to cooperate with the inquiry. Mr. McKinley’s testimony further sets the stage for Thursday’s expected deposition of Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union and a Trump loyalist.

In the past week, witnesses have described a shadow foreign policy led by Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Sondland and Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, that was designed to sideline the diplomats with formal responsibility over relations with Ukraine.

Kurt D. Volker, who served as Mr. Trump’s envoy to Ukraine before resigning late last month, was back at the Capitol Wednesday after testifying two weeks ago for more than eight hours.

Mr. Volker’s return on Wednesday, which had not been disclosed earlier, was for the purpose of reviewing the transcript of his earlier deposition, according to a person familiar with the situation. It is not unusual for witnesses in congressional investigations to be given an opportunity to review the official transcript of what they said.

Mr. Volker was not expect to provide additional testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday.

Julian Barnes contributed reporting.

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I am Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto, AMA!

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I’m the 60th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, and a Democrat. I was reelected to my second term in November 2017 and plan to run again in 2021. Prior to taking this office I worked for 17 years in Pittsburgh City Council – seven years as a staffer then twelve years as an elected Council member.Cities like Pittsburgh deliver meaningful change for their residents, especially in times such as these when our federal government is gridlocked. Since taking office Pittsburgh has adopted strong environmental standards to help fight climate change, a $10 million annual fund to provide affordable housing opportunities, and approved common sense gun safety measures to make city neighborhoods safer. As my city moves from one that was managing decline to now experiencing growth, my focus everyday is on making sure that prosperity is available to all.Proof: https://i.redd.it/0rqjoreduxs31.jpg

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Former Top State Dept. Aide Tells Impeachment Investigators He Quit Over Ukraine

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A former top aide to Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, told impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he resigned because he was upset that the Trump administration had wrestled Ukraine policy away from career diplomats, according to three people familiar with his closed-door deposition to the House Intelligence Committee.

In several hours of continuing testimony, Michael McKinley, who until last week was a senior adviser to Mr. Pompeo, described his mounting frustration with how politicized the State Department had become under President Trump, saying that the last straw for him was the ouster of Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine whom Mr. Trump ordered removed.

Mr. McKinley’s testimony was the latest in a string of accounts given by top career diplomats and administration officials to impeachment investigators about how experts were sidelined as the president pursued his own agenda on Ukraine, including in a July telephone call when Mr. Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats.

Taken together, the interviews have corroborated many aspects of the intelligence whistle-blower complaint that prompted the impeachment inquiry, which alleged that Mr. Trump abused his power to enlist a foreign government for his own political gain.

While Mr. McKinley told lawmakers that he did not have detailed knowledge about the Ukraine matter, he said the handling of the issue was emblematic of a troublesome trend at the State Department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe a closed-door deposition. He spoke of his frustration with Rex W. Tillerson, the former secretary of state, saying he had gutted the department, and praised Mr. Pompeo for his leadership.

But Mr. McKinley said he was alarmed at how poorly diplomats were treated. Ms. Yovanovitch, a 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service, testified privately last week that she was abruptly removed from her post after a monthslong push by Mr. Trump to get rid of her on the basis of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Democratic lawmakers who participated in the questioning of Mr. McKinley said he fit the mold of other witnesses the impeachment inquiry has interviewed.

“Another career Foreign Service officer with a 33-year career trying to do the right thing,” said Representative Harley Rouda, Democrat of California, as he left the deposition. Mr. Rouda said that Mr. McKinley, like some other witnesses, provided the committees with an opening statement.

Mr. Trump complained about the impeachment inquiry Wednesday during a meeting with Italy’s president at the White House, accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of doing “this country a great disservice” and predicting that Democrats would lose the 2020 presidential election because the party pursued his impeachment.

The president called Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “purely fraudulent” and said that Republicans have been treated by Democratic lawmakers with “great disrespect.”

Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, said after he left the hearing room that Mr. McKinley had been both “complimentary of Secretary Pompeo,” and made clear he was “supportive” of Ms. Yovanovitch.

Mr. Pompeo has defended the administration’s actions regarding Ukraine, saying that the impeachment inquiry has sparked a “silly gotcha game” in Washington.

Mr. McKinley appeared voluntarily before the committee, which did not issue a subpoena to compel his testimony, according to an official involved in the inquiry.

He arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the House’s impeachment inquiry accelerated, with daily, hourslong depositions that Democratic lawmakers hope will expose the activities of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to pressure Ukraine’s government to dig up damaging information about Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

The steady stream of diplomats and White House officials have appeared before the committees despite Mr. Trump’s vow not to cooperate with the inquiry. Mr. McKinley’s testimony further sets the stage for Thursday’s expected deposition of Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union and a Trump loyalist.

In the past week, witnesses have described a shadow foreign policy led by Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Sondland and Rick Perry, the secretary of energy, that was designed to sideline the diplomats with formal responsibility over relations with Ukraine.

Kurt D. Volker, who served as Mr. Trump’s envoy to Ukraine before resigning late last month, was back at the Capitol Wednesday after testifying two weeks ago for more than eight hours.

Mr. Volker’s return on Wednesday, which had not been disclosed earlier, was for the purpose of reviewing the transcript of his earlier deposition, according to a person familiar with the situation. It is not unusual for witnesses in congressional investigations to be given an opportunity to review the official transcript of what they said.

Mr. Volker was not expect to provide additional testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday.

Julian Barnes contributed reporting.

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3 US diplomats detained near secret Russian military training ground: officials

Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday near a mysterious military site in northwestern Russia where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place back in August, according to officials.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train when it arrived in Severodvinsk, a city of 183,000.

The U.S. State Department confirmed to Fox News the diplomats were taken off the train and were in the country on official travel after properly filing travel with the Russian Defense Ministry.

“The American diplomats were on official travel and had properly notified Russian authorities of their travel,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.

RUSSIA NUCLEAR MISSILE EXPLOSION RESULTED IN RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES FOUND IN TEST SAMPLES AFTER ACCIDENT

Russian broadcaster REN-TV reported the three Americans did not present documents for staying in Severodvinsk, which is a city located in a list of territories that are under regulation for visits by foreign citizens.

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Three U.S. diplomats were removed from a train and detained Monday after arriving in the city of Severodvinsk, located near a secret military testing site where a deadly explosion and radiation leak took place in August. (Bing/Fox News)

The group of Americans was detained after Russian authorities conducted a check of passengers on the train when it arrived in the city, according to REN-TV.

Interfax reported the U.S. diplomats had been let go, but are regarded to have broken Russian law. Officials have not yet released any additional information.

RUSSIA NUCLEAR MISSILE EXPLOSION CAUSED 2 WORKERS TO DIE OF RADIATION SICKNESS, REPORT SAYS

The port city of Severodvinsk is located near the military shooting range in Nyonoksa, in the country’s far northern Arkhangelsk region.

On Aug. 8, five nuclear workers were killed during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in an area considered part of the testing range. Russia’s Defense Ministry initially said the blast killed two people and injured six, but the state-controlled nuclear agency, Rosatom, later disclosed that the explosion killed five of its workers and injured three others. Rosatom said the explosion occurred while engineers were testing “a nuclear isotope power source” for a rocket and were thrown into the sea by the explosion.

A Russian newspaper later reported that two of the patients that were injured in the blast died from radiation sickness before they could be taken to Moscow for treatment.

The mysterious explosion was followed by a brief rise in radiation levels in nearby Severodvinsk, but the authorities insisted the recorded levels didn’t pose any danger to local residents. Russia’s state weather agency, Rosgidromet, said it believed radiation levels had risen up to 16 times after the accident when a cloud of radioactive gases drifted across the area in the wake of the blast.

Weeks later, the weather agency said that radioactive isotopes were been discovered in test samples.

