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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’  —  Exclusive: The president's personal lawyer has emerged as a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, with speculation that Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Five Cellphones, Trump Straws, a Lot of Cash—What This Giuliani Crony Was Carrying When the FBI Arrested Him  —  Lev Parnas also had the business card of a top Ukrainian anti-corruption prosecutor with whom Giuliani met this year.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  When Rudy Giuliani crony Lev Parnas …
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul may force vote to bring Hunter Biden as witness in impeachment trial  —  Sen. Rand Paul could force a vote on the Senate floor that would bring Hunter Biden or other White House-favored impeachment witnesses to an impeachment trial.  —  Paul said on Thursday he's considering forcing votes …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned.
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CNN:
Russian spies likely intercepted ambassador's cell phone call with Trump  —  Washington (CNN)US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's cell phone call to President Donald Trump from a restaurant in Ukraine this summer appears to be a shocking security breach that raises significant …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Senate GOP confirms highly controversial Trump judicial nominee  —  Trump nominee worked on illegal plan to deny help to scam victims  —  It's not just the quantity of Donald Trump's judicial nominees who've been confirmed by Senate Republicans, it's also the quality that's striking.
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Wildly Problematic Trump Court Pick Steven Menashi  —  He's never tried a case.  He condemned women's rights and diversity.  He refused to answer senators' questions.  Republicans confirmed him anyway.  —  WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Thursday to make Steven Menashi …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and Slate
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump lawyers poised to take tax returns fight to Supreme Court
Gianluca Mezzofiore / CNN:
Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change  —  (CNN)Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice's Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on Tuesday night — just after it rejected measures to combat climate change.
Melissa Ratliff / WLEX:
Gov. Bevin concedes election following recanvass  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — At a podium inside his office, Governor Matt Bevin conceded the election nine days after losing to Gov.-elect Andy Beshear.  —  The governor formally requested a recanvass following his loss to Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
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Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor race. 'We're going to have a change.'
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin concedes to Dem Andy Beshear in reelection bid
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky governors race recanvass: Bevin says he won't contest election outcome
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Clarita shooting: 2 teens killed; attack came on suspect's birthday, officials say  —  One person was killed and at least four others were injured in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita early Thursday, authorities said.  —  Two students were killed …
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NBC Southern California:
At Least Three Victims in Shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita  —  Students with arms raised were escorted by deputies from the school about 40 miles north of Los Angeles  —  There are at least three victims in a shooting Thursday morning at a high school in Santa Clarita, where the search continues for the shooter.
YouTube:
Deval Patrick Announcement Video  —  In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone:  —  I am today announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox's prime time stars are telling Trump that the impeachment hearings are a ‘disaster’ for Democrats  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  I wanted to know what President Trump …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Erdogan upends Oval meeting to play anti-Kurd film on iPad  —  An Oval Office meeting yesterday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took a dark turn when Erdoğan pulled out his iPad and made the group watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg's Team Calls His Crude Remarks on Women ‘Wrong’  —  As Michael Bloomberg prepares a presidential run, his history of crude remarks is likely to draw scrutiny.  His team said some were “disrespectful.”  —  It was a cheeky birthday gift for a hard-charging boss …
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Pelosi: USMCA deal is ‘imminent’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated on Thursday that a deal between House lawmakers and the Trump administration on the USMCA could be announced within the coming days.  —  “I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be …
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Washington Post:
Live updates: A second State Department official overheard Trump's call with E.U. envoy discussing …
Discussion: Political Wire
ProPublica:
A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor's Superyacht Marina  —  Wealthy donors Wayne Huizenga Jr. and Jeff Vinik lobbied then-Gov. Rick Scott for the lucrative tax break — and won it.  Poorer communities lost out. … The Rybovich superyacht marina lies on the West Palm Beach …
CNN:
Exclusive: Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments  —  The hotel's biggest selling point though, according to a copy of the brochure seen by CNN, is the one thing that the Trump family insists it didn't take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments.
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and Raw Story
NBC News:
Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall  —  The Trump administration is preparing court filings to begin taking over private land in Texas to build a border wall as early as this week, say officials.  —  The Trump administration is preparing court filings …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC plunges into Louisiana gov's race amid signs of trouble  —  The Republican National Committee is pouring another $1 million into the Louisiana governor's race ahead of Saturday's runoff — a move that comes amid mounting GOP concerns about losing a second major election in a conservative state in as many weeks.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Steve King Goes Full Steve King: Posts Photos of George Soros' Son Falsely Claiming He's Whistleblower (UPDATED)  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) posted photos of the son of left-wing billionaire George Soros on Thursday, absurdly accusing him of being the White House whistleblower.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook fetes Kavanaugh  —  Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has kept a relatively low-profile since the Senate narrowly confirmed him last year amidst serious allegations of sexual assault.  That will change tonight when Kavanaugh is the keynote speaker at the annual convention …
Bill Oakley / Washington Post:
One of the defenses of Trump is — literally — a TV-cartoon joke  —  A former ‘Simpsons’ writer on the ‘Sideshow Bob defense.’ … — Sideshow Bob, “The Simpsons,” Season Six, Episode Five, 1994  —  This rhetorical absurdity, originally intended as joke on a TV cartoon, is now being trotted out in all seriousness by the GOP.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
First Day of Televised Impeachment Hearings Draws 13.1 Million Viewers  —  Fox News leads rivals with 2.9 million viewers, edging MSNBC's 2.7 million  —  Some 13.1 million people tuned in to watch the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry across the major cable and broadcast networks …
WKRC:
Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution.  The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student Religious Liberties Act. ”
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Axios:
Bill Clinton calls out Trump for refusing to work with Congress during impeachment  —  Former President Bill Clinton called into CNN on Thursday and criticized President Trump for refusing to work with Congress on things like gun control due to the ongoing House impeachment inquiry.  —  The exchange:
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Shareblue Media and The Hill
Associated Press:
AP-NORC/USA Facts poll: Americans struggle to ID true facts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.  —  A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Hill
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
On Facebook, fears of parasites push people to post pictures of feces and pursue dangerous remedies  —  While these groups have been under pressure from authorities, they have so far been successful in sidestepping Facebook's broader crackdown on health misinformation.
 
 
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Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
The president, not diplomats, sets ‘official foreign policy’
Discussion: HuffPost and Rolling Stone
Bryan Smith / Los Angeles Magazine:
Adam Schiff Is Ready to Rumble
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Warren's ‘Billionaire Tears’ Mug Is Sold Through A Billionaire-Run Company
Discussion: Slate and Forbes
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Ex-Goldman Sachs chief slams Warren over new campaign ad
Discussion: Vox and New York Times
Branko Marcetic / In These Times:
MSNBC Is the Most Influential Network Among Liberals—And It's Ignoring Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Press Should Name the Whistleblower
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
Annie Blanks / Pensacola News Journal:
Matt Gaetz asks judge to sentence Pensacola drink-thrower to prison
Discussion: The Hill
The Economist:
Why Obama-Trump swing voters like heavy metal
Discussion: The Outline
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The difference between good and bad state polls, explained
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Democrats and Republicans are telling us about Wednesday's impeachment show
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Nixon WH Lawyer John Dean: First Day of Trump Hearings Yielded More Damning Testimony Than All of Watergate