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5:15 PM ET, September 22, 2019

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Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Trump Didn't Bribe Ukraine.  It's Actually Worse Than That.  —  Reports that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has prompted a flurry of speculation Trump, by withholding military aid, has committed bribery or extortion.
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Pelosi warns of ‘new stage of investigation,’ assails Trump admin for blocking whistleblower complaint  —  Pelosi said that further stonewalling from the administration “will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness.”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Pelosi hints at impeachment over Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint  —  In a letter to lawmakers Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a warning about the Trump administration's continued efforts to block acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from turning …
New York Times:
Trump, Biden and a Whistle-Blower Complaint: Here Are the Basics  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is under intense scrutiny over a classified whistle-blower complaint about his behavior, which at least partly involves his dealings with Ukraine's new president and Mr. Trump's call …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We're passing the tipping point on impeachment  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has recognized that if the public is not in favor of impeachment, there will be no pressure on Senate Republicans to vote for removal, President Trump will be acquitted and he and his followers will feel vindicated.
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Schiff: Impeachment may be the only remedy if Trump pressured Ukraine on Biden
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Breitbart
Serhiy Leshchenko / Washington Post:
Rudy Giuliani accused me of exposing Paul Manafort's Ukraine deals to help U.S. Democrats.  That's a lie.
Washington Post:
Ukrainian leaders feel trapped between warring Washington factions
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Trump says he would have ‘no problem’ with Giuliani testifying before Congress
New York Times:
Ukraine and Whistle-Blower Issues Emerge as Major Flashpoints in Presidential Race
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: A record share of voters dislike Trump personally, but Democrats face challenges of their own  —  Voters overall also have doubts about Democrats' most progressive policy proposals.  And many worry Joe Biden isn't up for the job.  —  WASHINGTON — As Democratic candidates compete …
Discussion: Axios
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Trump's takeover of GOP forces many House Republicans to head for the exits  —  Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell's surprise retirement began with a President Trump tweet.  —  Moments after Trump's July 14 missive telling four U.S. congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries of origin …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Impeachment watch: Schiff says ‘we need an answer’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SIREN ... HOUSE INTEL CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFF to JAKE TAPPER on CNN'S “STATE OF THE UNION”: “I have been very reluctant to go down the path of impeachment ... but if the president …
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Elizabeth Warren leads Register's Iowa Poll for the first time, besting Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
Giuliani charges ‘this town protects Joe Biden’
Discussion: Axios
Will Bunch / Inquirer.com:
Trump's newest, worst Watergate: Can scared Pelosi, Dems, media finally find their inner 1974?  —  It was near the end of a long hot summer of American scandal.  The nation was already exhausted from two years of shocking, nonstop headlines and the president's angry insistence that he was not a crook …
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Washington Post:
'We've been very weak': House Democrats decry their oversight of Trump, push Pelosi on impeachment
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Charles Sykes / NBC News:
Trump critic and rising GOP star Ben Sasse is now a Trump apologist.  How sadly predictable.  —  Sasse could have been a thought leader of post-Trumpian conservativism.  What is he now?  —  In the end, Ben Sasse got the Trump tweet he gave up so much to get.
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Another New York Times Editor Made Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments  —  Another high level employee of the New York Times made racist, antisemitic, and disparaging comments on social media.  —  Jazmine Hughes, an associate editor of the New York Times Magazine …
Ayman Odeh / New York Times:
We Are Ending Netanyahu's Grip on Israel  —  The leader of the Arab Joint List explains why it will use its power to help make Benny Gantz prime minister of Israel.  —  Mr. Odeh leads the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, and is chairman of the Hadash Party.
Mike Baker / New York Times:
She Quit Her Job.  He Got Night Goggles.  They Searched 57 Days for Their Dog.  —  A couple combed a rural Montana community for their Border collie, Katie.  —  After a late night at a stock-car race, Carole and Verne King returned to their dog-friendly hotel in Kalispell, Mont., and made a devastating discovery.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Rep. Joaquin Castro marks / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague to All Members on Whistleblower Complaint  —  On Thursday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing.  At that time, we expect him to obey the law and turn over the whistleblower's full complaint to the Committee.
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Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
The whistleblower complaint has Congress and Trump at an impasse. Here's what the law says.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Alaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary  —  The Alaska GOP became the latest state Republican party to cancel its Republican Primary in support of President Trump.  —  The Party's State Central Committee said in a statement to The Associated Press that a primary “would serve no useful purpose” because Trump is the president.
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James Brooks / Anchorage Daily News:
In support of Trump, Alaska Republicans cancel presidential primary
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
The end of an American tradition: The Amtrak dining car  —  Harrison Keely's most fond memories of riding Amtrak all include snapshots of the dining car.  The shiny silverware and white linens.  Enjoying thick slices of French toast covered with powdered sugar and drenched in syrup while taking in the scenery.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
M.I.T. Media Lab, Already Rattled by the Epstein Scandal, Has a New Worry  —  The M.I.T. Media Lab, an unconventional research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been under scrutiny since August, when its financial ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein became public.
Wall Street Journal:
Some WeWork Board Members Seek to Remove Adam Neumann as CEO  —  SoftBank officials are among those expected to push for Neumann ouster  —  A bloc of WeWork directors is planning to push Adam Neumann to step down as chief executive after a tumultuous week in which his eccentric behavior …
 
 
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
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Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
VP Pence arrives on Mackinac Island with eight-vehicle motorcade
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Legal showdown looms over Trump deposition order
Discussion: Raw Story
Bernie Sanders / Houston Chronicle:
As Trump meets with India's Modi, a reminder to put human rights at center of U.S. foreign policy [Opinion]
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Jon Levine / New York Post:
Pressure growing for Bernie Sanders to dump ‘virulent’ Linda Sarsour
Joshua Posaner / Politico:
Juncker to UK: Don't blame Brussels for post-Brexit border in Ireland