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5:45 AM ET, November 16, 2019

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Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis, indicted Ukrainian-American Parnas met at least 6 times, governor's office says  —  Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian-American tied to Rudy Giuliani and under indictment for campaign finance fraud, met with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at least six times and had other encounters beyond that …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Is Rudy Giuliani Totally Screwed?
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi says Trump's attacks on witnesses “very significant” to impeachment probe  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that President Trump's ongoing attacks on witnesses in the impeachment probe — including his tweets about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch Friday …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“THIS IS THE WAY GANGSTERS OPERATE”: A HERO IS BORN AS YOVANOVITCH GIVES VOICE TO WIDESPREAD RAGE AT STATE  —  The diplomatic rank and file believe Mike Pompeo has allowed Trump to pollute the State Department with politics.  Marie Yovanovitch made their case.
New York Post:
Marie Yovanovitch admits Obama admin prepped her on Hunter Biden
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   In Trump's Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch's Uncynical Outrage
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Witness intimidation in real-time’: Democrats see more evidence of Trump obstruction
Haley Byrd / CNN:   New York GOP congresswoman in the spotlight at impeachment hearings
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:   Marie Yovanovitch Admits There Was No Crime, No Bribery From Trump On Ukraine
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
The devastating day Trump's presidency came into sharp focus — in Congress, the White House and court
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump issues pardons in war-crimes cases, despite Pentagon opposition to the move  —  President Trump intervened in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations Friday, issuing at least two pardons that will prevent the Pentagon from pursuing future charges against the individuals involved …
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases  —  The moves signaled that as commander in chief, Mr. Trump intends to use his power as the ultimate arbiter of military justice.  —  President Trump cleared three members of the armed services on Friday who have been accused or convicted …
Discussion: The Stranger, NPR, Common Dreams and Axios
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary
Discussion: TheBlaze
ABC News:
Trump issues pardons for service members accused of war crimes
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Washington Post:   Trump intervenes in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations, issuing pardons
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CNN:
Witness overheard US ambassador tell Trump that Ukraine would investigate Biden  —  (CNN)A US ambassador told President Donald Trump that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “loves your ass” and that Ukraine was going to move forward with the investigation Trump had asked Zelensky for a day earlier …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Embassy Official Confirms Trump Asked About Ukraine Investigation  —  The official in Kiev also said that he was told President Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — An official from the United States Embassy in Kiev confirmed to House impeachment investigators …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Obama Says Average American Doesn't Want to ‘Tear Down System’  —  Former President Barack Obama, in an address to liberal donors, warned candidates not to go too far left and sought to calm those who were concerned about the state of the Democratic primary.
Discussion: The Hill
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Obama Tells His Party's Elites to Relax  —  For eleven-and-a-half months now, Barack Obama has gone out of his way to avoid commenting on 2020's presidential primary.  He doesn't sit for interviews where he might be asked about it, he won't mention candidates' names, and even in private …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Obama tells Democratic candidates to ease off talk of revolution
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Post:
Trump's Doral resort was a last-minute addition in search for G-7 site, newly released email shows  —  Secret Service agents had identified four U.S. sites as finalists for next year's Group of Seven summit — but then they were told to add a new finalist: President Trump's Doral resort …
Discussion: Associated Press and POLITICUSUSA
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Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Secret Service Records Contradict Trump's Claim on Doral G-7
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Jackie Speier erupts at reporter for The Hill  —  Angered by the testimony of ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, California Rep. Jackie Speier upbraided a reporter for The Hill and ripped the outlet's publication of columns by John Solomon, the conservative journalist whose work is at the center …
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Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
Flashback: Obama Fired All Bush Appointed Ambassadors In 2008
Discussion: Townhall, Quadrant Online and Breitbart
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations
Discussion: TheBlaze
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik emerges in impeachment hearings as key Trump defender — and GOP celebrity  —  On the House floor, Rep. Elise Stefanik has built the record of a Republican maverick: She's one of the few GOP lawmakers to vote against the party's sweeping 2017 tax bill, back equal rights …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Trump ignored aides' advice to raise corruption in first Zelensky call, source says  —  White House national security advisers suggested President Donald Trump raise the broad issue of corruption in his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21, but Trump chose not to …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Transcript Shows WH Made Up Details of Trump's Zelensky Call
Discussion: Gothamist
Washington Post:
Roger Stone's conviction, and Trump's ugly response, further demonstrate the president's corruption  —  Donald Trump has a remarkable talent for attracting criminals into his orbit, and a number of his associates — such as former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort …
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New York Times:
Roger Stone Is Convicted of Impeding Investigators in a Bid to Protect Trump
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I Got A Text From A Russian Wanted By The FBI About Trump's Impeachment Inquiry  —  “DC does not give a shit about Ukraine.  It is a tool in their political fight.  An object.  A dildo with which Dems and GOP fuck each other,” Konstantin Kilimnik told BuzzFeed News.
Maria Dinzeo / courthousenews.com:
Jury Finds Abortion Foes Harmed Planned Parenthood, Awards Over $2 Million  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal jury found an anti-abortion cohort led by David Daleiden caused substantial harm to Planned Parenthood by infiltrating abortion industry conferences to secretly tape abortion doctors and staff …
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture …
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Pete Buttigieg's Work At McKinsey Is A Secret
New York Times:
Court Stops Execution of Rodney Reed in Texas After Outcry
Discussion: HuffPost
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
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Why Fox News has gone wobbly on anti-Semitism