👓 Broadcast, cable news networks to preempt regular programming for Trump impeachment coverage | The Hill

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ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open impeachment hearings of President Trump.

👓 Lt. Colonel Vindman Fired | Daily Kos

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What bugs me even more than the firing of Vindman for just doing his job, protecting the national security of the U.S., is the continued gaslighting, saying that the firing was not retaliation, but just a routine personnel move.

This is so patently a lie, that one would think O’Brien would be ashamed to let it out of his mouth.

But you check your integrity at the door to stay in the employ of the Orange Mousseolini.

More likely he was retasked, but still a retaliatory move…

👓 Trump's Allies Have Been Attacking The Person They Say Is The Whistleblower Since 2017 | BuzzFeed News

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He's been accused of being “pro-Ukraine and anti-Russia.”

🎧 Spy vs. Spy | On the Media | WNYC Studios

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A pattern of assassinations baffled Ukrainian authorities. Then an assassin came forward.

New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz set out to investigate a series of assassinations in Ukraine with low expectations. Reporting on a homicide as a member of the foreign press is daunting enough to begin with. His assignment was formidable beacuse many of the murders were linked to Russia — a government hostile to the media at best and notorious for murdering foreign journalists at worst.

But when Schwirtz approached alleged Russian assassin Oleg Smorodinov to question him about a murder, the accused provided an unexpected bit of testimony: a confession. And on top of that, Smorodinov disclosed the specific role the Kremlin played in ordering and directing his crime.

Schwirtz published his findings in a New York Times feature last week. Bob spoke with Schwirtz about spies, state-facilitated assassination and the experience of following a true story that reads like a Russian mystery novel.

🎧 The Daily: A Russian Assassin Tells His Story | New York Times

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He was given a list of six people, each with the code name of a flower. One day, he got a text message: “The rose has to be picked today.”