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8:45 AM ET, November 6, 2019

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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's GOP walloped  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WHERE WE ARE ... DEMOCRATS captured control of the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate, the first time they've controlled the entire government “in a generation,” per the WaPo.  — NYT'S JONATHAN MARTIN …
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Kentucky outcome embarrasses Trump and worries many Republicans ahead of 2020  —  Democrats' claim of victory Tuesday in Kentucky's gubernatorial race, as well as the Democratic takeover of the Virginia state legislature, left Republicans stumbling and increasingly uncertain …
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019  —  Democrat Andy Beshear speaks to supporters after a daylong tour of Kentucky on the last night of the campaign for governor, in Louisville, Kentucky, November 4, 2019.  Dylan Lovan/AP  —  Winner: Democratic enthusiasm.  Loser: Donald Trump.
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.
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.
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 …
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Democrat Andy Beshear declares victory over Matt Bevin in governor's race.  Bevin doesn't concede  —  Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear declared victory in Kentucky governor's race as he held a razor-thin margin over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin after Tuesday's election.
New York Times:
Live: Kentucky Governor Election Results
Inquirer.com:
Democrats just took control of Delaware County as the Philadelphia suburbs continue to go blue
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Trump urges thousands in Lexington to vote for Bevin even though 'he's such a pain'
Discussion: Townhall and Fox News
New York Times:
Va. State Legislature
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.
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Amy Klobuchar Has a Pete Buttigieg Problem
Discussion: The Hill and Slate
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:   Elizabeth Warren's Health-Care Hara-Kiri
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Attacks Warren as a ‘My Way or the Highway’ Elitist
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Bad News
Andrew Whalen / Newsweek:   Bernie Sanders ‘Best’ On Health Care, the Economy, Environment and Immigration in New 2020 Poll
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Trump Letter Promised Zelensky ‘Unwavering’ Support  —  In the letter, published here for the first time, Trump pledges to stand by Kyiv no matter what.  That was before he withheld aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating his rival.  —  President Donald Trump promised …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo
Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Diplomat Gordon Sondland: Oh, THAT Pro Quo, Yeah, Now I Remember
Discussion: HuffPost, The Week and Axios
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Off the Kuff
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Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Virginia cyclist who flipped off Trump wins Loudoun County seat representing his golf club  —  A legion of reasons propel political neophytes to run for office, but none may be as unusual as what inspired Juli Briskman, the cyclist who gave President Trump the finger two years ago …
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Virginia cyclist who flipped off Trump's motorcade appears to have won race for local office
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Washington Times
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Thanks to Rand Paul, Russian Media Are Naming the Alleged Whistleblower
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
News organizations resist Trump's pressure to release whistleblower's name
Discussion: Politico and Deadline
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Rand Paul Wants Whistleblower Outed. Libertarians Want the Old Rand Paul Back
Discussion: Fox News, The Mary Sue and Alternet.org
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.
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Dave Ress / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Democrat Shelly Simonds ousts Del. David Yancey in rematch of race that kept GOP in power in 2017
Discussion: Fox News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Where is Mike Pompeo?  He's hiding in fear of Donald Trump.  —  Since the investigation began into President Trump's machinations in Ukraine, one of the most disturbing questions has been: Where is Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, who's supposed to shield his diplomats from political interference?
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Washington Post:
Senate Republicans consider including Bidens in Trump impeachment trial  —  Senate Republicans are privately debating whether they should use an impeachment trial of President Trump to scrutinize former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter as some Trump allies push to call them as witnesses …
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.
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: Raw Story and The Last Refuge
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein Accuser Praises Amy Robach's Unaired Interview  —  Stan Pottinger, an attorney for Virginia Roberts Giuffre, defended Robach's 2015 interview with his client, which ABC says did not meet its editorial standards for broadcast.  —  On Tuesday, the conservative …
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CNN:
Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in cases of service members facing war crimes allegations
Discussion: Breitbart
Dave Bangert / Journal & Courier:
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Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
James Gagliano / Washington Examiner:
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Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
‘Who built this beautiful place?’ …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story