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^Poll: 1 in 4 Americans undecided about impeachment<

IMPEACHMENT-POLL:LA _ Americans are divided about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and as the House prepares for public hearings next week, roughly 1 in 4 remain uncertain, providing a large audience that could be especially swayed by the evidence, a new poll shows.

Currently, 44% say the House should vote to impeach and 30% say it should not, according to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times nationwide poll. But 26% say they either don't know or that it's too soon to tell.

Those uncertain Americans will be a targeted audience when public hearings begin into Trump's actions toward Ukraine. The hearings are scheduled to start Wednesday, with the first witness set to be William B. Taylor Jr., the top U.S. diplomat in that country.

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^GOP is already thinking about how to turn a Senate impeachment trial to Trump's advantage<

IMPEACHMENT-SENATE-GOP:LA _ Senate Republicans are beginning to strategize about how they might use an impeachment trial to reshape the narrative in the president's favor.

President Donald Trump's strongest allies in the Senate are considering ideas such as calling witnesses that might prove embarrassing to Democrats or trying to time the proceeding to interfere with the campaigning of 2020 candidates, particularly in the run-up to the first presidential contest in Iowa.

If impeachment moves from the Democratic-controlled House to the GOP-controlled Senate, the president's party will have more control over the process. Many see it as an opportunity to allow the president's lawyers to make a high-profile case to the public.

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^CBP agents wrote fake court dates on paperwork to send migrants back to Mexico, records show<

IMMIGRATION-AGENTS-COURTDATES:SD _ Asylum-seekers who have finished their court cases are being sent back to Mexico with documents that contain fraudulent future court dates, keeping some migrants south of the border indefinitely, records show.

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, asylum-seekers with cases in the United States have to wait in Mexico until those cases are resolved. The Mexican government agreed to only accept migrants with future court dates scheduled.

Normally, when migrants conclude their immigration court cases, they are either paroled into the United States or kept in federal custody depending on the outcome of the case.

However, records obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune show that on at least 14 occasions, Customs and Border Protection agents in California and Texas gave migrants who had already concluded their court cases documents with fraudulent future court dates written on them and sent the migrants back to Mexico anyway.

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^Trump ordered to pay $2 million for misuse of Trump Foundation funds<

TRUMP-FOUNDATION:NY _ President Donald Trump must pay $2 million for running his crooked Trump Foundation charity that transferred money intended for veterans to his political campaign, a judge ruled Thursday.

Trump agreed to dissolve the foundation in December as part of a deal with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who alleged the charity was used as an arm of his presidential campaign and a personal piggy bank for the Trump family.

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^WASHINGTON<

^Ukrainians used Giuliani to in effort to oust US ambassador, State Department official says<

IMPEACHMENT:BLO _ Ukrainian officials seeking "revenge" against the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv used Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, to orchestrate a disinformation campaign that led to her ouster, a State Department official told the House impeachment inquiry.

The transcript of George Kent's Oct. 15 closed-door deposition also shows his concern about Giuliani's role guiding White House priorities, which included pushing for an investigation of a Ukraine company connected to the son of a potential 2020 presidential rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's European and Eurasian Bureau, said the Trump administration had two points of leverage for that demand: an Oval Office meeting for the newly elected Ukrainian president and military aid authorized by Congress.

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^Trump's top aides clash over impeachment as House probe expands<

IMPEACHMENT-WHITEHOUSE:BLO _ Two of Donald Trump's most senior aides, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, are clashing over who should direct the president's response to the House impeachment inquiry, according to people familiar with the matter.

Cipollone sees impeachment as his domain because he views it as a legal matter and has privately complained to colleagues that Mulvaney is trying to wrest control, the people said. Mulvaney believes he's in charge because impeachment is political and expects Cipollone to report to his office, they said.

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^GOP looks to bolster its impeachment inquiry team with pro-Trump firebrand<

IMPEACHMENT-GOP-TEAM:LA _ House Republican leaders are considering adding a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who has been involved in the closed-door sessions of the impeachment inquiry to the Intelligence Committee days before public hearings are set to begin.

A senior Republican source said that Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's temporary addition to the committee would be meant as a complement to California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking minority member.

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^Michael Flynn tries to get his guilty plea thrown out in Russia investigation<

FLYNN:LA _ Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, is seeking to have his guilty plea thrown out for lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation _ a risky legal strategy that could irritate the federal judge who will sentence him next month.

In seeking to dismiss the case, Flynn's lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to hold prosecutors in contempt of court for withholding evidence. They also have embraced what appear to be unrelated conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and his allies to discredit federal investigators.

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^Senate panel advances judicial nominee who ignored request in impeachment probe<

APPEALSCOURT-NOMINEE:CON _ An appeals court nominee has ignored a request from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to say whether he played a role in White House events now at the heart of the accelerating House impeachment probe _ and Republicans haven't let that halt his move through the confirmation process.

The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to advance the nomination of Steven Menashi, who works in the White House counsel's office. President Donald Trump picked him for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit based in New York.

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^Amid troubles, Trump has huge cash advantage for 2020<

^CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-FUNDRAISING:CON_< For all the drama surrounding President Donald Trump _ an unfolding House impeachment probe, former aides in prison and his personal consigliere reportedly under federal investigation _ there's one worry he doesn't face: money for his 2020 campaign.

The White House incumbent, who took the unprecedented step of opening his reelection coffers the same day he took the oath of office in 2017, recently reported holding more than $83 million for his next race. Trump has raised a total of $165 million so far. Plus, he's helped haul in millions more for the Republican National Committee, which will help all GOP candidates get the vote out, while outside organizations allied with the president have amassed their own big bundles of political money.

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^Analysis: Elizabeth Warren throws down the gauntlet<

HEALTHCARE-WARREN-ANALYSIS:KHN _ Laying the table for the next Democratic debate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has issued a plan that explains how she would fund what she calls Medicare for All. She had studiously avoided saying whether it would raise taxes for the middle class, and in her proposal, she says (repeatedly) it will not.

It will instead be financed by a mix of wealth taxes, employer transfers of money they currently spend on healthcare and reductions of the many inefficiencies in our current byzantine system _ among other initiatives.

But now all the candidates need to tell us more of those details about their healthcare strategies. It's time for the candidates to stop talking slogans and start talking sense _ or dollars and cents _ so that voters can know what they mean and choose among them.

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^Senate Democrats skeptical of Warren's 'Medicare for All' push<

HEALTHCARE-WARREN-SENATE-DEMOCRATS:CON _ Sen. Elizabeth Warren's colleagues aren't exactly jumping to voice support for her plan to finance "Medicare for All."

The hesitation from rank-and-file Democrats across the political spectrum on backing the Massachusetts Democrat's plan shows how fraught the issue is within the party _ and how challenging it would be for a Democratic White House to shepherd a plan through Congress.

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^Eddie Johnson confirms he's retiring as Chicago's top cop at year end<

CHICAGO-POLICECHIEF-1ST-LEDE:TB _ Eddie Johnson, the face of the Chicago Police Department as superintendent during one of the most tumultuous times in its 184-year history, confirmed Thursday that he would step down effective at the end of the year.

With his family and Mayor Lori Lightfoot at his side, Johnson, 59, grew emotional as he said at a news conference that he would be hanging up the four stars pinned to his dress blues.

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^Baltimore state's attorney says Sean Suiter's death investigation still open day after police say it's closed<

BALTIMORE-DETECTIVE:BZ _ The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said Thursday that the investigation into detective Sean Suiter's death remains open, a day after the police department said it closed its investigation.

Asked to comment about the case, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declined to answer any questions.

"I can't comment on open and pending matters," Mosby said.

Mosby's comments come a day after Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the department closed its investigation after it received a report by the Maryland State Police of its review of the investigation into Suiter's death. Harrison said the latest report supports an earlier external review that found Suiter committed suicide, "nor was there any suggestion that the case should be re-investigated or continued."

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^City moves toward ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth<

MO-CONVERSION-THERAPY:KC _ Kansas City took a step Wednesday toward becoming the second city in Missouri to ban conversion therapy for minors following more than an hour of emotional testimony from a packed room of LGBTQ residents and advocates.

Conversion therapy, often associated with religious groups, is intended to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Last month, Columbia banned the practice for minors.

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^What officer's Fort Worth police file shows about his background before fatal shooting<

^DALLAS-POLICE-SHOOTING-EXOFFICER:DA_< The personnel file for former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, who resigned after he fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home last month, sheds light on his training and background, including a misdemeanor assault charge.

Fort Worth police released hundreds of pages of records and a 17-minute video from Dean's job interview in response to a request from The Dallas Morning News and other news organizations. Dean, 35, is charged with murder in 28-year-old Jefferson's death.

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^He wanted a pet monkey but stole a lemur instead; then he bragged about it, FBI says<

LEMUR-THEFT:LA _ An Orange County man who stole an endangered ring-tailed lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo actually had his heart set on a monkey when he entered the 20-acre property under the cover of darkness last year in search of a new pet, federal investigators said this week.

