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Why ambassador charging quid pro quo can’t be dismissed

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There are numerous arguments that President Trump and his allies can make against impeachment.

They can say that nothing he did on Ukraine rises to the level of an impeachable offense.

They can argue the Democrats are perverting the process by taking testimony behind closed doors and selectively leaking to the press. (That’s why two dozen GOP congressmen stormed into yesterday’s secure hearing after denouncing it as a “Soviet-style process.”)

They can argue, as the president did, that this is a political “lynching” (and amid the uproar, Joe Biden said he was sorry for using the same word about the 1998 Clinton impeachment).

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They can argue, as former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker did with Laura Ingraham, that “abuse of power is not a crime.”

They can argue, as Mick Mulvaney did with Chris Wallace, that politics has always influenced foreign policy.

What they can’t say, at this point, is that nothing happened.

The account by William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, made that impossible.

Before we dive into the details, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, in her “no quid pro quo” statement, called the effort “a coordinated smear campaign from far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution.”

But this particular bureaucrat was retired and reluctant to take the job that Mike Pompeo offered a few months ago. Taylor fought with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam and did stints in Iraq and Afghanistan overseeing reconstruction aid. He has worked for presidents of both parties since Ronald Reagan. George W. Bush made him ambassador to Ukraine 13 years ago. At 72, he had capped a classic career as a foreign service officer.

And we don’t have to rely on Democrats describing what Taylor said, as we have his 14-page opening statement.

What made it so effective is that he recalled standing on one side of a damaged bridge in Ukraine last July, looking at “armed and hostile” Russian-backed separatists and concluding, as Washington held up the military aid, that “more Ukrainians would undoubtedly die without U.S. assistance.”

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With those words, as the New York Times put it, Taylor made clear that “the Ukraine scandal also extends to matters of life and death, as well as geopolitics on a grand scale.”

“Taylor was most worried about the betrayal of a desperate ally at the hands of an American president,” said the Washington Post.

Taylor told the House he encountered an “irregular” channel on Ukraine, guided by Rudy Giuliani, that produced “a weird combination of encouraging, confusing, and ultimately alarming circumstances.” Taylor is the guy in those text messages who described the administration’s handling of Ukraine’s request for a presidential-level meeting with Trump as “crazy.”

He testified that an OMB official said on a White House conference call, a week before the famous Trump-Zelensky phone conversation, that she could not release the aid to Kiev based on orders that went “from the president to the chief of staff to OMB.”

“I and others sat in astonishment,” Taylor said. “The Ukrainians were fighting the Russians and counted on not only the training and weapons, but also the assurance of U.S. support…In an instant, I realized that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened.”

Now it’s true, as White House defenders note, that Taylor didn’t describe a first-hand encounter with Trump, but it’s clear from his testimony who was driving this train.

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The president, on Twitter, quoted a Fox interview in which Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe said, “Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo.”

On that point, the AP reported yesterday that Ukrainian president Zelensky spent a three-hour meeting with advisers back in May talking about how to navigate Giuliani’s insistence on an investigation of American political matters and how to avoid becoming entangled in the 2020 elections.

There is, to be sure, plenty to argue about here, from the details of all the closed-door testimony to whether any of this has the gravity for a third presidential impeachment process in the last four and a half decades. But trashing Bill Taylor, who administration officials recruited to replace the ambassador they fired, makes no sense at all.

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Neil Armstrong items to be auctioned off beginning Friday

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A fourth auction of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong’s personal belongings is set to begin Friday, continuing the commemoration of 50 years since NASA‘s first moon landing.

The three previous auctions have raised a total of about $12 million, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Armstrong, who died in 2012 at age 82, was a native of the Cincinnati area, having been born in Wapakoneta, about 112 miles north of the city.

Rick and Mark Armstrong, sons of the first man to step foot on the lunar surface, on July 20, 1969, told the newspaper they’ve made numerous charitable donations of memorabilia since the death of their father, who reportedly refused to commercialize his place in history.

“Contrary to what you may have heard from others, my brother and I have been very sensitive to this issue since my father’s passing,” Mark Armstrong wrote in an email, according to the Enquirer.

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Items to be up for bid Friday at a Heritage Auctions in Dallas include commemorative medals, small state flags that traveled aboard Apollo 11, and a flight path to the moon that was drawn and signed by Armstrong, the newspaper reported.

The auction will also include items signed by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the two other members of the Apollo 11 crew.

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Trump’s Syria and Ukraine Moves Further Alienate America’s Already Wary Allies

BRUSSELS — European leaders have long understood that President Trump is an unreliable ally, subject to loud tantrums, abrupt shifts and sudden whims. They have worried about his ambivalence toward NATO, resented his personal attacks and bristled at his use of trade policy and economic sanctions to restrict their companies and markets.

Until now, Europeans have done little except complain about him. But Mr. Trump’s recent actions in Syria and Ukraine may change that.

The more optimistic now argue Mr. Trump’s betrayals in those conflicts are of a different category of seriousness, and may accelerate what has been a slowly building process of European integration and peeling away from the United States. Others are not so sure.

But there is agreement that Mr. Trump has destabilized Europe’s near neighborhood in a major, even fundamental, way that requires a unified response, if only Europeans can come together.

Mr. Trump this month pulled American troops out of Syria, forsaking the Kurds who were guarding European jihadists, and allowing Turkey to invade. Mr. Trump’s impeachment inquiry has laid bare how through the course of the year he prized politics over policy in Ukraine.

Both episodes benefited President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who has been working to destabilize European democracies, chip away at Western cohesion, and on Tuesday hosted his new friend, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a NATO member.

As European leaders prepare for a meeting of NATO members in London in early December, Mr. Trump’s capriciousness is testing Europe’s ability to cohere and adjust.

“Europeans have put themselves in the position of being dependent on an undependable president,” said Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

“This just exposes again how Europeans remain overly reliant on the United States,” he said, “not only to deter Russia but to protect Western interests in the Middle East. But will Europeans do anything about it?”

Mr. Trump’s sudden withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria, and the quick response of Mr. Putin, have shaken Europeans. How deeply is the question.

“This has been more grist to the mill for the need for European governments to take more responsibility for their near neighborhood,” Mr. Niblett said. “But that doesn’t mean it will get done.”

The European Parliament is preparing a resolution condemning Turkey’s offensive and urging economic sanctions, but governments are split on the matter.

While to some degree America’s allies have priced in Mr. Trump’s limitations and behavior, “this is a whole different level,” said Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, “playing into all their fears about America as an unreliable ally.”

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So unreliable has Mr. Trump proved, in fact, that his allies would not dare call the December meeting a “summit,” NATO officials concede. It will incorporate only a reception at Buckingham Palace and a single morning session at a golf resort hotel an hour’s drive from central London.

The main reason for that, officials say, is because of Mr. Trump’s tantrum about military spending that so distorted the last NATO summit meeting in Brussels in July 2018.

There, Mr. Trump was finally calmed down when the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, told him, “We get it, Donald, we need to buy more American arms.” The French president, Emmanuel Macron, told him: “We understand, we need to spend more so you can spend less.”

Such remarks are revealing of Europe’s deepening disdain for Mr. Trump, even before his meddling in Syria and Ukraine.

“European governments have a very low regard for Trump anyway,” said Charles Grant, director of the Center for European Reform. “They know that they need to work with the United States, but it confirms to them that Trump is incapable of thinking strategically, handing victory to the Russians in Syria.”

Mr. Trump’s move in Syria was particularly neuralgic for the French. They have been vocally furious with American unreliability ever since 2013, when President Barack Obama decided to ignore his own red line and call off bombing strikes on Syria in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons — a decision passed on to Paris just as French war planes were preparing to join the United States in the strikes.

France felt abandoned then, especially after becoming more aligned with Washington under Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande and rejoining NATO’s command structure.

“But this is a whole new level of frivolousness in the way that the U.S. treats allies,” Mr. Leonard said.

Mr. Macron was particularly bitter last week about Mr. Trump’s unilateral Syria move, in a news conference after a Brussels summit meeting.

“I understood that we were together in NATO, that the U.S. and Turkey were in NATO,” Mr. Macron said. “And I found out via a tweet that the U.S. had decided to withdraw their troops.”

Asked about the seeming impotence of the European Union, he added, “I share your outrage.”

But such decisions also help those in Europe, like Mr. Macron, who are trying to make the case for more European strategic autonomy, both in defense matters but also increasingly in financial ones, as Europeans try to protect their firms from both American tariffs and secondary sanctions against Iran.

Mr. Macron is pressing for more spending on European defense, especially on French armaments, as a way for Europe to counterbalance a long-term trend of American retreat from multilateral obligations.

But whereas the European Union has mostly joined together in a common regulatory system on matters of trade and finance, it often remains a bloc of 28 foreign policies.

“Europe is split,’’ Mr. Leonard said. “There are those deeply worried about what is going on and wanting to build a Europe that can defend itself, not just in defense but to push back on the extraterritoriality of American sanctions and Trump’s weaponization of the international financial system. And there are those who think they have to suck up to Trump bilaterally, like the Poles,” who only trust the Americans to deter Russia.

