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10:25 PM ET, November 7, 2019

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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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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Bloomberg makes preparations for 2020 run  —  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, though Bloomberg has not made a final decision to run.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Michael Bloomberg opens door to 2020 presidential campaign
Discussion: HuffPost
NBC News:
Bloomberg preparing to enter 2020 presidential race
CNN:
Michael Bloomberg expected to file for Alabama 2020 primary
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Washington Post:
Billionaire and ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking steps to run for president …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies  —  House Republicans' latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:   Diplomat testified that Putin, Orban poisoned Trump's views on Ukraine
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Four big facts that blow up the GOP's latest defense of Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
State Dept. official believed Trump-Ukraine conduct was ‘injurious to the rule of law,’ transcripts show
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation  —  Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump's conduct, but rejected the idea because they believed …
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Lawyer for Ukraine whistleblower sends White House cease and desist letter to stop Trump's attacks  —  (CNN)A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to …
Discussion: KTLA
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Bloomberg:
Trump's Top Aides Clash Over Impeachment as House Probe Expands
Discussion: CNBC, Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella was Biden guest at State Department banquet
Discussion: Breitbart and PJ Media Home
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
NSC official who attended key Ukraine meetings to leave post
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House committees subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit
Discussion: NBC News, POLITICUSUSA and The Mahablog
Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Discussion: Politico
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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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
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.
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
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
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 …
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump's Favorite Pastor Paula White Has a Fake Doctorate Degree and a History of Bankruptcy  —  Paula White is a Florida pastor who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration, chairs his Evangelical Advisory Council, and is now a White House employee, with her salary paid for by the American taxpayer.
Discussion: Alternet.org
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
John Solomon Reports:
Testimony bombshell: Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm but was blocked over corruption concerns  —  A State Department official who served in the U.S. embassy in Kiev told Congress that the Obama administration tried in 2016 to partner …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Tulsi Gabbard to Breitbart News: ‘We Do Not Have a Nation If We Do Not Have Borders’  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) told Breitbart News on Thursday morning that “we do not have a nation if we don't have borders.”  —  Gabbard, appearing with Breitbart News' editor-in-chief Alex Marlow …
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 …
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Condo Buyers Can Keep Purchases Secret, NY Tax Officials Say in Reversal  —  Policy shift follows new analysis of state disclosure law and pressure from real-estate community  —  New York state tax officials are restoring a measure of secrecy for condo owners who buy units without disclosing …
 
 
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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 and Liberty Unyielding
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Nobody is buying Mark Halperin's book.  The disgraced journalist's publisher lambastes ‘cancel culture.’
Discussion: The Hill and Page Six
emptywheel:
After Engaging in Multiple Overt Acts Benefitting a Conspiracy, Bill Barr Had Kerri Kupec Commit the Most Overt Act
Alex Ward / Vox:
Trump: We should keep Syria's oil. The Pentagon: Nope.
Discussion: Raw Story and Foreign Policy
James Crowley / Newsweek:
Tap Water at Trump National Golf Course Contaminated With Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
BuzzFeed News:
Republicans Railed Against Secret Impeachment Hearings, But Now Say They Won't Watch The Public Ones
Andrew M. Ballard / Bloomberg Government:
GOP's Devin Nunes Casts Wider Net in Trying to Find Twitter Cow
 Earlier Items: 
Charles King / Foreign Affairs:
America's Original Identity Politics
Washington Post:
Trump brags that his landmark law is freeing these inmates.  His Justice Department wants them to stay in prison.
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
CBS News fires staffer who had access to leaked Amy Robach audio
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Death of the Rude Press
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
1 in 4 Americans uncertain about impeachment as public hearings near, poll finds
Discussion: The Daily Caller