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7:45 AM ET, November 12, 2019

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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Alarm bells’: What Cooper, Croft and Anderson told impeachment investigators  —  House impeachment investigators released the transcripts of three more depositions on Monday, offering critical new details surrounding President Donald Trump's order to freeze military aid to Ukraine.
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Washington Post:
White House infighting flares amid impeachment inquiry  —  A dispute erupts between Mulvaney and Cipollone camps over how to counter House Democrats' impeachment push  —  The White House's bifurcated and disjointed response to Democrats' impeachment inquiry has been fueled …
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Feud Between Trump Advisers Underscores a White House Torn by Rivalries  —  Mick Mulvaney, the president's acting chief of staff, and John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, clashed in court even as more accounts of internal schisms emerged in books and testimony.
Axios:
GOP to argue Trump's “state of mind” on impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:   To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation
NBC News:
Pentagon official testifies Trump directed freeze on aid to Ukraine
Discussion: MSNBC
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Mulvaney's OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian Reaction
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
The Hill:
White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment
Discussion: Breitbart
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Impeachment Inquiry’ Witness: Trump Lectured Previous Ukraine President About Corruption, Too
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:   Trump cites corruption in Kyiv and European stinginess to justify actions on Ukraine.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Former Trump official balks at Mulvaney's bid to join impeachment testimony lawsuit
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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.
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Julie Pace / ABC News:
AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run
Discussion: Axios, The Week and PJ Media Home
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
‘Anonymous’ book excerpts describe Trump's score-settling and toxic West Wing  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump oversees a toxic West Wing and attempts to use his office to settle scores — including with the state of California and former Vice President Joe Biden …
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
White House laughs off Anonymous book as old news
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Joyce White Vance / TIME:
Why All of Trump's Defenses Against Impeachment Are Doomed to Fail  —  We've reached the part of this tired charade where even those who've tried to escape the obvious conclusion now know that the emperor has no clothes.  The mounting evidence from career diplomats, and Trump's own political appointees …
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.”
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
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.
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr.  —  Supporters of President Trump yell at counter protesters outside a book promotion by Donald Trump Jr. at the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on November 10, 2019.  Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images  —  The “Groyper Army” and the war over college campus conservatism, explained.
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.
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?
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies  —  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 …
The Daily Beast:
National Enquirer Publisher Plotted Secret Scheme to Funnel $1 Million to Accused Pedophile R. Kelly  —  American Media exec Dylan Howard proposed setting up a shell company to hide the payments for a TV series about the accused pedophile.  —  A top executive in the National Enquirer tabloid empire proposed …
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Former President Jimmy Carter admitted to hospital for brain surgery  —  Former President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on Monday for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls, a spokesperson said.  —  Carter, the oldest living ex-U.S. president …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public health regulations, overriding protests from scientists and physicians …
Discussion: CNN, HEATED and The Guardian
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 …
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 …
Bernie Sanders / Jewish Currents:
How to Fight Antisemitism  —  ON OCTOBER 27TH, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in our country's history, when a white nationalist walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people and injured six others.  The murderer acted on a twisted belief …
Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Pompeo: Trump to discuss political solution for Syria in meeting with Erdoğan  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Trump will discuss Turkey's incursion into northeast Syria in an upcoming meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğ …
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney:
Rep. Cheney to Secretary Pompeo: Do Not Allow Those Who Were With President Erdoğ …
Discussion: Roll Call
Ryland Barton / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
McConnell Moves On From Bevin: 'We'll Have A Different Governor In 3 Weeks'  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that it appears Gov. Matt Bevin has lost his bid for reelection, even though Bevin still hasn't conceded the race.  —  Bevin has requested a recanvass of the final tally …
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Dylan Lovan / Associated Press:
McConnell: Bevin ‘had a good 4 years,’ but likely lost
Discussion: HuffPost
 
 
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Joe Sonka / USA Today:
Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night
Mehdi / National Nurses United:
National Nurses United to Endorse Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Common Dreams
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Can American democracy survive a second Trump term?
Megh Wright / Vulture:
John Oliver Is Ready for Another Battle With Coal Company CEO Bob Murray
Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
‘Decapitation’: Joe diGenova compares alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to Lincoln assassin
The Guardian:
Voter fraud detected in Guardian's Australian bird of the year poll
BBC:
General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats
Discussion: BBC and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How To Improve The Conversation About Electability
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
Kevin R. Chen / The Harvard Crimson:
Undergraduate Council Votes to Support Act on a Dream Against The Crimson
Discussion: The College Fix
Riada Asimovic Akyol / Al Jazeera:
Why Macron's remarks on Bosnia are dangerous
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Rex Tillerson denies he tried to undermine Trump, says Nikki Haley was ‘rarely present’ at meetings
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump weighs conditioning foreign aid on religious freedom
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
CNN:
Since Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify, Democrats should call Ivanka Trump
Discussion: Washington Press
Barry Petchesky / New York Times:
I Was Fired From Deadspin for Refusing to ‘Stick to Sports’