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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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Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump lashes out at media, whistleblower attorney as Pence staffer testifies
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNN:
Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage
Discussion: FOX 61
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 …
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CNN:
Roger Stone's ‘payload is still coming’ email went to Erik Prince, prosecutors say
Discussion: FOX 61
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
5 takeaways from Roger Stone's first major day in court
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Bevin cites ‘irregularities’ in asking for Kentucky recanvass
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,” …
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
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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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   Has Elizabeth Warren Wrecked the Left?
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
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.
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
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Jeffrey Epstein and Brett Kavanaugh, for ABC News, a tale of double standards  —  Before we get into the release by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas of that video starring “Good Morning America” co-host Amy Robach and her story that ABC spiked her report about the late serial sex …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Warren would ‘love to explain’ how much Bill Gates would pay under her wealth tax  —  “I promise it's not $100 billion,” Warren tweeted, saying she'd be happy to go over her plan with the former Microsoft CEO if they get the chance.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she'd be “happy” …
Discussion: CBS News, VICE and New York Times
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Bill Gates Goes After Warren on Wealth Tax, Won't Commit to Backing Her Over Trump …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Jeff Sessions dares Trump to flex his kingmaking abilities in Alabama  —  After being fairly timid amid the president's attacks on him throughout his tenure as attorney general, Jeff Sessions is challenging President Trump in a bold way on his path back to power.
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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
WeWork, SoftBank, and the Road to Socialism in Four Slides  —  I know what you're thinking: Can't we just let the WeWork thing go?  —  No. I can't.  —  Tech writer Alex Wilhelm found the deck SoftBank is using to explain what just happened with their WeWork clusterfork and it is AMAZING.
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
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 …
Errin Haines / Associated Press:
Warren wins 2020 backing of influential group of black women  —  A group of more than 100 black female activists is endorsing Elizabeth Warren for president, saying her stances on a range of issues speak directly to black voters.  —  In a letter released on Thursday, the group Black Womxn …
Discussion: The Hill
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
Discussion: Political Wire
The Guardian:
Guardian US announces new year-long project on voter suppression in America  —  The initiative has been made possible due to philanthropic funding from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Schumann Media Center and Park Foundation  — The initiative has been made possible due to philanthropic funding …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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BBC:
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Washington Post:
Republicans in Virginia are toast — because they toasted themselves
Discussion: The Guardian and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics