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Trump team ‘never gave a damn about meeting with Ukraine’s anti-corruption community’: Former NSC Russia director

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Michael Carpenter, the former National Security Council Russia Director under President Barack Obama’s administration, said that President Donald Trump and his foreign policy advisers had no interest in working on corruption in Ukraine.

He began by quoting a key piece in the transcript of the deposition of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

“It kept getting more insidious as [the] timeline went on, and back in July, it was all about just corruption,” said Sondland.

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But Carpenter said that the last thing the White House cared about was corruption as they were already working with some of the most corrupt people in Ukraine

“Let’s be clear: it was never about corruption. In fact, Giuliani and Sondland were engaging with some of THE most corrupt actors in Ukraine,” tweeted Carpenter. “They never gave a damn about meeting with Ukraine’s anti-corruption community (Volker knew who they were). Had they consulted even one of them, they would have known they were dealing with cons and criminals.

He went on to explain that Sondland’s attempt to plead ignorance doesn’t hold water, because he knew what was supposed to do for Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

Carpenter now works at the University of Pennsylvania in the Biden Center. You can see his tweets below:

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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