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2:30 PM ET, November 10, 2019

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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Who is Rudy Giuliani's friend “Charles”?  An accidental text may have outed his identity  —  Rudy Giuliani's new fixer seems to connect a lot of dots  —  At the end of September, a journalist friend gave me Rudy Giuliani's phone number.  When I called, he picked up on the second ring …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley claims top aides tried to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining Trump  —  NEW YORK — Two of President Trump's senior advisers undermined and ignored him in what they claimed was an effort to “save the country,” former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley claims in a new memoir.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Bloomberg Is Top Choice for 4% of Democratic Primary Voters  —  Former NYC mayor would enter presidential race in 6th place  —  Michael Bloomberg speaks onstage during the Hudson River Park Annual Gala at Cipriani South Street on Oct. 17 in New York City.  A new Morning Consult poll finds …
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Why Bloomberg might not run  —  Sources close to Mike Bloomberg tell Axios that last week's announcement was partly a trial balloon to gauge interest and preserve the former mayor's options — but his own very extensive polling remains far from convincing.  —  The big picture …
Discussion: The Guardian and Political Wire
David Siders / Politico:
Poll: Bloomberg's potential run is a flop with voters so far
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sanders blasts Bloomberg: 'You ain't gonna buy this election'
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and OZY
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Sanders Rebukes Bloomberg: 'Sorry, You Ain't Going to Buy This Election'
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
Sanders, campaigning with AOC, says potential Bloomberg bid shows ‘the arrogance of billionaires’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Axios and The Hill
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rand Paul: Trump has “every right” to use quid pro quo with Ukraine  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday that he thinks it's a mistake for the White House to argue there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine to investigate President Trump's political rivals …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Swalwell says House Intel has evidence of Trump-Ukraine “extortion scheme”  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CBS' Margaret Brennan on Sunday that the impeachment inquiry has uncovered evidence of an “extortion scheme” involving President …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP senator: Trump advisers had to ‘convince’ Trump to release Ukraine aid
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:   John Bolton has $2 million book deal, which could explain his impeachment silence
Stephanie Taylor / Tuscaloosa News:
Suspect accused of stabbing Baby Trump balloon  —  A Donald Trump supporter slashed the Baby Trump balloon on display at Monnish Park Saturday that protesters were using to protest the president's visit to Tuscaloosa.  —  Hoyt Hutchinson, 32, was charged with felony first-degree criminal mischief Saturday …
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Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama appearance
Discussion: CBS 42, Axios and HuffPost
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Man arrested after ‘Baby Trump’ protest balloon stabbed, deflated at Alabama-LSU game
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
What the Hell Happened to Hugh Hewitt?  —  “He's lost his f*cking mind,” a senior MSNBC colleague told The Daily Beast, lamenting how the conservative intellectual has morphed into a Lou Dobbs-like booster of the president.  —  When Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016 wanted to reach conservative voters …
New York Times:
Republicans Argue Impeachment Case Falls Short of Proving Trump Misconduct  —  The release of House Republicans' witness list signaled that the president's favorite unsubstantiated theories will be a centerpiece of their strategy.  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Saturday offered …
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Schiff signals he will reject GOP ‘sham’ witness requests
Discussion: Breitbart
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Russian Tory donors named in secret report  —  Intelligence agencies are ‘furious’ over No 10's block on publication  —  Nine Russian business people who gave money to the Conservative Party are named in a secret intelligence report on the threats posed to UK democracy which was suppressed last week by Downing Street.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Five better uses of Michael Bloomberg's money  —  Michael Bloomberg is well-known for his philanthropy and his dedication to causes such as reducing gun violence and reversing climate change appears entirely sincere.  His tentative conclusion that his money and time might be best used running …
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Janice Williams / Newsweek:
George Conway Joins Others in Calling for Michael Bloomberg to Buy Fox News
Discussion: The Mahablog
Susanne Rust / Los Angeles Times:
How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster  —  Graphics and design by LORENA IÑIGUEZ ELEBEE and SEAN GREENE  —  REPORTING FROM MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS  —  Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator …
Adia Robinson / ABC News:
‘This is a very strong case of bribery’ : Rep. Jackie Speier on impeachment  —  A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee defended the Democrats' strategy in the impeachment inquiry and responded on Sunday to the Republican witness requests in an interview on ABC's “This Week.”
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Contemptor
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Associated Press:
AP investigation: Aging US dams pose risk to thousands  —  On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door.  Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house.  —  Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream …
Discussion: Denver Post
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs  —  Elizabeth Warren's tax proposals would significantly curb the gigantic fortunes of America's richest families over time.  —  “Yes, billionaires will have to pay a little more,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said of the revised tax package …
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
'I'm gonna lose everything'  —  A farm family struggles to recover after rising debt pushes a husband to suicide  —  PLATTE, S.D. — Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.  —  It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
Where Does Trump Really Stand with Voters, One Year Out?  —  Here's what we can tell from polling on impeachment, the economy, and the president's approval rating.  —  Today's polling data can't tell us exactly what to expect on Election Day in 2020.  Events are moving too quickly and on too many fronts …
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Cynthia Fodor / KCCI-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Lindsey Graham reflects on Trump's 3 years in office
Discussion: The Hill
Joe Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
HUGE!  Schiff Witness Vindman Testified that He “Thought” President's “Policy” Was Wrong …
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Trump could lose Pennsylvania in 2020 if the Dems hone their message
Asser Khattab / Washington Post:
‘Filled with hatred and a lust for blood’: Turkey's proxy army in northern Syria accused of abusing civilians
Bloomberg:
Viral Tweet About Apple Card Leads to Goldman Sachs Probe
Peter Jukes / Byline Times:
Russian Influence in Britain: What Johnson Doesn't Want You to Know
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Inside the 2020 campaign with the potential First Gentlemen
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Bolivia's President, Facing Outrage Over Disputed Election, Calls for New Vote
Discussion: NPR and Axios
Alex Wickham / BuzzFeed:
A Senior Labour Politician Sang “Hey Jews” To The Song “Hey Jude”
Data For Progress:
Democratic Voters Prefer Progressive Policies, Not Centrist Policies
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Alan Dershowitz is facing another lawsuit over his denials that he had sex with one of Jeffrey Epstein's victims
Bloomberg:
Richest 1% of Americans Close to Surpassing Wealth of Middle Class
Discussion: HuffPost
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Man accused of grabbing woman ‘by the crotch’ on plane that made early landing for his arrest
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chesa Boudin, reformer public defender, wins election as San Francisco's new DA
Discussion: The Nation and HuffPost