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10:55 AM ET, November 16, 2019


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Washington Post:
How a CIA analyst, alarmed by Trump's shadow foreign policy, triggered an impeachment inquiry  —  The lights are often on late into the evening at CIA headquarters, where a team of elite analysts works on classified reports that influence how the country responds to global crises.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A Friday night surprise: David Holmes throws a wrench in Trump's impeachment defense  —  Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's testimony was the big public spectacle on Friday.  The bigger news in the Ukraine scandal appears to have come later in the day in a private deposition.
Discussion: Associated Press
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
If There's a Gun Left That Isn't Smoking, I Can't Find It  —  Stop the news, I want to get off.  —  Earlier Friday evening, CNN's congressional reporter Manu Raju scooped a copy of the statement that David Holmes delivered to the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Friday.
Discussion: CNN
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia Loves the Impeachment Hearings Because GOP Is Parroting Kremlin Propaganda  —  Vladimir Putin could not possibly envision a sweeter gift than Ukraine falling away from the West into the welcoming—albeit bloodied—hands of the Kremlin.  —  As Russia's state media watch impeachment proceedings …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Embassy Official Confirms Trump Asked About Ukraine Investigation  —  The official in Kiev also said that he was told President Trump cared more about the investigations than about Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — An official from the United States Embassy in Kiev confirmed to House impeachment investigators …
CBS News:
Read David Holmes' full opening statement in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: The Guardian
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Marie Yovanovitch's Testimony Showcases Donald Trump's Obsession With Revenge
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Hill
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
In Trump's Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch's Uncynical Outrage  —  A fired Ambassador demonstrates that it is apparently still possible to be shocked by the President.  —  For a few hours this Friday, an unassuming career diplomat named Marie (Masha) Yovanovitch did something that I thought …
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi says Trump's attacks on witnesses “very significant” to impeachment probe  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that President Trump's ongoing attacks on witnesses in the impeachment probe — including his tweets about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch Friday …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Mediaite
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik emerges in impeachment hearings as key Trump defender — and GOP celebrity  —  On the House floor, Rep. Elise Stefanik has built the record of a Republican maverick: She's one of the few GOP lawmakers to vote against the party's sweeping 2017 tax bill, back equal rights …
Molly Jong-Fast / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Attacked Marie Yovanovitch
Discussion: NPR, HuffPost and The Daily Caller
What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week's Impeachment Hearings?
Discussion: Reuters
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:   How a Tweet from Trump Scrambled the GOP's Impeachment Strategy
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Marie Yovanovitch Admits There Was No Crime, No Bribery From Trump On Ukraine
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
New York Post:
Marie Yovanovitch admits Obama admin prepped her on Hunter Biden
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
“I'M ABOUT TO GAVEL YOU DOWN”: Schiff warns Jordan during impeachment hearing
Discussion: Fox News
Haley Byrd / CNN:
New York GOP congresswoman in the spotlight at impeachment hearings
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Orlando Sentinel:
DeSantis, indicted Ukrainian-American Parnas met at least 6 times, governor's office says
Discussion: Florida Politics
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump issues pardons in war-crimes cases, despite Pentagon opposition to the move  —  President Trump intervened in three military justice cases involving war-crimes accusations Friday, issuing at least two pardons that will prevent the Pentagon from pursuing future charges against the individuals involved …
Trump ignores Pentagon advice and intervenes in military war crimes cases
Discussion: Mercury News
New York Times:
‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims  —  More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.  —  HONG KONG — The students booked their tickets home …
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Obama Says Average American Doesn't Want to ‘Tear Down System’  —  Former President Barack Obama, in an address to liberal donors, warned candidates not to go too far left and sought to calm those who were concerned about the state of the Democratic primary.
Discussion: The Hill and Althouse
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:   Obama Tells His Party's Elites to Relax
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Obama tells Democratic candidates to ease off talk of revolution
Discussion: Axios, Associated Press and Mediaite
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention  —  Good Evening.  Thank you all for being here.  And thank you to Gene [Meyer] for your kind introduction.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Katie Benner / New York Times:   Barr Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Undermines Voters' Intent
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Attorney General Barr defends Trump, assails ‘Resistance’ in fiery speech to conservative lawyers
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
This Is How Trump's Gangster Government Works  —  The president—like a clever drug dealer or gangster—knows the importance of plausible deniability.  Now it's the essence of the GOP defense.  —  This is how a drug deal works:  —  Let's say you want to buy some crack.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Roger Stone supporters push petition for presidential pardon  —  Someone is already pushing to get a presidential pardon for Roger Stone.  —  “We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the President of the United States grant a full and unconditional pardon to Roger Jason Stone Jr,” …
Washington Post:
Trump's Doral resort was a last-minute addition in search for G-7 site, newly released email shows  —  Secret Service agents had identified four U.S. sites as finalists for next year's Group of Seven summit — but then they were told to add a new finalist: President Trump's Doral resort …
Washington Post:
White House Budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine to testify  —  The first official from inside the White House Office of Management and Budget to break ranks and testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump will appear for his closed-door deposition …
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Exclusive: Kamala Harris picks up major union endorsement  —  WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting the presidential endorsement of the United Farm Workers, the labor group will announce Saturday.  —  The major endorsement, shared first with The Chronicle …
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Parroting Putin to Own the Libs
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
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Ana Swanson / New York Times:
U.S. Said to Extend Reprieve for Huawei
Discussion: Engadget and Reuters
Jessica Rosgaard / Politico:
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Ruth Graham / Slate:
The 2017 College Grad Who Got Attacked by a Horde of YA Authors Had No Idea What She Was Getting Into
Discussion: Washington Post and Spectator USA
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I Got A Text From A Russian Wanted By The FBI About Trump's Impeachment Inquiry