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GOP Taking Impeachment Fight From Washington To The States

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — While President Donald Trump plays defense on impeachment in Washington, Republicans are taking the fight to Democrats in the states.

Dozens of shouting and flag-waving Trump supporters gathered Tuesday at the Casa Grande field office of Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran, who has signaled support for an impeachment inquiry, to protest Democratic efforts to remove the president from office.

Nancy Pelosi is pursuing a hyperpartisan witch hunt,” Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward said, shouting over the chants and whistles of a handful of Democrats launching a counterprotest. Democrats can’t win at the ballot box so they’re fixated on beating Trump through impeachment, she said.

Behind her, Democrats chanted, “Dump Trump! Dump Trump!” as Republicans shouted back, “USA! USA!”

The Arizona desert town of 55,000 is the latest front in the political war over the effort to try to remove the president from office. As Democrats’ subpoenas fly, the Republican effort to exact political pain on those pushing the impeachment probe is just getting started.

“We are making hurt from Maine to California for these Democrats that want to impeach the president,” said Rick Gorka, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelli Ward speaks to a crowd outside a field office for Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., as GOP spokesman Zachery Henry holds the bullhorn on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Casa Grande, Ariz. 

The national party has drawn up a list of more than 60 target races for the House, Senate and governor where Democrats are running in districts or states carried by Trump, aiming to make impeachment a central theme in those races. The effort highlights how impeachment, while perilous to the president, can be a political boon to the GOP, whose voters remain largely steadfast in support of Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially resisted efforts to begin impeachment proceedings because of middling public support for trying to remove Trump and a belief it could put moderate Democrats in a tough spot. Republicans contend that despite some movement in national surveys toward support for impeachment, there are dozens of Democrats who have been made more vulnerable by the impeachment inquiry.

Already, the RNC has devoted more than $2 million to an ad buy accusing moderate House Democrats of voting “with the radicals for endless investigations of President Trump,” and it’s promising millions more will follow. Phase one of the counter-impeachment campaign, Gorka said, has been focused on the two-week congressional recess, with a more sustained effort coming to “make sure that pressure stays on them in D.C. and when they’re home on weekends.”

“Until they end this impeachment madness, they are going to be hearing and feeling the pressure from us,” he added.

That’s where the local press conferences come in. The retail-style events are designed to energize the president’s core of supporters and draw attention to lawmakers’ stances on impeachment. Similar rallies are being scheduled across the country.

“Stop the impeachment!” more than a dozen Trump supporters chanted Tuesday outside Jared Golden’s district office in Lewiston, Maine. And hundreds of Trump backers demonstrated against Pelosi on Friday as she attended a fundraising event in Greenville, South Carolina.

The local events are planned by the RNC, state parties and the GOP’s House and Senate arms, while the White House and the Trump campaign train most of their fire on Trump’s would-be Democratic opponents.

“Democrats know they can’t beat President Trump at the ballot box, so they want to deny Americans the opportunity to vote to reelect him,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director. “In fighting against that, the campaign follows the lead of the president and the White House. The RNC is also an excellent partner and we all are working well in concert together.”

David Bergstein, the Democratic National Committee’s director of battleground state communications, said Democrats want to make sure voters are well informed of Trump’s “record of broken promises” ahead of the 2020 election.

“A distraction campaign won’t erase Trump’s record: he’s spiked health care costs, his tax scam will raise taxes on tens of millions of working families in order to give his rich friends another handout — and he’s been caught asking foreign governments to interfere in our elections, which is un-American,” Bergstein said in a statement.

O’Halleran is a former Republican legislator who switched parties and was elected in Arizona’s sprawling and mostly rural 1st Congressional District, the most competitive in the state. He’s being aggressively targeted by Republicans who see Trump’s popularity with rural voters as a liability for him. Trump narrowly won the district in 2016.

O’Halleran has offered tepid support for the House impeachment probe, saying after the release of a whistleblower’s complaint that “we must pursue this official inquiry and promptly complete the investigation so that Congress has all of the facts.” He said he would decide how he’d vote on impeachment after seeing the results of the inquiry.

The GOP is glossing over any nuance in his position.

“Stop the madness that we have seen from the Democrat Party again and again and again,” Ward said. “Ever since November 2016, they have gone crazy.”

Trump supporters in the crowd said the real misconduct was committed by Democrats.

“The whole impeachment thing is a huge smokescreen covering for the sins they committed in the past,” said Tony Gregorio, a 72-year-old retiree from nearby Maricopa.

Miller reported from Washington.

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‘Sesame Street’ character reveals mother battling opioid addiction

Creators of the iconic children’s television show “Sesame Street” will tackle the opioid crisis in an online-only segment by delving into the backstory of one of its newest characters — whose mother is battling addiction.

Karli, the green and yellow-haired Muppet introduced earlier this year who lives with foster parents, Dalia and Clem, will tell her story as part of the Sesame Street in Communities initiative. The episode will refer children to free online bilingual resources.

The segment will feature Salia Woodbury, a 10-year-old California girl whose parents have been in recovery for eight years.

In the segment, viewed over the summer by The Associated Press in Manhattan, Karli and Salia drew pictures of flowers with petals representing feelings such as anger and happiness.

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“Hi, it’s me, Karli. I’m here with my friend Salia. Both of our parents have had the same problem — addiction,” Karli said.

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Salia Woodbury, 10, whose parents are in recovery, joined “Sesame Street” character Karli in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

“My mom and dad told me that addiction is a sickness,” Salia said.

“Yeah, a sickness that makes people feel like they have to take drugs or drink alcohol to feel OK,” the Muppet said. “My mom was having a hard time with addiction and I felt like my family was the only one going through it. But now I’ve met so many other kids like us. It makes me feel like we’re not alone.”

“Right, we’re not alone,” Salia responded. “And it’s OK to open up to people about our feelings.”

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Jaana (top left) and Sam Woodbury, from Irvine, Cali., and their daughters Salia, 10 (seated right), and Kya, 6, with “Sesame Street” Muppet Karli and puppeteer Haley Jenkins in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In another segment, Karli told Elmo how she used to feel like her mother’s addiction was her fault.

Show creators wanted to address addiction because there are 5.7 million children under the age of 7 who live in households with a parent battling substance abuse, they said.

“There’s nothing else out there that addresses substance abuse for young, young kids from their perspective,” said Kama Einhorn, a senior content manager with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces several educational children’s programs.

“[If] even a parent at their most vulnerable — at the worst of their struggle — can take one thing away when they watch it with their kids, then that serves the purpose,” she said.

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Salia Woodbury (left), 10, on the set with “Sesame Street” Muppet Karli and Muppeteer Haley Jenkins during a taping about parental addiction in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Salia’s parents, Sam and Jaana Woodbury, are raising four girls in Orange County, Calif. They said they welcomed the show taking on the topic of addiction.

“When I was going through addiction, I felt extremely alone and isolated. I didn’t have any connection to the outside world,” Jaana Woodbury said. “I think it’s amazing that ‘Sesame Street’ is using their platform to share resources to help other women and fathers.”

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“Sesame Street,” which first aired in 1969, is no stranger to presenting tough topics to their young audience. The show has addressed HIV, homelessness, poverty, autism and women’s rights over the years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Colbert Exposes Trump’s ‘Greatest Weakness’ In Epic New Takedown

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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is facing a rival far greater than his many political opponents. 

The House has launched an impeachment inquiry based on a phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

“In the end, Trump may be defeated by his greatest weakness,” Colbert cracked. “His Achilles’ mouth.” 

Then he shared a couple of “epic” titles related to the president: 

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GOP Taking Impeachment Fight From Washington To The States

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — While President Donald Trump plays defense on impeachment in Washington, Republicans are taking the fight to Democrats in the states.

Dozens of shouting and flag-waving Trump supporters gathered Tuesday at the Casa Grande field office of Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran, who has signaled support for an impeachment inquiry, to protest Democratic efforts to remove the president from office.

