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12:20 PM ET, November 9, 2019

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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 …
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Giuliani Associates Urged Ukraine's Prior President to Open Biden, Election Probes  —  Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman pushed then-president Poroshenko to announce probes in return for U.S. state visit  —  Months before President Trump pressed Ukraine's newly installed president to investigate Joe Biden's son …
The Daily Beast:
Vindman Burns Trump Booster John Solomon: ‘All the Key Elements’ of His Reporting ‘Were False’
Washington Post:
Giuliani associates pressed past president of Ukraine to announce Biden investigation in exchange for state visit
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry  —  EXCLUSIVE: The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has formally requested that the panel's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., testify in a closed-door setting as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
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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
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.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:   Who will fill the leadership void left by Elijah Cummings in the Trump impeachment inquiry?
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Whistleblower disputes boil over in impeachment interview
Discussion: Sara A. Carter and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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: Talking Points Memo
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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.
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 …
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
Jeffery Martin / Newsweek:
Parents of teenager killed by U.S. diplomat's wife say Donald Trump offered to have the Treasury write them a check  —  While meeting with President Donald Trump, the parents of a British teenager who was killed in a traffic collision with the wife of a U.S. diplomat were offered money …
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
How Voters Turned Virginia from Deep Red to Solid Blue  —  Where Democrats Took Control  —  Democrats have gained about 20 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2015, especially in Northern Virginia and the Richmond area.  —  Republican win or lead Democratic win or lead  —  Northern Virginia
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The United States is being run by a toddler  —  Most Americans don't care what Lutsenko said to Giuliani about Yovanovitch.  And we rarely take interest in Kiev if it isn't preceded by “chicken.”  —  But if you take away the names and the Ukraine intrigue, what you're left with from the thousands …
Discussion: National Review
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Eric Spracklen / Project Veritas:
ABC Insider: Why I, alone, released the Amy Robach Epstein tape.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Impeachment Witness Undercut Steele Dossier In Bombshell Testimony  — Fiona Hill, who was the top Russia expert at the White House, told lawmakers in October that she believed Russians fed disinformation to dossier author Christopher Steele.  — Hill offered a scathing portrayed …
Discussion: Redstate
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Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Why Is Christopher Steele Still a Thing?
Discussion: Redstate and The New Neo
 
 
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