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Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home

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A Utah woman is facing misdemeanor lewdness charges after being seen topless in her own home by her stepchildren. Her attorneys argued Tuesday in district court in Salt Lake City that the statute is unconstitutional.

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A Utah woman has been charged with lewdness in her own home after her stepchildren walked into the room and saw her bare chest.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah argued this week that the statute under which Tilli Buchanan, 27, was charged is unconstitutional, and they have asked a judge to drop the charges against her and change the state law.

Buchanan and her husband had been installing drywall in the garage and had taken off their shirts that were itchy from the fibers, she told The Salt Lake Tribune.

When her stepchildren, aged 9, 10 and 13, walked in, she “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing,” her lawyers wrote in court documents, The Associated Press reports.

Now the state has charged Buchanan with three charges of lewdness involving a child. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

Though her husband was similarly clad, he was not charged with a crime.

The state’s lewdness statute criminalizes exposure of “the female breast below the top of the areola” in the presence of a child in a private place “under circumstances the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm.”

If convicted, Buchanan faces imprisonment, fines and the requirement to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

“It was in the privacy of my own home. My husband was right next to me in the same exact manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted,” she told reporters after the court hearing.

The charges were filed after the children’s mother told that authorities she was “alarmed” by the incident, according the AP.

Buchanan’s case raises a number of constitutional concerns, says Leah Farrell, an attorney at the ACLU of Utah.

To begin with, “the criminalizing of behavior that many people don’t consider criminal, and is normal.”

Most people wouldn’t consider, for instance, that they “might be brought into court because of their dealing with their dirty clothes within their house. Anything that really extends the criminal justice system into people’s homes in this way is something that we’re interested in looking at closer,” Farrell says.

And then there’s the gender issue.

“Simply because Miss Buchanan is a woman, she is facing this charge,” Farrell says. “Therefore, women throughout Utah are at higher risk of facing a criminal charge simply because of their gender. There are different ideas around what morality is or is not. But the state’s reach to criminalize morality based on gender and gender stereotyping is incredibly problematic.”

Farrell notes that the statute’s language requiring women to predict whether going topless is likely to cause “affront or alarm” imposes an additional burden that is not required of men.

Ryan Robinson, West Valley city attorney, would not comment on the case, except to say that city prosecutors “see our role as enforcing the law of the state of Utah as enacted by our state legislature, and we’re excited to see what the judge decides.”

The judge said she will rule in the coming months.

In February, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s ruling that an ordinance in Fort Collins, Colo., banning women from being topless in public was unconstitutional. Fort Collins decided not to appeal the court’s decision, after spending more than $300,000 to defend its ban.

That case concerned women being treated differently in public rather than in private. If anything, Buchanan may have an stronger case, says Farrell: “You wouldn’t think you would lose those protections within the private space of your home.”

The courtroom battles are one front in what’s called the “free the nipple” movement.

In August, three women who were arrested and convicted for being topless at a New Hampshire beach asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case. They argue that the city ordinance barring women from showing their nipples in public is inherently discriminatory on the basis of gender.

Facebook has also been criticized for its ban on images of women with “uncovered female nipples except in the context of breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest.” Instagram’s policy on female nipples is similar.

More than 100 people lay nude in front of Facebook’s New York offices in May, holding aloft images of female nipples in protest of the company’s policies.

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Army lieutenant pardoned by Trump made this request after getting out of jail

Army First Lt. Clint Lorance served six years in Leavenworth prison before President Trump pardoned him last week, and the soldier had one request upon his release.

“Pizza… it was the best pizza ever,” Lawrence said when “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt asked him how he celebrated his freedom.

Lorance, 34, appeared on “Fox & Friends” earlier this week for his first interview since being released from a 19-year sentence for second-degree murder. He had been charged with ordering troops to open fire on three men riding motorcycles in Afghanistan in July 2012, after his commanding officer had been injured.