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Russian officials’ changing and contradictory accounts of the incident have drawn comparisons to Soviet attempts to cover up the 1986 explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

The Russian Defense Ministry at first denied any radiation leak in the incident, even as authorities in nearby Severodvinsk reported a brief rise in radiation levels and advised residents to stay indoors and close the windows.

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President Vladimir Putin has praised the victims of the disaster, saying they were doing “very important work for the nation’s security,” but kept mum on what type of weapon they were testing. U.S. defense officials and outside observers believe it was a missile Russia calls the 9M730 Burevestnik. The NATO alliance has designated it the SSC-X-9 Skyfall, which was first revealed by Putin in March 2018 along with other doomsday weapons.

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390-year-old shipwreck revealed using virtual reality

Exactly 360 years to the day since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island, experts have harnessed virtual reality to create a stunning virtual dive of the wreck.

The Melckmeyt or “Milkmaid” was on a secret trading mission when it sank during a sudden storm. Digital archaeology specialists from Australia’s Flinders University have worked with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to create a 360-degree virtual view of the wreck, which was discovered in 1992.

The ship was lost amid international tensions over Icelandic.

“The kingdom of Denmark ruled Iceland and forbade other European nations from trading with the island,” explained officials of Flinders University and the University of Iceland in a joint statement obtained by Fox News. “However, in 1659 a surprise attack by the Swedish king on the Danish capital prevented any Danish supply ships from traveling to Iceland.”

WRECK OF WWII SHIP DISCOVERED 74 YEARS AFTER IT DISAPPEARED DURING A RESCUE MISSION

Keen to grasp an opportunity for trade, Dutch merchants sent a small fleet of ships to Iceland under a false Danish flag.

“This fleet was welcomed by locals and proved a success, trading grain, timber and ceramics from mainland Europe for locally caught and dried fish, woollen goods, sheepskins and whale oil,” the universities explained in the statement.

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Divers swim over a digital reconstruction of the ship during a virtual dive. (Image by John McCarthy)

However, the Melckmeyt spent too long on its secret trading mission and was caught in the storm, losing one member of the ship’s crew. “The survivors took shelter above water in the highest point of wreck for the next two days,” said the universities.

Thanks to the icy Icelandic waters, the wreck is remarkably well preserved. Fourteen years after its discovery by local divers Erlendur Guðmundsson and Sævar Árnason, a team of researchers including experts from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Kevin Martin, a graduate student at the University of Iceland, completed a detailed 3D survey of the site.

STUNNING CARGO DISCOVERED ON WELL-PRESERVED ROMAN SHIPWRECK

“The significance of this wreck is enormous for Iceland,” said Martin in the statement. “As it is one of the oldest known historic wrecks in this part of the world, it shines a light on a fascinating period of Icelandic history, when Denmark ruled the island and had a monopoly over trade here for a period of 200 years. We have also been able to directly embed a 3D survey of the seabed with full photographic texture. In theory, a member of the public viewing this might even spot something on the wreck that we have missed during our dives on it!”

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A scene from the virtual dive, with divers swimming over the wreck as it appears today, with areas of the wreck labeled in yellow. (Image by John McCarthy)

The virtual dive was created by John McCarthy, a graduate student in maritime archaeology at Flinders University.

“We have even based the stern painting on a real contemporary Dutch painting, Vermeer’s famous ‘Milkmaid,’ painted just one year before the ship was wrecked,” he said in the statement.

A paper on the virtual dive will be presented at the annual conference of the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology in Brisbane, Australia, on Oct. 18.

SUNKEN WWII SHIP MAY CONTAIN $130 MILLION OF NAZI GOLD

Other Icelandic shipwrecks have been garnering attention. Earlier this year, the wreck of the Empire Wold, a Royal Navy tug, was discovered by coastguards off the coast of Iceland. The discovery solved a decades-long mystery about the fate of the ship, which disappeared during a World War II rescue mission.

