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9:30 AM ET, September 23, 2019


 Top Items: 
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: 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
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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump plays unusual role of warm-up act at massive Modi rally in Houston
Discussion: The Week, Politico and CNN
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.
New Yorker:
The Mounting Scandal Over What Trump Said to Ukraine's President  —  On July 25th, Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine's newly elected President, talked by telephone.  Afterward, the Ukrainian side released a summary of the conversation that seemed anodyne but, in hindsight …
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Yikes: Biden Loses His Cool With Fox News Reporter
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Trump's Ukraine Gambit Could Be Another Campaign Finance Crime
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'If He's Not in a Fight, He Looks for One.'
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Acknowledges Discussing Biden in Call With Ukrainian Leader
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
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK says Iran responsible for attack on Saudi oil facilities  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday.  He said the U.K. would consider taking part in a U.S.-led military effort …
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.
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.
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.
Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin dies at 72  —  Former WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin died Sunday at the age of 72.  —  Plotkin was a staple on WTOP for 10 years.  He hosted “The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin” on Fridays, through which he delivered his colorful commentaries on air.
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump's legal 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.
Oliver Laughland / The Guardian:
Ilhan Omar: Biden not right candidate for ‘progress we all want to see’  —  At the Iowa People's Presidential Forum on Saturday, organisers hoped to serve up an antidote to the Polk County Steak Fry, an event a few miles down the road that drew 17 Democratic presidential candidates …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:   “Tell The World The Truth”: The Maybe Final Days Of Cory Booker's Campaign
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 …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Day One Agenda  —  The Next Administration: Using Presidential Power for Good
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: The Trace
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Refugee Cutbacks Could Isolate Rohingya Children in the U.S.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Pointer / WTOP:
Shut Down DC: Climate change protest could disrupt Monday morning commute
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP allies warn vaping ban will sink Trump in 2020
John Harwood / CNBC:
Voters are equally uneasy about Trump and his potential Democratic rivals, NBC/WSJ poll says
Wall Street Journal:
Sheldon Adelson Warned Trump About Impact of U.S.-China Trade War
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Another New York Times Editor Made Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments
Discussion: Instapundit and Daily Wire
Luz Lazo / Washington Post:
The end of an American tradition: The Amtrak dining car
Discussion: New York Post
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
The whistleblower complaint has Congress and Trump at an impasse. Here's what the law says.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Wire