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9:55 AM ET, November 15, 2019


 Top Items: 
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Giuliani Ally Pete Sessions Was Eyed for Top Slot in Ukraine  —  Pete Sessions received millions from Giuliani's indicted cronies.  He joined Rudy in speaking out against the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.  He was even considered as her replacement.
POLITICO Playbook: What to expect from Marie Yovanovitch, and how Bill Clinton ended up on Tapper's show
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Hannity Predicts Marie Yovanovitch Will Cry ‘on Cue’ at Hearing
Discussion: Politico and Contemptor
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’
Washington Post:
Besieged on all sides, Gordon Sondland clings to power  —  When confronted with the whiff of scandal, American diplomats are often advised to resign if they believe they can no longer be effective in the job.  —  But for Gordon Sondland, the embattled U.S. ambassador to the European Union, quitting is not in the cards.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, Reuters and Mediaite
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
‘He does nothing without a quid pro quo’  —  President Donald Trump has always viewed life through the prism of his next real estate deal, betting he can just bulldoze opponents into giving him what he wants.  But Washington doesn't work that way.  —  Now, as he battles an impeachment inquiry …
Russian spies likely intercepted ambassador's cell phone call with Trump
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
State Department official who overheard Trump phone call on Ukraine has experience speaking his mind
Washington Post:
Democrats sharpen impeachment case, decrying ‘bribery’ …
Nicole Gaouette / CNN:
Trump hikes price tag for US forces in Korea almost 500% as Seoul questions alliance  —  Washington (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper landed in South Korea on Thursday to navigate renewed threats from an “enraged” North Korea and newly heightened strain in the alliance with Seoul that congressional aides …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Trump talks Russia probe audit with attorney general and White House counsel in Oval Office meeting  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump met with Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone in an Oval Office meeting Thursday afternoon in which the so-called Horowitz report came …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. watchdog won't let witnesses give written feedback on report about FBI's Russia probe, sparking fears of inaccuracy  —  The Justice Department Inspector General's office has told witnesses who are set to review draft sections of its long-awaited report on the FBI investigation …
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Career White House budget official expected to break ranks, testify in impeachment inquiry  —  Mark Sandy would be the first Office of Management and Budget official to appear after a series of political appointees defied congressional subpoenas  —  A longtime career employee at the White House Office …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony  —  President Trump on Thursday moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an aide to former national security adviser John Bolton who was seeking a ruling on whether he must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Zelensky planned to announce Trump's ‘quo’ on my show.  Here's what happened.  —  The phrase “quid pro quo” is usually translated as “something for something.”  In the case of President Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, it appears that the “quo” …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 3% support Bloomberg for Democratic nomination
Discussion: The Hill
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Stephen Miller's Sinister Syllabus  —  Leaked emails from 2015 and 2016 show one of Trump's top advisers trying to teach Breitbart editors a thing or two about white nationalism.  —  Somewhat lost in the frenzy over impeachment this week was a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on Stephen Miller …
The Daily Beast:
The Conspiracy Theory So Far Out There Even Trump's Biggest Defenders Are Walking Away From It  —  When President Donald Trump brought up the word “Crowdstrike” on his now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president, he caused some head-scratching in Kyiv.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Trump's Washington hotel has fallen behind competitors, with rooms running nearly half empty, marketing materials show  —  President Trump's Washington hotel has fallen well behind competing properties despite continuing to charge among the highest rates in the city, according …
Washington Post:
RNC to hold winter meetings at Trump resort that was considered for G-7 summit
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, HuffPost, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Laurel Wamsley / NPR:
3 Indiana Judges Suspended After White Castle Brawl That Left 2 Of Them Wounded  —  Back in May, three Indiana judges got into a fight.  It was the crescendo of an incident brimming with colorful details: a gaggle of judges drinking the night before a judicial conference …
Discussion: The Week, TheBlaze and Fox News
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr.'s book sales may have been boosted by bulk buys  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s new book hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list this week — “but with a big caveat,” book insiders noted.  —  The tome, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants To Silence Us,” shot to the top of the Times' nonfiction list.
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Boing Boing
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
House Ethics Committee Releases Emails Showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib Soliciting Campaign Funds for Personal Use  —  The House Committee on Ethics Investigation released large batch of emails as part of its ongoing probe of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) into whether she misused campaign funds to personal purposes.
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
BREAKING: Congress Releases Messages Showing Tlaib Asked Campaign For Personal Money, Announces Investigation Into Her
Discussion: Redstate
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Jewish Groups Blast Fox News for Joe diGenova's Anti-Semitic Soros Conspiracy Theory  —  A pro-Trump lawyer trafficked in an anti-Semitic trope, claiming on Fox News that George Soros controls the U.S. State Department.  —  Fox has come under fire from Jewish organizations following …
David Brooks / New York Times:   In Praise of Washington Insiders
Wall Street Journal:
How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results  —  The internet giant uses blacklists, algorithm tweaks and an army of contractors to shape what you see  —  Every minute, an estimated 3.8 million queries are typed into Google, prompting its algorithms to spit …
Discussion: Twitchy
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Asylum officers rebel against Trump policies they say are immoral and illegal  —  It only took Doug Stephens two days to decide: He wasn't going to implement President Trump's latest policy to restrict immigration, known as Remain in Mexico.  The asylum officer wouldn't interview …
Discussion: BORDER/LINES
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“George Gets All His Power From You”: Kellyanne Caught in West Wing Cross Fire as George Goes Full Resistance  —  Trump complains, and Jared wants her out, as George Conway fires fierce salvos at the president and parties with Kathy Griffin and Paul Krugman.  But he still loves Kellyanne, sources say.
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite, Axios and MSNBC
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh addresses the conservative legal establishment that championed his nomination  —  There was a crowd of protesters outside, and a few inside.  Those attending the Federalist Society's gala Thursday night at Washington's Union Station were greeted by a large video screen on a truck out front …
Wall Street Journal:
Deval Patrick Launches Campaign Without Once-Strong Obama Ties  —  Due to late entry into the presidential race, many potential donors and advisers have already committed to other candidates  —  WASHINGTON—Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was seen as a natural pick …
The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate  —  In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. intelligence community produced a report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had tried to swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.  —  The January 2017 report …
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pete Buttigieg Touted 3 Major Supporters of his Douglass Plan for Black America.  They Were “Alarmed” When They Saw It.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump lays off Republican Ukraine critics
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
The Policies  —  BLAME GAME: President Trump has so far failed …
Washington Post:
Two N.C. Republicans could lose their districts under new GOP-drawn congressional map
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden has edge over Dems in Nevada, bests Trump by 7 points
Discussion: Washington Times and POLITICUSUSA
UTLA Overwhelmingly Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for US President
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Whistle-Blower's Purported Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge slams feds over murky stance on McCabe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals
Washington Post:
White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say
Karoli Kuns / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
As Jury Deliberates, Roger Stone Sends A Message To Trump: ‘Pardon Me’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Syria's Assad says Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
NBC News:
Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall
Discussion: National Review