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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg greets members of the audience at a campaign stop at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Impeachment trial proves a blessing for Pete Buttigieg

- The Washington Times

Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg had Iowa all to himself Thursday as most of his biggest rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination were stuck in Washington for the impeachment trial, foreshadowing the advantage he will have on the ground in the kickoff caucus state for the foreseeable future.

In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. Parnas, a close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has provided a trove of text messages and photos to the House committee leading the impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) ** FILE **

Lev Parnas, Giuliani associate: Trump had knowledge of Ukraine pressure

- Associated Press

A close associate of President Trump's personal lawyer says he delivered an ultimatum in May to the incoming president of Ukraine that no senior U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all American aid to the war-torn country would be withheld if an investigation into Joe Biden wasn't announced.

This Oct. 23, 2019, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting

- Associated Press

Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November to fight misinformation. Neither will it ban political ads outright, as Twitter did last October. And it still won't fact check them, as it's faced pressure to do.