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9:25 PM ET, November 21, 2019


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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Fiona Hill's extraordinary answer distills what impeachment is about  —  Washington (CNN)Fiona Hill's extraordinary answer about her relationship with the American ambassador to the European Union was ultimately a finely distilled description of what the impeachment hearings are all about …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Fiona Hill: Impeachment Queen  —  She's not the hero we deserve.  She's the hero we need.  —  I spent a decade watching impeachment hearings this week.  Hours upon hours of puffed-up pols posturing and patronizing and waging war on our psyche through parliamentary procedure.
“Could I actually say something?”:  Fiona Hill fires back at House Republicans  —  In a stunning moment at Thursday's impeachment hearing, former top White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill asked whether she may respond to Republican attacks, after three GOP congressman in a row used …
Washington Post:
Fiona Hill shreds the Republicans' false narrative about Ukraine
Discussion: Slate
ABC News:
Trump impeachment hearings live updates: Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Parnas Attended Giuliani's Madrid Meeting With Zelensky Aide  —  Parnas was at the table for a meeting where Giuliani pressured a senior Ukrainian official to investigate a company linked to the Bidens, the official told The Daily Beast.  —  When Rudy Giuliani met with a senior Ukrainian official …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Graham launches probe of Bidens, Burisma and Ukraine  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday requesting documents related to former vice president Joe Biden and his communications with Ukrainian officials …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Joe.My.God.
David Harsanyi / National Review:   The Impeachment Hearings Have Been Useless
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Fiona Hill: It is “not credible” Sondland didn't make Biden-Burisma connection
Wendy R. Sherman / USA Today:
Sondland's impeachment testimony proves Trump foreign policy is run by corrupt clowns
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The huge Gordon Sondland revelation almost everyone missed
Discussion: Raw Story
Exclusive: Former FBI lawyer under investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 Russia probe  —  Washington (CNN)A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.
Washington Post:
White House and Republicans discuss limiting impeachment trial to two weeks  —  A group of Republican senators and senior White House officials met privately Thursday to map out a strategy for a potential impeachment trial of President Trump, including proceedings in the Senate that could be limited …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Supreme Court precedents do not shield Trump financial records, House, prosecutors argue
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump signs short-term spending bill just ahead of shutdown deadline
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
John Hendrickson / The Atlantic:
What Joe Biden Can't Bring Himself to Say  —  His eyes fall to the floor when I ask him to describe it.  We've been tiptoeing toward it for 45 minutes, and so far, every time he seems close, he backs away, or leads us in a new direction.  There are competing theories in the press, but Joe Biden has kept mum on the subject.
Discussion: National Review and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
‘Insurgents’ lobbied Trump for war crimes pardons with little Pentagon involvement, officials say  —  President Trump took to the phone in the Oval Office last week after days of speculation.  In succession, he notified three U.S. service members accused of war crimes that he was intervening on their behalf …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Trump Reverses Navy Decision to Oust Edward Gallagher From SEALs
Trump vows U.S. Navy will not oust commando who posed with corpse from SEALs
Discussion: Law & Crime and Washington Times
Wall Street Journal:
Georgia Gov. Kemp Resists Pressure from Trump on Senate Appointment  —  President is pressing for Rep. Doug Collins to be named interim senator, but the governor is leaning toward a woman or minority for the post  —  ATLANTA—Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is resisting pressure …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg Is in Bad Shape With Black Democrats.  Here's How Bad.  —  No Democrat in modern times has won the party's nomination without claiming majorities of black voters, the most crucial voting bloc in South Carolina and an array of delegate-rich states.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   In DNC Debate, Race Played a Starring Role
John McCormack / National Review:
Notes on the November Democratic Debate Dud
Discussion: The Bulwark and Fox News
Peter Elkind / ProPublica:
Prosecutors Investigating the Trump Organization Zero In on Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg  —  Weisselberg is one of the Trump Organization's longest tenured employees and is now co-running the business.  He escaped federal prosecution for the Stormy Daniels payments but is now a focus of an investigation by Manhattan's district attorney.
Discussion: Law & Crime and POLITICUSUSA
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
A Former Fox News Executive Divides Americans Using Russian Tactics  —  An investigation found that several sites owned by Ken LaCorte push inflammatory items — stories, petitions and the occasional conspiracy theory — to the public.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance …
Democratic establishment reaches boiling point with Tulsi Gabbard  —  Tulsi Gabbard trashed the Democratic Party as “not the party that is of, by and for the people,” accused Kamala Harris of trafficking in “lies and smears and innuendo” and attacked Pete Buttigieg as naive.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Breitbart and Mediaite
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Kennedy asked Trump to put Kavanaugh on Supreme Court list, book says  —  It was a historic moment in April 2017 when Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over the ceremonial Rose Garden swearing-in for the court's new member, Neil M. Gorsuch: the first time a sitting justice …
New York Times:
Campaigns Say Google Ad Policy Sidesteps Problem of Disinformation  —  Campaigns and some digital experts say the restrictions limit a tactic — microtargeting of voters — that they heavily rely on, while not aggressively addressing misinformation.  —  Google's new restrictions on political advertising …
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Washington Post:
White House readies California homelessness plan after ousting top official
Discussion: Mother Jones
NFL finds ‘no such evidence’ of Mason Rudolph directing racial slur at Myles Garrett
U.S. Department of Justice:
Chinese National Who Worked at Monsanto Indicted on Economic Espionage Charges
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
No USMCA deal yet as window narrows for 2019 vote
Discussion: Breitbart and War Room
Washington Post:
Secret Service spent more than $250,000 at Trump's properties in first five months of his term, records show
Washington Post:
Kentucky governor's stay at Trump hotel could carry legal implications for president
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Arab Thinkers Call to Abandon Boycotts and Engage With Israel
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won't act
Luke LeBrun / PressProgress:
Days Before The Federal Election, Computers On A Remote BC Island Were Hijacked In A Mysterious Cyber Attack
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The end of world trade as we know it
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2020 House: Assessing the Open Seats So Far
Washington Post:
Jim Jordan used to torment GOP leaders. Now he's leading them in defending Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story