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CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.

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Witnesses who described quid pro quo testify publicly tomorrow; Roger Stone's defense rests without Stone testifying; Top Russian Official jokes about interfering in U.S. elections in 2020; Buttigieg, Biden, Warren in top tier of new Iowa poll;

House GOP lays out defense strategy ahead of public hearings; Televised impeachment hearings begin in less than 24 hours; Schiff warns GOP about outing whistleblower in hearings; NYT: Trump has considered firing intelligence Inspector General; Testimony at Roger Stone trial contradicts what Trump told Mueller about Wikileaks; Top Russian Official on 2020 elections: We'll resolve the problem, don't worry; Transcripts show Trump repeatedly tried not to anger Russia; Transcript: Mulvaney held up Ukraine missiles over concerns about Russia's reaction; Biden renews attacks on Warren and an "elitist" attitude; New Iowa poll: Buttigieg up 14 points since August; Supreme Court justices struggling with DACA after hearing arguments today; Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue gun maker;

37 MIN7 h ago
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Witnesses who described quid pro quo testify publicly tomorrow; Roger Stone's defense rests without Stone testifying; Top Russian Official jokes about interfering in U.S. elections in 2020; Buttigieg, Biden, Warren in top tier of new Iowa poll;

Dems to make their case in public hearings this week; Biden holds narrow lead in new NH poll; Klobuchar suggests women candidates held to "different standard"; Trump honors vets: "it's our duty to serve and protect them"

GOP tries to shape strategy ahead of public hearings; Trump says he'll release transcript of second Ukraine call; Trump warns GOP: Don't say call wasn't perfect, but not impeachable... "nothing was done wrong"; Haley claims John Kelly & Rex Tillerson tried to recruit her to "save the country" from Trump; Haley: Tillerson & Kelly's push to undermine Trump was "offensive"; Haley: Tillerson & Kelly should've quit instead of trying to undermine Trump; Official: Mulvaney working with WH counsel on lawsuit; Biden: Trump's attacks "helping me in every way"; Biden talks Trump, Warren on campaign trail; New testimony transcript of impeachment witness released; Klobuchar says women candidates with Buttigieg's experience would not reach debate stage; Warren on winning over male voters: "How about we give them a tough, smart woman to vote for"; Beekeeping program used as therapy for veterans with PTSD;

36 MIN1 d ago
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Dems to make their case in public hearings this week; Biden holds narrow lead in new NH poll; Klobuchar suggests women candidates held to "different standard"; Trump honors vets: "it's our duty to serve and protect them"

Special Edition: White House in Crisis;Witnesses: Quid pro quo connected Mulvaney; Michael Bloomberg expected to enter Dem race; Sessions announces Senate run: Trump "has my strong support";

Witness: "No Doubt" what Trump was demanding on Ukraine call;Trump says there should be no public impeachment hearings; Mulvaney ignores subpoena, skips deposition on Capitol Hill; Bolton's lawyer says he has "relevant" info on Ukraine probe not yet disclosed;Sources: Trump and Giuliani remain in touch; Wash Post: "Anonymous" author said Trump officials considered resigning "en masse"; White House blasts anonymous book as "a work of fiction", calls author "coward";Former NYC Mayor & billionaire expected to enter Dem 2020 race; Bannon: I viewed Stone as access point to Wikileaks;Witness: Top Trump Amb. implicated Mulvaney in withholding aid; Trump says he's not concerned about testimony so far; Bolton's lawyer says he has information on Ukraine meetings but he won't testify until court resolves subpoena question;Biden on Bloomberg: "He should jump in the race"; Trump on if he will endorse Sessions: "We'll have to see"; Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces Senate bid;Bon Jo...

