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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: CANNONFIRE, FOX 61 and CNN
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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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing  —  Donald Trump's strategy of revving up his rural base may not be worth the cost.  —  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.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:   Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:   President Trump's lawyer Giuliani hires his own lawyers, as investigations mount
Associated Press:
The Latest: Impeachment investigators release new transcript
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
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.
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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 …
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.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're going to be a force in this battle': Biden super PAC kicks into gear  —  Money is flowing into new Biden super PAC, which aims to air ads in Iowa by Thanksgiving.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  Scott Olson/Getty Images  —  A newly formed super PAC supporting Joe …
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Ayanna Pressley Broke With “The Squad” To Endorse Elizabeth Warren For President
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.
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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'
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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Washington Post:   Jeff Sessions, ex-attorney general forced out by Trump, to run for former Senate seat in Alabama …
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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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
House GOP Lawyer Tried to Out Whistleblower in Bill Taylor Interview
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NBC News
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.
Brian Faler / Politico:
Federal judge raises possibility of compromise in House Democrats' suit for Trump's tax returns  —  A federal judge said Wednesday that he'd like to see if compromise is possible in House Democrats' lawsuit seeking President Donald Trump's long-hidden tax returns.
Discussion: The Hill
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Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Judge Signals Support for Democrats to Seek Trump's Tax Returns
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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
Discussion: Political Wire
BuzzFeed News:
Facing Scrutiny Of Their Donation To Top Republicans, Giuliani's Associates Turned To A Major Trump Ally For Help
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:
Why our oldest law could drive impeachment
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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
CNN:
Pompeo has lost confidence at State amid impeachment probe
Discussion: Washington Post
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