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  1. Sean Hannity Should Worry About Public Impeachment Hearings

    As we get ready for the impeachment hearings set to begin Wednesday morning, a subset issue I'll be keeping in mind is the role of Sean Hannity in Trump’s bribery/extortion scheme with Ukraine. As CNN host Brian Stelter put it yesterday, the testimony we have seen so far has highlighted Hannity’s role as one of Trump’s “shadow foreign policy advisers.”

    On yesterday’s Reliable Sources, Stelter and his panel discussed how the impeachment hearings may play in the right-wing media. Guest Tara Dowdell, a Democratic political and business strategist, predicted that the right-wing media will “ramp up” its aggression and become “more robust, more comprehensive” in its coverage.

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  2. In Absurd Self-Own, Trump Says 'We Have Lawless People In High Places'

    President Donald Trump asserted on Tuesday that there are “lawless people in very high positions” in the U.S. government.

    While speaking at the Economic Club of New York, Trump spoke about appointing federal judges to fight the so-called “lawless” unnamed officials.

    “So important,” he insisted “We’ve got some lawless people in very high positions. They are lawless.”

    Trump, who has been accused of being a “lawless” president, did not reveal which officials he believes are lawless.

    Editor's Note:

    Listen to this ridiculousness while reminding yourself that Trump's remarks to the Economic Club of New York is supposed to be an official White House event and hence not a campaign speech

    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2019

  3. DACA Recipients To Supreme Court: 'Home Is Here'

    Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trump's efforts to repeal DACA (Deferred Action On Childhood Arrivals,) which have so far been blocked by the courts. According to the Los Angeles Times,

    For more than two years, Trump has been seeking to end the special protections for the Dreamers put in place by Obama, but he has been blocked by federal judges in San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. All three said the proposed repeal was flawed because it relied on the false claim that Obama’s policy was illegal from the start.

    Hallie Jackson interviewed two DACA recipients who were outside the Supreme Court as part of the protesting crowds who gathered in defense of the more than 700,000 DACA recipients and Dreamers whose lives hang in the balance of this court decision.

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  4. Senior Trump Official In State Department Busted With Fake Résumé

    Virtually nothing on her résumé in her professional or educational background turned out to be true. Chang also highlighted a fake Time magazine cover, that never happened.

    Source: NBC News

    WASHINGTON — A senior Trump administration official has embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background — even creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it — raising questions about her qualifications to hold a top position at the State Department.

    An NBC News investigation found that Mina Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, has inflated her educational achievements — like claiming, falsely, to be a Harvard grad — and exaggerated the scope of her nonprofit's work.

    Whatever her qualifications, Chang had a key connection in the Trump administration. Brian Bulatao, a top figure in the State Department and longtime friend of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, attended a fundraiser for her nonprofit in Dallas and once donated $5,500 to her charity, according to a former colleague of Chang's.

    Chang, who assumed her post in April, also invented a role on a U.N. panel, claimed she had addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and implied she had testified before Congress.

    ...and in her office, her proudly displayed Time magazine cover.

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  5. Rudy Giuliani Wants His Own Podcast

    Live from Kyiv?

    Can Hardly Wait for the Wrong-Again Rudy Podcast!

    You cannot make this up:

    “Rudy Giuliani is considering reentering the impeachment fray by launching a podcast to provide impeachment analysis of the public hearings in the House of Representatives scheduled for later this week. Giuliani was overheard discussing the plans with an unidentified woman while at a crowded New York City restaurant, Sant Ambroeus, over lunch on Saturday. The conversation, which lasted more than an hour, touched on details including dates for recording and releasing the podcast, settling on a logo, and the process of uploading the podcast to iTunes and other podcast distributors.”

    “Many Americans want to hear directly from Rudy Giuliani,” Christianné Allen, a spokeswoman for Giuliani, told CNN.

    You better believe it, Chrisianné, and not all of them are named Adam Schiff. Also: imagine Rudy pontificating on impeachment, of which he is a key actor! Oh, the things he might reveal while trying to defend Da Boss!

    “That’s ridiculous,” Rudy did not say, “we didn’t bury the dead hookers there…”

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