Two of the men were killed. Lorance later was convicted after several members of his own platoon testified against him. President Trump got word of his case and granted him clemency last week amid some opposition — including from 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Discussing the emotional interview on Fox Nation’s “After the Show Show,” the “Fox & Friends” hosts praised Lorance for his humility and loyalty to his country and shared some of the lesser-known details of his case.

“He was a brand new platoon leader who saw people on a motorcycle who he believed to be Taliban… he ordered his platoon to fire… he didn’t even pull the trigger himself… turns out they didn’t have weapons on them but what they found out, later on, is that their DNA was tied to Taliban bombmakers. They were Taliban bombmakers,” said co-host Pete Hegseth.

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“Thankfully the president learned about his story, took action, pardoned him and he was out by midnight on Friday night. He went to see his family for a day, and then he flew out here to come see us,” Hegseth added.

“And eat pizza,” Earnhardt chimed in.

“The man wanted some pizza!” Hegseth responded.

Co-host Janice Dean said she was taken with Lorance’s positive attitude despite what he’d experienced, referencing his earlier remarks from the “Fox & Friends” interview.

“I can’t say enough. You know, I’m so happy to be an American,” he told Fox News. “I’m just so glad that we’re part of this amazing country, and it’s got such great, impassioned leadership, and it’s amazing,” Lorance said.

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Newly released Army Lt. Clint Lorance reunited with family members after President Trump pardoned him.

“What a humble guy,” Dean responded. “He was so… grateful to this country and it was just unbelievable.”

“You would think that his attitude would be different towards our country because he served… and then was put behind bars,” Earhardt added.

“That’s a kid right there, and he’s been in prison for six years… Once you read [his case] and understand it… with all of its complexities, you say… second-degree murder makes no sense,” Hegseth said on the Fox Nation show.

Lorance told viewers he was “homeless, jobless,” and was wearing the only clothes he had to the interview — adding that he was overwhelmed with gratitude toward the president.

“I love you, sir. You’re awesome,” he said. “I’ll say this, Mr. President, I wish you had a better team around you. You need more people watching your back, and I think you don’t have a lot of that… that is absolutely unfortunate… and that infuriates me to no end.”

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As far as plans for the future, Lorance said he looked forward to getting used to everyday life, but the “Fox & Friends” hosts had some suggestions of their own.

“He should run for office because he’s very well-spoken,” Earhardt said, “and maybe write a book.”

To hear more from the hosts discussing their impression of Lorence and his incredible story first hand, join Fox Nation and watch the latest episode of “After the Show Show” today.

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Nicolle: ‘It’s gonna take a dead Russian hooker at the bottom of the Hudson before Republicans wake up’

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Rep. Mike Conaway fights back after Schiff accuses him of interrupting witness

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Thursday’s contentious public impeachment hearing saw a heated exchange between Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

After Conaway’s allotted five minutes to question State Department official David Holmes expired, Schiff asked Holmes to finish a statement that Schuff claimed Conaway had “cut off.”

“You were cut off when you were talking about [Ambassador to the European Union Gordon] Sondland’s indiscretion, did you want to finish that answer?” Schiff said.

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“Mr. Chairman, that’s patently unfair,” Conaway asserted.

“Mr. Conway …. to interrupt the witnesses as you have done repeatedly,” Schiff said.

Conaway responded, “You’re certainly willing to interrupt me during my five minutes. You’re the only person on this dais that has unlimited time. You have absolutely unlimited. You’re the only that has abused that power and you’re continuing to do that.”

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“We allow the witnesses to answer the question even if those asking the question don’t want to hear the answer,” Schiff said.

“Does that apply to you as well?” Conaway said.

“Yes it does,” Schiff said.

The testimony from Holmes described how he overheard a July 26 phone call between Sondland and President Trump about Ukraine’s willingness to conduct political investigations.

