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5:40 PM ET, November 4, 2019


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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds  —  Signs that the president's advantage in the Electoral College has persisted or even increased since 2016.  —  Despite low national approval ratings and the specter of impeachment, President Trump remains highly competitive …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Poll Shows Democratic Candidates Have Been Living in a Fantasy World  —  In 2018, Democratic candidates waded into hostile territory and flipped 40 House districts, many of them moderate or conservative in their makeup.  In almost every instance, their formula centered on narrowing …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A wake-up call for Democrats
Discussion: National Review, Townhall and Daily Kos
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Dems tiptoe around ‘Pocahontas’ and Hunter as Trump licks his chops
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The Electoral College could save Trump in 2020
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Democrats don't have a candidate who would beat Trump in Texas today, poll finds
POLITICO Playbook: Did Trump just threaten a shutdown over impeachment?
NBC News:
Ousted Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch says she was told to tweet praise of Trump to save her job  —  The three House committees leading the Trump impeachment inquiry released Monday two transcripts of the behind-closed-doors interviews they have so far conducted.
U.S. House of Representatives Permanent …:
COMMITTEES RELEASE TESTIMONY OF YOVANOVITCH AND McKINLEY AS PART OF NEW PUBLIC PHASE OF IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Impeachment transcripts become latest point of panic for Trump  —  Up until now, the congressional impeachment inquiry has unfolded largely behind closed doors.  There have been some exceptions - some witnesses, for example, have publicly released their opening statements - but by and large …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ex-Ukraine ambassador felt threatened by Trump
Washington Post:
7 takeaways from Marie Yovanovitch's and Michael McKinley's Ukraine testimony
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mediaite
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
On Ukraine, Trump Is a Con Man, but He's Also a Mark  —  Corrupt forces find it easy to manipulate this president.  —  Kenneth McCallion is a New York lawyer who once represented former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine.  A few years ago, he brought a civil racketeering lawsuit …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: Giuliani associate now willing to comply with Trump impeachment inquiry - lawyer  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lev Parnas, an indicted Ukrainian-American businessman who has ties to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is now prepared to comply with requests …
Polina Ivanova / Reuters:
Exclusive: Ukraine to fire prosecutor who discussed Bidens with Giuliani - source  —  Polina Ivanova, Ilya Zhegulev  —  KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine plans to fire the prosecutor who led investigations into the firm where Joe Biden's son served on the board, a central figure in the activity …
Discussion: The Week
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Asks for Identifying Details on Anonymous Op-Ed Author  —  The writer, a senior Trump administration official, plans to write a book to be published this month.  —  The Justice Department is trying to unearth the identity of the Trump administration official who denounced …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Justice Dept. is trying to ‘intimidate’ author of anonymous anti-Trump book, agents say  —  New York (CNN Business)The Justice Department is going on the offensive against the anonymous author of “A Warning,” telling them in a letter obtained by CNN Business that he or she may be violating …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Trump admin targets soon-to-be-published insider book by ‘Anonymous’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
CBS Denver:
FBI: White Supremacist Richard Holzer Arrested In Plot To Blow Up Synagogue In Colorado  —  (CBS4) — A known white supremacist named Richard Holzer has been arrested in a plot to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, according to newly unsealed federal court documents.
CBS Denver:
FBI: White Supremacist Richard Holzer Arrested In Plot To Blow Up Pueblo's Temple Emanuel  —  (CBS4) - The FBI says it has prevented what it believes was an attempt to commit a major hate crime in Colorado.  A known white supremacist named Richard Holzer arrested late Friday night …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Trump makes it official: U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord  —  “It's a sad reminder of where the world's former leader on climate change now stands,” one critic said.  —  The Trump administration notified the international community Monday that it plans to officially withdraw …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, as Diplomats Work to Save It
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
E. Jean Carroll, Who Accused Trump of Rape, Sues Him for Defamation  —  The writer says the president hurt her career when he said she had lied about him attacking her in a dressing room in the 1990s.  —  E. Jean Carroll had publicly shared a secret in June that she had kept largely to herself …
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
New York writer who accused Trump of sexual assault sues him for defamation
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Poll: Biden holds significant lead over Warren, Sanders in Nevada; top issue is electing someone who can beat Trump  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.  (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Aaron Calvin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Twitter hates me.  The Des Moines Register fired me.  Here's what really happened.  —  During the seven months I worked as a trending-news reporter for the Des Moines Register, it was my job to write about viral news in Iowa and to frame my stories in ways that would increase their viral potential.
