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4:15 AM ET, November 21, 2019


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Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Lev Parnas Helped Rep. Devin Nunes' Investigations … The indicted Giuliani associate helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for the Republican congressman in 2018.  —  Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Sondland was devastating.  But Republicans don't care about the facts.  —  This column has been updated.  —  Former White House counsel John Dean's testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee beginning in June 1973 is widely seen as the beginning of the end of the Nixon presidency.
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Gordon Sondland Leaves Us With No Other Option  —  The case is simple, and the evidence supporting impeachment is now crystal clear.  —  Mr. Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  —  History will remember Wednesday …
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, HuffPost and Breitbart
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Ambassador Sondland's Revenge  —  America doesn't have a “Gordon problem.”  It has a Trump problem.  —  On Wednesday morning, an obscure millionaire from Portland who was such an amateur at international diplomacy that one of his colleagues compared him to a car careening down a mountain road without …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Subpoena Trump Fund-Raisers Linked to Giuliani Associates  —  The authorities are seeking more information about Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who worked with Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine and have been charged with campaign finance violations.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors …
Democrats say new Sondland leads won't slow impeachment drive  —  Gordon Sondland's blockbuster testimony Wednesday handed Democrats a road map that could yield a trove of damaging evidence in their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  —  But it won't change their impeachment timetable.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
‘I Want Nothing,’ Trump Says, Quoting From Sondland's Testimony  —  The president, seeking to defend himself from damaging testimony delivered by the ambassador Gordon D. Sondland, said again Wednesday that he wanted ‘no quid pro quo’ in regard to Ukraine.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump sought …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Photographer captures Trump's handwritten talking points responding to Sondland
Discussion: Associated Press and The Root
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is Damning for Trump — and Himself
Discussion: Washington Post
David Rohde / New Yorker:   “We Followed the President's Orders”: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Likely Assures Trump's Impeachment
NBC News:
Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October  —  The meeting took place during Zuckerberg's most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook's new cryptocurrency Libra.  —  President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner …
NBC News:
Live Blog / Democratic Debate live updates: MSNBC/Washington Post host  —  Ten candidates take the stage for the fifth Democratic debate.  —  Follow NBC News' live blog for the latest coverage of the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential election cycle, co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Buttigieg counterpunches as rivals take aim at his rising candidacy  —  Pete Buttigieg felt the pressure of being a frontrunner.  Elizabeth Warren stuck to her script.  Amy Klobuchar got a few lines in, as did Andrew Yang and Cory Booker.  And Joe Biden had the occasional flub.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and Axios
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris spar over heart of the Democratic Party
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Democratic debate highlights: Candidates discuss rights and U.S. role in the world
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Warren dominates Democrats' fifth 2020 debate: Issue-by-issue recap
Discussion: The Hill
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby  —  DNA testing has established, “with scientific certainty,” that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child's mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts.
NBC News:
As Sondland testified, a misleading Ukraine story spread among conservatives on social media  —  The article offered conservatives and Trump loyalists a welcome alternative to the day's news.  —  A misleading claim about the head of the Ukrainian energy company at the heart …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and New York Times
Ilya Zhegulev / Reuters:
Ukraine widens probe against Burisma founder to embezzlement of state funds  —  KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has widened its investigation into the founder of energy company Burisma to include suspicion of embezzling state funds, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Interfax-Ukraine and Redstate
John Solomon Reports:
The Ukraine scandal timeline Democrats and their media allies don't want America to see
Discussion: American Greatness
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Vindman's Lawyer Asks Fox News to Retract Espionage Allegation  —  A guest on the Ingraham Angle, a Fox show, suggested that Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment hearings, was guilty of spying.  —  Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman is hitting back at the smear campaign against him.
Conrad Duncan / Yahoo News:
Mike Pompeo planning to resign because Trump ‘hurting his reputation’, report claims  —  Donald Trump's secretary of state has reportedly told three prominent  —  Republicans that he is planning to resign from the White House to run for a Senate seat.  —  Mike Pompeo had planned to stay …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds shifts in Wisconsin public opinion favorable to President Trump on impeachment and presidential election preferences  —  MILWAUKEE - Even as hearings that could lead to President Donald Trump's impeachment heat up, a new Marquette University Law School poll …
ABC News:
Tim Cook describes his vision as Apple breaks ground on Texas facility  —  As Apple broke ground at its newest facility, in Texas, CEO Tim Cook said the company was proud to make its “most powerful computer ever” in the U.S., and opened up about having the president's ear and navigating business …
Discussion: Breitbart
Ursula Perano / Axios:
House passes bill expressing support for Hong Kong protestors, rebuking China
Impeachment Hearing with Laura Cooper and David Hale  —  Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant Defense secretary, and David Hale, a State Department under secretary for political affairs, testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Laura Cooper, David Hale testify
Associated Press:
Putin says US ‘political dramas’ diverting focus from Russia  —  1 of 3  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's pleased that the “political battles” in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
How the Collapse of Local News Is Causing a ‘National Crisis’  —  The loss of local news coverage in much of the United States has frayed communities and left many Americans woefully uninformed, according to a new report.  —  School board and city council meetings are going uncovered.
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Obama Moves Off Political Sidelines, Earlier Than He Expected  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama had a plan of sorts for the 2020 presidential primaries, according to several allies and advisers: Stay out of the way, offer advice when asked, promote voting rights, finish a new memoir …
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Katie Shepherd / Stars & Stripes:
Airman accused of spreading white-nationalist propaganda is demoted but remains in military
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge halts all scheduled federal executions
Discussion: Axios
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Booker to Biden on marijuana legalization: It's “already legal for privileged people”
Discussion: CBS News, CNBC and Breitbart
Mark Hemingway / Real Clear Politics:
Wis. Elections Panel Sued for Not Cleaning Up Voter Rolls
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
PHOTO: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella shakes hands with Barack Obama in Oval Office
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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 Earlier Items: 
David French / TIME:
Trump's Actions in Ukraine Weren't Just Wrong, They Were Dangerous
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
For-Profit Colleges Tap a Fox News Host to Influence Trump
The Guardian:
Dozens of Facebook lobbyists tied to members of Congress, investigation shows
Discussion: Breitbart
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg spending $15M-$20M to register half million voters
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Trump Regularly 'Can't Remember What He's Said or Been Told,' White House Insider Says