November 21, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) – The final witnesses in this week’s impeachment hearings have stories to tell about how the Trump administration conducted its Ukraine policies. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, David Holmes, is expected to recount Thursday how he overheard a phone call by President Donald Trump in which the president asked about investigations by Ukraine. A national security adviser, Fiona Hill, has told lawmakers about a White House meeting that touched on investigations.
ATLANTA (AP) – Democrats in Wednesday night’s presidential debate found themselves refighting familiar issues, especially whether the party should get behind the sweeping health care program known as “Medicare for All.” The most progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, staunchly defended Medicare for All and its elimination of private insurance coverage. More moderate candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg noted that many people want to stick with their insurance plans.
UNDATED (AP) – Almost two decades ago, the U.S. Catholic Church touted a key reform to address its exploding clergy sex abuse scandal: Independent boards in each diocese with lay people to review the claims of victims fairly and kindly. But an Associated Press investigation has found these boards since have served as a way to undermine victims’ claims of sexual abuse, avoid payouts and shield pedophile priests — raising the question of whether the church is able to reform itself on its own.
HONG KONG (AP) – At least a few dozen protesters at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University that has been ringed by police for days are resisting pleas to surrender amid fears of being arrested. They are the holdouts from a much larger group that occupied the campus after battling police over the weekend. The city’s largest pro-Beijing political party urged voters to “kick out the black force” in Sunday’s local elections seen as a key gauge of public support for anti-government protests.
BANGKOK (AP) – Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to working more with Thailand’s majority Buddhists to launch projects to care for the poor and the environment. Francis made the pledge during a meeting with the supreme Buddhist patriarch at the Wat Ratchabophit temple. There are fewer than 400,000 Catholics among Thailand’s 65 million people, yet Francis said they nevertheless have enjoyed freedom in their religious practice.