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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 …
Discussion: Eschaton, Raw Story and Alternet.org
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Redstate
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CNN:
Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage
Discussion: FOX 61
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call
Discussion: Redstate
Gregg Re / Fox News:
‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower's attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment  —  Report: Lawyer for whistleblower says client is willing to answer GOP questions in impeachment probe  —  Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center …
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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.
Yahoo News:   Whistleblower attorneys fear for client's safety as Trump allies move to out him
Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:   Law firm representing whistleblower calls Trump Jr.'s speculation on client's identity ‘disgusting and reckless’
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, Law & Crime and Raw Story
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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,” …
New York Times:
Republicans Claim Trump Closed a 17-Point Gap in Kentucky.  That's Not Quite What Happened.  —  Public and internal Republican Party polls suggested the race had been extremely close before President Trump arrived.  —  WASHINGTON — It seemed in many ways like nothing new …
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Suburban Backlash Against the GOP Is Growing  —  The shift of metro areas away from the Republican Party under President Donald Trump rumbled on in yesterday's elections, threatening the fundamental calculation of his 2020 reelection plan.  —  Amid all the various local factors that shaped GOP losses …
ABC News:
The Note: 2019 wins refresh 2020 arguments for Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
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
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why the Media Is Biased Against Elizabeth 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 …
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   Has Elizabeth Warren Wrecked the Left?
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
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 …
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Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press:
US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Daily Caller
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
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
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Kentucky GOP files complaint against potential McConnell challenger
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that's further exposing deep ideological divides …
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New York Times:
Sanders to Spend More Than $30 Million on Advertising in Early States
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Trump Book Author Admits He Screwed Up by Wrongly Claiming Obama Held ‘Political Correctness’ Meetings  —  Fox News promoted an excerpt of the book, initially claiming the Obama White House frustrated CIA officers with weekly “political correctness” meetings.
New York Times:
California Sues Facebook for Documents in Privacy Investigation  —  The state said Facebook had resisted or ignored dozens of requests for documents and internal correspondence about the company's handling of personal data.  —  WASHINGTON — California's attorney general on Wednesday …
Leada Gore / al.com:
Alabama SGA warns groups: Protest Trump during LSU game, risk losing reserved seating  —  The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama is warning groups that protesting President Trump during the Tide's Saturday game vs. LSU could result in loss of reserved seating for the remainder of the season.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Bill Gates Goes After Warren on Wealth Tax, Won't Commit to Backing Her Over Trump: Voting for Whoever's ‘More Professional’  —  Wall Street has not been shy in expressing reservations over Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) presidential candidacy — given her desire to install a wealth tax.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Not-So-Special Relationship: Facing Voters, Johnson Backs Away From Trump  —  Unpopular and unpredictable, President Trump is emerging as a problem for the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, in his election campaign.  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain spoke …
Discussion: The Guardian
 
 
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The Economist:
Emmanuel Macron warns Europe: NATO is brain-dead
Discussion: Political Wire
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Trump's embattled judicial pick faces his last chance
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Katelyn Burns / LGBTQ Nation:
Andrew Yang on how a “freedom dividend” will create a more accepting nation
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The GOP's Opposition to Impeachment Is (Terrifyingly) Principled
Kelly Therese Pollock / DemCast:
Heartwarming Election Stories that Didn't Make the National News
Discussion: HuffPost and tucson.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump's impeachment trial hinges on McConnell and Schumer
Discussion: The Hill
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Thousands of College Kids Paid to Work for a Viral Party Kingpin. What Could Go Wrong?
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Appeals Court Nominee Shaped DeVos's Illegal Loan Forgiveness Effort
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Trump Spiritual Adviser Paula White Prays Against President's Opponents, Suggests They 'Operate …
Discussion: DeadState
Associated Press:
Halperin's ‘How to Beat Trump’ sells 502 copies in 1st week