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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Hill, Law & Crime and Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Appears Ready to Let Trump End DACA Program  —  The justices are considering whether the Trump administration can shut down a program that shields about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative majority on Tuesday appeared ready …
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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
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?
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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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Axios:
Scoop: GOP outlines theory of impeachment defense in memo to members
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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Washington Post:   Mark Sanford ends GOP primary challenge to oust Trump
Polls:
Few Caucusgoers Tied to 2020 Choice  —  Buttigieg joins a crowded pack of front-runners; No groundswell of support for Bloomberg  —  West Long Branch, NJ - South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont …
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Wall Street Journal:
Pete Buttigieg Tops Poll in Iowa for First Time  —  Pete Buttigieg has joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as a top candidate in Iowa, a Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday shows.  —  At 22%, the mayor of South Bend …
Discussion: CNN
ProPublica:
Giuliani Was Close to a Podcast Deal With the News Outlet That Spread His Ukraine Conspiracies  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published.
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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 and Political Wire
Washington Post:
A Trump administration strategy led to the child migrant backup crisis at the border  —  When thousands of migrant children ended up stranded in U.S. Border Patrol stations last spring, President Trump's administration characterized the crisis as a spontaneous result of the record crush …
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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: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: New deposition transcripts deepen Russia linkages to the impeachment inquiry
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
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Official Heard of WikiLeaks Emails Earlier Than Known
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
The Hill:
Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment  —  In a last-minute move, Democrats are shifting their impeachment rhetoric and talking points just days before the first public hearings into President Trump's handling of foreign policy in Ukraine.  —  The televised hearings mark a crucial phase …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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Fox News:
Schiff sets stage for impeachment hearings, warns GOP about going after Bidens
Discussion: The Hill and Washington 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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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 …
Charles Lipson / Real Clear Politics:
Bloomberg Will Hit an Iceberg  —  Michael Bloomberg is so wealthy he couldn't fritter away his fortune, even if he tried.  But he'll make a good start if he spends $100 million or more to win the Democratic presidential nomination.  It's a fruitless quest.  —  He must be smart enough to know it.
Discussion: Althouse
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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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump says trade deal with China ‘could happen soon,’ but only if good for US  —  President Trump said on Tuesday that he is hopeful that a trade deal with China will soon be reached amid concerns in the global stock markets over the continuing trade war.  —  Speaking at the Economic Club of New York …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
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.
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: Tangle
 
 
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Mulvaney changes course (again): Tells court he no longer plans to seek a judge's ruling on impeachment testimony
Discussion: Associated Press and Press Herald
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
'I'm on a mission to testify': Dem Ukraine activist eager for impeachment cameo
Jack Crosbie / gen.medium.com:
The Progressive Press is Facing Mass Extinction
Associated Press:
Mississippi Democrat Espy to run again for US Senate in 2020
Discussion: Axios
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Donald Trump Jr. Landed Smack in the Middle of a Right-Wing Civil War
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Vox
Glamour:
Megan Rapinoe: ‘Lending Your Platform to Others Is Cool’
A Conversation with Senators Burr and Warner:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democratic Ad Campaign Spotlights Trump Voters With Regrets
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Sean Duffy heads to K Street after resigning from Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drones Appear to Show Turkish-Backed Forces Targeting Civilians in Syria
Dan Witters / Gallup:
Millions in U.S. Lost Someone Who Couldn't Afford Treatment
Discussion: Marketplace and HuffPost
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr.'s Series of Unfortunate Book Tour Events
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Five Polling Results That May Change the Way You Think About Electability
Discussion: The Week and FiveThirtyEight
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
How America Ends  —  Democracy depends on the consent of the losers.
The Daily Northwestern:
Addressing The Daily's coverage of Sessions protests