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11:00 AM ET, November 13, 2019


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Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Rep. Adam Schiff: Trump's Potentially Impeachable Offenses Include Bribery  —  Toggle more options  —  With the House set to begin public hearings Wednesday for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the man leading the Democrats' investigation says he already sees several potential …
Discussion: Twitchy, Mediaite and Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Democrats' impeachment lawyer cut his teeth prosecuting mobsters, Wall Street cheats  —  The Democrats' lead impeachment hearing lawyer made his bones as a prosecutor by sending mobsters, stock swindlers and a multimillion-dollar inside trader to prison, cases in which colleagues said he mixed brains and “swagger” to win convictions.
House Intel panel announces additional witnesses for public impeachment hearings  —  The marathon week of testimony will conclude next Thursday.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  The House Intelligence Committee announced a new slate …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Most voters remain unmovable in impeachment views
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Axios
Jenna Ellis Rives / The Hill:
Trump impeachment is blueprint to overthrow government from within
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Ellerbrock / The Lima News:
Jim Jordan: Referee's claim 'ridiculous"
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and NBC News
Trump invites GOP senators for unusual meeting with Erdoğan to ‘clear the air’  —  Washington (CNN)A small group of Republican senators who traditionally focus on foreign policy issues have been invited to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump and Turkish President …
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
POLITICO Playbook: We know how the impeachment show ends, but we're still watching
John F. Harris / Politico:
What Impeachment Will Cost the GOP  —  On December 19, 1998, the day House Republicans impeached President Bill Clinton, he recorded his highest-ever score in Gallup's presidential approval poll: 73 percent favorable.  —  That was 24 percentage points higher than Clinton's …
House Republicans might throw Rudy Giuliani under the bus to save Trump during impeachment  —  Top House Republican sources tell Axios that one impeachment survival strategy will be to try to distance President Trump from any Ukraine quid pro quo, with Rudy Giuliani potentially going under the bus.
Rudy Giuliani / Wall Street Journal:
The Case for the Impeachment Defense  —  My client's call with the Ukrainian president was innocent, and the House inquiry is a travesty.  —  If your only sources of news the past two months have been CNN and MSNBC, you probably think President Trump has committed some heinous act …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
University of Florida's student president faces impeachment after bringing Donald Trump Jr. to campus for $50,000  —  After the University of Florida's student body president helped bring Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle to campus last month to the tune of $50,000 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Reeves / Tampa Bay Times:   UF student president faces impeachment over Trump Jr. visit
Dan Cobb / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC POLL: Trump faces tough re-election fight in Georgia  —  A majority of Georgians disapprove of President Donald Trump's performance in the White House and he appears to be facing a hard fight against each of the five top Democratic candidates seeking to replace him, according to an exclusive Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad  —  Hanks is playing Mister Rogers in a new movie and is just as nice as you think he is.  Please read this article anyway.  —  Here is a list of stories about Tom Hanks I've heard over the last few miserable months, as it appeared that politeness …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
First Public Impeachment Hearings Begin Before House Panel  —  Two administration officials to testify about the president's pressure campaign on Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON—The first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry is under way, giving the nation its first opportunity to hear testimony directly …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump impeachment hearings today will echo through the ages
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
The impeachment calculus Democrats don't want to talk about  —  Sen. Brian Schatz, the Democrat from Hawaii, is well-known for a jokey Twitter feed popular with the #Resistance.  When I talked to him last night as he was walking into the Senate on the eve of the first impeachment hearings in 21 years, he was in a more serious mood.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
Plague Is Diagnosed in China, Prompting Fears of an Outbreak  —  Two cases of pneumonic plague, a fatal and highly infectious illness related to bubonic plague, were diagnosed in Beijing.  —  阅读.体中 文.閱讀.體 中文.
Discussion: Political Wire and Slate
New York Times:
Trump Has Considered Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General  —  The president blames Michael Atkinson, whom he appointed, for finding the anonymous whistle-blower's complaint on his interactions with Ukraine to be credible.  —  President Trump has discussed dismissing …
NBC News:
The impeachment hearings could turn out to be more unpredictable than you think  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Most in Washington are already convinced …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
ABC scrambles to figure out identity of Amy Robach leaker, who goes by ‘Ignotus’  —  ABC bigwigs are going potty to find the identity of the leaker behind the Amy Robach tape — after the alleged source posted a letter online slamming the network under the name “Ignotus,” a wizard from the “Harry Potter” franchise.