“And then there are those like Germany that will follow Macron to a degree rhetorically, but when it comes down to difficult decisions about how much to spend on defense, how assertive to be on sanctions, holds back,” he said.

But the more Mr. Trump and Congress go after European national interest and leaders, threatening a trade war with Europe and insulting its leadership, the more countries are driven into the French camp.

“There are more structural developments that have shaken the way that Europeans view the United States,” said Manuel Muniz, dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid.

He cited Mr. Trump’s questioning of NATO and collective defense; his abandonment of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal; his imposition of trade sanctions on European products like steel and aluminum; his harsh attacks on individual European leaders at various times, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and former Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain; and the behavior of some of his ambassadors toward their host countries and institutions.

Mr. Trump’s criticism of European free-riding on defense is accurate, Mr. Muniz said, but it has also led to Europeans ceding responsibility for their own interests and fates.

But given his unreliability as an ally, “Trump will accelerate the process of European integration on defense and security,” he said.

In fact, in many corners of the world, America’s transformation from the indispensable ally to the unreliable one is now taken for granted.

“America’s unreliability as both a global leader and ally or partner is no longer in doubt — and countries are adjusting accordingly,’’ and not just in Europe, according to Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister and now vice president of the Toledo International Center for Peace.

The Kurds and Turks quickly scrambled to make a deal with Russia, and India is also pursuing closer ties to both China and Russia. The South Koreans are seeking a form of rapprochement with the North and even Saudi Arabia is looking for better ties with Iran, he wrote in an op-ed article for Project Syndicate.

The main problem “is not just what Trump does, but how he does it,” Mr. Leonard said. It is not just Mr. Trump’s “America First” nationalism, he said. Alliances need predictability, “and Trump is so unpredictable.”

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‘Embrace it’: Stephen Strasburg’s legendary postseason hits its apex with gritty Game 2 win

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HOUSTON — Stephen Strasburg is used to the process by now. After dominating opposing hitters for more than 100 pitches, Washington Nationals teammates Gerardo Parra and Anibal Sanchez, and sometimes others, surround him, wrap him in a hug, rock back and forth, and savor the moment.

It is partly a bit – Strasburg’s public face ranges from wooden to laconic to occasional bursts of engaged reticence, and so the Nationals’ provocateurs are determined to wring joy out of their 6-foot-5, 230-pound anchor.

“You just gotta embrace it,” Strasburg says, apparently without a hint of irony. “They start squeezing me a little bit harder every time. But that’s OK.”

It’s no surprise, then, that Wednesday night’s embrace – future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer even joined the fun this time – was a little tighter. There is a chance Strasburg has thrown his last pitch this season, thanks in large part to his handiwork against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series.

This game will largely be remembered for the Nationals’ seventh-inning party on the bases – a fiesta kick-started by catcher Kurt Suzuki’s go-ahead home run that spawned a six-run rally and eventual 12-3 victory.

But this win gave the Nationals a 2-0 World Series lead, and a shot to win their first championship in franchise history by merely winning two of the next three games at home, beginning with Friday night’s Game 3.

And should that come to pass, let history reflect that this October, for all the Nationals’ big hits and relentless baserunning and shark tales, belongs to Strasburg.

He has pitched in five games and the Nationals have won them all, posting a 1.93 ERA and striking out 40 batters in 30 innings. But the numbers don’t do justice to the meaning behind the 455 pitches he’s thrown this October, many of them demoralizing, all of them carefully considered.

“He’s become a premier pitcher,” says manager Dave Martinez, “a big-game pitcher.”

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Like the win in Game 2 of the NL Division Series to get them back in the series against the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers. Surviving the early fusillade in Game 5 of that NLDS so the Nationals could eventually prevail in 10 innings.

Squeezing the last hope out of the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out 12 of them over seven innings with no earned runs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

And then Wednesday, against the highly disciplined and best-in-the-majors Astros lineup, shrugging off a first-inning Alex Bregman home run to post five gutty zeroes and keep the game’s leverage level.

Lest we forget, this run began with three shutout relief innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card game, a night Scherzer stumbled, Strasburg picked him up and held the line when the Nationals fell in a 3-1 hole.

“You can’t say enough about how good he’s been,” says reliever Sean Doolittle. “I thought that was one of his most impressive outings – that three innings in the wild card game. He just kept going after that.”

All the way into Wednesday night, 2-2 game, sixth inning and Minute Maid Park ready to will the Astros into tying this series after Yuli Gurriel’s one-out double.

