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10:15 AM ET, November 16, 2019


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Washington Post:
How a CIA analyst, alarmed by Trump's shadow foreign policy, triggered an impeachment inquiry  —  The lights are often on late into the evening at CIA headquarters, where a team of elite analysts works on classified reports that influence how the country responds to global crises.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A Friday night surprise: David Holmes throws a wrench in Trump's impeachment defense  —  Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's testimony was the big public spectacle on Friday.  The bigger news in the Ukraine scandal appears to have come later in the day in a private deposition.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
CBS News:
Read David Holmes' full opening statement in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: The Guardian
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
If There's a Gun Left That Isn't Smoking, I Can't Find It
Discussion: CNN
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
In Trump's Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch's Uncynical Outrage  —  A fired Ambassador demonstrates that it is apparently still possible to be shocked by the President.  —  For a few hours this Friday, an unassuming career diplomat named Marie (Masha) Yovanovitch did something that I thought …
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 …
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 …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
How a Tweet from Trump Scrambled the GOP's Impeachment Strategy  —  In 280 characters, Donald Trump made Marie Yovanovitch a victim.  —  The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was already a sympathetic figure.  Speaking in a voice so quiet that it was occasionally inaudible even with a microphone …
What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week's Impeachment Hearings?  —  It's easy to call an impeachment “historic,” but what kind of history did we really see this week?  Most of us couldn't answer that in real time, but POLITICO Magazine tracked down the tiny handful of Americans who can …
Discussion: Reuters
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
New York Post:
Marie Yovanovitch admits Obama admin prepped her on Hunter Biden
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Haley Byrd / CNN:
New York GOP congresswoman in the spotlight at impeachment hearings
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Marie Yovanovitch Admits There Was No Crime, No Bribery From Trump On Ukraine
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
“I'M ABOUT TO GAVEL YOU DOWN”: Schiff warns Jordan during impeachment hearing
Discussion: Fox News
Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis, indicted Ukrainian-American Parnas met at least 6 times, governor's office says
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
Trump ignores Pentagon advice and intervenes in military war crimes cases
Discussion: Mercury News
Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance released from Leavenworth prison after Trump grants clemency
The White House:
Statement from the Press Secretary
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 and Althouse
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: Axios, Associated Press and Mediaite
New York Times:
‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims  —  More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.  —  HONG KONG — The students booked their tickets home …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
This Is How Trump's Gangster Government Works  —  The president—like a clever drug dealer or gangster—knows the importance of plausible deniability.  Now it's the essence of the GOP defense.  —  This is how a drug deal works:  —  Let's say you want to buy some crack.
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 …
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention  —  Good Evening.  Thank you all for being here.  And thank you to Gene [Meyer] for your kind introduction.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Katie Benner / New York Times:   Barr Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Undermines Voters' Intent
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Exclusive: Kamala Harris picks up major union endorsement  —  WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting the presidential endorsement of the United Farm Workers, the labor group will announce Saturday.  —  The major endorsement, shared first with The Chronicle …
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Ana Swanson / New York Times:
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Discussion: Engadget and Reuters
Russians enter US air base near Kobani after US forces left: SDF official
Washington Post:
White House Budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine to testify
Discussion: Political Wire
Jessica Rosgaard / Politico:
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Ruth Graham / Slate:
The 2017 College Grad Who Got Attacked by a Horde of YA Authors Had No Idea What She Was Getting Into
Discussion: Washington Post and Spectator USA
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Saugus shooting in Santa Clarita can help us defeat the NRA using a tested playbook
Discussion: Redstate
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