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‘Castor lies’: GOP counsel busted for peddling Ukraine falsehood in impeachment testimony

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Republican counsel Stephen Castor lied during his impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The GOP attorney testified that Ukrainian officials “did not learn (military aid) was paused until the pause was reported publicly in the U.S. media on Aug. 28,” but Just Security editor-in-chief Ryan Goodman said that claim was false.

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In fact, according to testimony from deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura Cooper, officials at the Ukrainian embassy were asking questions about U.S. aid as early as July 25 — the same day Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

The New York Times has reported that word of the freeze had gotten to high-level Ukrainian officials by the first week in August, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified that Ukraine raised concerns about the aid with the National Security Council in mid-August.

Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas also told representatives of the new Ukrainian government in May that the U.S. would freeze aid unless a Biden investigation was announced.

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Trump supporter Steve Cortes loses it after Rick Wilson brings up war crimes prosecutions

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The spokesperson for the "official" pro-Trump SuperPAC was admonished twice by an MSNBC anchor on Saturday night during a segment on impeachment that quickly went off the rails.

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid was anchoring a Saturday night special titled, "the impeachment trial of Donald Trump."

Her panel included Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and Steve Cortes, the spokesperson for America First PAC.

Wilson explained why Republican senators refuse to stand up to Trump.

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China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54

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The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

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California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements

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The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.

On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."

“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

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