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12:05 AM ET, September 21, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump has done plenty to warrant impeachment.  But the Ukraine allegations are over the top.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  Neal Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, previously served as the acting solicitor general of the United States.
Discussion: Political Flare, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defends Conversation With Ukraine Leader  —  U.S. president didn't mention foreign aid on July call with Volodymyr Zelensky  —  President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden 's son …
Washington Post:
Trump pressed Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden's son, according to people familiar with the matter  —  President Trump pressed the leader of Ukraine to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden in a call between the two leaders that is at the center of an extraordinary …
Washington Post:
How Trump and Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals  —  When President Trump spoke on the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in late July, the Ukrainians had a lot at stake.  They were waiting on millions in stalled military aid from the United States …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Ukraine, if you're listening . . .: How Trump tries to quell controversies by saying the quiet part out loud  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  Ukraine, if you're listening ...  Much as he did three years ago …
New York Times:
Trump Pressed Ukraine's Leader on Inquiry Into Biden's Son  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump pressed the Ukrainian president in a July call to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s son, according to a person familiar with the conversation, an apparently blatant mixture …
David French / National Review:
There's an Obvious Problem with Rudy Giuliani's Spin on Ukraine  —  We still don't know the details of a whistleblower complaint that is “said” to involve Trump's dealings with the new Ukrainian government, but we are learning of alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
Anna Nemtsova / The Daily Beast:
Ukrainian Official: Trump Wants Dirt ‘To Discredit Biden’  —  Ukraine officials see no indication Biden or his son broke their laws.  If Trump wants them investigated in Kyiv, his government will need to say why and what for.  —  KYIV—Ukraine is ready to investigate the connections Joe Biden's son Hunter …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can President Trump Be Held Accountable for the Whistle-Blower Complaint?  —  This week, a whistle-blower complaint from a current or former U.S. intelligence official about President Trump developed into a major political controversy.  The complaint reportedly concerned Trump's interactions …
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Deny, divert, discredit: Trump turns to his scandal playbook once again
John Solomon / The Hill:
Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Ukraine Scandal Is Hiding in Plain Sight
Washington Post:
What did Trump tell Ukraine's president?
Susan Davis / NPR:
Pelosi Says Congress Should Pass New Laws So Sitting Presidents Can Be Indicted  —  In an exclusive interview with NPR, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has not changed her mind on pursuing impeachment but she is ready to change the law to restrain presidential power and to make it clear …
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Whistleblower Complaint  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after reports of a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the Intelligence Community, which is being withheld from Congress in violation of federal law:
Kel McClanahan / Just Security:
Intel Whistleblower Complaint Q&A Part 2: Constitutional Boogaloo  —  On Sept. 17, I did a deep dive into the legal issues raised by the Intelligence Community whistleblower complaint being withheld from the congressional intelligence committees by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN, Balloon Juice and KTLA
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The U.S. has no rules for when the president is a national security threat
Stephen I. Vladeck / New York Times:
Why the Whistle-Blowing Process Is Breaking Down
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
Washington Post:
Republicans echo Trump in suggesting whistleblower complaint is politically motivated
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
The Hill:   Pelosi urges Trump administration to release whistleblower complaint
J.K. Trotter / INSIDER:
Why did Jeffrey Epstein's private jet fly to Riyadh on the eve of the 2016 election?  — Insider previously reported that Jeffrey Epstein's private jet flew from Paris to somewhere over the Arabian Peninsula on November 7, 2016.  The jet returned to Paris 48 hours later.
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Pentagon will deploy US forces to the Middle East after attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities
Discussion: Al Arabiya and Jihad Watch
Washington Post:
Kushner to attend Saudi economic conference hosted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Joe Anuta / Politico:
FEC finds fault with de Blasio's campaign finances  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio's presidential campaign is over, but concerns over his fundraising practices linger on.  —  An official with the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the mayor's presidential campaign, which ended Friday …
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
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Bob McManus / New York Post:
The end of de Blasio's not-so-excellent presidential misadventure
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
'When you are in, you can't get out.' Women describe how Jeffrey Epstein controlled them  —  For two decades, Jeffrey Epstein built a sex trafficking enterprise that reached across state borders and spanned the globe.  Using an almost bottomless quarry of wealth and connections …
Discussion: New York Post
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: US, El Salvador to sign asylum deal  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The United States planned to sign an agreement on Friday to help make one of Central America's most violent countries, El Salvador, a haven for migrants seeking asylum, according to a senior Trump administration official.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Judge orders Trump to answer questions under oath in protesters' case  —  The protesters allege Trump's security guards roughed them up.  The judge said Trump's testimony is ‘indispensable’ to the case.  —  A New York judge on Friday ordered President Donald Trump to answer questions under oath …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Candace Owens to Congress: ‘White Supremacy and White Nationalism Are Not a Problem’  —  “Based on the hierarchy of what's impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list,” Owens declared on Friday.
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Someone Should Do Something  —  After seeing the events of the past few days, in the light of the events of the days before those, in relation to the events that took place in the weeks, months, and years before that, I am strongly considering writing something that would address the question of whether Nancy Pelosi is bad at her job.
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Scientology policy enabled years of child sexual abuse, lawsuit says  —  In the third lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, in three months, a 25-year-old woman alleges she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child in Scientology's care …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP Senate candidate Jason Lewis said Republicans have ‘dual loyalties’ to Israel, ‘Jewish lobby’ controls the party  —  GOP rep. defends prior comments on ‘slut’ women  —  (CNN)Jason Lewis, a Republican running for US Senate in Minnesota, once said Republicans had “dual loyalties” to Israel …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Iowa Dems pitch out-of-state caucuses  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa Democrats could hold some of their 2020 primary caucuses outside of the state — perhaps as far away as Arizona and Florida — to accommodate “snow birds” or college students who are Iowa residents.
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Des Moines Register:   New Iowa Poll to be released Saturday, will show how presidential candidates are faring …
 
 
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