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Who is Alexander Vindman?

President Donald Trump has dismissed the testimony of a decorated Army officer in the impeachment inquiry. In an Oct. 30 tweet, Trump described the officer as a “Never Trumper,” repeating the label he had used the day before. See Figure 1 on The witness is Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. Vindman listened to the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.  Commentators, primarily on Fox News, have questioned Vindman’s motives. One Fox News guest said the word “espionage” might apply. Donald Trump, Jr.

Did George Washington run businesses as president?

President Donald Trump said a precedent exists for an active businessman like himself serving as president – his legendary first predecessor, George Washington. Trump’s remark came in response to a reporter’s question about the G-7 meeting, which Trump had recently backed off hosting at his Trump National Doral property amid concerns that he could financially benefit from it.  The G-7 dispute was the latest in a line of controversies about whether Trump properties stand to benefit either from federal government largesse or from foreign payments. During a lengthy media availability on Oct.

No evidence photo of Trump watching Baghdadi raid was staged

A photo of President Donald Trump and national security officials watching the raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi caused an immediate stir online. The image, which shows Trump flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in the Situation Room of the White House, was billed as being taken during the raid. Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, died after American forces stormed his compound in northwestern Syria on Oct. 26.

The Earth has rapidly warmed over the past century. Can politics slow it?

Democratic candidates for president agree that global warming is one of the biggest challenges facing the United States.  Five of eight Democratic presidential candidates who are members of Congress have co-signed the Green New Deal, a House resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Other candidates support taxing carbon emissions, which are among the biggest contributors to global warming, but not the resolution itself.

Elizabeth Warren's plans: $7 trillion in new spending over 10 years, before Medicare for All

Elizabeth Warren took a pounding from fellow Democrats in a recent primary debate for not having a plan to pay for her single biggest proposal, the sweeping health care overhaul known as “Medicare for All.” Warren said at a campaign stop in Indianola, Iowa, that she would release a plan in a few weeks. “This is something I've been working on for months and months, and it's got just a little more work until it's finished,” Warren said Oct. 20. “But there's the promise I make to you, and make every chance I get.

Fact-checking Trump on ‘phony’ emoluments, Adam Schiff and Miami airport

Flanked by cabinet members and top aides, President Donald Trump spent more than an hour speaking to reporters in the White House on Oct. 21. He addressed many topics, from impeachment to Syria to his decision to scrap the G-7 summit he’d proposed to host at the Trump Doral property in Florida. We looked at nine comments by Trump that needed a fact-check. Wrongly says Obama did a poor job in fighting ISIS “As far as ISIS is concerned, when I took over, in November 2016, ISIS was all over the place.

Is vaping safer than smoking?

E-cigarette manufacturers originally marketed vaping devices as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking. Now government regulators are cracking down on the multibillion dollar industry amid a spike in vaping-related injuries and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified nearly 1,300 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarettes, including 26 deaths in 21 states, and the agency recommends people consider refraining from e-cigarettes.  Federal regulators are clamping down.

No, Mark Zuckerberg did not endorse Donald Trump, as Elizabeth Warren said in stunt ad

Did Mark Zuckerberg endorse Donald Trump for president? No.  Zuckerberg has not endorsed Trump; the ads set the record straight two sentences below the attention-grabbing claim. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she took out ads with this made-up assertion to prove her point that Facebook accepts political ads with false claims in them.  “The Trump campaign is currently spending $1 million a week on ads including ones containing known lies — ads that TV stations refuse to air because they’re false.