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3:30 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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CNN:
We read all 2,677 pages of impeachment inquiry testimony released to date.  Here's what's clear.  —  (CNN)To President Donald Trump, the whole flap with Ukraine is over a “perfect” phone call.  —  “It's based on a single phone call of congratulations to the President of Ukraine …
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
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.
Julian Borger / The Guardian:   Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
NSC staffer denies having secret Ukraine conversations with Trump
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and NBC News
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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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.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
House GOP asks for Hunter Biden and whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe
Discussion: Political Wire
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Ukraine expert who listened to Trump's call says ‘there was no doubt’ …
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and HuffPost
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: Althouse
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Michael Bloomberg Could ‘Immediately Become a Heavyweight’ in 2020 Race, Says Political Scientist: ‘He Radiates Electability’  —  The billionaire mogul Michael Bloomberg could have a big impact on the Democratic Party's 2020 primaries, a political scientist has said, amid reports he is preparing the ground to do just that.
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Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Jeff Bezos asked Mike Bloomberg months ago if he'd consider running for president
Washington Post:
Democrats debate presidential field on news of Michael Bloomberg's potential candidacy
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart, Raw Story and NPR
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: Political Wire
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 …
New York Times:
Roman Polanski Accused of 1975 Rape  —  A French photographer said the director hit her and assaulted her when she was 18.  She is the sixth woman to publicly accuse him of sexual abuse.  —  PARIS — A French photographer has accused the director Roman Polanski of violently raping her in 1975 …
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Trump Administration Is Proposing To Become One Of Just Four Countries In The World To Charge A Fee For Asylum  —  The Trump administration on Friday proposed an unprecedented series of new fees for asylum-seekers and immigrants hoping to stay in the US, aiming to become one of just four countries …
Discussion: Fox News and ImmigrationProf Blog
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New York Times:
New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee
Discussion: USCIS and The Daily Caller
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook Takes Down Breitbart Posts That Claimed to Name Whistle-Blower  —  Facebook has taken down articles posted by the far-right site Breitbart that purported to identify the whistle-blower who triggered the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, just two weeks after including the site …
USA Today:
Veterans Day disgrace: Stop deporting immigrants who served, make them American citizens  —  It's hard to believe that we are deporting veterans.  Support for those who fought for our country should not be contingent on their country of birth.  —  In a country where we celebrate and honor …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
This Is No Ordinary Impeachment  —  This is not just an impeachment.  It's the endgame for Trump's relentless assault on the institutions, norms, and practices of America's liberal democracy for the past three years.  It's also a deeper reckoning.  It's about whether the legitimacy …
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 …
 
 
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