Nancy Pelosi is pursuing a hyperpartisan witch hunt,” Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward said, shouting over the chants and whistles of a handful of Democrats launching a counterprotest. Democrats can’t win at the ballot box so they’re fixated on beating Trump through impeachment, she said.

Behind her, Democrats chanted, “Dump Trump! Dump Trump!” as Republicans shouted back, “USA! USA!”

The Arizona desert town of 55,000 is the latest front in the political war over the effort to try to remove the president from office. As Democrats’ subpoenas fly, the Republican effort to exact political pain on those pushing the impeachment probe is just getting started.

“We are making hurt from Maine to California for these Democrats that want to impeach the president,” said Rick Gorka, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelli Ward speaks to a crowd outside a field office for Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., as GOP spokesman Zachery Henry holds the bullhorn on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Casa Grande, Ariz. 

The national party has drawn up a list of more than 60 target races for the House, Senate and governor where Democrats are running in districts or states carried by Trump, aiming to make impeachment a central theme in those races. The effort highlights how impeachment, while perilous to the president, can be a political boon to the GOP, whose voters remain largely steadfast in support of Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially resisted efforts to begin impeachment proceedings because of middling public support for trying to remove Trump and a belief it could put moderate Democrats in a tough spot. Republicans contend that despite some movement in national surveys toward support for impeachment, there are dozens of Democrats who have been made more vulnerable by the impeachment inquiry.

Already, the RNC has devoted more than $2 million to an ad buy accusing moderate House Democrats of voting “with the radicals for endless investigations of President Trump,” and it’s promising millions more will follow. Phase one of the counter-impeachment campaign, Gorka said, has been focused on the two-week congressional recess, with a more sustained effort coming to “make sure that pressure stays on them in D.C. and when they’re home on weekends.”

“Until they end this impeachment madness, they are going to be hearing and feeling the pressure from us,” he added.

That’s where the local press conferences come in. The retail-style events are designed to energize the president’s core of supporters and draw attention to lawmakers’ stances on impeachment. Similar rallies are being scheduled across the country.

“Stop the impeachment!” more than a dozen Trump supporters chanted Tuesday outside Jared Golden’s district office in Lewiston, Maine. And hundreds of Trump backers demonstrated against Pelosi on Friday as she attended a fundraising event in Greenville, South Carolina.

The local events are planned by the RNC, state parties and the GOP’s House and Senate arms, while the White House and the Trump campaign train most of their fire on Trump’s would-be Democratic opponents.

“Democrats know they can’t beat President Trump at the ballot box, so they want to deny Americans the opportunity to vote to reelect him,” said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director. “In fighting against that, the campaign follows the lead of the president and the White House. The RNC is also an excellent partner and we all are working well in concert together.”

David Bergstein, the Democratic National Committee’s director of battleground state communications, said Democrats want to make sure voters are well informed of Trump’s “record of broken promises” ahead of the 2020 election.

“A distraction campaign won’t erase Trump’s record: he’s spiked health care costs, his tax scam will raise taxes on tens of millions of working families in order to give his rich friends another handout — and he’s been caught asking foreign governments to interfere in our elections, which is un-American,” Bergstein said in a statement.

O’Halleran is a former Republican legislator who switched parties and was elected in Arizona’s sprawling and mostly rural 1st Congressional District, the most competitive in the state. He’s being aggressively targeted by Republicans who see Trump’s popularity with rural voters as a liability for him. Trump narrowly won the district in 2016.

O’Halleran has offered tepid support for the House impeachment probe, saying after the release of a whistleblower’s complaint that “we must pursue this official inquiry and promptly complete the investigation so that Congress has all of the facts.” He said he would decide how he’d vote on impeachment after seeing the results of the inquiry.

The GOP is glossing over any nuance in his position.

“Stop the madness that we have seen from the Democrat Party again and again and again,” Ward said. “Ever since November 2016, they have gone crazy.”

Trump supporters in the crowd said the real misconduct was committed by Democrats.

“The whole impeachment thing is a huge smokescreen covering for the sins they committed in the past,” said Tony Gregorio, a 72-year-old retiree from nearby Maricopa.

