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11:50 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:
In Seeking to Join Suit Over Subpoena Power, Mulvaney Goes Up Against the President  —  In effect, the acting chief of staff hopes the court will tell him whether to listen to his own boss, who wants him to remain silent, or to comply with a subpoena from the House, which wants his testimony.
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 …
CNN:
John Bolton lands a book deal.  It will publish before the 2020 presidential election  —  New York (CNN Business)John Bolton has stayed pretty quiet since resigning as President Trump's national security adviser in September.  But he evidently has a book's worth of something to say.
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mulvaney moves for ruling on House impeachment probe subpoena
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Republicans attempt to move impeachment inquiry away from Trump  —  House Republicans on Saturday pressed ahead with their efforts to move the impeachment inquiry away from President Trump, calling on Democrats to add witnesses to the probe including former vice president Joe Biden's son …
Discussion: War Room, Breitbart and Fox News
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump says transcript of “second” Ukraine call will “probably” be released Tuesday
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
William Saletan / Slate:
The Ukraine Depositions Have Destroyed Trump's “Corruption” Defense
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
House GOP asks for Hunter Biden and whistleblower to testify in impeachment probe
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chesa Boudin, reformer public defender, wins election as San Francisco's new DA  —  Chesa Boudin won the race to become the city's next district attorney Saturday on a campaign promising to confront mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system …
Discussion: HuffPost
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
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Cindy McCain: John would be ‘disgusted’  —  Cindy McCain: John would be disgusted by this  —  Washington (CNN)Cindy McCain said that her husband, the late Sen. John McCain, would be “terribly upset” about several recent events and she lamented the unwillingness of Republicans in Congress to speak out.
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
New York Times:
Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way … How PhotoDNA Works  —  The uploaded image — in this instance a photograph of Dr. Farid — is turned into a square and colors are removed, making the process faster and consistent across images.
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Plane crashes after unloading 350 gallons of pink water in gender reveal stunt  —  A recent plane crash in Texas was caused by a gender reveal stunt that went completely off the rails, authorities said Friday.  —  The pilot of the plane was flying at a low altitude on Sept. 7 in the town of Turkey …
Washington Post:
In Virginia, Republicans confront a fearful electoral future  —  RICHMOND — As Virginia election returns rolled in Tuesday night, Republican campaign manager Daniella Propati quickly realized two things: Her candidate for the House of Delegates, GayDonna Vandergriff, would lose, and calling their opponent a “socialist” hadn't worked.
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama appearance  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A towering “Baby Trump” protest balloon was knifed and deflated by someone unhappy with its appearance during President Donald Trump's Saturday trip to Alabama, organizers said.  —  The incident occurred during …
Discussion: Axios, CBS 42 and Politico
Bloomberg:
Richest 1% of Americans Close to Surpassing Wealth of Middle Class  — Historic low interest rates boosting riches of top households  — Poorest have 35.7% of liabilities and just 6.1% of assets  —  Explore what's moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast.
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Man accused of grabbing woman ‘by the crotch’ on plane that made early landing for his arrest  —  The man seated next to her started by touching the woman's arm not long after takeoff, a criminal complaint says.  She pushed him away.  —  Then the woman's fellow passenger …
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’ …
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 and Law & Crime
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Trump wants to award Purple Heart to dog Conan injured in al-Baghdadi mission  —  President Trump wants to recognize the military working dog injured during the raid that killed ISIS boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria last month, a source told The Post.  —  “It is the president's desire to honor the dog.
Discussion: Townhall
CNN:
Virginia Democrats elect first female speaker of the House  —  Washington (CNN)For the first time in Virginia's 400-year legislative history, a woman will become speaker of the House.  —  Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, the current Democratic House leader, won a competitive race for the top spot …
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Republican who sparked Trump's criticism of Elijah Cummings and Baltimore announces run for his seat in Congress  —  The Baltimore County Republican official whose social media posts about trash in West Baltimore prompted President Donald Trump to verbally attack the late Rep. Elijah Cummings …
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 …
 
 
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Trump learns that fake charities are tons of fun until you get caught
MSNBC:
Transcripts released from firsthand witnesses to some of the key flashpoints at the heart of Ukraine scandal
MSNBC:
Robert De Niro says impeachment inquiry of Trump must proceed
Discussion: The Hill
Quartz:
Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall
Discussion: Fox News
Mohammed Tawfeeq / CNN:
Iraq protests death toll rises to 300 with nearly 15,000 injured
Discussion: The Daily Caller
USA Today:
Veterans Day disgrace: Stop deporting immigrants who served, make them American citizens
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook Takes Down Breitbart Posts That Claimed to Name Whistle-Blower
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats engineer multiple chances to make the case for Trump's impeachment
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Calabresi / The Daily Caller:
House Democrats Violate The 6th Amendment By Denying Trump A Public Trial
Discussion: Law & Crime
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
This Is No Ordinary Impeachment
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
With Medical Bills Skyrocketing, More Hospitals Are Suing for Payment
Tamara Keith / NPR:
The Whistleblower Complaint Has Largely Been Corroborated. Here's How.
Discussion: Hullabaloo