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2:15 PM ET, November 8, 2019

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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New GOP Ukraine Defense: Trump Was Just a Patsy for Sondland
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:   ‘There was no ambiguity’: What Alexander Vindman told House impeachment investigators
The Hill:
Mulvaney defies House subpoena, cites immunity ‘one minute’ before deposition
Discussion: ABC News, Axios and CNN
Axios:   Vindman says Mulvaney coordinated plan to push Ukraine for Biden investigations
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Leon Cooperman, who has been battling Elizabeth Warren, says he will support fellow billionaire Mike Bloomberg for president  — “I'm a huge fan of Michael.  I know him personally.  It's a breath of fresh air.  Unless he changes his stripes, he will have my unequivocal support,” Cooperman told CNBC on Friday.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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.
Forbes:
#8 Michael Bloomberg … - He put in the seed funding for the company and now owns 88% of the business, which has estimated revenues of $10 billion.  — After earning his M.B.A. from Harvard, Bloomberg got a job in 1966 in “The Cage” at Salomon Brothers, where he counted out securities by hand.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Mike Bloomberg Should Go Away
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Michael Bloomberg has changed his mind on running for president yet again
Discussion: National Review, CNN and The Hill
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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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Lawyer for Ukraine whistleblower sends White House cease and desist letter to stop Trump's attacks
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower's ID irrelevant to impeachment
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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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
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Law & Crime
Abbey Marshall / Politico:
Trump says he might attend Russian military celebration  —  President Donald Trump said Friday that he's considering accepting Vladimir Putin's invitation to attend Russia's military parade celebration in May, but that the 2020 campaign season might get in the way.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Reuters:
Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day events in May
Discussion: Political Wire and susiemadrak.com
Michael Brice-Saddler / Washington Post:
A white restaurant owner admitted to enslaving a black man.  He got 10 years in prison.  —  John Christopher Smith initially liked working at J & J Cafeteria in Conway, S.C., where he was hired when he was 12 years old.  —  For about two decades, Smith washed dishes, bused tables and cooked food at the small-town diner without issue.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia  —  Messages from network involving Matt Shea provide insight into ‘patriot movement’ - and the extent of their conspiracy thinking  —  Leaked Signal messages from an online chat network around six-term …
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Jim Jordan assigned to Intel Committee ahead of Trump impeachment hearings  —  House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan has been assigned by Republican leadership to serve on the House Intelligence Committee so he can participate in questioning in the open Trump impeachment hearings starting next week.
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Vox
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Kentucky GOP tells Matt Bevin to stop trying to ‘overturn the election’  —  'There's nobody who thinks he won the election.  We counted the votes, and he lost.'  —  Voters in Kentucky want Democratic Secretary of State Andy Beshear to be their next governor, and even some Republicans …
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Visit to Arlington Cemetery reminded Donald Trump Jr. of all his family's ‘sacrifices,’ he writes  —  It was the day before his father was inaugurated president of the United States when the weight of the office first washed over Donald Trump Jr.  —  President-elect Trump and the new first family …
BBC:
Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats  —  An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor in Italy has been assigned police guards for protection after receiving hundreds of threats on social media.  —  Liliana Segre, who was sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at 13 …
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.”
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Lawsuits: G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller Fostered Hostile Work Environment for Women  —  One sales executive alleges she lost half of her assignments after the CEO replaced her with a former colleague from Playboy.  —  G/O MEDIA  —  Two former G/O Media executives have sued the media conglomerate …
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: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
New right-wing defense: Trump is too incompetent to be impeached  —  Here's why National Review's “no harm, no foul” fails  —  National Review is now seeking to advance a drastic change of strategy for Republicans in how to handle the impeachment inquiry.  The conservative magazine …
Discussion: VICE, HuffPost and Power Line
Kansas City Star:
Pompeo scheduled to speak in South Carolina amid speculation on political future  —  As speculation about his political future continues, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the early presidential primary state of South Carolina.  —  Pompeo, a possible 2020 U.S. Senate candidate …
Discussion: The Hill
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Cure for Democrats' 2020 Terror  —  Voters who fear a Trump re-election can start rebuilding the blue wall now.  —  Last Saturday I was at a restaurant with my daughter when I ran into a friend of a friend.  With little preamble she said, her voice choked with panic, “He's going to win again.”
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Julia Brooks / Just Security:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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Discussion: Althouse and New Republic