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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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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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Last Night Wasn't Great for Republicans  —  Making the click-through worthwhile: Tallying the score from another election night that disappointed Republicans, how the GOP traded working-class whites for suburbanites in 2016 and continues to live with the consequences of that trade …
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 …
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
A Bevin-Beshear recount? These are the possible next steps under Kentucky election law
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Democrat Andy Beshear just unseated Kentucky's Trump-loving governor
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Kentucky Governor's Race Is a Warning to Republicans
Discussion: CBS News
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
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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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 …
Discussion: John Solomon Reports and War Room
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:   Firm Hired by Ukraine's Burisma Tried to Use Hunter Biden as Leverage, Documents Show
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
First public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry to begin next week, Schiff says  —  A House resolution formalizing procedures for the probe as it entered a new phase passed last week, largely along party lines.  —  Public hearings in Congress will begin next Wednesday in the impeachment inquiry …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Support for Impeachment Falls as Inquiry Moves to New Phase
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.
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?
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
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.”
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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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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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Justin Sayers / Arizona Daily Star:
Tucson voters overwhelmingly strike down ‘sanctuary city’ proposal
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.
Discussion: New York Times and Redstate
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump locked in tight contest in 2020 battlegrounds, despite trailing in national polls  —  The latest national polls in the presidential race would appear to point to a rout for President Trump in 2020, showing him getting trounced by the leading Democratic presidential contenders — in many cases by double digits.
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Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Amy Klobuchar Has a Pete Buttigieg Problem
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
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.
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
The School Day Is Two Hours Shorter Than the Work Day.  Kamala Harris Wants to Change That.  —  The mismatch between the school day and work day presents a real burden to working Americans with families.  And Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has a new bill that seeks to correct it.
Timothy Johnson / Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones is trying to out the identity of a potential Roger Stone trial juror with the help of Stone's assistant  —  Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is attempting to disclose the identity of a potential juror for the trial of Trump confidant Roger Stone, who has worked at Jones' Infowars outlet.
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 …
 
 
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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
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”
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
If Warren Scraps Private Health Care, Beware the Unintended Consequences
Judd at Popular Information / Popular Information:
An explosion of fake news on Facebook
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Tax Return Case Confronts Supreme Court With a Momentous Choice
Discussion: DCReport.org and National Review
Patreon:
Robert Mueller Will Not Save You (The Remix)
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: WTVR-TV and Political Wire
Reveal:
Reveal has been fighting a lawsuit for three years. Now we're speaking up about it
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. trying to finish report on Russia probe before Thanksgiving
Joe Biden / Medium:
I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career