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8:40 AM ET, November 15, 2019

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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 and Mediaite
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Associated Press:
AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call  —  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 …
Discussion: KTLA, The Mahablog and The Guardian
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   ‘He does nothing without a quid pro quo’
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’ …
Discussion: Townhall and Politico
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
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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 …
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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
CNN:
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
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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
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.
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Hannity Predicts Marie Yovanovitch Will Cry ‘on Cue’ at Hearing
Discussion: Contemptor
Washington Post:
How the impeachment inquiry has revealed a long and murky campaign to oust a veteran U.S. ambassador
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
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 …
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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
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
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   House Ethics Committee Releases Emails Showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib Soliciting Campaign Funds for Personal Use
John Bresnahan / Politico:
DOJ investigating GOP Rep. Ross Spano over alleged campaign-finance violations
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 …
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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 …
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” …
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 …
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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
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
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 …
ABC News:
The Note: Warren stays in center of Democratic fights  —  For a candidate of the left, she sure seems like a central figure.  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to define the Democratic primary race.  She's tangling with billionaires and her fellow frontrunners — and the possibility …
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ABC News:
Deval Patrick: 'I wouldn't be in it if I didn't think I could win it'
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from prosecutors, setting up historic separation-of-powers 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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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 …
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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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden has edge over Dems in Nevada, bests Trump by 7 points  —  Democrats' strong desire for a candidate who can defeat President Trump gives Joe Biden the edge in the nomination race, while Hispanic voters help both Biden and Bernie Sanders top Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups.
Discussion: Washington Times and POLITICUSUSA
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Morning Call:
Most Pennsylvania voters have dim view of Trump, new poll shows.  His Democratic foes have work to do, too
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
UTLA:
UTLA Overwhelmingly Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for US President  —  LOS ANGELES — United Teachers Los Angeles, the second-largest teachers' local in the country, is proud to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for US President in the 2020 Primary Election, making UTLA the first teachers' union …
 
 
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
The Policies  —  BLAME GAME: President Trump has so far failed …
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr.'s book sales may have been boosted by bulk buys
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Ratings for first impeachment hearing show healthy interest and a serious partisan divide
Washington Post:
Two N.C. Republicans could lose their districts under new GOP-drawn congressional map
Discussion: Political Wire
 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
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Reuters News Article That Called Impeachment Hearing ‘Dull’ Sparks a Social Media Revolt
NBC News:
Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall
Discussion: National Review