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12:50 PM ET, November 14, 2019


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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 key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: The Week, KTLA and CBS 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 …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
10 Takeaways From Day One of Impeachment  —  After weeks of Republican complaints about the secret “Soviet-style” hearings, there was something deliciously ironic about watching Devin Nunes pivoting to complain that Wednesday's public impeachment hearing was a “televised theatrical performance.”
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi says testimony of diplomats ‘corroborated evidence of bribery’ by Trump
Discussion: Political Wire
William Saletan / Slate:
The Seven Ways Wednesday's Hearing Clarified Trump's Real Motives
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
The Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump Is Overwhelming
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Kellyanne Conway says ‘nothing new’ in impeachment hearing despite new revelations
Discussion: The Hill
Matthias Williams / Reuters:
U.S. envoy Sondland did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukraine minister
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Santa Clarita shooting: At least 5 injured; suspect captured, officials say  —  At least five people were wounded in a shooting at Saugus High School when a gunman opened fire on the Santa Clarita campus early Thursday, authorities said.  —  At least five people were injured — two critically …
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.
Hannah Brown / Vox:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is running for president
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Impeachment Is Not a Fair Fight, and on Day One It Showed  —  If it looked like House Republicans were throwing a lot of mud at the wall to see what might stick during the first day of public impeachment hearings, that's because they had settled into a strategy many defense attorneys adopt …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The impeachment hearings, on Earth and Earth-45
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN and Slate
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios AM
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and The Week
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 …
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 …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Press Should Name the Whistleblower
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump lawyers poised to take tax returns fight to Supreme Court  —  The fight over access to President Donald Trump's tax returns is expected to reach the Supreme Court on Thursday via one of two fast-track requests the president plans in a last-ditch bid to keep his financial records secret …
Discussion: National Review
Walter Olson / Cato Institute:
Supreme Court Won't Intervene In Connecticut Gunmaker Case, For Now
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Reason
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 …
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
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: The Verge and Washington Post
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Nixon WH Lawyer John Dean: First Day of Trump Hearings Yielded More Damning Testimony Than All of Watergate  —  Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean characterized the first day of public impeachment testimony against President Donald Trump as both thorough and damning, saying House Democrats …
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:
Axios' Swan Says Trump Team, White House Thinks They Won First Day of Impeachment Hearings: ‘They Feel Great Today’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Warren Wealth Tax Could Slow Economy, Early Analysis Finds  —  A preliminary projection of Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax said a drop in investment by the richest Americans would crimp growth.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax would slow …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren buys CNBC commercial time to blast billionaires in a fiery new campaign ad
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: Political Wire 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Revealed: The Pro-Trump Playbook for Smearing U.S. Diplomats  —  Ukraine isn't the only place a U.S. official was sidelined after ethically dubious officials peddling conspiracy theories saw an in with Trump's personal attorney.  —  Foreign governments have settled on a new strategy …
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 …
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
ABC News still hasn't explained why it protected Jeffrey Epstein or why it retaliated against the alleged whistleblower
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
The crisis in Bolivia fits no easy political narrative
Annie Blanks / Pensacola News Journal:
Matt Gaetz asks judge to sentence Pensacola drink-thrower to prison
Discussion: The Hill
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Jon Huntsman announces candidacy for Utah governor
Discussion: Politico
The Economist:
Why Obama-Trump swing voters like heavy metal
Bill Oakley / Washington Post:
One of the defenses of Trump is — literally — a TV-cartoon joke
Uber Hit With $650 Million Employment Tax Bill in New Jersey
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Regular Claims George Soros ‘Controls a Very Large Part’ of the State Department
Discussion: Contemptor
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The difference between good and bad state polls, explained
Discussion: The Resurgent
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Emails Detail Miller's Ties to Group That Touted White Nationalist Writers
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and The Week
Craig Hunter / The Appeal:
Rep. Ayanna Pressley Unveils Sweeping Plan To Reshape American Criminal Legal System
Discussion: The Root
The Guardian:
Trump proposed sending migrants to Guantánamo, claims book by anonymous author
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh Mocks Bill Taylor, George Kent as ‘Self-Important Nerds’ Who ‘Believe in Their Own Superiority’
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Republicans Propose Automatic Cuts to Critical Programs—and Democrats Help Them
Blake Flayton / New York Times:
On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism