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8:30 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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Politico:
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 Political Wire
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 …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Photographer captures Trump's handwritten talking points responding to Sondland
Discussion: The Root
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Gordon Sondland's Testimony Is Damning for Trump — and Himself
Discussion: Washington Post
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:   Ambassador Sondland's Revenge
David Rohde / New Yorker:   “We Followed the President's Orders”: Gordon Sondland's Testimony Likely Assures Trump's Impeachment
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The other knife Gordon Sondland stuck in Trump's back
John Solomon Reports:   The Ukraine scandal timeline Democrats and their media allies don't want America to see
Ilya Zhegulev / Reuters:
Ukraine widens probe against Burisma founder to embezzlement of state funds
Discussion: Redstate
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Gordon Sondland's testimony torpedoes Republican defenses of Trump
Discussion: Occupy Democrats
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Burisma means Biden? Diplomats say the link escaped them
Discussion: Politico and FOX31 Denver
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.
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Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
On 77th Birthday, Grandpa Joe Biden Welcomes Sixth Grandchild
Discussion: Washington Times and Twitchy
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.
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Washington Post:
Impeachment hearings live updates: Defense official testifies that Ukrainians asked about status …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sondland says he told Pence that Ukraine military aid appeared conditioned on political investigations
Discussion: Axios, CNN, Hot Air and Redstate
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Sondland acknowledges there was a ‘quid pro quo’ involving Ukraine
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.
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
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 …
C-SPAN.org:
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.
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ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Laura Cooper, David Hale testify
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg spending $15M-$20M to register half million voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As he moves toward a presidential announcement, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is rolling out plans to spend an estimated $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive designed …
Discussion: Townhall, The Hill and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive Poll: Lara Trump Leads New York Congressional Primary by More than 30 Percent  —  President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump, Eric Trump's wife, is leading by more than 30 percent in the GOP primary in New York's second congressional district should she decide to run there …
Chantal Da Silva / Newsweek:
Trump Regularly 'Can't Remember What He's Said or Been Told,' White House Insider Says  —  President Donald Trump regularly struggles to “remember what he's said or been told,” an anonymous senior government official behind a new exposé on the inner workings of the White House has claimed.
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
For-Profit Colleges Tap a Fox News Host to Influence Trump  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Pete Hegseth, the Fox News personality who urged President Donald Trump …
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
PHOTO: Alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella shakes hands with Barack Obama in Oval Office  —  A year after Ukraine official and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella left President Trump's White House, a picture of him shaking Barack Obama's hand was published on a close friend's wedding website.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
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David French / TIME:
Trump's Actions in Ukraine Weren't Just Wrong, They Were Dangerous
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Adam Schiff, ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman and the impeachment ratings flop
Discussion: Washington Times and New York Post
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Collins ‘strongly’ considers a Senate bid if Kemp doesn't tap him
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill