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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.
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CBS News:
Nikki Haley: I was asked by Cabinet members to take sides against the president  —  Nikki Haley, the one-time Republican governor of South Carolina and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is no longer in public life.  But if a recent visit to a high school near her hometown is any indication, the public isn't done with her.
Discussion: Fox News
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
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP senator: Trump advisers had to ‘convince’ Trump to release Ukraine aid  —  Most of Trump's “advisers wanted the military aid released,” Johnson said, adding they tried to find any way to “convince” him to do so.  —  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., said Sunday that “most” …
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times, The Week and Axios
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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, Fox News and Political Wire
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sanders blasts Bloomberg: 'You ain't gonna buy this election'
Discussion: New York Times, The Week, OZY and Fox News
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 …
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up.  There's nothing there'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his defense of President Trump amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry, arguing there's “nothing there” in the call between Trump and Ukrainian leaders to suggest the president did anything wrong.
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Cynthia Fodor / KCCI-TV:   EXCLUSIVE: Lindsey Graham reflects on Trump's 3 years in office
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
National Sec Adviser: Top Impeachment Probe Witness Will Be Removed From WH Council  —  On Sunday, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who gave a bombshell testimony in the House impeachment investigation last month on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scheme …
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Joe Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
HUGE!  Schiff Witness Vindman Testified that He “Thought” President's “Policy” Was Wrong …
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 …
New York Times:
What Joe Biden Actually Did in Ukraine  —  When Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2014, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pressed President Barack Obama to take decisive action, and fast, to make Moscow “pay in blood and money” for its aggression.  The president, a Biden aide recalled, was having none of it.
Discussion: Vox
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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 …
Discussion: CNN
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Janice Williams / Newsweek:
George Conway Joins Others in Calling for Michael Bloomberg to Buy Fox News
Discussion: The Mahablog
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Klobuchar says a woman with Buttigieg's experience would not make it to debate stage because of ‘different standard’  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Sunday that women in politics are held to a higher standard than men, arguing that a female candidate with South Bend, Ind. …
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Elena Schneider / Politico:   Inside the 2020 campaign with the potential First Gentlemen
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.
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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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Ahead of public impeachment hearings, Trump tweets 82 times in one day
Discussion: Political Wire and Deadline
Phil Klay / New York Times:
The Soldiers We Leave Behind
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Trump administration ‘very upset’ about Turkish purchase of Russian missiles, national security adviser says
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Trump could lose Pennsylvania in 2020 if the Dems hone their message
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
John Bolton has $2 million book deal, which could explain his impeachment silence
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
Where Does Trump Really Stand with Voters, One Year Out?
Discussion: Fox News
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
 Earlier Items: 
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs
Associated Press:
AP investigation: Aging US dams pose risk to thousands
Discussion: WREG-TV and Denver Post
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
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
'I'm gonna lose everything'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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