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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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race  —  In an upset in the Kentucky governor's race, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear declared victory over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, who refused to concede but lagged, 49.2% to 48.8%, with 100% of the vote in.
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Win Control in Virginia and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor's Race
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Daniel Cameron elected Kentucky attorney general, says he will ‘work with whomever’
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Axios and IJR
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Kentucky And Virginia, A Strong Night For Democrats In Off-Year Elections
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Live: Kentucky Governor Election Results
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Democrat Andy Beshear declares victory over Matt Bevin in governor's race. Bevin doesn't concede
Discussion: Politico
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
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?  —  One of the peculiarities of the Ukraine scandal that President Trump finds himself engulfed in is that virtually nobody is defending the actions of his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuiliani.  They've defended Trump on the merits to some degree …
Discussion: The Week, Political Wire and CANNONFIRE
Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
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 …
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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Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Virginia cyclist who flipped off Trump's motorcade appears to have won race for local office
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Times and Axios
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: Raw Story and 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.”
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
Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:   Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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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Joe Ferguson / tucson.com:
Regina Romero becomes first Latina to serve as Tucson's mayor  —  From the 2019 election results: Regina Romero becomes Tucson's first Latina mayor, ‘Sanctuary city’ initiative rejected series  —  Tucson voters have elected their first Latina to serve as mayor.
Antonia Farzan / Washington Post:
Racist trolls targeted a Somali refugee's campaign.  She still managed to pull off a historic victory.  —  With just a week to go before the election, Safiya Khalid was in tears.  She had spent the past six months knocking on hundreds of doors in Lewiston, Maine, the city where she arrived …
Discussion: HuffPost and Press Herald
 
 
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Devan Cole / CNN:
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: The Hill and Slate
Jim Jordan / USA Today:
‘Whistleblower’ must testify under oath and in person: Rep. Jim Jordan
Margaret Stafford / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in cases of service members facing war crimes allegations
Discussion: Breitbart
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