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Marc Caputo / Politico:
'You're a damn liar, man': Biden lashes out at Iowan over Hunter claim  —  NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — Joe Biden lashed out at an Iowa town hall Thursday after a man suggested the former vice president helped his son get a sweetheart deal in Ukraine and was “selling access” like President Donald Trump does.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
John F. Kerry endorses Joe Biden, as the former vice president seeks a boost for his candidacy  —  Former secretary of state John F. Kerry endorsed Joe Biden's presidential candidacy on Thursday, saying his longtime friend and colleague has the character, experience and leadership skills …
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:   Joe Biden Challenged A Man In Iowa To An “IQ Test” Or Push-Up Contest After He Asked Biden About His Son
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:   John Kerry endorses Biden for president, says Trump has ‘broken apart’ country
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats  —  President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to shield his financial records from the Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee, in the latest case to bring questions over separation of powers to the justices.
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Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Speaker Pelosi asks House to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump
Daniel McCarthy / Spectator USA:
Impeachment doesn't work
Discussion: Fox News and Disrn
Politico:   Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Warren and Biden lose ground, Sanders moves ahead in California's shifting 2020 Democratic race  —  The Democratic presidential contest in California remains extremely fluid — but not enough, at least so far, to provide an opening for Michael Bloomberg, who entered the race two weeks ago …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Rudy Giuliani Made A Surprise Visit To Kyiv And Nobody There Is Happy About It  —  KYIV — Rudy Giuliani has made a surprise visit to Kyiv — but the city isn't buzzing with his arrival, it's groaning.  —  Giuliani arriving with his shady band of conspiracy theorists …
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ABC News:
Giuliani in Ukraine with conservative news outlet in effort to discredit impeachment probe
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Owens / New York Times:
I Worked for Alex Jones.  I Regret It.  —  I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview.  Then I saw what it did to people.  —  On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones's Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic …
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Infowars Staffer: We Made Up Shariah Law Threat Stories
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds.  Here's how journalists can reach the undecided.  —  The diplomats have been inspiring, the legal scholars knowledgeable, the politicians predictable.  —  After endless on-air analysis and written reporting, pundit panels, and emergency podcasts, not much has changed.
Discussion: NB Blog and Twitchy
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Karen McDougal, Who Claims To Have Had Affair With Donald Trump, Sues Fox News For Defamation
Discussion: Sputnik International
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Democrats Are Speeding to Defeat on Impeachment  —  As the rough beast of impeachment races forward, Democrats need to pause for a quick reality check.  No matter how compelling the evidence against President Trump may be—and it is quite compelling—they will not ultimately succeed in removing Trump from office.
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Yahoo News:
Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with foreign cash, says Justice Department  —  An emissary for two wealthy Arab princes boasted to unnamed officials of a Middle Eastern government about his direct access to Hillary and Bill Clinton while funneling more than $3.5 million …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Psychology Today:
Disgraced “Peloton Husband” Speaks Out  —  The psychological impact of being at the centre of worldwide controversy.  —  Few people know what it's like to be thrust into the public eye amidst worldwide controversy quite like the actor who plays the “tone-deaf” husband in a recent controversial Peloton ad.
NBC News:
Buttigieg slams disruption of black supporters' rally that turned into chaos  —  “It shows kind of where politics has come to,” the South Bend mayor and 2020 candidate told NBC News about the incident.  —  Pete Buttigieg on Thursday criticized an explosive — and nearly violent …
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Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Pete Buttigieg Won't Talk About His Secret Work At McKinsey
Discussion: The Guardian
Axios:
Scoop: Sen. Cramer blocks Armenian genocide bill at request of White House  —  The White House directed Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) to block an effort by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday to pass a resolution via unanimous consent formally recognizing Turkey's genocide …
Discussion: National Review, Raw Story and The Hill
ProPublica:
Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care  —  Video obtained by ProPublica shows the Border Patrol held a sick teen in a concrete cell without proper medical attention and did not discover his body until his cellmate alerted guards.  The video doesn't match the Border Patrol's account of his death.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
New revelations about Barr and Giuliani strengthen case against Trump  —  One of the strongest arguments made by experts testifying against President Trump is that he poses a present and continuing threat to our democracy.  By adopting the stance that extorting a foreign leader into helping …
Hyung-jin Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Thursday to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language, such as referring to its leader as “rocket man.”
