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6:20 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.
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
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
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.
David Greenberg / gen.medium.com:
Trump's Trying to Get Away With Something Even Nixon Couldn't  —  The historic political battles that explain why key witnesses are refusing to testify during the impeachment hearings  —  ne of the great puzzles in the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump is why so many administration officials …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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
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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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky governors race recanvass: Bevin says he won't contest election outcome
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor race. 'We're going to have a change.'
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor's race
Discussion: HuffPost
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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Steve Benen / MSNBC:   Senate GOP confirms highly controversial Trump judicial nominee
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press, The Hill and Slate
Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Deval Patrick could torpedo Joe Biden  —  Deval Patrick looks like the ideal candidate to break Joe Biden's grip on African-American voters.  —  He's just the second elected black governor since Reconstruction and has close ties with former President Barack Obama.
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YouTube:
Deval Patrick Announcement Video
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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Branko Marcetic / In These Times:
MSNBC Is the Most Influential Network Among Liberals—And It's Ignoring Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Common Dreams
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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
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 …
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Pelosi: USMCA deal is ‘imminent’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated on Thursday that a deal between House lawmakers and the Trump administration on the USMCA could be announced within the coming days.  —  “I do believe that if we can get this to the place it needs to be …
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Washington Post:   Live updates: A second State Department official overheard Trump's call with E.U. envoy discussing …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
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:
CNN:
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.
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: Axios, Hullabaloo and The Hill
 
 
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Washington Post:
RNC to hold winter meetings at Trump resort that was considered for G-7 summit
Madison Dibble / Washington Examiner:
'I'm embarrassed for you': Kellyanne Conway steams after clip of husband's MSNBC commentary played
Discussion: Politico, IJR and Deadline
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Apple hires pro-Trump lobbyist as it tries to avoid tariffs on iPhone parts and other products
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
As Michigan Raises the Age, Advocates Vow to Press for More Change
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Threatens Egypt With Sanctions Over Russian Arms Deal
New York Times:
We Proved Russian Pilots Bombed a Hospital. Then They Did It Again.
 Earlier Items: 
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Trump officials penalized State Dept employee over perceived nationality, outside media attacks: IG
Discussion: NBC News
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
Annie Blanks / Pensacola News Journal:
Matt Gaetz asks judge to sentence Pensacola drink-thrower to prison
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill