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11:40 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.
Discussion: NPR, CNN, Fox News, The Week and Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Kentucky Governor's Race Is a Warning to Republicans
Discussion: CBS News
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
A Bevin-Beshear recount? These are the possible next steps under Kentucky election law
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
Senate president: Kentucky governor's race could be decided by state legislature
Discussion: Alternet.org
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
3 election years under Trump, 3 decisive GOP losses
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
New York Times:
Live: Kentucky Governor Election Results
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats Win Control in Virginia and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor's Race
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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
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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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 …
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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Washington Post:   Trump makes falsehoods central to impeachment defense as incriminating evidence mounts
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Is it Rudy Giuliani's turn to go under the bus?
Discussion: The Week, Political Wire and CANNONFIRE
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
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: Raw Story and Contemptor
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.”
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
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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Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
If Warren Scraps Private Health Care, Beware the Unintended Consequences  —  Presidential candidate's promise that Medicare for All will deliver more care for less money needs a reality check  —  At the heart of presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ambitious Medicare for All plan …
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Joe Biden / Medium:
I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career
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  —  PHILADELPHIA—This could be Amy Klobuchar's moment.  —  The La Colombe coffee shop in the trendy Fishtown neighborhood was brimming with Democrats on Monday night, all waiting to hear from the senator from Minnesota turned presidential candidate.
Discussion: The Hill
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Independents are pulling away from Trump. What does that mean for Democrats?
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 …
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
Lauren Collins / Vogue:
The World According to Phoebe Waller-Bridge  —  IT SEEMS FITTING to begin in the bathroom.  A seminal scene of Fleabag—the show that Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote, starred in, and blew all our minds with, winning an armload of Emmys in the process—takes place in one, with Waller-Bridge's …
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 …
 
 
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BBC:
LIVELatest as campaigns begin and minister resigns
The Daily Beast:
Giuliani Cronies Planned ‘Fraud Guarantee’ Infomercials Starring Rudy
Discussion: Contemptor
Jon Street / Campus Reform:
Black conservative removed from meeting over Justin Trudeau blackface costume
Discussion: Big League Politics
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review, The Week and Mediaite
Devan Cole / CNN:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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CNN:
Esper to urge Trump not to intervene in cases of service members facing war crimes allegations
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. trying to finish report on Russia probe before Thanksgiving