Miller reported from Washington.

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Trump reportedly offered to sell F-35 jets to Turkey in exchange for not attacking Kurdish forces in Syria

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California Bans Popular Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

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California is banning a pesticide often used by growers of grapes, citrus, almonds and other crops. Sales of chlorpyrifos will be outlawed in the state as of Feb. 6.

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Beginning in early 2020, California will ban the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which state environmental officials say has been linked to brain damage and other health defects in children.

Under an agreement reached with Corteva Agriscience, the maker of chlorpyrifos, sales of the pesticide will end Feb. 6, 2020, and agricultural growers will not be allowed to possess or use it after Dec. 31, 2020.

“For years, environmental justice advocates have fought to get the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos out of our communities,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Thanks to their tenacity and the work of countless others, this will now occur faster than originally envisioned. This is a big win for children, workers and public health in California.”

Chlorpyrifos is used primarily on crops such as alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts.

California environmental regulators have targeted the pesticide for years. They have designated chlorpyrifos as “a toxic air contaminant” that poses health threats when inhaled or exposed to the skin of bystanders. The agreement includes a ban an aerial spraying.

“The swift end to the sale of chlorpyrifos protects vulnerable communities by taking a harmful pesticide off the market,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld in a statement. “This agreement avoids a protracted legal process while providing a clear timeline for California farmers as we look toward developing alternative pest management practices.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama proposed a federal ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015. But the EPA reversed course within three months of the new Trump administration.

Last year the federal government’s top fisheries experts issued a report saying that the pesticide and two others — diazinon and malathion — were washing into streams and rivers and harming wildlife, such as endangered species of salmon.

Chlorpyrifos has already been banned in Hawaii, according to the Associated Press.

Pesticide manufacturer Corteva Agriscience did not respond to NPR’s emailed request for comment.

However, it told the Associated Press: “Through recent actions, the State of California has improvised and implemented several uniquely challenging regulatory requirements for chlorpyrifos. These new, novel requirements have made it virtually impossible for growers to use this important tool in their state.”

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California Bans Popular Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

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California is banning a pesticide often used by growers of grapes, citrus, almonds and other crops. Sales of chlorpyrifos will be outlawed in the state as of Feb. 6. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  California Bans Popular Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

California is banning a pesticide often used by growers of grapes, citrus, almonds and other crops. Sales of chlorpyrifos will be outlawed in the state as of Feb. 6.

Eric Risberg/AP

Beginning in early 2020, California will ban the sale of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which state environmental officials say has been linked to brain damage and other health defects in children.

Under an agreement reached with Corteva Agriscience, the maker of chlorpyrifos, sales of the pesticide will end Feb. 6, 2020, and agricultural growers will not be allowed to possess or use it after Dec. 31, 2020.

“For years, environmental justice advocates have fought to get the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos out of our communities,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Thanks to their tenacity and the work of countless others, this will now occur faster than originally envisioned. This is a big win for children, workers and public health in California.”

Chlorpyrifos is used primarily on crops such as alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts.

California environmental regulators have targeted the pesticide for years. They have designated chlorpyrifos as “a toxic air contaminant” that poses health threats when inhaled or exposed to the skin of bystanders. The agreement includes a ban an aerial spraying.

“The swift end to the sale of chlorpyrifos protects vulnerable communities by taking a harmful pesticide off the market,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld in a statement. “This agreement avoids a protracted legal process while providing a clear timeline for California farmers as we look toward developing alternative pest management practices.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama proposed a federal ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015. But the EPA reversed course within three months of the new Trump administration.

Last year the federal government’s top fisheries experts issued a report saying that the pesticide and two others — diazinon and malathion — were washing into streams and rivers and harming wildlife, such as endangered species of salmon.

Chlorpyrifos has already been banned in Hawaii, according to the Associated Press.

Pesticide manufacturer Corteva Agriscience did not respond to NPR’s emailed request for comment.

