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John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Witness intimidation in real-time’: Democrats see more evidence of Trump obstruction  —  House Democrats are calling Donald Trump's decision to attack Marie Yovanovitch mid-hearing on Friday a blatant example of witness intimidation, further building the case to charge the president …
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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.
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
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Trump trashes former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during impeachment hearing
Discussion: New Republic, Washington Post and Axios
BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Has Suspended Several Accounts Responsible For Spreading “I Hired Donald Trump To Fire People Like Yovanovitch”
Discussion: I Love My Freedom
Axios:
Read Adam Schiff's opening statement in the Yovanovitch impeachment hearing
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
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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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty of lies that protected Trump
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Impeachment and the Stone Verdict Show Trump Is Surrounded by Criminals  —  From the perspective of President Trump's frustrated critics, the attempts to subject him to legal accountability have amounted to a long string of failures.  Robert Mueller failed to produce a clear indictment …
Discussion: Law & Crime and Shareblue Media
Bloomberg:
Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches
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, Breitbart and Politico
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Zelensky planned to announce Trump's ‘quo’ on my show. Here's what happened.
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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David Byler / Washington Post:
Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg aren't the disrupters some Democrats are looking for
Discussion: Press Herald
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Warren details how she'd transition country to ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
‘No discipline.  No plan.  No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown  —  BALTIMORE — Kamala Harris' campaign is careening toward a crackup.  —  As the California senator crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters …
HuffPost:
Trump Defenders Portray Him As A Corruption Fighter, Only ... He's Not  —  If anything, Trump has increased corruption because his self-dealing makes it impossible for the U.S. to demand clean government overseas, critics say.  —  WASHINGTON ― Republicans settling in to defend …
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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.
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
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 …
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Nothing Democrats Are Proposing in Washington Will Stop Mass Shootings in California  —  Here is Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) moments after a suicidal 16-year old murdered two of his classmates in Santa Clarita, California: … California has already passed a “universal background check” law.
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN and KTLA
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 …
 
 
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Police knew a war veteran was a U.S. citizen. ICE detained him anyway.
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
The GOP Rolls Out Trump's “It Wasn't Me” Defense
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals
Discussion: The Hill
RealClearInvestigations:
The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump lays off Republican Ukraine critics
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
Asylum officers rebel against Trump policies they say are immoral and illegal
Discussion: BORDER/LINES
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump files to dismiss lawsuit from Bolton aide on impeachment testimony
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“George Gets All His Power From You”: Kellyanne Caught in West Wing Cross Fire as George Goes Full Resistance
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Stephen Miller's Sinister Syllabus
Washington Post:
Trump's Washington hotel has fallen behind competitors, with rooms running nearly half empty, marketing materials show