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10:30 AM ET, September 23, 2019


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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Donald Trump vs. the United States of America  —  The full picture reveals a man who presents a clear and present danger to the country.  —  Sometimes it's worth stepping back to look at the full picture.  —  He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.
New York Times:
As Trump Confirms He Discussed Biden With Ukraine, Pressure to Impeach Builds  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned of a “new chapter of lawlessness” and a turning point in the House investigation of President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he accused …
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
The strategic case for impeaching Donald Trump  —  Welcome to some zero-sum game theory.  —  The facts are dribbling out about Donald Trump's efforts to seek official foreign assistance to take actions that would harm his domestic political rivals.  Those facts are rather appalling …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
POLITICO Playbook: Trump just poured rocket fuel on the impeachment fire  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IMPEACHMENT IS BECOMING more and more likely.  Some will tell you it's approaching a certainty.  Think of it this way: President DONALD TRUMP has just admitted that he — the president of the United States …
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
At UN, Trump to face questions about Ukraine, Iran, allies  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with growing tumult at home and abroad, President Donald Trump heads into his three-day visit to the United Nations this week hoping to lean on strained alliances while fending off questions about whether …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Want to Impeach Trump? Call Congress.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Trump, Unrestrained  —  America's vulnerability is exploited by its president.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump plays unusual role of warm-up act at massive Modi rally in Houston
Discussion: The Week, Politico and CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How the Media Helped Trump Carry Out His Ukraine Smear  —  On May 1, the New York Times published a story that contained the most important facets of the Ukraine story.  The Times reported that President Trump, through his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was pressing Ukraine's government to investigate Joe Biden.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump, Biden and Ukraine: Sorting Out the Accusations  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is trying to deflect attention from a firestorm of controversy around revelations that he pressed Ukraine's leader to investigate a domestic political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP rival Bill Weld says Trump has committed ‘treason, pure and simple’  —  Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination next year, on Monday accused him of “treason” for pressing the leader of Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son.
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Trump-Ukraine Story is a Stress Test  —  Five systems are being tested.  None of them look ready.  —  This is the problem with keeping the Hysteria Dial turned up to 11, all the time.  Not everything is a constitutional crisis or a presidency-ending scandal.  Or at least not in the alternate reality we are living in.
Caitlin Webber / Bloomberg:
Rudy Giuliani Can't Say ‘100%’ That Trump Didn't Threaten to Cut Ukraine Aid
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Press Is Embracing False Equivalence—Again
Discussion: NPR, Scripting News and Balloon Juice
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Yikes: Biden Loses His Cool With Fox News Reporter
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Immigrant kids fill this town's schools.  Their bus driver is leading the backlash.  —  WORTHINGTON, Minn. — It was the first day of school, so Don Brink was behind the wheel of his bus, its yellow paint glistening in the drizzling dawn.  Wearing jeans and a John Deere cap …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Off the charts’: White House turnover is breaking records  —  ‘I think we have tremendous stability,’ Trump told reporters last week  —  The top echelon of the Trump administration has become a high-speed revolving door — with turnover in 78 percent of the positions, a new study has found.
Popular Information:
Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians  —  The “I Love America” Facebook page boasts 1.1 million fans, with viral content that reaches more Facebook users than some of the largest media outlets in the United States.
Discussion: The Week
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign pessimistic about winning Michigan again  —  MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Donald Trump has long heralded Michigan as the crown jewel of his 2016 victory.  But the president's campaign team is increasingly grim about a repeat performance in the traditionally blue Rust Belt state.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Boris Johnson: Don't expect ‘New York breakthrough’ on Brexit  —  NEW YORK — Boris Johnson warned Britain not to expect a “New York breakthrough” on Brexit as he crossed the Atlantic for talks with EU leaders.  —  Speaking on his RAF Voyager plane as he flew into New York to attend …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's team is trying to stop impeachment before it starts  —  Donald Trump's lawyers insist they don't need to form an impeachment defense team.  —  Yet here's what they have: At least 30 White House and Justice Department attorneys who have worked on related issues.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Democrats are stuck in a doom loop of premature polling  —  The case for looking beyond the top three candidates.  —  Democratic voters are stuck in a self-destructive loop.  —  The loop begins and ends with polls.  Pollsters know that Democrats want to know who is the strongest candidate …
John Harwood / CNBC:   Voters are equally uneasy about Trump and his potential Democratic rivals, NBC/WSJ poll says
JM Rieger / Washington Post:
As the national debt has risen, Trump officials kept saying it would fall  —  When Republicans cut corporate and individual taxes in 2017, they promised two things: It would grow the economy and it would not add to the national debt.  Neither of those have borne out.
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Magazine:
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Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
'If He's Not in a Fight, He Looks for One.'
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
Trump's Fed Tweets Shown to Have ‘Significant’ Effect on Trading
Discussion: Washington Post
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
White House infighting thwarts movement on guns
Discussion: Bearing Arms and The Trace
 Earlier Items: 
Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin dies at 72
Florida grandmother outraged after 6-year-old arrested for ‘tantrum’
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Wire
Brett Bruen / Business Insider:
Trump has officially blown any chance of putting together a US-North Korea deal
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP allies warn vaping ban will sink Trump in 2020
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Another New York Times Editor Made Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments
Discussion: NB Blog, Instapundit and Daily Wire
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
The end of an American tradition: The Amtrak dining car
Discussion: New York Post
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Trump's takeover of GOP forces many House Republicans to head for the exits