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7:35 PM ET, November 19, 2019


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Associated Press:
Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine's state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘I have learned many things’: Kurt Volker revises Ukraine testimony  —  Kurt Volker is in a bind.  —  The former special U.S. envoy for Ukraine was the first impeachment witness to testify behind closed doors and assured lawmakers he saw no indication that President Donald Trump had conditioned …
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 …
ABC News:
Impeachment hearings live updates Day 3: Alexander Vindman, Jennifer Williams testify
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Vindman Just Admitted To Leaking To The Anti-Trump Whistleblower
Discussion: Townhall
Abbey Marshall / Politico:
'I'm not in the loop': Live highlights from Kurt Volker's and Tim Morrison's testimony
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates Day 3: Kurt Volker, Tim Morrison testify
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Vindman says he was left out of meetings after Trump phone call
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Trump press secretary faces backlash over claim that Obama aides left ‘you will fail’ notes  —  The White House is facing fresh allegations of dishonesty after press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed without evidence that aides to former president Barack Obama left behind disparaging messages around …
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Gothamist
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 …
Daily Mail:
Obama's aides left notes in White House offices for Donald Trump's staff reading ‘You will fail’ and 'You're not going to make it', says press secretary Stephanie Grisham  — White House press secretary says Obama aides left mean notes behind when they departed the West Wing on January 20, 2017
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say  —  Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher is expected to be formally notified of the action on Wednesday.  —  The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning …
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
Discussion: MIT Technology Review, Vox and PinkNews
New York Times:
They're Blue Collar, and They Like That Biden Is an Average Joe  —  Joseph R. Biden Jr. has durable support from a multiracial coalition of working-class voters who view him as one of their own.  —  WEST POINT, Iowa — They are white and nonwhite alike, prefer Facebook over Twitter …
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Saint Anselm poll: Buttigieg surges to 10 percentage point lead over Biden, Warren in NH  —  Support for South Bend mayor jumps by 15 percentage points since September poll of Democratic primary voters  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged to the head …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Democratic debate: Rising Buttigieg could face attacks
Discussion: The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
$35 million in Pentagon aid hasn't reached Ukraine, despite White House assurances  —  More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that President Trump delayed, sparking the impeachment inquiry, has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
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
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:
Letter to the White House: Civil Rights Groups Call for Stephen Miller's Removal
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
New York Times:
Guards Accused of Napping and Shopping Online the Night Epstein Died  —  The two jail staff members were charged with falsifying records and conspiring to defraud the United States.  —  The night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail, one of the guards on duty was catching …
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 …
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar wants compassion for Trump supporter convicted of making death threats against her  —  A man who threatened to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has pleaded guilty, according to authorities.  —  Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., 55, of Addison, N.Y., entered the guilty plea …
Associated Press:
Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Discussion: HuffPost and Joe.My.God.
Mike Pompeo Is Searching for a Safe Exit from State Ahead of Senate Run, GOP Sources Say  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told three prominent Republicans in recent weeks that he plans to resign from the Trump Administration to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas in next year's elections.
Discussion: Raw Story
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump claims Pelosi trying to use trade deal to get votes on impeachment  —  President Trump claimed on Tuesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using negotiations over a new North America trade deal to try to get votes for impeachment.  —  The president offered no evidence for making this claim.
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Trump bashed Nancy Pelosi for an impeachment quote. It actually came from a Fox News reporter.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Children are being locked away, alone and terrified, in schools across Illinois.  Often, it's against the law.  —  This investigation is a collaboration between the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois.  —  The spaces have gentle names: The reflection room.  The cool-down room.  The calming room.
Will Wade / Bloomberg:
A Massive Coal Plant That Asked for Trump's Help Has Gone Dark  — Navajo Generating Station powered Arizona's growing population  — Gas, renewable energy proved too cheap for plant to compete  —  In the end, the unraveling economics of coal proved too much for even a giant among power generators to handle.
New York Times:
After Keeping a Careful Distance From Trump, Nikki Haley Is All In  —  Her pivot is seen as a recognition of the realities of today's Republican Party — there is little future after separating yourself from the president.  —  WASHINGTON — During her two years serving in the Trump administration …
Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:
U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Measure Backing Hong Kong  — House, Senate need to pass same version to send bill to Trump  — China warned of retaliation as U.S. tries to close trade deal  —  The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong …
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Study: New citizens could swing battleground states in 2020
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Republicans Are Following Trump to Nowhere
Discussion: Roll Call
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House passes short-term spending measure as talks falter
Discussion: The Hill
Will Bunch / staff:
Why America needs the truth on Trump's mysterious medical dash to Walter Reed
Discussion: USA Today, New York Times and Redstate
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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
House Moves to Stave Off Another Government Shutdown
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Democrats on Abortion: Safe, Legal, and Unlimited
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
Lydia Polgreen / The Guardian:
The collapse of the information ecosystem poses profound risks for humanity
Costas Christ / New York Times:
What if All That Flying Is Good for the Planet?
Heidi Blake / BuzzFeed News:
How The Kremlin's Assassins Sowed Terror Through The Streets Of London While British Authorities Scrambled To Stop Them
Gabby Orr / Politico:
'I don't have a Trump sticker on my car because I'm not stupid'
Discussion: Axios