Strasburg fell behind Yordan Alvarez 2-0 before Martinez opted for a debatable intentional walk. Sttrasburg then battled Carlos Correa, Suzuki and he jogging their brains to change up the sequences from previous plate appearances. Strasburg jumped ahead 1-2, then glared in disbelief at plate umpire Doug Eddings after a low curveball and outside fastball were ruled balls.

Faced with a full count, a delirious crowd and a seasoned playoff hitter, Strasburg deployed a full-count changeup. Correa popped out to second base.

Pinch hitter Kyle Tucker offered similar resistance, stretching Strasburg to eight pitches. Strasburg had a little something for him – a 3-2 curveball that he waved meekly at.

It was ruled a called strike three. More accurately, it was a burgeoning playoff beast schooling a rookie.

“Any pitch,” says Suzuki, “any time. He’s got so many weapons to get you out with. He’s got command. He can really spin the ball. You never really know what pitch is coming. If he changes up his patterns we do a good job of sequencing right and it becomes tough for the hitters.”

Sequencing and execution and all that are great, but October is as much about owning the moment as harnessing your stuff. With every high-leverage spot that Strasburg holds the line, his teammates’ awe only grows.

“To me, what’s so impressive is how he’s able to control his off-speed pitches and pitch with finesse in moments when there’s tons of energy in the ballpark,” says Doolittle. “It’s almost like he’s able to lower his heart rate to a point where he’s more calm than the hitter. 

“He still has that feel. He’s not getting caught up in the moment.”

Strasburg agrees that the Tucker showdown was about “getting the mind right, before the pitch.” He said his first World Series start did not kick his adrenaline up any higher than his previous playoff starts.

But it did remind him why he’s out here.

“As a kid, you have those dreams,” he says. “You play the game because you love it. And I love playing this game, and I’m going to play it as long as I can.

“Hopefully, there’s championships, but you have to focus on what you can control.”

For now, Strasburg has ceded control. Anibal Sanchez will start Game 3, and then perhaps Patrick Corbin in Game 4, and back to Scherzer in Game 5. Two wins, and Strasburg can shut it down for an off-season in which he may opt out of his seven-year, $175 million contract, though the industrywide expectation is he and the Nationals perhaps tack a couple of extra years on to a deal that runs through 2023.

Already, he’s in uncharted waters, pitching practically into Halloween, noting that his arm feels fine, his body sound, and his mind most definitely in a good place.

“I’m just enjoying every minute,” he says. “My family’s enjoying it. I’m just trying to soak it all in.

“And keep going.”

Unless, of course, Strasburg has already carried the Nationals to the finish line.

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16 sentenced to death in Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder: reports

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The sixteen people charged in connection to the murder of a teenage girl who was burned to death earlier this year for reportedly accusing a principal at her Islamic school of sexual harassment have been sentenced to death, according to reports.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s death in a small town outside of Dhaka shocked the country.

The BBC reported that in April, she was lured to her school’s rooftop by four female students where she was pressured to withdraw her complaint about the school official. She reportedly refused and was allegedly gagged, tied, doused in kerosene and burned.

The culprits reportedly wanted to make her death look like a suicide, but she survived. She was badly burned, but on her way to the hospital, she managed to use her brother’s phone to film a statement where she named some attackers and said, “The teacher touched me. I will fight this until my last breath.”

The 19-year-old died four days later.

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The 16 people accused in the case included students at Rafi’s school and two local politicians who held prominent positions at the school.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report

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Michigan Powerball winner nearly left store without buying $80M ticket, he says

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Whenever Philip Chippewa of Michigan sees Powerball jackpots rising, he usually decides to take a chance.

Recently, luck was with him, according to reports. Chippewa – a 54-year-old father of seven who has 21 grandchildren – won the top prize of $80 million in the Sept. 21 drawing of the multistate lottery game.

“I buy a few tickets and hope for the best,” he said, explaining his winning strategy, according to FOX 66 in Flint.

When he heard about last month’s big jackpot, Chippewa says, he stopped at a local store but “almost walked out without buying the tickets.”

Luckily, he remembered to make the purchase, but then forgot about the tickets until his sister-in-law called that night, saying there had been a local winner.

He found the tickets in his truck, and then he and his wife Dawn “both had tears in our eyes” when their son read the winning numbers off his phone while they checked the numbers on their tickets. One of the tickets was the big winner.

Chippewa said he plans to buy homes for himself and his children, plus a motorcycle and a car. But he insists “it’s not going to change who we are.”

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In fact, he has even stayed on at his job.

“Every day when I come to work my boss asks me, ‘Why are you here?’” he told FOX 66. “I just tell him that I was hired to do a job and I’m not going to abandon anyone just because I won.”

