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  • Americans Say Hearings Won’t Change Their Minds
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 05:50 AM

    “The country is witnessing one of only a handful of times in its history that Congress has gone through with public hearings on whether to impeach a president. And yet, the overwhelming majority of Americans across parties say nothing they hear in the inquiry will change their minds on impeachment,” according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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  • ‘Donald Trump Is Toast’
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 06:07 AM

    “Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman on Monday predicted Donald Trump will be doomed by EU ambassador Gordon Sondland’s upcoming congressional testimony in the impeachment inquiry into the president,” the HuffPost reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democratic Field Goes Dark on Impeachment
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 06:26 AM

    Politico: “It’s not that they don’t have strong opinions on the matter. When asked, the candidates nearly unanimously offer full-throated support to the impeachment effort. Rather, the turn away from impeachment reflects a simple calculus.

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  • Ukrainians ‘Came to Understand’ How to Get Military Aid
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 09:25 PM

    David Holmes, a senior political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with President Trump, the Washington Post reports.

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  • Doctor Says Trump Checkup Was ‘Planned’
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 10:35 PM

    The White House released a letter from President Trump’s doctor on Monday, saying that his weekend checkup was routine and was handled the way it was due to “scheduling uncertainties,” CNN reports.

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  • Lipinski Seeks GOP Votes In Democratic Primary
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 11:38 PM

    “An internal document for Rep. Dan Lipinski’s (D-IL) Democratic primary campaign, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, proposed pitching Republicans by highlighting his vote against Obamacare while wooing independents by reminding them he opposed its repeal.”

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  • What If the U.S. Had Multiple Political Parties?
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 02:43 PM

    Echelon Insights looked at U.S. registered voter support in a hypothetical multi-party democracy.
    Here’s what it might look like:

    28% Labor (working class center-left)
    21% Conservative (traditional-right, pre-Trump)
    19% Nationalist (basically Trump)
    12% “Acela Party” (socially liberal, globalist, fiscally centrist)
    10% Green (basically AOC)

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  • Lawsuit Could Purge 234K from Wisconsin Voter Rolls
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 03:55 PM

    “More than 234,000 voters in Wisconsin would be made unable to cast their ballot unless they register again before the next election under a lawsuit filed Wednesday that liberals fear could dampen turnout among Democrats in the 2020 presidential race,” the AP reports.

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  • New Witness Added to Impeachment Inquiry Schedule
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 05:33 PM

    David Holmes, a U.S. official in Kiev who overheard a phone conversation between U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and President Trump will testify publicly on Thursday as part of the House impeachment inquiry, CNN reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Suggested Ousting Impeachment Witnesses
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 07:19 PM

    “President Trump’s aides have explored moving some impeachment witnesses on loan to the White House from other agencies, such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, back to their home departments ahead of schedule,” CNN reports.

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  • Trumpworld Fights Itself
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 05:55 AM

    Mike Allen: “As televised impeachment hearings roll into Week 2, one surprise has been how many of the Trump team’s wounds have been self-inflicted, because of his allies’ curious habit of leaking on themselves.”
    “The leaks and revelations have thrown President Trump into a constant state of defensiveness, and turned a growing number of Republicans into frustrated, sometimes bewildered, defenders.”

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  • Idea of Trump Testifying Not Serious
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 06:17 AM

    Playbook: “A Democratic aide working on impeachment threw cold water on allowing Trump to answer questions as part of the probe. If the president were serious, the aide said, he would be allowing his aides to participate and testify.”

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  • Swing Voters Unconvinced on Impeachment
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 07:17 AM

    “The pro-Trump group America First says focus groups show that suburban swing voters — even some who strongly dislike President Trump — remain skeptical about impeachment,” Axios reports.
    “These early findings will help shape Republican messaging about impeachment and Trump’s top Democratic rivals.”

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  • Swalwell Denies Ripping a Fart on National TV
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 09:55 PM

    In an interview on MSNBC, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) “appeared to… well, rip an absolutely enormous fart,” BuzzFeed News reports.
    Said Swalwell: “It was not me!!!!! Ha… It’s funny though.”
    Watch the video.

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  • Call from Trump Likely Heard by Russians
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 11:00 PM

    President Trump’s call to the cell phone of a U.S. ambassador — a call that included a discussion of “investigations” Trump was asking Ukraine to launch into his Democratic rivals — was at risk of being monitored by Russia, a State Department official told House impeachment investigators, Politico reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Biden Maintains Wide Lead In South Carolina
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 01:49 PM

    A new University of Northern Florida poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden leading the Democratic field with 36%, followed by Bernie Sanders at 10%, Elizabeth Warren at 10%, Tom Steyer at 8%, Kamala Harris at 4%, Pete Buttigieg at 3% and Cory Booker at 2%.

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  • Pelosi Defends Impeachment Probe
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 03:11 PM

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a “Dear Colleague” letter defending the impeachment inquiry amid President Trump’s repeated attacks.
    Key takeaway: “The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests.”

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  • How Democrats Won In Louisiana
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 04:47 PM

    Greg Sargent: “John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, won reelection as governor of deep-red Louisiana on Saturday by a comfortable 40,000 votes — after President Trump had repeatedly campaigned for his Republican opponent.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump Official Resigns Over Falsifying Resume
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 07:10 PM

    “Senior Trump administration official Mina Chang resigned from her job at the State Department two and a half hours after NBC News went to her spokesperson to ask about newly discovered false claims she had made about her charity work,” NBC News reports.

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  • Questions Swirl Around Trump’s Health
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 07:27 PM

    “President Trump’s impromptu weekend visit to a doctor remained shrouded in secrecy Monday as he stayed away from the public eye and the White House dodged questions about his health,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • Stacey Abrams Runs for Vice President
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 05:50 AM

    Washington Post: “Abrams’s Iowa appearance points to the delicate needle she has been threading since her 2018 loss — even as she has declined to run for Senate, saying she wants to focus on voting rights, she has remained a top-tier player in the Democratic Party, frequently mentioned as a potential vice president.”

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  • GOP Rejoices at Impeachment Disrupting Primaries
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 06:23 AM

    Politico: “A half-dozen Democratic senators running for president will be anchored in Washington at the climax of early state campaigning, further marrying Democratic primary politics to the effort to oust Trump.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Donors Drop Millions to Defend Trump on Impeachment
    Tuesday - 11/19/2019 - 07:14 AM

    “Wealthy Republicans are funneling millions of dollars through a constellation of party-aligned groups to defend President Trump against impeachment by politically wounding his Democratic antagonists,” the Washington Examiner reports.

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  • Volker Will Testify He Was Out of the Loop
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 10:11 PM

    “Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine, plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday that he was out of the loop at key moments during President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to turn up damaging information about Democrats,” the New York Times reports.

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  • GOP Senators See Little ‘New’ In Impeachment Probe
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 10:56 PM

    “Several Republican senators said Monday they had not seen anything ‘new’ that changed their stance on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump and there wasn’t anything impeachable in the President’s behavior, despite dramatic testimony by senior State Department officials and other Trump administration aides over the past few days,” CNN reports.

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  • Political Wire Straw Poll
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 02:28 PM

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  • Biden Way Ahead In South Carolina
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 03:02 PM

    A new Quinnipiac poll in South Carolina finds Joe Biden leading Democrats with 33%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 13%, Bernie Sanders at 11%, Pete Buttigieg at 6%, Tom Steyer at 5%, Andrew Yang at 4%, Kamala Harris at 3% and Cory Booker at 2%.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • McConnell Says Senate Trial Might Begin In January
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 04:54 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested that the start of a Senate trial in the impeachment of President Trump would be pushed up against the beginning of the Democratic presidential primary season, NBC News reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • DNC and Politico at Odds Over Debate Moderator
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 05:37 PM

    The DNC and Politico are locked in an argument over the ideological credentials of a proposed moderator for next month’s Democratic debate, NBC News reports.
    “Politico’s decision to push for Tim Alberta has rankled officials at the DNC… The reason: Alberta previously wrote for National Review, a conservative magazine, and has spent the bulk of his recent career chronicling the Republican Party.”

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  • GOP Lawmakers ‘Shaken’ by Overheard Phone Call
    Monday - 11/18/2019 - 08:05 PM

    “Several Republican lawmakers were more ‘shaken’ than they publicly let on by the testimony of a US official in Kiev who overheard a phone conversation between the US ambassador to the European Union and President Trump,” CNN reports.

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