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3:15 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.
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, Associated Press, Mediaite and CNN
CBS News:
Read David Holmes' full opening statement in impeachment inquiry  —  Washington — The embassy staffer in Kiev who overheard a top diplomat's conversation with President Trump testified that the president inquired about the status of investigations into his rivals one day after his call with the president of Ukraine.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Guardian
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's core impeachment defense suffers a double blow — including a self-inflicted one
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Beast
READ: State Department aide David Holmes' opening statement
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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
If There's a Gun Left That Isn't Smoking, I Can't Find It
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Parroting Putin to Own the Libs
Discussion: Mother Jones
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Marie Yovanovitch's Testimony Showcases Donald Trump's Obsession With Revenge
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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: DemCast, The Daily Caller and WWLP-TV
What Was Truly Unprecedented in This Week's Impeachment Hearings?  —  It's easy to call an impeachment “historic,” but what kind of history did we really see this week?  Most of us couldn't answer that in real time, but POLITICO Magazine tracked down the tiny handful of Americans who can …
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 …
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.
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Calls for AG Barr's Impeachment Intensify After ‘Lunatic Authoritarian’ Federalist Society Speech
Discussion: Grabien News
Barr slams Democrats and courts: Avalanche of subpoenas is designed to ‘incapacitate the executive branch’
Discussion: New York Times
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: Power Line
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:   How a Tweet from Trump Scrambled the GOP's Impeachment Strategy
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik emerges in impeachment hearings as key Trump defender — and GOP celebrity
Discussion: Althouse and The Federalist
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Obama Tells His Party's Elites to Relax  —  For eleven-and-a-half months now, Barack Obama has gone out of his way to avoid commenting on 2020's presidential primary.  He doesn't sit for interviews where he might be asked about it, he won't mention candidates' names, and even in private …
Discussion: Politico
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: Mediaite
Vicky Ward / CNN:
Exclusive: After private White House meeting, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was on a ‘secret mission’ for Trump, sources say  —  New York (CNN)Among the many guests who had their pictures taken with President Donald Trump at the White House's annual Hanukkah party last year …
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 …
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Kamala Harris questions whether America is ready for a woman of color as president  —  In May, Sen. Kamala Harris stood before the largest chapter of the NAACP and focused her remarks around one subject: electability.  —  Five month later, Harris would call the issue of her electability the …
BuzzFeed News:
“Revenge Porn” Is Neither Pornography Nor Revenge  —  This is an excerpt from Quibbles & Bits, the BuzzFeed News copydesk's newsletter.  Sign up below to nerd out about language and style with us once a month!  —  As a copydesk, we're always trying to ensure that stories use the most accurate language possible.
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.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
When the Judge Became the Defendant  —  Judge Shelley Joseph, charged with obstruction of justice and accused of helping an undocumented immigrant escape detention, has signaled she will risk a trial.  —  NEWTON, Mass. — When she was brought before a court this spring …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Forget the best and brightest. Trump chooses the dim and disgraceful.
Washington Post:
Here's how Russia will attack the 2020 election. We're still not ready.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment
Martine Paris / Forbes:
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Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Rodney Reed's execution date canceled by Texas court
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Stephen Miller Can Push Racist Crap, but ‘The President Has His Back’
Dominic Rushe / The Guardian:
Boo-hoo billionaires: why America's super-wealthy are afraid for 2020
Discussion: The Week
Benjamin Haas / New York Times:
Trump Betrays the Military
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
White House Budget official with knowledge of delay in military aid to Ukraine testifies in impeachment probe
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump issues pardons in war-crimes cases, despite Pentagon opposition to the move