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Simone Biles adds flip and twist to her first pitch at Game 2 of World Series

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles threw the first pitch during Game 2 at the World Series in Houston on Wednesday, and it was a pitch to remember.

The decorated 22-year-old gymnast brought a unique and literal spin to her throw for the Astros. Biles, who earned a record number 25 gymnastics world championship titles, executed an all-star worthy flip and twist before her ceremonial first pitch.

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Biles is also a hometown resident as she grew up in Spring, Texas, which is a northern suburb of Houston.

She had previously thrown the first pitch for the Astros during a game in 2016, where she also incorporated her gymnastic skills.

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Biles broke the all-time record at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, last week when she secured her 25th medal at the event, beating the record for most world medals by men or women, previously set by Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo.

FOX News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Michigan Powerball winner nearly left store without buying $80M ticket, he says

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Whenever Philip Chippewa of Michigan sees Powerball jackpots rising, he usually decides to take a chance.

Recently, luck was with him, according to reports. Chippewa – a 54-year-old father of seven who has 21 grandchildren – won the top prize of $80 million in the Sept. 21 drawing of the multistate lottery game.

“I buy a few tickets and hope for the best,” he said, explaining his winning strategy, according to FOX 66 in Flint.

When he heard about last month’s big jackpot, Chippewa says, he stopped at a local store but “almost walked out without buying the tickets.”

Luckily, he remembered to make the purchase, but then forgot about the tickets until his sister-in-law called that night, saying there had been a local winner.

He found the tickets in his truck, and then he and his wife Dawn “both had tears in our eyes” when their son read the winning numbers off his phone while they checked the numbers on their tickets. One of the tickets was the big winner.

Chippewa said he plans to buy homes for himself and his children, plus a motorcycle and a car. But he insists “it’s not going to change who we are.”

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In fact, he has even stayed on at his job.

“Every day when I come to work my boss asks me, ‘Why are you here?’” he told FOX 66. “I just tell him that I was hired to do a job and I’m not going to abandon anyone just because I won.”

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Officer-involved shooting reported at El Paso Walmart

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Authorities in El Paso, Texas, late Wednesday responded to reports of a shooting at a Walmart on the city’s outskirts, according to local media.

KVIA reported that at least one person was injured. A viewer told KFOX14 that police at the Montana Avenue store are not letting individuals into or out of the store.

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Last August, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the city, killing 22 and injuring about two dozen. Police have said Patrick Crusius of Dallas confessed to the Aug. 3 shooting and that he targeted Mexicans. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Strasburg stars as Nats rout Astros 12-3 for 2-0 Series lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg’s time had come.

Famously held out of the postseason seven years ago, Strasburg delivered on the biggest stage of all Wednesday night.

The right-hander outdueled fellow ace Justin Verlander, overcoming a shaky start to give the Washington Nationals a 12-3 win over the Houston Astros and a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series.

Kurt Suzuki hit a tiebreaking homer in what became a messy six-run seventh inning, and the Nationals headed back home to Washington for three games — if needed.

Adam Eaton paraded around the bases pointing to the Houston crowd after a late home run as the Nationals won their eighth in a row. They’ve won 18 of 20 overall dating back to the regular season, with the last two over AL Cy Young Award favorites Gerrit Cole and Verlander.

Game 3 is Friday night when Aníbal Sánchez opposes Houston’s Zack Greinke in the first World Series game in the nation’s capital since 1933.

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The 31-year-old Strasburg had waited years for this chance. Back in 2012, he was about two years removed from Tommy John surgery when Nationals brass decided protecting his elbow was more important than pitching him in the playoffs, so he was shut down late in a season full of promise.

Making his Series debut, Strasburg allowed a two-run homer to Alex Bregman in the first before throwing five shutout innings to improve 4-0 this postseason. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven.

Verlander, so good in the regular season, fell to 0-5 in six World Series starts. He gave up seven hits and four runs, and was lifted after walking a batter following Suzuki’s home run.

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Verlander led the majors with 21 wins this season and struck out a career-high 300 to reach 3,000 in his career. He has a World Series ring, MVP and Cy Award trophies, and three no-hitters on his resume.

He struck out six to become the career leader in postseason Ks with 202 — another impressive statistic on a stellar resume that is still missing that elusive World Series win.

Their dominance against Houston’s best pitchers turned the underdog Nationals into heavy favorites to win the title. Only three of the previous 25 teams to lose the first two games at home under the 2-3-2 format have come back to win the Series. No one has done it since the 1996 New York Yankees.

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