Holmes testified that he eventually understood that “demand” to be linked to a delay in $400 million in military aid. The White House countered, as it has in prior hearings, that the witnesses did not speak to any direct knowledge on the aid hold-up, while GOP lawmakers dismissed the alleged offense in question as nothing more than a “thought crime.”

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Also during the hearing, former National Security Council aide Fiona Hill clashed with Republicans, accusing some lawmakers of embracing the “fictional narrative” that only Ukraine — and not Russia — interfered in the 2016 elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Key Moments From Hill and Holmes’s Testimony in the Impeachment Inquiry

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Trump Impeachment Hearings: Day 5 Highlights

Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, and David Holmes, an aide at the United States Embassy in Kyiv, testified before the House Intelligence Committee.

“Beginning in March 2019, the situation at the embassy and in Ukraine changed dramatically. 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. While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speaker phone, I could hear the president’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The president’s voice was loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume. I heard Ambassador Sondland greet the president and explain he was calling from Kyiv. I heard President Trump then clarify that Ambassador Sondland was in Ukraine. Ambassador Sondland replied, yes, he was in Ukraine, and went on to state that President Zelensky quote, ‘loves your ass.’ I then heard President Trump ask: ‘So he’s going to do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s going to do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to do.’ Even though I did not take notes of these statements, I have a clear recollection that these statements were made. I believe that my colleagues who were sitting at the table also knew that Ambassador Sondland was speaking with the president.” “Based on questions and statements I’ve 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. The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016. I continue to believe that we need to seek ways of stabilizing our relationship with Moscow even as we counter their efforts to harm us. Right now, Russia’s security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election. We are running out of time to stop them. In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests. And 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. These fictions are harmful even if they’re deployed for purely domestic political purposes. President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a super PAC. They deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives.” “Although the hold on the security assistance may have been lifted, there are still things they wanted that they weren’t getting, including a meeting with the president in the Oval Office. So — and I think that continues to this day, I think they’re being very careful. They still need us.” “Obviously what Mr. Giuliani was saying was pretty explosive in any case. He was frequently on television making quite incendiary remarks about everyone involved in this, and that he was clearly pushing forward issues and ideas that would, you know, probably come back to haunt us. And in fact, I think that that’s where we are today. I had to go to the lawyers, to John Eisenberg, our senior counsel for the National Security Council, to basically say, ‘You tell Eisenberg,’ Ambassador Bolton told me, ‘that I am not part of this whatever drug deal that Mulvaney and Sondland are cooking up.’”

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Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, said President Trump’s demands for Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the 2016 elections amounted to a “domestic political errand” that diverged from American foreign policy goals.

Her testimony made it clear that Dr. Hill, a longtime Russia expert, saw the pressure campaign on Ukraine as a purely political effort that had nothing to do with confronting corruption in Ukraine, the explanation that Mr. Trump and Republicans have frequently given for his actions.

Under questioning from the top Republican counsel on the House Intelligence Committee, Dr. Hill said she confronted Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union about his failure to coordinate with other members of the administration and later realized he was “being involved in a domestic political errand, and we were being involved in national security, foreign policy.”

Dr. Hill said she had told Mr. Sondland at the time that, “this is all going to blow up. And here we are.”

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Fiona Hill Calls Claim of Ukraine Interference a ‘Fictional Narrative’

Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, told the House Intelligence Committee that Russia, not Ukraine, “systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016.”

Based on questions and statements I’ve 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. The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016. This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies confirmed in bipartisan congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified. The impact of the successful 2016 Russian campaign remains evident today. Our nation is being torn apart. Truth is questioned. Our highly professional and expert career Foreign Service is being undermined. U.S. support for Ukraine, which continues to face armed Russian aggression, has been politicized. The Russian government’s goal is to weaken our country, to diminish America’s global role and to neutralize a perceived U.S. threat to Russian interests. President Putin and the Russian security services aim to counter U.S. foreign policy objectives in Europe, including in Ukraine, where Moscow wishes to reassert political and economic dominance. I say this not as an alarmist, but as a realist. I do not think long-term conflict with Russia is either desirable or inevitable. I continue to believe that we need to seek ways of stabilizing our relationship with Moscow even as we counter their efforts to harm us. Right now, Russia’s security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election. We are running out of time to stop them. In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.

