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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 …
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Ella Nilsen / Vox:
5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day  —  Governor-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after beating Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor's race on November 5, 2019.  John Sommers II/Getty Images  —  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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Win Control in Virginia and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor's Race  —  Control of Virginia's government fell to Democrats for the first time in decades, while Andy Beshear held an edge over Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky election.  —  Democrats won complete control …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race
New York Times:
Live: Kentucky Governor Election Results
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Kentucky And Virginia, A Strong Night For Democrats In Off-Year Elections
Discussion: ABC News
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:   Democrat Andy Beshear declares victory over Matt Bevin in governor's race. Bevin doesn't concede
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Is it Rudy Giuliani's turn to go under the bus?
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘Talk to Rudy’: Testimony from diplomats highlights Giuliani's central role in driving Ukraine policy
Discussion: The Week
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine 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
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Amy Klobuchar Has a Pete Buttigieg Problem
Discussion: The Hill and Slate
Andrew Whalen / Newsweek:   Bernie Sanders ‘Best’ On Health Care, the Economy, Environment and Immigration in New 2020 Poll
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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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 …
Inquirer.com:
Democrats just took control of Delaware County as the Philadelphia suburbs continue to go blue
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
News organizations resist Trump's pressure to release whistleblower's name
Discussion: Politico and Deadline
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.”
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.
Discussion: Contemptor
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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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll: Majority expect Trump to win in 2020  —  The president's reelection prospects appear to be a motivating factor for potential voter turnout.  —  President Donald Trump.  Bryan Woolston/Getty Images  —  With less than a year to go before the 2020 election, a majority of registered voters …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Support for Impeachment Falls as Inquiry Moves to New Phase
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
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 …
Eleni Courea / Politico:
Boris Johnson fires starting gun on Tory election campaign  —  LONDON — Boris Johnson launched his election campaign with a pledge to deliver Brexit in January and “spend hundreds of millions every week” on domestic priorities.  —  The prime minister stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street …
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Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
UK Cabinet minister quits in rape trial ‘sabotage’ row
Discussion: BBC and One America News Network
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.
 
 
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Joe Ferguson / tucson.com:
Regina Romero becomes first Latina to serve as Tucson's mayor
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
Discussion: Common Dreams
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
The School Day Is Two Hours Shorter Than the Work Day. Kamala Harris Wants to Change That.
Devan Cole / CNN:
'It didn't have to end with a bowl': Democrat beats GOP incumbent to win seat she lost in 2017 after tie-breaking pick
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jack Moore / The National:
Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi's brother travelled in and out of Istanbul as his courier for months
Jim Jordan / USA Today:
‘Whistleblower’ must testify under oath and in person: Rep. Jim Jordan
Margaret Stafford / Associated Press:
Kansas City votes to remove King's name from historic street
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in cases of service members facing war crimes allegations
Discussion: Breitbart
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Democrats pulled off a huge win, taking control of Virginia's state legislature
Dave Bangert / Journal & Courier:
Faulty machines blamed for switching votes in second consecutive Greater Lafayette election
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts
Discussion: Raw Story