Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 472 words, a 2-minute read.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images
A $1 million donor to Trump’s inauguration committee who later became the EU ambassador is now on record saying he told a Ukrainian official that the country wouldn't get military aid unless they caved to President Trump's demands.
The big picture: Gordon Sondland's additions to his House testimony are the "first admission by a senior figure who had direct contact with Mr. Trump that the military aid for Ukraine was being held hostage to the president’s demands for investigations into his political rivals," the NY Times reports.
Sondland's testimony is the fourth transcript to be released this week:
The bottom line: The question isn't whether Senate Republicans believe there to have been a quid pro quo. It's whether they believe it's worthy of conviction.
At least nine members of a Mormon family — who held U.S. and Mexican citizenship — were killed during a cartel attack near the border.
Circa 1969: Cast members of the television show "Sesame Street" posing on the set with some of the puppet characters. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
This first episode of “Sesame Street” aired 50 years ago, in the fall of 1969.
Why it matters: 1969 and 2019 have some interesting commonalities, the AP reminds us.
The bottom line: Some shows have lasted longer — “Meet the Press” and “The Tonight Show” among them — but few have had as big a cultural impact.