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5:55 PM 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.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
White House: Trump having tests as part of medical checkup  —  BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump is at Walter Reed National Medical Center for what the White House says are medical tests as part of his annual physical.  —  The appointment wasn't on his weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in February.
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and CANNONFIRE
Associated Press:
The Latest: More transcripts released in impeachment probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment investigation (all times local):  —  More transcripts are being released in the Trump impeachment inquiry.  —  House investigators on Saturday released hundreds …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Sondland said he was acting on Trump's orders, aide told investigators
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's core impeachment defense suffers a double blow — including a self-inflicted one
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Beast
POLITICO Playbook: Why Gordon Sondland's testimony matters
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
White House budget official appears for testimony on Ukraine aid hold amid impeachment inquiry
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Times
Raheem Kassam / War Room:
Holmes Testimony Contradicts Amb.  Taylor's Claims Over Trump ‘Investigations’ Call  — Amb Taylor said he only learned of “overheard” Sondland-Trump call last Friday;  — U.S.-Ukraine Embassy staffer said in deposition he told Taylor and others in August;
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and WHBY
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
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: Slate and Associated Press
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is dishonest about a whole lot of things.  But he is rarely as comprehensively dishonest as he has been about his dealings with Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry they have triggered.
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
Read David Holmes' full opening statement in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Guardian
READ: State Department aide David Holmes' opening statement
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Parroting Putin to Own the Libs
Discussion: Mother Jones
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Calls for AG Barr's Impeachment Intensify After ‘Lunatic Authoritarian’ Federalist Society Speech  —  Attorney General Bill Barr launched into an emotional tirade against “the left” at an annual meeting of the conservative Federalist Society on Friday evening.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Grabien News
Barr slams Democrats and courts: Avalanche of subpoenas is designed to ‘incapacitate the executive branch’
Discussion: New York Times
Molly Jong-Fast / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Attacked Marie Yovanovitch  —  On the second day of the impeachment proceedings, President Donald Trump couldn't control himself on Twitter: He lashed out at Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was subjected to a smear campaign, and who testified to that effect before the House Intelligence Committee.
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's impeachment tantrums reveal a fragile ego obsessed with saving his legacy  —  Fear is dominating Trump's decision-making right now.  It's a sense of panic, masquerading as strength.  —  As the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, gave public testimony during …
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR and DemCast
What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week's Impeachment Hearings?
Discussion: Althouse and Reuters
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   In Trump's Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch's Uncynical Outrage
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 …
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
Stefanik embraces spotlight at impeachment hearings  —  The second day of the impeachment inquiry's public hearings, on Friday, began the same way as the first: with an attempt by Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, to interrupt proceedings with a procedural objection.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
NATO ally expels undercover Russian spy  —  WASHINGTON — On Oct. 30, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry  —  delivered a rare warning to a Russian diplomat stationed in Sofia, the capital: Leave the country within 24 hours.  —  The expelled diplomat, Vladimir Anatolyevich Rusyaev is affiliated …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Is Elizabeth Warren looking for safer ground in health care?  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been mostly sure-footed in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.  One exception is health care.  On Friday, she issued another proposal to go along with her support for Medicare-for-all …
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and Mediaite
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A New York Times reporter dug into Ukraine and the Democrats.  Critics are still howling.  —  New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel was on the Ukraine conspiracy story early and in depth.  The question is, did his articles leave the wrong impression?  —  Vogel was the co-author …
Discussion: Salon, CNN and Breitbart
New York Times:
Two Female Writers Quit Patricia Heaton's CBS Show After Making Complaints  —  “None of this had to happen”: The network's new sexual harassment policy did not prevent them from leaving after accusations against the star's husband, a producer.  —  In May, CBS employees received an email introducing …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist emails  —  The White House is standing by senior adviser Stephen Miller as he faces calls from dozens of Democrats to resign after newly released emails showed he circulated material linked to white nationalism to conservative media before joining the administration.
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