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5:10 PM ET, November 9, 2019

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Bloomberg:
State Department Freed Ukraine Money Before Trump Says He Did  — Department lawyers found the White House lacked authority  — Chain of events undercuts Trump's account of freeing the funds  —  President Donald Trump says he lifted his freeze on aid to Ukraine on Sept. 11 …
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New York Times:
How the State Dept.'s Dissenters Incited a Revolt, Then a Rallying Cry  —  Shock, anger and sadness are giving way to pride among career diplomats that they are defending American ideals and holding the Trump administration accountable.  —  WASHINGTON — State Department Foreign Service …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
John Bolton went around Mick Mulvaney — and released aid to Ukraine before resigning: report  —  The timeline in the administration's Ukraine scandal changed again on Saturday with a bombshell new report from Bloomberg News.  —  “President Donald Trump says he lifted his freeze on aid …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:   Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats engineer multiple chances to make the case for Trump's impeachment  —  It's rare in politics to get a second chance, let alone a third, at making a first impression.  But that is the opportunity presented to House Democrats in the week ahead, as they take their impeachment inquiry public …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump says transcript of “second” Ukraine call will “probably” be released Tuesday  —  President Trump said Saturday that a transcript of another call he had with the president of Ukraine will “probably” be released on Tuesday.  The call took place in April after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was elected.
Discussion: Political Wire
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
House GOP asks for Hunter Biden and whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Sara A. Carter
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ukraine expert who listened to Trump's call says ‘there was no doubt’ …
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and HuffPost
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
John Bolton has a book deal, publishing officials tell AP  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton has a book deal, The Associated Press has learned.  —  The hawkish Bolton departed in September because of numerous foreign policy disagreements with President Donald Trump.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mulvaney moves for ruling on House impeachment probe subpoena  —  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is asking to join a pending lawsuit aimed at clarifying whether the House of Representatives can require senior advisers to President Donald Trump to testify in the ongoing impeachment probe related to Ukraine.
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, CNN and Althouse
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The ugly lie about black voters and Pete Buttigieg
Discussion: NPR
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Jeff Bezos asked Mike Bloomberg months ago if he'd consider running for president  —  Billionaires make calls just like us.  —  Sometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city's former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.
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Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Michael Bloomberg Could ‘Immediately Become a Heavyweight’ …
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Manafort's former son-in-law gets 9 years for array of scams  —  Paul Manafort's former son-in-law was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Friday for a wide-ranging series of fraud schemes the court said bilked victims out of more than $6 million.  —  As U.S. District Judge Andre …
Discussion: Associated Press
William Saletan / Slate:
The Ukraine Depositions Have Destroyed Trump's “Corruption” Defense  —  Republicans say the president wanted to clean up Ukraine.  Witness testimony shows he didn't.  —  According to Republican senators, President Donald Trump had a very good reason to press Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats.
Discussion: Reason
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The United States is being run by a toddler
Discussion: National Review
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Exclusive: Three Democratic senators use another FOIA request to get Trump-Ukraine info  —  Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Richard Blumenthal and Sheldon Whitehouse requested documents and communications from the Justice Department on Nov. 8 related to President Trump's reported call …
Mohammed Tawfeeq / CNN:
Iraq protests death toll rises to 300 with nearly 15,000 injured  —  Protesters try to scale walls of Iranian consulate  —  Baghdad (CNN)At least 301 people have been killed and nearly 15,000 have been injured in Iraq since the start of anti-government protests in October …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Quartz:
Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall  —  US president Donald Trump will be receiving a special gift from Berlin residents on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—a 2.7-ton section of the wall itself.
Discussion: Fox News
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Andrew Nagorski / The Daily Beast:
The Berlin Wall and the Collapse of Communism in Five Acts
Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Trump Pokes Fun at Himself.  Why Do Only Some People See It?  —  There's a common conception, among foes of Donald Trump, that the 45th president tweets every day in a kind of fevered state: alone by his bedroom TV set, wrapped in a smoking jacket or maybe a satin Snuggie, typing in fits of narcissism …
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New York Times:
New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
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USA Today:
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Daniel McCarthy / The National Interest:
Donald Trump's Only ‘Crime’ Is Defending Himself
Discussion: The Hill
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Facebook Takes Down Breitbart Posts That Claimed to Name Whistle-Blower
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House Democrats Violate The 6th Amendment By Denying Trump A Public Trial
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Former Chinese trade envoy wants four more years of Trump. Here's why
New York Times:
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
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