NBC News:
Russian agents planned hit from assassins' lairs in French Alps, say intel officials  —  Western intelligence agencies tracked up to 15 members of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, including 2 who poisoned a defector in London.  —  WASHINGTON — A group of elite Russian military …
Daily Mail:
Revealed: Billionaire Russian oligarch killed in mystery Surrey car crash while walking dog is linked to murky dealings in his native Volgograd where his business partner is behind bars  —  A Russian billionaire has died after he was knocked down by a car while out walking his dog near his Surrey home …
VICE:
Neo-Nazi Terror Group Harbouring Missing Ex-Soldier: Sources  —  According to information VICE has learned from confidential sources, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi terrorist group is currently harbouring a missing ex-soldier from Canada.  —  The information suggests members of The Base are hiding Patrik Mathews …
The Guardian:
Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation  —  Israeli-based group uses Facebook to spread disinformation to more than a million followers around the world, singling out Muslim US congresswomen  —  Two Muslim US congresswomen have been targeted …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Common Dreams
Sophia Goodfriend / Jewish Currents:
Naked Gun  —  This essay appears in our Fall 2019 issue, out now!  Subscribe to receive a copy in your mailbox.  —  DRESSED IN MATCHING white crop tops, the Alpha Gun Angels arrived 20 minutes late to the opening ceremony of Israel's Defense, Homeland Security and Cyber Exhibition (ISDEF) …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
The most consequential moment of the 2020 primary  —  Kamala Harris was hosting a town hall in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., two years ago when she made an announcement that set off a mad scramble in the U.S. Senate.  —  “Here, I'll break some news,” Harris told hundreds of people packed …
Discussion: Axios, Bern Notice and The Hill
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democratic Race: Biden 2020 as Romney 2012  —  As one shaky frontrunner endures, we're reminded of another from the recent past  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Biden's endurance at the top of the Democratic race is reminiscent of Mitt Romney's endurance in the 2012 Republican race.
Discussion: CNN
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Emotional baggage  —  Away's founders sold a vision of travel and inclusion, but employees say it masked a toxic work environment  —  Avery felt out of place at Away.  Like many of the executives at the popular direct-to-consumer luggage brand, she'd gone to an Ivy League college …
BuzzFeed News:
The Curious Case Of Joseph Mifsud's Lost Passport And Wallet  —  LONDON — While the world was looking for Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, his passport and wallet sat for 17 months in a lost and found office in a Portuguese airport.
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker's financial documents  —  The judge rejected DOJ's bid for a categorical rule allowing secrecy for draft financial disclosures.  —  Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.  —  A federal judge has turned down the Justice Department's bid …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
How a conspiracy theory about George Soros is fueling allegations of Ukraine collusion  —  The billionaire philanthropist has long been the target of conspiracy theorists about Jews controlling the world.  —  WASHINGTON — An associate traveling with Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine this week …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
“The world is laughing at President Trump”: Biden video seizes on NATO leaders' hot mic  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign seized on video of world leaders seemingly chuckling about President Trump at the NATO summit by including the hot mic clip in an ad saying the “world is laughing at” Trump.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Republicans angry, concerned about Schiff release of phone records  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff's decision to publish the phone records of the president's personal attorneys, a journalist, a fellow lawmaker, a National Security Council aide, and others has sent …
George Zimmerman / American Thinker:
We Are All George Zimmerman Now  —  Most people know my name, George Zimmerman, largely due to negative stereotypes propagated by the media as a result of the 2012 incident in Sanford, Florida, in which Trayvon Martin died.  —  Unfortunately, most people don't recall the fact that I was exonerated …
 
 
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Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Putin offers US an immediate extension to key nuclear pact
Discussion: KyivPost
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia ethics chief says nonprofit gave Abrams unreported aid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Financial Times:
Bloomberg terminal shortcut sent users to presidential campaign site
MSNBC:
Joe: Melania has sat by as Trump WH launched attacks
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
Hundreds of lawyers share their own abortion stories with U.S. Supreme Court ahead of landmark case
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Rashida Tlaib Headlined Anti-Semitic Hate Fest
Discussion: TheBL.com
C-SPAN.org:
House Speaker Weekly Briefing
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System
Discussion: New York Times
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Uncovered: reality of how smartphones turned election news into chaos
Discussion: Bloomberg
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
A look inside Trump's anti-impeachment spin factory
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