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Republican leaders have defended Trump, claiming there was no quid pro quo. Now some say they can't rule out supporting impeachment.
A top White House official said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country to open an investigation that he thought would politically benefit himself, worrying some Republicans in Congress in the middle of an impeachment inquiry.

Mulvaney on admission: Get over it
President Trump's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tells the media to "get over it" after admitting that the administration has continually participated in quid pro quo.

Mulvaney admits quid pro quo over Ukraine, then denies doing so

Tapper warns Republicans after White House admission
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged that the US withheld military aid from Ukraine in return for a favor. CNN's Jake Tapper has more.

Source: Trump is unhappy that Mulvaney confirmed quid pro quo
President Donald Trump is not pleased with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing and his acknowledgment on Thursday of a quid pro quo, according to a source close to the President.

Ret. Navy Admiral: Our republic is under attack from Trump
Ret. Navy Admiral William McRaven joins The Lead.

SE Cupp: Trump is pushing the GOP too far on Syria
Defending the indefensible has become a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers in the era of Trump.

Pence announces ceasefire that seems to give Turkey everything it wants
• Trump: President likens Turkish attack on Kurds to schoolyard fight • Watch: Baldwin reacts to Trump's victory claim • Opinion: US military wife pens letter to Kurds

This election model says 2020 is 'Trump's to lose'
• Analysis: Dems have a new 2020 front-runner • Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO reacts to idea of Trump's Twitter being banned

Family found on isolated farm may have been held against their will for 9 years
Dutch police investigating a family that may have lived isolated on a farm for a decade said Thursday it's possible they were held there against their will -- and they're looking at whether "certain religion or philosophy" might have been involved.

Suspect arrested because of a lost memory card charged with killing another woman
A grand jury in Alaska returned an additional murder indictment Thursday against a man already charged with the murder and sexual assault of another woman.

Mattis fires back at Trump: I'm the Meryl Streep of generals
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis makes light of President Trump calling him "the world's most overrated general" during his keynote address at the annual Al Smith dinner, a philanthropic event where roasts are tradition.

Woman rescued after three days of being lost thanks to her SOS message in the sand
An Australian woman has a surveillance camera to thank for her rescue after she got lost while camping with friends.

Man finds shipwreck while walking dog
A recent storm uncovered wreckage from a wooden ship buried on a beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Rick Perry will resign as Ukraine scrutiny rises

Plane carrying William and Kate forced to abort landing twice
A British Royal Air Force plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was forced to abandon landing twice in Pakistan due to bad weather on Thursday.

Bomb cyclone breaks records in Northeast
Winds as strong as those in a tropical storm are pummeling New England on Thursday morning as a storm known as a bomb cyclone knocks out power and promises to disrupt travel in the region through the end of the workweek.

US foreign aid reinstated to Northern Triangle countries, DHS secretary announces
Outgoing acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced on Thursday the restoration of previously frozen foreign aid to the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

NYC votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail
The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to close Rikers Island jail Thursday and open four new borough-based facilities instead.

Steroid injections may lead to more harm than previously thought, study says
Doctors and patients should beware if they're hoping to use steroid injections to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Drug companies may pay $50 billion for their role in the opioid crisis
Five of the many companies accused in thousands of federal and state lawsuits over the nation's opioid epidemic may settle for over $50 billion, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Internet melts down over Pelosi photo
Nancy Pelosi makes finger-wagging "meltdown" photo her own. Jeanne Moos reports the internet swoons.

Her son died in a shooting, now her HOA wants her to move his remembrance flag
A mother who lost her son to a workplace shooting several months ago is now battling with her homeowners association over her right to fly flags in his honor.

6 Latin American Music Awards names you should know
The Latin American Music Awards (AMAs) feel and sound like the best house party you've ever attended.

NASA telescope captures historic image
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the first ever video of a confirmed interstellar comet.

A man was sentenced to 15 years for cocaine possession. It was powdered milk
A man pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in Oklahoma -- only to withdraw his plea and have his case dismissed after it turned out to be powdered milk.

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She is the most beautiful woman in the world, according to 'science'
You can't argue with science, right?

Star's selfie crashed Instagram
It only took one special selfie for Jennifer Aniston's new Instagram to crash the app after millions of fans immediately followed her.

Stephen Colbert signs new 'Late Show' deal
Stephen Colbert has signed a new contract that keeps him as host of CBS' "The Late Show" through 2023, the network announced Thursday.

This Kylie Jenner meme is bringing sunshine
Sing it with us: "Rise and shine!"

'Mad Men' star announces separation
Christina Hendricks and actor Geoffrey Arend are going their separate ways after 12 years together.

Scientists freak out over deep sea feast
A team of researchers stumbled upon a "whale fall," a carcass of a baleen whale, during a live-streamed deep-sea dive. Incredible video shows a wide variety of sea creatures feasting on it.

