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7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2019

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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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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.
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 …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The 5 questions Gordon Sondland needs to answer
Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
Sorry, Republicans, but Paul Manafort really was corrupt
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Career White House budget official expected to break ranks, testify in impeachment inquiry  —  Mark Sandy would be the first Office of Management and Budget official to appear after a series of political appointees defied congressional subpoenas  —  A longtime career employee at the White House Office …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
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CNN:
Top Democrats privately concede major shift in public opinion on impeachment is unlikely
Discussion: Political Wire
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Pelosi: USMCA deal is ‘imminent’
Washington Post:   Live updates: A second State Department official overheard Trump's call with E.U. envoy discussing …
Washington Post:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from prosecutors, setting up historic separation-of-power showdown  —  President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to stop a prosecutor's investigation of his personal finances, a bold assertion of presidential power that seeks …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns  —  A fight over a Manhattan grand jury subpoena could yield a major decision on presidential power.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar his accounting firm from turning over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors.
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.
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.
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
At least 2 killed in California school shooting, with 16-year-old suspect in ‘grave condition’
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Boing Boing and TheBlaze
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 …
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press, The Hill and Slate
Steve Benen / MSNBC:   Senate GOP confirms highly controversial Trump judicial nominee
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. watchdog won't let witnesses give written feedback on report about FBI's Russia probe, sparking fears of inaccuracy  —  The Justice Department Inspector General's office has told witnesses who are set to review draft sections of its long-awaited report on the FBI investigation …
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: Balloon Juice
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor's race
Discussion: HuffPost
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Washington Post:
No firsthand knowledge is GOP rallying cry in defense of Trump on impeachment
Discussion: Tangle, New York Times, The Week and Hot Air
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
Morning Call:
Most Pennsylvania voters have dim view of Trump, new poll shows.  His Democratic foes have work to do, too  —  One year before Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls in a critical swing state, a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows nearly six in 10 don't believe President Donald Trump should be re-elected.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Close races between Trump and Democrats in North Carolina
Discussion: War Room
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 …
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: National Review and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Ethics Committee extends review of Talib, probes Hastings for alleged relationship with staffer  —  The House Ethics Committee on Thursday announced it is extending its review of a campaign finance matter related to Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, while acknowledging for the first time a probe …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and The Hill
Washington Post:
RNC to hold winter meetings at Trump resort that was considered for G-7 summit  —  The Republican National Committee will hold its winter meetings at President Trump's Doral golf course in Florida next year — awarding another of the party's most lucrative events to the president's private business, a party spokesman said Thursday.
Discussion: The Hill
Madison Dibble / Washington Examiner:
'I'm embarrassed for you': Kellyanne Conway steams after clip of husband's MSNBC commentary played  —  CNN host Wolf Blitzer pressed Kellyanne Conway to respond to her husband, George Conway's MSNBC commentary on the impeachment hearings.  —  George Conway joined MSNBC's coverage …
Discussion: Politico, IJR and Deadline
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Ross Spano  —  Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined on November 14, 2019, to release the following statement:
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.
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
As Michigan Raises the Age, Advocates Vow to Press for More Change  —  A major new law will put an end to the automatic treatment of all 17-year olds as adults.  But state prosecutors will retain “ridiculously broad” discretion.  —  Michigan automatically treats all 17-year olds as adults …
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.
 
 
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Steven Overly / Politico:
Amazon suing Pentagon over $10B cloud contract, alleging ‘bias’
Discussion: Associated Press
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Reuters News Article That Called Impeachment Hearing ‘Dull’ Sparks a Social Media Revolt
CNN:
With a focus on Ukraine, Trump made 67 false claims last week
Sean McElwee / Memos:
Memo: The Justice Guarantee Agenda is Popular
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Apple hires pro-Trump lobbyist as it tries to avoid tariffs on iPhone parts and other products
Discussion: Raw Story
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Threatens Egypt With Sanctions Over Russian Arms Deal
David Greenberg / gen.medium.com:
Trump's Trying to Get Away With Something Even Nixon Couldn't
Discussion: Raw Story
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump officials penalized State Dept employee over perceived nationality, outside media attacks: IG
Discussion: NBC News and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
First Day of Televised Impeachment Hearings Draws 13.1 Million Viewers
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
The president, not diplomats, sets ‘official foreign policy’
Discussion: HuffPost and Rolling Stone