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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
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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 …
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 …
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: Vanity Fair, Mediaite and Axios
Washington Post:
Trump uses U.N. meeting to wage domestic political attack on Biden
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Republicans Have Four Options on Trump and Ukraine. They're All Bad.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Pence Gave Ukraine the Message Too
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
On support for Ukraine, extra $140 million draws scrutiny
OpenSecrets.org:
Trump's Ukraine call raises questions about campaign finance rules on foreign interference
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans dodge questions on Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint
Discussion: CNN, NPR and Los Angeles Times
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
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Washington Post:
Pelosi quietly sounding out House Democrats about whether to impeach Trump, officials say  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been quietly sounding out top allies and lawmakers about whether the time has come to impeach President Trump, according to multiple Democratic officials …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems moving to formally condemn Trump as impeachment fever grows
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Democratic all-stars line up to back Trump impeachment
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Survive Even This  —  Nobody is going to hold …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect  —  Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are all freshman Democrats.
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
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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
Discussion: Breitbart and archive.is
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
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.
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   Trump claims Nobel Peace Prize is rigged against him
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
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 …
Toby Eckert / Politico:
New York prosecutors reject Trump's immunity claim in tax returns case  —  President Donald Trump has no “sweeping immunity” from a criminal probe while he remains in office, New York prosecutors said in a court filing Monday urging a federal judge to reject Trump's effort to block a subpoena for his tax returns.
Discussion: The Week
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NBC News:   Manhattan DA asks judge to toss Trump bid to keep tax returns secret
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
‘Inherent contempt’: How House Democrats could fine or even jail Trump officials who refuse to cooperate  —  House Democrats are so frustrated with President Trump's administration and his allies blocking their investigative efforts that some have seriously encouraged invoking …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Consequence of No Consequences
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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.
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Boris Johnson Faces a New Scandal, and ‘People See Blood in the Water’  —  LONDON — On Prime Minister Boris Johnson's turbulent path to Downing Street, serial philandering and ethical sloppiness became part of his schtick, blots on a career so chaotic and beguiling that the British public always seemed to forgive the mistakes.
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Boris Johnson: Trump is the “one guy” to broker new Iran nuclear deal
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World  —  In many countries, journalists are being targeted because of the role they play in ensuring a free and informed society.  —  Mr. Sulzberger is the publisher of The New York Times.  —  [This Op-Ed was originally delivered as a talk at Brown University 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 …
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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
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 …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The President Needs To Be Impeached
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Town & Country:
Abigail Disney Has a Plan to Fix Capitalism
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
NRA Board Retroactively Approved Transactions Benefiting Insiders
 Earlier Items: 
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
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The “Cancel Culture” Con