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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 …
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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 …
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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Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:   Pompeo's Impeachment Role Draws Outcry from Diplomats, Staffers
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   The Other Quid Pro Quo Scandal in Ukraine
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: 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Reason
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit
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
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  —  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: New York Times
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
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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
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a ‘national security threat’
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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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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
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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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.
Barry Petchesky / New York Times:
You Can't ‘Stick to Sports’  —  Deadspin knew that sports doesn't happen in a vacuum.  —  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.  The entire staff resigned …
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: National Review and Political Wire
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. …
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.”
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Host Scolds Alan Dershowitz for Calling His Epstein Accuser a ‘Sleazy’ Woman  —  “I don't want to be using words like that on this program,” Varney shot back, “on someone who is not here to defend themselves.”  —  Harvard law professor and frequent Fox guest Alan Dershowitz was reprimanded …
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
WVUE-TV:
FOX 8 Exclusive Gubernatorial Runoff Poll  —  NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -An exclusive FOX 8 News poll days ahead of the Louisiana Gubernatorial runoff election reveals incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards with a slim lead over Republican Eddie Rispone.  The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards …
Discussion: Political Wire
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Sanders: Mandatory Gun Buyback Is Unconstitutional  —  Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said during a Monday exchange with an undecided Iowa voter that a mandatory gun-buyback program is unconstitutional.  —  “A mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional,” Sanders said.
Discussion: Washington Times
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
Leada Gore / al.com:
Hoyt Hutchinson, Alabama Baby Trump balloon stabber, calls radio show, says it was ‘good vs. evil’  —  Hoyt Deau Hutchinson, the Alabama man accused of slashing a Baby Trump balloon in Tuscaloosa last weekend, defended his actions during a Monday morning call to the “Rick & Bubba Show.”
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.
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Business Is Overcharging You $5,000 a Year  —  Consolidation is great for corporations — and bad for almost everyone else.  —  When Thomas Philippon moved to Boston from his native France 20 years ago, he was a graduate student on a budget, and he was happy to discover how cheap American telephone use was.
Discussion: Mother Jones
 
 
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to hold a briefing with reporters, but finds time for Fox News
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Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
This first grader picked an only-in-Washington birthday: A White House protest
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
Voters Want Presidential Action on Climate—With or Without Congressional Support
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:
A Californian economist loves neoliberalism.  When Chileans started protesting it, he opened fire on them.
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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
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Charlotte Higgins / The Guardian:
UK government delay of Russia report is shaming, says Clinton
The Hill:
Trump NYC Veterans Day speech met with protests
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Liz Cheney urges Pompeo to ‘immediately expel’ Erdoğan guards who beat Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC News:
QAnon candidates: Fringe conspiracy theory moves closer to political mainstream
Discussion: The Hill
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