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11:00 AM ET, November 11, 2019

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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 …
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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: Daily Kos
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: The Week
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Pete Buttigieg outlasts the pundits by emerging as the alternative to Biden  —  As other presidential candidates promise free healthcare, college debt relief and sweeping new taxes on the ultra-rich, Pete Buttigieg is drawing large crowds with a different angle.
Discussion: Mediaite, Axios and Washington Post
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Buttigieg praises Obama after reporter acknowledges misquoting candidate
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race
Discussion: Althouse
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A monumental week for Trump
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
‘The new candidate of the young elite’: Buttigieg battles Biden and Bloomberg for the center lane
Discussion: Washington Post
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The GOP's new ‘defense’ of Trump actually makes the case against him  —  If the president was acting in good faith on Ukraine, that means Joe Biden was, too.  —  Just under the deadline, Republicans turned in on Saturday the list of witnesses they'd like to have testify at impeachment hearings beginning this week.
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James Downie / Washington Post:
A typical GOP senator's shell game
Discussion: NBC News and CBS News
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Republicans plot counterattack for impeachment hearings
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Republicans admit they have no fact witnesses — and Trump did it
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Trump's House GOP is down 100 members ahead of impeachment fight
Discussion: IJR
CBS News:   Transcript: Senator John Kennedy on “Face the Nation,” November 10, 2019
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Whistleblower Offer To Field Written Questions Stands, But GOP Seeks Public Testimony
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. …
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Nicole Darrah / Fox News:
Rep. Peter King, R-NY, will not seek reelection in 2020  —  Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the powerful 14-term congressman who once chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020.  —  King, in a statement Monday, said his “prime reason” …
Matthew Chayes / Newsday:   Rep. Peter King won't seek reelection in 2020
Devan Cole / CNN:   Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announces retirement
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pete King, longtime New York Republican congressman, announces retirement
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Giuliani Associate Says He Gave Demand for Biden Inquiry to Ukrainians  —  The claim by the associate, Lev Parnas, is being vigorously disputed.  —  Not long before the Ukrainian president was inaugurated in May, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani's journeyed to Kiev to deliver a warning …
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   The key impeachment question: What did Trump want from Ukraine — and what exactly did he do?
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Ukrainians Contacted U.S. Officials in May About Aid Fears
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   The Other Quid Pro Quo Scandal in Ukraine
New York Times:
The Disorienting Defenses of Donald Trump
Discussion: The Week
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” …
Discussion: Axios, New York Times and CNBC
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Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Trump's Road to Impeachment Paved by All the President's Yes Men
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Hill and 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: American Greatness
Alan Zibel / Public Citizen:
Catering to Conflicts: Influence and Self-Dealing at Trump's Businesses  —  Conflicts of interest, self-dealing and influence-peddling have become a way of life for the president of the United States.  —  A Public Citizen analysis finds that more than 370 political candidates, foreign governments …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Republicans used to ignore Trump's resorts. Now they're spending millions.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Preview: “A Warning,” by the “Anonymous” Trump official  —  “Axios on HBO” last night aired a preview of “A Warning,” by the senior administration official who penned a New York Times op-ed that infuriated President Trump and sparked an ultimately fruitless leak investigation.
Discussion: The Hill and 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.
Discussion: South China Morning Post and VICE
New York Times:
How Russia Meddles Abroad for Profit: Cash, Trolls and a Cult Leader  —  Madagascar has little obvious strategic value for the Kremlin or the global balance of power.  But Russians were there during an election, offering bribes, spreading disinformation and recruiting an apocalyptic cult leader.
 
 
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NBC News:
QAnon candidates: Fringe conspiracy theory moves closer to political mainstream
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
Is the Supreme Court's Fate in Elena Kagan's Hands?
Discussion: Jewish Insider
Nicole Hemmer / New York Times:
Don't Expect Polls to Change Republican Minds
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
New York Times:
Biden's Attacks on Warren Turn Personal, Drawing Some Complaints of Sexism
Reuters:
Sistani backs UN ideas to ease Iraq crisis, concerned elites not serious: UN official
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court weighs fate of DACA, 700,000 young immigrants
Discussion: Vox and NBC News
New York Times:
Close Election in Kentucky Was Ripe for Twitter, and an Omen for 2020
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
You Must Never Vote for Bloomberg
Discussion: HuffPost
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Contributor Causes Scene When She Names Alleged Whistleblower on Air
Discussion: Mediaite