As US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland gave his testimony in the House impeachment hearings this Wednesday, Fox News contributor Ken Starr acknowledged that Sondland’s testimony all but guarantees that articles of impeachment will be drawn up against President Trump. He also posited that Trump “gave himself enough cover” regarding Sondland’s September 9 conversation with Trump where he said the President allegedly said, “I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo.”
“Well, I think that Ken Starr and [Fox News contributor] Andy McCarthy are very good lawyers,” Wallace said. “And like any good lawyers they can parse this, phrase this any way they want, but as a reporter it seems to me that we have to go to what the headline is today, and the headline is that Gordon Sondland, one of the three amigos, perhaps the one who had the most direct contact with Donald Trump, says in his opening statement, ‘Was there a quid pro quo with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting? The answer is yes.'”
“After further recounting Sondland’s testimony, Wallace declared that “there seems to be no doubt whatsoever among the people who are closest, and I thought Sondland made a very powerful argument — it wasn’t just the three amigos, it was Secretary of State Pompeo, it was Vice President Pence … Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, that they were all on the same page and they all understood that the President wanted this announcement of these investigations before he was going to agree, at the very least to a meeting, and there’s also the question of the military aid. He couldn’t have been more clear about that,” Wallace continued.
After Fox News contributors Andy McCarthy and Ken Starr try to put a positive GOP spin on Sondland's testimony, Chris Wallace blows it all up:
They "are very good lawyers and "can parse this" any way they want but we already got our headline from this – there was a quid pro quo. pic.twitter.com/ys3iTuJsHf
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 20, 2019
NPR is still expanding the range of what authority sounds like after 50 years
From its start half a century ago, National Public Radio heralded a new approach to the sound of radio in the United States.
NPR “would speak with many voices and many dialects,” according to “Purposes,” its founding document.
Written in 1970, this blueprint rang with emotional immediacy. NPR would go on the air for the first time a year later, on April 20, 1971.
NPR is sometimes mocked, perhaps most memorably in a 1998 “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring actor Alec Baldwin, for its staid sound production and its hosts’ carefully modulated vocal quality. But the nonprofit network’s commitment to including “many voices” hatched a small sonic revolution on the airwaves.
Trump’s digestive system the butt of jokes after he argues it takes 10 to 15 times to flush the toilet
President Donald Trump made a brazen claim about how many times it takes to flush a toilet that had people wondering about the commander-in-chief's experiences when sitting on his thrown.
"People are flushing toilets ten times, fifteen times -- as opposed to once," Trump claimed while arguing against water conservation efficiency standards.
Here's Trump saying that he's heard from many people complaining about "flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times." pic.twitter.com/75HXYcH4xq
Edward Snowden: If I came back to the US, I would likely die in prison for telling the truth
At Wednesday’s The Right Livelihood Awards, Amy Goodman interviewed Snowden in front of the award ceremony’s live audience via video link from Moscow.
The Right Livelihood Awards celebrated their 40th anniversary Wednesday at the historic Cirkus Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, where more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate this year’s four laureates: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Chinese women’s rights lawyer Guo Jianmei, Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa and the organization he co-founded, the Yanomami Hutukara Association; and Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar, who has challenged the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara for decades. The Right Livelihood Award is known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”