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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race  —  Mr. Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, although an adviser said he had not made a final decision to run.
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Bloomberg preparing to file for Alabama presidential primary  —  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing to file paperwork to qualify for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama, ahead of a Friday deadline.  The move would be a first step toward a national campaign …
Discussion: The Hill
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Michael Bloomberg opens door to 2020 presidential campaign
Washington Post:
Billionaire and ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking steps to run for president …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
Michael Bloomberg expected to file for Alabama 2020 primary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Four big facts that blow up the GOP's latest defense of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Justin Wise / The Hill:
GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: ‘It must suck to be that dumb’
Discussion: Political Wire
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NY State Attorney General:
AG James Secures Court Order Against Donald J. Trump, Trump Children, And Trump Foundation  —  AG James Secures Court Order Against Donald J. Trump,  —  Trump Children, and Trump Foundation … NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that the New York Supreme …
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Mahablog
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.
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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Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Republicans urge Bevin to provide proof of election fraud or ‘let it go’ and concede  —  A growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a fellow Republican, to either provide evidence of the voting “irregularities” he has alleged or concede Tuesday's election …
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
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.
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Jon Meacham / TIME:   The Impeachment Inquiry Is About More Than Donald Trump — It's About Who We Are as Americans
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.
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
State Dept. official believed Trump-Ukraine conduct was ‘injurious to the rule of law,’ transcripts show
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Congressional Watchdog Reviewing Hold on Ukraine Aid
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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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Intel chair doesn't want whistleblower's identity disclosed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
Democrats discussing multiple articles of impeachment against Trump
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
CNN:
Pence aide said Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine was political and not a normal diplomatic call  —  (CNN)An aide to Vice President Mike Pence who listened to the call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian President told impeachment inquiry investigators on Thursday that she found …
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Christopher Donato / ABC News:
Vice President Pence files on behalf of President Trump for New Hampshire primary
Discussion: Politico
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone's Trial Is Going Very Badly for Roger Stone  —  Jurors heard audio of the Trump adviser allegedly lying to Congress.  —  In a federal courtroom in Washington, DC, Thursday, jurors heard Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) as he questioned Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and CANNONFIRE
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNBC and Raw Story
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Nobody is buying Mark Halperin's book.  The disgraced journalist's publisher lambastes ‘cancel culture.’  —  The new book by former NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin, “How to Beat Trump,” sold just 502 copies in its first week — and his publisher is blaming “cancel culture.”
Discussion: The Hill and Page Six
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: Townhall, Twitchy and Political Wire
emptywheel:
After Engaging in Multiple Overt Acts Benefitting a Conspiracy, Bill Barr Had Kerri Kupec Commit the Most Overt Act  —  Before I get into how gullible DOJ reporters continue to be in this WaPo story relaying how Bill Barr refused to publicly announce that the President broke no law …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
The Hollywood primary … Celebrities rarely stop talking politics.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Right to Confrontation: The Latest Bogus Legal Argument over the ‘Whistleblower’
Discussion: Redstate
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: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
Reuters:
Exclusive: Rollback of China tariffs faces fierce opposition in White House - sources
Discussion: Breitbart
James Crowley / Newsweek:
Tap Water at Trump National Golf Course Contaminated With Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Judiciary Committee advances controversial Trump pick
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’
Washington Post:
Trump brags that his landmark law is freeing these inmates.  His Justice Department wants them to stay in prison.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How a former senator and defense secretary explains Republican spinelessness
Discussion: Raw Story
John F. Harris / Politico:
One Big Thing the Dems Get Wrong About Warren
Discussion: Mediaite, Vox and The Resurgent