Unusual 'blob' can heal itself and has 720 sexes

Massive mastiff had to be rescued after getting exhausted on mountain hike
Floyd the mastiff went for a hike with his owner up the Grandeur Peak trail near Salt Lake City on Sunday. But when it was time to come down, Floyd was too exhausted and just sat down.

Opinion: Pelosi isn't all women, but for a moment she was
We see you, Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at age 68
• Live updates: 'Everyone wanted to hear what Elijah has to say,' Pelosi says • Obama says Cummings stood tallest when our country needed him • Congressman Elijah Cummings' life, in photos

Banksy has opened an online store
British artist Banksy has opened an online store, with the stab-proof vest worn by grime superstar Stormzy at Glastonbury among the items for sale. "Gross Domestic Product" is described as "the homewares brand from Banksy," while the website's footer reads "...where art irritates life."

This viral video caught on a doorbell camera will melt your heart
A sweet interaction caught on a Ring doorbell camera between Billy Shelby, a sanitation worker, and 88-year-old Opal Zucca went viral, showing just how far an act of kindness can go. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports. Watch "Full Circle" every weeknight at 5pm E.T.

This startup is saving crops by making 'super bees'
One company wants to help farmers adapt to a world of rapidly declining bee populations.

Deal to end GM strike won't save Lordstown plant
The deal to end the month-long strike at General Motors will not save an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and two other transmission plants, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

Microsoft CEO gets a 66% raise
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella got a 66% raise in the company's latest fiscal year.

How Warren could 'vaporize' America's oil boom
Elizabeth Warren doesn't just pose a threat to Wall Street. Her rising 2020 polling numbers are also striking fear in the heart of Big Oil.

What Mulvaney's stunning admission tells us
There is a bit of a brother-and-sisterhood former senior White House aides. Despite deep political and policy differences, I respect those who choose to serve. The White House can be a dream job -- it was the best professional experience and highest honor of my life. But it can also be, as President Clinton told me the first time I set foot in the Oval Office, "the crown jewel of the federal penal system."

How we mourn Elijah Cummings
The sudden passing of Elijah Cummings, the passionate and outspoken civil rights advocate and congressman from Maryland, is a major loss to American politics.

The surgeon general is shirking his job
Like any top-level White House appointee, Surgeon General Jerome Adams serves at the pleasure of President Donald Trump and owes him some measure of political and institutional loyalty.

Your impeachment questions, answered

This ruling could imperil LGBTQ Americans
A young man I met while doing advocacy work once told me a horrific story that has stuck with me for years. He realized he was having trouble breathing. He knew the culprit was likely asthma, a life-long affliction for him. He was well enough to get himself to the emergency room at the small hospital near his town in New York's largely rural Hudson Valley. But when the staff learned that he was transgender, he said, they turned him away.

Debate coach: I saw a star at Democratic debate
In Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, I'm afraid most of the candidates blended into the stage for me at some point. But that doesn't mean there wasn't a star among them. Here's how each candidate performed:

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Blow to UK PM: Conservative's key ally says it won't back deal
The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a new Brexit deal after months of tense negotiations, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Family found living in small room, possibly for a decade
Police say a family found in a room on a remote farm in the Netherlands might have been there since 2010.

Organism heals itself and has 720 sexes
It is bright yellow, can creep along at a speed of up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) per hour, can solve problems even though it doesn't have a brain and can heal itself if it is cut in two.

Saudi bus crash kills 35 foreigners
A bus crash in the Saudi city of Medina killed 35 foreigners and wounded four others on Wednesday evening, a police spokesman cited by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Juul to stop selling several flavored products in the US
Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs will stop selling several flavored products in the United States, the company announced Thursday.

Washington doesn't have a Latino history museum. These people are hoping to change that
Hispanic and Latino people make up the largest ethnic minority in the United States and their contributions to American history run deep -- including back to the Civil War and the Texas Revolution.

Georgia school district reverses transgender-friendly bathroom policy after death threats
A Georgia school district has reversed its transgender-friendly bathroom policy after board members, staff and students were threatened, the school board said in a news release.

California to launch nation's first statewide earthquake warning system
California will launch the nation's first statewide earthquake early warning system Thursday morning, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The story of North Korea's 'Hotel of Doom'

Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender'

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'World's first' 360-degree infinity pool

Where does fake movie money come from?

How did Kim Jong Un get his Mercedes-Benzes?

Kane Brown pays tribute to late drummer Kenny Dixon
Country star Kane Brown choked back tears as he honored his late drummer, Kenny Dixon, as he accepted an award at the CMT Artists of the Year awards show just four days after Dixon's death.

'Office Ladies' podcast is here
There something I wish I'd known before walking into an interview with Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey: quoting them would be nearly impossible at the end.