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John Santucci / ABC News:
Giuliani says he won't comply with a congressional subpoena  —  President Donald's Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told ABC News on Tuesday he is not complying with a congressional subpoena.  —  Giuliani tells ABC News “if they enforce it then we will see what happens.”
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump lawyer Giuliani was paid $500,000 to consult on indicted associate's firm  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week …
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani says he won't comply in ‘abomination’ impeachment inquiry, parts ways with his lawyer ‘for now’  —  Rudy Giuliani dared House Democrats to take him to court Tuesday, declaring he won't comply in their “abomination” of an impeachment inquiry despite facing a subpoena …
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and The Week
CNN:
Giuliani and a key federal agency defy House Democrats' impeachment subpoena  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani will defy House Democrats' impeachment subpoena, a letter his attorney sent to Congress on Tuesday said.  —  Jon Sale, Giuliani's attorney sent a letter to Congress informing them that Giuliani …
CNN:
Giuliani role unnerves some congressional Republicans
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Giuliani Says He Won't Comply With Congressional Subpoena
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The time bomb inside the Trump administration is now going off  —  There was a telling moment in President Trump's fateful call this summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when Trump said, “The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news.”
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New York Times:
Impeachment Investigators Question George Kent, State Dept. Ukraine Expert  —  Mr. Kent raised concerns to colleagues early this year about the pressure being directed at Ukraine by President Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.  —  WASHINGTON — The procession of high-ranking witnesses …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Suspects a Spiteful John Bolton Is Behind Some of the Ukraine Leaks  —  Trump fears the leaks are now coming from the people he chose to serve—and that only increases the paranoia currently infecting the West Wing.  —  At a critical juncture in his presidency, facing …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's impeachment barricade crumbles  —  Donald Trump's impeachment blockade has collapsed.  —  The president's former top Russia adviser, Fiona Hill — the first White House official to cooperate in Democrats' investigation of the Ukraine scandal — has detailed for lawmakers a trail …
New York Times:   The Ukrainian Prosecutor Behind the Dossier Targeting Hunter Biden
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
'I can't even look at the atrocities': U.S. troops say Trump's Syria withdrawal betrayed an ally  —  Watching the rapid disintegration of security in Syria and the U.S. withdrawal, Marty Palmer recalled the night an Islamic State car bomb exploded near the Kurdish unit partnered with his Army Special Forces team.
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Washington Post:
U.S. troops abandoned their Syrian base.  Video appears to show Russians have moved in.  —  As Moscow announced Tuesday that its units were patrolling in northern Syria, a journalist traveling with Russian-backed forces released a video that appeared to show the inside of a now-abandoned U.S. base near the town of Manbij.
Discussion: Military Times and Fox News
New York Times:
Russia Troops Patrol Between Turkish and Syrian Forces, Filling an American Void
Justice News:
Turkish Bank Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Its Participation In A Multibillion-Dollar Iranian Sanctions Evasion Scheme  —  Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Week and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Democrats missing an opportunity against Trump?  One is sounding the alarm.  —  As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in Ohio, President Trump is gearing up to spend enormous sums of money in the battleground states, much of it on hammering Joe Biden …
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BBC:
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border  —  A British couple say they have been detained in the US after accidentally crossing the border from Canada.  —  David Connors, 30, and his wife Eileen, 24, say they are being held in Pennsylvania with their three-month-old baby and are “traumatised”.
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Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
A British family on vacation accidentally drove into the U.S. They've spent days detained with their 3-month-old baby.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Matt Berman / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Was With His Now-Indicted Ukrainian Friend At President Bush's State Funeral Service.  Jeb Bush Says It's “Disappointing.”  —  Rudy Giuliani was photographed with his now-indicted Ukrainian associate Lev Parnas at former president George H.W. Bush's state funeral service …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Adam Entous / New Yorker:   How Lev Parnas Became Part of the Trump Campaign's “One Big Family”
Tom Bartlett / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Trump's ‘China Muse’ Has an Imaginary Friend  —  Who is Ron Vara?  He only seems to exist in the books of Peter Navarro.  —  Ron Vara has strong opinions.  He thinks you've “got to be nuts to eat Chinese food.”  He doles out little scraps of wisdom, like “Don't play checkers in a chess world.”
Hollywood Reporter:
Shari Redstone Explores Plan to Launch Fox News Competitor (Exclusive)  —  The mogul, who has spoken with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, may look to rebrand an existing Viacom linear channel to create a conservative-leaning news network.  —  In the midst of closing a merger between CBS and Viacom …
Victoria Thompson / ABC News:
Exclusive: ‘Hiding in plain sight’: Hunter Biden defends foreign ventures but concedes political ‘mistake’  —  As President Donald Trump continues to fill his Twitter feed and campaign speeches with attacks on Hunter Biden over his foreign business deals, the former vice president's son defended …
Tuvan Gumrukcu / Reuters:
Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria: NTV  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, and added that he was not worried about U.S. sanctions over Ankara's offensive, broadcaster NTV reported on Tuesday.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Trump is on his way to an easy win in 2020, according to Moody's accurate election model  — President Donald Trump will win re-election easily in 2020 if the economy holds up, modeling by Moody's Analytics shows.  — “If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks …
ProPublica:
We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who've Worked in the Trump Administration  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Public Policy Polling:
Impeachment Could End Collins' Career  —  PPP's newest Maine poll finds that Susan Collins is in trouble for reelection...and that she's likely to find herself in more trouble no matter what side of impeachment she comes down on.  —  Collins is unpopular, with only 35% of voters approving of the job she's doing to 50% who disapprove.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Law & Crime
YouTube:
Makes More Sense |  Pete Buttigieg for President … To stay connected with the campaign:  —  About Pete:  —  Pete Buttigieg is a husband, Afghanistan veteran, and the Mayor of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana.  —  Pete is running for president because this is a now or never moment for our nation.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
The hidden menace threatening Democrats' bid to beat Trump in 2020  —  The Democratic National Committee sent an urgent alert on Monday to every presidential campaign aimed at avoiding a repeat of the cybersecurity fiasco the party suffered at the hands of Russia and WikiLeaks in 2016.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: It's ‘Breaking My Heart’ That Elizabeth Warren Is Beating Biden in the Polls  —  “I love Joe Biden and his family.  Hunter Biden had a lot of issues that he struggled with for a long time.”  —  Reacting to Hunter Biden's exclusive interview that aired on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Mediaite and Contemptor
Twitter:
World Leaders on Twitter: principles & approach  —  There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service.  We welcome the conversation and want to share more context on our principles and process for reviewing reported Tweets from these accounts.
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic leaders gauge support for impeachment inquiry vote  —  House Democratic leaders are quietly reaching out to the most vulnerable members of their caucus to gauge whether they would support a formal vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, according to multiple Democratic aides.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Trump administration proposes expanding logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest  —  The Trump administration Tuesday proposed allowing logging on more than half of Alaska's 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in North America.
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
LeBron James undermines values he's espoused in most disgraceful moment of career  —  On behalf of the 327 million American citizens who generally believe that freedom is good and authoritarian regimes are less good, let me apologize to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Being Impeached Because He Keeps Doing What Russia Wants  —  “Pro-Kremlin proxy Vladimir Zhirinovskiy, leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, proclaimed just before the election that if President-elect Trump won, Russia would ‘drink champagne’ in anticipation …
Discussion: emptywheel
Bernadette Hogan / New York Post:
Gov. Cuomo drops the n-word during live radio interview  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the N-word during a live radio interview Tuesday while discussing racism against Italian-Americans.  —  Cuomo called into WAMC radio where he was asked about the controversy surrounding Indigenous Peoples' Day …
 
 
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
DOJ has still not answered question about Firtash extradition, says senator's office
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Balloon Juice
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump's latest rage tweet blows up in his face as ‘Impeach the Pres’ becomes top trending Twitter topic
Discussion: HuffPost and Boing Boing
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
BE BRAVE. BE WATER. BE READY: THREE DAYS AMONG THE FREEDOM PROTESTERS IN HONG KONG
CNN:
Democrats fight to keep Ohio a 2020 battleground
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
'I'm standing here in the middle of climate change': How USDA is failing farmers
Discussion: Axios
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Said Politicians Can Lie In Ads.  It's Taking Down Ads From Warren, Biden, And Trump For Other Reasons.
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
White House officials to meet with parents of teen killed by U.S. diplomat's wife
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
125 House Republicans co-sponsor resolution to censure Schiff over ‘parody’ reading of Trump-Zelensky call
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Improvised explosive device detonates at Montana elementary school, no one injured: Sheriff
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard Fontaine / Foreign Affairs:
The Nonintervention Delusion
Dean Obeidallah / NBC News:
As Trump criticizes Hunter Biden, House Democrats should be investigating his daughter
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Lara Trump Defends Trump on Syria By Claiming ‘The Average American’ Doesn't Even Know Who the Kurds Are
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Everything Republicans should stop lecturing us about
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tanya Snyder / Politico:
Rep. Peter DeFazio calls for audit into Elaine Chao's alleged Kentucky favors
Discussion: The Hill
Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
The transformation of Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse