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9:15 AM ET, November 15, 2019


 Top Items: 
Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches  — Probe of lawyer presents a threat to Trump's presidency  — Giuliani has become a central figure in impeachment inquiry  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is being investigated …
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Giuliani Ally Pete Sessions Was Eyed for Top Slot in Ukraine  —  Pete Sessions received millions from Giuliani's indicted cronies.  He joined Rudy in speaking out against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.  He was even considered as her replacement.
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
POLITICO Playbook: What to expect from Marie Yovanovitch, and how Bill Clinton ended up on Tapper's show
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Washington Post:
Besieged on all sides, Gordon Sondland clings to power  —  When confronted with the whiff of scandal, American diplomats are often advised to resign if they believe they can no longer be effective in the job.  —  But for Gordon Sondland, the embattled U.S. ambassador to the European Union, quitting is not in the cards.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Mediaite
Russian spies likely intercepted ambassador's cell phone call with Trump
Discussion: KTLA, The Mahablog and The Guardian
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
‘He does nothing without a quid pro quo’
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
State Department official who overheard Trump phone call on Ukraine has experience speaking his mind
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Washington Post:
Democrats sharpen impeachment case, decrying ‘bribery’ …
Nicole Gaouette / CNN:
Trump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 500% as Seoul questions alliance  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper landed in South Korea on Thursday to navigate renewed threats from an “enraged” North Korea and newly heightened strain in the alliance with Seoul that congressional aides …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony
NBC News:   Budget official expected to defy White House, testify in impeachment inquiry
Trump talks Russia probe audit with attorney general and White House counsel in Oval Office meeting  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump met with Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone in an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon in which the so-called Horowitz report came …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Zelensky planned to announce Trump's ‘quo’ on my show.  Here's what happened.  —  The phrase “quid pro quo” is usually translated as “something for something.”  In the case of President Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, it appears that the “quo” …
Wall Street Journal:
Deval Patrick Launches Campaign Without Once-Strong Obama Ties  —  Due to late entry into the presidential race, many potential donors and advisers have already committed to other candidates  —  WASHINGTON—Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was seen as a natural pick …
ABC News:   The Note: Warren stays in center of Democratic fights
ABC News:
Deval Patrick: 'I wouldn't be in it if I didn't think I could win it'
Discussion: Associated Press
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Stephen Miller's Sinister Syllabus  —  Leaked emails from 2015 and 2016 show one of Trump's top advisers trying to teach Breitbart editors a thing or two about white nationalism.  —  Somewhat lost in the frenzy over impeachment this week was a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on Stephen Miller …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Emails Outline Anti-Immigration Group's Connection to Stephen Miller  —  A new batch of leaked emails illustrates the degree to which Mr. Miller used a think tank's work to shape coverage at Breitbart News and policy at the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — Stephen Miller …
Washington Post:
Trump's Washington hotel has fallen behind competitors, with rooms running nearly half empty, marketing materials show  —  President Trump's Washington hotel has fallen well behind competing properties despite continuing to charge among the highest rates in the city, according …
Washington Post:
RNC to hold winter meetings at Trump resort that was considered for G-7 summit
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, HuffPost, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
BREAKING: Congress Releases Messages Showing Tlaib Asked Campaign For Personal Money, Announces Investigation Into Her  —  The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it is investigating Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) 0ver internal messages that she allegedly sent in 2018 asking …
Discussion: Redstate
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   House Ethics Committee Releases Emails Showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib Soliciting Campaign Funds for Personal Use
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
3 Indiana Judges Suspended After White Castle Brawl That Left 2 Of Them Wounded  —  Back in May, three Indiana judges got into a fight.  It was the crescendo of an incident brimming with colorful details: a gaggle of judges drinking the night before a judicial conference …
Discussion: The Week, TheBlaze and Fox News
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Hannity Predicts Marie Yovanovitch Will Cry ‘on Cue’ at Hearing  —  “I would say apparently she cried and the Democrats are apparently hoping she will cry again tomorrow,” Hannity asserted on the eve of her testimony.  —  On the eve of Friday's open impeachment hearing featuring former U.S. Ambassador …
Discussion: Politico and Contemptor
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Washington Post:
White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say  —  President Trump is expected to intervene in three military justice cases involving service members charged with war crimes any day, issuing pardons or otherwise clearing them of wrongdoing …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh addresses the conservative legal establishment that championed his nomination  —  There was a crowd of protesters outside, and a few inside.  Those attending the Federalist Society's gala Thursday night at Washington's Union Station were greeted by a large video screen on a truck out front …
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Syria's Assad says Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself  —  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waded into the conspiracy theories around Jeffery Epstein's suicide, saying the financier and convicted sex offender was murdered as part of a Western plot to eliminate high-profile people who knew too much.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge slams feds over murky stance on McCabe  —  A federal judge excoriated Justice Department officials Thursday for their handling of potential criminal charges against former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, saying the continued uncertainty over the prosecution was unfair to McCabe and the public.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Asylum officers rebel against Trump policies they say are immoral and illegal  —  It only took Doug Stephens two days to decide: He wasn't going to implement President Trump's latest policy to restrict immigration, known as Remain in Mexico.  The asylum officer wouldn't interview …
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr.'s book sales may have been boosted by bulk buys  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s new book hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list this week — “but with a big caveat,” book insiders noted.  —  The tome, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants To Silence Us,” shot to the top of the Times' nonfiction list.
The Daily Beast:
The Conspiracy Theory So Far Out There Even Trump's Biggest Defenders Are Walking Away From It  —  When President Donald Trump brought up the word “Crowdstrike” on his now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president, he caused some head-scratching in Kyiv.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump lays off Republican Ukraine critics
Discussion: Raw Story
Omar Abdulaziz / Washington Post:
Saudi spies hacked my phone and tried to stop my activism. I won't stop fighting.
Washington Post:
The Policies  —  BLAME GAME: President Trump has so far failed …
Washington Post:
Two N.C. Republicans could lose their districts under new GOP-drawn congressional map
Discussion: Political Wire
UTLA Overwhelmingly Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for US President
 Earlier Items: 
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
As Jury Deliberates, Roger Stone Sends A Message To Trump: ‘Pardon Me’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Brooks / New York Times:
In Praise of Washington Insiders
NBC News:
Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall
Discussion: National Review