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A 3D scan of the shipwreck. (Image by John McCarthy)

The ship sank on Nov. 10, 1944, with the loss of her 16 crewmembers. The sinking prompted speculation that the Empire Wold had fallen victim to a German U-boat, although the ship’s discovery led experts to believe that she foundered in heavy seas and 40-knot winds.

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A digital reconstruction of the wreck as it may have appeared the morning after the storm. (Image by John McCarthy)

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A digital reconstruction of the ship. Archaeologists used Vermeer’s famous painting of “The Milkmaid,” which was painted just before the ship was lost, for the stern design.(Image by John McCarthy) (Image by John McCarthy)

In 2017, the SS Minden, a German cargo ship scuttled in waters near Iceland during the early days of World War II, was in the international spotlight following the reported discovery of  a chest containing up to four tons of Nazi gold on the wreck.

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Trevor Noah rips into Joe Biden on ‘Daily Show’ after candidate’s fumbled debate response

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah laid into former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Tuesday night after his strange response to a rather pressing question.

When asked about son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine, the presidential candidate fumbled over his words and meandered aimlessly before finally getting to his point.

“My son’s statement speaks for itself. What I think is important is we focus on why it’s so important to remove this man from office,” said Biden. “On the 17 — look, the fact George Washington worried on the first time he spoke after being elected president, that what we had to worry about is foreign interference in our election,” Biden said as he oddly diverted from his initial thought.

ERIC TRUMP BLASTS HUNTER BIDEN OVER ‘RAMPANT CORRUPTION’

Upon playing this clip, Noah immediately mocked the former vice president.

“Okay, one minute he’s talking about his son, then it’s George Washington then something about the 17?” Noah asked, wondering why Biden’s response was so frenetic. “Joe Biden is the only candidate who remixes his speech while he’s giving it,” Noah said before imitating sounds of a record scratching.

The controversy behind Hunter Biden stems from when the son of the former vice president accepted a lucrative position to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 12: World Food Program USA Board Chairman Hunter Biden (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attend the World Food Program USA’s Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA)

INGRAHAM: ‘SWAMPINESS OF THE BIDEN’S’ REMINDS AMERICANS WHY THEY VOTED FOR TRUMP

The 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that accepting the lucrative position was, in retrospect, “poor judgment.”

“I know I did nothing wrong at all. Was it poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a swamp in many ways? Yeah,” he said in an exclusive sit-down with ABC’s Amy Robach at his Los Angeles home.

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“I don’t regret being on the board. What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea,” he said, claiming that the allegations of impropriety have been “debunked by everyone.”

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Trump Says UK Driving Is ‘Tough’ In Defense Of Diplomat’s Wife In British Teen’s Death

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again appeared to defend an American woman suspected of killing a British teenager in a wrong-way driving crash in the U.K., telling reporters that driving in Europe is “very tough if you’re from the United States.” 

Trump made the remarks one day after a White House meeting with the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle that police said was driven on the wrong side of the road by Anne Sacoolas. Sacoolas, who is married to U.S. diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, later fled the U.K. for the U.S. and claimed diplomatic immunity, preventing her from facing charges in the case ― to the upset of Dunn’s family.

Trump said he had a “very good meeting” with Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, and said they were “very nice people.” 

“It was very sad, to be honest,” Trump said Wednesday. “They lost their son. I believe it was going down the wrong way because that happens in Europe. You go to Europe and the roads are opposite. And it’s very tough if you’re from the U.S. … That happens to a lot of people by the way,” he said.

Trump previously called the teen’s death a “terrible accident,” which he said “happens.”

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“When you get used to one (driving) system and then you’re all of a sudden on the other system where you’re driving, it happens. You have to be careful,” the president told reporters last week. 

Dunn’s family has traveled to the U.S. to plead with American officials to reconsider Sacoolas’ diplomatic immunity, a legal shield that diplomats and their families have from host country laws during foreign service. 

