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Mike Huckabee blasts MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s debate performance: ‘She pretends to be a journalist’

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that he found something lacking in MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s performance as a moderator during Wednesday’s MSNBC-Washington Post Democratic presidential debate.

The Republican described Maddow as being overtly opinionated and said she showed a clear anti-Trump bias in some of her questioning.

“Rachel Maddow, first of all, is about as objective as I am,” Huckabee said during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

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During the debate, Maddow asked Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., how central President Trump’s alleged “conduct uncovered by this impeachment inquiry” should be to the Democratic presidential contenders’ campaigns.

She also asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., if she would try to convince Senate Republicans to convict Trump, if he is impeached by the House, and remove him from office, a sentiment Maddow said Warren has previously espoused.

The “Rachel Maddow Show” host also asked former Vice President Joe Biden about a “potential criminal investigation” against Trump after he leaves the White House.

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“I don’t pretend to be a journalist — I don’t play one on TV,” Huckabee said. “I know I have a point of view [and] she does too but she pretends to be a journalist.”

He added that if the federal government under a Democratic president decides Trump should be prosecuted, they will have to wait five years to do so.

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“By then, a lot of them are going to be so utterly discredited nobody will pay attention,” he claimed.

Host Laura Ingraham added that Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, a New York businessman, claimed the impeachment narrative is not working to advance the Democratic platform in regard to the presidential race.

Huckabee agreed, responding that Democrats appear to hate constitutional principles more than they hold disdain for Trump.

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Trump Jr. thanked the ‘Deplorables’ for making him a bestseller. The RNC bought his book in bulk.

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Twitter rewrites history with hilarious pop culture meme ‘gonna tell my kids’

Twitter users are hilariously rewriting the history books with the Internet’s latest trending topic, “Gonna tell my kids.”

The funny meme works sort of like a white lie parents tell their kids — but it involves taking a historic or popular figure and replacing the person with a random image of a pop star or cultural event.

Part of the magic is to pick the perfect doppelganger or image that best captures the desired feeling.

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One viral tweet, for example, showed a frog sitting on top of a toy horse with a cowboy hat Photoshopped on its head. The caption read: “im gonna tell my kids this was lil nas x.”

Another photo of singer Lana Del Rey and rapper A$AP Rocky was paired with the tweet “gonna tell my kids this was jfk and Jacqueline Kennedy.”

One of the funnier posts was a video of Cardi B. “Gonna tell my kids this was Audrey Hepburn,” one Twitter user posted.

“I’m gonna tell my kids this is the royal family,” one person tweeted with an image of the Lindsay Lohan-led cast of “The Parent Trap.”

Of course, there were some pretty great political tweets. On one, next to an image of Betty White, a Twitter user wrote, “Gonna tell my kids this was Joe Biden.”

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In another post of an image of Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie in a top hat, one person said vowed to tell their future kids it was actually Abraham Lincoln.

For the win, another meme genius reimagined the infamous cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

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“I’m gonna tell my kids these were the Found Fathers the day they signed the Declaration of Independence.”

One can only hope such funny misinformation doesn’t actually catch on with future generations.

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Chrissy Teigen Is So Unimpressed With Being Married To The ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

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The model and cookbook author has so far not been the biggest fan of her husband John Legend’s new title ― People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

On Thursday, she took her mockery to a new level, tweeting a video of her husband, dressed as what appears to be some kind of sexy Christmas elf, with the caption: “sexiest man title has been a curse upon my family.”

As Legend ― complete with jingly vest, shimmery red pants and gold chain ― gyrates for the camera, his wife can be seen looking 0% impressed in the background of the shot.

Teigen has ruthlessly roasted Legend ever since he claimed the title last week, tweeting about the “honor” of having “boned the sexiest man alive.” She also bragged about the sexiest man alive making her a ham sandwich and showed their kids’ underwhelmed reactions to their dad’s new title.

