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8:25 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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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 …
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
Julian Borger / The Guardian:   Impeachment inquiry: Fiona Hill tells lawmakers she's received death threats
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.
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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
New York Times:   As Campaign Season Heats Up, Trump Has Turned the Official Into the Political
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Republicans want Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower as impeachment inquiry witnesses
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
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.
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 …
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’ …
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Beast
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.
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
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 …
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: CNN, Althouse and The Guardian
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 …
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: Law & Crime and Associated Press
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and New York Post
 
 
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MSNBC:
Transcripts released from firsthand witnesses to some of the key flashpoints at the heart of Ukraine scandal
CNN:
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MSNBC:
Robert De Niro says impeachment inquiry of Trump must proceed
Discussion: The Hill
Quartz:
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Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
Steve Bannon Says Trump Team Saw Roger Stone as “Access Point” to Assange
USA Today:
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New York Times:
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Steve Calabresi / The Daily Caller:
House Democrats Violate The 6th Amendment By Denying Trump A Public Trial
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Joanna Weiss / Politico:
Trump Pokes Fun at Himself. Why Do Only Some People See It?
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
This Is No Ordinary Impeachment
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
CBS Will Pre-Empt Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
South China Morning Post:
Former Chinese trade envoy wants four more years of Trump. Here's why
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue