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1:45 PM 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
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia Loves the Impeachment Hearings Because GOP Is Parroting Kremlin Propaganda  —  Vladimir Putin could not possibly envision a sweeter gift than Ukraine falling away from the West into the welcoming—albeit bloodied—hands of the Kremlin.  —  As Russia's state media watch impeachment proceedings …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
POLITICO Playbook: Why Gordon Sondland's testimony matters  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE LATE-DAY TESTIMONY yesterday from DAVID HOLMES, an official in the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, that he, too, heard President DONALD TRUMP quiz GORDON SONDLAND about investigations into the Bidens is significant.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's core impeachment defense suffers a double blow — including a self-inflicted one  —  The idea that President Trump truly cared about corruption in Ukraine was always far-fetched.  The only two investigations he has pushed for were ones in which he had a clear personal interest …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Beast
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
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House budget official appears for testimony on Ukraine aid hold amid impeachment inquiry
Benjamin Haas / New York Times:   Trump Betrays the Military
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Parroting Putin to Own the Libs
Discussion: Mother Jones
Trump ignores Pentagon advice and intervenes in military war crimes cases
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Mercury News
Molly Jong-Fast / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Attacked Marie Yovanovitch  —  On the second day of the impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump couldn't control himself on Twitter; he lashed out at Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was subjected to a smear campaign, and who testified to that effect before Congress.
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: Althouse and Reuters
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump attack on Yovanovitch exposes GOP's muddled impeachment defense  —  Donald Trump is alone.  —  Not a single Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee backed up the president's midhearing attacks on veteran diplomat Marie Yovanovitch Friday as she described a Trump-fueled …
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Stefanik embraces spotlight at impeachment hearings  —  The second day of the impeachment inquiry's public hearings, on Friday, began the same way as the first: with an attempt by Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, to interrupt proceedings with a procedural objection.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's impeachment tantrums reveal a fragile ego obsessed with saving his legacy
Discussion: Bloomberg, DemCast and Washington Post
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik emerges in impeachment hearings as key Trump defender — and GOP celebrity
Discussion: Althouse and The Federalist
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:   How a Tweet from Trump Scrambled the GOP's Impeachment Strategy
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 …
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: Axios and PJ Media Home
Katie Benner / New York Times:   Barr Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Undermines Voters' Intent
CNN:   Barr slams Democrats and courts: Avalanche of subpoenas is designed to ‘incapacitate the executive branch’
Vicky Ward / CNN:
Exclusive: After private White House meeting, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was on a ‘secret mission’ for Trump, sources say  —  New York (CNN)Among the many guests who had their pictures taken with President Donald Trump at the White House's annual Hanukkah party last year …
New York Times:
Two Female Writers Quit Patricia Heaton's CBS Show After Making Complaints  —  “None of this had to happen”: The network's new sexual harassment policy did not prevent them from leaving after accusations against the star's husband, a producer.  —  In May, CBS employees received an email introducing …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is dishonest about a whole lot of things.  But he is rarely as comprehensively dishonest as he has been about his dealings with Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry they have triggered.
Mark Hemingway / New York Post:
Obama administration knew Hunter Biden was shady, witness admits
Discussion: Redstate
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.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Roger Stone supporters push petition for presidential pardon  —  Someone is already pushing to get a presidential pardon for Roger Stone.  —  “We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the President of the United States grant a full and unconditional pardon to Roger Jason Stone Jr,” …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, NPR and Roll Call
Martine Paris / Forbes:
What's My Score?  Great Hack Star Says You Should Know  —  A revolution is brewing, the resistance is growing, could the end be nigh for surveillance capitalism?  The term, coined by Harvard's Shoshana Zuboff, is used to describe the productization of the human experience by corporate interests …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
The impeachment hearings are casting a stark light on Trump's administration of grifters
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Here's how Russia will attack the 2020 election. We're still not ready.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Rodney Reed's execution date canceled by Texas court
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Miller Can Push Racist Crap, but ‘The President Has His Back’
Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Boo-hoo billionaires: why America's super-wealthy are afraid for 2020
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
White House Budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine testifies in impeachment probe
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Jessica Rosgaard / Politico:
Can Trump Win Governor of Louisiana?
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
Washington Post:
Trump's Doral resort was a last-minute addition in search for G-7 site, newly released email shows
Discussion: New York Post and CREW