73 MIN4 d ago
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Special Edition: White House in Crisis;Witnesses: Quid pro quo connected Mulvaney; Michael Bloomberg expected to enter Dem race; Sessions announces Senate run: Trump "has my strong support";

Kent testifies Trump wanted to pressure Ukraine to commit to probes of Biden; House could impeach President Trump by Christmas;Source: Trump wanted AG Barr to hold news conference to clear him on Ukraine;

Kent: Giuliani wanted to discredit U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; State Official Kent says Volker reached out to Giuliani because he "had influence" over Trump's thinking on Ukraine; Pence aide who was concerned about Trump-Ukraine call testifies; Source: Pence aide said Trump's July 25th call with Ukraine was political, not a normal diplomatic call; Trump denies AG Barr declined his request to hold news conference on Ukraine; Trump allies offer scattered defense of Trump's Ukraine call; NYT: Trump warned Jeff Sessions he'd attack him if Sessions ran for Senate in Alabama; VP Pence refuses to say if he'd campaign for Sessions in 2020; Macron: Trump doesn't share the same view of NATO alliance; Warren and Biden's escalating fight gets personal; Pence files for Trump-Pence 2020 ticket for NH Primary; Trump 2020 team organizing small gatherings in key states; Prosecution makes line chart showing Stone's close ties to Trump & Campaign associates; Steve Bannon & Rick Gates to testify agains...

36 MIN5 d ago
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Kent testifies Trump wanted to pressure Ukraine to commit to probes of Biden; House could impeach President Trump by Christmas;Source: Trump wanted AG Barr to hold news conference to clear him on Ukraine;

Top diplomat repeatedly describes quid pro quo in testimony; Transcript released of witness who described quid pro quo; Democrats see election victories as roadmap for 2020 win

Top diplomat says he was told Trump wanted investigations announced in exchange for aid; Schiff: first public impeachment hearings next week; Taylor: "it was my clear understanding" Ukraine wouldn't get aid without announcing Biden probe; Sen. Hirono backs resolution to protect whistleblower; First public hearings on impeachment set for next week; Giuliani mentioned 400+ times in transcripts as a key player in Ukraine dealings; Steve Bannon to testify against Roger Stone; Democrat claims victory over Trump-backed Republican in Kentucky governor's race; Defense Secy Esper says he advised Trump on service members facing war crimes allegations; Sources: Defense Secy to urge Trump not to intervene in war crime cases

37 MIN6 d ago
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Top diplomat repeatedly describes quid pro quo in testimony; Transcript released of witness who described quid pro quo; Democrats see election victories as roadmap for 2020 win

U.S. envoy revises testimony, admits to quid pro quo; Sondland: When I talked to Pompeo about Giuliani he rolled his eyes & said "It's something we have to deal with"; House requests WH chief of staff Mulvaney to testify Friday

Sondland amended testimony to say he told Ukrainian official aid likely conditioned on public announcement of investigation; Volker: Trump's call with Ukraine was "extremely unfortunate"; Sources: Senior Pence adviser likely to testify Thursday; Sen. Paul at Trump rally: Media should identify whistleblower; Sen. Paul defends calls for whistleblower identity to be disclosed; Longtime Trump confidant & adviser Roger Stone's trial begins; Roger Stone leaves court early due to "food poisoning"; Roger Stone trial begins in shadow of impeachment inquiry; Key Election Day races in KY, MS, VA; Close gov. races in red states could show Trump's power in 2020; Nine women and children shot, 'burned alive' in ambush, possibly mistaken for rival drug cartel; Heartbroken bride recalls life of relatives killed days before wedding

36 MIN1 w ago
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U.S. envoy revises testimony, admits to quid pro quo; Sondland: When I talked to Pompeo about Giuliani he rolled his eyes & said "It's something we have to deal with"; House requests WH chief of staff Mulvaney to testify Friday

Democrats release key witness testimony transcripts; Four WH officials refuse to appear for testimony; Muller docs: Manafort pushed conspiracy theory blaming Ukraine for 2016 election interference; New poll shows Trump in tight races with top de

