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9:05 AM ET, November 27, 2019


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New York Times:
Trump Knew of Whistle-Blower Complaint When He Released Aid to Ukraine  —  White House lawyers briefed President Trump in late August about the complaint, people familiar with the matter said.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump had already been briefed on a whistle-blower's complaint …
POLITICO Playbook: Will Trump participate now?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE HAVE SOME INTEL TO REPORT about the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, but we are going to do so with this caveat: Nailing down this White House is like trying to tack Jell-O to a wall.
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  November 26, 2019 - Biden Retakes Lead As Warren Plunges, Buttigieg Rises, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Not Swayed By Impeachment Hearings  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden has retaken the lead in the Democratic primary race for president …
CNN Poll: Biden leads nationally as Buttigieg rises  —  Panelist: Biden does best when he isn't in public  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the newly expanded field of contenders for the Democratic nomination for president, with Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts …
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:   Pete Buttigieg's PAC Was Supposed To Help Elect Democrats. It Mostly Touted Him.
Washington Post:
Two OMB officials resigned in part over concerns about Ukraine aid hold, official testifies  —  Mark Sandy, a career official at the White House Office of Management and Budget, revealed the resignations in testimony to impeachment investigators  —  Two officials at the White House Office …
2 budget officials allegedly resigned over handling of Ukraine aid freeze
Discussion: The Hill
Page Six:
Hunter Biden suspected of smoking crack in DC strip club's VIP room  —  Hunter Biden was suspected of smoking crack inside a strip club where he dropped “thousands of dollars” during multiple visits — at the same time he held a seat on the board of a controversial Ukrainian natural-gas company, The Post has learned.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Sacramento Bee:
Cows don't have fingers and can't insult Devin Nunes on Twitter, court filing says  —  A Democratic strategist is refusing to disclose communications that could reveal the identity of anonymous Twitter users who criticize Rep. Devin Nunes, arguing in a new court filing that the accounts …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Trump Denies Sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine for Biden Probe  — President discusses Giuliani in interview with Bill O'Reilly  — Giuliani has said he conducted Ukraine investigation for Trump  —  Donald Trump denied directing Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine to look for dirt on his political rivals …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump heads where everybody loves him — and hates impeachment  —  Goodbye, New York.  Hello, Florida.  —  That was part of President Donald Trump's mantra as he returned to the Sunshine State for a campaign rally Tuesday in the city of Sunrise, before starting his Thanksgiving break at his private club, Mar-a-Lago.
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Taxpayers Have Now Paid for Trump to Visit Mar-a-Lago 100 Times
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
'There's something terribly wrong': Americans are dying young at alarming rates  —  Death rates from suicide, drug overdoses, liver disease and dozens of other causes have been rising over the past decade for young and middle-aged adults, driving down overall life expectancy in the United States …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Belligerents in the Persian Gulf are trying something new: diplomacy
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Pete Buttigieg Called Me.  Here's What Happened  —  The first thing you should know about me is that I absolutely hate talking on the phone.  —  My friends, family and co-workers all know this about me.  It's not the talking that bothers me, it's the anticipation angst from waiting for a phone call.
New York Times:
They Voted Democratic.  Now They Support Trump.  —  Two-thirds of battleground state voters who chose Trump in 2016 but selected Democrats in the midterms say they will return to the president next year.  —  Midterm victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin gave Democrats hope …
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Bloomberg News's Refusal To Scrutinize Michael Bloomberg's Candidacy Raises ‘Serious’ …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNBC:   Here's why Mike Bloomberg thinks he can defy the odds and win the Democratic nomination
Chris Buskirk / American Greatness:
The Indispensable Tucker Carlson  —  Michael Blake, the vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, just paid Tucker Carlson a high compliment.  He's trying to defame, delegitimize, deplatform, and, ultimately, cancel him.  That's because the Fox News host is the most articulate spokesman …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: Why Wasn't 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Observed ‘Years Ago?’  —  Yesterday, President Trump signed the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.  The effect of this law is self-explanatory — it creates a coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, ratifying women's suffrage.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
Benjamin Fearnow / Newsweek:
Texas Republicans Mistakenly Email 2020 Strategy to Democrats, Seek to Reduce ‘Polarizing Nature’ of Trump  —  POLITICS TEXAS REPUBLICANS EMAIL 2020  —  Texas Republicans blamed a “staffer” Monday after their blueprint for winning 2020 elections and plans to mitigate President Donald Trump's …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Pompeo says Trump's debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory is worth looking into  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a debunked conspiracy theory pursued by President Trump accusing Ukraine, not Russia, of interfering in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the network …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, NPR and Axios
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Pompeo just flirted with Trump's Ukraine conspiracy theory. This isn't normal, folks.
Discussion: Wired and POLITICUSUSA
Trump says U.S. will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Tuesday that he will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists over their role in drug and human trafficking.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Trump Tax Records Reveal New Inconsistencies — This Time for Trump Tower  —  Documents show the president's company reported different numbers — higher ones to lenders, lower ones to tax officials — for Trump's signature building.  Last month, ProPublica revealed a similar pattern in two other Trump buildings.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Good Boy?  Good Girl?  Experts Weigh In on Conan the Dog's Genitals.  —  For over 24 hours, the nation has been reeling as our country's military and White House officials appear unable to agree on the biological sex of Conan the dog, the four-legged commando praised for participating …
Ashleigh Furlong / Politico:
Labour: Dossier indicates NHS ‘up for sale’ in US trade deal  —  The U.K.'s Labour Party has obtained unredacted documents detailing talks between the U.S. and U.K. that indicate the National Health Service is on the table in trade talks with Washington, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Don't want to discuss Trump or impeachment at Thanksgiving?  Try this instead.  —  Dazzle (or distract) the table with what else has been happening while they weren't looking.  —  Afraid that any discussion of impeachment will set off arguments between your Fox News-watching uncle and your woke cousins?
David Samuels / Washington Post:
Would Republican senators ever vote to convict Trump?  Here's what we can learn from the rest of the world.  —  Sure, parties dump their prime ministers — but they rarely throw out ‘their’ presidents.  Here's why.  —  The House may well vote to impeach President Trump.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
At Florida ‘Homecoming’ Rally, Trump Rails Against Familiar Targets  —  The president took on the impeachment inquiry, Democrats and the news media in his first return to the state as a formal resident.  —  SUNRISE, Fla. — President Trump on Tuesday raged against the Democrats' impeachment inquiry …
Discussion: Associated Press
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Giuliani Represented Venezuelan Investor in Discussion With Justice Dept.  —  The president's lawyer met with the head of the department's criminal division about a money laundering case involving Alejandro Betancourt López.  —  WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
More than 70 million watched TV coverage of Trump impeachment inquiry  —  More than 70 million viewers watched some portion of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to Nielsen data.  —  The hearings on whether Trump withheld military aid …
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
NRA boosted executive pay while cutting funding for key programs, filing shows  —  Compensation for top officials at the National Rifle Association surged by 41 percent last year, according to a new tax filing, as the nation's largest pro-gun organization sharply reduced spending on programs central to its mission.
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Dan Sewell / Associated Press:
On the Thanksgiving menu: Turkey, with a side of impeachment
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Impeachment fight leaves voters cold in contested Wisconsin
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
AOC raised most money among House Dems for reelection campaign
Discussion: Common Dreams
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Here's why Bloomberg insists he's not crazy
Carl Meyer / National Observer:
Canadian tech firm AggregateIQ broke privacy laws over Brexit
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Utah's governor proposes revised rule to ban conversion therapy on LGBTQ children
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Hill
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
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Trump to raise campaign cash on NATO trip to London
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tech Companies Prop Up China's Vast Surveillance Network
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Net support for impeachment grew steadily during U.S. congressional hearings, poll shows
NBC News:
Influential neo-Nazi eats at soup kitchens, lives in government housing
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Reed Galen / USA Today:
Stefanik's impeachment dive into Trump's MAGA nihilism reveals dark Republican future
Discussion: Jezebel
Matt Berman / BuzzFeed News:
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