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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.
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Deval Patrick Is Making A Late Bid For The Democratic Nomination  —  It may seem strange that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is entering the presidential race, as he will reportedly announce on Thursday.  It's really late.  The field still has 16 “major” candidates.
Deval Patrick announces presidential campaign
NBC News:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces presidential bid
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Breitbart
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
A New Candidate for Obama's Rightful Heir
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
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 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people.  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM  —  Subscribe  —  ☕ Good Thursday morning.  Today's Smart Brevity™ count: 1,198 words ... 4½ minutes.  —  1 big thing ... Scoop: Erdoğan upends Oval meeting to play anti-Kurd film on iPad  —  An Oval Office meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğ …
Discussion: National Review
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
How Trump's ‘Green Light’ Moment in Syria Shook the World
Discussion: NPR and The Intercept
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Why Democrats did much better than expected in the first hearing  —  There is a fashionable, cynical and a-factual brand of coverage of historic events like the first day of impeachment that posits “Well, no one changed his or her mind” or “The average American isn't listening to ...” …
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:
Axios' Swan Says Trump Team, White House Thinks They Won First Day of Impeachment Hearings: ‘They Feel Great Today’
Discussion: Mediaite
Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang
Discussion: NBC News, emptywheel and Mediaite
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
Dems trot out new charge as initial focus of impeachment hearings falls flat
Discussion: Geller Report News
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 …
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:   As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help
Matthias Williams / Reuters:
U.S. envoy Sondland did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukraine minister
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox's prime time stars are telling Trump that the impeachment hearings are a ‘disaster’ for Democrats
Discussion: Fox News
Just Security:
Highlights of Taylor-Kent Hearing and Connections to Other Witnesses
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign
Discussion: The Atlantic, Deseret News and HuffPost
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump exposed: A brutal day for the president
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and The Hill
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Trump's Best Defense on Impeachment Undermines His Case for Re-Election  —  Insubordinate bureaucrats may save him from being removed from office, but they also show him to be a weak president.  —  The best defense of President Donald Trump on the first day of the House's public impeachment hearings came …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Impeaching a president requires both a lens and a mirror
Discussion: MSNBC
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
George Kent and the Bow Tie of History
Discussion: PolitiFact, Vox and The Daily Beast
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
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Bethany Rodgers / Salt Lake Tribune:
Jon Huntsman to launch his 2020 run for Utah governor  —  Former two-term Gov. Jon Huntsman will try for a third.  —  Huntsman, 59, is expected to make the announcement Thursday and answer media questions after an appearance at the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
Jon Huntsman will announce his entry into the 2020 Utah governor's race on Thursday
Discussion: Deseret News and The Hill
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Mocks Bill Taylor, George Kent as ‘Self-Important Nerds’ Who ‘Believe in Their Own Superiority’  —  As the impeachment hearing was underway today, Rush Limbaugh said that both Bill Taylor and George Kent are “self-important nerds” who are only upset because the president wouldn't do foreign policy their way.
POLITICO Playbook: What Democrats and Republicans are telling us about Wednesday's impeachment show  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  DAY ONE IS OVER, and it's hard to encapsulate six hours of hearings in a single headline.  We spent the evening in the Capitol chatting up lawmakers, aides and reporters …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Has a History of Demeaning Comments About Women  —  As he prepares a presidential run, Mr. Bloomberg's crude remarks are likely to draw scrutiny.  His team issued a statement saying that some of them were “disrespectful and wrong.”  —  It was a cheeky birthday gift …
Discussion: Associated Press
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Republicans Propose Automatic Cuts to Critical Programs—and Democrats Help Them  —  A bipartisan budget proposal would set up a reflexive process to reduce spending above a projected threshold.  —  BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL VIA AP IMAGES  —  The past couple weeks in Democratic politics …
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The Guardian:
Trump proposed sending migrants to Guantánamo, claims book by anonymous author
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Former Rep. Lazio may run to succeed Peter King in Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Revealed: The Pro-Trump Playbook for Smearing U.S. Diplomats
Alan I. Abramowitz / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Medicare for All a Vote Loser in 2018 U.S. House Elections
Elizabeth Warren Slams Goldman Over Apple Card Bias Furor
Blake Flayton / New York Times:
On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism
Jared Kushner Helped Put Cadre on the Map, Then Held It Back
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Nixon WH Lawyer John Dean: First Day of Trump Hearings Yielded More Damning Testimony Than All of Watergate
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Plurality in battleground states support Trump's impeachment: poll
The Daily Beast:
Probe: State Department Punished Staffer Over Iranian Heritage, Politics
Discussion: Politico and The Cut
Washington Post:
Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
For dignity's sake, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket
Discussion: Washington Blade