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Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Stephen Miller's Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails  —  In the run-up to the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols …
Discussion: The Guardian and Contemptor
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: Shareblue Media, Raw Story and Mediaite
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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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation  —  In this week's impeachment hearings, expect a lot of G.O.P. conspiracy theorizing.  —  On Friday, House investigators released the transcript of the former National Security Council official Fiona Hill's testimony from last month.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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?
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court refuses to block lawsuit against gun manufacturer brought by Sandy Hook families  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to shield a major arms manufacturer from potential liability in the 2012 school shooting that left 26 students and educators dead in Newtown, Conn.
Discussion: Axios
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.
Discussion: Political Wire
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Nikki Haley says Trump was always “truthful”  —  Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told NBC's “Today” on Tuesday that she never had any doubts about President Trump's truthfulness or fitness for office during her tenure. … The big picture: Haley was promoting her new book “With All Due Respect …
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Jay Caruso / The Independent:   Nikki Haley sees the Republican Party for what it is — so why shouldn't she pitch for the presidency?
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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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:   Erdogan Will Have Fewer Friends Than Ever When He Visits The U.S. This Week
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   Erdogan Warns That Turkey Will Keep Deporting ISIS Detainees
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Mick Mulvaney to Drop Lawsuit, Refuse to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry  —  Acting White House chief of staff had planned to ask a court whether he must appear  —  WASHINGTON—Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney reversed course on Tuesday, dropping plans to file a lawsuit asking …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
White House infighting flares amid impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Foreign Policy and The Hill
Politico:
Mick Mulvaney withdraws attempt to join suit over impeachment testimony
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Career federal employees are the protagonists in the impeachment drama — at risk to themselves
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Trump allies received hundreds of thousands of dollars under federal health contract  —  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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Political Wire
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
133 foreign policy officials endorse Joe Biden  —  In 2016, dozens of foreign policy experts and former officials signed public letters warning against electing Donald Trump president.  This time around, foreign policy experts and former officials are rushing to endorse Joe Biden.
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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 …
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
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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CNN:
Inauguration galas, an intimate dinner, and a White House party: Trump's 10 interactions with indicted Giuliani associates  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has had at least 10 encounters with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani the President has adamantly claimed not to know.
Discussion: Salon
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific  —  SHIRETOKO PENINSULA, Japan — Lined up along the side of their boat, the fishermen hauled a huge, heavy net up from swelling waves.  At first, a few small jellyfish emerged, then a piece of plastic.  Then net, and more net.
Southern Poverty Law Center:
Miller focuses on racial identity of killer with ‘alt-right’ beliefs  —  In his emails to Breitbart, Miller also discussed the coverage surrounding another killer who espoused racist beliefs.  Chris Harper-Mercer, a student at Umpqua Community College, killed nine people at the Roseburg, Oregon, school Oct. 1, 2015.
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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Dan Witters / Gallup:
Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 13% of American adults — or about 34 million people — report knowing of at least one friend or family member in the past five years who died after not receiving needed medical treatment …
Discussion: HuffPost
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Five Polling Results That May Change the Way You Think About Electability  —  Our battleground surveys had some outcomes that upended the conventional wisdom.  —  Democratic voters have a clear ideological choice in this year's presidential primaries.  —  But if there is any lesson …
Discussion: The Week and FiveThirtyEight
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.
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Donald Trump's firm to pay £225,000 to Scottish Government to cover legal bills  —  Donald Trump's company is to pay the Scottish Government £225,000 to cover its legal bills after the US president's firm was defeated in a long-running and acrimonious court battle …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drones Appear to Show Turkish-Backed Forces Targeting Civilians in Syria  —  Drone footage adds to concerns over alleged war crimes, but some caution evidence isn't conclusive  —  U.S. military officials watched live drone feeds last month that appeared to show Turkish-backed Arab …
Discussion: Political Wire
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr.'s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events  —  “Triggered” was supposed to take MAGA-world by storm.  Instead the storm has come from Junior.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The president's large adult son thought a book would be an easy rollout to a political career …
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
How America Ends  —  Democracy depends on the consent of the losers.  For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with the understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable.  The losers could accept the result …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC POLL: Georgians support impeachment inquiry, split on Trump ouster  —  A majority of Georgia voters approve of the Democratic-led impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, but they are more divided over whether he should be ousted from office, according to an exclusive Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Tuesday.
 
 
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Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Israel strikes on Islamic Jihad chiefs prompt reprisal rocket attacks
CNN:
READ: House GOP memo outlining their defense of Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chris Kratzer / Cygnal:
Cygnal Poll: Rispone Closing the Gap With Edwards; LA Voters are Against Impeaching President Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
The Hill:
Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Maryland and Virginia to rebuild and widen the American Legion Bridge, governors say
Marietje Schaake / Financial Times:
Tech industry should not be deciding on political advertising
Discussion: The Guardian
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Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
‘Decapitation’: Joe diGenova compares alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to Lincoln assassin
Discussion: Geller Report News
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Why All of Trump's Defenses Against Impeachment Are Doomed to Fail
Discussion: Mediaite
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
‘Anonymous’ book excerpts describe Trump's score-settling and toxic West Wing