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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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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:   History Says Bloomberg 2020 Would Be a Sure Loser
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
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
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr.
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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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Former Trump official balks at Mulvaney's bid to join impeachment testimony lawsuit
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
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
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
Committees Release Laura Cooper's Transcript as Part of Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Democrats release transcript of top Pentagon official as part of impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Vivian Yee / New York Times:   James Le Mesurier, Backer of Syrian White Helmets, Is Found Dead in Turkey
Bel Trew / The Independent:   James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul
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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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 … Jan. 8, 2019 (Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal)  —  Democratic state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville has launched an exploratory committee for a potential run for U.S. Senate next year …
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
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: ABC News, Associated Press, MSNBC and Axios
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 …
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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Maddy Weast / Congresswoman Liz Cheney:   Rep. Cheney to Secretary Pompeo: Do Not Allow Those Who Were With President Erdoğ …
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 …
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.
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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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
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.
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.”
Washington Post:
PG&E helped fund the careers of Calif. governor and his wife.  Now he accuses the utility of ‘corporate greed.’  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom has accused his state's largest utility company of mismanaging funds he said it should have used to upgrade an aging electrical grid prone to deadly wildfires.
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. …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Democrats release transcripts of testimony from three officials ahead of first impeachment inquiry public hearing  —  Democrats on Monday released the testimony of three Trump administration officials, two days before public hearings are set to begin in the House impeachment inquiry.
 
 
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CNN:
Since Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Democrats should call Ivanka Trump
Erin Durkin / Politico:
De Blasio: Bloomberg should not be the Democratic nominee for president
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Prosecutors seek sentencing date for ex-Trump campaign aide
Discussion: Politico
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Sanders: Mandatory Gun Buyback Is Unconstitutional
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Host Scolds Alan Dershowitz for Calling His Epstein Accuser a ‘Sleazy’ Woman
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
A Californian economist loves neoliberalism.  When Chileans started protesting it, he opened fire on them.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam's Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia
Discussion: National Review
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A Surprising Finding on Paid Leave: ‘This Is Not the Way We Teach This’
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