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12:00 PM ET, November 15, 2019


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Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches  — Probe of lawyer presents a threat to Trump's presidency  — Giuliani has become a central figure in impeachment inquiry  —  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is being investigated …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Hannity Predicts Marie Yovanovitch Will Cry ‘on Cue’ at Hearing  —  “I would say apparently she cried and the Democrats are apparently hoping she will cry again tomorrow,” Hannity asserted on the eve of her testimony.  —  On the eve of Friday's open impeachment hearing featuring former U.S. Ambassador …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, CNN, The Hill and Contemptor
CBS News:
Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump comments “sounded like a threat” — live updates
Discussion: Mother Jones and Breitbart
Read Adam Schiff's opening statement in the Yovanovitch impeachment hearing
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and The Hill
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 …
Associated Press:
Rough transcript of first Trump-Zelenskiy call released
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Transcript Shows WH Made Up Details of Trump's Zelensky Call
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
White House releases rough transcript of Trump's first Ukraine call with Zelensky
Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony
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 …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
State Department official who overheard Trump phone call on Ukraine has experience speaking his mind
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: Defense One and 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 …
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
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: National Review and Twitchy
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” …
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Vows to Expand Health Coverage in First 100 Days  —  Ms. Warren laid out a blueprint to pass major health legislation at the start of her presidency.  But she would wait as long as three years to seek passage of a full-scale “Medicare for all” plan.
Discussion: Team Warren
NBC News:
New Warren plan splits Medicare for All into two bills, preserves private plans at first
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 …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Emails Outline Anti-Immigration Group's Connection to Stephen Miller
Discussion: National Review and
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 …
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, Boing Boing and Raw Story
The Moscow Times:
Russia Lands Forces at Former U.S. Air Base in Northern Syria  —  Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by U.S. forces, the Russian Defense Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Friday.  —  Armed Russian military police were shown …
KCNA Watch:
Rabid Dog Must Be Beaten to Death: KCNA Commentary  —  Pyongyang, November 14 (KCNA) — A rabid dog in the U.S. has another fit of spasm, being greedy for power.  —  Baiden bereft of elementary appearance as a human being, much less a politician, again reeled off a string of rubbish …
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Maryland congressman condemns “moral degeneration” of GOP behavior in impeachment inquiry  —  Congressman Jamie Raskin is condemning the “moral degeneration” of Republicans in his assessment of their conduct during the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals  —  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Pete Buttigieg Touted 3 Major Supporters of his Douglass Plan for Black America.  They Were Alarmed When They Saw It.  —  Pete Buttigieg has showed remarkable staying power in the Democratic presidential primary, with the most recent Monmouth University poll coming out of Iowa showing …
The New York Times Company:
Elaina Plott Joining Politics  —  A gifted long-form writer and a high-metabolism reporter, Elaina Plott has covered the White House for The Atlantic.  Read more in this note from Patrick Healy.  —  I'm pleased to announce that Elaina Plott of The Atlantic is joining the Politics desk of The Times to cover the 2020 campaign.
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
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 …
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
The GOP Rolls Out Trump's “It Wasn't Me” Defense  —  The success or failure of the attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office may come down to degrees of separation.  —  Two weeks ago, I wrote that President Trump's defense would inevitably boil down to “It Wasn't Me.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar / Associated Press:
White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures.  —  Officials say the rules are an effort to spotlight the confusing maze of health care costs.
Discussion: Politico
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Rebecca Ingber / Washington Post:
Bureaucrats aren't joining the ‘resistance.’ They're just doing their jobs.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 3% support Bloomberg for Democratic nomination
Discussion: The Hill
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Deval Patrick Launches Campaign Without Once-Strong Obama Ties
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump lays off Republican Ukraine critics
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
House Ethics Committee Releases Emails Showing Rep. Rashida Tlaib Soliciting Campaign Funds for Personal Use
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
The Policies  —  BLAME GAME: President Trump has so far failed …
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Two N.C. Republicans could lose their districts under new GOP-drawn congressional map
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden has edge over Dems in Nevada, bests Trump by 7 points
UTLA Overwhelmingly Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for US President
Discussion: Bern Notice
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
Tom O'Connor / Newsweek:
Syria's Assad says Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself
Discussion: Fox News and CANNONFIRE
NBC News:
Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall
Discussion: IJR and National Review