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Washington Post:
Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader  —  President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed …
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New York Times:
Attorney General Declined Trump Request to Declare Nothing Illegal in Ukraine Call  —  President Trump asked Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference stating that no laws were broken in his call with Ukraine's president.  Mr. Barr declined.
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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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
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing  —  The shift of metro areas away from the Republican Party under President Donald Trump rumbled on in yesterday's elections, threatening the fundamental calculation of his 2020 reelection plan.  —  Amid all the various local factors that shaped GOP losses …
Will Steakin / ABC News:
Trump back in Louisiana to rally support for GOP gubernatorial candidate
Discussion: Politico, TheHill and Breitbart
Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Message from Virginia: Blue states emerge from expanding federal governments
New York Times:
Behind the Deal That Put Giuliani Together With a Dirt-Hunting Partner  —  The president's lawyer wanted $500,000 to help a venture started by a man who would go on to help him in Ukraine.  A Republican donor from Long Island put up the money.  —  WASHINGTON — It has been one of the enduring mysteries …
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New York Times:
Facing Investigation, Giuliani Needed a Lawyer, but Firms Stayed Away  —  After weeks of looking, Mr. Giuliani said he assembled a legal team to represent him as he comes under scrutiny from federal prosecutors.  —  President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani …
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
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Daily Caller
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Book Claims Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment  —  The anonymous author of “A Warning,” reportedly a current or former White House official, said talk of removing Trump escalated after Comey was fired.  —  The much-anticipated book “A Warning,” …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Beast
CNN:
Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage  —  Graham claims Trump admin ‘incapable of forming quid pro quo’  —  (CNN)Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine …
Discussion: FOX 61
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Impeachment transcripts reveal a consistent, damaging narrative for Trump
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and POLITICUSUSA
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Stone Trial Links Trump More Closely to 2016 Effort to Obtain Stolen Emails
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Associated Press
CNN:
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone
Discussion: FOX 61
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 …
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:   Trump Book Author Admits He Screwed Up by Wrongly Claiming Obama Held ‘Political Correctness’ Meetings
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.
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Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:   Law firm representing whistleblower calls Trump Jr.'s speculation on client's identity ‘disgusting and reckless’
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Washington Examiner:
The media protected Jeffrey Epstein and crucified Brett Kavanaugh
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake  —  Since 2004, more than 2,000 newspapers have closed in the United States, and many local news outlets are struggling to build a digital business.  But one remarkable success story is the Albany Daily News …
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Bill Gates Goes After Warren on Wealth Tax, Won't Commit to Backing Her Over Trump: Voting for Whoever's ‘More Professional’  —  Wall Street has not been shy in expressing reservations over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) presidential candidacy — given her desire to install a wealth tax.
Associated Press:
Halperin's ‘How to Beat Trump’ sells 502 copies in 1st week  —  NEW YORK — Mark Halperin's first book since his career was upended by allegations of sexual harassment is clearly no “Game Change.”  —  “How to Beat Trump” sold just 502 copies in its first week.
Bennett Minton / Washington Post:
A bright blue Virginia leaves the Confederacy behind  —  With the Democratic sweep in Richmond, protecting Civil War monuments won't be high on the agenda in the town that was once the seat of the Lost Cause.  —  The Confederacy in Virginia is dead.  And Donald Trump presided.
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now. It's Only Been 96 Years.
Discussion: HuffPost, Slate and Vox
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Trump Spiritual Adviser Paula White Prays Against President's Opponents, Suggests They ‘Operate in Sorcery and Witchcraft’  —  President Donald Trump's personal spiritual adviser, Paula White, launched a prayer effort alongside other evangelical Christian leaders on Tuesday …
Discussion: DeadState
Sam Radwany / KGUN-TV:
Tucson voters soundly reject ‘sanctuary city’ initiative  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson will not become Arizona's first sanctuary city after voters rejected Prop 205 Tuesday night.  —  The ballot measure was soundly rejected by 71.4 percent of voters in Tucson, according to unofficial election results released …
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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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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 …
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Appeals Court Nominee Shaped DeVos's Illegal Loan Forgiveness Effort  —  Steven J. Menashi, who could be confirmed Thursday, helped devise an Education Department plan to use Social Security data to deny students debt relief, an effort that a judge ruled violated privacy laws.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Kentucky GOP files complaint against potential McConnell challenger  —  The Kentucky Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Wednesday accusing Democrat Matt Jones of “serious violations” of campaign regulations.  —  The state GOP said Jones …
Matt Egan / CNN:
Billionaires are bashing Elizabeth Warren's plan to fix America's inequality problem  —  New York (CNN Business)Elizabeth Warren's aggressive plans to level the playing field for the American economy are drawing heavy fire from billionaires, even ones who acknowledge the system needs to be fixed.
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.
Fox News:
Jeffrey Epstein had ‘unexplained’ injuries on wrists and shoulder, brother says  —  Jeffrey Epstein's brother Mark says “unexplained” injuries were found on his body during the autopsy and is calling on the Department of Justice to release all forensic medical examiner files …
 
 
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Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
U.S. Must Provide Mental Health Services to Families Separated at Border
Rene Marsh / CNN:
Pence aide — who was concerned about July 25 call — will testify if subpoenaed
CNN:
US believes reports Turkey misused US-supplied weapons in Syria incursion are ‘credible’
Discussion: The Week
Brian Faler / Politico:
Federal judge raises possibility of compromise in House Dems' suit for Trump's tax returns
Discussion: The Hill
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Google Weighs Changes to Political Ad Policy
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Host Mark Levin Rallied, Fundraised for Virginia Political Candidate
James Comey / Washington Post:
Why our oldest law could drive impeachment
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
House GOP Lawyer Tried to Out Whistleblower in Bill Taylor Interview
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NBC News
Zachary Basu / Axios:
House Democrats drop subpoena for ex-Bolton aide Charles Kupperman
Discussion: Breitbart, Deseret News and NBC News
WKYT-TV:
Libertarian Party says it's happy to cause ‘delicious tears from Bevin supporters’
Discussion: Fortune and Raw Story
CNN:
Pompeo has lost confidence at State amid impeachment probe
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:
Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal