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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Ukraine's Zelensky Bowed to Trump's Demands, Until Luck Spared Him  —  Aides to Ukraine's leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, decided that military aid and support for peace talks outweighed the risks of appearing to take sides in American politics.  —  KIEV, Ukraine — It was early September …
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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘Campaign of lies’: What George Kent told impeachment investigators  —  House Democrats on Thursday released another deposition transcript ahead of public hearings scheduled for next week.  This time, the deposition was that of George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department whose portfolio includes Ukraine.
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Beast and The Hill
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
State Dept. official believed Trump-Ukraine conduct was ‘injurious to the rule of law,’ transcripts show
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
George Kent Testimony: Key Excerpts From the Impeachment Inquiry Transcripts
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steyer aide offered money for endorsements  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa has privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations.
Erica Orden / CNN:
Donald Trump to pay $2 million to settle New York Attorney General civil lawsuit against Trump Foundation and his children  —  (CNN)A judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to a collection of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement with the New York state attorney general's office …
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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit  —  President Donald Trump has been ordered by a New York State judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from persistent violations of state charities laws.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Judge orders Trump to pay $2 million for misusing his foundation
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Could Matt Bevin Steal the Kentucky Governor's Election?  —  Will the Kentucky Legislature assist Matt Bevin in stealing the governor's race from Democrat Andy Beshear, who appeared to have won Tuesday's election by about 5,000 votes?  Ordinarily, I would consider the possibility preposterous.
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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Republican lawmakers: Bevin can't turn election dispute into ‘fishing expedition’  —  Republicans in Kentucky's legislature have expressed skepticism about Gov. Matt Bevin's dispute with Tuesday night's election results, saying the governor should back up his claims of “irregularities” …
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Republicans urge Bevin to provide proof of election fraud or ‘let it go’ and concede
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Bolton willing to defy White House and testify if court clears the way, according to people familiar with his views  —  Former national security adviser John Bolton is willing to defy the White House and testify in the House impeachment inquiry about his alarm at the Ukraine pressure campaign …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
NSC official who attended key Ukraine meetings to leave post  —  Earl Matthews, a senior National Security Council official who attended several of the meetings now at the center of the congressional impeachment inquiry, will depart from his job on Friday, according to two people familiar with his plans.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Watchdog Reviewing Hold on Ukraine Aid
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“The Booing Is F***ing Us Up”: ‘The View’ Melts Down Over Donald Trump Jr. Visit  —  Guests clashed with hosts and hosts clashed with audience members at the ABC show on Thursday.  —  “The booing is fucking us up,” The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg told the morning show's audience during a commercial break on Thursday.
Discussion: Hollywood in Toto and Raw Story
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Jon Meacham / TIME:   The Impeachment Inquiry Is About More Than Donald Trump — It's About Who We Are as Americans
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Jordan: Republicans to subpoena whistleblower to testify in public hearing  —  Republicans intend to subpoena the government whistleblower to testify in the House's impeachment investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
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ABC News:
Democrats discussing multiple articles of impeachment against Trump
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Jordain Carney / The Hill:   Senate Intel chair doesn't want whistleblower's identity disclosed
The Daily Beast:
Trump and ‘Apprentice’ Creator Mark Burnett Are Discussing Their Next TV Show  —  The president misses his reality TV days and is thinking of what show he can create once he's out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  —  He's signed a massive tax cut into law, stacked the federal courts …
BuzzFeed News:
A Far-Right Journalist Took A Swing At Glenn Greenwald On A Live Radio Show  —  Glenn Greenwald got into a fistfight with Augusto Nunes, a far-right Brazilian journalist, during the live taping of a radio show in Brazil. … The two journalists had a heated exchange over Nunes' previous comments …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Emails Show Government Agency Melting Down Over Trump's Hurricane Fiasco: ‘This Has Really Gotten Out of Hand’  —  The president was insistent that Alabama was, in fact, endangered by Dorian.  Employees at NOAA and NWS took the brunt of it.  —  In early September, as Hurricane Dorian battered …
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times and Raw Story
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Rep. Matt Gaetz Mocks Media as ‘Kale and Quinoa’ Eaters Who Look Down Upon ‘Fried Food’ Eating ‘Real America’  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) mocked the media as a group of “kale and quinoa” eaters who look down upon those that eat “fried foods” in “real America,” Sunday.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Blue Wall Voices Project  —  A COLLABORATION BETWEEN KFF AND THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT … - There are many undecided voters and a few persuadable swing voters.  One year out from the 2020 presidential election and without a clear frontrunner in the Democratic primaries, a large share of voters …
Discussion: Political Wire and Twitchy
BuzzFeed News:
Republicans Railed Against Secret Impeachment Hearings, But Now Say They Won't Watch The Public Ones  —  WASHINGTON — Despite loudly criticizing the closed-doors secrecy of the impeachment inquiry, Senate Republicans widely say they will not watch the public hearings next week.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy in Syria Says Not Enough Was Done to Avert Turkish Attack  —  In an internal memo, the senior American diplomat in northern Syria criticized the Trump administration for failing to try harder to deter Turkey from invading northern Syria last month.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, Mediaite, Bloomberg and The Week
Bloomberg:
Trump's Top Aides Clash Over Impeachment as House Probe Expands  — Chief of staff Mulvaney, White House lawyer Cipollone at odds  — Animosity threatens to complicate Trump's impeachment defense  —  Two of Donald Trump's most senior aides, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Book Claims Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment  —  The anonymous author of “A Warning,” reportedly a current or former White House official, said talk of removing Trump escalated after Comey was fired.  —  The much-anticipated book “A Warning,” …
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Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Vice President Pence files on behalf of President Trump for New Hampshire primary
Discussion: Politico
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Jeff Sessions dares Trump to flex his kingmaking abilities in Alabama  —  After being fairly timid amid the president's attacks on him throughout his tenure as attorney general, Jeff Sessions is challenging President Trump in a bold way on his path back to power.
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Washington Post:
Trump brags that his landmark law is freeing these inmates.  His Justice Department wants them to stay in prison.  —  The five former inmates assembled on the White House stage weren't scheduled to speak, but President Trump couldn't help himself.  “Where's Gregory?  Greg?” he said.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Death of the Rude Press  —  In April, Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased Gizmodo Media Group, the collection of websites formerly known as Gawker Media, from Univision.  Great Hill's leaders also acquired The Onion, changed the parent company's name to G/O Media …
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
CBS News fires staffer who had access to leaked Amy Robach audio  —  CBS News has fired a female staffer believed to have had access to the tape of Amy Robach raging against ABC, Page Six understands.  —  The staffer previously worked at ABC News and had access to audio of ABC anchor Robach caught …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Rollback of China tariffs faces fierce opposition in White House - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agreement between the United States and China to roll back existing tariffs as part of a ‘phase one’ trade deal faces fierce internal opposition at the White House and from outside advisers …
Discussion: Breitbart
The Economist:
Emmanuel Macron warns Europe: NATO is brain-dead  —  America is turning its back on the European project.  Time to wake up, the French president tells The Economist  —  EMMANUEL MACRON, the French president, has warned European countries that they can no longer rely on America to defend NATO allies.
James Crowley / Newsweek:
Tap Water at Trump National Golf Course Contaminated With Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’  —  The Environmental Working Group has found that high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) have been detected in tap water at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminister, New Jersey.
Charles King / Foreign Affairs:
America's Original Identity Politics  —  Rich Lowry's Flawed Case for Nationalism  —  “You know what I am?”  U.S. President Donald J. Trump said at a rally in October 2018.  “I'm a nationalist.”  Rich Lowry's The Case for Nationalism can be seen as a way of working through, and defending, what the president meant.
John F. Harris / Politico:
One Big Thing the Dems Get Wrong About Warren  —  Washington journalists these days are having many conversations with Democratic operatives and veterans of previous administrations that go something like this: … These downbeat Democrats are talking generally about what they regard …
Discussion: Mediaite, Vox and The Resurgent
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
1 in 4 Americans uncertain about impeachment as public hearings near, poll finds  —  Americans are divided about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and as the House prepares for public hearings next week, roughly 1 in 4 remain uncertain, providing a large audience that could be especially swayed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Google and Facebook ‘considering ban on micro-targeted political ads’
Alex Ward / Vox:
Trump: We should keep Syria's oil. The Pentagon: Nope.
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Laura Ingraham tried to blame immigrants for Democratic success on Tuesday. It's a bad argument.
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Johnson, Grassley ask State Department for Hunter Biden docs
Discussion: The Hill
CREW:
Erdogan-Tied Businessman Granted Access to Trump Through Donor
Deconstructed / The Intercept:
The Bernie Sanders Interview
Discussion: The Federalist
Andrew M. Ballard / Bloomberg Government:
GOP's Devin Nunes Casts Wider Net in Trying to Find Twitter Cow
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Despite earlier controversy, Pam Bondi joining Team Trump
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Bercow speaks out on Trump, dubs Brexit a ‘historic mistake’
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How a former senator and defense secretary explains Republican spinelessness
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Wise / The Hill:
GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: ‘It must suck to be that dumb’
Discussion: Political Wire and Slate
Wall Street Journal:
Saudis Back Travis Kalanick's New Startup
New York Times:
Trump's Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel
Discussion: Daily Kos