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2:00 PM ET, November 19, 2019


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Wall Street Journal:
Impeachment Witnesses Set to Testify on Concerns About Trump-Zelensky Call  —  House inquiry to hear from four witnesses Tuesday, including three who heard the July call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart  —  WASHINGTON—Four more witnesses are set to testify publicly …
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Ron Johnson goes after witness set to testify in impeachment inquiry  —  Sen. Ron Johnson sought to undermine a key White House official who is set to testify Tuesday in the ongoing public impeachment hearings.  —  Johnson (R-Wis.), in a letter sent Monday to House Republicans …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Nothing to do with national security’  —  White House national security aides who listened in on President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president sharply criticized his conduct on Tuesday as “improper,” “unusual” and overtly political.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Pol: I Was Joking When I Asked Vindman To Be Our Defense Minister  —  Vindman was pressed by Republicans about whether he was secretly loyal to Ukraine because of a job offer he'd received.  But the offer itself was just a lighthearted joke.  —  During impeachment hearings on Tuesday morning …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Breitbart
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman to describe his alarm over president's call with Ukrainian leader, girding for Republican attack  —  The House impeachment hearing Tuesday is set to feature one of the Democrats' star witnesses: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who is expected to testify …
Read Alexander Vindman's opening statement in the impeachment hearing
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and The Hill
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: As Trump allies attack Vindman, he rejects claims that he is partisan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Read: Alexander Vindman's opening statement at today's impeachment hearings
Discussion: CNN, The Federalist and WTVR-TV
CBS News:
White House aides testify about “unusual,” “improper” Ukraine call — live updates
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Suicide: Two Jail Workers Charged  —  The indictment charged the workers with making false records and conspiring to defraud the United States.  —  Two federal workers who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail were charged on Tuesday …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Say Impeachment Hearings Won't Change Their Minds  —  The country is witnessing one of only a handful of times in its history that Congress has gone through with public hearings on whether to impeach a president.  And yet, the overwhelming majority …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll: Support for impeachment inquiry ticks down  —  But slim pluralities support removing the president from office.  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff speaks with Democratic Counsel Daniel Goldman and other staffers during Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's hearing.  Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
Discussion: Townhall
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
First Public Hearings Fail to Increase Support for Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart, The Hill and Politico
Min Joo Kim / Washington Post:
U.S. breaks off talks with South Korea over costs of military alliance  —  SEOUL — The United States broke off talks with South Korea on Tuesday over how to share the cost of the two nations' military alliance, injecting fresh tension into the relationship over Washington's demands that Seoul pay sharply more.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Esper: 'We're not the ones looking for a Cold War' with China
Gabby Orr / Politico:
'I don't have a Trump sticker on my car because I'm not stupid'  —  “It's a waste of money.”  “To say you don't support it means you don't think any president should be investigated for any problems.”  “I'm not a Trump supporter by all means, but I totally disagree with what they're doing.”
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP donors dropping millions to provide air cover for Trump on impeachment
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Pro-Trump group finds swing voters are unconvinced on impeachment
Discussion: Spectator USA
NBC News:
Stephen Miller planted anti-Rubio stories in Breitbart during 2016 campaign, leaked emails show  —  The emails offer a window into just how closely Miller coordinated with Breitbart, a publication that backed President Donald Trump early in his campaign.  —  White House senior adviser Stephen Miller …
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:   Miller Turned to Breitbart to Promote Political Agenda
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Zelenskiy says everyone in Ukraine ‘is so tired’ with impeachment questions  —  'We have our own country.  We have our independence, we have our problems and questions.  That's it,' the Ukrainian president sent.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday expressed annoyance …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:   Hunter Biden's Burisma Post Had a Troubling Conflict, Watchdog Says
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.
