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4:05 PM ET, November 19, 2019


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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Ukraine Pol: I Was Joking When I Asked Vindman To Be Our Defense Minister  —  Vindman was pressed by Republicans about whether he was secretly loyal to Ukraine because of a job offer he'd received.  But the offer itself was just a lighthearted joke.  —  During impeachment hearings on Tuesday morning …
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 …
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Vindman Just Admitted To Leaking To The Anti-Trump Whistleblower  —  Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman admitted to the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday to leaking information to the anti-Trump whistleblower at the center of the Democrats' partisan impeachment proceedings.
Discussion: Townhall
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 …
ABC News:
Impeachment hearings live updates Day 3: Alexander Vindman, Jennifer Williams testify  —  Two White House national security aides who expressed concerns about a July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's leader appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday, becoming the first current White House officials …
New York Times:
Ex-Envoy to Testify He Didn't Know Ukraine Aid Was Tied to Investigations
Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: As Trump allies attack Vindman, he rejects claims that he is partisan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
There Are Two Rhodes Scholars Running For President.  Only One Gets Mentioned.  —  Media outlets mention that Pete Buttigieg was a Rhodes scholar far more often than they mention that Cory Booker was one too.  —  A major part of Pete Buttigieg's appeal is his brain.
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
The Audacity of Pete Buttigieg  —  This time last year, you had no idea who Pete Buttigieg was.  Now it's clear that whether or not he wins in 2020, he'll be shaping our politics for years.  Jason Zengerle on the improbable arrival and urgent ambition of America's most famous mayor.
Discussion: Vox, MIT Technology Review and PinkNews
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 …
POLITICO Playbook PM: Inside Part One of the impeachment hearing
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 …
ABC News:
Correctional officers who supervised Jeffrey Epstein on night of suicide indicted
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Poll: Support for impeachment inquiry ticks down
Discussion: Townhall, Roll Call, Morning Consult and IJR
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Pro-Trump group finds swing voters are unconvinced on impeachment
Discussion: Spectator USA
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 …
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Speculating about Trump's health is ‘dangerous,’ but Hillary Clinton's was fair game?
Discussion: staff, Washington Post and Politico
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.
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 …
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump claims Pelosi trying to use trade deal to get votes on impeachment
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Zelensky says everyone in Ukraine ‘is so tired’ with impeachment questions
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Zelenskiy says everyone in Ukraine ‘is so tired’ with impeachment questions
Discussion: Associated Press
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
'I don't know what to believe' is an unpatriotic cop-out.  Do better, Americans.  —  Since I became The Washington Post's media columnist in 2016, I've developed a habit of asking people, wherever I travel, how they get their news.  —  In keeping with that, I had a brief chat last weekend in Sarasota …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lydia Polgreen / The Guardian:
The collapse of the information ecosystem poses profound risks for humanity  —  The viral spread of misinformation, widening news deserts and the proliferation of fake news will threaten life as we know it  —  For the last few years, scientists have argued that we're living through a distinctly new geological age.
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.
Costas Christ / New York Times:
What if All That Flying Is Good for the Planet?  —  Without tourism, it's easy to imagine the Serengeti turned into cattle ranches.  —  A growing movement known as “flight shame” and popularized by well-meaning climate activists is gaining momentum around the world.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown  —  With just days before funding for the entire government is set to lapse on Thursday, lawmakers approved the second stopgap spending bill in two months.  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday voted to extend government funding for another month …
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Democrats on Abortion: Safe, Legal, and Unlimited  —  The Democratic party effectively requires endorsement of abortion on demand  —  During a recent presidential-primary debate, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard provoked controversy when she repeated a line that was once common parlance …
Emily Baumgaertner / Los Angeles Times:
Juul wanted to revolutionize vaping.  It took a page from Big Tobacco's chemical formulas  —  By the time Juul's co-creator stood before a tech audience in April 2016, ads for the e-cigarette aimed to distance the product from a toxic past: “Our company has its roots in Silicon Valley, not in fields of tobacco.”
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
114,000 Students in N.Y.C. Are Homeless.  These Two Let Us Into Their Lives.  —  Darnell, 8, lives in a homeless shelter and commutes 15 miles a day to school.  —  Sandivel shares a bedroom with her mother and four brothers.  She is 10 and has moved seven times in the past five years.
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Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Florida woman who threw drink at GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz sentenced to 15 days
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Washington Post:
Most D.C. residents say D.C. Council Member Jack Evans should resign, Post poll finds
Jordan Fabian / Bloomberg:
Pence Warns Trade Deal ‘Very Hard’ If Hong Kong Uses Violence
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Trump's pullout from Syria allowed ISIS to gain strength, intel agency reports
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
How local ‘fake news’ websites spread ‘conservative propaganda’ in the US
Andrew Perez / American Prospect:
Top Democratic Consultants Working for Anti-Medicare for All Campaign
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Impeachment trial crashes into Senate's 2020 plans
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
VIDEO: Unruly campus activists shut down speech by ‘father of supply-side economics’ Arthur Laffer
Discussion: BizPac Review
Heidi Blake / BuzzFeed News:
How The Kremlin's Assassins Sowed Terror Through The Streets Of London While British Authorities Scrambled To Stop Them
Associated Press:
Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Thinking Strategically About 2020 Nominee Choice
Discussion: The Hill
The Congresswoman Who Has Gone Viral for Embarrassing the Worst of the 1 Percent
Drew Magary / GEN:
‘If Andrew Yang Can Unite a YouTube Comment Section, He Can Unite the Nation’
David Lawder / Reuters:
Trump's ‘Section 232’ autos tariff authority runs out of time, experts say
Steve Bullock / YouTube:
“Justice”  —  World Series crowd chant: “Lock him up, lock him up.”
Discussion: Washington Times