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Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
‘Your question is insane.’ Full interview with Secretary of State Pompeo in Wichita  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday made his fourth trip to Kansas this year, this one to Wichita with Ivanka Trump.  The former Kansas congressman sat down with McClatchy's Wichita Eagle and Kansas City Star …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why is GOP spin growing more pathetic and lawless? Because Trump's defenses are collapsing.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Fantasy of Republicans Ditching Trump  —  Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the Republican Party ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it.  —  It's a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple …
Discussion: Vox, more at Techmeme »
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
If Republicans don't stand by Trump, they risk losing their base forever
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell backs resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:   Bring Impeachment into the Light
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Education Official to Resign and Call for Mass Student-Loan Forgiveness  —  A. Wayne Johnson, appointed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, calls the student-loan system ‘fundamentally broken’  —  WASHINGTON—A senior student-loan official in the Trump administration said he would resign Thursday …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn: Not a bad idea to get U.S. troops out of the way if Turkey planned to ‘ethnically cleanse the Kurds’  —  The Texas Republican isn't happy about the abrupt U.S. withdrawal but lauded Trump's move, even if it left Kurdish allies unprotected.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn lauded …
Tammy Duckworth / USA Today:
Sen. Duckworth: With Syria drawdown, Donald Trump turns his back on America's credibility
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Trump's spin about the ‘great outcome’ in Syria
Just Security:
United States of America v. Rudolph W. Giuliani  —  Former U.S. Attorneys draft a “Mock Indictment” based on publicly available evidence of Giuliani's misconduct. … While the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel has issued legal opinions that a sitting president cannot be indicted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Tell Federal Agencies to Cut New York Times, Washington Post Subscriptions  —  White House plans to direct government staffers to not renew orders with the newspapers, whose coverage he has disparaged as ‘fake’  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is planning to instruct federal agencies …
Jackie Salo / New York Post:
Katie Hill admits her ‘throuple’ relationship was a bad idea  —  Rep. Katie Hill admitted this week that the ‘sexual’ relationship she had with a female staffer was “inappropriate,” amid allegations she was involved in a “throuple” with her husband and the subordinate.
Iowa State University:
Buttigieg jumps to second in Iowa State University/Civiqs poll  —  AMES, Iowa - Mayor Pete Buttigieg is building momentum in Iowa, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll.  Of likely caucus-goers, 20% said Buttigieg is their top choice among the field of Democratic presidential candidates.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Political Wire
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Klobuchar qualifies for November debate
Scott Shafer / KQED:
Harris Loses Ground in California to Front-Runners Warren and Sanders
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Wines / New York Times:
The Student Vote Is Surging.  So Are Efforts to Suppress It.  —  The share of college students casting ballots doubled from 2014 to 2018, a potential boon to Democrats.  But in Texas and elsewhere, Republicans are erecting roadblocks to the polls.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — At Austin Community College …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Judge Napolitano Schools ‘Fox & Friends’ on Impeachment: Schiff Just ‘Following the Rules’ Written by GOP  —  Fox News' judicial analyst disappointed his colleagues by explaining there's nothing wrong with “secret” impeachment hearings.  —  After Republican members of the House literally stormed …
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Accuse Impeachment Witnesses of Coordinating Testimony  —  The evidence concerns two unnamed witnesses in particular, said Rep. Eric Swallwell.  —  Some Democrats involved in the impeachment inquiry are beginning to suspect that certain witnesses have coordinated with each …
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Anna Momigliano / New York Times:
Italy Did Not Fuel U.S. Suspicion of Russian Meddling, Prime Minister Says  —  Casting holes in a Trump conspiracy theory, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed details of two visits to Rome by Attorney General William P. Barr.  —  ROME — Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
National Archives probes Wilbur Ross' use of private email  —  The National Archives and Records Administration has launched an investigation into Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' use of private email for official business, according to a letter made public this week.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Economists rush to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren solve Medicare-for-all tax puzzle  —  “She wants something airtight but easy to understand,” one outside adviser said of Warren's approach to finance huge health plan  —  Internal and external economic policy advisers are trying to help Sen. Elizabeth Warren …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Lawyers for Ukrainian oligarch have another client: The columnist who pushed Biden corruption claims  —  Conservative lawyers Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, who this year took on as a client an oligarch at the center of the Ukraine scandal, also represent the conservative columnist …
William Mattox / Wall Street Journal:
Impeachment Needs a Replay Booth  —  An acquittal should allow a president to run for a third term.  —  I know impeachment is supposed to be an extremely weighty matter that demands every citizen's attention, but part of me would like the never-ending histrionics to go away so that I can give my undivided attention to football.
