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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 …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Reason, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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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 …
Associated Press:
Donald Trump Jr. talk marked by anger over no questions  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported .
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Raw Story and The Week
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Why Biden is crushing it nationally — but slipping in Iowa and N.H.  —  Joe Biden is the clear frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic race for president.  —  Or he's faltering, slipping into fourth place as he loses ground to Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and an ascendant Pete Buttigieg.
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NBC News:
Here are the top highlights from transcripts released in the impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Buttigieg praises Obama after reporter acknowledges misquoting candidate
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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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans plot counterattack for impeachment hearings
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:   The GOP's new ‘defense’ of Trump actually makes the case against him
James Downie / Washington Post:
A typical GOP senator's shell game
Discussion: NBC News, NPR and CBS News
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 …
Bel Trew / The Independent:
James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul  —  Former army officer helped start the White Helmets, credited with saving thousands of lives in Syria  —  A former British army officer, who helped start the “White Helmets”, an emergency response group in Syria …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Michael Safi / The Guardian:
British founder of White Helmets found dead in Istanbul
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
Rep. Peter King, R-NY, will not seek reelection in 2020
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
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
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.
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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The Daily Beast:
After Baseless Trump Claim About Transcripts, Lawyer Says Sondland's Is Fine  —  Sondland's lawyer said there was “no reason to believe” his client's testimony to congressional investigators was altered.  —  President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Monday of scheming to alter witnesses' transcripts …
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
Pompeo's Impeachment Role Draws Outcry from Diplomats, Staffers  —  Secretary is tested as Ukraine probe pits Foreign Service against White House  —  WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been credited with improving State Department staffing and morale, but his treatment …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Other Quid Pro Quo Scandal in Ukraine
Discussion: New York Times
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Trump's Road to Impeachment Paved by All the President's Yes Men
Discussion: Raw Story
Alice Fung / Associated Press:
Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire  —  HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong anti-government protester was shot by police Monday in a dramatic scene caught on video as demonstrators blocked train lines and roads in a day of spiraling violence fueled by demands for democratic reforms.
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Quinn Slobodian / The Guardian:   Democracy doesn't matter to the defenders of ‘economic freedom’
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a ‘national security threat’  —  One of the largest progressive veterans groups in the country is launching a new campaign against President Trump on Monday that seeks to raise pressure on several Republican senators up for reelection next year.
Discussion: Axios
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Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
McConnell on KY governor race: 'All indications are ... we'll have a new governor'
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
Trump NYC Veterans Day speech met with protests  —  President Trump on Monday hailed the legacy of the American armed forces in a Veterans Day speech that came against the backdrop of protests and political turmoil that has engulfed his presidency.  —  Trump's remarks at Madison Square Park …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam's Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia  —  Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.
Discussion: Political Wire
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
A Surprising Finding on Paid Leave: ‘This Is Not the Way We Teach This’  —  One of the biggest arguments for paid leave for new parents has been an economic one: Research has repeatedly shown that women with paid time off after childbirth are more likely to keep working.
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
The key impeachment question: What did Trump want from Ukraine — and what exactly did he do?  —  In the nearly 3,000 pages of interviews from the House impeachment inquiry released last week, President Trump often seems like a supporting character in someone else's drama.  —  Aides struggle to please him.
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Quinta Jurecic / The Atlantic:   The Ukraine Transcripts Are a Road Map for Impeachment
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
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.
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Liz Cheney urges Pompeo to ‘immediately expel’ Erdoğan guards who beat Americans  —  The third-ranking House Republican is calling for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security men to be denied entry to the United States — or expelled — for beating U.S. citizens after his last visit to the White House.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Nikki Haley's real disclosure: Concerns about Trump's dangerousness went right to the top  —  Ever since September 2018, we've been trying to figure out who the “senior administration official” was who wrote that anonymous New York Times op-ed. This official described a “resistance” …
 
 
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:
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Robby Soave / Reason:
Student Government Votes to Support Activists Who Think The Harvard Crimson Shouldn't Even Quote ICE in Stories
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Financial Times:
Syria: Assad, his cousins and a Moscow skyscraper
Charlotte Higgins / The Guardian:
UK government delay of Russia report is shaming, says Clinton
Sam Baker / Engadget:
How GOP-linked PR firms use Google's ad platform to harvest email addresses
NBC News:
QAnon candidates: Fringe conspiracy theory moves closer to political mainstream
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Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race
Discussion: Althouse
Mike Allen / Axios:
Preview: “A Warning,” by the “Anonymous” Trump official
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
New York Times:
How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Trump's House GOP is down 100 members ahead of impeachment fight
Discussion: Shareblue Media and IJR
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg