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5:40 PM ET, November 10, 2019

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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: NBC News, New York Post, Fox News and MSNBC
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
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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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, The Week, New York Times and Axios
Zachary Basu / Axios:   Swalwell says House Intel has evidence of Trump-Ukraine “extortion scheme”
Wall Street Journal:   GOP Divided on Defense of Trump Over Ukraine
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
Discussion: The Guardian
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs
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 and Law & Crime
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New York Times:   Republicans Argue Impeachment Case Falls Short of Proving Trump Misconduct
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 …
William Thornton / al.com:
‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama-LSU game, Hoyt Hutchinson charged  —  A protest against the president at Tuscaloosa's Monnish Park ended abruptly after a man slashed a large “Baby Trump” balloon.  —  Witnesses said the incident happened shortly before kickoff of the Alabama-LSU game.
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Man arrested after ‘Baby Trump’ protest balloon stabbed, deflated at Alabama-LSU game
Discussion: PJ Media Home, IJR and The Daily Caller
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 …
Washington Post:
Mulvaney's move to join impeachment testimony lawsuit rankles Bolton allies  —  White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's last-minute effort to join a lawsuit that could determine whether senior administration officials testify in the impeachment inquiry was an unwelcome surprise …
Discussion: Raw Story and Bangor Daily News
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Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:   John Bolton has $2 million book deal, which could explain his impeachment silence
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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Contributor Causes Scene When She Names Alleged Whistleblower on Air  —  Host Howard Kurtz, clearly startled, immediately shot back that he didn't know if that person was actually the whistleblower.  —  Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway caused a scene on Sunday morning …
Discussion: Mediaite
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media beware: Impeachment hearings will be the trickiest test of covering Trump  —  The national media's shortcomings have been all too obvious in recent years as Donald Trump has gleefully thrown the norms of traditional journalism into a tizzy.  —  They've trafficked in false equivalence.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Ahead of public impeachment hearings, Trump tweets 82 times in one day  —  President Trump tweeted or retweeted 82 times on Twitter on Saturday while flying to and from a collegiate football game in Alabama.  —  Why it matters: Many of the president's tweets were fighting …
Discussion: Political Wire and Deadline
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
New York Times:
Giuliani Associate Says He Gave Demand for Biden Inquiry to Ukrainians  —  The claim by the associate, Lev Parnas, is being vigorously disputed.  —  Not long before the Ukrainian president was inaugurated in May, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani's journeyed to Kiev to deliver a warning …
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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Carmen Paun / Politico:
Romania's president and ex-PM make it to 2nd round of presidential election
Discussion: Associated Press
Jackson McHenry / Vulture:
French Actress Valentine Monnier Accuses Roman Polanski of Rape
Discussion: Variety and Rolling Stone
Juan Forero / Wall Street Journal:
Bolivian President Resigns After Re-Election Marred by Fraud Allegations
Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Move Washington Out of Washington
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Klobuchar says a woman with Buttigieg's experience would not make it to debate stage because of ‘different standard’
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Trump administration ‘very upset’ about Turkish purchase of Russian missiles, national security adviser says
Joe Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
HUGE!  Schiff Witness Vindman Testified that He “Thought” President's “Policy” Was Wrong …
Bruce Gyory / The Bulwark:
Where Does Trump Really Stand with Voters, One Year Out?
Discussion: Fox News
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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
Associated Press:
AP investigation: Aging US dams pose risk to thousands
Discussion: WREG-TV and Denver Post
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Russian Tory donors named in secret report
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