Ex-ambassador to Ukraine said she felt threatened by Trump; Testimony: former ambassador to Ukraine was told to show support for Trump; Testimony: ex-ambassador said Ukrainians told her to watch her back; Trump: "the whistle blower should be revealed"; Lawyer: whistleblower willing to answer written GOP questions; Trump: written answers from whistleblower not acceptable; Dems gear up for public phase as WH defies subpoenas; WAPO: GOP senators consider acknowledging Trump's quid pro quo; Muller docs: trump repeatedly pushed for stolen Clinton emails during 2016 election; Swing state democrats in Wisconsin aren't talking impeachment; Wisconsin GOP thinks impeachment will help Trump; Democrats try to flip Wisconsin again after Trump's 2016 win; Warren faces escalating attacks from fellow 2020 democrats over new "Medicare for All" plan; Warren pushes back against criticism of her "Medicare for All" plan; Trump loses appeal to keep taxes secret, judge dismisses immunity claim;

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats release key witness testimony transcripts; Four WH officials refuse to appear for testimony; Muller docs: Manafort pushed conspiracy theory blaming Ukraine for 2016 election interference; New poll shows Trump in tight races with top de

Trump suggests reading Ukraine call transcript on TV; Pelosi: Public impeachment hearings will begin "soon"; Warren insists $20.5 Trillion health care plan won't raise taxes on middle class

White House: Trump "Is the war room" on impeachment; Poll: Americans split on impeachment & removal of Trump; Life-long New Yorker Trump making Florida primary residence; Biden camp: Warren's health care plan is "mathematical gymnastics"; Warren releases new $20.5 Trillion plan to fund "Medicare for all", hopes to silence Dem rivals; U.S. troops guardian Syrian oil could confront Russian forces; Russia fills gaps as U.S. steps back, widening power globally; Russia expanding military & economic influence across the globe

36 MIN1 w ago
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Trump suggests reading Ukraine call transcript on TV; Pelosi: Public impeachment hearings will begin "soon"; Warren insists $20.5 Trillion health care plan won't raise taxes on middle class

House votes to approve impeachment process resolution; Trump lashes out after vote moves inquiry into new phase; Top WH Russia adviser finishes closed-door testimony; Back-to-back hearing could force witnesses to testify in impeachment probe;

No Republicans vote for impeachment process resolution; Two Dems vote No on impeachment process resolution; Trump faces new reality after first full House vote on impeachment; White House strategy in question with no team in place to counter impeachment inquiry; Sources: Majority Leader McConnell advised Trump to stop attacking Senate Republicans; CNN obtains part of top WH Russia Adviser's opening statement; Judge to decide whether Bolton aide must testify; Trump Campaign previews 2020 strategy with new ad; Homes engulfed in flames as new fires spread in California;

37 MIN1 w ago
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House votes to approve impeachment process resolution; Trump lashes out after vote moves inquiry into new phase; Top WH Russia adviser finishes closed-door testimony; Back-to-back hearing could force witnesses to testify in impeachment probe;

Sources: Vindman believed Trump personally withheld aid as a way to force Ukraine to announce probe into Bidens; Bolton among 3 new major impeachment depositions; Gold Star families fight to repeal military "widow's tax"

Two State Dept. officials testifying today on Capitol Hill; House impeachment investigators want Bolton to testify; Source: key witness Bill Taylor willing to testify publicly; Vindman testifies about missing words, despite Trump saying it was an "exact word-for-word" transcript of Ukraine call; Testimony: Bolton abruptly ended meeting with Ukraine officials after Soundland brought up investigations; July 10th WH meeting with Ukraine is first report of possible quid pro quo; Hurricane force winds stoke CA fires, 26 million under red flag warnings

36 MIN1 w ago
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Sources: Vindman believed Trump personally withheld aid as a way to force Ukraine to announce probe into Bidens; Bolton among 3 new major impeachment depositions; Gold Star families fight to repeal military "widow's tax"

