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Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Senate president: Kentucky governor's race could be decided by state legislature  —  Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers threw another wrench into the state's razor-thin gubernatorial outcome late Tuesday night, saying that the legislature could decide the race.
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Tim O'Donnell / The Week:
Lindsey Graham claims Trump is too incompetent to pull off a quid pro quo  —  Well, it wasn't the most flattering defense.  —  While Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has said it's actually becoming easier to defend President Trump amid the congressional impeachment inquiry, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had to dig deep to do so on Wednesday.
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
A Bevin-Beshear recount? These are the possible next steps under Kentucky election law
CNN:   Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump's chats with Roger Stone loom over trial's opening
Discussion: FOX 61 and CNN
Washington Post:
Prosecutor says Roger Stone lied ‘because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump’
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics  —  The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia in a case that raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect …
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Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press:
US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.  —  A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Political Wire
New York Times:   Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia
Leada Gore / al.com:
Alabama SGA warns groups: Protest Trump during LSU game, risk losing reserved seating  —  The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama is warning groups that protesting President Trump during the Tide's Saturday game vs. LSU could result in loss of reserved seating for the remainder of the season.
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Thanks to Rand Paul, Russian Media Are Naming the Alleged Whistleblower  —  Outing “the whistleblower” is the most egregious, but certainly not the only, example of Kremlin-funded media cheerleading the fight against impeachment.  They love “their” Trump.  —  Standing beside an approving Donald Trump …
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Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:
Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal  —  Republicans have for weeks blasted the closed-door impeachment process, but transcripts released this week of private depositions show most GOP lawmakers on the three panels at the center of the probe have simply not shown up.
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Democrats drop subpoena for ex-Bolton aide Charles Kupperman
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and Deseret News
Associated Press:
The Latest: Impeachment investigators release new transcript
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The Trump-era realignment is a death sentence for the GOP  —  Gov. Matt Bevin's loss should send a message to embattled Republicans in Trump Country: President Trump is not going to save you if you're drowning.  —  Republicans' loss of both chambers of Virginia's legislature should send …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Julia Terruso / Inquirer.com:
The blue wave crashes down on Pennsylvania again, as voters from Philly to Delaware County turn left  —  The political forces that shaped last year's midterm elections showed no signs of abating Tuesday, as voters turned on Republicans and establishment Democrats alike in races from Philadelphia …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing
The Hill:
Sessions inches closer to announcing Alabama Senate bid  —  Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce plans to run for his former Senate seat before Friday, two sources told The Hill.  —  A source who is in regular contact with Sessions said Wednesday there is …
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Associated Press:
AP sources: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid
Discussion: Townhall, Axios and Politico
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Trump spotlights confirmation of 150-plus federal judges
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Polls:
Trump 2020 Reelect Stable  —  Warren and Sanders catch up to Biden on ‘electability’  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Donald Trump's reelection prospects have not taken a hit since the House formally moved ahead with impeachment proceedings.  The latest Monmouth University Poll finds …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News, Politico and Political Wire
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Ayanna Pressley Broke With “The Squad” To Endorse Elizabeth Warren For President
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
CIA staff complained about Obama White House's political correctness, new book claims  —  A new book claims that top CIA employees have compared President Trump favorably to his predecessor, indicating that former President Barack Obama's administration micromanaged intelligence matters and was too concerned with political correctness.
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: ABC News/Epstein  —  I hope you'll subscribe to my newsletter by clicking the button above or the button at the end of this post.  Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram.  —  Scoop: ABC News Executives Believe They Have Identified Former Employee Who Accessed Amy Robach Hot Mic Footage
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
How Mike Pence's Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups  —  Officials at USAID warned that favoring Christian groups in Iraq could be unconstitutional and inflame religious tensions.  When one colleague lost her job, they said she had been “Penced.”
Justin Sayers / Arizona Daily Star:
Tucson voters overwhelmingly strike down ‘sanctuary city’ proposal  —  From the 2019 election results: Regina Romero becomes Tucson's first Latina mayor, ‘Sanctuary city’ initiative rejected series  —  Tucson voters overwhelmingly opted against the “sanctuary city” initiative …
Jaweed Kaleem / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. victims in Mexico massacre were tied to family with a long history of violence  —  The roadside killings of nine U.S. citizens in northern Mexico has brought renewed attention to the scattered communities of Mormons who settled in the country more than a century ago to escape persecution.
CNN:
Fox News brass to network hosts and personalities: Do not identify the whistleblower  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News hosts and personalities have been instructed over the last several days not to identify the whistleblower whose complaint sparked an impeachment probe against President Trump …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
PA Swing Voters Tell CNN They Would Still Vote For Trump If He Shot Someone: 'You'd Have to Know Why He Shot Him'  —  CNN New Day featured on Wednesday a panel of women identified as Pennsylvania swing voters, moderated by anchor Alisyn Camerota — and two had a jaw-dropping answer when asked …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Expected to Bolster Impeachment Strategy With Two New Hires  —  Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh set to join White House as impeachment aides  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to add two new aides to the White House dedicated …
CNN:
Pompeo has lost confidence at State amid impeachment probe  —  Ex-Pompeo adviser contradicts former boss under oath  —  Washington (CNN)Revelations that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was unwilling to defend career State Department officials under political attack have damaged his standing within …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower's attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment  —  Report: Lawyer for whistleblower says client is willing to answer GOP questions in impeachment probe  —  Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center …
Discussion: Townhall
NBC News:
Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends  —  NBC News is releasing almost 7,000 pages of leaked documents showing how Facebook treated user data as a bargaining chip with external app developers.  —  A cache of leaked Facebook documents shows how the company's CEO …
 
 
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Bill Gates Goes After Warren on Wealth Tax, Won't Commit to Backing Her Over Trump …
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Google Weighs Changes to Political Ad Policy
Washington Post:
Live updates: Acting ambassador says it was his ‘clear understanding’ …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Host Mark Levin Rallied, Fundraised for Virginia Political Candidate
James Comey / Washington Post:
The oath of office faces a true test during impeachment hearings
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Newly elected legislator, who flipped off Trump, says she's more than just a crude gesture
Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
NBC News:
Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Judge Signals Support for Democrats to Seek Trump's Tax Returns
Discussion: Raw Story
HuffPost:
How ‘Congressman-1’ Got Pulled Into Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Scheme
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now. It's Only Been 96 Years.
Discussion: Slate, HuffPost, Vox and CNN
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
DNC Pulls Democratic Debate From UCLA Because Of Union Boycott
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge
Discussion: Raw Story