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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 …
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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.
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
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
CNN:
Democrats' latest steps suggest Mueller evidence likely part of articles of impeachment  —  (CNN)House Democrats are signaling they plan to include evidence gleaned from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as part of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and KIFI-TV
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C-SPAN.org:
House Speaker Weekly Briefing
Politico:   Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week
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  —  YOU DON'T SAY  —  A former staff member at Alex Jones's far-right conspiracy site Infowars has admitted to making up stories for Jones about the threat of Shariah law within the U.S. Writing for The New York Times …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox's Napolitano predicts Trump will testify on own behalf at Senate trial
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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
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 …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Democrats offering passion over proof in Trump impeachment  —  The most dangerous place for an academic is often between the House and the impeachment of an American president.  I knew that going into the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on the impeachment of Donald Trump.
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 …
Real Clear Politics:
White House: Adam Schiff Has Wrong OMB Number  —  Who called Rudy Giuliani from the White House, and who took his calls in the administration?  Those question have been buzzing around the White House after phone logs were released Wednesday detailing how President Trump's personal lawyer back-channeled diplomacy to Ukraine.
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Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Trump's Other Lawyer Much more powerful than Giuliani, William Barr is exercising the Justice Department's full force to defend a president in crisis.  —  Photo: David Williams for New York Magazine  —  Shortly before 5 p.m. on November 15, Attorney General William P. Barr arrived …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Bloomberg gun plan: Permits, assault weapon ban, age limits  —  AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons …
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Karen McDougal, Who Claimed Trump Affair, Sues Fox News  —  Ms. McDougal, a former Playboy model who sold her story to The National Enquirer, said Tucker Carlson made false claims about extortion that damaged her reputation.  —  A former Playboy model who has said she had an affair …
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 …
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
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Employees Quietly Organize Anti-Union Effort  —  On top of a “No NBC NewsGuild” Instagram account and a barebones website, employees have posted flyers around the network's office in Manhattan: “a massive, college dorm-esque battle of the posters.”  —  On Wednesday, NBC News Digital …
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.”
Anna Slatz / The Post Millennial:
TWITTER BIAS: Twitter employee tweets harassment at Andy Ngo  —  You have 15 free articles left today, enjoy reading.  —  The Post Millennial has learned that a Twitter account that has been engaged in targeted harassment of TPM Editor-at-large Andy Ngo appears to belong to none other than a Twitter employee.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Washington Post:
The transcript Trump released is still the only evidence needed to impeach him  —  Don't get distracted by procedural details or new revelations.  —  President Trump is a master of distraction — and with impeachment, his strategy of deflection, obfuscation and diversion is in full force.
 
 
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Jake Zuckerman / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
WV employees suspended after photo emerges of correctional officers' Nazi salute
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and WCHS-TV
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
How a conspiracy theory about George Soros is fueling allegations of Ukraine collusion
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Putin offers US an immediate extension to key nuclear pact
Discussion: KyivPost
Sophia Goodfriend / Jewish Currents:
Naked Gun  —  This essay appears in our Fall 2019 issue, out now!
MSNBC:
Joe: Melania has sat by as Trump WH launched attacks
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
‘Heil Trump’ and an anti-gay slur were scrawled on an Indiana church right after Trump's election.
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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
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Democratic Race: Biden 2020 as Romney 2012
Discussion: CNN
BuzzFeed News:
The Curious Case Of Joseph Mifsud's Lost Passport And Wallet
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of ex-acting AG Whitaker's financial documents
Discussion: Law & Crime