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Axios:
Scoop: GOP outlines theory of impeachment defense in memo to members  —  Republicans on the three House committees conducting the Trump-Ukraine investigation have settled on “four key pieces of evidence” that they claim will undermine Democrats' arguments for why the president should be impeached …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Axios:
GOP to argue Trump's “state of mind” on impeachment  —  Confronted with a mountain of damaging facts heading into tomorrow's opening of the public phase of impeachment, House Republicans plan to argue that “the President's state of mind” was exculpatory.  —  The state of play …
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Times:
Feud Between Trump Advisers Underscores a White House Torn by Rivalries  —  Mick Mulvaney, the president's acting chief of staff, and John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, clashed in court even as more accounts of internal schisms emerged in books and testimony.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:   To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Mulvaney's OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian Reaction
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
Pentagon official testifies Trump directed freeze on aid to Ukraine
Discussion: Associated Press and MSNBC
The Hill:
White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and Breitbart
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Impeachment Inquiry’ Witness: Trump Lectured Previous Ukraine President About Corruption, Too
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:   Trump cites corruption in Kyiv and European stinginess to justify actions on Ukraine.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
ANALYSIS: Democrats have a Col. Vindman problem  —  House Democrats conducted their impeachment interviews in secret, but Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman still emerged as star of the show.  Appearing at his October 29 deposition in full dress uniform, the decorated Army officer …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Deval Patrick, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Is Considering 2020 Presidential Race  —  Days after Michael Bloomberg began taking steps to enter the 2020 campaign, 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
Discussion: Axios, The Week and PJ Media Home
CBS News:
Poll finds negative views of Democrats' and Trump's handling of impeachment inquiry  —  Congressional Democrats and Republicans each appear to face a challenge moving public opinion on impeachment as public hearings begin, since many Americans say their views are already locked in.
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   AJC POLL: Georgians support impeachment inquiry, split on Trump ouster
The Daily Northwestern:
Addressing The Daily's coverage of Sessions protests  —  Last week, The Daily was not the paper that Northwestern students deserve.  —  On Nov. 5, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke on campus at a Northwestern University College Republicans event.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
‘Anonymous’ book excerpts describe Trump's score-settling and toxic West Wing  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump oversees a toxic West Wing and attempts to use his office to settle scores — including with the state of California and former Vice President Joe Biden …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House laughs off Anonymous book as old news
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
New York Times:
Behind Trump's Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power  —  Informal relationships between family members help explain the course of diplomacy between the White House and Turkey's leader.  —  ISTANBUL — Behind President Trump's accommodating attitude toward Turkey is an unusual back channel …
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   Erdogan Warns That Turkey Will Keep Deporting ISIS Detainees
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, widow of Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings, will seek his seat in Congress  —  Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her husband's seat, arguing Monday she is the best option to carry out his legacy and continue his vision.
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Washington Post:
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings to step down as Maryland Democratic Party chair
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Why All of Trump's Defenses Against Impeachment Are Doomed to Fail  —  We've reached the part of this tired charade where even those who've tried to escape the obvious conclusion now know that the emperor has no clothes.  The mounting evidence from career diplomats, and Trump's own political appointees …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies  —  At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds …
Discussion: 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.”
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Juleanna Glover / Politico:
There's a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office  —  By most everyone's judgment, the Senate will not vote to remove President Donald Trump from office if the House impeaches him.  But what if senators could vote on impeachment by secret ballot?
Discussion: Raw Story
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
DACA heads to Supreme Court and all eyes are on Chief Justice John Roberts  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to take up the Trump administration's plan to end protections that shield about 660,000 immigrants from deportation, and legal experts say all eyes will be on the likely tie-breaker Chief Justice John Roberts.
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Jane Coaston / Vox:
Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr.  —  Supporters of President Trump yell at counter protesters outside a book promotion by Donald Trump Jr. at the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on November 10, 2019.  Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images  —  The “Groyper Army” and the war over college campus conservatism, explained.
Joe Sonka / USA Today:
Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night  —  LOUISVILLE — As the final votes trickled in during last week's Kentucky gubernatorial election, a network of automated Twitter accounts suddenly sprang into action.  —  They spread misinformation about the election …
The Daily Beast:
National Enquirer Publisher Plotted Secret Scheme to Funnel $1 Million to Accused Pedophile R. Kelly  —  American Media exec Dylan Howard proposed setting up a shell company to hide the payments for a TV series about the accused pedophile.  —  A top executive in the National Enquirer tabloid empire proposed …
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Former President Jimmy Carter admitted to hospital for brain surgery  —  Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on Monday for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls, a spokesperson said.  —  Carter, the oldest living ex-U.S. president …
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 …
Discussion: HEATED, CNN, HuffPost and The Guardian
New York Times:
Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Afghan government and the Taliban agreed on a prisoner exchange that would free American and Australian professors who were abducted by the insurgents more than three years ago, officials on both sides said Tuesday.
Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
‘Decapitation’: Joe diGenova compares alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to Lincoln assassin  —  Former U.S. Attorney John diGenova accused alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella of committing a “political assassination,” comparing him to former President Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth.
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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Dan Witters / Gallup:
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Discussion: HuffPost
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Donald Trump Jr.'s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
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BBC:
General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats
Discussion: BBC and Townhall
Kevin R. Chen / The Harvard Crimson:
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Discussion: The College Fix
Riada Asimovic Akyol / Al Jazeera:
Why Macron's remarks on Bosnia are dangerous
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Rex Tillerson denies he tried to undermine Trump, says Nikki Haley was ‘rarely present’ at meetings
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump weighs conditioning foreign aid on religious freedom
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
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