Editors, USA TODAY Published 3: 12 am ET Nov. 5, 2019 Updated 6: 02 am ET Nov. 5, 2019
Republican operative Roger Stone stands trial over WikiLeaks contacts
Roger Stone,a longtime Republican operative, Will stand trial Tuesday on accusations that he lied about his role in Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election to help President Donald Trump win. Stone, who has maintained innocence, is the last and among the most prominent Trump allies to be charged as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The allegations against Stone revolve around his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, and his efforts to hide those communications . Stone is facing seven charges, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.
- ‘What am I supposed to do with you ? ‘Judge bars Stone from social media for breaking gag order
- Fashion advice:
After indictment, Stone offers tips on how to dress for your day in court
- Who is Roger Stone?Longtime Republican operative worked on campaigns from Nixon to Trump
There’s much more to Roger Stone than his connection to President Donald Trump. USA TODAY
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What Tuesday’s elections could tell us about the national political scene
Tuesday’s off-year elections are state and local affairs,but they will set the national political sceneahead of the 2020 election. Both Democrats and Republicans are using this year elections to get ready for 2020. They’re testing messaging, voter registration encouragement and techniques to get voters to the polls. Health care, the issue that provided much of the wind in the sails of Democrats in the 2018 election, was also a top topic in gubernatorial and legislative races. And then there’s what the elections could say about the popularity of President Donald Trump. The presidenttried to push GOP gubernatorial candidatesover the finish line while staying clear of Republicans’ efforts to hold onto their narrow majority in the Virginia state legislature – all while fighting a growing impeachment inquiry in Washington.
- Virginia politics:A blackface scandal rocked the state. Now, Democrats may still win full control of government
- Key question:Young voters helped push Democrats to victory in 2018. Can they swing the 2020 vote?
- 2020 election:Why Pennsylvania is vital to Trump, Biden or anyone else who hopes to win
President Trump and President George W. Bush won the electoral vote during the election, but not the popular vote. How does the electoral college work? Just the FAQs, USA TODAY
The House impeachment inquiry continues – but will anyone show up?
The House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday wants to hear from two more officials from President Donald Trump’s administration, a day after four other witnesses did not appear. In a letter, the Department of Justice said one of Monday’s witnesses, the National Security Council’s John Eisenberg,was immune from having to testify. The letter was the latest attempt by the Trump administration to block witnesses from cooperating with the impeachment inquiry. Called to give depositions Tuesday are Wells Griffith, a special assistant to the president and senior director for international energy and environment at the National Security Council, and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB Director Russ Vought has already tweeted that Duffey won’t cooperate. Additional developments Monday included the transcripts of the depositions of former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and former State Department adviser Michael McKinley being made public. They show both Republicans and Democratshad opportunities to ask questions.
- Changing course:Giuliani associate Parnas will comply in impeachment inquiry, reports say
- ‘Do your job!’Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul demands media reveal whistleblower’s identity
- Ads target impeachment:GOP betting that inquiry will backlash against Dems
- Halloween horror:Shooting at Northern California house party happened on Oct. 31
- Ban ‘party houses’?Airbnb wants to crack down, but how?
Manhunt continues for Halloween party killer
A manhunt for the killer or killers who opened fire on a Halloween party at a California Airbnb rolls into a sixth day Tuesday , as the short-term rental industry faced a series of rule changes. Police in Orinda said that on the night of the shooting, more than 100 people were at a short-term rental house that banned parties and had a maximum occupancy permit of 13 people. Five people died, either immediately or in the days after. The Orinda City Council meeting Tuesday will open with a moment of silence for victims. Then leaders and residents will discuss the future of Airbnbs in the San Francisco suburb of 18, 00 0. Council member Dennis Fay is proposing a temporary ban on short-term rentals.
Damage control and new policy enacted by Airbnb after a Halloween party turned into a crime scene in California. Buzz
2019 – 20 college basketball season tips off
The NCAA as we know it is (changing) andunder scrutinyas state bills begin topush against its amateur scholarship modelthat prohib its athletes from being paid. But the 2019 – 20 college basketball season fills in as a reminder for why the sport is a multi-billion enterprise in the first place. Tuesday will be the first step for some national title-capable teams in the season buildup to March Madness. Among them are four preseason top 25 teams squaring off in the Champion’s Classic – a tournament that’s become the premier showdown for the college basketball tip-off. All four – No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 4 Duke (7 p.m., ESPN) and No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Kentucky (9: 30 pm, ESPN) – are (top-five teams in the USA TODAY coaches poll) , LED byThe Spartans.
- Title quest:Winston aims to lead No. 1 Michigan State to championship
- Here’s a lookatfive teams that got snubbed from the preseason top 25
- Here’s howreigning champion Virginia is still in the mix.
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