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Twitter rips Carly Fiorina for pandering to Iowa voters by rooting against her alma mater

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The Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina courted controversy on Friday, with a tweet which expressed support for the Iowa Hawkeyes against the Stanford Cardinal in that day’s Rose Bowl.

“Love my alma mater,” said the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, who graduated from Stanford in 1976, “but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today. #RoseBowl.

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Amidst a vituperative reaction on social media — sample reactions included “Hahaha WTF, you always cheer for your alma mater” and “This is the kind of thinking that contributed to your disastrous reign at HP” — many respondents pointed to Fiorina’s lowly position in polls of the Republican field in Iowa, a key battleground state.

The realclearpolitics.com polling average for the state, which opens the presidential primary season with its caucus on Feb. 1, puts Fiorina joint seventh in the 13-strong field, at 2.3 percent – 28 percent behind the leader, Ted Cruz.

In the same website’s national average, Fiorina sits eighth, at 2.2 percent.

Though some political experts had wondered whether such a tweet might be coming, Republican party figures seemed taken by surprise.

The strategist Brian Walsh tweeted: “Urgh. Who thought this tweet was a good idea?”

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“I just groaned so hard I may have pulled a muscle,” tweeted former Michigan congressman John Dingell.

The Rose Bowl, a traditional showpiece game at the end of the college football season, was due to kick-off in Pasadena, California, at 5pm EST. Republican presidential politics also intruded into the traditional pre-game parade, at which an unidentified skywriter emblazoned the empyrean with the words: “America is great! Trump is disgusting.”

Fiorina studied medieval history and philosophy at Stanford, and then took a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Maryland. The Terrapins finished a disappointing 3-9 and last in the Big Ten East this year, sparing Fiorina the temptation of publicly siding against them in any bowl game.

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Sondland says Ukrainians knew there was a quid pro quo for military aid — because he told them

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E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's opening statement contains a blizzard of damning allegations about President Donald Trump and his immediate officials' conduct surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine.

In particular, Sondland's statement directly contradicts a major talking point used by Republicans to defend the president: That there couldn't have been a quid pro quo to force the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, because the Ukrainians did not know the delay in military aid was linked to opening investigations.

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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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Sondland directly implicates Trump and Giuliani in ‘quid pro quo’ in bombshell opening statement

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland is directly implicating both President Donald Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani in running a "quid pro quo" scheme to condition a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Daily Beast has obtained excerpts of Sondland's opening statement that show the EU ambassador will make clear in his testimony on Wednesday that Giuliani wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- and that he was pushing for it with Trump's encouragement.

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