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3:45 PM ET, November 15, 2019

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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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BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Has Suspended Several Accounts Responsible For Tweeting “I Hired Donald Trump To Fire People Like Yovanovitch”  —  The phrase “I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch” trended on Twitter on Friday morning as Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine …
Discussion: Mediaite and I Love My Freedom
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.
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Trump trashes former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during impeachment hearing
Discussion: New York Times, New Republic and Axios
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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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 …
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 …
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 and The Root
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
Discussion: Law & Crime and Shareblue Media
Bloomberg:
Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches
HuffPost:   Trump Defenders Portray Him As A Corruption Fighter, Only ... He's Not
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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: The Hill, Politico, ABC News and Contemptor
Washington Post:
Trump appeals to Supreme Court again, this time to block House committee's subpoena seeking his financial records  —  For the second day in a row, President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Friday to protect his personal and business financial records from disclosure, this time to a congressional committee.
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:   Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block House Subpoena for Tax Records
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 …
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
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, NB Blog, CNN and KTLA
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 …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Warren details how she'd transition country to ‘Medicare for All’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a new piece of her “Medicare for All” plan on Friday, detailing how she would transition the nation to a fully government run, single-payer health system.  —  Instead of trying to pass …
Discussion: The Hill
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Beth Mole / Ars Technica:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the single leading source of anti-vax ads on Facebook  —  Researchers dig into Facebook's ad library.  —  Just two organizations were responsible for the majority of anti-vaccine advertisements on Facebook before the social media giant restricted such content in March of this year …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune:
Texas parole board recommends Greg Abbott delay Rodney Reed execution  —  The board's recommendation goes to Gov. Greg Abbott, who can reject or accept it. … The fate of death row inmate Rodney Reed has been placed in Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's hands.
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 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.
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.
 
 
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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Twitter details political ads ban, issue ads allowed
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Police knew a war veteran was a U.S. citizen. ICE detained him anyway.
Discussion: TheBlaze and New York Post
The Moscow Times:
Russia Lands Forces at Former U.S. Air Base in Northern Syria
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
 Earlier Items: 
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Bloomberg Will Spend $100 Million on Anti-Trump Online Ad Blitz
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and The Hill
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
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“George Gets All His Power From You”: Kellyanne Caught in West Wing Cross Fire as George Goes Full Resistance
Washington Post:
Trump's Washington hotel has fallen behind competitors, with rooms running nearly half empty, marketing materials show