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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 …
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.
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
NBC News:
Pentagon official testifies Trump directed freeze on aid to Ukraine
Discussion: Associated Press and MSNBC
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
‘Impeachment Inquiry’ Witness: Trump Lectured Previous Ukraine President About Corruption, Too
Discussion: 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 …
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?
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Erdogan Warns That Turkey Will Keep Deporting ISIS Detainees  —  The Turkish leader is preparing to travel to Washington to meet with President Trump.  —  ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey warned Western nations that he would continue to release people who were thought …
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New York Times:   Behind Trump's Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power
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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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: NBC News and Foreign Policy
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Politico:
Mick Mulvaney withdraws attempt to join suit over impeachment testimony
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
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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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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt  —  Democrats and the Deep State have elevated more policy disagreements to what amounts to an attempted coup.  Just listen to Alex Vindman.  —  Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is living, breathing, testifying proof the Deep State exists.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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, Daily Kos and Washington Post
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
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 …
Marietje Schaake / Financial Times:
Tech industry should not be deciding on political advertising  —  For a long time, regulators and lawmakers took a hands-off approach towards technology companies.  Initiatives to regulate the industry tended to be criticised as “stifling innovation” by lobbyists.
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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.
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 …
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Horowitz Report Will Be Damning.  Criminal Referrals Likely.  —  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's much anticipated report on his investigation into the FBI's probe into President Trump's campaign is expected to be made public before Thanksgiving and the outcome …
 
 
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New York Times:
Deal With Taliban Will Free American and Australian Professors, Officials Say
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?
Carlin Becker / Washington Examiner:
‘Decapitation’: Joe diGenova compares alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to Lincoln assassin
BBC:
General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats
Discussion: BBC and Townhall
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Former President Jimmy Carter admitted to hospital for brain surgery
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
National Enquirer Publisher Plotted Secret Scheme to Funnel $1 Million to Accused Pedophile R. Kelly
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How To Improve The Conversation About Electability
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Rex Tillerson denies he tried to undermine Trump, says Nikki Haley was ‘rarely present’ at meetings