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12:55 PM ET, November 17, 2019


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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Pete Buttigieg rockets to the top of the 2020 field as a clear front-runner  —  November's closely-watched poll results indicate who voters might choose for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses.  A new candidate leads the pack.  —  CONNECT  —  Pete Buttigieg has rocketed to the top …
CBS News:
CBS News Battleground Tracker: Buttigieg rises in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden back atop delegate hunt  —  The Democratic nomination race remains unsettled because many voters are conflicted between what they want and whether they think can win.  Some candidates who generate excitement are also seen as risky.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Louisiana delivers Trump a black eye  —  President Donald Trump campaigned hard in three conservative Southern states this fall, aiming for a string of gubernatorial wins that would demonstrate his political strength heading into impeachment and his own reelection effort.  —  The plan backfired in dramatic fashion.
New York Times:
In Louisiana, a Narrow Win for John Bel Edwards and a Hard Loss for Trump  —  John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, a rare Democratic governor in the South, was re-elected for a second term, beating back a challenger heavily supported by President Trump.  —  BATON ROUGE, La. …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wins reelection in Louisiana
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Beast and CNN
Associated Press:   The Latest: Edwards speaks to supporters after victory
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Official testifies Bolton held 1-on-1 meeting with Trump about Ukraine aid  —  Former White House national security adviser John Bolton met privately with President Trump in August in an effort to convince him to release nearly $400 million in frozen military aid to Ukraine …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
New York Times:
Bolton and Trump Met Privately Over Withheld Aid, White House Official Testified  —  John R. Bolton, who left the White House in September, has emerged as perhaps the most conspicuous witness who has evaded House Democrats as they build their case.  —  WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton …
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Steve Scalise calls White House officials “Schiff's witnesses”
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Washington Post:
Senior national security official ties key official more closely to Trump on Ukraine in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and ABC News
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Impeachment Inquiry Testimony From Timothy Morrison, Jennifer Williams Released
Discussion: Redstate, CNN and Fox News
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP senator says whistleblower's sources 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed'  —  “This would have been far better off if we would have just taken care of this behind the scenes,” he said.  —  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., said Sunday that the administration officials who provided …
Discussion: The Hill
David Smith / The Guardian:
Impeachment inquiry: Trump ally must choose between loyalty and saving himself  —  Gordon Sondland may try to balance fealty to Trump with the fate that has befallen others in the president's circle: prison time  —  Donald Trump's fate in the impeachment inquiry could rest in the hands …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop-and-Frisk: ‘I Was Wrong’  —  Ahead of a possible Democratic run for president, the former mayor of New York City reversed himself before an important party constituency: black voters.  —  Ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run …
Discussion: Axios, Mike Bloomberg, Mediaite and HuffPost
Washington Post:
Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk ahead of likely presidential run  —  NEW YORK — Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has moved toward joining the Democratic presidential race, apologized Sunday for his handling of stop-and-frisk, a controversial policing tactic that has been criticized …
Jessica McBride /
Trump Chest Discomfort Claim After Walter Reed Visit  —  A contributor for the Hill who writes on veterans issues and used to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is claiming that President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed National Medical Center due to chest discomfort.
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:   Trump Went for a Medical Checkup That Was Not on His Public Schedule
Jill Colvin / NBC4 Washington:   Trump Makes Unannounced Visit to Walter Reed; White House Says He Had ‘Quick Exam and Labs’
New York Times:
How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0  —  The company, like much of corporate America, has not made good on its promised investment surge from President Trump's 2017 tax cuts.  —  WASHINGTON — In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed more than $1.5 billion in taxes.  The next year, it owed nothing.
Joe Brandt / New Jersey Online:
Man took machete to N.J. mall to attack African Americans, planned damage to Midwest synagogues, feds say  —  Richard Tobin was sitting in his car at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, holding a machete.  —  Tobin wanted to “let loose” with the weapon, an FBI agent would later write in court documents.
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:   Far right network orchestrated synagogue attacks, FBI says
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's ‘West Point Mafia’ Faces a Loyalty Test  —  On May 28, 1986, newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Michael Pompeo stood at attention in Michie Stadium at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, first in his class.  The career he was about to launch would take him from commanding a tank platoon …
Washington Post:
Sondland discussed sensitive matters with Trump on phone from Kyiv restaurant as waiters circled  —  Waiters were coming and going as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland spoke on the phone with President Trump on July 26 from the outdoor section of a central Kyiv restaurant …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and Fox News
Long Island … In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America's landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.
Ryan Saavedra / The Daily Wire:
‘ABUSIVE CREEP’: George Conway Blasted For Smearing Elise Stefanik With Alleged Doctored Image, Calling Her ‘Trash’  —  George Conway, husband of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, faced intense backlash on Saturday for calling Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY) “lying trash …
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Sen. Chris Murphy says Ukraine won't admit pressure because of reliance on U.S.
Discussion: The Hill
Max Burman / NBC News:
Trump defends, mocks Joe Biden after North Korea calls former VP a ‘rabid dog’
Associated Press:
Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
In a battleground town, sharp divisions over impeachment but few changed minds
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Fox News? More Like Trump's Impeachment Shield
USA Today:
Impeachment: Trump abuses power by harassing, intimidating witnesses like Yovanovitch
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump has “every opportunity to present his case,” Pelosi says
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and CNN
Rachel Bitecofer / wasoncenter:
With 16 Months to go, Negative Partisanship Predicts the 2020 Presidential Election
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Impeachment poll: Trump's approval rating back up to 50%
Discussion: Townhall
Michael A. Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump's pardon of two former Army officers has sparked new controversy. Here's why
Discussion: New York Times, Disrn and Vox
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Action on gun violence depends on Trump: Be very afraid
Boris Johnson: All Conservative candidates back my Brexit deal
The Daily Beast:
The Alleged Russian Mobsters in Trump World's Orbit: A Dirty Dozen
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China's Mass Detention of Muslims
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
NATO ally expels undercover Russian spy