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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 …
NBC News:
In private speech, Bolton suggests some of Trump's foreign policy decisions are guided by personal interest  —  The former national security director was especially critical of the president's handling of Turkey, according to multiple sources present for his remarks.
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Raw Story
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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 …
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:   Erdogan Warns That Turkey Will Keep Deporting ISIS Detainees
NBC News:
Senior Trump official embellished resume, had face on fake TIME cover  —  State Dept. official Mina Chang claimed to be a Harvard Business School “alumna” who ran a nonprofit that worked in 40 countries.  —  WASHINGTON — A senior Trump administration official has embellished her resume …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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
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 and IJR
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Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has dropped out of presidential race … Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.  Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff File … Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.  Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff
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Associated Press:
Sanford suspends GOP primary challenge to Trump  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Mark Sanford says he is ending his longshot 2020 presidential bid.  —  The former South Carolina governor and congressman centered his Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump on warnings about the national debt.
Fox News:
Schiff sets stage for impeachment hearings, warns GOP about going after Bidens  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff set the stage for the first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry by vowing to keep questions at Wednesday's lead-off session focused on the Ukraine controversy …
Discussion: The Hill
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The Hill:
Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Mulvaney Drops Lawsuit Over House Subpoena: Impeachment Update
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Nikki Haley Embodies What's Wrong with the Republican Party
Jay Caruso / The Independent:   Nikki Haley sees the Republican Party for what it is — so why shouldn't she pitch for the presidency?
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 and Raw Story
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
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 and Political Wire
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 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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Jacey Fortin / New York Times:   The Daily Northwestern Apologizes to Student Protesters for Reporting
Gregg Re / Fox News:
ICIG complaint alleges Trump-Ukraine whistleblower may be soliciting illicit donations  —  Democratic staffer emailed Ukraine ambassador to discuss ‘delicate’ issue following whistleblower complaint  —  EXCLUSIVE: A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General …
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 …
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 and Tangle
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.
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.
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: Marketplace and HuffPost
Glamour:
Megan Rapinoe: ‘Lending Your Platform to Others Is Cool’  —  Megan Rapinoe has had one hell of a year: She dominated at the World Cup (scoring the most goals and casually earning the award for best player), became the first openly gay woman to pose for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Stone previewed WikiLeaks bounty to Trump campaign in April 2016  —  Roger Stone first told one of Donald Trump's top aides in April 2016 that WikiLeaks had plans to dump information in the heat of the presidential race, kickstarting a scramble inside the campaign to take advantage of the expected releases.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democratic Ad Campaign Spotlights Trump Voters With Regrets  —  “I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I voted for Donald Trump at this point,” a voter said in one of the ads, which will air in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, three key swing states.  —  A Democratic group unveiled …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Sean Duffy heads to K Street after resigning from Congress  —  Sean Duffy, the former Republican congressman who has aggressively defended President Donald Trump, is heading to K Street after resigning from Congress in September.  —  Duffy will become a senior counsel at BGR Group …
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Mississippi Democrat Espy to run again for US Senate in 2020  —  Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy is running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racial history
Discussion: Axios
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
 
 
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Donald Trump Jr. Landed Smack in the Middle of a Right-Wing Civil War
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and The Guardian
A Conversation with Senators Burr and Warner:
A Conversation with Senator Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner
Discussion: Political Wire
Charles Lipson / Real Clear Politics:
Bloomberg Will Hit an Iceberg
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Against Reconciliation  —  Image above: William Howard Taft …
Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
U.S. to Expand Mueller Election-Fraud Case Against 13 Russians
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drones Appear to Show Turkish-Backed Forces Targeting Civilians in Syria
Chris Kratzer / Cygnal:
Cygnal Poll: Rispone Closing the Gap With Edwards; LA Voters are Against Impeaching President Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr.'s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC POLL: Georgians support impeachment inquiry, split on Trump ouster
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
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
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Deval Patrick, Ex-Governor of Massachusetts, Is Considering 2020 Presidential Race