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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 …
Politico:
Judges suggest court shouldn't solve dispute over Mueller's evidence  —  Democrats want access to the secret grand jury information Robert Mueller relied on during his Russia probe.  —  Robert Mueller.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  Two Republican-appointed judges raised …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
CNBC:
Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump's tax returns to Congress
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Impeachment Investigators Exploring Whether Trump Lied to Mueller
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Gateway Pundit
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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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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
Axios:
The schedule for this week's impeachment hearings
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Majority of Americans support ousting Trump from office, new poll shows
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:   Lutsenko, Giuliani Tied Yovanovitch's Ouster To Help With ‘Investigations’
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.
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   GOP demanded $500K donation from Trump Bahamas ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings
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
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 …
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.
CNN:
Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements  —  (CNN)US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US' longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed …
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
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Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
McConnell: Lack of civility is country's biggest problem  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bemoaning the country's lack of civility, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that both sides of the political spectrum need to defuse the anger surrounding political discourse.
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Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
McConnell still 'can't imagine' Senate will oust Trump in impeachment process
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
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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Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
White House Official Sues Politico: ‘Conspired with Schiff’ to Leak False Info to ‘Further Impeachment Inquisition’
Discussion: Twitchy
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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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 …
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 …
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: The Week and Raw Story
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
The Hill vows to review Solomon's Ukraine pieces
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 …
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 …
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Elliot Ackerman / TIME:
President Trump's Pardons of Soldiers Shows How Little He Knows About War  —  Ackerman is the author of the memoir Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning and three novels, including Waiting for Eden.  He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, received the Silver Star …
 
 
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Kaitlyn Olvera / KLAS - 8 News Now:
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Bryan Anderson / Sacramento Bee:
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Discussion: Breitbart
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
New York Times:
‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News
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