Boris Johnson calls for UK election on December 12  —  LONDON — The British prime minister said Thursday he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal if they agree to a December 12 general election.  —  “The way to get Brexit done is to, I think, be reasonable with parliament …
Douglas Murray / National Review:   The Brexit Knot  —  Britain now faces a great political and constitutional crisis
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
How America's far-left could help re-elect Donald Trump  —  If America's Democrats could adopt a rule on how not to lose elections, it should be to impose a gag on Hillary Clinton.  As it is, Mrs Clinton may already have tweaked the course of the 2020 presidential race.
Matt Gaetz Says Storming Impeachment Hearings was Like ‘300’  —  Congressman Matt Gaetz sure is feeling himself after leading the blitz of House Republicans into private impeachment hearings — delaying them for hours — and he's glowing about scoring brownie points with POTUS.
Jessica Pels / Cosmopolitan:
Pete Buttigieg on His Plans to Address Climate Change and Revamp the Supreme Court, and, Oh, Tackle Halloween  —  It's a high-stakes election with a large pool of would-be presidents, and young women might just be the deciding vote on our future  —  To help you choose—and to get the candidates to address what matters most to YOU—
New York Times:
Trump's War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him  —  The impeachment inquiry is in some ways the culmination of a battle between the president and the government institutions he distrusted and disparaged.  —  WASHINGTON — Nameless, faceless and voiceless, the C.I.A. officer who first triggered …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
NBC News:
Tim Ryan drops out of presidential race  —  The Ohio congressman announced his decision in a video to supporters.  His campaign said he wasn't endorsing anyone just yet.  —  Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, ended his long-shot presidential campaign after months of struggling to find a footing in the crowded Democratic field.
Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney, sources say  —  (CNN)Rudy Giuliani has been approaching defense attorneys for possible representation, according to three sources familiar with the matter.  —  The move by Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Conservative leaders to send White House letter in support of Mulvaney  —  A group of conservative leaders plan to send a letter to the White House and Capitol Hill on Thursday expressing support for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who has come under fire in the wake …
Washington Post:
Spain exhumes dictator Francisco Franco after years of bitter controversy  —  MADRID — Spain began exhuming the remains of Spanish Gen. Francisco Franco from his imposing mausoleum at the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid on Thursday, ending years of bitter controversy about how to commemorate a dark and complicated past.
Ben Geman / Axios:
Reports: Trump to imminently begin process of leaving Paris climate deal  —  President Trump is making life more complicated for climate change advocates and K Street alike — in ways obvious and sometimes less so.  —  Driving the news: The climate world was abuzz Wednesday at reports …
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and New York Times
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Baltimore Sun:
Miller says he'll step down as Maryland Senate president, Democrats pick Baltimore's Bill Ferguson to replace him
Discussion: The Hill
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Pence takes swipe at NBA and Nike in speech on China
NBC News:
Hunter Biden's legal work in Romania raises new questions about his overseas dealings
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
In rebuke of Erdogan, Armenian genocide resolution could soon pass House
Discussion: The Hill
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Government Loophole Gave Oil Companies an $18 Billion Windfall
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
The Secret Service Interviewed Eminem Over “Threatening Lyrics” About Trump And Ivanka.  These Docs Prove It.
Discussion: Political Wire
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump ‘Enemies List’ Smear Flops
Andy Smarick / The Bulwark:
The Post-Trump GOP  —  The optimistic case for a Trumpism-free …
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Marine Corps vet who served in Iraq deported to El Salvador
Discussion: Phoenix New Times
Michael McFaul / Foreign Affairs:
Trump's Gift to Putin
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Trump's Character Betrays Him
Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
Trump's presidency is built on lies. Does he actually believe them?
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Mental Impairment Means He Cannot Think Strategically or in Abstract Terms,’ Claims Professor of Psychiatry
Discussion: Raw Story
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
UN expert: Iran continues to execute children, has 90 on death row