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9:20 AM ET, October 31, 2019


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Washington Post:
White House lawyer moved transcript of Trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms  —  Moments after President Trump ended his phone call with Ukraine's president on July 25, an unsettled national security aide rushed to the office of White House lawyer John Eisenberg.
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
Trump's Russia Director To Leave National Security Council Amid Impeachment Inquiry  —  Toggle more options  —  Tim Morrison, the top Russia official on President Trump's National Security Council, who is scheduled to testify in the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, is set to leave …
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
‘Whistleblower’ Exposed: Close to Biden, Brennan, Schiff's Staff, and DNC Operative  —  For a town that leaks like a sieve, Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous “whistleblower” who triggered impeachment proceedings …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
National Security Council aide Tim Morrison will not be part of the Resistance  —  National Security Council official Tim Morrison is a lot of things: a Trump administration political appointee, a John Bolton acolyte, a naval reserve intelligence officer, a lawyer and a Russia hawk, to name a few.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Testimony: Nunes acolyte misrepresented himself to Trump as Ukraine expert  —  The decorated Army officer who testified to House investigators on Tuesday told lawmakers that a close associate of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes “misrepresented” himself to President Donald Trump in an effort …
CNN:   National Security Council staffers uneasy, fear Trump backlash
Washington Post:
National Security Council official set to testify in impeachment inquiry is leaving his post
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Anti-Trump ‘Whistleblower’ Worked With DNC Operative Who Sought Dirt On Trump From Ukrainian Officials
Task & Purpose:
Army defends Lt. Col. Vindman days after his commander-in-chief called him a ‘Never Trumper’
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats hoped they'd win over Republicans on impeachment.  But it's not looking that way so far  —  As the House prepares to hold its first vote related to the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, senior House Democrats appear to have all but given up on getting much Republican support for their effort …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans will have to face the truth on impeachment eventually  —  Republicans don't know how to take yes for an answer.  —  For weeks, they dutifully echoed President Trump, baying that the House's ongoing impeachment investigation is a “witch hunt” and a “sham.”
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The Adam Schiff Empowerment Act
Discussion: Power Line and American Greatness
Nancy Cook / Politico:
After McConnell advice, Trump lays off GOP senators on impeachment  —  Sitting inside the White House, Mitch McConnell gave Donald Trump some straightforward advice: Stop attacking senators — including Mitt Romney — who likely will soon judge your fate in an impeachment trial.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash  —  President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment — and sending a message to those who don't to get on board.  —  Trump is tapping his vast fundraising network for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Why I Haven't Gone Back to SCOTUS Since Kavanaugh  —  Some things are worth not getting over.  — Unbelievable and Know My Name Show the Harm a Sexual Assault Investigation Can Do to a Survivor  —  It's been just over a year since I sat in the hearing room and watched the final act of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.
Aaron Sorkin / New York Times:
An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg  —  Facebook isn't defending free speech, it's assaulting truth.  —  Mr. Sorkin is a playwright and screenwriter.  —  Mark,  —  In 2011, I wrote “The Social Network” and I know you wish I hadn't.  You protested that the film was inaccurate and that Hollywood …
Discussion: Axios and Rolling Stone
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Katie Hill's downfall highlights stark generational divide among Democrats  —  Rep. Katie Hill's colleagues were uniformly shocked and saddened by the collapse of the freshman star's political career.  But that's where their agreement ends.  —  A stark generational divide among Democrats …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Cody Fenwick / Raw Story:
Trump judicial nominee breaks into tears in hearing over scathing finding that he's ‘arrogant, lazy’ and ‘an ideologue’  —  Lawrence J.C. VanDyke openly wept on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee as he was confronted with a blistering review from the American Bar Association …
INDIVISIBLE VENTURA:   Wednesday - 10/30: It's Halloween tomorrow in the Senate! …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC Poll: Trump approval steady as impeachment rages  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval rating is holding steady as the House presses forward with an impeachment probe that could imperil his presidency, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Goldberg / Politico:
Obamacare is stronger than ever — and a Trump-backed lawsuit could destroy it.  —  Three years into a presidency that promised to kill Obamacare, the health care law has never been stronger.  —  Millions of people buying coverage during the enrollment period starting Friday will find …
Discussion: Slate
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump administration's ObamaCare rule
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A Facebook content moderation vendor is quitting the business after two Verge investigations  —  Moderators complained of filthy offices and severe mental health strain  —  The professional services firm Cognizant will exit the content moderation business after two Verge investigations …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump tweeted a photo of a Medal of Honor recipient — who was edited out and replaced by a dog  —  In a somber White House ceremony in July 2017, President Trump draped the Medal of Honor around the neck of James McCloughan.  He was credited with saving the lives of 10 men in a brutal …
New York Times:
Trump Tweets Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal
China Doubts Long-Term Trade Deal Possible With Trump  — Stage 1 in the works but Chinese downplay prospect for others  — APEC cancellation adds another hurdle for a star-crossed deal  —  Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars.  Sign up here.
Wall Street Journal:
Vulnerable House Democrats Wary of Campaigning for Medicare for All in 2020 Race  —  Some candidates fear sharing a ballot with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren because of their health-care promises  —  Some Democratic lawmakers key to holding the House majority worry that the health-care pledges …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Trump antagonist Newsom lavishes praise on president for fire response  —  AMERICAN CANYON — Gov. Gavin Newsom, who rarely misses an opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump, offered rare praise Wednesday for the president during a tour of areas affected by catastrophic fires and widespread power outages in Northern California.
Scott Bland / Politico:
Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cash  —  Kamala Harris is dramatically restructuring her campaign by redeploying staffers to Iowa and laying off dozens of aides at her Baltimore headquarters, according to campaign sources and a memo obtained Wednesday by POLITICO …
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Michele Bachmann: Trump has ‘greater moral clarity’ than any other president in history  —  In an appearance on Tony Perkins' Washington Watch program this Tuesday, former Minnesota congresswoman and chairwoman of the Family Research Council, Michele Bachmann, discussed the Democrats' “fake …
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Here's what the Federal Reserve chair really thinks about the economy  —  The Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut interest rates for the third time since July, but Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that it is done reducing borrowing costs for now.  That's bad news for President Donald Trump …
Liam Quinn / Fox News:
Ex-CIA boss Brennan appears to partly back Hillary Clinton's theory Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset  —  When it comes to Hillary Clinton's controversial suggestions about 2020 Democratic hopeful Tulsi Gabbard, it seems that maybe, John Brennan is with her.  —  Speaking at the “2020 Vision …
Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: Axios
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
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Missouri GOP Volunteer Tied To Neo-Nazi Group
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Trump campaign blasts Democrats in World Series finale ad
Peter Beinart / The Forward:
Democratic Party Split Over Military Aid To Israel
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Barack Obama is coming back to Silicon Valley to raise millions for the Democratic Party
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Missing Canadian Bomb Expert With Neo-Nazi Ties May Be in U.S.
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Growth Settles in at Low Gear in Third Quarter
Discussion: U.S. Bureau … and
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
One Of Erdogan's Biggest Allies Contributed To Ilhan Omar's Campaign
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The New York Times is right. D.C. is a terrible place.
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Ex-gays descend upon D.C. to lobby against LGBTQ rights