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If Democrats think they advanced their case for impeachment with the first day of hearings into the Ukraine matter, they are deluding themselves. The proceedings were confusing, not clarifying. Speaking as someone who has followed this matter in granular detail, I found it extremely difficult to tease out the set of undeniable facts that would... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A fools game played down.
Hallmark Channel Christmas movies have become a cultural institution, generating both good cheer and big ratings for the network. Now, the franchise is expanding to encompass Hanukkah. The first two Hallmark movies built around Hanukkah-themed plots, “Holiday Date” and “Double Holiday,” will premiere next month to coincide with the Jewish holiday, which starts Dec. 22... New York Post
President Trump lashed out at the House impeachment inquiry Wednesday, again dismissing it as a “witch hunt” and “joke” and insisting he didn’t watch any of the nearly six-hour proceedings. “You’re talking about the witch hunt, is that what you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? I hear it’s a joke,” Trump answered a... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A big joke.


In one of TV news’s most coveted bookings, a prominent Trump critic appeared on MSNBC to comment on the House impeachment hearings. New York Times
VOA VIEW: A bigger fool there isn't - maybe.
A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump's accounting firm for his financial records. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The Supreme Court will be the final stop.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that on Thursday he would deliver on his promise to release the transcript of an April call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Rueters
U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to jack up U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods if the world's two largest economies fail to reach a trade deal could raise the price of cellphones, laptops, and toys less than two weeks before Christmas. Rueters
VOA VIEW: China better do the right thing.
Jurors hear closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of Roger Stone, a longtime GOP operative and Trump ally accused of lying to Congress.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Liberal foolishness.
Fed chief Powell tells Congress federal debt is on 'unsustainable path,' limiting ability to support economy in a downturn       USA Today


Nunes told Kent he "didn't seem too concerned about" a former DNC staffer working with Ukrainian Embassy officials to dig up dirt on Trump's campaign.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Kent is a questionable character.
Wednesday’s start of public impeachment hearings in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the core of the Democrats’ investigation. In several hours of testimony, punctuated by occasional bickering among lawmakers, some memorable moments ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump won.
Drug testing will become a mandatory part of a Ohio Catholic school. ABC
President Trump has been trying to downplay his relationship with E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland since last week CBS
VOA VIEW: The Dems wasted much time on nothing.

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Wolf will now be in charge of bureaucratic juggernaut at the center of the Trump administration's hardline immigration agenda CBS
VOA VIEW: Good move.
President Trump's first chief of staff spoke to "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell and chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on Day 1 of the public impeachment hearings CBS
Nike's direct sales to consumers are growing, and some analysts say its split with Amazon could curb counterfeiting CBS
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, very few will want to buy Nike shoes.


CrowdStrike shares had their biggest rally since July after Rep. Adam Schiff mentioned the company's name at the beginning of the Trump impeachment hearing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Schiff sound and looked like a fool.
"It is time for a wealth tax," Elizabeth Warren says in a fiery new campaign ad blasting billionaires. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.
The top US diplomat in Ukraine told Congress Wednesday of a previously unknown conversation President Donald Trump had the day after his phone call with the Ukrainian President, in which Trump asked the US ambassador to the European Union about Ukraine opening investigations that would help him politically. CNN
VOA VIEW: Normal CNN anti Trump stupidity.
Bill Taylor and George Kent testify in first day of public impeachment inquiry – follow for live updatesTrump impeachment hearings: five things to watch forIn this defining moment for America, support The Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 11.53pm GMT Some non-impeachment news courtesy of The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani Guardian
VOA VIEW: Trump is believable.
Former US secretary of state concerned that female MPs cited online threatsOnline threats which intimidate people into standing down as MPs are “the path to authoritarianism [and] fascism”, Hillary Clinton has said.Speaking to an audience in London, Clinton said she took “very seriously” the fact that significant numbers of female MPs had opted not to run again for parliament in the coming election, in many cases citing online intimidation and threats against their safety. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Very few care what Hillary thinks.

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The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, linked the president more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal spin.
Anti-government protesters dug in at several university campuses across Hong Kong on Wednesday, setting the stage for further confrontations as police said violence in the Chinese-ruled city had reached a "very dangerous and even deadly level". Reuters
Kurdish protesters and groups standing in solidarity with them protested near the White House during Turkish President Erdogan's visit. UPI

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent during oral arguments before the high court bench on Wednesday due to illness, Chief Justice John Roberts said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Ginsburg should retire.
Google is joining the ranks of tech companies moving into financial services with plans to offer checking accounts to customers as soon as next year, the company said Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Google is too big.
The House plans to vote next week on a resolution to keep the federal government funded for the next six weeks, House Democratic leader Rep. Steny Hoyer said Wednesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems one sided vote will go nowhere.
North Korea warned the United States Wednesday against engaging in joint exercises with South Korea, as a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said a deadline looms for U.S.-North Korea talks. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK would be wise not to make threats.

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     Schiff should not be reelected and Dems should lose control of Congress.On Wednesday, the curtain rises on the House’s impeachment show, featuring State Department career diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent as the first witnesses. Mainstream media claim Taylor and Kent have “damning evidence” that President Trump delayed military aid to the Kiev government in a quid pro quo to pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on the Bidens. The facts show there was no quid pro quo and they did not ever hear personally from Trump. Kent and Taylor have no evidence against Trump — only a false rumor spread during a farcical game of telephone on Sept. 7. Taylor heard the claim third-hand, and then called Kent, who got it fourth-hand.

     Making these diplomats lead witnesses in the impeachment show is a ruse. They never spoke with Trump about the aid and admit they had no direct knowledge of why it was ­delayed. They weren’t even on the controversial July 25 phone call that has become the pretext for ­impeachment.

     On that call, Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate meddling in the 2016 US election and Joe Biden’s son’s Ukrainian dealings. Trump didn’t say military aid was contingent on it. But Democrats insist a quid pro quo was implicit. And an impeachable offense.

     Now it’s showtime, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has to ­parade witnesses in front of the cameras to give the appearance that the Democrats have the goods on the president. What Taylor and Kent heard would never be considered in a court of law. The fact that Schiff’s leading with them indicates he has no real evidence.