Much to Aquinas "Quinn" Kasbar's chagrin, none of the monkeys would cooperate with him, so he snagged a 32-year-old lemur named Isaac instead, according to the FBI.

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^Puerto Rico declares 'day of mourning' for astrologer and TV personality Walter Mercado<

PUERTORICO-MERCADO:MI _ Puerto Rico lowered its flags to half-staff Thursday and Gov. Wanda V zquez declared a "day of mourning" to honor Walter Mercado, the astrologer and television personality who died Saturday due to renal failure.

While V zquez had sent her condolences via Twitter shortly after his death, some wondered why she hadn't played a more prominent role in sending off one of the island's most famous celebrities.

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^Space Coast's launch dry spell is ending: SpaceX sending its Starlink satellites to orbit<

SPACEX-SATELLITE:OS _ SpaceX is set to end a three-month dry spell of ground-based launches from the Space Coast on Monday with a planned launch of its Internet satellite constellation.

Scheduled to launch at about 9:55 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's launch complex 40, a Falcon 9 rocket will carry about 60 satellites into orbit. Called Starlink, the satellites are part of what could one day be a constellation numbering thousands of spacecraft in low-Earth orbit providing lower-cost Internet connectivity, even in remote areas of the globe.

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^Internationally known teen activist Greta Thunberg joining youth strike in Charlotte<

ENV-CLIMATE-PROTEST-1ST-LEDE:CH _ Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will be in Charlotte Friday to join an ongoing youth climate strike, according to the Climate Reality Project.

Thunberg, 16, has earned an international reputation for her success in rallying youth around the topic of addressing climate change, including a September address at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

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^Trial to determine sanity for Capital Gazette gunman rescheduled for March<

^MD-NEWSPAPER-SHOOTING:BZ_< Anne Arundel County Judge Laura Ripken has set a new date for the trial to determine whether the Capital Gazette shooter was sane at the time of the mass shooting, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

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^'I told you how much I hate Jews right?' Man pleads guilty to sending threatening texts<

FLA-THREATENING-TEXTS:MI _ The text messages Hanson Larson sent to someone in Miami were concerning, investigators said.

In one, he said, "I told you how much I hate Jews right?"

Then he followed it with: "If meeting me for five seconds is not worth the lives of multiple Jews than I have no option."

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^THE WORLD<

^In Mexico, national guard hunts migrants for Trump as cartels run rampant<

MEXICO-CARTEL-VIOLENCE:BLO _ Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in June that the 71,000 members of his newly founded national guard would bring peace to a nation terrorized by drug cartels. But when gunmen this week killed nine women and children on the border of Chihuahua and Sonora states, guard members took at least three hours to arrive.

Lopez Obrador's signature security innovation, a camouflage-clad civilian police force with many members pulled from the military, has failed to stop a slaughter that has claimed close to 26,000 lives this year. In part that's because a sizable part of the corps has been assigned to stop undocumented migrants targeted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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^Trump's well-oiled campaign has everything planned _ except Trump<

TRUMP-2020-CAMPAIGN:WA _ President Donald Trump fiddled for months with a 2020 election message that would be ready for primetime. His top two campaign aides _ Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale _ sought a message that would resonate with the president's core political base and also reach skeptical independents.

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and most trusted adviser devising the campaign's strategy, and Parscale, his campaign manager, turned to Larry Weitzner, a top political advertising consultant behind many of Trump's 2016 ads.

Weitzner produced a spot with a new slogan: "He's no Mr. Nice Guy."

Trump loved it. He called Parscale and told him to air it during the World Series.

With a referendum on his presidency less than a year away, Trump and his campaign are embracing elements of his political identity that have sharply divided the nation. The same instinctive, mercurial president remains at the helm. But this time he sits atop a campaign infrastructure fueled by an unprecedented war chest, a sophisticated digital operation and a disciplined staff.

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^Proposition 187 forced a generation to put fear aside and fight. It transformed California, and me<

CALIF-PROP187-FIRSTPERSON:LA _ Something was about to go down and no one wanted to make the first move.

My best friend Art and I stood in the quad at our usual lunch spot: near the fountain, under the big trees. Jocks and nerds, stoners and band geeks, cholos and artsy types milled about.

Finally, one kid walked to the chain-link fence that separated Anaheim High School from the street. He threw over his backpack and climbed. Then another. More. Dozens. So many the fence collapsed from the weight. A stream of students swelled into a flood that converged with a political tsunami.

On Nov. 2, 1994, more than 10,000 teenagers across California walked out to protest Proposition 187. The initiative sought to punish "illegal aliens" by denying them certain services, including access to public health care and education.

Proposition 187 split the psyche of the state like few things before or since.

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