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1:20 AM ET, November 19, 2019


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New York Times:
Ex-Envoy to Testify He Didn't Know Ukraine Aid Was Tied to Investigations  —  Kurt D. Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, will modify his testimony in the impeachment inquiry, saying he was kept out of the loop at key moments of President Trump's pressure campaign.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
White House official sues Politico, targets Schiff's role in impeachment  —  EXCLUSIVE: The impeachment inquiry against President Trump has triggered a wave of charges, countercharges, court battles, subpoenas and legal threats.  —  Now it has produced its first libel suit.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Sen. Ron Johnson responds to Republican request for Ukraine information  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Monday sent a letter to House Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) outlining his account of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Trump's aides eye moving impeachment witnesses out of White House jobs
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
David E. Sanger / New York Times:   How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp
Associated Press:
House puts out testimony from official who heard Trump call
Discussion: Breitbart
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman to describe his alarm over president's call with Ukrainian leader, girding for Republican attack
Discussion: Axios
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Politico, DNC at odds over Democratic debate moderator  —  Politico and PBS are scheduled to co-host the sixth Democratic primary debate on Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.  —  The Democratic National Committee and the news organization Politico are locked in an argument over the ideological credentials …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Tim Alberta Is a First-Rate Journalist. The DNC Should Quit Whining.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Star Emerges in Impeachment Hearings.  Democratic Donors Notice.  —  As Representative Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, took a leading role in Friday's impeachment hearing, donations came pouring in to her Democratic challenger.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Shortly …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
‘She persisted’: Elise Stefanik is a perfect case-study in media double standards  —  If it were not for double standards, the American news media would have no standards at all.  —  Members of the press were aghast this weekend following an impeachment hearing stunt by Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York.
Guy Benson / Townhall:
George Conway: Let's Face It, This Elise Stefanik Character Is ‘Trash’
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Spotlight on Stefanik catapults quiet 2020 race onto national stage
Discussion: Washington Post and Redstate
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Denies Trump Health Emergency  —  Two days after a mysterious, unannounced hospital visit, President Trump's physician issued a late-night statement attributing it to “regular, primary preventative care.”  —  WASHINGTON — The White House sought on Monday night to quell a torrent …
Washington Post:
Trump's health under scrutiny again after unplanned visit to Walter Reed
Discussion: NBC News
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
House investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller  —  Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives is now investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller in written answers he provided in the Russia investigation, the House's general counsel said in federal court Monday.
Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns to Congress
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
State Department staffer resigns after allegations she inflated her resume  —  Mina Chang was accused of creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, which she denies.  —  The State Department seal.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer …
NBC News:
Senior Trump admin official Mina Chang resigns after NBC News report  —  Mina Chang resigned Monday, 6 days after an NBC News report about her resume inflation and hours after NBC asked her about newly discovered false claims.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration official Mina Chang resigned …
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
IRS whistleblower case advances as Senate staff looks at whether political appointee meddled with audit of Trump or Pence  —  Senate aides spoke to the whistleblower and follow-up interviews are expected.  —  Two Senators are looking into a whistleblower's allegations that at least …
BuzzFeed News:   A “Potential Insider Threat” Worked At The Treasury Department In 2016 — Just As Fellow Employees Warned
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity  —  The secretary of state's behavior has been cowardly and self-serving.  —  It seems like every story you read about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo always includes the sentence that he graduated “first in his class” from West Point.
Discussion: Redstate
Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
Lisa Kaczke / Argus Leader:
'Meth.  We're On It.': South Dakota spends $449K on new anti-meth ad campaign  —  Gov. Kristi Noem has a message for South Dakota: “Meth.  We're On It.”  —  Noem launched her new anti-meth campaign on Monday to bring awareness to the meth epidemic in South Dakota that will include a new TV ad, billboards, posters and website.
Source says Republican lawmakers ‘shaken’ by US official in Kiev's testimony  —  (CNN)Several Republican lawmakers were more “shaken” than they publicly let on by the testimony of a US official in Kiev who overheard a phone conversation between the US ambassador to the European Union …
Ted Barrett / CNN:
GOP senators downplay developments in impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Prosecutors preparing to file charges against Epstein prison guards  —  Federal prosecutors in New York are preparing to file criminal charges as early as this week against two Bureau of Prisons workers who were supposed to check regularly on millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein the night …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Redstate
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.
Addy Baird / BuzzFeed News:
A Lawmaker Denied Ripping An Absolutely Enormous Fart On Live Television  —  “It was not me!!!!”  Rep. Eric Swalwell said in a text message.  “It's funny tho.” … In an interview Monday night with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, California Rep. Eric Swalwell appeared to...well, rip an absolutely enormous fart.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Pleads Guilty to Fraud  —  Erickson admits he conned someone called only “D.G.” into wiring him $100,000, under the pretense that the money was for a real estate investment in North Dakota.  It was not.
Discussion: Raw Story
Caught on tape: Trump's Ukraine envoy Gordon Sondland touting ‘quid pro quo’  —  In an exclusive original report, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber unearths rare video on the key witness at the center of Trump's Ukraine bribery plot, Amb.  Gordon Sondland — who will be in the global spotlight testifying this week.
Jimmy Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill, has flown under the radar.  But he's played a key role in the Ukraine scandal  —  New York (CNN Business)James “Jimmy” Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill newspaper, is not a widely known media executive, but he is one of the era's most consequential.
Ashton Pittman / Jackson Free Press:
It's Official: Dem Shanda Yates Ousts 32-Year Republican in Mississippi House … Shanda Yates, a 38-year-old Jackson-area attorney, has ousted Billy Denny, a top Republican in the Mississippi House of Representatives who first won his seat in 1987—when Yates was just 6 years old.
Candice Norwood / PBS NewsHour:
Tillerson says it's ‘wrong’ to ask another country for personal favors  —  Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday told the PBS NewsHour that asking for personal favors and using United States assets as collateral is “wrong.”  —  Tillerson spoke with NewsHour anchor …
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Ashton Pittman / Jackson Free Press:
Trump's Tupelo Visit Boosted Dems More Than GOP in Northeast Mississippi, Strategist Says
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The most alarming part of Barr's speech was its angrily partisan tone
Discussion: New York Times, Slate and LewRockwell
Cmte Intelligence (D) RSS Articles:
Committees Release Holmes and Hale Transcripts as Part of Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: HuffPost
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
Congratulations, You're a Congresswoman. Now What?
David Dayen / American Prospect:
How Elizabeth Warren Misread the Politics of Health Care
Discussion: The Week
Shin Inouye / The Leadership Conference …:
Civil Rights Groups Demand Trump Fire Stephen Miller
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and The Hill
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Why the Trump impeachment hearings need to go beyond Ukraine
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
North Korea snubs Trump, saying he hasn't earned a new summit to ‘brag about’
Discussion: One America News Network and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Chairman Graham Announces Hearing on DOJ Inspector General's Report on FISA Abuse Investigation
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Top National Security Council Lawyer Fielded Officials' Ukraine Complaints
Discussion: Law & Crime
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Trump advisory board member: Women should strive to be “handmaidens,” stay out of the workplace
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
What Does Rudy Giuliani's Son Do?
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Gothamist
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Chart: Side-by-Side Comparison of Kurt Volker's vs Other Witnesses' Testimony in Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Possible pay-to-play scheme for ambassador role in Trump administration uncovered by CBS News