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Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Associates Urged Ukraine's Prior President to Open Biden, Election Probes  —  Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman pushed then-president Poroshenko to announce probes in return for U.S. state visit  —  Months before President Trump pressed Ukraine's newly installed president to investigate Joe Biden's son …
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The Daily Beast:
Vindman Burns Trump Booster John Solomon: ‘All the Key Elements’ of His Reporting ‘Were False’  —  Hannity's favorite “investigative” reporter's columns formed the basis for Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani's messaging about Biden and Democrats.  —  Impeachment witness transcripts released Friday revealed …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I've Reported In Ukraine For 10 Years.  Please Read This Before You Say Anything Else About Impeachment.  —  MARIUPOL, Ukraine — If you're lucky enough to be within microphone-reach of Volodymyr Zelensky these days and to see the Ukrainian president take a question about Donald Trump, you'll witness some impressive facial gymnastics.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Testimony from Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill caps a devastating week for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The week ended on a sour note for President Trump, with  —  the public release of testimony by two national security council staffers — one current, one former — who expressed alarm …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Hateful calls, conspiracy theories’: What Fiona Hill told impeachment investigators  —  House impeachment investigators on Friday released the deposition transcript of Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council official whose testimony has been among the most damaging so far to President Donald Trump.
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Former Trump adviser who testified to Ukraine pressure campaign said she was victim of harassment
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are throwing Giuliani under the bus. But there's a problem.
Politico:   Ukraine didn't interfere in 2016, Trump officials testified
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
The unsolved mystery of frozen Ukraine aid
Discussion: Law & Crime
Axios:   Vindman says Mulvaney coordinated plan to push Ukraine for Biden investigations
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New GOP Ukraine Defense: Trump Was Just a Patsy for Sondland
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Is Trump Already Winning on Impeachment?
Discussion: Althouse
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bolton Knows About ‘Many Relevant Meetings’ on Ukraine, Lawyer Says  —  The former national security adviser would be an important witness in the impeachment inquiry, but his lawyer wants a court to rule on whether he should testify.  —  ATLANTA — John R. Bolton, President Trump's former …
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New York Times:   Ukraine Affair Thrusts White House Lawyer Into Center of Crisis
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Bloomberg Makes Plans to Build Campaign Staff in March Presidential Primary States  —  Billionaire and former New York mayor is likely to further divide bloc of moderate Democratic voters  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is drawing up a strategy to build campaign staff in states …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Run, Mike, Run!  —  A Bloomberg-Trump contest would be one between a maker and a faker.  —  Mike Bloomberg should run for president, for two reasons that ought to be dispositive.  First, he would be a very good president, potentially a great one.  Second, he stands a much better chance …
Discussion: Washington Post, New Republic and CNN
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden on Bloomberg: ‘I have no problem with him getting in the race’
Discussion: Politico
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Bloomberg news: Michael Bloomberg launches presidential campaign in Alabama
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Michael Bloomberg's Ego Is an Agent of Socialist Change
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and Althouse
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Leon Cooperman, who has been battling Elizabeth Warren, says he will support fellow billionaire …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Forbes:
#8 Michael Bloomberg … - He put in the seed funding …
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Eric Spracklen / Project Veritas:
ABC Insider: Why I, alone, released the Amy Robach Epstein tape.  —  Editors Note: Project Veritas is publishing the writing below at the request of the ABC news insider who gave us the Amy Robach tape.  —  This was submitted to us in light of the actions taken against those wrongfully identified …
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Alleged ABC Epstein Leaker Ashley Bianco Denies Role, Tearfully Begs for Her Job Back
Chase Peterson-Withorn / Forbes:
Here's How Much Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump Are Worth  —  How rich are Donald Trump's children?  Unlike their boastful father, they aren't eager to say.  Their earnings aren't publicly available, and their holdings are tied up in private investments and shielded through opaque shell corporations.
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump to AP: impeachment aimed at undoing 2016 vote
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Visit to Arlington Cemetery reminded Donald Trump Jr. of all his family's ‘sacrifices,’ he writes
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpkins Accused Him of Being the Whistleblower.  They Were Wrong.  —  A former Obama staffer has been erroneously accused by the pro-Trump internet of blowing the whistle on the Ukraine affair.  He didn't.  But now his life has been upended.  —  Former Obama White House staffer R. David Edelman woke …
Courier-Journal:
Senate president says Bevin should concede election if recanvass doesn't alter vote totals  —  Republican Senate President Robert Stivers believes Gov. Matt Bevin should concede his loss to Democrat Andy Beshear if next week's recanvass doesn't significantly change the vote totals.
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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Matt Bevin supporter's robocall seeks ‘suspicious activity’ at polls ahead of recanvass  —  Conservative political activist Frank Simon, a longtime supporter of Gov. Matt Bevin, is sending robocalls asking Kentuckians to report suspicious activity or voter fraud to the State Board of Elections …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Trump to Appeal Ruling on Vance Subpoena to Supreme Court  — If high court declines to hear case Vance may get returns soon  — Appeals court rejected Trump's immunity claim in 3-0 decision  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers told a judge they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court next week …
Discussion: Political Wire 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 …
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David Badash / Raw Story:
Calls grow for Jim Jordan to resign over refusal to confront sexual misconduct as #JimJordanKnew trends
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Impeachment Witness Undercut Steele Dossier In Bombshell Testimony  — Fiona Hill, who was the top Russia expert at the White House, told lawmakers in October that she believed Russians fed disinformation to dossier author Christopher Steele.  — Hill offered a scathing portrayed …
Discussion: Redstate
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Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Why Is Christopher Steele Still a Thing?
Discussion: Redstate and The New Neo
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren blows up the ‘war room’  —  Elizabeth Warren has been on the receiving end of an onslaught of jabs, swipes, missives, think-pieces and general bashing from opponents this past week, the likes of which she hasn't experienced since she jumped into the presidential race.
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New York Times:
The Billionaires Are Getting Nervous
Discussion: Jacobin, Slate, Salon and TheStreet
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.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump ‘violates all recognized democratic norms,’ federal judge says in biting speech on judicial independence  —  In an unusually critical speech that lamented the public's flagging confidence in the independence of the judicial branch, a federal judge slammed President Trump for …
Associated Press:
Comedian says Roger Stone called him ‘stoolie,’ threatened to take his dog if he didn't lie  —  The testimony is damaging to the GOP operative as he faces a federal trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering.  —  Breaking News Emails  —  WASHINGTON — A comedian …
New York Times:
McKinsey Faces Criminal Inquiry Over Bankruptcy Case Conduct  —  Prosecutors are examining the consulting company's behavior in at least two bankruptcy cases.  —  McKinsey & Company, the elite consulting firm that advises many of the world's largest and most powerful institutions …
 
 
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Daniel Beekman / The Seattle Times:
Sawant takes lead over Orion in Seattle City Council race with Friday vote count
Nina dos Santos / CNN:
UK inquiry was warned of Russian infiltration, leaked testimony shows
Reuters:
Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day events in May
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
US has new plan for notifying Americans of election meddling
Bridget Bowman / Roll Call:
Former VA nominee Ronny Jackson eyes run for Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
How States Like Virginia Go Blue
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Passion of Newt Gingrich
Discussion: Washington Post
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What Democrats Should Do Now That They Have Turned Virginia Blue
Discussion: Slate and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kansas City Star:
Pompeo scheduled to speak in South Carolina amid speculation on political future
Discussion: The Hill
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats