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12:55 PM ET, November 22, 2019


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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Defenders Have No Defense  —  Witnesses were uneven, but even his closest allies don't try to deny he did what he's accused of doing.  —  Look, the case has been made.  Almost everything in the impeachment hearings this week fleshed out and backed up the charge that President Trump muscled Ukraine for political gain.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's GOP defenders cannot be shamed.  It's time to try this instead.  —  If there is one widely shared conclusion about the impeachment hearings that have just concluded, it's that President Trump's GOP defenders were never “gettable.”  —  This idea has been repeated countless times in recent days …
Discussion: New York Times
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
This Week in Impeachment: The Most Important Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Speaks  —  There are nine House Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, but only three of them have received extensive media attention during the public hearing phase of the committee's impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Bloomberg, PEN and CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans' nuttery exposed
Politico:   Trump again lashes out at Yovanovitch
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How impeachment should change how you vote
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Impeachment Witnesses Not Heard
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
In Fiona Hill's powerful testimony, a disturbing glimpse into Pompeo's mindset
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:
Justice Dept. watchdog is said to have found evidence an FBI employee altered document in Russia probe  —  The Justice Department inspector general has found evidence that an FBI employee may have altered a document connected to court-approved surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Week
Associated Press:   FBI lawyer investigated over altered Russia probe document
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Bolton Allies Cut Out ‘Three Amigos’ for Direct Line to Kyiv  —  After a White House meeting that was thrown into chaos by Ambassador Gordon Sondland, senior National Security Council officials took matters into their own hands, sources say.  —  In the days following a July meeting at the White House …
Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
Fiona Hill (and Dems) ignore the serious evidence of Ukrainian 2016 meddling
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:   The Double-Barreled Dream World of Trump and His Enablers
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Impeachment witness warns that conspiracy theories advance Russia's agenda as they divide Americans
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Impeachment is about to get a Robert Mueller reprise  —  Right now, impeachment is all about Ukraine.  But after Thanksgiving, prepare for a Robert Mueller reprise.  —  Now that House Democrats have wrapped up public hearings on President Donald Trump's pressure campaign to get Ukraine …
Discussion: Reason and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Questions over next steps as Judiciary moves into impeachment spotlight
Discussion: Fox News, Joe.My.God. and Axios
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Jake Tapper: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight the country’  —  CNN's Jake Tapper thinks fact-checking Donald Trump is no longer enough — and he's created an hourlong special exploring the effects on foreign policy, business and the national culture of the president's compulsive lying.
Discussion: Political Wire
Marina Fang / HuffPost:
Trump Pushes Debunked Ukraine Theory In Long, Rambling Call To ‘Fox & Friends’  —  The nearly hourlong phone call on the president's favorite morning show devolved into a soliloquy.  —  President Donald Trump on Friday pushed a false right-wing conspiracy theory roundly debunked by U.S. officials …
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:   Moral Equivalence, Etc.
Trump repeats Ukraine conspiracy theory on 53-minute “Fox & Friends” call
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe.My.God.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AG Barr: Epstein's death was a ‘perfect storm of screw-ups’  —  1 of 6  —  ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says Jeffrey Epstein's death was the result of a “perfect storm of screw-ups.”  —  Barr's comments in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press come days …
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump says he might veto legislation that aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong because bill would impact China trade talks  —  The legislation easily passed Congress with a veto-proof majority  —  President Trump suggested on Friday that he might veto legislation designed …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook  —  Accepting an award from the Anti-Defamation League, the comedian called Facebook “the greatest propaganda machine in history.”  —  Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the International Leadership Award …
Brent Larkin / Plain Dealer:
Jim Jordan was imposed on us for egregiously partisan reasons.  Now he's afflicting the nation.  —  CLEVELAND — Of all the regions in all the states in all the country, Jim Jordan got dragged into ours.  There was no good reason to punish Greater Cleveland by making the person who's …
Discussion: Raw Story, Fox News and Washington Post
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shepard Smith Uses a Post-Fox Spotlight to Defend Freedom of the Press  —  The former anchor made his first public appearance since his abrupt departure from Fox News, where he faced taunts from colleagues and President Trump.  —  In his first public remarks since abruptly resigning …
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
The Jungle Prince of Delhi  —  For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital.  It was a tragic, astonishing story.  But was it true?  —  NEW DELHI — On a spring afternoon in 2016 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trump and His Corrupt Old Party  —  For Republicans, there is no bottom.  —  Formally, the House of Representatives is holding an inquiry into the question of whether Donald J. Trump should be impeached.  In reality, we've known the answer to that question for a long time.
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ambassador Sondland's slick move  —  By many accounts, Gordon Sondland delivered the most consequential testimony of the House Democrats' rushed public impeachment proceedings.  Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified in the impeachment hearings Wednesday.
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Members of an NCAA championship team plan to rebuke Trump's policies during White House visit  —  Some members of the Columbia University fencing team plan to confront President Trump at the White House on Friday over his administration's stance on gender issues.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Road That Brought Conservatives and Republicans to This Point  —  At some point in your development, probably in your younger years, you stepped into the world of politics out of curiosity and it lit something within you.  While lots of your peers found it boring, you started to feel like it was grand crusade in the best sense.
Kayla Epstein / Washington Post:
Obama tells Democrats worried about the primary field to ‘chill out’  —  It's the fall before a presidential election year: the leaves are changing, the weather's getting brisk, the days are getting shorter, and Democrats are getting antsy about their field of potential nominees.
Discussion: New York Times, CNN, Political Wire and Vox
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Far-right group warning of Islamist infiltration to hold banquet at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Staff Is Unionizing
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Racism Right Before Our Eyes
Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight
Washington Post:
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Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman Open Up About Their ‘Salt and Pepper’ Friendship, The View and Donald Trump Jr.
 Earlier Items: 
Kansas City Star:
Trump says Pompeo would run for Senate if GOP in danger of losing Kansas seat
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Right-wing group continues to build private border wall. It lacks permits, but not official praise.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
It May Take a Month to Name California's Winner on Super Tuesday
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
House attorneys say Trump's tax returns are needed for impeachment inquiry
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Townhall
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Democrats Know Trump Won't Be Removed. They're Still Amped About Impeachment.
Discussion: WBUR and NBC News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's meddling in a SEAL disciplinary case risks a collision with the Navy
Discussion: New York Times and Navy Times