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12:35 PM ET, November 12, 2019

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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
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 …
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
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
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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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?
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
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
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
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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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Mulvaney Drops Lawsuit Over House Subpoena: Impeachment Update
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Post
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 …
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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Politico:
Mick Mulvaney withdraws attempt to join suit over impeachment testimony
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
White House infighting flares amid impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Foreign Policy and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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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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
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:
Stone previewed WikiLeaks bounty to Trump campaign in April 2016  —  The revelation means the Trump campaign — and Donald Trump himself — were aware of WikiLeaks' plans earlier than previously understood.  —  Roger Stone.  Mark Wilson/Getty Images  —  Roger Stone first told …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Sean Duffy heads to K Street after resigning from Congress
Greg Farrell / Bloomberg:
U.S. to Expand Mueller Election-Fraud Case Against 13 Russians
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
Israel strikes on Islamic Jihad chiefs prompt reprisal rocket attacks
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drones Appear to Show Turkish-Backed Forces Targeting Civilians in Syria
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Kratzer / Cygnal:
Cygnal Poll: Rispone Closing the Gap With Edwards; LA Voters are Against Impeaching President Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Maryland and Virginia to rebuild and widen the American Legion Bridge, governors say
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Hanson / The Federalist:
Alex Vindman Is Living, Breathing Proof That The Deep State Exists, And It Is Corrupt
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Can American democracy survive a second Trump term?
Discussion: Raw Story
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