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5:50 PM ET, November 11, 2019

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CNN:
With public hearings set to begin, Giuliani considers launching an impeachment podcast  —  Giuliani's name mentioned several times in transcripts  —  Washington (CNN)Rudy Giuliani is considering re-entering the impeachment fray by launching a podcast to provide impeachment analysis …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   The Other Quid Pro Quo Scandal in Ukraine
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:   Pompeo's Impeachment Role Draws Outcry from Diplomats, Staffers
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Deval Patrick, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Is Considering White House Bid  —  Days after Michael Bloomberg began taking steps to enter the 2020 race, Mr. Patrick's conversations with top Democrats are the latest evidence of an unsettled presidential primary field.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:   History Says Bloomberg 2020 Would Be a Sure Loser
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Donald Trump Jr. went to UCLA to decry ‘triggered’ liberals.  He was heckled offstage by the far right.  —  Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle came prepared with snappy rejoinders for liberal protesters who might taunt them on Sunday at the University …
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Andrew Gumbel / The Guardian:
Donald Trump Jr walks out of Triggered book launch after heckling - from supporters  —  Event at University of California is cut short amid anger at his refusal to take questions from the audience  —  Donald Trump Jr ventured on to the University of California's overwhelmingly liberal Los Angeles campus …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump can't sue New York State in DC federal court to stop release of tax returns, judge says  —  (CNN)A federal judge has decided that President Donald Trump can't sue New York state officials in a Washington, DC, court, at this time to stop the release of his tax returns.
Discussion: Political Wire, WTVR-TV and Daily Kos
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Judges tosses Trump suit over New York tax returns, rejects conspiracy claim  —  Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that his court was not the proper jurisdiction to hear the case.  —  A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump's lawsuit …
Discussion: Associated Press, ABC News, MSNBC and Axios
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bolton Rejects Legal Alliance With Mulvaney  —  A lawyer representing the president's former national security adviser filed a motion opposing an effort by Mick Mulvaney to join a suit on impeachment testimony.  —  WASHINGTON — A long-simmering feud within the White House broke into the open …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Ron Bousso / Reuters:
Former U.S. top diplomat Rice concerned by shadow diplomacy on Ukraine  —  ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Condoleezza Rice, a secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said on Monday reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were “deeply troubling.”
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Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House lawmakers urge Trump to rescind Erdoğan's White House invite
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Maddy Weast / Congresswoman Liz Cheney:   Rep. Cheney to Secretary Pompeo: Do Not Allow Those Who Were With President Erdoğ …
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Liz Cheney urges Pompeo to ‘immediately expel’ Erdoğan guards who beat Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ryland Barton / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
McConnell Moves On From Bevin: 'We'll Have A Different Governor In 3 Weeks'  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that it appears Gov. Matt Bevin has lost his bid for reelection, even though Bevin still hasn't conceded the race.  —  Bevin has requested a recanvass of the final tally …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Courier-Journal:
Another potential challenger for Mitch McConnell? Lawmaker launches exploratory committee
Discussion: The Hill
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell on KY governor race: 'All indications are ... we'll have a new governor'
Discussion: Raw Story
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans  —  Search giant is amassing health records from Ascension facilities in 21 states; patients not yet informed  —  Google is teaming with one of the country's largest health-care systems on a secret project …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
An epic ‘Meet the Press’ rant unmasks the real goal of Trump's lies  —  The public phase of the impeachment inquiry is set to begin this week, and it will shock you to learn that House Republicans are pushing for it to include testimony from numerous people who are not in a position to shed …
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CNN:   Since Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Democrats should call Ivanka Trump
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:   The GOP's new ‘defense’ of Trump actually makes the case against him
Michael Safi / The Guardian:
British founder of White Helmets found dead in Istanbul  —  James Le Mesurier, who set up Syrian rescue group, reportedly fell from balcony  —  The British founder of the organisation that trained the Syrian rescue group known as the White Helmets has died in Istanbul.
Discussion: New York Times and Fox News
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Bel Trew / The Independent:   James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul
NBC News:
Pentagon official testifies Trump directed freeze on aid to Ukraine  —  Asked if the president was authorized to order that type of hold, Laura Cooper said there were concerns that he wasn't.  —  Pentagon official testified Trump admin. held up $100M Ukraine aid, raising alarms
Discussion: Politico and MSNBC
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Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:   Committees Release Laura Cooper's Transcript as Part of Impeachment Inquiry
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Democrats release transcript of top Pentagon official as part of impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Associated Press
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook's top news executive has her own media outlet — and it's been savaging Elizabeth Warren  —  Former NBC News anchor Campbell Brown is a top Facebook executive who was hired in January 2017 to lead the company's “news partnerships team.”  That means Brown is in charge of “Facebook News …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Broadcast, cable news networks to preempt regular programming for Trump impeachment coverage  —  ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open impeachment hearings of President Trump.
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Barry Petchesky / New York Times:
I Was Fired From Deadspin for Refusing to ‘Stick to Sports’  —  Pretending that sports can take place in a vacuum would have been profoundly dishonest.  —  Mr. Petchesky is the former deputy editor of Deadspin.  —  Two weeks ago, I was fired as acting editor in chief of Deadspin, where I'd worked since 2009.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republican: You Can't Impeach Trump for a Crime He Does ‘All the Time’  —  Yesterday, Representative Mac Thornberry appeared on ABC's This Week to elucidate the Republican case against impeaching President Trump.  To say that his appearance did not go well would understate the case considerably.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Fox's Napolitano Questions Trump's ‘Fitness for Office’: His Threats to Ignore Constitution Reveal ‘Character Traits’  —  Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano suggested President Donald Trump is unfit to serve in the White House due to his “disparagement of the Constitution he is sworn to uphold.”
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Trump expected to delay auto tariff decision for 6 more months  —  President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week that he is putting off a decision on whether to impose tariffs on European Union autos for another six months, a person familiar with the decision said.
Associated Press:
After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine  —  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president.
Pete King:
I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to Congress in 2020.  I made this decision after much discussion with my wife Rosemary; my son Sean; and my daughter Erin.  The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C. …
WVUE-TV:
FOX 8 Exclusive Gubernatorial Runoff Poll  —  NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -An exclusive FOX 8 News poll days ahead of the Louisiana Gubernatorial runoff election reveals incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards with a slim lead over Republican Eddie Rispone.  The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards …
Discussion: Political Wire
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove?  —  That's the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction.
Discussion: The Takeout and American Greatness
 
 
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Erin Durkin / Politico:
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Associated Press:
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NBC News:
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