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1:30 PM 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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Nothing to do with national security’  —  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
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Vindman testifies that he spoke to intelligence official about Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian leader  —  Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, testified Tuesday that he spoke to an intelligence community official …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Read Alexander Vindman's opening statement in the impeachment hearing
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and The Hill
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Lt. Col. Vindman to describe his alarm over president's call with Ukrainian leader, girding for Republican attack
CBS News:
White House aides testify about “unusual,” “improper” Ukraine call — live updates
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:   Esper: 'We're not the ones looking for a Cold War' with China
Washington Post:
China slams Hong Kong judges after mask ruling, raising pressure on city's freedoms
Discussion: Bloomberg and Foreign Policy
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 …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
First Public Hearings Fail to Increase Support for Impeachment Inquiry
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart, The Hill and Politico
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll: Support for impeachment inquiry ticks down
Discussion: Townhall
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.”
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP donors dropping millions to provide air cover for Trump on impeachment  —  Wealthy Republicans are funneling millions of dollars through a constellation of party-aligned groups to defend President Trump against impeachment by politically wounding his Democratic antagonists.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Pro-Trump group finds swing voters are unconvinced on impeachment
Discussion: Spectator USA
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
New York Times:
Jeffrey Epstein Suicide: Two Jail Workers Charged  —  The indictment charged the workers with making false records and conspiring to defraud the United States.  —  Two federal workers who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail were charged on Tuesday …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
VIDEO: Unruly campus activists shut down speech by ‘father of supply-side economics’ Arthur Laffer  —  Rowdy and aggressive activists shut down a speech Monday night at the State University of New York at Binghamton by the famed “father of supply-side economics” Arthur Laffer, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in June.
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 …
Andrew Perez / American Prospect:
Top Democratic Consultants Working for Anti-Medicare for All Campaign  —  The industry-led Partnership for America's Health Care Future, which has assailed Democratic presidential candidates' reform plans, is drawing on Democratic firms for assistance.  —  Two health care workers walk past …
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 …
Steve Bullock / YouTube:
“Justice”  —  World Series crowd chant: “Lock him up, lock him up.”  —  Bullock: As a sitting president, Donald Trump can't be prosecuted.  And the truth is, if he's re-elected, he never will be — because the statute of limitations will run out.  —  I'm Steve Bullock, and I won't promise to lock up my opponent.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Impeachment trial crashes into Senate's 2020 plans  —  If you think President Donald Trump's impeachment is messy now, just wait until next year.  —  The Senate is increasingly likely to hold Trump's trial in January, according to senators and aides, a reflection of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's uncertain timeline …
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
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 …
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
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
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Discussion: MSNBC
Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
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Discussion: Politico, National Review and The Hill
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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Discussion: The Hill
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Axios
The New Criterion:
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Drew Magary / GEN:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams is focused on voting rights. But she wouldn't mind being vice president.
Discussion: NBC News
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
‘She persisted’: Elise Stefanik is a perfect case-study in media double standards
Candice Norwood / PBS NewsHour:
Tillerson says it's ‘wrong’ to ask another country for personal favors
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Slate
The Daily Beast:
Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina's Boyfriend, Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Politico, DNC at odds over Democratic debate moderator