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9:55 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.
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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 …
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
If This Isn't Impeachable, Nothing Is  —  The president of the United States reportedly sought the help of a foreign government against an American citizen who might challenge him for his office.  This is the single most important revelation in a scoop by The Wall Street Journal …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Behind the Whistle-Blower Case, a Long-Held Trump Grudge Toward Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON — For months this spring and summer, Ukraine's newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, tried to deflect pressure from President Trump and his allies to pursue investigations into former Vice President …
Discussion: Alternet.org, Daily Kos, Axios and Raw Story
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Deny, divert, discredit: Trump turns to his scandal playbook once again
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can President Trump Be Held Accountable for the Whistle-Blower Complaint?
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Defends Conversation With Ukraine Leader
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 and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Republicans echo Trump in suggesting whistleblower complaint is politically motivated
Discussion: Slate and Raw Story
Stephen I. Vladeck / New York Times:
Why the Whistle-Blowing Process Is Breaking Down
Discussion: Daily Kos and Fortune
The Hill:   Pelosi urges Trump administration to release whistleblower complaint
Asha Rangappa / Washington Post:
The U.S. has no rules for when the president is a national security threat
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Lawfare
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Cory Booker memo: May not be in race ‘much longer’ if he can't raise millions in days  —  The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign manager warned the NJ senator won't stick around without a viable chance to win.  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Cory Booker must raise nearly $2 million …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Washington Post:
U.S. to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia after attacks on oil facilities  —  President Trump has approved the deployment of additional U.S. troops and air defense assets to Saudi Arabia, in a muted military response to last week's attack on Saudi oil facilities.
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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
J.K. Trotter / INSIDER:   Why did Jeffrey Epstein's private jet fly to Riyadh on the eve of the 2016 election?
Steve Leblanc / Associated Press:
Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign  —  BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962.
Discussion: Axios
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
Myron Ebell / Washington Examiner:
Environmental apocalypse predictions have failed for half a century  —  Climate change activism is warming up this week with climate strikes, a U.N. summit, plus extra media coverage.  Naturally, the apocalyptic rhetoric is warming up, too.  To take only two examples among many …
Bob McManus / New York Post:
The end of de Blasio's not-so-excellent presidential misadventure  —  Bill de Blasio, the man who introduced the seven-hour work month to New York's how-to-be-a-mayor manual, went on “Morning Joe” Friday to deep-six his humiliating LSD trip of a presidential campaign.  —  “It's clearly not my time,” said the mayor.
Discussion: IJR and Mediaite
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Joe Anuta / Politico:
FEC finds fault with de Blasio's campaign finances
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Calls for Eliminating Americans' Medical Debt  —  On top of his “Medicare for all” proposal, Mr. Sanders's new plan would wipe out an estimated $81 billion in existing medical debt and ignore such debt in credit scores.  —  WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has long wanted to remake …
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 …
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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Nicole Narea / Vox:
The US just signed a deal that could send asylum seekers back to El Salvador
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Al Jazeera
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
When the Ideologues Come for the Kids
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Sheldon Whitehouse / USA Today:
On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse
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Suparna Chaudhry / Washington Post:
India's prime minister will visit the U.S. next week.  What will he say about human rights in Kashmir?
Karen Zraick / New York Times:
Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country
Politico:
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Tom Scocca / Slate:
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Prosecutors say an alleged member of a white-supremacist group was involved with illegal guns, drugs
Discussion: Raw Story
Tracey McManus / Tampa Bay Times:
Scientology policy enabled years of child sexual abuse, lawsuit says
Iowa Informer:
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
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