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5:35 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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Roll Call and Raw Story
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.
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.
Associated Press:
House puts out testimony from official who heard Trump call  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes.  But it won't be easily forgotten.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Breitbart
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
Ted Barrett / CNN:   GOP senators downplay developments in impeachment inquiry
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
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Elise Stefanik is a poster child for the GOP's Trump-era dilemma
Discussion: Daily Kos, Slate, Townhall and Breitbart
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: The Daily Beast and NBC News
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
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
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.
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
Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service:
Trump advisor calls Pompeo's West Bank decision an answered prayer  —  WASHINGTON (RNS) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday (Nov. 18) that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion …
Discussion: CNSNews, Al Jazeera and Common Dreams
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
NBC News:
How to watch week 2 of the impeachment hearings: Schedule, witnesses and more
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 …
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
Congratulations, You're a Congresswoman.  Now What?  —  Abigail Spanberger and Ayanna Pressley were part of a wave of Democrats who took office this year full of hope.  Maintaining it has not been easy.  —  There are not many people whom @RepSpanberger lets boss her around, but one of them …
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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
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
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
North Korea snubs Trump, saying he hasn't earned a new summit to ‘brag about’
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
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine's Trump anxiety