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Dr. Hill criticized Republicans on Thursday for propagating a “fictional narrative” embraced by President Trump that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 elections.

In an implicit rebuke to the president she once served, she argued that the story was planted by Russia and dangerously played into Moscow’s hands, by sowing political divisions in the United States that adversaries are eager to exploit.

“These fictions are harmful even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes,” said Dr. Hill, the co-author of a 500-page book analyzing the psyche of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

“President Putin and the Russian security services operate like a super PAC,” Dr. Hill explained. “They deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives. When we are consumed by partisan rancor, we cannot combat these external forces as they seek to divide us against each another, degrade our institutions, and destroy the faith of the American people in our democracy.

The impeachment inquiry centers on the accusation that Mr. Trump withheld a White House visit for Ukraine’s president and security aid for the country as leverage to push the government to announce investigations into Mr. Biden, and the claim that Ukraine conspired to help Democrats in the 2016 election.

Dr. Hill called the claim about Ukraine’s interference a fake story invented by Russian intelligence services to destabilize the United States.

David Holmes, a top aide in the United States Embassy in Kyiv, told lawmakers on Thursday that he became convinced by the end of August that Mr. Trump had frozen security aid for Ukraine because he was seeking to pressure the country to commit to an investigation into Mr. Biden.

“By this point,” Mr. Holmes said, “my clear impression was that the security assistance hold was likely intended by the president either as an expression of dissatisfaction with the Ukrainians who had not yet agreed to the Burisma/Biden investigation or as an effort to increase the pressure on them to do so.”

Burisma is a Ukrainian energy company that employed Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, on its board.

Both Mr. Holmes and Dr. Hill said it was clear that mentions of Burisma by Mr. Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, or others were clearly references to the investigations that the president wanted Ukraine to announce.

Kurt D. Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, and Mr. Sondland both testified that they believed Burisma was merely a reference to the need to eliminate corruption in Ukraine, given the history of corruption at the company.

But both witnesses on Thursday said unequivocally that Burisma was “code” for the Bidens, and that anyone working on Ukraine issues would know that. Asked whether “anyone involved in Ukraine matters in the spring and summer would understand that as well,” Mr. Holmes had a one-word answer.

“Yes,” he said.

Dr. Hill described an awkward White House meeting with Ukrainian officials on July 10 that ended abruptly after Mr. Sondland discussed pressing Ukraine to investigate Democrats in exchange for a White House meeting for the country’s new president.

Dr. Hill testified that after the meeting ended, Mr. Sondland explained precisely what he was up to: “That he had an agreement with chief of staff Mulvaney that in return for investigations this meeting would get scheduled.”

When she told John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, about that exchange, Dr. Hill testified, he instructed her to tell the National Security Council’s top lawyer about what Mr. Sondland, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mulvaney were up to, and say that, “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.”

“I took it to mean investigations for a meeting,” Dr. Hill added, when asked what Mr. Bolton meant by “drug deal.”

Later, Dr. Hill said that Mr. Bolton told her that “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” She understood that to refer to Mr. Giuliani’s “incendiary remarks” on television about Ukraine, and that he was “pushing views that would come back to haunt us.”

“In fact,” she added, “I think that’s where we are today.”

Mr. Holmes provided the first public testimony about a now-infamous July cellphone call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Sondland, a conversation that Democrats believe establishes that the president was preoccupied with persuading Ukraine to publicly commit to investigations that benefited him politically.

He told lawmakers that he could hear Mr. Trump, who was speaking loudly, asking Mr. Sondland whether Mr. Zelensky was “going to do the investigation.” Mr. Sondland told Mr. Trump that Mr. Zelensky “loves your ass,” and would conduct the investigation and do “anything you ask him to,” Mr. Holmes said.

