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10:30 AM ET, November 6, 2019

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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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race
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 and IJR
New York Times:
Live: Kentucky Governor Election Results
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Daniel Cameron Becomes First Black Attorney General Elected in Kentucky
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Al Jazeera
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
In Kentucky And Virginia, A Strong Night For Democrats In Off-Year Elections
Discussion: ABC News
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Democrats pulled off a huge win, taking control of Virginia's state legislature
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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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, Political Wire and CANNONFIRE
Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Diplomat Gordon Sondland: Oh, THAT Pro Quo, Yeah, Now I Remember
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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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 …
Discussion: Inquirer.com and Political Wire
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
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: Raw Story and Contemptor
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Support for Impeachment Falls as Inquiry Moves to New Phase  —  House vote on impeachment resolution did little to sway views about Democrats' handling of Trump investigation  —  House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif. ) gavels the close of the Oct. 31 vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry.
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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 …
Michael Macagnone / Roll Call:   Most Republicans on impeachment committees aren't showing up, transcripts reveal
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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Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:   If Warren Scraps Private Health Care, Beware the Unintended Consequences
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren's Health-Care Hara-Kiri
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
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.”
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 …
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Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:   Firm Hired by Ukraine's Burisma Tried to Use Hunter Biden as Leverage, Documents Show
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer  —  Eric Ciaramella, whom Real Clear Investigations suggests is the likely so-called whistleblower, was part of an Obama administration email chain celebrating the eventual signing of a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee to Ukraine.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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.
 
 
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Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Joe Biden's Sister Isn't Running The Campaign This Time — And It's “Damn Frustrating”
Matt Zarrell / ABC News:
Senate unanimously passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony, sending it to President Trump's desk
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
McKinsey Employees Give More to Alum Pete Buttigieg Than to Any Other 2020 Democrat
Judd at Popular Information / Popular Information:
An explosion of fake news on Facebook
Discussion: VICE
Antonia Farzan / Washington Post:
Racist trolls targeted a Somali refugee's campaign.  She still managed to pull off a historic victory.
Discussion: HuffPost and Press Herald
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Tax Return Case Confronts Supreme Court With a Momentous Choice
Steph Solis / Union-News:
Boston City Council election results 2019: Election marks first female-majority council
Discussion: WBUR
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Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
The School Day Is Two Hours Shorter Than the Work Day. Kamala Harris Wants to Change That.
Discussion: The Week
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
Reveal:
Reveal has been fighting a lawsuit for three years. Now we're speaking up about it
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Amy Klobuchar Has a Pete Buttigieg Problem
Discussion: The Hill and Slate
Margaret Stafford / Associated Press:
Kansas City votes to remove King's name from historic street
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. trying to finish report on Russia probe before Thanksgiving
Kate Irby / Fresno Bee:
Fake cow account must go, Devin Nunes demands in letter to Democrat over Twitter taunts
Discussion: Raw Story