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Ukraine Knew Trump Was Freezing Aid Over Biden, New York Times Reports

Ukrainian officials knew for months that President Donald Trump was withholding key military aid to their country over demands that Ukraine investigate Trump’s political rival and 2020 candidate Joe Biden, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The report, based on interviews and documents the Times obtained, directly contradicts Trump’s claim that there could not have been an improper quid pro quo arrangement because Ukrainian officials did not know the United States was withholding $391 million in military aid.

Instead, top Ukrainian officials reportedly knew of the aid freeze as early as the first week of August ― just days after Trump requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden during a July 25 phone call.

If Ukraine’s government knew of the delayed aid in August, it would blow a significant hole in the Trump administration’s denial that the president engaged in misconduct. According to a whistleblower and testimony to Congress, Trump and his allies pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden’s actions in Ukraine as vice president and his son Hunter’s business connections in the country. The report could also give more fuel to impeachment proceedings after a week that already included the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testifying that Trump had indeed held up aid to force Ukrainian officials to target the Bidens.

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SAUL LOEB via Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Trump and Giuliani have been obsessed with Biden’s role in Ukraine for some time ― after it became a conservative talking point that Biden had pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor to protect his son from investigation. (The prosecutor was, in fact, widely criticized for failing to stop corruption). Trump has also embraced a widely debunked conspiracy theory alleging a missing Democratic National Committee server being hidden in Ukraine. (There is no such server.) Trump brought up both on his July 25 call with Zelensky. 

Zelensky, a political outsider who won a landslide victory earlier this year, had worried about Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens even before he took office in May, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. During a three-hour meeting on May 7, Zelensky and several of his advisers discussed how to handle Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s demands that Ukraine investigate the Bidens. 

The Ukrainian leader’s fears appeared to be well-founded. Only two days after Zelensky and his advisers’ meeting, Giuliani told The New York Times that he would travel to Kyiv to push for an investigation into Biden and Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, for which Hunter Biden served on the board of directors. Although he canceled that trip over public backlash, Giuliani continued to lead an intense effort to force Ukraine to launch the investigation. Trump wanted Zelesnky to “go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference,” ambassador Taylor told impeachment investigators on Tuesday.

Taylor’s statements contradicted those of the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who testified that he only recently learned that Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine may have related to pushing an investigation into Biden. Sondland’s explanation was already hard to believe, given the plethora of media coverage of Giuliani’s mission and Sondland’s role as one of the administration’s top diplomats. 

Following Taylor’s testimony, House Democrats sent a letter to the State Department on Wednesday requesting diplomatic cables, emails and other communications related to Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to initiate investigations into the Bidens. 

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Beer-loving office worker figures out genius ways to get free drinks

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This man deserves a raise (even if it’s just of a glass).

An office worker in Grand Rapids, Mich., has a very effective way of getting free drinks. The best part is, apparently he gets all the beverages while he’s at work.

Diners at New Holland Brewing’s Knickerbocker have noticed a sign hanging from a third-floor office in the same building as the restaurant, Fox 17 reports. The sign, which reportedly stands several feet tall, says: “Please send beer to Sam on floor 3. Thank you!”

The third-floor office is rented out by Media Place Partners, an advertising agency.

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And that sign? Well, it seems to work.

According to the general manager of the Knickerbocker, Eli Harper, more than a few customers have indulged the office worker.

“We keep the score updated there at 85,” Harper told Fox 17. “That’s the current count of gifts he’s had in about a year. So, he’s saving some money! It’s a fun story that kind of lives within beer city and I think everyone around here appreciates getting a beer purchased for them every once in a while.”

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The famous Sam from the sign is said to be Sam Hoats, who works as a senior digital strategist at Media Place Partners. He claims to have been inspired to make the sign while seeing advertisements while watching a soccer game.

Hoats told Fox 17, “So I’m looking up at where my desk is and thinking, Man, could I angle some text and make it readable?’”

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Since the success of the sign, Harper claims that the restaurant might introduce a “Third Floor Sam” brew over the next few months.

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Iranian beauty queen seeks asylum in Philippines, fears death if extradited: reports

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An Iranian beauty queen is pleading for asylum in the Philippines, fearing that she will be killed if she is extradited to her native country, according to reports.

Bahareh Zare Bahari, 31, has been held at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino airport since Oct. 17. Her arrest was prompted after Iran issued an Interpol red alert, claiming that Bahari assaulted an Iranian citizen in the Philippines.

Markk Perete, undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Justice, said Philippines authorities were unaware of an alleged assault on their soil.

“The only reason she was held at the airport – and we really don’t call it detention, it is really restraining her from entering the Philippine territory – is only because of that Red Notice issued against her.”

Bahari, who has been studying dentistry in the Philippines since 2014, told The Telegraph that the assault charges are a “big lie.” She said Iran’s government is targeting her because of her political activism and advocacy for women’s rights.

In her bio, Bahari writes that she decided to leave Iran because of the limited opportunities for women.

Bahari represented Iran at the 2018 Miss Intercontinental pageant. Earlier this year, she ruffled feathers when she displayed a photo of a Reza Pahlavi – a prominent government critique – at a pageant. She said she used the photo because “all news and media are ignoring my people.”

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“I am against our government. The Iran government is terrorist. I always try to [give a] voice [to] my people on media,” Bahari told The Philippine Star on Sunday.

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Bahari is confined to Ninoy Aquino’s Terminal 3 while the government reviews her asylum claim.

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NYC Bar Association: If AG Barr Doesn’t Recuse Himself From Ukraine Matter, He Should Resign or Be Removed

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Republicans Try To Storm Impeachment Room, Break Rules In Process

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WASHINGTON ― In the latest attempts to make a circus out of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s dealings with the Ukrainian government, a contingent of House Republicans stormed a secure room in the Capitol basement Wednesday, disrupting a deposition and violating House rules by bringing in their phones into a secure area.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), whose chief of staff sent an email to Republican legislators’ offices last week about entering the guarded committee room, led the group of roughly 30 lawmakers into the Intelligence Committee’s secure area. And because the Republicans, who are not members of the committee, brought phones and other electronics into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), Democrats said the room would now have to be “sanitized.”

“They not only brought in their unauthorized bodies, they may have brought in the Russians and the Chinese,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee.

Swalwell added that some Republican members held onto their phones even after the Sergeant at Arms asked that they remove them from the area. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) later reported that he personally collected phones from Republicans and took them out of the SCIF.

The storming of the committee room came as the Intelligence Committee was set to interview Laura Cooper, a Pentagon employee who oversaw Ukrainian issues. Cooper was in the room as Republicans barged through the door, and committee staff moved her into another area. Republicans have complained for weeks that the committee isn’t allowing non-members to sit in on proceedings or review transcripts, and they say there needs to be transparency with the whole process. 

Democrats argue that, while investigating Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, it’s imperative that witnesses not have the ability to coordinate stories. They also say that the testimony will eventually be made public, and there will also be public proceedings.

Republicans have obsessed over the process Democrats are following, saying it’s too secretive and unfair to the president. 

“It’s finally reached a boiling point where members just said they are so frustrated at the idea that they can’t be a part of this and see what’s going on,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday.

Jordan did acknowledge that the Republicans shouldn’t have brought phones into the SCIF.

“They’re not used to this,” he said. “They walked in, soon as they were told that, they sent their phones out. It was a mistake, so no big deal.” 

But Democrats see the whole ordeal as a much bigger issue.

For one, they believe Republicans taking over the committee room Wednesday was an attempt to intimidate Cooper and other witnesses. They also think Republicans are trying to hold up the proceedings and make a mockery of the investigation.

“The tactics are an effort to delay the inevitable,” Swalwell said. “They are a response to just damaging and pulverizing testimony yesterday from a courageous ambassador in Bill Taylor.”

Taylor testified Tuesday that Trump did indeed solicit a quid pro quo from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Taylor documented that a White House meeting between Zelensky and Trump was “connected” to Zelensky opening an investigation into the Ukrainian energy company upon whose board Hunter Biden sat, and an additional investigation into alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

Republicans continue to ignore those damning allegations, instead focusing on the process playing out in the Intelligence Committee room. But their efforts to make the investigation a circus may only backfire on themselves. 

The hostile takeover of the committee room, which was endorsed by GOP leadership ― the chamber’s number two Republican, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), even participated in the charade ― is the latest in a string of attempts to distract from the actual Ukraine scandal. Republicans are trying to get voters to dig into their familiar partisan foxholes and disregard any new information.

But storming through the “Restricted Area” doors of the SCIF, bringing their phones, occupying the committee room for hours — even ordering pizza ― are all charades that unbiased voters should see through.

Gaetz, who is leading the efforts, was already kicked out of the committee room when he tried a similar stunt by himself weeks ago. Now he’s enlisting more and more Republicans to join his performative defense of the president.

In a “look-at-me” move that’s almost too on the nose, Gaetz also broke House rules Wednesday when his staff handed out expired congressional passes to some uncredentialed reporters and the crew of HBO’s “The Swamp.” The show is following Gaetz’s efforts to combat the impeachment process, and his office gave about 10 crew members and reporters expired passes to another room in the Capitol, according to a GOP staffer familiar with the situation. There is a formal process for credentialing members of the congressional press corps, and those reporters and crew members were kicked out of the Capitol by police.

“I don’t manage the press passes for camera crews,” Gaetz said when asked if his SCIF stunt had followed the rules regarding phones and press credentials. “So I don’t really think I’m in position to answer that question.”

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Gov. Northam: International Tourism to Virginia Reaches Record Level

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The rise in overseas visitation has been robust in the majority of Virginia Tourism’s target markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Japan, and Australia, made possible in part by the increasing number of nonstop flights from destinations around the globe to Dulles International Airport located in Chantilly, Virginia. Total international visits to Virginia are forecast to grow to 1.5 million in the next 10 years.

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Selena Gomez shares faith-filled note after new song drops: ‘Laying down and thanking Jesus’

Selena Gomez posted a faith-filled note on Twitter minutes after dropping her newest single, which many fans say is about her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber.

Void of any Bieber references, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer testified that trusting God has helped her get through the lowest moments of her life.

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“I’m literally just laying down and thanking Jesus,” Gomez wrote Tuesday night, adding “Where my father [God] has taken me and placing me is exactly where I am meant to be.”

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Pop star Selena Gomez shared about her faith in a tweet.

The former Disney star, who has spoken publicly about her Christian faith before, even wrote what God tells her.

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“He said to me, ‘Selena hold on, I hurt when you hurt. I cry when you cry but I will NEVER, EVER leave your side. Work with me, walk with me and watch how I do it.'”

She added, “He always surprises me and I re-fall in love with Him every single time. In my worst moments, like awful, most painful moments – I never stopped falling to my knees wanting and needing only His love.”

The 27-year-old pop star has previously spoken about her diagnosis with lupus and the emotional road she traveled to take control of her mental health.

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“See the enemy keeps trying to tear me down and it’s just not gonna happen,” Gomez concluded. “Not today. Not the next.”

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Gov. Northam: International Tourism to Virginia Reaches Record Level

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The rise in overseas visitation has been robust in the majority of Virginia Tourism’s target markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Japan, and Australia, made possible in part by the increasing number of nonstop flights from destinations around the globe to Dulles International Airport located in Chantilly, Virginia. Total international visits to Virginia are forecast to grow to 1.5 million in the next 10 years.

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Gov. Northam: International Tourism to Virginia Reaches Record Level

Westlake Legal Group 7989594_G Gov. Northam: International Tourism to Virginia Reaches Record Level

The rise in overseas visitation has been robust in the majority of Virginia Tourism’s target markets, including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Japan, and Australia, made possible in part by the increasing number of nonstop flights from destinations around the globe to Dulles International Airport located in Chantilly, Virginia. Total international visits to Virginia are forecast to grow to 1.5 million in the next 10 years.

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Woman shot and killed after witnessing a robbery while playing Pokémon Go, police say

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Police in New Mexico are searching for the people who fatally shot a 21-year-old woman while she was playing Pokémon Go near her home.

Cayla Campos and her boyfriend, were playing the popular mobile game near Bianchetti Park just before midnight Friday, according to the Albuquerque Police Department. Then the pair saw two people attempting to rob someone in a car.

As Campos turned her car to flee the area, multiple shots were fired into her vehicle, police said. One of the bullets hit Campos, causing her to crash into a nearby home.

She was taken to a hospital but later died of her injuries.

Twenty-one-year-old Cody Bell, a friend of Campos’, called her “one of the best people I’ve ever met” and said she was always able to make people laugh, in a message to USA TODAY.

“She’s touched the hearts of so many people and this has been hard for everyone to deal with,” Bell wrote. “Everyone lost someone who was special. I’m still in such disbelief and shock about this.”

Police said Tuesday that they have not been contacted by the victims of the robbery, but have received several anonymous tips and are pursuing leads.

Teens shot at while playing Pokemon Go:Pokémon players shot at in Palm Coast, Fla.

Pokemon Go, which became a viral sensation when it was released in 2016, encourages players to explore their neighborhoods and cities to find and capture digital Pokemon.

“We encourage users to use their own judgment about which parts of the city or countryside they feel safe going to at various times of day or night,” the game’s website states.

Although the app warns players about safety and awareness, several people have been injured and killed while playing the app.

An 18-year-old girl was stabbed and robbed while playing the game with a friend in a California park in 2016. A month later, a 20-year-oldman was fatally shot while playing the game at apark in San Francisco.

In 2018, a father and son were arrested after brutally beating another Pokemon player during a dispute about the game.

“We want to express our deepest condolences to Ms. Campos’ family and friends at this terrible time,” Niantic Inc., the software company that developed Pokemon Go, said in a statement. 

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