In Mr. Holmes’s account, Mr. Sondland later told him that Mr. Trump cared only about “big stuff that benefits the president” like the “Biden investigation.” Mr. Sondland did not dispute that account when he testified on Wednesday, but said he did not recall specifically mentioning Mr. Biden.

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‘Could I Actually Say Something’: Hill Responds After Republicans Avoid Questions

Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top adviser on Russia, interrupted the impeachment inquiry proceedings after three Republican lawmakers avoided asking her questions.

“The disagreement wasn’t about Russian meddling. The disagreement was about whether or not President Trump conspired with Russia — a false allegation peddled by the Democrats.” “You guys want to be the laughingstock of history, to impeach a president of the United States because he didn’t take a meeting? Oh please, dear God.” “It’s time for this phase of the publicly announced and proclaimed Democrat coup to end. Thank you for your service. Thanks for being here. And I yield back.” “Could I actually say something? Because we’ve had three —” “Doctor, I was going to — I was going to ask you if you’d like to respond. There have been —” “I yielded back!” “I — gentleman will suspend. Dr. Hill, you may respond.” “I think that what Dr. Wenstrup [Republican of Ohio] said was very powerful, about the importance of overcoming hatred and certainly partisan division. And it’s unfortunate that Congressmen Turner and Ratcliffe have both left as well, because I think all of us who came here under a legal obligation also felt we had a moral obligation to do so. We came as fact witnesses. When I was referring to questions that I’d heard, it was in the context of the deposition that I gave on Oct. 14, because I was very worried about the turn in which some of the questions were taking. And I understand that the point is being read about individuals, as you have just said, Dr. Wenstrup, and that these articles lay out taking different positions in our elections. I don’t believe there should be any interference of any kind in our election. I think it was unfair for people to already call the election and to make attacks also on candidate Trump and on President Trump. And I know that this has put a huge cloud over this presidency and also over our whole democratic system. That’s actually why as a nonpartisan person and as an expert on Russia and an expert on Vladimir Putin and on the Russian security services, I wanted to come in to serve the country to try to see if I could help. I heard President Trump say that he wanted to improve the relations with Russia. I believe we have to. We can’t be in this unending confrontation with Russia. We have to find a way to stabilize that relationship and to professionalize that relationship, as well as to stop them from doing what they did in 2016 again in 2020. This is really the crux of the issue that I and others are trying to put across, and I think that you’ve put across very eloquently. The other matters related to this inquiry, we’re here just to provide what we know and what we’ve heard. I understand that for many members this may be hearsay. I’ve talked about things I heard with my own ears. I understand that Ambassador Sondland has said a lot of things. I have told you what he told me and what others told me. A lot of other people have said things to me, again, as well, and also to Mr. Holmes. And we’re here to relate to you what we heard, what we saw and what we did — and to be of some help to all of you in really making a very momentous decision here. We are not the people who make that decision. And I do again want to underscore what you said here, Dr. Wenstrup. It was very eloquent and very moving about your service and trying to bring us all together again, as Americans. We need to be together again in 2020, so the American people can make a choice about the future and about — to make their votes in a presidential election without any fear that this is being interfered in by any, from any quarter whatsoever. So I just want to thank you for making what I think was also a very elegant and eloquent and heartfelt defense.”

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Representative Mike Turner of Ohio laced into Dr. Hill, using his time during Thursday’s hearing to lecture her, rather than question her and taking issue with her assertion that some Republicans denied that Russians interfered in the 2016 elections.

In her opening statement, Dr. Hill had said that “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.”

Mr. Turner took issue with that statement, calling it a “little small” on her part.

