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11:40 AM ET, November 8, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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?
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  —  (CNN)A lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump claims impeachment making him ‘stronger,’ rails against whistleblower
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower's ID irrelevant to impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Mick Mulvaney defies subpoena, skips impeachment deposition
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: The Week, HuffPost, The Hill, Raw Story and CNN
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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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.
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
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Wall Street Journal:   House Freedom Caucus Emerges as Trump's Main Defender
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
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CNN:   Federal judge assails Trump's attacks on judiciary: He's feeding a ‘destructive narrative’
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: Breitbart and The Hill
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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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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
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 …
New York Times:
Bolivian Mayor Assaulted by Protesters in Postelection Mayhem  —  After the mayor was accused of organizing a pro-government mob, antigovernment protesters kidnapped her, cut her hair and doused her in paint.  —  LA PAZ, Bolivia — In a spasm of violence related to last month's disputed …
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BBC:
Bolivia mayor has hair forcibly cut by crowd of protesters
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Discussion: The Root and Fox News
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 …
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
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Jeff Sessions announces a Senate run — by telling voters he's still loyal to Trump  —  Sessions wants his old Senate seat back.  —  Jeff Sessions is running to reclaim his old US Senate seat.  —  On Thursday night, the longtime former Republican senator from Alabama and President Donald …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Immigration helped Trump win in 2016.  It could help spell his demise in 2020.  —  Key pieces of his agenda are stalled.  Top aides are feuding.  And there's worry that the very issue that swept President Donald Trump into office in 2016 could help cost him his reelection in 2020.
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump's 2016 team sounds alarm as Democrats make gains  —  Senior members of President Trump's 2016 campaign are sounding the alarm, warning that Democratic enthusiasm for impeachment and Republican weakness in the suburbs could spell trouble for the president as he embarks on his reelection campaign.
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.”
 
 
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Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
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Julia Brooks / Just Security:
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Eric Holder Takes Virginia
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Pete Buttigieg proposes free college for Americans earning under $100,000 in his new economic plan
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James Arkin / Politico:
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