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Sondland Kept Pompeo Updated on Ukraine Dealings: NYT The U.S. ambassador to the European Union reportedly kept secretary of state updated on what was happening in Ukraine. FBI Requests Interview With Ukraine Whistleblower: Report However, no interview has been scheduled, and it’s unclear whether the whistleblower’s lawyers will agree to it. Gift Pick: A Multi-Purpose Backpack from Dagne Dover There’s something so sleek and stylish about this monochromatic, neoprene bag that feels much more grown-up than the backpacks of your youth. Twitter Condemns U.K. Conservatives for ‘Fact-Check’ Trick The party briefly rebranded its verified press office account to look like an independent fact-checking outfit during its nationally televised debate. Lizzo Secures Massive Eight Nominations for 2020 Grammys The singer-rapper’s eight nods include bids for the top four awards, making her the year’s most-nominated act. Plus, Michelle Obama got one, too. Ukraine Is Still Waiting on $35M of U.S. Military Aid: LAT The Pentagon has declined to explain why the aid, part of the $400 million held back by Trump earlier this year, had been delayed. Navy May Strip Officer Backed by Trump of SEAL Status Conflict arises between Navy and White House over Trident pin removal for Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher. Writer: Exec Wanted Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.’” Man Tied to Dead Reporter’s Investigation Arrested on Yacht Daphne Caruana Galizia was probing the murky dealings of 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech when she was assassinated in Malta.
‘SHACKLED AND BLINDFOLDED’ Britain Says Consulate Worker Was Tortured by Chinese Police Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days earlier this year, and says he was hung up on a wall with handcuffs.