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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: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
GOP demanded $500K donation from Trump Bahamas ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings  —  Newly uncovered emails reveal that the Republican National Committee demanded that President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas donate $500,000 ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings.
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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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.
Discussion: Law & Crime and Political Wire
Politico:   Judges suggest court shouldn't solve dispute over Mueller's evidence
Andrew M Harris / Bloomberg:
House Lawyer Implies Trump Lied to Mueller: Impeachment Update
Discussion: ABC News
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
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: Axios, Political Wire and Raw Story
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
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:   White House official sues Politico, targets Schiff's role in impeachment
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Ok Boomer: We're more pragmatic than you think, say young voters in new study  —  Aloha, Power people & welcome to week two of the public phase of the impeachment inquiry.  Tips, comments, recipes?  You know the drill.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The Campaign
Discussion: HuffPost, Political Wire and Axios
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Gordon Sondland Stepped In ‘and Things Went Really Off the Rails’
Discussion: Washington Post
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he will ‘strongly consider’ testifying in writing in impeachment probe
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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.
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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
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
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, Jewish Insider and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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: Bloomberg, Daily Kos and Political Wire
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
The Hill: We Are ‘Reviewing’ and ‘Updating’ John Solomon's Ukraine Columns  —  A day after conservative columnist John Solomon claimed political newspaper The Hill stood by his reporting as he threatened to sue his critics, Editor in Chief Bob Cusack informed Hill staffers that the paper was reviewing and updating Solomon's columns.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Statement on Chair Powell's meeting with the President and the Treasury Secretary  —  At the President's invitation, Chair Powell met with the President and the Treasury Secretary Monday morning at the White House to discuss the economy, growth, employment and inflation.
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.  —  The untold story of how two congressional aides who track federal spending got wind something was wrong and touched off a scramble to find the truth.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Hong Kong Protests: Demonstrators Trapped at Polytechnic University as Court Overturns Mask Ban  —  The police offered protesters one way out of a besieged university campus, raining tear gas and rubber bullets on those who attempted to flee.  —  Police officers on Monday cornered hundreds …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
How far can passion carry Bernie Sanders?  —  Sheila Campbell was not a natural door-to-door campaigner.  The Democrat from Urbandale, Iowa, canvassed for one day in 2008 for Barack Obama and hated it so much that she didn't do it again.  —  Until this year.
New York Times:
‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News  —  Paying attention to the impeachment inquiry and other developments means having to figure out what is true, false or spin.  Many Americans are throwing up their hands and tuning it all out.
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
 
 
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
House agrees to short halt in fight for Trump records
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford accepts ACLU ‘courage’ award
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
GOP Pushes an Impeachment Conspiracy That the FBI Debunked Years Ago
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
It's Not the Greed—It's the Inequality
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”
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Inside Warren's secret big-donor fan club
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Stop Being Dogmatic About Public Charter Schools
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Analysis: Media's Biden Standard of ‘No Evidence’ Is a Double Standard
CNN:
Prosecutors in Giuliani investigation interested in talking to Ukrainian energy company
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
David Catron / The American Spectator:
Impeachment by Focus Group
Discussion: Power Line, Politico and The Week
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Joe Biden's Frantic Defense of the Status Quo
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Warren's path to Medicare for All is rocky
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We need a second opinion on the president's health
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump's behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable …
Discussion: Hullabaloo