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
It's high time for Trump to dump Stephen Miller  —  Less than a year into Donald Trump's presidency, Republicans came within inches of achieving their immigration dreams with a deal that would build a border wall and more detention facilities while curbing legal immigration and enacting E-Verify.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: House committees request new testimony from U.S. official in Ukraine  —  The House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine have scheduled closed-door depositions for David Holmes, an official working at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and Mark Sandy, an official working …
Discussion: NBC News, Townhall and Raw Story
NBC News:
How to watch the Trump impeachment hearing: Schedule, witnesses and more
New York Times:
The Man Trump Trusts for News on Ukraine  —  Who is John Solomon?  His name popped up frequently in closed-door testimony in the impeachment query.  He is a regular on Hannity.  And his work helps shape how millions of Americans understand this moment.  —  WASHINGTON — In weeks …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
At donor dinner, Giuliani associate said he discussed Ukraine with Trump, according to people familiar with his account  —  The April 2018 dinner was designed to be an intimate affair, an opportunity for a handful of big donors to a super PAC allied with President Trump to personally interact with the president and his eldest son.
MIX / The Next Web:
Facebook is secretly using your iPhone's camera as you scroll your feed  —  3,072  —  iPhone owners, beware.  It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you're scrolling your feed.  —  The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took …
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years  —  For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy …
Rep. Devin Nunes / The Permanent Select Committee …:
Nunes Opening Statement for Kent and Taylor Hearing on Impeachment  —  f t # e  —  Opening Statement for Kent and Taylor Hearing on Impeachment  —  In a July open hearing of this committee following publication of the Mueller report, the Democrats engaged in a last-ditch effort to convince …
Discussion: Redstate
Brian Sharp / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
GOP seeks to strip powers from incoming county executive Adam Bello  —  One week after voters elected Adam Bello as the first Democratic county executive in nearly three decades, the Republican-controlled Legislature sought to significantly reduce the power of the office and increase their own.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump prepared for impeachment hearings with an epic Fox News binge  —  Trump is getting his spin directly from Dobbs, Hannity, and company — and he isn't even trying to hide it.  —  In the hours leading up to an especially pivotal day in his presidency — the House begins public impeachment …
Discussion: Raw Story
Neal K. Katyal / New York Times:
What Trump Is Hiding From the Impeachment Hearings  —  The president's efforts to prevent the House from doing its job are just as worrisome as the Ukraine scandal.  —  Mr. Katyal is a former acting solicitor general and a law professor.  —  The public impeachment hearings this week …
Laura K. Field / The Bulwark:
Rank Loyalties  —  Trump's attacks on the whistleblower and other impeachment witnesses work to collapse the differences between competing kinds of loyalties.  It's the worst kind of moral relativism.  —  As the House opened the first public impeachment hearings on Tuesday …
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Trump Tells Her Dad: Don't Tweet the Whistleblower's Name!
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
For Bill Taylor, first impeachment witness, 'everything's easy after Vietnam'
Discussion: War on the Rocks
Cuccinelli expected to be elevated to acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
DC bars to open early for impeachment mania
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Who is George Kent?  State Dept. Official Who Described Trump's Actions as ‘Wrong for the Rule of Law’
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Frustrated Trump allies urge him to stop talking about himself
Discussion: Raw Story
Devan Cole / CNN:
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan endorses Joe Biden
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Lawsuit could deactivate 234,000 voters in Wisconsin
Discussion: The Hill
Financial Times:
The Hong Kong authorities have lost their legitimacy
The White House isn't quite so organized.
Molly Jong-Fast /
Three Legendary Sexists Now Hold Power Over the Equal Rights Amendment
Discussion: Redstate and Twitchy
CBS News:
Steve Bannon says Pelosi's impeachment strategy is “actually quite brilliant”
Discussion: The Hill