His parents said on Tuesday they were unpleasantly caught off guard when they arrived at the White House for what they thought would be a meeting with an administration official. Instead, they were told they would be meeting Trump, and that Sacoolas was in the building and willing to meet with them.

A family spokesperson said Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, hoped they’d hug it out for media photos. 

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Northamptonshire Police Harry Dunn, 19, was killed after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle that authorities said was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Trump “said he was sorry about Harry and then he sprung the surprise that Mrs. Sacoolas was in another room in the building and whether we want to meet her there and then,” Tim Dunn said. “We said no, because as we’ve been saying from the start we want to meet Mrs. Sacoolas, but we want to do it in the U.K. so the police can interview her.

“We didn’t want to be sort of railroaded, not into a circus as such, but a meeting we weren’t prepared for,” he added.

Trump and O’Brien have said they have ruled out Sacoolas’ returning to Britain.

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G.M. and U.A.W. Reach Deal That Could End Strike

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General Motors and the autoworkers’ union said Wednesday that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract that could end the monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and the South.

Details were not released, although the union, the United Automobile Workers, said it had “achieved major wins.” After the union’s announcement of the tentative accord, G.M. put out a two-sentence statement of confirmation.

Officials of the union’s G.M. locals will gather Thursday in Detroit, and if they accept the tentative agreement, they could vote to end the strike immediately. They could also continue the walkout until the deal is ratified by a majority of the 49,000 U.A.W. members employed by G.M.

“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the U.A.W. G.M. leaders gather together and receive all details,” Terry Dittes, the union’s chief G.M. negotiator, said in a statement.

G.M.’s shares rose about 2 percent after the announcement.

The walkout, the first against a Detroit automaker’s nationwide operations since 2007, has left a mounting economic toll since it began on Sept. 16. It has cost the union, its members and G.M. itself hundreds of millions of dollars in lost dues, wages and revenue, as well as idling truckers and suppliers that serve the automaker.

The tentative agreement, if it becomes final, would solve the most immediate challenge facing G.M.’s chief executive, Mary T. Barra, and should provide certainty in calculating labor costs over the next four years.

But she must contend with issues on other fronts, including a sales slowdown in the United States and China, and the need for big investments in electric vehicles and self-driving cars. And like other automakers, G.M. has continued to feel heat from President Trump over decisions on plant closings and foreign production.

The stakes were also high for the union. It faced discontent in its ranks over what members saw as a failure to win a fair share of the gains G.M. has made since its bankruptcy a decade ago.

The union was hoping to improve wages and benefits for temporary workers and more recent hires, who are on a pay scale that does not reach the top U.A.W. wage of $31 an hour. It pointed to G.M.’s record profits in North America and more than $10 billion in stock buybacks since 2015.

The union wanted G.M. to make firm commitments to producing future vehicles in United States plants, but said the company had resisted doing so.

G.M. entered the talks hoping to reduce its health care costs and limit increases in wages and benefits. It offered to invest $7 billion in United States factories, including a proposed battery plant, built with a partner, that would hire union workers under a separate contract. It proposed to locate that plant near Lordstown, Ohio, where a G.M. factory assembling the Chevrolet Cruze ceased production this year.

Wiley Turnage, president of Local 22, which represents 700 workers at G.M.’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, said he hoped that his members could get back to the assembly line quickly. But he said he needed to review the details of the tentative agreement before deciding whether to vote in favor of it on Thursday.

“It has to be fair to our members,” he said.

G.M. is scheduled to close the Hamtramck plant in January but has discussed using it to assemble a new electric sport-utility vehicle. Mr. Turnage said he had not yet been informed whether the tentative agreement calls for keeping the factory.

If the General Motors contract is ratified, the U.A.W. will turn its focus to Ford Motor or Fiat Chrysler. Contracts with those manufacturers expired on Sept. 14, but workers have continued reporting to assembly lines while the union negotiated with G.M.

The U.A.W. is likely to try to hammer out similar terms with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, a standard practice known as pattern bargaining. The union chose G.M. as its target because the company has closed plants in the United States this year, and over the last several years has substantially increased production of vehicles at its four plants in Mexico.

Talks with Ford and Fiat Chrysler may be smoother because those companies have done less than G.M. to shift production south of the border. Ford, in fact, canceled plans to build a new plant in Mexico, and Fiat Chrysler has chosen to build a new Jeep factory in Detroit.

In the last five years, as American consumers flocked to high-margin trucks and sport utility vehicles, both G.M. and its unionized work force have prospered. In the last three years, G.M. has made $35 billion in profit in North America, and workers have been given annual profit-sharing checks averaging $11,000.

But even though G.M. was scaled down in bankruptcy, it still has excess production capacity. The company has enough plants to make about one million more vehicles than it is selling, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an independent, nonprofit group.

At the same time, G.M. is spending heavily to develop electric vehicles and self-driving technology, and its business outlook is uncertain. Auto sales have slowed in the United States, and some analysts expect a substantial decline in new-vehicle sales in 2020. Sales in China, the world’s largest auto market, have also softened.

Mark Wakefield, a managing director at AlixPartners, a consulting firm with a large automotive practice. said automakers were expected to spend some $225 billion over the next five years on development of electric and self-driving vehicles. “Industry profit is still good, but it’s down from its peak of a few years ago,” he said. The combination of heavy spending and slowing sales “has created some problems for them.”

That’s one reason that G.M. has been eager to retain flexibility in the size and deployment of its work force. Among the issues in dispute was the extent of G.M.’s use of temporary workers — now 7 percent of its head count — and their path to full-time status.

Marisol Gonzalez-Bowers worked for G.M. at Lordstown for about 24 years, most recently in “materials,” transporting parts to the assembly line. Relocating after the shutdown, she recently took a job at the company’s Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan, where she was trained to assemble the insides of doors — the wires and plugs. Her trainers were almost all classified as temporary workers, she said, though they had been there four years.

[Watch the back story of G.M. and its workers’ fight for survival in Lordstown on this episode of “The Weekly,” The Times’s new TV show.]

“They’re working their butts off,” Ms. Gonzalez-Bowers said — and “making half my wages.”

Most temporary workers earn $15 an hour, compared with roughly $31 an hour for workers hired before 2007. Most permanent workers hired after 2007, known as “in progression” workers, earn about $17 to $25 an hour.

Veteran workers are guaranteed pensions in retirement. In-progression and temporary workers have 401(k) accounts to which they contribute.

Robin Sweet, an employee at a Ford Ranger plant in Wayne, Mich., said workers were upset at both the automakers and the union for not doing more to make them whole after the concessions made during the last downturn. “We want that money back in our pay,” Ms. Sweet said in a text message.

The agreement with G.M., even if followed by accords with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, won’t end the strain on the U.A.W. president, Gary Jones, and several of his top lieutenants. A federal criminal investigation has yielded corruption charges against several union officials over the last four years, including a union vice president who was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The scandal “is concerning to the membership,” said Kristin Dziczek, vice president for industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. “It’s cast a shadow, and hangs over the union, and appears to ensnare high-ranking officials.”

The G.M. strike was the latest push by labor for a larger share of the billions of dollars in wealth created as the United States recovered from the recession of a decade ago.

On Saturday, about 3,600 U.A.W. members went on strike at Mack Truck plants in three states, demanding better wages and benefits.

Last year, teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Carolina secured better working conditions after walking off the job. And grocery workers in Southern California narrowly averted a strike this month when the United Food and Commercial Workers union reached a deal with several California supermarkets. The new contract includes wage increases totaling $1.55 to $1.65 an hour over three years, as well as improved health care benefits and pension contributions.

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