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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.
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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.”
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Democrats and Republicans are telling us about Wednesday's impeachment show
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi says testimony of diplomats ‘corroborated evidence of bribery’ by Trump
Discussion: Politico and 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
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 …
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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: TheBlaze and 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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Santa Clarita shooting: 1 dead in high school shooting that wounded at least four others, officials say  —  One person was killed and at least four others were injured in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita early Thursday, authorities said.  —  One person was killed …
YouTube:
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.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
The impeachment hearings, on Earth and Earth-45
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN and Slate
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:
Axios' Swan Says Trump Team, White House Thinks They Won First Day of Impeachment Hearings: ‘They Feel Great Today’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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
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Walter Olson / Cato Institute:
Supreme Court Won't Intervene In Connecticut Gunmaker Case, For Now
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Reason
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.
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and Raw Story
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 …
Washington Post:
Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to pitch Green New Deal bill for public housing  —  The $100 billion plan would overhaul 1 million public housing units, making them energy-independent within 10 years.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday introduced legislation to give …
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Miranda Green / The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil $180B Green New Deal public housing plan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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 …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Press Should Name the Whistleblower  —  Ever since the whistleblower dropped a dime on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian “drug deal,” the establishment media has tied itself in knots over whether we should publish the whistleblower's name.  While insisting that it is protecting the informant …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
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: The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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