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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
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 …
Discussion: Detroit News and HuffPost
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats  —  Former top Russia expert at White House says harassment reached a peak after she agreed to testify in impeachment hearings  —  The former top Russia expert at the White House has said she has been subjected …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mulvaney moves for ruling on House impeachment probe subpoena
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
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
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
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 …
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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Washington Post:
Democrats debate presidential field on news of Michael Bloomberg's potential candidacy
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
With Medical Bills Skyrocketing, More Hospitals Are Suing for Payment  —  WISE, Va. — When a judge hears civil cases at the courthouse in this southwest Virginia town two days a month, many of the lawsuits have a common plaintiff: the local hospital, Ballad Health, suing patients over unpaid medical bills.
Steve Calabresi / The Daily Caller:
House Democrats Violate The 6th Amendment By Denying Trump A Public Trial  —  The nation is transfixed by the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump for purportedly using U.S. military aid to Ukraine to prompt that country to reopen a corruption into former Vice President Joe Biden's son.
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
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
‘A Warning’ by ‘Anonymous’: 5 Takeaways  —  The book seems to be the product of a Republican with access to the White House who grew increasingly upset by President Trump.  —  For President Trump, leaks are maddening and anonymity infuriating.  So the release of “A Warning,” the new book by …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HuffPost
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump intends to take tax return fight to Supreme Court  —  President Trump's lawyers intend to petition the U.S. Supreme Court by Nov. 14 to review a lower court ruling requiring the president to turn over eight years of his tax returns to a state grand jury, according to a letter written Friday.
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Trump to Appeal Ruling on Vance Subpoena to Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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