Judge denies Trump's request to dismiss Summer Zervos defamation case  —  ‘Apprentice’ star accuses Trump of sexual assault (2016)  —  (CNN)A Manhattan judge has cleared the way for President Donald Trump to be deposed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant who has accused Trump of sexual assault.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump bashed Nancy Pelosi for an impeachment quote.  It actually came from a Fox News reporter.  —  President Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a tweet early on Tuesday morning, misquoting her while characterizing the ongoing impeachment inquiry as a ploy to skirt around …
Jordan Fabian / Bloomberg:
Pence Says Hong Kong Violence Would Make Trade Deal ‘Very Hard’  —  Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars.  Sign up here.  —  Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that it would be difficult for the U.S. to sign a trade agreement with China …
NBC News:
Trump press secretary claims departing Obama aides left nasty notes  —  The former president's staffers quickly denied Trump adviser Stephanie Grisham's accusation, calling it an “outrageous lie.'.  —  White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed on Tuesday that departing former aides …
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
Juul wanted to revolutionize vaping.  It took a page from Big Tobacco's chemical formulas  —  By the time Juul's co-creator stood before a tech audience in April 2016, ads for the e-cigarette aimed to distance the product from a toxic past: “Our company has its roots in Silicon Valley, not in fields of tobacco.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Speculating about Trump's health is ‘dangerous,’ but Hillary Clinton's was fair game?  —  Can you imagine what the Trumps, Bannons and Hannitys of the world would have done if Hillary Clinton had gone to an unscheduled doctor's appointment?  —  When I heard about President Donald Trump's …
Discussion: staff, Washington Post and Politico
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump's pullout from Syria allowed ISIS to gain strength, intel agency reports  —  President Donald Trump's order to withdraw troops from northern Syria, combined with Turkey's assault against Kurdish forces, allowed the Islamic State to strengthen its position there, the Pentagon's inspector general …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Andrew Perez / American Prospect:
Top Democratic Consultants Working for Anti-Medicare for All Campaign  —  The industry-led Partnership for America's Health Care Future, which has assailed Democratic presidential candidates' reform plans, is drawing on Democratic firms for assistance.  —  Two health care workers walk past …
David Lawder / Reuters:
Trump's ‘Section 232’ autos tariff authority runs out of time, experts say  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The clock has run out on President Donald Trump's authority to impose “Section 232” tariffs on imports of foreign-made cars and auto parts, and he may have to find other means if he wants …
Heidi Blake / BuzzFeed News:
How The Kremlin's Assassins Sowed Terror Through The Streets Of London While British Authorities Scrambled To Stop Them  —  A new book by BuzzFeed News's Global Investigations Editor connects 14 suspected Russian assassinations on British soil — first exposed by BuzzFeed News in 2017 …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
How local ‘fake news’ websites spread ‘conservative propaganda’ in the US  —  Locality Labs, a company operating scores of sites that purports to be a local news organization, is facing criticism it is part of a rightwing lobbying effort  —  In March this year the small Illinois town of Hinsdale …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Impeachment trial crashes into Senate's 2020 plans
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
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Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
Sweden drops investigation into alleged rape by Julian Assange
Discussion: Politico, National Review and The Hill
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Stop Assuming Republican Senators Will Do the Right Thing
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Laurence H. Tribe / Newsweek:
Donald Trump is America's anti-president
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
US settlement move endorses ‘law of the jungle’ - Palestinians
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Thinking Strategically About 2020 Nominee Choice
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Drew Magary / GEN:
‘If Andrew Yang Can Unite a YouTube Comment Section, He Can Unite the Nation’
Steve Bullock / YouTube:
“Justice”  —  World Series crowd chant: “Lock him up, lock him up.”
Discussion: Washington Times
The most damaging impeachment leaks have come from Trump's own allies
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams is focused on voting rights. But she wouldn't mind being vice president.
Discussion: NBC News
Candice Norwood / PBS NewsHour:
Tillerson says it's ‘wrong’ to ask another country for personal favors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Slate
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
Congratulations, You're a Congresswoman. Now What?