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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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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 …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
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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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Bevin cites ‘irregularities’ in asking for Kentucky recanvass  —  Matt Bevin isn't going quietly.  —  Kentucky's Republican governor is broadly casting doubt on the results of Tuesday's election, with the unofficial tally showing him trailing Democrat Andy Beshear by just over 5,000 votes, or about four-tenths of a percentage point.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
A Note of Caution After This Election Day — And Before the Next
Discussion: PBS NewsHour, Axios and The Daily Beast
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” …
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Bill Gates Goes After Warren on Wealth Tax, Won't Commit to Backing Her Over Trump …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   Has Elizabeth Warren Wrecked the Left?
Washington Post:
Is Elizabeth Warren ‘angry’ and antagonistic? Or are rivals dabbling in gendered criticism?
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Raw Story and Law & Crime
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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,” …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Impeachment through the looking glass  —  I once lived in Jersey — not the Atlantic state but the Channel Island tax haven.  Sadly, it wasn't because of opulent wealth.  London finance houses dodged the taxman with the polite fiction that they were headquartered in Jersey and their big city offices were merely branches.
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower's attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment
Yahoo News:   Whistleblower attorneys fear for client's safety as Trump allies move to out him
CNN:
Trump's White House braces for public hearings  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his allies are bracing for open hearings that will preoccupy Washington and bring to life the vivid picture of presidential behavior that until now has been confined to written statements and private testimony.
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CNN:
Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage
Discussion: FOX 61
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: Wall Street Journal
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
CNN:
Roger Stone's ‘payload is still coming’ email went to Erik Prince, prosecutors say  —  (CNN)On the opening day of Roger Stone's trial for allegedly lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation, one mystery appeared to be solved by prosecutors.  —  The Donald Trump supporter …
Discussion: FOX 61
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
5 takeaways from Roger Stone's first major day in court
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
High Enthusiasm About Voting in U.S. Heading Into 2020  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roughly two in three Americans (64%) say they are “more enthusiastic” about voting compared with previous elections, while 28% are “less enthusiastic” and 6% say they currently have the same level of enthusiasm as they have in the past.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Opposition to Impeachment Is (Terrifyingly) Principled  —  On impeachment, Republicans no longer know what to (officially) disbelieve.  —  Virtually all GOP lawmakers insist that the answer to the inquiry's fundamental question is “no.” But the party can't agree about what that fundamental question is.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Is Flush With Cash.  Here's How He Plans to Spend It.  —  As he steps up his efforts in Iowa, Mr. Sanders is using a traditional media platform to try to bring new voters into the political system to support him.  —  WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders's campaign plans to spend …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics  —  The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia in a case that raises concerns about the ability of Silicon Valley to protect …
David Moye / HuffPost:
Football Coach Resigns After Yelling ‘White Power,’ Calling Players By Racial Slur In Video  —  Former assistant football coach John Hoskins told reporters, “Just to set the record, I'm not racist.  I don't mean it in a negative way.”  —  A high school football coach in North Carolina resigned …
Discussion: The Root, ABC News and ABC7
Gianluca Mezzofiore / CNN:
A 25-year-old politician got heckled during a climate crisis speech.  Her deadpan retort: ‘OK, boomer’  —  See 25-year-old politician's response to heckler  —  (CNN)A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker giving a speech supporting a climate crisis bill was heckled by an older member of Parliament.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
The Senate must not legitimize the House's sham impeachment  —  There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House of Representatives eventually sends the Senate's way.  One is short: a quick dismissal by the Senate of the House charges.
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
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Washington Post:
Trump and McConnell fall short in Kentucky — but remain steady allies in Washington
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
James Kirchick / Washington Post:
No, America doesn't need a hate speech law  —  James Kirchick, a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, is author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.”  —  Before serving as undersecretary of state …
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 …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake  —  Since 2004, more than 2,000 newspapers have closed in the United States, and many local news outlets are struggling to build a digital business.  But one remarkable success story is the Albany Daily News …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Newsweek
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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New York Times:
Trump's Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren's rivals have tried for years to brand her as an elitist
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Not-So-Special Relationship: Facing Voters, Johnson Backs Away From Trump
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump's impeachment trial hinges on McConnell and Schumer
Discussion: The Hill
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
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Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Trump Spiritual Adviser Paula White Prays Against President's Opponents, Suggests They 'Operate …
Discussion: DeadState
Associated Press:
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