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9:05 PM ET, September 23, 2019


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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Column: The most noxious part of Ukraine-Biden whistleblower affair is Team Trump thinks we're all idiots  —  What offends me most about the whistleblower-Ukraine-Biden story isn't the obvious corruption of it all.  It's the way members of Team Trump assume we're all idiots who won't notice they've abruptly shifted their narrative.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
David Vance / Common Cause:
DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Others for Illegal Solicitation of Contribution from Ukrainian President … Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that President Donald Trump …
Washington Post:
In Ukraine, Trump's allies are corrupt oligarchs and Russian stooges  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP is right about Ukraine in one respect: For many years, the country's politics have been dominated by a complex and ugly struggle over corruption.  The short version is this: An underdog movement …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Blurts Out to Reporters That He Pressured Ukraine to Smear Biden  —  Over the past two days, President Trump has drained most of the remaining mystery from the world's least mysterious crime drama.  In a series of comments to the media, the president casually revealed that yes …
Discussion: Washington Post, NPR and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump uses U.N. meeting to wage domestic political attack on Biden  —  UNITED NATIONS — A defiant President Trump on Monday turned the U.N. General Assembly, where foreign leaders converged to confront climate change and other global pandemics, into the backdrop for an assault on a domestic political opponent.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pence Gave Ukraine the Message Too  —  I mentioned below that the key thing about this latest and most egregious Trump scandal is that his senior team was clearly in on it, aware of it, participated in it.  One key person here is Vice President Mike Pence.  Earlier this month Pence flew …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Republicans Have Four Options on Trump and Ukraine.  They're All Bad.  —  If you want hot Ukrainian content, you should go read Bill Kristol on how Congress can start working and Charlie Sykes on the stress test this is creating for our system  —  I want to look at something else: How are Republicans going to deal with Trump on this?
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Trump's Ukraine Scandal Is Our Last Chance to Get It Right
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What Trump's Interloping with Ukraine Means for the Future of the Presidency
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How we'll know if the impeachment dam starts to break  —  Politico reports that the latest revelations about President Trump, Ukraine and the whistleblower are so bad that even House Democrats in difficult districts are now seriously thinking about backing an impeachment inquiry:
Discussion: The Week
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems moving to formally condemn Trump as impeachment fever grows  —  House Democrats may vote this week on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party leaders consider ramping …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
‘The dam could break’ on impeachment this week  —  Analysis: Democrats had been holding back as they ready a slew of charges against President Donald Trump.  The Ukraine affair may force them forward.  —  Impeachment is getting a jump-start.  —  Sure, some intervention — divine …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
‘Inherent contempt’: How House Democrats could fine or even jail Trump officials who refuse to cooperate
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Consequence of No Consequences
John Howard / Capitol Weekly:
Warren takes California lead in new CA120 tracking poll  —  The latest monthly tracking poll for California's March 2020 Democratic primary election shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren increasing her share of the vote, for the first time pushing former Vice President Joe Biden down to third place among likely voters.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Elizabeth Warren's choice: ‘Medicare for All’ purity or a path to beating Donald Trump?
Discussion: DemCast and Iowa Starting Line
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Democrats are stuck in a doom loop of premature polling
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
On support for Ukraine, extra $140 million draws scrutiny  —  It didn't cause much of a stir at the time, but the Associated Press ran a report two weeks ago that may be relevant anew.  It noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced at a conference that the United States …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Graham urges Trump to release more details of call with Ukrainian president
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Key House committees threaten subpoenas over Trump-Ukraine allegations
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex M. Azar II /
Remarks on Universal Health Coverage  —  U.N. General Assembly Press  —  We commend the United Nations and the Member States on the significant work done on the Universal Health Coverage Political Declaration, and for the high priority placed on expanding access to health care.
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:   Boris Johnson Faces a New Scandal, and ‘People See Blood in the Water’
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Boris Johnson: Trump is the “one guy” to broker new Iran nuclear deal
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Richard Cohen Leaves the Washington Post  —  Seriously, this is the whole thing: … Cohen joined the Post in 1968 and became an opinion writer in 1984.  He helped get the redesigned Post magazine off to an extremely rocky start only two years later with a piece that sympathized …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Humiliates Himself At UN By Whining About Obama's Nobel Prize  —  Trump is using his time at the UN to whine that Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize and he has not.  —  Trump was asked about getting a Nobel Prize, and he answered, “I think I am going to get a Nobel prize for a lot of things.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he is worthy of a Nobel Prize ‘for a lot of things’ — but isn't treated fairly
Discussion: Breitbart, The New Neo and The Week
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump claims Nobel Peace Prize is rigged against him
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DNC raises threshold to make November debate stage  —  The Democratic National Committee has slightly raised the bar to qualify for the November primary debate in a move unlikely to significantly reduce the number of participating candidates.  —  Candidates will need to clear 3 percent …
Ben Jacobs / Jewish Insider:
Pete Buttigieg: College football is ‘problematic’  —  The Notre Dame fan and presidential hopeful thinks the amateur model 'isn't fair anymore'  —  ELKADER, IOWA — Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said he had moral qualms about being a college football fan and found it “problematic” on Monday.
Brian Kahn / Earther:
It's Kids vs. the World in a Landmark Climate Complaint  —  UNITED NATIONS—On Monday, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people filed a potentially world-changing climate complaint.  On an abnormally steamy day in New York, when sweat built on the brows of the dark-suited diplomats funneling …
Megan Sheets / Daily Mail:   Conservative commentator and climate change denier Dinesh D'Souza compares teen eco-warrior …
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Balloon Juice
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
The intelligence watchdog at the center of Ukraine firestorm  —  The intelligence community's chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, is known to his peers and colleagues as a highly cautious “straight shooter” who tends to keep his head down.  —  So when he sounded the alarm to Congress earlier …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The President Needs To Be Impeached  —  It's long been clear that if the President is driven from office it will only be by the voters in November 2020.  Trump has overseen and catalyzed a decisive pivot by the GOP toward authoritarian rule and illiberal politics.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Toby Eckert / Politico:
New York prosecutors reject Trump's immunity claim in tax returns case
Town & Country:
Abigail Disney Has a Plan to Fix Capitalism
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Considering impeachment A$AP: As Trump twice tried trampling the rule of law abroad for his own …
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
NRA Board Retroactively Approved Transactions Benefiting Insiders
Amelia Koehn / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: McCabe Memo Details How DOJ's Rosenstein Proposed Wearing a Wire into Oval Office …
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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Conducting Criminal Probe of Juul
Discussion: The Week, The Verge and New York Post
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
Two #MeToo Books Were Just Published. One Is Great. The Other Shows You What Not To Do.
Discussion: CNSNews
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republican National Committee paid over $160,000 to law firm defending Corey Lewandowski a month …
Ott Ummelas / Bloomberg:
Police Begin Search After Danske's Ex-CEO in Estonia Goes Missing
Judith Butler / Jewish Currents:
Bari Weiss's Unasked Questions
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The “Cancel Culture” Con