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9:40 AM ET, November 9, 2019

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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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Washington Post:
Giuliani associates pressed past president of Ukraine to announce Biden investigation in exchange for state visit
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Republicans want Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower as impeachment inquiry witnesses  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and National Review
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 …
Discussion: The Boston Globe and IJR
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
How Seriously Should We Take Michael Bloomberg's Potential 2020 Run?
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
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HuffPost
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.
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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
Tamara Keith / NPR:
The Whistleblower Complaint Has Largely Been Corroborated.  Here's How.  —  When the House impeachment inquiry began more than a month ago, much of the focus was on a complaint from a whistleblower that drew attention to a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President …
New York Times:
Why Pete Buttigieg Annoys His Democratic Rivals  —  His success, especially in Iowa, has grated on rival campaigns that say his record in government is not commensurate with the attention he's receiving.  —  WAVERLY, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was mingling with a handful of mayors backstage …
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
South China Morning Post:
Former Chinese trade envoy wants four more years of Trump.  Here's why  —  The US president's daily tweets to 67 million global followers make him ‘easy to read’, said the former trade envoy and point man for China's WTO negotiations Trump is a transparent and realistic negotiator who is concerned …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
With Medical Bills Skyrocketing, More Hospitals Are Suing for Payment  —  WISE, Va. — When a judge hears civil cases at the courthouse in this southwest Virginia town two days a month, many of the lawsuits have a common plaintiff: the local hospital, Ballad Health, suing patients over unpaid medical bills.
New York Times:
How Voters Turned Virginia from Deep Red to Solid Blue  —  Where Democrats Took Control  —  Democrats have gained about 20 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2015, especially in Northern Virginia and the Richmond area.  —  Republican win or lead Democratic win or lead  —  Northern Virginia
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What Democrats Should Do Now That They Have Turned Virginia Blue
Discussion: Slate
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 …
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Trump Pokes Fun at Himself.  Why Do Only Some People See It?  —  His self-aware sense of humor is a powerful weapon.  If you can spot the joke.  —  Joanna Weiss is a writer in Boston and the editor of Experience magazine.  —  There's a common conception, among foes of Donald Trump …
New York Times:
New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee  —  The proposal also includes increasing fees for those applying for citizenship by more than 60 percent.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed …
New York Times:
As Campaign Season Heats Up, Trump Has Turned the Official Into the Political  —  Previous presidents made an effort to make a distinction between the two and had their campaigns, not taxpayers, foot the bill for political events.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump traveled on Air Force …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
This Is No Ordinary Impeachment
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The United States is being run by a toddler
Discussion: Slate and National Review
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
CBS Will Pre-Empt Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage
Andrew Nagorski / The Daily Beast:
The Berlin Wall and the Collapse of Communism in Five Acts
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Two versions of Texas collide over gun measures and mass shootings
Discussion: Politico
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Who will fill the leadership void left by Elijah Cummings in the Trump impeachment inquiry?
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Iran Displays Human Rights Achievements at UN Office in Geneva
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Beekman / The Seattle Times:
Sawant takes lead over Orion in Seattle City Council race with Friday vote count
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Impeachment Witness Undercut Steele Dossier In Bombshell Testimony
Discussion: Redstate
Nina dos Santos / CNN:
UK inquiry was warned of Russian infiltration, leaked testimony shows
New York Times:
Ukraine Affair Thrusts White House Lawyer Into Center of Crisis
Reuters:
Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day events in May
Discussion: susiemadrak.com
Chase Peterson-Withorn / Forbes:
Here's How Much Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump Are Worth
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Passion of Newt Gingrich