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10:25 PM ET, November 5, 2019


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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo  —  In a substantial update to his initial account, Gordon D. Sondland recounted how he told Ukrainian officials military aid was tied to their commitment to investigations President Trump wanted.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sondland reverses himself on Ukraine, confirming quid pro quo  —  Gordon Sondland, a key witness in the impeachment inquiry, revealed that he told a top Ukrainian official that hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid would “likely” be held up unless the country's government announced investigations …
Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Pence aide likely to testify in impeachment inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)A senior adviser to Vice President Mike Pence is likely to comply with a request to testify on Thursday in front of the committees leading the impeachment inquiry, multiple sources say.  —  Jennifer Williams …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘It kept getting more insidious’: What Sondland and Volker told Trump impeachment investigators  —  House impeachment investigators on Tuesday released the transcripts of the hours-long testimony of two diplomats involved in carrying out an alleged shadow foreign policy campaign aimed …
Greg Olear / Newsweek:   Mike Pence knew | Opinion
NBC News:
Sondland changes testimony, acknowledges delivering quid pro quo message to Ukraine
Discussion: MSNBC and Liberty Unyielding
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Mulvaney Summoned to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:   It Was a Corrupt Quid Pro Quo
VIDEO: Leaked ABC News Insider Recording EXPOSES #EpsteinCoverup “We had Clinton, We had Everything” … • “I've Had This Story for Three Years...  (ABC) Would Not Put It on The Air” says Good Morning America Breaking News Anchor, and 20/20 Co-Anchor Amy Robach.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:   Lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Praises Amy Robach's Unaired Interview
David Nichols / WLEX:
Beshear overcomes Trump effect to beat Bevin to become next KY governor  —  LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — After a hard-fought race marked by angry rhetoric about teachers and the intervention of national politics, Kentucky voters finally got the chance to make their decision at the ballot box.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Democrat Andy Beshear just unseated Kentucky's Trump-loving governor  —  Democrat Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin during the final Kentucky gubernatorial debate on October 29, 2019.  Albert Cesare/AP  —  It's a win for Democrats in a very conservative state.
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. trying to finish report on Russia probe before Thanksgiving  —  Justice Department officials are trying to release in the coming weeks a potentially explosive inspector general report about the FBI's investigation into President Trump's 2016 campaign, according to multiple people familiar with the effort.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Biden / Medium:
I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career  —  The other day I was accused by one of my opponents of running in the wrong primary.  Pretty amazing.  On one level, it is kind of funny.  —  I have fought for the Democratic party my whole career.  I know what we stand for, who we stand with and what we believe.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would acquit President Donald Trump if an impeachment trial were held today.  —  “I will say I'm pretty sure how it's likely to end,” McConnell told reporters.
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Axios
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
McConnell: If Trump impeachment trial were held today, ‘it would not lead to a removal’
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
The latest impeachment transcripts reveal how deeply embarrassing this process is for Republicans defending Donald Trump  —  ‘Our GOP colleagues basically have nothing except some discredited old conspiracy theories’  —  As Donald Trump strode onstage to deliver remarks at a Lexington …
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Inside Adam Schiff's Impeachment Game Plan
Discussion: and Raw Story
Washington Post:
House GOP eyes committee shake-up ahead of Trump impeachment hearings
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Democrats pulled off a huge win, taking control of Virginia's state legislature  —  Virginia House of Delegates Minority Leader Eileen Filler at the start of the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia on January 9, 2019.  Steve Helber/AP  —  Democrats captured both the state House and Senate.
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Washington Post:
Democrats projected to flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government …
Washington Post:
‘Who built this beautiful place?’  Despite Trump's visits to his properties, some of his businesses show new signs of financial decline.  —  “What a beautiful ballroom,” President Trump said as he walked into a campaign fundraiser recently at a hotel in downtown Chicago.  —  Donors laughed.
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Struggling Trump Tower Chicago cuts amenities, costs to get by
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says Sen. Elizabeth Warren ‘vilifies successful people’  — Dimon on Sen. Warren: “She uses some pretty harsh words, you know, some would say vilifies successful people,” he said.  “I don't like vilifying anybody.  I think we should applaud successful people.”
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren slams Twitter for a policy that bans ads from groups fighting climate change
Discussion: Slate, more at Techmeme »
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Trump called woman who says he sexually assaulted her, phone records show  —  More than a decade ago, Donald Trump made phone calls from his cell phone to a former candidate on “The Apprentice” around the same time that she says he sexually assaulted her, according to phone records made public Tuesday.
ABC News:
Phone records provide ‘irrefutable proof’ of sexual assault allegations against Trump, lawyer says
Discussion: HuffPost
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts  —  Rep. Devin Nunes' attorney last month demanded that his 2018 Democratic political opponent pressure an anonymous social media writer to delete comments on Twitter that mock Republican Nunes “day and night.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Remember The Cyclist Who Flipped Off Trump's Motorcade?  She Just Won A Virginia Election.  —  Juli Briskman will now be on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.  —  WASHINGTON ― Juli Briskman, who famously flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade in a viral 2017 photo …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Medical emergencies and Milo Yiannopoulos: Roger Stone's trial opens  —  Only minutes after the first potential juror took the witness stand, Roger Stone abruptly left the courtroom, apparently ill. Moments later, a spectator started moaning and collapsed.  —  Everyone from the judge …
USA Today:
At least 10 members of Mormon family brutally killed in Mexico; about a dozen still missing  —  Daniel Gonzalez Adrianna RodriguezArizona Republic  —  MEXICO CITY — At least 10 members of a prominent Mormon family, three mothers and their young children, were killed in a shooting attack …
New York Times:
9 Members of Mormon Family in Mexico Are Killed in Ambush
Washington Post:
Inside TikTok: A culture clash where U.S. views about censorship often were overridden by the Chinese bosses  —  Managers insist they are revamping policies to give American staff greater autonomy from Beijing.  —  The wildly popular short-video app TikTok has become one of the world's …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Hawley takes aim at TikTok and China in congressional hearing
Partisan Opinion on Trump Digs in  —  Public support for impeachment inquiry, but few have a lot of trust in it  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Donald Trump's approval rating remains stable as the impeachment inquiry intensifies, with evidence that both sides of public opinion are digging in.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
‘Ellen’ Producer Andy Lassner Speaks Out About Past Addiction Struggles to Inspire Others to Get Sober  —  In Variety's Recovery Issue, prominent entertainment figures offer insights on navigating a sober life in Hollywood.  For more, click here.  —  Andy Lassner has been candid on Twitter …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Dave Bangert / Journal & Courier:
Faulty machines blamed for switching votes in second consecutive Greater Lafayette election
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Free Lori Loughlin
Discussion: Deseret News
James Gagliano / Washington Examiner:
The Michael Flynn smoking gun: FBI headquarters altered interview summary
BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Allegedly Talked Biden Dirt With Ukraine's Former Prime Minister
Discussion: NBC News and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
“The Mueller Report Illustrated” to be published by The Washington Post and Scribner
Discussion: Twitchy
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
“They Allowed It”: A Justice Department Employee Said She Was Raped By A Senior Official.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump ally Alan Dershowitz and ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh are lobbying for an Israeli billionaire …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The State Of The Polls, 2019
Alex Roarty / Wichita Eagle:
Trump wants to win even more rural votes in 2020. Democrats are scrambling to catch up
Martin Scorsese / New York Times:
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