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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Book by ‘Anonymous’ describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation  —  Senior Trump administration officials considered resigning en masse last year in a “midnight self-massacre” to sound a public alarm about President Trump's conduct, but rejected the idea because they believed …
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Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
Book Review: In ‘A Warning,’ Anonymous Author Makes Case Against Re-election  —  The same writer who penned an Opinion essay in 2018 argues in a new book that the president's contract shouldn't be renewed.  —  “Trust me”: It's a tired cliché, a throwaway line, but when you first encounter it in …
Discussion: The Week, The Hill and Raw Story
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Referee says he told Rep. Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor performed sex act in shower  —  The referee said the response of Jordan and another former coach was, “Yeah, yeah, we know.”  —  A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated …
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race  —  Mr. Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, although an adviser said he had not made a final decision to run.
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NBC News:
Bloomberg preparing to enter 2020 presidential race
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Washington Post:
Billionaire and ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking steps to run for president …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies  —  House Republicans' latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Discussion: Politico, The Week, CNN and Associated Press
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House committees subpoena Mick Mulvaney  —  The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine issued a subpoena Thursday night for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at 9 am on Friday as part of their impeachment inquiry, two sources familiar tell Axios.
Discussion: CNN and New York Post
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Lawyer for Ukraine whistleblower sends White House cease and desist letter to stop Trump's attacks  —  (CNN)A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Axios
CNN:
Pence aide said Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine was political and not a normal diplomatic call  —  (CNN)An aide to Vice President Mike Pence who listened to the call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian President told impeachment inquiry investigators on Thursday that she found …
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Diplomat testified that Putin, Orban poisoned Trump's views on Ukraine
Discussion: New York Times
Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity denies diplomat's claim he was told to stop covering ex-Ukraine ambassador by State Department
Discussion: Mediaite
Foreign Policy:   State Department Expected to Scrap Post of Special Envoy to Ukraine
Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post, Politico and NPR
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump to AP: impeachment aimed at undoing 2016 vote  —  RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Ivanka Trump on Friday weighed in on the House impeachment inquiry of her father from half a world away in Morocco.  —  President Donald Trump's daughter and White House adviser told The Associated Press …
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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit
Discussion: NBC News, POLITICUSUSA and The Mahablog
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities for Misuse of Foundation
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Beast:
Emails Show Government Agency Melting Down Over Trump's Hurricane Fiasco: ‘This Has Really Gotten Out of Hand’  —  The president was insistent that Alabama was, in fact, endangered by Dorian.  Employees at NOAA and NWS took the brunt of it.  —  In early September, as Hurricane Dorian battered …
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and Raw Story
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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.
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Joy Behar roasted for denying wearing blackface: ‘Enjoy the cancel culture you created’
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Who Will Betray Trump?  —  From the moment Francis Rooney expressed alarm to his House colleagues that Donald Trump might have abused presidential power in his dealings with Ukraine—and more dramatically, that an impeachment inquiry could be warranted—the Florida Republican was a marked man.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump  —  The French president wonders if NATO is still committed to collective defense, decries U.S. unilateralism and calls for more European autonomy.  —  BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron shocked allies in an interview published …
Discussion: The Economist, Bloomberg and Politico
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CNN:
Macron says Europe is facing the ‘brain death of NATO’
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Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone's Trial Is Going Very Badly for Roger Stone  —  Jurors heard audio of the Trump adviser allegedly lying to Congress.  —  In a federal courtroom in Washington, DC, Thursday, jurors heard Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) as he questioned Roger Stone, the longtime associate of President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and CANNONFIRE
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CBS News sparks outrage for reportedly firing ex-ABC News staffer who leaked Epstein bombshell  —  CBS News is facing heavy backlash for reportedly firing the ex-ABC News staffer who leaked the footage exposing how the network killed the Jeffrey Epstein story.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Authoritarian Rot That Produced This President* Is Present in the Republican Party at All Levels  —  Need proof?  Look at Kentucky and Wisconsin. … I guess we should start this week's tour in Kentucky, where the Republican majority in the state legislature is making all kinds of noises about how …
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump's Favorite Pastor Paula White Has a Fake Doctorate Degree and a History of Bankruptcy  —  Paula White is a Florida pastor who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration, chairs his Evangelical Advisory Council, and is now a White House employee, with her salary paid for by the American taxpayer.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Economist who backed Warren healthcare plan has doubts about her wealth tax  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A leading economist who vouched for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's healthcare reform plan told Reuters on Thursday he doubts its staggering cost …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's immigration policy is in disarray  —  Key pieces of his agenda are stalled.  Top aides are feuding.  And there's worry that the very issue that swept President Donald Trump into office in 2016 could help cost him his reelection in 2020.  —  Nearly three years into office …
Discussion: Townhall
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP senators hit by early wave of outside money ahead of 2020  —  Democrats spent years sounding the alarm on “dark money” as groups pummeled their senators.  Now, the left is the side delivering the early blow.  —  A quartet of new nonprofit groups has already spent millions …
 
 
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella was Biden guest at State Department banquet
Discussion: Breitbart and PJ Media Home
John Solomon Reports:
Testimony bombshell: Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm …
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
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Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Condo Buyers Can Keep Purchases Secret, NY Tax Officials Say in Reversal
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
Nobody is buying Mark Halperin's book.  The disgraced journalist's publisher lambastes ‘cancel culture.’
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Page Six
 Earlier Items: 
James Crowley / Newsweek:
Tap Water at Trump National Golf Course Contaminated With Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
Andrew M. Ballard / Bloomberg Government:
GOP's Devin Nunes Casts Wider Net in Trying to Find Twitter Cow
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Rep. Matt Gaetz Mocks Media as ‘Kale and Quinoa’ Eaters Who Look Down Upon ‘Fried Food’ Eating ‘Real America’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Charles King / Foreign Affairs:
America's Original Identity Politics
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steyer aide offered money for endorsements