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11:40 PM ET, September 23, 2019

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Washington Post:
Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president, officials say  —  President Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine at least a week before a phone call in which Trump is said to have pressured …
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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.
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 …
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
New York Times:
Trump Ordered Aid to Ukraine Frozen Days Before Call With Its Leader  —  The president denied accusations that he withheld the aid in an attempt to force Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, as calls for impeachment grew.  —  President Trump directed the acting White House chief of staff …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Not Just Ukraine: Rudy and Bannon Try a Whole New Way to Slime Biden  —  The president and his allies, from Peter Schweizer to Frank Gaffney, want to open a new front on the former VP's son even as their Ukraine gambit appears to have backfired.  —  The president's personal attorney …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump Has Finally Forced the House to Impeach Him  —  The anticlimactic denouement of the Mueller report produced a mixture of relief and gloating for Republicans.  For President Trump it also produced something else: An almost intoxicating sense of impunity, a realization that his attempts …
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
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 …
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 …
David French / National Review:
The Ukraine Story Isn't a Story about the Media  —  A lesson both sides should heed: facts first, spin later  —  This morning, my friend Erick Erickson sent a tweet that sums up the source of much public discontent, not just in the Trump era, but in the years leading up to Trump:
The Daily Beast:
Trump Impeachment: House Dems Are Discussing a ‘Select Panel’ to Handle the Task
Discussion: Raw Story
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
‘Inherent contempt’: How House Democrats could fine or even jail Trump officials who refuse to cooperate
John Bresnahan / Politico:
‘Seismic change’: Democratic hold-outs rush toward impeachment
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Consequence of No Consequences
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and VICE
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
Washington Post:
Trump uses U.N. meeting to wage domestic political attack on Biden
Discussion: Hullabaloo, CNN and Fox News
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans dodge questions on Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint
Discussion: NPR, CNN and Slate
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
On support for Ukraine, extra $140 million draws scrutiny
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
What Trump's Interloping with Ukraine Means for the Future of the Presidency
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: Breitbart and 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
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
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
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.]
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 …
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Whoa: Text Messages Reveal NYT Reporter Told Kavanaugh Source What To Say  —  A Senate Judiciary Committee report revealed that New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin coached sources on what to say and how to respond to her questions based on information she obtained, The Federalist reported.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
Two #MeToo Books Were Just Published. One Is Great. The Other Shows You What Not To Do.
Discussion: CNSNews
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
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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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.
 
 
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