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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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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What GOP spin about last night's losses says about Trump's weakness  —  Is Trump's America on the defensive?  —  The question arises in the wake of two big Democratic wins on Tuesday night — Andy Beshear's apparent ousting of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, and the Democratic takeover of state government in Virginia.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Kentucky outcome embarrasses Trump and worries many Republicans ahead of 2020
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
State Elections Aren't All about Trump
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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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
A Bevin-Beshear recount?  These are the possible next steps under Kentucky election law  —  To cap off one of the wildest finishes to a gubernatorial election in Kentucky history, Democratic candidate Andy Beshear declared victory to supporters Tuesday night, moments after Republican incumbent …
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.
Discussion: Townhall, Vox, Raw Story and Axios
WKYT-TV:
Libertarian Party says it's happy to cause ‘delicious tears from Bevin supporters’
Discussion: Fortune and Political Wire
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Kentucky Governor's Race Is a Warning to Republicans
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS News
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.
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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rand Paul says he ‘probably will’ disclose whistleblower's name
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump's chats with Roger Stone loom over trial's opening  —  President Donald Trump played a role in Roger Stone's effort to prod WikiLeaks to release damaging emails for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race, federal prosecutors argued Wednesday in an extraordinary act of defiance toward the White House.
Discussion: FOX 61 and CNN
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CNN:   Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone
Washington Post:
Prosecutor says Roger Stone lied ‘because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump’
Discussion: The Week
Eli Okun / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Impeachment is about to get its TV moment
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, The Hill and Raw Story
CNN:
Pompeo has lost confidence at State amid impeachment probe  —  Ex-Pompeo adviser contradicts former boss under oath  —  Washington (CNN)Revelations that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was unwilling to defend career State Department officials under political attack have damaged his standing within …
Discussion: Political Wire
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Where is Mike Pompeo? He's hiding in fear of Donald Trump.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Impeachment investigators release new transcript
Discussion: NBC News and Politico
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.
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed News:
Ayanna Pressley Broke With “The Squad” To Endorse Elizabeth Warren For President  —  “I'm proud to call her my senator.  I can't wait to call her our president,” Pressley said in a video.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Ayanna Pressley is endorsing …
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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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump to meet with Erdoğan at White House following tensions
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge  —  A federal judge on Wednesday voided the Trump administration's “conscience rule” that would have allowed health-care providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilizations or other procedures they disagree with on religious or moral grounds.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Gov. Matt Bevin campaign requests election recanvass  —  Citing “multiple reports of voting irregularities,” the campaign of Gov. Matt Bevin has formally requested an official recanvass of the results in Kentucky's election for governor on Tuesday.
Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:
Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal  —  Republicans have for weeks blasted the closed-door impeachment process, but transcripts released this week of private depositions show most GOP lawmakers on the three panels at the center of the probe have simply not shown up.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
DNC Pulls Democratic Debate From UCLA Because Of Union Boycott  —  AFSCME 3299 has a labor dispute with the school, and Democrats don't want to be on the wrong side of unions.  —  The Democratic National Committee says it will no longer hold the fifth presidential debate at the University of California …
Discussion: Politico, Daily Bruin and The Hill
Abbey Marshall / Politico:
‘Elitist’: Biden steps up attacks on Warren  —  Joe Biden on Wednesday dug in on his assertion that Elizabeth Warren is “elitist,” hoping to cast his fellow frontrunner as an Ivy League liberal out of sync with the middle class.  —  Biden's comment, made in a Medium post on Tuesday …
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HuffPost:
How ‘Congressman-1’ Got Pulled Into Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Scheme
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
John McCormack / National Review:
Manchin, Tester Vow They'll Never Nuke the Legislative Filibuster
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now. It's Only Been 96 Years.
Discussion: HuffPost, Vox and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DNC chairman: Gabbard reaffirmed she will not launch a third-party bid
Discussion: Associated Press
David Roza / Task & Purpose:
‘A huge morale hit’ — Army EOD techs are stuck between plummeting recruitment levels and skyrocketing workloads
Discussion: Raw Story
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard fights back against Clinton's remarks, calls them ‘demeaning’
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Bullock: Bernie Sanders is “flat wrong” on Israel
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
NBC News:
Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Democrats Take Control Of Mike Pence's Hometown For First Time In Nearly Four Decades