However, it told the Associated Press: “Through recent actions, the State of California has improvised and implemented several uniquely challenging regulatory requirements for chlorpyrifos. These new, novel requirements have made it virtually impossible for growers to use this important tool in their state.”

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Cardinals oust Braves from NLDS with record-setting 1st inning

ATLANTA — The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

“That was crazy,” said Marcell Ozuna, one of five players who batted twice in the stunning outburst. “We got a good opportunity — and we took it.”

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Before many fans had reached their seats, the Cardinals were already booking their plans for the NL Championship Series, where they will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in a best-of-seven set beginning Friday. Those teams were meeting in their own Game 5 at Dodger Stadium.

It will be St. Louis’ first NLCS trip since 2014.

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera waves his hat in the air as he celebrates with teammates after the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 13-1 in Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

“We know we can beat anyone at this point,” Kolten Wong said.

For the Braves, it might take a while to get over this debacle.

After pitching seven scoreless innings in a Game 2 win, Mike Foltynewicz retired only one hitter before getting yanked. First baseman Freddie Freeman booted a potential double-play ball that might have limited the damage. The Cardinals scored their final run of the inning on a strikeout — a wild pitch in the dirt that skipped away from catcher Brian McCann.

“We just strung together a bunch of great at-bats,” Wong said.

It was Atlanta’s 10th straight postseason round loss since its last victory 18 long years ago, tying the ignominious mark set by the Chicago Cubs between 1908 and 2003.

Carrying on the tradition that started at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, moved on to Turner Field and is now becoming an annual occurrence at SunTrust Park, it was a visiting team that got to celebrate in the A-T-L.

The Cardinals broke out T-shirts and caps, hopped around in the middle of the infield and gathered on the pitcher’s mound for a team portrait with the center field video board looming as a backdrop.

For the 13th time in 21 postseason appearances since moving to Atlanta, the Braves finished the year with a loss on their home field.

“It was more of a shock than anything,” said Josh Donaldson, whose homer provided the lone Atlanta run. “You don’t expect something like that to happen, especially with how well we played all season.”

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Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson, right, and Ozzie Albies sit in the dugout after the Braves lost 13-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

The Cardinals batted around and got more than halfway through their order a second time before the Braves even came to the plate.

Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler and Wong all had two-run doubles as St. Louis equaled the highest-scoring inning in postseason history, a record set by the Philadelphia Athletics against the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series. It was matched by the Detroit Tigers (1968 World Series vs. St. Louis), the Anaheim Angels (2002 ALCS vs. Minnesota) and, now, the Cardinals.

No team had ever scored 10 runs in the very first inning of a postseason game. It was the first time the Braves franchise has allowed that many opening-inning runs in any game since they were in Boston on July 2, 1925, against the Brooklyn Robins.

The Cardinals made several changes after their 10-spot in what might’ve been the first set of defensive moves ever made by a team before its opponent had batted. There was no need to worry about any more offense with budding ace Jack Flaherty on the mound, coming off one of the great second halves by a starting pitcher in baseball history.

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“We took the crowd out of it,” Fowler said. “We knew Folty would try to get ahead of us. We were trying to get some good pitches to hit. It was a little easier to see the ball today.”

Manager Mike Shildt let the 23-year-old Flaherty throw 104 pitches over six innings, surrendering four hits for the first postseason win of his blossoming career. Flaherty loaded the bases in the fifth after drilling Ronald Acuña Jr. with a fastball, but induced an inning-ending groundout from Freeman.

This one, though, will long be remembered for what happened before Flaherty even took the mound.

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Mike Pence backs release of transcripts of his calls with Ukraine

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WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that he has no problem with the White House releasing transcripts of his conversations with the Ukrainian president, a move he said White House lawyers are considering even as the administration has refused to turn over other documents requested by House Democrats as part of their impeachment inquiry.

“I’d have no objections to that, and we’re discussing that with White House counsel as we speak,” Pence told reporters during a trip to Iowa.

He was less direct when asked five times by reporters whether he was ever aware of President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his family.

