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11:50 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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Impeachment hearings putting Trump through emotional wringer  —  One day, he's up.  One day, he's down.  Other days he's just angry.  —  President Donald Trump has gone through a range of emotions since House Democrats started their public impeachment hearings last week about whether …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Fiona Hill criticizes Republicans for pushing ‘fictional narrative’ on Ukraine  —  President Donald Trump's former top Russia aide sparred with Republican lawmakers on Thursday, accusing them of emboldening Moscow by pushing a “fictional narrative” that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
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 …
Former top Russia adviser sharply disputes GOP claims on Ukraine  —  (CNN)A former top White House official on Thursday delivered a full-throated rebuttal to the “fictional narrative” pushed by President Donald Trump and his GOP allies, while a US diplomat in the Ukrainian embassy provided …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and The Editorial Board
Washington Post:
Sondland's bombshell testimony leaves Trump's Republican allies scrambling  —  The White House and President Trump's allies scrambled on Wednesday to contain the damage from new allegations from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, whose testimony in front …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The huge Gordon Sondland revelation almost everyone missed  —  (CNN)Gordon Sondland made a LOT of news in his opening statement to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.  There was a quid pro quo between the Americans and the Ukrainains.  Everybody in the White House knew about it.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sondland's Testimony Was A Bombshell. Republicans Pretended It Was A Dud.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, The Hill and Vox
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Gordon Problem
Discussion: Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
READ: Fiona Hill's opening remarks at impeachment hearing
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump cozies up to GOP during impeachment — including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins
Discussion: Vanity Fair
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify
Discussion: Mother Jones and Fox News
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:   Gordon Sondland's testimony frees Team Trump to adopt the best defense: the truth
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
If Pompeo doesn't testify, he should be impeached
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Ambassador Sondland's Revenge
Philip Ewing / NPR:
WATCH: Hill Denounces ‘Fictional Narrative’ About Ukraine, Holmes Details Trump Call
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump Reverses Navy Decision to Oust Edward Gallagher From SEALs  —  The president said Chief Gallagher, who has been at center of a high-profile war crime case, would not lose his membership in the elite commando force.  —  President Trump on Thursday reversed a decision by the Navy seeking …
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 …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Top 2020 Democrats played it safe at the Atlanta debate
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Buttigieg counterpunches as rivals take aim at his rising candidacy
Iowa State University:
Warren slipping as Buttigieg continues to surge  —  AMES, Iowa - Support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren has dropped by nearly 10% over the past month, according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll of Democratic presidential candidates.  At the same time, the percentage of likely Iowa caucus-goers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Pete Buttigieg Is Worried That Free Public College Would Benefit Billionaires  —  Young people who do not go to college tend to be more economically disadvantaged than those who do.  This is not solely a function of rising tuition costs.  For one thing, the peripheral costs of college attendance …
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
Amy Teibel / Bloomberg:
Benjamin Netanyahu to Face Trial on Charges of Bribery and Fraud  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will stand trial for bribery and fraud, an unprecedented development that could doom his career and shape the political crisis that's gripped Israel this past year.
Rep. Devin Nunes / The Permanent Select Committee …:
Nunes Opening Statement for Hill and Holmes Hearing on Impeachment  —  f t # e  —  Opening Statement for Hill and Holmes Hearing on Impeachment  —  Throughout these bizarre hearings, the Democrats have struggled to make the case that President Trump committed some impeachable offense …
Discussion: Redstate
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.
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Jim Jordan used to torment GOP leaders.  Now he's leading them in defending Trump.  —  It's easy to picture Jim Jordan in a locker room, standing jacketless on a cooler or folding chair, rolling up his sleeves and rallying the troops before a crucial showdown.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Discussion: Slate
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge halts all scheduled federal executions
Discussion: Axios
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