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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.
NBC News:
Bloomberg preparing to enter 2020 presidential race
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Michael Bloomberg opens door to 2020 presidential campaign
Discussion: HuffPost
Fox News:
Bloomberg expected to file paperwork to enter 2020 Alabama Democratic primary
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House committees subpoena Mick Mulvaney  —  The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine issued a subpoena Thursday night for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at 9 am on Friday as part of their impeachment inquiry, two sources familiar tell Axios.
Discussion: CNN, Political Wire and New York Post
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 …
Bloomberg:
Trump's Top Aides Clash Over Impeachment as House Probe Expands
Discussion: CNBC, Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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 …
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Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
In ‘A Warning,’ Anonymous Author Makes Case Against Re-election  —  The same writer who penned an Opinion essay in 2018 argues in a new book that the president's contract shouldn't be renewed.  —  “Trust me”: It's a tired cliché, a throwaway line, but when you first encounter it in …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Referee says he told Rep. Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor performed sex act in shower  —  The referee said the response of Jordan and another former coach was, “Yeah, yeah, we know.”  —  A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated …
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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
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities for Misuse of Foundation
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Diplomat testified that Putin, Orban poisoned Trump's views on Ukraine
Discussion: New York Times
John Solomon Reports:
Testimony bombshell: Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm …
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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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Joy Behar roasted for denying wearing blackface: ‘Enjoy the cancel culture you created’
Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and NPR
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
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New York Times:
Read the Memo by a U.S. Diplomat Criticizing Trump Policy on Syria and Turkey
Discussion: CNN
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
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
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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
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.
ABC News:
Democrats discussing multiple articles of impeachment against Trump  —  House Democrats have considered drafting as many as three articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, as they prepare to take their Ukraine impeachment inquiry public next week after a month of closed-door depositions …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Intel chair doesn't want whistleblower's identity disclosed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump  —  The French president wonders if NATO is still committed to collective defense, decries U.S. unilateralism and calls for more European autonomy.  —  BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron shocked allies in an interview published …
Discussion: The Economist and Politico
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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 …
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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 …
 
 
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Tim Reid / Reuters:
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella was Biden guest at State Department banquet
Discussion: Breitbart and PJ Media Home
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Condo Buyers Can Keep Purchases Secret, NY Tax Officials Say in Reversal
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
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Alex Ward / Vox:
Trump: We should keep Syria's oil. The Pentagon: Nope.
Discussion: Raw Story, Foreign Policy and The Week
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
Jon Meacham / TIME:
The Impeachment Inquiry Is About More Than Donald Trump — It's About Who We Are as Americans
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.
The Daily Beast:
Trump and ‘Apprentice’ Creator Mark Burnett Are Discussing Their Next TV Show