Pence responded that he never discussed the Bidens with Zelensky, that Zelensky has said he was not pressured, that the summary of Trump’s call with Zelensky doesn’t show a quid pro quo and that the issue of military aid was “from my experience” not connected to Trump’s interest in the Bidens.

“What I can tell you is, all of our discussions internally, between the president and our team, and our contacts and my office with Ukraine, were entirely focused on the broader issues of the lack of European support and corruption,” Pence said.

In addition to Trump asking Zelensky to “look into” the Bidens’ involvement in Ukraine, Trump also said last week that “China should start an investigation into the Bidens.”

But when Pence was asked Wednesday by reporters if it’s OK for Trump to ask a foreign country to investigate a political rival, the vice president denied that’s what Trump has done.

“I don’t believe that’s the case,” he said.

Text messages between U.S. diplomats released last week by House Democrats show a months-long effort to push Ukraine’s newly elected president to publicly promise he would order an investigation into Biden’s son and also probe a conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s alleged role in the 2016 U.S. election.

In exchange, the diplomats believed, Trump would reward Zelensky with a highly sought-after meeting with Trump at the White House and the release of nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid that Trump had put on hold. 

Democrats are investigating any role Pence played and have given him a Tuesday deadline to turn over a host of documents.

The requested mat include those relating to Pence’s in-person meeting with Zelensky in Poland in September and a call a few weeks later.

Trump and his team told Democrats Tuesday the White House will not provide documents or witnesses to House impeachment investigators because it considers their investigation to be unfair and illegitimate.

But after the White House last month released a summary of Trump’s July call with Zelensky, Trump said it exonerated him and reporters should also review Pence’s communications with the Ukrainian president.

Reporters asked Pence Wednesday whether he maintains the position he took on foreign interference during the 2016 vice presidential debate when he called it improper for the Clinton Foundation to have accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments and foreign donors while she was secretary of state.

“Foreign governments cannot participate in the American political process,” candidate Pence said then.

Pence said he stands by those comments.

“That’s why President Trump is so concerned about foreign interference in our election in Ukraine,” he said.

Trump allies have pursued the theory that Ukrainian officials cooperated with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election.

The American intelligence community has concluded that Russia tried to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor, a fact that has clouded Trump’s presidency.

During Pence’s Iowa trip, which included a fundraiser for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Pence visited a Waukee farm to push Congress to turn its focus from investigations to passage of a trade deal with Mexico and Canada that he said will drive new demand for U.S. farm goods.

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Mark Ruffalo: ‘Kindness’ Is Irrelevant Until Bush Is ‘Brought To Justice’

Westlake Legal Group 5d9e5a542100004207343602 Mark Ruffalo: ‘Kindness’ Is Irrelevant Until Bush Is ‘Brought To Justice’

Mark Ruffalo is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the controversy over Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush ― and his take is a little different from some of the others in Hollywood.

On Tuesday, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell were slammed on social media for showing support for DeGeneres, who had said that she and Bush were “friends” with different beliefs. The talk show host was responding to critics of her sitting and laughing with the former Republican president at a Dallas Cowboys game.

“When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone,” DeGeneres said. 

Ruffalo tweeted Wednesday to offer his two cents on the matter, saying that “we can’t even begin to talk about kindness” until Bush is “brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War.”

The actor, perhaps best known as the Incredible Hulk in the “Avengers” movies, also linked to a Vanity Fair article that broke down some of the reasoning behind the outrage directed at DeGeneres for her friendly relationship with the former president.

DeGeneres has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights and is considered an icon within the queer community. She’s known for espousing a mantra of living with compassion and kindness.

Bush publicly opposed same-sex marriage during his presidency, oversaw a “War on Terror” that killed thousands of civilians and troops, and lobbied for the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh even after Kavanaugh was publicly accused of sexual misconduct. Bush’s own top counterterrorism official accused him of authorizing war crimes during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Ruffalo also specifically called out the torture of detainees that took place under Bush’s administration.

Many people were impressed that the A-list actor had spoken out, given how many of DeGeneres’ Hollywood peers had supported her.

Here’s a snapshot of the dialogue on Twitter:

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