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Newly released emails show White House prepared to freeze Ukraine aid hours before Trump’s phone call

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White House budget officials were preparing to freeze aid to Ukraine the night before President Donald Trump’s infamous July 25 phone call to the country’s new president, according to newly released emails.

The Office of Management and Budget handed over nearly 200 pages of records related to the president’s actions toward Ukraine to the transparency group American Oversight, and one of the heavily redacted emails from July 24 shows OMB officials shared a “Ukraine Prep Memo” with Michael Duffey, reported CNN.

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Duffey, a political appointee and the office’s associate director of national security, played a direct role in carrying out Trump’s funding freeze.

“We will be standing by to answer any questions that you have and are happy to schedule time to discuss if you like,” wrote OMB official Paul Denaro to Duffey.

The emails were released as Senate Republicans were voting in the impeachment trial to block Democratic motions for subpoenas for additional documents related to the Ukraine scheme.


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Katie Porter demands resignation of Trump small business chief for enabling ‘abuse’ of Covid-19 relief funds

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California Congresswoman Katie Porter is demanding the resignation of the Trump administration's small business chief for enabling "abuse" and "waste" of coronavirus relief funds and refusing to comply with basic government oversight efforts.

Porter's call came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report last week that it "encountered the most difficulty trying to obtain information from the Small Business Administration (SBA)" during the process of examining the Trump administration's handling of the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Woman behind anti-mask event has also shared image against washing hands amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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A woman has inspired an "unmasked shopping event" in Washington state after she was confronted in a grocery store for not wearing a mask. The irate shopper also doesn't appear to be a fan of vaccinations or handwashing.

"You're harassing me," Aubree Stone says in the video, as an employee of the grocery store asks her and her family to leave for refusing to wear a face covering.

"Get away from me and my child," Stone adds. "I cannot believe that you have the gall and the nerve to try and make somebody do something outside of their own will."

"It is a private business, would you like to see the law?" the employee, who identified herself as a manager, responds in the video.

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