“Dr. Hill, you have provided me probably the greatest piece of evidence that’s before us to illustrate the problem with hearsay,” Mr. Turner said, pointing her to a Republican report that acknowledged Russian meddling in the election. “Dr. Hill, no matter how much we believe we know that what we’ve heard is true, it is still just what we’ve heard.”

Mr. Turner also criticized Mr. Holmes for testifying that Mr. Sondland told the president that Mr. Zelensky “loves your ass” during a telephone call in Kyiv. Mr. Turner said that Mr. Holmes should not have used that phrase in his testimony about the call.

“It was anecdotal, it was extraneous,” Mr. Turner said. “Your interests in protecting Ukraine are very dubious when you embarrass President Zelensky by making those statements you didn’t have to make. Who cares that Ambassador Sondland said that?”

Mr. Turner did not ask a question for either Dr. Hill or Mr. Holmes to answer, nor did two others Republicans who used their five minutes to issue critical statements.

A few minutes later, under questioning from a Democratic lawmaker, Dr. Hill got the chance to respond to the speechifying. She described herself as a nonpartisan Russia expert who was appearing before the committee without an agenda.

“We are here to relate to you what we heard, what we saw and what we did and to be of some help to all of you in really making a very momentous decision here,” Dr. Hill said. “We are not the people who make that decision.”

Mr. Trump followed the day’s testimony, repeatedly retweeting Republican members of the committee who complained about the impeachment process and insisting that the president had done nothing wrong.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump took aim at Mr. Holmes’s credibility even as he began testifying, suggesting there was no way he could have heard what he claimed to have picked up the cellphone conversation between Mr. Trump and Mr. Sondland.

The call is an important piece of evidence because it demonstrates that Mr. Trump was directing members of his administration to push the Ukrainians for the investigations, but the president on Thursday sought to cast doubt on its authenticity.

Even before the day’s hearing began, the president posted a string of angry tweets about Democrats and the impeachment investigation.

The Democrats leading the impeachment investigation are “human scum,” he said.

The public hearings over the last week are “the most unfair hearings in American History.” And, “never in my wildest dreams” did he think his name would be linked to the “ugly word, Impeachment!”

Mr. Trump also revived his complaints about the special counsel investigation into whether his campaign or aides were involved in Russia’s election interference.

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Meghan McCain rips Joy Behar, media, saying they’re ‘naive’ if they think hearings will bring down Trump

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“The View” had a fiery clash Thursday between Meghan McCain and Joy Behar over the ongoing impeachment inquiry with the conservative host calling her liberal colleague and the mainstream media “naive” if they thought the hearings would have a negative impact on President Trump.

Wednesday’s testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland made explosive headlines when he declared Trump had directed what he himself described as a “quid pro quo,” even though he later clarified that he had no direct knowledge that the withholding of military aid to Ukraine was tied to Trump’s desired investigations into Burisma and Ukraine’s involvement into the 2016 election.

During the panel discussion, McCain threw a wet blanket on the “cast of characters” from the impeachment hearings in what she predicted would have a minimal impact on the 2020 election.

“One of the things that I pride myself in is that we can’t get too sucked into the beltway and the media circles,” McCain began. “What I saw last night on the debate stage is not going to be good enough to beat him. You all are very convinced, ‘he’s crazy, he’s whatever.’ He’s always been crazy like a fox. I knew he was going to win in 2016 and I’m telling you right now, if you think this impeachment hearing and everything with Sondland and the 30,000 cast of characters — which, by the way, every day is ticking lower and lower on ratings. If you think this is enough to have it locked and loaded, you are naive!”

“You know what I would like to see?” Behar reacted. “I’d like to see these people answer to the subpoenas; [Rudy] Giuliani, [Mick] Mulvaney, [John] Bolton and [Mike] Pompeo–“

“You’re not listening to what I’m saying!” McCain shouted. “You’re not listening to what I’m saying!”

“I am listening to you,” Behar said. “What I’m saying: there’s more to come.”