Latest Episodes

Witnesses who described quid pro quo testify publicly tomorrow; Roger Stone's defense rests without Stone testifying; Top Russian Official jokes about interfering in U.S. elections in 2020; Buttigieg, Biden, Warren in top tier of new Iowa poll;

House GOP lays out defense strategy ahead of public hearings; Televised impeachment hearings begin in less than 24 hours; Schiff warns GOP about outing whistleblower in hearings; NYT: Trump has considered firing intelligence Inspector General; Testimony at Roger Stone trial contradicts what Trump told Mueller about Wikileaks; Top Russian Official on 2020 elections: We'll resolve the problem, don't worry; Transcripts show Trump repeatedly tried not to anger Russia; Transcript: Mulvaney held up Ukraine missiles over concerns about Russia's reaction; Biden renews attacks on Warren and an "elitist" attitude; New Iowa poll: Buttigieg up 14 points since August; Supreme Court justices struggling with DACA after hearing arguments today; Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue gun maker;

37 MIN7 h ago
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Witnesses who described quid pro quo testify publicly tomorrow; Roger Stone's defense rests without Stone testifying; Top Russian Official jokes about interfering in U.S. elections in 2020; Buttigieg, Biden, Warren in top tier of new Iowa poll;

Dems to make their case in public hearings this week; Biden holds narrow lead in new NH poll; Klobuchar suggests women candidates held to "different standard"; Trump honors vets: "it's our duty to serve and protect them"

GOP tries to shape strategy ahead of public hearings; Trump says he'll release transcript of second Ukraine call; Trump warns GOP: Don't say call wasn't perfect, but not impeachable... "nothing was done wrong"; Haley claims John Kelly & Rex Tillerson tried to recruit her to "save the country" from Trump; Haley: Tillerson & Kelly's push to undermine Trump was "offensive"; Haley: Tillerson & Kelly should've quit instead of trying to undermine Trump; Official: Mulvaney working with WH counsel on lawsuit; Biden: Trump's attacks "helping me in every way"; Biden talks Trump, Warren on campaign trail; New testimony transcript of impeachment witness released; Klobuchar says women candidates with Buttigieg's experience would not reach debate stage; Warren on winning over male voters: "How about we give them a tough, smart woman to vote for"; Beekeeping program used as therapy for veterans with PTSD;

36 MIN1 d ago
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Dems to make their case in public hearings this week; Biden holds narrow lead in new NH poll; Klobuchar suggests women candidates held to "different standard"; Trump honors vets: "it's our duty to serve and protect them"

Special Edition: White House in Crisis;Witnesses: Quid pro quo connected Mulvaney; Michael Bloomberg expected to enter Dem race; Sessions announces Senate run: Trump "has my strong support";

Witness: "No Doubt" what Trump was demanding on Ukraine call;Trump says there should be no public impeachment hearings; Mulvaney ignores subpoena, skips deposition on Capitol Hill; Bolton's lawyer says he has "relevant" info on Ukraine probe not yet disclosed;Sources: Trump and Giuliani remain in touch; Wash Post: "Anonymous" author said Trump officials considered resigning "en masse"; White House blasts anonymous book as "a work of fiction", calls author "coward";Former NYC Mayor & billionaire expected to enter Dem 2020 race; Bannon: I viewed Stone as access point to Wikileaks;Witness: Top Trump Amb. implicated Mulvaney in withholding aid; Trump says he's not concerned about testimony so far; Bolton's lawyer says he has information on Ukraine meetings but he won't testify until court resolves subpoena question;Biden on Bloomberg: "He should jump in the race"; Trump on if he will endorse Sessions: "We'll have to see"; Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces Senate bid;Bon Jo...