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Tim Tebow honors ‘Bronco’ after beloved dog’s death

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Football and baseball star Tim Tebow gave a teary-eyed goodbye to his beloved dog this week.

“One of the toughest goodbyes. Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever – thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories,” the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner posted on his social media Wednesday night.

He shared touching pictures and melancholy videos.

He said he had to put down Bronco, his Rhodesian Ridgeback, on Wednesday night.

Tebow got the dog from his brother Robby, and he said the dog was his favorite birthday gift ever, as Sporting News reported.

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The dog was named after the Denver Broncos, the team that selected Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

On Thursday, Tebow posted online a photo of him kneeling in front of Bronco’s grave: “Im so thankful and humbled by everyone’s support, prayers and love. I was able to lay Bronco to rest in a really special place. Thank you all for so much encouragement. I love you Bronco, thanks for being the sweetest boy.”

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Tebow has spent three full seasons in the New York Mets organization. The last two seasons had been derailed by injuries, but his inability to make the team’s major league roster appeared to have put the organization’s experiment with the two-sport athlete in question.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said he expects Tebow to start spring training on time in 2020.

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Kathie Lee Gifford reveals heartbreaking reason for move to Nashville

Kathie Lee Gifford closed a chapter in her life when she decided to up and leave her home in Greenwich, Conn., for Nashville.

The former “Today” co-host, 66, opened up about her decision to move to Franklin, just on the outskirts of Nashville, earlier this year after leaving the morning show – calling the relocation a vital part of her well-being.

“I moved here because I was dying of loneliness,” Gifford said in an interview with The Tennessean on Tuesday.

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Gifford lived in Greenwich for more than a decade where she raised her two children, Cody, 29, and Cassidy, 26, and remained by the side of her husband of nearly 30 years, NFL legend Frank Gifford, until he died in August 2015 at age 84.

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This image released by NBC shows “Today” show hosts Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford on the set in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019, on Gifford’s last day as co-host. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

However, the venerable Gifford said things changed after her children left home and she lost her husband. She said her home no longer felt like a safe haven for her and all she was left with was an empty house.

“That huge, beautiful memory-filled home was like a morgue to me,” she said. “Here’s the bad news — I’m a widow, an orphan, and an empty nester. The good news is, I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan and an empty nester.”

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While looking the brighter side of things, Gifford said she’s excited to shift her focus to producing faith-based films and music, adding that she’s “got all the time to spend my days writing.”

“I’m having the life I could’ve only ever dreamed of,” she maintained.

While visiting her longtime “Today” show family of Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, Gifford admitted that she loves the laid-back nature of the south and their penchant for providing a hospitable environment.

“There’s a different culture down there. It’s a culture of kindness in Nashville,” Gifford described. “They are authentically kind. They are joyful, they have so much fun.”

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“I wake up and there are church bells ringing all around me,” she added. “It’s just a different attitude.”

Gifford packed up and moved down south earlier this year after stepping away from her co-hosting duties on “Today” after more than a decade.

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“The work that I want to do isn’t in [New York City] anymore,” she told People ahead of her “Today” show exit. “I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”

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Houston Texans’ JJ Watt reveals his phone number, asks fans to text him

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, out for the season on the injured list, found something to do with his free time.

He gave out his phone number on the Internet so his fans across the country can text him.

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“I was talking to one of my buddies the other day,” Watt said in a video on his Instagram page Wednesday. “We were talking about social media, how it’s used, how to connect with fans, some of the negativity, things like that… and he said, ‘Have you seen the new thing people are doing?’ I said ‘What is it?’ And he said, ‘Texting directly with the fans.'”

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been in recovery since a season-ending torn pectoral in October.

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been in recovery since a season-ending torn pectoral in October. (Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports, File)

“I thought it was interesting, so I figure I’m going to try it,” Watt said in the video. “I’ve never done it before, I have no experience with it. So you’re going to have to bear with me. I’m not sure if it’s going to be awesome. I’m not sure if I’m not going to get to anybody. So I’m going to give it a shot.”

