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Former State Department adviser Michael McKinley is set to testify on Wednesday before congressional committees as the impeachment inquiry into President Trump moves forward.

We hear from voters who tell us whether they heard the kind of messages they were hoping for at Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio.

Twelve Democratic presidential contenders took to the debate stage in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday night. The issue of impeachment was at the top of the agenda.

Democrats vying to be the presidential nominee see Elizabeth Warren as their biggest rival. Testimony continues in the House impeachment probe. And, a humanitarian crisis escalates in northeast Syria.

The fourth Democratic debate was a long one, about three hours, and ended after 11 p.m. ET.

You might not have made it through the whole thing, but there were some potentially consequential moments.

Here are six takeaways:

1. The scrutiny came for Warren, and her vulnerabilities were exposed some

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was under fire Tuesday night from several opponents, and when that happens to a candidate, you know they're a front-runner.

Democrats onstage during their party's presidential debate were quick to condemn President Trump's abrupt and unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. But their responses as to what role the U.S. should play in the region were generally cloudier.

Trump's decision last week appeared to set in motion a Turkish incursion into northern Syria and the advancement of Turkish-backed militias against Kurdish forces that had helped the United States battle ISIS.

Ukraine was bound to come up during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate at some point, but when it did, it quickly became clear that neither former Vice President Joe Biden nor his primary opponents wanted to focus on it.

With the debate's second question, Biden was given a chance to address the unfounded allegations lobbed by President Trump: that Biden used his federal power to corruptly favor a Ukrainian gas company that was paying his son, Hunter.

The White House removed the core of its Ukraine policy team in the spring and replaced it with "three amigos" considered more reliable for the plan to pressure Kyiv, a senior U.S. diplomat was described as telling House investigators on Tuesday.

That's according to the account Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., gave to reporters about the closed-door deposition by George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's European and Eurasian Bureau.

A dozen candidates, the most so far on one stage, gather for the fourth primary debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Listen live on NPR starting at 8 p.m. E.T.

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