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11:50 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.
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 …
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 …
Read Alexander Vindman's opening statement in the impeachment hearing  —  Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is testifying Tuesday in the House's impeachment inquiry.  —  Why it matters: Vindman is one of the first witnesses to testify publicly who directly listened in to President Trump's July 25 call …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and The Hill
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Improper’: White House national security aides criticize Trump's Ukraine call  —  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.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, Breitbart 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
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Vindman testifies that he spoke to intelligence official …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
First Public Hearings Fail to Increase Support for Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Politico
POLITICO Playbook: What Republicans and Democrats are planning for today's impeachment hearings
Discussion: NBC News, Vanity Fair and Breitbart
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  —  Before the 2016 election, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller frequently gave editorial instructions to Breitbart News, a Hatewatch review of his emails determined.  —  Miller emailed then-Breitbart News editor Katie McHugh …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Stephen Miller Is a White Nationalist. Does It Matter?
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 …
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Suicide: Two Jail Workers Expected to Be Charged  —  The charges are related to their failure to check on him.  —  Two federal workers who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail are expected to be charged Tuesday in connection …
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Denies Trump Health Emergency
Discussion: Politico, Salon and Althouse
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.”
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Pro-Trump group finds swing voters are unconvinced on impeachment
Discussion: Spectator USA
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.
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Hunter Biden's Burisma Post Had a Troubling Conflict, Watchdog Says  —  Hunter Biden's work at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings included a little-noted conflict of interest that wouldn't pass muster in the United States, an American investor watchdog group says: He served for pay …
John Solomon Reports:   Impeachment surprise: How Adam Schiff validated my reporting on Ukraine
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.
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 …
Discussion: PBS NewsHour and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Stop Assuming Republican Senators Will Do the Right Thing  —  A new genre of impeachment fantasy theorizes that Trump accomplices will suddenly find their spines.  Don't buy it.  —  If this were a rom-com, instead of a constitutional crisis, I like to think the ending would go something like this …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and The Week
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 …
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 …
Laurence H. Tribe / Newsweek:
Donald Trump is America's anti-president  —  After just one week of public impeachment hearings, Donald Trump has unmistakably emerged as America's anti-president, the very model of the charlatan George Washington warned might be overtaken by “the insidious wiles of foreign influence.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar  —  Prosecutors say Patrick Carlineo called Omar's office March 21, told a staffer the congresswoman was a “terrorist” and threatened to shoot her.  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Bernie Sanders hits 4 million donations mark, campaign announces  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is part of a top tier of candidates in the national and early voting state polls who are vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  But when it comes to donations to his campaign …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russian web trolls boo Biden, often boost Gabbard, report finds
Discussion: MSNBC
Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
Sweden drops investigation into alleged rape by Julian Assange
Discussion: National Review, Politico and The Hill
Washington Post:
China slams Hong Kong judges after mask ruling, raising pressure on city's freedoms
Discussion: Bloomberg and Foreign Policy
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Thinking Strategically About 2020 Nominee Choice
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump and Republicans are on the hunt for Real Crimes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Axios
Brandon Showalter / The Christian Post:
Chick-fil-A denies capitulating to LGBT activists; Christian groups won't be excluded from donations
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
 Earlier Items: 
The most damaging impeachment leaks have come from Trump's own allies
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
Ashton Pittman / Jackson Free Press:
It's Official: Dem Shanda Yates Ousts 32-Year Republican in Mississippi House
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
‘She persisted’: Elise Stefanik is a perfect case-study in media double standards
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The most alarming part of Barr's speech was its angrily partisan tone
Discussion: New York Times, Slate and LewRockwell
Candice Norwood / PBS NewsHour:
Tillerson says it's ‘wrong’ to ask another country for personal favors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Slate
Caught on tape: Trump's Ukraine envoy Gordon Sondland touting ‘quid pro quo’
The Daily Beast:
Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Discussion: Raw Story
Lisa Kaczke / Argus Leader:
'Meth. We're On It.': South Dakota spends $449K on new anti-meth ad campaign