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8:25 AM ET, November 6, 2019

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
The Clarion Ledger:
Republican Tate Reeves wins Mississippi governor race
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Kentucky outcome embarrasses Trump and worries many Republicans ahead of 2020
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
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Mississippi Voters Promote GOP Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to Governor
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Discussion: Kausfiles and Associated Press
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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.
Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sondland reverses himself on Ukraine, confirming quid pro quo
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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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren's Health-Care Hara-Kiri  —  Democratic voters prefer reforming ObamaCare to trying Medicare for All.  —  Is the country ready for the “big structural change” that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is promising?  Would the Democratic Party be wise to bet that it is?
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Attacks Warren as a ‘My Way or the Highway’ Elitist
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Bad News
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Alternet.org
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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.
Inquirer.com:
Democrats just took control of Delaware County as the Philadelphia suburbs continue to go blue  —  Democrats were close Tuesday to something they haven't been able to pull off since the Civil War, as late election results suggested they would not just capture a majority on the Delaware County Council …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
AP sources: State Dept. worried about defending ambassador  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's third-ranking official is expected to tell Congress that political considerations were behind the agency's refusal to deliver a robust defense of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Where is Mike Pompeo? He's hiding in fear of Donald Trump.
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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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
News organizations resist Trump's pressure to release whistleblower's name  —  President Trump and his allies say there's a gaping hole in the middle of the biggest news story in years: the name of the federal whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry that now threatens Trump's presidency.
Discussion: Politico and Deadline
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Thanks to Rand Paul, Russian Media Are Naming the Alleged Whistleblower
Discussion: Washington Post
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: The Last Refuge
 
 
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Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
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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
James Gagliano / Washington Examiner:
The Michael Flynn smoking gun: FBI headquarters altered interview summary
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
The latest impeachment transcripts reveal how deeply embarrassing this process is for Republicans defending Donald Trump
Washington Post:
‘Who built this beautiful place?’ …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story