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9:45 PM ET, November 18, 2019

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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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CNN:
Trump's aides eye moving impeachment witnesses out of White House jobs  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's aides have explored moving some impeachment witnesses on loan to the White House from other agencies, such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, back to their home departments ahead of schedule …
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Russia could have monitored Trump's call with Sondland, State Dept. official testified
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman to describe his alarm over president's call with Ukrainian leader, girding for Republican attack
Discussion: Axios and The Federalist
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 …
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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BuzzFeed News:   A “Potential Insider Threat” Worked At The Treasury Department In 2016 — Just As Fellow Employees Warned
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  —  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 and Political Wire
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
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CNN:
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.
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 Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas.
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
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Associated Press:
Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
Trump's health under scrutiny again after unplanned visit to Walter Reed  —  President Trump's impromptu weekend visit to a doctor remained shrouded in secrecy Monday as he stayed away from the public eye and the White House dodged questions about his health.
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
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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.
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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Jordan Valinsky / CNN:
Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to anti-LGBTQ organizations
James Barrett / The Daily Wire:
Chick-Fil-A To Stop Donating To Christian Charities Branded ‘Anti-LGBT’
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
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
Discussion: Law & Crime
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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: Raw Story, The Week and Gothamist
 
 
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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
Kevin Landrigan / UnionLeader.com:
Prominent Gold Star father backs Biden, heads to NH
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to Terminate Longstanding Legal Rules for Movie Distribution
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Elliot Ackerman / TIME:
President Trump's Pardons of Soldiers Shows How Little He Knows About War
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judges suggest court shouldn't solve dispute over Mueller's evidence
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
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
Murray Waas / Vox:
The wolves are coming for Kurt Volker
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Retribution Against the Washington Post Owner Is His Gravest Abuse of Power
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
How Soledad O'Brien Became CNN and the Mainstream Media's Most Outspoken Critic
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.S. has world's highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study