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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 …
Washington Post:
Giuliani associates pressed past president of Ukraine to announce Biden investigation in exchange for state visit
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Testimony from Alexander Vindman and Fiona Hill caps a devastating week for Trump
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ukraine expert who listened to Trump's call says ‘there was no doubt’ …
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and The Week
Washington Post:
Democrats debate presidential field on news of Michael Bloomberg's potential candidacy  —  Even for a party accustomed to an anxious donor and political class — a group of second-guessers that Obama adviser David Plouffe famously called the “bed wetters” — billionaire Michael Bloomberg's likely entry …
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
How Seriously Should We Take Michael Bloomberg's Potential 2020 Run?
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and CNBC
Wall Street Journal:   Michael Bloomberg Makes Plans to Build Campaign Staff in March Presidential Primary States
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden on Bloomberg: ‘I have no problem with him getting in the race’
Discussion: Politico
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry  —  EXCLUSIVE: The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has formally requested that the panel's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., testify in a closed-door setting as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
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Kurt Bardella / USA Today:   Who will fill the leadership void left by Elijah Cummings in the Trump impeachment inquiry?
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
‘A Warning’ by ‘Anonymous’: 5 Takeaways  —  The book seems to be the product of a Republican with access to the White House who grew increasingly upset by President Trump.  —  For President Trump, leaks are maddening and anonymity infuriating.  So the release of “A Warning,” the new book by …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
NSC staffer denies having secret Ukraine conversations with Trump  —  Kash Patel, a senior National Security Council official accused of running a secret backchannel to President Trump on Ukraine matters, has categorically denied ever discussing Ukraine with the president.
Discussion: The Hill
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Politico:   Ukraine didn't interfere in 2016, Trump officials testified
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
The unsolved mystery of frozen Ukraine aid
Discussion: Law & Crime and Axios
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 …
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Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Alleged ABC Epstein Leaker Ashley Bianco Denies Role, Tearfully Begs for Her Job Back
Jeffery Martin / Newsweek:
Parents of teenager killed by U.S. diplomat's wife say Donald Trump offered to have the Treasury write them a check  —  While meeting with President Donald Trump, the parents of a British teenager who was killed in a traffic collision with the wife of a U.S. diplomat were offered money …
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
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 …
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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: Raw Story
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump intends to take tax return fight to Supreme Court  —  President Trump's lawyers intend to petition the U.S. Supreme Court by Nov. 14 to review a lower court ruling requiring the president to turn over eight years of his tax returns to a state grand jury, according to a letter written Friday.
Reuters:
Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day events in May  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering attending Russia's May 9 Victory Day commemorative events after President Vladimir Putin extended an invitation.  —  “I appreciate the invitation.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:   Trump says he's considering attending Russia's May Day parade
Adrienne So / Wired:
Instagram Will Test Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Starting Next Week  —  Hiding like counts is just the latest step in Instagram's quest to become the safest place on the internet.  —  If you post a picture, and no one sees how many people liked it, does it still exist?
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 …
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 …
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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
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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Pompeo scheduled to speak in South Carolina amid speculation on political future
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