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White House ordered Pentagon to withhold Ukraine aid two hours after Trump got off the phone with Zelensky: report

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Newly-released and heavily-redacted memos from Office of Management and Budget national security official Mike Duffey reveal that the White House ordered the Pentagon to shut off military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Donald Trump got off the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25.

The memos, made public by the Center for Public Integrity, were released by the Trump administration late Friday night, as part of a court order in the wake of impeachment advancing to a Senate trial.

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According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin, “This email makes clear that the White House intentionally violated the law by not notifying Congress about the Ukraine aid hold” because it “states that only those who ‘execute’ the spending — i.e. the Pentagon — are to be made aware of the hold. Not Congress.”

In Trump’s call with Zelensky, according to materials released by the White House, he pressured the foreign president to help him uncover dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s family — which led to an article of impeachment for abuse of power.


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Trump’s much-hyped Walmart and CVS coronavirus testing centers have been a massive flop

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During a press conference last month, President Donald Trump brought several corporate bigwigs with him to announce that major retailers Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target would all be making their parking lots available to set up drive-through COVID-19 testing centers.

"The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car," the president said.

It's been nearly three weeks since that announcement, however, and CNN reports that companies have only set up five of these testing centers in the United States so far -- and that none of them are available to the general public.

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Trump ripped by former Ted Cruz aide for his ‘firehose of falsehoods’ as we ‘tally the sick and the dead’

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In a column for the conservative Bulwark, a former speechwriter and aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed her disgust with Donald Trump for his continuing lying about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic while at the same time bragging about the TV ratings for his daily press conferences.

According to Amanda Carpenter, who also doubles as a conservative commentator on CNN, she has had it with his "firehose of falsehoods' " and "avalanche of lies" while the country is reeling from a health crisis that has trapped almost 80 percent of the populace in their homes.

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‘Fox News is eating her brain’: Columnist describes drastic measures to get her mom to take COVID-19 seriously

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New York Times columnist Kara Swisher had an incredibly hard time getting her mother to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously -- and she says that Fox News is primarily to blame.

In her latest column, Swisher writes that her mother for the past few weeks largely kept going about her daily life as though there weren't a deadly pandemic raging across the country. Swisher became so concerned for her mother's safety that she frantically called and texted her to the point where her mother told her to knock it off.

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