73 MIN4 d ago
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Special Edition: White House in Crisis;Witnesses: Quid pro quo connected Mulvaney; Michael Bloomberg expected to enter Dem race; Sessions announces Senate run: Trump "has my strong support";

Kent testifies Trump wanted to pressure Ukraine to commit to probes of Biden; House could impeach President Trump by Christmas;Source: Trump wanted AG Barr to hold news conference to clear him on Ukraine;

Kent: Giuliani wanted to discredit U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; State Official Kent says Volker reached out to Giuliani because he "had influence" over Trump's thinking on Ukraine; Pence aide who was concerned about Trump-Ukraine call testifies; Source: Pence aide said Trump's July 25th call with Ukraine was political, not a normal diplomatic call; Trump denies AG Barr declined his request to hold news conference on Ukraine; Trump allies offer scattered defense of Trump's Ukraine call; NYT: Trump warned Jeff Sessions he'd attack him if Sessions ran for Senate in Alabama; VP Pence refuses to say if he'd campaign for Sessions in 2020; Macron: Trump doesn't share the same view of NATO alliance; Warren and Biden's escalating fight gets personal; Pence files for Trump-Pence 2020 ticket for NH Primary; Trump 2020 team organizing small gatherings in key states; Prosecution makes line chart showing Stone's close ties to Trump & Campaign associates; Steve Bannon & Rick Gates to testify agains...

36 MIN5 d ago
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Kent testifies Trump wanted to pressure Ukraine to commit to probes of Biden; House could impeach President Trump by Christmas;Source: Trump wanted AG Barr to hold news conference to clear him on Ukraine;

Top diplomat repeatedly describes quid pro quo in testimony; Transcript released of witness who described quid pro quo; Democrats see election victories as roadmap for 2020 win

Top diplomat says he was told Trump wanted investigations announced in exchange for aid; Schiff: first public impeachment hearings next week; Taylor: "it was my clear understanding" Ukraine wouldn't get aid without announcing Biden probe; Sen. Hirono backs resolution to protect whistleblower; First public hearings on impeachment set for next week; Giuliani mentioned 400+ times in transcripts as a key player in Ukraine dealings; Steve Bannon to testify against Roger Stone; Democrat claims victory over Trump-backed Republican in Kentucky governor's race; Defense Secy Esper says he advised Trump on service members facing war crimes allegations; Sources: Defense Secy to urge Trump not to intervene in war crime cases

37 MIN6 d ago
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Top diplomat repeatedly describes quid pro quo in testimony; Transcript released of witness who described quid pro quo; Democrats see election victories as roadmap for 2020 win

U.S. envoy revises testimony, admits to quid pro quo; Sondland: When I talked to Pompeo about Giuliani he rolled his eyes & said "It's something we have to deal with"; House requests WH chief of staff Mulvaney to testify Friday

Sondland amended testimony to say he told Ukrainian official aid likely conditioned on public announcement of investigation; Volker: Trump's call with Ukraine was "extremely unfortunate"; Sources: Senior Pence adviser likely to testify Thursday; Sen. Paul at Trump rally: Media should identify whistleblower; Sen. Paul defends calls for whistleblower identity to be disclosed; Longtime Trump confidant & adviser Roger Stone's trial begins; Roger Stone leaves court early due to "food poisoning"; Roger Stone trial begins in shadow of impeachment inquiry; Key Election Day races in KY, MS, VA; Close gov. races in red states could show Trump's power in 2020; Nine women and children shot, 'burned alive' in ambush, possibly mistaken for rival drug cartel; Heartbroken bride recalls life of relatives killed days before wedding

36 MIN1 w ago
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U.S. envoy revises testimony, admits to quid pro quo; Sondland: When I talked to Pompeo about Giuliani he rolled his eyes & said "It's something we have to deal with"; House requests WH chief of staff Mulvaney to testify Friday

Democrats release key witness testimony transcripts; Four WH officials refuse to appear for testimony; Muller docs: Manafort pushed conspiracy theory blaming Ukraine for 2016 election interference; New poll shows Trump in tight races with top de

