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Situational awareness: Turkey's president traveled to Russia today to negotiate the future of northern Syria — highlighting the success of his offensive, Putin’s unmatched power in Syria, and America's absence from the table. Go deeper.
Bill Taylor. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine claims there is a direct connection between congressionally approved military aid and Ukrainian interference in domestic U.S. politics — the quid pro quo that President Trump and his allies have long denied.
The big picture: U.S. envoy Bill Taylor's explosive testimony to House investigators today relied largely on his conversations with U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, Axios' Alayna Treene and Zachary Basu report.
Between the lines: Taylor's testimony noted his concerns that there were two channels of U.S. policymaking toward Ukraine.
Go deeper: Read Taylor's full opening statement
P.S.: The anonymous senior Trump administration official who authored an infamous New York Times op-ed against Trump last year has written a book. The release date is Nov. 19.
President Trump invoked lynching today, comparing the impeachment inquiry against his presidency to the ritualized torture and murder of thousands of African Americans.
Below is a marker from Selma, Alabama, the site of multiple lynchings during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The late Gwen Ifill will be honored with a commemorative stamp by the USPS, writes PBS NewsHour, where she served as co-anchor and co-managing editor.