Judd at Popular Information / Popular Information:
The Trump campaign holds a lot of contests.  Does anyone win?  —  The Trump campaign has held at least 15 contests since 2018 offering the chance to win breakfast, lunch, or dinner with President Trump.  Supporters are enticed to donate to Trump's campaign with promises of free travel …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Trump Taxes: Appeals Court Rules President Must Turn Over 8 Years of Tax Returns  —  A three-judge appeals panel said the president's accounting firm had to comply with a subpoena.  —  A federal appeals panel said on Monday that President Trump's accounting firm must turn over eight years …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score.  Now You Can Get Yours, Too.  —  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients.  Here's how to get a copy of what they have on you.  —  As consumers, we all have …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Internet-Savvy Nazi Says a Bunch of Old Fashioned Nazi Shit in Leaked Tape  —  Richard Spencer, one of the most high profile neo-Nazis in America, has spent the past three years online trying to rebrand his extremist ideology with terms like “alt-right.”  But a newly leaked audio tape makes …
Christopher Walsh / Sports Illustrated:
University of Alabama Preparing for President Trump to Attend LSU Game  —  Alabama vs. LSU, No. 1 vs. No. 2, just got a little bigger  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — BamaCentral has learned that the University of Alabama is making preparations for President Donald Trump to attend the LSU game on Saturday.
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Meet Doug Meyer, Republican for Congress: Racist, Islamophobic “Proud Boy” Hungry for Civil War  —  It's old news by now that Congressman Scott Desjarlais, who proclaims himself to be “a consistent supporter of pro-life values”, paid for 2 abortions and cheated on his wife with three coworkers …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump could get whacked by legal losses in coming months  —  The final year of President Donald Trump's first term will be loaded with legal landmines — and it's not just the impeachment cases.  —  Trump could face court rulings that say he is illegally profiting from foreign governments …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC covers $60,000 cost for Trump and entourage to attend cage-fighting match  —  President Trump's cage-side seats to a fighting match in New York City cost the Republican National Committee about $60,000, according to officials familiar with the cost.  —  The price included the ringside seats …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and The Hill
Louis Sahagun / Los Angeles Times:
Trump team has a plan for national parks: Amazon, food trucks and no senior discounts  —  At the urging of a controversial team of advisors, the Trump administration is mulling proposals to privatize national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks with expanded Wi-Fi service …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, Mercury News and Fortune
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
How One Employer Stuck a New Mom With a $898,984 Bill for Her Premature Baby  —  Dignity Health said its employee, an ER nurse, failed to meet the deadline to add her premature newborn to its health plan, so she was responsible for the medical bills.  It rejected her appeals for a year until ProPublica called.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Trump ally Roger Stone's trial to start this week  —  Stone was charged with misleading the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to find out when WikiLeaks would be releasing hacked Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails.  —  Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Joanne Rosa / ABC News:
Should 2020 Democratic candidates claim upper hand this early in presidential primary race?
Cam Edwards / Bearing Arms:
New Zealand's Gun Confiscation Shaping Up To Be Massive Failure
Discussion: Twitchy
John Solomon Reports:
Hunter Biden's Ukraine gas firm pressed Obama administration to end corruption allegations, memos show
Kim Willsher / The Guardian:
Yvette Lundy, French resistance heroine, dies aged 103
Daniel Dale / CNN:
The numbers prove it: Trump's Obama fixation is getting worse
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Dozens of Obama alums rally to boost Biden at D.C. fundraiser
Discussion: Political Wire
The Guardian:
PM accused of cover-up over report on Russian meddling in UK politics
Apple commits $2.5 billion to combat housing crisis in California
 Earlier Items: 
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
SCOOP: CIA, FBI Informant Was Washington Post Source For Russiagate Smears
Matt Lebovic / The Times of Israel:
Historian: New evidence shows FDR's bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's awful new ‘transcript’ tweets demonstrate how his propaganda works
Navy Times:
Report: Trump makes SEAL Gallagher a chief again
Michael Hobbes / HuffPost:
Democrats' Baffling Blind Spot On Cars
Lauren Fedor / Financial Times:
Nearly two-thirds of US voters say Trump has not made them better off
Discussion: and The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Trump, the phone call, and consciousness of guilt
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Unemployment is climbing in key swing states, including Michigan and Wisconsin