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More impeachment testimony, Pence in Turkey, post-debate action: 5 things you need to know Wednesday

Editors USA TODAY Published 7:59 AM EDT Oct 16, 2019 Ex-State official to testify in impeachment inquiry A newly resigned former senior adviser to the secretary of State is scheduled to appear in a closed session Wednesday as part of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. P. Michael McKinley resigned from his post just last week…

More impeachment testimony, Pence in Turkey, post-debate action: 5 things you need to know Wednesday


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Published 7:59 AM EDT Oct 16, 2019

Ex-State official to testify in impeachment inquiry

A newly resigned former senior adviser to the secretary of State is scheduled to appear in a closed session Wednesday as part of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. P. Michael McKinley resigned from his post just last week after a career that spanned decades and included posts as U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported that his resignation came amid low morale within the State Department and worries that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not supporting those wrapped up in the controversy over Ukraine, allegations Pompeo has denied. McKinley’s testimony Wednesday will come after a busy day Tuesday that included Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, ignoring a subpoena and refusing to turn over documents related to the inquiry. Also, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly rejected calls by Trump and his GOP allies to hold a full vote on whether to authorize the inquiry. The impeachment probe is looking at whether Trump abused his office for his own political gain and whether he used military aid to pressure Ukraine to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. 

  • ‘We’re not here to call bluffs’: No need for House to hold formal vote on inquiry already under way, Pelosi says
  • No cooperation: Giuliani defies subpoena in impeachment inquiry
  • Another refusal: Pence won’t turn over requested documents 
  • First ex-White House official testifies: Fiona Hill testifies for 10 hours in impeachment probe
  • Impeachment inquiry: All of the people who have been subpoenaed so far

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Pence, Pompeo head to Turkey, hope to get ceasefire deal

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Turkey Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal, according to President Donald Trump.  Pence will lead a delegation that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and they will meet Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey pressed on with its incursions into Syria on Tuesday despite the Trump administration’s demands for a ceasefire and the United States’ imposition of economic sanctions and a threat to punish Turkish officials. The crisis began last week when Erdogan told Trump he planned to invade Syria and Trump announced the withdrawal of a small contingent of U.S. troops stationed on the Syria-Turkey border. Trump’s decision sparked a bipartisan backlash and international outrage, largely because it seemed to give Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurdish fighters that have been key U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.

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  • ‘Immediate’ ceasefire called for: Trump administration imposes sanctions on Turkey, as critics slam decision to withdraw U.S. troops
  • Political impact: Syria chaos poses new perils for Trump by uniting Democratic, GOP lawmakers against him
  • Military action: Turkey launches offensive in Syria after Trump pulls back troops
  • U.S. and Kurdish soldiers: Previously side by side battling ISIS, now the Kurds are under attack

Some Democrats head back on the campaign trail after Tuesday’s debate

There is no rest for the weary for four of the Democratic presidential candidates who were at the party’s debate in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris will all attend campaign events in Iowa on Wednesday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will start a two-day swing in New Hampshire before making her own trip to Iowa this weekend.  Looking back at the fourth Democratic debate, the stage hosted a record 12 candidates battling it out over a series of key issues, including, for the first time, the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Another notable development saw the focus of shots and attacks shifting away from Biden and more to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which is surely in response to her mounting support in recent national polls.     

  • Winners and losers: Buttigieg and Klobuchar came out swinging
  • Debate play-by-play: Tensions flare between Warren and Biden
  • ‘I’m feeling great’: Sanders reassured voters of his health following heart attack
  • ‘My son’s statement speaks for itself’: Biden dodges question on son’s interest in Ukraine
  • Gun debate: O’Rourke defends plan to confiscate assault-style weapons

LeBron will suit up for the Lakers, post-China comments

While LeBron James’ comments about Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s commentary on the protests in Hong Kong have already been scrutinized, James made other news when he said he would play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ penultimate preseason game Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors. It will be James’ first appearance in front of the home crowd since he said Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand” when he tweeted out support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Morey’s tweet and the NBA’s subsequent support of Morey set off a firestorm that has caused tension between the league and China, a nation that has made the NBA billions of dollars.  

  • Opinion: James undermines values he’s espoused in most disgraceful moment of career
  • Column: James’ stance on China uproar weakens his voice on other issues
  • Basketball diplomacy: Are LeBron James and the rest of the NBA right to bow to China?
  • ‘Freedom is not free’: Celtics’ Kanter responds to James’ China, Morey comments

Google’s new Pixel 4 uses motion gestures to control the device

Google will reveal its latest smartphones, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at a media event in New York City on Wednesday. The Pixel 4 will start at $799 and Pixel 4 XL, $899. The Pixel has two cool new features: Google is claiming that this is the first phone where you can use motion gestures to control the device and the phones will have a recorder app that transcribes words in real-time. Both models include dual rear cameras, faster facial recognition and an “Oh So Orange” color. “On the surface and pending hands-on tests, the newest Google hardware stacks up handsomely against the newest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones,” USA TODAY tech columnist Ed Baig wrote. This time, the Pixel 4 will be available to all major U.S carriers. Prior versions only were available initially as Verizon exclusives. 

  • Photos: Google unveils the newest hardware including the new smartphones
  • Made by Google 2019: Getting closer to bringing seamless ‘ambient’ computing to life
  • Google Nest Mini: Smart speaker offers better intelligence, louder sound and whole home audio

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