(As if you weren't already, but this will seal the deal.)
“Oh sweetie, you didn’t need to buy us anything—we’re just so glad you decided to come home!” says your mom when you walk in the door for the holidays. (Note the guilt trip subtly worked into that statement. Now choose to gloss over it and just give her a hug.) Even if your parents do mean it when they say you didn’t need to arrive bearing presents, the reality is: You love them, they raised you, and it’s time to start balancing the scales. As for how to do that, we’ve got some ideas that should work brilliantly for the rents individually and as a unit. Though they will still likely insist that the greatest present is your presence, they’ll also appreciate the ones in the wrapping paper, too.
Blue Falcon: The U.S. has provided about $1.5 billion in military support to Kiev between 2014 and this past June, according to the Congressional Research Service. And Trump’s temporary cut off of the aid represented a significant setback for the country. The Trump administration initially told Congress it was releasing the aid to Ukraine on February 28, 2019. It repeated that assertion to Congress again on May 23, 2019 but failed to explain to lawmakers — both publicly and to the lawmakers who approved the aid — exactly why the funds were withheld. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t get a straight answer from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper over the summer on why the aid hadn’t been dispersed yet. On July 25, 2019, there was a call between Trump and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. According to a memorandum of the call released by the White House, Zelenskiy asked to buy American-made Javelin anti-tank weapons, and Trump asked Zelenskiy to help him work with U.S. officials to investigate political rivals. But then on September 11, the Trump administration suddenly disbursed the money.