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7:35 PM ET, November 11, 2019

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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.
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Julie Pace / ABC News:   AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   The Other Quid Pro Quo Scandal in Ukraine
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Mulvaney Withdraws Effort to Join Impeachment Lawsuit After Bolton Objects  —  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 — Mick Mulvaney …
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Washington Post:
White House infighting flares amid impeachment inquiry  —  A dispute erupts between Mulvaney and Cipollone camps over how to counter House Democrats' impeachment push  —  The White House's bifurcated and disjointed response to Democrats' impeachment inquiry has been fueled …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Former Trump official balks at Mulvaney's bid to join impeachment testimony lawsuit
Discussion: The Hill
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
The Hill:
White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Beast
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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Jane Coaston / Vox:
Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr.  —  The “Groyper Army” and the war over college campus conservatism, explained.  —  A group of alt-right and “dissident right” activists have joined forces with neo-Nazis and others on the far-right fringes to attack conservatives who they feel …
Andrew Gumbel / The Guardian:
Donald Trump Jr walks out of Triggered book launch after heckling - from supporters
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: MSNBC
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Alarm bells’: What Cooper, Croft and Anderson told impeachment investigators  —  House impeachment investigators released the transcripts of three more depositions on Monday, offering critical new details surrounding President Donald Trump's order to freeze military aid to Ukraine.
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Bernie Sanders / Jewish Currents:
How to Fight Antisemitism  —  ON OCTOBER 27TH, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in our country's history, when a white nationalist walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people and injured six others.  The murderer acted on a twisted belief …
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   Bernie Sanders offers plan to excuse anti-Semitism that's politically inconvenient
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.”
Discussion: The Hill
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Maddy Weast / Congresswoman Liz Cheney:   Rep. Cheney to Secretary Pompeo: Do Not Allow Those Who Were With President Erdoğ …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The insider's guide to the impeachment hearings  —  When millions of Americans tune in to the House's impeachment hearings, it won't be what they regularly see on C-SPAN.  —  The hearings alone are a historic moment; only three presidents have been subject to an impeachment inquiry before.
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The Daily Beast:
After Baseless Trump Claim About Transcripts, Lawyer Says Sondland's Is Fine
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: WTVR-TV, Political Wire 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: MSNBC, Associated Press, ABC News and Axios
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
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: Fox News
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Bel Trew / The Independent:   James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul
Vivian Yee / New York Times:   James Le Mesurier, Backer of Syrian White Helmets, Is Found Dead in Turkey
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
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 …
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.
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.
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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.”
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump weighs conditioning foreign aid on religious freedom  —  Aides to President Donald Trump are drafting plans to condition U.S. aid to other countries on how well they treat their religious minorities, two White House officials said.  —  The proposal is expected to cover U.S. humanitarian assistance …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians …
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.
 
 
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Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
‘Not the economy, stupid’: A majority of Americans say 2020 election will be about other issues
Discussion: Redstate and The Bulwark
Andres Oppenheimer / Miami Herald:
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Jill Biden's message to Donald Trump: 'Stop it. My husband's going to beat you.'
Discussion: Townhall and MSNBC
Washington Post:
PG&E helped fund the careers of Calif. governor and his wife.  Now he accuses the utility of ‘corporate greed.’
The Economist:
Poorly education voters hold the keys to the White House
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History Says Bloomberg 2020 Would Be a Sure Loser
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Host Scolds Alan Dershowitz for Calling His Epstein Accuser a ‘Sleazy’ Woman
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam's Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia
Discussion: National Review
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet
Discussion: The Takeout and American Greatness
New York Times:
How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader