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4:10 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
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Awful Truth About Impeachment  —  Facts be damned is Trump's approach, and it's working.  —  After five days, twelve witnesses, lots of shouting, and dozens of angry tweets from the President, the House Intelligence Committee's public impeachment hearings into Donald Trump's Ukraine affair ended …
Discussion: The Nation
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 …
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump continues to push debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory
Discussion: Breitbart, HuffPost and The Intercept
New York Times:
Charges of Ukrainian Meddling?  A Russian Operation, U.S. Intelligence Says  —  Moscow has run a yearslong operation to blame Ukraine for its own 2016 election interference.  Republicans have used similar talking points to defend President Trump in impeachment proceedings.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Axios, Raw Story and HuffPost
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: Slate and New York Times
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Attacks Impeachment Inquiry and Accuses a Witness of Lying  —  Mr. Trump said a career diplomat made up a conversation between him and his ambassador to the European Union, dismissing a critical detail in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump unleashed …
Tom Nichols / USA Today:   Hill, Holmes impeachment hearing: Experts beat crackpots on Trump, Russia and Ukraine
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
‘A lot of things are the matter with me’: The best lines from Trump's Fox interview  —  President Donald Trump called in to “Fox & Friends” on Friday for a nearly hour-long interview that he agreed after was a form of “stress relief.”  —  As House Democrats close in on an impeachment vote …
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’
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
President Fox News Grandpa Had Himself a Morning on Fox & Friends
Discussion: Vox, POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
Trump repeats Ukraine conspiracy theory on 53-minute “Fox & Friends” call
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Associated Press
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump unloads to Fox News as impeachment threat heightens
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Biden: Lindsey Graham will ‘regret his whole life’ doing Trump's bidding on Ukraine  —  Watch “CNN Tonight” at 10 p.m. ET to see Don Lemon's full interview with former Vice President Joe Biden.  —  Abbeville, South Carolina (CNN)Joe Biden said he is “embarrassed” for South Carolina …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden camp: Graham ‘forfeited his conscience’ over Ukraine
Discussion: TheBlaze and Axios
David Brennan / Newsweek:
Trump Said U.S. Is ‘Getting Raped’ by NATO, Has Pushed to Exit Alliance According to White House Insider  —  President Donald Trump's criticisms of NATO have been one of the most concerning elements of his presidency to date for career diplomats and Pentagon officials.
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
House Dem points out that Devin Nunes could be an impeachment inquiry witness  —  A House Democrat just pointed out the surprising fact that the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Republican member might have to appear as a fact witness in the panel's impeachment inquiry.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:   ‘1984’ arrives 35 years late: Republicans like Devin Nunes are intent on making 2 plus 2 equal whatever …
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Parnas Attended Giuliani's Madrid Meeting With Zelensky Aide
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Read This  —  I read through this a number of times before deciding to publish it.  But I strongly, strongly recommend it to you.  The author of the email is a former federal prosecutor.  When I first read it I confess I found it all a bit loopy or improbable.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Defecting Chinese spy offers information trove to Australian government  —  A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence on how China conducts its interference operations abroad.  —  Wang “William” Liqiang …
Discussion: PoliticalShort
David Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump says he might veto legislation that aims to protect human rights in Hong Kong because bill …
Discussion: Reason and Foreign Policy
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Keep in mind these points about a historic week  —  An exhausting and historic week of impeachment hearings came to an end Thursday when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) gaveled the proceedings to a close.  Take time to watch the whole thing:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How impeachment should change how you vote
Discussion: Raw Story
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
This Week in Impeachment: The Most Important Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Speaks
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story, PEN and CNN
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Bloomberg makes ‘massive’ ad buy  —  In the latest sign Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend freely on a prospective presidential bid, the billionaire has begun booking a huge quantity of TV ad time in media markets across the country — including the one that's home to President Donald Trump's winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Far-right group warning of Islamist infiltration to hold banquet at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club
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 …
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 …
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.
Alex Kotch / Sludge:
Nation's Biggest Charity Is Funding Influential White Nationalist Group  —  A charitable nonprofit linked to Fidelity Investments has donated at least $100,000 to the New Century Foundation, the organization behind white nationalist publication American Renaissance, since mid-2015.  —  EDITED BY
Discussion: HuffPost
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
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 …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Black South Bend leader endorses Biden, rebukes Buttigieg  —  The longest-serving African American man on the South Bend, Ind., Common Council is endorsing Joe Biden for president, a rejection of Pete Buttigieg that highlights the South Bend mayor's struggle with black voters.
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.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
Michael Moore Says He's Now The Mainstream Democratic Party: ‘I Am The Center’
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
Charlie Kirk / American Greatness:
Clearing the Air on the Right
CBS News:
Florida state senator decries being targeted by 2016 Russian election hacking
Associated Press:
Supreme Court will hear case over no-fly list
Discussion: The Hill
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Élan Young / HuffPost:
Coal Knew, Too  —  A newly unearthed journal from 1966 shows …
Discussion: Raw Story
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BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: New York Post
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Racism Right Before Our Eyes
Washington Post:
Members of an NCAA championship team plan to rebuke Trump's policies during White House visit
Kansas City Star:
Trump says Pompeo would run for Senate if GOP in danger of losing Kansas seat
Discussion: Fox News
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Road That Brought Conservatives and Republicans to This Point
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ambassador Sondland's slick move
Discussion: Twitchy