The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine revealed new information about the events at the center of the House impeachment inquiry as the first open hearings before the House Intelligence Committee got underway Wednesday. read more
A powerful moment in today's hearing came when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff questioned Marie Yovanovitch on the effect of President Trump's tweets and messages. "It's very intimidating," Yovanovitch replied. The line of questioning could be building up Democrats' case for a possible article of impeachment: obstruction of justice. While Trump's alleged abuse of power is still the main line of investigation for Democrats, the questioning that has emerged also underscores that Trump's actions since then could also be in play.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is reporting several injuries. The shooting has been reported at high school in Southern California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday morning. "Shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita," the department said on Twitter. "Please avoid the area." Students are being evacuated from the school, aerial footage from CNN affiliates shows. read more
There were some big surprises during the U.S. diplomats' more than five hours before the House Intelligence Committee. read more
Wilfred Codrington III: Commentators today tend to downplay the extent to which race and slavery contributed to the Framers' creation of the Electoral College, in effect whitewashing history: Of the considerations that factored into the Framers' calculus, race and slavery were perhaps the foremost. read more
Former President Barack Obama, in an address to liberal donors, warned candidates not to go too far left and sought to calm those who were concerned about the state of the Democratic primary. read more
President Donald Trump's financial documents won't be released Wednesday, after the Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court opinion that allowed a House subpoena to go forward. The court did not set a timeline when it will rule or release the documents, but has asked for the House to respond on Thursday to Trump's request to block the subpoena. Earlier Monday, the House said that it would endorse a 10-day delay to give the justices more time to consider legal arguments.
The federal deficit reached $134 billion in October, the first month of fiscal 2020, according to data the Treasury Department released Wednesday. read more
Drug therapy alone may save lives as effectively as bypass or stenting procedures, a large federal study showed. read more
Americans owe a cumulative $131 billion in unpaid taxes, enough to completely fund the Department of Education for two years. The bulk of that money is owed by the wealthiest people in the country, yet the IRS isn't attempting to collect it from them. Instead, as IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig confirmed in a letter to Congress recently, the agency literally can't afford to audit the rich, so it's pursuing the poor instead. read more