McCain doubled down, warning her liberal co-host, “Do you know what matters? It’s the Electoral College, which is what you all should be focusing on right now, and you’re not.”

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“Which was created to save slave states,” Behar shot back.

“Oh, for God’s sake,” McCain said as the show cut to commercial.

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A Rare Meteor Shower May Grace The Skies Tonight

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Part of the Perseid meteor shower, seen in Salgotarjan, Hungary, on Aug. 13. Two astronomers predict the Alpha Monocerotids showers will be a more intense showing.

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With a bit of luck, people in the Eastern United States will be able to witness a rare meteor shower known as the Alpha Monocerotids late Thursday night. Two astronomers predicted the outburst will last less than an hour and could even yield more than 400 meteors in that time.

Meteor experts Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen published their prediction in MeteorNews. They said interested parties should arrive at their preferred watch zone no later than 11:15 p.m. ET — 35 minutes before the forecast start time — to see the maximum number of meteors.

The American Meteor Society said observers in eastern North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa are in prime locations to view the display. Those in western North America do not have such luck.

“At the time of the predicted outburst, the radiant will lie near the horizon for observers located on the west coast of North America,” AMS’s Robert Lunsford wrote. “From that location only a few long earthgrazers may be seen shooting upward from the eastern horizon.”

The Alpha Monocerotids showers — named after the unicorn-shape constellation Monoceros — appears every year during late November, but it usually brings only three or four meteors per hour. However, it has brought huge meteor rates four times in the past, the latest being in 1995.

“The 1925 and 1935 outbursts reached even the level of a meteor storm with [zenithal hourly rates] of over 1000,” Jenniskens and Lyytinen wrote. “In 1985 and 1995 the activity reached a level with ZHRs of about 700 and 400.”

Jenniskens and Lyytinen are expecting similar numbers on Thursday night. However, at NASA, one meteorologist believes it won’t be so impressive.

Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said the intensity of a meteor shower is dependent on the size of the parent comet’s orbit. The parent comet of Alpha Monocerotids has not been discovered, leading Cooke to question how accurate the prediction is.

“And since we have not yet discovered this mysterious parent comet, who knows how close the estimate of the orbit is to the actual?” he said.

But even if the meteor shower fails to impress, Cooke said, it will be a good use of a couple of hours.

“Even if there is no outburst, it doesn’t hurt to get out under the stars for a bit,” Cooke said.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern on NPR’s News Desk.

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Escaped Missouri inmate caught living in makeshift hut ‘off the grid’ in Delaware, investigators say

A two-time Missouri jail escapee was captured Tuesday more than 1,000 miles away in Delaware, where he was living “off the grid” in a hut in the woods, investigators said.

Drake Kately, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., was being held at the Mercer County Jail on several charges, including firearm possession and burglary, when he escaped for the second time more than two months ago, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

Kately had escaped in late August by tearing a hole in the back of his jail cell and leaving through the basement door, KTTN reported at the time.

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Investigators said they found Kately living in a makeshift shelter made of foliage and vegetation. (U.S. Marshals Service)

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U.S. Marshals said the agency joined the county sheriff’s investigation in early September and followed leads across several states. In mid-October, investigators narrowed their search down to New Castle, Del., where Kately was believed to have traveled with an associate who had relatives in the area.

Deputies and task-force officers combed a wooded area in nearby Wilmington, where they suspected Kately was living “off the grid.” Investigators spotted clothing hanging from a tree branch and discovered a makeshift hut made of vegetation fashioned around a fallen tree — the escapee’s hideout, they said.

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Kately had escaped twice from the same Missouri jail. (Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Jail via AP)

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Kately was taken into custody and held at the New Castle Police Department, where he was awaiting extradition to Missouri.

His attorney, Melinda Troeger, didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Adam Schiff Erupts: Closing Statement On Contentious Impeachment Hearing

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‘We’re Going to Win’, Says Sanders, After New National Poll Shows Him Tied With Biden in 2020 Democratic Primary

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