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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Refusal to Comply with House Subpoenas  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement when the White House asserted that the Administration will not comply with House Committee subpoenas as part of the impeachment inquiry …
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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Mulvaney sidelined as Trump's impeachment crisis rages  —  Mick Mulvaney has gone noticeably quiet over the past week, just as the president's impeachment fight picks up.  —  The White House's acting chief of staff has not appeared on any major TV shows to defend President Donald Trump …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's burn-down-the-House plan  —  President Trump, while nervous about the historic stain of impeachment, is throwing everything he has into this fight: refusing all cooperation, running ads to profit politically, and torching every person who stands in opposition to him.
The Daily Beast:
Republicans to Trump: Shut Up About Your Impeachment  —  Veterans of past impeachment battles say the way to win them is to pretend that it's not affecting your job.  Trump, by contrast, is obsessing over it.  —  As President Donald Trump navigates an impeachment process that is upending his presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trump's Obstruction Letter
Discussion: NPR, ABC News and The Root
New York Post:
Why can't Dems treat Trump as fairly as Republicans did Bill Clinton?
Discussion: Fox News
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: ‘There really is no appealing the process of impeachment,’ says ex-Clinton White House counsel
Associated Press:
The Latest: Graham says Ukraine call has nothing impeachable
Discussion: Associated Press
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump's Bluff: ‘You Are Not Above The Law’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
Donald Trump's longtime business connections in Turkey back in the spotlight  —  The president's decision to remove troops from Northern Syria has put renewed focus on his relationship with Turkish President Erdogan.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull U.S. troops …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Richard North Patterson / The Bulwark:
A Betrayal Too Far  —  Nothing captures the moral and geopolitical bankruptcy of Donald Trump's Hobbesian worldview better than his rank betrayal of the Kurds.  —  Once more, Turkey's President Erdogan—a knave, but not a fool—demonstrated his hypnotic powers over an American president who is both.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Lindsey Graham on Trump's Syria decision: “He's putting the nation at risk”  —  In an interview with Axios on Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned President Trump in his harshest language yet for deciding to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, suggesting Trump is violating …
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Turkish Forces Launch Military Attack Against Kurds At Syrian Border
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Foreign Policy
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Turkey Begins Syria Attack, Targeting Militia Backed by U.S.
Discussion: Althouse and Political Wire
Fahrettin Altun / Washington Post:
The world must support Turkey's plan for northeastern Syria
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The GOP's impeachment strategy gets sharper
Discussion: Reason and Associated Press
Washington Post:
Pentagon won't take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say
Variety:
Ronan Farrow Book Alleges Matt Lauer Raped NBC News Colleague  —  Ronan Farrow's new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in the New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired Black Cube …
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow Strikes Again: A New Book Targets NBC News and How Harvey Weinstein May Have Leveraged Matt Lauer  —  In his first interview about the explosive ‘Catch and Kill,’ the journalist reveals fresh claims of secret payouts and how Lauer may have played a role in the network's decision …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:   The Black Cube Chronicles: The Double Agent
Esquire:
Donald Trump Allegedly Hid Behind a Tapestry to Grope a Woman at Mar-a-Lago in the Early 2000s  —  tape was the opening salvo in the story of Donald Trump's transgressions against women, think again.  In  —  All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Week and Raw Story
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
In Shift, Warren Says She'll Forgo Big Money Events if Nominated  —  Skipping fund-raisers has been a big part of her message as she has risen in the Democratic primary.  She had previously said she would not unilaterally disarm against President Trump in a general election.
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and CBS News
Sarah Mucha / CNN:
Facebook denies Biden campaign's request to remove false Ukraine ad by Trump campaign  —  CNN reporter debunks Trump's whistleblower claim  —  (CNN)Facebook denied a request from Joe Biden's campaign to take down a video ad by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign that falsely accuses …
Discussion: National Review, Mediaite and NB Blog
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Sara Fischer / Axios:   The Trump campaign's massive Facebook impeachment ad buy
NBC News:
Trump starts the impeachment battle with a majority against him  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — There's a frequent number in the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll …
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Public Policy Polling:
Trump Trails Leading Democrats in North Carolina
Discussion: Political Wire
Ben Geman / Axios:
Elizabeth Warren targets environmental justice in new climate plan
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
‘Nothing to See Here’: Diplomats Urged to Play Down Release of Ukraine Aid  —  A series of internal State Department emails reflect diplomats' frustration with the unexpected freeze on funding that Congress had already approved.  —  WASHINGTON — American diplomats who had pushed …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Trump ally on Fox News calls whistleblowers ‘suicide bombers,’ accuses Democrats of ‘regicide’  —  Former U.S. attorney Joseph E. diGenova turned to European history Tuesday night to describe the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump, calling their efforts “regicide,” the act of killing a king.
Discussion: Axios
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump calls for ending impeachment inquiry; Hoyer says the president ‘betrayed our nation’
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux / FiveThirtyEight:
It Took A Long Time For Republicans To Abandon Nixon  —  On July 23, 1974, Rep. Lawrence Hogan, Sr., a Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, bought airtime on TV networks across his home state of Maryland.  He had a big announcement to share: Hogan was the first Republican …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Half of voters support impeaching and removing Trump  —  Half of voters support the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, shows that 50 percent of registered voters surveyed …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
‘Render to God and Trump’: Ralph Reed calls for 2020 obedience to Trump  —  One of Donald Trump's most prominent Christian supporters will argue in a book due out before the 2020 general election that American evangelicals “have a moral obligation to enthusiastically back” the president.
The Guardian:
Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions  —  New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers  —  The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year  —  A new book-length study on the tax burden of the ultrarich begins with a startling finding: In 2018, for the first time in history, America's richest billionaires paid a lower effective tax rate than the working class.
Discussion: National Review and Rolling Stone
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Joe Biden's Family Has Been Cashing in on His Career for Decades.  Democrats Need to Acknowledge That.  —  Hunter Biden, left, and his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, attend the World Food Program USA's annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award ceremony on April 12, 2016, in Washington …
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Case for the Presidency Is Collapsing  —  Joe Biden is in trouble.  It's not his actual campaign that's in truly dire straits.  Although Elizabeth Warren has risen steadily, troubling donors already troubled by Biden's age, he's still first or second in most polls and shows few signs …
Discussion: Townhall
WSFA-TV:
Steven Reed makes history as Montgomery's first black mayor  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed has defeated David Woods and will become Montgomery's next mayor.  —  He makes history as the city's first black mayor.  —  With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Reed had 67 percent of the votes.
 
 
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Beto O'Rourke / Medium:
Leveling the Playing Field
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Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Trump supporter waves gun at woman after seeing her Elizabeth Warren bumper sticker, police say
David Kramer / Washington Post:
Those who worked with Trump must now tell Congress what they know
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Khashoggi's Murder Should Have Made Saudi Arabia A Pariah. 7 Men Made Sure That Didn't Happen.
Discussion: Just Security
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Planned Parenthood announces $45M campaign to defeat Trump, flip Senate
David Kerley / ABC News:
American Airlines to resume flying beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX jet in January
Goldie Taylor / The Daily Beast:
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Scottish court reserves right to ask EU for Brexit delay
James Walker / Newsweek:
Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Says Trump is a ‘Domestic Enemy of the Constitution,’ Encourages Others to Come Forward
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's latest curious choice for a Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Chrissy Stroop / Rewire.News:
Dinos and Demons and Swedes, Oh My!  It May Be Cartoonish, but Evangelical Radicalism Isn't Just a Sideshow
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Whistleblower had tie to Democratic candidate