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7:05 PM ET, November 18, 2019

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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.
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Washington Post:
House is investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller, its general counsel told a federal appeals court  —  BREAKING: The statement came in arguments before appeals court judges in Washington, D.C., over Congress's request to have secret grand jury evidence from former special counsel Robert …
CNBC:
Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns to Congress  — The Supreme Court temporarily blocks a ruling requiring accounting firm Mazars to turn President Donald Trump's tax returns over to House Democrats.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
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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Jeremy Herb / CNN:
US official in Kiev added to Thursday's public impeachment hearing
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Majority of Americans support ousting Trump from office, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
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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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.
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.
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
House staffers on a summer trip to Ukraine learned U.S. aid was frozen.  Stunned, here's what they did next.
Discussion: The Hill
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Schumer wants protections for Vindman, Cooper ahead of public testimony
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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 …
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NBC News:   Senior Trump admin official Mina Chang resigns after NBC News report
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.
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
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Vivian Salama / Wall Street Journal:
Top National Security Council Lawyer Fielded Officials' Ukraine Complaints  —  Investigators assess John Eisenberg's handling of internal White House concerns about Trump's dealings with country
Guy Benson / Townhall:
George Conway: Let's Face It, This Elise Stefanik Character Is ‘Trash’  —  He's a man perhaps best known for trolling his wife and her boss on Twitter, to the endless delight of his new political allies, and now he's expanding his blast radius.  Reacting to Rep. Elise Stefanik's (R-NY) …
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Bisnow:
EXCLUSIVE: Chick-fil-A To Stop Donations To Charities With Anti-LGBT Views  —  Want to get a jump-start on upcoming deals?  Meet the major players at one of our upcoming national events!  —  As Chick-fil-A expands globally and into more liberal parts of the U.S., the chicken chain plans …
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NBC News:
McConnell suggests House impeachment timing could push Senate trial to 2020  —  “It looks to me like the House is going to be on this until Christmas,” the Senate majority leader said Monday of the impeachment inquiry.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. …
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Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell: Lack of civility is country's biggest problem
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Chairman Graham Announces Hearing on DOJ Inspector General's Report on FISA Abuse Investigation  —  DOJ Inspector General Horowitz to Testify Publicly on Dec. 11  —  WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Justice Department inspector general to testify on FISA investigation
Discussion: The Hill
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Let's get half-physical!  —  The good news is that everything is completely normal.  The president is just doing that unremarkable thing we know and love to do, where we have a free afternoon and decide, suddenly, on a whim, to do some but not all of our annual physical, just to get a jump on it.
Discussion: Salon, Redstate, Press Watch and Raw Story
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Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
What Does Rudy Giuliani's Son Do?  —  It's hard to turn on cable news or scroll through Twitter these days without catching the name “Giuliani.”  Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is a central character in the House's impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Gothamist, The Week and Raw Story
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp  —  American officials expressed wonderment that Rudolph W. Giuliani was running his “irregular channel” of diplomacy over open cell lines and communications apps penetrated by the Russians.  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Trump advisory board member: Women should strive to be “handmaidens,” stay out of the workplace  —  Trump surrogate Clarence Mason Weaver on women: “We don't care how smart you are.  We don't care how strong you are”  —  Right-wing pundit and recently announced Trump advisory board member …
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.
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 …
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Professor Who Wrote Book on Drug Crime Is Accused of Money Laundering  —  A Miami-area college professor who wrote a book about illegal drug trafficking turned his expertise to crime as part of a scheme to wash corrupt cash from Venezuela, prosecutors said.  —  Bruce Bagley, 73 …
Discussion: Redstate, Justice News and Law & Crime
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judges suggest court shouldn't solve dispute over Mueller's evidence  —  Two Republican-appointed judges raised the possibility Monday that the courts should simply butt out of a dispute between Congress and the Justice Department over Robert Mueller's underlying evidence.
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
 
 
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Kevin Landrigan / UnionLeader.com:
Prominent Gold Star father backs Biden, heads to NH
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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Wall Street Journal:
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
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