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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump wanted Barr to hold news conference saying the president broke no laws in call with Ukrainian leader  —  President Trump wanted Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference declaring the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed …
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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.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Bolton a no-show before House investigators as Trump lashes out at media, whistleblower attorney
Discussion: Redstate, 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
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:   Congressional Watchdog Reviewing Hold on Ukraine Aid
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, Political Wire and FOX 61
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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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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: Mother Jones, Bloomberg and The Week
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: Raw Story
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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
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Jeffrey Epstein and Brett Kavanaugh, for ABC News, a tale of double standards
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.
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,” …
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Alex Jones Goes on Tirade Against Roger Stone Jurors  —  “We've got her name, and we're going to release it,” the conspiracy theorist said of one potential juror—but in his rush to defend his ally he appears to have got the wrong person.  —  InfoWars conspiracy theorist …
Discussion: Summit News
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CNN:   Roger Stone's ‘payload is still coming’ email went to Erik Prince, prosecutors say
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 …
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).
Justin Wise / The Hill:
GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: ‘It must suck to be that dumb’  —  Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) launched into a blistering attack against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while speaking at a Trump campaign rally in Louisiana late Wednesday, stating that it “must suck” to be as “dumb” as her.
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: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How a former senator and defense secretary explains Republican spinelessness  —  “I think it's either fear or complicity.”  That is how former Maine Republican senator and secretary of defense William S. Cohen tries to explain Republicans' subservience to President Trump and willful disregard for replete evidence of corruption.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Kamala Harris: My Plan is So ‘Superior’ To Warren's Medicare For All That 'I Don't Feel the Need' to Take it Apart  —  California Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said that her health care plan is so “superior” to rival Senator Elizabeth Warren's “Medicare for All” …
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton and Redstate
New York Times:
Trump's Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel  —  Days after a decorated Army lieutenant colonel offered damaging testimony about President Trump's conduct on a July phone call with Ukraine's leader, Mr. Trump stood on the South Lawn and issued a vague but ominous warning.
The Daily Beast:
Dems Warn Against Calling Bidens to Testify: It ‘Would Be Literally Rolling a Grenade Down’ the Senate  —  Trump allies have urged Republicans to haul the Bidens to the Hill.  Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.  —  Senate Democrats issued stark warnings on Wednesday that Republicans …
Judd at Popular Information / Popular Information:
Trump campaign contest to win a meal with Trump was a fraud  —  This is the online version of the Popular Information newsletter.  You can get independent accountability journalism in your inbox every week.  Sign up here:  —  Subscribe  —  A heavily-promoted contest to win breakfast …
Wall Street Journal:
Saudis Back Travis Kalanick's New Startup  —  The sovereign-wealth fund—also an early investor in Uber—poured $400 million into CloudKitchens in January  —  Saudi Arabia's sovereign-wealth fund has pumped $400 million into Travis Kalanick's new company CloudKitchens …
NBC New York:
Long Island Tech Firm Accused of Selling Chinese Equipment to US Military  —  Feds Raid NY Tech Firm Amid Alleged Fraud Concerns  —  Federal agents raided a Long Island tech firm early Thursday and arrested its top executives amid concerns the company was selling Chinese-made equipment …
Discussion: NBC News and National Review
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Advances Contentious Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi  —  He's denounced women's rights and diversity.  He refused to answer senators' questions.  Republicans voted to move him forward anyway.  —  WASHINGTON ― The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move forward …
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.
Nicole Narea / Vox:
Exclusive: State Department officials warned Trump not to revoke protections for immigrants  —  Protesters marched in Manhattan on October 26 for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status.  Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images
New York Times:
Behind the Deal That Put Giuliani Together With a Dirt-Hunting Partner  —  The president's lawyer wanted $500,000 to help a venture started by a man who would go on to help him in Ukraine.  A Republican donor from Long Island put up the money.  —  WASHINGTON — It has been one of the enduring mysteries …
Thomas Grove / Wall Street Journal:
Russia Targets Dissenters—Right in Their Bank Accounts  —  Activists say hundreds of people suddenly found themselves $1.2 million in debt, the amount Moscow alleges opposition group laundered for crime lords  —  MOSCOW—One morning in September, Andrei Yegorov woke to discover his bank account …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Bercow speaks out on Trump, dubs Brexit a ‘historic mistake’  —  LONDON (AP) — John Bercow is not a man of few words.  —  And now that he has been freed from the enforced neutrality of his job as speaker of Britain's House of Commons, he has quite a few things to say.  Brexit?  A historic mistake.
 
 
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