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New York Times:
Roger Stone Is Found Guilty in Trial That Revived Trump-Russia Saga  —  Mr. Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, obstructed one of Congress's Russia investigations and lied to lawmakers.  —  WASHINGTON — Roger J. Stone Jr., a former aide and longtime friend of President Trump …
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ABC News:
Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts  —  President Donald Trump's longtime friend and onetime campaign adviser, Roger Stone, was convicted in the only remaining case from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  —  Jurors have returned a guilty verdict on all of seven counts including five counts …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump's honesty was on trial in the Roger Stone case.  The verdict was harsh.  —  Analysis: If prosecutors at Roger Stone's trial believed Trump was telling the truth about hacked emails and WikiLeaks, it wasn't evident in the courtroom.  —  WASHINGTON — In his final statement to the jury …
Washington Post:
Roger Stone guilty on all counts in federal trial of lying to Congress, witness tampering  —  A federal jury has convicted longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness about his efforts to learn about the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks release …
CNN:
Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty of lies that protected Trump
Discussion: Axios
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Marie Yovanovitch becomes a victim of Trump's thuggishness again in real time  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) began the second day of impeachment hearings calmly and methodically reviewing the career of former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, highlighting her anti-corruption credentials.
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump lays off Republican Ukraine critics
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Bloomberg:
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 …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why Fox News has gone wobbly on anti-Semitism  —  Circumstances have conspired to create a once-in-a-lifetime laboratory test for the integrity of Fox News.  The results aren't encouraging.  —  Sample No. 1: In October 2018, Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch appeared on the Fox Business show …
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, The Hill and Contemptor
Axios:
Read Adam Schiff's opening statement in the Yovanovitch impeachment hearing
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Transcript Shows WH Made Up Details of Trump's Zelensky Call  —  The transcript released on Friday doesn't even mention the word “corruption.”  —  The release of the transcript of President Donald Trump's first call in April with Ukrainain president-elect Volodomyr Zelensky was meant …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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
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” …
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  Federal Prosecutors Probe Giuliani's Links to Ukrainian Energy Projects  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether Rudy Giuliani stood to personally profit from a Ukrainian natural-gas business pushed by two associates who also aided his efforts …
NBC News:
New Warren plan splits Medicare for All into two bills, preserves private plans at first  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released her plan for transitioning the country to a Medicare For All health care system Friday, splitting the effort into two legislative pushes …
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New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren Vows to Expand Health Coverage in First 100 Days
Discussion: Team Warren
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 …
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 …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Twitter details political ads ban, issue ads allowed  —  Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content.  —  Twitter is defining political content to include any ad that references a candidate …
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 …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:   Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony
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
CNN:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
RealClearInvestigations:
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
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Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Post:
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
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