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11:15 AM ET, November 18, 2019

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CBS News:
Possible pay-to-play scheme for ambassador role in Trump administration uncovered by CBS News  —  A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas.
Discussion: The Week
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   GOP demanded $500K donation from Trump Bahamas ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings
NBC News:
Trump's impeachment ire turns on Pompeo amid diplomats' starring roles  —  Impeachment hearings have created a rift between the president and one of his staunchest allies in the administration.  —  WASHINGTON —The Ukraine impeachment inquiry has created the first rift between President Donald Trump …
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Axios:
The schedule for this week's impeachment hearings
Discussion: Politico
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
70% of Americans say Trump's actions tied to Ukraine were wrong: POLL  —  An overwhelming 70% of Americans think President Donald Trump's request to a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, which sits at the heart of the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, was wrong, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
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Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Says He Will Mull Testifying in Probe: Impeachment Update
Discussion: ABC News
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:   Poll: Americans Divided On Impeachment After 1st Day Of Hearings
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Chart: Side-by-Side Comparison of Kurt Volker's vs Other Witnesses' Testimony in Impeachment Inquiry  —  Introduction by Ryan Goodman:  —  Ambassador Kurt Volker faces a serious credibility problem for having denied knowledge or involvement in President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani's efforts …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Murray Waas / Vox:   The wolves are coming for Kurt Volker
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine's Trump anxiety  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite his denials, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump Administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden before his July phone call with President Donald Trump that has led to impeachment hearings.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
North Korea says it won't give Trump a summit for free  —  In this undated photo provided on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, poses with North Korean air force sharpshooters and soldiers for a photo at an unknown location in North Korea.
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
North Korea says it doesn't want Trump meeting if it's just something for him to brag about  —  President Trump hinted at a possible meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, tweeting to the leader he addressed as “Mr. Chairman” that he would “see you soon!”
Andrew Jeong / Wall Street Journal:   North Korea Rebuffs Latest Trump Advance
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he will ‘strongly consider’ testifying in writing in impeachment probe
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Ok Boomer: We're more pragmatic than you think, say young voters in new study
New York Times:
The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power in Iraq  —  Hundreds of leaked intelligence reports shed light on a shadow war for regional influence — and the battles within the Islamic Republic's own spy divisions  —  In mid-October, with unrest swirling in Baghdad …
Discussion: Axios
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The Intercept:
Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran's Vast Web of Influence in Iraq
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
New York Times:
Trump Retreats From Flavor Ban for E-Cigarettes  —  Advisers say the president pulled back from proposed restrictions intended to curb teenage vaping after he was warned of the political fallout among voters.  —  WASHINGTON — It was a swift and bold reaction to a growing public health crisis affecting teenagers.
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Washington Post:
Trump pulls back from flavored vaping ban
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Group Fires Michelle Malkin Over Support for Holocaust Denier  —  Malkin's firing from Young America's Foundation marks the latest battle between supporters of Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and more establishment conservative figures.  —  A conservative group cut ties …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Jewish Insider
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Politico
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Alexander Burns / New York Times:
How Moderates Are Seizing the Moment in the Democratic Primary
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
New York Times editor says Trump has put his reporters' lives at risk  —  Dean Baquet decries abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racist  —  The executive editor of the New York Times has accused Donald Trump of putting his reporters' lives at risk by subjecting …
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and The Hill
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
How Soledad O'Brien Became CNN and the Mainstream Media's Most Outspoken Critic  —  For Soledad O'Brien, the presidency of Donald Trump has ripped the cover off a lot of things, including the fragility of American democracy, the cravenness of many of our elected officials, and …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrea González-Ramírez / GEN:
What It's Like to Be Young and Fired Up for Joe Biden  —  In Iowa, a handful of Gen Z and millennial voters brave the cold to rally for the 76-year-old former vice president  —  Alladin Dafalla is pretty certain he's all in on Joe Biden.  —  Sure, Dafalla admits the former vice president lacks …
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:   Joe Biden's Frantic Defense of the Status Quo
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats don't want public to know origins of Ukraine probe like they didn't want public to know origins of Russia probe  —  Why are House Democrats stonewalling questions about the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower?  —  Start by taking them at their word.
Discussion: emptywheel
CNN:
Prosecutors in Giuliani investigation interested in talking to Ukrainian energy company  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating Rudy Giuliani are seeking to interview people with knowledge of Ukraine's state-run oil-and-gas company, Naftogaz, according to two people familiar …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.S. has world's highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has the world's highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study said on Monday.
Cory A. Booker / New York Times:
Stop Being Dogmatic About Public Charter Schools  —  We can't dismiss good ideas because they don't fit into neat ideological boxes or don't personally affect some of the louder, more privileged voices in the party.  —  Mr. Booker is a Democratic senator from New Jersey and a presidential candidate.
Discussion: Eduwonk
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is His Gravest Abuse of Power  —  The saga of President Trump's reprisals against Amazon has lurked on the margin of the news, largely overshadowed by the Ukraine scandal.  Late Thursday night, Amazon revealed it had filed a protest …
 
 
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
The Hill: We Are ‘Reviewing’ and ‘Updating’ John Solomon's Ukraine Columns
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Democrats Can't Fight Trumpism Without Fighting Billionaires
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says he'll ‘strongly consider’ Pelosi invite to testify in impeachment hearings
Discussion: Associated Press
Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
Trump Is Even Wrong About “Witch Hunts”
New York Times:
‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Inside Warren's secret big-donor fan club
Discussion: NBC News
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Analysis: Media's Biden Standard of ‘No Evidence’ Is a Double Standard
David Catron / The American Spectator:
Impeachment by Focus Group
Discussion: Power Line, Politico and The Week
National Review:
Bloomberg, Once a Tough Talker, Becomes a Pander Bear
Discussion: Mike Bloomberg and Axios
Emily Badger / New York Times:
230 Years and Zero Presidents: Why Mayors Haven't Jumped Straight to the White House
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Post
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need a second opinion on the president's health
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump's behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable …
Discussion: Hullabaloo