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10:40 PM ET, November 13, 2019


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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Ambassador's cellphone call to Trump from Kyiv restaurant was a stunning breach of security, former officials say  —  A U.S. ambassador's cellphone call to President Trump from a restaurant in the capital of Ukraine last summer was a stunning breach of security, exposing the conversation …
Discussion: New York Times and POLITICUSUSA
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Crazy for Trump: On the G.O.P. Plan to Keep Impeachment Partisan  —  The hearings open with diplomatic gravitas—and nutty conspiracy theories.  —  It didn't take long for the crazy to start.  Even before the first two witnesses in the public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump had been sworn …
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
Dems trot out new charge as initial focus of impeachment hearings falls flat  —  Wednesday's first impeachment hearings showed Democrats have shifted the focus to bribery.  There is a strategy here.  —  Most of the debate over President Trump's dealings with the Ukrainian government …
Discussion: Geller Report News
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
George Kent and the Bow Tie of History  —  As the impeachment hearings began, the first witness made an unexpected fashion statement — and everyone noticed.  —  Amid all the debate and various through-the-mirror interpretations of Day 1 of the public impeachment inquiry, all the grandstanding …
Discussion: PolitiFact, Vox and Rolling Stone
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
The Impeachment Hearings Get Off to a Subdued Start  —  “It's not as outlandish as it could be.”  Ambassador Bill Taylor's description of the Trump administration's backchannels to the Ukraine could have just as easily applied to the first day of the impeachment hearings itself.
Just Security:
Highlights of Taylor-Kent Hearing and Connections to Other Witnesses  —  House Democrats kicked off public impeachment hearings on Wednesday with the testimony of Bill Taylor, the current top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the current deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department.
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
George Kent, top State Department Ukraine expert, helps Democrats debunk GOP theories  —  George Kent, the State Department's foremost expert on Ukraine, seemed destined for a supporting role in Wednesday's impeachment hearings — more memorable for his matching blue-and-yellow bow tie and pocket square than any newsworthy moments.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his ‘parody’ of Trump-Zelensky call
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Trump impeachment inquiry spurs shadow disinformation war
Discussion: Associated Press
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
5 things we learned from George Kent and Bill Taylor's impeachment testimony
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
At hearing, Republicans carry forward Trump's effort to make lies into truths
Discussion: Common Dreams, Raw Story and CNN
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump denies discussing Ukraine investigations with Sondland in July phone call
Discussion: Political Wire
Bonchie / Redstate:
Impeachment Updates: Devin Nunes Comes Hard in His Opening Statement, Adam Schiff Makes a Ridiculous Claim
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Rep. Devin Nunes / The Permanent Select Committee …:
Nunes Opening Statement for Kent and Taylor Hearing on Impeachment
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Congress can seek eight years of Trump's tax records, appeals court rules  —  Congress can seek eight years of President Trump's tax records, according to a federal appeals court order Wednesday that moves the separation-of-powers conflict one step closer to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: HuffPost, Axios and Political Wire
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Rejects Trump's Appeal in Fight to Keep Financial Records From Congress  —  The decision almost certainly paves the way for a major Supreme Court case over President Trump's stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts.  —  WASHINGTON — A full federal appeals court on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren buys CNBC commercial time to blast billionaires in a fiery new campaign ad  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is firing back against a group of billionaires who have criticized her plans with a new TV ad set to air on CNBC later this week.  — The ad takes aim at longtime investor …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Deval Patrick Will Enter 2020 Presidential Race on Thursday  —  Mr. Patrick, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, called several leading Democrats and allies to say that he would announce his bid for the White House.  —  NEW ORLEANS — Former Gov. Deval Patrick …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:   A New Candidate for Obama's Rightful Heir
CBS News:
Deval Patrick expected to announce he is running for president
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Washington Post:
Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries  —  Some Republican senators and their advisers are privately discussing whether to pressure GOP leaders to stage a lengthy impeachment trial beginning in January to scramble the Democratic presidential race …
Discussion: Breitbart and Political Wire
John F. Harris / Politico:
What Impeachment Will Cost the GOP
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
For dignity's sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket  —  Of course Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) took his seat Wednesday morning, at the opening of the public impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, wearing nothing but his shirtsleeves.  No suit jacket.  That's how Jordan dresses.  It's his power move.
Discussion: Washington Blade
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump aides retaliated against State staffer of Iranian descent, probe finds  —  President Donald Trump's political appointees inappropriately retaliated against a career civil servant at the State Department in part because of her ethnic background, her perceived political views …
The Daily Beast:
Probe: State Department Punished Staffer Over Iranian Heritage, Politics
Discussion: The Cut, Politico and NBC News
Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the 2020 Utah governor's race on Thursday  —  Former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to formally announce Thursday he's running for governor next year, learned Wednesday night.  —  Huntsman, 59, will make a swing through Southern Utah …
Discussion: Political Wire
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Profiles in Thinking About Courage: inside ‘A Warning’ by Anonymous  —  By Anonymous.  Twelve.  259 pp.  $30  —  There is a good reason the anonymous Trump administration official who published an opinion essay in the New York Times last year describing an internal resistance to the president has managed to remain anonymous.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
John Durham interviewed Australian diplomat whose tip prompted Trump-Russia investigation  —  U.S. Attorney John Durham reportedly interviewed the Australian diplomat whose tip about George Papadopoulos effectively started the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's campaign in July 2016.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
News or ‘Trauma Porn’?  Student Journalists Face Blowback on Campus  —  Incidents at Northwestern and Harvard reveal a growing tension between traditional journalistic practices and the demands of student activists.  —  EVANSTON, Ill. — Jeff Sessions, President Trump's former attorney general …
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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Michael Bloomberg won't file for New Hampshire primary
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Manafort's 2016 Gambit: A Back Channel From Trump Camp to Labor
Discussion: The Hill
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Castro to miss November debate
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump vows new Ukraine transcript release in post-impeachment hearing press conference
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Celeste Sloman—Redux / TIME:
TIME 100 Next  —  Elise Stefanik is a builder—no easy feat …
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
'I don't remember' Trump asking for news conference clearing him of wrongdoing in Ukraine call, Barr says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad
Discussion: Page Six
Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:
Plague Is Diagnosed in China, Prompting Fears of an Outbreak
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Deseret News