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9:55 PM ET, November 17, 2019

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Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Trump labels top Pence aide a ‘Never Trumper’  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday labeled one of his vice president's top national security aides a “Never Trumper,” a day after it was disclosed that she had said the president's July call with Ukraine was “unusual and inappropriate” in a deposition to Congress.
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Gordon Sondland Stepped In ‘and Things Went Really Off the Rails’  —  “Erratic,” “very emotional,” and “lots of yelling.”  Those are some of the words used to describe Sondland's performance in a White House meeting with top Ukrainian officials.  —  Ukrainian officials arrived at the White House …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Steve Bannon Says He Pushed For Alleged Whistleblower To Be Removed From National Security Council
Discussion: Fox News
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Official testifies Bolton held 1-on-1 meeting with Trump about Ukraine aid
Discussion: The Hill
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Rep. Steve Scalise calls White House officials “Schiff's witnesses”
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
New York Times:
President Trump Bet Big This Election Year.  Here's Why He Lost.  —  In Louisiana and Kentucky, Mr. Trump's political pleas appeared to energize Democrats and political moderates as much as his own base, sending turnout in cities and suburbs soaring.  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump showed …
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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:
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Back-to-back losses in key governors' races send additional warning to Trump and GOP ahead of 2020  —  When Kentucky's Republican governor lost his bid for reelection two weeks ago despite President Trump's active endorsement, the president and his allies brushed it off by declaring that Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need a second opinion on the president's health  —  The only thing of which we can be fairly certain about President Trump's mysterious Saturday-afternoon trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is this: The White House is not telling the truth when it claims the president was there …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg Pushed ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Policing.  Now He's Apologizing.  —  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
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chris Wallace Accuses Top Republican of ‘Very Badly’ Mischaracterizing Impeachment Testimony  —  “No, sir, they are career foreign service officers and these are people who worked in the Trump administration,” Wallace snapped back at Scalise.  —  Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly …
Margaret Talev / Axios:
White House plans counterprogramming to distract from impeachment hearings  —  President Trump's public schedule next week is designed to keep him distracted from the televised hearings — and to counterprogram Week 2 of those hearings.  —  The big picture: Trump's schedule for the coming week shows …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Inside Democrats' Week 2 impeachment strategy
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 and The Daily Caller
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi has ‘no idea’ if impeachment inquiry will wrap by year's end
Discussion: staff and The Hill
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Republicans, the Real Chickens of Kiev
Discussion: USA Today
David Cohen / Politico:
Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Trump pulls back from flavored vaping ban  —  Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump's ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators.  Officials were poised to announce they would order candy, fruit and mint flavors off the market within 30 days …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Mueller and Comey Failed Their Tests.  She Passed Hers.  —  Marie Yovanovitch chose her country over what others might think of her.  —  To understand the courage that witnesses like Marie Yovanovitch have shown during the Ukraine investigation, it's worth looking back on a couple of the other signature moments of the Trump era.
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, The Hill and Hot Air
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump forces offer president clashing advice on Roger Stone pardon  —  A big question swirling through Trumpworld: Will President Trump pardon his old friend Roger Stone?  Some of Trump's closest advisers told me the president would be making a huge political mistake if he does.
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:
Kurds watch their homes burn from afar as picture of ‘ethnic cleansing’ emerges  —  The Syrian rebel fighter shouted “kill the pigs, kill the infidels,” as he went door-to-door searching for the homes of Kurds who had fled the newly captured town of Ras al-Ayn.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Joe Biden Leads By 8 In Georgia As Trump's Red State Collapse Grows  —  A new poll of Georgia shows former vice president Joe Biden leading 51%-43% over Donald Trump.  —  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, “In head-to-head matchups, former Vice President Joe Biden ran strongest …
CBS News:
Transcript: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on “Face the Nation,” November 17, 2019  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that aired Sunday, November 17, 2019, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: Good morning and welcome to Face the Nation.
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Pelosi: Responding to what Republicans say on impeachment is a “waste of time”
Discussion: Politico
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump's behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable, whatever his defenders do or say  —  It was foolish to hope that Donald Trump would be cowed into better behavior by the start of impeachment hearings last Wednesday.
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?”
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Joseph Curl / The Daily Wire:
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Discussion: Redstate
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Dispute Impact of First Week of Public Impeachment Hearings
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
New York Times:
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
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The Guardian:
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Associated Press:
Thousands protest election reform failure in Georgia
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump's ‘West Point Mafia’ Faces a Loyalty Test
Newsday:
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New York Times:
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Rachel Bitecofer / wasoncenter:
With 16 Months to go, Negative Partisanship Predicts the 2020 Presidential Election
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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