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9:35 AM ET, November 8, 2019

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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: VICE, Slate, Daily Kos, The Week and Raw Story
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 …
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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Trump's Ukraine defense: Blah, blah, blah  —  Sometimes a phrase can summarize an era.  “We shall overcome.”  “If it feels good, do it.”  “It's morning again in America.”  —  My candidate for the age of Trump was coined by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Is Trump Already Winning on Impeachment?  —  This coming Wednesday marks the official start of the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump in the House Intelligence Committee, the public beginning of what the historian Jon Meacham rightfully calls “a test for the country.”
Stephen Collinson / CNN:   Democrats' impeachment inquiry hits overdrive
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Impeachment investigators subpoena Mick Mulvaney
Discussion: Raw Story
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: HuffPost, The Week, The Hill 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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Axios:
Exclusive: Mike Bloomberg will “spend whatever it takes” in 2020  —  Mike Bloomberg is jumping into the Democratic presidential race because he believes that Joe Biden is fading, opening the moderate lane next to Elizabeth Warren, sources close to the former New York mayor tell Axios.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Just when you thought he was out, Mike Bloomberg pulls himself back in
Discussion: Axios, Instapundit and New York Times
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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Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower's ID irrelevant to impeachment  —  RABAT, Morocco — Ivanka Trump on Friday echoed her father's view that the House impeachment investigation is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.  But, in an interview with The Associated Press, she parted ways …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Althouse
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Yovanovitch communicated with Dem staffer on ‘delicate’ issue after complaint, emails show, despite testimony  —  Democratic staffer emailed Ukraine ambassador to discuss ‘delicate’ issue following whistleblower complaint  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch …
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Ramsey Touchberry / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity denies diplomat's claim he was told to stop covering ex-Ukraine ambassador by State Department
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Diplomat testified that Putin, Orban poisoned Trump's views on Ukraine
Discussion: CNBC and New York Times
Foreign Policy:   State Department Expected to Scrap Post of Special Envoy to Ukraine
New York Times:
Democrats in Battleground States Prefer Moderate Nominee, Poll Shows  —  A New York Times/Siena College survey in six key states also showed voters want a candidate who can work with Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
How the Insufferably Woke Help Trump
Discussion: CNN
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
It Is Shameful That ABC News and CBS News Are Punishing the Epstein Leaker  —  It gives me no pleasure to report that I agree, on just this one thing, with Donald Trump Jr., who went on The View Thursday to say he shouldn't be condemned for naming the Ukraine whistle-blower when ABC News …
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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 …
Discussion: New Republic and Althouse
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg proposes free college for Americans earning under $100,000 in his new economic plan  —  The South Bend, Ind., mayor unveiled a big economic plan Friday that's a middle lane between Biden and Warren.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled a plan Friday …
Discussion: The Hill
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Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Economist who backed Warren healthcare plan has doubts about her wealth tax
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Commerce Department aides knew Alabama hurricane forecasters were not responding to Trump, but still rebuked them  —  Senior aides at the Commerce Department forced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to publicly rebuke its weather forecasters in Birmingham, Ala. …
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN and NBC News
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Jeff Sessions / YouTube:
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
Everything Trump Touches Dies: “Dancing with the Stars” Edition  —  Sean Spicer on DWTS is everything that's wrong with the Trump era.  —  Some of us have been wondering exactly what victory in the Culture War would look like.  Well, now we know what Trump country thinks victory means.
NY State Attorney General:
AG James Secures Court Order Against Donald J. Trump, Trump Children, And Trump Foundation  —  AG James Secures Court Order Against Donald J. Trump,  —  Trump Children, and Trump Foundation … NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that the New York Supreme …
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million to Charities for Misuse of Foundation
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Julia Brooks / Just Security:
Public Document Clearinghouse: Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry  —  Just Security has compiled and curated all publicly available documents in Congress's impeachment inquiry concerning President Donald Trump in connection with Ukraine.  This collection seeks to include significant original source material …
Lin-Manuel Miranda / The Atlantic:
What Art Can Do … all art is political.  In tense, fractious times—like our current moment—all art is political.  But even during those times when politics and the future of our country itself are not the source of constant worry and anxiety, art is still political.
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
Modi critic stripped of citizenship status in step denounced as ‘vindictive’  —  NEW DELHI — India has stripped a prominent writer of his citizenship status after he wrote an article describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the country's “divider in chief.”
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.
New York Times:
Impeachment Inquiry Tests Ties Between Barr and Trump  —  The attorney general has not jumped in to publicly defend the president against the Democratic inquiry as he did with the Mueller investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn …
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump's 2016 team sounds alarm as Democrats make gains
BBC:
Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters
Discussion: Fox News
CNN:
Federal judge assails Trump's attacks on judiciary: He's feeding a ‘destructive narrative’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder Takes Virginia
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell files bill to secure coal miners' pensions, but not black lung fund
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The anatomy of a Republican smear
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP senators hit by early wave of outside money ahead of 2020
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's immigration policy is in disarray
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Macron Says NATO Is Experiencing ‘Brain Death’ Because of Trump
Discussion: The Economist, Bloomberg and Politico
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Joy Behar roasted for denying wearing blackface: ‘Enjoy the cancel culture you created’
John Solomon Reports:
Testimony bombshell: Obama administration tried to partner with Hunter Biden's Ukrainian gas firm …
Andrea Jefferson / Political Flare:
Trump's Favorite Pastor Paula White Has a Fake Doctorate Degree and a History of Bankruptcy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Roger Stone's Trial Is Going Very Badly for Roger Stone
Discussion: Raw Story and CANNONFIRE