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Wall Street Journal:
Rick Perry Called Rudy Giuliani at Trump's Direction on Ukraine Concerns  —  President's lawyer said Ukraine had worked to hurt Trump in 2016 election, energy secretary says in interview  —  WASHINGTON—Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he sought out Rudy Giuliani this spring …
Discussion: Raw Story
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CNN:
Federal investigation of Rudy Giuliani includes counterintelligence probe  —  (CNN)For months, investigators looking into Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine have dug into everything from possible financial entanglements with alleged corrupt Ukrainian figures to counterintelligence concerns raised …
Axios:
Scoop: Kurt Volker testimony revealed depth of concerns about Giuliani  —  New details from Kurt Volker's closed-door interview indicate Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, was deeply conflicted about whether to take the job because of concerns about Rudy Giuliani's shadow involvement.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Amid impeachment probe, Gordon Sondland is overseeing a renovation of his residence that has cost $1 million in taxpayer money  —  BRUSSELS — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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New York Times:
Ex-Aide Saw Gordon Sondland as a Potential National Security Risk  —  A former top White House adviser viewed Mr. Sondland, a Trump donor and the ambassador to the European Union, as a risk because he was so unprepared for his job.  —  WASHINGTON — A former top White House foreign policy …
New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Elbowed His Way Into Ukraine Policy.  It Could Cost Him.  —  Mr. Sondland was to tell impeachment investigators that President Trump placed a condition on any meeting with Ukraine's president — the opening of an investigation that could benefit Mr. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland asked Ukrainian officials during private White House talk about gas firm linked to Hunter Biden
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Trump's Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell eyes quick impeachment trial in Senate  —  Senate Republicans are preparing for a speedy impeachment trial that concludes before the end of the year.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Democrats say Trump had a “meltdown” and insulted Pelosi in Syria meeting  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that they walked out of a meeting with President Trump …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a third-rate politician.  She said he's having a meltdown.  —  And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House.
Washington Post:
Trump tries to distance himself from chaos in Syria as tensions with lawmakers in both parties escalate  —  President Trump on Wednesday attempted to distance himself from the escalating chaos in northern Syria following his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region and lashed …
Washington Post:
McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump  —  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of President Trump as soon as Thanksgiving, as the Senate began to brace for a political maelstrom that would engulf the nation.
Discussion: The Week
Dan Zak / Washington Post:   Day 1,000 of the Trump presidency: ‘I think now we have to pray’
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'Sanctions aren't going to do any good': Senate GOP blasts Trump's Turkey strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
“There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On”: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades  —  The president's talk can move markets—and it's made some futures traders billions.  Did they know what he was going to say before he said it?  —  In the last 10 minutes of trading …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Bipartisan House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal  —  Republicans and Democrats delivered a rebuke to the president over his decision to pull back American troops, an order many viewed as acquiescing to Turkey's incursion against a United States ally.
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:   Exclusive Video — White House's Peter Navarro Pushes Nancy Pelosi to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Agreement …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
House overwhelming rebukes Trump over Syria withdrawal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren is failing the commander in chief test  —  It should be obvious this week that the United States needs a president who has the foreign policy chops to speak clearly about the United States' role in the world and has a real plan to keep our country safe.
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William Saletan / Slate:
Is Elizabeth Warren an Ideologue?
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Joe Biden Goes Off: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are ‘Trying to Con the American People’ Like Trump
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Day after debate, Elizabeth Warren's campaign says it's reviewing ‘other revenue options’ for Medicare for All
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Griswold / Washington Free Beacon:
Elizabeth Warren Scrubs DNA Test Video From Twitter
Discussion: PJ Media Home, Mediaite and Townhall
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Never-Before-Seen Trump Tax Documents Show Major Inconsistencies  —  The president's businesses made themselves appear more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials.  One expert calls the differing numbers “versions of fraud.”  —  Stay up to date with email updates …
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Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Which Trump Will Take the Fall for Years of Tax Fraud?  —  Junior and Eric, it's time to prove your loyalty.  —  Last February, not long before he reported to prison, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified that his boss had regularly inflated his personal assets when it served his purposes to do so …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Dodgy Bookkeeping Is a Trump Family Tradition
Vincent Wood / The Independent:
Turkey ‘effectively holding 50 US nuclear bombs hostage’ at air base amid Syria invasion  —  White House officials scrambling to retrieve weapons of mass destruction, reports say  —  An estimated 50 US nuclear bombs are effectively being held hostage in Turkey as Washington attempts to find …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
House lawyers: Trump trying to ‘obstruct his own impeachment’  —  Lawyers for the House of Representatives on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of trying to “obstruct his own impeachment” by claiming the authority to block his advisers from cooperating with congressional investigations.
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Dems grapple with impeachment timing as evidence piles up
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Trump-Erdogan Call Led to Lengthy Quest to Avoid Halkbank Trial  — Barr, working with Mnuchin, sought a deferred prosecution deal  — Prosecutors filed charges when Trump sought to punish Erdogan  —  President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal …
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives work through an impeachment inquiry regarding alleged abuses of office by President Donald Trump, approval of Congress is now at 25%.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Only once has Gallup seen more support for removing a president. Nixon was gone four days later.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Pompeo adviser to decry politicization of State Dept. in impeachment probe testimony  —  Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until his sudden resignation last week, will tell House impeachment investigators Wednesday that career diplomats …
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Robert C. O'Brien / Washington Post:
Here's how I will streamline Trump's National Security Council
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden, Bleeding Cash, Spent Nearly $1 Million on Private Jets  —  Per the ex-veep's FEC data, roughly one out of every 16 dollars raised by the campaign has been spent on such aviation.  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign is bleeding cash.  And a big reason why appears to be an antiquated …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Grieving Parents ‘Ambushed’ by Trump, Who Had Teen's Killer Waiting at White House  —  The president had hoped to surprise the parents of dead British teen Harry Dunn with a meeting with the woman who killed him—all in front of the media.  —  Correspondent-At-Large
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NBC News:
Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash linked to Giuliani pals' gas deals and Biden dirt digging  —  A Ukrainian oligarch who is fighting extradition to the U.S. may figure in both the dirt digging and the gas deals pursued by Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.  —  WASHINGTON — When two Rudy Giuliani associates …
Discussion: Raw Story, MSNBC and TIME
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ABC News:
4th defendant in federal case involving Rudy Giuliani associates arrested
Discussion: Slate and The Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Schiff pressed Volker to say Ukraine felt pressure from Trump  —  In a secret interview, Rep. Adam Schiff, leader of the House Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, pressed former U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker to testify that Ukrainian officials felt pressured …
 
 
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Washington Post:
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CNN:
Frustration on Syria mounts from Republicans during ‘heated’ Esper meeting
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Anna Orso / Inquirer.com:
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