Tag: Foreign Aid

To Make Sense of Lebanon’s Protests, Follow the Garbage

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Lebanon, its people like to boast, you can take in pristine mountain villages and swim in the shimmering sea all in one day. But the country’s blond-sand beaches are now scarred with plastic bottles and its mountain streams befouled by open dumps. The Mediterranean gurgles with toxic runoff from rotting garbage. […]

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White House Lifts Mysterious Hold on Military Aid to Lebanon

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that it had lifted a hold last week on $105 million of military aid to Lebanon that budget officials had imposed without explanation. In recent weeks, lawmakers and reporters had asked administration officials about the mysterious monthslong hold, which echoed the freeze of military aid to […]

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Three Women Accuse Gordon Sondland of Sexual Misconduct, Report Says

Three women have accused Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, of making unwanted sexual advances toward them years before his recent turn as a star witness at the impeachment proceedings against President Trump, according to a news report. The women shared their accounts with ProPublica and Portland Monthly, which published […]

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Mulvaney Asked About Legal Justification for Withholding Ukraine Aid

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, asked officials in the budget office after President Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president whether there was a legal justification for withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, according to two people briefed on an internal White House review. The […]

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Venezuela’s Kids Are Dying. Are We Responsible?

CARACAS, Venezuela — This country is a kleptocracy ruled incompetently by thugs who are turning a prosperous oil-exporting nation into a failed state sliding toward starvation. So a young mom named Daniela Serrano weeps for her baby girl, Daisha — and I can’t help wondering if American economic sanctions also bear some responsibility. Serrano, 21, […]

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Republicans Seek to Muddy Impeachment Evidence as Their Defense of Trump

WASHINGTON — Republicans mounted an array of defenses of President Trump at this week’s impeachment hearings — making arguments that at times seemed to conflict with one another logically, but that dovetailed in a key way: All served to undermine Democrats’ allegations that Mr. Trump abused his power. In angry statements from the hearing dais, […]

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Donald Trump’s Gordon Problem

Over the first three days of testimony in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, Republicans have tried out a number of defenses. After the Wednesday testimony of Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, almost all of them have been incinerated. Throughout the proceedings, Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, […]

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House Republicans Want Ukraine Information From a Republican Senator

WASHINGTON — House Republicans requested on Monday that a Republican senator who has repeatedly found himself drawn into the impeachment inquiry tell them what he knows about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The top Republicans on the Oversight and Intelligence Committees wrote to Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, that they were “reluctantly” requesting “any […]

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Did Trump Commit ‘Bribery’? Pelosi’s Impeachment Accusation, Explained

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week explicitly accused President Trump of “bribery,” suggesting after hearings in the impeachment investigation opened that he is guilty of one of the few specific offenses listed in the Constitution as a basis for impeaching and removing a president. “The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in […]

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Compelling Testimony, but No Minds Changed So Far

WASHINGTON — After hours of testimony in the first impeachment hearing in decades, William B. Taylor Jr. on Wednesday afternoon finally got down to the heart of the issue dividing Congress over President Trump’s conduct. “Holding up of security assistance that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good […]

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Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday and heard a senior American diplomat reveal startling new testimony that drew President Trump closer to the center of the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. In a nationally televised hearing in the House Ways and […]

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Defense Dept. Official Testified Trump Questioned Ukraine Aid in June

WASHINGTON — The White House began asking administration officials detailed questions about military assistance to Ukraine after a meeting with President Trump in mid-June, nearly a month before the aid was abruptly frozen, a top Pentagon official told impeachment investigators last month. Laura K. Cooper, a top Defense Department official in charge of Russia and […]

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The Disorienting Defenses of Donald Trump

The case for weighing the impeachment of President Trump boils down to a few simple points: In an effort to win re-election in 2020, Mr. Trump apparently attempted to extort a foreign government into announcing an investigation of his top political rival. The president did so while also trying to revive a conspiracy theory that […]

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Republicans Argue Impeachment Case Falls Short of Proving Trump Misconduct

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Saturday offered the latest glimpse of their strategy to fight against impeachment by demanding testimony from figures at the center of President Trump’s favorite unsubstantiated theories: the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a researcher loosely connected to an anti-Trump dossier, a Democratic official and a board […]

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The Saga of Gordon Sondland

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, told impeachment investigators he knew “nothing” about a quid pro quo in Ukraine. Now Mr. Sondland, a blunt-spoken hotelier, has changed tack. In a new […]

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Top State Dept. Official Complained of Trump’s Politicization of Ukraine Policy

WASHINGTON — The senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine told impeachment investigators last month that he was alarmed at President Trump’s insistence that Ukraine “initiate politically motivated prosecutions,” casting the effort as the kind of tactic the United States typically condemns in the world’s most corrupt countries. George P. Kent, the deputy assistant […]

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Mulvaney Summoned to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Impeachment investigators on Tuesday asked President Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to appear for a deposition this week as part of its inquiry into the president’s dealings with Ukraine. Mr. Mulvaney is unlikely to agree with the request that he appear on Friday for a deposition, following a pattern of current […]

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John Bolton Is Summoned to Testify in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON — House impeachment investigators on Wednesday summoned John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and two top White House lawyers to testify next week in their inquiry into Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, closing in on critical witnesses as they prepare to go public with their investigation. Mr. Bolton, a fiery […]

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Former G.O.P. Lawmaker Pressed for Ambassador’s Ouster, Diplomat Will Say

WASHINGTON — Robert Livingston, the former Republican congressman turned lobbyist, repeatedly told a foreign service officer assigned to the White House that the American ambassador to Ukraine should be fired because of her association with Democrats, the officer plans to tell impeachment investigators on Wednesday. The officer, Catherine M. Croft, will testify that she “documented” […]

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The ‘Most Damning’ Impeachment Testimony Yet

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry are calling testimony from the acting envoy to Ukraine the “most damning” yet, implicating President Trump himself in a quid pro quo over military aid to the country. William B. […]

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Paul Polak, Entrepreneur for Those Living on $2 a Day, Dies at 86

Dr. Paul Polak, a former psychiatrist who became an entrepreneur and an inventor with a focus on helping the world’s poorest people create profitable small businesses, died on Oct. 10 in Denver. He was 86. His daughter Kathryn Polak said the cause was heart failure. Dr. Polak lived in Golden, Colo. In an era when […]

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