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Terrorism in the United States: key facts, patterns and trends

Terrorist attacks in the United States have not been confined to one part of the country or motivated by just one ideology. Beyond the casualties, terrorist attacks also yield room for misinformation, confusion and polarized political rhetoric. Under what circumstances are violent attacks classified as “domestic terrorism”? And are more terrorist attacks happening now than ever? Here are some key questions and answers related to national security and terrorism in the United States. Is “domestic terrorism” a federal crime?

Did Trump’s freeze on Ukraine aid violate the Impoundment Control Act?

The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee’s 300-page impeachment report makes the case that President Donald Trump violated an obscure Nixon-era law by freezing aid to Ukraine. Broadly speaking, the report argues that Trump abused his power by conditioning security assistance to Ukraine and a White House meeting on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s willingness to announce investigations into Trump’s political rivals. But the report also suggests that Trump ran afoul of the Impoundment Control Act, a 1974 law meant to reassert Congress’ power of the purse.

Should Trump be impeached? What law professors said at the House hearing

In between references to 18th century legal dictionaries, four law professors called by the House Judiciary Committee tangled politely over whether President Donald Trump had committed impeachable offenses. The three witnesses called by Democrats expressed broad agreement that impeaching Trump for abuse of power is justified. To varying degrees, they said Trump could be impeached for bribery, obstruction of Congress, and obstruction of justice. “That is not politics as usual, at least not in the United States or any other mature democracy,” said Pamela Karlan of Stanford.

Who is Michael Bloomberg? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Besides being a billionaire and a three-term mayor of New York City, the latest entrant in the crowded field for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is both a former Republican and former independent. Michael Bloomberg announced his bid in late November, after five debates had already been held, calling himself a new choice for Democrats. He also turned heads by reserving $30 million for a week’s worth of TV ads in more than two dozen states. Nationally, he’s been less in the limelight since leaving the mayor’s office in 2013.

Fact-checking House Republicans’ impeachment report defending Trump on Ukraine

Congressional Republicans argue that President Donald Trump did nothing wrong related to Ukraine and his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They released a 123-page report on the impeachment inquiry to counter the majority report by the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee, which the Judiciary Committee will likely use to craft articles of impeachment.

What we know about the Politico story at the heart of a Ukraine conspiracy theory

Republicans have asserted in recent weeks that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. Their source often traces back to a 2017 investigation in Politico. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., repeated the talking point Dec. 1 on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election,” he said during the program. “Russia was very aggressive, and they're much more sophisticated.