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1:35 PM ET, November 20, 2019

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Sondland Kept Pompeo Informed on Ukraine Pressure Campaign  —  The diplomat at the center of the impeachment inquiry looped in the secretary of state at key moments as American officials pushed for investigations sought by President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland …
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
'It doesn't matter': House Republicans embrace ‘quid pro quo’  —  After saying they could not accept a quid pro quo, House Republicans say it no longer matters if President Trump tied $400 million in military aid earmarked for Ukraine to Kyiv agreeing to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.
The Daily Beast:
Gordon Sondland Trashes Giuliani, Says 'We Followed the President's Orders'  —  “We weren't happy with the president's directive to talk with Rudy,” he said.  “We did not want to involve Mr. Giuliani.”  —  U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Spectacular Failure of the Trump Wranglers  —  Kurt Volker and many others tried to manage the President.  Impeachment is the result.  —  On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump lashes out as Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’  —  President Trump lashed out anew at the Democrat-lead impeachment inquiry Wednesday as Gordon Sondland, the most significant witnesses to date, acknowledged there was a “quid pro quo” …
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’ involving Ukraine  —  Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday more bluntly than he had before that President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, sought to condition a White House invite for Ukraine's new president to demands …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A White House Now ‘Cannibalizing Itself’  —  “On July 25th, along with several of my colleagues, I listened to a call between President Trump and President Zelensky, the content of which has since been publicly reported.  I found the July 25th phone call unusual because in contrast …
Discussion: Press Watch, CNN and KBJR 6
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ken Starr: GOP Senators Might Consider Having to ‘Make a Trip’ to the White House After Sondland's Testimony  —  Moments before Wednesday's impeachment hearings and right after U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's opening statement was released, Fox News contributor Ken Starr wondered …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Sondland testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms deal with Ukraine  —  The ambassador is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee and will be revealing emails and texts to back up his claims.  —  WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the E.U. …
New York Times:
Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Sondland Says 'We Followed the President's Orders' on Ukraine  —  Gordon D. Sondland testified that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the pressure campaign, and that he told Vice President Mike Pence about an apparent link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations of Democrats.
Emily Tillett / CBS News:   Pence denies Gordon Sondland's claims that he knew of Ukraine dealings
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment's trench warfare
New York Times:
Read Gordon Sondland's Opening Statement
Discussion: The Atlantic, HuffPost and TheBlaze
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sondland's testimony will expose Trump's use of crime-boss language
Discussion: New York Times and ABC News
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
How Republicans' star impeachment witness turned on them
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans should have thought twice before calling Volker and Morrison
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Vox and Taylor Marsh
The Daily Beast:   Sondland Was Talking to Zelensky Allies About Biden Investigations in Mid-May
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Who is Gordon Sondland? How is he involved in the impeachment inquiry?
CBS News:
Sondland says Pompeo knew of “quid pro quo” scheme for Ukraine investigations
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Washington Post:
‘Comes down to one guy’: In impeachment probe, all eyes turn to Gordon Sondland
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Ari Feldman / The Forward:
Alexander Vindman's Family Under 24-Hour Security Monitoring After Twitter Targeting By Trump  —  The Army has placed Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine and a central figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and his family under 24-hour security monitoring …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Blasts Out Anti-Vindman Talking Points to Surrogates  —  It is the latest attack from the president's team on one of his employees.  —  The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees.
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Trump Regularly 'Can't Remember What He's Said or Been Told,' White House Insider Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Clevenger / Roll Call:
What to wear? Republicans flag Vindman's sartorial choice
Discussion: Althouse
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Lou Dobbs Guest Mocks Vindman: He's a ‘Deep State Crybaby’
Discussion: Washington Post and Contemptor
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
A very bad impeachment hearings day for Donald Trump
Discussion: The Atlantic, Breitbart and Politico
Josh Hammer / New York Post:
Alexander Vindman condemned himself in his impeachment testimony
Discussion: Spectator USA and Fox News
Yahoo News:
FBI seeks interview with CIA whistleblower  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI recently sought to question the CIA whistleblower who filed a complaint over President Trump's July 25 Ukraine call — a move that came after a vigorous internal debate within the bureau over how to respond to some of the issues raised …
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NBC News:   FBI seeks to interview the whistleblower
Mayor Wayne Messam:
I am Suspending My 2020 Presidential Campaign But I'm Not Finished Yet  —  I am Suspending My 2020 Presidential Campaign But I'm Not Finished Yet  —  I launched my 2020 Presidential Campaign eight months ago back in March as the son of Jamaican Immigrant parents.
Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
Nikki Haley Used System for Unclassified Material to Send ‘Confidential’ Information  —  Newly released emails suggest that in 2017 the then-ambassador lost her password for classified communication and so used a different system.  —  North Korea had just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable …
Ady Barkan / The Nation:
Why I'm Endorsing Elizabeth Warren  —  Elizabeth or Bernie?  It's a difficult and wonderful choice to have.  —  I have spent my entire career at the messy and vital intersection of movement-building, electoral politics, and governance.  And for the past three years, I've done that work under …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and CNN
Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh indicted on 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ book scandal  —  Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children's book series.
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New York Times:
Former Baltimore Mayor Indicted on Fraud Charges Tied to Children's Books
Discussion: Slate and The Daily Caller
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Republicans seek to subpoena Hunter Biden, Ukraine whistleblower, DNC files  —  Rep. Nunes makes opening statement ahead of Ambassador Sondland's testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry  —  The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has sent a letter to Chairman Adam Schiff asking …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
‘Bro-like’: Schiff aide was White House friend of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella
Discussion: Redstate and TheBlaze
Heather Schwedel / Slate:
An Interview With the Woman Who Strongly Needed Her Coffee During a Live Impeachment Hearing  —  Tuesday's award for the most amusing diversion from the minutia of the impeachment hearings goes to McClatchy congressional reporter Emma Dumain, who went minorly viral for chugging coffee …
Discussion: New York Post, Washington Post and CNN
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
As President, Pete Buttigieg Wants to Give 25 Percent of Federal Contracts to Minorities.  As Mayor, He Gave 3 Percent.  —  One of the main tenets of Pete Buttigieg's plan to address racial inequality if he becomes president is a proposal to increase the number of federal contracting dollars …
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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
There Are Two Rhodes Scholars Running For President. Only One Gets Mentioned.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Slate
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: The Hill
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
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