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11:55 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
John Solomon / The Hill:
Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani  —  When I was a young journalist decades ago, training to cover Washington, one of my mentors offered sage advice: When it comes to U.S. intelligence and diplomacy, things often aren't what they first seem.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can President Trump Be Held Accountable for the Whistle-Blower Complaint?
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Deny, divert, discredit: Trump turns to his scandal playbook once again
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 …
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Cory Booker / Medium:
Now or Never: Radical Transparency about the Next 10 Days of This Race  —  From: Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager, Cory ‍2020  —  Cory Booker decided to run for president because he believes that the only way to beat Donald Trump and heal our country is to bring people together — and he's the best person to do that.
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
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: National Review, Daily Kos and Lawfare
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Stephen I. Vladeck / New York Times:
Why the Whistle-Blowing Process Is Breaking Down
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Hill:   Pelosi urges Trump administration to release whistleblower complaint
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
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Washington Post:
Massachusetts Rep. Kennedy announces Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Markey
Rex Crum / Reuters:
Twitter removes 10,000 accounts for promoting political discord  —  San Francisco: Twitter has continued a crackdown on what it considers improper content by removing more than 10,000 accounts for spreading political misinformation and unrest.  —  Twitter said the accounts included …
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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
New York Times:
Trump Focuses on Defending Saudis, Not Striking Iran, for Now
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 …
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
Crossfire Hurricane review: tale of Trump and the FBI is a gas gas gas  —  Josh Campbell worked for James Comey - his book is a must-read indictment of the ‘mob boss’ in the White House  —  Few people had better seats than Josh Campbell for the drama that has shaped the Trump presidency.
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: Mediaite and IJR
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Joe Anuta / Politico:
FEC finds fault with de Blasio's campaign finances
Discussion: New York Post, Daily Wire and Breitbart
 
 
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William Saletan / Slate:
Democratic Candidates Are Misrepresenting Michael Brown's Death
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Rare Protests Against Egypt's Leader Erupt in Cairo and Elsewhere
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
When the Ideologues Come for the Kids
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Sheldon Whitehouse / USA Today:
On Kavanaugh and the FBI, time to investigate the investigation: Sen. Whitehouse
Discussion: Alternet.org
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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Discussion: Breitbart
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Judge orders Trump to answer questions under oath in protesters' case
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Someone Should Do Something
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Drops to Lowest Level Since Shutdown
Discussion: Breitbart
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
J.K. Trotter / INSIDER:
Why did Jeffrey Epstein's private jet fly to Riyadh on the eve of the 2016 election?
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
Two U.S. Swing States Lost the Most Factory Jobs in Past Year
Discussion: Axios and Democrats