US top diplomat told Trump wanted aid withheld until Ukraine would investigate



The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold military aid to the country until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances — including into former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a copy of Taylor’s opening statement obtained by CNN.

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Tapper presses Buttigieg on infrastructure: Are you hurting your cause?



Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended the Biden administration’s broad definition of infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan, saying President Joe Biden is still aiming for Republican support for the plan while looking for progress on it by Memorial Day.
“I very much believe that all of these things are infrastructure because infrastructure is the foundation that allows us go about our lives,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Biden is pushing his roughly $2 trillion plan for improving the nation’s infrastructure as his next major legislative focus after successfully signing his massive coronavirus relief package into law. The plan, however, has already met resistance from congressional Republicans who balk at its price tag and consider its definition of infrastructure — from transportation to reshaping the US economy and social safety net — as overly broad.
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Raw video: Biden, Ryan get heated over Bush era tax cuts



Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan share the stage in their only debate.

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