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9:35 AM ET, November 21, 2019


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Former top Russia adviser to reject ‘fictional narrative’ that Ukraine meddled in US politics  —  (CNN)A former top White House official will offer on Thursday a full-throated rebuttal to the “fictional narrative” pushed by President Donald Trump and his GOP allies about Ukraine's role meddling …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Fiona Hill to criticize Republicans for pushing ‘fictional narrative’ on Ukraine  —  President Donald Trump's former top Russia aide plans to go after Republican lawmakers on Thursday for pushing what she dubs a “fictional narrative” about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
NBC News:
Fiona Hill to say partisan politics drove a ‘fictional’ narrative on Ukraine  —  The former White House official is expected to detail warning about the threat to U.S. democracy posed by Russia.  —  WASHINGTON — Former White House official Fiona Hill will tell Congress on Thursday …
New York Times:
Pompeo Emerges as a Major Trump Enabler in Ukraine Affair  —  A top envoy's testimony places Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the center of the nation's biggest foreign policy controversy in nearly two decades.  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has for months deflected questions …
New York Times:
Sondland Has Implicated the President and His Top Men  —  Congress now needs to hear from more witnesses before an impeachment vote.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
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.
Sondland's Testimony Was A Bombshell. Republicans Pretended It Was A Dud.
Discussion: The Hill, Vox and Associated Press
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Fiona Hill and David Holmes appear
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:   Gordon Sondland's testimony frees Team Trump to adopt the best defense: the truth
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Trump cozies up to GOP during impeachment — including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
If Pompeo doesn't testify, he should be impeached
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Ambassador Sondland's Revenge
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 …
Prosecutors subpoena Trump fundraisers as part of Giuliani investigation
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Lost Debate  —  There are winners and losers, even when no one watches.  —  It'll be interesting to see the numbers on Wednesday night's debate because my sense—and maybe I'm just projecting here—is that anyone in America who follows politics closely enough to watch a two-hour debate three months …
NBC News:
Read the full text from the fifth debate for the 2020 presidential election hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Warren dominates Democrats' fifth 2020 debate: Issue-by-issue recap
Discussion: The Hill
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
‘Dishonest’ : Steve Schmidt presses Tulsi Gabbard on meeting Bashar al-Assad  —  Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joins Chris Matthews from the spin room after the MSNBC/Washington Post Debate.  Steve Schmidt pressed Gabbard on meeting with Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart, Axios and Fox News
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.
New York Times:
Google to Limit Targeting of Political Ads  —  The company said the ads would not be directed specifically to audiences based on their public voter records or political affiliations.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will restrict how precisely political advertisers can target an audience on its online services …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:   Google to limit targeted political ads as Silicon Valley grapples with 2020
Scott Spencer / The Keyword:
An update on our political ads policy
Andrew McCarthy / Fox News:
Schiff games Trump impeachment show - In legitimate proceedings, you can't have it both ways  —  “Self-serving and not credible.”  At Tuesday's public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry, former U.S. envoy Kurt Volker offered that assessment of allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden …
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
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Trump is lying about the ‘new’ ‘Apple’ factory  —  It is neither new nor an Apple factory  —  In advance of Trump's factory tour today, I took a look at the strange relationship that's developed between Tim Cook and Donald Trump over the past three years.  One of the things that popped …
Washington Post:
White House pick to lead NOAA withdraws nomination, citing health concerns  —  Barry Myers' nomination never got to a floor vote  —  Barry Myers, President Trump's controversial nominee to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has withdrawn from consideration due …
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
There Are Two Separate Impeachment Hearings Happening Right Now — And Republicans Are Winning Theirs  —  Nothing Republican Rep. Devin Nunes does during the hearings makes sense if you watch it in the moment.  When it's posted on Facebook later, though, it works perfectly.
DOD Identifies Army Casualties  —  The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.  —  Both soldiers died Nov. 20, 2019, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed while providing security for troops on the ground.
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Kamala Harris secures new CBC endorsement as she ramps up black voter outreach
Katie Shepherd / Stars & Stripes:
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge halts all scheduled federal executions
Discussion: Axios
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
How the Collapse of Local News Is Causing a ‘National Crisis’
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
PHOTO: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella shakes hands with Barack Obama in Oval Office
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit