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5:30 PM ET, November 17, 2019

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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.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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Janell Ross / NBC News:
Pete Buttigieg is struggling with black voters — and not just because he's gay  —  There are weaknesses in Buttigieg's candidacy “that black voters may see particularly well,” a political scientist said.  —  ROCK HILL, S.C. — On a recent Sunday morning, Pete Buttigieg stood before rows …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Pete Buttigieg rockets to the top of the 2020 field as a clear front-runner
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump's visit to Walter Reed ‘not protocol’ for routine visit, source says  —  Trump reports to Walter Reed for part of annual exam  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Trump Went for a Medical Checkup That Was Not on His Public Schedule
Discussion: HuffPost and CNN
Jill Colvin / NBC4 Washington:   Trump Makes Unannounced Visit to Walter Reed; White House Says He Had ‘Quick Exam and Labs’
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Steve Bannon Says He Pushed For Alleged Whistleblower To Be Removed From National Security Council  —  Steve Bannon said in an interview that when he was at the White House in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove an intelligence officer suspected of being the Trump whistleblower …
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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
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Trump labels top Pence aide a ‘Never Trumper’
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios and CNBC
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Steve Scalise calls White House officials “Schiff's witnesses”
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi has ‘no idea’ if impeachment inquiry will wrap by year's end
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
David Smith / The Guardian:
Impeachment inquiry: Trump ally must choose between loyalty and saving himself
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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 …
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Mara Gay / New York Times:
Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop and Frisk at Just the Right Time
Washington Post:
Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk ahead of likely presidential run
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
Trump Loses Louisiana  —  Looks like big turnout in the cities pushed Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to re-election over Republican Eddie Rispone, despite the fact that Donald Trump visited the state three times to campaign for Rispone.  Here's how the vote shook out by parish, according to The Lens NOLA:
Anna Louie Sussman / New York Times:
The End of Babies  —  In the fall of 2015, a rash of posters appeared around Copenhagen.  One, in pink letters laid over an image of chicken eggs, asked, “Have you counted your eggs today?”  A second — a blue-tinted close-up of human sperm — inquired, “Do they swim too slow?”
YouTube:
Days of Our Impeachment Cold Open - SNL  —  Saturday Night Live … Add to  —  Share More  —  24,964  —  24,965 4,737  —  4,738
Discussion: The Wrap
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Pelosi: Responding to what Republicans say on impeachment is a “waste of time”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on CBS News' “Face the Nation” on Sunday that it is a “waste of time” to discuss what Republicans say about impeachment because “they are in denial about what has happened in the country.”
Discussion: Politico
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Grace Segers / CBS News:
Trump has “every opportunity to present his case,” Pelosi says
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and PEN
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.
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 …
The Guardian:
Revealed: ex-KGB agent met Boris Johnson at Italian party  —  Russian billionaire says there was ‘nothing unusual’ in meeting the then foreign secretary  —  Boris Johnson met an ex-KGB agent during a highly controversial trip to attend a party two days after attending a high-level Nato summit …
 
 
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New York Post:
Al Sharpton gets $1M in pay from his own charity
Associated Press:
Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia
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
 Earlier Items: 
Newsday:
Undercover investigation reveals evidence of unequal treatment by Long Island real estate agents
Rachel Bitecofer / wasoncenter:
With 16 Months to go, Negative Partisanship Predicts the 2020 Presidential Election
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 HuffPost
Washington Post:
Sondland discussed sensitive matters with Trump on phone from Kyiv restaurant as waiters circled
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and Fox News