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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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New York Times:
Attorney General Declined Trump Request to Declare Nothing Illegal in Ukraine Call  —  President Trump asked Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference stating that no laws were broken in his call with Ukraine's president.  Mr. Barr declined.
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 …
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ABC News:
The Note: 2019 wins refresh 2020 arguments for Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The Trump-era realignment is a death sentence for the GOP
Discussion: NPR, Courier-Journal and Raw Story
CNN:
Republicans again shift their defense of Trump over impeachment inquiry barrage  —  Graham claims Trump admin ‘incapable of forming quid pro quo’  —  (CNN)Facing damaging testimony from senior diplomats that President Donald Trump sought to condition the release of US military aid to Ukraine …
Discussion: FOX 61
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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
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call
Discussion: Redstate
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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New York Times:
Facing Investigation, Giuliani Needed a Lawyer, but Firms Stayed Away  —  After weeks of looking, Mr. Giuliani said he assembled a legal team to represent him as he comes under scrutiny from federal prosecutors.  —  President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani …
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,” …
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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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Stone Trial Links Trump More Closely to 2016 Effort to Obtain Stolen Emails
Discussion: Axios
Politico:
5 takeaways from Roger Stone's first major day in court
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:   Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon expected to testify against Roger Stone
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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Yahoo News:
Whistleblower attorneys fear for client's safety as Trump allies move to out him  —  WASHINGTON — On the evening of Oct. 2, Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the anonymous official whose whistleblower complaint sparked the impeachment probe into President Trump …
Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:   Law firm representing whistleblower calls Trump Jr.'s speculation on client's identity ‘disgusting and reckless’
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.
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:   Has Elizabeth Warren Wrecked the Left?
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
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 …
Discussion: The Intercept
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Vox:
Bernie Sanders's immigration plan puts the rights of immigrant workers into focus
Discussion: Politico and VICE
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: Raw Story
Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: ABC News/Epstein  —  I hope you'll subscribe to my newsletter by clicking the button above or the button at the end of this post.  Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram.  —  Scoop: ABC News Executives Believe They Have Identified Former Employee Who Accessed Amy Robach Hot Mic Footage
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Washington Examiner:
The media protected Jeffrey Epstein and crucified Brett Kavanaugh
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 …
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.
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.
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Trump Spiritual Adviser Paula White Prays Against President's Opponents, Suggests They ‘Operate in Sorcery and Witchcraft’  —  President Donald Trump's personal spiritual adviser, Paula White, launched a prayer effort alongside other evangelical Christian leaders on Tuesday …
Discussion: DeadState
Associated Press:
Halperin's ‘How to Beat Trump’ sells 502 copies in 1st week  —  NEW YORK — Mark Halperin's first book since his career was upended by allegations of sexual harassment is clearly no “Game Change.”  —  “How to Beat Trump” sold just 502 copies in its first week.
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Appeals Court Nominee Shaped DeVos's Illegal Loan Forgiveness Effort  —  Steven J. Menashi, who could be confirmed Thursday, helped devise an Education Department plan to use Social Security data to deny students debt relief, an effort that a judge ruled violated privacy laws.
 
 
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