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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.
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
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
The president, not diplomats, sets ‘official foreign policy’
Discussion: HuffPost and Rolling Stone
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox Regular Claims George Soros ‘Controls a Very Large Part’ of the State Department
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Contemptor
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The 5 questions Gordon Sondland needs to answer
Matthias Williams / Reuters:
U.S. envoy Sondland did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukraine minister
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
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.
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: 2 teens killed; attack came on suspect's birthday, 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.  —  Two students were 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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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
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin concedes to Dem Andy Beshear in reelection bid
Discussion: The Hill
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.”
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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
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Warren's ‘Billionaire Tears’ Mug Is Sold Through A Billionaire-Run Company  —  A billionaire stands to benefit financially from the sales of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new “Billionaire Tears” mug.  —  The $25 mug, which Warren's presidential campaign introduced Wednesday …
Discussion: Forbes
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 and Slate
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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
Washington Post:
Live updates: A second State Department official overheard Trump's call with E.U. envoy discussing Ukraine and ‘investigations’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that testimony presented by two career diplomats during Wednesday's open impeachment hearing …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Megan Cassella / Politico:
Pelosi: USMCA deal is ‘imminent’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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: Hullabaloo and The Hill
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.
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 …
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.
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Google will offer checking accounts, says it won't sell the data  —  Checking accounts would be rich data trove Google says it will keep to itself.  —  The Google empire is enormous and ubiquitous, covering basically the entire Internet in one way or another.
 
 
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Axios:
Bill Clinton calls out Trump for refusing to work with Congress during impeachment
Discussion: Shareblue Media, CNN and The Hill
Bryan Smith / Los Angeles Magazine:
Adam Schiff Is Ready to Rumble
Branko Marcetic / In These Times:
MSNBC Is the Most Influential Network Among Liberals—And It's Ignoring Bernie Sanders
Discussion: Common Dreams
Des Moines Register:
New Iowa Poll to be released Saturday, will show how presidential candidates are faring …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Press Should Name the Whistleblower
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Annie Blanks / Pensacola News Journal:
Matt Gaetz asks judge to sentence Pensacola drink-thrower to prison
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Uber Hit With $650 Million Employment Tax Bill in New Jersey
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The difference between good and bad state polls, explained
The Daily Beast:
Revealed: The Pro-Trump Playbook for Smearing U.S. Diplomats
Blake Flayton / New York Times:
On the Frontlines of Progressive Anti-Semitism
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What Democrats and Republicans are telling us about Wednesday's impeachment show
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Nixon WH Lawyer John Dean: First Day of Trump Hearings Yielded More Damning Testimony Than All of Watergate