“It’s just a way for me to connect more directly with you,” Watt added.

And yes, he actually texted some of his fans back.

He later tweeted: “Responded to a couple hundred texts already, but the inbox is currently sitting at 25,000+ 😂😂😂 I’m gonna continue to try it out to see how it goes and see if you guys like it as a more direct way to interact. One thing I can say is I truly appreciate all the kind words. 🙏🏼”

He even gave a show of support to students in Ohio who called him a “great guy and great leader.”

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The student said the class would get the highest mark if his classmates got a text back.

Watt tweeted in response: “This kid better get 100% on that final.”

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Pennsylvania governor nixes Down syndrome abortion bill

Pennsylvania‘s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill Thursday that would have banned abortions in the state in cases where a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome, calling it a restriction that interferes with a decision made between women and medical professionals.

Wolf’s action came a day after the state’s Republican-led Legislature passed the measure amid a wave of abortion restriction bills advancing in several conservative states.

“Physicians and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care,” Wolf, an abortion rights supporter, wrote in an online statement.

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The dome of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania allows abortions at up to the 24th week of pregnancy for any reason except to select a gender. Had it passed, the new measure would have prohibited abortions if a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergencies.

Around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome annually, according to the National Down Syndrome Society.

“There is no evidence that this bill is needed in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “I have significant concerns that enforcement of this legislation would upend the doctor-patient relationship and impede on patient confidentiality.”

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Supporters of the bill argued it would have protected a vulnerable population. Opponents said it would have violated women’s right to make their own decisions about abortion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals in Israel demand his resignation after indictments

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Several political leaders in Israel called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after he was formally charged Thursday in a series of corruption cases.

Shortly after the announcement, Israel’s centrist Blue and White party, headed by Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s main political challenger, tweeted a video of Netanyahu reportedly from 11 years earlier, in which he called on the prime minister at the time, Ehud Olmert, to resign amid corruption allegations.

“A prime minister who is immersed in investigations has no moral or public mandate to make fateful decisions for the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said about Olmert in the video.

“Because, there is a concern, I must say, real and not unfounded, that he will make decisions based on the personal interest of his political survival, and not on the national interest.”

Olmert stepped down before he was indicted on corruption charges a decade ago. He later served 16 months in prison for fraud and bribery.

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different controversies — the first time a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime in Israel.

The allegations against him included suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site.

Netanyahu, in response, said the indictment stemmed from “false accusations” and a systematically “tainted investigation.” He claimed to be the victim of a witch hunt involving political rivals, the media, police and prosecutors, all pressuring a “weak” attorney general, The Times of Israel reported.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday rejected suggestions that the indictment was politically motivated, saying it was a “heavy-hearted decision” based solely on professional considerations.

Gantz tweeted on Thursday that it was “a very sad day for the State of Israel.”

He later responded to Netanyahu’s claim accusing his opponents of trying to carry out an “attempted coup” against him by tweeting, “I have full confidence in law enforcement agencies led by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit. I am sure that they do their work faithfully, honestly and professionally. There is no government coup in Israel but consolidation in power.”

Gantz also said Netanyahu should focus on his legal affairs.

“He, too, knows that the great and complex challenges facing the State of Israel, both in the security arena and in the social and economic arena, require a prime minister to invest all his time, energy and power,” Gantz wrote in another tweet.

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The leader of left-wing political alliance Democratic Camp, Nitzan Horowitz, reportedly said, “Netanyahu must go now. For the sake of the citizens of Israel and the state, he cannot stay in power for one more minute.”

He continued, “Those who cling to their blind loyalty to him will be remembered as having helped in the most serious corruption yet of Israeli democracy, and of directly hurting the country,” as The Times of Israel reported.

Labor-Gesher leader Amir Peretz instructed his party’s lawyers to petition the High Court of Justice to discuss the legal situation of a prime minister under indictment.

“Netanyahu must announce his resignation as requested by government ministers, thus preventing third elections,” Peretz tweeted.

He also reportedly said the “political crisis in Israel” was only because of his indictments.

“If we can prevent Netanyahu from clinging to power, we will be able to prevent a third election in under a year,” Peretz added, as the Times reported.

Thursday’s decision came at a tumultuous time for Israel. After an inconclusive election this past September, both Netanyahu and Gantz have failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. It’s the first time in the nation’s history that this has happened.

Ayman Odeh, the head of a joint list of Arab parties in parliament, whom Netanyahu reportedly labeled a “terror supporter” along with other Arab lawmakers in his recent election campaigns, reacted to Thursday’s news in a tweet.

“On the day that Netanyahu pays for his criminal crimes, we can begin to repair the damage he caused with his social crimes. The racism and hatred that he caused will not go away with his behavior, and it is up to us – Arabs and Jews – to build a peaceful society together and an equitable democracy that will serve all citizens of the country,” Odeh said.

The head of the midsize Yisrael Beytenu party, Avigdor Liberman, said Thursday was “a difficult day for the State of Israel.” Liberman had said he refused to join a coalition led by Netanyahu because it included his ultra-Orthodox allies, which triggered this year’s repeated elections.

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“We have to allow the justice system to do its job and give the prime minister the opportunity to prove his innocence in court,” he tweeted.

In a statement, the ultra-Orthodox Shas party reportedly said its members still supported Netanyahu and believed his innocence will be proven.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the New Right party, offered support to the prime minister.

“Many feel that Prime Minister Netanyahu, a man who has dedicated his entire life to Israel, doesn’t deserve what happened tonight,” Bennett tweeted. “It is important to remember his great contributions. He is the prime minister of Israel, and he still enjoys the presumption of innocence. During this turbulent period, we will continue to keep Israel safe, united and strong.”

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Israel entered an unprecedented 21-day period in which any member of parliament could try to rally a 61-member majority to become prime minister. If that were to fail, new elections would be triggered early next year.

Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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What We’ve Learned From Hill’s and Holmes’s Impeachment Testimonies

WASHINGTON — David Holmes, a career diplomat and political counselor to the United States Embassy in Ukraine, and Fiona Hill, a former Europe and Russia expert at the White House, schooled lawmakers on Thursday on the United States’ geopolitical relationship with Ukraine and provided some new details about the efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into President Trump’s political rivals.

They both highlighted their apolitical and nonpartisan expertise and experience in foreign policy, a direct contrast to the witness a day earlier, Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union. Mr. Sondland is a wealthy Republican donor with no diplomatic experience before his 2018 appointment to the plum post in Brussels.

Here are some key points from Thursday’s testimony.

Responding to questions from Republicans, Dr. Hill explained the crux of the issue at the heart of the impeachment inquiry — the United States had two separate agendas operating in Ukraine, yet those involved in each viewed theirs was the only one.

Dr. Hill said she and other career foreign policy officials were frustrated with what Mr. Sondland was doing outside the normal channels of interagency coordination.

Hill: “What I was angry about was that he wasn’t coordinating with us. I’ve actually realized, having listened to his deposition, that he was absolutely right. That he wasn’t coordinating with us because we weren’t doing the same thing that he was doing. So I was upset with him, that he wasn’t fully telling us about all of the meetings that he was having. And he said to me ‘But I’m briefing the president. I’m briefing Chief of Staff Mulvaney. I’m briefing Secretary Pompeo, and I’ve talked to Ambassador Bolton. Who else do I have to deal with? And the point is that we have a robust interagency process that deals with Ukraine. It includes Mr. Holmes, it includes Ambassador Taylor as the chargé in Ukraine, it includes a whole load of other people. But it struck me when yesterday, when you put up on the screen Ambassador Sondland’s emails, and who was on these emails? These were the people that need to know. And he was absolutely right. Because he was being involved in a domestic political errand. And we were being involved in national security foreign policy, and those two things had just diverged.”

Dr. Hill thought Mr. Sondland’s goal of getting President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to announce investigations into Mr. Trump’s political rivals was trivial and contrary to longstanding efforts regarding Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Mr. Sondland told lawmakers that he did not understand how there could be an irregular back channel when his channel included the president of the United States, members of the president’s cabinet and the national security adviser.

“I don’t know how they can consider us to be the irregular channel and they to be the regular channel when it’s the leadership that makes the decisions,” Mr. Sondland said.

During an intense exchange with Mr. Sondland at the time, Dr. Hill said she told him, “This is all going to blow up.” She added, “And here we are.”

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Ms. Hill had a front-row seat to dramatic events in the White House around the pressure campaign on Ukraine.

Holmes: “This was a very distinctive experience. I’ve never seen anything like this in my foreign service career, someone at a lunch in a restaurant making a call on a cellphone to the president of the United States, being able to hear his voice, very distinctive personality.”

Mr. Holmes provided more details on Thursday about the now infamous lunch he had with Mr. Sondland and two other State Department staffers on July 26 in Kyiv. It was at this lunch that Mr. Holmes overheard a phone call between Mr. Sondland and Mr. Trump — one in which Mr. Trump asked Mr. Sondland if the Ukrainian president planned “to do the investigation.”

Mr. Holmes described a relaxed setting at an outdoor terrace with the weather that day in the upper 70s. Mr. Sondland ordered a bottle of wine, he said, which the four of them shared, and discussed marketing strategies for Mr. Sondland’s boutique hotel business.

The additional details add more credibility to Mr. Holmes’s recollection, which Republicans have tried to diminish. Mr. Sondland on Wednesday told lawmakers that he did not remember all of the details of that conversation with Mr. Trump, but he agreed that a friendly comment recalled by Mr. Holmes — Mr. Sondland telling the president that Mr. Zelensky “loves your ass” — sounded like something he would say.

Mr. Trump on Thursday said that what Mr. Holmes described — a conversation that was not on speaker phone but could still be overheard — was virtually impossible.

Holmes: “Specifically, the three priorities of security, economy, and justice, and our support for Ukrainian democratic resistance to Russian aggression, became overshadowed by a political agenda promoted by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a cadre of officials operating with a direct channel to the White House.”

Mr. Holmes described what other witnesses have depicted — that the sudden involvement of President Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in foreign policy involving Ukraine was disruptive and damaging to the American goal of helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia. While Mr. Holmes described how the Giuliani-led campaign evolved starting in March, Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California and the ranking member on the House Intelligence committee, focused on one date — July 25 — when Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky spoke to each other by phone. That call was at the center of the whistle-blower complaint that led to the current impeachment inquiry.

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The career diplomat said he was told President Trump cared more about investigating his political rivals than about the welfare of Ukraine.

Hill: “Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country — and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

Hill: “I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests. ”

Dr. Hill bluntly stated that Russia was behind the 2016 election interference and theft of Democrats’ emails. American intelligence agencies and congressional panels came to the same conclusion years ago. One of the investigations that Mr. Trump has sought Ukraine to initiate was looking into a debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

Hill: “I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine — not Russia — attacked us in 2016.”

One of the Republican defenses for Mr. Trump’s decision to place a hold on nearly $400 million in military aid is that the president was always suspicious of Ukraine — and for good reason — because of its systemic corruption. This, Republicans say, is why he wanted a commitment from Mr. Zelensky to pursue corruption investigations. Dr. Hill, in her opening remarks, attempted to shut down this and other theories, some promoted by the committee’s top Republican, Mr. Nunes, who described the impeachment hearings as “bizarre” on Thursday.

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