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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Washington may as well be a victory lap: U.S. foreign policy is serving Moscow’s interests now

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The ambassador provides the missing link between the president and the plot to pressure Ukraine

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Bill Taylor and George Kent painted a portrait of a president willing to undermine Ukraine and the United States for his own good

William Taylor (right) and George Kent testify during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in on November 13, 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images


Trump says he’s constitutionally allowed to pressure foreign countries to do his bidding. He’s misreading our laws.

A protestor holds a sign that says “Trump is NOT above the law.”
A protestor holds a sign that says “Trump is NOT above the law.”
Protester holding a sign reading: “TRUMP IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW.” Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images


How the impeachment inquiry’s most-wanted witness may fight

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What did the national security advisor do with a ‘hand grenade’ like Rudy Giuliani? Duck.

A photo of former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.
A photo of former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton appears at the Center for Strategic and International Studies before delivering remarks on September 30, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images


Why the White House is incapable of stopping key figures from the Ukraine scandal from testifying before Congress

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The whistleblower stopped a covert psychological operation against the American public dead in its tracks

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Oversight

Yet lawmakers of both stripes demonize people who share information with the press

A photo of U.S. president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
A photo of U.S. president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Images


Republican senators in Wednesday’s meeting will be a part of any impeachment trial, which would make them the jurors and Trump the defendant

Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., right, and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., conduct television interviews in the Capitol on September 25, 2019. Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images

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