Ex-ambassador to Ukraine said she felt threatened by Trump; Testimony: former ambassador to Ukraine was told to show support for Trump; Testimony: ex-ambassador said Ukrainians told her to watch her back; Trump: "the whistle blower should be revealed"; Lawyer: whistleblower willing to answer written GOP questions; Trump: written answers from whistleblower not acceptable; Dems gear up for public phase as WH defies subpoenas; WAPO: GOP senators consider acknowledging Trump's quid pro quo; Muller docs: trump repeatedly pushed for stolen Clinton emails during 2016 election; Swing state democrats in Wisconsin aren't talking impeachment; Wisconsin GOP thinks impeachment will help Trump; Democrats try to flip Wisconsin again after Trump's 2016 win; Warren faces escalating attacks from fellow 2020 democrats over new "Medicare for All" plan; Warren pushes back against criticism of her "Medicare for All" plan; Trump loses appeal to keep taxes secret, judge dismisses immunity claim;

37 MIN1 w ago
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Democrats release key witness testimony transcripts; Four WH officials refuse to appear for testimony; Muller docs: Manafort pushed conspiracy theory blaming Ukraine for 2016 election interference; New poll shows Trump in tight races with top de

Trump suggests reading Ukraine call transcript on TV; Pelosi: Public impeachment hearings will begin "soon"; Warren insists $20.5 Trillion health care plan won't raise taxes on middle class

White House: Trump "Is the war room" on impeachment; Poll: Americans split on impeachment & removal of Trump; Life-long New Yorker Trump making Florida primary residence; Biden camp: Warren's health care plan is "mathematical gymnastics"; Warren releases new $20.5 Trillion plan to fund "Medicare for all", hopes to silence Dem rivals; U.S. troops guardian Syrian oil could confront Russian forces; Russia fills gaps as U.S. steps back, widening power globally; Russia expanding military & economic influence across the globe

36 MIN1 w ago
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Trump suggests reading Ukraine call transcript on TV; Pelosi: Public impeachment hearings will begin "soon"; Warren insists $20.5 Trillion health care plan won't raise taxes on middle class

House votes to approve impeachment process resolution; Trump lashes out after vote moves inquiry into new phase; Top WH Russia adviser finishes closed-door testimony; Back-to-back hearing could force witnesses to testify in impeachment probe;

No Republicans vote for impeachment process resolution; Two Dems vote No on impeachment process resolution; Trump faces new reality after first full House vote on impeachment; White House strategy in question with no team in place to counter impeachment inquiry; Sources: Majority Leader McConnell advised Trump to stop attacking Senate Republicans; CNN obtains part of top WH Russia Adviser's opening statement; Judge to decide whether Bolton aide must testify; Trump Campaign previews 2020 strategy with new ad; Homes engulfed in flames as new fires spread in California;

37 MIN1 w ago
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House votes to approve impeachment process resolution; Trump lashes out after vote moves inquiry into new phase; Top WH Russia adviser finishes closed-door testimony; Back-to-back hearing could force witnesses to testify in impeachment probe;

Sources: Vindman believed Trump personally withheld aid as a way to force Ukraine to announce probe into Bidens; Bolton among 3 new major impeachment depositions; Gold Star families fight to repeal military "widow's tax"

Two State Dept. officials testifying today on Capitol Hill; House impeachment investigators want Bolton to testify; Source: key witness Bill Taylor willing to testify publicly; Vindman testifies about missing words, despite Trump saying it was an "exact word-for-word" transcript of Ukraine call; Testimony: Bolton abruptly ended meeting with Ukraine officials after Soundland brought up investigations; July 10th WH meeting with Ukraine is first report of possible quid pro quo; Hurricane force winds stoke CA fires, 26 million under red flag warnings

36 MIN1 w ago
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Sources: Vindman believed Trump personally withheld aid as a way to force Ukraine to announce probe into Bidens; Bolton among 3 new major impeachment depositions; Gold Star families fight to repeal military "widow's tax"
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